Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: We think frankly that we are a better ally of Japan than the European Union is and we would expect to have an equal or better deal than Japan gave the European Union regarding agriculture. See in context

Bit of both really.

No it isn't. The bases in Europe were built to contain the Soviet Union. The ones in Japan first to rebuild Japan and then to also have a foothold in Asia.

America still has Japans back in any potential conflict and is still supplying with the best gear the U.S makes.

They're not supplying them. They're selling them and making a profit.

comments are an emotional outburst and really partisan.

This is coming from a guy who wants to see his country become the 51st state?? LOL

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Posted in: High flying: Canada to let airline passengers pack cannabis See in context

Now there will be a real first-world nation on the planet.

Not just first-world.. The best in the world.

We are hoping to immigrate there just before the Tokyo Olympic madness hits. Can't think of a better country to raise my kids in.

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Posted in: Britain sees Brexit progress; again calls on EU to 'meet us halfway' See in context

I guess we have to wait and see. I'm still skeptical that a deal will be reached, but Canada and the US surprised me so maybe the UK and EU will too. Time will tell

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Posted in: Abe urges Myanmar to conduct credible Rohingya probe See in context

agree with fred and cricky.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud enters political arena See in context

"So @taylorswift13 has every right to be political but it won't impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote," Huckabee tweeted.

The last laugh may be on Huckabee. Kamari Guthrie of Vote.org told Buzzfeed News that voter registrations have surged since Swift's Instagram post.

Ha! Ha!

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Posted in: We think frankly that we are a better ally of Japan than the European Union is and we would expect to have an equal or better deal than Japan gave the European Union regarding agriculture. See in context

Ya reckon?

I do.

The U.S is still in NATO and in fact is committing more resources to Europe, not less. Tariffs on the E.U are also suspended.

The US is there for their own strategic reasons. Not for Europe'S

And Japan? You have a couple of tariffs on steel and aluminium, neither of which was a major export for Japan to the U.S. Talking a couple hundred million dollars to an economy of $4 trillion

Talk about being an apologist!

> Yes Japanese companies are caught up in tariffs on China but they will free themselves from that conundrum over time. In fact, Japan is in a great position to do so considering how linked they are with S.E Asia and Japanese investments in the U.S itself.

whitewashing.

America still has Japans back in any potential conflict and is still supplying with the best gear the U.S makes, apart from the F22, which they themselves no longer make.

The US is there for their own self interest.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for assaulting judge in Tokyo District Court toilet See in context

Kamata has admitted to the charge and quoted her as saying she was dissatisfied with the judge's ruling in a case.

Nutjob.

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Posted in: 73-year-old woman arrested for killing disabled 49-year-old son See in context

Anyway you look at it, this story is beyond awful.

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Posted in: Agriculture ministry employee arrested for assaulting bar employee See in context

Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

classic

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Posted in: Higher-ranking members of sports associations are immersed in a village-like, top-down culture, and have failed to respond to the changing times. See in context

I'd say that of any and every high ranking member anywhere..

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Posted in: Showing their colors See in context

gorgeous

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Posted in: Japan airs hope for Cambodia's development through democratic process See in context

Abe also promised to offer up to 3.6 billion yen ($31.6 million) in low-interest loans

why don't you just drive by and throw our hard earned yen out the window at each and every country you visit and get drunk at?

Its not like the Japanese sheeple are going to vote you out of office.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic costs cut by $4.3 bil; more to come: CEO Muto See in context

Tokyo 2020 Olympic costs cut by $4.3 bil; more to come: CEO Muto

start with Mori's salary.

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Posted in: Suu Kyi promises 'transparency' over Rohingya atrocities See in context

Didn't Canada revoke her citizenship?

Yes they did. and good on them for that.

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Posted in: China tells Pompeo U.S. must stop 'misguided actions' See in context

I disagree with Trump on MANY things, but standing up to China is not one of them. Its about time for someone to push back.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a tetchy exchange in Beijing

tetchy exchange? The man looks like he doesn't want to touch his chinese counterpart.

