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Posted in: Chinese media call Japan 'two-faced' for seeking closer ties while warning of China threat See in context

China has developed thanks to the financial and technical assistance of Japan and the United States. China has forgotten that debt.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to reclaim tech edge with overseas help See in context

However, Japan still ranks third in the world in new patents.

China --- 38%, USA --- 18%, Japan --- 16%, S.Korea --- 10%, Germany --- 4%, France --- 2%, UK --- 1%

If it were the cumulative number of those currently in effect, Japan would probably still be in second place.


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Posted in: Taiwan earthquake kills 9; 50 still missing, more than 800 injured See in context

Taiwan has always donated to Japan, so now it is time for Japan to donate a lot.

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Posted in: Indonesian president-elect vows to further strengthen ties with Japan after visiting China See in context

Trustworthiness Ranking by ASEAN Countries (Trust vs. Distrust)

Japan: 59 vs 20 

USA: 42 vs 38,

EU: 42 vs 35,

China: 25 vs 50

Travel Destination Popularity Ranking

Japan: 30%


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Posted in: Japan's Space One Kairos rocket explodes right after lift-off See in context

Someone is commenting on North Korea, but they must be joking.

Japan's first satellite --- 1970

North Korea's first satellite --- 2023

North Korea is more than 50 years behind Japan.

And by the way, countries that have sent lander to the moon --- only 5 countries including Japan

Countries that brought back materials from asteroids --- only 2 countries including Japan

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Posted in: 'Dragon Ball' creator Akira Toriyama dies at 68 See in context

In BBC News, Akira Toriyama's death is a more read article than Biden's speech.

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Posted in: Japan eyes up to 800,000 more skilled foreign workers over next 5 years See in context

Can we take advantage of the estimated 1.46 million hikikomoris?

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Posted in: Japan's Riken Yamamoto awarded Pritzker prize for architecture See in context

The Japanese have received the most Pritzker Prizes. It is strange that more Japanese than Americans have received the award.

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Posted in: Japan's Nikkei tops 40,000 for first time, as investors await China political meeting See in context

Everyone, let's donate some of the money we earned to Noto.

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Posted in: Number of births in Japan hits record low in 2023 See in context

Although Japan is often discussed, the fertility rates of European countries are also quite low. Even France, which is full of immigrants and has been considered an honor student in fertility rate, is 1.68. Spain, Italy, and other countries are lower than Japan. Some people attribute the decline in the fertility rate mainly to long working hours and poverty, but the number of working hours has been decreasing significantly, and the fertility rate was higher during the poorer years of the 20th century. Also, poor developing countries have very high fertility rates. In the end, the main cause is probably that developed countries have too much entertainment and have lost interest in marriage and having children.

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Posted in: The Nikkei index closed at an all-time high Thursday, breaking the previous record set in 1989. What does that mean for Japan's economy? See in context

As a matter of course, the high stock market is not due to the fact that the Japanese economy is doing very well. While the weak yen has boosted exports, the growth in corporate profits is also largely due to the increased profits of overseas subsidiaries. In addition, the stock market is at an all-time high for a number of reasons other than corporate profits, including the buying Japanese stocks by leaving China, countering inflation, requests for reform by the TSE, the development of shareholder-friendly management, and the introduction of NISA.

However, high stock prices are positive for the Japanese economy. Consumption due to the income effect will offset, even slightly, the decline in consumption due to inflation. In addition, the GPIF's huge investment gains will have a large impact on pension finances. There may have been rumors that pension contributions had to be paid until age 65 or that pension benefits would start at age 67, but I don't think we have heard anything about this recently. If the pension system remains as it is now, there will be a positive impact not only for the rich but also for the poor.

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Posted in: Why rich families are rich and poor families poor in Japan See in context

Jim said the following at the beginning of last November.

"I sold Japanese stocks. Don't sell Chinese stocks." Since then, Japanese stocks are up 20% and Chinese stocks are down 10%. I have not seen his words come true, but how about you? Maybe I just don't know.

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Posted in: Taiwan raises $17.2 million donation for Japan quake aid See in context

Taiwan is truly our good friend. By the way, will Japan Today collect donations? If you collect a lot of money, you can leave a good impression on the Japanese people.

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Posted in: Asian shares mixed after Wall Street gains; Nikkei closes at 34-year high See in context

Although unrealized gains, BOJ and GPIF are making significant gains. Higher stock prices are good not only for the wealthy, but for Japan as a whole.

