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Posted in: Japan to boost child allowances to tackle falling birthrate See in context

smithinjapan

Easing Immigration rules and allowing exponentially more people than at present is Japan's only answer. 

It is not an answer at all, as immigration means and influx of adults, or adults with families. Not babies, So it only adds to the already large top of the population pyramid, and not to the bottom, where the problem is. I know it is PC to promote immigration, but the concept does not withstand a reality check.

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Posted in: 88-year-old woman arrested for dangerous driving after hitting 3 children See in context

I agree that 88 is too old to drive a car. However, I am not totally convinced he is at fault in this particular case. I have children (and adults) suddenly moving into the road with any prior sign that I can not be sure what happened here.

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Posted in: Japan's moon lander comes back to life See in context

This is the way to go. No need to shoot humans up there when you can have robots (soon with AI, so equal to human decision making)

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Posted in: Japan joins others in halting funds for U.N. Palestinian refugee agency See in context

Concerned Citizen

Will Japan apply the same humanitarian standard and likewise condemn Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine and ruthless slaughter of 25000+ Gazans?

You have to define what you meam by "Palestine". As far as Hamas and the PA are concerned, Palestine includes all of Israel. Is that what you mean?

As for "ruthless slaughter", it is called war, and Hamas can end it any time by surrendering and releasing the hostages. Not rocket science.

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Posted in: Japan joins others in halting funds for U.N. Palestinian refugee agency See in context

Daniel Neagari

errrr... why stop funding?

Because the funds go straight to Hamas, which uses it to build tunnels and commit terrorism. Trump was correct in de-funding this, and the result of Biden´s starting the payments again we saw on October 7.

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Posted in: U.S. military helicopters to deploy to Japan's earthquake-hit area See in context

Pseudonymouse

Well it's about time the US military helped out

And they could provide more than two helicopters

I understand they offered help immediately. The delay was on the Japanese side.

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Posted in: Tree that saved lives from 2011 tsunami lives on through storytelling See in context

Rakuraku

Just my guess looking at the Tori in front of it. I thought it may have been built as the tree was considered to be a kami after what happened

I thought the Tori is next to it, not in front of it, and unrelated. But I agree, it would be a nice gesture and a very Japanese thing to designate it as a kami.

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Posted in: Tree that saved lives from 2011 tsunami lives on through storytelling See in context

Rakuraku

Nice to see this tree honored as a Kami.

Is it? I did not see that part in the article.

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Posted in: Tree that saved lives from 2011 tsunami lives on through storytelling See in context

Wow, I never heard of that story. That must have a truly crazy experience.

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Posted in: U.S. livestreamer fined for playing loud music in Osaka restaurant See in context

travelbangaijin

Don't remember all this tough guy talk regarding Paul Logan who made more vile content while in Japan.

Wrong. There was tough talk about that one too, but Somali is a whole level higher on the nuisance scale.

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Posted in: U.S. livestreamer fined for playing loud music in Osaka restaurant See in context

They really went easy on this pest. I had hoped they would give him some more time in state.sponsored accomodation to cool off before deporting him. The Japanese justice system is strange... extremely lenient judgements are mixed with extremely harsh ones.

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Posted in: Man gets 20 years for killing woman, dumping her body in Miyagi mountain forest See in context

Only 20 years?

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Posted in: Landfill work resumes at new U.S. military site on Okinawa despite local opposition See in context

Yubaru

Huh? Guess you dont read the papers or watch the news.

To the contrary, you might want to look deepr than sensationalist news headlines.

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Posted in: Landfill work resumes at new U.S. military site on Okinawa despite local opposition See in context

Fighto!

Communist China has been licking their lips, eyeing off the Okinawan Islands for decades, as they expand their territory.

Nonsense. The CCP has no interest in a bloody military conflict. Their way is slow and steady trickery and economic pressure. China is just a pretext to keep the US military complex here.

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Posted in: Landfill work resumes at new U.S. military site on Okinawa despite local opposition See in context

The US war machine gets its way.

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Posted in: Japan sharply revises down quake missing to 120; death toll 202 See in context

TaiwanIsNotChina

If Ukraine falls, Xi will have more confidence in his military and Russia's support for an invasion of Taiwan.

What in the world does the earthquake have to do with either Ukrain, Russia, Xi, or Taiwan???

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Posted in: Man arrested for pushing woman off station platform in Tokyo See in context

Garypen

Don't you mean 90 degrees or fully perpendicular to the platform edge? 45 might help a little. But, 90 will give you the most stability against being pushed onto the track.

Except you cant look behind you. Seems to me 45 degrees gives you more situational awareness.

