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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

There is an easy way to stop mistakes on the accelerator pedal. Teach people to drive with 2 feet. Left foot for brake, right foot for accelerator. Once the brain learns this, it would be impossible to make a mistake.

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Posted in: Abe denounces attacks on tankers near Strait of Hormuz See in context

False flag- just an excuse to demonize and attack Iran. The so called video showing someone removing a mine is so blurry that you wouldn't know who it is.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

What the minister is referring to is shoes with the small heels called " Pumps " Just like in the photo above of Japanese women in their black pumps. In actual fact, what we term high heel shoes would be banned in most companies like banks etc. Pumps are basically part of the company uniform.

Everyone is completely misunderstanding what shoes the minister is referring to.

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Posted in: Elderly driver, passenger die in Fukuoka 5-car crash; 9 in hospital See in context

I just saw the video of the car which I believe was travelling down the centre line at more than 100 kph. It wasn't a mistake and appeared deliberate. Were they having a big argument and driver put his foot down ? It was horrifying. Don't blame all elderly drivers as though they all have dementia or something.

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Posted in: 4 injured after 80-year-old man backs car into them in Osaka See in context

Time to teach 2 feet driving for automatic cars. Left foot for the brake and right foot for the accelerator. It has other advantages like holding a car on a hill without having to yank on the side brake each time. The time for shifting the foot from the accelerator to the brake is too long. Once the brain has learned to using the left foot for the brake, it is impossible to make a mistake on the accelerator.

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Posted in: U.S. beefing up forces in Middle East to counter Iran See in context

What did Iran ever do to the USA ? Who in the past attacked Iran and murdered some of their scientists ? --- Israel.

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: Iran tells Japan it is exercising restraint despite escalation of U.S. sanctions See in context

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: U.S. warns merchant ships of possible Iranian attacks; cleric threatens U.S. fleet See in context

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands See in context

Give the islands back to Japan and the Yanks will want to set up their bases there right against Russia.

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Posted in: What are some of strangest company rules you've experienced at your workplace Japan? See in context

Not me, but having to be at work 15 minutes early to set up computer etc, and shut everything down after 8 hours in your own time without pay.

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

JimiMay 4  11:46 pm JST

@reckless spot on observation, i have noticed this over the years.. the biggest nationalists are the japanese who have lived overseas and come back with a chip on their shoulder..

They don't have a chip on their shoulder, they see now what is wrong with Japan compared to other places. There are also a lot of young Japanese who have gone overseas and will not come back. (according to their parents )

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Posted in: Pompeo slams 'aggressive behavior' by China, Russia in the Arctic See in context

In Trump's own words 12/1/16

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos.

In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding and goodwill.

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Posted in: Gaza-Israel violence flares into second day with rocket attacks, air strikes See in context

YuriOtani

How can the Palestinians go on the road to peace when the Israelis want them dead ? Ever seen a map of Palestine from the time Israel took over Palestine to now ? Israel has been forcing the Palestinians off the land for years, bulldozing their homes, uprooting their orchard farms, poisoning their water supplies, etc., and you people support Israel ?

By the way, the Jews have been forced out of a hundred countries in the past, I wonder why ?

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

Well said. I agree with everything except the nuclear issue. Japan has hundreds of alternative power generation plants but still requires nuclear power as other countries do.

The system is completely out of touch with the citizens of Japan in all the issues mentioned. The labour laws are useless, the pension collection system, lowest minimum wage of all developed countries. People are getting poorer and poorer and the powers to be don't understand the real cause of why the population is not increasing. - It's poverty.

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Posted in: Consumption tax hike may be delayed depending on June data: PM aide See in context

Just raise the minimum wage to at least 1,300 yen per hour in line with other developed countries and people won't be worried about an increase in consumption tax. Doesn't the government realise that a higher minimum wage will give more income tax and enable people to pay their pension payments and health insurance which the government is struggling to get.

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Posted in: Chances are 50-50 that Abe may delay the sales tax hike again. See in context

No need to delay a tax hike t 10 percent. Just raise the minimum wage at the same time. People can't spend money if they don't have it. Japan has the lowest minimum wage of all developed countries.

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Posted in: Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for Japanese workers See in context

Too many people on contract jobs etc., will lose a weeks pay that they can ill afford.

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Posted in: 3 countries granted Iran oil waivers by U.S. have cut imports to zero See in context

Oh, USA, we thank you so much for your kindness and allowing us to import oil from Iran. Japan should get their oil from Russia as well but then USA would punish Japan like it does to every other country in the world who does not bow down to them.

