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Posted in: Banning Russian LNG imports tough without supply alternatives: trade minister See in context

Reactivate immediately some nuclear power plants that have remained idled for long without a valid reason, despite approval by safety agency officials.

This move will also help push down or normalize LNG prices in the global market, smashing illicit speculative trading.

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Posted in: As Putin marks Victory Day, his troops make little gains in Ukraine See in context

Watching the live report, Putin looked like a pathetic dictator....

Not sure if he will come back for the next VE ceremony, not even sure if such an event will ever be held out there.

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Posted in: Ex-lawmaker arrested over illegal shinkansen ticket receipt See in context

Wait a sec...

Diet members get a free Green Car rail pass on top of a 1 million yen MONTHLY travel and communication allowance, which is on top of their salary and bonus.

Free railway/airfare pass is not counted on the 1 million monthly allowance.

There are some other "hidden" benefits for Diet lawmakers. For example, they can rent a room at designated apartments downtown Tokyo for an extraordinarily cheap price (about less than one thirds of the market values). This doesn't affect the 1 million allowance.

都心の豪華議員宿舎の家賃が明らかに 看護師付きの3LDK月16万円、相場の3分の1以下

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

Even the most doomsday scenario projects a bounce back from the bottom at around 50 million within 100 years. Japan had 70 million right after the end of WWII while its economy was of course devastated, with high adult men casualty. Compared to that, the current situation is not so bad.

Japan's government has long struggled with the challenges of a graying population and a declining workforce, and has hoped to ease the labor shortage by attempting to increase foreign workers under a relaxed visa system.

The active immigration policy is not a quick, direct solution to the problem of rapid population decline at the macro level. But perhaps it may help the Japanese couples afford to have a kid or more. My quick idea is a new visa scheme for au pair. They would take some household burdens from the working couples, boost incomes needed to cover childcare expenses. It's successful and welcome if immigrants would give the host Japanese people and community some incentive for child-rearing.

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Posted in: 10% suffer COVID-19 aftereffects 1 year after discharge from hospital: survey See in context

The survey covered 693 people with moderate or severe COVID-19 symptoms who were admitted to hospitals between September 2020 and July 2021.

Can their cases be generalized? How about their age and other health-related backgrounds?

Individuals who continued to consult medical facilities about symptoms that appeared to be aftereffects one year after being discharged stood at 9.8 percent.

One year after.... so they must have been infected with a more deadly delta (but they survive!) or previous covid variants, not with Omicron groups which are now dominant.

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Posted in: G7 leaders mark VE Day stressing unity, support for Ukraine See in context

I wonder what they would think of the Azov battalion?

The Z-cult overshadows the Azov on its evil acts.

Now they are "sanctioning" not "censoring" Russian media. Why do they fear the public knowing the Russian perspective so much? If it's so absurd and Russia is evil and all that stuff, wouldn't it be better to let the general public see it for themselves?

Many programmes can still be accessed online for wider audiences if only you understand Russian. But unfortunately the majority are cheap and boring propaganda (or highly non-political).

One of the latest headline news is that Russian forces have "discovered" and seized porn magazines left in an occupied Ukrainian military base :)

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

Interesting. I hope that Upopoy will be able to run self-sufficiently. A challenge may be its location away from major local cities, and access.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

The company has given similar responses to those who appeared to be foreign applicants without working visas since around January 2021, according to the official.

Another problem is, Yoshinoya jumped to the conclusion that the applicant was a foreign national.

I know it's difficult to obtain a certain category of working visa (although it's not unique to Japan).

Yoshinoya has two options; 1) offer jobs only to Japanese nationals or valid visa holders (this entry screening is NOT discrimination) ; 2) make the utmost effort to help foreign recruits to obtain it at any cost when employing them.

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Posted in: Asian Games postponed indefinitely as China battles COVID See in context

"The Olympic Council of Asia has announced that the 19th Asian Games, originally scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10 to 25, 2022, will be postponed," said a statement on the official Games website, first posted on Chinese state media.

Does it mean that the Games will be postponed not until but from September? They should think about relocating the venue outside China. Xi wants China free from covid, which is now impossible.

