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Posted in: Abe says time for talk is over with North Korea See in context

North Korea's statements have always been overblown. That talk is not a threat so much as a dialect. North Korea's nuclear missiles are for preservation of the state. They know that using them first would be suicide, which makes them nearly irrelevant as a threat. Dialogues should continue in order to address human rights and cultivate the long term well being of the North Korean people, however far that might be.

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Posted in: Virginia vote on Sea of Japan hands victory to South Koreans See in context

It might have been called the "Middle Sea" by now except they seem to prefer playing tug-o-war over the name.

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Posted in: NHK governor praises rightist's suicide in 1993 as glorifying emperor See in context

Suicide before a cute little mochi ball would not make it God no matter how he tried or who applauded.

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Posted in: Hoffman's death spotlights heroin epidemic See in context

It seems that instead of solving his problems, he turned to drugs and experienced their ruthlessness.

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Posted in: Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan See in context

To have those documents finally brought to light will help establish and reinforce the historical record of a very interesting period in time. No doubt some people would censor those documents if they could, but they would be the minority in civilized society.

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Posted in: Takanashi takes Hinzenbach honors See in context

Cutie in a helmet.

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Posted in: Innovative bra cannot be unhooked without true love, say makers See in context

Chain mail for the modern princess. But someone will hack it.

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Posted in: Gov't distances itself from NHK head's 'comfort women' comment See in context

It is a barbaric aspect of history which their children and grandchildren still struggle with. Collectively, it seems odd to onlookers, especially those who do not understand Japanese social ties, and it might be that the old generation will have to die off before Japan can fully take another step forward on the issue.

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Posted in: New NHK head's 'comfort women' remark stirs controversy See in context

Selectively impaired contact with reality.

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Posted in: Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida; Japan entry 1st See in context

The Atlas robot walks better than many humans over terrain with shifting rocks. I finally found a video of it in China, and its balancing ability on one foot or while walking is both strange and admirable. Congratulations to the Japan team on winning the contest. It is notable to also mention Japan's Kuratas mech. It must be a lot of fun to hop in and pilot.

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Posted in: Nuclear missile force poses a headache for U.S. military See in context

The present maintenance of nuclear weapons capability by more than one nation creates the potential for "mutually assured desctruction," (M.A.D.), which in turn ensures that conflicts will more likely remain in the sphere of conventional warfare. That is good. Historical events provided the impetus for the science and technology to exist, there is no going back and that is not bad as long as managed by competent individuals. It is good then to see the top brass making sure that individuals of excellent preparation and self-control are in those posts. Power is nothing without control, as it is said.

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Posted in: Missing girl says she can't remember anything of past four days See in context

Denial can be a coping mechanism for the social handling traumatic events. A medical check up is good. If there is a bad person out there, they need to be identified, caught and held accountable so that others are safe.

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Posted in: Rodman 'sorry' after controversial North Korea trip See in context

This article is entirely biased against Rodman's humanitarian work in North Korea. Is someone in media on the take? Let's remember that, when asked, Donald Trump said that Rodman seemed to be doing a better job than most politicians. Will most people prefer to side with the outburst of an ear-biting ex-boxer instead? Public personalities aside, people should evaluate Rodman's activity for themselves. Personally, I hope that his work creates enough warmth in concert with existing political pressures to prevent any bad events that might otherwise have happened in the future from North Korea.

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Posted in: Seize the moment for peace, Biden tells Israel See in context

Any ground given would pave the way for encroachment against Israel's valid presence in the Middle East.

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Posted in: U.S. tested biological weapons on Okinawa in 1960s See in context

At least the U.S. government has come clean on it now. And it was a different generation and time back then which was even before the 1975 biological weapons ban. It would be awful to see something like that used in any future conflict simply because it would harm more civilians than those responsible for a conflict in leadership and military positions.

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Posted in: Splish splash See in context

Reminds me of mornings at 5 a.m., clear or snow. The employer in China has yet to provide me with an apartment that has useable hot water (non existent or rusted). The cold can feel mentally cleansing, but one has to keep it off the eyeballs as much as possible or push blood to the head hard. And, it does not clean the body as well as hot water does. Standing for long in a pool of water like the J-guys are seems a little more intense than using a shower though. Go penguins.

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Posted in: iPhone case lets you see heat See in context

FLIR technology for 350$ is excellent. This will make people safer.

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Posted in: New research scandal brewing over Alzheimer's study See in context

A small literature review that I did for a presentation while in University indicated three known paths to the development of Alzheimer's disease. The path that each of us can control is to have a diet rich in anti-oxidants (fruit, vegetables, vitamin supplements) to neutralize the roaming free radicals that eventually cause cell death in the brain and consequently Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, brain exercise can create multiple neural paths for accessing information and performing cognition so that even if one path is destroyed, the other paths remain for relatively healthy brain functioning. Prevention like this is better than medication.

