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Posted in: If you are a foreign resident (either permanent, long term or short term) of Japan, do you currently feel safer living here amid the coronavirus, or would you prefer to be in some other country? See in context

I'm really sceptical on the numbers here. There have been clusters all over my neighborhood in Tokyo, this past month, and numbers don't seem to reflect what's being reported.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally beating mother in 80s with bamboo sword See in context

Watanabe called 110 on Tuesday night.

Which Watanabe, Mr. Or Ms. Watanabe?

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Posted in: English ad in Japan has some seeing a command to stay infected with coronavirus this Christmas See in context

Poor choice of words, but it didn't help that they had an image of people packed together in the peace sign just before the "stay positive" showed up. Great mental image!

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Posted in: Japan to create database to prevent sexual predators from babysitting See in context

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Exactly! This is a huge problem in Japan.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

There are some things that I could never understand in Japan. On one hand, teenagers are treated as adults as they go through highschool into university, but when it comes to criminals they aren't treated like adults.

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Posted in: Japanese cinema must adapt to survive, warns rising star director See in context

What on earth are you guys talking about? Akira Kurosawa was definitely one of the most influential and best directors of all time, but he wasn't the only good director in Japan.

There have been many good films that never got international attention. "When the last sword is drawn" (Mibugishiden) was an amazing film in 2003. There was also "13 Samurai". The list will go on...

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Posted in: Osaka tops Tokyo as Japan reports 1,070 more coronavirus infections See in context

Oh wow, look at those numbers drop so consistently, it's like the virus just went away on vacation. Is that a mask to cover how many people got infected over the holidays.

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Posted in: Netflix set for streaming battle with Disney+ in Southeast Asia See in context

There is no competition for Netflix. For such a big company, Disney has a pretty poor selection and they are even charging ridiculous rates to watch new movies on their streaming service. Disney has to be a little more competitive if it wants to complete in this market.

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Posted in: Should encouraging someone to commit suicide be a crime? See in context

Anyone who thinks that kind of behavior is acceptable, might want to look in the mirror.

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context

Wow I thought Japanese people were smarter than this...

Come on, you can't judge an entire nation based on few ignorant people.

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


Visitors are unconcerned with local tax rates. By the same token, short-term tourist visitors are unlikely to be closely following the consumer price index.

You are right about tourism, but when it comes to domestic spending, (which is the main source of revenue) sales dropped hard. Abe's party was well aware of that and were riding it out till the Olympics. How do you recover from that?

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

The economy was already in rough shape before this whole pandemic. The pandemic just put a few nails in the coffin.

With the last two sales tax hikes, spending had slumped drastically. Families in Japan are getting poorer with no positive outlook.

The government was only gambling on the Olympics to revitalize the economy.

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Posted in: Mother of 'Terrace House' star who killed herself to press charges against cyberbullies See in context

"Freedom of speech" doesn't mean you can say anything you want. In real life, if you harass someone verbally, you can go to jail. If you slander someone, you can be sued and charged. Don't get confused with censorship. We have rules to keep our societies civilized.

It's only logical to apply the same rules to social media.

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Posted in: Hiroshima survivors worry that the world will forget See in context

SOME Americans are hilarious!

Look at the hypocrisy! You guys can't stop talking about Pearl Harbor, and you want Japan to just forget about the A-bomb?

How many films have you guys produced about Pearl Harbor?

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Posted in: Chinese authorities take control of U.S. consulate in Chengdu See in context


Let's look at the definition of Communism:

"a theory or system of social organization in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs."

Does that in any way resemble what China is today? Are you maybe confused with the concept of an "authoritarian" government?

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And do you even think America has an actual democracy?

In definition, yes. 

The definition of a "democracy":

"a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives."

Do I think we live in an ideal "democracy"?

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Political systems are basically tools. Calling them "good" or "bad" is like saying hammers are good and wrenches are bad because three people died by them last year.

