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Posted in: Abe faces host of diplomatic, economic issues after cabinet revamp See in context

Token female in the middle. How sad.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

haloerikaAug. 14  05:46 pm JST

It serves as a reminder of a dark history. As a Japanese I’m not at all bothered. It’s not like they’re blackmailing us.

This says it all.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy fatally hit by motorbike while returning from fireworks festival See in context

Very sad.

One of the reasons we decided to not have our children in Japan; people and traffic are often forced to be too close to each other.

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Posted in: Japanese actress accuses director; starts #MeToo group See in context

Here we go again...

women in the entertainment industry many of which WILLINGLY participated in such acts in the hope of advancing their career make a bold and courageous step into the public eye. If her career went the way she wanted it to she wouldn't be complaining....

Japan really needs to stamp out this metoo nonsense before it really does some damage to people's careers.

> And you know this because ......?

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

Still no ban on workplace smoking?! Unacceptable.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences coldest day in 48 years See in context

Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere (NZ ans Aus) expeirnced their hottests days in 48 years (or so).

Climate change. Thanks Trump.

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Posted in: Man arrested for choking woman’s baby on train See in context

Another reason we chose not to have our children in Japan - too many weird people that have it in for babies.

Recall the woman who used to pick up babies and break their hands a few yearsr ago.

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Posted in: S Korea says it won't seek to renegotiate 'comfort women' deal with Japan See in context

If Japan were a more responsible and compassionate nation, it would OFFER to do more for these poor women and their legacy than throw money at them and hope they go away. Where is the humanity?

Disgraceful.

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

Well, some good news! Surely rapidly declining car ownership and safer cars is also contributing.

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Posted in: 13-year-old boy killed by train after jumping from platform in Tokyo See in context

Kobe White Bar OwnerToday  07:54 pm JST

@letsberealisticToday  06:46 pm JST

"Please stop reporting suicides and keeping it in the consciousness of young vulnerable people.

In some countries it is illegal to report on suicide for this reason - social responsibilty please."???

WTF? are you saying stick your head in the sand and hope it goes away?

How is not reporting incidences of suicide 'sticking your head in the sand'?

Does it mean there is not talk in appropriate situations about suicide? No

Does it mean there is no government policy and systems to prevent suicide? No

How about reports on the work being done to prevent suicide, rather than details on how people killed themsleves, giving ideas to others desperate for help.

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Posted in: 13-year-old boy killed by train after jumping from platform in Tokyo See in context

Please stop reporting suicides and keeping it in the consciousness of young vulnerable people.

In some countries it is illegal to report on suicide for this reason - social responsibilty please.

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Posted in: Trump celebrates after Congress wraps up massive tax package See in context

I'd be celebrated too if it meant I'd be earning $6 - $10 million extra (CPA estimate). Rich making themselves richer.

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Posted in: Tokyo airport to be 'scattered' with robots for 2020 Olympics See in context

Ah, playing the old 'Japanese do robots card again. Yawn

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Posted in: N Korea launches intercontinental missile; Trump says U.S. will 'take care of it' See in context

Looks like I timed my return home perfectly. Expect mass exodus of wealthy and educated Japanese soon.

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Posted in: IMF blog urges Japan to make more use of women workers See in context

They say this every year. A little gaiyatsu never hurt Japan.

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Posted in: Kumamoto assemblywoman causes stir by bringing 7-month-old son into chamber See in context

Yes! Japan needs more women taking a stand like this. Japanese women would not be among the lowest ranked in terms of empowerment in the world if more stood up for themselves like this.

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Posted in: San Francisco mayor accepts 'comfort women' statue; Osaka to end sister-city ties See in context

goldorakToday  06:59 pm JST

Seriously, you get the feeling that these statues are no longer about the victims but rather naming/shaming Japan again, and again, and again. The inscription on the statue says it all:

"This monument bears witness to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of women and girls euphemistically called 'Comfort Women,' who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces in thirteen Asian-Pacific countries from 1931 to 1945".

Something like "in memory of all women who have suffered wartime rapes etc" would imo be far more powerful and less hmmm, vindictive & petty-minded?

