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Posted in: In Kyoto and other heavily visited cities, some residents grumble about being priced out of hotel rooms or crowded out of buses and restaurants. Do you think this is a valid complaint? See in context

This trend is international. It is happening in all heavily visited cities around the world.

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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

I hope not, but surely China will keep on with its claim, and keep on trying.

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Posted in: Premier League in the U.S.? FIFA weighs allowing overseas games See in context

Absolutely NO. There is no way league games such as El Clásico should be played outside Barcelona or Madrid. FIFA should just supervise football, and stop getting involved with individual leagues. Specially club football.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

The whole Olympics should go back to the basics. With events that can be measured by time, length, weight, height and score. Events in which judges give the points/scores should be excluded.

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Posted in: Japanese restaurants in China look for ways around seafood import ban See in context

It doesn’t seem to stop all the Chinese visiting Japan from flocking into sushi restaurants.

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Posted in: Japan eyes cashless tax refunds to stem illicit resale by tourists See in context

A similar system is used in Europe. Shop, get the refund documents at the shop, apply before departing airport personally or online (before check in), and get the refund. It’s simple.

*suspicious travelers may be asked to show the purchases when applying. If you fail to show them, bye bye refund.

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Posted in: Shake hands or bow? How do you usually greet Japanese business acquaintances? See in context

If a hand is extended, I extend mine. If bowed, I bow. It’s not complicated.

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Posted in: Japan to extend $1 mil aid to quake-hit Taiwan See in context

Just 1 million to a country that stands by Japan in every disaster sounds very little.

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Posted in: Are you for or against the planned sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel? See in context

Nothing will be decided until after the US presidential election.

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Posted in: Japan women's captain criticizes Asian soccer chiefs over venue switch See in context

AFC, UEFA, Comebol, etc, and the biggest of all FIFA, all a disgrace

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Posted in: Over 15 mil cars recalled worldwide due to Denso fuel pump glitch See in context

Hino, Daihatsu, Denso. Not a good year for Toyota.

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Posted in: Do you think mega-sports events such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are good for the host country's economy and infrastructure in the long run? See in context

Probably the last major event that the investment made a positive impact was the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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Posted in: N Korea fires 2 short-range ballistic missiles after U.S. sub arrives in S Korea See in context

Two (more) fired. Two fewer in the arsenal. But how many do they have?

And sooner than later, one will completely misfire and land where it shouldn't.

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Posted in: Russians can qualify for Olympic spots in some sports. That doesn’t mean they’ll be allowed in Paris See in context

Drugs, unlawful invasion of independent countries, supporting aggressors, and countries not respecting individual rights and freedom. They should all be excluded not just the Olympics, but all sporting events.

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Posted in: Should NATO open an office in Japan? See in context

Why not.

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Posted in: Wimbledon braces for Ukraine-Russian cold front See in context

Call me old-fashioned. Keep Russian athletes out.

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Posted in: Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses See in context

No way it will work.

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Posted in: Bottoms up with the Doshisha beer server See in context

What about washing off the bacteria on your hands.

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Posted in: French gastronomy facing huge logistical challenge for Olympics See in context

Don't worry Paris! Bananas don't grow in Tokyo either.

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Posted in: Are you worried about losing your job to a robot or artificial intelligence? See in context

Talking about the "language" industry, translations, and interpreting face a big risk.

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Posted in: Virginia Gov Youngkin in Japan to forge supply chains with 'friends' See in context

..., Florida, Virginia, ... Who is next?

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Posted in: Moscow Film Festival See in context

What are they doing in Russia?

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Posted in: All Japanese wishing to evacuate have left Sudan: Kishida See in context

I find it interesting that when Japan evacuates, there never seem "other nationality" people evacuated as well. While many other countries usually give a "lift" to those other than their own nationals. Or is it that the news coverage misses it?

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Posted in: Jordan royal visit See in context

I wonder if "forcing" masks is disrespectful even if it may be protocol.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan is more politically stable than the United States? See in context

Probably too boring stable.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan has apologized enough for its colonial past concerning South Korea? See in context

The Treaty of San Francisco (サンフランシスコ講和条約, San-Furanshisuko kōwa-Jōyaku), also called the Treaty of Peace with Japan (日本国との平和条約, Nihon-koku to no Heiwa-Jōyaku), re-established peaceful relations between Japan and the Allied Powers on behalf of the United Nations by ending the legal state of war and providing for redress for hostile actions up to and including World War II. It was signed by 49 nations on 8 September 1951, in San Francisco, California, U.S. at the War Memorial Opera House.[2][better source needed] Italy and China were not invited, the latter due to disagreements on whether the Republic of China or the People's Republic of China represented the Chinese people. Korea was also not invited due to a similar disagreement on whether South Korea or North Korea represented the Korean people.[3]

The treaty came into force on 28 April 1952. It ended Japan's role as an imperial power, allocated compensation to Allied nations and former prisoners of war who had suffered Japanese war crimes during World War II, ended the Allied post-war occupation of Japan, and returned full sovereignty to it. This treaty relied heavily on the United Nations Charter[4] and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[5] to enunciate the Allies' goals. In Article 11, Japan accepted the judgments of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and of other Allied War Crimes Courts imposed on Japan both within and outside Japan.[6]

The 1951 treaty, along with the Security Treaty signed that same day, marks the beginning of the San Francisco System which defines Japan's relationship with the United States and its role in the international arena and characterizes Japan's post-war history.[7]

source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_San_Francisco

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