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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

Today  02:07 pm JST

Society has decided that 15 year old's lack the mental capacity to be able to provide consent, which is why there are strong laws against sleeping with minors. Do you feel this is incorrect, and that it should be ok to sleep with minors? 

“ I don't know about you but I still remember when I was 15 and I was well aware about the differences between good and bad. I think what he did was wrong but since the girl willingly met him at a hotel she knew what she was getting into. I believe it is not okay to sleep with minors but in the case of older teenagers it's always better to analyse the situation from all perspectives. 

I'm actually more concerned about government overreach in this particular case. “

Good and bad? There’s “good and bad” and then there’s good and bad…; you mean like not drinking too much Coca-Cola, say thank you and not spending all your money in lollipops or making (or not) decisions (and be aware of the consequences of those decisions) that can affect your future life, you, as a person, your personality, your mental health and your self-esteem(?)

(you do realize that, by using that rhetoric, you’re defending pedophiles and predators, right?)

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Posted in: Test train See in context

[ Test train ]

“ A shinkansen high-speed test train, known as Doctor Yellow, travels along an overpass in Tokyo on Monday. The special trains primarily monitor the high-speed rail network's condition. “

おつかれさまです。Doctor Yellow looks cool btw.

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

I called him disgusting and I’m (already) getting downvoted for that…; this is a man that wants to have sex with a girl old enough to be his granddaughter. What the…; seriously, some comment sections on jt can be scary.

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Posted in: Super Bowl draws epic air show of private planes to Phoenix See in context

I’d like to see Patrick Mahomes with another ring. Great QB.

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Posted in: Global-mindedness and employee well-being: Two major challenges that will shape Japan's future See in context

Aly RustomToday  01:30 pm JST “ Yes but the problem in Japan is the seniority system where the old lead and the young follow. By the time they are old enough to lead, they have been so jaded by the system they literally become the old generation and the cycle repeats itself. “

I usually say that Japan is probably the most “robotic” nation in the world, so I hear what you’re saying…; but we have to believe that we’ll start (and I think we already are) noticing some changes (and we could be here all afternoon talking about these changes, Japanese history and how this country’s isolation, which lasted hundreds of years, still affects Japanese society today, people s mentality and the way they feel about other cultures…); yes, it takes time…, but Japan will move forward.

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Posted in: Global-mindedness and employee well-being: Two major challenges that will shape Japan's future See in context

*Aly RustomToday  08:52 am JST “ *Work styles and education are changing around the world. But what about in Japan where global-mindedness and well-being among employees are becoming more essential?

Nope. 

Global-mindedness and well-being among employees?? In Japan?? I'm sorry, but I do not AT ALL share the optimism of this article. 

Japan was already retreating from the international community from before the pandemic. I personally would say it started during the Fukushima Disaster, accelerated under Abe, and finally when the pandemic arrived, made a complete return to the Edo Period way of thinking. Nationalism, Xenophobia, and distrust of the outside world is on the rise, so the idea that Japan wants to increase global mindedness is just ridiculous. It's the other way around. 

As for the well-being of employees- consider the fact that a third of the work force is full time with any degree of job security. They are subject to insane amounts of overtime- to the point of Karoshi. They have no work-life balance and are expected to work as slaves. The other two thirds are struggling to keep their heads above water. No financial security. No livable wage. No Shakai Hoken. No days off with pay. Not to mention that the Japanese workplace is infamous for being toxic with bullying and harassment being rampant. 

Watching programs as to how people work since the pandemic, I would say that in the west, it's been mainly positive with employees being more empowered. I cannot say the same for Japan, unfortunately. Most of the changes in Japan since the pandemic, in my personal opinion, have been for the worst. “

You’re talking about the older generations…; fortunately, younger generations are the future of Japan.

(… as the article points out: )

…one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work is seeing young students’ attitudes open up to the world. “Some young graduates have never been abroad, or are wary about going, or do not know about opportunities to do so, or don’t want to delay their graduation and miss the job-hunting season. I remember one student who had never been abroad. We sent him to a European university for 2-3 weeks. Without knowing the language of that country, he participated in the program, came back to Japan, and decided to take a year off and go abroad for a year. I think it changed his life.”

Global-mindedness among youth

Benton’s research projects include a comparative study on global-mindedness in youth. As part of this study, she interviewed four students of the International Christian University (ICU) High School.

