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Posted in: Ascott Residence Trust acquires 3 rental housing properties in Sapporo See in context

This is a strong indicator this company see ongoing value in the Japanese property market, maybe a beginning of a new growth phase for Japan.

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Posted in: Advocacy groups ask gov't to rethink harsher anti-cannabis law See in context

"Damn stoners on JT. Don't you know this stuff causes psychotic episodes?". This is exactly why drugs should be sold legally so that the tax revenue from sales can go toward paying for the health costs from using cannabis. Why should the black market operators make all the profit? then the tax payers are left with the bill for people hospitalised due to mental illness from drug use! Not to mention that many people using illicit substances have undiagnosed mental health issues. The term is self medication. Japan has a long way to go in addressing the avalanche of mental illness in its own country derived from a high stakes, high pressure life.

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Posted in: Crackdown on illegal maid cafes making maids rarer sight on streets of Akihabara See in context

"Good! Anything to stop the exploitation of young girls in Japan is a good thing." I agree! Is there an minimum age to work at a maid cafe? I would've thought you would need to be over 20? On the other hand they seem harmless, unless they are selling sexual services onsite? Would be best to legalise sex work so that exploitation is limited. There are many places that have legalised sex work, but outlawed living off the earnings of a brothel.

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Posted in: How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open See in context

What a great story!

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

As someone who clocks many Ks on the road, a self driving car would save a lot of time I could use to do the things I want to do...

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Posted in: Japanese karate official quits over bullying claim See in context

My master use to punch, kick and throw and broke my nose and couple of times, I hated him" but it paid off in a "Death Match" on some island in the pacific back in the 70's...I came back alive...Bolo didn't make it

Shouldn't your username be Bruce, and by the way congratulations on the resurrection.

The karate teacher's training methods are not acceptable, he should also face disciplinary action for bullying after resigning.

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Posted in: Videos of parliament sex acts rock Australia's government See in context

At least in Japan (usually) the politician and perhaps the party leader would resign after such acts becoming public, but not in Australia under this coalition conservative government.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics hit by yet another scandal over demeaning comments See in context

The idea for the 'joke' was tasteless, unacceptable and perhaps a representation of Japanese societies cultural maturity, but has anyone noticed the price tag

Cost: $15 billion but suspected $30 billion

Revenue: $3.5 billion

This is not good business and since no overseas spectators will be visiting Japan there will be no immediate boost to the economy.

That is a lot of Yen that could have been spent on helping the Japanese economy and its people.

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics is the real pig and it is ready to slaughter after consuming so much Japanese tax payer money.

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Posted in: Already a star, on court and off, Osaka eyes more See in context

Naomi Osaka is a brilliant tennis player and an exceptional role model for young people all over the world.

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Posted in: Editor of occult fanzine Mu makes a pitch for 'conspiracy literacy' See in context

Looks educational and entertaining, I wonder if there is an online version of Mu?

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Posted in: Suspect in murder of homeless woman turns himself in See in context

This is a sad story on so many levels.

An elderly women died homeless on the street who should have had more access to social welfare.

A man who needed support for his mental health didn't receive it and and as a consequence committed a terrible crime.

There is never one solution such as a UBI which would fix this problem but access to basic human needs such as shelter and mental health support should be a given in a rich developed society like Japan.

I will say a prayer for both of them.

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Posted in: Lawmakers should serve as role models in efforts to stop passive smoking. See in context

Wow, disrespectful of the laws of their own country which diet members make.


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Posted in: Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine for 2nd straight month See in context

It would be best if Japan could find a way to rehabilitate their war dead. It is sad that they cant be remembered for their service except for the atrocities they committed. They are husbands, fathers, son, brothers, uncles etc. Dont forget many paid the ultimate price for the crimes they committed during the war. But I guess the first step to forgiveness is to aplogise.

September 6, 1997: Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said: "In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Government of Japan expressed its resolution through the statement by the Prime Minister, which states that during a certain period in the past, Japan's conduct caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, including China, and the Prime Minister expressed his feeling of deep remorse and stated his heartfelt apology, while giving his word to make efforts for peace. I myself was one of the ministers who was involved in drafting this statement. I would like to repeat that this is the official position of the Government of Japan. During the summit meeting that I had during my visit to China, I have made this point very clear in a frank manner to the Chinese side. Premier Li Peng said that he concurs completely with my remarks" (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Conference on: Visit of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to the People's Republic of China),conduct%20caused%20tremendous%20damage%20and

Perhaps it is time to start using these souls who have already suffered twice (once when they committed these unspeakable acts and once when they were punished) for political football and to move on...

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

Nuclear energy is a relatively inexpensive and usually safe form of energy. It is better for the environment than using carbon source such as coal and gas.

The Onagawa nuclear power plant passed the most important test of safety: experience. It survived the worlds largest earthquake and and a gigantic tsunami.

Praise must go to Yanosuke Hirai for advocating for the highest level of possible safety standard for Onagawa and Nigata Nuclear Power plants.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

Japan has relatively inexpensive electricity compared to other parts of the world. Nuclear energy is a better energy source to minimise the impact on global warming than carbon based energy sources such as coal and gas. While extremely high safety standards are essential, this reactor has survived the biggest earthquake in record history and a gigantic tsunami then it has passed the most important test of all, real life experience.

I would also want to acknowledge the hard work and foresight of this man Yanosuke Hirai whose advocay for higher than normal safety standards enabled this nuclear power plant to withstand the 3/11 earthquake, subsequent Tsunami and provide refuge for the people of Onagawa.

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