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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

"Global warming measures are no longer obstacles for economic growth, but would lead to industrial and socio-economic reforms and a major growth," he said. "We need to change our mindset."

Couldn’t agree more with the statements by Suga. I just hope he really does have the influence to make these policies a reality.

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

@Jtsnose

And that first part, about your parental advice in general, those are all very good points. A lot of that stuff is not practiced by a lot of parents, and I won’t get into the details, but I know a lot of parents who are like that unfortunately.

I also know a lot of parents who do know better, and I try to keep in close contact with them. Because if and when I have kids myself, I want to go down the latter route, and I know that these people will help guide me there.

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

@Jtsnose

As a parent, I would like to offer some advice: make certain your child has enjoyable, intellectual activity during their youth (biking, hiking, sight seeing, learning foreign language) with parents; also, it's a good idea to visit a country like the U S, (where is safe, e.g. California, Northeast coast) in order see their own home in perspective (I think most Japanese are lucky to live in a place like Japan, seeing another country will make them feel more grateful) . . . make certain they have some fun, before they get to the age where they are asked to take on more responsibility.

I agree with everything that you said. And about the second part of what you said, I’m from the US, and I’m trying to move to Japan. However, especially with this pandemic, steady work doesn’t come easy. I say this, because I’m looking to get into a vocational school, but since that’s a two year thing, I have to work for that, plus however long it will take me to save up to apply to said school. And you were right on in terms of how lucky people actually have in Japan compared to US. Believe me, I know.

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

@oldman13

Good man, nice to see people being proactive.

you said it! Especially with an issue as terrible and personal as this.

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Posted in: Abe says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at 2016 Olympics See in context

You know, some of you were talking to mental imagery regarding this. I think that’s actually a very appropriate thing to talk about, considering that this whole story is giving me a headache. I mean I don’t even know where to begin with this one, the fact that as a Prime Minister he didn’t refuse, or the fact that he cosplayed as Mario itself, or the fact that after a 20 hour flight, he complained about waiting for 10 minutes. Seriously, I don’t even know where to start with this one.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

@Fighto!

Im not convinced the UK should be a part of the Trans PACIFIC partnership. Theyd be better off sticking to their region to forge deals, for many reasons. 

But this free-trade pact just signed will mean cheaper Japanese cars, machines tech and robots for UK, and much cheaper British drugs, meat, cheese, beer and Scotch for Japanese. Win-win!

Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly Fighto! Since Britain is not Pacific nation, nation be too concerned about the trans PACIFIC partnership, as you said in your comment. I do support this free trade deal in general, but Britain literally needs to stay in its own sphere on things it’s not a part of.

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Posted in: Suga, in Indonesia, says Southeast Asia key for Japan See in context

Nice to see that the first part of this trip is going well apparently. Now we’ll see how the rest of it will go, especially Vietnam in a day or two.

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Posted in: Suga departs for Vietnam, Indonesia on 1st overseas trip as PM See in context

And for all of you who are criticizing Suga’s suit, or even his lack of charisma, it’s like come on guys. That’s not the reason why he’s going on his trip. And the reason why Suga may or may not be a good Prime Minister has nothing to do with his suit or even charisma. Let’s focus on the issues people, let’s focus on the issues.

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Posted in: Suga departs for Vietnam, Indonesia on 1st overseas trip as PM See in context

@NipporiNick yeah, that’s the point that I was going to make. So for him to say freedom loving nations in terms of one of them being Vietnam, I was going to say no, Vietnam’s Communist too. Good on you for pointing that out as well.

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Posted in: Japan's populist, pragmatic new PM Suga pushes Abe's vision See in context

@sakurasuki

“Tackling Japan's low birthrate and shrinking population head-on, he favors granting insurance coverage for infertility treatments.”

By only favoring insurance for infertility treatment? There are plenty ways in improving birthrate.

Well let’s not put words in Suga’s mouth here. I mean, the article only cited the infertility treatment policy. It didn’t say anything about that being the only policy he had regarding improving Japan’s birthrate. So like I said, let’s not put words in his mouth.

