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Posted in: Japan sees worst suicide rate for those under 20 in 2018 See in context

The article talks about the highest amount of suicides in young people, not the overall population. 20,840 suicides in 2018 is still a significant number when it's contrasted with the lower birthrates since 1978 (when statistics were first recorded) and huge drop in population. Remember, the population dropped from 126 million to 125 million. That's a important number to think about when comparing statistics.

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Posted in: 41-year-old man arrested for forcibly kissing 10-year-old boy See in context

Wow, with all the downvotes supporting this pedophile, you have to worry how many of these pervs are living in your neighborhoods. I have to blame it on the ridiculously light penal system and lack of defining the crime.

Pedophile's exist all over the world, but it's light punishment that allows this behavior to grow. I've heard so many cases of this crime that I'm starting to wonder if this is a social norm in Japanese society.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

Seth M

Learning English is really a waste of time in Japan anyway.

How so? Even if Japanese can't speak English well, most students can read and write it.

You think because few people speak the language in Japan that it's a waste of time?

Just about every financial institute are well aware of the Japanese economy shrinking. With domestic spending declining, over spending budget on military equipment, a lack of foreign investments, the future doesn't look bright.

Its funny when many of the students go into the financial industry thinking they won't need English because they are working with numbers. You need English to do trading, overseas M&A, communicating with subsidiaries and other branches and so on...

My point is, you won't get far in your career without English, but hey, if you're happy working in a factory or a deadened job, by all means go for it.

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian West finds solution to Kimono backlash See in context

I don't understand why everyone is getting so heated up on the use of the name 'Kimono'. It's not like it hasn't been done before. Americans created a condom brand called 'Kimono', and nobody made a fuss about that.

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Posted in: Doubts grow over Abe's foreign policy skills ahead of election See in context


> PM Abe Foreign policy accomplishments. 

1)   EU-Japan Free trade Agreement

Can you really call this his accomplishment? This agreement was only made possible due to America's protectionism.

2)   CPTPP

Japan definitely made a lot of effort to get the CPTPP going, but how much did Japan really benefit from this agreement?

3)   Improved Japan –China relations

As much as I would like to see relations improve with China, things actually haven't really been all that great behind the scenes. As you pointed out the article, it references a conflict of interest. As many are aware, Japan rivals with China over investments in developing countries. Talk about improving relations are one thing, but actually putting it into action hasn't really been achieved.

4)   Improved Japan and USA relations

This one makes me laugh. Just because Abe chums up to Trump, doesn't mean that he has improved relations with the U.S. What has the U.S. really done for Japan? All I've seen is Abe trying hard to improve relations, and Trump constantly taking advantage of Abe. Abe donated a lot of the countries taxes to Trump's daughter, bought expensive military equipment, and now he wants Japan to pay more for their occupation. Please tell me again how this was a great accomplishment.

5)   Launch Major infrastructure drives in South East Asia

I can't really argue with this one, because this is what has kept the economy afloat.

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Posted in: Doubts grow over Abe's foreign policy skills ahead of election See in context

Japanes in general are not good at communication outside their field. Plus, you've got Putin and Trump, not exactly the best conversational partners. 

That's only true to some extent. Prime minister Trudeau, Prime minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Merkel are all friendly, outgoing world leaders.

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Posted in: Doubts grow over Abe's foreign policy skills ahead of election See in context

Yeah, that was pretty embarrassing to watch. Even President Moon Jae-in was warmly greeted by other world leaders. It's partially Prime minister Abe's fault, as he was just standing there.

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Posted in: Osaka rolls out red carpet, not red-light district for G20 See in context

The PM sure knows how to put on a show for the world leaders. Rapping old ladies? Who are you catering to? A bunch of teenagers? I don't even think they would be amused by that.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy dies after being hit by train on crossing See in context

Of course it's the parents fault.

I have two children, and I know how hard it is to supervise a child at that age. For the child to get out of the house and get near the rails, means the parent wasn't watching the child, and hence this happened.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

They protect the criminals but not innocent? Unbelievable!

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders OK governance steps, Saikawa remaining CEO See in context

Nissan is already a sinking shipwreck. It doesn't really matter what they do, because the sales are falling through the floor overseas. Nissan just doesn't have the branding like Toyota. On top of that, with this whole scandal, a lot of people are staying clear of Nissan cars.

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Posted in: Trump spoke privately about ending Japan defense treaty, Bloomberg reports See in context

I remember when Donald was campaigning to become president, and they called him out for not knowing anything about becoming a president, and his response was "When I become president, I'll know everything about everything".

Real genius. If anyone was a maron, it was the people that voted for him. I thought it was April fool's day when I heard this clown got elected.