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Posted in: Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate See in context

I have been eating 2 to 3 eggs per day for years. My blood tests are perfectly normal.

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Posted in: Consumer spending is estimated to decrease by 569.1 billion yen compared to an average year, as people will refrain from going outside during the allergy season. See in context

Consumer spending decreasing because people don't have enough money. Nothing to do with allergy season.

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Posted in: Nissan asking shareholders to vote to oust Ghosn as director See in context

Woooh, Gosn bought an expensive chandelier, 3 years jail !

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Posted in: 3 pedestrians hit and killed by car in Chiba Pref See in context

The people were waiting at the crossing, not crossing while light was green to cross. Obviously, just standing or walking on the sidewalk in this case could still have resulted in being run down. Stated that the car hit a building wall- nothing fundamentally wrong with the crossing.

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Posted in: Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Motors form new board See in context

How is it that a Ghosn being a major shareholder can not take part in any shareholder meetings ?

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Posted in: Gov't moves to defuse argument over urban-rural wage gap See in context

sf2kToday  11:31 am JST

Do we have to explain what other developed countries do again? ------------------------

Yes. Otherwise nothing will change in Japan. 30 years ago, Japan was booming and everyone was doing well. What happened then ? It has to be wages.

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Posted in: Gov't moves to defuse argument over urban-rural wage gap See in context

JJ Jetplane,

You call Japan high minimum wage at no.11 ? You need to also take in to account purchasing power. USA goods are much cheaper than Japan and in actual fact, you can buy certain food items from USA delivered to Japan miles cheaper than equivalent Japanese products.

In the case of New Zealand which has a good living wage for the economy, prices are cheaper than Japan. Example, food products, electricity, gas, no compulsory pension payments, (free to pay in private system) Live 5 years in NZ and everyone can retire with Superannuation, ( pension) Granted, GST (consumption tax) is 15%, but the Gov. returns to the citizens through welfare and pension. Also an accident compensation system for everyone.

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Posted in: Naked man arrested for public nudity denies charges; says he was doing spiritual training See in context

MariaToday  07:47 am JST

No. Genitals and pubic hair in public view is an Obscenity. He must be charged and prevented from doing it again. -----------------------------------------------------------

There is a town in Japan that has a penis festival each year.

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Posted in: Gov't moves to defuse argument over urban-rural wage gap See in context

Cricky, Totally agree. The minimum wage rate in Japan is right at the bottom of OECD countries. Coupled with high prices in Japan, a person can't live properly on such a low wage and also be expected to be able to pay in to the pension and health system.

The wage rate should not be regional but be the same across the whole country as it is in other developed countries. Some people will argue for example that fast food businesses will go broke if they have to pay workers more. Prices would have to be raised by a small amount per item or service to cover an increase of wages which really isn't a big deal. I have seen plenty of things in Japan go up in price without higher wages paid.

Also, doesn't the government realise that they will take in a bit more tax with a higher wages ? One thing that concerns me is that when foreigners come to work in Japan, they will work at the same rate as Japanese people many of whom are working low wages at jobs requiring skills beyond the capability of outsiders. Would this be fair ? This is the result of part time and contract jobs that many Japanese are forced to be employed at with no benefits as those working full time enjoy.

In Japan in many jobs, people unless re-employed by the company that they work for after 5 years have to leave for so many months and find other work. I know of people that have been taken back after this time and now working at a lower wage than before for the same work at the same company. This is Japan !

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Posted in: Electric engine See in context

What's an electric engine ? I have heard of an electric motor. Maybe it is that black thing called a gasoline engine.

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Posted in: Trump warns conservatives against 'socialist nightmare' in fiery 2-hour speech See in context

Lost-in - Nagoya,

Venezuela was that third richest country in Latin America less than 20 years ago. Now, they have no food, no medicines, not even toilet paper. Thanks to socialism.---------------

No, thanks to sanctions by USA ! They have the largest reserves of oil in the world that they can't export, their assets in USA seized and Britain won't give them their own gold back.

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Posted in: Trump warns conservatives against 'socialist nightmare' in fiery 2-hour speech See in context

Gambare Japan--

Americans and Japanese are famous for working long hours, with few holidays, and are the 1st and 3rd (soon to be 2nd) economies in the world. Where is Sweden and Norway? LOL!-------------------------------------------------------------------------

And have the lowest wages among the developed OECD surveyed countries in the world. Many Japanese have to work long at 2 to 3 part time jobs without benefits to survive. By the time they pay for food, rent and other living costs, they don't have enough to pay the health insurance and pension payments.

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