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Posted in: How gender inequality is hindering Japan’s economic growth See in context

Well written, but sadly, a wasted effort.

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

Posted in: Good sports See in context

Who left the trash in the first place? Carry it in, carry it out.

-5 ( +14 / -19 )

Posted in: Cancer-suffering doctor helping terminal patients die with dignity See in context

I wish I could understand the negative votes. There are some totally uninformed and insensitive readers of this article. Perhaps a terminal illness will bring them around?

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Posted in: Cancer-suffering doctor helping terminal patients die with dignity See in context

I wish I could understand the negative votes. There are some totally uninformed and insensitive readers of this article. Perhaps a terminal illness will bring them around?

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Posted in: China releases TV documentary showcasing army's ability to attack Taiwan See in context

I live on the beautiful island of Taiwan. We are well prepared for the defense of our land and the destruction of the enemy. ( USA 04 retired.)

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

The situation has not changed since my first experience in Japan...1965. Year after year, I have read similar articles with absolutely no effect. English, like it or not, is the global language,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English-speaking_world#English_as_a_global_language

11 ( +34 / -23 )

Posted in: In Japan, which bans dual custody, a table tennis star refuses to hand back her son to her ex See in context

I am disappointed, but not surprised, at so many negative votes.

Japan remains a xenophobic society. How else could this abduction, with government support, be justified?

-9 ( +14 / -23 )

Posted in: Crown Princess Kiko tests positive for COVID See in context

Covid is a virus. It has become endemic: Everyone, everywhere, will eventually "test positive". The idea of a vaccination is to prevent an infection from becoming serious, not in eliminating the possibility of infection.

17 ( +27 / -10 )

Posted in: Era of mass closures: The Japanese businesses without successors See in context

Sadly, this situation is the perfect example of "mukashi kara, ima made, itsu made mo" philosophy. Times change. For those who do not change with it, there is no future.

12 ( +19 / -7 )

Posted in: Police to launch new unit for tackling scams targeting elderly See in context

Why "next spring"? The "ore ore" scam has been successful for decades. Why are ex-pats better informed than citizens?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Divisive China, Taiwan bids to join Pacific trade pact in focus at meet See in context

Does anyone believe Xi Jinping will follow any of the rules of the agreement?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Posted in: Man dies from being hit by float at Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival See in context

No picture? No cause of death? I participated in that event. (1998) The weight is evenly distributed and we trained for the race. How was he "hit"?

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Posted in: Why no two people or cells age same way, and what this means for anti-aging interventions See in context

Fascinating. Thank you.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Posted in: What to know about Fourth of July holiday origins and traditions See in context

Happy Birthday to me! (#79)

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Does passive smoking on streets bother you? See in context

What about the disgusting habit of just tossing the butt anywhere? streets, parks, and even beaches are fair game for those careless polluters.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Posted in: Japan to push child care, labor reforms to stem falling birthrate See in context

Useless.

Until xenophobia is deleted and a practical, realistic immigration policy is instituted, Japan will continue to face all the challenges of a rapidly aging population.

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

Posted in: How to read 'Art of War' the way its author intended See in context

I live on the island of Taiwan. The current situation is similar to the famed "water torture" effect. Drop by drop, the CCP is infiltrating ROC society. Either the electorate will wake up and recognize the threat, or it will succumb to the "drops" of complacency and lose it all.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: Why so many South Korean women are refusing to date, marry or have kids See in context

This male dominant attitude exits all over Asia, not only S.Korea.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Posted in: G7 stance on China complicated by huge stakes in economic ties, cooperation on global issues See in context

i lived in Xi'an for about three years.

Anyine investing in or even visiting the PRC is looking for trouble.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Posted in: G7 leaders discuss more sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine See in context

The "Ukraine conflict"?

It is a War. Please use the correct terminioogy.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Posted in: Hong Kong leader says public libraries must ensure books don't violate laws See in context

I am astonished at the "down-votes" on this topic. Who can support totalitarian censorship of well-known historical events? Tiananmen ( June 4, 1989) was the intentional murder and wounding of thousands.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Posted in: Teaching in Japan sinking to status of 'black' profession See in context

I lived in Japan for almost 12 years. This article is spot on. Taro kun can do no wrong.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Posted in: 1 dead, 1 missing after Kyoto tour boat with 29 aboard capsizes See in context

It is a wonderful adventure. I took some of my 5th graders (USA) during summer vacation.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: What are some things that, no matter how long you have lived in Japan, you still haven't gotten used to? See in context

When I ask a question about Japanese culture, e.g. gender inequality, the answer is "This is Japan", with no further explanation.

-2 ( +15 / -17 )

Posted in: Japan's rural post offices host unmanned shops to help seniors See in context

Where is the wheelchair ramp?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Posted in: Man who says he made living by selling upskirt videos arrested See in context

What is interesting about female underpants?

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Posted in: McDonald’s Japan changing ingredients in Chicken McNuggets See in context

Is there really chicken in those beread balls? I wonder about the percentage.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Posted in: Gov't to open women's support office for abuse, poverty sufferers See in context

Only in Tokyo?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: U.S. Marines to set up unit on Okinawa for remote island defense See in context

A "few years"? How is that rapid?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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