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Posted in: Record 19.1 million int'l passengers used Haneda airport in FY2023 See in context

Record 19.1 million int'l passengers used Haneda airport in FY2023

I am one of 19.1 million!

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Posted in: Sanja Matsuri See in context


Why is a Shinto mikoshi being carried to a Buddhist temple? I know that Asakusa Shrine is right next door to Senso-ji Temple, but someone seems to be mixing up their religions. Good thing I'm atheist and don't have to worry about such superstitious rituals.

As far as Japanese people are concerned, their religion includes Shinto and Buddhist sects, which are parts of one religion. If you have not realized this, you are still an outsider without a clue about what Japan is. Furthermore, these Japanese people, who participate in festivals and pray at shrines or temples, do not think they are religious. If you ask them if they are atheists, they will probably say 'yes.' Welcome to Japan!

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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan

Thanks for coming to Japan.

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Posted in: Inoue stops Nery in 6th round to defend titles See in context

It was truly a great fight. Kudos to both fighters. Nery came to Japan to win, not just to get a big check. I think Nery has gained much respect from many Japanese fans, including myself. And Inoue's comeback from the first-round knockdown was incredible. It was a spectacular and devastating knockout by Inoue in the 6th round.

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Posted in: 'Monster' Inoue, Nery prepare for Tokyo Dome world title fight See in context

I think Inoue will win, but Nery is a great fighter with speed and power. This will be a great fight.

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Posted in: Japan job availability down to 1.29 in FY2023; 1st fall in 3 years See in context

The monthly [job availability] rise was attributed to fewer people looking for new jobs as they anticipate pay rises in their current positions. Major firms awarded their highest salary increases in 33 years during the latest "shunto" spring wage negotiations this year.

Actually a good news.

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Posted in: Kishida deserves credit for passage of Ukraine aid: U.S. diplomat See in context

One of the most important and urgent tasks in world politics today is to support Ukraine. In this endeavor, unlikely heroes have emerged: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Speaker Mike Johnson.

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Posted in: Kishida deserves credit for passage of Ukraine aid: U.S. diplomat See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida should be given a share of the credit for U.S. congressional passage of a long-overdue national security supplemental that includes aid for Ukraine, a senior diplomat said Wednesday.

Indeed, when they voted for Ukrainian support in Congress, a few lawmakers actually quoted Kishida's speech, which reminded them of what the USA has stood for in the international sphere: freedom and democracy.

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Posted in: Tokyo Tsukiji fish market site to be redeveloped with 50,000-seat stadium, hotel, shopping center See in context

I am wondering what Toyota intends to build there.

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Posted in: Yoko Ono to receive Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement See in context

Their many collaborations included the songs “Give Peace a Chance,” “Imagine” and...

"Imagine" is a great song.

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Posted in: Nikkei up 44% as FY2023 ends See in context


Is the Nikkei up as much as the yen is down? Seems like a zero sum game.

When the yen depreciates, it benefits Japanese exporting companies. Given Japan's status as an export-oriented nation, a depreciating yen typically causes the Nikkei to rise.

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Posted in: Asia stocks mixed after Wall Street slumps to worst day in weeks See in context

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was virtually flat at 40,090.78.

The Shanghai Composite index fell 0.2% to 3,040.82.

Nikkei is still above 40,000! With a push for investor-friendly policies, Nikkei is poised to rise in the coming years. In contrast, Chinese stocks are expected to continue falling due to their anti-investor policies. Japan represents a new era, while China is reminiscent of an older Japan.

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Posted in: 'Monster' Inoue to face Nery for super-bantamweight world titles See in context

Nery is a very skilled boxer and has a chance to defeat Inoue. It's not going to be easy for Inoue. However, I still believe Inoue will win, primarily because of his superior speed.

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Posted in: Japan's Nikkei tops 40,000 for first time, as investors await China political meeting See in context

"Warren Buffett is ‘ahead of the game’ with Japanese investments" (10 months ago)


"Warren Buffett on raising stake in Japanese trading houses" (10 months ago)


"The REAL Reason Buffett Is Buying Japanese Stocks In 2023" (10 months ago)


"Goldman Sachs Says Japan Stock Market at 'Fascinating Time'" (9 months ago)


"Nikkei can reach record high of about 40,000 in next 12 months" (8 months ago)


"Japan's Nikkei stock market closes with biggest annual gain in a decade" (2 months ago)


"Japan stocks soar with Nikkei 225 reaching 33 year high" (1 month ago)


"Nikkei Reclaims All-Time Record Last Reached in 1989" (11 days ago)


"Japan's Nikkei stock index tops 40,000 for first time" (Yesterday)


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Posted in: Trump is not isolationist, former U.S. envoy to Japan believes See in context

Trump is not for "America First." He is not even for "America Only." He is just "Trump Only." Trump is the egomaniac.

