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Posted in: Japan’s super tight jobs market fails to deliver egalitarian promise See in context

According to the Fortune 500 ranking, the top 10 Japanese companies made over 85 billion US dollars in profit last financial year.

The minimum wage should be higher in Japan. For some reason, people keep voting in people who are not representing their economic interests. It is only when the Japanese people make change at the ballot box and become more active political will wages go up. Stronger unions would also be effective to increase pressure on government and companies to increase minimum wages.

What I have never understood about Japan is that people have to pay social unemployment insurance. They already pay tax why do you have to pay extra just to have your basic human rights met.

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Posted in: More foreign investors began looking for properties in Japan following the depreciation of the yen. Some are selling their properties at inflated prices by taking advantage of the weak yen. See in context

It's called chancing your arm. If you just try and market your property at an inflated price and a foreign investor pays up because it still seems cheap given the exchange rates, there's your market.

The sellor sets the market only if the buyer is willing to pay that price ;). You might get lucky with an overseas buyer who is cashed up and doesnt know the local market intimately, a good time to highball the market. It has been happening in Australia, people keep putting the prices up and the buyer keeps paying.

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Posted in: Do you think it is possible to remove the Unification Church's influence from Japanese political parties? See in context

Im not sure its possible to make the unification church illegal, unless they are engaging in illegal activity. However, there should be stronger disclosure laws including cash donations or other services provided where politicians and political groups keep a record of all these donations in a public manner.

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Posted in: 2 arrested for stealing ATM from post office in Mie Prefecture See in context

Just a little bit silly

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Posted in: Comanche warriors take spotlight in 'Predator' prequel 'Prey' See in context

How does this movie fit into the Predator franchise?

Its a prequel, set over 200 years before the first predator movie.

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Posted in: Comanche warriors take spotlight in 'Predator' prequel 'Prey' See in context

Take an advanced, high tech alien from a warrior society and pit him against indigenous people in the 1800[s armed with bows, arrows, and spears. So we're going to get a debilitated predator who'll use primitive weapons to fight the indigenous girls and lose to them. It's woke.

Can you at least watch the movie first before you past judgement, it might not be great. But how do you know?

I'm interested in seeing some different faces on screen, I love the Tomb Raiders movies (strong female lead in an action movie), and as father of two daughters the more powerful female role models the better.

Looking forward to watching it, I hope the young heroine give the predator a run for its money. It will have to be a strong example of asymmetric warfare for her to even survive.

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Posted in: Is the world becoming more divided politically, socially and economically? See in context

ToshihiroAug. 1  08:14 am JST

It is because governments and the people tend to politicize everything and use a lot of soft power in retaliation. I think the toxic culmination of this would be cancel culture. If something offends you, you discredit it and encourage others to do so. We push inclusivity in society, but we exclude those that harbor different values to us. The dichotomy of our time really is something.

I totally agree, the beauty of democracy is the multiplicity of views that enrich all our lives

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Posted in: Is the world becoming more divided politically, socially and economically? See in context

Yes, leftists, BLM justice warriors and all those who encourage them have driven a wedge down the middle of society and caused more harm and racial tension. It's much worse than it was 20 years ago before they were born.

Im not sure if speaking uo for what you believe in is driving a wedge or just expressing your rights to self determination and expression, as long as people can have differences of opinion in a respectful manner, that is liberal democracy in action.

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Posted in: Is the world becoming more divided politically, socially and economically? See in context

Over the last 20 years, the rich have gotten richer and the poor poorer. The politicians have failed the people.

Well the people have elected those politicians, some because they wanted to get richer at the expense of others.

Critical literacy and reasoning skills have never been more important

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

It would be better for Japan to recognise dual citizenship. It really isnt an issue anymore, most countries have extradition treaties with Japan if you commit a crime. The only time it really becomes an issue is if someone wants to be elected to the national diet because then they really shouldnt have any allegiance to another country. I hope the Japanese government recognises this in the near future, it would encourae many young Japanese dual nationals to return to Japan to work at least for a period of time thereby benefiting the Japanese economy. However, having lived in Japan for several years and been an avid spectator of Japanese politics for two decads I cannot see any politician bothering to bring this change to the diet.

