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Posted in: Japan tops world tourism ranking despite COVID restrictions See in context

The world is full of violence, murder, hatred and filth. It is human nature to want to travel to a safe and clean country.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,573 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 37,438 See in context

I really wish the rest of the world would learn from Japan.


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Posted in: Masks outside not needed when not chatting: gov't panel See in context

To be honest, wearing a mask is tremendously comfortable. We can cover up without makeup and shaving. It also hides the smell of our breaths.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June See in context

In South Korea, airline reservations have exploded, and in Hong Kong, the number of people converting their money into Japanese yen has exploded. Americans should come to Japan while it is available.

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Posted in: Japanese firms' net profit in Jan-March falls 41.3% on cost hikes See in context

As JeffLee-san says, this is a bit of an impression manipulation headline. 41.3% of the total is largely due to SoftBank's huge investment losses, and only 16% is probably real. Besides, if we look at the fiscal year ended in March, net income of listed companies is up 36% from the previous year, and if we exclude Softbank's performance, it is up 75%. Moreover, one in three listed companies had the highest profits in their histories for the fiscal year ended March 2022.

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Posted in: Japan accepted 74 refugees in 2021, highest on record See in context

According to some Japan Today commenters, Japan seems to be hell for foreigners. Refugees are not likely to have jobs unless they can speak Japanese, and it would be better for them not to come. That being said, countries with high GDP per capita should accept more refugees. Unfortunately, many Japanese fear a deterioration in public safety. Most do not want a chaotic society like the West.

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Posted in: Japan FY2021 long-term debt hits new high above ¥1,000 tril See in context

The Japanese government has debt of JPY 1,000 trillion, but Japanese individuals have financial assets of JPY 2,000 trillion. Instead of individuals, the government is spending. In some respects, it is inevitable that Japanese individuals have a low appetite for consumption. Japan has no natural resources and a lot of terrible disasters. In some aspects, it is inevitable that Japanese make deposits to prepare for the future.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

He is a big fan of Japanese animation, and he does not want to see a decrease in the number of Japanese.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

After the baby boomers are gone, Japan will get a huge inheritance tax and a sharp decline in pension payments. Government budgets will then be used to address the declining birthrate.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for peace with North in farewell speech See in context

Moon Jae-in was too bad a president. In foreign affairs, relations between Japan and South Korea were at their worst, he was not taken seriously by the U.S., ignored by China, and made a fool of by North Korea. The suicide rate remains high and the birthrate is considerably worse than in Japan. The Corona measure, which he had boasted about, became a mess at the end, and prosecutorial reforms destroyed the separation of powers. The success of Samsung and KPOP has nothing to do with him. He was popular simply because of his anti-Japanese words and actions. However, it is very interesting to note that his daughter was enrolled in a far-right Japanese university (Kokushikan University). It remains to be seen how many his scandals will be discovered.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy John Roos among spring decorations recipients See in context

Most Japanese know he is great.

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Posted in: Kishida to visit Southeast Asia, Europe to discuss Ukraine crisis See in context

For Southeast Asian countries, a visit by the Japanese prime minister would be a great joy.

Trust perceptions towards major powers for Southeast Asian countries:

Japan 67%, EU 51%, US 47%, China 16%


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Posted in: Ukraine omits Japan from list of countries thanked in Twitter video See in context

Frankly speaking, please return JPY 500,000 I donated.

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Posted in: Ukraine omits Japan from list of countries thanked in Twitter video See in context

The Ukrainian government should be smarter. Japan is probably one of the top three countries in the world in terms of individual donations to Ukraine. I think there are many Japanese who are willing to donate after the war is over.

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Posted in: French prosecutors issue international arrest warrant for Ghosn See in context

It appears that the Japanese prosecutors were right after all.

Poor Ghosn can no longer live anywhere but in Lebanon.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

I am sorry, but crime rates in other countries are considerably higher than in Japan. It may be the job of police officers to question people from those countries. I am sorry.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

I think this is an unavoidable aspect, There are some foreigners who stay in Japan illegally. However, it is undesirable to have many anti-Japanese because of this. Some of them often come here and make bad comments.

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Posted in: Kishida says no schedule yet for allowing entry of tourists See in context

After all, Japan is an elderly-centered society. The elderly are afraid that the travel restrictions will be lifted and the virus will spread. And recently, the new cases have increased globally.

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Posted in: Japan pledges $500 mil for global vaccine-sharing efforts See in context

Japan should not give so much aid to other countries anymore. Even if Japan aids, many countries may be grateful for a while, but soon forget about it. China and Korea are good examples. Most people in those countries have already forgotten about Japan's assistance at all. Contributions to international organizations such as the UN should also be reduced. Even if Japan gives big money to them, Japan does not get special treatment in those organizations.

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Posted in: China's COVID-19 policy, yuan's rise vs yen may beset Japan's economy See in context

The BOJ is continuing its ultra-easy policy to achieve 2% inflation. Japan's current inflation rate is 0.9% and extraordinary level in the world, but there are projections that it will reach 2% this summer. There is a possibility of a policy shift around that time.

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Posted in: Germany to face Spain, Japan at World Cup; Iran and U.S. in same group See in context

Just being able to compete will be enough. There are many countries, including Italy, that cannot participate. Besides, soccer is not the most popular sport in Japan, and it would be bad for other countries if we win.

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Posted in: Hayashi to bring back 30 Ukraine evacuees to Japan from Poland See in context

According to the attached website, Ukrainians want to move to Poland. Well, it is very suspicious data.


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Posted in: North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile toward sea See in context

If pachinko funds are flowing to North Korea, there may be a law in the near future banning pachinko in order to cut off the funds.

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Posted in: Japan remains favorite country for Taiwanese: poll See in context

In East Asia, Japan, China, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan hate each other, with the exception of Japan-Taiwan relation. It's very interesting.

Makes me think that Taiwanese who took this survey clearly have no knowledge about the many other wonderful countries in the world! The research agency responsible this survey was probably a Japanese company therefore NO BIAS WHATSOEVER… lol ! 

One example;


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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

Is this the top story ?

Japan is really peaceful, while the world is full of violence, crime, murder, and hatred.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy approaches Japan over possible online speech to Diet See in context

I understand your desire to rely on Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's 2020 ODA 2nd highest on record due to pandemic See in context


However, if Japan doesn't pay a lot of money, there will be plenty of foreigners who will criticize it. And Japan has the certain livelihood protection system which covers more than 2 million people including foreigners.

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Posted in: Japan's 2020 ODA 2nd highest on record due to pandemic See in context

Japan is truly a kind country. I can understand why foreigners respect it so much.

For the most part, the Japanese govt is "giving away money" to Japanese corporations contracted to build the infrastructure and equipment. 

Even if Japanese contractors are used, the raw materials that make up the bulk of the construction costs are imported from outside Japan and borne by Japan. Local labor costs are also borne by Japan.

The OECD often criticizes Japan for tying its aid to Japanese corporate stakeholders.

If possible, please show me the evidences of criticism.

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Posted in: Japan to spend ¥8.8 bil on humanitarian aid for Ukraine See in context

Japan is truly a kind country to foreign countries. I wonder how many tens of billions of yen, including private donations, will eventually go to Ukraine?

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

Unfortunately, many Japanese believe that American prisons are much more dangerous than those in Japan. While this may not be true, many believe that rape, violence, covid-19 and drugs are prevalent.

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