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Posted in: Japan begins seawall work for controversial new U.S. base in Okinawa See in context

@Tiger....Exactly! Everyone likes to have collective amnesia regarding the facts, there is no land being taken, it's being returned, no one fishes at Oura Bay, and no one cared anything about the "environment" until the base extension started moving forward.

With all that construction going on - massive amounts of sand from all over Japan - huge construction project - massive disruption of wild life, it is a NEW BASE. Let's not mince words. The propaganda is that "It's just an extension to an already existing base."

Anyone who uses this argument to justify their stance is being a hypocrite!

Just take a look at "massive amounts of sand" "huge construction project" (It's just a runway extension).....

Oh I am not talking about Henoko....it's Naha Airport. Same thing! Oh the hypocrisy!

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Posted in: Japan begins seawall work for controversial new U.S. base in Okinawa See in context

"New Base" is just propaganda, similar to any other brainwashed person would say who has no ability to think for themselves. If the press says it, it's gotta be true!

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Posted in: Japanese frantically gearing up for civil defense See in context

And who gets ¥620,000 for just their summer bonus? Is this the average guy we are talking about here?

As with so many other articles here about salary and bonuses the only people who "count" are the ever shrinking numbers of salaried workers and government employees. The ever growing numbers of contracted and PT workers don't count in the averages anymore.

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Posted in: SDF trying to stop members from going AWOL See in context

Yes, I do find that rather interesting. If war does ever break out, everyone in the SDF could just quit.

The SDF, contrary to what Abe wants, is not a military, it's a government paid position, like any other government jobs here, a person can quit whenever they choose, so calling them AWOL is reality is incorrect, as that term typically is reserved for military service members.

Also, usually it's reserved for a time of war, if a service member is AWOL more than 30 days, they could be charged with desertion, which of course is a more serious offense. Going AWOL could be anywhere from a day to years, and all depends upon how the military chooses to charge the offense.

The pressure to NOT quit, is just like with any company or business here, the "group" suffers if one member chooses to stop coming.

The person who wrote this article is writing it using military jargon that is out of place when talking about the SDF.

People walk away from their jobs everyday, they aren't referred to as being AWOL, they just quit!

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Posted in: SDF trying to stop members from going AWOL See in context

There is no penalty associated with quitting the SDF. It's not like other military's around the world where going AWOL or desertion could land the person in jail.

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Posted in: FSA steps up scrutiny of banks to fight dirty money See in context

Japanese bankers probably think themselves as being immune from money-laundering, well besides their "special customers" anyway.

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Posted in: Man arrested for living above public toilet in Oita for three years See in context

And his crime ?

From the article:

However, now faced with trespassing charges, the question remains how he will be dealt with. A fine would seem pointless and prison would probably be an improvement.

Yet prison would hardly be an improvement over having his freedom taken from him.

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Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella? See in context

This is purely an academic question, Japan would lose it's "victim" status right quick and be called out as hypocrites on the world stage, IF they even starting considering developing nukes.

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Posted in: Cabinet approval rate rises to 58.7% See in context

Don't be fooled by these poll numbers, 508 people responded, an average, if truly taken from "all" Japan, of roughly 11 respondents per prefecture. Nothing mentioned about, income, party affiliation, etc etc etc, but the numbers are high, suggesting a targeted audience.

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Posted in: Venture firm develops device to prevent kids' smartphone addiction See in context

There is an easier way to prevent smart phone addiction for kids.....don't buy them for them! Kids don't "need" smart phones.

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Posted in: Japanese destroyers start drill with U.S. carrier Carl Vinson See in context

War mongering, alive and well. I guess bush and his ilk taught us nothing.

So what do you suggest be done about NK? Keep on talking? More sanctions? My bad, neither have worked now for at least a generation, and they continue to develop nukes?


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Posted in: Japan Inc braces for labor reform See in context

If they can get this to work (i.e., if companies really cooperate), Japanese might start getting married again and having kids.

This is totally different. Just because they may control some level of overtime, it does nothing about the lack of inter-sex communication skills. Just getting married for marriage sake or to have kids is one of the WORST reasons ever.

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Posted in: Japanese businessman shot dead in Philippines See in context

Japan should press the Philippines government and ask why Japanese men are being targeted in Philippines regularly. A temporary visa ban will get the Philippines government moving.

And maybe the Philippines should press Japan about all the women lured here into the sex trade!

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Posted in: Disabled evacuees suffer from frequent moving after Fukushima disaster See in context

Among 147 physically disabled and mentally retarded people 

Stopped reading right there, the writer, or translator, of this article really needs to get with the times! I suggest that they are the one's "retarded" here!

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Posted in: Japan Inc braces for labor reform See in context

I'm sure half of the "costs" they will encounter is the NEW phenomenon of paying a person for their overtime work.

Learn something here please, paying overtime used to be automatic. I worked for a major Japanese corporation during the bubble years and plenty of co-workers didnt actually begin "working" until 5PM, we made a killing on overtime, many months, double our normal salary.

It's no phenomenon

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Posted in: A guide to Japan’s faux holidays from ‘Cat Day’ to ‘Thank You Day’ and everything in between See in context

Another glance at your smartphone screen – February 9, and you learn it’s Meat Day!

