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Alan Harrison comments

Posted in: Death penalty sought again in retrial of 88-year-old man acquitted of 1966 murders See in context

What astounds me, is that Japanese judges seem so weak and feeble, in that they just kowtow to the prosecutors demands.

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Posted in: Woman arrested on suspicion of abandoning baby at home after giving birth in toilet See in context

Why would you arrest a woman for this and not provide her help and support?

Good question. The woman needs help, not 3 weeks of being "interrogated". What kind of stupid imbecile judge issued an arrest warrant?

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Posted in: Japan protests after China, Russia call released Fukushima water 'contaminated' See in context

Anyone who imports and eats Russian or Chinese food is dicing with death with all the chemicals, pesticides and pollution used on the farms of those countries and in the oceans around them.

In fact, it is illegal to import Russian produce into most democratic nations - for good reason.

I have been eating Chinese (and occasionally Russian food) for years, and I'm not dead yet.

Russian imports have been sanctioned in some democratic countries because of the Ukraine situation, rather than quality issues.

Agreed, a good reason in my opinion.

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

This says to me that there are serious flaws in Japanese culture.

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Posted in: 'Foreign travelers are Japan’s guests' – Governor against charging tourists more than locals See in context

Tourists, whether rich, poor, or budget, do not generally go to places where they feel they are being overcharged for food and accommodation. Overcharging in Japan will do long term damage to Japan's tourist industry. Word does get around.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for hugging young boy See in context

A hug is not, and never has been a sexual act.

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Posted in: China coast guard confronts Japanese politicians in disputed East China Sea area See in context

Officials of Japan's foreign ministry were not immediately available for comment outside of working hours.

Fat lot good Japan's bureaucrats are.

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Posted in: Town to block Mount Fuji view from troublesome tourists See in context

I would have thought that the best solution to this would be to install more litter bins, and put up more traffic regulation signs.

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Posted in: Cabinet minister Takaichi, more than 90 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Is this really news anymore? These old men will be dead in a few years

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Posted in: Bloodstains found in car of man held over 2 burnt bodies in Tochigi See in context

Rather unprofessional of the police to be disclosing this information before the suspect is indicted.

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Posted in: Chinese media call Japan 'two-faced' for seeking closer ties while warning of China threat See in context

JT gives conflict ingvsignals with it:s headlines. One day Japan wants closer ties with China, and the next day Japan wants closer ties with it's neighbours to counter the Chinese threat. What exactly is China supposed to think?

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Posted in: Hiroshima locals criticize U.S. lawmaker over A-bomb remark about Gaza See in context

The Hiroshima Congress against A- and H-Bombs sent a letter to Republican congressman Tim Walberg and demanded he retract his March 25 remarks calling for an end to the conflict in the Palestinian enclave "like Nagasaki and Hiroshima" to "get it over quick."

Demanded!!! Some people in Hiroshima are getting quite arrogant these days.

Tadatoshi Akiba, head of the group and a former Hiroshima mayor, told a press conference that a "widely prevailing U.S. public opinion" that the nuclear bombings hastened Japan's surrender and the end of World War II should be changed.

Why changed? It is a fact.

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Posted in: Kishida arrives in U.S. for summit, state dinner See in context

Japan seems to attend a lot of summits these days, but they never seem to go by anywhere.

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Posted in: Japan ready to support Taiwan following strong quake: Kishida See in context

Good to see Japan growing up.

Not a world power anymore, but caring to a neighbour.

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Posted in: Foreign residents prohibited from participating in Yu-Gi-Oh Japan Championship See in context

Time for other countries and follow suit and ban non-citizens from their countries tournaments. Easy to make the playing field equal.

Time for other countries and follow suit and ban Japanese participants from their countries tournaments. Easy to make the playing field equal.

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Posted in: Man tries to stab tourist in front of A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima See in context

These Japanese idiots who attack old defenseless people because they can’t pick on anyone their own size. I’d love it to happen in front of me.

Permit me to give the above commenter a price of advice. In Japan, don't get involved. If you have not been directly threatened the Japanese police will see it as interfering and one is liable to be arrested. Old hands in Japan will know what I mean.

