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Posted in: 34% of Japan's small, mid-sized firms intend to hike pay: survey See in context

Let's elect the LDP once more in a landslide! After all, they are doing such a great job steering this country.

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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

This will work about as well as stopping the Olympics and Abe's funeral.

As long as these people keep voting in the LDP the people have no will in this country.

Honestly not materially different from the CCP or Singapore's PAP, but at least the Chinese are not pretending they are a democracy.

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Posted in: Japan remains global laggard in fight against live animal testing See in context

Japan remains global laggard...

Fill in the rest with almost anything, other than poor treatment of women.

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Posted in: Japan gov't spokesman's secretary to quit over drink-driving ticket See in context

 Less than a kilometer, walk home you idiot.

But it was cold, and it's a known fact that blue blood doesn't do well in cold.

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Posted in: Japan gov't spokesman's secretary to quit over drink-driving ticket See in context

My takeaway from this story is that a glorified secretary needs his (didn't check but almost certainly a man) own secretary.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

The global community

The vast majority of counties with the vast majority of the world's population has not taken a side in this conflict.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

The German foreign minister who is only in the job because of DEI check boxes, said that the NATO is at war with Russia. Of course, I am sure she shouldn't have but she is not too smart.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

Translation: the government wants to cut subsiding treatments and vaccines. Purely a cost measure that can be redirected to appease the US warmongers. This has nothing to do with health reasons.

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Posted in: Djokovic's father filmed with fans holding pro-Russia flags at Australian Open See in context

So what? Is he not allowed to have free speech?

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Posted in: Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met See in context

Please don't tell him he needs to fly to Poland, and then take the train, like Salaryman Taro and Office Lady Fumiko does every day. There won't be any Crown Centuries for his disposal.

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

What a brilliant idea from these brilliant people running this country.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

And when they’re not in agreement, sole custody is the only choice. Historically, fathers and non-Japanese spouses have been the biggest losers when sole custody is the only option.

The government needs to fix this.

No, it doesn't. I'd say in 99% of the cases, the child is better off with a Japanese mother than a foreign father.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

Please don't tell him he needs to fly to Poland, and then take the train, like Salaryman Taro and Office Lady Fumiko does every day. There won't be any Crown Centuries for his disposal.

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Posted in: Sakhalin exception: The Russian energy Japan can't quit See in context

 no one will forget who was on the wrong side of history and was complicit.

it's a cliche but 100% true: history is written by the winners and never the losers

If I had to bet, I'd bet on future history being written in Chinese and not in English (and certainly not in Japanese).

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Posted in: Sakhalin exception: The Russian energy Japan can't quit See in context

 also on nuclear power:

You can't turn nuclear power to gas and oil which is needed to run cars and trucks and for most people to cook and hear their homes.

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Posted in: Sakhalin exception: The Russian energy Japan can't quit See in context

Most Western European countries increased trade with Russia in 2022, so it's not only Japan.

Most of the hard sanctions against Russian energy is only coming into effect in early 2023. The real problem in Europe with energy will be next winter, not this year. So they are hoping they can kick Russia out of Ukraine this year. Of course that's not going to happen. The only hope is negotiated peace with Ukrainian concessions, but the US war machine that needs a constant conflict will not let that happen.

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Posted in: Sakhalin exception: The Russian energy Japan can't quit See in context

This is why the sanctions are a joke. Russia is laughing all the way to the bank, while consumers are paying the higher prices.

This is worse then virtue signaling. While for the most part, virtue signaling is useless but harmless, these sanctions are literally reducing the quality of life for the population of the counties imposing the sanctions, while let's Russia just take in more money from higher prices selling to most of the world not on board with the sanctions, including Japan.

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Posted in: Japan reports inflation hit 4%; 41-year high in December See in context

Prices for oil and many commodities have declined

Not for long once the price caps on oil take effect. Also the importation ban on diesel from Russia that will take effect soon will increase shipping costs. Trucks and ships don't run on solar power.

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Posted in: Japan reports inflation hit 4%; 41-year high in December See in context

keep prices the same but cut the size of the product

Now with 25% more fresh Fukushima air in the box.

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Posted in: Japan reports inflation hit 4%; 41-year high in December See in context

That rate is still relatively low, compared to some other nations

Of course the article forgets to mention that wages also going in those "other nations".

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

In dollar terms, Japan's average annual pay totalled $39,711 in 2021

That's around 5 million yen. Is that per household or individual (I assume household otherwise it would be mentioned otherwise)? The individual pay AFAIK is around 3 million per year in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

Sorry here: https://chof360.com/japan-is-going-to-have-to-start-culling-its-zombies-sooner-or-later/

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

https://www.ft.com/content/994ef667-84da-4ccc-8921-b8db81576751

Here's the same article without a paywall: https://www.ft.com/content/994ef667-84da-4ccc-8921-b8db81576751

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

Battered by the pandemic

How so? I thought the excuse would be Putin or the supply chain issues.

The truth is most of these business are not viable unless the interest rates are zero.

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Posted in: Bird statue fetches $100,000 as Musk auctions Twitter HQ items See in context

I was told Twitter would crash and burn by now.

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Posted in: Japan posts record trade deficit of ¥19.97 trillion in 2022 See in context

And Kishida wants to splash out on US arms!

He really doesn't, but he was told to do so.

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Posted in: Gov't to discuss downgrading COVID-19 classification to same as influenza See in context

reduce medical expense support.

The real reason

calls are growing to further spur economic activities.

How so? What economic activities are currently curtailed?

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Posted in: Nissan, Renault near rebalancing of alliance See in context

Nissan will be forever propped up by the taxpayers of Japan.

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Posted in: Davos organizers: Musk wasn't invited despite what he says See in context

Davos. The junket of all junkets for a bunch of elite hypocrites.

Elon is smart to stay away from these people.

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Posted in: Japan to test new freight routes amid global supply chain instability See in context

Japan invents new seas and new continents. Got it.

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