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Posted in: Japan inflation falls to BOJ target of 2% See in context

I think that, during the pandemic, when the economy was effectively frozen, things got reset in a way that benefited the U.S. it’s going to take time for the global economy to return to some kind of normal status. Things like prices are not that important by themselves. It’s really about quality of life and security.

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Posted in: Macron breaks taboo on possibility of sending Western troops in Ukraine See in context

"We will do whatever it takes to ensure that Russia cannot win this war,"

Saying this should not be “taboo”. If Russia takes Ukraine, they will not stop until the old USSR is restored.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued for 23-year-old woman on suspicion of placing infant’s body in hotel trash can See in context

I honestly feel more sorry for the woman. Probably, she has a very bad story to tell regarding this episode in her life.

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Posted in: Japan, China hold talks over Fukushima treated water release See in context

Well, it actually is “nuclear contaminated water.” It’s just very very diluted when mixed with un-contaminated ocean water. And since it’s mixed, we’re all already eating the fish that live in it. Please explain it like that to the Chinese and offer them a special discount for their loyal patronage. They consume a lot of food over there.

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Posted in: Gov't to extend extra ¥100 bil for quake relief in central Japan See in context

The victims really need this and their needs should not be discussed in the context of defense budget, which is a completely different topic.

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Posted in: TSMC diversifies out of Taiwan with new Japan plant See in context

Taiwan produces roughly 90% of the world's cutting-edge semiconductors. Many seem confident the U.S. and Japan will protect Taiwan in the event of a crisis, since it is home to many chipmakers that are critical to their economic security, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. [https://asia.nikkei.com]

From this perspective, if TSMC moves out of Taiwan, the U.S. has less of an incentive to protect Taiwan in the event of a crisis, implying China would have a greater possibility of invading.

On the other hand,

Control of TSMC’s foundries in Taiwan might thus appear a decisive factor both in Beijing’s readiness to risk attempting unification through force, and for other states deciding whether to take a strong stance against this. [https://thediplomat.com]

From this perspective, if TSMC moves out of Taiwan, China has less of an incentive to invade.

My question (above) was, which effect is greater?

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Posted in: TSMC diversifies out of Taiwan with new Japan plant See in context

As a consumer, I am happy with this change. However, does diversification of TSMC's assets make a Taiwan any less of a target for invasion?

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Posted in: Half of Japanese firms see another Trump presidency as risk, poll shows See in context

How did the U.S. end up with these two 80-year old guys as the only choices for president? Biden should have passed the baton.

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Posted in: Women take part in Japan's 1,250-year-old 'naked festival' for first time See in context

 an annual report showed the country was struggling to narrow the gender gap.

Well, I am glad to hear that the gov acknowledges the gender gap, but I hope that the push to "improve women's participation in society" does not end with "donning purple robes and chanting excitedly" but actually takes the form of equal educational opportunities, equal pay and and equal career advancement.

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Posted in: Japan's 'naked men' festival succumbs to aging population See in context

Get ready for more news like this. Japan is going to change rapidly and there’s not a masterplan. Those of us who live here and have families will have an outsized effect on the future.

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Posted in: Man gets 30 years in prison for arson-murder of 2 nephews See in context

According to the police statement he was arrested for “murdering his two young nephews by setting their house on fire while they slept and their parents were out”

total monster

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Posted in: Unusually warm weather in northern Japan puts damper on winter events See in context

The article did not specifically mention Niseko or skiing. That would be relevant to tourism.

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Posted in: Japan to boost child allowances to tackle falling birthrate See in context

I agree with immigration, but I also support financial incentives for raising kids. It’s just a bit late for half measures.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to submit bill to introduce joint custody after divorce See in context

This will be a major step forward. The old laws are based on assumptions that no longer hold true.

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Posted in: Electric wire damage may be behind big fire following Japan quake See in context

Just hope the insurance companies are not looking for excuses to avoid paying

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Posted in: Kim's powerful sister says N Korea, Japan can open 'new future' See in context

The photo doesn't show the weapons she is holding behind her back.

