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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate falls to 2.5% in October See in context

130 job openings for every 100 job seekers.

At what point will our bureaucrats stop mandating superfluous jobs like the battalions of lightsabre wielding Jedi knights guarding every construction site? Then there are the quangos like JA. In some prefectures JA has more staff than there are farmers!

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Posted in: Russia withdraws from 2025 World Expo in Japan See in context

The ongoing invasion conflicts with the event's theme of "Designing Future Society for Our Lives,"

said Hanako Jimi, the minister in charge of the expo.

The State of Israel is still on the list of exhibitors.

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Posted in: Which country's national anthems do you find the most stirring? See in context

Joining the choir on this one.

Best: Russia/USSR

Runner up: France

Worst: Japan

Runner up: Great Britain

Billy Connolly suggested the theme tune to The Archers as a suitable replacement for the deary God Save the King. I could get behind that.

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Posted in: UK sci-fi hit 'Doctor Who' celebrates 60th anniversary See in context

It was a cliché for the upper middle classes. Most families wouldn't have enough room in their houses to get behind a sofa.

Nonsense. Plenty of space in a 1970s council house/flat's living room for that, and to recreate the best scenes after.

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Posted in: Generational tensions flare as Japan faces economic reality of aging baby boomers See in context

And are being eyed by vulture capital private equity for extraction.

And scam artists

And the government themselves, who will take 40%+ of those hard earned savings in inheritance tax.

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Posted in: Biden says 'real progress' made in talks with Xi, deals made on military, fentanyl See in context

Biden struck a welcoming tone aimed at showing respect

Then publicly branded Xi a dictator. Again.

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Posted in: U.S. Marines sets up littoral unit in Okinawa for islands defense See in context

I don't see many young Japanese.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot by police after Osaka apartment quarrel See in context

I've never understood the idea that shooting a warning shot straight up can kill folks on the ground.

A bullet leaves the muzzle of a Japanese police revolver at 850kph - a very lethal velocity. If fired straight up it will slow down due to wind resistance and gravity until it reaches its apogee, about 1km up. It will then fall at 9.8m/s/s until it reaches a much lower terminal velocity (again due to wind resistance) of about 150kph.

e=mc2 so the bullet now has a lot less energy.

Essentially, if you dropped a small 9g piece of metal off Tokyo Tower, it could certainly hurt someone, but probably wouldn't kill them.

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Posted in: Japan needs to make stance on Israel-Hamas war clearer, observers say See in context

Japan absolutely should not voice "steadfast and united support" for Israel and "unequivocal condemnation of Hamas." There are no good guys in this conflict; Israel is just as despicable as Hamas. Anyone taking a side is encouraging terrorism.

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Posted in: Biden vs Trump, the unwanted rematch for America’s soul See in context

72.8% of the electorate did not vote for Trump in 2016.

68.8% of the electorate did not vote for Biden in 2020.

This is a poor facsimile of democracy. The system doesn't work, but Trump is not the man to overhaul it.

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Posted in: Starbucks increases U.S. hourly wages and adds other benefits for non-union workers See in context

2,700Yen per hour, plus tips.

Is this nationwide or just in big cities?

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Posted in: Japan survey shows 60% wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold See in context

Only 60%?

As alluded to above, this is what happens when doctors get paid a paltry amount per consultation but make most of their money from kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies. Quite literally, the more they prescribe, they more they make.

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Posted in: Child in critical condition after elderly driver hits students in Shizuoka See in context

Personally, I think they should be mandatory as standard equipment on all new cars sold in Japan, not optional add-ons.

They have been mandatory on Japanese cars since November 2021. All new imported models will have to have them from next June and currently produced imports will need such systems from June 2026.

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Posted in: Refugee applicants to Japan surge in 2023; may reach record high See in context

Hey Japan, DO NOT repeat the mistakes of the Western countries. 'Multiculturalism' and 'diversity' are a failure. Western countries are paying the price for it

Should we all start packing then?

