Makoto Shimizu comments

Posted in: Can Trump use an emergency declaration to build his wall? See in context

I am glad that most of the Congress representatives have their brains in order to not agree with such horrible idea of building walls. Recently Berlin wall was dropped by freedom fighters, there are no records of successful walls, Maginot line, Jericho, Adrian walls, China walls, etc, all had been overcome. A better world demands the construction of bridges, not walls.

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Posted in: 65% against Diet passage of foreign worker bill: poll See in context

The survey contacted 746 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,133 mobile phone number

This seems to be not a good size research number of respondents. Should be ideally over 2,000 with a good range of several criteria as geographic distribution, gender, age, etc


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Posted in: As Japan OKs law to let more foreigners in, tiny rural town wants to go further See in context

I am a nissei, my father came to Brazil in 1958, and my mother´s family came to Brazil in 1917, about 101 years ago. One century ago Japan had to send people abroad due to the difficulties in their economy. Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan. Now Japan is prosperous, rich, is sad to read that Japan population is shrinking, that every year the Japanese population decrease, gets older, so, the need for foreigners to fulfill the workforce. The USA became the stronger country in the world because opened their territory to immigrants, to people willing to work. It is good to know that there open minded Japanese that want Japan to be a destiny for people that wants to work, live in peace, study and make Japan a multicultural nation, a world leader.

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet See in context

For sure, all crimes must be punished, zero tolerance for wrong doings. But, punishment must be proportional, judgment must be fair. If the penalty is too heavy justice is not made, it becames an injustice, revenge, will create anger, resentment against the system.

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Posted in: Some Japanese firms encouraging employees to take worktime naps See in context

I want to apply for a job in companies that have this practice, how can I do this? Great policy, very humane.

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

US$ 87,700 seems to be a symbolic value, small amount that would mean a great gesture towards peace, harmony, humble recognition for the wrong doings in the past.

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Posted in: Japanese fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt See in context

Japan is admired worldwide by several reasons. This coward whale hunt under this ridiculous excuse that is made for scientific purposes is not accepted even by ordinary people without academic titles. There is no need to kill, to assassinate whales. Shameful.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

There is still time to make a clear statement about the repentance of the past errors. Just to clearly express in words what Japan has been doing after the war, working for peace, never using the threat of use of weapons to solve disputes. Japan has changed its behavior by embracing peace, so, it is just one more step, to say the magic words : WE ARE SORRY, WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE PAST ERRORS. Only the braves, the courageous can do that, humbly.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

For sure, the worst day of makind, where man behaved like the devil. They could drop the bomb in an area that they would not kill so many civilians, but, its powerful effects could be seem by hundreds of thousands. But, they wanted to hurt, to kill, and had killed hundreds of thousands of innocents, they were not happy with one, so, they launched two bombs, on the population of two cities. There was no mercy, no humanity at all. Events not to be forgotten. One of the ugliest chapters of human history.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

Congratulations to Mr Son on his courage. Uber has been a great success here in Brazil, a true option that generates work and income to hundreds of thousands of people. Uber has also obliged the taxi companies to improve their quality and also offer better prices. Rental companies are offering special rates for Uber drivers. Shared cars, shared bikes are improving the economy and market. Mr Son is right. Hope that Japan gets the big picture of a global tendency.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

Japan is a rich country with high standards of living. It is a privilege to be able to provide excellent quality and exceptional health services and care for foreigners. Long term vision is essential to see the benefits of gratitude in the present and future. The world will only become a better place to live with kindness and compassion towards all.

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Posted in: Business titles so complicated nobody knows who's boss and who's not See in context

Here in Brazil I received business cards from top executives, very high rank ones, that had only their names in their business cards, no titles - so, the most powerful do not need a position printed under their names in their cards, their names alone are enough to inform what they represent.

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Posted in: Urban farmer Jon Walsh finds fertile ground in Tokyo See in context

Here in Brazil I have been growing inside my kitchen cupboard my own salad, moyashi by simply watering the green mung beans. In only four days I am able to harvest my production, I use only water, tap water, no chemicals, no fertilizers, it is hidroponic, pesticide free. So, no land is necessary, no sun light is needed to start a home production of healthy vegetables.

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Posted in: N Korea casts doubt on Trump summit if U.S. insists on unilateral denuclearisation See in context

No surprise as it is not difficult to predict the results of a meeting between a buffoon and a boaster... Unfortunately...

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Posted in: Aso ridicules N Korean leader's plane See in context

Japanese has the reputation of being polite, but...

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Posted in: Sit and think See in context

Great news title. An invitation to humbly think. Anyway a brave gesture of someone who wants to communicate with some other human being. Hope that he found a merciful soul to share this lonely moment of his life.

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Posted in: Names of 3,607 members of WWII Unit 731 to be released See in context

Japan Today is a proof that there are ethical people in Japan. Japan becomes greater when humbly acknowledges sad events like this. Past cannot be changed but we have the present to put in practice attitudes to make the world a better place to live. Let's build peace, let's make sure that horrendous crimes like this never happen again.

