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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn raises speculation over coup by Nissan See in context

@buzzyboy

falsify financial reports....to avoid shareholders criticizing him...which technically is a crime in Japan, if it's over a certain amount...but nothing about not paying taxes

Seriously? Read again the article: "Nissan as a legal entity was charged Monday, along with Ghosn and Greg Kelly, another board member, with violating financial laws in underreporting Ghosn's income by millions of dollars over several years". Classic tax-avoiding scheme. It seems you need to upgrade your text-comphrehension skills, even if English is your native language.

for the man who was the wonderkid who saved Nissan

So? You imply he must be above the law?

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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn raises speculation over coup by Nissan See in context

Could he be guilty or not since it will reveal the Japanese justice is completely flawed

A CEO sent by Renault, with the help of his American buddy deliberately had his paycheck documents doctored to avoid paying all the taxes, but somehow it is all the fault of Nissan and Japan as a whole. Funny. How come?

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Posted in: To quell unrest, France's Macron speeds up tax cuts but vows no U-turn See in context

@PTownsend

I should have written 1930s. Are you seriously asking for sources saying the Nazis used the term 'globalist'?

Did you actually read the article you provided link to? Some guy from the Columbia university interpreted Nazi ideas using this word. So? Are seriously claiming that it were Nazis who concocted the word "global"?

And what's the point of mentioning the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact? Why not the Munich agreement?

And you're not seriously going to say Russia doesn't want to have greater control over oil and gas sales to Europe, are you?

Any supplier wants a bigger part of the market. Sure Russians want a greater piece of the European pie, so what? Qatar wants it, Algeria wants it, Caspian Sea countries want it, Americans want to sell its LNG. So? And what this conspiracy theory of yours has to do with the subject of the article?

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Posted in: To quell unrest, France's Macron speeds up tax cuts but vows no U-turn See in context

@PTownsend

Globalism' was a term used by the Germans in the 1940s.... It was also used to refer to Germany's partner (Molotov–Ribbentrop), later enemy, the USSR

Can you provide a link?

Russia wants European nations to cooperate with them by controlling gas and oil supplies.

How is that? And what this claim of yours has to do with the subject of the article?

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites See in context

Absurd decision. More then ninety percent of the people who will use this station don't know the meaning of the word "gateway".

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Posted in: Hare today See in context

"Kids, welcome to the Zoo"?? We've got the winner for "The most distastful and plain stupid thing in Tokyo that somebody calls art" award.

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Posted in: Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army See in context

That might have ruffled feathers both in the UK

My point is the utter duplicity of NATO. While they consider the use of force by U.K. ("The Troubles" in Northern Ireland) as a noble enterprize to restore law and order, basically the same operation by the Serbian government in one of its province is considered a crime and a cause for military aggression. Hypocritical liars.

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Posted in: Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army See in context

The Serbs brought this Kosovo problem on themselves.

To a certain degree. The Serbs were foolish enough to allow ethnic Albanians to settle and live in Kosovo (inherent part of Serbia since medieval times). Slowly Albanians outbumbered Serbs (it's usual for Albanians to have five - six children, far more then for Serbs), began to press local Serbs out of Kosovo and then started a seccession war. Now there is "independent Kosovo", a failed state with no working economy apart from drug trade and with leader implicated in war crimes, including illegal human organs' trade.

NATO came the aid of the Kosovans because Serbia was using violence

Clear act of aggression. NATO should have come to the aid of Northern Irish when the U.K. "was using violence" there.

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Posted in: 'Divine punishment': Ancient ninja oath unveiled in Japan See in context

juminRhee

Thanks for the explanation. I recall figures like MCMXXXIII at the end of movies, but here I use Roman numerals as in history books: 20 is XX, 19 is XIX, 18 is XVIII etc. Regards.

