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World News >> Japan

Nissan crisis deepens as firm faces potential charges in Carlos Ghosn case
Nissan Motor Co. sinks deeper into crisis as it emerges the car giant could face charges over alleged financial misconduct that led to the arrest ...
11/21/2018 - 05:14 AM


Nissan set to decide on Ghosn’s dismissal as chairman after arrest
Nissan Motor Co. was set to decide on the removal of Carlos Ghosn as chairman at a board meeting Thursday following his arrest for alleged ...
11/22/2018 - 05:07 AM


Government panel paves way for Japan’s working age limit to be raised to 70
The government wants to raise the working age limit from its current threshold of 65 to 70 as part of efforts to promote economic growth ...
11/22/2018 - 04:33 AM


Percentage of Japanese university students with dating experience falls to record low
The percentage of university students with dating experience stands at around 70 percent, the lowest level since surveys by a sex education body began more ...
11/22/2018 - 04:20 AM


Government plans 5% rebates for some cashless payments after 2019 tax hike
The government plans to give a 5 percent reward-point rebate to consumers on some payments made through credit cards and other cashless methods as a ...
11/22/2018 - 04:11 AM


Japan auditors release Moritomo Gakuen report but fail to answer why land was sold so cheap
The national accounting watchdog released a report Thursday on the murky sale of state land in 2016 involving a school operator close to the wife ...
11/22/2018 - 03:48 AM


Pop-up ninja booth gives tourists a virtual reality experience at Nagoya’s Chubu airport
Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture has set up a booth inside its international arrivals lobby that will allow tourists to experience being a ...
11/22/2018 - 03:38 AM


Oldest U.S. military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies at age 106
Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, ...
11/22/2018 - 02:23 AM


Japan tourism rebounded in October after slow month in wake of natural disasters
After a slow month caused by a string of natural disasters, Japan’s booming tourism industry appears to be nearly back on track.Tourism rebounded slightly in ...
11/22/2018 - 02:02 AM


Humans and nature coexist in Ramsar-recognized wetlands — in the heart of Tokyo
A flock of great crested grebes floats on the sea, gently bobbing up and down under the warm November sun.Every so often a bird dives ...
11/22/2018 - 01:38 AM


Japanese firms starting to encourage employees to take naps at work
Napping on the job is generally frowned upon, but a growing number of companies are offering new services and products to allow their employees to ...
11/22/2018 - 12:48 AM


Over 80,000 Yemeni children may have died from hunger, aid group says
An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the civil war in 2015, ...
11/21/2018 - 09:20 PM


Supporters of foreign workers call for equal pay and permanent residence in Japan
Activists on Wednesday called for the creation of a permanent resident visa for blue-collar foreign workers and equal pay as their Japanese co-workers as the ...
11/21/2018 - 08:58 PM


Japan immigration bureau’s tweet over pro-refugee graffiti criticized for focus on vandalism
A Twitter post by the Tokyo immigration bureau that appears to chide people who vandalized public property with messages that criticize the country’s treatment of ...
11/21/2018 - 07:38 PM


U.S. probing Japan’s MUFG for alleged violation of rules against North Korea money-laundering: NYT
U.S. prosecutors have been investigating Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. since late last year on suspicion of breaking regulations that prohibit money laundering in ...
11/21/2018 - 04:18 PM


Shohei Ohtani reflects on successful first year in Major League Baseball
A little over a year ago, Nov. 11, 2017, to be exact, Shohei Ohtani strode into a room full of journalists at the Japan National ...
11/22/2018 - 02:54 AM


Medical tests to determine if Yuzuru Hanyu returns to competition this year
Yuzuru Hanyu will decide whether he will compete again this year based on the results of medical tests he is undergoing in Japan, his coach ...
11/22/2018 - 05:21 AM


Ireland coach Martin O’Neill departs after five years at the helm
Martin O’Neill ended his five-year stint as Ireland coach on Wednesday after relegation in the UEFA Nations League, taking assistant Roy Keane with him.Under O’Neill, ...
11/22/2018 - 05:19 AM