The world, according to him, is divided between "loyalists" and "enemies." Those who are loyal are deemed good, while the ones against him are labeled as evil. He wants to be a king in a democratice nation.

This man is sick, very, very sick.

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Posted in: WTO approves services trade rules, overcoming objections See in context

WTO is one of few international organizations, which actually work. The UN, on the other hand, is largely diysfunctional. It is good to hear that trade rules for services were approved. WTO is still improving. The Rule of Law, under which all parties are constrained and nobody is above the Law, is one of the greatest achievements of human history.

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Posted in: Paris Olympics security plans stolen from train See in context

Why don't they just call the Lost and Found office?

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Posted in: Macron breaks taboo on possibility of sending Western troops in Ukraine See in context

[T]he French leader refused to rule out the dispatch of Western troops to Ukraine as Russia's invasion stretches into its third year and Kyiv's military campaign appears to be faltering.

"We will do whatever it takes to ensure that Russia cannot win this war," Macron said.

Well said. I support it 100%.

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Posted in: Mike Tyson, Francis Ngannou set for Professional Fighters League debut in Saudi Arabia See in context

Please somebody stop it!

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Posted in: Emperor turns 64; mourns Ishikawa quake victims See in context


I think the question really is, of what empire is he the emperor? The Empire of Japan ended almost 80 years ago.

During the 6th and 7th centuries, Japan underwent a slow process of unification, bringing together about 60 small kingdoms under the rule of the Yamato clan. The result was a federation of kingdoms. The title of the Yamato ruler was "The Great King (大王)," while rulers of the subordinate kingdoms were simply called "King (王)." The ruler of the Yamato clan was literally the "emperor" of Japan. The current Japanese monarchy is descended from the rulers of the Yamato clan, hence the title of "emperor."

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Posted in: Tokyo stock market reaches uncharted territory, but where to next? See in context

Basically, two reasons:

(1) Decline of the Chinese economy: Those who previously invested in China are looking for an alternative market.

(2) The Japanese market is relatively cheap compared to, for example, the USA.

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Posted in: Emperor turns 64; mourns Ishikawa quake victims See in context


An honest question - Emperor of what, exactly?

If you are confused with an English translation, try in Japanese "天皇 (Tennō)", meaning "Ruler of Heaven".

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Posted in: Japan's 'naked men' festival succumbs to aging population See in context

If you are unfamiliar with Hadaka Matsuri ("Naked Festival"), here is the Japan's most famous and biggest one (in Okayama), broadcasted yesterday.


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Posted in: Are we about to find out moon's origin? Japan's space agency says it may now have clues See in context


Are these rocks any different than the lunar rocks nasa brought back to earth in the 60’s and 70’s?

According to JAXA, their mission "aims to unravel the origins of the Moon through composition analysis of rocks estimated to be derived from the lunar mantle using a “multi band spectral camera. To achieve this, it is essential to land in the vicinity of the targeted crater, enabling precise observations that can only be accomplished through pinpoint landing. "


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Posted in: Toyota sets new global record for annual vehicle sales See in context

I was not surprised by Toyota's top spot in sales. But I was surprised by the fact that their hybrids sold as many as EVs sold by Tesla and **BYD **combined!

Toyota Hybrids: 3.4 million

Tesla + BYD EVs: 1.81 + 1.57 = 3.38 million

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Posted in: Aso praises Kamikawa but says she is ‘not very beautiful,’ and calls her ‘Kamimura’ See in context

The guy should just resign and disappear since he cannot shut his mouth.

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Posted in: Japan says SLIM moon probe achieved 'pinpoint' landing See in context

If you want to KNOW what actually happend, in English language, at this time this is the best:


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Posted in: Japan's exports surge 10% in December on strong demand for autos, revived trade with China See in context

A weak Japanese yen has helped export manufacturers like Toyota, Honda and Sony...


Recent Japanese exports:

2019 - 76.9 trillion yen (Before Covid-19)

2020 - 68.4 trillion yen

2021 - 83.1 trillion yen

2022 - 98.2 trillion yen

2023 - 100.9 trillion yen (Record High)

This is the reason why investors are interested in the Japanese market now.

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