Cogito Ergo Sum comments

Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

It behooves Japan to do everything to stop hostilities in that region. The consequences of a war there highly risks a hot 3rd/4th World War or totally upset the fragile world military equilibrium.

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Posted in: Man stabs police officer, steals his gun in Osaka Pref; 33-year-old suspect sought See in context

Recently, we read that police have increased their " terrorism " on innocent people. Some people might have high tolerance and not so for others, could he have been one victim with a short fuse? And decided to turn his protectors into prey?

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Japan is an important Asian country and if it wants to expand ties with Iran, it should show a firm stance, as other countries have done,” Khamenei said.

Talking to professional backstabbers?

In the event of hostilities isn't Japan supposed to ally the US? So much for the hundred years of " friendship " with Iran.

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Posted in: Japan needs to make use of its technologies and partner with third countries to expand its presence in Africa. Now, Japan is the big loser in terms of investment in Africa. See in context

The Chinese have done very well for themselves and for Africa. Unlike some other countries they didn't hoard their money. While other people feared the " Dark Continent" -with all it implies, the Chinese went to Africa and gave the whole shebang. They took care of the nassive projects which everyone thought risky, and with the multiplier effects , the results is all good.

People would find this hard to believe, but I'm more than convinced the biggest albatross on Africa's neck is....... The African leadership. These people have no vision, no leadership qualities, abiiities .. nothing !!! they often dish these over inflated contracts with padded kickbacks, they will rob the national coffers , connive with whoever to steal and stash funds abroad. I dare say the biggest saboteurs of African progress is its own people hence the dreams defered for many an African. If these " partners " and " Donors" were serious , they'd by now be putting their foot on the backside of any African "leader" coming around with bowl in hand. But No, why ? one hand must wash another.

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Posted in: One cannot help noticing in our daily lives, some indications of violence that lurk in the deepest, darkest recesses of our minds, are quietly working its way through the internet, via social media, into the open. See in context

One cannot help noticing in our daily lives, some indications of violence that lurk in the deepest, darkest recesses of our minds, are quietly working its way through the internet, via social media, into the open.

This is very true, especially in oppressive societies where conformity is the norm and individual self expression is always met with the big stick. The root word of the word " oppressive " is " press" , and anything under pressure MUST find a release, mostly in not so nice ways. Can you begin to see the heinous things happening in Japan today ? looks like everybody is after everybody else !

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Posted in: Police shakedowns increasing in run-up to Tokyo Olympics See in context

"Several times a year, the Tokyo MPD conducts stop-and-question campaigns, and at such times officers are given a quota to fill,"

"If they fail to meet their quota, then first they have trouble taking paid leave, and if the numbers still fail to materialize, it can affect future promotions, and ultimately their earnings.

One shouldn't expect anything but cruelty from a people who are abused by their bosses. Can you imagine working under such oppressive conditions ? If the MDP is a Police force they should think of turning it into a Police service, Tokyo is the gateway of the country.

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Posted in: 'Central Park Five' accuse Trump of stoking public rage See in context

https://youtu.be/-aCn72iXO9s

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Posted in: Putin says Japan's military cooperation with U.S. is source of concern See in context

Cogito Ergo SumToday  08:02 pm JST

Russia is worried about its right to exercise the Monroe doctrine. It also feels it's been encircled by NATO from the Baltics and should Japan go ahead with the aegis ashore the encirclement would be complete. All this in total disregard of the Reykjavik promise of NATO not expanding further east from East Germany.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia didn't meddle in U.S. election, despite evidence See in context

Russia is worried about its right to exercise the Monroe doctrine. It also feels it's been encircled by NATO from the Baltics and should Japan go ahead with the aegis ashore the encirclement would be complete. All this in total disregard of the Reykjavik promise of NATO not expanding further east from East Germany.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups See in context

showchinmonoToday 06:51 pm JST

Not that Russia did not extend the treaty. It's that the cowards scrapped it and ignored the current maturity and back-stabbed for putting an end on the dying one to gain maximum return with minimum cost in the east, knowing that Japan defeated already, plus, raped and killed Japanese civilians ( which is so different from how US treated Japanese women) , took them away in Sibelia for detention, ignoring the spirit/promise of no-territorial expansion and invaded the disputed islands after War ended.

