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Posted in: China authorizes coast guard to use force amid disputes See in context

If Japan wants to have an aggressive foreign policy, it needs to back it up and stop relying on the US. Funny that a country can renounce war and still have territorial disputes with all it’s neighbors. If Japan truly wants peace then find a peaceful solution.

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Posted in: Bitcoin hits record $28,600 as 2020 rally powers on See in context

FOMO in full affect. Minting the next crop of winners and losers, hopefully the winners put it to good use.

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Posted in: Japanese firms explore quantum cryptography to make stock trading secure See in context

My bad I read it as breaking current cryptography methods, which is a real concern.

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Posted in: Japanese firms explore quantum cryptography to make stock trading secure See in context

Good to see companies and hopefully governments attempting to keep up with the possible dangers that quantum computing poses. All current cryptography is at threat of being broken by quantum computing and we need to start thinking next level cyber security now.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for digital currency, in line with China and others See in context

Interesting banks wanting to get involved still have concerns for their old business model. How can you embrace the new while still holding onto the old ways. This seems to be a major dilemma in Japan.

Digital currencies give us freedom from banks until we need to borrow, that is what they are, money lenders. If they need capital to lend then maybe we should look at innovative ways to fund lending instead of limiting use ability for the currency holders. As for credit companies, I for one won’t bemoan their loss of revenue from the reduction in transaction fees, that digital currencies offer.

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Posted in: Japan revamps website on Senkakus amid territorial row with China See in context

And all this bickering will come to what end? More young men sent to their deaths at the bidding from the old.

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Posted in: Bitcoin surges past $20,000, erasing 3 years of deep losses See in context

Bitcoin did have great benefits as a digital currency, however that seems to have been pushed aside as greed took over and is now almost exclusively used as a speculative asset. I can’t see a bright future for bitcoin as a simple store of value, as it could easily be replaced by the next hot product. IMHO Bitcoin has shown the way with regards to digital currency and j-Coin is a real example of what banks and governments can do with crypto currency technology. Others will come?

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Posted in: Restaurant bankruptcies to hit all-time high in 2020 See in context

I feel sorry for the hospitality industry but on the flip side, my culinary skills have improved out of sight.

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Posted in: 6,000 premium apples stolen from Iwate orchard See in context


Whole point of being a gangster is easy money without the hard work. Don't see demolition, construction or picking apples as a choice they would prefer. Easier for them to get some poor suckers to do the work.

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Posted in: Biden works to get Black support in campaign's final days See in context

Not sure if I’m a progressive thinker with conservative values or a conservative with progressive ideals but I do know a self serving, boorish braggart when I see one and Trump has that in spades. African Americans should be encouraged to vote and hopefully put an end to this “Trump Country” nonsense.

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Posted in: Japan's total coronavirus cases top 100,000 See in context

The GoTo campaign has ensured the virus spread to all parts of Japan and will increase throughout winter. While they might have had good intentions, It is a tragically miscalculated plan to boost the economy. It will end up costing much more to deal with the aftermath. Those same businesses they were attempting to help, will still be in trouble after the Goto campaign ends and as the government admits, medical services will be under immense strain. Just my 2 yen’s worth.

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Posted in: 2 remote Hokkaido towns seek to host nuclear waste storage site See in context

To contemplate storage of such material anywhere near a coast, river, lake or underground water table, should be ruled out immediately.

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Posted in: Woman sues Tokyo company after having to work 48 days in a row with limited bathroom breaks See in context

Unfortunately, this is how managers get rid of unwanted staff. They can’t fire them without cause, so they pile the pressure on until they fail performance reviews, receive too many warnings or simply give up and quit. Not new and happens everywhere.

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Posted in: 7 shot dead at California illegal marijuana growing site See in context

Over regulation and high taxation seems to be pretty standard reasons why people would want to circumvent the system.

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Posted in: China's rise takes the world into uncharted waters See in context

A very hard to read article but the jist appears to be Japan challenged the west’s dominance and lost, now it’s China’s turn, good luck China. Be careful what you wish for Japan, a lot of Chinese still hold a grudge from Japan’s attempt.

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Posted in: Should encouraging someone to commit suicide be a crime? See in context

Someone with a terminal illness should have the right to end their time on this planet with some form of dignity.

If they require assistance, it should be available, under proper supervision.

Depression is not a terminal illness but it is an illness and needs to be treated as such.

so yes and no.

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Posted in: Japan rock group Dragon Ash member nabbed for marijuana possession See in context


The money people are referring to are the resources dedicated to such an investigation. The resources tied up during this investigation (ie: manpower,equipment) are not available for what some may consider more worthwhile purposes. As for obtaining information about sellers, you are correct. Coercing a felon to give up information is an age old tactic, especially effective against those with a reputation to maintain.

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