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Posted in: Abe ties record for Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

Good luck...Japan.

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Posted in: Abe's approval rating wilts amid accusations of party funding See in context

Well, he's here to stay. Not because he's good but because the opposition just can't get it together. Not Abe baby is good, others are worse. Sigh. No one, nothing credible on the horizon. Everyone knows that. He'll stay as long as his article 9 isn't changed. Japan today is paying for Abe's grandfather's gripe of 70 years ago.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

How much money and manpower will this save? We've got an Olympics to worry about; besides, few foreigners are going up in that direction. Now, if we could only get the Koreans to believe us...

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Posted in: Stung by WeWork, SoftBank boss Son aims to be more cautious See in context

Is this news?

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Posted in: Number of medical graduates in Japan lowest among OECD countries See in context

Do they have WiFi in the classrooms?

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Posted in: FY2018 wasteful tax spending in Japan 2nd lowest in decade See in context

Why don’t I trust this story? The truth? The whole truth? Nothing but the truth? So help me ???

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Posted in: Japan offers explanation of 'rising sun' flag in Korean See in context

So, why does Japan need two symbols? One definitely is not internationally understood. The big fear is not the possible misunderstanding but the major domino effect it’ll have if the Koreans don’t come to the Olympics.

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Posted in: Abe rules out dissolving Diet, apologizes for ministerial resignations See in context

"I will carry on (running the government) with the determination not to have another minister resign". Is this an apology?

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Posted in: Use of private English tests for university exams delayed after gaffe See in context


Japan became #2 because it was a follower. There was little innovation other than miniaturize. Reading was all important. Without speaking skills Japan never could ‘sell’ ideas. Japan today is being filled with foreigners, many of who cannot read kanji. How many home electronics goods have English (at least) manuals? How many companies have English (at least) help desks, etc. This is the result of education controlled by politics. No future.

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Posted in: Post office execs embezzled ¥540 mil in stamp-selling scandal: sources See in context

Good to know our Dear Leader has it all under control, surrounding himself with crooks and all kinds of loyal men. Nothing like holding on to power surrounded by these useless men for the sole purpose of changing a constitution article. And the populace at large? Quiet at home with c’est la vie attitude.

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Posted in: You can send email from pay phones in Japan. Here's how See in context

Gotta try it.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers accuse prosecutors, gov't officials, Nissan execs of collusion See in context

This should have appeared in yesterday's media when representatives of all foreign governments were here.

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Posted in: Number of foreign students with jobs after graduation hits record high See in context

It’s only the beginning. Many more to come. Yay.

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Posted in: Americans agree on many aspects of U.S. identity See in context

If the base should be Christian then OK but closing doors to others is not. There should be a basic understanding of what it means to be American. Liking hamburgers isn’t enough. I believe English is only the de facto US official language. We may not like what Trump is doing with immigrants but in large part it’s because we don’t have guidelines of who we want in. Give me your poor .. sounds nice but does it help make the nation strong? He US has reached a new level in the world where we need to not only allow immigrants but promote more foreign thinking among youth especially. Export what it means to be American. I dare say this is what China is fighting but can’t really get a handle on what is the US exporting, beyond Nike, McDonald’s, Disney and iPhone. Any values? We need a culture we can export and the world resonate with it.

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Posted in: Abe promises special support to rebuild from Typhoon Hagibis See in context

As he did Fukushima, I imagine.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader presents policy address via video after disruption See in context

I'm referring to her position.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader presents policy address via video after disruption See in context

Ms. Lam, my love, your days are numbered. A few others' also.

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Posted in: Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization See in context

I'm tired of excuses. Too many over the years, protecting the so-called professionals who weren’t able to foresee situations. Why keep trains in low lying areas when the typhoon was predicted to be as big as one 60 years ago? Fukushima power plants were placed in a place known to be over a deep fault, etc. What are engineers paid for? Who’s hiring and accepting their poor judgement? More corruption? I hate to think what will come along with or before the Olympics.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

I guess renouncing her US or whatever citizenship helps keep a medal in Japan and not have to share it, regardless what Osaka’s background is. It’s about medals. Who cares about her loyalty.

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Posted in: 7 Vietnamese arrested for stealing cosmetics, health products over 4 years See in context

I wonder how many other stores have similar problems but don’t catch the thieves. It seems stores catch old folks alright. Young Vietnamese are faster? Slier?

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Posted in: JR East abolishes skirts, ribbons in women’s uniforms to eliminate gender difference See in context

Personally, I think they could choose better pictures and models..and uniforms. Sorry.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

In 2019 does it really matter? She’s sold herself to the highest bidder. I don’t really think she cares either way. A little inconvenience here a little inconvenience there. The J government is forcing her to decide. It’s practical now. Is her renunciation official for the Olympics or is she really hiding her dual citizenship as many others do?

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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

It’s nice to be a member of the elite. Disappoint people, destroy confidence, but the ol’ Boys club just give you a wink and let you go. This is only going to get worse. With a growing foreign population and dwindling native population, the elite will only harden. Where’s the justice? Sigh.

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Posted in: New tech enables thin needle to be inserted into cancer tumor with high accuracy See in context

Get it’s early enough and we’re in business.

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Posted in: Wheels for an emperor See in context

Trying to make him all but a god

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Posted in: 18-year sentence sought for stepfather over fatal abuse of girl See in context

Basically, I echo all the above.

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Posted in: Abe pushes for serious debate on constitution as Diet session begins See in context

I seriously don’t think anyone is going to invade Japan unless Japan provokes. A change in the constitution only means preemptive offense. This is open to miscalculation. Islands claimed by other countries are not worth having an offense military for. It will never be seen as the Japanese would like it to be seen. Why can’t Japan be satisfied being a neutral nation like Switzerland or some of the Scandinavian lands? This can only end bad for Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits See in context

As long as it’s all paper money, it’ll happen. Next, get eye scanners or fingerprint scanners, or other proof at Olympic venue doors.

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Posted in: Officials push Facebook for way to peek at encrypted messages See in context

Disinformation behind disinformation behind disinformation behind ..

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