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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Yeah... but the bottom line is Japan needs more children. The fertility rate is 1.3. Japan's population is dropping to the tune of almost 1 million a year right now. It is tough because women often, even now, work, take care of kids and do most of the housework... who would want that. Japanese companies need to do away with all the salaried style overtime and let people go home at 4 and 5pm. This way both men and women could share more evenly when bring up kids.

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Posted in: Woman in her 80s dies en route to hospital after ambulance takes wrong route See in context

Heck... they could've taken the shortest route and she still may've died, considering how fast these Ambulances travel. I swear... if someone in my family needs immediate care I will drive them to the Emergency Room myself rather than rely on a Japanese Ambulance to do it quickly.

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Posted in: Japan eyes cashless tax refunds to stem illicit resale by tourists See in context

Just do away with Duty Free... it is a gimmick anyway. Those stores at the airports and train stations have high overheads so the products are no bargains to begin with.

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Posted in: Families of late 'comfort women' sue Japanese gov't; 1st case in China See in context

Comfort women? What about all the civilians that died in China, men, women and children, are their families suing Japan? Why is it that these people feel more entitled than those that actually lost forever people they loved? War reparations cover all losses in a war... individuals need to seek reparations from their own government thereafter.

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Posted in: Bill for swift removal of defamatory posts on social media enacted See in context

Yes... and of course those Corporations with the highest "donations" will be in line first to have any negative posts deleted. The regular Taro... he'll have to wait his turn.

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Posted in: Former PM Taro Aso looking to meet Trump during New York visit See in context

Trump to Aso: If you want to be PM in Japan again it will cost you $50 mil.

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Posted in: Court orders ex-head of illegal manga site to pay ¥1.7 bil See in context

When it is someone stealing from "big business" in Japan they levy sizeable fines but when it is a person suing "big business" the numbers are paltry. So there is no major reason for "big business" to worry about the people since they are not equally represented.

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Posted in: Biden suggests he may block Nippon Steel deal, seeks to triple tariffs on Chinese steel See in context

Try buying a Japanese if you're foreign entity.... more than 400 Japanese companies, many not industrial, will only allow 10% max foreign ownership set by the Government of Japan. So if anyone in Japan is disappointed they need to look at their own laws and conduct in the past and present first.

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Posted in: First foreign-born sumo grand champion Akebono dies at 54 See in context

Yeah... RIP Chad/Akebono... I watched you often back in the late 80's and early 90's. Back when TV and VCR's were the only source of video entertainment.

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut to be first non-American to set foot on moon See in context

Love this move by the USA... the US's two closest allies are the UK and Japan but putting a British Astronaut on the Moon, strategically isn't as powerful as a Japanese. The Chinese will be able to say at some point they did it by themselves but they are slightly taking a back seat. India... India would like to beat the Chinese but generally they don't compete as much with the Japanese.

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Posted in: Chinese sci-fi fans divided over Netflix's '3 Body Problem' See in context

I like that this is clearly highlighting the fact that many foreign websites are prohibited in China. The Chinese are not even allowed to view Netflix but they still are hyper aware when something on it is or isn't to their liking. The CIA is probably loving this.

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Posted in: Philippine protesters trample on Xi effigy; condemn China's maritime 'aggression' See in context

First off... totally support these people and the Philippines. But... you can bet, if they don't know already, the Chinese will use spies to find out exactly who is behind this protest. Not that the Chinese would target who ever it is, but if these protests continue and grow, they will know who they're dealing with. They will then figure out a way to counter the protests.... something else to change the news cycle.

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. military presence in Japan impedes any peace treaty with Tokyo See in context

Yeah... and with a "friend" like Russia who needs enemies. The U.S. and Japan have, over the last almost 80 years, built a lot of mutual trust and as much as Japan and the U.S. are different, they've set common Democratic goals.

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Posted in: 10 dead pigeons found in cardboard box in Tokyo’s Tama City See in context

I was out for a walk in Singapore on a very early Sunday morning a few years back... saw an old man feeding pigeons, all of a sudden he grabbed one, twisted its neck, shoved it in a bag and quickly walked off. I'm thinking that pigeon might have been lunch. These 10 pigeons may've been for a dinner party but someone saw the person so he/she left them behind. Who knows... sometime wish I were a detective, it might be interesting trying to figure out how those poor pigeons ended up that way.

