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I've never been given the opportunity to retract anything. There are some things I'd like to retract. Anyway, this guy is a walking disaster. Better allot these kinds of jobs based on competence. If such a thing is possible in this feudal system.

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I believe wholeheartedly that professional proactive community based care and support there is an escape from hopeless despair and loneliness .

Suffering severe depression a is debilitative mental condition. With the right treatment, and support network, the elderly will not feel life has passed them by in isolation. I am convinced transforming social care can prevent these tragedies.

If society views there elderly pensioners as useless liabilities, these vulnerable people with nowhere to turn for sympathetic counseling will become victims to a group that are motivated, I suggest, by self-interest that permeate pessimistic views that given the choice to terminate life can be justified with corn flake packet faux platitudes, as no one escapes death it's only the timing or only sure moments in life are birth and death. Life is far to precious.

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I have an idea. Try raising your wage for the cashiers that work there and do an excellent job? If the wage was say ¥1600 hourly, you would have no more problems.

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It's always interesting to see what they come up with, but who bought the solid gold Godzilla from the previous year? or the solid gold Mickey Mouse from the year before? Or the $5 million cast of Lionel Messi's foot? I'm guessing the answer is nobody and it's just the same gold getting melted down and recast year after year. Good PR though.

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How many gaffs are these knuckleheads allowed to make before he has to "Get out!"?

In charge of the Tohoku disaster area and "relief". Ha.

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Foot in mouth disease is a growing epidemic among Japanese politicians.

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154 million yen for 15 kilograms is about double the cost of the gold (assuming it's pure) at today's bullion prices. Hope the lucky purchaser will be happy with their investment!

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The state has maintained that the construction of the relocation facility in the Henoko area is "the only solution" to address the problems of the current site in a densely populated residential zone while maintaining the deterrent capability of the Japan-U.S. alliance.

 

The central government insists that the Henoko relocation is "the only solution" to eliminate the hazards posed by the current air field that is located in a densely-populated residential area and at the same time to maintain the deterrent capability.

 

Note, however, that the Yokota Air Base and Atsugi Naval Air Base in Metropolitan Tokyo are both surrounded by densely-populated residential areas also, so that according to the central government's theory both bases must be closed and relocated somewhere else. But would they remove these bases to some other place? Why aren't Yokota and Atsugi subject to relocation while Futenma is? The government's explanation for Futenma's relocation is nothing but shenanigans.

 

Does the removal of the Marine base outside Okinawa fundamentally affect the overall deterrence of the U.S. military in Japan? Is Okinawa the only place where the Marines can train their combat skills in jungle and amphibious warfare with Ospreys mobilized? What's the reason why the Osprey's pilot must train for mid-air refueling in Okinawa?

 

Can anyone give reasonable answers to these questions? 

 

This new base is a white elephant. The construction is all nonsense -- waste of money and destruction of pristine natural environment, but, above all, it means selling the nation's sovereignty and territory to a foreign country, making Okinawa a permanent U.S. military colony.

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I knew people that used stimulants in college. It really made them focused for studying, but they also needed them when taking the tests or they crashed out. Gave them a weird smelling breath too.

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They are hardly imposing looking chaps, are they? I mean, the mere sight of them doesn't have me quaking in my boots or anything here.

They always look a bit...skinny, to me. In uniforms that are way too big for them.

You are going to fight them one on one, then? Go ahead, let's see how tough you are.

And the Tubster there just looks as though he is a Play Station specialist. A COD type.

I don't think they played COD. It's the American keyboard warriors that obsessed with it.

They just don't look that hard.

It's the senior military officers, not UFC fighters. Really, your intelligence quotient is worth questioning. Using your logic I bet I could make good ol' James Mattis unconscious in few seconds.

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Shojiro Nanya, 72, Masao Yamazaki, 68, Masataka Ide, 78, and Takeshi Kakiuchi, 69

All past the minimum age of 60 and living the good life in a gold pavilion.

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I have a packet of asprins that's about to expire. Should I bang my head on the table just so I can use them up?

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massive disruption of wild life

this from the people who beat the crap out of dolphins for fun

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I never know exactly the drug they are talking about in Japanese news. They say stimulants in English, I am guessing this is 覚醒剤 かくせいざい which would be crack. Or is it meth? Or pot? I never know they are so vague. Speed could be a stimulant...

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@Tiger....Exactly! Everyone likes to have collective amnesia regarding the facts, there is no land being taken, it's being returned, no one fishes at Oura Bay, and no one cared anything about the "environment" until the base extension started moving forward.

With all that construction going on - massive amounts of sand from all over Japan - huge construction project - massive disruption of wild life, it is a NEW BASE. Let's not mince words. The propaganda is that "It's just an extension to an already existing base."

Anyone who uses this argument to justify their stance is being a hypocrite!

Just take a look at "massive amounts of sand" "huge construction project" (It's just a runway extension).....

Oh I am not talking about Henoko....it's Naha Airport. Same thing! Oh the hypocrisy!

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When the people attempting suicide are in their 70's and 90's, yes, a 4-foot barrier could definitely have been a deterrent.

I do not think so

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All out war would be of detriment to anyone king in Japan - it is not the way forward at all......,

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@kurisupisu, this is nothing to joke about. He not only risked the lives of the 24 people on that bus, he risked the lives of people 50 previous times while behind the wheel.

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I lost interest halfway through the article as it just came across as inane.....

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Obviously, too much coffee....

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@Dom Palmer

As I walk on the ground, not above nor in the ground I propose that ground level is the place that radiation levels should be measured - you do see that, don't you?

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On my bucket list for my next visit home

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So what should we do with them?

Life without parole. That way innocent people might get released before they die, instead of being murdered by the state.

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So Abe is "deeply involved" in the issue, it's his "top priority", and yet he has done absolutely nothing at all to resolve it. When were the last discussions with North Korea on the issue? Years ago. No wonder the families of the abductees are deeply unhappy with Abe's lack of activity. He is all words and no action.

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It now displays comment section on my Windows 7 PC with IE11.

Thanks for fixing, JT!

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wtfjapan- So what you are saying is that it is perfectly acceptable for you to seize whatever land you want from the Okinawans, even if its their personnel private property or something they consider sacred.

They're actually not seizing any land at all but reclaiming ocean floor that is in the location of an existing base. The majority of the area was prohibited to fishing vessels already and no one even fished in Oura Bay anyways. To the contrary of your statement, the reclamation of seafloor is being done in order to return private property and sacred land that is within MCAS Futenma.

What's the point of being governor of Okinawa if he is just ignored by the central government? Onaga is fulfilling his job description and representing his people. At the very least, there should be a referendum to firmly establish Okinawan opinion.

He's representing a minority portion of his people in regards to this case. I really hope there is a referendum so when there isn't an anti-base majority we can finally put this ridiculously overhyped story to bed.

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He just can't help but keep on winning.....

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When it comes down to it, I don't think there will be a conflict soon. In the future, when NK finally can make an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, then there will be no conflict later as well.

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