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Posted in: 15-year-old girl dies after falling from walkway at mall in Aichi Prefecture See in context

Don’t bet on it, unless it was an accident.

More like dont bet on it if it WAS an accident. If it wasn't expect a follow up.

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Posted in: Man stabbed in pachinko parlor parking lot in Tokushima See in context

And pachinko has absolutely nothing to do with this crime, other than it happening in their parking lot. No pachinko parlor in Japan is open at that hour of the morning. But it is not uncommon for people to park their cars there and go out, because it is free parking!

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

It's a tax write off. All of it is advertising.

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Posted in: Japan racks up ¥462.5 bil trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen See in context

My 27 years of nenkin contributions and 10 years of corporate pension will deliver me around 85,000 yen, less than a third of what the average American gets.

And that is every two months right?

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Posted in: Japan racks up ¥462.5 bil trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen See in context

Japan racks up ¥462.5 bil trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen

Am I the only one scratching my head? Cheaper yen makes imports far more expensive, and previous reports, here on JT, stated that due to the cheaper yen imports fell.

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Posted in: Japanese firms offer highest pay hike in 32 years in spring wage talks See in context

These statistics only skew the image that things are looking for for workers. They arent, real wages are still down considerably, and to realistically catch up these increases have to be maintained at 5% or more for at least the next 5 years!

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Well, I have been hit by a bicycle, someone doing quite a bit of speed on a pavement. By the time I had got up, he/she had sped off.

Right, if what you say is actually true, if you were hurt I guess you feel, by your "draconian" statement, they should only get a slap on the wrist.

But I don't see where guano (seabird/bat manure) comes into it. It stinks, but is not painful. What on Earth are you talking about?

I take it English isnt your first language so I will grant you the benefit of the doubt. Because of the restrictions on use of more colorful words in the English language, the word guano is a substitute, which conveys the same meaning, without it being rejected by the censor.

In other words, use the synonym of the word when reading the sentence.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

The women of Japan should be able to expect better of their representatives in the government.

The "men" should as well!

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Where do they find these people?!

If you live in Japan they are literally all around you! What is sad is that there are plenty of people who think like this here.

I know far too many women, single, who literally HATE going home to attend "family gatherings" like OBon or New Year's because invariably Mom, or Grandma, or some other member of the family, usually another woman, and also men too, will ask "When are you getting married?" "When will we see our Grandkids" and they make them feel like guano and make them feel like they aren't "serving their purpose" in the world or "not doing their job" by not having children.

It's not just the politicians, but the folks all over the country that THINK this way.

She only gets called out for talking dumb. If she would have kept her mouth shut, she'd be fine, because many if not all the people she was talking to agree with her point of view.

I have always said that many women here in Japan are a HUGE part of the problem, because they agree with the misogynistic and ultra-conservative views regarding a woman's place in society here in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

While known for her efforts to further gender equality, the comments are expected to garner criticism for their lack of sensitivity.

Oxymoron! Emphasis on the latter half of the word!

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Basically a good move, but the punishments are Draconian! Three years in the slammer for riding drunk? And a year for using a cell phone? Admittedly some deterrent is needed, but this is over the top.

Draconian? Tell that to the people who are injured or heaven forbid worse, because of a drunk driver!

Drunk "driving" is drunk driving, whether it be on a bicycle or a car. This is mild and should be harsher!

Obviously you have never experienced getting hit by a bicycle, guano hurts big time, and bones take a while to heal after they are broken too!

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Posted in: Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns See in context

Since when are those "fringe issues"??

Because there are only 3 members in the party. If they had a million, it would be a front running issue and "mainstream".

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Posted in: Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns See in context

LDP polls at 25 percent,why are they the majority party

This question is only asked by someone who does not understand politics. The popularity polls could put them at 0% and they would STILL be the majority party.

It's called elections!

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Posted in: Japan economy suffers worse-than-expected contraction of 0.5% See in context

 Exports dived 5.0 percent, after growing 2.8 percent the previous quarter, while imports fell 3.4 percent.

No brainer here, since just about everything "exported" is manufactured with "imported" materials and when your supply costs more than you can afford to pay to manufacture your product, you no longer have anything to sell.

Of course imports are going to fall, as they are based on the dollar, so outside of essentials not many can afford the increase in costs related to the weaker yen.

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Posted in: Japan economy suffers worse-than-expected contraction of 0.5% See in context

Japan's economy suffered a worse-than-expected contraction in the first quarter, official data showed Thursday, in further bad news for its unpopular government.

Japan's economy stunk even worse under a "popular" Abe government, so this is really meaningless.

There hasnt been real growth here for more than a generation.

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Posted in: On the ball See in context

The poor guy in the middle doesn't even have a monitor!

Yes he has a monitor, it's connected to his laptop!

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

I am not looking after them. I am looking out for them

"look out for" means to be watchful and make sure a friend or someone else does not get hurt.

So, as I said, the "elderly" you, are in fact looking after them, because it is physically impossible to be keeping a watchful eye on all your neighbors, when you have to take care of yourself too.

