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Posted in: Renault to reduce stake in Nissan, rebalancing alliance See in context

Renault to reduce stake in Nissan, rebalancing alliance

Interestingly, most local Japanese media outlets gave the headline which reads "Nissan to raise stake."

What's become of Carlos Ghosn?

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Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing? See in context

Yes. Overall, tech availability benefits a lot, provided that people are also given the choice (to use or not to use them at will, at ease).

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

Utter disgust for Japans inability to stop senseless killing. It is just to try and proof a misplaced sense of stubbornness . Childish almost if it wasn’t so cruel.

Our judgement of what should/can be eaten is highly arbitrary and culturally bound. It doesn't necessarily matter whether some are more intelligent than others (thus the latter is qualified for food). Even vegetarians should be condemned as some plants do also feel pain when they are killed for food (seriously, as recent studies conclude).

I believe that the rightful and sensible attitude for ”omnivorous" humans is to stay appreciative of all living things for their life sacrifice.

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

Despite their sales attempts I think that the consumption of whale meat will continue to decline. There are alternative foods on the market while people prefer something more tasteful and inexpensive.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori casts doubt on Japan's excessive support for Ukraine See in context

"I wonder why" Japan has put in "such a big effort to support Ukraine,"

It's his double misunderstanding. First, both of Japan's military and humanitarian support have been minimal compared to those of some other countries such as NATO allies. Second, Japan's inclination in the West over the Ukraine War is still strategic and rightful.

"It is unthinkable that Russia would lose the war. If that happened, something harder would happen,"

Something much hard would happen... to Putin and Z-cult believers. It would happen to.... you, too, Mr Mori!? :)

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Posted in: Bomb threats sent by fax to colleges in Yamanashi, Ibaraki, Hokkaido See in context

Why not throw away all faxes? And you'd never get threatened (via fax)

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Posted in: Japan wins World Pastry Cup See in context

The World Pastry Cup is biannually held while its venue is fixed in Lyon. Would it be possible for Japan to host it in the future?

Though originally from the West, I think that pastry is also an integral part of Japanese food culture. Some ingredients of traditional wagashi such as red bean paste are applied to create hybrid taste and style.

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Posted in: Only 16% of 17 to 19-year-olds believe they will definitely marry: survey See in context

How many millions of babies will miss being born to become Japanese citizens? 

You don't need to marry to have babies. Modern marriage is a pretty new concept and institution for human history.

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Posted in: Man says he tried to steal gun from police officer in koban so he could kill himself See in context

He never have to fetch a gun to fulfill his "last mission." I don't want to tell how alternatively.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend in Fukuoka See in context

It's really tragic and the crime was unreasonable for the victim and her family considering that she had contacted police for help and anti-stalking measures had been imposed.

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Posted in: Gov't to discuss downgrading COVID-19 classification to same as influenza See in context

Looks like the main driving force is to get everyone to pay for vaccines/treatment themselves rather than the government foot the bill.

Don't forget the vaxx/PCR programme has NEVER been free. It's financed by our tax money. But prices won't skyrocket as the national healthcare insurance will cover some expenses, just like the case of common flu.

The downgraded arrangement will allow (a large majority of) ordinary clinics to take care of corona outpatients on the spot, without reporting to authorities. This will reduce the (unnecessarily) overwhelming tasks and processes in the frontline.

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Posted in: China OKs some visas for Japanese, S Korean citizens as exceptions See in context

Quite arbitrary and opportunistic, full of favoritism (but solely for the CCP).

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Posted in: 1,600 women take part in New Year archery event See in context

I like seeing this annual event which combines traditional martial art with aesthetics for women participants in ceremonial kimono (The latter is not scored for the competition... obviously it's a beauty pageant).

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Posted in: Gov't considers lifting anti-COVID recommendation to wear masks indoors See in context

Class 2 diseases are subject to extensive measures, including limiting movements by infected individuals and their close contacts.

What is going with Class 2 now only proves ineffective, no? Class 2 restricts the access to the majority of ordinary clinics, leaving many outpatients untreated while compulsory reporting and communications remain snail or paralysed.

Here I've been suggesting the category downgrade for almost two years just in order to save more patients' lives and invaluable healthcare resources. "Considering" the review is coming too late.

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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

The "Napoleon complex", known informally as small man syndrome, is a syndrome normally attributed to people of small stature. It is characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behavior.

This hypothesis could be applied to his boss.

