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Posted in: UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages if it leaves EU, says contested leaked document See in context

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/18/752173091/leaked-brexit-document-depicts-government-fears-of-gridlock-food-shortages-unres

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Posted in: UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages if it leaves EU, says contested leaked document See in context

We cut ties with former British colonies in order to join the EU and now we're going to cut ties with the EU in order to be independent?

What is this, a deathwish?

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Posted in: Mental illness issues could make death penalty impossible for Kyoto Animation arsonist See in context

Shinji Aoba, sane or insane?

The legal definition of sanity comes down to the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

I'm sure he thought what he did was right. After all, they stole his work, didn't they?

What is right and what is wrong depends largely on viewpoint.

Ending the life of a chicken is right from the point of view of the family who want roast chicken for dinner, but wrong from the point of view of the chicken.

If psychiatry is ever going to make any kind of progress, I think they need to formulate a more accurate definition of sanity.

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Posted in: Mental illness issues could make death penalty impossible for Kyoto Animation arsonist See in context

Prominent psychiatrist Tamami Katada said that Aoba exhibited signs of what could be schizophrenia or castrophrenia, also known as “thought withdrawal,” in which a person believes that ideas are being forcefully taken from the their mind by outside forces. Katada goes on to say that such a delusion could have fed into a persecution complex and fueled a desire for violent revenge, culminating in the attack. 

So?

The guy committed mass murder. What does it matter what his thought processes were. Psychiatrists are more insane than the people they "treat!"

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test shortened due to bad water quality See in context

The Tokyo Olympics is set to become Abe's crowning glory. As a sort of symbol for his turning his country's economy around with Abenomics! (sarcasm)

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Posted in: Medical examiner confirms Epstein death a suicide by hanging See in context

USA Today has this to say:

"Fractures of the hyoid bone in suicide hangings are rare and when you further keep in mind this was not a suicide hanging from stepping off a high ladder," said Wecht.

According to reports, Epstein had tied a bed-sheet to the bunk and kneeled on the ground and then leaned forward to kill himself.

That maneuver, Wecht said, is not conducive to breaking bones.

And there were sounds of "shrieking and screaming" coming from his cell.

And given the factors that commanteer outlines above, I'd say it's pretty suspect.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl See in context

If the mental "sciences" really were sciences, they would be able to do something for this kind of person.

And for the victim.

They can't.

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Posted in: Japan surpasses China as largest non-U.S. holder of Treasuries See in context

Ah U.S.A. Inc! Not so much a country as a racket! No wonder it chooses petty criminals like Bush and Trump. They are representative!

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Posted in: 60% of spent nuclear fuel in Japan to be stored in metal casks See in context

This would solve the problem now, but would dump the problem on the next generation. Passing the buck.

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Posted in: WWII Pacific battlegrounds now site of U.S.-China tug-of-war See in context

Wouldn't worry too much about these places. In a few years, with global warming, they'll be under the ocean anyway!

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Posted in: How do you think the planned increase in the sales tax in October will affect your spending habits? See in context

Spend even less, probably.

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Posted in: Autopsy of Epstein performed, but details yet to be released See in context

It's story time again!

Epstein was suicided!

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

How on Earth are political parties supposed to come into this? It's nothing to do with Liberals, Republicans or Democrats. There was a prostitution service for underage girls. They serviced people in high places with plenty of money and plenty of clout. These people aren’t liberal or republic or dems, they think they are above all of that. And they think they are above the law. We need more people like Snowden and Assange to blow the whistle on corruption like this. Blow it wide open and let's have some real justice.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

Nothing to do with a less apologetic generation. Japan is a weedy puppy dog with the U.S.A. Really apologising to Korea on the other hand, would cause them to lose face. The ultra right wing of Japan - the descendants of those who committed these crimes - has a very, very, very sore point that Korea keeps touching on because what they did, as others have point out here is far, far worse than sex slaves! It's because they keep trying to push it under the rug that it continues, generation after generation.