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Posted in: Chinese authorities take control of U.S. consulate in Chengdu See in context

Anyone who says "Communism bad Democracy good" clearly has no sense of the meaning. Do you even think China has as an actual Communism?

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

Wow, so government considers throwing money to the nightclub owners but not to the medical doctors who are fighting this virus? It's funny where their priorities are.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after leaving 3-year-old daughter alone for week to die See in context

That is pretty evil!

Imagine the horror that child went through before she died.

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Posted in: How to make a spicy chicken katsudon in just three minutes See in context

Eek, that looks really healthy. Add some more salt to something that is already insanely salty and oily (_)

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Posted in: Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights? See in context

Just because you don't see it on the surface, and probably don't understand it, doesn't mean the government isn't taking such steps here. The government has been ramping up it's A.I. systems, and that wonderful app to help you track COVID-19 can be a dangerous tool. That's only scratching the surface.

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Posted in: Koike leads in Tokyo governor race: poll See in context

I'm surprised by all the negativity towards Koike Yuriko. I get it, she's not the ideal mayor, but have you seen the clowns we've had over the years?

First off, she had no authority to close the city. That's why she urged people to stay home, which many businesses and people did follow. Just look at the numbers now escalating.

Had the city fully closed we'd be in a far worse state. Just look at Canada's economy. Things aren't looking too great over there.

Have you really taken a look at the roster for mayor this term? Who is your first pick? The actor Yamamoto Taro? I doubt he even went to university, let alone completed a law degree.

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Posted in: Japanese university awards first-ever ninja studies degree See in context

This has 'Idiocracy' written all over it.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 17-year-old daughter with sword See in context

Wow, that's like something that would show up in the news in the Edo period. Unbelievable!

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Posted in: Kono says U.S. hasn't requested more money to host American troops See in context

Kono says U.S. hasn't requested more money to host American troops

Well, this is complete nonsense.

What was this?

And this?'s-host-nation-support.html

And even in 2018, they asked for five, what's the difference?

Trump has been doing this to all the allies. This is not even news. Does everyone have such a short memory?

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Posted in: Abe did not make any big mistakes, but his handling of the coronavirus looked inferior to Koike's and some other local leaders. Koike has high communication skills, but Abe does not. See in context

"Abe did not make any big mistakes"

Is that really so? The lack of support for Abe's government seems to suggest otherwise, does it not?

What did Abe do during the pandemic?

When the designated hospitals for treating COVID-19 in Tokyo were getting overwhelmed, did Abe do anything? Koike wanted to call a state of emergency, but she was blocked by Abe's government.

It's Abe's lack of leadership that killed his support. Remember during the beginning of this pandemic when the trains were overflowing and nobody was doing anything.

What was Abe doing?

Sleeping in parliament as usual.

Then he shows up on the internet twiddling his thumbs in front of the camera. Great job!

If it wasn't for Koike, we'd probably still be packed on those trains and the spread would have been far greater.

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Posted in: Race for Tokyo governor is Koike's to lose See in context

While she is far from perfect, she is still greater than many of the politicians who have run Tokyo over the years.

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Posted in: Singer Hikaru Utada opens a discussion on racism on Japanese Twitter See in context

Actually Vince Black, Utada Hikaru was born and raised in New York, and she is very aware of social problem in America. What's wrong with her showing a little support?

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government lifted its state of emergency for the whole country too soon? See in context

Where is the experts panel?

Too soon? Maybe not, but they should have opened the economy in stages. Everyone going back to work in one shot seems really careless.

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

For all of you who said "Yes", do you really think this is meant to help the little guy?

What they are actually asking is, do you mind if we allow big companies to cut your wages?

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Posted in: Sumo stablemaster, 5 wrestlers contract coronavirus See in context


The Kyodo article is translated from the Japanese 新型コロナウイルス which translates to Novel Coronavirus. That is Novel as in "New".

A direct translation doesn't really justify an improper translation.

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