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Posted in: Do you think summits like G20 and G7 ever achieve anything tangible? See in context

It gets world leaders together. Chances for sideline meetings increase chances for compromise.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

I totally Agree, Especially since much Japanese Anime circulates the Globe and we hear the pronunciation in Japanese with English Subtitles. Even the English Subtitles gets it Wrong! Its like mispronouncing someone's name inaccurately on purpose, it is like a ''slap'' in the face. Lets be more correct with Japanese people, unless the request we were to use the name differently or as a nickname, but only when they ask us to.

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Posted in: Should it be illegal for employers to underpay their workers? See in context

I hit the wrong button, i meant to say yes.

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Posted in: Japanese fishing boat crew detained by Russia may be released this week See in context

How far into the ''Sea of Japan'' Was the Crab Fishing boat? Is The Russian Federation saying that Most of the Sea of Japan is Russian Territory?

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Posted in: Do you believe Russia and China have meddled or are meddling in U.S. elections, either through covert or overt activities? See in context

Russian Federation and China hack for National advancement and the advancement of their Industries who do not have to do much R&D, why USA does hacking to make sure that there is not any interference in USA affairs, but does not hack in the service to Industries in the USA.

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Posted in: His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond? See in context

How about a NON-White FEMALE Bond?

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Posted in: Fake news: algorithms in the dock See in context

Not formulas, but ''formulae'', although it is not exactly formulas. as per a definition I looked up just to be certain ''Formulas is a plural form of formula, the alternate plural of formula is formulae. '' http://grammarist.com/usage/formulas-vs-formulae/

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Posted in: Man gropes woman, chases her for 100 meters to forcibly kiss her See in context

According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:15 a.m. on May 29, Fuji TV reported. Why was this reported now?

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Posted in: Man arrested after eating without money, going on rampage at Tokyo pub See in context

Unfortunately, this is the likelihood of the ''hidden'' unemployment of Japan. They cannot get jobs if they fall in the age bracket of the 'forgotten generation (unlucky people). No one wants to hire them or they are considered too old. So, the only way they can survive is to get arrested and be a ward of the state.

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Posted in: High court finds cell phone TV owners obliged to pay NHK fees See in context

NHK has been losing paying subscribers because there has been a loophole for cell phones. There are too many that are using that loophole to avoid paying for content. This will right the scales. Unfortunately, there are those with ''dumb'' phones that will be forced to pay as well because of the simplicity of the law that NHK adheres to. In this regard, all people using any cell phone, regardless of functionality will have to pay the fee as well. Since that mean that each person owning a cell phone in Japan has to pay, NHK's total take will go up by ten times the current subscription method.

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Posted in: Do you think cryptocurrency trading is here to stay? See in context

ONLY as long as there are computers. If someone makes computers not work anymore, then cryptocurrency will die.

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Posted in: Do you believe there will be a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea? See in context

With a leader like Kim Jong-Un, there will either be a conflict or North Korea will set off a very powerful Electro Magnetic Pulse (an atomic explosion in the upper atmosphere) that will knock out power grids and electronic devices/vehicles around the world.

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Posted in: Do you believe North Korea will launch missiles toward Guam? See in context

North Korea has limited resources, They will shoot one Nuclear Tipped ICBM at Guam that will range for a Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) which will take out all electronics and power grids. It is a wide dispersal explosion which, if situated correctly will take out the bases in both Yokohama and Guam. The second ICBM will be targeted to go off over Canada to take out Continental U.S.A. (2/3 or 4/5), only states that get away from it are the southern parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida. The Third ICBM will be targeted north of Scandinavia and will take out Europe. The fourth ICBM will go off over North Korea (North Korean forces have vehicles that have been hardened against EPMs since the Soviet Era) it will take out South Korea, Japan, and Northern to mid China.

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Posted in: On Edge See in context

I thought it was a toy at first glance. It is so perfect and shiny!!!

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Posted in: Hotel in Osaka has discounts for female bar customers who wear high heels See in context

It is not a ''Sophisticated'' Establishment if they require an inducement for high heels.

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Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy? See in context

I find with Japan on top of a MAJOR Geological HOT SPOT it is very easy to drill down in multiple areas to get HydroThermal energy cheaply. Drilling in locations where nuclear plants have been shut down for multiple years for upgrades to comply with Earthquake awareness preparedness will be the best way to make a safer change to energy production using existing equipment.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

It is very hard to navigate your website now. You may find a lot of people not coming back. I will stay, but it is uncomfortable to use. I am using it less now daily.

