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Posted in: World waits nervously, impatiently for U.S. election result See in context

P.Smith

When Obama was the president, Democratic government was adulating to China. Officials visited China often for trade talks while they took very cold attitude to the allied nation Japan. They said U.S. would not intervene in territorial issues concerning Senkaku.

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Posted in: World waits nervously, impatiently for U.S. election result See in context

I will miss Trump. I enjoyed his personality and his words very much. For me Trump was America itself. Economically speaking it appears Biden will benefit Japan more than Trump since Biden will take more flexible policy to China and Japan trades with China more than U.S. However, in defense, I am afraid, China will become more aggressive. It was a nightmare for Japan when Obama was the president. If COVID19 did not happen, Trump could continue another four years.

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Posted in: Trump wins Florida; locked in other tight races with Biden See in context

Stock prices in N.Y. shot up as Biden is prospected winning the race. I do not understand why stock prices rise when Biden wins.

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Posted in: Trump or Biden: Americans vote for president See in context

Personality is very important for leaders. Trump is distinct while Biden equivocal.

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Posted in: Trump or Biden: Americans vote for president See in context

I like Trump. He is tough and strong.

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Posted in: Anxious nation awaits Election Day See in context

Winner takes it all system adding the opposition ballots to the other side is unreasonable.

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

An American friend visiting a Japanese house in winter found a portable kerosene heater. He looked at it curiously. He did not know Japanese people move the heater from one room to the other to save oil and money. Central heating is the norm in America.

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Posted in: Japan's new climate goals lift prospects for crippled nuclear industry See in context

Japan has many volcanoes and uses of geothermal power has been studied long time but they are located remote in Tohoku and Kyushu and sizes are small. About solar power, household electricity may be covered but not big factories, big offices and big cities. It is unlikely New York and Tokyo will be covered by renewable powers.

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Posted in: Osaka metropolis plan rejected in referendum for 2nd time See in context

Why was Komeito in Osaka for?

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Posted in: Japan's new climate goals lift prospects for crippled nuclear industry See in context

Japan does not have energy sources. When China and S. Korea are building nuclear power plants one after another, can Japan survive economic competitions?

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Posted in: Osaka metropolis plan rejected in referendum for 2nd time See in context

People of Osaka got tired of political plays of Ishin-no-Kai.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy asks other companies to take on its idle workers See in context

Send resumes to China.

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Posted in: Halloween revelry subdued in Japan due to pandemic See in context

Young people in Japan are as such looking for pleasure while in Thailand and Hong Kong the same generation youngsters are serious thinking about the future of their countries.

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Posted in: Japan picks Mitsubishi Heavy to develop its own stealth fighter See in context

There are groups who are not happy Japan entering in the market of aircrafts. I suspect that is the true reason Mitsubishi's SuperJet cannot fly.

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Posted in: Japan picks Mitsubishi Heavy to develop its own stealth fighter See in context

Japan can produce its own military aircrafts without approval or obstruction of other countries.

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Posted in: Japan's September job availability lowest in nearly 7 years See in context

For me, people in the picture do not appear homeless but a retired and a house wife may be. The town Jimbocho in Kanda is known as the town of books - old and new. Numbers of bookstores there are more than 150. October is the month they regularly hold an old book festival but they could not this year due to the COVID 19. I visited there often when I was a student. The book shops display second hand cheap books in front of their stores while important expensive old books and documents are kept inside their shops. I see foreigners visiting there. They buy ukiyo-e prints.

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Posted in: Department stores kick off year-end, New Year shopping campaigns See in context

Oseibo - a dictionary defines "Gifts to express gratitude for favors received during the year" followed by "Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku." (Please be nice to me this year too) For westerners, this may sound a bribery. This tradition worked when Japanese were hired on permanent basis. But today's hire and fire society, this is becoming a useless practice.

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Posted in: Opposition grills Suga over science council, virus response See in context

Scholars are babies. The council is a group of babies and children.

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Posted in: Suga says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon See in context

Edano opposition party top said share the water in tanks with other prefectures or think about other ways to solve the problem. He does not have a possible alternative plan.

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Posted in: Opposition grills Suga over science council, virus response See in context

The governability of the science council itself is questioned where old fashioned leftist members have loud voices.

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Posted in: Japan considers extending Go To Travel subsidy campaign past January See in context

It is strange COVID 19 is not recurring badly in Japan despite the GO-TO-TRAVEL and GO-TO-EAT campaigns while it has brought serious recurrences after loosening the regulations in Europe. I guess different ethnic genes are related at the bottom. It is not necessarily because of strict mask wearing.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers weigh virus control center at athletes' village See in context

Unconfirmed sources said last week IOC gave up the Olympic in 2021 and it will be officially conveyed to Japan when Bach visits in November. The reason is spread of the virus in Europe. DENTSU was informed about it, sources said.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

Suga is a man of down-to-earth. I think it is a good change. He will not be flying around the world promising aids.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

While all the businesses are affected by COVID 19, they are safe and enjoying high profits under monopoly by three majors. Softbank's Son is using profits for his speculations. I do not have a smart phone. I use a so called "Gala-Kei." I am a retiree and I cannot afford a smart phone. I use PC to check internet. Before, I came across a sad scene. A high school girl was crying to her mother. She was crying she does not have a smart phone while many others in her class have them. The mother did not look wealthy enough to buy a smart phone for her. Suga, Go ahead and next is NHK.

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Posted in: Trump or Biden, Japan likely to face harsh demands in trade talks See in context

Japanese economy will continue to shrink. It is not Japan America can make money even if America pushes Japan to import more from U.S. They cannot expect much. It is China they can make more money. They know about it.

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Posted in: Trump or Biden, Japan likely to face harsh demands in trade talks See in context

It looks like Americans are bored with Trump. He failed dealing with corona. Anyway, old powers of America impressed me very much. I am afraid America will lose clout in relation to China. China will continue their expansion in this area. Xi won.

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

For Japanese, life is a hard thing not to enjoy. People are thrown into the world of competitions from high schools. Japan has to give young people dreams, hope, chances and freedoms as well as they have to instill concept of human rights in the society. It looks people are enjoying life more in underdeveloped countries in South East Asia. I heard before that workers there do not come to work next day they received salaries. That is nice.

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Posted in: Suga, Abe attend memorial for father of N Korea abductee Megumi Yokota See in context

Japanese government is pretending pushing on with this matter because they did not wrestle with this problem seriously at the time when mysterious disappearances people happened often. Japanese police and the government did not take heed of the problem despite requests of their families.

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Posted in: Suga, Abe attend memorial for father of N Korea abductee Megumi Yokota See in context

I could not help feeling some kind of unpleasantness about their frequent appearances on medias. It is not our tradition to appeal personal tragedies and misfortunes loudly to others. Every family has tragedies and sufferings they cannot recover. All the people are living biting bullets holding down anger and sadness.

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Posted in: Gov't puts off decision to release treated Fukushima water into sea See in context

Railroad the opposing fishermen and release the treated water soon. We cannot make everybody happy. We have to do what we have to.

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