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Posted in: Pair of mangoes fetches record-matching Y400,000 at season's 1st auction See in context

Here in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we have Palmer mango at R$ 3.35 per kg, so, it is around US$ 1.00 per kg or, 107 yen, something about 5,300 times cheaper than these Japanese mangoes ! For decades Brazil has been trying to export mangoes and other products to Japan, but, the Japanese government makes strongs efforts to create barriers. Of course, quality and food safety are very important. But, just think a little bit, if there are over 207,000,000 - yes, over 207 million of people in Brazil, eating all these products, for sure, there is enough food safety otherwise, we would have nobody living here. Hope that Japan people and authorities could make reasonable quality standards and improve international trade and so, Japanese would be able to taste delicious fresh mangoes from Brazil at fair, low prices !

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan sent home after asking for paid leave See in context

Really sad to read this. Japan has so good reputation but bad news like this, of mistreatment of a foreign worker does show that unfortunately there is bad people there, exploiting aliens, bringing up the slavery time. Great to know that free press in Japan defends Human Rights.

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Posted in: Hard at work See in context

Robots are replacing human beings. Wondering to know if robots will be paid and be able to buy from other robots as human beings are being replaced by them...

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Posted in: 2 Peach plane tires blow out after landing in Fukuoka See in context

Worrying event. Several recalls of top Japanese makers, discovery of false quality inspection reports. Japan was always an example, leader in quality, need to review current practices. Kaizen. Now.

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Posted in: Ramen chain faces charges for making foreign students work illegally See in context

Cannot understand why only the foreign worker was arrested, punished by doing overtime. This seems to be prejudice. Blaming the worker for doing overtime seems to be the result of very shallow thinking, very narrow mind. What a shame.

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Posted in: S Korean president lashes Japan over wartime use of 'comfort women' See in context

This issue comes up from time to time. It is an open wound that hurts. So, it is clear that what was done in the past is not enough. It is a clear sign that Japan has to seriously consider to frankly discuss with Korea what is necessary to do, to make, what concrete actions are necessary to register, among both countries and to the world, that Japan acknowledges this serious problem, fault, error (demands humbleness). It is not possible to go back in time, but, it is possible to agree on cooperation, understanding, build and work on strenghening ties to avoid today and in the future deeds like this. Repentance and forgiveness are necessary to create an authentic relationship based on truth, respect, human values. Both countries are capable of that, both nations are capable of demonstrating the best of their cultures, to promote peace, love, respect, give to the world an example to follow. The world need good examples to follow, of peacemakers.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan celebrate skaters' friendship See in context

Truly champions behavior. True winner attitude. Congratulations, this is the kind of gesture that turns the world a better place to live.

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Posted in: Museum opens in Tokyo, displaying documents to defend claims to disputed isles See in context

A gesture of greatness would be to transform these disputed islands in multinational territories, lands of friendship and cooperation among nations. A new beginning, instead of sharing selfishness they have opportunity to demonstrate greatness.

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Posted in: Japan to limit work permits for asylum seekers from 2018 See in context

Let´s study history. Last century hundreds of thousands of Japanese families had to leave Japan and were very welcome in places as Brazil, Hawaii, Peru, Argentina. Japan was poor, people were starving, they had to leave their home country to very different places. It is the opportunity to Japan to demonstrate greatness, generosity, compassion, humanity.

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Posted in: Special delivery See in context

Japanese people could kindly consider to receive more refugees from worldwide, for sure most of them would gladly accept this type of job, humble and necessary.

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Posted in: Land ownership mysteries in aging Japan stifle economy See in context

"The land belongs to Nhanderu (God)" is a belief of Guarani Mbya indian tribe in Brazil (and certainly by all indian tribles around the world. This is one reason that they had not fought for land ownership, land property, they do not believe at all that someone can own a piece of land, it belongs to God and so, all, each one, has the right to live and use it in its own capacity. To them it is something weird to imagine that someone can possess more land than its own capacity of alone taking care, cultivate. Private property of land is to be questioned. Around the world there are billions of people that has no land ownership and have to live in very poor conditions or pay rent. People who lives below the porverty line being exploited by powerful land owners. We can make a difference and try to build a fair society by creating common sense laws that benefits 100% of people, not a small group of people. Regarding this land issue in Japan, I heard that a friend, Japanese descendant, received a letter, from a lawyer in Japan, and they came here, to make him to sign a paper, and he had received some money related to a piece of land, it was a sum enough to purchase a new car here, that was interesting, he did not expect that, it was a pleasant surprise to him !

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Posted in: Police arrest 3 N Korean fishing boat crew for theft See in context

Just look at them. Can someone see their poverty, suffered faces expressions. Can someone look at them as human beings and treat them with compassion ?

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Posted in: Japanese former residents make 1st trip by air to Russian-held isles See in context

Would both countries agree to turn these disputed islands into a dual country administration territory ? Can 2 grown up, mature nations divide , share, demonstrate good will instead of selfishness ? It would be a new attitude, a new example towards true peace

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