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Posted in: Japanese gov't to launch survey on weight, dietary habits of young women See in context

Having a higher percentage of non standard BMI compared to other developed nations would be normal though, the opposite would surprise me a lot since we would be comparing to western countries. Of course there might be some unhealthy ideals but most of all it's genes and different body types compared to the west. All the people around me including my wife eats way more than I do, exercise less and overall live an unhealthier life, still I have to fight to look somewhat fit while they look like they just came out from a boxers diet.

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Posted in: Coalition headed for election win; LDP seen gaining seats: poll See in context

Hate to say it, but this “done deal” is good news for anyone anti-Abe. Kishida will be able to use these results to cement his position as PM and keep Takaichi at bay. It’s “interesting” to watch the hard-right in the LDP howl in frustration — even with more seats in the Diet. Like much in the world, little is black and white, and the politicians who make up the LDP are no different.

I don't think LDP is playing 4D chess or anything but I doubt the real ladder of power has changed much. If that is what it looks like it's probably by design, get people to think they are changing something without anything really changing.

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Posted in: Coalition headed for election win; LDP seen gaining seats: poll See in context

Hate to say it, but this “done deal” is good news for anyone anti-Abe. Kishida will be able to use these results to cement his position as PM and keep Takaichi at bay. It’s “interesting” to watch the hard-right in the LDP howl in frustration — even with more seats in the Diet. Like much in the world, little is black and white, and the politicians who make up the LDP are no different.

I don't think LDP is playing 4D chess or anything but I doubt the real ladder of power has changed much. If that is what it looks like it's probably by design, get people to think they are changing something without anything really changing.

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Posted in: Court dismisses sex business firm's damages claim over virus handout snub See in context

whether the translation should be unhealthy or immoral doesn't really matter, if they pay taxes they should have the same rights as any other business. if immoral or unhealthy is a legitimate reason why should any place serving fast food or alcohol get any money? Most businesses don't serve a useful or healthy purpose. Also I'm sure the people in this work category use their services more than the average citizen.

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Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

You can only get people to take off their masks if it's recommended to have it off at all times, If you live in Japan you are used to masks, so it's easier to keep it on then to think about when it's okay or not, also if you live in the city there is basically no time where you have 2m of space for yourself.

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Posted in: 1,300 apply to come to Japan on guided tours since reentry rules eased See in context

Haha yeah that will get things right back on track, each city can get one each.

I'm guessing it's a mix of other Asian countries tourists that are more used to and like the guided tour way of traveling, and in the other bracket we can probably find weebs that wants to brag to other weebs that they got in early.

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Posted in: Businesses pin hopes on foreign tourists as Japan set to reopen border See in context

Feels like there is gonna be a lot of scummy deals going on with these guided tours, relatives and high bidding brands are going to get exclusive access to these tourists. Since they might have little say in where to go, they are gonna be guided to the stores of the highest bidders. Where that money goes we can wonder.

If anyone is wondering who would come with these kinds of restrictions? basically all people in Asia, some even prefer this style of traveling.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese schools to introduce genderless swimsuits with unisex two-piece design See in context

Just let people wear what ever.

I guess this is better than nothing.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

I don't think this will do anything but it's a law that really needs to go in both directions, whether Japan likes it or not they are too late to do anything about their birth rate. Their choice is to get foreigners to live and work in Japan or slowly lose their current power status. I think Japanese think they can just at any time choose to allow foreigners to come here and all of a sudden millions of well educated foreigners will flock to live and work here long term. I don't think that will be the case, especially long term. For that to happen laws that prevent foreigners from having equal legal status needs to go. In most countries we would be a citizen of that country after living there for a couple of years, but with these rules we see people living their whole lives here without becoming a citizen. I know it's only on paper and even if we were Japanese citizens it would not make us suddenly not be discriminated against but having it on paper changes a lot. Police can't take for granted that anyone not "japanese looking" is not japanese etc and it will slowly change the image of what is "Japanese looking is. I doubt anyone in power will think that far though and the only way for that law to change is if a majority of Japanese athletes are mixed nationality and they start to choose to compete for their other nationality because Japan is forcing them to choose. I'm sure they would do a China before that though and only let "high status" people be able to have dual citizenship.

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Posted in: Japan considers easing weapons export rules to prop up defense industry See in context

Even small countries like Sweden have big international heavy arms manufacturers like Saab, So I don't think it would be hard for Japan to get a foot in. Problem is that Japan is and will mostly rely on buying their own arms which I'm guessing will be more of a who is friend with who type of thing rather than the stuff actually being useful. They need to start having their stuff evaluated internationally by more experienced users with less money in the game before they can even start thinking about producing weapons for exporting purposes.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., 3 others walk out of APEC trade meeting as Russian minister speaks See in context

Always interesting to hear people go of about nazis in Ukraine. Even if there was a few nazis, like there is in any country, don't you think it's weird the country that is undoubtedly the closest to fascism and nazism in Europe to be the country to go in and fix that? doesn't come of as a little weird to you?

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Posted in: Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries See in context

I think what needs to happen is that other countries needs to return the favor, be it trade or or tourism if this was happening anywhere else there would be a strong response for xenophobic non scientific rules like this.

At this point this is all about the large majority of LDP voters being misinformed/xenophobic/racist and the LDP is fully ready to sacrifice the Japanese tourism industry to get their votes. This is basically a way to test how many foreigners they can let in before they lose the vote from racist grandpa.

What's with the recent influx of negative post reviewers on this site, LDP been setting up bot farms or just foreign weebs protecting Japan at any cost?

