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Posted in: Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant See in context

 we have these crazy Trump voters who go after innocent people with knives with Trump's blessing.

Well, Bernie Sanders voter, and no blessing from Trump. But don't let facts stand in the way of a good narrative.

And how did you feel about the murders?

That's a meaningless question. Normal people feel bad about murders, regardless of their political party. But the rush to assign political significance to a murder suggests some people feel less bad about them than others. People are murdered every hour, every day around the world. How do you feel about that?

For all this talk of sympathy, most people don't so much as pause over their morning latte at the thought of murder victims in far away places. It's disingenuous to for someone to claim they care more than a stranger's tragedy than someone else, when the fact is they only care so much as it fits their own narrative. A little girl at the receiving end of a US drone gets zero notice - tell me why that is.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile that falls into Japan's EEZ See in context

Is such a scenario in Russia's interests, though? No, not they way things are at the moment, I guess. 

Not as long as the establishment politicians and the left would rather use Russia as a cudgel in domestic politics. They seem happy to risk both Korea and Japan for a little domestic political game.

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Posted in: Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant See in context

Crocodile tears of the left. So often publicly virtuous and privately cruel.

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Posted in: I chose Japan because it costs less than other countries while it has a good education system, instilling good discipline in students. After studying in Japan, my children will have better chance to get good jobs when they come back to work in Vietnam, since there are more and more Japanese companies investing in our country. See in context

 I do not want them to be conformists who are afraid to think or speak critically. 

That pretty well describes many of the students I see from US universities these days, unfortunately. Except they are called social justice warriors.

I don't think a student from another country is so susceptible to only thinking one way in Japan. They already have a diverse background. And unlike in the US, they don't have to deal with sex, drinking and dugs the way they do in America. That's all a bit much for any adolescent.

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Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 million at season's 1st auction See in context

That's appalling wasting that much money on melons!

I could buy those for 300 yen at my local market. What kind of crazy person would pay 1.5 million??

Only in Japan is money wasted like this.

Like most fruit in Japan, they are look perfect but lack taste.

Thank of the starving children 1.5 million yen could feed...

Did I miss anything?

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Posted in: Annual number of foreign visitors to Japan tops 10 mil at fastest pace See in context

Trevor, I disagree with point number 2. Japan may seem expensive this year because the Canadian dollar tanked. But as someone who frequently goes to Western Canada, I have been quite shocked at the high prices in Canada in the past. It varies year to year. I will agree Japan is cheaper than Central America. But Japan and Central America are such totally different types of destinations, I can't see where they compete.

I do see a good number of Western tourists, but it's only natural that tourists from nearby countries would be predominant. That's the case for tourist destinations almost everywhere.

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Posted in: Toxicity levels 100 times safety limit detected again at new fish market site See in context

corporations have such a wonderful track record of transparency and concern for the environment and consumer health?

Umm.. corporations don't force me to give them money. If I don't like them, they don't get my business. The government takes money by force, can screw things up like this all day long, and they are almost never held to account.

Funny all the downvotes, even in the context of this article. I guess people get the government they deserve.

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Posted in: Skeletal remains of woman found in her residence by siblings See in context

Their story stinks. I would first check to see if they were living off any welfare or pension payments she might have been receiving. That's the usual reason when family deaths are covered up.

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Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested over death of newborn daughter See in context

Awful. I'm thinking the parents are the real culprits here. Where were they?

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Posted in: Toxicity levels 100 times safety limit detected again at new fish market site See in context

All of this, and yet when libertarians suggest eliminating most of government, people shriek "but what could we do without them??"

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Posted in: Trump revealed classified info to Lavrov at White House: officials See in context

Can't we all just agree that President Trump's problem is intelligence?

LOL! Yes, put that way, I think we can.

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Posted in: Japanese men list 7 traits that would make it impossible for them to date some women See in context

I basically wouldn't want to date a woman who smokes, but the items here (except for #7, which is a bit weird) are all bigger deal breakers.

She’s considerate only towards the person she’s got a crush on

I think the author misunderstands this one. It's not to do with Japanese group culture. If a woman treats me great but everyone else like dirt, just because she has a crush on me, what happens when the crush fades? Then I become dirt as well.

Old advice that still applies: Watch how she treats the waiter/waitress or other such people. Because that is exactly how she will be treating you in the future.

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Posted in: Trump facing a crisis he can't manage with tweet or taunt See in context

Better than obstruction of justice?

They are nowhere near showing obstruction of justice. An offhand comment shows nothing except political naivety. Obama was savvy enough to do all his deals behind closed doors.

Obstruction of justice requires proof of intent. Good luck with that. As of now, they have nothing at all in Trump.

But as I said, they can always try to alienate half the country once again.

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Posted in: Japan's economy expands for 5th straight quarter See in context

You can show me the numbers, but I'm just not feeling the magic. We were doing much better in the post-bubble recession when all the numbers said things were bad.

So I don't believe much in these numbers.

