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Posted in: Japan whaling authorities sue Sea Shepherd in U.S. See in context

The "Consttution" has nothing to do with a civil lawsuit. You are confusing this with somne high profile US Supreme Court case. Furthermore the "State court" has nothing to do with this either since the case has been submitted to a Federal Court. Citizenship of either party is irrelevant, the key here is that SSCS is n organizatyion incorporated and existing under the laws of thge United States and maintaining their place of buisiness there. This is what assures jurisdiction.

No, I'm not. Again, the US court is not obligated to take the case unless the plaintiffs are able to convince the District Court to hold the jurisdiction. Remember that US courts have very few track records of cases that involve the stake-holds of non-citizens. The point is how this issue concerns the US court in the first place in spite of its irrelevance to the rights of US citizens or green-card holders. That's exactly what the plaintiffs need to address in the first place. Otherwise, it's gonna be thrown out in the end.

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Posted in: Gingrich stands firm on blunt Palestinian stance See in context

The Palestinian premier on Saturday slammed U.S. presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for belittling the Palestinians as an “invented” people and demanded an apology.

Reminds me of dime-a-dozen Japanese lawmakers and PMs who put their foots in the mouths. Sigh.

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Posted in: Japan whaling authorities sue Sea Shepherd in U.S. See in context

This isn't a criminal casek, it;s a civil law suit so the "burden of proof is basically a cakewalk. Plaintiff can fulfill nearly all of it with material taken right off Defendants website, own statements made to the media anmd youtube. And for the icing mayber testimony from the Canadian. Norwegian and Icelandic Coast Guards. The very same evidence will convince any court that SSCS are a threat the Plaintiffs as well as the welfare of their own members. There is no requirement for any plaintiff regardless of nationality to "provide their cultural connections" whatever that means, Nor, in a civil action is there any requirement for Plaintiff's intrerests to be the subject of U.S. interests or whether it harms to local/national interests. You appear to be confusing this civil action with a Federal prosecition on criminal charges where the plaintiff represents the People of the United States.

It doesn't make a difference in this respect regarding that the court will not apply the US Constitutions for the case if taken. I doubt if the state district court is in control of a legal due process for the case which neither plaintiffs nor the defendants are US citizens. Judges are not obligated to take the case that is totally out of the US context.

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Posted in: Noda says Fukushima nuclear plant will be stable by year's end See in context

Condition of cool shutdown means....

no manual labor for cleaning up the mess related to crippled reactors.

no manual labor for checking water leaks, and cracks on the instruments related to a water-cooling system.

re-activation of water-cooling system in full swing

completion of repairing broken chambers and containments for the reactors and water tanks

Boy, where are they now? When was the last time PM went Fukushima? He doesn’t even know the folks have not completed any of the above yet, I guess.

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Posted in: Japan whaling authorities sue Sea Shepherd in U.S. See in context

If the US Federal court issue an injunction ordering Watson and SSCS to cease their activities against the Whalers until the case is heard, and that order is ignored, an arrest warrant will be issued for Watson for contempt of court. If the case is heard and the court rules that Watson/SSCs must cease their activities and Watson ignores it, again an arrerst warrant will be issued for contempt of court. The Whalers are not in the same position because they are not a U.S. based entity as SSCS is.

This is all up to the plaintiffs' ability to meet the constraints of burden of proof. Since they are not a US base entity, it's very challenging for them to provide their cultural connections with the US through their business. To bring the case to the table, they need to prove that their interests are the subject of US interests, and how leaving the defendants around the waters is not only an imminent threat to themselves but it eventually harms the local/national interests in the end.

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Posted in: Ex-chief of Fukushima nuclear plant has cancer: TEPCO See in context

TEPCO believes “it is extremely unlikely that his disease was caused by radiation exposure,” she said, citing the advice of a doctor at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.

Translation: He was faking his health until last month--even before 03/11.

