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Posted in: Japan's convenience store sales rise 4.1% to record high in 2023 See in context

They should expand to other countries. Family Mart in Sydney would be amazing!

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Posted in: Do you think alliances like the G7, G20, the Global South, or even the United Nations do anything to stop wars and other conflicts around the world? See in context

I'd say they contribute to the wars more than anything. NATO in particular.

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Posted in: Do you think there will be many functioning democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now? See in context

Democracy doesn't work. You need a highly educated population for democracy to work, and even then, you get nupties like Trump getting elected. The whole system is a lie.

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Posted in: Do you see any value in marking the anniversary each year of tragic events such as 9/11, the March 11, 2011 disaster, plane crashes, wartime atrocities and so on? See in context

History should be remembered so we can learn from the mistakes made and so we can appreciate the "here and now". On the same coin, whilst we should all remember, we should also move on. Learn and move on.

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Posted in: Should NATO open an office in Japan? See in context

When was Japan made part of North America? Hell no to NATO!

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Posted in: Disney Plus sheds subscribers for second straight quarter See in context

I cancelled mine too. The content they've been dumping (or lack thereof) has been sub-par at best. Not even going to get into the discussion about their all their "woke" agenda fueled recent movies.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party to promote debate on bill for LGBT people See in context

You can't change biology.

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Posted in: There's high demand overseas for older Japanese cars, driven by their appearances in movies and manga, as well as their sturdiness and cool looks. Their prices have shot up to match demand. See in context

Nailed it @wtfjapan. Those are collector gold at the moment. Not to mention how cheap they are (relatively speaking) in Japan. Serious money to be made from import/export.

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Posted in: Japan wins World Pastry Cup See in context

Well deserved! Congratulations Japan! (I'm in Australia now... REALLY missing Japanese bakeries.)

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Posted in: The Japanese government is offering families 1 million yen to relocate from Tokyo in an effort to revitalize towns across the country. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

They'll need to encourage the businesses employing those people to move too. Nobody will move if they've got an unreasonable commute to work.

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Posted in: Japan eyes higher corporate, tobacco taxes to fund defense spending See in context

If they're gonna fund defense, taxing the tobacco industry is an excellent way to do it! Increased defense, less smoking, yes please!

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

If people honestly think this political ritual / tradition will ever change, they're delusional. This is not something we foreigners (at least some of us) will ever seem to understand, let alone have a right to dictate. Getting mad at symbolism is a futile exercise in frustration and anger. Let it go. Let them do their thing. The point is that somewhere in all this madness is respect, mostly for the deceased. I see nothing wrong with this.

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Posted in: Unification Church followers in S Korea protest negative Japanese media coverage See in context

There's a reason religions refer to their followers as sheep.

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Posted in: Do you think China is a military threat to Japan? See in context

The world's biggest global threat, ironically, is America.

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Posted in: Do you think China is a military threat to Japan? See in context

China only wants Taiwan back and to keep Western "Democracy" out. The US is really the antagonist in all current global conflicts.

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Posted in: Winter Omicron wave swamps hospitals in Australia See in context

I'm one of the 300,000 current cases. It is NOT just the flu. Wear your masks and get vaccinated people. Day 6 and it feels like I just climbed Mt. Fuji. The government needs to step in. People can't do the right thing to save themselves (no surprises there).

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Posted in: Do you agree with the decision by many global companies to sever their business ties with Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine? See in context

Check my comment above... Called it. Thanks NATO et al for really sinking us into a global recession.

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Posted in: Do you think going to the cinema will become a thing of the past due to the increasing popularity of streaming services? See in context

Much as I absolutely love my home cinema setup... Not everyone has the wall real estate, funds, or desire to invest in a quality projector (I can strongly recommend the Epson LS500 UST) and sound system. Personally, I abhor the public cinema experience. Filthy and loaded with distractions (couples making out, kids giggling or throwing stuff around, old people trying to keep each other up to speed on what's going on on-screen). But public cinemas will never die. People love the experience, I'm just not one of them.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. launch 8 missiles in response to N Korean salvo See in context

It's amazing how many people seem to think that this tit-for-tat form of politics with North Korea, China, and Russia will somehow yield a positive outcome. We're already in major global recession that will only get worse, thanks to the West's sanctions against Russia. China's already on edge with the US presence in the region and the former Australian government's taunting and overall stupidy. Do we really want to keep poking at nuclear North Korea with their Napoleon-complex leader? Not saying what Russia, China, and North Korea have been doing are correct, but let's face it, the West hasn't exactly behaving any better.

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Posted in: Court orders TEPCO to pay ¥73.5 million over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

They got off cheap!

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Posted in: China congratulates Australia's Albanese in hint at thawing ties See in context

I hope Albanese patches things up with China. Australia should have deeper and closer ties to its Asian neighbours than with the US. The US is only looking out for its own interests, at the expense of its allies across the Pacific.

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Posted in: What's in Biden's proposed new Asia trade pact? See in context

Geopolitical destabilisation is America's meal ticket.

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Posted in: Biden to lay out who's joining new Asia trade pact See in context

Setting up the Pacific equivalent of NATO. Who's the expansionist now?

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Posted in: Biden trip to Asia to signal U.S. keeping its eye on China See in context

Team America World Police still at it.

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Posted in: World's oldest person dies in Japan at 119 See in context

May she rest in peace. What a life to be celebrated! Kinda wish she left behind a memoire or journal.

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Posted in: War transforms Ukrainian brothers' gaming YouTube channel See in context

You know the world's headed in the wrong direction when YouTube gamers make the news for their views on world changing political events.

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Posted in: Road in Chiba plagued by accidents involving shutterbugs seeking 'Chiba-fornia' shots See in context

Didn't know about this place before this article. I'm a car enthusiast and I'm sure I'm not alone. Hopefully people reading this article don't join in on the irresponsible photobug behaviour.

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Posted in: Record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021, police report See in context

Of all of the most pointless ways to waste police resources... SMH.

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Posted in: Who is a war criminal, and who gets to decide? See in context

Team America: World Police. They seem to be able to dictate to every other country on Earth who's "good" and who's "evil".

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Posted in: Do you agree with the decision by many global companies to sever their business ties with Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine? See in context

No. Much as most won't want to admit, Russia is a necessary part of the global economy. Cut off Russia and we ALL pay the price. Literally.

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