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Posted in: Japanese power firms seek price hikes, adding to household burden See in context

the government will start providing subsidies to power companies

If anything, subsiste people not companies!

Of the 10 companies, nine expect a net loss for the current fiscal year

Oh, I do not believe that piece.

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Posted in: Nissan, Renault near rebalancing of alliance See in context


The alliance with Renault saved Nissan butt from bankruptcy. It was Ghosn, who was later betrayed by Nissan.

If anything, Nissan doesn't deserver the help of any foreign company.

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

The only people these models bother are those unable to do that work and get well paid just for looking good!

Nobody criticised the models, but Toyota.

Could you imagine a picture of two top female Toyota managers in black suits presenting the show surrounded by a dozen of smiling macho models? Lol

I know, it would be the opposite situation, but you get the idea.

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Posted in: Toyota global output record high for November as supply crunch eases See in context

Since we are getting high benefits we will pass down the profits to the workers, right Toyota?

Or it's only the cost what's passed down the consumers, not the benefits?

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Posted in: Lower house OKs ¥21 trillion supplementary budget See in context

to boost defense spending's share of gross domestic product to 2% within five years, from about 1% now.

Wake up Japanese people!!

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Posted in: Beaujolais time See in context

OMG, every single year..

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Posted in: 77-year-old woman arrested for shoplifting from supermarket See in context

Saw once the police arresting an old woman because she had stolen a single beer from a supermarket. It was a saaaad thing to see.

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Posted in: Japan to keep stake in Russian energy project in Sakhalin See in context

When has a "a consortium of Japanese companies" ever shown any interest or respect for anything but money?

Japan’s government owns a 50% stake in SODECO

Enough said.

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Posted in: Aso to visit S Korea to discuss wartime labor issue See in context

Sending Aso makes Japan's intentions and opinion very clear.

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Posted in: Tokyo trains ask people to refrain from wearing Halloween costumes that may scare other passengers See in context

Truth to be told, many years ago there was this unofficial loop line halloween party in Osaka, where people dressed up in costumes would ride the loop line while drinking, partying and generally mocking other passengers around because "it's Halloween".

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Posted in: British minister tells gay World Cup fans to 'be respectful' See in context

if you want go to Qatar respect their rules,social standards and habits

Right, should we beat gay couples if we see any over there? Maybe throw some stones to them? That way we’d fit just fine with their “standards”.

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Posted in: Nissan should remedy unequal Renault alliance, ex-CEO Saikawa says See in context

In classic Japanese manner, Saikawa would want to have Renault to follow Nissan decisions and not the other way around.

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Posted in: Bookstores vanishing from Japan with fall in population See in context

Remember when most people carried these small books for commuting?

Apart from the convenience of online stores, specially when looking for foreign titles, people just read much less than before. Everyone is glued to their phone's infinite scroll, and books start to be "difficult" because they need a minimal effort and concentration.

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Posted in: Japan gathering info on Iran's apparent drone supply to Russia See in context

This is the key of why Japan will consider, request and urge, while actually doing nothing about it,

Tokyo and Tehran have built friendly relations over the years, with resource-poor Japan nurturing bilateral ties largely due to its heavy reliance on oil sourced from the Middle East..

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Posted in: Brawl involving 100 customers breaks out at Tokyo skyscraper restaurant See in context

Surely the police could've gotten there a little faster? Were they afraid of the dragons?

I was thinking so, Koban patrollers would be there pretty fast.

It's quite a picture, 100 gang members running away from a restaurant..

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Posted in: Facebook owner Meta unveils $1,500 VR headset: Will it sell? See in context

Offer VR porn and they will sell in minutes.

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Posted in: Japan's food industry eyes rice flour as wheat prices surge See in context

I guess if there is a shortage of bread, then people have to switch back to food by from rice. It's that simple. People just have to adapt with the changing environment

Or the market may adapt to people's needs. Just because rice is traditional doesn't mean it must be the -overprotected- rule. Most of people eats lots of bread these days, just a few eat rice for breakfast no more. The purist may like it or not but it's what it is.

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Posted in: Japan reopens to tourists with shuttered souvenir shops, hotel staff shortage See in context

One of the worse parts of living in Japan are tourists.

Kind of true, Kyoto will be packed again. BTW, they missed the chance to reorganize tourism into a more sustainable act for everyone.

Are they really expecting millions of tourists the line up to come to Japan?

They will come, it's going to be full of people by New Year.

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Posted in: Kishida's apparent nepotism may shake cabinet further See in context

Most of the guys in the government inherited the position, they all come from important/rich families with connections and a history. They have been doing this since the Shogun times, no big surprise here.

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Posted in: Japanese parents urged to set boundaries on kids' internet usage See in context

 Tiktok and video games have assumed parenting roles in modern times because of slacker parents. 

Exactly, the less the parents care the faster the kids have a smartphone with unlimited internet access.

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Posted in: Japanese parents urged to set boundaries on kids' internet usage See in context

For Japan uni students 4-8 hours of "screen time" a day is the new normal. Nothing to worry about according to them.

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Posted in: Alcohol price hikes add to bars' woes as they adapt to reopening Japan See in context

Asahi Breweries Ltd, Kirin Holdings Co, Suntory Holdings Ltd, and Sapporo Breweries Ltd -- and many other smaller outfits have upped asking prices 

Another oligopoly setting the prices. Is this really legal in Japan?

Anyway, that industry has enough power to have the government to ask the youth to get drunk..

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Posted in: Lower house speaker denies electoral support by religious group See in context

the 78-year-old speaker of the House of Representatives

Retirement at age 65 should be mandatory for politicians, specially in Japan.

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Posted in: Energy costs, weak yen push Tokyo inflation at fastest pace in 30 years See in context

Some food is going up way more than a 2.8%. Vegetables, bread products are a 20-30% up at my local supermarket.

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Posted in: Digital minister aims to drag Japan out of analog doldrums See in context

*In a YouTube video in September, he urged people to get a My Number Card, a digital identity card for Japanese citizens and residents that they can use for online government applications and link to a driver’s license, library card or online banking.**

To link my ID, personal info and online banking info all together in one My Number card? Sure, LOL

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Posted in: U.S. Vice President Harris seeking computer chip partners in Tokyo See in context

Send the fax in, we will take care of it..

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

allowing hotels to refuse 

They make the xenophobic rule and then wash their hands. Let me ask, what about the non-tourist gaijin? Do we must wear the mask at hotels? Or everywhere else? How would we be differentiated from tourists? A headband or something?

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Posted in: Gov't to request energy-saving measures in winter over power crunch concerns See in context

I'd want to see these "industry ministry officials" households during the winter and how they accomplish the energy saving measures they request.


So right. And don't forget that most people tend to use aircon for heating.

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Posted in: Netflix to rely on Microsoft for its ad-backed video service See in context

I'd think it's a natural adjustment after so many people joined Netflix during the lockdowns.

I think this is the problem of modern capitalism, being profitable is not enough. Companies must grow a 20% every year, or else.

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Posted in: SDF official arrested for trespassing in women’s changing room See in context

I thought they taught discipline in the military or defense forces or police forces or wherever they have uniforms as such.

Quite the opposite, members of police, defense forces and other uniformed workers with strict discipline are often caught doing this kind of stuff. Maybe as a valve of escape?

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