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Posted in: Japan to raise minimum wage by 3% to boost consumption See in context

Give them a 3% pay raise and they might forget about the 10% sales tax increase. How stupid does Abe think people are?

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Posted in: Abe unveils 3 new arrows for reviving economy See in context

“From today Abenomics is entering a new stage..."

Did he really refer to his own economic plan as "Abenomics"?! A little full of himself isn't he?

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Posted in: Man cuts off love rival's penis; flushes it down toilet See in context

Now the penal code doesn't consider adultery a crime nor it tries to characterize it as acceptable or not, given that what is involved here is sexual activities between consenting adults.

I'm pretty sure you are wrong. The Japanese penal system does consider adultery a crime. An acquaintance of mine had to pay restitution to the now ex-wife of a guy she was going to marry since he was still technically married to the ex-wife when their relationship started. Another acquaintance demanded (and received) monetary compensation from her ex-fiance when he decided not to go through with the marriage.

As for adultery being neutral under the eyes of the law, even between consenting adults, that's utter nonsense. Why hire private investigators to tail a cheating spouse? Why bring evidence of infidelity during divorce proceedings?

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Posted in: China opens exhibition to mark war victory over Japan See in context

. . . the Chinese communist government is engaging in this massive propaganda effort to re-write the entire narrative of WW II for their own self-interests, and in their minds, their own survival.

Hmm, sounds very familiar. Have they started appealing to the international community to rewrite their history books yet?

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Posted in: Shimane Prefecture will give you a house…but only if you promise to stay for 25 years See in context

This would be a great opportunity for those homeless families displaced by the Tohoku disaster. From what I've read, the government will be pulling the plug on their benefits within a few years.

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Posted in: Mother admits throwing 5-year-old son from 13th-floor apartment See in context

How about giving the child up for adoption? Or if that takes too long, how about a baby hatch for small children? Anything would have been better than this. I have a Japanese colleague who was abandoned as a child / baby. I didn't think it would have been polite to pry about his earlier years, but I found out about this when he told me he didn't know when his exact birthday was or where he was born. He is a very pleasant and generous man, now with a family of his own. I wish this little boy was given the same chance.

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Posted in: G-SHOCK MR-G watch See in context

Both "GPS signals and radio wave time-calibration"?! Can you say that again? Didn't register the first 30 times. . .

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Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology See in context

Japan, on numerous occasions, has apologized sincerely and at length.

Browny1 is correct when he points out that part of the problem lies in "the denials, the revisions,[and] the obfuscations...by senior politicians" But another major part of the problem stems from the refusal to recognize these apologies from the majority of Koreans:

As of 2010, 24% of South Koreans still feel that Japan has never apologized for its colonial rule, while another 58% believe Japan has not apologized sufficiently.[59] Some in the Japanese government have expressed exasperation at what level of apology is enough.

(Inspector Gadget's link was broken. Here it is again.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

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Posted in: 21 year-old woman in coma after building sign falls on her See in context

In Hong Kong, there are thousands of old style box air conditioners hanging off the windows off of the many high-rise apartments. The residents of these apartments are 100% responsible for making sure they don't fall and crush pedestrians walking below. There are multiple notices posted reminding people to check their air conditioning units regularly. This is the second time recently that I've read about an accident due to negligence due to construction oversights. (The other article was about another young woman who walked out of a door that was several stories up and opened to the outside of the building and fell to her death) Like Hong Kong, Japan should make clear to everyone whose responsibility it is before these accidents happen. 21 years old and in a coma. Poor girl.

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Posted in: Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog, finally reunited with owner in new statue in Tokyo See in context

@ u_s_reamer, I'm not saying that I believe your interpretation of Hachiko's motives, but I want to thank you for your original post. I've never heard that version of the Hachiko story. It was very informative and interesting.

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Posted in: IS claims it executed Japanese hostage See in context

The US, the British, the Germans, and the EU all voiced their public condemnation, why haven't ANY middle eastern countries done the same?

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Posted in: Mystery in Shinjuku as woman plunges to death from restroom See in context

First and foremost, the responsibility lies with the restaurant's owner(s). They must have known of the danger before moving in and setting up shop. If they are going to be serving drunk patrons, they should have made their place of business safe of hazard. A single bar is not idiot-proof. How many times have we heard of drunken salary-men walking under railroad crossing-bars into an oncoming train? As for laying blame on the architect, this odd door doesn't seem like it was mistakenly placed. It may well have been an accepted architectural practice since other posters have seen similar doors about Japan. A terrible tragedy that could have been easily avoided.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for intruding into woman's bedroom See in context

It's unfortunate, but women should think twice about living on the first floor. I've had many female friends who lived on the first floor of their buildings who've had their apartments broken into, stalked, harassed, etc. First of all, living on the first floor, you are highly visible to predators and non-predators alike. You're more likely to be noticed coming in and going out of the door. Also, your laundry is more likely to be noticed, especially hanging out on the balcony. One deterrent is to leave a pair of men's boots or shoes outside of the door to give the impression that a man is present.

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Posted in: Tomita denies stealing camera at Asian Games See in context

The video should be "leaked" for everyone to see. End this ridiculousness once and for all.

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Posted in: U.S. probes air bag maker Takata after 7.8 mil vehicles recalled See in context

U.S. justice officials are investigating Japanese auto part maker Takata . . .

The opening line of the article seems pretty clear to me where these airbags are made.

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Posted in: Car being chased by police crashes, killing driver See in context

I wish the bosozoku would follow suit and kill themselves off.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor contradicts PM's claim that Fukushima is 'under control' See in context

I don't usually agree with Inose, but hopefully views like his will get the ball rolling:

The government must acknowledge this as a national problem so that we can head toward a real solution.

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Posted in: Russian woman throws 4-year-old son from ship into lake See in context

Although I'm not condoning her actions, I can imagine the cross-cultural difficulties that she has had to endure. Look at the broader picture, she needs counseling and support.

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Posted in: Man walks 1,400 kilometers home after getting mugged See in context

Never mind the distance traveled on foot. How about surviving 11 days on 2000 yen?!

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