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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 marathon move decision 'final', says IOC's Coates See in context

Fantastic! The Japanese having to follow another organisations manual for a change! Manual says, “No”.

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Posted in: Japan's exports drop for 7th straight month as China-U.S. trade war takes toll See in context

To paraphrase AlexBecu, "Lol misinformed runs high among here”, these stats are demonstrative of a govt whose policies are failing, badly. Three arrows missed, pension fund lost, finances generated by selling bonds to the BOJ merry-go-round... the economy, "it’s a mess stupid!". Interesting to learn about the CIA and the LDP, did not know that!

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Posted in: Japan's exports drop for 7th straight month as China-U.S. trade war takes toll See in context

With results like this, you HAVE to ask, how does the LDP keep getting voted in? The answer, no one but those who win vote. The rest of those with the right simply disenfranchise themselves.

http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/japan/

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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

Jake who? Exactly. We already know these things, and as with other places, we know of faults, issues, problems and things that need resolving. Japan, like other nations, countries and kingdoms is not perfect.

As for the “poverty” angle that some people are woefully under playing: The OECD places Japan just below the U.S.A., which has a 17.3% poverty measure, statistics indicate that U.S.A. has been cutting down on poverty, by a 0.7% decrease since 1985. There are lots of poor people in Japan, way over 1 to 1.5 million people. Way over. Japan has some of the worst wealth inequality and highest rates of child poverty in the developed world, according to a Unicef report released in April 2016 that ranked Japan 34th out of 41 industrialised countries.

Take those rose tinted glasses off.

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Posted in: Japan begins last round of 'research' whaling off Pacific coast See in context

Simple: If you are disgusted by this, act. Don’t buy Japan.Inc. If you feel all cultures have “ the right" to express themselves no matter the point in our development morally, ethically, scientifically as a species, leave it be, but apply that logic across the board.

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Posted in: M5.8 quake strikes off northeast Japan; no tsunami warning See in context

The Nankai Trough is of particular concern, as are any coastal areas around Japan, notably the Pacific. This is a really interesting article, as not just the size of the earthquake needs to be considered, but the duration and place. Have your grab bags and emergency kits ready, could be today, right now, or you may never need them. Who knows.

https://www.livescience.com/31440-small-earthquakes-tsunamis.html

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Posted in: Tokyo court retracts plan to start Ghosn's trial in Sept See in context

This is now so far into the realm of farce that any sense that a legal process would be followed and that justice would be served has been washed away in the tears of laughter shed at Japan’s expense. Do NOT get caught up in Japan’s injustice system, it is inept, incompetent and insane.

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Posted in: Pile-up involving kindergarten bus, truck, cars, moped leaves 2 dead in Kumamoto See in context

And without doubt the kids weren’t wearing seatbelts. It’s going to happen, and when it does, it’ll be too late; even after decades of telling the Japanese, “Hey, get kids to wear seatbelts. You teach them to swim. Teach them to belt up."

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

@Zich, it’s the case for many. “Workers” gang pressed into doing the dangerous jobs at the Clean Up Site. Plus, they are not “gypsies”, day works, the employed, the homeless, people.

Just Google something along the lines of: yakuza taking Fukushima workers' money

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Posted in: Fukushima contaminants found as far north as Alaska's Bering Strait See in context

@ the "but it’s higher in New York, London etc" crowd, BUT, you’re not saying what isotope, kind of radiation, that is very misleading. It’s like the banana troll that people roll out. As above, if it’s Caesium 137, Strontium 90, and other by-products of fission, of which there are higher levels in Kanto, Tohoku.... then it is a problem.

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Posted in: Man who drove into crowd in Melbourne, killing 6, sentenced to life See in context

@BigYen, you mean donuts, not wheelies. But yes, plenty of opportunities that should have been acted on. The Elite Police Unit refused REFUSED to attend until far into the day’s events.

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Posted in: Japanese swimming star Ikee diagnosed with leukemia See in context

Got to hate cancer, an awful disease. I wish you all the strength and more for this fight. x Go kick its butt Rikako!

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Posted in: Japan begins collecting departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion See in context

Yeah, well, Japan’s track record for using funds isn’t so shiny, remember the March 11 disaster funds that ended up helping the... whaling industry! Yep, stay tuned and keep an eye on where these taxes go.

