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Posted in: Review panel urges wide-ranging NSA spying overhaul See in context

These refinements look promising in achieving a better balance for the US's free society.

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Posted in: China gives no ground to Biden in air defense zone dispute See in context

'Biden told Chinese youngsters... that American children are rewarded rather than punished for challenging the status quo.' -AP

I like what V.P. Biden is arguing for which is constitutional. Yet from my personal experience, the way it actually works is that you can express your ideas all you like, but if they have too much influence and some strata of politicians does not like it, then some part of the government goes homicidal. If they go for a kill but only wound you, then they data rape you behind your back and oppress your life with a special glass ceiling hand crafted in the U.S.A. Still, the U.S. has a stronger stance on freedom of the individual than China, and I think that they will continue to improve their stance because they must know the economic worth of freely circulating ideas in a well educated populace and its worth to human rights too.

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Posted in: Ishiba under fire for comparing state secret bill protesters to terrorists See in context

That makes for a bit of a bad start. At least he corrected not long after.

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Posted in: Amazon unveils futuristic mini-drone delivery plan See in context

Possible, but maybe too many liabilities for it to be profitable. A couple big challenges: weather and people.

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Posted in: Freshness invents wrapper to help women feel comfortable chomping into a burger See in context

That is so clean and discreet.

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Posted in: Scientist says he can end Japan’s energy woes by turning algae into fuel See in context

In the near future: algae? In the far future: Shimizu Corporation's Luna Ring?

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Posted in: Scientist says he can end Japan’s energy woes by turning algae into fuel See in context

This was covered in the U.S. a few years back. It seemed like a good idea, but then there was little else that was heard of it. It is nice to see it pop up in resource scarce Japan. Greater energy independence would mean a lower possibility of unwanted influence from any unsavory suppliers.

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Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal' See in context

Conquest of another nation's territory is criminal. Given the concerns over the Senkakus, Japan can more easily recognize this as true and more easily empathize with their neighbors. But then, it is not very likeable when historical salt is thrown at current-gen Japan for the sins of men two generations back. Likely, SK and China are doing it for nationalism, solidarity and market shares, but that is like doing something bad to gain good which is the practical definition of a pathology.

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Posted in: U.S. backs Japan as China tensions soar over air zone See in context

'If Japan sends warplanes to -intercept- China s jet fighters, Beijing s armed forces will be bound to adopt defensive emergency measures' - Global Times

Right, so it is possible to just ignore the Chinese calls. Or one could answer their call, give them the information they want and then politely ask them to leave Japanese air space. That would technically prevent aggravation of the Chinese air zone procedures while reenforcing Japan's stance despite the mind game that is being played by China. Either way, in the end, just calmly wait at the door with a big stick and if Chinese make a first attack, kindly whack them back because that would then be the information that they need. And if China chooses to escalate afterwards, then the U.S. would walk over from next door with a couple big sticks of their own to help out. It is sad to see China play this game, but conflict rests in their hands and nothing else really changes.

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Posted in: Japanese fans fondly remember JFK 50 years later See in context

'I love people like this, who are so pure and determined.' -Naite

Some men are hidden from evil by God resting them in the grave. It makes one wonder whether JFK was one of those who was so pure.

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Posted in: U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone See in context

It is not about a few "goats and rocks;" it is about upholding preceding law in defense of an ally's valid interests. And whether a military skirmish breaks out or not is entirely in China's hands, in the first place, because they would have to fire a first shot. While one might not be a huge fan of all things Chinese, they tend towards peace, and their new map is likely more cleverness than threat.

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Posted in: China sets air defense zone over area containing disputed islands See in context

China is so full of itself. This law will sit in the books or they will get spanked in the field.

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Posted in: Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law See in context

In government, it is transparency that matters more than secrecy. It prevents internal corruption which is more dangerous than external threats.

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Posted in: Chinese man in Canada extradited to Japan over 1995 triple murder case See in context

Excellent. Thrust the sword of justice into that dragon's heart.

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Posted in: Mitsui Fudosan, Fuji Media, Kajima team up for possible Tokyo casino See in context

Being cultured is taking up the best of other cultures, not the worst. Say no to Casinos. They do not need people sitting in clouds of smoke, pulling levers, sipping alcohol and listening to their money disappear with eyes glazed over. They might rather invest in education, research, technology, infrastructure, arts, sports, horticulture...something that improves quality of life more than a money funnel.

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Posted in: LED tatami floors take us to tea ceremony of the future See in context

Those produce a lovely texture and atmosphere. The blue in the photo must be white on the cool setting.

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Posted in: Europe pushes U.S. on spying amid new revelations See in context

Yes, one would hope that "innocent until proven guilty" is being fairly applied, but the practical reality is that it depends on the quality of those running and supervising the system. As it is, sometimes convicts get better treatment than "suspects" in some aspects of some cases. There are people in power who think "constitution" and "law" are misnomers, if their actions mean anything. It would be great if they were all as straight laced as Snowden. And yet finally, it is good to see that those at the top are in close discussion to seek better ways now. It is all very interesting and important to future quality of life.

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Posted in: China's behavior jeopardizing peace, Onodera says See in context

Do not trust China. They will get away with whatever they think they can, even to rule you.

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Posted in: Private investigator’s job takes him to darkest depths of juvenile crime in Japan See in context

Actually, this is probably a very good service in Japan. When legally reluctant parents see the hard evidence of their child getting abused they would probably become interested in pursuing legal forms of recourse instead of hushing it up in preference of something else. It bridges traditional social tendencies to legal solutions.

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Posted in: Europe considers sanctions against U.S. over spying See in context

Good, the US needs to get spanked or the corruption will continue. And the later would not go well for the world since the US is still the lone superpower and would make for one big bully. It would be better if Americans were keeping their own government in check, but apparently they are too sedated by their wealth and insulated by their military to care much and prefer to buy Snowden, the whistle blower, as the fall guy for their own government's oversteps. Please, spank them EU.

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Posted in: China suspects deadly crash at Tiananmen Square was suicide attack See in context

There is nothing Tibetan about the Uighurs. The later subscribe to a violently disrespectful religion.

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Posted in: Young fan See in context

Graceful and star struck meet.

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Posted in: Bath mat made from soil See in context

Strangely, it does feel really good when stepping on a surface like that after a shower. I wonder how long its absorption lasts.

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Posted in: NSA gathering millions of email address books See in context

Other people's privacy is their poverty, and surely they want to get paid. Who manages the spy machine?

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Posted in: Japan to pay $3.1 bil to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa See in context

When two parties are benefiting from a mutually agreed situation, it is normal for both of them to continue investment in its development. This fits everyday situations in business, dinning and human relationships. So, it is no wonder that Japan is contributing 1/3 the relocation cost for this fraction of the US troops.

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Posted in: Colorful sight See in context

That is a beautiful sight. The original meaning of the rainbow is one of peace.

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Posted in: Japan to pay $3.1 bil to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa See in context

There are numerous benefits to this move with little risk. Those living in the Futenma area must be relieved.

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Posted in: Australia's first female PM describes 'murderous rage' over sexism See in context

If you can handle murderous rage while in a position to do otherwise, then you are PM material.

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Posted in: Japan's gaming market is a world apart See in context

The handheld gaming market would be much more profitable for Japan if China did not sell fake PSP machines and hacked software. Japan should negotiate with China to secure monetary returns from the government to pay for all the gaming bootlegs just like the US has done with China for all the movie bootlegs.

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Posted in: Bad weather linked to train suicides in Japan: study See in context

Rainy days are clean and refreshing. They wash away the detritus and turn plants green.

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