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Posted in: Trump facing a crisis he can't manage with tweet or taunt See in context

If they want to overturn the people's vote via impeachment, they'll need something better than this. Even if they succeeded, the damage to the nation would be irreparable - people would believe that voting no longer works. Which would only leave violence.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes banning entry of gambling addicts to pachinko parlors See in context

Pachinko at ITS BEST is a cash cow. I've seen my friends walk out with many thousands of dollars earned after a few lucky hours.

When people tell me they have won $2000 at pachinko (or whatever gambling habit they have), I ask how they usually do over the course of a month. That's because a $2000 payday isn't so impressive when the other 29 days of the month averages $100 losses. And that's almost always the case.

Even assuming that someone has figured out how to make a living at it, in most of those cases it means their full time job is sitting in front of a machine conducting a mindless and repetitive task in smoke and noise polluted dump. I'd rather work on an assembly line, thanks.

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Posted in: 2 men beat woman returning home in Saitama See in context

Headline is mistaken. Whatever these 2 creatures are, they are not men.

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Posted in: Japan may become 4.5 C hotter if no anti-global warming steps taken See in context

seeing how governments have so far handled the war on drugs and the war on terror, I would be very surprised if any measures they take will have any positive impact.

Positive impact? If history is any guide, government measures will make lots of rich people richer, help some otherwise connected people get rich through taxpayer funded initiatives, and keep the middle class in servitude. So there is that.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes banning entry of gambling addicts to pachinko parlors See in context

Pachinko has something more than just a gambling.

Please tell us what that is. Pachinko and slots and time and life wasters at best. Family destroyers at worst.

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Posted in: Japan may become 4.5 C hotter if no anti-global warming steps taken See in context

Is it just me or do others find this article to be Japan-centric?

Well, yes. You'll notice the name of this website is JapanToday. This is not the place I come to read about the Maldives or Florida.

I live in Japan, and am naturally interested in the effects of climate change specifically in Japan. There is very little such information in English, so JapanToday is providing a service by running this article.

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Posted in: U.N. panel calls for revising Japan-S Korea 'comfort women' deal See in context

Three words: Get Over It.

Asia and the world are facing grave and unprecedented problems that will require the cooperation of all nations, and instead they choose to bicker over events of 80 years ago. The results of not getting along and solving current problems together will be a thousand times worse that the problems of the past.

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Posted in: Japan's participation in China-led AIIB being floated within gov't See in context

"The AIIB is lacking in development investment know-how," a Japanese government heavyweight said. "It could be that (the bank) is seeking Japan's experience and skills."

I almost spit out my coffee at that line. Japan long ago lost leadership in investment, if they ever had it. A patronizing comment from a country that lives in the past.

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Posted in: Man detained for touching woman on train found dead after fleeing from Ueno Station office See in context

certainly there is a possibility for false accusations or just fingering the wrong guy.

Your choice of words had me confused for a minute there!

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Posted in: Man suspected of 21 pickpocketing cases on Tokyo train See in context

I have often been amazed at how easy it would be to pickpocket people in Japan. Even surprised it wasn't more common. I suppose with the economy going the way it is, it will become more common.

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Posted in: Outcry over Netflix films prompts Cannes to change rules See in context

It's their festival, but if Cannes can't keep up with the changing times, they will eventually become irrelevant. Other, more nimble festivals will take their place.

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Posted in: Do you think we will soon have mainly cashless societies, with people storing their payment credentials on “digital wallets” and shopping via mobile devices? What do you still use cash for? See in context

Actually you need to make initial investment in purchasing the register/reader.

No you don't. I can accept payment today in any number of cryptocurrencies, and it cost me nothing to do so. Yes, a smart phone or computer is required, but that's hardly an unusual expense for a business.

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Posted in: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey See in context

If you think this is about left and right, imagine for a second that President Hillary Clinton would have fired the FBI director while under investigation for espionage. How would you have reacted then?

Spot on. And this is why Americans have the leaders they deserve. Leaders who are devoid of principle but who are constantly outraged about the lack of principles in their opponents. Like most of the voters, their ethics are entirely flexible, with no consistency other than in supporting their faction or lining their pockets.

I don't see people waking up any time soon, sadly. They'll just turn more against each other while the politicians fleece them.

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Posted in: More than Y85 mil in cash stolen from police station safe See in context

It is pretty ballsy for a cop to steal that from within the station. But it's also not unusual for the yaks to be very persuasive in making people do things they would never otherwise do, usually to pay off a debt.

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Posted in: 91-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, dies after head-on collision See in context

Why people should suffer because of those ignorant old people

Because we have to suffer from ignorant young people. But we are old enough to understand that there is a difference, and that not all young people are ignorant. I am not 70, but I'd trust the average 70 year old behind a wheel more than the average 21 year old.

Problems arise when hot-headed people demand a blanket action for a perceived threat. There's not all that much difference between someone who demands all 70-year-olds give up their license, and someone who demands that all people from a certain country be banned from entering their own nation. Please let that sink in for a moment.

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Posted in: Thousands march in Tokyo for LGBT awareness See in context

We Japanese...

Sorry, but that phrase tells me you think you can speak for all Japanese. My experience with people who use that phrase is that they often know very little about Japan outside their immediate work and social circle. There are 120 million people in Japan, and they are not all alike.

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