That guy, leaning over into the clerk’s workspace? No. So rude. She knows what she’s doing.

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

First, here’s to everyone being found safe. Secondly, to better ensure the safety of these service men and women, something needs to change, either back to how it was or a more safety secure future. Too many accidents happening for it just to be “These things happens”.

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Posted in: Gov't takes measures against Okinawa blocking U.S. base work See in context

@baruyu, the majority of people in Chiba didn’t vote to stop the Narita expansion. QED. @sensei258, close, but no cigar. No period/full stop.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

The Tokyo Olympics, where a minus equals a plus. The more minuses, the more truth about the waste of water and deadly heat, the more White Elephants the Olympics leave behind. 2020, a clearly badly thought out endeavour. Get it moved to October, or Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

The Tokyo Olympic Committee is out in force today! So obvious. Don’t hold the Olympics in the torrid turmoil of a roasting summer!Hokkaido is beautiful, cool and perfect for sports! It’s OK to change things, if it improves things.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

@Pap, they'd HAVE to continually sprinkle because if they don’t... ? With THAT sun beating down? You know what it’s like after a rain storm and THEN the sun comes out in August... SAUNA! Really bad idea, and as you say, massive waste of water.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

@Listen, LOL. Yep. You’ll have to wear waterproofs to stay dry! Guess what? Waterproofs are.... HOT! Poor idea Hokkaido, there’s the answer.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

@Zichi, not in your first post when detailing your ‘actions’ you didn’t. Nice try.

zichiToday  08:36 am JST

That was very strong here in Kobe. We were still in bed but we fled to street because its impossible to know what is happening. Checked the area and neighbors and entered again. Strongest I have felt in my 16 years in Kansai.

Epicenter Osaka-fu Hokubu mag 5.9. Kansai airport flights stopped also the other airports. The Shinkansen stopped.

Stayed tuned to NHK on smartphone.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

@Zichi, perhaps clearly stating as to the reasons why you ran out of the structure you were in will prevent those not as knowledgeable from emulating you, as advice in numerous States/nations clearly details to 1. open exit door(s) and 2. stand/get under an earthquake resistant door way/table/desk and 3. NOT to run outside.

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Posted in: Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan See in context

The paint thinner is being abused, for its intended purpose is to thin paint, not get a person high.

Marijuana is being used illegally -- in terms of Japanese law -- not being abused. With legalisation, education, advise and government sourced marijuana, the economic advantages over the abuse of paint thinner would be significant.

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

Unlike you cleo I read something that another poster linked and learnt something:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/does-japan-ever-convict-men-for-rape

According to Ministry of Justice (There’s an oxymoron) studies, only 18.5 percent of sexual assaults were reported in a recorded five year period and THEN there’s the patriarchal depths to navigate. Stop defending, rationalising, the indefensible.

No lies, just facts.

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

@Hartwell et al: Voice that opinion to the women in your life, friends, mother, wife/girlfriend. I dare you.

Women, -- some ‘men' seem to need to realise -- are PEOPLE. Remember that. Treat them as such, not as objects, second class citizens who have no right to stand as equals. Teach boys that girls are not inferior, weaker, less able because IT IS NOT TRUE. Those on here who think otherwise, your time is up.

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Posted in: Mitsuoka unveils fully restyled Himiko convertible See in context

The grill is too small, ‘cramped’ give me a Morgan Roadster over that any day.

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Posted in: Kodaira pays emotional tribute to late friend after gold medal win See in context

A class act, and more the consoling of her fellow Olympian, Ms Lee. If only we could bottle that kind of love, respect and empathy the world would be a better place.

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Posted in: Hanyu wins men's figure skating gold; silver for Uno See in context

There was lot of genius from quiet a few incredible athletes there. Simply astounding.

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Posted in: Nuclear cleanup of Fukushima town to start around May See in context

State Funds AKA: Our TAXES.

Absolute waste of money, time and effort underpinned by idiotic pride, and despicable deception. How dare they even consider pushing this insidious PR.

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Posted in: Defending champ Hanyu leads; Uno 3rd after men's short program See in context

Genius.

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Posted in: Voting under way in Nago mayoral race; U.S. base transfer in focus See in context

The incumbent is ahead so far.

http://news.tbs.co.jp/index.html

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