She may be right on this with the exception that directing the nuclear engineer staff and working crews in an extremely stressful and dangerous environment for 8 months is strong force to indicate the warning to the impact of one’s health no matter what condition it is.

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Posted in: As Gingrich surges, Romney attacks See in context

Gingrich will not win the nomination. He has too much baggage from his decades in the House, and has made far too many enemies along the way.

I agree. He has too many character flaws as a politician, as David Brooks & Mark Shields say. His message doesn't have a bearing for more than 5 seconds. That's really quicker than any of the GOP candidates. Phew!

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Posted in: Japan whaling authorities sue Sea Shepherd in U.S. See in context

Although I'm definitely not sympathetic to Sea Shepherd--not because of what they are doing--but because of the way they are practicing what they preach, the plaintiffs (i.e, Institute of Cetacean Research) are apparently going nuts by filing a lawsuit in the country that belongs to no one. Note: Paul Watson is a Canadian! It's less likely to expect the Washington State Court to put jurisdictions to the defendants--even though the group has a branch in the US. And, most of the business interests ICR shares are not under the protection of the US law because they don't have a clear connection.

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Posted in: Book by killer of British woman to become film See in context

I'm getting sick and throwing up as this scumbag's ugly fixed-face re-appeared on the surface of national/local media. And now, my stomach is churning up--and it's getting so nasty--as a stupid J-film company makes a shameless profiteering out of this man's disgusting story while the trial is still going on. This is gonna make me suffer from diarrhea.

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Posted in: American father wins custody of daughter taken to Japan See in context

in God's law ...... the child must stay with her mother from birth to two years of time. then after completion of 2 years, if a daughter she should remain with her mother , and if a son he should go to her father. Irrespective to parents 2nd time marriage. The both parents must understand , the requirements of their child and ex spouse's statues ( financially, or other circumstances) .

Oh Jesus! What kind of lunatic comes up with this kind of stupid idea? No God order you to treat your kids like the toys for the convenience of your life. Absolutely horrible!!!

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Posted in: The case of Abubakar Awudu Suraj: A PR nightmare of Japan’s own making See in context

It's ME:

He was arrested because of his "illegal" long record residency

For how long, exactly? 22 years? Even if it’s not that long, he should have been entitled to some rights until he fell into the cracks. Moreover, it makes me very skeptical about the authorities move—why May 2009? I mean, if he was truly out of status for many years, they should have been able to apprehend him much earlier—before his ailing health became of a concern.

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Posted in: The case of Abubakar Awudu Suraj: A PR nightmare of Japan’s own making See in context

For those who overly stigmatize the victim for his overstay, you should read the JT article on the same story.


The point that needs to be focused is not what he did in the first place. Rather, it’s how the immigration authorities treated him since his arrest. He’s been detained way much longer than ordinary Japanese individuals who got arrested for sexually assault the infants or teenage girls. They even ignored this poor man’s long record of residency and marital status in Japan, letting his legal document expired without any chance for citizenship renewal.

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Posted in: The case of Abubakar Awudu Suraj: A PR nightmare of Japan’s own making See in context

Manufacturing consent=J-media's cover-up of J-government's embarrassment=restriction of access to foreign correspondents=justification for racial discrimination/police brutality against non-Japanese(and Japanese eventually)

The cycle of Order in J-land: "sacrifice but no guilt, no redemption."

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Posted in: Becky wins Kodansha's 'Best Character Award' See in context

Becky who? Wonder how she sings 'Ecky Brecky Heart'' -♪ ♪ ♪

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Posted in: Noda apologizes for receiving donations from foreign nationals See in context

Wonder when the J-media would ever stop making this sort of third-rate political satire. Never. Because that's their job, unfortunately. Just like US, UK, and many countries in the west, media is functioning as a political machine of manufacturing consent.

