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Posted in: Japan's birthrate falls to record low as number of marriages also drops See in context

One thing Japan hasn't tried in order to address this issue:

Change the government!!

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Posted in: Japan weighs incentivizing childbirth by fully covering expenses See in context

Getting a little tired of hearing about one half measure after another

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Posted in: Swarmed with tourists, town blocks off popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

And overnight, 50% of that convenience store's business, gone.

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Posted in: Young Japanese workers don’t even consider rural areas. Talented foreigners are our lifeline. See in context

GDP per capita is about 3K USD In Vietnam. For them, these jobs are relatively high paid.

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

Truth hurts.

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Posted in: Night blossoms See in context

Was there many years ago. Highly recommend it!

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Posted in: Ohtani says he never bet on sports; claims interpreter Mizuhara stole money, told lies See in context


Power of attorney perhaps?

Before anyone accuses him of being a dummy for doing such a thing, how capable were you with your Japanese banking procedures without speaking the language?

Obviously, he trusted the wrong guy.

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Posted in: Projection mapping at Tokyo gov't HQ recognized as world's biggest See in context

Wow, that’s awesome!

will definitely check it out,

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Posted in: Digitalization drive proving tough for Japanese school teachers See in context


I'm talking about this crap: https://solution.toppan.co.jp/education/service/navima.html

I pity the kids that have to use it.

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Posted in: Digitalization drive proving tough for Japanese school teachers See in context

Problem is, the software that is being used for programs for studying math and kanji is absolutely crap. It amounts to nothing more than a paper worksheet on a computer, which is even worse than a regular paper worksheet because the kids need to use their finger or a graphic pen to write, and the system is full of glitches. So teachers are probably thinking what's the point. Personally, I can't. see it.

If you want to use digital resources, use better ones - not the useless crap designed by friends of the monkasho.

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Posted in: Japan trying to send message to Trump: Don't cut a deal with China See in context

If it's any consolation, the world will only have to deal with him for 4 years. That's enough for Trump to pardon himself, funnel more business into his hotels, cut deals worldwide to prop up his businesses, and get out.

I don't think he really cares about anything else.

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Posted in: 21,818 people committed suicide in Japan in 2023, health ministry says See in context

The number of suicides among elementary, junior high and high school students was 507

It hurts to read that.

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Posted in: OpenAI to launch anti-disinformation tools for 2024 elections See in context

Decide for yourself what is true or not.

Problem is, so many people are not capable of that.

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Posted in: Japan cracking down on illegal taxis as tourism boom drives demand See in context

You can also tell an unlicensed taxi from a licensed one if it's not a black Toyota sedan from the 80s with seats covered in doily lace and a driver over 70 who will have trouble finding your destination and zero ability to communicate in English.

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Posted in: Generational tensions flare as Japan faces economic reality of aging baby boomers See in context

Where is the evidence of intergenerational tension? How is this tension manifested?

Not saying it's not there, but a decent writer would back up their piece with evidence. This is sloppy writing.

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Posted in: Weak yen forces Japan to shrink historic military spending plan See in context

Japanese people that I've spoken to who are worried about the weak yen have expressed in a vague sense that it will weaken Japan's power as a nation without understanding how, or providing an example.

This is as pure an example as you can get.

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Posted in: Kishida says policies necessary; doesn't care what names he's called See in context


When was the last time anyone from the LDP actually cared what the public thinks.

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Posted in: Japan's new foreign trainee program to be more flexible for workers See in context

Japan's version of indentured servitude.

Save yourself the trouble. Don't come!

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Posted in: IMF lifts Japan's 2023 growth forecast to 2% on brisk inbound tourism See in context

So Japan is now like Greece. Dépendant on inbound tourism for economic growth.

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Posted in: George Takei picture book on his years in internment camps to be published next spring See in context

What happened to him and all the other Japanese-American internees was terrible.

But it pales in comparison to the American/European internees in Japanese camps in China, the Philippines, and elsewhere.

George Takei was able to rebuild his life and become very successful in America. That sort of thing could/would never happen in Japan.

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Posted in: It may be difficult to win an unconstitutional judgment, but we hope more people will learn through the lawsuit that there are limits to who is eligible to run in elections. See in context

It's not just the age limit that is the problem. There are so many structural obstacles baked into the system now that make it difficult for anyone who is not connected to the LDP or Japanese establishment in any way to get anywhere politically.

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Posted in: Smart girls don’t marry? Japan rushes to erase stigma for women in science See in context

This article doesn't mention the women that just leave Japan forever to pursue careers in STEM. Akiko Iwasaki is a good example. She is now one of the top immunologists in the U.S.

The country is on a mission to close the gap.

Won't be any real change for at least another generation or two.

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Posted in: No. of Japan households with kids falls below 10 mil for 1st time See in context

@David Brent

Okay, so I guess there are no knock-on economic effects from a declining population that will affect the value of your savings?

It's amazing how many people don't realize/understand this.

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Posted in: No. of Japan households with kids falls below 10 mil for 1st time See in context

why should my taxes go to support your child rearing that you “cannot afford”.

@David Brent

Then why should those future taxpayers pay for your pension? Fair enough.

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Posted in: Number of food items in Japan seeing price hikes so far in 2023 tops 29,000 See in context

The survey covered data from 105 major food and beverage companies listed on stock exchanges and 90 unlisted companies.

Nikkei up 30% this year so far. If you want to shield yourself from inflation, buy stock. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

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Posted in: Golden Knights blast Panthers 9-3 in Game 5 to capture first Stanley Cup title See in context

Congrats to Vegas!

And glad the Panthers didn't win. Their game is based more on intimidation than skill. Vegas stood up to that in a way that Carolina and Toronto did not.

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Posted in: Homework will 'never be the same,' says ChatGPT founder See in context

Doesn't he know that Japanese university students pass no matter what?

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Posted in: China warns 'NATO-like' alliances could lead to conflict in Asia-Pacific See in context

"Today's Asia-Pacific needs open and inclusive cooperation, not buddying up into small cliques,"

Agree. But it's China's behavior that is causing the latter.

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Posted in: Kishida rules out tax hikes to fund more childcare spending See in context

So the dip below 800,000 births per year came 8 years before government projections, which were already pretty dire, and they're not going to do anything about it until 2030? Good grief.

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb survivors worry Zelenskyy's G7 visit overshadows nuclear disarmament message See in context

“Zelenskyy’s visit is not appropriate for Hiroshima, which is a peace-loving city,” said Etsuko Nakatani

What the heck does that mean??

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