Takakeisho stays ahead of the pack
Takakeisho maintained his one-win lead after beating rank-and-filer Tamawashi on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.The 22-year-old komusubi, whose only loss ...
11/22/2018 - 05:18 AM


Masashi Hosoya heating up on offense for Yokohama
Masashi Hosoya doesn’t pour in 25-30 points every game. He is, however, a solid scoring option for the Yokohama B-Corsairs.Exhibit A: Sunday’s game against the ...
11/22/2018 - 03:32 AM


Rui Hachimura leads Gonzaga past No. 1 Duke
Ascendant star Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and made key late plays to lead third-ranked Gonzaga University to a win over college basketball heavyweight Duke ...
11/22/2018 - 03:14 AM


Kashima beats Kofu to move into Emperor’s Cup semifinals
Recent Asian Champions League winners Kashima Antlers kept the good times rolling in the Emperor’s Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, beating J. League second-division team Ventforet ...
11/21/2018 - 08:26 AM


Japan prepares for next round of FIBA World Cup qualifiers
No Rui Hachimura and no Yuta Watanabe?Japan can’t exactly say “no problem.” At this stage, the team doesn’t want to take anything for granted. With ...
11/21/2018 - 07:37 AM


Sumo 101: Keiko (training)
Amateur sumo is a sport and nothing more.Participants lead lives away from the ring and its governing body has long-standing aspirations to one day be ...
11/21/2018 - 06:41 AM


Takakeisho earns 10th win
Takakeisho recorded his 10th win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday to remain in sole possession of the lead.The 22-year-old komusubi switched gears ...
11/21/2018 - 06:20 AM


Hachimura scores 24 to send Gonzaga to Maui finals
The clock ticking down on a rousing win, Gonzaga’s fans started a chant of “We want Duke!”The Zags will get a chance after an overwhelming ...
11/21/2018 - 05:44 AM


Free agent Hideto Asamura joins Rakuten
The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Wednesday they have acquired infielder Hideto Asamura, who earlier this month declared domestic free agency after playing on the ...
11/21/2018 - 05:28 AM


Yomiuri acquires former Padres infielder Christian Villanueva
The Yomiuri Giants said Wednesday they have signed Mexican-born infielder Christian Villanueva, who played for the San Diego Padres this past season.The 27-year-old Villanueva made ...
11/21/2018 - 05:28 AM


Tokyo seeks early marathon starts
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games hopes to move up the start times of the 2020 marathons by one hour to ...
11/21/2018 - 04:05 AM


Comedy duo Sandwich Man deliver laughter to promote Rugby World Cup
Beyond making their audience laugh with punchlines, comedy duo Sandwich Man have two other missions.One is supporting the Tohoku area’s recovery from the 2011 Great ...
11/21/2018 - 04:04 AM


Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup
Japan proved a cut above in its last friendly before next year’s Asian Cup, beating Kyrgyzstan 4-0 on Tuesday.A second-minute strike by national team debutant ...
11/20/2018 - 08:33 AM


J. League grants Vanraure Hachinohe entry as 55th club
The J. League welcomed its 55th club on Tuesday after its board of directors approved the admittance of Aomori Prefecture’s Vanraure Hachinohe to the league’s ...
11/20/2018 - 06:07 AM


Japan SailGP team joins new global circuit
“This is like Formula One on water.”That’s how Sir Russell Coutts, who won a gold medal for New Zealand in sailing at the 1984 Olympics ...
11/20/2018 - 05:47 AM


Takakeisho stays one win ahead
Komusubi Takakeisho remains the sole leader after he improved to a 9-1 record on Tuesday with five days remaining at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.Takakeisho, ...
11/20/2018 - 05:42 AM


Sumo 101: Gyoji
Sumo referees are arguably the most elaborately outfitted arbiters in the sporting world.The brightly colored kimonos they wear in the ring provide a dramatic contrast ...
11/20/2018 - 05:41 AM


Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo receives Shoriki Award for third time
Kimiyasu Kudo, who this month managed the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks to their third Japan Series victory in four years, won his third Matsutaro Shoriki Award ...
11/20/2018 - 05:18 AM


Hanyu’s health a paramount concern
When a country takes the gold and bronze medals in the same discipline at a Grand Prix it would usually be considered a successful weekend.The ...
11/20/2018 - 05:03 AM


Zozo set to host PGA Tour event in Japan
Japan will host its first-ever PGA Tour event starting next year with one of the fastest growing online business companies in the nation as the ...
11/20/2018 - 04:09 AM


Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura drops 23 on Illinois in Maui Invitational opener
Junior star Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 and No. 3 Gonzaga held off Illinois 84-78 on Monday in the opening ...
11/20/2018 - 03:59 AM


A pair of events centered on non-Japanese artists are helping to build bridges into Japan’s manga market
The Japanese market for manga is worth hundreds of billions of yen and is a crowded field for many young Japanese illustrators to break into. ...
11/18/2018 - 01:53 AM


When it comes to teaching English, a theater troupe answer the CALL
Teachers across Japan no doubt understand the struggle to get junior and senior high school students interested in learning English. For elementary school-aged kids, that ...
11/18/2018 - 01:53 AM


I feared the crush of the rush, but now my commute completes me
Everybody knows that it is hard to make a good living from writing alone. However, every aspiring writer I’ve met has thought they might end ...
11/14/2018 - 05:30 AM


Views from Tokyo: How long is your commute? What do you do during that time?
Those long commutes to work can be rough, luckily smartphones can help pass the time.
11/14/2018 - 05:29 AM


Family fantastic: Kittens Tiger and Sazzles find a fun-filled home in Kanagawa
Tiger and Sazzles, two tiny kittens found abandoned and in need of a home, have found a stupendous one with the Oue family in Kanagawa.
11/14/2018 - 05:28 AM


Jail in Japan for cannabis in Canada? Possible but unlikely
Possession and receipt of marijuana are illegal for Japanese citizens even overseas, but don't expect urine checks at immigration.
11/08/2018 - 05:15 AM


Views from Tokyo: Should Japan follow Canada and legalize recreational marijuana?
What do Tokyoites and tourists think of Canada legalizing pot for recreational use? Could or should it ever happen in Japan?
11/08/2018 - 04:53 AM


An empty space on a Japanese train, a full mailbox of diverse views on the ‘gaijin seat’
Baye McNeil's recent Black Eye column on the "gaijin seat" garnered a great deal of attention. Here are some readers' responses.
11/04/2018 - 04:30 AM


No pushover: a cat named Hokuro
Give Hokuro space and time to come around and you'll have a friend who respects you and a handsome companion to be proud of.
11/04/2018 - 04:29 AM


For work rules in Japan to legally count, employers must hammer them home
Court precedents in Japan have reinforced that work rules lack legal power if they are not easily accessible and known to employees.
10/31/2018 - 06:45 AM


The death of a Japanese countryside festival
Ancient rites bend to an aging, shrinking population, but how much longer can local traditions hold out?
10/31/2018 - 06:44 AM


Indian women in Japan struggle to find their niche
After following their husbands to Japan, educated Indian women face obstacles tracking down work that matches their qualifications.
10/28/2018 - 04:30 AM


The heart knows: An Akita named Harry
Harry, an Akita, has been described as "a gigantic puppy in disguise." At 3½ years old, he still wants to play.
10/28/2018 - 04:29 AM


My husband is not my baby’s father. Can my child take the dad’s name?
A reader writes in to Lifelines asking for some advice on issues related to paternity and marriage.
10/24/2018 - 05:28 AM


Cameroon-born manga artist draws on a life in Japan less ordinary
Kansai-raised Rene Hoshino hopes his stories of growing up as a minority will resonate abroad as they have here.
10/24/2018 - 05:27 AM


