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Posted in: Muted in country of their birth, three women try to find their voice See in context

I am a stateless voter without any voting rights in my birth country Britain, my adopted country America and my host country Japan.

I'd like to think you're missing a lot, but no. Most of us believe voting itself is a con. Most countries could as well, if they chose to be straight, emulate NK. It's much cheaper, non-polarizing and straight forward. Oops !! Did I just say that !!? I hope some day you can get to determine your choices when voting will really count.

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Posted in: S Korea begins military drills around disputed island amid feud with Japan See in context

A few days ago Japan held military drills near mt . Fuji. North Korea lobbed a couple of things in the East Sea/ sea of Japan, today S. Korea is conducting its military drills around Dokdo/ Takeshima. All within their boundaries. Personally, this is something countries do and I don't wanna quibble over insignificant details.

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Posted in: Muted in country of their birth, three women try to find their voice See in context

After donkey years of waxing lyrical about themselves ( Japanese) being " the stuff" , the "headquarters of the authentic" and the orbit center of the bona- fides in " civilised democracy ", one can't help but see that every time the marginalized minority start catching up the pace, the dominant majority changes the tempo and the cycle begins again.

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Posted in: Japanese, N Korean students discuss peace in Pyongyang See in context

This is good thing for the NE Asia region and I hope it's genuine, things go downhill real fast if one party starts being condescending. If the Mods will permit, here's some Sam.

https://youtu.be/nuaLKa9ecds

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Posted in: FBI takes down Nigerian fraudsters in $46 mil case involving Japanese woman See in context

It's the prominence of the article and splash photo that REALLY strike me. " Nigerian " ( bad !! ) , "Japanese woman " ( victim !!) . Not excusing ALL bad people, she lost $200k from all other worldwide victims who made the total of $46 M. The " news " splash !!!.

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Posted in: Abe says S Korea canceling intel deal damages trust See in context

The tit-for-tat actions could lead to economic damage that's bigger for South Korea than Japan. Major South Korean manufacturers, including Samsung, rely heavily on materials and components imported from Japan.

You can't give Koreans a better reason to overcome that hurdle, and in the meantime, probably canvass supplies from Russia and China thereby move even closer to them. Japan might look tough now but badly suffer in the long term.

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Posted in: North Korean foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant' See in context

"poisonous plant of American diplomacy"

LOL !! You can't beat these guys in the use of colorful language.

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Posted in: Australia to join U.S. in Strait of Hormuz maritime security mission See in context

We fight along side our mates whenever needed, even if its not the right thing to do at the time like the current "coalition".

patently true ! I can't recall a war the US was in without Australia being there, right or wrong, regardless.

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Posted in: Over 30% of Tokyo Olympic participating nations lack host towns See in context

I too, hope there's enough room for everyone at the Olympic table....because ..even those from the other side of the track will come, and Japan, being the gracious hosts will play such.

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Posted in: Nations meet over endangered species; Japan's ivory trade on agenda See in context

*Go Tsurumi, chairman of the Japan Federation of Ivory Arts and Crafts Association,* insisted some people who live alongside elephants in Africa would be "very disappointed" if domestic demand for ivory is cut off in places like Japan.

Is he a lobbyst for poachers? Internationally, isn't the whale a whale enough of a problem for these guys,?that now, they are also getting cited in elephant problems? ivory belongs to elephants, most Africans benefit from tourism than the ivory trade.

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Posted in: China instructs fishermen to stay clear of Senkakus See in context

@ Norman Goodman

I wonder why people argue with that. After the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895 , China ( Qing ) ceded Taiwan " and its outlying/ nearby Islands " to Japan . This sentence leaves no doubt about the original ownership of Diaoyu/ Senkaku Islands.

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Posted in: Japan, African nations to voice concern over excessive debt at TICAD See in context

Truth be told , most African countries owe more to the Breton Woods and Co than to China. There's absolutely no comparison of the achievement by Africans with the cooperation of China in the last 20yrs compared to ANYONE else before.

I'd place much of these accusations on propaganda and the heavier sins by the inept, corrupt leadership of African countries. If one asks for a loan for a good cause and is awarded in good faith then squanders the funds, you don't blame the lender.

And, whoever told Africans that foreigners are their saviors? Until when will they be running in foreign capitals bowl in hand? Germany, Japan, S.Korea etc were once recipients of aid but within a generation they themselves became lenders, what's wrong with Africans?

