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Posted in: 20-year-old woman arrested after car crash kills one, injures another See in context


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Posted in: 20-year-old woman arrested after car crash kills one, injures another See in context

ahh "Gunma Prefecture" is a class of itself.

@jalan5 what a classes comment.

Gunma is a stunningly beautiful prefecture.

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Posted in: Traffic law to punish tailgating to go into effect Tuesday See in context

Yes. They should teach drivers to stay in the left lane. Cruising in the right lane (or middle lane on the expressways) is very annoying and dangerous too.

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Posted in: European lawmakers chide Japan over parental child abductions See in context

Dear lawmakers, Japan isn't an EU member.

True, but a compassionate country would not allow child abductions. A compassionate country would not leave one parent with no rights to see or have contact with 'their own child' after divorce. A compassionate country would understand that 'the love' for your child and the child's love of 'both' parents does not end at divorce.

If you defend Japan on this heartless position, then you too are not a compassionate person. And please forget all the usual excuses. No harm comes from being a compassionate person or country.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy dies after apparently shooting himself See in context's authenticity? Since it was able to kill, perhaps its REAL?

Maybe it was a 3D printed gun (designs are available online for free) as opposed to a real revolver?

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Posted in: Priyanka Yoshikawa: From Miss World Japan to entrepreneur in the wellness world See in context

and being the first half—Japanese contestant to do so

Here we go again... It is impossible to be "half Japanese". Japanese is a nationality, which means you either are Japanese or you are not Japanese. If she holds a Japanese passport she is Japanese, end of discussion.

Half is a negative and derogatory expression.

It would be correct (and positive too) to refer to Priyanka as having dual or double nationality / ethnicity.

Anyway, good for her and I wish her every success in her career and future.

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Posted in: 80% of Japan mayors oppose, wary of shift to Sept start of school year See in context

80% of Japan mayors oppose, wary of shift to Sept start of school year

Which could also mean: 80% of Japan mayors are very old, stubborn and hate change, whereas the other 20% are younger and open minded to new ideas.

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Posted in: Coronavirus outbreak sparks harassment at workplaces in Japan See in context

Harassment (and bullying) at school, clubs and workplaces is institutionalized in Japan. So it existed long before any virus. It's a unspoken about cultural thing, fact...

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Posted in: Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home See in context

Take a look at how many men kill their partners vs how many women do. It gets exhausting reading the comments on these kinds of topics on JT because so many of you think it’s a joke. “What about men?!?? They suffer too!” Yes, they do. Most often at the hands of other men with regards to violence and why men kill themselves regarding work stress. A shame you’d rather blame women then address the issue of men’s behavior.

Calm down. No one is being sexist. My point was that when men are victims of DV (as I was for 2 years) we are usually ignored, mocked or not taken seriously. This is why many male victims of DV do or say nothing.

Yes men can be evil towards women. Yes most 'reported' DV cases are made by women seeking help. Yes women get protected and their claims are taken seriously. Yes I agree both men and women should not be subjected to DV.

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Posted in: Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home See in context

To all the men with crazy or evil wives / girlfriends (the often forgotten or ignored victims of DV). Hang in there, this won't last for long.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

His cabinet will also finalize the stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen

The construction industry and Amakuari gravy train is going to be very well taken care of. That won't be a pledge or urge either, it's 100% guaranteed...

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'. If you develop all of the COVID-19 symptoms but you do not develop pneumonia, you will NOT be tested for COVID-19 and sent on your way. Most infected with COVID-19 do not develop pneumonia...

The above was disclosed recently by Dr. Ohmagari Norio, who is a leading expert and also an advisor to the government said in a video (from 02:05):

Ergo, many infected are walking amongst us with mild symptoms, yet they are still able to infect the vulnerable.

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Posted in: Japan sets up National Security Council team to meet coronavirus, tech challenges See in context

In a few weeks the new "National Security Council team" will ask to set up a range of smaller committee's to look at individual issues. Basically they are going to fight and prevent the spread of the virus with endless 'meetings'.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

This is all due consecutive governments borrowing money and increasing the size of Japan's monumental debt and servicing costs (interest payments). The massive and continually mounting debt and interest payments have to be maintained. Without continually taxing workers and borrowing even more money the government would be unable to pay the interest payments.

Basically, if we ran our personal or business finances like the governments model, we would be locked up for fraud. Fact.

Everyone thinks Japan is a super wealthy country. That is BS and a pure illusion. Japan government spending and borrowing is like a spoilt teenage girl spending with an open ended credit card and expecting others to pay for it.