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Posted in: Belarus president says he didn't expect Russia's Ukraine 'operation' to drag on so long See in context

I think Lukashenko will soon cheat on Putin & Z-criminals and switch the position.

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Posted in: Mariupol defenders make their stand in steel plant See in context

Ukrainian forces wiretapped a phone conversation;

Z-cult commander: More troops, please!

Kremlin: Request denied.

Z-cult commander: More body bags requested!

Kremlin: You're Nazi.

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Posted in: What's your stance on abortion? See in context

I want to note that there is another problem specifically for women in Japan: despite wider promotions, abortion drugs have yet to be approved in Japan. That means, a pregnant woman should go through a surgery whose health risk is however much higher.

It's actually some doctors who are resisting the drug approval. A single abortion surgery is said to cost about 100,000 yen. Their profit would vanish if drug treatment is used alternatively. Some doctors even argue the even if approved, abortion drugs should be sold for 100,000 yen, an equal amount to a surgery. I think it's ridiculous or outrageous.


If you are serious pro-choice, please also show any viable solutions to this problem, to support women under heath threat and dilemma.

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Posted in: Do you think the U.N. is dysfunctional when it comes to dealing with wars and other disputes between countries? See in context

The simple veto by a permanent member should be rescinded and replaced, for example, by the two-thirds majority vote (10 out of the total 15 UNSC members). Other solutions such as membership expansion to 20 should be taken into account.

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Posted in: What's your stance on abortion? See in context

I'm pro-choice for the sake of women's health. But I also know that in the United States there are various support programmes by pro-life groups to ensure necessary cares to "unwanted" babies such as foster family arrangements.

Though radical/fanatic pro-life campaigns are a big turn-off, I think I'd be able to listen to or exchange views with someone moderate.

Speaking of the situation in Japan, about 150,000 have been aborted annually (145,340 in 2020; 156,716 in 2019).


Ironically, JT is now carrying the article about the shortfall of the kid population. Another, different issue, but I think it's very relevant to address this point here.

Japan's child population falls for 41st year to record low's-child-population-falls-for-41st-yr-record-low-amid-pandemic

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Posted in: Elon Musk has talked of doing away with Twitter's advertising model for revenue, relying instead on subscriptions. What are the pros and cons of that idea? See in context

Only to let some other micro-blog services like Weibo grow. Musk is a pro Beijing, no? :)

Musk’s Ties to China Could Create Headaches for Twitter

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Posted in: Man arrested over arson-murder in Gunma in March See in context

According to police, the suspect, a part-time worker, allegedly beat Akiyo Funato, who lived alone, with a blunt object sometime on the night of March 30, Kyodo News reported. He is also accused of stealing money and then setting the two-story wooden house on fire.

I'm now just wondering why the suspect's basic ID is being withheld. In such grave multiple crimes the name is usually published in accordance with the protocol. Is it because the suspect is a non-Japanese national? The practice should be fair and consistent, applied to everyone.

I'm usually critical to the current ID revelation rules for the suspect in Japan whose practice also tends to be arbitrary. I suggest that the name basically be kept from reporting unless the suspect gets charged at trial.

FYI, as the protocol, Japan's police usually release the suspect's full IDs to the media (belonging to the kisha club for the police department). Thus it is media outlets, not police, who decide what and how much info to publish or not.

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Posted in: U.S. official: Russia plans to annex parts of eastern Ukraine See in context

I still don't get why Russia is so obsessed with the lands. The move is against all odds, at the expense of almost everything. They will end up giving away Crimea to Ukraine, and Northern Territories to Japan. Putin will be brought to The Hague or hell...

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Posted in: Beijing prepares COVID-19 hospital spaces See in context

China's zero covid is now pseudo-voodoo science.

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Posted in: Japan still divided on revising war-renouncing Constitution: survey See in context

Besides, the government doesn't need majority support of voters to make decisions anyway. If they want to do it, they will...