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Posted in: 'Divine punishment': Ancient ninja oath unveiled in Japan See in context

juminRhee

By XX century I mean the century that ended eighteen years ago, in 2000. XX A.D. (Anno Domini). Not sure what do you mean by "MM".

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

So, yes, still banging on

No, having fun even more, you provide a lot of reasons for that.

Green men (a lie quickly outed), military tourists in eastern Ukraine, blowing airlines out of the sky (Russian BUK ), Skripal story

Yawn. Unable to answer simple questions, repeating the same propaganda mantra instead? Better answer why the West instigated the coup in Ukraine, covered for the Nazi regime it installed there when they shot down the Malaysian jet (the missile was Soviet-made but in the armoury of Ukrainian forces), why the West staged the Skripal hoax and why it meddles in internal affairs of other countries?

So the Russians had the whole day to ready the block ship to stop the 3 vessels that were so called disrupting the passage of other ships... yeah, that make sense. #notbuyingit

Who cares what are you buying? The fact is that the Russians did what was right to stop the speeding idiots.

Before writing any other funny stuff answer two questions: 1. Why the Ukrainian boats intentionally broke the rules of the passage they've observed before? 2. What would US Coast Guard would do if it confronts ships that stubbornly ignore the order to stop in that situation?

Time to tighten sanctions, ramp up defense spending, restore US military presence in Europe to Cold War strength

As Chuck Norris said in one of his movies, "Stop talking and just do it". Want to ride your country even further in debt? Go for it. Chinese would be delighted.

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Posted in: French, German leaders take Putin to task over Ukraine See in context

which shows a 100% professional Russian group trying to stop Ukrainian ships

And? They tried to stop the three invaders for several hours, Ukrainians ignored all the warnings, and the Russians at last did what all other coast guards would do - stop the invaders with force. Rammed and stopped the slow boat, fired upon the fast boats. Note they used the lethal force (gunfire) very accurately and measuredly, no serious damage seen on the photos.

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Posted in: 'Divine punishment': Ancient ninja oath unveiled in Japan See in context

Is it true that the term 'ninja' was not actually used to describe ninjas and their activities until relatively recently?

That's correct. It can be said that the word "ninja" is a XX century invention, product of modern mass culture. Most common words referring to them during the great samurai wars were "shinobi", or "shinobi no mono" (written with the same characters as ninja). Other words to name the medieval Japanese spies were "rappa", "suppa", "kanja", about a dozen of different words.

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Posted in: French, German leaders take Putin to task over Ukraine See in context

@theFu

It is a river with 1000m width and the only water passage to parts of Ukraine. In 2003, Russia agreed on shared use.

It is not a river, it is a strait. Yes, it is on shared use, all ships are free to pass it. The passing ships (whatever the flag) are only required to inform in advance about their plans to pass the strait in order to avoid congestion due to heavy traffic. The 3 Ukrainian boats tried to pass without notice and ignored all instructions from traffic control ashore and coast guard, causing a major disruption in normal passage of other ships. The Ukrainians asked for trouble.

For months, Ukraine had warned that Russia would deny access to the Sea of Azov to ships heading to Ukrainian ports

Ukraine was talking for years that it is "at war" with Russia. Nevertheless Russians allowed 2 Ukrainian warships to pass the strait in September without hindrance (Ukrainian captains then informed about their plans in advance as required and observed all the maritime rules that three idiots broke now).

The audio recordings from the radio comms are pretty clear proof

Can you share the information from audio recordings with people there who do not understand the Russian language?

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Posted in: Mattis cites Putin for 'duplicitous' actions on missile pact See in context

@PTownsend

he's got Saudi Arabia and Iran to join forces

Saudi Arabia and Iran? Together?? Joke of the week!

utin's got his partner Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud to sell more weapons to

Attempt at another joke? Saudis are not a major buyer of Russian weapons, they are having discussions on the sale of S-400 air defence missile system, but it is not finalized yet. The major seller of weaponry to the Saudis are the U.S. (more then 100 billions). It explains the frantic attempts by Washington to extricate MBS out of the scandal. Money talks there.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

@gcbel

Still banging on for the rubes?

