Dave Fair comments

Posted in: Sakhalin exception: The Russian energy Japan can't quit See in context

BroncoToday 06:55 am JST

Japanese families shouldn't have their heating bills go up to pay for geopolitical rivalries.

Only a minority of countries have actually joined the sanctions against Russia.

Most have realized that neutrality, open diplomacy and taking a pro-peace stance is the way to go.

Japan is finally taking a stand against the war mongers in Washington

Neutrality, or shall we say turning a blind eye, has done wonders for world peace! We could make a long list of preventable atrocities and genocide had a majority of countries shown courage in the face of evil. And lets be intellectually honest BroncoToday, it wasn't the "war mongers in Washington" who invaded Ukraine, TWICE in the past decade but Moscow!

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Posted in: Anti-stalking orders proving no safety guarantee for victims See in context

"Anti-stalking orders proving no safety guarantee for victims"

Police issued a warning to Terauchi in November and in December banned him from approaching Kawano based on the stalker regulation law. Police regularly patrolled outside Kawano's residence for about 10 nights last November. Kawano was also given an emergency alert device by the police.

The title seems to imply that there should be some kind of "safety guarantee" provided. Isn't that quite a difficult task unless the government passes a law that requires a police bodyguard who is able to be by her side 24 hours a day? According to the article the police did not ignore the problem and made quite an effort to prevent this creep from coming into contact with the victim. Maybe more could have been done but at the same time, maybe more was done but it isn't being accurately reported.

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Posted in: Man fatally shot by police after car chase was on wanted list See in context

Michael MachidaJan. 17 05:07 pm JST

The Japanese Police don't have much experience with using their guns. Or using their Police cars to do a simple maneuver to stop the automobile the criminal is in. Shooting the tires would have been a good idea as well. So to shoot him dead was a rookie mistake at best.

Time to get some real training by an American Police Officer on how to outperform the criminal without killing someone.

Sure you want to stand behind this comment on American police and their NON deadly apprehension techniques? Watch YouTube much?

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Posted in: JR East employee sexually harassed visually impaired female passenger See in context

The employee has already been removed from customer service duties and will be dealt with strictly, JR East said.

The way to HAVE ALREADY dealt with this was to have fired him when he admitted to the allegations, like, on the spot! The story could now be reading Former JR East employee sexually harassed visually impaired female passenger

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Posted in: 74-year-old man arrested for assaulting neighbor after snow removal sparks argument See in context

another national news story in the Japanese press that strengthens my belief that we live in one of the safest countries in the world. Now if he had used say the other end of the pickax then I would place it in the news-worthy column.

If I had been the cop on this call I would have had a little talk with the two, had them settle the matter and said now shake hands and don't make me have to come back here again! Nothing to see here folks, end of story.

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Posted in: Train conductor admits smoking multiple times on duty See in context

.........the conductor was smoking an e-cigarette........

Next the Transportation Ministry will start an investigation, the president of East Japan Railway Co will resign to take responsibility, actually will deduct one month salary for himself, the conductor will resign and end of story!

And all because this 60 year old, who SHOULD have known better, couldn't control himself.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

I stopped buying burgers and make my own, and wow! It's amazing what you can do when you have the internet for ideas! I now even make my own french fries!

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

JoshKToday 03:32 pm JST

Yes, I am aware Russia didn't sign it, but the treaty was still ratified nonetheless. Japan cannot claim the Kuril Islands.

But the Treaty of San Francisco denied the Soviet Union's sovereignty over South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, so.......

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

JoshKToday 02:24 pm JST

I have seen that video and am well-versed on this issue.

All I've done so far was cite the SF Treaty as well as statements from the signors and negotiators of that Treaty on what the "Kuril Islands" meant in that Treaty.

I've also stated what Putin has offered Japan for a peace treaty.

The only opinion I gave was that, as an unbiased observer, Russia is being more than fair and diplomatic while Japan is playing dirty with map games and negotiating with bad faith. That is the conclusion that any intelligent, reasonable person would come to.