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Posted in: Personal drones launch in your skies See in context

25 minutes flight time is great. And with four rotors and a weight of 2 lbs 8 ounces, it should be fairly stable, in winds too. In addition to DJI, Walkera and Parrot offer good products, but DJI looks the best. The Phantom 1 has the advantage of using a GoPro camera which can be detached and used for other purposes whereas the Phantom 2 camera is built in. If they added night vision and an infrared light, it could complement home security; not just take great travel video and pictures.

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Posted in: Rodman sings happy birthday to North Korean leader See in context

This is humanitarian aid and relationship building through goodwill, skill and interactive entertainment. It might be the perfect counterpoint note placed in the political concert of cold words and saber rattling. And it might lead to better relations or prevent bad events, though the latter would be difficult to tell.

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Posted in: Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor See in context

Fortunately, both the LDP and DPJ support Yoichi Masuzoe. Health care and the Olympics look bright.

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Posted in: Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor See in context

That is shameful. There can be no restoration without having learned the lessons of history.

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Posted in: Top 10 search terms in Japan in 2013 See in context

A healthy culture is very important.

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Posted in: Murder suspect shot by police after crashing stolen taxi See in context

The J-cops' procedures and carefulness are admirable. I hope the wounded cop is given sufficient time for total recovery.

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Posted in: Samsung sells 110-inch ultra-HD TV for $150,000 See in context

That is a beautiful TV.

@ Wait for it...

Good eye. If you download the top image from JT and look at the right hand side, you will notice that the texture on the wall unnaturally changes and that the lady's dress has an odd shape on the right. It is digital editing. Also then, you can image search the smaller alternate photo on JT, the one with the missing feet, and then search for larger versions with a search engine. In a larger, 1024x780 photo, you can see one of the lady's feet but there is some odd obfuscation in that area. You can also notice that the wall on the right does not match with the wall on the left at the bottom though it does match at the top. Instead the brown wall is aligned with the TV's bottom. So both photos have been edited digitally, probably to block out another company's display, by placing a fake wall that was misaligned at the bottom to the TV instead of the real wall which is just sloppy, not to mention the oddity with the feet again. I would have passed this over, if you had not mentioned it. Very interesting.

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Posted in: Best beef See in context

Kobe beef has a nice niche. But, the best beef that I have ever had was in Colorado, USA. With as much land and cows as they have, it also happened to be inexpensive. Speak of the worst beef and China comes to mind. Gristle beef if you are lucky; road kill if you are unlucky. The chef decides.

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Posted in: Malaysian court rules use of 'Allah' exclusive to Muslims See in context

Allah is specifically the name of the moon god, Sin, in the polytheistic Egyptian religion which was latter monotheized to create Islam of today. So, let Muslims keep the name "Allah" exclusively because it is certainly theirs and no one else's. The history is obscure, so many people do not understand this.

Their faith is that Allah is God and Jesus only his apostle. As for me, YHWH/Elohim is God from whom Jesus came as the Christ as He claimed of Himself.

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Posted in: One year after election, Abe has big 'to do' list See in context


Pacifism is the leading position. It does not mean that Japan is the only one in that position. In other words, someone says 'leading position' and you think pyramid while I think trapezoid in relation to those in that position. Also, there is a spectrum of beliefs about what pacifism is. As it happens, I hold the definition that disputes should be resolved peacefully, but that military institutions should be maintained. There is also a spectrum of definitions for "belligerence" by which I was thinking of aggressive hostility. I might also add that normalization is not meant in anyway that would detract from the US alliance with out which Japan would easily be abused by China. Definitions have such a spectrum to them these days that a list of definitions would be helpful, but that would just be tedious and legalistic for a blog post. Interesting pointer though. Thanks.

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Posted in: One year after election, Abe has big 'to do' list See in context

'The military is limited to self-defense under Japan s pacifist constitution... a restriction Abe would like to change.'


All militaries should be limited to self defense, and all nations should have a pacifist constitution. Japan leads the way in this. It seems right to say that the military is not a political tool for any belligerence of the State but an extension of the justice system for self defense of the State against active threats. Consequently, the idea of normalization might be best realized in a gradual move towards dignity of the State in making a more realistic construction and broader interpretation of the pacifist constitution. Presently, the constitution contradicts reality (SDF) and is interpreted narrowly. So match its construction to the present reality and interpret it as widely as necessary, but keep it pacifist. Such a jewel is not to be tossed aside to become like other nations which would be a step back from Japan's leading position in this respect.

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Posted in: Japan to buy stealth fighters, drones and submarines See in context

An updated and more robust set of tools for self defense is good to see.

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