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Posted in: New Japanese whisky rules aim to deter imposters See in context

Pretty soon, even if the whisky is made 100% in Japan, they'll pass a law whereby you'll need a certain number of Japanese citizens involved in the process in order for it to be called Japanese Whisky. Cause the first thought that went through my head was, lets open up a new distillery in Japan but use foreign talent to make it.

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Posted in: Foreign residents prohibited from participating in Yu-Gi-Oh Japan Championship See in context

Me... got no problem with this. You need to be a Japanese Citizen, what is wrong with that? However, if there were a couple of really powerful foreign players living in Japan and they overtly changed the rule just to keep them out... well then I'd have a problem with that.

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Posted in: Yoon vows not to back down over S Korean doctors' strike See in context

Don't back down! Lot of Pension money riding on this!

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Posted in: Ride-hailing services begin in Tokyo, Kyoto areas See in context

Typical... "as long as they operate under the management of a local taxi company and only during certain hours". No mention of how much the "local company" will charge and no idea of the fees. Typical BS crap... just allow Uber.

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Posted in: Nara considers increasing number of deer that can be killed each year See in context

Japan has seen a recent rise in Lyme Disease which is mainly spread by tics that infest Deer and other animals. They are beautiful and fairly gentle animals but for public protection certain limits need to be instituted.

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Posted in: Japan unveils plans for next-generation passenger plane project See in context

Show me! I'll set my timer to remind me in 15 years to look for this Next-Generation aircraft they're proposing. Hopefully I'll still be alive.

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Posted in: Japan accepts record-high 303 refugees in 2023 See in context

If Japan accepted 1 million refugees a year their could stabilize their population but at just 303 refugees and with the paltry number of immigrants Japan will continue to lose 1 million a year for the next 20 years.

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Posted in: Ohtani to speak to media for 1st time since illegal gambling, theft allegations against interpreter See in context

My guess is that he will say that he didn't know about the money transfers... and that the person who initially told the press that they knew about the transfers only did it to protect Ippei but was not aware of the depth of the problem. Being "nice guy" Ohtani he will wish Ippei luck in dealing with this and will show support for him. And lastly he will apologize for the whole thing and tell people he will continue to work very hard at being the best baseball player possible.

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Posted in: U.S. military command in Japan to be revamped: report See in context

My guess is that the U.S. will cede more control over to the Japanese Military but keep troop levels the same. This way if / when something goes wrong it will be more difficult for the Japanese press to blame it on the U.S. alone and help keep sentiment towards the American prescense positive.

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Posted in: Complaints against foreign go-kart drivers increase in Tokyo See in context

It boggles my mind, in a country that is so full of rules and no no's, that this is even allowed. the owner must be a brother in law to the Mayor of Tokyo or something.

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Posted in: Ohtani's interpreter fired by Dodgers after allegations of illegal gambling, theft from star See in context

And... there is also the possibility his translator was betting for Ohtani and Ohtani knew all about it. Not saying this is what happened but it is a possibility.

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Posted in: Images taken deep inside melted Fukushima reactor show damage, but leave many questions unanswered See in context

Luckily it isn't like they have many other similar images to compare this to.

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Posted in: Are you for or against the planned sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel? See in context

Against. Did you know that the Japanese Govt. has laws in place limiting foreign ownership in over 400 companies. The limit is 10%... most of those companies are industrial, one's exactly like U.S. Steel. Now if Japan allowed foreign ownership of its own industrial type companies I might agree.

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Posted in: Trump says Jews who vote for Democrats 'hate Israel' and their religion See in context

Trump is treading in dangerous waters. By trying to sway the Jewish vote in his favor he is highlighting their very strong political influence in the USA. As a percentage of the U.S. population they make up only 2.4%, but on a power / political influence level... probably closer to 20%. I doubt very much the powerful Jewish groups in the USA want to tie their influence to such a short sighted and potentially damning issue. Liberal's have helped get the Jewish population to where they are today.

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Posted in: More foreign students set to be eligible for Japan gov't scholarships See in context

Up to 500 to 1000 students might benefit! I guess if you're one of them it is great but that is a paltry number and as usual merely window dressing. I have yet to see the Japanese Govt. ever do anything big... everything is miniscule and mainly designed to somehow placate the voters into a false sense of benevolence.

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Posted in: Man arrested for cutting high school girl’s skirt with scissors while on bus See in context

Typical Japan... since they have no law on the books for "cutting the skirt of a sleeping girl on a bus", the charge becomes "property destruction". Quite often when a suspected killer in Japan is arrested, they are first arrested for "leaving a dead body out in public".

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