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Posted in: Abe faces host of diplomatic, economic issues after cabinet revamp See in context

Akie, would be quicker to answer the question, "What did he do right?" Start by asking the thousand still waiting for government assistance in disaster hit areas. Oh wait, we can't the Olympics is more important.

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Posted in: America's image worsens under Trump See in context

How can you come to such a conclusion based on 900 opinions in multiple countries?

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Posted in: GaijinPot Travel wins Japan Tourism Award for web initiative with inclusive content See in context

Congrats! I remember when it started in the 90s. Was every helpful and Eric was/is always a great person. Good on you guys!

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

Hope they exempt residence of Japan. We already pay enough in taxes!

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Posted in: Over half of survey participants unfamiliar with katakana words used by government See in context

I thought Katagana was originally only for words that do not have a Japanese name i.e. fork, spoon, golf jargon and so on. I think they should keep it that way. On the other hand the more the government confuses Japanese with these inappropriate uses of English words, I'll continue to be successful in my business.

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Posted in: Water stored at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive See in context

I found an interesting documentary on Netflix. Dark Tours/Japan. I believe it was filmed last year or the year before. Pretty scary stuff.

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

gokai; Your parents are correct. The 80s was the best time (for me) of living in Japan.

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

gokai; And Toyota alone has sold just over 900,000 vehicles from August 2017 to August 2018 in the USA. Most European cars are seen as luxury cars and easier to drive as most are already right hand drive. US cars are left hand drive. To convert is costly. And to not convert makes driving for some Japanese uncomfortable. In addition, maintenance costs is high as parts are so expensive which is why I have, in Japan a Japanese car and motorcycle. Harley parts are so expensive here and Harley shops charge an arm and a leg for services. Then you have very strict inspection process and high vehicle taxes.

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Posted in: SDF recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up See in context

Those leaflets have got to go. As a Vet, I've got to say that those leaflets are childish and misleading. The girl in a sailor uniform is ridiculous and an embarrassment the the men and women of the SDF who face tough times to defend their country.

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

Educator60, I grew up doing household chores and as a father continued. I know what is involved in keeping a home and know that it is not a 5am to 9pm job. My kids woke up on their own, prepared themselves for school, prepared their own breakfast, kept their own room cleaned, folded and put away their own laundry, help with dinner dishes and also helped keep the house clean. Perhaps mothers do too much for their kids these days and don't teach their kids the responsibility of doing household chores.

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

The ad is so misleading. As one with weekdays off, I always see shopping centers full of at home wives/mothers enjoying their free time while dad is at work and kids at school. So yes, the stay at home mom or dad should do the household chores. In addition, I often hear from my male friends that they take care of the home and kids on their days off so mom can take a break with her friends. I find this ironic as she already does this during the week. I would love to be an at home dad.

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Posted in: Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

Mahesvara of Japan; Crush any invasion? Are you aware that the availability military personnel in China is larger than the Japanese population of Japan?

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University chooses 1st woman president after sexism scandal See in context

Jenna, I have to disagree with you. I have work in Japan for many, many years and as Japan promotes a lot based on seniority, males are often place in positions of discussion making without any skill and/or knowledge of their industry. One clear example is me training my boss. Because of his age he was placed as Bucho with no knowledge of the industry.

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Posted in: Feeling your pain: Presidents tread tricky disaster politics See in context

People seem to be focusing on a year old disaster and ignoring all the good Trump is doing has done from Florence. In addition, let's not criticize overseas recovery until you have perfected your own at home (in Japan)

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Posted in: How to prepare for Japanese drinking culture at work See in context

As a recovered alcoholic, which I made my boss well aware of, I was still forced to go out drinking. This I didn't mind but my boss getting angry at me for drink tea and cokes was a bit for me. End result, After all the bullying I could take, I quit and started my own company. So in a way, I have to thank him for his ignorance.

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Posted in: Japan conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea See in context

GanbareJapan; Peace not war. If war breaks out, will you be on the front line?

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Posted in: 'Sukajan' — A look into the history of Japan's souvenir jacket See in context

I still have my 1981 West Pac US Navy fully customized from my time at CFAY in the 80s. Wear it in the states sometimes. Turns heads and always asked where I got it. Problem is both my daughters want it. Gotta get back down to Yokosuka and have a replica made.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

They are just now telling us about the "tens of thousands" of rats that have been running around the food that we've been eating for so many years!!! Yuk!! Wonder what else they haven't told us or worse yet what haven't they told us about the new place?

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Posted in: Police officer loses loaded gun while guarding Abe's motorcade See in context

I believe most carry a 38

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Posted in: Quake reveals Japan woefully unprepared to help foreigners in disasters See in context

Mike Wyckoff; Up to a point I agree with you, however, how do you expect them to do so when there is a blackout? Another problem here is that Japanese are reluctant to be flexible and veer outside the manuals they are trained to follow. Japanese need to be more flexible and go with the situation at hand. The manuals they religiously are instructed to follow, do not cover every situation.

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Posted in: Quake reveals Japan woefully unprepared to help foreigners in disasters See in context

smithinjapan; been here for almost 4 decades. Your post is spot on.

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Posted in: 3 random joys of Japanese highway travel See in context

vistula, yup, Kanto. However as I run my own company, I take the pleasure of taking off on weekdays to the mountains and camping places as well as everything else are practically empty. Loving it. We as well will never travel on weekends and holidays. I also ride a motorcycle and the mountains are absolutely great on weekdays. My mate and I love it!!

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Posted in: 3 random joys of Japanese highway travel See in context

The story forgets to mention the high cost of gasoline, toll roads, parking and not to mention the heavy traffic on expressways and bus loads of tourists at expressway service areas and other places of interests.

As a daily drive here in Japan for the past 37 years, driving out of the city to enjoy my days off hiking and camping is the only pleasure left as trains, hotels, and other tourist places have become too expensive and crowded due to the increase in tourists. Lets leave something for Japanese to enjoy their days off. I have on too many occasions come across tourist drivers that have no idea what they are doing on the roads, illegally parking and blocking traffic without a care in the world.

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Posted in: Death toll from Hokkaido quake hits 44; gov't sees no rolling blackouts despite power shortage See in context

KnowBetter; Because geothermal plants don't fill the pockets of .... well you know who, enough.

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Posted in: Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts See in context

This raises the question: Why would anyone live at the bottom of a mountain in such a seismically active country?

Actually I believe "This raises the question:" Why would anyone restart Nuclear Power Plants knowing all this disaster is happening?

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Posted in: Cleaning up Tokyo's beaches: An Olympic task See in context

Don't just clean it for the Olympics, clean it because it's the right thing to do. The thing to do for the people who pay your salary. For the children of Japan who enjoy the swimming areas for the common decency of all kind.

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Posted in: Hokkaido quake disrupts business activities, hospitals See in context

jcapan; thank you for the info. Much appreciated.

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Posted in: Hokkaido quake disrupts business activities, hospitals See in context

Been following the news on almost every channel and have yet to hear about foreigners in the area. Is there foreigner's support in an event like this? Or are they left to fend for themselves. I even watched NHK World this morning and no mention of the non-native Japanese community. Kinda makes me worried.

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Posted in: Secret to Japanese couple's 80 years of marriage: wife's patience See in context

Great to see some heartwarming news. Congrats and Respect to the both of you.

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Posted in: Aso says initial budget requests for fiscal 2019 likely to reach record high ¥102 tril See in context

How about decrease military budget and increase disaster recovery budget. Just saying.

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