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Brandon Sherman comments

Posted in: S Korean visit left as unfinished business for new emperor See in context

All of this will not happen if bad things didn't happen not long ago.

That may be so, but Japan lost that war, Japan suffered heavy losses due to conventional and nuclear warfare, Japan has apologized many times publicly, and Japan has paid South Korea alone almost 1 Billion dollars in restitution, grant's, and very low income loans. (much of which was in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's when that was a lot bigger fee. But why not try to get as much as they can am I right?)

Japan has the least neighbors on planet Earth. Japan disputes with them all. Why ?

It is my sincere hope that Emperor works independently, gives fresh and sane voice of Japanese people.

It's funny you mention what Japan did over 75 years ago, the amount of neighbors they have, how they don't get along with them. China is right next door, and has a close number of neighbors, yet you seem to have no concern about the over 1.2 Million Tibetans killed by China between 1949 and 1979? (I guess it's not an issue if there is nobody left to complain and you just take over their country like they were never there.) China's constant border skirmishes with India in just the last 2 to 3 years must be a sign of a good relationship. (A country that has a Pact with Japan specifically covering open war with China.) China constantly fights with the U.N. about recognizing Taiwan Sovereignty. (A country that has been independent for over 105 years, but China constantly claims to own.)

Also while South Korea and China may agree that they're angry with Japan, it's about the only thing they agree on. For example the issue of the sovereignty of Taiwan and Koreas high altitude defense program in south Korea strain relations between China and Korea to this day. Lastly and worst of all not only is China ok with forced slavery within its own country, but they are trying to economically subjugate other countries and forcing them into economic servitude to Chian. (But no Japan, they have the worst relations with their neighbors in the region and the world.)

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Posted in: Brexit casts shadow over Geneva car show See in context

Maybe it'll become so sour that the U.K. will change trading partners and buy from the E.U. as little as possible. That would be the perfect response.

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Posted in: British minister to request Honda rethink plant shutdown See in context

I'm guessing this has to do with the fact that the EU offered to remove Tariffs on Japanese imports, (and not U.K. imports) This the E.U. is incentivising them to build cars in Japan (instead of the U.K.) and import them to the E.U. (Kind of a European F.U. to the U.K.) It's getting Obvious that the E.U. is going to punish the U.K. for leaving, so Maybe the U.K. should make stronger trade ties with the U.S. (If you have a problem with Trump I'm guessing he's only going to be around another two years.)

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Posted in: Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs See in context

As somebody pointed out, the E.U. has dramatically reduced Tariffs on Japan making it more cost effective to produce cars in Japan, then export them to the EU directly, rather than build them in the U.K., and export them from there. The lower price due to lack of Tariffs could also increase their popularity. In the U.S. Japanese cars are over 40% of all cars sold, because of both quality and price. If the price becomes competitive it could increase their total market share in the E.U. (I wonder if this was a play by the E.U. to hurt the U.K. for Brexit?)

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

If Japan are "Brazen Theives" for backing out of a deal after being verbally attacked, does that make south Korea Bernie Madoff for embezzling Hundreds of millions of dollars meant for victims of WWII then constantly demanding more?

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Posted in: Japan plans to cancel defense port call in S Korea See in context

I'm sure this has nothing to do with South Korea's recent attempts to extort another couple of million dollars out of Japan.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

It's never going far enough for some, unless he get's hung for the comment...

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Posted in: 10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why? See in context

I get why they want to do this, because of kanji... However it has a few downfalls. first the entire rest of the world uses the Hindu–Arabic numeral system (1 - 9 + 0) It's not actually a western thing it was invented by a Persian, picked up by the Indians,(from India) and spread to the rest of the world. Which is going to make it very confusing for any foreign monetary interaction. Second even the Japanese don't do most meaningful accounting with Kanji so why would you even equate the two? Also it's established that groups of three are used and many people use the comma's for quicker accounting, so that once again is going to make it harder for international monetary interactions. I'm guessing this is going to lead to a lot of calculation accidents that are going to favor foreign monies and detriment the Japanese because of the placement of the comma. 1,000 can become 10,000 when converting into the proposed Japanese monetary system if one is not careful, and 10,000 can become 1,000 when converting out. (Also which is easier for math? 五百万 ÷ 三千八百四十三 or 5,000,000 ÷ 3843 just saying.)

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Posted in: Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste import ban See in context

China was likely just going to dump it at sea so. https://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahleung/2018/04/21/five-asian-countries-dump-more-plastic-than-anyone-else-combined-how-you-can-help/#fe66eaf12349

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Posted in: Dreaming of Tokyoxit: A future where the capital has left Japan See in context

Why not go all the way and become a federation of small but independent regional states, each equipped with its very own local currency?

How about going from one of the worlds strongest economies to one of the worlds hundreth strongest economies beating out only Africa, some of Eastern Europe, and maybe parts of South America?

I agree that Japan should do something to save it's culture and it's smaller towns and cities, I just think this isn't even viable let alone it.