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Posted in: Record 87% of Japanese 'do not feel friendly' toward China: survey See in context

How many countries look favorably on China?

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Posted in: Japan becomes 5th country to land spacecraft on moon See in context

Why was Japan unable to accomplish this in the 1980s?

The achievement of Hayabusa seems much more difficult than landing on the moon.

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Posted in: Japanese officials begin on-site inspection of Daihatsu HQ See in context

Are Japanese standards too strict? According to the reliability rankings by Consumer Reports in 2023,

Toyota, 2. Lexus, 3. BMW, 4. Mazda, 5. Honda, 6. Audi, 7. Subaru, 8. Acura, 9. Kia, 10. Lincoln


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Posted in: Japan gets 'fossil' award again as climate action slammed See in context

It's a strange award. According to the attached site,


Carbon dioxide emissions per capita ranking;

Australia: 14.8, Canada: 13.6, United States: 13.0, Russia: 11.2, South Korea: 11.0, Japan: 8.0, China: 7.8

I wish they would take into account that it was the Japanese who invented the lithium ion battery and the blue LED.

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Posted in: Japan sees 2.52 million visitors in Oct, exceeding pre-COVID levels See in context

Isn't Japan the only safe tourist destination? You don't want to go to other countries because of the chaos, violence, demonstrations, discrimination, hate, detention risks, and scams, right?

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Posted in: Angry North Korean See in context

They're really interesting.


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Posted in: Angry North Korean See in context

Most Japanese are not interested in the Asian Games, and the Japanese soccer team participating (U-22) are reserves of reserves. North Korea's (U-24) excitement is ludicrous.

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Posted in: Hackers target YouTube channels in Japan as online fraud cases rise See in context

Whenever this kind of article is published, there are always comments about the fax situation in Japan. However, there are surveys showing that the fax usage rates in the U.S. and Germany are higher than that in Japan.

Japan: approx. 60%, U.S.: approx. 70%, Germany: approx. 80%.



Sorry for the Japanese articles.

According to the article, more than one-third of the German companies use faxes "frequently" or "very frequently". After all, it seems that countries that have long been developed countries continue to use it.

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Posted in: Are the Japanese really ‘safety drivers’? See in context

According to the attached website, Japan is the best in the world.

1 Japan, 2 Netherlands, 3 Norway


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Posted in: South Korean protesters call for government action on Fukushima water See in context

Like the results of the "No Japan" movement and the mad cow disease scare, it will all be forgotten a year from now, because it is mere political agitation.

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Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English? See in context

Even if they consider themselves fluent, unfortunately, few Westerners can speak Japanese fluently. Therefore, it is possible that Japanese people are answering in English.

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Posted in: 3 schoolgirls drown in Fukuoka river on 1st day of summer vacation See in context

It's a real sad. As for swimming skills, I think there are fewer people in Japan who cannot swim. In my own experience, out of 120 students in swimming class of my school, only around 5 could not swim 15 meters. Most elementary and junior high schools have swimming pools. Well, even if we can swim 15 meters, it is very dangerous if we get stuck in the rapids of the river.

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Posted in: Crime in Japan rises in 1st half of 2023 as COVID restrictions ease See in context

The numbers of crimes;

First half of 2019 (before Covid-19) : 363k

First half of 2022 : 275k

First half of 2023 : 333k

After all, the Covid-19 seems to have the certain influence.

I've been very curious about the idea of 'low crime Japan' because that was not my experience when I lived there I felt it was similar to most Western nations overall (except the US of course).

However, are there many countries other than Japan where women and children can walk alone at night? Or how many countries are there where dropped items can be easily found?

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Posted in: Japan logs ¥1.86 tril current account surplus in May See in context

Simply put, the Japanese government is the debtor and Japanese companies and individuals are the asset holders. Japan as a whole has the world's largest net foreign assets at ¥418 trillion. Reducing the Japanese government's debt will probably require higher taxes, including a consumption tax.

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Posted in: South Koreans protest Japan's plans to release treated wastewater from Fukushima plant See in context

If Koreans can't trust the opinions of the international group of experts, they should also question the discharge of water from their own nuclear power plants. In this case, they may be at the instigation of some anti-Japanese politicians. I think some Koreans are gullible, unfortunately. It seems that South Korea has the highest fraud crime rate among the member countries of OECD, according to the attached site.


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Posted in: Japan says China, S Korea have both released water with high levels of tritium See in context

In the near future we may be able to eat cheap fish, as Chinese and Koreans will stop eating eels, sushi, sanma, etc.

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