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Posted in: 4-year-old boy seriously injured after being struck by police car See in context

"We will give thorough instructions to prevent a similar incident from occurring again," said Masayuki Okabe, deputy police chief of Shinjuku police station.

That's it??? Not even include an apology!!!!!!

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Posted in: Heat on agenda again at newly-built Tokyo 2020 hockey venue See in context

Temperatures reached 37 degrees Celsius on Saturday but there were no reports of heat-stroke on the opening day.

With all the reports of heat-stroke, heat exhaustion, and deaths reported over the past couple of weeks, it is great to see that no one suffered on this one particular day. Perhaps they should have an opening day event everyday, in the last week of July / first week of August.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows faster than expected on new imperial era holidays See in context

Ganbare Japan!; Hold your thoughts until after the tax increase. Also, how much is due to Japanese spending and how much to tourist spending. How much longer can hard working Japanese continue to have a fair amount of disposable income? And, when the tax goes up to 10%, who will be paying the tax on duty free products and services?

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Posted in: Japan to resume effort to tackle contaminated water problem at Fukushima See in context

Options? 1. Evaporation: contaminate the air we breathe. 2. Deep in the ground: Contaminate the earth we use to grow our crops. 3. Dump in the Pacific ocean: Contaminate another source of food and risk changing the Eco system of the ocean. Perhaps ocean warming?

Who said Nuclear Energy is save, cheap and clean?

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea arranging to hold summit in December See in context

First, why waiting until December? They need to tackle the problem now!


Relations between Japan and South Korea, however, have recently been getting worse due to historical and trade issues, and depending on the course of the conflict, the scheduling of the trilateral summit may be put in limbo.

Can't see it. My student said he enjoyed climbing Mt. Fuji happily with so many Koreans, and I observed Japanese enjoying Korean Town over the weekend.

So who's hating who? Here in Japan everyone seems to be getting along great together.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

interesting how in the states protesters are all carrying individually made signs where as in S.Korean the signs are mass produced and they are all carrying exactly the same signs. Kinda makes you wonder if they really feel that way or paid to be there.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway car provides child-friendly space See in context

Finally, an idea that actually makes sense. Great to see some positive news. Hope they do this on other train lines as well.

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Posted in: U.S. presidents have made racist gestures throughout country's history See in context

Not defending Trump but, since when is stating a fact racist? What he said is in fact true. A majority-black congressional district is in fact a "rat and rodent infested mess" (confirmed by a family member who lives in Maryland) AND "tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color," is not about color. Their statements are expressions of hate. Saying "if you don't like America, go back to your country." has nothing to do with race. How about they stop complaining and start solving problems in America. If you don't like your area of living, you would move, correct?

So if I tell an American in Japan who complains about Japan's crowded trains, high taxes, crowded roads, dirty city center, smokers on the streets, and so on, to go back to their home country if you don't like Japan, racist?

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Posted in: Firms slow in applying to gov't program to ease tax hike impact See in context

I'm still waiting to see the benefits of the My Number system. Big in the news in the beginning and fades away in the news when government realizes citizens see the scam behind it. I will hold on to using cash for as long as businesses accept it. Even if I have to walk an extra 5 minutes to a convenience store that accepts it. (For those of you who don't live in Japan, there are convenience stores all over the place. I have about 4 within walking distance.)

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Posted in: Traffic reduction falls far short of target in Tokyo highway test See in context

Agree with BlackFlagCitizen; wouldn't be a great way to help the auto industry.

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Posted in: Makoto Shinkai anime-inspired tea See in context

Cool and dandy but I thought Japan was working on reducing plastic usage.

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Posted in: Nissan to cut 12,500 jobs globally after Q1 profit drops 98.5% See in context

... tries to recover from a financial misconduct scandal surrounding ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn

I believe they misworded this statement. I think it is supposed to read;

... tries to recover from making the mistake of not handling the financial misconduct scandal surrounding ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn in house.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping girl with intellectual disability See in context

Marsh Mallow, did you not read the article???

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Posted in: Foreign tourists warned not to fly drones during Sumida River Fireworks Festival See in context

What SaikoPhysco said.

