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Posted in: Safe containing ¥22 million stolen from home in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

pried open in a nearby grove

how poetic. These impoverished civil servants break my heart.

I'll be negotiating hard with them tomorrow...

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Posted in: Japan's aid agency to launch support body for foreign workers See in context

Indeed, Marcelito. JICA is a vehicle for corporate welfare, little else.

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Posted in: Japan's aid agency to launch support body for foreign workers See in context

A start, I guess. Does it have teeth?

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Posted in: Used car exports drives pollution to developing world See in context

Yeah. Poorer countries shouldn't be allowed to have nice things.

Like asthma, cardiovascular illnesses and cancer?

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

The bottom line is that the carriers operate as a cartel, just like the breweries and every other yokonarabi industry.

Japan does have anti-cartel legislation... as window-dressing.

Because it has no teeth, many Japanese companies struggle to compete overseas with:

ア companies that can't indulge in cartel behaviour, and therefore compete on value (not necessarily price)

イ companies used to strict consumer protections, rather than strict corporate protections

ウ companies whose customers understand and demand value-for-money

So Prime Minister, for the sake of Japan Inc., give the law teeth, police it, and hold chief execs responsible.

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Posted in: Used car exports drives pollution to developing world See in context

Out of sight, out of mind for our waste.

Shame on us for consuming so much.

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Posted in: Judge blocks Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites See in context

So these wing nuts can threaten voters, then?

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Posted in: Biden says his unity can save country; Trump hits Midwest See in context

A nation flushes, and none-too-soon.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

The mobile phone carriers here really do take the pith, and customer service levels suck.

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Posted in: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit? See in context

one of the reasons the one trillion euro UK-EU trading relationship is so important

Fog in the Channel, Continent cut off.

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Posted in: Japan often feels like a country that rushed to embrace an exciting high-tech future decades ago, and then abruptly stopped when boom turned to bust in the 1990s, leaving islands of older technologies like stranded relics. See in context

Faxes in Japan were the information superhighway of their time, when the rest of us were sending letters.

The fact that they're as tough as a Toyota Hilux means loads of households still use and trust them, no WiFi needed.

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Posted in: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit? See in context

Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?

Because, ultimately, Boris cares only about Boris.

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Posted in: 2-door litter box for cats who love to dive and climb See in context

My orange kitty Donald would love this.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. begin military exercise as concern about China grows See in context

More fisting!

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Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and run death in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

I hope the guy was breathalysed. Stiff custodial sentence, please.

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Posted in: Man arrested in 1st cycling 'road rage' case under new law See in context

I'm a cyclist, a train rider and a motorist.

If this guy did (what he was doing on the video) near me, I'd be tempted to have words.

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

The only problem I see is, most youth suicides are spontaneous and not planned

How can you know that? Not judging, just curious.

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Posted in: Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work See in context

Scandalously irresponsible. Someone call the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force!

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Posted in: Putin rejects Trump's criticism of Biden family business See in context

Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted TrumpTowerMoscow.com

fixed

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Posted in: Suga's communication skills tested as honeymoon period ends See in context

He can't set off fireworks like Abe

More hieroglyphics than pyrotechnics.

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Posted in: Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78 See in context

Change everything but your wife and kids

Lee

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Posted in: Family cheated out of ¥54 million by man impersonating Japanese rock star for three years See in context

¥54m is a lot of cash in three years.

I'm Taylor Swift, by the way.

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Posted in: Japan's unorthodox household goods champion rides a pandemic boom See in context

Bucking the trend - an interesting business model for (whisper it) contracting economies.

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

I do hope his volunteers are screened, trained, monitored and supported themselves.

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Posted in: High stakes for Earth's climate future in U.S. election See in context

For your children's sake, flush Trump.

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Posted in: Japan to recruit astronauts in 2021, first intake for 13 years See in context

Will they wear 'recruit suits' for the interview?

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Posted in: Woman keeps body of common-law husband in apartment for 10 months See in context

Sounds like this poor woman needs residential care.

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Posted in: Japan to create database to prevent sexual predators from babysitting See in context

This is a start, but are just babysitters included, or are all other occupations (home tutors, etc., etc.) too? Is the sex offending limited to paedophilia or all flavours in scope?

Great precedent, though. Don't make it 中途半端。

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

Japan, time to grow a pair and sign the Treaty.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

Time for Greggs to hit Japan!

Why not? They'd need a joint venture to make it work.

Perhaps something like Yamazaki's Vie de France?

Ohhhh, sausage rolls and HP!

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