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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

It's funny that a whole society has not a clue what to do with time off, have to ask the government what to do? The government have no idea? Asking a group of 70 years olds what to do with free time they have no idea. 

Indeed....but fear not, the unique Japanese response to this holiday conundrum ( as well as all the other challenging issues around us) is no doubt being prepared as we speak....ladies and gentlemen , I give you the one and only.....allmighty .... expert study panel ' .

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Posted in: Gov't approves test using iPS cells to treat spinal cord injuries See in context

Great news, may it be successful.

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Posted in: 'Terrace House' announces new series in Tokyo, debuting this May on Netflix See in context

Scripted as hell, and it is so painful to watch. It’s like watching paint dry.

I saw a couple episodes & wasn’t impressed. Just a bunch of young Japanese people trying to act out & be cool like westerners. Totally amiss.

Agreed....forgettable...Big brother like fake acting for the camera , just like the majority of these kind of shows.

Gets tedious after watching one episode.

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Posted in: Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men See in context

As a married man and a former boyfriend of women, I think these guys don't know how lucky they are not to have women in their lives. The peace, the money, being able to come home late and not have to explain anything.

Lol...comment of the day.

Love it.

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Posted in: S Korean assembly speaker says apology needed from Japanese emperor See in context

Let's be fair, I have zero respect for both Korean AND Japanese politicians and anyone else who are constantly thumbing their noses at the other.

I have a hell of a lot of respect for the rest of the Koreans and Japanese who are constantly visiting each others countries and have a great time! They ignore all the BS and get on with their lives!

Absolutely spot on.

Other countries in Asia have suffered under the Japanese during WWII and have forgiven or got over it. Why can't South Korea do the same?

In an ideal world that would be the case. SK could move on from this ....yet as Yubaru says, there are some who prefer to keep these issues going for their own dome

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Posted in: Prime location: Eli Lilly’s Patrik Jonsson on Kobe’s strengths See in context

Agree...love the cosmopolitan atmosphere due to the European influence ....just like Yokohama a great port city with an international vibe ... those 2 are my favorite J- cities.

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Posted in: New 'nokisaki' restaurants find path to affordable business startups See in context

Oops...meant to say' 600,000 yen per month ' obviously.

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Posted in: New 'nokisaki' restaurants find path to affordable business startups See in context

This is a good way of doing it...if it works keep going or expand, if it doesnt close it down at the end of 30 day period with minimal loss.

Let's see, assuming a bowl of noodles sells for 650 yen, then a sellout will bring in 19,500 yen a day. Multiply that by 20 days of operation per month, it will bring in 390,000 yen income per month at most. Deducting the rent, utilities, salaries and costs for materials, I don't know how anyone could earn a livelihood off such a shop, even if he survived on leftovers for his sustenance.

Agree with you that the restaurant business is not easy...but if he is a bit of a celebrity and the tantanmen is reasonable size he could be selling it for say 900 - 1000 yen a bowl so say around 30,000 per day so say close to 60,000 ...that would be much better , dont forget its open only from 11.40 am till 2.30 ...roughly 3 hours, even if he gets there bit early say 11am and leaves at 3pm , thats only 4 hours work....for a part time gig thats not too shabby at all, especially if its something he enjoys doing as a cooking hobby or whatever. If it goes well and he then employs one dude for 1000 around yen per hour or so to do all the work instead he is doing reasonably well from it.

Again , you are right though and I agree with you about the respect for small business owners, majority of them are working really hard.

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Posted in: Japan's 2018 farm, fisheries exports hit record high for 6th straight year See in context

So, in light of record exports can LDP stop/ reduce its vote buying farmer subsidies ?...no, of course not.

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Posted in: Japan household spending rises slightly in December See in context

Well, the 2018 figures are compared with 2017 when the numbers were fudged ( or innacurate by govt admission) so I,d rather wait for the opposition calculations to get the real picture .

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Posted in: Abe vows to take step-by-step approach to resolve territorial dispute with Russia See in context

After all the broken and unfulfilled pledges and wows does anyone even listen to Shinzo,s promises anymore?

Scapegoat with Russia, just the other day the scandal about the underwaged workers, 10%GST increase in Sep looming which will destroy the youth here.. scapegoat and slide your way out of everything, our PM in a nutshell..

Indeed Kenji and yet the apathetic public will dully re elect LDP again in summer, the saddest example of ' J democracy ever.

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Posted in: Japan seeks close cooperation with U.S. ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim summit See in context

Kim refused to attend a summit. That is why Trump must do the negotiations on behalf of Japan.'

I see ...so Trump must negotiate with NK for Japan whilst Japan is ignoring and dragging out the US request to negotiate the FTA in hopes of waiting out Trump,s administration ( as the US ambassador frustratingly pointed out in an interview 2 days ago ) ? Why exactly ' must ' Trump do that?

Anyway if he does, you can bet he will use it to finally drag Shinzo to the FTA negotiating table.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

The problem is those who don't have children," Aso, who doubles as finance minister, said ...

Shinzo must be happy to be called a ' problem ' by his blue blood buddy.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet rate support rises to 45.6% despite data scandal See in context

This is absolute insanity! The Abe government has done nothing for the people of Japan, but lie, line their own pockets and those of their friends, and caused major diplomatic incidents with neighboring countries, and still people support them. I have no words to say.

Indeed...you said it all.

