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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics draw to a close See in context

That was honestly the most boring and ‘mottainai’ ceremony I’ve ever seen.

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Posted in: World's biggest wealth fund puts Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link See in context

China is the sugar daddy and thus untouchable for these Europeans.

Yep, Norwegians are very careful with China after they got pissed about the Peace Price of 2010 (Liu Xiaobo) and refused to buy Norwegian salmon for 8 years straight (it’s a bigger deal than it sounds). Because of this, Norway wouldn’t meet with Dalia Lama when he visited, and they had to send the king to China to make them happy again.

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Posted in: Births in Japan hit record low in 2020; deaths down for first time in over a decade See in context

Really? exactly what did the gov do that was so great? can you answer concretely?

Exactly. That is the point. They didn’t do anything. And people and businesses certainly didn’t do much either. Packed trains and business (almost) as usual, but still total deaths are down. According to some people here, this would lead to an inevitable disaster, but did it really?

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Posted in: Births in Japan hit record low in 2020; deaths down for first time in over a decade See in context

Fewer Japanese died during a Pandemic. I wonder if any other country can make the same claim?

Same thing in Norway.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

A little disappointing, he and his family have been invisible for the best part of a year, in total contrast to his father and mother.

Well, he has been doing more than you think. It is just not covered as COVID, Trump, and other disasters has taken the spotlight. Although he could not go out much due to the pandemic, you can check the Kunaicho website schedule to see what he has been up to. Just before the pandemic really hit, they went visiting a center for people with disabilities. Kako-sama went to a conference supporting mothers who have kids with hearing disabilities. After the pandemic really hit hard, they have been doing online meetings with hospitals/Red Cross from Hokkaido, Fukushima, Okinawa etc. They also did an online meeting encouraging the victims of the Kumamoto flood.

He has a a lot of duties to attend such as embassy officials coming/leaving office, awards, politics, and symposiums (probably much more than this as there is a lot of "official duties" in his schedule). Moreover, he is the head of Shinto and his schedule is packed with ceremonies.

There is a reason the previous Emperor had to throw in the towel.

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Posted in: Man gets out of taxi on Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge; then jumps to his death See in context

Maybe the passenger was acting violently or erratically

He didn’t ask him politely to stop, but rather demanding it. The driver got scared and stopped at a shoulder.

I think the first thing that would come to most people’s mind (especially taxi drivers) is that the passenger suddenly got sick.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

A former PM was murdered there back in 1931 by riight wing military leaders.The feeling is the spot is haunted.

So it’s basically a 事故物件 (jiko bukken). Kind of understand him then.

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Posted in: New Zealand imposes 3-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases See in context

I see them having an absolute normal life

Either you don't live in Japan, or you haven't been out much. Business as usual here in Japan.

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Posted in: Culling of 330,000 chickens begins in Kagawa after avian flu confirmed See in context

Meanwhile Denmark is to cull all farmed mink in the entire country (some 17 million). What a year indeed...

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Posted in: Man arrested after refusing to pay hotel bill for 15-night stay See in context

50,000 dollars for a 15-day stay? What was this, an Aman resort?

As the hotel is apparently located in Hamajimacho, I am pretty sure it is Amanemu. The other hotel in that area capable of such a bill is slightly outside of Hamajimacho.

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Posted in: Japanese firm wins world's 1st sustainable label for tuna fishing See in context

Tell the younger Japanese to watch YouTube videos about Norwegian Salmon farming. I guarantee they will never eat again.

Yes, unfortunately it is going in the wrong direction. Salmon used to be healthier and rich in oils, now it’s becoming more similar to chicken after being fed soy their whole life. Not to mention the salmon louse problem and the fact that the salmon way too often escapes the farms and destroy the natural salmon population.

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Posted in: Japan must avoid rise in property tax for commercial land: LDP exec See in context

I own 3 companies in Japan and I have to pay “ residence “ tax on my offices, every month. Never heard something that stupid. That is for the privilege of paying office rent, Including tax, so we can work to pay corporate tax, and tax on salaries. And personal taxes.

If you indeed own 3 companies you should know how to reduce your tax by now.

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Posted in: Japan to mark 75th anniversary of World War 2 end in scaled-back ceremony See in context

Why is Japanese news always full of WWII news?

Indeed. Full of it lately. When you look at the comment section, you will understand why though.

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Posted in: Man who feigned coronavirus at town hall gets suspended sentence See in context

Corona sure brings out the crazy in people. Lots of these cases unfortunately. Worst case I’ve heard so far was a woman in Norway who spat a random baby in its mouth while saying “Corona Corona”.

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Posted in: Pandemic derails Abe's strategy to revive regional Japan with tourism See in context

Let us not forget Hotels as well that charge per head rather than per room.

This is perfectly normal.

"The hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops expanded business, perhaps too much, since inbound tourism was bringing in so much money," said Nobuhiro Doi, president of major regional lender Bank of Kyoto.

This. There are guest houses literally everywhere here. Everyone jumped on the trend just like they did some years ago when Machiya (traditional town houses) restoration was the trend. There are some seriously dodgy Chinese developers here which buy out tons of old houses in just a couple of years and rebuild them into guest houses (they run them or try to sell them to Chinese investors). Chinese taxi companies also expand, again having a huge pool of luxury vehicles in no-time.