If you are well versed on the issue have you forgotten that Russia was not a signatory nor did it ratify The Treaty of San Francisco and reasons for it were that the treaty, according to the Soviet delegation led by the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, did not recognize the Soviet Union's sovereignty over South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

JoshKToday 02:45 pm JST

Please explain who lived on the islands of Habomai, Shikotan, Kunashiri and Etorofu before they were seized by Russia in 1945. When did Russian citizens populate these islands and why are there no Japanese citizens living on these islands today? Were these islands ever forcefully seized by the Japanese from Russia or any other nation and did Japan have any treaty with any other nation prior to 1945?

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

JoshKToday 02:04 pm JST

Please check out this video as it explains in great detail the history and intricacies of this topic and what are Russia's motives. It is as fair as I have seen on the topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfrxVuJdFc4

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

JoshK

This is completely untrue.

Putin offered 2 of the islands back for a peace treaty with Japan even after Japan tried to play deceptive map games and claim the islands in dispute were not part of the SF Treaty. Japan is playing dirty and conveniently ignoring statements and records from actual negotiators making it clear the islands in dispute were part of the Treaty

Putin made an offer which he knew would never be accepted by the Japanese, and which the Japanese side clearly rejected. Putin offers cease fires and peace accords with Ukraine but never delivers! If you believe what Putin says then you have not paid attention to anything Putin has ever done!

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

Lets just be frank and honest! Russia, and definitely while Putin is still at the helm, will NEVER, let me repeat, NEVER hand over territory to ANYONE unless it is taken from them by military force! This is just a fact. So this discussion is pointless unless Japan is willing to accept a peace treaty without the return of the islands seized by Russia in the Japan Northern Territories, which it won't. But J-Gov knows this already so here we are!

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

TokyoLivingToday 07:14 am JST

It's pathetic, Japan makes the lap dog of the US instead of improving relations with its RUSSIAN NEIGHBOR and being able to reach an agreement with the northern territories, so it will never get anything back..

Japan can suffer a lot if it does not act intelligently and have good relations with its neighbors, being a friend of the United States will always be a bad business..

Just ask Ukraine, and Georgia, two sovereign nations how relations with their RUSSIAN NEIGHBOR has worked out for them!

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Posted in: Anger in Russia as 63 troops killed in one of Ukraine war's deadliest strikes See in context

@Bronco

The attack happened at 0:01 am, the intended target was the people who were gathered to celebrate New Year's.

Ukraine's intended target was an ammunition storage site, NOT the Russian troops who for whatever foolish reason were housed right next to it.

Please link just a single report where Ukraine has intentionally shelled/attacked NON military targets, just one, unlike Putin who was attacking civilian targets in Kiev and other cities far away from the front lines at 0:01 am! If the Russians are foolish enough to house hundreds of their own MILITARY personnel right next to ammunition storage, well, maybe Russian anger ought to be at their own leaders for allowing such stupidity!

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics official Takahashi granted ¥80 million bail in bribery case See in context

Harvey Weinstein another wheelchair rider!

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics official Takahashi granted ¥80 million bail in bribery case See in context

He was quite fit on the day of his arrest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WKT0nloI4M

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics official Takahashi granted ¥80 million bail in bribery case See in context

Was this guy in a wheelchair before, or is this a "sudden" illness?

He was pretty upright when the allegations were first reported!

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics official Takahashi granted ¥80 million bail in bribery case See in context

Pretty sure our friend Takahashi wasn't being hauled around in a wheelchair before his indictment. Seems to be a trend these days when you are facing criminal charges as a way for defense teams to seek leniency as their client is frail and may not have much time left.

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Posted in: Inmate in his 60s dies after being found unconscious in Kyoto prison cell See in context

commanteerToday 05:11 pm JST

60-something men die everyday, in prison or not. Why is this a big news item?

How long have you been in Japan and if you have been any length of time, ever bothered to read the news until now?

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Posted in: Sagawa, who killed woman, ate her flesh in Paris in 1981, dies at 73 See in context

MeiyouwentiDec. 2 06:22 pm JST

“Japanese "justice" puts the work of Kafka to shame”

Read the article carefully. It was the French justice system that deemed Sagawa unfit to face trial and deported him to Japan.