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Posted in: Do you think a protest rally similar in scale to what happened in Hong Kong could ever happen in Japan? See in context

I agree that Japanese people are more passive, but history has shown numerous times that they will riot in certain circumstances. There were riots when jobs were scarce, when lives were threatened and even when people didn't have rights. If taxes keep going up and wages remain low, people will eventually get fed up. Take away jobs, and people will grow angry. Life is still comfortable in Japan, so there is no reason for riots. Take that away and...

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Posted in: Online survey reveals what young Japanese people think about their country See in context

Its funny how they chose this cute, confused looking girl to represent the views of these students.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context

Trump doesn't like foreigners, why would he help him?

I thought Abe and Trump were besties.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context


No, she is not in any legal trouble, but her rights are being violated. She as an American citizen has every right to ask for his assistance. Trump is a bit of a wild card, so you never know what could happen.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context


It's pretty clear you didn't read the article.

"I am an American citizen. I would like, you know, President Trump as my president, to when he's at the G-20, to address these issues with Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe," Carole Ghosn said.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context

Wow, I'm not a fan of Donald Trump, but if he becomes involved, this could become a thorn in Japan's side. Pretty smart move on Carole Ghosn.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., S Korea agree to work for N Korea's denuclearization See in context


Why? We didn’t nuke anyone yet and we have no reason unless we have no other choice.

You are kidding, right?

Remind us how the U.S. ended the war with Japan?

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Posted in: Politician’s birthrate plan: Parents should nag their kids to have at least 3 babies See in context

The stupidity of Sakurada's comments are almost comedic. It's rather sad and frightening that we have such buffoons like him running the country.

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Posted in: Many Tokyo firms unprepared for Olympic traffic congestion See in context

Choosing Tokyo to host the Olympics was one of the brightest decisions (I doubt a lot of thought went into it). Of all the places in Japan, Tokyo is already congested to the max. During the rush hour people are already agitated and aggressive on their commutes through the city. Just wait till all those visitors arrive for the Olympics and you won't be able to get on your train.

Businesses not knowing what to do are the least of our worries. I don't even think the government has the slightest idea what they are going to do about it. Funding for an over the city monorail went out the window with those budget cuts. We are going to be in for a fun ride.

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Posted in: Man arrested for using dog shock collar to discipline his children See in context

Wow, father of year award goes this guy!

Uneducated parents doing stupid things to poor children.

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Posted in: Would former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest be a factor in whether or not you decide to buy a Nissan car in the future? See in context

Well, Nissan's sales already show that there is little support for the company. With Nissan's car sales down spiralling, consumers are going to become increasingly wary about buying their vehicles.

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Posted in: Prosecutors decide not to indict man over killing of Tokyo foster home head See in context

So, Hitoshi Tahara was not indicted because...?

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Posted in: Taste of Japan in Rome See in context


> "And you’re perfectly welcome, as an ordinary tourist, to do so. Note Abe is a Prime Minister, representing his country at an event introducing Japanese cuisine to the locals."

I don't get your logic here. So, because he's the Japanese Prime Minister, he should only drink and eat Japanese cuisine? Mind you, he was not hosting the event, he was attending like the rest of the locals.

Have you ever tried Japanese cuisine in France? It's not exactly all that great.

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Posted in: Abe orders safety checks in all child abuse reports See in context

The saddest thing here is that Abe didn't realize there was a problem until he received international criticism. You'd think they were already trying to tackle these problems. What a pity!

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Posted in: Nintendo seeking growth sources as Switch sales slow See in context

Nintendo's lack of diverse games and high price point have definitely hurt their sales.

On top of that, with Nintendo shutting down emulation sites around the world, it has left a negative image of the company with hardcore gamers.

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Posted in: Ghosn case rattles Japan's expat business community See in context

"Most have been told by their parents, teachers, and TV their whole lives that Japanese are different, special, and literally ethnically, morally, and culturally superior." 

That sounds a lot like the mentality of another country during World War II. It still is surprising to see countries like Japan still teaching this kind of rhetoric in the modern age.

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Posted in: Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case See in context

'White Supremacy'? That is completely absurd considering many of the leaders in Canada are also of Chinese descent. It kind of seems like China is trying to make Canada feel bad into releasing Meng Wanzhou.

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Posted in: Ghosn's detention extended by 10 days until Jan 1 See in context


Ghosn case will not impact trade with Japan.

You are dreaming - or know nothing about inexorable pernicious capitalism

Who said anything about this case directly impacting Japanese trade? If the world behaved like China, that might be the case.

This story is not just about Ghosn. When Japanese businesses scout for talent, people around the world will think twice about coming to Japan.

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