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Posted in: Japan needs extra budget of over ¥10 tril: LDP No. 2 Nikai See in context

@alwaysspeakingwisdom, it should be clear why a 79-year-old and an 80-year old arguing about something like this is bad news for all of us: inevitably the two oldsters will settle on a "solution" that involves expanding Japan's already crushing national debt even further -- which will cause hardship for the generations that are still working when these two men are dead, but no significant hardship to them or anyone in their generation.

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

I guess people here would prefer the days of the rotating chair pm

Yes, some of us do. Politicians weren't in your face every day in the media like Abe is; it was refreshing.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat to be referred to prosecutors over fatal car crash See in context

he might have hit the gas by mistake while intending to step on the brake pedal

Once again we see the "confused brake and gas pedals" situation. Whenever I read about a driver accidentally killing someone with his car, I'm on the lookout for this, and sure enough, here it appears.

How is it possible for this to happen? As far as I know, one foot controls the gas and the other controls the brake. How is it not ingrained in every driver's muscle memory which foot does which?

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Posted in: Technology improving access to services for Japan's disabled See in context

the central government is considering combining the issuance of certification for the disabled with the so-called My Number card

Nobody wants the My Number card. Pretty disgusting to see the government trying to force people to acquire them, starting with the disabled, who have little power to resist.

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Posted in: Tokyo gubernatorial election likely to be on July 5, 2020 See in context

While we're piling on the trivia, I might as well add that Cleo's word gubernator came from Greek kybernan, a verb with the same meaning. On a completely different path, this Greek word led to the English word cybernetic. So cybernetic and governor have the same root. Isn't language crazy?

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

And besides, eliminating all paper is good for the environment 

If you think paper banknotes -- which last several years -- are bad for the environment, I'd be happy to have all denominations turned into coins. Coins can last over a century assuming that they retain some value (something that inflation-targeting central banks are fighting against). And they don't require electricity to pay with!

When you pay with a credit card, you often get a second receipt specific to the credit card -- doubling the waste paper!

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Posted in: Japan athletics execs slam 2020 Olympic marathon move See in context

"It's like the athletes who had been training for many years to climb Everest were told just nine months before they would go to a different mountain," he said.

So Tokyo is the equivalent of the tallest mountain on earth; the one every mountain climber dreams of summiting; the one no one could get to the top of until the 20th century?

What colossal arrogance. The athletes want to put in the best performance they can. It's the Olympic rings that they're aiming for, not the specific city of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context


Hotels etc can make a copy of your ARC (formally known as, dont know what its called now, residency card?)

This is untrue; anyone with a resident card (the new ARC) is a resident of Japan and does not have to give hotel clerks any papers at all.

Hotel clerks who think they can demand it, like the employer of this Filipino woman with her passport, are wrong, but know that there will be little pushback in this society.

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

And yet my employer insists on keeping things at 26-27° all winter, in contrast to the 28° of summer.

We could wear short sleeves all year long and still be too hot.

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Posted in: Japanese retailers to be required to charge for plastic bags from summer 2020 See in context

How much will it cost to park a dioxin-emitting automobile in front of the store?

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

This brings back fond memories of using this system to send a short message to a Pocket Bell in 1998! Great to see that it still works.

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

Yuriko Koike is the same person who began the ridiculous, energy-sapping, sweat-inducing custom of keeping indoor temperatures at 28 degrees C, which has since spread beyond government and into basically all of society, with the corporations saving massive amounts in energy bills while we the public suffer.

And now she wants people to run a marathon in air hotter than that?

She supposedly spent a few years in the Middle East in her youth. Is she just wanting to flex about her tolerance for heat levels?

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Posted in: Japan considers bringing part-timers into employee pension system See in context

The national pension is a net loss for everybody born after about 1970 (unless you live well past a hundred, maybe). Not a surprise that they're trying to force as many people as possible to join it!

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Posted in: If news media only receive information from investigative authorities, they fall to the level of advertising the power of the authorities. See in context

Yet another way in which prosecutors and police maintain their "guilty until proven innocent" system.

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

The worship of the school lunch system is getting out of control. Isn't the fact that schools are placed in residential neighborhoods close enough that the kids can walk there every day another big factor in the lack of obesity?

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader announces ban on protester face masks See in context

they died that 1.4 billion people now have much better life

Akie, the increased prosperity of today's China is in spite of Mao Tse-Tung's murders, not because of them.

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Posted in: Walk the talk: Cities urged to study footpaths for better land use See in context

Agreed entirely, @kurisupisu and @1glenn.

In the USA people who cannot drive have been turned into second-class citizens.

And, despite all the progress that has been made to help religious, ethnic, and gender minorities, no one seems to care.

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Posted in: Japan's consumption tax raised to 10% amid swelling welfare costs See in context

You’ll get less than a 20% return on your retirement investment.

It's much worse than that; if you were born after about 1970, you will experience a net loss on your contribution payments. That is, you will receive less money than you put in over the years: a negative return.

All the money is going to the Baby Boomers and (particularly) the generation older than them, which is retired now and being supported by post-1970-born working people.

The situation only starts improving for people born after 2010, who have less of a burden during their working lives because they only have to support the smaller post-1970 generations.

A gigantic pyramid scheme designed to enrich two golden generations at the expense of everyone else. The prewar folks at least suffered through WWII and deserve the support of those of us who never experienced those times. But those born after? They voted their children into poverty.