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Posted in: Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries See in context

Looking forward to being stopped by the police wondering where my tour guide is.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

As a white male I almost never get stopped by police here, at least not for the last 10 years, then now all of a sudden I got stopped twice the same month. When asked why they thought it was weird a foreigner like me was walking around outside during working hours. Guess I looked too touristy? when all was over and done they wanted my phone number, because for some reason they needed it for "if there is ever a problem". So I guess I'm now the guy they call if they are looking for foreigners?

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Posted in: Sunken boat exposes flaw in communications system by tour operator See in context

Might be the Captain that has the final say, but as previous captains has said in interviews, they were often asked why they cancelled trips because of the weather and was ultimately fired and instead this newbie captain that was a friend to the owner was hired. This should all be on the owner of the company.

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Posted in: Tokyo to remove last trash cans from stations next month See in context

I feel overall Japan is losing on this, I know we don't really have a walk and eat culture here but there is a lot of instances where I would be interested in buying something from a stand but choose not to because I don't want to just stand around there eating because it's the only place where I can throw away the trash and instead I end up buying nothing.

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Posted in: Record 54% of Japanese students not eager to study due to COVID: survey See in context

If I was a high school student in Japan today I would feel the same. Japanese study their ass off in High school to secure a university spot which for most will be their only time of freedom and fun until they hit retirement. With that taken away I would feel unmotivated as well.

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Posted in: In preparation for the further spread of electric kick scooters, the central and local governments should promote the development of bicycle lanes where scooters can be used safely. See in context

Judging by how Japanese ride their bicycles I'm expecting chaos. When doing my daily pickups from school there is always more bicycles riding on the right side of the road, not even the sidewalk. Starting to think that the average japanese thinks that the right side is the correct side to ride on.

They often show on the news how the police stop offenders, but it's always for the small stuff, like not doing a full stop at a stop sign or passing the rail tracks after the alarm started going etc, stuff that 99% would fail on. While I can barely go 10m out of my house before I see someone on a bicycle riding on the wrong side of the road running red lights while texting on their phone.

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Posted in: Tokyo cancels Sumida River fireworks festival for 3rd straight year See in context

No fireworks this year either I guess, feeling kinda stupid now paying about 4man extra for a place because it's a great spot to watch the yodogawa hanabi.

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Posted in: Shanghai hospital pays the price for China's zero-COVID pursuit See in context

Millions died globally without much bashing of the lockdowns and deaths in these countries but all the knives are out for China! Each country has a right to do what they think is best for them and the Government decides for its citizens. In Japan the LDP makes many crazy decisions but the public just follow it. The US is even worse as their system is crazy where the state Government and White House make different rules ( no consistency )! Same as in Australia and a very good example was the whole Djokovic saga where the federal Government and state Government has different criteria for entry! All countries have crazy Government system so let’s not be hypocrites and point the finger at one!

I guess one big difference is that the people of China doesn't have a say in who makes those decisions, and that their government doesn't need to worry about what their people want, as no matter the outcome they will still be in power.

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Posted in: Japan seeing signs of coronavirus resurgence, warns Kishida See in context

Anyone taking China as a good example please don't, Covid isn't going anywhere, what we can do is try to limit the amount of people that get it at the same time as not to strain the healthcare system, and at the same time try to build on our healthcare systems to prepare for the future (which japan has been very bad at). Other than that everyone will be in contact in covid at some point, even though most will never know they even had it. For these zero policy countries, what they are doing is just dragging out what is to come, unless they are planning to shut their countries down for ever.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to closely watch currency movement as yen tumbles See in context

Not gonna lie, feels kind of good getting my earning in USD at the moment, hoping to land a big deal before it goes back to normal.

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Posted in: Japan's prices are rising, but will it last? See in context

Just wait Japan……….. The UK is going through the worst cost of living crunch in more than 20 years, fuelled by Covid, the global depression and the war in Ukraine. Wages and pensions have stayed the same, energy bills have doubled, food prices up, National Insurance going up in April.

Don't think that might have tiny bit to do with Brexit?

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Posted in: 34 face charges over ex-minister's vote-buying in Hiroshima See in context

That might be so, but wait! Remember. Japan Ministry of Justice has to maintain its 99.9% conviction rate.

Where do you think that 0.1% comes from ;)

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Posted in: Baldwin wanted to finish 'Rust' after fatal shooting: legal filing See in context

What about the man who pulled the trigger? No fault?

Yes that's why they have an armorer, that responsibility should never be on the actor for various reasons.

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Posted in: Russians keep pressure on Mariupol; massive convoy breaks up See in context

Despite the accusations I haven't seen a single news report from the Russian side, I have relied on strictly western and a few reports from India based news outlets.

Just go on RT or watch any of their press conferences. According to them there haven't even been an attack on Ukraine, and they are busy calling a wounded pregnant woman a staged actor. I'd say you aren't missing much.

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Posted in: Japan accepts 8 people displaced by Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Basically Japan just wants to be able to say that they have taken in refugees from Ukraine, do some photoshoots, make them work for it and then kick them out.

Meanwhile in Sweden if I know my mother right there is probably already a couple Ukrainians sleeping in my childhood room.

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Posted in: Putin puts Russian nuclear forces on increased alert as fighting spreads in Ukraine See in context

Feels like the only thing that can end this is if someone in his close circle takes him out.

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Posted in: Russia attacks Ukraine as defiant Putin warns U.S., NATO See in context

We really need to do more than just sanctions, the longer we wait the bigger the war we will need to have in the future. China is looking at this and seeing that we are not even trying to protect a neighboring democratic country, implying that taking Taiwan or other countries in Asia would be a walk in the park.

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Posted in: Japan aims to block sex offenders from jobs in schools, child care See in context

the main pillar of a new government agency that will control child-related policies

I guess someone's cousin needed a new job.

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