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Posted in: Japan's populist, pragmatic new PM Suga pushes Abe's vision See in context

@kurisupisu

Suga will do little to change Japan where it counts.

In a few months or years he will step down and little will have changed.

I don’t think so. I mean, considering all that he’s doing to rush through changes already, I doubt very highly that little would change. We can debate about whether or not some of these changes are good, but there’s no doubt about the fact that he’s fighting very hard for change, as we can already see.

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Posted in: BOJ official downplays fears over China's digital currency See in context

And considering how disgrace that China is now, I don’t think we have to worry about them taking over anything regarding digital currency. Not on the world stage anyway. Because in order for that to work, that involves most countries trusting in China. And as we all know, most countries are moving away from China, so I really don’t see this happening.

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Posted in: BOJ official downplays fears over China's digital currency See in context

"But new technology is invented all the time. Even if you're ahead on the technology available now, you could get locked into what becomes old technology as time passes," he told Reuters.

Very good point he made there. Another good example, is North Korea versus South Korea. Sure, in the 60s, they were well ahead of South Korea at the time. Well take a look at the two countries now. Need I say more?

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Posted in: Ginza subway station in Tokyo renovated to show elegance See in context

In terms of how it looks in the photo, is it just me, or does it look really futuristic/New Age?

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Posted in: Ginza subway station in Tokyo renovated to show elegance See in context

@JohnBecker

Yeah, the low ceiling height is bothersome, but you have to keep in mind that it's a very old station, and there's stuff just above that ceiling (pipes, cables, the tracks when you cross under them, lots of other underground stuff). Raising the ceilings (and everything behind them) is an easy way to turn a $200 million project into a $400 million project.

Very good point! Because, as we solve the Olympics especially, projects like these can be really expensive as it is. So why in the world would you want to make it even more expensive, considering the fact that it’s mostly for Japanese people anyway?

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Posted in: First 'no-quarantine' flights arrive in Australia from New Zealand See in context

@BigYen

It's the first phase of the travel bubble, a rare good moment in the history of this pandemic over the course of this year.

If you take a look at Japan, with all the easing of restrictions that have been going on there, you’ll see more good moments as well.

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Posted in: Ardern set to win in New Zealand's 'COVID election' See in context

@stewie

Regardless of which side of the political fence we all sit, i think she has done a great job of steering her country through a difficult time. She deservers to be allowed to continue, as it looks like she will.

Well put Stewie! Seriously, couldn’t have said it better myself. Because what’s the point in having a great economy, or whatever campaign promises you made, if you’re suffering or even dying from Covid?

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Posted in: Japan unveils 3,000-ton new submarine See in context

The one unequivocal good thing about this, is that this makes Japan less dependent on the US for military purposes. While this certainly won’t end it’s dependency, it’s another step in the right direction for breaking the dependency. Because as we’ve seen in the past few years alone, we can’t rely upon the US forever. I live in the US, so believe me, I know.

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Posted in: Japan tells S Korea it will skip trilateral summit over wartime labor dispute See in context

If it wasn’t for how South Korea has been handling this issue, I would be against us. But considering the fact that they just won’t let it go, despite the 1965 agreement, I say good on Suga for doing this. And since it hasn’t even been a month really since he’s been Prime Minister, a good way to show his leadership skills early.

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Posted in: Nearly 8,000 still in temporary housing on 1st anniversary of deadly Typhoon Hagibis See in context

@kohakuebisu

You can argue that this spending is not enough, but the government is certainly not spending "nothing" on the disaster victims. That is completely false. I've never heard of the UK government helping people to this extent after floods.

Very good point! I live in the US, so I know of plenty of stories here regarding that kind of stuff.

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Posted in: Nearly 8,000 still in temporary housing on 1st anniversary of deadly Typhoon Hagibis See in context

Marumori Mayor Kunio Hoshina said at the local memorial event, "Reconstruction will still take time, but we will work together to realize a peaceful life."

