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Posted in: 16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents See in context

This is absolutely sickening. Clearly too young and irresponsible to have a baby in the first place. And how exactly were they planning to raise her anyway? With his unemployment cheque? So many things wrong here.

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Posted in: Abe says he achieved 'historic' success with Obama See in context

Well said, Disillusioned!

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Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia See in context

If this were to set a precedent, then we'd soon see dozens of different maps popping up across the United States alone, depending on the origin of the largest ethnic minority in any given state.

I find this fuss over a name simply ludicrous.

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Posted in: Top U.N. court to rule on legality of Japan's whale hunt on Monday See in context

An interesting ruling to watch out for!

Although I certainly don't condone the activities of Greenpeace activists, I think that today's times make it no longer justifiable to hunt those sea mammals, be it for scientific purposes or otherwise. So I believe this ruling is certainly going to be a significant one, and my hunch is that it's not going to be in favour of Japan

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Posted in: Japan to see average weather this summer, Meteorological Agency says See in context

I may be no Einstein, but if "Eastern Japan, including the most densely populated Tokyo area, will have a 40% chance of average temperatures", how exactly does the writer reach the conclusion that Japan "will see an average summer" this year? In my books, the chances of a "non-average" summer would be bigger....

What I also would have liked to know is the effect of the anticipated El Nino on the Japanese weather.

;)

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Posted in: Gov't to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town on April 1 See in context

I wonder if it's really safe to return, or just a measure to reduce the number of displaced people to make the statistics look a bit better...

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Posted in: 265 copies of Anne Frank's diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries See in context

Absolutely despicable and very worrying indeed.

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Posted in: EU to review Swiss ties after vote curbing immigration See in context

OK, let's see: Switzerland's economy has been prospering and its unemployment rate is by far the lowest in Europe. Crime rate is low. There is a shortage of labour for high-skilled jobs, but that can be met by foreign workers. I don't think the Swiss have much to complain about. Yet the arguments put forward by the supporters is that the country is 'overrun by foreign workers who overcrowd trains and roads, take away their jobs and drain social security coffers'.

Now consider this: The largest proportions of foreigners live in the big urban areas like Zurich and Basel. Isn't it interesting then, that those who are most exposed to foreigners voted against this, realising that foreigners are actually part of the Swiss success story?

I find this whole xenophobia really sad, and I'm sure that this result will have negative implications for the country.

As a Swiss citizen (who considers himself a 'global citizen'), and who has lived abroad for many years, I'm shocked and disappointed.

@Deplore: Not sure about Japan being so 'peaceful' anymore, not with the recent rethoric aimed at neighbouring nations and the substantially increased spending on weaponry... On Iceland I could agree, though. ;)

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Posted in: Japan ranks 26th of 60 countries in global English proficiency See in context

@Novenachama, You make it sound as if English were by far the most difficult of ANY language to learn, which is simply not true! Quite an impressive list of obstacles you've got there, but if you only focus on those, you will never be able to learn a language - or anything else for that matter.

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Posted in: Abe sees World War I echoes in Japan-China tensions See in context

Talking complete hogwash, as usual. If certain politicians talk so much nonsense that other constantly need to clean up after them, clarifying what they meant or didn't mean, then perhaps they shouldn't speak at all.

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Posted in: Inose's book on winning published day before resignation See in context

Nobody going to buy THAT now, huh?!

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Posted in: School girls commended for rescuing wheelchair-bound woman stranded on train tracks See in context

Good on them! This story made me feel warm around my heart.

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Posted in: Inose resigns as Tokyo governor over loan scandal See in context

“it would be rude to refuse when (the money was) offered”.

Awww, I almost feel sorry for him...

But even if it were true that he was offered the money without asking for it himself first (and media report clearly suggest otherwise), what happened to a polite, but clear "NO"???