Besides, February 9th, every month, on the 29th, is Ni-ku-no-hi at the local yaki-niku shops and supermarkets.

This isn't another "oh Japan is so special" kind of things either, stop the BS PLEASE! The author needs to do some better research before writing articles like this!

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Posted in: Record number of minors fall victim to crime via social media See in context

Parental controls are unheard of here. I know way too many people that have zero idea regarding net security and parental control or monitoring.

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Posted in: Japan Inc braces for labor reform See in context

"Coming on top of labor shortages, Abe's plan will cause declines in sales and profits. We have done what we can in terms of streamlining," wrote a manager at a machinery maker, one of the nine percent of firms which saw a considerable jump in labor costs.

For mid-size and smaller manufacturers I can testify that this is true, BUT for the major corporations, hell no, they have not streamlined, they still do mass hiring and waste time, productivity, and money on training people for jobs that have little or no future.

Investing in technology - from new computer systems to artificial intelligence, robots and the internet of things - was the most cited method of boosting productivity in the survey. But implementing this could be easier said than done.

Should have done this years ago, many Japanese offices are still stuck in using paper for everything under the sun! Less workers means having to adapt to survive, but adaptation in a Japanese business takes too much time.

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Posted in: U.S. naval armada to be in Sea of Japan in days See in context

What folks also probably aren't aware of is that the Carl Vinson may be near the Korean Peninsula, the Ronald Reagan group is at Yokosuka too.

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Posted in: Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict See in context

 It is impossible to became a Japan citizen if not born to a Japanese parent in Japan. 

Really? Where in the world did you ever get this idea? You are greatly mistaken here, I am living proof of that fact, and I can introduce you to many, many, others!

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes proposals on emperor's abdication See in context

Joko sounds a little like Joker.

Not if you know Japanese, not even close!

I wonder why this topic interests foreigners and taken up here. Most Japanese people are indifferent on this matter.

Must be new to JT. That is just an observation and not meant as anything negative. There are plenty of stories you will read here on JT and comments made aplenty, that Japanese themselves are either apathetic to, or in many cases have already read about, days, and sometimes weeks prior to it being posted here.

It is an opportunity for foreigners to get a small insight into Japanese politics and other subjects.

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Posted in: Damages suit dismissed over tsunami deaths at disaster-use facility See in context

The city also claimed it could not have foreseen the tsunami reaching the area where the disaster-use facility stands.

Yes, they could have, history has a funny way of repeating itself.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over 2008 murder of 73-year-old neighbor See in context

Police said their breakthrough in the case came after a DNA test last June showed a match between some material found beneath the victim’s fingernails and that of the suspect.

Wow, justice sure has moved slowly in this case. Took the cops long enough to test for dna. Seems to me in other murder cases they get dna results within days, if not hours, and this time it took over 8 freekin' years?

Not a high priority case I'll bet.

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Posted in: Mothers want 'words of appreciation' and 'time together' instead of flowers: survey See in context

When respondents were asked if they wanted to spend time with their children on Mother’s Day, approximately 60% (59.1%) said “yes” (total of those who replied they “want very much to spend time together” and “want to spend time together if possible”). A minority of 4% replied that they “want to spend time apart” (total of those who “want to spend time apart if possible” and “want to spend time apart”). By age, the highest response for “want to spend time together” was from mothers in their 30s with the proportion declining the higher the age group.

30's "want to spend time together" no doubt, many if not most in that age category have young children, and these young (relatively) mother's are probably out working their butts off to care for their children. This is a no brainer I would think.

Funny though that the number of mothers, overall, that "want very much to spend time together" is rather low in my opinion.

But then surveys like this can be read any different numbers of ways.....

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes proposals on emperor's abdication See in context

I hope that the Emperor has a chance to actually enjoy his retirement! These politicians are making this harder than it needs to be!

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

Waiting for the argument that they went as private citizens......

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Posted in: Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict See in context

Japan should not just be an economic power but a country respected and relied on in the world for its high ethical views and morality," Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said last week. Morality? You speak of high ethics and morality? Damn what a hypocrite. She is blinded by her own rhetoric.

It is clear that a national view centered around the emperor cannot be viable under the current constitution," the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun daily said in an editorial. So, this is double speak for, "When the current constitution gets changed, these views will become viable once again!"

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Posted in: Victim's activities likely known to robbers in Y384 mil cash heist See in context

Never heard of a check or bank transfer? It does not excuse the thieves, but what person in their right mind withdraws and carries around that kind of cash?

Oh right....heiwa boke Japanese gold buyer.

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Posted in: Should airlines be allowed to overbook on flights (selling more seats than available to account for the likelihood of no-shows)? See in context

I believe they should be able to, and the recent case with the guy who got pulled off the flight was totally the airlines mistake and they should pay for it.

THe industry as a whole does it ALL the time, BUT other airlines make a point of NEVER asking a seated passenger to remove themselves from the airplane. It is ALL handled prior to boarding.

Airlines arent the only ones who do it either, it very common with hotels as well, and hotels ensure over booked customers have rooms, it's a common business practice that no one should be surprised about either.

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Posted in: Japan's exports, imports surge in March See in context

Annoying as hell to have to log in everytime .....not worth leaving a comment!

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