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Posted in: Crimes in Japan rise in 2022 for 1st time in 20 years See in context

*Crime rates in Japan are many times higher than what the statistics tell you (for example, one Japanese researcher believes that 90% of suicides are, in fact, murders), and this could be just an increase in reporting anyway, which is good.*

What a foolish researcher. If 90% of suicides are murders, the number of suicides in Japan would be 2,000. We would see the lowest suicide rate in the world.

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

Outside of Japan, it is very dangerous.

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Posted in: Japan's central bank tweaks monetary policy; yen strengthens See in context

For the yen to appreciate significantly, the decline of the crude oil following the end of the war in Ukraine is necessary. Well, even without a drop in the oil market, I think the yen will appreciate to 125 per dollar after Kuroda steps down.

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Posted in: 64% disapprove of tax hikes to cover Japan's rising defense budget: poll See in context

I think that Kishida's approval rating would rise if he introduced a pachinko tax and a religious corporation tax -only a few percent of donation revenues.

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Posted in: Why Japan is boosting its arms capability, defense budget See in context

It is not good to provoke China too much. Losing the world's largest auto market would put Japan in a difficult situation. It is better to emphasize that the increase in military spending is to counter Russia and North Korea.

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Posted in: Croatia beats Brazil on penalties to set up semifinal clash with Argentina See in context

Croatia ≧ Brazil = Japan, hahaha

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Posted in: Japan beats Spain 2-1 to advance to last 16 at World Cup See in context

Germany and Spain lost because they were caught off guard against Japan. Normally, they would not lose five times out of a hundred. Many of the Japanese players were injured and they played so badly.

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Posted in: Win or lose: Japanese fans tidy up at World Cup See in context

Japanese morals and foreign morals are different, so it is better not to do this kind of act. There are always people who criticize it as hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Thousands of British nurses to stage first strikes on Dec 15, 20 See in context

How many patients will die because of the strike? I guess it is the poor patients who die. It is very sad.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Dentsu in widening Tokyo Olympic probe See in context

I hope that Dentsu and its related persons will be fined enormously.

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Posted in: Toyota unveils new Prius hybrid with more power, range, style See in context

According to the attached website,

More than 1 in every 3 prospective buyers (36%) are considering a hybrid as their next car or truck purchase, up from 29% in 2019, according to Consumer Reports.

The most reliable automotive brands;

1 Toyota, 2 Lexus, 3 BMW, 4 Mazda, 5 Honda, 6 Audi, 7 Subaru

The new Prius will probably succeed.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2022/11/15/reliability-cars-consumer-reports-ranking/10703135002/

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Posted in: Japan given infamous 'fossil' award at climate change conference See in context

They should add to their assessment that it was the Japanese who invented the lithium ion battery and the blue LED. hahaha

And according to the attached website, Japan is not so terrible.

Carbon dioxide emissions per capita: 

Palau 58 tons

United States 16 tons

Japan 9 tons

China 8 tons

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions_per_capita

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Posted in: Japan current account surplus halves in April-Sept to ¥4.85 tril See in context

Wait till it will reach zero then Japan will bankrupt.

Will the world's largest creditor nation go bankrupt?

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Posted in: N Korean ICBM may have failed in flight, officials say; residents in Japan told to shelter See in context

Are they aware that the whole world hates them? Let's stop the Pachinko and the Unification Church.

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Posted in: Mourners form long lines before ex-PM Abe's state funeral See in context

The cult has turned a lot of conservatives away from him, but surprisingly there are a lot of mourners.

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Posted in: Japan intervenes in currency market buying yen for dollars for first time since 1998 See in context

The BOJ intervened by buying dollars at the 80 yen level (around 2011) and now selling dollars at the 140 yen level. They made quite a bit of money. Japan's foreign exchange reserves are currently $1.0458 trillion. They spent just a little bit of it today, maybe.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan differ over summit plan in New York See in context

The South Korean president has long been eager to meet with the Japanese prime minister and has been far behind in cashing in the assets of Japanese companies. What are they afraid of? Are they threatened by the US?

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Posted in: Japan to revise foreign aid charter toward 'more strategic' ODA use See in context

Japan and the U.S. provided enormous financial and technical assistances to China and South Korea, which they have already forgotten. They were a waste of money. Japan should cut back on foreign aid and spend more on anti-poverty, birthrate up, and R&D in Japan.

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Posted in: Ohtani, Trout power Angels to 10-0 win over Tigers See in context

Judge is preferred for the MVP. If Ohtani wins the MVP, there will be more anti-Otani, which is not good.

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

I think that many Japanese are opposed to the national funeral because of his association with a cult. If there was no connection, this level of expense might not be a big deal. More importantly, aid to India and Africa is really a waste of money.

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Posted in: Japan's plastic waste problem spurring grocery shopping novelty See in context

Many people misunderstand, but plastic waste in Japan is not so bad. Garbage separation and recycling are effective in Japan. Plastic packaging of fruits and vegetables is partly unavoidable in humid Japan. And without packaging, on the contrary, there would be a lot of food loss. Anyway, reduction in plastic waste is a good thing.

Plastic waste generated per capita (kg/year)

U.S.A.: 130, United Kingdom: 98, Germany: 81, Japan: 38, China: 15

https://www.nap.edu/resource/other/dels/plastics-in-the-ocean/

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Posted in: Japanese, S Koreans see each other more favorably, poll shows See in context

This survey was probably done before the cult issue arose.

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

Everyone is happy to gather here.

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Posted in: Mitsui, Mitsubishi to keep stakes in Russia Sakhalin 2 energy project See in context

If Japan cancels the contract, China will take over the interests of this project. Japan's huge investment will be wasted, and China will reap huge profits. This must be avoided.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for leaving children at home alone for 10 hours while she played pachinko See in context

95% of Japanese would not oppose a ban on pachinko. It should be abolished.

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Posted in: Yen falls to fresh 24-year low against dollar See in context

According to the attached report, the appropriate dollar-yen rate is 90.74 yen. Perhaps we should prepare for a policy shift by the BOJ in the near future. I have already converted two-thirds of my dollar deposits into yen.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-24/yen-s-true-value-could-offer-support-once-boj-pivots-bofa-says

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

This indicator may be a little bit arbitrary. The fact is that in some countries, women work because they have no choice, because men don't work so much. I think we should include the difference in life expectancy in the index. In Japan, women live considerably longer than men because of less stress. Countries where women do not live that long as men are countries where women are not so respected.

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Posted in: Unification Church says Abe shooter's mother is follower See in context

Why was Mr. Abe killed by such a trivial person for such a trivial reason? The killer's mother became addicted to religion because of her. Her bankruptcy caused trouble for her creditors. No one has any sympathy for his family situation. He is a fool, easily fooled by conspiracy theories. Even if he hadn't been fooled by conspiracy theories, he would have been scammed.

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

He is probably an idiot who has no particular deep thoughts and is prone to believe in conspiracy theories. Just a chu-2-byo who wants to show off.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

These kinds of culprits believe that it is the fault of politics and others that they are poor and unsuccessful. The level of thinking is below that of a elementary school student.

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