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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

That ‘excess’ ¥64 trillion has further skewed an already egregious wealth imbalance. Clobbered by inflation and seeing their life chances circumscribed in all sorts of ways, there’s a growing anger and resentment among the burgeoning number of those with barely two sticks to rub together. As impoverishment grows, blowback will happen.

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Posted in: Kishida fires aide over LGBT couple outburst See in context

Arai said he wouldn't want to live next to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couples and warned that people would flee Japan if same-sex marriage was permitted. He added he did not even want to look at same-sex couples.

"His comments are outrageous and completely incompatible with the administration's policies," Kishida said.

Arai's comments had come after Kishida had said in parliament that same-sex marriage needed careful consideration because of its potential impact on the family structure.

You can’t make this stuff up!

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching wife's face in Sapporo restaurant See in context

Things have most certainly taken a turn for the worse here. Whereas once it was every other week, we’re now hearing stories of wanton cruelty and base stupidity on a daily, nay multiple times daily basis. Right now, someone, somewhere, is up to no good; doing their level best to remove any remaining doubts.

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Posted in: 3 people found dead in parked car in apparent joint suicide See in context

Wonder what happens to the rental. Fumigation, then back into the lot. Or, is the first up renter entitled to a discount?

https://tokyocheapo.com/living/jiko-bukken-cheapest-apartments-in-tokyo/

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Posted in: Sushi chain reports diner who licked utensils in viral clip to police See in context

 "express lane" conveyor belt for pre-ordered dishes which doesn't allow anyone but the diner to get their grubby hands on it.

On the same principle as safety barriers on station platforms; have a system where the only gate open is the one adjacent to the table that ordered the item. Or, switch to the high speed delivery belt system already employed at some chains.

How can these morons be unaware of the ceiling cameras that are already widely in use in stores? Life bans (across all sushi chains) if caught are another expedient that should be considered.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for driving with husband clinging to car bonnet See in context

Baby, please don't (let) go; Baby, please don't (let) go; Baby, please don't (let) go; You know I love you so

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Posted in: Philippines willing to deport alleged robbery ringleader 'Luffy' to Japan See in context

This gang of miscreants and its industrial scale ore ore sagi operation was supposed to have been shut down four years ago. So why are their predations continuing and they’ve become the Untouchables? Endemic corruption at the Philippine end and the J plods myopic inability to connect the dots mean this is a job for Interpol. On the same principle as those wanted posters seen here of sundry chinpira and on the lam Red Army Faction members, pictures of these low lifes need to be prominently displayed at airport terminals throughout the region. Their names and country of origin in big, bold lettering.

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Posted in: 'Luffy'Japan robberies head suspected to be behind Manila fraud ring See in context

This gang of miscreants and its industrial scale ore ore sagi operation was supposed to have been shut down four years ago. So why are their predations continuing and they’ve become the Untouchables? Endemic corruption at the Philippine end and the J plods myopic inability to connect the dots mean this is a job for Interpol. On the same principle as those wanted posters seen here of sundry chinpira and on the lam Red Army Faction members, pictures of these low lifes need to be prominently displayed at airport terminals throughout the region. Their names and country of origin in big, bold lettering.

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Posted in: Raising Black biracial children in Japan See in context

Good looking kids.

Pick of the stock photos

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Posted in: Raising Black biracial children in Japan See in context

The macro aggressions she’s unwittingly provoking are no better than the micro aggressions that inspired them.

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

jeopardizing his (Kishida’s) cherished goal of hosting the Group of Seven summit in May in his home constituency of Hiroshima

What is it with the ruling elite and their cherished goals; inevitably destined to end up as yet another uncherished own goal.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

on the brink of social dysfunction

In other words, the plebs are signaling they’ve had enough, are as mad as hell, and aren’t going to take it any more.

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Posted in: 45-year-old man arrested over murder of woman he was living with See in context

Knives are to here what guns are to there. If ever there was a time for AC Japan to be proactive this is it. Pointed warnings about the need to keep sharp objects well and truly out of the reach of the many people out there who nurse grievances and are on a hair trigger.

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Posted in: California shooter kills 10 at dance club; motive unclear See in context

https://www.montereypark.ca.gov/1056/Data-Demographics

So much for safety in numbers.

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Posted in: 42-year-old man arrested over wife’s death in Saitama See in context

Nothing (they want you) to see here, move along.

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Posted in: Japan posts record trade deficit of ¥19.97 trillion in 2022 See in context

Unlike those places which over-relied on currency debasing, bubble stoking 'free money' for fear of blowback were they to insist on anything more than austerity lite, Japan's fiscal recklessness has largely spared the real economy. Covid "freebies' were few and far between, wages have been kept static, housing is not the destabilizing force it is elsewhere. In short, Japan’s modus operandi of doing little and waiting for the world to spin is not necessarily the worst policy option. Implicit in the yen's rebound is an understanding that the country has done a better job of keeping a lid on costs and ensuring it remains globally competitive.

