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Posted in: Views on U.S. bases shift in Okinawa See in context

If China were an invasive culture, not only would Okinawa be speaking Chinese, EVERYONE in Japan would be also and for centuries.

China under Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan but failed TWICE. It's not easy invading an island country that is mostly alpine.

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Posted in: Japanese government wants to encourage wealthy foreigners to travel deeper into Japan, NHK says See in context

I would focus the marketing efforts on glamping trips in NIseko, the Fuji five lakes, the Oki Islands and Okinawa beaches/diving.

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Posted in: Digital minister Kono asks gov't to stop using floppy disks See in context

So to modernize the equipment it is required to modernize the whole information system from scratch.

If I were Kono, I would recruit Joi Ito to head up a task force to build a digital society from scratch built around quantum networks. Bring in IBM as consultants.

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Posted in: Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate See in context

He added: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.

Did anybody see the old movie scarface? I can just imagine Mr. Trump in his underwear holding a cheeseburger in his hand yelling "say hello to my little friend!"

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Posted in: Japan to drop setting ceiling on next year's defense spending: Nikkei See in context

Also an emergency telecom ship or blimp or satellite that can provide emergency wifi service in the event of a natural disaster or war.

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Posted in: Japan to drop setting ceiling on next year's defense spending: Nikkei See in context

The move would open scope for the government to respond to a proposal by the ruling party to increase defense spending to 2% of Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) within five years.

Hopefully there is enough money in the budget to spend on 2 hydrogen powered hospital ships, a national vaccine production center and a couple of vertical aeroponic farms in large cities that can feed the population in the event of a blockade.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics legacy venue proving a chronic headache See in context

When they aren't using the facility for live events and sports, maybe they can modify it for use as a flying car airport. I believe the UK just built the world's first vertiport and its a matter of time before other cities follow suit.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

Gambatte Naomi-san. I hope you find peace and recover. It will be tragic if you follow the path of celebrities like Jennifer Capriatti or Britney Spears and have a public meltdown.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

The proper solution would be to increase the number and capacity of national hospitals. Unfortunately Japan has a very blase attitude towards disasters, and proactive measures like this just wont happen.

I have been saying for the past 10 years that Japan needs to build more large public hospitals and a couple of hospital ships that can handle mass casualty events like earthquakes and pandemics. It is unfathomable that a disaster-prone country like Japan doesn't have its act together when dealing with emergencies.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son raises fresh doubt over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Is it too late to postpone it until October or November? The extra 3 months of vaccinations would help a lot and it will be a lot cooler so you don't have to worry about people being hospitalized from the August heat and humidity.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

How many of these kids have a playstation or a nintendo? Maybe Sony should figure out a way to offer online education via these platforms and make a deal with the Ministry of Education. If I was a kid, I wouldn't mind using Sony's VR headset attached to a wireless keyboard to learn. Probably cheaper than buying an Apple Ipad.

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Posted in: Cultural Affairs Commissioner criticizes Japanese music, angering many See in context

I miss "Princess Princess" and "Southern All Stars" and the guy who did all the Lupin soundtracks.

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Posted in: Who is Rola, the hottest face in Japanese advertising? See in context

btw, Rola was doing the OK sign way before the neo-nazis in the US started doing it.

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Posted in: Who is Rola, the hottest face in Japanese advertising? See in context

Rola is awesome and her life story is incredible. I wish her luck in developing a life-style brand like the Kardassians. I wonder if she has Japanese or Bangladeshi citizenship?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics face another headache - not enough medical staff See in context

President Biden is talking about strengthening relationships with America's allies. How about the US sending its 2 hospital ships to Tokyo during the Olympics as a sign of support. The ships can even take part in the RIMPAC exercises before they arrive.

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Posted in: London 2012 chief Mills feels Tokyo Games unlikely to go ahead See in context

My thoughts on this.

It will be difficult and unfair but if you can prevent travel in and out of Tokyo for a set time before the games start and make it a priority to vaccinate Tokyo residents before the rest of the country until herd immunity is achieved and keep the city in a "bubble" then it might be possible to hold the games. It will require a lot of political guts and determination to achieve though.

