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Posted in: Japan to revoke S Korea's trusted trade status Wednesday as planned See in context

SK, you reap what you sow. What exactly did you expect?

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Posted in: Tokyo expressway to adjust tolls to curb traffic during 2020 Olympics See in context

So the plan is not to improve infrastructure to meet rising demands, but instead to raise tolls to lower demand.

In related news, trains packed like sardines, already running near 200% capacity will not be upgraded. Instead, the solution is to ask companies to stagger their work hours.

Meanwhile, let's spend more money on fighter jets.

What brilliant logic.

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Posted in: Japan to buy 105 F-35 U.S. stealth warplanes: Trump See in context

This is a win-win for everyone but the Japanese taxpayers. It makes Trump look like a good salesman, while at the same time Abe ensures the JA vote by not having to open domestic markets to competition in order to reduce the trade imbalance.

Meanwhile, many schools still cannot afford air conditioning.

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Posted in: 3 dead as high temperatures continue across Japan See in context

Its 2019 in supposedly one of the most educated countries in the world. With the 3rd highest GDP in the world. How does this stuff happen?

Yeah, one would think this could easily be avoided. OTOH, although Japan has the 3rd highest GDP, it ranks 25-30th in terms of GDP per capita (better indicator of standard of living), so it's not too surprising.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress treat Trumps with French dinner, live orchestra See in context

Glad to see our tax money going to good use. Maybe after the tax hike, next year's visit can be even more elaborate. The level of subservience is downright embarrassing.

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Posted in: Japan's economy expands for 2nd straight quarter See in context

"Gross domestic product expanded an annualized 2.1%, but the biggest driver was imports falling even faster than exports, which meant that net exports technically fueled growth in the economy. Declining imports is a sign of weakness in demand, so the GDP figure is somewhat misleading."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-19/japan-s-economy-grows-in-first-quarter-despite-global-headwinds

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Posted in: Japan's traffic death toll falls to record low 3,532 in 2018 See in context

Very good for a 127 Milliion people country.

With most of those 127 million traveling regularly by train, foot, or bike; and not by car.

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Posted in: 6 supermarket shortcuts that save time later See in context

It's 5 pm, yet there's no dinner clock ticking in Japan because: (1) the husband has mandatory unpaid overtime, and won't be home until 11 pm; (2) the kids have cram school and won't be home until 9 pm; and (3) there is no room in the typical micro fridge and micro kitchen in a micro Japanese house to store all of the mentioned food items.

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Posted in: Japan reportedly to halt Iran oil imports under U.S. pressure See in context

Trump's sanctions on Iran are simply another hissy fit to spite Obama's deal. Now, thanks to spineless Abe, everyone in Japan will be paying the price, in an already stagnant economy. Unbelievable.

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Posted in: S Africa hits back at Trump over land 'seizure' tweet See in context

Just a tactic by Trump to deflect attention away from his crimes at home.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to meet again on trade in Sept See in context

Trump will not return to the TPP simply because Obama was associated with it.

Japan will never remove tariffs on "sensitive" markets because the LDP needs the JA vote.

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