Well it's us and our children who have to pay for the endless line of inept leaders and finance ministers.

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Posted in: Germany bets on S Korean model in virus fightback See in context

Germany is conducting 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week.

Meanwhile in Japan they have tested only 28,760 since early January (hence the low number of 'reported' infections in Japan)... source:

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Posted in: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, surrounding areas See in context

Typo above: 3/4 not #/4 ;)

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Posted in: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, surrounding areas See in context

hopefully will keep more people in today

Nope... I just went to the supermarket (around 11:45 a.m.) to get needed supplies and I was amazed that both local Pachinko's are about 3/4 full. At first I couldn't believe all the bicycles parked in front, so I went to check. When the auto doors opened I could see inside and was gobsmacked at what I saw... #/4 full and no social distancing at all :(

Where is the leadership in Japan?

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Posted in: Japan sees record number of 105 suspected animal abuse cases in 2019 See in context

What about little monkeys held on leashes, dressed in ridiculous outfits and forced to entertain at shopping malls. That is sick and abusive. If Japan really cared about animal welfare, it would be illegal to use any animal as entertainment for selfish humans.

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Posted in: Tokyo shares rise on additional stimulus hope, buying for dividend See in context

No amount of short term stimulus is going to prop up the long term financial and emotional damage caused by this virus. The market prices have a long way to fall yet. Don't believe these short 'artificial' bump in prices caused by stimulus promises (more debt). People are losing jobs, businesses will close, savings will be decimated and it will take a long time to recover and feel safe again.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

"Don't go out this weekend". but... "Make sure you get on the packed commuter train on Monday morning for work".

Does this mean the virus doesn't spread or infect people on weekdays? I'm confused.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

The lockdown is coming...

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Posted in: Abe faces struggle on coronavirus, economy, after Olympics delayed See in context

Abe has been PM since 2012 and the only achievements he can claim are:

1 - Lower corporate taxes (great news for mega wealthy businesses and continuing institutionalized 'Amakudari' .

2 - Higher consumption taxes (high costs of living for everyone, especially low income families)

3 - Increased national debt (higher debt servicing costs for future generations)

Abenomics was a complete failure and waste of time... Abe and his sidekick Aso have consistently demonstrated their ineptness and social ignorance. Please, correct me if i'm wrong.

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Posted in: Dolphin show See in context

The cruelty of these shows makes me feel sick. Animals are NOT for human entertainment. The animals are suffering a fate 1000 times worse than COVID-19 :(

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Once it is postponed, you'll see the number of affected corona cases shoot up because there's no need to suppress the numbers anymore.

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Posted in: New York, LA shut bars, restaurants, theaters, cinemas See in context

Meanwhile, here in 'denial' Japan all is good and the Olympics are still on...

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

How about directly supporting the people and small businesses in Japan (those in need) who are suffering due to lost wages / earnings / customers.

Why are 'the markets' a priority? It should be people first. But TIJ, the land of fake kindness and compassion.

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Posted in: Abe marks 3,000 days in office as virus overshadows term See in context

3000 days..

Name just 3 things, just 3 things that Abe has implemented that have had real benefit for the average people (not businesses) of Japan?

Now here's and easier one. Name 3 things Abe has done that has disadvantaged the average people of Japan?

If Abe was paid on performance and results he would owe the country 100's of millions of Yen.

A totally unless, uninspiring and inept leader. The sooner he goes the better.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

That photo perfectly sums up: ignorance, stubbornness and denial.

..."the feeling of the Japanese people, (a delay) is unthinkable," Koike told reporters

What people? Her political and corporate fat-cat buddies?

We ALL know the Olympics is 'unfortunately' over as originally scheduled to start in July 2020. People's health and trying to contain this virus is 1000x more important that playing games.

Tokyo 2021 is a much more logical, realistic and compassionate plan.

Accept it, more along and focus 100% of the governments efforts on supporting the people, small businesses and combating this virus.

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Posted in: Abe requests event cancellations for 10 more days See in context


Something is really strange. Why there are only 500 confirmed cases ? What kind of testing they are doing ? I hope it isn't just a swab using a q-tip.

Because so far, only about 0.007% of the population (9600 people) have been tested...

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Posted in: Confirmed coronavirus patient in Aichi told to go home, goes bar hopping instead See in context

What a real POS. He should be arrested and charged under some kind of terrorism law (intentionally wanting to cause harm and suffering to innocent people)...

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