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Posted in: Catherine, Princess of Wales, praised for frank cancer admission See in context

Why didn't she say what type of cancer she has?

Why don't you tell us all about all your health problems?

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Posted in: Catherine, Princess of Wales, praised for frank cancer admission See in context

She hasn't been frank at all.

She hid the cancer diagnosis, edited photos and still hasn't informed the public about the type of cancer.

She has been very frank.

She was diagnosed with cancer and bravely went public. Type of cancer, doctors in the UK have patient confidentialy (Who needs to know anyway). Editing a photo - irrelevant.

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Posted in: Are you for or against the planned sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel? See in context

At the moment it is only in the planning stage. It probably won't happen. The time is long overdue for Japan to open up.

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Posted in: Filipino woman admits to killing sister, Japanese niece See in context

Absolute evil monster of a woman. She is definitely going to hang for this. Rest in Peace to the poor, innocent victims.

It is up to the Philippine judicial system to decide whether she will hang or not.

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Posted in: Emperor worried about weak ties to British royals before 1998 visit: documents See in context

The degree of animosity in the UK towards the Japanese "War Emperor", was still very evident in 1971 when the emperor and his wife made their historic visit to the UK, as can be gauged by the "welcoming headline" from the scurrilously satirical magazine, "Private Eye": "A Nasty Nip in the Air" followed by a unprintable, offensive request to "go back home".

Also on that trip in 1971, Hirohito planted a tree in Kew Gardens as some sort of friendship gesture. It was ripped up over night and never replanted.

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Posted in: Emperor worried about weak ties to British royals before 1998 visit: documents See in context

The 1998 visit to the UK by the Japanese Monarch never made any headline news in the UK, and I think was generally regarded as a waste of time. I think that a stone thrown at Akihito is the only thing that really made a bit of news.

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Posted in: Inflation dents budgets for cherry blossom viewing in Japan See in context

In the UK, Cherry Blossoms are really staring to bloom. One can drive past several on a daily commute (according to my daughter). No need to spend money viewing them.

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Posted in: Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine picks ex-admiral as chief priest See in context

Those men in the above photograph dressed in what looks like movie making dress just look extremely funny. I would think that most other Asians are just laughing at them. I would certainly burst out laughing if I ever saw them. I would "be in stitches".

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Posted in: Biden opposes plan to sell U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel, citing need for 'American steel workers' See in context

For decades Japan has been protectionist and hostile to imports, and foreign takeovers. Maybe it is time that the US did the same. Good to see both Biden and Trump agreeing on this. I think that both are right and are putting America first.

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Posted in: Kishida questioned over scantily clad dancers at LDP party See in context

Kishida questioned over scantily clad dancers at LDP party

Sounds like a good party.

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Posted in: Niseko in Hokkaido to introduce lodging tax of up to ¥2,000 a night See in context

Is Hokkaido trying to wreck it's tourist industry?

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Posted in: Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success See in context

There are several Japanese film productions which Hiroshima does not seem to grapple with. Why is there a grapple about the production Oppenheimer. Personally I think Oppenheimer is an excellent, educational, informative film and well deserved an Oscar.

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Posted in: Watch that melted during atomic blast over Hiroshima sells for more than $31,000 See in context

It should be returned to Japan where it came from. This is a case of reselling stolen goods from people fleeing war. I am sure it is, or should be, a war crime.

What would anybody in Japan want with a half melted price of metal.

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Posted in: Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names See in context

Alan HarrisonToday  10:18 am JST

Maybe a monument should be erected in Japan, in recognition of all those interned, (some murdered) in Japan, who incidentally received no compensation at all.

That is not a bad idea, Please provide the number of civilian Japanese citizens of foreign ethnc background who were put into prison camps in Japan during WWII.

@OssanAmerica

I would not be able to give you an exact figure because no records have ever been released. I'm not sure if Japan has such thing as "Freedom of Information" like most advanced countries but that would be a starting point. It may also be a case of many records being destroyed after WW2.

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