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Posted in: Keidanren's plan to rethink hiring rules causing waves in Japan See in context

"Students may be mentally and physically exhausted as they are likely to be consumed by job-hunting activities,"

as opposed to HS students and regular employees who may be mentally and physically exhausted as they are likely to be consumed by other activities..

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Posted in: New Zealand fines travelers who won't unlock secure devices See in context

Beagle questioned whether the intrusion would catch criminals, who would prefer to pay the fine than expose evidence that could lead to prison.

exactly.

Criminals could also store their data in the cloud, travel with a wiped phone and restore the data once they passed customs, he said.

Another excellent point. Makes you wonder if this is done for more nefarious purposes...

> Not that I ever wanted to visit NZ anyway, and this news has only strengthened my desire to stay well clear of the place.

I actually was interested in visiting, but after this.. no way.

Lord help us all if this highly dubious practice comes to Japan.

It has to. Japan loves to import any draconian idea it can get its hands on anywhere..

You may be surprised to know this is legal in many countries including Canada.

Oh no. Canada as well? Jeez I thought they were the last reasonable human beings on this planet..

Basically, at border crossings you are subhuman and have no rights whatsoever. You may be groped, all of your property searched and seized, personal data hacked etc. And you have no legal recourse.

Its so true. There has to be an international standard of what is acceptable to do to travellers-

We really do live in orwellian times. The scary thing is, there are people who are exposed to this and who will support this

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Posted in: Nuclear experts to test water, fish around Fukushima plant See in context

Shouldn't they have tested them years ago??

They did.

IAEA experts will perform the tests Oct 9-19. It will be the eighth time the agency has performed such tests since 2014.

Fair enough. Dumb of me to just read the article heading..Saturday morning before coffee..

And they should continue to do so.

agree

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Posted in: Nuclear experts to test water, fish around Fukushima plant See in context

Shouldn't they have tested them years ago??

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Posted in: Gov't starts work on new growth strategy, with focus on labor reform See in context

Lifting the working age ceiling would serve to "realize a society where a person can remain active throughout their lifetime,"

Translation: Our racist policy of no immigration means that now everyone will have no choice but to work til they die because we can't afford to pay the pensions you have been paying into the economy for so many years.

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Posted in: Amazon bets big on Europe as it takes on Netflix See in context

Love Netflix!

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Posted in: Cheers See in context

she's gorgeous

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Posted in: Man who bolted when police came to arrest him turns himself in See in context

Five police officers had gone to Hirasawa’s house at around 5:40 a.m. on Sept 26 to arrest him. While the officers were speaking with Hirasawa’s mother on the intercom, he jumped from the second floor balcony and ran away from the back of the house.

I'm sure not all 5 were chatting with the mother. where were the other 4? Just standing behind the sempai?

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Posted in: Japan to revise northern Pacific sei whaling program See in context

Japan had to scale down its Antarctic whaling after a 2014 International Court of Justice ruling that its research whaling wasn't scientific enough.

wasn't scientific enough?? Its not scientific at all

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Posted in: Strong typhoon approaching southern Japan See in context

we’re on typhoon holiday today and tomorrow, will have passed by Saturday. So, not “oh well” but, oh, very good.

ii naa!!

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

Christine Lagarde called for a "fresh look" at "Abenomics",

Translation: Christine Lagarde called "Abenomics" a joke (which is what we've been saying for years)

Shesh Abe at least fake looking interested.

He doesn't like being talked down to by a woman. About time, I think.

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Posted in: Saitama hospital threatens to inject owners of illegally parked cars with needles See in context

Aside from the obvious fear, some commenters reacted with respect for the cleverness, including one who pointed out that the words for “parking” and “injection” in Japanese are both pronounced chusha. Then there was one masochistic individual who chimes in with “I think I’d like to take them up on this offer.”

It's a clever oyaji gag (or pun in english). I like WTF?? until I realized what it meant. It was just an attempt at humour. Nothing more.

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Posted in: 7 police officers shot; one dead in South Carolina See in context

According to Republicans more guns would prevent incidents like this... I apologize if I find their arguments idiotic and genuinely hazardous to the lives of both the police and citizens...

Not to mention forcing the police to be quicker on the draw resulting in the needless loss of lives of civilians as well..

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