Yes, I’m glad to see this. But hopefully that will include finding permanent housing for all those still in temporary housing as well. Otherwise, this plan can’t be truly realized.

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Posted in: Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine See in context

@Monty

But most of the japanese companies are not smart, because they prefer personal business trips than video conferences.

Since the pandemic starts, my company starts Video Conferences, but the management don't like it. Even everything goes well. And now, because the travel restrictions are getting easier, they already want us to go abroad for business. 

That is not smart.

yes, these are all very good points. I mean, the only thing I can think of are things in which require in person meetings or to be in person to accomplish. But I wonder what exactly those would be?

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Posted in: Prepare to get rid of 'hanko,' Suga tells government See in context

@Toshihiro

...But still, I think these types of proving your identification should be obsolete by now with phones having facial recognition and fingerprint scanning.

you know, I didn’t think about that part of it, with phones that can do that stuff. But still, the only problem I see with that is the whole privacy issue. Especially with the facial recognition, because we’ve seen how phones can get hacked and such. But like I said other than that, that’s a very good idea.

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Posted in: Prepare to get rid of 'hanko,' Suga tells government See in context

The move, part of Suga's push to improve bureaucratic efficiency, is expected to lead to more government services becoming available online.

Well this is good, definitely very good. And we could use more efficiency around the world, not just in Japan. I live in the US, for now at least, so believe me, I know.

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Posted in: Japan considers making promotion of paternity leave mandatory for companies: Nikkei See in context

@ReasonandWisdomNippon

Long overdue. 

If you don't make it mandatory people won't use it!

We've seen attempts in the past failed because workers don't use it unless it's mandatory. 

Nobody wants to inconvenience the company, look lazy, or have their future promotion at risk. Making it mandatory is the only way to fix this issue.

You know, until reading your comment, I was actually against making it mandatory, since it seems awfully intrusive onto peoples personal lives. Because of the arguments in your comment, I’m now for it. And it does make perfect sense, I’ve heard about some stuff like that in the past about attitudes in a Japanese workplace.

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Posted in: Japan considers making promotion of paternity leave mandatory for companies: Nikkei See in context

The changes will be included in a bill to change the current law on childcare, which is set to be debated in parliament next year.

This is the only thing that really bothers me about the change itself. Why does it have to take so long for stuff just to be debated? We’re talking about three whole months here, what’s the hold up?

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Posted in: Paris bars face possible closure as virus patients fill ICUs See in context

Wow, I guess this obviously shows that despite things opening up in a lot of parts of the world, we’re still not out of the woods yet with this pandemic. So stay safe everyone.

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Posted in: Millions of Chinese tourists heading for domestic destinations See in context

@InspectorGadget

“China has reported no new locally-transmitted coronavirus infections since Aug. 16”

Who believes this?

Yeah, you can say that again. Except for the Chinese when they’re obviously being forced to say it, who does believe this?

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Posted in: Suga considering October visit to Vietnam, Indonesia See in context

@Kumagaijin

I wonder if there is any real benefit to visit and meet face to face during a pandemic. Sure, they probably have some trade deals to talk about, but I assume that its more likely a case of Suga thinking: "I'm PM now, I should probably travel and visit some foreign countries because thats whats leaders do."

Yes, that is a very good point, about “what leaders do”. but one, he did just become leader and he needs to get his feet wet as we are, in more ways than one. So that would explain why he wants to make these trips, even further.

And two, as you and some other commenters have said, there is some legit business going on during these trips, and more than just with trade deals as well.

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Posted in: Suga, Putin agree to promote territorial talks based on 1956 accord See in context

This is a bit confusing. Earlier in the article, it implies that the issue of the islands were discussed. But then it says the Russian presidential office said it wasn’t discussed.

And let’s not put the cart before the horse on any of this. Remember, Suga just got in office a few weeks ago. So of course other countries aren’t going to make hard fast commitments just yet, considering that they barely know Suga.

And as with any new job that you get, it takes a little time to get your feet wet before you make any big moves. That’s just how it is.

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