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Posted in: On Valentine's Day, LGBTQ+ activists in Japan call for right for same-sex couples to marry See in context

Of course they should have the right to marry.

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Posted in: Are we about to find out moon's origin? Japan's space agency says it may now have clues See in context

I'm glad the Japanese team succeeded, but didn't previous trips many years ago by other countries bring back moon rocks?

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Posted in: Parents arrested over fatal poisoning, drugging of 4-year-old daughter in Tokyo See in context

The mother "set fire to clothing", the police "suspected abuse", the children were put in "temporary protective care", and the nursery school contacted the authorities five times. And, after all that, they concluded that the injuries were "simply the result of accidents"??

I know these parents were monsters and 100% to blame, but the welfare center did not do it's job.

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Posted in: 84-year-old man arrested for assaulting wife after argument over box of sweets See in context

The whole “box of sweets” story is just his comment. It has nothing to do with the crime, which was domestic violence. Probably not the first time.

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Posted in: New documentary gives a human face to those with disabilities in Japan See in context

That was a truly terrible crime. I’m glad they found a silver lining in the documentary.

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Posted in: Japan, Pacific islands strongly oppose change of status quo by force See in context

Strongly opposing force requires force. Like it or not, that means U.S.

or you could try your luck with China…

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Posted in: More Japanese women buying Valentine's Day chocolates for themselves See in context

Well, the thought of buying one’s own valentine chocolate is sad. I wish there were more romance in Japanese peoples’ lives.

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Posted in: Japanese firm probed over sale of ship to Iran See in context

@kaynide

@Odladi - I would suggest you consider not the ship itself but the tech/computer systems onboard and how they might be repurposed. Guidance/GPS/navigational data can be quite useful for things other than a cargo ship, after all.

No disrespect meant, just a response to your "not seeing how X could lead to Y".

No offense taken, but if that's the case the prosecutors should state it explicitly. It's not cool to push people around for what might be

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Posted in: Japanese firm probed over sale of ship to Iran See in context

Wasn't there a similar case involving farm equipment? I think this sounds like over-zealous prosecution (with a little xenophobia thrown in for good measure).

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Posted in: Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate See in context

Amid controversy over the line's tunnels passing through the prefecture, Kawakatsu has, along with local communities, pushed back over environmental issues including what is known as the "water problem" involving the effects of construction on the Oi River.

I am not so sure that Kawakatsu's opposition has anything to do with the Oi river. Most people I have talked to translate Kawakatsu's words as follows: "The train is going to bypass the current Nagoya Shinkansen station, which will result in revenue losses to us."

Certainly cutting the commute time from Osaka in half would be a big plus for people living in Osaka who frequently go to Tokyo for business.

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Posted in: Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate See in context

Amid controversy over the line's tunnels passing through the prefecture, Kawakatsu has, along with local communities, pushed back over environmental issues including what is known as the "water problem" involving the effects of construction on the Oi River.

I am not so sure that Kawakatsu's opposition has anything to do with the Oi river. Most people I have talked to translate Kawakatsu's words as follows: "The train is going to bypass the current Nagoya Shinkansen station, which will result in revenue losses to us."

Certainly cutting the commute time from Osaka in half would be a big plus for people living in Osaka who frequently go to Tokyo for business.

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Posted in: Japanese firm probed over sale of ship to Iran See in context

I don’t see how a ship would constitute a 1997 cargo ship could lead to the "development of weapons of mass destruction."

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Posted in: Taxi, bus driver's license tests in Japan to go multilingual See in context

Japan's population is declining and the rate of decline in increasing. In particular, the fraction of working-age Japanese is decreasing. Therefore, immigration is increasing to fill the labor shortage.

Driving a taxi or a truck does not require a college education. Therefore, many of the foreigners who can perform these jobs are unlikely to speak Japanese.

Changing the test is just a realistic way of balancing these two realities.

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Posted in: Iran beats Japan 2-1 to reach Asian Cup semifinals See in context

If only politics could be settled this way…

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