Regarding the issue, the problem is not politician's inability to understand the law against political donations. It is the law itself! Noda is not the first person who falls into the cracks due to the systematic deficiency within legal frameworks--ambiguous language on the classification of contributors ("foreign," "fund-raisers," "lobbyists," etc. ). Moreover, media framing of political scandal tweaks anti-foreign sentiment-- which is groundless and doesn't do justice to other means of contributions deemed illegal--i.e., corporations. Saying political donation is bad in a way to instigate people for the stigmatization of particular donators --foreign residents, and framing those who question the powers-that-be as a part of the problem-- and hence, subject to accusation of J-bashing--is simply, disingenuous.

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Posted in: TEPCO compensation hotline overwhelmed by 3,000 complaints per day See in context

The forms come with a massive 156-page manual.

Why do they need such a big chunk of manual to fill out the form? This is no less different than the registration scheme to weed out unwanted voters--i.e., black, Latino in lower class-- from the election. TEPCO is indeed a 'blackout' company. Their chief aim is centered to confuse and distract the public through partial information and an archaic documentation to find the loopholes for minimizing excessive financial debts from numerous compensations.

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Posted in: S Korea to propose sex slave talks with Japan See in context

It was taken care of in 1965...

No it's not. The issue was not included not because Japan or South Korea (or both) kept the treaty under the hat until 20 years ago, but because neither country was capable of addressing it at that time. It's a gender issue. Japan and Korea were male-dominated society at that time--and they are still holding a patriarchal ideology today.

The problem is that many critics--including this article-- tend to frame this historical dispute as a typical Japan v. Korea power struggle, rather than the tension between the state government and citizens over the needs that have been neglected for a long time. Both Japan and South Korea need to review the previous agreement and work on the issue.

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Posted in: Noda's election sparks wariness in China See in context

I can't believe people go to the Yasukuni shrine with no shame.

I can’t believe that shrine owner was totally unaware that he tarnished the arc of Yasukuni by ignoring Hiroito’s wish not to add the names of those war crime leaders to honor them under the Shinto. These war criminals were indeed trouble-makers not just for the Allied Powers, but for the Japanese government and the imperial family as well. They refused to budge an inch on Japan‘s surrender by chanting the emperor’s name for their wish of retaining power.

Noda may be right in calling for the reconsideration of these former sinners/criminals because 1) it was their sacrifice that Japan turned the page after WWII; and 2) it makes little sense to spell out the criminal verdict -- in present tense, repetitively-- to those who were already executed 66 years ago. Yet, he needs to be more careful in addressing this culturally sensitive issue in a way to separate his religious view from his position on Japan’s responsibility for war crime.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested for stealing from Fukushima exclusion zone See in context

Indeed this is looting. You should expect to see the bugs, termites, roaches, and rats sneaking upon the house while you're away.

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Posted in: TEPCO to pay compensation to Fukushima evacuees from Oct See in context

“5,000 yen flat fee for transportation costs, 8,000 yen per night for accommodation,… the company will pay out around 56,000 yen per household, to around 150,000 people.”

This is nothing more than an insult. There is an apparent mistake in currency (yes, it should be dollar, instead of yen). And it needs to add at least two more digits!!

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate climbs to 4.7% in July See in context

Japan's unemployment rate is not as bad as the US counterpart, if you solely focus on the statistics for each country. However, that does not necessarily lead us to the conclusion that Japan's job market is much better than the US, due to fundamental differences in the size of domestic labor force and job creation. It's quite hard to tell which one is ahead of the other. In the US, labor force is much bigger than in Japan, but it far exceeds the number of job availability to workers. That’s why their unemployment rate is relatively high (9.0+). In contrast, Japan has a decent ratio of job availability to workers, but its labor force is shrinking every year--due to aging and low birth rate. And there are lots of Japanese companies that are on the same boat with corporate America in terms of fiscal stability and labor condition. Many Japanese companies are having a hard time to make their ends meet since most of them rely on the exports to foreign market. Too bad a high yen rate does little to serve for domestic labor/job market.

