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Posted in: U.S. military grounds all V-22 Osprey aircraft after Japan crash See in context

I think it's back to the drawing board for this one. The design is flawed.

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Posted in: Fundraising scandal in Japan's ruling party turns up heat on embattled PM Kishida See in context

Don't forget that Kishida is at the top of the LDP. He's going down and taking the rest of the party with him.

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Posted in: U.S. Air Force identifies 8 crew lost in Osprey crash in Japan See in context

One day, one of these deathtraps is going to go down over a populated area. One just flew overhead - just now!

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Posted in: Divers find wreckage, bodies from U.S. Osprey aircraft that crashed off Japan See in context

All it would take would be for one of these "perfectly safe" aircraft to crash in a populated area. They frequently overfly Naha.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Posted in: Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash See in context

I don't know why the US military is in Japan in the first place. This isn't US territory.

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Posted in: 9 referred to prosecutors on detainee's death at Aichi police station See in context

He was handcuffed and tied with ropes for 144 hours!!!!!


For six days?

That is torture, by anyone's standards.

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Posted in: Japan's biggest ruling party faction allegedly pooled secret funds, sources say See in context

This has gone on for far too long! The LDP has to go and take its cults with it!

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Posted in: Osaka expo careens toward a looming disaster, for an event that few even want See in context

Civil servants and corporate employees have no business sense whatsoever. The world doesn't run on "studies," reports and meetings.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc paves way for wider exports of defense items See in context

What's the difference between peddling arms and drug dealing?

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Posted in: Shane MacGowan, hard-drinking poet of The Pogues, dies at 65 See in context

Totally amazing that he could punish his body so much and live as long as he did. Brilliant performer.

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Posted in: U.S. continues to fly Osprey aircraft in Japan, despite Tokyo's request not to See in context

Time for the US military to leave. They've been sponging off Japan for far too long.

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Posted in: Japan suspends its own Osprey flights after U.S. aircraft crash See in context

Wise move. Now how about a refund?

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Posted in: Search efforts continue after U.S. Osprey crashes into sea; one death confirmed See in context

I thought Japan was supposed to be buying a load of these. Does this mean the deal is off?

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Posted in: Aichi police accused of denying sick man treatment, leading to his death See in context

Aichi must be bad, but I hear horror stories about Osaka police and the Yakuza connection.

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Posted in: U.S. Osprey with 6 aboard crashes into ocean near Yakushima; one death confirmed See in context

I was talking with an American serviceman a couple of years ago. "What do you do?" I asked. He replied that he was an aircraft engineer. Seizing my chance, I asked him what he thought of the Osprey, as an aircraft engineer. "I won't touch them. I will not work on them. They are a death trap." He replied. His words, not mine.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

Posted in: Aichi police accused of denying sick man treatment, leading to his death See in context

I wonder why three people gave me minus points for saying that there is something very wrong with the police/justice system here. Perhaps they have no direct experience. You can be arrested, detained, placed in solitary with no recourse to a lawyer or communication with your family and whether you need medical assistance or not depends on the whim of the police officers.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to do utmost to tackle negative impact of price hikes See in context

When I came to Japan 50 years ago, this country was booming. It certainly isn't now. What's the difference? The huge one that I can see is taxes! Consumption tax is crippling and holding down the domestic economy. Get rid of it. And do everything possible to build up the domestic economy. Support farmers and local food production. So much food is imported that could and used to be produced here.

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Posted in: Aichi police accused of denying sick man treatment, leading to his death See in context

There is something VERY wrong with the police/"justice" system in this country.

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Posted in: For readers in international marriages, what are some of the biggest challenges you have had to face? See in context

Most problems came from me without thinking about it assuming that we all think and act the same way. Actions and emotions have different meanings, anger especially. Just being in Japan and interacting with people, including my wife, I've learned a lot, and changed a lot. Where my automatic reaction was to attack, I think I have learned to accept and tolerate, at least when interacting with Japanese people.

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Posted in: Japan complains over S Korea's 'comfort women' ruling See in context

Japan has a LOT to atone for. Comfort women (sex slaves) are just the tip of the iceberg. And the past is going to keep coming up as long as they try to sweep it under the rug.

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Posted in: Police investigate report of someone spreading white powder on street in Hyogo See in context

Huh! Typical of foreigners! You never know what they are going to do next! Spreading white powder! Typical!

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Posted in: Japanese whisky turns 100 as craft distilleries transform industry See in context

And at the century mark, there are now more than 100 licensed distilleries in the country - twice as much as 10 years ago

"Twice as many" surely!

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Posted in: North Korea says it put military spy satellite into orbit on third try See in context

“So why don't the US invade NK and "change" the leadership?” 

Because there's nothing in it for them!  - NK doesn't have oil, unlike Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

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Posted in: Law change puts traditional Japanese daikon farmers in a pickle See in context


I just did a bit of hunting around for the 2012 E.Coli outbreak:

“Seven people, most of them elderly women, have died after eating pickles contaminated with E.coli in northern Japan in the country's deadliest mass food poisoning in 10 years.

A total of 103 others have been made ill after eating the same lightly pickled Chinese cabbage produced in late July by a company in the city of Sapporo, according to health bulletins issued by the local government on Sunday.”

The company concerned seems to have covered its tracks really well. I can't find a name anywhere, just "a company in the city of Sapporo." However, it rather looks like it was a big company.

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the major differences between J-pop and K-pop music? See in context

Very little difference. They are both crap.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Posted in: Law change puts traditional Japanese daikon farmers in a pickle See in context

Another "solution" to a problem that doesn't exist.

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Posted in: Kishida questioned over LDP revenue underreporting claims See in context

Nail him!

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Posted in: Sunak reportedly said 'just let people die' in 2020, British COVID inquiry hears See in context

This "quote" is a) out of context and b) what Vallance said that Sunak said. As many have pointed out, it's hearsay and as such, I wonder why it gets reported here.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Posted in: What's your favorite convenience store brand in Japan? See in context

Lawson coffee is way superior to Starbucks.

ANY coffee is superior to Starbucks!

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Posted in: What's your favorite convenience store brand in Japan? See in context


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