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Posted in: Japan to build anti-tourist fence at another Mount Fuji viewpoint See in context

Becoming a new hobby of local towns to put up fences? Are we going to block every tourist attraction to fend off unruly tourists? Next stop Asakusa

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Posted in: Tokyo government to launch dating app to boost birthrate See in context

Typical Japanese way to overcomplicate things and then wonder why it hasn't succeeded. Why would people willingly give up so much personal info and be pressured to get married? So what's next, you get kicked out of the app if you've met 3 people and still haven't picked a mating partner?

10 ( +21 / -11 )

Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

Clearly a place to avoid that is xenophobic and tries to grab more money from foreigners just because the Japanese yen is weak and they can "afford" the premium? His excuse of making life a bit cheaper for the Japanese is utter BS. People who can afford almost 6000 yen for lunch can fork out another 1000 yen. Btw, isn't this illegal?

-9 ( +16 / -25 )

Posted in: Japan's inflation slows to 2.6% in March but rate hike still likely See in context

Yeah right, keep trying to fool us. Wanted to change the oil for my car today but didn't. Prices went up about 70 percent in 3 months, shocking. Soon people won't be able to do the simplest things in life

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Posted in: Japan strongly condemns Iranian attack on Israel See in context

Didn't hear Japan condemning the embassy attack, wouldn't Japan retaliate if their embassy with high ranking officials in it was bombed?

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Posted in: Record 63% of Japanese in financial stress, poll shows See in context

A while back an article said Japan households had the highest savings ever and now 63 percent have financial hardship. Wonder which one to believe. With house/condo prices up 28 percent in a year and car prices up 20 percent inflation is close to 30 percent

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Posted in: ‘Volunteer’ gets suspended sentence for stealing fruit from quake-hit home See in context

Very harsh punishment for stealing just some fruit. Steal or embezzle millions as an executive or politician and you walk away with a slap on the wrist

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Posted in: ANA plane taxiing for departure clips Delta aircraft at Chicago airport See in context

So a plane clips wings with another plane and they need to investigate if it's a manufacturing fault? What a silly conclusion

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Posted in: Inflation, weak yen hit appetite for holiday spending in Japan See in context

I'm in Europe at the moment, inflation has hit the average Joe very hard but people still spend more than a measly 45.000 yen. Prices have gone up by 100 percent or some products even by 200 percent compared to 4 years ago. You live only once mentality makes people spend

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: U.S. consumers keep spending despite high prices and their own gloomy outlook See in context


What I'm getting at is that they need to live in the largest houses, with pools, drive the largest cars and must have the highest salaries. Look at the American policies, force countries to cater them or they'll be boycotted or isolated. The Americans need to keep benefitting, no matter what.

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Posted in: U.S. consumers keep spending despite high prices and their own gloomy outlook See in context

Yup, the biggest consumers in the world. It might be a good idea to slow down for a while, better for the wallet and better for the environment. Why do they think they are the only ones who deserve to have a good life?

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Posted in: Company bosses and workers grapple with fallout of speaking up about Israel-Hamas war See in context

Welcome to the new world where you have different views you get canceled, fired, muted or down voted. Free speech, if we agree or not with the person, doesn't exist anymore. Better to keep your political, social, sexual or environmental ideas/ opinions to yourself.

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Posted in: More female lawmakers key to elevating women to leadership in Japan See in context

It's just a show. His numbers are down so he thinks appointing a few extra women will do the job

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Posted in: Kyoto merchants want city to install more trash cans to fight litter in historic neighborhood See in context

It's ridiculous to expect people to walk around with trash in their hands. Shops and cities should provide trashcans, you like the visitors keep coming and spend their dough? Provide basic sanitary services. Having said that, stations and major shopping streets should have them too

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Posted in: Dubai's next big thing? Perhaps a $5 billion man-made 'moon' as the city's real estate market booms See in context

The utter insanity of some countries, with Dubai on top. We are being told to consume less and not to travel on the name of global warming and preserving the environment and nobody blinks an eye when businesses and countries waste resources

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Nikkei closes above 30,000 for 1st time since Sept 2021 See in context

Thank you! I've offloaded about 70 percent of my stocks in the past 2 days. Going short now as a crash is imminent. Debt ceiling will be resolved but with big cuts in spending and we are going to enter a recession. Some European countries already have shrunk in the last quarter.and with sky high inflation we'll have a nice recession with stocks retreating 20 percent or more this year

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Posted in: Attack in Wakayama raises alarm about VIP security weeks before G7 summit See in context