“They mentioned to me how different the style of communication was. They followed their expat parents abroad during their junior high school years and attended local schools. But they had a difficult time at first because they could not speak English. They also found that the way of communication and debating differed. For example, they mentioned that Americans give their conclusion first and then give supporting arguments, whereas the Japanese first give a list of things and then make their point later. One girl came back to Japan and found it frustrating that her colleagues in high school were slow to give their opinions.

“These students who had been abroad realized the differences by themselves and were able to overcome them. I thought they were very resilient. That’s what global-mindedness is. You are aware of and sensitive to differences. For example, one boy couldn’t contribute to class because he lacked confidence in his English ability, but he was athletic and made friends through sports.”

Also, a 12-country study found that Japanese managers who were sent overseas had the most trouble adapting and connecting with their subordinates because they could not understand the cultural context.

Benton believes education, business and politics all have to change. “All the entrenched systems affect each other. It can be done. In the past, Japan changed when there was an immediate need, like after World War II. With education, change has to start early, even at the junior high or younger level, when minds are more open. University level may be too late.”

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Posted in: What do you think it will take to persuade the majority of Japanese people to go maskless after the government downgrades the coronavirus status to the level of influenza? See in context

People will gradually stop wearing masks and that will lead other people to do the same…; eventually, things will go back to normal (I call it fifty-fifty, many people wearing masks… many people not wearing masks, because, as we all know, mask culture was already part of Japanese society before the pandemic…); I predict that this will take two, three months (from August/September, people won’t be afraid of not wearing masks anymore and they will stop looking at people without masks…);

so it all comes down to us, the people; forget about the government, they’re useless.

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Posted in: Should Russian and Belarussian athletes be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international sporting events? See in context

Like I said a few days ago (and I was heavily downvoted for that), even if they compete under the IOC flag or a neutral flag, their name will always be associated with Russia… and Russia needs to be punished(!); yes, it’s sad for the athletes, but do you know what else is sad? The killing of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

My answer is no.

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Posted in: Number of serious sex offenses in Japan rises sharply in 2022 See in context

in Tokyo alone there’s thirty seven million people…; most of the crimes happen in Tokyo and Osaka (two out ofthousands); (…)

(people should be reminded of the relative concentration of crime in Japan…)

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Posted in: Number of serious sex offenses in Japan rises sharply in 2022 See in context

StrangerlandToday  07:26 am JST

The number of reported cases are rising. Cases here have always been high.

“ It's reported that only 3.7% of rapes are reported in Japan. “

The number of serious sex offenses in Japan in 2022 grew sharply from the previous year, with cases of forced intercourse climbing 19.3 percent to 1,656, government data showed.

“ Link: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2023/02/a079504e3d24-no-of-serious-sex-offenses-in-japan-rises-sharply-in-2022.html

So if 1656 is the total reported number, and that is only 3.7% of total rapes, that means there were roughly 46000 rapes in 2022. In a country of 125,000 people, that works out to about 3.68 rapes/10,000 people (remember, this takes into account unreported rapes), which is a very low number on the world stage.

This of course is still 46,000 rapes too many. But if I were a woman, choosing a place to live on earth based on where I'd be least likely to get raped, Japan would definitely be somewhere I would be considering. “

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Fundamentally, I agree that Japan is (still) one of the safest countries in the world and that the pandemic affected people s mental health and brought us all more social problems, pressure and stress and that’s one of the reasons why everything got worse everywhere, not just in Japan, but I’d just like to point out that it can’t be all that black and white; in Tokyo alone there’s thirty seven million people…; most of the crimes happen in Tokyo and Osaka (two out of thousands); (…)

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Posted in: 'Android' arrested for rice ball theft in Japan; Android Woman denies involvement See in context

Desert TortoiseToday  06:49 am JST “ Glorious Japanese weirdness. Laugh if you will but for me there is something both refreshing and somehow reassuring about it. Japan is what it is, and it is not a bad thing. Men walk down the street in bunny outfits. A woman acts like an android. Weird, funny and harmless. Japan has an offbeat sense of humor. Innocent (mostly) weirdness is preferable to the sinister violence that predominates too many other countries. “

Well said…; agreed(!)…; thank you for your post…; excessive negativity usually makes people forget that Japan is (still) one of the best/most interesting places in the world.