Yes but it was Japanese authorities that ruled he was sane and let him free to live among the Japanese population after his deportation from France, which BTW they could have denied! If the Japanese authorities had ruled him insane, which by most standards would seem fitting for the severity and incredible circumstances of crimes to which he made no secret of, he would have been institutionalized and never heard from again. And lets be honest here, it would have been COMPLETELY achievable when you factor in the power of the Justice Ministry and the inability of ordinary citizens to get a court decision over-ruled.

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Posted in: Democrats keep Senate majority as GOP push falters in Nevada See in context

theResidentToday 12:47 pm JST

@Blacklabel is very quiet. Although, I know his response.... 'but the house....'

Indeed. The end for Trump I believe. Hopefully the Republicans will field a much more sensible candidate in 2024. If not, They will tear themselves apart as it's very clear that Trump is not the person to unify the Republicans.

The Republican Party is at this time unwilling to nominate a "much more sensible candidate in 2024". A much more sensible candidate, like a Governor John Sununu of New Hampshire or a Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan will NEVER win in the 2024 primary and instead will be left with Ron DeSantis who will be bloodied to near death as a result of trump's unwillingness to let go of his narcissistic need to win a second term and be relevant.

The 2024 GOP primary at all levels from local, state and national will be a bloodbath like none ever witnessed as GOP candidates are forced to take sides with either trump or DeSantis and the Democrats will just sit back and and throw their own campaign funds at whomever is the more crazy to help them win their primaries.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to investigate Unification Church See in context

The Japanese government decided Friday to investigate the Unification Church, with a view to requesting that a court consider stripping the controversial organization of its status as a religious corporation with tax benefits.

Nagaoka said the group is worthy of investigation under the Religious Corporations Law as it is "suspected of wielding great influence and inflicting widespread damage"

What a farce! If they are going to investigate the Unification Church then lets call a spade a spade and investigate Soka Gakkai and how it has been alleged to have swindled individuals and families out of money not to mention it's political activities and huge involvement in elections through it's political arm, Komeito. But do you think the Cultural Affairs Agency plans to formulate questions for Soka Gakkai, not a chance as long as Komeito is Jimintō's coalition partner!

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Posted in: Japan's justice minister under fire for gaffe on death penalty See in context

He later said in a parliamentary committee meeting that he wants to retract his Wednesday remarks.

I want to try using the line "I want to retract my remarks" the next time I say something stupid and/or offend my wife. Should be the end of the matter, all's forgiven and forgotten I'm guessing. yahhh-whoooo!

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Posted in: Japan to keep stake in Russian energy project in Sakhalin See in context

William BjornsonToday 04:12 am JST

P.S. Mr, Fair, I do not "support" Russia. I abhor the political disease that now dominates Ukraine and from which the people of the east have been attempting to escape for years and which, initially, while still remaining 'Ukraine', was just to be 'independent' of the corruption that Ukraine centered in Kyiv has internationally notoriously become.

Russia's invasion and subsequent annexation of Crimea in 2014 had nothing more to do with liberating Kyiv-fearing Ukrainians than Russia's current invasion of Ukraine and it's attempted annexation of eastern regions! Russia planted pro-Kremlin troops and disruptors in the eastern regions of Ukraine to create the illusion of a separatist movement as a justification for Russia's/Putin's invasion. Putin's arguments for his “special military operation”, lets call it for what it is, and illegal invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign nation mind you, are as ever changing as Putin's senior military leadership! 

Are you even familiar with the 1932-33 Holodomor where an estimated 4 million Ukrainians were killed in a famine engineered genocide, literally death inflicted by starvation by the Soviet government of Joseph Stalin, which still lingers in the minds of many Ukrainians. If you were to pay ANY attention to ANY of the liberated cities and villages that had fallen under Russian occupation in ANY region of Ukraine you would notice how happy and relived the Ukrainian residents are when they meet their liberators, the Ukrainian troops! The Russian occupiers were not there to win the heart and minds of those under their occupation, instead they committed war atrocities and in some cases genocide!