Oh no, I'm just having fun. It's really fun to watch you zigzagging, unable to answer simple questions.

@So, no green men?

First things first, right? First were active Western support and direct participation in the unlawful coup d'etat in Ukraine (by the way, what about interference in internal affairs?), McCain, Nuland, EU leaders on the streets of Kiev with their inflammatory speeches, and only then there was the Crimean referendum. The West must blame its own stupidity for what happened in 2014 in Crimea.

it's deliberate, premeditated action to let Ukraine know who's boss

False statement. Amonf documents captured on the boats there was a manual how to break through the strait, in clear violation of all maritime laws. It were Ukrainians who took the deliberate, premeditated action. Merkel already advised the Ukrainians "to be sensible". Not only Ukrainians should heed to this advice, some of their active supporters too.

@lostrune2

Ok then, if the Ukrainian boats did not ask, how did the Russians know to block the strait in advance? Were they already planning to block the strait regardless?

The Ukrainian boats intruded into Russian territorial waters early in the morning of 25th, and only in the evening, about 8 pm, the Russian coast guard ships, after all their warnings failed, opened fire and captured the intruders. The Russians had the whole day to ready the blockship.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

@gcbel

No green men in Crimea, no Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine... oh please

No Western instigating of the coup in 2014, no Nuland or McCain in Kiev... oh please

Nothing else to say? Note the ducking the question about coast guard.

@englisc aspyrgend

the Crimea is Ukrainian territory

Populace of the Crimea begs to differ. If the West so eagerly recognized Kosovo, why it refuses to recognize Crimea?

it is not Russian territorial waters

No, it's Russian. Anyway, seafaring rules are universal and must be always observed. The U.S. did not recognized the incorporation of the three Baltic republics into USSR, but when U.S. ships visited Baltic ports they observed all maritime rules.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

It’s just noise and disinformation

Good description of Western propaganda apparatus.

According to treaty Ukranian warships are not required to

Due to heavy traffic in the strait all ships (including Russian-flagged) are required to inform in advance about their planned passage. Safety of shipping. In September 2 Ukrainian warships informed about their plans and passed the strait without any hindrance. 

 The cargo ship was deliberately positioned that way

Yes, after the Ukrainian ships caused a massive disarray near the strait, disrupting the passage of other ships, ignoring the traffic control and warnings by the coast guard.

 I have a question. What would happen if a foreign warship tries to enter US territorial waters without prior notification and after stubbornly ignoring coast guard's warnings?

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Posted in: Global arms firms show off wares in Japan See in context

@Goodlucktoyou

Spend all our tax money on planes that can easily be shot down by Russia or China. Or help disaster affected Japanese citizens?

OK, let's for a moment imagine that Japan spends all its weapons money on very honorable aims like disaster relief, social security etc. And then Chinese land at Senkaku. What are going to do?  Without weaponry? 

@Fox Sora Winters

  It would be nice if Japan could buy a bit more from UK, France and Germany

It would be very much nicer if Japan makes all the armaments it need. If spend big yen on weapons, spend it at home, enliven your manufacturing base.

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Posted in: Global arms firms show off wares in Japan See in context

@Kabukilover

What a hideous waste of money

To some degree, yes. The problem is that huge expenditure on arms is a necessity. If you don't want to feed your own army you'll have to feed the army of other state.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

@englisc aspyrgend

Add in Putin’s serious loss of approval rating and his record of using the tyrants favourite tool for distracting the masses, foreign adventures. Unless you are a Russian troll, the conclusion is self evident

With this loss Putin's approval rating is still high. Compare it with Poroshenko's dismal rating in less then half year before elections, coupled with economic meltdown. He is more then anybody I interested "distracting the masses by foreign adventures". Unless you are a Western troll, the conclusion is self evident.