I am also concerned by all the low quality souvenir shops popping up everywhere selling cheap junk trying to make a fortune on tourists. I wish Kyoto could focus more on high-end tourists. They built some good hotels here lately (Aman, Park Hyatt), but they need to stop washing out the culture with cheap gimmicky crap aimed at Chinese mass tourism (e.g. “you can dress as legendary Ninja!” and then they give you a black hood and a plastic sword to pose with. Sigh). /rant

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker wants sales tax ditched See in context

A wage tax is like a penalty for having a job.

Exactly. This is why the middle class (the employees) will always be the most taxed and one of the large reasons the rich gets richer.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs ¥1.13 tril in reserve funds to cushion impact of virus See in context

You are not going to get anything it's all going to go to industrial companies that SUPRISINGLY are linked to the LDP.

I understand what you’re saying, but most, if not all, companies we partner with have received huge money support without too much hassle. These are all small businesses. The government needs to reconsider this “drop in sales” requirement though, as this does not apply to new business which does not have any sales yet. The local office here tried very hard to help us (had a long Zoom meeting) saying that we only needed a tiny amount of income (in December), basically anything, to qualify. However having started up in December we have absolutely none, and will thus receive 0 JPY.

By the way, there is something called 給付金 which is a flat out payment you can use as you wish, and 助成金 which will cover your expenses for various things (new business ideas, creating new websites, keeping your employees etc). I must say they are generous enough towards businesses at least.

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Posted in: Abe says no need for another state of emergency over coronavirus See in context

You will need to tighten your belt and live frugally during the lockdown.

For business startups it is not that easy. If you lose your entire income for up to a year, it doesn’t matter how much you metaphorically tighten your belt. For instance, companies which started up in late 2019 with no income in December get no support, a terrible “loophole” which I hope they address soon. The taxes keep coming though, everything OK in that department!

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

Look what they did to Singapore Hong Kong, Guam, PI, Vietnam etc.

Forgot to add Taiwan to your list?

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Posted in: From outbreak to surrender: World War II in the Pacific See in context

The timeline starts in the middle of the Pacific War, only when the US finally became involved.

No, it should start as far back as the the power balance in Asia before and after the opium wars and when Perry forced Japan to open. Japan had to either join the race or become colonised. Unfortunately that meant that she too had to expand throughout Asia. Looking at WW2 without background and context is stupid at best.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

Adding that I did not only mean the Tokyo trial (e.g. Yamashita went to US Supreme Court in the end).

Revenge driven trials were common unfortunately.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

It amazes me how the winners of wars get to choose who are the war criminals.

It all started with the insane Tokyo trial. Just by looking at General Yamashitas trial, it doesn’t take many brain cells to realise that it wasn’t a fair trial. I do think they should remove the “war criminals” and enshrine them elsewhere however, just to see what China and Korea will come up with next.

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Posted in: Abe to attend Hiroshima, Nagasaki events marking U.S. atomic bombings See in context

@Cricky and @bokuda haven’t read many books since middle school I guess?

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing cow, stealing its head See in context

Seems like they were trying to bring the cow (Kuroge Wagyu btw) with them but gave up and tried to slaughter it on spot (to sell the expensive meat perhaps?). The head was found nearby.

Bizarre to say the least.

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Posted in: Gov't considers stockpiling 'Abenomasks' after delivery plan draws criticism See in context

Just stop it already with the masks...

How about receiving even the first ¥100,000? Admittedly I applied a week or two after the form arrived but it's been over 2 months and still nothing in my bank account.

Got mine really fast after applying (about a week). Where do you live? Either they are extremely slow, or you accidentally crossed the “do not wish to receive” bracket.

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

400!!! Next are we heading towards the 4 digit mark?

And you honestly think we are not way beyond that already? Half a year in a mega-city like Tokyo with half-arsed measures, surely the infection rate must be huge. Have yet to see people dying like they did in the US/Italy however. I guess we’ll see after Obon.

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Posted in: Gov't issues false strong quake alert See in context

I'm pretty sure it would've taken them all of 5 minutes to determine nothing was happening.

Then maybe you should teach them?

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Posted in: Japan, China to work toward restarting travel See in context

Oh wouldn’t chairman of ANTA and China friend Nikai love that.

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Posted in: High court acquits assistant nurse over fatal doughnut suit See in context

The Japanese judicial system is sometimes just so bizarre.

Sure is when you only read English news.

The lady ate the doughnut and fell unconscious immediately. She was brought to a hospital where she died 1 month later from a stroke.

6 years to clear her name. 

Nobody blames her. In fact 700 000 signatures were delivered to the Tokyo High Court demanding her acquittal.

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Posted in: Gov't persists with 'Abenomask' giveaway, reigniting social media outcry See in context

No joke, I have been walking around for the past month and my little game is to spot someone wearing this mask. Not a single soul so far. Only Abe on TV looking all comical.

Doing the same game. Have seen about 5-6 the past months. Always elderly ladies.

Think I will use mine as cleaning cloths.

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