I guess if one were to only get their information from RT News they would be as misinformed as some commenting here!

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Posted in: Japan to keep stake in Russian energy project in Sakhalin See in context

William BjornsonToday 11:03 am JST

Much criticism of Nihon's efforts to look after its own 'best interests' and the interests of its people in the long term rather than surrender completely to the dictates of U.S. hegemonic 'international law' which the U.S. itself violates daily. I suspect not a few Exxon-Mobil executives openly wept when Russia kicked them out and would still be there furiously inventing rationalizations had they been able to stay. Good on Nihon for showing at least a minmum of spine...

So your dislike of U.S. hegemonic 'internation law' or what others refer to as Geneva Conventions that establish international legal standards for humanitarian treatment in war as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by member states of the United Nations on 10 December 1948, which Russia is a signatory nation mean nothing?

Please explain your support of Russia then to the people of Ukraine who have had their women and children raped and killed, their civilians tortured for no other reason than to terrorize, their cities, villages and homes flattened to the ground instead of addressing your grievances you have with the United States!

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Posted in: Musk floats paid Twitter verification, makes himself board's sole member See in context

Geeter MckluskieNov. 1 04:37 pm JST

Dave Fair wrote: "There is no debate on the N word, among others, being derogatory or bad, it simply is. Anyone who thinks otherwise is most likely one posting such words for the sole purpose of being derogatory and hateful and why shouldn't there be consequences for such? Try saying such words in your place of employment, you're fired!! Try saying such words at a family dinner gathering, sure you won't be attending another unless your family is the Klan."

That's the beauty of free speech. It allows us to identify who we shouldn't hire or invite for dinner.

that is very true but at the same time there are those who unfortunately develop opinions and beliefs based on hate, lies and falsehoods who then propagate the agenda. My mother had a way of dealing with bad language when I was a young lad, a bar of soap in the mouth. The consequence still resonates every time I wash my hands!

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Posted in: Musk floats paid Twitter verification, makes himself board's sole member See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday 08:20 am JST

...and isn't good that YOU can decide for YOURSELF, any particular derogatory word is bad? If you like others to decide for you, China has a special deal for people who willingly submits to suppression.

There is no debate on the N word, among others, being derogatory or bad, it simply is. Anyone who thinks otherwise is most likely one posting such words for the sole purpose of being derogatory and hateful and why shouldn't there be consequences for such? Try saying such words in your place of employment, you're fired!! Try saying such words at a family dinner gathering, sure you won't be attending another unless your family is the Klan. Musk doesn't seem to get the notion of consequences, never really has. Guess when you are as rich as he, there are few to worry about except losing it all.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

wolfshineToday  08:23 pm JST

Don't think it really matters, and basically nothing in my comment is changed by such a granular factoid. The debate is still a dead issue that was always plagued by insane amounts of misinformation and coping.

i guess wanting to seek the truth these days is an undesirable commodity and far less trendy as it requires spending a bit more time researching and discovering possible faults in one’s perceptions and less time typing and pretending to know everything.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

wolfshineOct. 17 04:12 pm JST

Japan's government didn't even add the names of the war criminals to the shrine - they were simply unable to reverse it, because ironically, that would violate the constitutional freedom of religion implemented by the allied powers during the occupation.

Seems you are quite unfamiliar with the Yasukuni's head priest Matsudaira Nagayoshi and his ideological agenda, a lieutenant commander in the Imperial Navy during World War II and an officer in the Self-Defense Forces after World War II (no history of holding any positions in any religious institutions prior to becoming Yasukuni's head priest) and his obscure relationship with the The Health and Welfare Ministry’s Repatriation Relief Bureau, largely staffed by former military personnel, and the process for nominating deceased persons given to the shrine by the government in the saijin meihyō.

The ultimate source of this ongoing conflict was the enshrinement of Class A war criminals in 1978. And the enshrinement of this group cannot be attributed simply to religious or filial impulses. In fact, it was a blatantly ideological and political act driven by an urge to justify and legitimize a highly controversial chapter in Japanese history. https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/a02404/

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