@gcbel

 zero credibility there

At least Russians give facts that can be checked. Western and Ukrainian sources provide nothing but propaganda noise.

Note that ducking the question about the blocking cargo ship

Seriously, you need an explanation? Hint: traffic cops do the same when confront a speeding idiot before he kills somebody.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

According to the Russians, the Ukrainian boats did not ask for the right to pass the strait at all, there were no initial plans to sail to the Azov Sea. They just barged into the territorial waters, ignoring shore sea traffic control and the coast guard. Among 24 people on board of these boats there were 2 security service cadres who obviously were in charge of this clear-cut provocation.

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Posted in: European politicians call for new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine See in context

This clear clear violation of norms

What norms did the Russian coast guard violate when the Ukrainian boats barged into the Russian territorial waters without permission? Be specific.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

“No Western participation in the coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014”.

Fanatics are dangerous people. Whether it is Al Qaieda, ISIS, the Clintonist cult, anti-Putin fanatics - these people are a blight to the human race.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

Since the 2003 treaty is in effect, the Ukraine ships has the right to transit the strait into the other side which is Ukrainian territory

That’s correct. And two months ago the Russians allowed 2 Ukrainian warships to transit the strait without any problems. All that Ukrainians had to do was to inform in advance about the passage and observe the usual maritime rules (the strait is very busy with merchant traffic). But this time they would not. Erratic maneuvering, provocative behavior. Only one good thing: Ukrainian crews were clever enough, they did not want to die for their idiotic president, and they quickly surrendered when they understood they went too far.

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Posted in: Ukraine imposes martial law citing threat of Russian invasion See in context

Hilarious. Ukrainian warships illegally entered Russian territorial waters, but the whole army of Western trolls tries to pursuade the world that it is all Russian fault. I wonder what will happen if, for example, Argentinian warships enter without permission the waters near the Malvinas.

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Posted in: Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West See in context

that sort of info is - most likely - suppressed

Here it is again, "most likely", the present king of Western proof. When you have nothing to back up your claim, "most likely" / "highly likely" comes to rescue, heh? Why it is so difficult for you to comprehend that something is very difficult to find simply because this "something" does not exist, not because it is hidden? Statistics on shootings by Russian cops difficult to find because it is not in the habit of Russian cops to shoot without reason. "It is hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially when it is not there" (Confucius).

Adios. Come next time with something more solid then "most likely".

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Posted in: Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West See in context

Again 'the west is worse' defense

Read again, carefully, my previous post. My point is not "West is worse", my point is West is not better. I do not single out the U.S., I'm sure all major Western countries (U.K,, Germany, France) have their share of problems with police and crime. My point is that West absolutely undeservedly usurped the moral right to judge others. I can understand if Japan does it, after all we have the least problems with police (of course, in comparison to other countries), but the U.S.??? Guys, first fix your own home, only after that you can lecture others.

Could you provide 'facts' on Russian citizens killed by Russian police?

Could you? After all it's you who claim that Russia is a police state. Provide facts that Russian cops secretly kill prople and Russia media is not allowed to report it.

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Posted in: Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West See in context

And it could be with Russia being a police state

LOL!!! The U.S. provides a quarter of the world's prison populace,

https://www.sbs.com.au/guide/article/2017/12/06/10-staggering-statistics-about-us-prison-system

U.S. cops shoot people by hundreds, but the "police state" is Russia? Exellent logic. Congrats, or something.

'Can't prove it' and 'The west is worse'

Yes, if you claim something you should back your claim with facts. Why it is so bewildering for you?

And West may be not worse then Russia, but it is definitely not better.

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Posted in: Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West See in context

How about Russia?

With pro-Western media in Russia more then eager to report any wrongdoing, real or imaginary, by the law enforcement ("our unauthorized gathering was mercilessly dispersed by the Putin's police") it is very unlikely that any unlawful shooting would be ignored and unreported.

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