I've been living in a small town in the South of US for 3 years. I pay $495/month for my apartment rent, plus $15-20/month for water bills, $45/month for electricity, $45-50/month for phone bills, and $112/month for the Suddenlink Cable TV. I see food prices soaring every year, and that forces me to spend at least $12-14 per day. But, come to think of it, that's what I usually pay for the meal I have at a cafe or restaurant in the downtown Tokyo. Some people will pay more than that.

I try not to think it too hard about the consumer price, but it really makes me hard to spend my life in Japan--especially in the center of Tokyo, where my parents have been living for many years.

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Posted in: Maehara says he got Y590,000 from foreigners in 2005-2010 See in context

@Patrick Smash

amerijap, Japanese law? Ishihara basically admitted he had taken 100 million yen of taxpayers' money and had given it to his kids, and there was no law doing anything about it.

You're off the track by mentioning 'taxpayers’ money.' It's about the law regulating fund contributions to politicians--not about fund misappropriation. But, hey, there's a point. History of bribe scandals proves that the Political Funds Control Law has too many loopholes, and no one in the Diet is willing to hammer out a strong resolution on it.

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Posted in: Noda to become Japan's next prime minister See in context

6th prime minister since 2006-- Does anyone know how many rooms are left in a revolving door to the PM office?

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Posted in: Maehara says he got Y590,000 from foreigners in 2005-2010 See in context

What do they think this place is? A democracy? We Japanese are the only people allowed to bribe the elite. That's the way we like it in this feudal kharzi.

I think you mean "plutocracy" instead of democracy. And the Japanese law prohibits anyone--regardless of nationality or ethnicity--from passing the 'buck' to politicians.

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Posted in: Kan visits Fukushima to apologize over no-go zones See in context

The title should be "Kan visits Fukushima to apologize over the failure to mobilize disaster and evacuation instructions to Fukushima residents."

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Posted in: Maehara says he got Y590,000 from foreigners in 2005-2010 See in context

Because those people refuse to take Japanese citizenship? Mind you, I think some don't because they don't want to change their name, which they should not have to. Indeed, there should be another word for them, but there isn't.

Um, the fact of the matter is that the Japanese imperial government decided to strip them of Japanese citizenship after the war, while allowing them to stay indefinitely. It's the matter of political convenience. What makes the issue complicating is that many of those zainichi residents are getting into third generation or later--which means that they were born and raised in Japan, speak Japanese as first language, and educated in Japanese K-12 school (just like native born Japanese). Yet, they are still subjected to foreigner, and hence they need to go to a ward office to obtain ARC (Alien Registration Card) due to their family's background.

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Posted in: Assistant nurse arrested for tearing off patient's nails in repeat offense See in context

According to the Sankei report, the hospital revealed that based on her resume, they believed Sato to be an experienced and capable nurse. The hospital said it did not know of her earlier conviction.

Didn't they check her criminal records at the time of job interview?? This is so lame.

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Posted in: Ozawa decides to back Kaieda for PM See in context

Banri-Ozawa tie makes my spine so chilling. It just reminds me of Ragan-Bush, Bush-Cheney, or McCain-Palin.

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Posted in: Japan lifts ban on beef from Iwate, Fukushima and Tochigi See in context

OK. I'm confused what the heck is going on with the situation out there. This news apparently conflicts with the news we received on Thursday (See "Beef containing radioactive cesium served to elementary school children in Kanagawa"-- National Aug. 25, 2011 - 05:30PM JST) and the one we received a couple of hours later (See "Fukushima cesium leaks 'equal 168 Hiroshima bombs,' says report"—National Aug. 26, 2011 - 10:45AM JST).

This seems to be the matter of convenience. I wonder the persons in charge of government's critical decision fully comprehend what is really going on with radioactive contamination.

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Posted in: Kan resigns; says he did all he could, given difficulties he faced See in context

So, should we expect the release of his autobiography—“The Adventure of Uncle KAN-cle berry Finn”?

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