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Posted in: Construction begins on Japan-Guam-Australia cable system See in context

the point isn't price, it's speed and better connectivity in places where bandwidth may be limited. (also Guam has a U.S. Military base)

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Posted in: Gov't to fight forced sterilization compensation case See in context

I have to say while the law was barbaric and Naziesque, I have to agree with Michael Jackson this would open the floodgates for anyone affected by this law or similar laws and their families... Thus paying isn't really an option. Also I would guess that many people had likely also been adversely affected by radiation related genetic damage for obvious reasons.

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Posted in: Warning area expanded as Mt Shinmoe continues powerful eruptions See in context

I wonder how long unit Mt, Rainier does this? Mt Rainier erupts every 500 - 1000 years, it's been 1024 years since it's last eruption...

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Posted in: 5 members of S Korean 'comfort women' foundation to step down See in context

Japan has already paid over 800 Million USD to South Korea alone for WWII. This is rediculous, the South Korean Government just wants more money to embezzle.

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Posted in: Police prevent woman defendant from wearing bra in court: lawyers See in context

I mean that in Japan you are not considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Posted in: Police prevent woman defendant from wearing bra in court: lawyers See in context

I think the Japanese innocent until proven guilty is a bigger problem than being able to wear bra's... BTW Most state prisons and country jails in the U.S. do not allow bras, though a few places make exception for bra's without underwire along with federal prisons.

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Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks See in context

I don't know about butter, but apples are between 250-500 Yen each in Japan.(depending on thea area you are in.) Apples are between $.79 - $2.00 a pound in the U.S.

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Posted in: Philippine top court orders gov't to defend Japan drills See in context

So then you support China's claim that it owns all waters right up to the sand on the beaches of all countries that touch the China seas?

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Posted in: China sets Sept 3 to mark WWII victory over Japan See in context

Japan hasn't kissed our butts enough from WWII, but look the other way while we poison and enslave tens of millions of our own people for a little profit. Consistency not needed here.

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Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition See in context

Once again Meh

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Posted in: Toyota zooms to record Y2.17 tril profit on U.S. sales, weak yen See in context

This probably includes Scion as well since it is sold as toyota in Japan. Toyota is awsome, but then again I'd take the worst Japanese car over the best American one any day.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year See in context

Immigration, The United States would be in the same boat (although not as extreme) without immigration.

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Posted in: Hayashi countermands Okinawa governor's halt order on base work See in context

I get that you don't like U.S. military bases in Japan, however If they weren't there you would be "occupied" by China by now.

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Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA? See in context

I think the U.S. government often sucks as much as the next guy, however there are many wealthy people who tend to hide their money in "tax shelters" and avoid paying taxes at all cost. (Not to mention Corporate loop-holes that often grant Corporations billions back after paying in no taxes.) This puts the burden on the poor to foot the bill. So while I don't think US citizens living in foreign countries should foot the bill, I think if you are a U.S. citizen who is hiding money over seas you should get a 20% penalty in your taxes if you are caught doing it.

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Posted in: Police called after Okayama teens dress differently for graduation See in context

The nail that sticks up.

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Posted in: The PS4 is selling like hot cakes all over the world…except in Japan. But why? See in context

Yeah I think the mobile market is destroying consoles in Japan. I think it's because unlike most western countries the Japanese don't just sit around their house if they actually get time off work.

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Posted in: Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuclear signs See in context

The problems were known forever, here is a story about the protests like 35 - 40 years ago. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fukushima-mark-nuclear-reactor-design-caused-ge-scientist/story?id=13141287

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Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly' See in context

This Just goes to show that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were good parents.

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Posted in: Hayao Miyazaki says Charlie Hebdo drawings of Muhammad were a mistake See in context

This is the problem with the world today. Everyone has to be PC and make sure that they don't hurt anybody's feelings or offend anyone. Well guess what there ate about 1000 different cultures on this world spread out over around 200 or so countries.

So then whose point of view do we take? Let's all live by Shiria Law where you get stoned and or killed for almost anything and everything. Or the Christian's where you get ostracized or ridiculed for not having the exact same beliefs as whatever other group of Christians you are closest to because even Christians can't figure out which rules and values are right so there are hundreds of different kinds and a lot of them don't even like each other.(baptists, Pentecostal, catholic, Mormon, etc, etc, etc.) all they can agree on is that they are all better than everyone else. Maybe the atheists who have to make sure that any and every religious person on earth knows that do not believe in god and that they think YOU are stupid if you do.

The point is that everyone's views on anything is going to offend someone else somewhere. So why can't we just grow up and accept that everyone else has their own beliefs and have the right to have them. When confronted with effigies or tokens of said religion we should not be a cry babies because someone says "Christmas" or if someone puts up a cross, a manora, a Buddha, a star of David, a flying spaghetti monster, or whatever where you might see it. people should have the right to have their beliefs and tokens of it even in public.

At the same time people should also have the right to make cartoons or television shows that might take a jab at your beliefs because hey you can choose not to watch. People also have the right to say I don't believe what you believe and have you accept it and vice versa without having to deal with crap about it. Instead of wiping the world of any vestige of religion, (except what is popular in your culture) Why don't we just grow a lightly thinker skin and STFU.

BTW FYI Christmas and Christmas trees are no longer a Christian holiday, may non Christians through out the world celebrate it. (like it or not.) Because, who doesn't like spending time with their family and getting/giving presents.

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Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination? See in context

It's the only place I actually visit, so....

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