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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers tout U.S.-Japan-S Korea alliance as Seoul, Tokyo feud See in context

There are good reasons for all sides to be unsatisfied. As everyone says, leave it on the back burner as we solve present problems. Russia & china are playing the divide & conquer game. Korea & Japan must keep their heads cool during this time.

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Posted in: For Putin, economic and political reality dampen any appetite for arms race See in context

Whatever the cause, lets be glad there’s one less military competition..especially on the atomic and space scale.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for watered-down sexual harassment countermeasures See in context

Bottom Line, it seems, is to keep the Old Boys Club intact. Give lip service; OK. Whereever Japan’s at, it ain’t gonna change. Nothing. Japan’s here for Japan. Don’t expect more. It really hasn’t changed much since the Meiji Restoration until Black Ships force themselves through. Until it makes economic sense, we’ll have to accept things as they are.

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Posted in: Henry Winkler enjoying a run of very cool coincidences See in context

I’m dyslexic and can fully relate. Couldn’t, cant remember the simplest things. I’ve struggled for years reading simple thing; I read words that aren’t there. Until I realized I was dyslexic I couldn’t understand MY problems. Later it all became clear. I’m OK with it now.

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Posted in: S Korean assembly speaker says apology needed from Japanese emperor See in context

Deep sorrow ≠ I’m sorry.

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Posted in: S Korean assembly speaker says apology needed from Japanese emperor See in context

I believe our emperor just might do it. He’s a man of peace. The LDP may want and try to stop him but this may be his departing gift to world peace. Heart above politicians.

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Posted in: Amazon reconsidering move to New York: report See in context

NYC hasn’t seen many HQ in almost have a century. The big guys moved out. Is there a return back? Low income people have been moving out of the downtown or almost downtown areas for years. Regardless of where Amz chooses to establish HQ2, the area will have problems. Stay in NYC.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

The above said I’ll add I have been very satisfied by the way my children, now 20

& 17, were treated in kindergarten and elementary school. Rigid? Maybe a little. Well mannered, public thinkers. Yes, they now play too much with their electronic toys, like most kids, but I saw how much the teachers gave and sacrificed for their class. I never saw or had that when I was growing up. Like all systems, I found pros and cons. Through elementary school I believe its good here.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

The son of a friend turned 6 last summer. He studies piano and goes to 2 English classes apart from his regular kindergarten. Next school year he will be traveling one hour each way going to first grade; two trains plus a bus ride. The school offers extra English classes. The mother claims it’s necessary for the child to learn this second language for the sake of his future. He claims competition is that tough. They want me to give him extra English classes. The child barely knows what its like to be a kid.

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Posted in: Abe vows to take step-by-step approach to resolve territorial dispute with Russia See in context

Good luck, Mr. Abe.

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Posted in: SoftBank Group 9-month net profit soars more than 50% See in context

That’s how Son could go to newly elected Trump and promise a $50 investment in the US.

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Posted in: Japanese mobile pay service PayPay offers new, easy-to-use cashless payment system See in context

Hm. Like point cards. I have many..too many. Anyway, I have already PP on my iPhone. I forgot, how do you charge it?

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

No problem. He and the whole LDP will go on an be re-elected. Nothing will happen. Remember where we are.

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Posted in: Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal See in context

The title is so weird, “Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal”. Why wouldn’t they back the treaty? It was designed for them. Can’t have hundreds more unemployed, demanding unemployment benefits, as well as have a new dead industry. おかしい

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Posted in: Japanese crab fishing boat seized by Russia See in context

@nandakandamanda

The North Koreans do better. They just abandon their pitiful boats and let them run ashore on Japanese land.

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Posted in: Labor ministry officials knew of improper wage survey since 2006 See in context

Shocking! Incredible! I’m dismayed. Can anything else go wrong?

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Posted in: Abe refuses to dismiss labor minister amid labor data scandal See in context

What I fear most now is the hardening of hearts here in once docile Japan. Something’s biting them and I want to understand who or what. Until they get their new constitution, make nuclear weapons, and hurt someone they won’t let up. Then, WWII revisited.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

Let’s see which of these two countries proves to be the better one? Who will pull the trigger first? I worry about the giant in the north and the one to the left. They are the first vultures looking for scraps.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

Why was he suddenly allowed to be interviewed and speak his mind? Did someone blink?