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garypenToday  06:44 pm JST “ Have you never been to Los Angeles or New York? There's much weirder and funnier crap going on there, I assure you. “

True, but that weird, funny cr-p is overshadowed by the fact that LA and NY are extremely dirty, violent and expensive.

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Posted in: Many questions remain after China balloon shot down See in context

*The Chinese spy balloon was shot down at 2:39 p.m. on Saturday by one air-to-air A9X sidewinder missile fired by an F-22 Raptor that took off from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.*

The aircraft fired the missile at an altitude of 58,000 feet while the balloon was hovering at an altitude of between 60,000 and 65,000 feet.

The balloon was shot down about six nautical miles off the coast off South Carolina and the debris field is said to be roughly seven miles wide.

The U.S. military was able to gather intelligence information on the balloon as it flew across the country.

Good job!

BUT there’s more… “they’re out there”

(China, China… what are you doing…

SMH…)

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Posted in: The eagle has landed See in context

[ The eagle has landed ]

“ A Steller's sea eagle that flew from Russia for the winter arrives at Lake Biwa in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture. “

That’s… beautiful.

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Posted in: What are some of the most disturbing movies you have seen? See in context

Oh yeah, Martyrs… that one messes with our mind… “when you’re not you anymore…”, “when you accept and embrace pain…” again, it’s not just the gore, it’s the psychological part of it… extremely disturbing sh…

I mean if these type of movies are your bag, the New French Extremity category is where you should go.

Inside is another excellent(!) movie and imho, it’s a superior movie when compared to Martyrs and other French movies from that category.

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Posted in: What are some of the most disturbing movies you have seen? See in context

I made the “mistake” of watching movies like Schindler’s List and The Green Mile when I was still a kid…; the electric chair gave me nightmares…; later I watched movies like Salò and A Serbian Film but that was a different kind of disturbing…; a lot more disturbing was some Japanese snuff movies, not the Guinea Pig series, but other ones that I refuse to mention here…; recently I’ve watched the Korean one… I Saw The Devil and that one is a recommendation of mine… great, amazing movie… it’s not just the gory parts… to see a man lose everything and become completely “empty” is truly disturbing and sad.

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Posted in: 'Setsubun' bean-throwing festival held across Japan See in context

“ Setsubun — Feb 3 — marks the day before the beginning of spring, according to the lunar calendar. The festival involves a ritual called mamemaki, traditionally intended to drive away the evil and disease of the former year. The ritual involves throwing roasted soybeans at people and children.

It is believed to bring good fortune if you eat the same number of soybeans as your age.

The festival is also celebrated in many homes. The father or the oldest man in the house plays the role of a demon, wearing a mask, while children throw soybeans at him shouting Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi (Demons out, good fortune in!)

Another traditional custom for Setsubun is to eat eho-maki (hand-rolled sushi) which is supposed to bring good luck. You eat an uncut sushi roll while facing the lucky direction of the year. This direction changes every year and is determined by the 12 Chinese zodiac symbols. “

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Wonderful explanation, JT. Thank you.

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Posted in: Crimes in Japan rise in 2022 for 1st time in 20 years See in context

Meh…; still a nation of one hundred and thirty million…; …extremely safe. (theG7 of safety”: IcelandFinlandSwedenNorwayDenmarkNew Zealand andJapan…)

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Posted in: Japanese TV network makes multiple apologies for reporter chewing gum on air See in context

Today  07:45 am JST “ Direct your time and attention to more crucial issues in Japan, of which plenty exist. “

Today  09:24 am JST “ So many social problems and this is what people are focused on? Gimme a break. “

There’s many “important” news here on JT and other Japanese news sites… last time I checked, we’re still free to read whatever we want… and here’s the best part, there’s enough time and space for all kinds/types of news…; here’s my advice to you: try not to be so serious about everything.

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Posted in: Japan's 'King Kazu' joins Portuguese side at 55 See in context

Today  07:07 am JST “ ... he needs to learn more from the real players. “

Today  07:13 am JST “Not sure why he keeps playing 

When he does play, which is not often, it is only for a few minutes “

Today  08:33 am JST “ Getting embarrassing now Kazu. Coming onto the pitch for the last 2 minutes of the game when your team is winning 2-0 is NOT playing. “

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I don’t understand all these negative comments…; he passed the medical exams and he feels mentally and psychologically fit to play, so if he wants to keep playing, why shouldn’t he keep doing what he loves the most (football)(?); even if it’s just for a few minutes, professional football isn’t the same thing as playing with your friends during the weekend…, the training…, the adrenaline…, etcetera…, etcetera…, etcetera.