Non-Japanese YouTubers tackle the art of vlogging in the vernacular
Meet the foreign creators using the local language to build a Japanese fan base.
10/21/2018 - 03:50 AM


Unstoppable: a calico cat named Leggy
Leggy is petite at 3 kg, but perfectly healthy, and the lack of one of her hind legs does not hinder her.
10/21/2018 - 03:49 AM


‘The Year Book of the Contemporary Society’ celebrates the Japanese buzzwords that will lead us into the new year
What's that word, the one for when you like a person but are too shy to say so? Or how about the one you use ...
11/19/2018 - 04:52 AM


Two words that seem completely similar to one another — how do you tell the difference?
The words "sokkuri" and "sukkari" are used to show resemblance, but one can be used in entirely different situations.
11/19/2018 - 05:09 AM


Let’s discuss the soaring birthrates in developing nations
AFP-JIJI This week’s featured article Soaring birthrates in developing nations are fueling a global baby boom but women in dozens of richer countries aren’t producing ...
11/19/2018 - 04:52 AM


Government to urge companies to curb use of microplastics
New measures are being taken to help clean our seas, but are they too little too late?
11/19/2018 - 04:52 AM


Sharp foresight coupled with penchant for precision
For Chris Hill, CEO of WeWork Japan, the day begins at 5:00 a.m. with meditating in the bath.
11/18/2018 - 04:25 PM


Mindfulness in times of distraction
Mindfulness coach Junya Ogino believes that if leaders learned more about mindfulness and meditation, their employees would also reap the benefits.
11/18/2018 - 02:00 AM


Crowdfunding crowd pleasers
In the past, crowdfunding sites were primarily platforms for startups and individuals short of development funds. Now larger companies are seeing the benefits of allowing ...
11/18/2018 - 01:59 AM


From Christmas markets to skating, ’tis the season to be jolly
For many in Japan, Christmas is about romantic dinners, frosted pastries and fried chicken, but in Tokyo, there are plenty of other ways to get ...
11/18/2018 - 01:57 AM


Aya Tasaki: Empowering women abroad
Aya Tasaki was 5 when she first moved from Tokyo to Illinois. The details of that departure are still etched in her mind. Her father ...
11/17/2018 - 08:54 AM


Forget Kyoto’s temples, try the coffee instead
Though kissaten (old-style) coffee shops like have long been a part of Kyoto, the third-wave coffee boom has increased the number and variety of ...
11/17/2018 - 08:53 AM


A comforting udon noodle recipe for the winter season
Two of the most popular everyday hot udon soups are named after animals that have a special place in Japanese folklore and the Shinto religion: ...
11/17/2018 - 08:52 AM


Yuu: Relaxed kappō dining worth crossing town for
It is not hard to track down the very best of Tokyo’s high-end Japanese restaurants. After all, there are plenty of guides and websites to ...
11/17/2018 - 08:50 AM


Ibrew Shinbashi: Craft beer fits fine in salaryman territory
The cheap, cheerful, crowded, smoke-patinated dives that populate the lower floors of Shinbashi’s Ekimae Building are an enduring time capsule of old-school, after-work salaryman drinking ...
11/17/2018 - 08:48 AM


Chocolate or cheese? With Fujiya’s new Look chocolate, you don’t have to choose
On Nov. 13, sweets maker Fujiya released two new flavors of its venerable Look brand of chocolate: a smoked almond and a cheddar and Camembert ...
11/17/2018 - 08:44 AM


After severe drought, invasive trees around Cape Town to be target of eradication campaign
Big business is backing a South African fund to eradicate invasive trees around Cape Town and yield billions of liters of water as the city ...
11/16/2018 - 07:07 AM


Luxury hotel built in former pit mine to open near Shanghai
A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep.The 18-story Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has ...
11/16/2018 - 06:28 AM


James Turrell’s ‘House of Light’: A modern art house in old snow country
Contemporary artist James Turrell is known for experiential artwork that manipulates his primary medium: light. For the "House of Light" in the Niigata Prefecture town ...
11/16/2018 - 02:38 AM