It is physically impossible

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

I look out for the elderly in our neighborhood.

This is a large part of the problem. Elderly looking after elderly, eventually all will be unable to continue "looking after" each other.

Municipal offices MUST step up and do their jobs in keeping in contact with elderly who live alone. Yeah it may be OK for the elderly to keep an eye out for each other, but it isnt their responsibility.

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

The bigger problem is what type of assistance or how often they were in contact with social services people prior to their dying.

Many live alone, and while it's sad that they die alone, the numbers here are only used for shock value.

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Posted in: There is a 69-day wait from the end of Golden Week to the July 16 national holiday. June has no holiday, but if one were to be adopted, what do you think it should be called? See in context

6月9日 would be the perfect holiday in this declining-child-birth society.

June 9th is also Masako sama's birthday and it would be extremely disrespectful to her.

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Posted in: There is a 69-day wait from the end of Golden Week to the July 16 national holiday. June has no holiday, but if one were to be adopted, what do you think it should be called? See in context

Show a little respect for the people of Okinawa and make June 23rd, currently a prefectural holiday, into a national holiday.

For those that dont know, June 23rd is the universally accepted, official, last day of the Battle of Okinawa.

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Posted in: Japanese leaders are gutless. They've always been gutless. They haven't fought for real sovereignty for that matter. See in context

@rm What Stone is pointing out is that Okinawans have been shafted by Japanese for 4+ centuries losing their independence, language, destroyed during WW2, administered as a part of the USA for 25 years! and now still continued to be occupied by the USA military.

Be really nice if you did some actual research and got your facts straight. FYI Okinawa is NOT "occupied" by the US Military, they are invited here by the Japanese government.

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Posted in: Japanese leaders are gutless. They've always been gutless. They haven't fought for real sovereignty for that matter. See in context

Oliver Stone is a gutless idiot who didnt take the time to actually research what he is talking about!

It is NOT a "new" base, it is an extension to an existing base, Camp Schwab, it's a landfill, which does not qualify it as a "new" base.

Let's also not forget that the actual number of people who are apathetic to the construction and those who are FOR it, out number those who are against it by 2/3rds to 1/3rd of the actual electorate.

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Posted in: Graffiti found at mausoleum of Emperor Meiji See in context

Nothing...

My personal opinion here, the current Emperor and his father have done a wonderful job of getting closer to the people and working to improve the overall image of the royal family.

That alone, gives me pause to consider that these two Emperor's are deserving of some respect.

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Posted in: Graffiti found at mausoleum of Emperor Meiji See in context

Have they no respect for Japan;s Imperial Family, past and present!?

What have they done that is deserving of respect?

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Posted in: Man, woman found dead in apartment were facing compulsory eviction See in context

Things went way too far if the cops were there to evict them. Typically eviction is a last, last, last, last, last, last

last resort thing here, and cops are leery of doing it.

There is a HELL of a lot more to this story here, and would be nice to get the background about it and not the needless sad results!

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Posted in: Japan city councilor quits over harassment of Australian mayor's daughter See in context

Nagata said earlier this week that he wanted to set the mood for the party and had no intention of doing anything wrong but regrets his actions.

Nothing ever changes with these old-arsed politicians who think they are demi-gods.

The Minokamo city took his action as inappropriate, yet Nagata will not resign as an assembly member.

He steps down as vice speaker, but still is an assembly member. He more than likely got the position because he finished with the 2nd highest number of votes in the assemblycritter elections, hence his thinking his quano doesnt stink, and that he's safe from any further repercussions.

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Posted in: Kenyan Olympic marathon medalist referred to prosecutors over assault See in context

I would call assaulting two innocent people a serious and violent crime. Japan is not the place for this Wainana.

You have a warped sense of what justice is or should be.

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Posted in: Kenyan Olympic marathon medalist referred to prosecutors over assault See in context

And? You do understand foreign residents of Japan - "PR" or otherwise - can be deported for serious crimes?

And do you realize you had no idea about what you were talking about in the post I quoted you in? He isnt a "visitor" and is a resident, different guidelines apply.

FYI, slapping someone is hardly a "serious crime"

I would call assaulting two innocent people a serious and violent crime. Japan is not the place for this Wainana.

Read the article about the "seriousness" of the alleged crime. If you think that this is serious enough to deport him, then I would say it MUST be safe to assume that you believe that Japanese who commit the same level of crime should be put in jail for life too.

The "crime" is a minor assault.

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Posted in: Kenyan Olympic marathon medalist referred to prosecutors over assault See in context

Japan does not need violent visitors, assaulting young women and JR staff.

Japan doesnt need violent Japanese either. And I guarantee you that there are probably a thousand times MORE Japanese that are guilty than foreign residents,

If Wainana is found guilty - he has already admitted to the assaults- he needs to be deported and permanently banned from visiting Japan.

Oh right, you missed something here Wainaina is a resident here, not a visitor, and he should be treated the same as any resident here.

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