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Posted in: Aging Japanese militant in Beirut marks 1972 Israel airport attack See in context

PFLP official Marwan Abdul-Aal told The Associated Press that Palestinians have always faced a double standard because when they resist Israeli occupation forces they are called terrorists. Meanwhile, Western countries now support Ukrainian resistance against invading Russian troops, he said.

"The world is not fair and this is what those people used to say," Abdul-Aal said about Japanese fighters who supported the Palestinians.

You cant compare Ukraine and the Palestinian Independence movements. The Ukranians have not engaged in indiscriminate terrorist acts outside their borders. Attacking innocent unarmed civilians is not resistance fighting, it is murder.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese universities to apply for ¥10 tril gov't fund See in context

The main problem the Japanese universities have is that as soon as a reseacher is on to something they are poached by a high performing university overseas where the employment conditions are much better in terms of income, prestige and work life balance. Until Japanese work culture changes then the brain drain will contine. This policy looks more like bureaucrats looking for soft landing post retirement in the Amakudari system*. *So nothing will change except the Japanese tax payer has ever more debt to pay on behalf of supporting the elites.

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Posted in: Foreigners following their love of gardening in Japan See in context

It is a really interestingstory of how two people with a passon for Japanese culture have established themselves in Japan working in their area of passion. I did note that both individuals decided to start their own business as the next step. This is a brash step in a field with centuries of tradition. These are the examples of individuals who will helptransform traditional Japan to meld with the modern world.

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Posted in: Eye-openers in Akatsuka, a northwestern Tokyo suburb See in context

This is an excellent article. It has inspired me to visit these places. The park looks intriguing.

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Posted in: Japan aims to block sex offenders from jobs in schools, child care See in context

i hear from an investigator that they are also checking records from country of origin including offenses in Japan if you're a foreigner applying for a teaching position employers are granted a website to check that kind of history through the local police. I personally give it a thumbs up.

if you live overseas for more than 12 months then you need to supply a criminal history record from the country of residence, before you will be granted teacher registration, but that only covers convictions not allegations

Japan should not allow convicted sex offenders to work with children. it must be a one strike and your out. Find a new career, if anyone will employ them

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Posted in: We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year. See in context

Its not rocket science, Covid 19 needs a host to survive, it is all about access and opportunity. If you provide access then the virus has the opportunity. I hope none of those young people are severely affected in the short and long term.

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Posted in: Japanese club plans crowdfunded Iniesta statue See in context

Iniesta is a great player and I love watching him play. He must also love Japan because 30 million year for a 37 year old player who hasn't won the J League is absurd.

Surely Vissel Kobe can find the 15 million yen to pay for the statute since they are paying Iniesta $80K per day.

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Posted in: China's economy grows 8.1% in 2021; slows in second half See in context

The first part of your comment on the Chinese economy was insightful

A lot of Western governments will be watching with interest, as they increasingly adopt Chinese-style policies, overtly or covertly, going forward.

But this is an overstatement after all the west is a mixed bag of command control economies like the French to the *Laissez*** Faire** approach of the US, very hard to make an overarching statement that categories them all. I don't see a Chinese style authoritarian economic approach being adopted 'willy nilly' anytime soon, unless you prefer to live in the anarchy of a post apocalyptic society which is also highly improbable right now.

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Posted in: Japan brings forward fiscal health projection to FY2026 See in context

I do worry about the future of Japan's economy, the lack of tourist numbers recently would have had a massive impact on employment and the budget. I wonder if the tourists will return by 2025?

However, it must be nice to visit some of the tourist spots without being elbow to elbow with other visitors!!!

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Posted in: Former pro baseball player arrested for stealing champagne See in context

Once you are convicted, your name is on the public record in the court file so there is no way of maintaining privacy. However, before conviction or pleading guilty, the matter should remain private so that the defendant has access to natural justice.

