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Posted in: Court sentences 2 Filipino women via remote interpreting See in context

Why don't they just deport them and ban them from entering japan again?

likely because they’re paying income tax.

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Posted in: Mother of Kyoto Animation artist who died in arson wants memorial; residents opposed See in context

Being a local resident myself, perhaps I can elaborate on what the Association leader was talking about. In the area directly adjacent to it in front of the building is a very narrow road barely why did Knouff for two cars much less pedestrian traffic from nearby stations. So until the city widens the road it’s quite a dangerous place to walk, and drive.

So if you can imagine dozens and dozens more people per hour walking on that narrow road it is incredibly inconvenient not to mention dangerous.

if the city can pay for road widening on that particular street, I wouldn’t have a problem with memorial being built.

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Posted in: Man robs convenience store, then asks employee to call police See in context

The Japanese Government should provide an unconditional basic income of 3,245,550.00 yen (equivalent of $30,000 United States Dollars) to all of its citizens.

That’s basically a middle class income in Japan, not a “basic income.

According to japan’s Tax policy a basic income is approximately 960,000yen/year although this year I heard it may be going up.

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Posted in: Japan Inc backs Abe's tough trade stance toward S Korea See in context

Japan Inc backs Abe's tough trade stance toward S Korea

Well of course they would! SoKo are direct competitors to Japan Inc.

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Posted in: Japanese artists transform countries and their flags into anime style warriors for Olympics See in context

Is there really any need to nitpick? Instead of criticising, try contributing. Isn't the spirit of the Olympics to set aside our differences and come together as one? Being so pedantic is just a little divisive.


pointing out a factual error is not being divisive. In fact, tell the people of Nunavut they’re territory doesn’t matter and see whose the divisive one.

The art is great but lacks respect for the real heritage of some of the countries.

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Posted in: Man calls police to report beating mother; then his house catches on fire See in context

It’s amazing how many people are jumping to conclusions.

the big story here should be that 10 minute wait time for the police.

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Posted in: Man dies after being hit by float in Gion Festival parade See in context

Dear Japan Today editor,

This is event is the Hita Gion Festival, not to be confused with The Gion Festival which takes place in Kyoto. Without mentioning “Hita” one assumes it is THE festival registered as a Unesco WH event in Kyoto.

Some clarification for readers would be nice.

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Posted in: Japanese artists transform countries and their flags into anime style warriors for Olympics See in context

Canada has 13 provinces and territories, not 12.

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Posted in: Japan revises law to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

there are no penalties for offenders

So, this is purely a law aimed at making the gov't look like their doing something?? What a joke!

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context


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Posted in: 7-Eleven to replace president as it considers changing 24-hour policy See in context

what is with all of the 'holdings' and other stuff.

John, It is 7&i because 7-11 merged with Itoyokado, thus the i.

The name of the company could be shortened to 7&i but not 7-11 as it would be incorrect.

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Posted in: Candidates seeking Osaka metropolis have slight lead: survey See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  12:38 pm JST

Can anyone see a peculiar thing here. A political candidate proposes a change that would create even more politicians. An empire of politicians...

Incorrect, Both candidates leading elections want to remove the Osaka city and other city govts in Osaka prefecture and unite everything to cut costs and bureaucracy.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to lower mobile phone fees in Japan See in context

This new proposed law HAS NO TEETH!

It will do NOTHING to stop the incredible price fixing going on among the top 3 carriers and does NOTHING to actually lower prices. It simply says carriers can't offer you discounts on a new phone purchase and carry over those discounts on monthly plans. If ANYTHING, it will make Softbank change their pricing structure, nothing else.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

If you did it...Own it.

If Abe owns it, it's political suicide with his base of right-wing hawks that want the NK abduction issue solved and see NK as the enemy not future trade partner.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's regional banks to join hands in cashless payment See in context

2% back??

Meanwhile PayPay is practically giving cash away with a 20%+ cashback campaign.

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

Laguna, TrevorPeace, Scrote,

You all make logical points, however, we are in the twilight zone that is Japan.

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

Nissan as a company has also been indicted on the charge.

Well at least Nissan aren't getting away scot free!

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Posted in: 3 areas in Japan to bid to host casinos; many others reluctant: survey See in context

Wakayama is already a tourist trap, I can't imagine how the IR is going to make it any more worth going to...Sigh, I guess it's time to find an alternative to Shirahama beach.

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Posted in: Man gets 16 years in prison for Osaka road rage murder in 2018 See in context

I can pass the under-powered scooters as soon as the light turns green. (I never understand why they always insist on getting to the front, when everybody just passes them right away.)

Garypen, 50cc scooters are allowed and in many locations supposed to stop at the front because it is the most visible place. It prevents scooters being in cars blind spots when making a right turn.

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Posted in: Baby with umbilical cord attached found in convenience store toilet See in context

oh thank god the baby is alive and in stable condition!

I hope the police find the mother and figure out what the hell she was thinking!

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Posted in: No. of foreign tourists to Japan hits record high 31.19 mil in 2018 See in context

Hope Japan does overtake France, been there and Japan is better! Better food, more polite people, more places to visit, better shopping experience.

Do you know why Parisians hate foreigners? Because they’re overrun with them like the rats in their sewers. Let’s compare Japanese and French only if and when the tourist rates come close to being the same.

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Posted in: Five things we learned from Ghosn's day in court See in context

We also learned the Japanese justice system is in fact an injustice system

No no, we’ve known that for a while.

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Posted in: 2018: Trump's year of disruption -- and danger ahead See in context

Mueller Ain't Got Anything

LOL The funny thing about Trump fans is that they aren't just delusional, but flipping nuts.

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Posted in: Two 15-year-old boys killed after their motorbike crashes into car See in context

How can 2 teenagers joyriding without license NOT be at fault?

They most likely didn't have helmets, and were most likely on a 50cc scooter, which is meant for 1 person. (although it's still somewhat speculation until further details come out)


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Posted in: 75-year-old Japanese language school director found dead at home See in context

Michael G

Maybe it's not common in your country to work on the weekend, but in Japan, Saturday classes are quite common. Or quite possibly, there was a company meeting that the boss pulls a no-show, doesn't answer his phone, email, or even answer the door. Caring employees would worry, and perhaps, we don't know, maybe he had health issues and a thoughtful member of his company thought they'd check in on him with a spare key? or yeah, you've been watching too much CSI.

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks 0.3% in July-September See in context


i grée with the first half of what you said but disagree on it being big corporate holding Japan down. Japan has for a long long time had one of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. That and strict lending practices since bank reform have made it hard for companies to take risks with their profits.

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Posted in: Abe calls for public works spending plan to help economy See in context

"public works spending" is the ABSOLUTE LAST THING a debt ridden country should be doing.

You can't make money on freshly paved roads.

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Posted in: 21-year-old driver, going wrong way on expressway, killed in collision with truck See in context

drivers between 30-40 are the ones responsible for the most road fatalities

That's because the majority of drivers by demographic group in any developed country is 30-40yrs.

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Posted in: 21-year-old driver, going wrong way on expressway, killed in collision with truck See in context

You would also have to be going the wrong way on the low road in order to enter a highway in the wrong direction...

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Trump can suck my Toyota. This guy is an idiot.

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