Never Ever Trust Russians

Japanese should THANK Stalin and events at the time. Were Stalin to invade Japan immediately after Truman asked him probably the whole of Japan at best or half of it would be Russian, and the majority of them would have perished in the Siberian Gulags.

Stalin was incadescent with rage for the betrayal by Hitler, so when Truman asked him to help in the Far East he agreed but on condition that they first finish with Germany ( 7th May 1945)and that he would need three months to move men and equipment through the trans- Siberian railway to the Far East. True to his words It took him three months to do that just when Japan was about to surrender ( Surrendered Sept 2nd 1945), he couldn't just move his men back home without doing anything. He fulfilled his promise.

showchinmonoToday

What war with Russia? That coward backstabbed harf-dead person and invaded his house after war ended.

If this half-dead person was HIDEOUS in his dealings with others, then I'm not surprised that someone back-stabbed him. And hell! people have done worse, such as dancing on their graves and worse.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups See in context

A defence system is part and parcel of an offense system, they are often designed to work synagistically or tweaked to an offense system. So it's prudent for Russia to watch out.

If Japan truly feel aggrieved and diplomacy fails, they're welcome to use other means whatever that means but should make it very clear. I have respect for decorum but none for rats. They always used surprise attacks before, I don't respect that.

I have seen people fight for for what we might consider worthless crags and die for them. So when Abe is mouthing "joint" cooperation in development of the Southern Kuriles but in practice beef up defense systems, Putin should be worried. The actions not the rhetoric.

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Posted in: Court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages See in context

This is a country whose three arms of government are in walking in lockstep and an outstretched arm with the Nazis. All in a closet.

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Posted in: Trump pledges support for return of Japanese abducted by N Korea See in context

The Japanese approach to this issue leaves a lot to be desired. Being a hot potato as the leaders make us believe, You'd think they would repeat the "Koizumi doctrine" of engaging straight with Kim, but it is obvious they can't look him in the eye..hence the need to ask everybody to " gang-stalk" NK.

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Posted in: Abe says he wants to talk frankly with N Korean leader Kim See in context

And once again the people will swallow. This time he wants " frank* negos, meaning all these years he's been BS'ing the people. But both Noko and JGov know the truth, it's the Japanese people who Abe should Tell the truth to. He owes them.

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Posted in: Obnoxious customers driving store staff crazy with impossible demands See in context

@Alfie Noakes

A psychologist called them the "unloved" (aisaretenai); because they have no love in their lives from family or friends they become abusive to those seen as "weaker" than themselves to vent their frustration. A friend works in a Tokyo ward office dealing with the public and she has to put up with these people every day. Many are just unhappy and can be mollified, she said.

Agreed .One only gives what one has. I don't expect to be given say a pen by one who has no pen.

Japanese have no love but have abundant barbs. That's what they are capable of giving, and they do.

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Posted in: Mixing business suits with sports footwear gradually catching on See in context

Now Nikkan Gendai (May 8) follows another emerging trend, the combining of sneakers -- used to mean casual sports or athletic shoes -- with conventional business attire.

Could it be that there is apparent increased fear of cases where one might be forced to flee for his life ? thereby occasioning the need to be more " comfortable " ? damn the etiquettes.

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Posted in: Kono opposes giving food aid to N Korea See in context

I'd bet the last place NK would ask for aid is...,.... You guessed it!!! Japan !!! Exactly why Kono feels compelled to deny that which in all probability hasn't been asked of them is beyond me.

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

@ Muratafan

You nailed it !!

And, I , for one, and am sure it echoes in many people, do accept that there will always be differences among individuals and societies. Heck, families too have them ! but more than anything, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. , T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E and E.Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y in law are necessary ingredients in making a cohesive society. Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Finland e.t.c are countries which could receive lots of flack too, but they don't. We have Japanese in many foreign countries, some of whose descendants have become presidents ( Peru) and big honchos in the US and elsewhere, and they are doing well. Why Japan ? What does it mean to be human here ? Is " Live and let live " such a lofty subject for the Japanese ?

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

@ wipeout

Is he less insufferable than he sounds?

