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Posted in: Didi-SoftBank taxi-hailing JV expands to 13 cities across Japan See in context

So backward and primitive to ban these useful services.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

I never hired anyone who smoked. Even if they don't smoke in the office, they smell so bad if you are sitting next to them or if they come to your desk.

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Posted in: U.S. airlines eye new Haneda slots to boost Japan business and tourist travel See in context

We all owe a great debt to Ishihara for forcing the Japanese government to see sense over the international use of Haneda.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

If the South Korean government has a smidgen of common sense, they will realize that (i) their economy is still at a stage where they need to import foreign capital, and (ii) this is a great way to stop all direct investment from their richest neighbor.

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Posted in: We wish to prevent unwanted passive smoking and protect the health of customers and some 100,000 employees. See in context

One small step towards a clean country.

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Posted in: Japan voices clear support for Venezuela opposition leader Guaido See in context

Good to see Japan taking a sensible and active stance for a change. Almost like a normal country.

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Posted in: Japan Tobacco forecasts strong sales amid tepid heat-not-burn products market See in context

Ban the products that emit second-hand smoke. If you want to damage yourself with the others, knock yourselves out. Once it stops harming others, it ceases to be the government's business.

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

Russia is a corrupt, failing kleptocracy with a male life expectancy of only about 66 years and very low birth rate. Give them a few years to collapse upon themselves and they will be desperate to sell the islands back to Japan.

Of course, the question then arising will be how many Japanese will be still young enough to have any interest in buying them.

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Posted in: Japan begins collecting departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion See in context

The government is desperate for cash, and the primary tax levers - income tax and sales tax - are difficult to use now, so they have to cast around for all these secondary sources of revenue. (e.g. look what they've being quietly doing to the inheritance tax over the last few years).

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Posted in: Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable,' says Xi See in context

As the Chinese people tire of being dominated by authoritarian kleptocrats, provinces will leave the PRC one by one and rejoin the ROC. Just as the DDR dissolved into the BRD, one land at a time.

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Posted in: Abe discusses Russia, Japan's low birthrate, social security in New Year statement See in context

Unfortunately too little too late on the birthrate. Maybe if they had doe this 20 years ago......

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Posted in: Customer berates convenience store staff after misunderstanding about cigarettes See in context

Drug addicts often have trouble controlling their emotions, especially in matters involving scoring their fix.

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Posted in: Vapers inhale lower levels of toxins than smokers See in context

Vaping is less anti-social than smoking. But wouldn't it be easier for the rest of us if these addicts just injected their nicotine, like all the other druggies?

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Posted in: U.S. military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii See in context

That should be NKs.

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Posted in: U.S. military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii See in context

It's getting better. If we can slow the Ks down maybe we will have a defense before they have a reliable 3 stage missile.

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Posted in: Is U.S. military control of airspace to blame for high cost of flying in Japan? See in context

This is a relatively small burden on domestic travel compared to, for example, the extortionate fees charged by Haneda in order to maintain its status as a lucrative retirement home for amakudari Transportation Ministry bureaucrats.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

Somebody has todo the work and pay the taxes as the Japanese get too old.

Since the Japanese seem to have forgotten how to make babies, this is the only alternative.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

"There is is no way they can enforce their laws in a foreign country. This is just a hollow threat that amounts to nothing more than governmental bullying."

try pointing that out to the IRS next time you earn some income overseas.

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Posted in: How do you think the election of Denny Tamaki, who opposes the American military presence on Okinawa, as the prefecture's new governor, will affect Japan's plans for a new U.S. air base still under construction in coastal Okinawa. See in context

I don't think this is really our problem.

Tell the Japanese, if you want to be defended by the US, fix this - with the new base or the old base, whichever. If you don't want to be defended by the US, cancel the Security Treaty.

Either way, it's up to you.

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Posted in: Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens See in context

Who cares if they quit or not. So long as clean people can live unpolluted lives and go to smoke-free restaurants and bars, that will suffice, If the druggies want to kill themselves, more power to them.

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Posted in: Automaker Tesla to remain a public company, CEO Musk says See in context

Musk has lost it. Unstable and clearly unsuitable as a CEO. Tesla's days are numbered.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

Allow Uber/Lyft/Grab and let customers decide whether it is worth using.

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Posted in: Abe to announce candidacy for LDP leadership race in Aug See in context

"What is the difference between Japan democracy vs China Communism ?"

In Japan you don't get disappeared or arrested for speaking against the government.

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Posted in: Abe to announce candidacy for LDP leadership race in Aug See in context

Let's face it, who else is there.

If the other parties actually had specific policy manifestos they might be a better opposition.

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

Just another example of how Japan is a first world country with a third world government.

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Posted in: Qantas bends to Beijing by describing Taiwan as Chinese See in context

Imagine a serious mature country dealing with these issues. Would the UK insist that any airline flying there recognize the Falklands as British, or Japan insist that the Senkakus are recognized as Japanese, or Spain insist that Gibraltar is recognized as Spanish? Of course not. Not only would it be demeaning for a democratic government to flail around trying to control the speech of private corporations, also they would be laughed out of court on free speech grounds (not a concern, of course, for a third world dictatorship).

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Posted in: Qantas bends to Beijing by describing Taiwan as Chinese See in context

Shameful. But it is good to see that the insecurities persist in Beijing. The dictators are never free from fear, nor from doubt. And they should not be. Freedom will triumph in the end.

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Posted in: Japan moves closer to controversial labor reforms See in context

"Japan’s financial sector pays a fixed salary for these positions, with bonuses distributed evenly. Because of this antiquated system, traders and such who earn a fixed salary, and a relatively small bonus, don’t actually earn a lot of money for themselves or their company. The only way to make extra money is to drag out your projects and get as much overtime as you can."

You don't have to go overseas - just work for the foreign companies here. Lots of Japanese financiers pulling down 50 - 200 million working in the foreign IBs.

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Posted in: Japan moves closer to controversial labor reforms See in context

A good step but likely too little too late.

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Posted in: Influential Japanese businesswoman says she is in same-sex relationship See in context

but being married twice disqualifies one from becoming an advisor  - ebisen

For most of our history people have had multiple marriages. Historically it was due to higher spousal mortality, but that that is not an important difference.

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