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Posted in: Japan's exports surge 10% in December on strong demand for autos, revived trade with China See in context

China is better than importing oil from the Middle East. Toxic backwards region and supporting climate change. I'd rather deal with the latter than the former.

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Posted in: ANA and ITA Airways to begin codeshare partnership for travel between Japan and Italy See in context

Is ITA painful to travel on? 痛あー

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Posted in: Indigenous faithful and Christians work with environmentalists to conserve India's sacred forests See in context

@EvilBuddha

North East Indians consider themselves to be Indian. That's how they fight racism.

Christian converts tend to be more ethnically similar to their surrounding ethnic group (usually Hindu but in this case tribal), whereas Muslims tend to be viewed as ethnically different.

There were traditionally more Christians in North East India and South India, and more Muslims in North West India. I'm pointing out regions where this phenomenon happens.

I'm pointing out that Christians tend to be more "Hindu" than Muslims. It's actually a phenomenon that's seen in Africa and the Far East too.

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Posted in: Indigenous faithful and Christians work with environmentalists to conserve India's sacred forests See in context

Also North East Indians are usually Christian or Hindu, and many of them are Islamophobic (as we see in Myanmar etc...). I know a lot myself.

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Posted in: Indigenous faithful and Christians work with environmentalists to conserve India's sacred forests See in context

@EvilBuddha it discusses the similarities between the tribal religion followers and Christians, which mimics Christians in other parts of India. That is why you don't get severe controversy in areas with large Hindu-Christian populations because they are ethnically more similar.

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Posted in: Indigenous faithful and Christians work with environmentalists to conserve India's sacred forests See in context

@Skeptical

But most of that is aimed at Muslims who are often viewed as ethnically different from Non-Muslism.

As this article suggests the Christians tend to be viewed as being more ethnically Indian/Hindu. Its the same throughout South Asia, especially South India where there are more Christians than Muslims traditionally.

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Posted in: Commercial services to resume at quake-hit Japan airport on Saturday See in context

I honestly think that they should wait until the rescue efforts are finished before thinking about restarting tourism. There are more important things than sightseeing.

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Posted in: U.S. to keep supporting Ukraine if Trump returns to power: Pompeo See in context

@Kipling

Afghanistan was a cold war between China and the US, and the US have never won a cold war with China. The Chinese were covertly funding the Taliban to get rid of the US military from the borders of China.

I think the US should focus more on the Middle East conflict than Ukraine. They need to send more aid to Israel, and it's Israel who needs to keep fighting until the hostages are freed.

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Posted in: Turkey’s parliament approves Sweden’s NATO membership See in context

Sweden should not have moved an inch to Turkeys demands. Instead they should have simply created a new NATO without Turkey.

And Ukraine is akin to beating a dead horse. The real action is in Israel and Gaza.

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Posted in: U.S. to keep supporting Ukraine if Trump returns to power: Pompeo See in context

The fact is that the vast majority of the global right wing have amassed negative views of Ukraine, and much of the global anti-colonial left wing too.

The real action and need is from Israel against the Middle East.

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Posted in: What effect, if any, do you think that working remotely has on a company employee's organizational relationships, learning opportunities and prospects for advancement? See in context

In Japanese culture the workplace is also an important aspect of soft social culture.

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Posted in: Power outage halts bullet trains in eastern Japan See in context

Shouldn't the wires be switched off if someone is working on them?

I still suspect it's sabotage or terrorism.

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Posted in: Filipino man arrested over bodies found under Tokyo home See in context

But in terms of this crime, I wonder why such an incident could happen with a tacit support of two people. It might be related to drugs?

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Posted in: Japan says there is possibility moon lander power can be restored See in context

They are teaming with India for the next moon lander. So maybe they already know they have weaknesses in that area and need Indian help.

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Posted in: Sony 'terminates' Indian merger with Zee See in context

@sakurasaki

Japan has significant presence in India, third only to the UK and US. Sony is basically an Indian company.

The big issue is what this would mean for competition in India. With Reliance merging with Disney Hotstar, competition in the media sector will be very limited due to the rest being small players.

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Posted in: Taiwan raises $17.2 million donation for Japan quake aid See in context

Why does Japan even need this money? A symbolic gesture but surely Japan has enough money to deal with itself??

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Posted in: M7.0 earthquake strikes China-Kyrgyzstan border See in context

Infrastructure is poor in Xinjiang as well so I expect a lot of casualties. I expect it to be far worse than Japanese earthquakes.

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Posted in: Overall, is a weak yen good for Japan’s economy? See in context

It would work if Japanese people stopped using foreign electronics such as Apple and started using the Japanese ad companies instead of those sponsored by Google or Facebook. It is expensive to use Apple but affordable to buy Japanese using Yen.

The other big problem would be imports of petroleum from the Middle East, so Japan needs to ramp up renewable energy and nuclear production.

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Posted in: Japan likely to miss primary budget surplus target in FY2025 See in context

What countries actually have a budget surplus? The big ones certainly do not.

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Posted in: Man stabs himself at Hachiko Square in Tokyo’s Shibuya district See in context

Well at least the koban is nearby!

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Posted in: Which parts of Ishikawa are OK to travel to after Noto quake? Government shares guideline map See in context

Why don't they put the evacuees in the hotels instead? I doubt tourism means that much to the locals.

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Posted in: Protester throws papers on court, briefly delaying Australian Open match between Zverev and Norrie See in context

Protester throws papers on court

Possible options:

1) Palestine

2) Environmentalism

3) Muslims in general

Turns out Palestine was right.

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Posted in: Japan automakers tap foreign models to drive sales of recreational cars See in context

@Sven

The problem is that virtually everyone in Japan cycles or walks, and furthermore this is their default transport mode. Railways are the next fallback. Cars are well down the list except in rural areas where it replaces railways.

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Posted in: Quake leaves deep scars on famed Noto sake brewers See in context

Are donation drives a new trend in Japan?

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Posted in: 47 buried in landslide in southwest China See in context

Not even that many people die in Japanese landslides!

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Posted in: As China and the United States continue to seek economic advantages, one over the other, Japan has greatly complicated Beijing’s political-economic calculations. Tokyo’s huge increase in defense spending and its decision to allow its armed forces more latitude. See in context

I think that the threat of Taiwan being subsumed in a military takeover by China is overrated. China has much more benefits from keeping Taiwan stable and undertaking a slow soft takeover similar to the last twenty years in Hong Kong. For that there is very little that military spending by Japan or the US can achieve. (This is not a comment on the suitability of Chinese foreign policy).

North Korea is however a threat to the entire Asia-Pacific and especially Japan, and a country which is also backed by China. For this I believe that Japan needs to strengthen its military and acquire nuclear weapons as a deterrent (Kim Jong Un is not going to go MAD). Japan should also increase cooperation with South Korea and tell the Americans to increase its presence in South Korea rather than Okinawa.

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainees told to undergo contraception to work in Japan See in context

This is Middle East levels of migrant abuse.

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Posted in: Japan automakers tap foreign models to drive sales of recreational cars See in context

Those cars are absolutely awful for anyone not actually in them.

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