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Posted in: Woman becomes pregnant via IVF donor sperm after husband's death See in context

It is possible that, if identified, the sperm donor may be asked to legally accept recognition as the child's father.

I was a donor in college. I certainly wouldn't have considered signing up if this had been a possibility back then.

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Posted in: Japanese tea commercial actress created by AI, has some wondering if it’s the scandal-free future See in context

Japanese talento have been vacuous puppets for so long now. This is logical progression.

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Posted in: Toyota to join Tesla's electric vehicle charging network and adopt Tesla connector in future EVs See in context

Meanwhile Japan soldiers on with CHAdeMO. Protectionist policies that ultimately just drive up prices for consumers.

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Posted in: Japan to begin living support program for war zone evacuees in April See in context

Great news for Palestinians, Syrians, Somalians, and Yemeni, right?


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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

The govt will:

allow operators to raise railway fares

relax rules around introducing express bus services

...as long as they have the permission of local authorities

Why does the govt. have such powers in the first place?

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Posted in: China, Japan say their ships faced off near disputed islands See in context

The Senkakus are Japanese. If China disputes this fact it should make a case to an UNCLOS tribunal, with concrete evidence of its claim.

I wouldn't be so sure that the claim would go Japan's way; for once China has some basis for their claim to these particular islands. However, if Japan lost they could just ignore the ruling in the same manner as the UK and USA are ignoring the International Court of Justice's decision on Diego Garcia.

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Posted in: Ibaraki ranked ‘least attractive’ among Japan’s 47 prefectures in survey See in context

Where is Saitama on the list? It deserves to be last, tied with Aichi.

Third from bottom, just ahead of Saga and behind Gunma.

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Posted in: North Korea raises specter of nuclear strike over U.S. aircraft carrier's arrival in South Korea See in context

I can never understand why the Norks would think that anyone would want to invade their territory?


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Posted in: Transport ministry to penalize used car dealer Bigmotor over fraud See in context

They actually distributed printed manuals to their dealerships detailing how to illegally "maximise profits".

I'm sure the shredding machines at Autobacs and Yellow Hat have also been well employed since this story broke...

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Posted in: PR firm says it made Johnny's press conference reporter 'blacklist' See in context

Can you imagine a publication like Private Eye existing in Japan?

Only if it has a schoolgirl in a miniskirt on the front cover

This cracked me right up.

Thank you Chabba.

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Posted in: PR firm says it made Johnny's press conference reporter 'blacklist' See in context

Can you imagine a publication like Private Eye existing in Japan?

Shukan Bunshu, Friday and even Playboy (not that one, the katakana one) do a pretty good job of digging where the dailies would not dare. They're not held in the same high regard as Private Eye though.

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Posted in: PR firm says it made Johnny's press conference reporter 'blacklist' See in context

Anyone who attended the conference and did not make that blacklist should hand in their notebook and pens.

The shame.

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Posted in: Top court upholds ruling in favor of Japan's ban on dual nationality See in context

Well, duh, just because you get a Japanese passport, you don't suddenly turn Japanese over night! I know a white dude who took on Japanese citizenship and he goes around telling Japanese people that he is 日本人!

Well, that would be because he is.

There once was a time when people of a different race or country of birth were not considered truly British. Thankfully those days are behind us.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors eyes ending production in China See in context

Mitsubishi was the first major manufacturer to bring an EV to the mass market, but since the iMiEV they've pivoted to plug in hybrids. This may yet prove to be the right choice for growing economies in South and South East Asia where pure EVs really don't make sense.

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Posted in: Italy says it will be equal partner in jet fighter project with UK, Japan See in context

Italy is still smarting after only getting 21% of Typhoon and 15% of Tornado.

At least with no German input this time we have a better chance of building it without leaking designs to the Russians.

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Posted in: Dumb, phony and boring to the point of tears: Shows that ask foreign tourists what they like about Japan See in context

I got caught by a spin off of the *Why You Come to Japan" folks at Fukuoka airport.

Their eyes lit up when I said I'd come to meet my fiancé who I'd met on the Internet, but my acting skills soon ran out and they quickly sussed I was having them on.

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