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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Cheese Cheese Double Cheeseburger makes a different ingredient stand out See in context

I'll have to try one. As a kid, I always ate the 2 Cheeseburger Meal at McDonalds. Then, I discovered the Whopper and only ate those at BK.

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Posted in: U.S. House votes to force weapons shipments to Israel, rebuking Biden See in context

Gaza has basically been "wiped off the map" at this point. Israel is doing to Gaza what they claim Hamas wants to do to them, even though Hamas never had the capability to do so. The US is complicit in this and this vote just reflects how deep Israeli interests have in US politics.

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Posted in: Teenager referred to prosecutors for using smart glasses to cheat on university entrance exam See in context

It makes me wonder how many cases of cheating haven't been discovered. Just like when they find out some family member has been collecting their deceased parent's pension, you wonder how common it really is in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan’s wedding gift etiquette rule too expensive, young people in survey say See in context

When my wife and I got married, we didn't have a ceremony. Just a trip to the City Hall to sign some papers. It was my second marriage and her first, but neither of us wanted the attention. We saved a lot of money, and I have recieved over ¥100,000 from my employer and private insurance just for getting married. Kids are hopefully on the way so we need to save all the money we can. Hopefully we don't get any wedding invites in the near future, but as long as the drinks are free, I don't mind spending the money for the experience.

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Posted in: Japan Day Parade in New York See in context

Yokota Air Base is hosting one of biggest American Days next weekend.

I imagine that the cue to get into the base will resemble Gas Panic on a Saturday night.

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Posted in: Israel moves deeper into Rafah and fights Hamas militants regrouping in northern Gaza See in context

@zibala

We are supposed to accept this opinion because it was written by someone whose uncle was a Palestinian politician who was Secretary General of the executive committee of the PLO?

https://jacobin.com/2018/07/gaza-protests-israel-occupation-norman-finkelstein

How about Norman Finkelstein who is Jewish and had family members murdered in the Holocaust? Or is he one of those "self-hating" Jews?

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Posted in: Israel moves deeper into Rafah and fights Hamas militants regrouping in northern Gaza See in context

Israel has the right to defend itself, and has been doing so in compliance with international law.

U.S. says Israel's use of weapons may have violated international law

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Middle-East-crisis/U.S.-says-Israel-s-use-of-weapons-may-have-violated-international-law#:~:text=Rights%20group%20Amnesty%20International%20in,use%20of%20unlawful%20lethal%20force.

Also, Israel doesn't have the right to self-defense in International Law against occupied Palestinian Territory.

In fact, it has a duty to protect Palestinians living under occupation.

https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/27551

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Posted in: Japan child population shrinks for 43rd straight year See in context

…when the economy collapses and you are living on ¥30,000 a month in 2050 ( pension ) you won't be that interested in global warming you will be more worried about where you will find your next meal.

The good news is that there will be plenty of land and abandoned farms for you to grow your own food, that’s if you can afford to live outside of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Number of vacant homes in Japan tops record 9 mil See in context

I've thought about buying an old akiya and renovating it. Old Japanese houses are beautiful and I have no problem living in one (lived in one for eight years as a rental), but, they are hot as a furnace in the summer and cold as heck in the winter. Plus, even if you do manage to fix it up nice and sell it, who is going to buy it off you? A Japanese person who isn't going to make any money off of it (because its you that has done the renos) or another foreigner? Good luck with that. Maybe as a rental it could have another life, but thats a whole other huge ordeal.

So I see them as either a money pit, or, if you do plan to retire in Japan and live out your remaining years in an old akiya in the countryside with a large zen or veggie garden, well, good luck if you have a supportive spouse who also wants to do that (Odds are they don't).

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Posted in: Honda announces $11 bil EV battery and vehicle plant in Canada See in context

The only sad part is that its in Ontario. Trudeau and the Liberals are well known for ignoring the West. Canada is a very unbalanced country when it comes to its manufacturing. Almost everything is located in the East. This is why the Alberta economy tanks every time there is an energy glut. There are virtually no other industries there so sustain economic growth long term.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

Japan should avoid making weapons and tech for the US, that it basically gives away to Israel to be used against innocent civilians and those legally resisting occupation.

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Posted in: Nihon University student falls to his death; autopsy finds cannabis in system See in context

Yes, since they legalized weed in Canada, many US states, Thailand and other countries there have been thousands of suicides and people jumping off tall objects. Not!