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Posted in: 80% of 'black companies' guilty of illegal business practices, survey finds See in context

I have to agree with nikkeiboy there. The article specifically states that the survey was done on 'black companies'. So to say that 80% of them are involved in illegal practices doesn't make sense, as it's companies doing illegal practices that make it onto the list of 'black companies' in the first place. Confusing indeed.

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Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5% See in context

I could truly think of better ways to spend all that money. Sad indeed!

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Posted in: Japan revises down July-Sept growth to 0.3% See in context

Not that I'm surprised. And if not even corporate spending can maintain the momentum, what will happen to consumer spending come April 1? At the end of the day the Government will be even deeper in debt, the economy roughly where it was before, and all of us have less money in our pocket.

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Posted in: Japan eyes review of arms export ban See in context

"Japan plans to review its self-imposed ban on weapons exports as it seeks to play a more active role in maintaining global peace..."

Anyone else see the irony in this?

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Posted in: Man arrested after rice cooker found plugged into neighbor’s home See in context

'Knowing that time was of the essence, police rushed to the scene.'

Not sure whether the writer is being sarcastic or not, but surely the police have more serious crimes to solve than someone stealing a neighbour's electricity?

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Posted in: Torrential rain hits Oshima; another typhoon on the way See in context

I have lived here for 17 years, and I can't remember ever having seen so many typhoons at any one time. Hell, they're practically queuing up to bear down on Japan! I certainly wouldn't consider this normal, but then what is 'normal' these days anyway...

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Posted in: Rescuers search mudslide for typhoon survivors; 35 still missing See in context

“I’d feared issuing an evacuation advisory in the middle of heavy rains in the dark could lead to a secondary disaster"

I would have thought the idea of an evacuation advisory would be to issue it BEFOREHAND and not in the middle of a bloody typhoon! Lives could have been saved here.

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon pummels Kanto; heads toward Fukushima See in context

So the strongest in 10 years, eh? The HR dept of my company sent out an e- mail to everyone saying 'Please come to work carefully tomorrow morning'. LOL

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Posted in: 40% of Japanese nuclear export parts have not had safety checks See in context

Oh jolly good. As if we didn't have enough trouble back home already. Now we're waiting for a nuclear facility somewhere in Europe. Russia or Australia to blow up, because an unchecked vital part fails. This is getting better and better...

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Posted in: Japan considers tax on digital music, books bought online from abroad See in context

Whatever genius thought up this stupid idea must have more than a few screws loose. Jesus!

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Posted in: Teen girl dies while trying to climb into 2nd story of own home See in context

A foolish thing to do, but she certainly didn't deserve to pay for it with her life. Tragic.

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Posted in: Consumer prices at 5-year high, boosting Abe's deflation fight See in context

@falseflagsteve: Makes me wonder what business you're in, where your income has risen by 25% in only 12 months thanks to Abenomics. Care to share that information? I'm sure those people on the poverty line that you advise to simply 'change the career or add a part-time job' would appreciate the info... Once we're all in a job with double-digit income growth, we will no longer have to worry about rising prices and taxes, will we?

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Posted in: Nearly 290,000 people still living in shelters 2 1/2 years after Tohoku disaster See in context

Only one word: DISGRACEFUL.

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Posted in: Abe to raise sales tax on schedule, media report See in context

And who will 'soften the blow' for the ordinary people???

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Posted in: Abe promises stand-out 2020 Olympics See in context

I guess we know now where Abe's priorities are: Gold, gold, gold... The initiative for the government to take charge in the Fukushima mess already seems forgotten, only 2 days after the Olympic vote. Wow, that was quick!

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Posted in: TEPCO finds high radiation in Fukushima groundwater See in context

I wondered when Abe on Saturday assured the IOC and the world that 'everything was under control', whether he knew something the rest of us didn't. Well, I guess not.

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Posted in: China: 2020 Olympic success will depend on how Japan faces its history See in context

I think China is hardly in a position to judge the success of the games based on how Japan deals with its past. Whether they want to congratulate Tokyo or not - who cares?

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