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Posted in: Views on U.S. bases shift in Okinawa See in context

“Only crimes committed by U.S. military irritate them.”

US servicemen behave quite differently when they are stationed in Germany or other European countries. They commit far fewer violent crimes in those countries. The resentment Okinawans feel is understandable.

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Posted in: Kishida asks firms to match pay hikes to inflation See in context

Quite irresponsible. Before asking corporations and small businesses for pay hikes, the government should give the economy a kickstart by pumping money into it.

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels See in context

That’s about 4.3 billion yen at the current exchange rate. Is anyone in the world worth that much money?

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Posted in: Japan designates 108 cities as most likely to suffer tsunami damage See in context

“The government will increase the size of subsidies for the projects from half of the total cost to two-thirds when certain criteria are met.”

When certain criteria are met? It doesn’t seem to me Kishida government is seriously trying to save lives.

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Posted in: Mourners form long lines before ex-PM Abe's state funeral See in context

It's amazing that so many people tunred up to form the line of mourners on a week day. Not just eldely people but young and middle-aged. How did they sneak out of their jobs?

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Posted in: Japan protests Russia's expulsion of official; denies spying See in context

Mr Motoki is a diplomat and he has diplomatic immunity from prosecution in another country. He couldn’t have suffered much more serious consequences. BTY, Motoki is his surname, Tatsunori his given name.

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Posted in: North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan See in context

“No one outside of his rat-hole country is scared of the tiny man.”

But Japan is well within the range of his missiles.

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Posted in: Young women in Japan want only one child or none at all: survey See in context

It’s reassuring to know that more than 80% of young people of both sexes still want to get married. If the government stops its tight fiscal policy and the economy picks up, they will want to have more children.

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Posted in: Japan intervenes in currency market buying yen for dollars for first time since 1998 See in context

Japanese government bonds have long been known as a widow maker: over the years we’ve seen investors selling short against the Japanese bonds, hoping they will plunge in value. They won’t and investors end up jumping off buildings to their death. If you happen to be one of those investors, think twice and don’t jump!

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Posted in: Kishida calls for U.N. reforms to address Russian aggression See in context

It seems like tragicomedy that Japan, a former Axis nation, is now the second largest contributor to the United Nations, an international club dominated by the former Allied nations. It’s about time a new functioning organization took over the UN.

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Posted in: Kishida leaves for New York to deliver speech at U.N. General Assembly See in context

When a Japanese prime minister delivers a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, delegates from other countries often stand up and leave for a coffee break, leaving the PM speaking to empty seats.

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Posted in: Japan floats issuance of gov't bonds for more defense spending See in context

Japan is a country that can “print” its own currency as much as it wants so the government will never run out of money. Government debts need not to repaid because the BOJ can always buy back bonds it issued. There’s absolutely no need at all to raise taxes by issuing special bonds.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress leave for Queen Elizabeth's funeral See in context

The reason why Japanese emperors do not traditionally attend funerals is that in Shintoism, funerals are considered unclean. Since the emperor’s primary job is to do imperial rituals and pray for the well-being of his subjects, he must stay clean and avoid anything unclean. And that’s the reason some traditionalists are opposing the imperial couple’s visit to Britain.

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay ¥1.65 mil over death of Cameroon man in detention center See in context

It’s a district court ruling. It’ll most likely be overturned at a High Court if the government appeals it.

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Posted in: Japan set to waive some visa requirements in October to boost tourism: Nikkei See in context

Waiving visas won’t boost the economy much. Even before the pandemic, foreign tourism accounted for less than one percent of Japan’s GDP.

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Posted in: Gov't to request energy-saving measures in winter over power crunch concerns See in context

The government to issue a power-saving request in the dead of winter? Looks like Japan is rapidly becoming a third-world country.

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Posted in: 40% of evacuees from Afghanistan have left Japan over poor support See in context

Let’s see how many of the Ukrainian refugees currently living in Japan will remain a year from now. But then Japan isn’t responsible for the wars in Afghanistan or Ukraine. As for those English-speaking Afghans, they will do better in the US or Britain

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral; Kishida will go to New York See in context

It would be more appropriate for Kishida to attend the funeral. Queen Elizabeth didn’t attend emperor Shiwa’s funeral.

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Posted in: Kishida planning to attend U.N. General Assembly in New York See in context

I hope Kishida’s attending the UN General Assembly won’t end up with more pledges for foreign aids while leaving people back home suffering from high prices and the Covid- induced recession.

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Posted in: Hokkaido man gets suspended term for leaving infants home alone See in context

If Mitsuhiro Abe had been the biological father of the two kids, he wouldn’t have left them alone that long.

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Posted in: Body of newborn baby found in resort hotel trash container See in context

I’m sure they’ll be counted in the national murder stats. You need to get perspective. It’s a country of 120 million people. The number of baby- abandoning cases in not particularly large.

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Posted in: Deepening Tokyo Olympics bribery scandal casts shadow over 2030 bid See in context

Bidding to host another Olympics after all the scandals and cost-overruns of the 2020 Tokyo Games. When will they ever learn?

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Posted in: Emperor expected to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral See in context

Of course, Biden himself will attend this time. I’m curious who’s going to represent China at Queen’s funeral.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils inflation-relief package See in context


"How is 50,000yen going to help these people. They have no financial savvy, it will be spent in less than a month and then they will be back to square one."

The whole idea of the new relief package is get low-income people to spend the money and stimulate the economy.

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Posted in: Japanese language school decertified over abuse of Vietnamese student See in context

No mention in the article of why the Vietnamese man got into trouble with the language school.

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context

Foreign tourism makes up only a tiny fraction of Japan’s GDP. Not big enough to “gun” the economy

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context


“Japan was among the world’s biggest spenders.”

Do you have any data or stats to back up your claim? Three decades of tight fiscal policy has made Japan what it is today, the poorest G7 member.

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Posted in: Bus company disciplined after driver orders maskless passenger off bus See in context


”I never wear masks”

Respect the customs of your host country.


”You don’t go into someone else’s house and ignore their rules.”

Vehicles for public transportation are not private homes even if they’re privately owned.

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Posted in: Number of female university teachers in Japan at record high See in context

I hope the increased number of female college teachers will not result in lower academic standards in Japanese universities.

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Posted in: EPA head says advanced nuclear tech key to mitigating climate change See in context

The shift towards nuclear power generation should be a stopgap measure until we have developed nuclear fusion technologies—-a safer and cleaner way of power generation.

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