I find it equally disturbing that these " lenders " seem happy to keep this racket going and not ask serious questions, I know I would, and if necessary I'd put my foot hard on someone's back side. This months end, again, like nursery school toddlers, they'll be running for treats at the beckon of a " school master" , No graduation.

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Posted in: Gunman who wounded at least 6 Philadelphia police officers in custody See in context

To the NRA wing.

In both "gone-postal" and sane shootings, a gun is the common factor.

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Posted in: Statue of 'comfort woman' pulled from Japan exhibit finds new home in Spain See in context

A brilliant idea for a museum. Censorship should never win.

Certainly no contradiction from me. @ chipstar and @ Samit, if the whole world can be educated the better, but more so the Japanese, they're the ones who need it most .

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Posted in: 1 cyclist killed, another injured by car going wrong way on national highway See in context

He was quoted by police as saying he had no memory of causing an accident.

Did he at least explain how his headlights got damaged ?

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

Well ! Well ! Well ! That's one big " mystery " of the universe debunked !! Next !!

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Posted in: Trump backs off China tariff plan with delays for cell phones, laptops See in context

What nothing about trump mocking abe and moon?

Why ? Was he supposed to " moon " them?

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Posted in: Japan says S Korea has failed to justify removing Tokyo's fast-track trade status See in context

For every tic there's a tac, but who'll toe the line ?

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Posted in: Hunters, police search for bear spotted multiple times in Sapporo See in context

Minami Ward’s Fujino and Masumai districts have prompted authorities to authorize members of a local hunting association and police to find and kill the bear.

Not Good !! Not good at all !! Just trap/ sedate it and move it further away where it won't be a nuisance or threat to people. Hokkaido is rich in flora and fauna. Having lived there for a long time, I could suggest a dozen places you can take the Bear to. Just don't kill it because you can.

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Posted in: N Korea says Kim supervised weapons tests, criticizes Seoul See in context

From the focus NK is receiving we are made to forget that this is a common event in most countries. Most countries presidents are also commanders in chief, so it's really a non issue for KJU to observe.

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

The dead tell no tales.

His kind repulse me but I'd have loved him to have his day in court. For one's rights to be protected one must protect others' rights.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for leaking 3D map of Japan to China See in context

is this really a crime? Is all that data not already available online? These days they have maps of everything online. Why would this even be considered a threat?

Whatever maps you ordinarily find online will always have sensitive areas ( like military installations etc ) blotched ,corrupted or omitted for obvious reasons.

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Posted in: Japan may send ships to patrol off Yemen instead of Strait of Hormuz See in context

But if Yemen is a country in civil war.

Japan won't be caught dead near that country. I'm sure they'll be somewhere in international waters and Djibouti where they have a base. So don't worry, they will be there strictly for Japanese props.

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

@ Smith

I tip my hat to you ! Spot on!

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Posted in: Nagasaki observes 74th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

I'm certain all the countries that Japan raped would celebrate being under the yoke of Japanese fascists

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Lol !! They celebrate in tears and sobs muffled by big yens dolled out to elite politicians not to be too loud and to " manage " anything on Japanese atrocities.

If Japan had nukes in good time ? I'm sure they'd have had no compunction whatsoever to use them liberally.

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Posted in: Nagasaki observes 74th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

As they love to tell others, why don't ALL of us just forget and move on ? After all it is over 7 decades now , isn't it ?

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Posted in: Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games See in context

In the US, even with Obama being the POTUS African Americans still suffered, sometimes horribly from racism, that's in the US with a longer history of multiracial society. With Japan ? I will wait a little longer to give it a pass.

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Posted in: Japanese women's breast size boasts 40 years of continued growth See in context

 If you look back at dietary changes over the past 40 years, the greater ingestion of fats has definitely had an impact on women's breast size."

This statement is noteworthy to me on Japanese dietary habits pre, in and post war.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

If, of your own volition slapped someone for whatever reason, you surely won't have a say on what his comeback should be. You might slap a jesus and they'll turn the other cheek, woe unto you if you did a potential nemesis. You'll live to regret it.

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Posted in: Power cut stops Tokyo trains; 15 passengers ill as air conditioning fails See in context

They're not saying what caused the power cut ?

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