The Michinoku Coastal Trail: Tohoku’s recovery in action
The Michinoku Coastal Trail is a 2013 initiative by Japan's environment ministry to rejuvenate disaster-stricken Tohoku through ecotourism. At 700-kilometers long, it winds through protected ...
11/16/2018 - 01:07 AM


The monk in mascara: Japanese man finds ‘liberation’ through Buddhism and makeup
As makeup artist Kodo Nishimura sashays into a room in Tokyo balanced on pin-thin heels, he could hardly look less like a practicing Buddhist monk.Immaculately ...
11/15/2018 - 11:37 PM


Colleague’s film captures final days of legendary war reporter Marie Colvin
“Legendary” is a hard-won adjective. But by the time she was killed six years ago in Homs, Syria, by President Bashar Assad’s forces, Marie Colvin ...
11/20/2018 - 06:35 PM


Yellow Magic Orchestra go big and go home
Yellow Magic Orchestra made its 1980 American debut on the legendary American dance show “Soul Train” performing a cover of “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell ...
11/22/2018 - 04:15 AM


The Stylistics: Philly soul comes to Japan
Fresh from a 29-date tour of the British Isles, and celebrating their 50th anniversary year, Philadelphia soul icons The Stylistics are setting up camp in ...
11/22/2018 - 04:07 AM


‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’: Wizards and wands, but no magic
Quick: what’s a good spell against boredom? After getting off to a nimble start with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 2016, J.K. ...
11/21/2018 - 04:30 AM


‘Gangoose’: A modern take on old-school heists
Heist movies play to everyone’s dream of easy money, earned by criminal smarts and daring. But a convention of the genre, going back to Stanley ...
11/21/2018 - 04:30 AM


Bruce Nachbar brings Hollywood know-how to Japanese filmmaking
The Japanese film industry may be the second-biggest in Asia, but to Hollywood it is still an island unto itself, its inner workings little understood. ...
11/20/2018 - 03:31 AM


Japan’s artistic rebels of the 1980s
While nothing so much as an epochal rupture occurred, 1980s' artists in Japan were reactive to the lingering concerns of the '70s — in that ...
11/20/2018 - 03:31 AM


Prosecutors double down on Harvey Weinstein charges amid attempts to have case dismissed
New York prosecutors pushed back Monday against Harvey Weinstein’s latest attempt to have the criminal case against him dismissed, saying there is “ample evidence” to ...
11/19/2018 - 07:05 PM


Saitama city’s Kaparu beats out organized voting to win grand prix title at annual mascot contest
Kaparu from Shiki, a city in Saitama Prefecture, won the 2018 Yuru-kyara Grand Prix (Soft Character Grand Prix) title in the regional division on Sunday.With ...
11/19/2018 - 12:51 AM


African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible with global forum, concert
Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino ...
11/18/2018 - 07:04 PM


Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe sells for record $250,000 at auction
Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe Award sold for a record-breaking $250,000 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, auction officials said late Saturday.The 1961 award statue ...
11/18/2018 - 01:08 AM


Mariya Takeuchi: The pop genius behind 2018’s surprise online smash hit from Japan
On the 40th anniversary of singer-songwriter Mariya Takeuchi's debut, The Japan Times sits down with the musician responsible for such classics as "Sutekina Holiday," "September" ...
11/17/2018 - 09:00 AM


‘On Haiku’: A lifetime’s consideration of the genre, distilled
In his latest book, "On Haiku," Japanese translator and poet Hiroaki Sato ruminates on the history of the genre and its defining features as well ...
11/17/2018 - 08:36 AM


Touching on themes of loss and longing, Kaori Ekuni’s fiction retains a sense of lightness
A prolific writer with over 50 works published in Japanese since 1987, Ekuni's recent novel, "Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies," won her the 2015 Tanizaki Prize. ...
11/17/2018 - 08:34 AM