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Posted in: Russia's Paris participation gives IOC moral, political and legal headache See in context

Russia and its ally Belarus, which allowed its territory to be used as a launchpad when Moscow invaded Ukraine last February, have been banned from most Olympic sports at the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since the conflict began.

After the IOC said it was examining a "pathway" for athletes from the two countries to compete in Paris, perhaps under a neutral flag, Ukraine, supported by the Baltic nations and Poland, demanded their total exclusion.

The IOC has said it wants to "protect the integrity" of the competition and allow athletes to compete, as long as they have not "actively supported the war in Ukraine".

On Tuesday, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the head of Russia's Olympic Committee, tried to turn the "pathway" into total access, saying "Russians must participate exactly on the same conditions as all other athletes."

The way the athlete feels about his/her country’s leadership (and what they’re doing) doesn’t really matter imho…, at the end of the day, they’re still representing their country, the same country responsible for the inexplicable invasion of another country and for the killing of thousands of innocent people…; even if they compete under the flag of the IOC or a neutral flag, their nationality doesn’t change…; and if they win, their name will always be associated with Russia, which will benefit from the athlete’s achievements. Russia needs to be punished and this is part of the punishment…; this ain’t rocket science.

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Posted in: Black police officers aren't colorblind – they're infected by same anti-Black bias as U.S. society in general See in context

There’s no whiteblackbrownyellow, there’s only blue…; the color of the skin of the police officer doesn’t matter… it will always be easier to beat/abuse a black person… because (there it is) there’s an institutional and structural bias; the system is infected and there’s still many powerful people in the US that can’t/don’t want to/refuse to accept this reality.

(and… this isn’t/was never supposed to be aleftvsright/democratvsrepublican/political discussion…)

(I’m white and that makes me far from being an expert on the subject but) I should’ve added that a) because of that bias, some black people are ashamed of being black and angry at their own race and background…; b) and if they’re in a position of power, they’ll think they’re “different” and/or more special than their fellow black men and women…; c) and if that position of power includes being a police officer, they’ll have the opportunity to manifest their instability, rage and stupidity in one way or another.

How does seeing video of another Black man brutalized by police, this time Black officers, affect Black people?

I’ve heard some black people say that for many black people, their only hope, when they’re stopped by the police, is the possibility of the officer being black…; after this case, all their hope is gone…; that sounds terrifying.

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Posted in: Black police officers aren't colorblind – they're infected by same anti-Black bias as U.S. society in general See in context

There’s no white, black, brown, yellow, there’s only blue…; the color of the skin of the police officer doesn’t matter… it will always be easier to beat/abuse a black person… because (there it is) there’s an institutional and structural bias; the system is infected and there’s still many powerful people in the US that can’t/don’t want to/refuse to accept this reality.

(andthis isn’t/was never supposed to be a leftvsright/democratvsrepublican/political discussion…)

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Posted in: Department store closes after 55 years See in context

“ Staff at the Tokyu Department Store's flagship store in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward bow on Tuesday night as the store closes for good after operating as a landmark of the area for 55 years. It will be replaced by a 36-story tower consisting of specialty stores, a luxury hotel and apartments. The new building is scheduled for completion in 2027. “

That’s what we need… more luxury hotels and expensive apartments that only one percent of the population can afford…; Tokyo sure loves rich people and their money…; sigh.

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

“ NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy …

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for "bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan" and stressed the need for Japan and other democracies to work together with the alliance to defend the international order. “

Yes, yes and yes.

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Posted in: Ukraine pushes for Western fighter jets after tank deals See in context

Give them the jets…; do we want Ukraine to win this war or not?

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“ The West also has ruled out providing Kyiv with long-range missiles able to hit Russian territory, citing potential escalation.