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Posted in: MLB sets strikeout record for 12th straight season See in context

This feast-or-famine thing with so many home runs and strikeouts makes the game a lot less exciting. I'd rather see lots of balls put in play; fielders making great catches and throws; baserunners sprinting around.

I know there's an ebb and flow as the years go by and my brand of baseball will be popular again some day, but right now baseball is a lot less fun to watch than it was even five years ago.

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Posted in: Japan's August consumer inflation eases to two-year low See in context

Excellent; with workers and families about to be hammered by another consumption tax increase, the last thing we need is further increases in the prices of all the stuff we buy. Get that 0.5% down to zero!

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Posted in: If you work in Japan, how much Japanese-language ability is needed in your job? See in context

They expect total fluency and the same reaction time as a native would have. It's no picnic.

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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend get suspended sentence for leaving scalded child at home See in context

@Serendipitous - the article might have been updated since it was first published, but the child is only Ms. Hashimoto's; the guy is just her shiftless-bum boyfriend who lives with her and apparently enjoys gambling at pachinko with her. He's clearly not mature enough yet to have children of his own; let's hope he straightens his life out at some point.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

@Samit --

Both Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands sit west of the Kuroshio current, while Okinawa sit east of it.

At least get the directions correct. In the region we are looking at, the undisputedly-Okinawan islands (Ishigaki, the other Yaeyamas, and Yonaguni) are south of this current, and the disputed islands are north of it.

If it's such smooth sailing from Taiwan, why didn't any Taiwanese ever live there or build any facilities there? And yet Okinawans did -- look into Tatsushiro Koga's bonito processing plant, which employed a few hundred Yaeyamans and Yonagunians. They all got there by boat with zero problems.

Your map focuses on landmasses during the ice age, before the dawn of human civilization. Connecting these islands to the gigantic land shelf that would have extended eastward from China is completely irrelevant to today's borders and has been for at least 10,000 years.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

@Samit - I'm a little confused by this argument:

Okinawans didn't go to the Diaoyu Islands due to the Kuroshio current divide making the sailing very difficult and rough.

...combined with this one:

easily reached from Taiwan on the other hand

The islands are most easily reached not from Taiwan, but from the Yaeyamas (which they lie directly north of) and Yonaguni (which they are northeast of, and which is much closer to them than Taiwan is).

So it is not surprising that Okinawans have been fishing there for centuries, particularly in the years after 1609 when the Satsuma conquerors took taxes so heavy that the islanders didn't have enough food to eat. They had to hand over what little rice these islands could generate (and that isn't much, in the sandy Yaeyamas) and were forced to fish just to have enough food to survive.

@Norman -

We are talking about imperial scum here.

If you want to claim that the creation of Okinawa prefecture in 1879 was wrong, I won't argue, and if you say Japanese occupation of Okinawa beginning in 1609 was illegitimate and wrong, I'll be right there standing with you.

But that doesn't make these islands Chinese. The Chinese never lived on them. The only people to make use of them historically has been Okinawans. People from the Yaeyamas and Yonaguni fished there; people from these islands staffed the bonito plant that was built there in the early 20th century.

And geographically China's claim makes no sense. Draw a dividing line equidistant from Yonaguni and Taiwan. Where do these islands lie? Very, very far east of the line. If they were Taiwanese, there would be a giant overhang, practically encircling Yonaguni, which would make no sense at all.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

 I recognize that the islands belong to Japan


by the same internationally recognized process of having stolen them that every other country operates upon 

This part is incorrect. Japan didn't "steal" these islands. No one lived on them or claimed ownership of them when the Okinawans first started going there a few centuries ago. No one lived there or claimed them when Japan asserted ownership of them as part of Okinawa prefecture in the 1890s.

They are not "stolen" because there was no owner to steal them from.

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Posted in: China, Japan, S Korea to step up cultural ties despite disputes See in context

I notice that in all three languages on the sign in the background, each country names itself first. You'd think people would want to be gracious and name themselves last.

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Posted in: Mother of road-rage victim calls for harsher penalties See in context

Society is outrages when people use guns and knives as weapons; even when just threatening people and not actually attacking them. But when the weapon is an automobile, people seem not to care as much. I don't know about most people, but I'm a lot more afraid of being killed or maimed by an automobile driver, whether it's malicious or negligent, than I am of any more conventional weapon.

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Posted in: China instructs fishermen to stay clear of Senkakus See in context

Then Japan administered the islands as part of Taiwan.

This is not true; they were administered as part of Okinawa; specifically, Yaeyama-gun, which includes Ishigaki and the rest of the islands that surround it. Yonaguni island, to the west of all these islands including the Senkakus, was and is a separate municipality.

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Posted in: It's about time to move ahead with full-fledged discussions on the Constitution in the Diet. See in context

He's bee saying this same "it's about time" nonsense for seven years.

The peace-loving public doesn't want this. Only this son-of-a-war-criminal does.

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Posted in: As trade war rages, central banks ponder radical steps See in context

The propagandistic tone of these articles is really sickening.

the policy has brought some success in Europe. Since the European Central Bank (ECB) adopted negative rates five years ago, the euro has lost just over a sixth of its value against the greenback.

Currency losing value is only a "success" for central banks looking to devalue their debts at the public's expense, and maybe for one-percenter elites who can take advantage of it; it's a slow slide into poverty for wage-earning workers in the EU who need the euro they earn to maintain its value.

Come on, JT. This continual cheerleading for governments and central banks has no place in journalism.

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