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Posted in: Man arrested for pushing woman off station platform in Tokyo See in context

The busiest Yamanote line stations like Shinjuku and Shinagawa still do not have barriers. I wonder why they started putting them up at the less busy stations.

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Posted in: ‘Volunteer’ worker arrested for stealing fruit from damaged home in Ishikawa Prefecture See in context

Paul Spira

Countries other than the US have disasters too and they do not have a problem with looting.

Maybe you also see the world as US vs Japan? There are plenty of counties which are as violent and crime-ridden as the US. The world is bigger than this simple dualism.

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Posted in: ‘Volunteer’ worker arrested for stealing fruit from damaged home in Ishikawa Prefecture See in context

containing six high-quality mikan (mandarins) worth 3,000 yen

I have never heard of one mikan costing 500 yen; what are these things?

And apart from that, 6 mikan are not much of a theft, could it not be he was just hungry?

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Posted in: N Korea again fires shells near sea border with South, as its leader's sister mocks Seoul See in context

I find the leaders sister more scary than the fat boy himself.

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Posted in: China to sanction 5 U.S. manufacturers over arms sales to Taiwan See in context

onigiri

China views democratically governed Taiwan as its territory, a claim Taiwan's government rejects.

which countries in the world recognize that Taiwan is part of china territory? or maybe which agreements any countries ever signed and said that Taiwan belongs to china? under the circumstances and logic of commies, i hereby declare that Moon is my territory.

Err... basicall all countries, except a few in the third world? I am no friend of the CCP, but please note that the US in the 70s transferred diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, endorsing the one-China policy.

All Western countries have followed suit. If you doubt that, try to find a Taiwanese embassy in your neighbourhood.

The desire of the West, lead by the US, to profit from cheap mainland China production to simultaneously claim that Taiwan is a "country" is a amazing example of hypocrisy. Recognize Taiwan first, before "defending" it!

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Posted in: Japan earthquake casts cloud over push to restart nuclear plants See in context

nandakandamanda

The article does not cover nearly all the things that went wrong this time at Shika and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPPs. Water slopping out of spent fuel rod pools is one thing, sure.

What "other things?" Pleases share your knowledge. My impression is that the biased writer would 100% have listed them all, if there were other issues.

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Posted in: Japan earthquake casts cloud over push to restart nuclear plants See in context

After the Jan. 1 quake TEPCO reported water had spilled from nuclear fuel pools at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant - the world's largest - but said radiation levels were normal.

So in other words the plant did just fine. Start them already, especially this one which is one of the most modern designs. The mental gymnastics of the writer to concoct a problem where there is none are amazing.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after slashing 4 men in train at Tokyo's Akihabara station See in context

wolfshineJan. 4  

I dunno, Japan is starting to give off some late stage civilization vibes here.

Today on the Toyoko line again, somebody was spotted with a knife, leading to service being shut down.

It's been a long time coming, but I think within a decade or two, Tokyo will not look much different than New York or London as far as crime and violence is concerned.

That the service was shut down should show you how much different the situation here is. In the Western cities you mention another knife attack would not even make a make ripple...

All that praise for their tough stances on immigration, their politeness, and work ethic will not stop the inevitable. The riches accumulated in the 60s-80s will eventually dry up, and when people get desperate, that's when violent crime surges. Better just to accept it now than deny it and live in a fantasyland.

The idea that crime is simply directly related to wealth is an often-heard excuse, but it does not match reality. Some of the poorest areas in the world are also among the safest. Ignoring all social factors and simply relating everything to money is right out of fantasyland.

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Posted in: Transcripts of fatal aircraft collision reveal coast guard plane not cleared for take-off See in context

The two sides had different understandings of their permission to use the runway.

Scary. That situation should never happen on any airport. I hope they fix the communication problem asap.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after slashing 4 men in train at Tokyo's Akihabara station See in context

Seesaw7

She must have so much hatred about men.

Nobody here has any idea what is going on in her head, and how the situation actually looked like.

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Posted in: China plans to keep ships near Senkakus for 365 days in 2024 See in context

China plans to keep ships near Senkakus

Of course they do. Where is the surprise? It is like reporting "Kim plans to keep firing missiles" or "Biden plans to continue unlimited migration".

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

I find the "joke" excuse more offending than the garbage comment. There was no joke there. He should should have just said "sorry I was rude". Instead he goes to some stupid "joke" excuse, similar to the Japanese stereotypical "I was drunk"...

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Posted in: North Korea on Blinken's agenda in Seoul under shadow of Gaza, Ukraine See in context

Whereeven Blinken goes, expect another diplomatic blunder. This is the incompentent US regime ever.

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