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Posted in: Japan to OK home care visits by more foreign workers See in context

My wife is a homecare nurse here in Japan. She tells me about her day dealing with all kinds of people. Babies, elderly, young men and women with mobility and mental issues. Its not just the elderly, believe me. But, what the elderly and the parents of small children want is someone who they can communicate with. Don't get me wrong, I know foreign workers are caring and can learn Japanese, but the job requires more than just listening to and measuring someone's heart rate for a few seconds.

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Posted in: Japan unveils plans for next-generation passenger plane project See in context

Seems like a “gotta do something” project. When politicians and business leaders are asked “What’s Japan gunna do about the xyz problem?” They respond with an expensive project that just fills the pockets of the already wealthy.

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Posted in: Plunging births push Japanese diaper maker to switch to adult market See in context

I haven’t tried adult diapers yet. They must be getting popular though. Are they really that comfortable and convenient? Don’t they smell if you don’t change them right away? I guess they can mask the odor pretty good. Thinking of buying some after work today and wearing them into work tomorrow. I always have to drop the kids off while I’m on a packed train. We’ll see how it goes.

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Posted in: Japan’s space agency says it hopes to forge profitable launch business with new H3 rocket See in context

When I saw the photo, I first thought it was the world's largest Iron Lung.

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Posted in: Ohtani's 'perfect person' image could take a hit with firing of interpreter over gambling See in context

 I think Mizuhara was really the fall guy for him. Mizuhara has less to lose from this.

You would think Ohtani would have known Mizuhara was gambling all this time. I mean, they spend so much time together. Its not something you do between the hours of 2-4am when everyone is sleeping. Gambling addicts are constantly thinking and planning their next wager. With sports betting, they are constantly checking scores and results, future matchups. Ohtani would have noticed Mizu's behaviour, even noticed the apps on his phone and the calls he makes while driving around in expensive cars together.

So yeah, probably Ohtani was involved more than they're saying. I think its something they did together for fun, but through an illegal bookie. Obviously Ohtani wasn't able to do it by himself, he needed a translator to communicate and make the big bets.

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Posted in: Ohtani's interpreter fired by Dodgers after allegations of illegal gambling, theft from star See in context

I get it now. Ohtani will now "retire" and take up basketball (he just married a former pro). After the dust settles around the gambling rumors, he'll make his NBA, I mean MLB comeback.

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Posted in: Ohtani's interpreter fired by Dodgers after allegations of illegal gambling, theft from star See in context

Aside from this, you would've thought Otani, after however many years in the US, would make some effort to speak English in interviews rather than relying on an interpreter.

Ichiro used an interpreter for his entire MLB career. Of course, Ichiro could speak English. You can watch his Mariners HOF speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgossI-oZII

I think the problem is more to do with Japanese culture, not the difficulty of the language. In the NHL, NBA, and even in MLB with Latin players, players are expected to speak English after a season or two when they give interviews. I've never seen an NHL player or an NBA player use an interp for more than a season.

However, Japanese players seem to do it for far longer (except Munenori Kawasaki). Yu Darvish still using one despite his fluency. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVirLxeMIaU

Ichiro always said that he wanted the Japanese fans back home to get his comments directly "from the heart" so he insisted on speaking in Japanese during interviews. I just hope Ohtani puts a little more effort into his English in the near future. I'm certain that he gets a little jealous when the Latin born players give interviews without the interp.

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Posted in: Global fertility rate to keep plummeting, major study warns See in context

"Major study warns"

A warning sounds negative. Why should population decline always be considered a negative? Sure, economic growth might not be sustainable, but again, why must we always have economic growth? Are humans incapable of inhabiting a planet that doesn't have long term economic growth? Seems humans did just fine for thousands of years before an "economy" was invented.

I suppose a "warning" could be considered positive if it gives countries time to prepare in advance. Changing immigration (and emigration) policies, pension distribution and collection, and other social changes/policies.

This is kind of a logical contradiction. If every country's population is going to be shrinking then where are the immigrants going to be coming from?

I would imagine that people in "developing countries" even with low birth rates, they'll want to emigrate to developed countries. I would imagine that people will still want to flee places with low quality of living standards, education, health care, etc. In fact, things might even get worse in those countries if there is a population decline.

