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Posted in: Court upholds compensation order over Iwakuni base noise See in context

What about the rest of the bases in Northern Tohoku. They get no compensation and the noise at times even rattles the roofs and windows of new homes as well as older homes. I was told there really is no need for pilots to thrust the engines like they are taking off for a war all the time and can do softer take offs and landings. Is this correct information? I can understand a JAL or ANA big aircraft, but an F16 for F4 plane? Why doesn't the government build them airports out in the countryside for takeoff and landing training.

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Posted in: Death toll rises to 10 after heavy rains hit typhoon-ravaged eastern Japan See in context

Oh, feel bad for the folks who have to endure all this hardship.

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Posted in: Gov't to start using 'family name first' order from Jan 1 See in context

All my life I have used family name first. it sounds more formal and respectable.

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Posted in: 4th suspect arrested as UK truck deaths case probe deepens See in context

That's a shame they tried to smuggle themselves instead of the system.

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Posted in: Koike again opposes plan to move Olympic marathon, walking race to Sapporo See in context

Forget Hokkaido, why not Tohoku prefecture, plenty of land space out there and the weather is just as nice too.

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Posted in: Kanye West claims he will be U.S. president one day See in context

And people wonder why most brightly educated Americans are leaving the US, turning in passports and renouncing their citizenship. As much as I would be against Hillary, and I really expect the backlash, I would take Hillary over this thing.

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Posted in: Trade minister resigns after only 1 month over allegations he broke election law See in context

Hmm one minister thought gifts and money was ok, the other one think the environment is cool and sexy. Not looking good. Stepping down is best, now if the other one can do the same, considering Koizumi has no environmental engineering background.

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Posted in: Typhoon highlights need for multilingual disaster alerts in Japan See in context

Typical, we get the translated version well after the event..too late...

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Posted in: Shibuya bans public drinking for Halloween in some areas See in context

What about the ones dressed up as cops and say it's ok do it. Based on the article it sounds like the restaurants, bars and pubs are behind the pressure with the amount of customers not visiting them and going to Lawsons or Family Mart for booze. Now how convenient go to pub, bar and restaurant drink all you want at a cost of course much higher than Lawsons. and of course the 10% tax.

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Posted in: Princess Mako, niece of Emperor Naruhito, turns 28 See in context

@CrickyToday 06:49 pm JST

No she was not given an option, she wanted to marry and get a life but the IHA stepped in. It's not these individuals wantonly spending tax payers money it's a government agency that holds them hostage. They have dwindling resources and need too keep what they control.

Cricky not true at all. The IHA did not step in fully. The family themselves had a lot to do with it too. She had the option as all of them do. Quit, there is a constitution for everyone and they are no exception.

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Posted in: 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stabbing mother to death See in context

at least he didn't freak out at some large station or attack kids at random...this guy needs meds.

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Posted in: Princess Mako, niece of Emperor Naruhito, turns 28 See in context

She was given the option to leave and denounce the Royal Family position but she chose not too, who would "free" clothes, trips, maids, spending money, security...sure why not so the long story to wait is false. Doubt a marriage to that guy will ever happen.

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Posted in: 'Washoku' delicacies served at banquet after emperor's ceremony See in context

I wouldn't know if was so great, paid my taxes but got no invite. I noticed all the mega rich did but where are the tax payers? The construction workers, laborers, clerks, dishwashers, welders, all the trades. hmmmm. And the courts rule that public tax can be used because it is a social event for the public. Not even close.

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Posted in: Many typhoon victims unable to watch enthronement due to clean-up See in context

Like a story about not being to watch it on TV vs actually getting a real live invitation to the actual ceremony since it is a public event and paid for by public funds. Nope.

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Posted in: Woman gives birth on train at Tokyo’s Ikebukuro Station See in context

nice, congratulations.

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Posted in: Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascendancy to throne; pledges to fulfill his duty as symbol of the state See in context

what a waste of taxpayer funds.

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Posted in: Meteorological Agency warns of more rain, mudslide risk in typhoon-hit areas See in context

Another typhoon. More rain. It could be worse though. Too bad not enough budget to help those in most need but yet the socialites get their budget.

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Posted in: Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascendancy to throne; pledges to fulfill his duty as symbol of the state See in context

Looks very lovely, but again why not it was all free to them and didn't cost them a yen.