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Posted in: Warehouse in Saitama still ablaze after 5 days See in context

Most warehouse fires should not last this long. Did they not have adequate fire sprinklers on the premises?

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Posted in: Publisher of some of Japan’s most popular anime suddenly restricts exports of its Blu-rays, DVDs See in context

Simply put, it all comes down to LICENSING. By not selling abroad, it can license other companies in the North American continent, European Continent, Middle East, and other markets. If it sold abroad directly it would dilute those license opportunities.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven penalizes 16-year-old part-timer for taking 2 days off due to illness See in context

As far as I know about Seven and I holdings in Japan, all 7/11 stores are owned, not franchised.

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Posted in: M5 quake shakes Kanto region; third in 4 days See in context

Sorry to say, Most companies that are International in Japan are taking this as a precursor to the 'big one' for Kanto.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

I looked up information regarding the destruction of the missile that went up to 17,000 Meters and then ''went away''. The North Koreans are developing EMP technology so they can render all ''non-hardened'' technology inert. It would be like sending most of South Korea, Japan and most of Northern China into the 'Stone Age'. Electrical grids would be brought down, the giant transformers would be slagged, most electronics from cell phones, computers, telecommunications, televisions and anything that runs on electricity and has computers in them including cars would be rendered inert. Since most of North Korea is still manual technology an EMP would level the playing field into their favor for a decade or more. Such infrastructure takes a very long time to be replaced. Exploding a single Nuclear Weapon at that height would be doing more damage than Several nuclear weapons deployed against cities.

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Posted in: Night flight See in context

I thought something was on fire when i first saw the photo in miniature on the main page.

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Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan See in context

On particular Japanese Person stands out when I was doing business in Japan in 1994. He was all about that i should not try to be 'Japanese' that it is futile and i should go back to America. He thought by my being constantly polite and just understanding that I was somehow trying to be Japanese. I explained that I am normally very polite and that I was in no way trying to be Japanese. I explained that I am in the country to do business and am just friendly and helpful. After this explanation the Japanese individual ''brightened'' up and was friendlier. Still said that i should finish up as soon as possible and return to America, but was happy that I was not trying to 'suck up' like so many gaijin to be Japanese. It was a surreal experience. hope not too many have met Nationalists that have acted that way.

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Posted in: Volcanic activity continues at Hakone resort See in context

My apologies, it is correct, both volcanoes are stratovolcanoes. I had looked it up after i posted this, and it was too late to change what I had posted.

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Posted in: Volcanic activity continues at Hakone resort See in context

Mount Saint Helens- This is what this sounds very much like what is happening with this volcano. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hakone are both ''shield'' volcanos. Mount Saint Helens started out with 'low rumblings' not spectacular eruptions. In fact, the beginnings were minor ''puffs'' of ash at the summit. No one was thinking it was going to be a big eruption. This is the same here. It is important that someone takes this ''missive'' from me seriously. I am not sure if anyone will but it has to be said here. Mount Hakone is building to a catastrophic eruption that will include a Pyroclastic Flow. It will eventually erupt like the cork coming off a super backed up fizzy drink.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' products to debut at Sept 4 global event See in context

September 4th? They really mean May 4th right? Like ''May the 4th Be With You'' ( a lisp of ''May the Force Be With You'').

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Posted in: Golden Week See in context

Actually, once the ''exodus'' is done within the first day, the highways are pretty clear. Everyone wants to get to where they are going the first day (kind of like a ''competitive'' environment for vacation as well) so they have more time for their vacation. The roads are free of traffic and i bet the toll roads and highways will be pretty clear around Tokyo.

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Posted in: Golden Week See in context

Hi, It wasn't mentioned in the other comments so I will explain why there is such a holiday 'stream' like Golden Week. The Japanese people have been ingrained with a competitive work-ethic since childhood. In many cases this is a good thing, but can be the cause of so many ailments that kills them from Karōshi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karōshi . If the option of taking a day off is voluntary the Japanese employee will still show up for work, the thinking is if he/she does not show up for work their competing employees/co workers will get ahead of them and they will be marginalized. Only by the National Government enacting a MANDATORY HOLIDAY will EVERYONE be forced to take a day/days off at the same time. This eliminates the compulsion of everyone showing up for work. Strangely, for animation studios in Japan and maybe a few hundred businesses, ''straws'' are drawn and one employee has to stay behind to answer the phones while everyone else is on holiday. No other work is required of them and they are even expressly forbidden to get any other work done. Hopefully for the GOOD people at JAPANTODAY no one has to draw any straws.

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