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Posted in: Mako's marriage casts shadow on imperial succession debate See in context

I'm Japanese but I honestly could not care less about the royal family. The idea of monarchy is such an outdated tradition that does not serve much purpose in this time and age. Yes, they are they symbol of the Japanese people and country yada yada yah... The only thing representing me is myself and I look up to people who have deserved recognitions through achievements and merit... not simply because they were born into some special family.

Just my opinions.... I'll probably get a ton of down votes.

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Posted in: Japan to begin trials of COVID-19 vaccination proof at eateries See in context

I hope this proof of vaccination is digital and not something that involves paper and a hanko stamp...

Australia is using a digital vaccination pass which can be easily downloaded on to the phone and it has a hologram feature making it difficult for non-vaccinated people to produce a fake version.

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Posted in: 'Squid Game' becomes Netflix's biggest-ever launch hit See in context

^ Haters gonna hate

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Posted in: Kishida urges S Korea to do more over wartime row to improve ties See in context

"I strongly urge the South Korean side to present an acceptable solution at an early date to bring Japan and South Korea back to healthy relations,"

Umm... building relationships is not a one way street. This sounds like Japan is ordering Korea to present the solution and bring it to Japan like they own Korea. Both Korea and Japan needs to work together in this. Perhaps Japan can contribute by acknowledging their war crimes and teaching the general population some history?

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Posted in: 'Squid Game': South Korea's latest cultural phenomenon See in context

I think Squid game deserved all the hype it received. It wasn't a ground breaking concept by no mean as it has already been done by others like Battle Royale, Kaiji, etc.

But I think what really set it apart was the story telling. It hooked me in within the first few minutes and maintained that momentum throughout all its episode. It was consistent with its concept and themes. There were no stupid pointless fillers that so many animes have (e.g. Naruto shippuden omg). And it was realistic, relatable and touched on values that anyone in the world can understand.

I don't think everyone will enjoy it, but if you're into dark themes and emotional story telling, then 100% recommend this show. (Also please watch it with subs and not the dubs).

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Posted in: More than 1,000 Japanese firms, people named in 'Pandora Papers' See in context

Anyone with money and a brain cell would find look for loop holes to minimize tax.... it's no surprise these people are doing this as unfair as it sounds.

What I'd be more interested in seeing is Abe and his finances.

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Posted in: Health message See in context

Maybe have soap in public bathrooms then?

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Posted in: K-pop stars BTS dip into global diplomacy at U.N. gathering See in context

They're using their popularity and influence to spread awareness and cause to demographics that would otherwise not care about what the UN does.

They're doing something for the good yet we have commenters here who will trash talk this group.

Haters gonna hate.

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Posted in: Muji launches new set of disaster preparedness kits See in context

Does Muji still use cotton from Xinjiang?

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

A bit ironic given that many major cities have a Chinatown.

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Posted in: Japan cosmetics maker to exit S Korea amid anti-Korean post protest See in context

In April 2021, in response to an interview from NHK on their racist statement, DHC claimed that most media companies in Japan including NHK who frames DHC as "racist" is ruled by people of Korean lineage, and Koreans are not minority in Japan. DHC also referred to NHK, a statutory corporation of Japan, as an enemy of the state. 

I was trying to look up if this chief executive was still holding his position at DHC and found this... turns out this entire organisation is idiotic. I'm glad they made it easy for me to decide to never buy their product.

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Posted in: Senior police officer arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

As a woman, this is something I struggled to understand so would appreciate if someone can explain this to me - why do people like this man go through the trouble to film up people's skirt? Can't they just search for women in their undies on porn sites?

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Posted in: Suga's one-year term recalls Japan's revolving door era See in context

This revolving door would be spinning more like a turbine if more people showed interest in politics. I've seen too many young adults show no interest in politics and skipping out on voting, which allows ultra-conservative and corrupt dinosaurs to remain in power.

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Posted in: Kim Jong-un summoned to appear in Tokyo District Court See in context

The legal system in Japan runs a strict protocol to help ensure fairness


Kim Jong-un, is summoned to appear in Tokyo District Court

Why would he even show up? He has no obligations...

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Posted in: Top Chinese actress hit with $46 mil tax fine as Beijing targets celebrity culture See in context

Rather than further censorship, China should focus on placing policies to ensure entertainment companies have fair and ethical contracts, and teach its general population about morality and consent (to avoid situations like Kris Wu luring young girls into his home for sexual assault).

But no.... slap more censorship like a band-aid solution rather than target the root cause.

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

And where's the accountability?

Whoever was responsible for overseeing this should step down. This is incompetency displayed at a time when there's little to no room for mistakes.

