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Posted in: 3 crew members of scallop farming ship found dead in sea off Aomori See in context

RIP.

Super dangerous job.

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Posted in: Mother gets 2 years in prison over death of 3-year-old daughter See in context

2 years!

Didn't that guy who licked some chopsticks or something like that in a restaurant get 2.5 years for his heinous crime/

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Posted in: Small drone flies into damaged Fukushima reactor for first time to study melted fuel See in context

It has taken them 13 years to fly a drone into the plant, collect tons of contaminated water and eventually release it into the ocean. I am supposed to be so appreciative of that. Back in 2011 they initially chose to refuse other countries help, due to 'Japanese technology' being better, but came crawling back cap in hand a few months later begging for France's and the USA's robots. Totally incompetent fools.

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Posted in: Zuckerberg discusses AI risks with Kishida See in context

Beginning to think the 'P' in 'LDP' stands for 'Pledge'.

After all.......that is the only thing that Abe,Suga and Kishida could.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

Posted in: Japan inflation falls to BOJ target of 2% See in context

Little by little.. 

Well done Japan..

Yeah, great job at decimating the middle class in a nation that was so proud of its egalitarian principles.

The rich/poor divide is becoming more and more evident.

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Posted in: Small drone flies into damaged Fukushima reactor for first time to study melted fuel See in context

Man, it has only taken them 13 years to achieve this.

Cheers,TEPCO.

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Posted in: TSMC diversifies out of Taiwan with new Japan plant See in context

American workers are not suited to work with the needed precision, and with US salaries it’s simply cost prohibitive to manufacture anything in the US.

Sorry if I am wrong but I think only one nation has put humans on the moon.

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Posted in: Kishida to address U.S. Congress in April See in context

Wonder how many pledges he will make.

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Posted in: South Korea health alert raised to 'severe' over doctors walkout See in context

This is a problem in Japan too. Government funded university hospitals and prefectural hospitals rely much on trainee doctors and other medical staff. These trainees work on contract status, and are paid much less and receive none of the benefits that the regular permanent staff. When they become fully qualified and licensed, they will be replaced with new trainees. Such institutions are phasing out the full-time staff for trainees, and the gig economy gathers steam.

Spot on, my friend.

I was a surprised to find out that a junior doctor that I know in Tokyo was only earning about ¥230,000 a month just before he became qualified and even after that his salary wasn't increased by much since he worked at a university hospital. He had to moonlight at a hospital in Tohoku at night just to make ends meet.

Now you can see why there are so many clinics in Japan.

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Posted in: South Korea health alert raised to 'severe' over doctors walkout See in context

Got to admire the Koreans.....if they don't like something they demonstrate.

The complete opposite of the Japanese who have been taught from an early age that protests and demonstrations are taboo........resulting in a government that has total carte blanche over its population.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit quake-hit Noto Peninsula in March See in context

And why not now?

Too busy?

I doubt that.

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Posted in: Japan's exports surge nearly 12% in January in 2nd straight month of gains See in context

Good news. Japanese are importing less, and exports are ticking along very nicely - tourism and vehicles especially.

Meanwhile the average Japanese person can't even entertain the idea of traveling overseas anytime in the future.

The domestic recycle shops are crammed full and the ¥100 shops are full of cash-stretched Japanese shoppers while the duty free stores are flowing with moneyed-up foreign customers.

What a turnaround from 30 years ago.

Cheers LDP.

Your policies have worked wonders.

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Posted in: Murray snaps six-match losing run at Qatar Open See in context

Good lad,Andy.

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Posted in: Some LDP lawmakers to attend Diet ethics panel on fundraising scandal See in context

The LDP, meanwhile, is considering refraining from asking for the participation of 85-year-old Nikai, with some concerned about his age, according to party sources

If he so infirm how come he is in a position of power rather than in a rest home?

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Posted in: University of Tokyo to launch new 5-year program with 50% foreign students See in context

Nobody is interested except for those who are looking for an easy degree.

