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Posted in: Japanese diplomat indicted over arson at embassy in Congo See in context

The most common way for these guys to make money is to convert money ro pay local salaries and local bills at the blackmarket rate instead of the official rate.

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Posted in: Pundit says online ticket scalping should be made legal See in context

Sell all tickets (including personal resales of tickets) by internet auction. This should remove the scalper margin, and ensure that performers are paid their full value.

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Posted in: Japan to supply ammo to South Korean troops in South Sudan See in context

This small military transaction between Japan and Korea also probably contains a subtle message to China as well.

Underline this.

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Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region See in context

The answer is: Japan side changed the status quo.

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How has the status quo changed?

Japanese view: Originally Japanese sovereignty with private title, then changed to Japanese sovereignty with government title

Chinese view: Originally "Chinese sovereignty, therefore Japanese title irrelevant." Then changed to "Chinese sovereignty, any Japanese title irrelevant."

What has changed?????

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Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region See in context

Obvious to the world, Japan started the current cycle of heighten tension

The owners of the islands wanted to sell. Right winger Ishihara then suggested that Tokyo Metropolis buy the islends and fortify them, after the Chinese skipper repeatedly rammed the coastguard cutter. To avoid the right wing arguments, the left of center DPJ had the government buy out the islands from the private owners. This was to avoid problems with China and any right wing suggestion of fortifying them. In what way did Japan "start the current cycle of heightened tension/" ???

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Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region See in context

Can Chinese domestic opinion now accept a policy of reducing tension in the region?

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Posted in: China gives no ground to Biden in air defense zone dispute See in context

Japan should call China's bluff and issue the same requirements for its zone - all aircraft entering need to notify Japan in advance. See what the paper tiger Chinese do then.

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Posted in: Biden urges Japan to open auto, farm markets See in context

More trade and lower barriers make everyone better off.

In 1858 Japan opened up to foreign trade and greatly developed as a result.

In the 1960s the trade opening achieved by the Kennedy Round negotiations made possible Japan's subesequent rapid growth and exports to marlets around the world.

1980s beef negotiations greatly improved Japanese consumers' access to cheap beef.

1990s large scale retail law reforms allowed exciting huge shopping complexes to be built throughout Japan including rural areas.

Of couse some people might think in 2013 Japan should sit on the sidelines of the TPP, not participate, and watch trade and cheap products thrive everywhere else with Japan unable to compete...

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Posted in: If you could go back in a time machine to observe any three events in history, which three would you choose? See in context

1) Admiral Togo raising the "Z" flag and sinking the Russian fleet in 1905

2) Hirohito's surrender speech in August 1945

3) (future event) Japan and China reaching a final peaceful resolution on the Diayutai/Senkaku Islands

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Posted in: U.S. tells airlines to take precautions over East China Sea See in context

Do the airlines obey their government or does safety override all else?

I think airlines need to follow their own government's instructions. Otherwise the government can withdraw the airline's registration etc.

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Posted in: China Internet users call for action against Japan See in context

Allowiing freedom of discussion iof all subjects in all media in China will help overcome the problem

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Posted in: Man switched at birth in 1953 wins suit against hospital See in context

To me an interisting issue is the court's recognition of loss of tertiary educational opportunity due to a different family upbringing. The education system needs to do more to ensure equality of opportunity, especially in a family where the father dies at an early age..

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Posted in: Ford, Toyota fight over who has top-selling car See in context

a Corolla hatchback under the Matrix name, and ...cars that are nearly identical to the Corolla

A bit difficult to claim that these are Corollas, I think. Maybe Toyota should rename to Corolla Matrx, etc.

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Posted in: As body ages, Jackie Chan longs for Hollywood's full embrace See in context

Chan said his manager thought the role would be good but told him the amount of dialogue was too tough.

Says it all.

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Posted in: S Korea introduces 'Gangnam Style' tourist police See in context

Great idea! This on its own will encourage people to visit Korea.

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Posted in: Secret Japan-China talks held over island dispute See in context

Like many times in China's history before, Chinese officials have decided on a policy, based purely on domestic circumstances, for which there is no plausible end scenario,

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Posted in: Yoshinoya to grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima See in context

For any discount restaurant thst does not make declaration one way or the other about using Fukushima produce, the assumptions have to be that they are, and they are not willing to provide a quality assurance like Yoshinoya has..

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Posted in: Yoshinoya to grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima See in context

Good move by inovative company Yoshinoya which leads the way in providing consumers with very low priced, appetizing food. They will make sure there is no harmful radiation. And they will pass onto consumers the cost savings enabled by irrational boycotts of Fukushima produce that is tested and known to be safe.

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Posted in: Caroline Kennedy says she is humbled to carry father's legacy See in context

The World War II connection is interesting and needs to be highlighted. Her father fought the Japanese, suffered a permanent back injury, and lost some of his crew. But Japan and the US are now the best of allies, and Caroline will be contributing to that relationship.

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Posted in: Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr stars in Japanese detergent commercial See in context

Great Australian model. Good that she is also being received well in Japan.

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Posted in: 'Lighten up,' French magazine tells Japan after Fukushima cartoon complaint See in context

Balefire's got it right.

Satire is fine for highlighting incompetence. But it's not appropriate for making fun of sad situations largely brought about by a natural disaster.

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Posted in: Olympus pins future hopes on mirrorless format See in context

If it's mirrorless why does it have an old fashioned reflex hump in the middle?

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Posted in: Australian PM Rudd heads for election wipe-out: poll See in context

Scrappiest election campaign I can recall, no big picture policies, no recognition of Australia's economic strengths. Hard to think who is worse, self-centred Rudd as PM or Joe Hockey as Treasurer. What we now have to live with will be slow Internet and contributing to regional international instability through drastically cutting aid.

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Posted in: Egyptian rally See in context

Pretty hopeless in Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and maybe Libya too.

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Posted in: Sushi-go-round -- Japanese tradition served with technology See in context

Hanaya Yohei invented nigiri sushi around the time Perry visited Japan, and it has been updated regularly ever since. One of my favorites is California-maki. The new technologies have their advantages, but may not appeal to everyone.

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Posted in: China rules out summit with Japan See in context

This needs to wait until it is seen who decides to front up at Yasukuni on August 15.

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Posted in: Abe unlikely to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Aug 15 - media See in context

Personally I don't understand the logic behind why the Koreans are complaining about Yasukuni. They were part of Japan during the war and many are enshrined there as well..

I am reliably told that on the first couple of days after the Japanese surrender in August 1945 all over Seoul you could see little plumes of smoke as the torii and jinja buildings were burned.

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Posted in: Abe unlikely to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Aug 15 - media See in context

I still do not understand why this becomes a big deal.

Many Japanese think this way.

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Posted in: Man demands divorce after his wife throws out his anime collection See in context

Without saying who's right and who's wrong here - we don't really have enought info to make a judgment - married parties need to respect each other's space. If they are unable to do this, the marriage can't last.

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Posted in: Two teens held for beating younger boy to death in Sakai See in context

The dead kid may have said something like "I got into a good senior high and will go to college. You guys are now just in vocational school and you''re going to be car mechanics for the rest your life. Ha Ha!"

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