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U.S. Vice President Pence to visit Japan next week

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3 days? we have to pay for this? the guy is a radical christian fundamentalist who believes that to finish the world, the second coming will take them to heaven. how about to meet in SK? or is there arms deals involved?

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He should have chosen to stay in the US. This guy lacks of charm and compassion. His “principle” is an antipode to Japanese values.

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He once claimed that smoking does not cause cancer because he knows someone that smoked their whole life and didnt die because of cancer....no kidding. Funnily enough one of his big donors is American tobacco.

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Laying the groundwork for the approaching war?

Ye gods, I hope not.

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His “principle” is an antipode to Japanese values.

Antipode to Japanese values? What are those values you are talking about here? Abe’s ideology is in fact not that far from this guy. Both are very spiritually oriented towards religion, both pushes for strict tradition and conservatism and both promote a dangerous nationalism.

I say that Pence will be more than welcomed by Abe and by the xenophobic and revisionist Nippon Kaigi organization to which not only Abe but also a lot of the current government members are affiliated to.

So please don’t just look one way here and ignore the reality of what Japan is today by pretending that’s always the other who are bad but never Japan.

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He once claimed that smoking does not cause cancer

This was also the case of Japanese finance minister Aso who last year questioned the cigarettes-lung cancer link.

So again I don’t think that the current government in Japan is that much different from what is happening in US. Both are displaying a level of insanity which is quite deplorable.

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And I am SURE "Mother" and the girls will go too. How many family trips will they take on the taxpayers' dime??? China, Australia, Central and South America: Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Panama;, Eastern Europe....now Japan, Korea (I left out Christmas in Aspen). Seriously I feel like the taxpayers are his personal Thomas Cooke agency for his family!

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AussieboyToday  05:12 pm JST

He once claimed that smoking does not cause cancer because he knows someone that smoked their whole life and didnt die because of cancer....no kidding. 

There's a poster here in a thread on Japan/smoking restrictions claiming the very same thing...

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There are people who argue that dying early of tobacco smoking is a boon for other taxpayers as it reduces one's pension-drawing years. This is a quite different argument, I guess! More to the point if one is going to charge "insanity" which, I guess, is an exaggeration for "illogical thinking, " would be the matter of why Japan must again buy anti-missile missiles that do not work (See today's Japan Times front page "U.S. Aegis Ashore interceptor missile test fails"). Did Japan not buy a similarly useless system from the USA about twenty years ago? Perhaps then it was called the "Patriot" missile system?

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@Christina: Japan has Aegis PAC3 in four prefectures that are between NK and Guam. USA has been trying to sell AEGIS ASHORE to Japan but talks had been failed after Hawaii scare revealed it is push button down warning system, not high air missile detection and protection system.

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I think Pence will rush to SK. When Trump came to Japan, Japan fed only hamburgers for each meal.

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How many family trips will they take on the taxpayers' dime??? China, Australia, Central and South America: Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Panama;, Eastern Europe....now Japan, Korea (I left out Christmas in Aspen).

....and still some :-(. You left out his visits (with "Mother" - not sure about the girls) to Germany and Belgium!

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Pence is coming to give Abe his latest orders: tell your people to shut up about our bases, buy more US arms to support the US economy and keep poking NK; and don't forget the US is the occupying army.

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What a waste of taxpayers money on both sides!!!

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U.S. Vice President Pence to visit Japan next week

Why? He knows nothing about Asia or defense or trade or . . .

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Someone with his delusional religious beliefs is not welcome in a civilized developed nation

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Antipode to Japanese values? What are those values you are talking about here? Abe’s ideology is in fact not that far from this guy. Both are very spiritually oriented towards religion, both pushes for strict tradition and conservatism and both promote a dangerous nationalism.

> I say that Pence will be more than welcomed by Abe and by the xenophobic and revisionist Nippon Kaigi organization to which not only Abe but also a lot of the current government members are affiliated to.

> So please don’t just look one way here and ignore the reality of what Japan is today by pretending that’s always the other who are bad but never Japan.

Such a fantastic comment, I had to quote it. Excellent post daito!

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