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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

I think we need samples of the test questions before being able to comment.

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Posted in: Fixing global childhood obesity epidemic begins with making healthy choices the easier choices – and that requires new laws See in context

Never going to places such as Macdonalds will help....a lot.

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Posted in: Several crew of U.S. Navy ship in Japan suspected of drug trafficking See in context

What does home-ported mean?

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Posted in: Half of unmarried people under 30 in Japan do not want kids: survey See in context

If they are unmarried of course they do not want kids.

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Posted in: USTR report cites Japan's high tariffs on rice, dairy products See in context

Rice is the staple food of Japan and it is necessary to protect Japanese farmers so that they can keep growing rice. Japan's food self-sufficiency is only 37% and if there is a world war or similar disaster they will not have enough food to feed their population if all the farmers have stopped producing due to cheaper prices elsewhere.

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Posted in: Kishida retains cabinet lineup; says Japan is in 'precarious' situation See in context

In the meantime reducing pensions . The National pension isn't enough to live on so I have to keep working although I am 71 years old.

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan halts hiring of foreign students for food delivery See in context

Isn't it easy to just ask to see work permission stamps in passport before hiring? Hire those with permission and don't hire those with no work permission.

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Posted in: Chinese people vexed by Communist Party's image among Japanese See in context

I would not feel safe in China. Anyone who does not agree with the CCP or who posts something negative about them is likely to be arrested on trumped up charges if it is their wish. I loved Hong Kong but unfortunately will never visit again.

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Posted in: Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory See in context

USA's newly infected numbers are much higher than Japans so it is good for Japan that they advise their citizens not to come to Japan.

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Posted in: Domestic violence cases in Japan hit record high in FY2020 See in context

These figures are for the time before Corona virus.They are from 2019 to March last year so we cannot blame the situation ob working from home.

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Posted in: KFC Japan’s Creamy Croquette Chicken Filet Sandwich wants to comfort you this winter See in context

An advertisement for junk food.

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Posted in: Despite being written off by skeptics as an economic wasteland for the past three decades, Japan has often managed to scrape by, and has even enjoyed periods of sustained growth. The Covid-19 pandemic will test whether the country really has nine lives. See in context

The virus may make people re-think working styles and also bring back manufacturing. It may give a much -needed boost to the economy in the future.

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Posted in: Don't do this See in context

Don't walk up on the down escalator.

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Posted in: IOC Tokyo Olympic marathon edict should give pause to other cities See in context

The problem is that Tokyo has spent millions of dollars preparing the Marathon course and they cannot get that money back.Also they have to spend more money constructing a new course in Sapporo.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

It wasn't Japan's choice to have the Olympics in August. It was the Olympic committee who needed to sell TV broadcasting rights and October was not good as it coincided with USA's major sports events and they could get more money in August.

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Posted in: Japan should look at itself to avoid being like China See in context

I hope Japan will stand with Taiwan when the time comes.

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Posted in: Trump asked Japan to buy farm products: report See in context

Japan's food self-sufficiency is only 38% so it is vital that Japan produces more agricultural products to feed the nation in case of emergency.

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Posted in: Swarovski latest luxury brand to apologize to China See in context

But China insists on the sovereignty of China over Tibet and Taiwan.

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Posted in: Crown prince in France See in context

It's a pity his wife isn't encouraged to travel overseas with him.She would be a great asset.

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Posted in: Stakes high as Abe eyes labor reform to boost economy See in context

Due to poor pensions,especially for self-employed people, most people are saving for the future.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. can reach TPP agreement at July meeting: official See in context

I don't understand why the details of TPP are kept secret in so-called democratic societies.It makes me very uneasy.

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