> Oh, okay, so with that logic, statues that commemorate the holocaust should say 'to all victims of genocide' throughout history, and statues commemorating the 2011 tsunami should read 'to all people in history who dies in tsunamis' and not mention the 2011 disaster. Brilliant idea (not).

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Posted in: San Francisco mayor accepts 'comfort women' statue; Osaka to end sister-city ties See in context

Japan is being childish. It's a statue commemorating a human tradegy. Stop taking it so personally. There are plently of statues around the world to similar events.

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Posted in: Japanese high school student repeatedly kicks his teacher while class is in session See in context

These are mild when compared to the horror stories of schools from some other countries.

> > Prey, do tell. I'd like to know which countries and what 'horror stories' you are referring to. I have never heard of a teacher kicking a teacher in my country, sounds like Japan is not the idyllic school system you are making it out to be.

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Posted in: Brazilian man acquitted of sexual assault after kissing Japanese woman on Nagoya train See in context

Damn. Why is this even news? The media likes to highlight crimes committed by foriegners to perpetruate the muth that forueghners commit more crimes than Japanese?

Hundreds of Japanese women are sexually assaulted (including penetration on trains) everyday - why aere none of these (far more serious!) crimes never reported on?

And 2 years for a kiss!?

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Posted in: Maintenance worker dies after being hit by roller coaster on test run at amusement park See in context

Not Japan's first wooden rollercoaster - what about the one at Yomiuri Land?

http://www.yomiuriland.com/english/

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Posted in: Whaling towns of Taiji, Denmark's Klaksvik to become sister cities See in context

goldorakToday  11:30 am JST

Will there be a The Cove for this Danish town? I doubt it, they only go after easy targets

So true! Easier to target big/bad/modern Japan than small, fairly isolated Western communities (in the Faroe islands, Norway, Greenland) who've been, whether we like it or not, living in tune with nature for thousands of years.

Wrong. The Faroe Islands get plenty of protesters, news reports. Did you even check?

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Posted in: 3 arrested for stealing customer’s bag in Ginza restaurant See in context

Well done Japan Today for using a neutral title and identifying the nationality of those arrested rather than the Japanese norm of putting ' 外国人 ' which contributes to the false idea that 'foreigners are dangerous and commit crimes more than Japanese'.

Social responsibility in news reporting.

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Posted in: Mother suspected of killing 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with drugs See in context

Don't care what anyone says, I don't see this kind of story in similar size nations - infanticide is the hidden tragedy of Japan.

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Posted in: Trump's new idea -- a 'solar wall' on Mexican border See in context

Oh god, please stop the international embarrsment - American leadership, the joke of the world.

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Posted in: Ireland thrashes Japan 50-22; Scotland beats Australia in rugby union See in context

And on the same day, New Zeland beat Samoa 78 - 0.

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Posted in: Japan, U.N. expert trade barbs over freedom of expression in Japan See in context

Yes, just reading these rules is chilling... Oh, wait these are the Ofcom impartiality rules which exist in the UK and countless other countries around the world.

I suspect only Americans like UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye (who grow up watching the sort of politicised garbage you find on FOX news or MSNBC) will find impartiality rules for broadcast licensees to be a threat to freedom of expression. Most of the world does and Americans need to realise that sometimes they are the odd ones out. Of course, Abe is no saint and Japan is far from perfect but let's be fair and keep things in perspective.

Not true. Most western nations have similar laws but Japan goes that extra step closer to government control of the media. What the article does not mention is the Japanese 'press club' which in effect is a government 'news central' not unlike that in China.

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Posted in: Ray goes 7 innings as Diamondbacks beat Brewers 4-0 See in context

No US sports news please, this is a website about Japanese news.

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Posted in: Statins don't cause muscle pain: study See in context

Statins are an evil drug - will kill your life and there's no need for most people to use them.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl dies after being found on street See in context

jcapan Today  06:20 am JST

Incredibly sad. Can't help but think of yesterday's article about the ever shrinking number of children. Perhaps the priority should be on taking care of kids who've already been born--putting an end to the shamefully high rate of child poverty, taking real action to stop the bullying that almost always ends up being the cause of tragedies like this.

Yes, this.

Japanese kids have a (relatively speaking) unnecessarily hard life

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