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Posted in: Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer at 65 See in context

His joy while playing his guitar was truly infectious. RIP EVH!

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Posted in: Japan, Mongolia to cooperate on 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' See in context

Not only should Mongolia worry about the Indo-Pacific but should be worried about their own country. With so many Han Chinese living in Inner Mongolia, Mongolians and ethnic Mongolians should be careful that their country won't become another Tibet.

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Posted in: 'Fortnite' creator Epic Games gets $250 mil investment from Sony See in context

Nice forward thinking Sony. After all content is everything!

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Posted in: Japan to limit financing of overseas coal power plants See in context

By financing coal, Japan could look to itself every time a huge storm/hurricane pounds the islands. If you're not consciously taking action to curve fossil fuel dependency then you are the problem contributing to climate change.

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Posted in: Japan's elderly workers suffer as pandemic closes businesses See in context

Government could start building more communal housing with shared bathroom and kitchen/dining space and charge nominal rent. Japan has enough dilapidated houses and buildings to be bought out, crushed and rebuild. At least it will give these people a roof over their head and relief of not becoming homeless during this difficult time. Government should do this now in anticipation of prolonged recession to follow even after pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan's exports slump as coronavirus hits U.S., Chinese demand See in context

Most of what Japan exports would be considered non-essential things. Do people need to renew cars, game console, phones etc...every 2-3 years? Most likely not, especially in times like this. Perhaps Japanese government could focus more on supporting and stoking local agriculture and producing enough grain, cattle, pigs, poultry to feed its people. Food shortage would be the next likely fallout from this pandemic.

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Posted in: Japanese artists in New York sing 'Sukiyaki' together in heartwarming video See in context

Very nice! Thank you!!

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

I don't think anybody can blame the Japanese government on this. After all even the IOC was dead set on still having the Olympics commenced on set date and only after international pressure did it concede to postpone. No country can be bleeding money on both ends. Even China wouldn't have hosted its 2008 Beijing Olympics if there was a simultaneous virus outbreak in Wuhan back then.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

If Tokyo locked down, then at least the spread of the virus to other surrounding cities might be slowed down. Now that Olympic is postponed for a year, Japan must put full effort physically and financially and all ways possible in combating the pandemic. Complacency is not the answer. No testing doesn't mean no virus!!

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Posted in: SoftBank to sell up to $41 bil in assets to buy shares, reduce debt See in context

Day of reckoning has come to over zealous leadership and corporation. Other companies with this kind of management should watch and learn if it'll sink or swim all the while circled by sharks that smell blood in the water.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

Kudos to governor Koike. She's the only one gutsy enough to tell it as it is. Wouldn't doubt if a third of Tokyo infected already and just don't know it, probably thinking it's just a regular cold/flu or even seasonal allergy. Only way the grim situation would be confirmed is by the number of deaths reported but who knows, even that number might be rigged. If Japan thinks somehow it's immune to Covid-19, you're making a big mistake. Good luck and take cue from other countries going through the same thing.

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Posted in: Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics See in context

Save lives not faces please!

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Posted in: Tokyo governor vows full measures to combat virus during Olympic torch relay See in context

When governments place saving face over people, they will most certainly fail. Olympic should be postponed for one year. Abe should listen to Trump on this one. If Japan and Koike think that all will be hunky dory by July, it's not that simple. It takes time to restart a community let alone a country from complete standstill. The last thing on other government's mind is the Olympics. Japan might go into recession if not already, but so will be all other economies. If virus is contained and all is up and running and back to normal in 2021, then there's more reason to celebrate with the games. Please reconsider.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

South Korean strategy=deflect and blame. Fortunately numbers don't lie.

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Posted in: South Korea, Japan trade travel restrictions in virus row See in context

Moon and his administration needs to deflect blame to someone other than themselves for poor handling of the virus outbreak. It doesn't matter what Korea says about Japan. Japan should do what's best and right for its citizens as many other countries are doing the same. Only Abe and his administration knows how much resources are available to combat the infection within Japan. If the resources are getting scarce, then they should control any source of more virus spreading within the country which would mean more travel ban and quarantine for certain countries including and not limited to China, South Korea, Iran and Italy.

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Posted in: 'Bureaucrats were in charge': Japanese doctor blasts ship quarantine See in context

So what is Dr. Iwata suggest that they do? He seems to answer the biggest problem/question which is "inside the cruise, there was no way to tell where the virus is..." If Japanese government or any other government for that matter knew where the virus is, we wouldn't be having this problem. What does he recommend they do to establish green zone vs red zone? Should the passengers and crew change cabins or corralled into sections without the knowledge of who is or might be infected? I think its good that he's calling attention to inadequate response by bureaucrats but perhaps his "bruised ego" needs to be tended first before pointing fingers.

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Posted in: Afghans hold candlelight vigil for slain Japanese doctor See in context

Mr. Nakamura has accomplished things and touched and impacted so many lives during the 11 years in Afghanistan than most of us will ever do in our entire lifetime. Thank you and RIP!

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Posted in: Japan Atomic Power to get ¥350 bil to reboot plant See in context

Haven't they learned anything from Fukushima? With more typhoons getting stronger, guerilla rain and landslides more frequent is this really a good idea??

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Posted in: Hot sandwich maker for voluminous sandwiches See in context

Like this!

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Posted in: As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns See in context

Greed destroys everything that's good.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia tells Japan's biggest refiner about possible shipment change See in context

Makes you wonder who will benefit the most from the attacks and higher oil prices??

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Posted in: Julie Andrews to receive American Film Institute honor See in context

Such a classy lady. Congratulations!

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Posted in: New York schools urged to refer to Sea of Japan as 'East Sea' too See in context

Koreans must have paid huge donation to NY State assemblyman. American politics at its worse as "Everything has a price".

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Posted in: Record 832 foreigners in Japan lose residency status in 2018 See in context

Companies and schools should also shoulder the blame. They need to constantly prompt and remind these workers to renew paperwork and not just be complacent about it.

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Posted in: In praise of the big pixel: Gaming is having a retro moment See in context

Just like listening to oldies music, people reliving the good times of youth with retro games....nice.

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Posted in: U.S. approves $3.3 bil sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan See in context

Asia is increasingly becoming a danger zone and it's better to be safe than sorry. Good luck Japan.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes best-paid actress list for second year See in context

If the same 20 actors and actresses are making movies in Hollywood, how could they not be the highest paid celebrities?? If roles were given to other up and coming new actors, sure the numbers will be a lot lower.

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Posted in: Kimono no more: Kim Kardashian West renames shapewear line See in context

She's a lot smarter than people give her credit.

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Posted in: South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past See in context

"It's easier to blame someone than to fix your own mistakes and do better". Thank you Korea for reminding us this lesson every so many years.

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Posted in: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth to separate: media See in context

These are all Hollywood's farce marriages. Other examples would be Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra etc.... Only believe the marriage is real when they have kids. Marriage among US celebrities is the same as saying "I do" in Vegas.

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