Medvedev should drink himself to death with vodka

I guess he's already drunk, suicidally :)

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Posted in: Japan's immigration law revision to retain controversial proposal See in context

The government is currently seeking public comments on this proposal (and the entire immigration law reform as well) made through e-government. It would be more meaningful to make yourself heard directly than to keep complaining or commiserating about problems in anonymity at unofficial forums (just like here :)) .


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Posted in: UK, Japan sign defense agreement allowing troop deployments See in context

I didn't know the Tower of London is now a guest house. An irony for Kishida who is under threat of "decapitation" by rival LDP members at home? :)

The UK officials said it's a landmark deal since 1902 (when the first Anglo-Japan pact was made). A step for the Global Britain?

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Posted in: The Japanese government is offering families 1 million yen to relocate from Tokyo in an effort to revitalize towns across the country. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

It seems to me quite an odd policy, as a lot of construction and renovation projects are currently underway for new offices and residential buildings in Tokyo's downtown areas in an effort to house more people and businesses coming from outside. It'd sound more plausible if incentives for relocation are to be given from places of new settlement. The programme of Tokyo is like a kick-out goodby money :)

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Posted in: Pandemic cooking boom sharpens Japan knife sales See in context

I recommend getting high-quality knives and other utensils, instead of seeking them at 100 yen shops. It really feels good when a knife can cut things smoothly without effort. It has a positive impact on the entire cooking process. They are often durable and your purchase will pay off (and your life will be better off! :))

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

Amazing, considering that there used to be over 10,000 deaths per year. It's also another sign of an aging society as more Japanese elderly citizens drive less or quit driving.

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Posted in: Japan Duolingo app users spend longest time on language study: report See in context

I've observed many grammatical and technical problems in Duolingo's Japanese language (for English speaking learners). Most oddly, several Japanese I know can never reach the goal despite several attempts with their native proficiency.

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Posted in: Bird flu cases rise to record high in Japan See in context

My naive, amateur question is why not mass-vaccinate birds? Or aren't there such a programme? "Cull all infected and their neighbors as well" is based on a cost-benefit analysis? It's simply sad.

Around 7.75 million birds have already been culled this season as of Tuesday, with the number likely to exceed the previous record.

It's already a pretty big number which may affect poultry and egg markets.

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

Rudenko also said that Russia supports Beijing's "One China" policy on the issue of Taiwan,

Hypocrite as Russia has no shame in infringing others' sovereign and territory by supporting "breakaway" regions of the Russian speaking residents such as the Donbass, regardless of locals' will.

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Posted in: Are you optimistic about Japan's economy this year? See in context

I'm more optimistic about "my" economy this year! :)

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Posted in: More Indonesians in Japan's foreign trainee program due to weak yen See in context

The trainee programme will soon be revised or dismantled due to criticism and redundancy.

For the programme to continue to run, its selection process and oversight should be improved so that dubious and exploitive agencies and host workplaces would be eradicated.

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Posted in: Over 60% of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan unemployed: survey See in context

What is it all about in other host countries like Poland (where more than a million evacuees resettle). I'm just curious.

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Posted in: Mother, holding 2 children, jumps off platform into path of train; all 3 dead See in context

Any suicidal cases should be carefully reported, in line with the guideline issued by the WHO. Detailed descriptions are unnecessary.

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Posted in: Decision not to indict over Sri Lanka detainee's death unjust: panel See in context

"Prosecutors should decide to bring charges this time around" after the panel raised doubts about their earlier investigation, Chie Komai, a lawyer representing Wishma's family, told a press conference in Tokyo,

A significant move, but it's just the beginning. The prosecutors could insist on their earlier decision (not to press charge) after review requested by the panel. That being the case, the panel is again convened for deliberation. Suppose the second panel concludes that the charge is necessary, the prosecutors must bring the case to the court for a trial.

The panel is like a grand jury consisting of lay persons randomly called upon by the court.

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Posted in: Quarter of trainees in Japan told to return home if pregnant: survey See in context

In 2020 in Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan, a Vietnamese trainee, who feared being dismissed or compelled to return home, gave birth to stillborn twins and was charged with abandoning the bodies. She was given a suspended sentence but is appealing it to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is likely to overturn the verdict, to let her walk free.

熊本 死産の赤ちゃん遺棄 最高裁 来年に弁論 有罪判決見直しか

I'd like to see what policy is done in other host countries regarding the treatment of migrant pregnancies or pregnancy discrimination. To my knowledge, Taiwan bans (compulsory) pregnancy tests and prohibits employers from firing pregnant workers, but it doesn't assure legal status to their children. Malaysia and Thailand require regular pregnancy tests and contraceptives use, alongside deportation threat in case of pregnancy.

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