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Posted in: Japan to require casino resorts to have unprecedentedly big hotels See in context

Awesome...as usual LDP is looking after their construction company buddies ...the bigger resort the better ..more pork. Gotta make sure those amakudari " advisor" for retired politician and bureaucrat posts are secure for years to come. J-Inc rolling as usual...good times. Kampai.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign See in context

As you know, Mr Takeda is saying that he's completely innocent," Muto said, speaking through an interpreter.

Ok....he says so , its settled then. Carlos should have retained Muto to represent him.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

"What the Japanese public wants are swift countermeasures. The government needs to show its resolute stance by recalling Mr Nagamine."

When was the last time LDP govt cared what the public wants ?....they don,t give a toss about average Taro and only do whats good for Jiminto. The above oyaji dinosaur outburst is absurd.

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day Golden Week holiday stirs concern among investors See in context

"In 10 days, we can be in a completely different world," said a currency trader at a major Japanese bank.

Im sure the traders will survive and live to see another day just fine.

Non story.

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Posted in: Japanese women encouraged to give boyfriends sexy underwear and loaf of bread for Valentine’s Day See in context

Here's MY alternative: edible undies made from loaves of bread

Lol,,,good one Aly.

The only sexy underwear men want for Valentine's is the kind that women wear - for their girlfriend.

Indeed.

Btw...5500 yen for a loaf of bread and a pair of undies...must be some undies.

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Posted in: Aso pledges to keep economy strong as tax hike looms See in context

For someone with such a good life, Aso always seems to looked pissed off.

He is just not happy they keep waking him up ....those chairs are just so nice and soft , perfect for dozing off on taxpayer time.

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Posted in: Aso pledges to keep economy strong as tax hike looms See in context

"As protectionism spreads across the world, Japan must be a leader in defending the system of free trade," Motegi said.

Ahahaha....more comedy gold from the LDP chaps, they are killing it ( literally ).

six years after Abe's return to power, nominal GDP had grown to a record-high 550 trillion yen

Another piece of reliable govt statistic?

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Posted in: Gov't starts building new seawall for Okinawa base transfer See in context

Even the referendum, non-binding as well, is not going to be held in 5 major municipalities in Okinawa, as the ELECTED officials made the decision to NOT join because of the simplistic question that is going to be on it, basically, "Landfill at Camp Schwab..Yes/No".

If Im not mistaken that has now changed with the inclusion of a 3rd answer option and those municipalities will participate in the referendum.

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Posted in: Kono urges Seoul to keep promises as historical flashpoints fray ties See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese leader in nearly seven years to make an official visit to China in October.

This is quite an amusing statement as it is Shinzo who has been a PM for " nearly 7 years" so its not like there were other J- leaders that chose not to go there. Gotta love the linguistic acrobatics of politico speech writers.

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Posted in: Abe vows to tackle economic, diplomatic challenges ahead of summer election See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to address challenges ......

For the gazillionth time....but yeah, Im sure THIS time will be different. Please vote Jiminto at the next ballot box so we can screw you just a little bit more. Yoroshiku....

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Posted in: U.S. calls on world to 'pick a side' on Venezuela See in context

It really is that simple....any country sitting on vast amounts of oil that does not cowtow to the US and its powers to be is on a list of " dictatorships in need of democracy " and will be a subject of regime change...soft or hard.. Iraq, Libya et al ...Venezuela is next followed by Iran. If you have a dictatorship that does what US wants such as SA you can getaway with anything .

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Posted in: Trial of ex-head of scandal-hit school operator to start in March See in context

Bet Shinzo hates the timing of it....this will make headlines just before the election. Then again , sheeple at ballot box will deliver as they always do.....

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Posted in: 'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at Japan Times after 'forced WWII laborer,' 'comfort women' changes See in context

A lengthy article detailing what went on and the close ties between the new Japan Times management, the current Japanese Prime Minister and Nippon Kaigi:

https://apjjf.org/2019/03/McNeill.html

Good link Alphie .

Btw, the difference in attitude to all things WW2 between Japan and Germany could not be greater. Next time the J brown shirts bang on about how the neighbors dont like Japan and cant " move on" after 70 years this is just another reminder of the reason why....the little step by step tango denying its wrongs in WW2 and portraying itself as victim once again. Whats next...will probably hear that all the forced Korean labor was actually the first and original " foreign trainee " program to kindly teach and spread J industrial skills and knowhow. They should be grateful .

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Posted in: Japanese whalers discuss plan to resume commercial hunt July 1 See in context

You always read comments such as: Japan kills whales etc. Yet no one- no one- is mentioning Norway or Iceland. which both hunt whales. It seems to be it is ok for white people to kill whales but not Japanese. A double standard?

Might be due to the fact this site is JAPAN Today where we comment on all things related to , guessed it Japan...

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Posted in: Japanese whalers discuss plan to resume commercial hunt July 1 See in context

In reading the article, assuming that whaling is done in Japan's territorial waters / proximity and it is done on a purely commercial basis, based on demand, then one can see a possible scenario that allows for commercial whaling without depleting stocks, as the current demand for whale meat in Japan is relatively low.

I agree, my main beef has always been Japan hunting in the southern sanctuary ....if they do it in their own waters, based on market demand ( which would definitely make them take far fewer ) and without taxpayer funds being wasted on it ... thats much more acceptable solution .

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Posted in: Man arrested for buying cup meant for ¥100 coffee but pouring ¥150 latte into it See in context

Heaven help us...come Olympics time kobans will be full of foreign criminals who pressed a wrong button on a conbini coffee machine.

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