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Posted in: Balance of intelligence factors makes Japan the world’s smartest country, according to this list See in context

Intelligence = IQ? How about looking at the ability to be creative without depending on the heavy use of money? Ive seen people in Africa and other third world countries be very creative. Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s nice to be highly educated because you’re in the right country. Overall I see the 21st century people being less intelligent then those say five centuries ago where survival depended on your wits. A few outstanding examples hardly shows a natio of high IQs. I’m surrounded by many examples of exceptions to break that rule.

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Posted in: Balance of intelligence factors makes Japan the world’s smartest country, according to this list See in context

Even if it were true that Japanese have the highest IQ, a stat I strongly question, what value does it have if business and society is designed to quickly kill it. How is Japan using it to make Japan great again? These geniuses are allowing themselves be exploited by their own people here at home; look at the brain drain stats.

Anyway, if it makes them feel good believing they’re the smartest on earth, then let them continue living in their bubble.

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Posted in: 'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at Japan Times after 'forced WWII laborer,' 'comfort women' changes See in context

Very quickly is Japan following in China’s footsteps, albeit with a different name. It’s just a matter of days before this forum itself will be severely censored or even closed. The powers behind the scenes are working hard at it. When these powers take greater control then well see more unrestrained military action in the NW Pacific arena. Pity.

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Posted in: 'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at Japan Times after 'forced WWII laborer,' 'comfort women' changes See in context

We don’t need to wonder why the Koreans and Japanese are at each others throats. Protectionism isn’t economic around the world but also about face-saving. The politicization of history can only create a major backlash. The only winner in these tit for tats are the Chinese. They’re only waiting for a wrong move and they’ll control the rights and or land integrity of either nation. Japan needs Korea and viceversa. Don’t think that other Korea - Japan disputes nowadays are independent incidents. They may start so only. The ongoing hardening of these two nations hearts will only spell trouble. I hope someone in each government has a cool head and works to bridge national interests for the good of both nations.

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies Ghosn's latest bail request See in context

What i see is that the world is looking and seeing how this world leading wannabe society is acting. When Japan wants international recognition by taking on world level responsibilities it’ll be looked at and judged by its actions. Does the world WANT a leader where defendants are treated like unwanted criminals before judgement? The Japanese system May score a victory at home with deep throats running around and prosecutors looking for unwanted foreigners but for sure it’ll come back to them. If the prosecution is successful it’ll be limited in scope. Their high profile case will create a major backfire since Ghosn was on a world level a symbol of what Japan needed to not only break from past poor management but also to join the world of international management. Edo revisited? The Black Ship tide is already too strong to stop it.

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Posted in: Many Japanese firms have no plans to strengthen governance after Ghosn arrest: survey See in context

I’m still looking for the international community’s response. It’ll come.

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Posted in: Russia, Japan make no visible progress on territorial dispute See in context

I’m waiting to see some high level diplomacy and negotiations from our Dear PM. He’s got a few tough nails in front of him, Putin is only the first. Can we do it without resorting to the military!? I hope so.

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Posted in: Bangladeshi asylum seeker's handcuffed hospital visit sparks debate See in context

Is it me or am I seeing a strong bullying undercurrent in the justice system here against foreigners? Of course this isn’t new. What are they trying to prove to the world? They’re making billions off foreigners, they're screaming for foreign labor, yet they treat foreigners as if this nation were doing the world a favor. おかしい.

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Posted in: Aso urges G20 to renew commitment against protectionism See in context

Thank you all. My thoughts exactly. I hope the foreign media read our comments, what expats in Japan are saying.

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

How easy it would be to move the handful of Japanese to Faraway Siberian lands. This would make the point of Japanese people on the islands needing to be brought back. We need a good statesman.

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

War drums are rumbling..loudly. This isn't going to end like this. Too much unsettled in NE Asia. Too much mistrust. War will not solve anything - like always. Nationalism is deeply entrenched all over. I find no cool heads out there. Komatta

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