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Posted in: Japan hosts Ukraine reconstruction conference to showcase its support for the war-torn country See in context

"Japan hosts Ukraine reconstruction conference to showcase its support for the war-torn country."

Should read ... 'Japan hosts Ukraine reconstruction conference to showcase its support for MHI.'

It's a win-win for J-Inc.....pretend to support Ukraine while at the same time giving most of the 'Amakudar' companies massive contracts.

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Posted in: Japan, now world's No. 4 economy, on steep road to reverse low growth See in context

Not much meaning as mainly due to recent weak JPY.

And why is the yen weak?

Because of the economy.

No getting out of it.

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Posted in: Japan, now world's No. 4 economy, on steep road to reverse low growth See in context

Japan was so proud of its number two ranking and then when China took that spot it couldn't be helped because of China's sheer size, but now along comes Germany with a much smaller population and the government says the dollar/yen rate is to blame.........not themselves of course.

In 2 years time when India passes it they Weill again attribute it to the number of people in that country.

They never seem to mention the GDP per capita though where Japan ranks a lowly 34 according to the IMF.

The stock market might be at almost artificially inflated high but at the same time recycle and discount stores haven't been fuller.

The last time the stock index was this high the high end shops and department stores in Tokyo were awash with customers......fast forward to now and only the ¥100 and secondhand shops are thriving.

The 'middle class' has been decimated.

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Posted in: 88-year-old woman arrested for dangerous driving after hitting 3 children See in context

88 years-old or not, makes no difference, many drivers seem to regard crossings with no lights as not there. They will even swerve around anyone on the crossing as if they are just jaywalkers. I know they are required to stop but if you get into the habit of ignoring the crossing it stays for life.

Agreed.

Those stripes on the road may as well not be there for all the good they do.

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Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

When China's GDP over took Japan's it couldn't be helped since China's population was so much bigger than Japan's , but now we have Germany's GDP surpassing Japan's and its population is way smaller. In Japan we see so many people literally doing nothing.....the pensioners fair enough, though they never seem to volunteer much, but the useless 'guardmen' take it a step too far.The productivity level in Japan is so poor. 10 years later and it will be either foreigners doing it or the country falling completely apart.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

TokyoLivingToday  05:32 pm JST

Keep fighting Japan!!..

fight what? against who? With what strength? 

fight against haters with its impressively aging population?

or incredibly undervalued Yen? 

"Ganbare Nippon" does not help Japan in this case. 

Keep trusting LDP, your fight will be one for ages.

Same here.

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Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

I was just on a trip to Hokkaido and people were spending money as fast as they could pull it out of their wallet. All restaurants had long waits or no tables without reservations.

Those same people 10 years ago were in Honolulu.

Nowadays they can't afford it.

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Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

Because we are aiming to bw the next Thailand or Philippines

It is now on the backpacker's map something unimaginable 30 years ago when it was the most expensive place on Earth.

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Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

I remember 1989 when Japan was 'destined' to become number one.

Fast forward to 2024 and the US's GDP per capita is very much more than double Japan's.......well done LDP.

-8 ( +29 / -37 )

Posted in: If you live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Decent deodorant.

Nice cheese.

32cm shoes.

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Posted in: Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate See in context

Complete waste of money and very harmful to the environment.

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Posted in: Japan to pledge ¥15.8 bil for Ukraine's reconstruction See in context

So Japan can’t pay and help to rebuild their own towns and cities damaged by natural disaster OR put money into the education systems and instructors…..

BUT they can just frivolously throw money into the Osaka expo money pit and constantly throw out millions or billions out to the Ukraine…….ok

MHI and all the other big recipients of Japanese 'ODA' must be biting at the bit.

Amakudari knows no bounds.

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Posted in: Don't spread out See in context

At least they have removed the blonde foreigners who were seen as infringing the most from the posters of 4 or 5 years ago.

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Posted in: Data rigging scandals threaten to undermine Toyota's growth See in context

And so it should.

Thank goodness the Western media isn't as complacent as the Japanese one.

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