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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors claim Ghosn said Nissan pay plan was not set See in context

Maybe that's why they couldn't find anything to charge him with after holding him for nearly 2 years...

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Posted in: Japan to establish agency to speed up digitalization See in context

20 years behind, and their back to future. Literally.

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Posted in: Anger in France after 'civil war' warning over Macron's 'concessions' to Islamism See in context

Coming from a military that hasn't won a war since it marched under Napoleon, unless you count the invasion of Tahiti, I wouldn't worry too much about it...

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Posted in: Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025 See in context

When the average age of Japanese citizens will be 68...

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Posted in: Can't wait for a jab? Black market COVID vaccines available, at a price See in context

Isn't that supposed to be Sinoharm?

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile See in context

US top diplomat: China acting more ‘repressively, aggressively’ - Antony Blinken says US goal not to contain China but uphold the international rules-based order:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/3/us-top-diplomat-china-acting-more-repressively-aggressively

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching passerby who asked him to wear mask See in context

...and others just have issues...

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Posted in: Keeping it real: Appraisers sift China second-hand luxury market for fakes See in context

It's easy to find the counterfeits. They're on sale at Chinese Duty Free shops, and at Yahoo, eBay and amazon.

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Posted in: Man suspected of killing woman in apartment above him had trouble with another tenant over noise See in context

Yeah, that noise complaint really puts the other events in context, eh? A real slippery slope, noise complaints...

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Posted in: 1st nationwide survey sheds light on young carers in Japan See in context

If the country had functioning, adequately funded, competently staffed social welfare, disability and pension schemes this could be avoided. It doesn't. Half of households headed by single women live in poverty.

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Posted in: Australia defends decision to penalize its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India See in context

Were they vaccinated before they went?

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching passerby who asked him to wear mask See in context

People who refuse to wear masks are not known for their intelligence, empathy or social skills.

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Posted in: Nurses say they are needed elsewhere, not at Tokyo Olympics See in context

"Why would we listen to what a bunch of women say?", asked Mori and Suga in unison.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile See in context

China sees kindness as weakness China sees its own behaviour toward the weak as kindness - look at Tibet and other countries that have fallen to Chinese hegemonym and how many times they've been told they don't know how good they have it. Problem for them is, we all do know... China should be seen for the rapacious predator that it is. It never experienced an enlightenment. It does not see its values as universals to aspire to, but mechanisms of control. If you want to understand how it treats its enemies, look at how it treats is trading partners. Respect for the CCP is a one-way street, and they're the traffic cops.

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Posted in: Clothes in Japan help emit 95 mil tons of CO2 a year, mostly overseas See in context

Article raises more question than it answers...

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Posted in: Strong wind gusts damage 92 buildings in central Japan See in context

Wind has been ripping along the Sea of Japan as well.

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Posted in: North Korea says Biden has a hostile policy; warns of response See in context

He's smarter than you are...

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Posted in: Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since 'many are taking time off now' See in context

Taking time off this week, maybe... but there has been a critical shortage of nurses for at least a decade, and most of them work overtime shifts every week. People who have as little credibility as Suga does struggle to convince people even when they're telling the truth, and they don't help themselves or the country by lying.

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Posted in: As U.S. vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions See in context

What are they going to do with the 40% of the population who refuse to be vaccinated?

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Posted in: Online communities pose risks for young people, but they are also important sources of support See in context

Actually, such "communities" are a prime means by which terrorist organizations and other extremist groups recruit new members, a primary conduit for the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and a haven for cyberstalkers and criminals. Read "Going Dark" by Julia Ebner for a firsthand account by a journalist who infiltrated 5 such groups.

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Posted in: Over half say Japan needs to amend Constitution for virus response See in context

"The survey showed 57 percent of people polled see the need to add a clause that would give more power to the cabinet and limit private rights, eclipsing the 42 percent who said such a stipulation is not necessary." in a country with a strong authoritarian tradition and a superannuated population, I can understand this. The impulse toward authoritarianism is nonetheless quite frightening. And constitutional amendments will not cause changes in people's behaviour, which is at the root of the spread of the coronavirus - it will simply give the central govt more powers that it will never relinquish.

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Posted in: 'Plus-size' boy band in China seeks to inspire fans See in context

...inspire what, exactly?

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Posted in: 80% supportive of reigning empress as pool of heirs shrinks: poll See in context

...and more than 80% of politicians and IHA personnel reject the idea outright. The people may have spoken, just as they voiced their opinion about the Olympics, but their government has no ears to listen.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

These people, who have presumably been tested or vaccinated overseas, are less a treat to public health than continuing to allow public transport and businesses to operate as normal.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka See in context

If you are a US citizen and can afford a plane ticket to California and 2 weeks off, Kaiser is offering free vaccinations to US citizens at its hospitals.

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Posted in: Hello Kitty and her Sanrio pals are collaborating with a notoriously bloody horror anime series See in context

Nice upskirt manga, right? Actually, it's objectification, then sexualization. Sexualization applies to junior and senior high girls.

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Posted in: Afghan retreat: U.S. formally begins withdrawing from its longest war See in context

You knew what you were signing up for. We did, too. Don't blame us for not making the same mistake you made.

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Posted in: Wakayama: The land of the gods See in context

Maybe, just maybe, the most beautiful place in Japan.

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Posted in: Governor Koike should begin thinking of a ‘Plan B’ involving cancelation of the Tokyo Olympics. See in context

She ought to be thinking of plan B for when she loses her next election...

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