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    gaijinfo

    Asians, yes.

    But for Europeans, Americans, and Africans, Japans not really on many people's "to do" list, unless they are ALREADY interested in J-culture, which would mean yes, repeat.

    I doubt visiting Japan is on any non-Japanophile's bucket list.

    Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?

  • 6

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    he didn't regret letting his archrival Mikhail Khodorkovsky out of prison last year.

    This isn't something world leaders do. This is something movie super-villains do.

    1) Having "archrivals"

    2) Deciding whether or not their "archrivals" go to prison, and when they get out

    Posted in: Putin promises economic recovery to worried Russia

  • -1

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    This will only go so far, as J tobacco is a huge supporter (financially) of J-gov.

    This is one of those "we're going to re-double our efforts to put an eye on having a discussion about thinking about how to handle this issue" type of things.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

  • 5

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    Sadly, many folks in her situation would rather be in jail, where they can finally be in "peace" than be chained to taking care of a relative.

    I'm sure she's thought about doing this for a long, long time.

    Posted in: 72-year-old woman arrested for killing bedridden son

  • 11

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    The increase in consumption tax and implementation of aggressive “Quantitative Easing” in such close proximity in itself is both remarkable and historic.

    Sheesh man, get over yourself. Raising and taxes and printing money is NOT remarkable, and it is certainly NOT historic.

    It's what every soon-to-collapse economy has done since the dawn of time.

    Right before they go bust.

    Posted in: Abenocolypse: the perceived fall of Japan

  • 1

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    It takes a long time for a song to be "accepted" as a "traditional" Christmas carol.

    It happens, just not lickity split.

    It''s also a tough market. Anybody skilled in writing music would much rather make commercial successes than waste time on a long shot song that wouldn't make them any money for a couple of decades.

    Also, these "traditional" carols that we hear now were created during a time when a few folks controlled most of the TV/Radio, so they were more or less force-fed to us.

    BUT, it's still possible. I imagine the song "Last Christmas" will slowly gain in popularity, and will be considered a "traditional' carol in a couple decades.

    Posted in: How come there are no new Christmas carols or songs created anymore? Why do we just keep listening to all the old favorites written decades ago?

  • 9

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    This isn't even an "election." It's only being held because the outcome is already pre-determined.

    In fact, this is the OPPOSITE of an election. The consolidation of power.

    And all the goofs screaming in front of all the stations (and all the "journalists" writing about "democracy") merrily comply without a second thought.

    Sheep being led to a slaughter.

    Posted in: Politics Japanese style isn't all bad

  • 3

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    Mythology is a pretty accurate term.

    Without VAST amounts of imports of fossil fuels, Japan's rice industry (and all other imaginary self sufficiency) would vanish.

    If Japan were TRULY self sufficient, not needing to rely on foreign oil or coal, or even uranium to power their nuclear reactors, they could only support about 50% of the current population.

    It's also ridiculous to think you're anywhere NEAR self-sufficiency when your whole economy is dependent on exports.

    Posted in: Japan’s issues with sustainability, food self-sufficiency, and food security find their perfect metaphor with rice – a staple not only caught up in tradition and national mythology, but in the ever-changing world of global economics.

  • 0

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    I thought HK was popular long before 2009. I remember way back in the 1990's my local mall in SoCal had a Sanrio store filled with HK goods.

    And this was in a non-Asian (mostly white and hispanic) area.

    Posted in: Hello Kitty now makes 90% of its money abroad

  • 3

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    I promise you that we will once again see this region and all of Japan become the center of the world and shine

    Once again? When was Japan ever even CLOSE to shining or being the "center of the world?"

    The only thing Japan is going to be the center of is ridicule, and prime examples of what NOT to do to your economy if you DON'T want to purposely run it into the dirt.

    Long Live The Yen Carry Trade!

    Posted in: A look at what's at stake in Dec 14 election

  • 18

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    Don't you fools know that Japan was a VICTIM of WWII?

    Therefore they simply COULDN'T have forced women to have sex against their will. There is no objective facts. Meaning there is no official document signed by official Japanese officials officially making it official documented policy to force women to have sex when they don't want to.

    Therefore it didn't happen.

    See how that works?

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

  • -3

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    These goofs LOVE trying to decide how to spend other people's money.

    Posted in: How to avoid the climate change storm

  • 1

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    If there were a big dumpster nearby, I would de-clutter in a jiffy.

    Sadly, I'm afraid of the evil eye if I ever trash anything other than the proper materials wrapped up in the proper bags.

    When I lived in the states I'd often use a service called "junk to the dump." You'd pile it up, they'd come and haul it away.

    But those scary dudes were nowhere near as cute as this girl.

    Posted in: From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home

  • 1

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    That lady with the kid should save her money rather than blow it in shibuya.

    And if she does manage to save some, the LAST thing she would buy is soon to be worthless J-bonds.

    Posted in: Young Japanese worry about future amid recession

  • 2

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    "The fact that companies are spending money on prizes reflects the free money policy of the central bank."

    Fixed.

    Posted in: The fact that companies are spending money on prizes reflects their good corporate profitability. The number of prizes is a gauge of spending on advertising.

  • 3

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    It doesn't matter how much economic flim flam and esoteric jargon you use.

    Going deeper in dept when your economy is sinking down the toilet is always an idiotic idea.

    "Hey we're broke, and there's NO WAY we can pay back what we already owe. What should we do?"

    "Borrow MORE!"

    "GREAT idea!"

    Posted in: As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

  • 1

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    Tap on the shoulder.

    All planned.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Matsui decide not to run in lower house election

  • -18

    gaijinfo

    Keep all immigrants out. Including goofs like me.

    in the long run, it's Japan's only hope.

    Immigration has already ruined the west beyond repair. It's not too late for Japan.

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

  • 3

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    So, let me get this straight, if I want to commit some crime and keep the cops busy while I do so, I just have to send in an accomplice to keep them busy?

    Usually in the movies they need to create some kind of explosion or something. But I guess a pretty face and a bento is all you need in J-land.

    Posted in: Hanky-panky in kobans leave police blushing

  • 4

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    However, Abe’s ruling Liberal Democrats have a solid majority and hope to further consolidate their power at a time when opposition parties are weak and in disarray.

    This is the key right here, kids. Abe is striking when he KNOWS he will maintain power, so he can later claim the "people" support his economic idiocy.

    This move is NOT to "check in with the voters." This is a CALCULATED consolidation of power, indicating that things are about to get pretty serious.

    Generally speaking, when political leaders "consolidate power" as the economy crumbles, it doesn't end well.

    Posted in: Diet to be dissolved Friday afternoon

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