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Posted in: China reports zero local virus cases as Delta outbreak retreats See in context


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Posted in: 3 cabinet members, Abe visit Yasukuni Shrine; Suga sends offering See in context

What can you expect.... Abe is the grandson of a Class A war criminal.

Another disappointing and shameful act. Japan continues to widen the gap with its neighbors.

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Posted in: Detained Sri Lankan 'treated like a dog,' says family after seeing video See in context

My heart goes for this family. I hope they find justice and peace. This is murder and a life has been unnecessarily lost due to poor mistreatment.

Some of the comments here are absolutely sickening. She's human and nothing less. Death was certainly not the price to pay over a visa issue.

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Posted in: Olympic athletes inspire robotic zen garden in Tokyo See in context

The contrast between human history and art in Ueno park and modern technology is so cool!

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

It must be truly heart breaking to not be able to see your own children.

Why won't Japan change this extremely biased and unfair system? I don't see anyone supporting this system.

The wife should realise she's doing more harm to the children by not allowing them to see their father. I wonder what she tells them when her children asks about their father.

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Posted in: Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney; several arrested See in context

I live in Sydney. It was honestly so disappointing to wake up to this news.

We've been in lockdown for weeks and these protestors, who were protesting about being in lockdown, will ironically extend the lockdown.

Unfortunately these people are either uneducated and ignorant, or they're the wealthy people who just wants to whinge for not being able to have their weekend brunches or go to the club.

The State government have politicized the approach to COVID and hesitated about going into a hard lockdown earlier so now we have this chaos going on.

The government now is doing a decent job, and offering financial support for people who cannot work. I hope these protestors lose access to any of this privilege.

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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

Japan's revisionist approach on history is a serious concern not just for Koreans and other victims of Japan's war crimes, but also for Japanese people.

People who are unaware of their own history will never be able to address past issues, and discuss about these matters at a deep level. This approach also hinders Japan's ability to develop deeper relationship with Korea and other victimised nations, which I personally think is such a huge missed opportunity for Japan.

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Posted in: Suga upholds Japan's apologies for wartime aggression, comfort women See in context

In the words of my favourite Japanese author, Haruki Murakami:

"The issue of historical understanding carries great significance, and I believe it is important that Japan makes straightforward apologies, I think that is all Japan can do - apologise until the countries say: 'We don't necessarily get over it completely, but you have apologised enough. Alright, let's leave it now.'"

Japantoday actually posted an article of this author. Source below.


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Posted in: Japan cash handout discriminated against Korean students: U.N. experts See in context

A previous comment mentioned that this university and its students support North Korea so they shouldn't receive government pay-out (i.e. yes, it's ok the discriminate them).

Whilst I don't agree with supporting North Korea, this argument is terribly flawed.

By this logic, anyone with a differing opinion / belief should be discriminated? No.

At the end of the day, whether you like Koreans or not, they still pay tax and are residents in Japan and hence should have equal opportunity to receive government support.

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Posted in: Apple Daily editors arrested under Hong Kong security law See in context

It's honestly so sad what's happening in Hong Kong. I really loved Hong Kong for what they were when I visited them before all this crackdown happened. I wish I could do something about it but feel quite helpless... Stay strong Hong Kong and never lose your identity!

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Posted in: No time to waste, warns Japanese climate activist See in context

I feel like Japan has so much potential to be environmentally friendly and carbon neutral and have the potential to lead the world in this area, especially without history of building buildings with wood rather than cement, living in side-by-side with nature, strong recycling program etc.

I see some comments suggest why Japan needs to do this when China and other countries are still using coal... I think every country has its own challenges and whilst China still uses massive amount of coal, they are leading the world in solar energy and development in sustainable farming so they are doing something about this issue. Although it would be nice if other countries can collectively work on this, being environmentally friendly isn't a competition. It's a teamwork.

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Posted in: S Korea holds drills around disputed islets amid row over canceled Japan talks See in context

For those who ask why Korea doesn't take this to the international court:

This has been mentioned time and time again in previous articles regarding Dokdo but Korea doesn't see the need to take it to the court because they see no reason to fight for what they rightfully own.

It's the exact same strategy that Japan uses with the other territories it disputes with China and Russia because they see no reason to fight for what they believe to own.

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Posted in: NBCUniversal CEO says Tokyo Olympics could be most profitable ever for company See in context

Geez... it's all just about money ain't it

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Posted in: Suga regrets having to take all the heat for hosting Olympics during pandemic See in context

I guess a big part of the blame should also be placed on Abe.

He had the golden opportunity at the start of the pandemic to put measures in place / cancel the Olympics but nope... he just handballed it to the next person and is now living comfortably somewhere in his mansion.

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