What we might actually see in the future is a population shift where wealthy folk from developed countries (Europe, North America) begin moving to developing countries for retirement (warm climate) and visa versa with people from developing countries moving to the developed countries. Its already happening of course on a smaller scale. Just look at all the Americans that flee to Florida and Arizona for retirement. The boomer generation is just getting started with this.

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Posted in: Russia will be asked for ceasefire during Olympics, Macron tells Ukraine interviewer See in context

Will there be one in Gaza too? I anticipate a lot of Palestinian flags at this year's Olympics. Maybe even a boycott or two.

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

Space is hard. Space is especially hard for Japan it seems.

Makes me think of the phrase "Its not rocket science." Because it is, of course. You would think that we humans would have figured it out by now. I mean, we've been going to space since Sputnik in '57, yet scientists are still struggling to consistently send rockets into orbit without them exploding. Its either because countries are too secret about the technology involved, that everyone is out for themselves, or we are constantly trying to figure out something better. Probably a combination of the two.

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Posted in: Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success See in context

“It’s like, I get it you know.” (In Paul Mitchel’s words) I totally understand some people’s desire to control the narrative on the bomb. It’s like with the conflict in Gaza right now. The pro-Israeli crowd will say “October 7th” to justify the atrocities in Gaza, while many Americans will say “Pearl Harbor” to justify the A bombs.

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Posted in: Biden cajoles Netanyahu with tough talk, humanitarian concerns but Israeli PM remains dug in See in context

Who knows the lies Netanyahu is telling Biden. Probably "If you don't send us the precision guided missiles, we'll have to use the older ones that kill more people." Or, "If we don't have the weapons we need now, the war will last longer and more innocents will die." Or "We are doing all we can to get aid into Gaza."

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Posted in: Biden to announce plan for temporary port on Gaza's coast to increase flow of humanitarian aid See in context

It sounds like just another border opening where Israel gets to decide whats let in. You'll probably see settlers in boats blocking ships from docking at the port too and tanks firing at innocent people. Fingers crossed its successful though. Palestinians need all the help they can get.

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Posted in: Pressure grows on Israel to open more aid routes into Gaza by land and sea as hunger spreads See in context

Pretty sick what Netanyahu and his "war cabinet" are doing. Its a genocide cabinet. Hamas and its supporters have a right to resist occupation too. In 1982, UNGA Resolution 37/43 affirmed the legitimacy of the struggle for independence, territorial integrity, national unity, and liberation from foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle.

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Posted in: City in Saitama Prefecture to require multilingual trash rules posted for foreigners See in context

I just moved out of a house I was renting in Saitama and had an enormous pile of burnable and non-burnable items that needed to be tossed away. Of course, the garbage (incineration) center isn't open on most weekends, so I had to put everything into plastic bags and take it all to the corner in the morning. 15 bags later it was all done, but the non-burnable things had to be taken to the curb on a special day. If it wasn't for my Japanese wife helping me, I'd have no clue what to do with all the garbage I had to get rid of.

Its not just foreigners though that have a difficult time understanding the garbage rules. I often find piles of trash beside the road when I'm jogging. Its often non-burnable items like old clay pots and porcelain wares (plates, mugs) that (lazy Japanese) people decide to just dump the old fashioned way.

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Posted in: Food aid reaches north Gaza for first time in weeks; Israeli hostages' families push for release See in context

While its sad and disturbing to see this genocide taking place in Gaza, public opinion around the world (and especially the United States) is finally turning against Israel. Time will tell how this crisis influences US politics, but if the world can unite and do something similar to what was done against the South African apartheid government (boycotts, protests etc.) there is hope.

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Posted in: South Korea's fertility rate drops to fresh record low in 2023 See in context

Sounds like SK is a more extreme version of Japan. More traditional gender roles, wider gender pay gap, strong cultural norms to be married to have kids etc. On top of that, there is the issue with SK women being confident, and have adopted feminism, leading to discrimination against men from what I understand. I don't see how SK can reverse this trend without a mass immigration policy.

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Posted in: Brazil calls for U.N. overhaul at meeting of G20 ministers in Rio See in context

Yup. The US has used its United Nations Security Council veto power 42 times against resolutions condemning Israel, out of a total 83 times in which its veto has ever been used. Its time for a change!

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