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Posted in: Abe hopes for win-win trade deal with U.S. at early date See in context

Win-win?

I don't think so.

More like Trump 2 Abe 0.

Good old Shinzo. Not so much a leader as a puppy dog!

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Posted in: Japan to resume effort to tackle contaminated water problem at Fukushima See in context

How about giving each visitor to the Olympics a free bottle of Eau de Fukushima to take home as a souvenir? They'd probably shift the lot then!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers open 2nd-chance lottery for Japan residents See in context

All the grass you can see in that photo is made of plastic.

Yes, but think of the advantages; it doesn't need cutting, watering or weeding and it's indistinguishable from real grass! (sarcasm)

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Posted in: Pentagon chief urges Japan to consider joining Strait of Hormuz coalition; raps China See in context

In the meeting with Abe, Esper lambasted China for destabilizing the Indo-Pacific region, saying "their military aggression and calculated strategy of predatory economics violates the international rules-based order that we are trying to uphold."

Coming from a person who belongs to the country that has violated international rules-based order and caused war and massive loss of life and infrastructure in the Middle East, that's really rich!

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Posted in: Hiroshima mayor urges Japan to join nuclear ban treaty; Abe declines See in context

How can Abe agree when there are nuclear weapons on his land?

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Posted in: Fukushima eyes 2020 Tokyo Olympics for recovery message See in context

Oh so it's all fixed now, is it?

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Posted in: Abe asks Johnson to ensure orderly Brexit See in context

I love how Abe pretends he has any power on the international stage and in other countries' domestic problems while he demands others stay out of Japan's (unless it's praise).

And unless it's from the US of A!

Abe, the obedient puppy dog does everything his American masters tell him!

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Posted in: Abe asks Johnson to ensure orderly Brexit See in context

"Make sure you have an orderly exit, Boris-san!"

Great advice! I wonder what Boris's advice for Abe might be? "Keep pushing for the return of the Northern Territories, Shinzo!"

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Posted in: Russian PM's visit to disputed island regrettable, Japan says See in context

"Russian PM's visit to disputed island regrettable, Japan says"

Gosh, what an exaggeration! A few people in Japan say this maybe. Most people couldn't care less. The islands are currently held by Russia. Before Russia, they were held by Japan and before Japan, there were ainu living there. It should be noted that, thanks to Japanese expansionist policies, the ainu are all but extinct. The ainu probably have a stronger claim, but they aren’t bellyaching about it.

Perhaps "Japan" is upset about the Russian PM's visit to what is at this point in time, his own territory because of the relationship between Japan and Russia. It was the Soviets, not the Atom Bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who actually ended WII.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

This is not the subject of legislation, surely. If the law states that faces must be uncovered, then Japanese tourists wearing face masks must be illegal. As would anyone with allergies or a cold who wants to wear one. If the law states that burqas are illegal, this is surely racist and religious persecution.

Can't we even decide what to wear these days?

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

Is it OK, then for Japanese tourists to wear face masks?

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Posted in: What are some scenic sites or nature spots in Japan that you had long heard about and which didn't disappoint you when you saw them for the first time? See in context

The view from the top of the mountain in Hakodate. Magnificent! Would be perfect if they didn't have horrible canned music blaring out from the speakers!

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Posted in: Panel proposes average minimum wage of more than ¥900 for 1st time See in context

What's the point? Raise salaries and the price of goods will have to go up to pay the salaries. Where does that get us?

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Posted in: 8 injured after car hits 4 cyclists in tunnel; driver arrested See in context

On the subject of driving in tunnels, why is it that so many drivers don't put on their lights in unlighted tunnels? A car without lights is almost invisible in a rear mirror. Is it only in Okinawa?

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Posted in: 8 injured after car hits 4 cyclists in tunnel; driver arrested See in context

The driver was probably watching TV. That's OK in Japan, using a cell phone isn't.

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Posted in: The dark side of a sport many still love See in context

I'm surprised that it's still legal.

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