Japan-born writer Yoko Tawada wins prestigious U.S. literature award for ‘Kentoshi’
The English version of “Kentoshi,” or “The Emissary,” a work by Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, has won the U.S. National Book Award for Translated Literature.The ...
11/16/2018 - 02:53 AM


David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist’ painting sets record after selling for $90 million at New York auction
A painting by British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living ...
11/15/2018 - 10:53 PM


Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, dead at 85
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known ...
11/15/2018 - 04:16 PM


‘It is what it is’
Other countries must closely study U.S. President Donald Trump's lesson on the role of values in diplomacy.
11/22/2018 - 03:48 AM


Brilliant Brexit plan gets a bad reception
Faced with the only possible withdrawal plan, all the party factions, like angry children, continue to demand the impossible.
11/22/2018 - 03:47 AM


Are you buying oil from Saudi Arabia?
To rein in the Saudi regime, the West must not only stop selling it arms, but also stop filling its coffers.
11/22/2018 - 03:46 AM


This Thanksgiving, ample servings of amusement
Sifting this year's other detritus, let us also be thankful for the following amusements.
11/21/2018 - 09:07 PM


Address issues in the technical intern program
Any practices where abuse of foreign workers is suspected should be eliminated.
11/21/2018 - 05:24 AM


Building a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific
While deference usually invites bullying, standing up to China draws respect and a readiness to negotiate and make concessions.
11/21/2018 - 05:23 AM


Renault and Nissan lurch toward war
There's one thing that's clear amid the uncertain future for this carmaking alliance: The Japanese company wants Ghosn gone.
11/21/2018 - 05:22 AM


Nissan must rebuild its governance
The Ghosn scandal highlights Nissan's flawed governance.
11/20/2018 - 05:33 AM


Japan and Russia could finally end WWII
Abe and Putin seem determined to reach a deal on decades-old territorial dispute.
11/20/2018 - 05:32 AM


Now the U.S. Congress can push Saudi Arabia on Yemen
Control of the House will enable Democratic lawmakers to exercise greater oversight of U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war.
11/20/2018 - 05:31 AM


Chinese nationalism: The dog that barks in the night
It is in Beijing's interests to at least calm down and reign in the forces of Chinese nationalism.
11/20/2018 - 05:30 AM


The limits of Beijing’s charm offensive
While China's neighbors will undoubtedly welcome any respite from Chinese belligerence, they will not be fooled by sweet talk — or even sweet trade deals.
11/20/2018 - 05:29 AM


Time for a trade reset, but is China listening?
U.S. President Donald Trump's approach to China could result in a much needed new chapter in trade relations with the second largest economy.
11/20/2018 - 05:28 AM


Agreement eludes APEC
The APEC breakdown makes clear the widening gap in visions of regional order. Choices will have to be made, and soon.
11/19/2018 - 04:43 AM


From entertainment sushi to pension sushi
It is much easier to globalize economic systems, but it is still very difficult to globalize the minds of human beings.
11/19/2018 - 04:42 AM


The environment and economy have become great power pawns
The new cold war has spread far from the geopolitical arena.
11/19/2018 - 04:41 AM


Reconjuring the vision of the Meiji Centennial
Japan has thus far succeeded in preserving its national character while fulfilling its growing responsibility toward the international community.
11/19/2018 - 04:40 AM


The prolonged torture that is Brexit
The only force that could save Theresa May's deal is the Labour Party, but hopes are very thin.
11/19/2018 - 04:39 AM


Congo struggles with its worst Ebola outbreak
Japan should provide more support to medical and humanitarian efforts to combat this horrific disease.
11/18/2018 - 01:50 AM


Putin faces hurdles of his own in territorial spat
Vladimir Putin would like to go down in history as the Russia leader who resolved all his nation's territorial disputes, but the road to reaching ...
11/18/2018 - 01:49 AM


Computers may reshape jobs, but they won’t eliminate them
Take predictions that artificial intelligence and robots will cause massive unemployment in the future with a grain of salt.
11/18/2018 - 01:48 AM



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