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Posted in: N Korea to scrap missile sites if U.S. reciprocates; Kim to visit Seoul See in context

N Korea to scrap missile sites if U.S. reciprocates

Good idea. The US gets rid of its nukes and NK does the same.

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Posted in: Do you think Okinawa should hold a referendum on whether or not it should host any U.S. bases? See in context

With so many against the bases, if this were a democracy, there would be a referendum.

It isn't. And there won't be.

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Posted in: Japan calls for early solution to U.S.-China trade war See in context

Japan calls for early solution to U.S.-China trade war

That's telling them!

Trade problem fixed!

Sorted!

Thanks Japanese policymakers.

You're worth every yen of the taxes we pay to support you.

(Sarcasm)

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Posted in: Russia trip keeps Abe in spotlight, but key issues remain unresolved See in context

kazetsukai,

"A face to face dialog is always a good thing for world leaders regardless of results."

The issues in "face to face dialogues" are decided long before the meeting. As scripted and researched as the photograph above.

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Posted in: Russia trip keeps Abe in spotlight, but key issues remain unresolved See in context

Jonathan,

Interesting photo with the posture copying. Not sure who copied whom or whether it's just difficult to sit any other way in those high-arm chairs.

You can be sure those poses are a) decided by a committee who've spent hours in long meetings and b) meticulously rehearsed.

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Posted in: Veteran Japanese TV, film actress Kirin Kiki dies at 75 See in context

Wonderful lady. Wonderful attitude to life and a wonderful attitude to death too.

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Posted in: Russia trip keeps Abe in spotlight, but key issues remain unresolved See in context

he failed to achieve any major breakthrough on key diplomatic matters

Well, that's par for the course. Abe has failed in so many key areas, it's hard to find anything he achieved.

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Posted in: Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan See in context

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

I wonder if the Russians are as happy with the title, "Sea of Japan" as the French are with the "English Channel?"

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Posted in: Abe gets middling marks on his economic performance from analysts: poll See in context

Perhaps it's a mistype and the first letter is a "P" not an "M."

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Posted in: Abe gets middling marks on his economic performance from analysts: poll See in context

Middling?

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5, then himself in southern California rampage See in context

"Guns don't kill people, people do," is the often quoted cliche. It's undeniably true. People kill people. But people in their right minds don't. And a shockingly huge percentage of perpetrators of mass shootings are on psychiatric drugs at the time of the shooting or in the middle of mental "treatment."

There really needs to be a thorough investigation into the actual effects of psychiatric drugs and the effectiveness of psychiatric treatment.

It doesn't seem to be working, does it?

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Posted in: Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia See in context

The cartoon of Serena Williams is a good resemblance. It's a good caricature. That's what cartoons are. If the cartoonist had depicted her as a white person, would that have been any better? Surely that would have been racist, wouldn't it?

Whatever colour her skin is, she acted like a total beach (misspelling) on the court. It's to her credit that she cooled out later, but she completely stepped over the line, put her own neck in the noose and kicked the stool away herself.

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Posted in: Dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs, injuring at least six See in context

darknuts, ain't that the truth! They need to spend more on construction and maintenance and cut down on the military hardware!

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5, then himself in southern California rampage See in context

Yet another case of a person on psychiatric drugs. Psychiatry needs to be investigated.

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Posted in: Russia to launch biggest war games in its history See in context

Russia to launch biggest war games in its history

Why not?

Everybody else is!

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Posted in: Should commuting to your workplace count as work time? See in context

Your salary comes from money paid by customers for services or goods produced by your company. Why should a customer have to support employee transportation? That's the company's responsibility not the customers.

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria See in context

Is phosphorous bombing like waterboarding? A crime when anyone else does it but OK for the US?

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

OK. If Trump goes through with this, Okinawa will start charging rent for US military bases. The same rent that Japanese and Okinawans have to pay. They'll be broke in a month!

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Posted in: Okinawa residents seek U.S. base referendum with 93,000 signatures See in context

But supposing the answer comes out as "no." What will Abe and gang do then?

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Posted in: Japan claims China escalating military actions See in context

China and Russia building up their military?

Nothing to do with Abe trying to change the constitution?

Nothing to do with the US build up of military installations in the area?

Huge new superbase in Henoko?

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Posted in: Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic See in context

Well, it was American money behind it, but the work was really international, as Starpunk points out and Neil Armstrong said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

It was for ALL MANKIND, not just one out of 200 or so countries on the planet.

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Posted in: Do you think U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have a harmonious relationship? See in context

Abe is "uchi benkei," a lion at home and a mouse abroad! He snarls and shouts and thumps the desk in Tokyo, is surrounded by thousands of security police and special troops when he comes to Okinawa and, as others have pointed out, is a total wimp when he meets Trump. Harmonious by definition perhaps!

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Posted in: Do you think U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have a harmonious relationship? See in context

How on Earth would we know? All we know is the highly filtered propaganda that comes down the line.

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Posted in: Abe vows further efforts to attract 40 mil foreign visitors by 2020 See in context

Okinawa is easily the best part of Japan for tourism. I can never understand why there are so many US bases here. Beautiful beaches, unique culture, gorgeous scenery. Put the bases up in Hokkaido if they absolutely have to be in Japan somewhere and develop Okinawa for tourism. That would increase the number of visitors hugely and make really big bucks.

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Posted in: Campaigning starts for Nago assembly election; U.S. base in focus See in context

Let's hope it's concluded without the LDP strong arm tactics they used last time!

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Posted in: Do you think of esports players as gamers or athletes? See in context

Why not?

The word "sport" comes from an old French word, "desporter," meaning "to amuse oneself in a light, frolicsome manner." The two components of the word are, "des" = away and "porter" = carry. Desporter became disport in English. The original meaning of sport was a light amusement that would "carry you away" from the troubles and cares of everyday life.

The word athlete comes from an ancient Greek word and just means contestant.

Esports players are indulging in light amusement and are contestants, they are also gamers as they are playing a game.

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

ThonTaddeo,

"Just call it the "Abe" era and have done with it." 

Actually, that gives me an idea. Wouldn't it be a good idea if Abe were the next Emperor? With his pride and pomp, he wouldn't be able to refuse it and as Emperor he wouldn't be able to do anything more than wave at people and hand out medals.

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

This ridiculous system might make sense if Japan were the only country on the planet. But then it still wouldn't make any sense when you want to put a date several years in the future. The current Emperor will abdicate, so how do you express a year 10 years from now, when it will be someone else or 100 years from now when there is no possibility of any Emperor still being alive.

Japan really needs to shuck off its past and move into the 21st century. There are a lot of neighbouring countries who think so too. In the international community, Japan needs a date system that is used by the other countries. It's also going to have to revamp its totally outmoded and incomprehensible address system.

Japan needs to update itself!

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

Isn't it about time we moved on from this anachronism?

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