After months of haggling, Western allies agreed last week to send the tanks, despite the hesitation and caution of some NATO members.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Monday there are “no taboos” in efforts to help Ukraine but added that jets “would be a very big next step.” “

This cautiousness is understandable… (but Russia can’t get away with this… they’ve murdered and tortured thousands of innocent men, women and children…)

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“ Croatia President Zoran Milanovic, meanwhile, criticized Western nations for supplying Ukraine with tanks and other weapons, arguing those deliveries will only prolong the war. “

Croatian idiot… So we should just tell the Ukrainians to surrender(?); they do not want to surrender, so that means we’d just leave them to die(?) (and Russia would teach the world (that includes China) an horrible lesson…)

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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, it’s a good thing; the world is smaller, we’re connected/closer to each other and I think that will always be a good thing; human nature tells us that we need each other…; plus, you can always turn it all off if you want, whenever you want, wherever you want (I wouldn’t say 24/7 but still…); you have that option, you make your own rules.

wallaceToday  09:02 am JST

Do you allow your phone to control you or do you control your phone?

Exactly.

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Posted in: Tyre Nichols case revives calls for change in U.S. police culture See in context

Jim Jordan (Ohio) said that there are not enough good people applying to be officers, citing the “defund the police” movement as a reason; he said: “ We’re not getting enough good people applying because of the disparagement on police officers. They don’t get enough people applying, taking the test to enter the academy, to be an officer because there’s been this ‘defund the police’ concept out there. There’s been this attack on law enforcement, and you’re not getting the best of the best. “

He has a point; the good ones are being discouraged and, in a way, we’re giving more power to the bullies/insecure people, racists and incompetents.

And(!)… it’s too easy to become a police officer in the US.

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Posted in: North Korea calls U.S. pledge of tanks to Ukraine 'unethical crime' See in context

North Korea calls U.S. pledge of tanks to Ukraine 'unethical crime'

Says the country where hundreds of thousands of people are brainwashed, executed/sent to hard labor camps/prison for stupid reasons, starve to death and live in horrible conditions and in complete ignorance.

North Korea, shut the hll up.

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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

“ Tokyo is now in the final stages of initiating a plan to demolish and replace Jingu Stadium, the world's fourth-oldest baseball ground still used by a top-flight pro team, and Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tokyo's 75-year-old main rugby venue and the home of the Japan Rugby Football Union.

Jingu Stadium, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary if it survives until 2026, is the spiritual home of Tokyo's vibrant college baseball leagues, hosted a pivotal 1934 tour by MLB Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and is now home to Japanese pro baseball's Yakult Swallows. “

Why would they want to destroy this?; that’s right, that magic word: money…; too many businessmen and businesswomen with hollow hearts in Tokyo…; smh(!)

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“ According to management consultant Rochelle Kopp, three different petition drives to halt the project have amassed nearly 150,000 signatures. Kopp originally got involved in the campaign because the plan would involve cutting down around 1,000 trees -- a figure Tokyo has since reduced to around 500.

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said the four rows of 100-year-old trees that make up the landmark Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue will be preserved. Yachi said experts had examined the plan and assured the trees would be safe, while the heights of buildings had been constrained to provide ample sunlight to the precious legacy.

However, University of Tokyo professor emeritus Mikiko Ishikawa, who has studied the plan and inspected over 140 individual trees, rejects the government's contention. She said building the baseball stadium within a few meters of the living landmarks will damage their root systems and cause irreparable harm. “

Less midori, more concrete…; nothing new, unfortunately…; I’m not sure if I trust Koike on this one…; there’ll be some kind of damage, that’s for sure…; an incredibly risky move.

YubaruToday  06:56 am JST

Tokyo is now in the final stages of initiating a plan to demolish and replace Jingu Stadium, the world's fourth-oldest baseball ground still used by a top-flight pro team, 

Who uses wording like this? Would it matter any less that up until a couple of years ago the Swallows were far from a "top-flight" team. They typically were a basement dweller! 

The point about the age though, is the stadium safe? At that age, there have to be issues, and instead of continuing to pour money into keeping it safe, there comes a time when the old, like this stadium, needs to be replaced.

YubaruToday  06:59 am JST

Yachi said the plan was essential to bring the two stadiums and their access up to modern-day standards, while the narrow sidewalk between the nearby subway station and the stadiums, which becomes heavily congested before and after games, needs to be barrier-free.

It's not a temple, it's not a UNESCO site, (kind of surprised) and what he is saying here is right on the mark!

The people protesting about it's closing are doing it out of nostalgia not reality.

Two thousand and twenty three, my friend…; anything can be renovated, remodeled, upgraded, maintained, preserved; if you do it right, you’re not gonna “waste” that much money; but hey, it’s just an old, stinky place, right(?); I guess people prefer the cool, new, pretty, shiny, modern stuff, because, you know… there’s “no space” in Tokyo for that.

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