Like most of us, some more than others, He's averse to injustice, but meet him and he's one of the coolest guys you ever met, highly intelligent and with lots of conviction. I guess him being a foreigner married to a Japanese he must have been wanting to put things straight NOT for himself, but for all those who are voiceless, even for future generations.

As human beings , we all have some rough edges, and when one points out your mistakes, it's just that they're trying to make you smoother, help you become a better you. I have read Arudo's glowing ode to Japan too, surprised ? Everytime you put yourself ahead of others, as Japan tends to, It's those behind you who OBSERVE you keenlier, they know when you stumble, hit a bump e.t.c. Japan shouldn't complain.

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

@ Zichi

Dr. Debito Arudou and Jake Adelstein.

I personally know both these guys, especially Debito Arudou whom we belonged to the same organization of which he was an official in Hokkaido. Even then, he fought the good fight against discrimination. One of which was foreigners( especially Russians) being denied entry to onsens and sentos, they won. It's necessary for men of goodwill and conscience to call out evil wherever it occurs. Adelstein has lived in Japan for years and having worked as an investigative journalist, it goes without saying that he knows more about the Mr. Hyde side of Japan than, say , one who held a different job, he lived for it, if it's a Nazi-Stan and Nazistry he saw, that's what he should write about.

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

@ Strangerland.

> But that same logic cannot be used to excuse the government from responsibility for its actions.

Especially when the government is in the habit of using lies and deceipt .

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Posted in: Abe ready to meet N Korea's Kim unconditionally: media See in context

However, Japan now finds itself battling to keep itself relevant in the fast-moving North Korea issue as Kim expands his diplomatic circle.

Kim met Russian leader Vladimir Putin last week after multiple meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

Out maneuvered by " a non-existing " country's President. ( Japan doesn't recognize NK as a country). Signs of the time people !!!

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

We strive for a peaceful world. Having said that we don't go around slapping people for no reason, and we do we accept, by default, that the worst can happen ( death ). Why ? because we don't get to determine how much force the retaliation should be. Likewise, in this case S.Korea WILL determine what is good enough for them , NOT Japan. It's is not literature where we'll put a pound of flesh on the weighing scales.

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Posted in: Riot police, masked protesters clash at Paris May Day rally See in context

@Zichi

Macron woes continue.

God knows he's tried everything to appease them, but hey, they're the French !!!

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Posted in: S Korean court asked to sell Japan firms' assets over wartime labor See in context

Civility in law and lawful civility. Japan can seek redemption from the courts. The EVIL that men do live a really long time and it sometimes bites their derrière.

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Posted in: More S Korean plaintiffs sue Japanese firms over wartime labor See in context

> @Ilove coffee.

The J-govt. spends millions trying to lobby foreign governments not to erect statues, and to remove all mentions of the comfort women from their history books. 

They're very successful especially with the Philippines, Indonesia and my country too, where our former ambassadors are the errand boys and fixers for the J-govs agenda.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested after barging into koban, demanding money See in context

Somehow, deep inside myself I have nothing but pity on this society.

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Posted in: More S Korean plaintiffs sue Japanese firms over wartime labor See in context

Go!! Go !! South Korea !! And when the South is done, it will be the North's turn.

I know , I'm being contra- narrative here and I respect everyone's opinion on this issue. As for me ? I know in my DNA the terrible history and the incredible ability of the Japanese telling believable lies. Just like most of you posters I was pro- Japanese to the hilt....so much so that when I first heard of the Japanese " abduction" issue I was ready to pick a gun and lead the charge to ERASE N.Korea . Now I look back and think what an idiot I was then. What happened to me ? The Japanese did !!

I pray none of you goes through what they did to me and others because I wouldn't want you here with me. It's best that way. Feel free to express yourselves but in the end just let the Koreans pursue their case to its logical conclusion because if you would want the same were you in their place.

Most of us came to Japan yesterday and these things happened well before yesterday and much of the far east " history " was dominated by Japan probably because of its clout...until recently.

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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

TheLongTermerToday  09:58 am JST

I agree with everyone who says he is being treated cruelly and unusually, but your missing the truth thats right in front of you: your dealing with cruel and unusual people

Dealing with cruel and unusual people.

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