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    Japan has become a new Japan while China has become Japan of old with the same imperial ambitions.

    Posted in: China says it hopes new Japanese carrier doesn't mark return to militarism

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    I think, just think without much information, that Trump will do better with her near by.

    Posted in: Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

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    Yuya Kubo has been on fire ever since he started playing for a Belgian club Ghent.

    Posted in: Japan beats UAE 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

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    Hope his injury is not serious. After all, Kisenosato had missed only ONE DAY due to an illness or injury in his 15 years of professional sumo wrestler life. It has been an amazing run.

    Posted in: Harumafuji hands Kisenosato 1st defeat at spring tourney

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    If Abe steps down, who will be the next PM? Mr Ishiba?

    Posted in: Abe denies allegations in scandal-hit school chief's sworn testimony

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    Renaming ships from Japan's militaristic days...

    There is something missing in translation. They are not exactly same to Japanese people; the one in the past was named "加賀" and the newest one is named "かが" even though both become "Kaga" when transliterated to English. Same thing can be said of "出雲" and "いずも", different names to Japanese, both of which are transliterated to one and the same "Izumo" in English. They are related but not same.

    Posted in: Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service

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    Mr Abe must have been very impressed by shake-hands with Mr Trump.

    Posted in: Welcome hug

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    Russia will never return those islands to Japan!...

    Nobody knows future, even tomorrow. Japan for now decided to give Russian people a chance to reconsider.

    Posted in: Japan, Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute

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    See? The govt is making efforts to accommodate Emperor's wishes....

    Government rules are compulsory. If you do not obey, you will be punished by force. That's a political power. Emperors wishes are voluntary in nature. There is no punishment for those who do not agree with. The Emperor does not have force to make his wishes compulsory. This is the distinction between (political) power and (symbolic) authority.

    Posted in: Diet proposes one-off abdication law for emperor

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    Both are impressive this basho - so far.

    Posted in: Kisenosato, Takayasu share lead at spring sumo midway point

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    Talk about a contrast to Merkel-Trump meeting.

    Posted in: Abe in Germany

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    Mr Abe need to clean up Morimoto Gakuen mess before worrying about NK. If not, it is a time for somebody else to lead the government.

    Posted in: Abe vows to beef up defense; calls N Korean missiles serious threat

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    Mr. Yamashiro was released from jail on bail at 8pm tonight...

    Well, he still has to face charges and stand in the court to clear himself. Thanks to a recent TV show and YouTube, we now know what his activities look like:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eS4o-CxyjI&t=940s

    A short guy with a pink headband in this video is Hiroji Yamashiro.

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    China is Japan's largest export market and this could have disastrous effects on Japan's economy...

    Not really. Japanese export dependency is about 14-15% of GDP (the second smallest among G20). Japanese export to China is less than 3% of GDP. Losing 3% of GDP is a big loss but not "disastrous." Japan can live without China if necessary.

    Posted in: Chinese shops pull Japanese food items from shelves over safety fears

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    Japan made a historic turn to the bottom-up approach from the top-down approach of the past for reconciliation. It may take much much longer but may be the only way to create a genuine relationship. Good luck.

    Posted in: Japan, Russia to start working on specific projects on disputed isles

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    Create more jobs to increase more job shortage. And by so doing, keep pressing for wage hikes as well as urgency to accept more foreign workers.

    Posted in: Record 2.38 mil registered foreigners living in Japan in 2016

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    I've moved on to BABYMETAL.

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    The Emperor in fact has the most dictatorial power even after the war.

    No. In Japan there is a separation between authority (権威) and power (権力). The Emperor has authority but not power. The Emperor in Japan, unlike Kings in other countries, cannot be a dictatorial power because of this separation.

    The latest incident of the Japan's Emperor's wish to abdicate illustrates this situation. The Emperor cannot even abdicate on his own because there is no law that allows him, and he cannot make any law (that is, he has no political power). So the responsibility is on the side of government (law makers) to create a new law to allow him to do so. Then and only then he can abdicate (according to the law made by common people).

    Posted in: Diet proposes one-off abdication law for emperor

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    Even us common folks get to retire, he should too...

    Yes, that is about to be possible by the new proposed laws.

    Posted in: Diet proposes one-off abdication law for emperor

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    I just have the feeling it should be the Emperor telling the Government what to do and not the inverse...

    No. That's not possible under the constitutional monarchy. Japanese Emperor is not above the laws, which are made only by the representatives (government) of the common people. If the Emperor is allowed to tell government (law makers) what to do, then he would be above the laws. And that's absolutely not allowed in Japan.

    Posted in: Diet proposes one-off abdication law for emperor

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