When politicians overpromise and underdeliver it's bound to happen again and again. I'm not saying what happened is a good thing but maybe the politicians should be more careful of what they say and if the things they promise have a chance of execution. Their implementations have an impact on real people's lives so if they don't deliver on their promises they upset some people and some nutshells might opt for an attack on their life to show their frustrations

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Posted in: Customer arrested for slashing massage parlor employee See in context

Don't know any legit massage parlors which are open after midnight. Wasn't it one of those hand job places that disguise as massage parlors?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Posted in: Hotels in Kagawa urged not to request foreign residents' ID See in context

It's not only hotels, ever tried to get a new phone subscription? Last time I got a new phone for my daughter, I refused and told them it's not mandatory as I pay with my credit card. I said it's discrimination right in their face and they called yahoo mobile to verify and confirmed it was not necessary. Lots of these establishments standard ask for id but if you point out there is no need they comply. Same with banks

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Posted in: Japan inflation hits 4.2% in January See in context

Very convenient to leave out the food prices and energy bills in the inflation numbers. This way you can make it look more reasonable. The problem is that 60 percent of your expenditures is food, energy and mortgage/rent

3 ( +11 / -8 )

Posted in: Children bullying their peers on social media and via their smartphones is on the rise in Japan. What can be done to deal with this problem? See in context

Put people who bully others on a blacklist and share it with all internet and phone providers so they won't have internet anymore if their name is on the list. That will teach them. Simple solution. That endless talk about what can be done to prevent bullying should stop and real action needs to be taken. Same with schools and companies, kick the students and employees out so they get to feel the repercussions of their actions. Think about the victims, their feelings and state of mind should be priority

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Posted in: Japanese power firms seek price hikes, adding to household burden See in context

Last month they already increased the average bill by more than 10.000 yen and they want to increase again? And how can a 30+ percent increase only add 2800 yen to the average bill? My calculation is that the average bill will go up by another 12000 yen or so. So an average house will see around 50.000 monthly bills which will be a roughly 100 percent increase compared to last year. Think some people cannot do some simple math. Oh by the way, spot gas prices have declined by almost 70 percent so why do they try to fool us by saying that has is expensive. Bunch of thieves

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Posted in: Ex-Japan PM Mori harsh on Zelenskyy over war in Ukraine See in context

And how much suffering has he exactly created in his one year of presidency prior to the war Mr Mori? Know what you are talking about before you open your mouth. You're 85 years old, soon be biting the dust, have some manners, dignity, respect and refrain from giving your opinion on every subject.

You and your opinions aren't relevant anymore

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

Posted in: Sagawa Express employee arrested for stalking by using info from customer list See in context

Yup, that's the way to serenade a woman, Romeo. Never occured to you that it could creep the hell out of someone by randomly calling them and asking them "do you know who I am" etc?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan to scrap current non-digital health insurance cards in 2024 See in context

Yes, great plan. Let's all share our banking details, insurances, driver's license, taxes, employment, passport details and much more under one umbrella. At the same time, let's also encourage the people to share the same number with commercial companies so they can discount coupons or some points. What could go wrong here?

One you do that you basically encourage all cyber criminals to hack into the system because one number gives you access to a person's life. And we all know how good Japan is at cyber security

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Posted in: Japan reopens to tourists with shuttered souvenir shops, hotel staff shortage See in context

I think the Japanese don't watch the news. We're in a recession, air tickets are through the roof and people can't pay their gas/electricity/food bills. Are they really expecting millions of tourists the line up to come to Japan?

12 ( +30 / -18 )

Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

It's so refreshing to read the other side of Abe, and kudos for this journalist to have the courage to speak up and tell the public as it is. Wish he had said it earlier and more often when he was in power.

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Posted in: Japan to launch domestic travel subsidy program on Oct 11 See in context

All this does is inflate the prices of accomodation, hotels and inns will double their prices because the government will foot the bill. So if we get 11.000 yen per person per day, our stay should be free, because how many hotels charge 40.000 yen per night?

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Posted in: What would you like to see the yen-dollar exchange rate stabilize at? See in context

115 yen to the dollar will ease a lot of the pain for the average Taro. It doesn't look like the BOJ will/can increase the rate without hurting the people who took out loans/mortgages

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: 60% of people with foreign roots questioned by Japanese police: survey See in context

This is my experience with J-cops, believe it or not, it's entirely up to you.

Something happened at our place about 9 years ago. My wife called the cops and when they arrived they were more interested in me and my occupation, residence card etc instead of taking my wife's statement. After about 10 minutes I got so pissed of that I kicked them out of my house. After a follow up a couple of weeks later at the local police station to see what they had done with our report, they couldn't find anything in their system. So the cops basically didn't write any documentation about ever visiting us and our experience. Lost my trust in the system right there and then

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