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Posted in: Father of suspect arrested over knife attack outside University of Tokyo issues public apology See in context

Japan has to initiate and reinforce an alternative narrative where young people learn they can have a successful, fulfilling and purposeful life outside of the elite pathways. There is too much emphasis on exam taking not enough on developing communication skills and outlets where young people can receive support for their mental health as they make the difficult transition to adulthood. Many societies young people are rethinking the value of a university education because it is no longer a guarantee of employment and income. Japan's minimum wage also needs to increase to provide an adequate income so that young people can support themselves.

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Posted in: Tokyo court tosses suit by 3 Taiwanese to restore Japan nationality See in context

Yang obviously feels that he is Japanese and it is suggested he fought for Japan during WWII which many non Japanese did.

What the judges would be concerned with is the fact that Japanese nationality is inherited from your parents and if they created a precedent where non Japanese citizens who fought for Japan had their nationality re-instated what this would mean for the future.

The Japanese people need to develop the understanding that diversity equals good and is not something to be frightened off so that a 99 year old man that fought for his country can die peacefully as a Japanese.

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Posted in: Mother of girl abducted by N Korea urges Kishida to resolve issue See in context

The fate of Megumi and the other abductees has always been a tragedy due to being separated from their loved ones against their will. If Megumi is alive (which is highly unlikely), the North Koreans will not let her go because she must have trained in Japanese language some highly placed North Korean spies at North Korean spy school who are now active in Japan. However, it is much more likely that Megumi and the others are no longer with us and the North Koreans are extremely callous toward the feelings of the Japanese families (which is also of no surprise considering how they treat their own citizens).

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Posted in: France to announce sanctions amid fishing dispute with UK See in context

Another Brexit success story.

Yeah it has been strange the whole way along, there were so many benefits for British people from being in the European Union but they still voted to leave, it's hard to fathom.

Hard to say if the Brits are worse than the Turks. It's a close call.

Not sure about the Turkish reference though???

Seems unneccessary and kinds of in the some vein that lead to Brexit

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Posted in: Japanese gymnast suffers serious spinal injury in training See in context

They make it look so easy... But the danger is always there.

So true, the gymnasts are doing amazing things in the search for greater and greater difficulty and at the same time there is more risk of serious injury

Wishing her speedy recovery so that she can continue to pursue her dream

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Posted in: Alex Jones loses lawsuits over Sandy Hook 'hoax' conspiracy See in context

The pain of losing a loved one must have been magnified in an incalculable manner by some one claiming the event was a hoax.

I really feel for all the victims and their families, grief is difficult enough to experience without having to put up individuals denying the the incident even took place.

The victims and their families are in my prayers, no amount of money will bring them back, but if this is a means to educate people to act with dignity in difficult times, I truly hope the lesson is learnt.

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Posted in: Vaccine mandates: Is no jab, no entry into restaurants, cafes, bars, sporting and event venues discrimination? See in context

It is all bout the right to choose.

You have a choice to be vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Business have a choice of who they want as customers.

This is freedom of choice in action.

If you chose to be vaccinated there are consequences of your action.

Just as if you chose not be vaccinated you face a range of potential consequences.

Cause and effect.

Choose to, Choose not to, that is your power.

But live with the consequences of your choice.

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Posted in: Murakami library unveiled at author's alma mater in Tokyo See in context

Great, I enjoy Murakami's novels and short stories

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Posted in: Researcher sees lesson for today in tragedy of immigrants in Manchuria See in context

But I have to say that for Kurimizawa to send villagers there as late as 1944 is either absolute stupidity or cruelty seeing that Japan was obviously at defeat's door.

The media was heavily censored at the time so it may have not been clear in rural Nagano, a tradegy all round. Japan was a poor agricultural nation at the time, a way out of poverty is attractive for any second son

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Posted in: Researcher sees lesson for today in tragedy of immigrants in Manchuria See in context

This may not be a totally accurate statement

but I don't think the British government ever used germ warfare or biological weapons

There has been some belief that the British used smallpox as a biological weapon to remove the aborigines in Australia after European settlement but this is not proven beyond the balance of probabilities, other theories are that smallpox came from the north, either way smallpox decimated Australian aboriginal populations during the European invasion of Australia.

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