That was all paid by the everyday working stiffs who aren't even invited to the main social. because I have yet to see truck drivers, convenient store clerks, cashiers, stockers, fishermen labors, construction workers etc at the black n white tie affairs. I thought this was a social event for the public. hmmm.

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Posted in: Police officer found to be sex worker after leaving her gun in public restroom See in context

This is a shame that a public servant such as a law enforcement office turns to this trade business as more lucrative in pay than the profession one chooses. The pay should be increased so that this doesn't happen. The fact that she was a sergeant means she had been there for several years. Why not use the wasted tax money paid for the upcoming "social" parties and pay law enforcement more or use to help the ones most hit by the typhoon i.e. city infrastructure rebuild projects.

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Posted in: Gov't funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent See in context

The government is setting aside billions of yen in funds, in particular for the sumptuous October event, which will draw dignitaries from around the world.

I agree that the two ceremonies are effectively religious rites, and public funding for them violates a constitutionally mandated separation of state and faith. "quote article"The government has set aside 650 million yen in cabinet funds for the events, with the remainder split between the imperial household -- itself funded by taxpayer money -- the national police agency, and the foreign and defense ministries. All three public tax money. Well too quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: Speech is power: Speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel; This quote brilliantly summarizes the power of a good speech. What a shame that this monarchy only exists because of the mega rich and not the wishes of the people of Japan.

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Posted in: China's defense minister says resolving 'Taiwan question' is greatest national interest See in context

IMO I thought that question like Hong Kong is resolved. The people have spoken and they don't want to be a part of China. China can't even keep what is written i.e. with Hong Kong. Please this is just a warning of the land grub by force coming to Taiwan and the rest of the Asian territories including the Japan administered islands that Japan keeps failing to put its own self defense forces or allies military and declare it fully as Japan.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader to visit Japan after huge rally, night of violence See in context

Japan should stay with Hong-Kong but not with a leader not wanted by its own people. She only represents China's position that's it. Why Japan? No reason for her to come here unless running from China and seeking political asylum.

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Posted in: Japan's exports fall for 10th straight month in September See in context

It is so much easier to blame another country for your own problems.

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Posted in: Emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony See in context

Can anyone tell us who pays for all of this? Where does the money come from?

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Posted in: S African power ends Japan's run at Rugby World Cup See in context

Japan did extremely well. Very honorable and respectful as true talented players throughout the entire game keeping the game clean, honorable and non sportsmanlike. IMO Japan beat itself. The scoreboard gave the win to SA, but they know that the real game was won by Japan where it counts, the fans and Japan didn't have to lower its standards to get a V. That right is a true caliber of a future champion team. Way to go Japan you have really put a mark on the game that Japan belongs and can hang with the big boys. After seeing the tournament forget US American football with all the drama. This was pure raw talent in the field. I hope the League keeps it this way as it is one of the few remaining honorable sports left. Thanks...

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Posted in: Hong Kong police, protesters clash; hundreds of shops trashed See in context

I wish the media would tell the truth for once and call the so-called police by their real name: Chinese militarized force. Live ammo vs a glass bottle..Real gas masks vs a stop shop paper mask. really the media is on the wrong side.

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Posted in: Trump drops plan to host G7 summit at his golf resort See in context

POTUS, nothing new there, the US Government loves to wastefully spend money on high priced hotels vs cheaper rate. In this case a top rate hotel at a cost savings to the tax payers sounds crazy.

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Posted in: Empress emerita Michiko turns 85; celebrations shelved over typhoon See in context

That's great and many congratulations for the birthday, but I have one question. Who pays for the celebration and from where does this money come from?

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Posted in: Future of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old See in context

This monarchy is long past its place in time and should end. We simply cannot afford more tax burdens to support this endeavor while they enjoy the best of life and trips. The costs are growing each year and simply put has served its purpose. Time to wise up and use our taxes more wisely.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

Nice and about time. More than 90% of the US base civilians are local nationals, so this makes it much easier to pull out as the US moves its business interests out of Japan too. No need to keep our troops here any longer or a contingency. Of course that's still a bit off but a move in the right direction.

ref: "We won't join the United States, but will cooperate closely with them," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news briefing. "Self Defense Force assets will ensure the safety of vessels related to Japan. and has been reluctant to join forces with Washington in the Middle East because it maintains close diplomatic and economic ties with Iran.

Seems the choice has been made already on which side they choose. Time to go finally coming. Took them long enough.

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