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Posted in: Tokyo begins trial to ease congestion during 2020 Games See in context

Yubaru, please excuse my sarcasm in my last post. No offense or ignorance intended. My post was kind of an extension to your post. As ride my bicycle or jog to work I could only think of AM being less crowded.

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Posted in: Tokyo begins trial to ease congestion during 2020 Games See in context

Olympics minister Shunichi Suzuki, who usually commutes by official car, took a subway Monday to the Cabinet Office.

"The train was empty and I felt comfortable," Suzuki told reporters after arriving at his office at 11:30 a.m. under the staggered working hour system. "We can't tell people not to use cars if government officials use official cars" for commuting, the minister added.

How gullible does he think people are?? Empty??? Comfortable?? He must have taken the very first train in the morning.

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Posted in: Abe says he will seek 'flexible' discussions on constitutional revision See in context

Why is he so focused on the constitution? That's all I ever read about. Let's focus on fixing the other problems here first!

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Posted in: Arson-murder suspect a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbor says See in context

I agree with TigersTokyoDome. It's an open and shut case. No need to flood the TV with his past and waste air time. He shouldn't get any air time at all. Actually, it only makes the police department look bad for not effectively following up on any complaints made against him.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested over fire outside home of ex-mistress See in context

A police sergeant given ONLY a restraining order? That's it??? Didn't the police department do anything more severe as he is a public servant/a POLICE SERGEANT???

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Posted in: Take that See in context

I'm sure that accomplished a lot..........NOT!!!!!

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Posted in: Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base See in context

This is so sad. All these hard working youngsters working for our happiness and pleasure knocked down by one madman!!! Prayers to all those workers and their family and friends. May peace and happiness find you once again. Respect.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing 85-year-old mother to death in Okinawa See in context

JT, while it is great to hear what crimes are happening around Japan but are family murders really 80% of the crime in Japan. It seems that that is key news in JT crime section. Reading the crime section allows us learn the dangers of Japan and helps us learn to know when, where and how to prepare/protect ourselves. I know there has to be more than family members killing each other. If not, well I guess I don't need to take any preventive measures to protect my family and self.

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist denied passport by gov't See in context

Yasuda, you cost us tax payers a lot of money. Stay in Japan. Wanna do some investigative reporting on corruption? There is a lot on your home turf that needs to be exposed and reported. If you know what I mean.

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Posted in: Hokkaido ski resort tackles growing tension between Japanese, foreign residents See in context

Don't understand this. Why are foreigners being complained about? I have a house, made a nice deck and well cared for plants. A nice comfortable place to kick back and relax? Nope. My neighbors (2 houses) (Japanese) have yet to pull the weeds, now about 1 meter tall, and have trash little by little piling up. They apparently have no respect for their neighbors. BTW the homes are just over a year old but theirs looks like they've been living there for 20 years!! It's not only foreigners!!! I want to say something but I've been told not to because they may get angry at me (not that I care but ....). Just don't get it. Again, It's not only foreigners!!! So why is it always the foreigners fault? Apologies for venting. Just getting tired for hearing Japanese complain about foreigners when they are doing the same thing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating son 'to discipline' him See in context

Raise your kids right and you won't have to discipline them. My 5 siblings and 2 beautiful daughters are living proof.

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Posted in: Japan lawmakers' average income in 2018 hits 16-year high See in context

AND That's why they need more tax revenue!!!!!!!!!

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Posted in: 7-Eleven warns franchise owner over appeal on labor crunch See in context

With you on that Belrick. Stopped using 7-11 as well.

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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

Confused here. If so many people were turned down, meaning not enough tickets, how could they have another lottery? Where did the extra tickets come from? Did many people decide not to accept their ticket?

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Posted in: Campaigning for July 21 upper house election kicks off in Japan See in context

Campaigning for July 21 upper house election kicks off in Japan

And the only photos I see on JT are Abe's. Who are the other candidates? Where are the televised debates? When are they hitting the campaign trail? Who's running?

Anyone want to wager a bet? I say that LDP will remain in power with Abe leading it?

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Posted in: Two 19-year-old drivers arrested for racing each other 6 kms down mountain road See in context

kids have been racing down the mountains for decades. I included back in the 80s. You they telling us that they finally caught someone?

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