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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

Japan has long promoted the interest of business over the interest of people and the loss of public green space is totally unacceptable. Sure, knock the stadium down if it is unsafe, but replace it was public facilities not hotels and more exclusive Tokyo apartments.

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Posted in: Are you optimistic about Japan's economy this year? See in context

If the question was: Is the cost of living crisis going to abate in Japan anytime soon, the answer would be no. Companies will be profitable but the standard of living will decline

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Posted in: Are you optimistic about Japan's economy this year? See in context

I voted yes for three reasons

The rebirth of foreign tourism in Japan will bring in much needed foreign capital

Japanese brands are still incredible positive around the world and people will pay a premium to access them

Japanese technology companies are world class and will lead Japan into a positive economic future, this includes investments by companies like Toyota and many others into electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: A confusing situation over an ended relationship See in context

Good advice, relationships can be messy in Japan just like anywhere else. Fellow Canadian is better off finding a new partner.

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Posted in: Russia deploys defense missile system on Kuril island near Japan See in context

The world is going crazy, what are the Russians concerned about? The US seizing their oil reserves because Russa has attacked the territorial integrity of a UN Member? Next craziness we will read about is that Trump will accuse the Russians of having Weapons of Mass Destruction. The World is going Crazy!!! I hope you understand sarcasm, before you tear my comment apart, please read it as thought provoking Joke. I wonder if those missile launch systems actually have missiles, isnt Russia meant to be running out of them?

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Posted in: Russia deploys defense missile system on Kuril island near Japan See in context

ZorotoToday  05:08 pm JST

That's what happens in response to warmongering Japan.

You are about 86 years to late for that comment, so it is very strange. While Japan does have an advanced self defence force, Japan has only participated in peace keeping operations for over 77 years.

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Posted in: Trial of English-speaking test for Tokyo high schools face opposition from some parents See in context

I applaud the Japanese Metropolitan government for introducing a speaking test as part of the High School entrance pathway. Developing speaking skills is the most beneficial outcome of a learning a language. It creates connections and life opportunities.

Im a little dissapointed that they have outsourced the test to a private contractor. There is plenty of experience with language teaching methodology within Japan itself and within the Tokyo Metropolitan government. This includes within Tokyo itself at the Tokyo Foreign Language University where Professor Yukio Tono has been promoting a standards based approach to teaching, learning and assessing English language. I'm sure he could have consulted for the Tokyo Metro government and they could have designed an in-house test that would have guaranteed fairness.

These standards are based on world class teaching methodology and you will note in the link below a clear focus on understanding-listening and speaking.

I have set in on a few of his professional development sessions and he knows his pedagogy.

The only other observation I make is that it should not be compulsory, but an elective where students who wish to go in certain directions in their life or apply to certain schools would sit the test. If you want to technical high school, taking an English speaking test is not relevant to your future life goals.

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Posted in: The U.S. dollar’s appreciation is bad news for the global economy. Do you agree? See in context

A higher US dollar will increase the cost of energy which will cause short term pain for consumers but encourage them to move towards renewable energy sources. This increase in the cost of energy can be good for the environment. It will also be good for the Japanese export sector as the price of their iterms becomes cheaper in a key market. This will include Japanese automakers especially those with elecrtic vehicles and green technology such as pumped hydro electricity. However, there will be short term pain for the average consumer.

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Posted in: Do you believe there are still Japanese abductees alive in North Korea? See in context

It is possible some of the abductees are alive. I can think of two possible reasons.

Some abductees dont want to return to Japan because of the family they have created in North Korea and dont want to be separated from them. If they have a family with a North Korean, it would be very complicated.

It is also plauisble (but unlikely) that there could be a few Japanese abductees who have trained high level Korean spies in Japanese language, that are unable to return because these spies are embedded into important positions in Japanese society. For example this reasons has been raised to explain Megumi Yokota's non return to Japan in the Koizumi era.

However, as time passes it become more unlikely.

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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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