As for the athletes, they are mostly young, have 0% body fat and are in peak physical condition and if they are vaccinated the risk to them should be close to zero. It would be unfair to deny them an opportunity to shine at an event that they have prepared their whole lives for.

The experience from last year showed us that the virus doesn't do well in the brutal summer heat and humidity.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

and the heartbreaking thing about that is it's not that long since Japan appeared to be in a good position.

I thought so too. Either the government is lying about the numbers or the mutated super-covid virus from England that someone brought to Japan is very contagious.

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Posted in: Coronavirus third wave puts many Japanese hospitals on overload See in context

I said this before back in May but Japan needs to build a large, public super-hospital on the old Tsukiji Fish Market site and make the emergency room accessible by water to water taxis and water ambulances. To help pay for this hospital, they can build a large flat roof and turn it into a drone airport and distribution hub and lease it to the private sector. A part of the roof can also be used for flying cars/helicopters landing and taking off. Also make it a "smart" hospital with the latest information technologies like sensors and 3D printing and artificial intelligence to help alleviate staff shortages.

Tokyo needs to be better prepared not just for pandemics but also for the next great Kanto earthquake when the narrow streets will be inaccessible to ambulances and patients will have to be transported by air and water.

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

There have been eight female Japanese Emperors to date.

Also the shaman Queen Himiko who was banished from history books.

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

I suspect that the rigid male-only tradition is foreign, originally from the continent Asia namely Chinese historical dynasties.

Sweden didn't have absolute primogeniture until 1980 when Crown Princess Victoria became heir over her younger brother.

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Posted in: Berlin district to keep 'comfort women' statue for now See in context

German kids learn the whole truth about their country's war atrocities.

Not true. Many Germans are unaware of the world's first genocide committed by the German empire in Africa which has been hushed up for years.

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Posted in: Japanese musician beaten up in New York for being 'Chinese' See in context

Just like Canadians wear the Canadian flag on their clothing and backpack when they travel to avoid being mistaken for an American, it may be time for Japanese to wear the hinomaru on their clothing to avoid being mistaken for Chinese.

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Posted in: Tokyo area received more new foreign residents than Japanese ones last year See in context

I like port cities like Yokohama or San Francisco where you are surrounded by water. Mountain living is nice too if you like to do a lot of hiking.

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Posted in: Pandemic could take shine off moving to Tokyo for work See in context

You can also live on your yacht cruising near the Bahamas while doing some video teleconferencing over satellite lines with your Tokyo customers or business partners

I always thought there should be more of a yachting or boating culture in the Seto Inland Sea.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

Luca. Neo-Nazis are not a "fringe" group and need to be taken seriously. They have already infiltrated the German army and police and worryingly the special forces KSK. They are a big threat to German democracy and people need to wake up especially if the country goes into a Great Depression due to covid. Research "Day X". Europe is in danger. I am much more worried about Germany than Japan.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

No Asian nation that I am familiar with allows the full details of their history to be taught.

I don't know why the moderator keeps censoring my post because it is based on fact but I will post it again.

Don't be so patronizing. You can say the same thing about England's lack of education regarding atrocities committed against the Irish. Also, German textbooks do not teach about their 1st genocide committed in Africa against the Herero and Nama which was the first genocide of the 20th century, waged by the German Empire against the Ovaherero, the Nama, and the San in German South West Africa during 1904-1908.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

And I agree with some posters above,Germany can't be compared in such matter because they showed how to learn from their own mistakes and regain prestige and honour in the world community,and this is all thanks to an excellent and non controlled history propaganda.

Read my post above.

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Posted in: Yokohama unveils plans to build giant theme park See in context

Japan needs more hospitals and evacuation zones, not theme parks. Need to prepare now for the next great Kanto earthquake.

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

Well, I suppose the solution is to take up Japanese citizenship... though that would entail a different set of problems.

If you're going to live in Japan for 30+ years like some posters here, you might as well.

However, the ideal solution is dual citizenship between Japan and other smart, trustworthy countries.

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Posted in: Mixed reaction from Hong Kong expats to UK visa offer See in context

The last time I remember something like this was when General Amin of Uganda expelled all the Indians and grabbed their wealth on the way out. They were only 80,000 but Britain accepted them.

Thankfully, or else the world would have been deprived of the great talents of Freddie Mercury.

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