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Posted in: Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/06/tepco-will-someone-turn-lights/352260/

“In 2000, Kei Sugaoka, a Japanese-American engineer who had worked at the Fukushima reactor one site, blew the whistle on TEPCO’s decades of cover-ups and dangerous practices in a letter to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). As an inspector for GE which helped build the plant, he stated: “I was performing a visual inspection on the steam dryer (a critical part of the nuclear reactor) at the Fukushima site Unit One for TEPCO. The dryer was inspected and found cracked to the condition to where it was required to be replaced by a new one at an extensive cost. Then, the most damning evidence: “We submitted (video) tapes to TEPCO for METI, edited with visual cracking intentionally omitted per TEPCO request. Sugaoka refused to comply with the request to edit the tapes himself, noting that this was a criminal offense. “I wasn’t willing to lie. That made me a troublemaker. Lying was standard practice at TEPCO, and maybe for most of the nuclear industry. “

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Posted in: Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

The verdict was met with anger and disbelief from a crowd of people, including those affected by the disaster, who had been waiting outside the courthouse for the ruling.

‘The Japan (Establishment) that can say no,’ a book title for the entitled!

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Posted in: Japanese company defends Van Gogh ownership after lawsuit See in context

Then compensation is the responsibility of the German government.

No doubt, if the Japanese don’t, it’ll be the Germans who will ultimately pay. An obscene amount too, far dwarfing the trivial in comparison sum which Japan’s neighbors over the ditch are asking for in the way of compensation for high crimes committed against them back in the day.

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Posted in: Police say 13-year-old girl has admitted killing mother See in context

Just when you thought the boundaries of depravity couldn’t be exceeded, we get this, the latest in a litany of horror stories that are disabusing all but rusted on true believers’ faith in Safety Country’. Pity her siblings, who’ll carry this knowledge around for the rest of their lives.

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Posted in: ANA to offer flight attendants 2-day workweek after COVID See in context

ANA best Japan's Airlines !!

Best them they did!

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Posted in: Japan university exams begin with stricter rules to prevent cheating See in context

Cheating in exams is rife; in no small part due to lack of foresight on the part of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ administrators afraid to admit that it’s open slather. The evidence that the integrity of exam invigilation is suspect is right there in the seating arrangement we can see in the picture. The story of the arrest of that unlucky to be caught girl is meant to deflect attention away from any examination of the tolerance of and pandering to カンニング which is manifest in university administrators turning a blind eye to faculty members’ easily compromised assessment practices and their mortal fear of opening a Pandora’s box that would reveal just how prevalent these practices are.

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Posted in: Tokyo to make child care free for all 2nd children from October See in context

Japan has one of the most generous paternity leave in the world.

Only on paper; just as it was meant to be. The triumph of image over reality.

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Posted in: South Korea plans fund to compensate World War II forced labor victims See in context

You weep for Japan’s defenders of the faith; their pig headed and self defeating screw their own people stubbornness that forever gets in the way of genuine rapprochement. The 1965 deal was a fait accompli bad faith agreement between the former occupier holding all the cards, and a desperately poor country led by former collaborator (Park Chung Hee (a.k.a Takagi Masao) prepared to accept a tiny fraction of the restitution Korea was entitled to but denied. Japan’s begrudging pennies on the pound, bargain basement ketchiness stands in stark relief to Germany’s quantum greater generosity.

The onus is on Japan to accept that while intransigence cuts both ways, it doesn’t absolve Japan of doing all it can to ensure that the basis on which invidious comparisons between Japanese and German guilt expiation are perpetuated is put to rest. Time once again to endure the unendurable.

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Posted in: South Korea plans fund to compensate World War II forced labor victims See in context

Lim said the amount of compensation finalized by courts could eventually exceed 15 billion won ($12 million)

Pachinko and Unification Church surrogate reparations are no substitute for holding former Zaibatsu accountable for their ruthless exploitation and profiteering. The amount quoted is a small fraction of what the Abe administration wasted on those wretched masks few wore and which mostly ended up as landfill.

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes See in context

Why would countries join a new world order run by the Japanese? The World Economic Forum is already working on one that is semi up and running.

In either case, not since the days of the Co-Prosperity Sphere has so little been offered to so many.

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Posted in: Yen set for turnaround in 2023 after slide to 32-year low against dollar See in context

Their relentless efforts to jawbone the yen value downwards depends for its success on the willingness of the masses to accept stagnant or declining wages and standard of living in a time of surging prices. While we’re already seeing some blowback, in the form of growing desperation at the margins, they figure their reservoir of gaman is sufficient to see them through an evisceration of global capital that has only just begun. In this game of endurance, they’re settling in for the long haul. The rest of would be well advised to raise the storm sails and batten down; we’re in for some chop.

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Posted in: Kishida urges wage growth to revive Japan's economy See in context

Kishida said: "For the past 30 years, wages have not grown although corporate profits have risen

They’re going for 60, when the 還暦 clock resets.

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Posted in: Yen set for turnaround in 2023 after slide to 32-year low against dollar See in context

If the yen goes up, will salaries?

In asking the question, you already know the answer. Regardless of whether the yen is rising or falling, both constitute sufficient reason to deny any increase. It goes without saying, however, that each constitutes sufficient justification for a ‘backward advance’ (to borrow Japan’s Guadalcanal reversal euphemism) in salary.

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Posted in: 53-year-old man arrested for beating 82-year-old mother to death with his fists See in context

Did his future victim, who delivered him into the world and once ministered to his every need, have any inkling of his capacity for ultra violence? Perhaps it was there right from the start; the little droogie with a demented smile portending heinous evil. 

Or, was this a case of an unwanted and unloved child, starved of affection and raised in a dysfunctional environment, determined to exact revenge at a time of his choosing?

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