A simple majority in the Diet is not enough for amendments. Two-thirds of MPs at both chambers shall support the motion, and then go to the public for a referendum to gain the majority. The entire process is tedious, time-consuming and demanding even for the LDP who has ruled most of the post-war period in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan still divided on revising war-renouncing Constitution: survey See in context

Although Article 9 is the central focus of amendment debate, there arise several other constitutional issues which I think are also significant yet largely overlooked.

For example, the devolution of power into local administration levels would be necessary in proper responses to locally specific issues, some of which are new and hitherto unanticipated. Unfortunately, the 75-year old Constitution shall keep the current administrative arrangements or deny any form of realignment. Likewise the retirement aged Constitution never expects the same-sex union or other culturally diverse phenomena in Japan.

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Posted in: Evacuations underway in Mariupol See in context

With plenty of firepower still in reserve, Russia’s offensive still could intensify and overrun the Ukrainians. Overall the Russian army has an estimated 900,000 active-duty personnel. Russia also has a much larger air force and navy.

Don't forget to bring extra body bags and make sure your soldiers keep a dog-tag for ID :P

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

My idea: Omae Nanyanen (おまえ・何やねん) "who the hell are you?" said in Kansai dialect :)

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Posted in: Japan eyes classifying defense guidelines See in context

They shouldn't keep confidential the classified information for good. It's essential to de-classify all of it to the public in the end. So the question is when to open or until when to keep. Usually the classified info is open and available in 20-30 years.

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Posted in: How do you think Russian President Vladimir Putin would react if Finland and Sweden apply to join NATO? See in context

He might want to follow suit ... :D

(But once Putin thought about it seriously back in 2000).

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Posted in: Descendants of wartime Korean workers remember their past in new museum See in context

Residents supported each other in the years after the war, and with cheaper rents, the neighborhood also attracted Koreans from other parts of Japan.

Referring to it, the article title is a bit misleading as many ethnic Korean residents in Japan are not necessarily descendants of former wartime workers. Besides their experiences are in the postwar period.

Utro and its surrounding areas are now going through renovation projects, and will be missing many legacies. The museum is worth visiting.

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Posted in: Fukuoka library postpones Soviet film event due to Ukraine invasion See in context

As it's not a full cancellation, I hope that the library will resume the programme some time later. Why not raising funds with it for Ukraine?

"Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears," 

It's a good one. Or perhaps Putin and his Z-cult followers may hate it. The Soviet-time films are not necessarily aimed for communist propaganda.

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Posted in: Death row inmate seeks retrial over murders of 19 mentally impaired residents at care home See in context

Although his defense team filed an appeal, his death sentence was finalized later in the month after Uematsu withdrew it before the deadline for his appeal to a high court.

It's too late.

*The Yokohama District Court will decide whether to hold a retrial after examining the petition, which was filed on *April 1.

Judging from the date, he may be fooling the public.

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Posted in: New coronavirus strain found in Sendai See in context

The person with the new variant developed symptoms in late March. Because the patient had a mild case and no recent history of foreign travel, the person was allowed to recover without hospitalization. No transmission from the patient has been confirmed.

Ok, dismiss now, go back to work...

Sendai is lucky as it belongs in Japan. Should it be "there," the entire city would be lock-downed on immediate effect, without an exit timetable. The authorities would impose daily & compulsory mass PCR testing and full isolation for positive cases (regardless of symptoms) :p

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Posted in: Scholz says Germany seeks closer ties with Indo-Pacific See in context

Japan hopes to work closely with Germany as strategic partners on "various challenges that the international community faces, including responses to China," Kishida said.

China was actually the main topic while the Ukraine war appeared on the surface.

Former Chancellor Merkel never failed to stop by China whenever making a tour to Asian countries including Japan. Unlike his predecessor, Schulz skipped it. That's an indication.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, EU push for open internet amid rise of authoritarianism See in context

Russia has aggressively promoted disinformation at home and abroad, censored internet news sources, and blocked and shut down legitimate sites, among other acts, the official said.

But I'm afraid, no, I'm glad that Russian war propaganda seems to fail many including active Russian-speaking media consumers. I only trust publication dates :)

By the way, what happened to Julian Assange?

Luckily he's not yet been poisoned :p

It also reminds me of Edward Snowden. He was granted permanent residency in Russia.... is he still there?

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