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Posted in: Death of last surviving Alaskan taken by Japan during WWII rekindles memories of forgotten battle See in context

Stories don't get much sadder than this one. Never forget unforgivable Japanese cruelties.

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Posted in: Israel presses on with bombarding Gaza, including areas it has called safe zones for Palestinians See in context


The State Department is pushing through a government sale to Israel of 13,000 rounds of tank ammunition, bypassing a congressional review process that is generally required for arms sales to foreign nations, according to a State Department official and an online post by the Defense Department on Saturday.

The State Department notified congressional committees at 11 p.m. on Friday that it was moving ahead with the sale, valued at more than $106 million, even though Congress had not finished an informal review of a larger order from Israel for tank rounds. - NY Times

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

My wife had to tell me about him when we visited the Shin Hanamaki train station a few years ago. They had a display about him there. Obviously Ohtani is dear to Iwate as the prefecture doesn't have much to brag about, although I find it lovely.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Shibuya district bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve, cancels countdown celebration See in context

I certainly hope this mayor is not re-elected. What a buzz kill.

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

@Nadrew Plus a driver. LA traffic SUCKS.

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Posted in: Kishida plans to replace chief cabinet secretary Matsuno: report See in context

Simply a comedy of clowns.

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

As someone who grew up as a San Francisco Giants fan I hope the Dodgers just wasted a bunch of money and Ohtani's best years are behind him.

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Posted in: U.S., S Korea, Japan urge stronger international push to curb N Korean nuclear program See in context

The US sanctioned India when it exploded its first nuke and went on to develop a nuclear arsenal. Now Uncle Sam is best buds with Uncle Modi.

It's interesting to see how the USA rules change over time.

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Posted in: Empress Masako turns 60; expresses eagerness to move forward See in context

還暦 One complete cycle hopefully with some wisdom achieved.

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Posted in: Israeli troops round up Palestinian men in northern Gaza as U.N. warns aid operation is 'in tatters' See in context

And the US used its veto power on the UN Security Council to block a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza.

How many US made bullets, artillery shells and missiles were used to kill Palestinians today?

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Posted in: U.S. deputy secretary of state nominee Campbell calls Japan vital ally See in context

Does this guy work for the State Department or DoD? Good diplomats work for peace.

"If confirmed (in the role), I will do everything possible, working within the United States government, to make sure that we are not tested and that we stand ready to respond to any challenges to our power (and) to our allies in the Indo-Pacific."

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Posted in: Hundreds more Palestinians killed as Israel pursues Hamas in south Gaza See in context

Where is the US/European uproar?

Reuters releases investigation finding Israeli tank fire killed 1 of its journalists

The news teams were covering clashes along the border where Israel and the militia Hezbollah were trading fire. All were wearing protective vests and helmets — most clearly marked "PRESS" — during more than an hour in which they reported from the same location, according to the Reuters investigation.

"The Israeli military knew or should have known that they were civilians yet attacked them anyway in two separate strikes 37 seconds apart," Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday. A separate report released by Human Rights Watch echoed the findings by Amnesty, Reuters and AFP.

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Posted in: Trump appeals ruling rejecting immunity claim as window narrows to derail federal election case See in context

Delay, delay, delay (never win). Trump Legal Tactics 101.

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Posted in: Greece and Turkey agree to mend ties See in context

Good, neighbors need to work for peace.

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Posted in: China-EU summit exposes divisions over Ukraine, trade and subsidies See in context

It's a great point by China that China is happy to import more high tech items to help balance out trade. Next move, EU.

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Posted in: Kishida steps down as ruling party faction head amid funds scandal See in context

It was nice knowing you, Kish. The only question is how many weeks/months before he's apologizing and bowing to the public and the LDP elects a new president.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥300,000 from temple in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Some old dude was sleeping in the office with a crowbar in hand? There's obviously more to this story.

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Posted in: Up to 600 N Korean defectors deported by China have vanished, says rights group See in context

North Korean illegal migrants have been a problem in China for years. Most want to cross the border for economic opportunity. The Chinese border area has a large population of ethnic Koreans. There are many first hand accounts that shed light on the issue. There is blame on all sides. I read this particular one which had a happy ending as she eventually escaped through Laos and ended up in South Korea, The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story.

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Posted in: Fundraising scandal in Japan's ruling party turns up heat on embattled PM Kishida See in context

See ya Kish. It will drag out over months but this is the beginning of the end. Ultimately Kishida will take the blame, step down and be replaced by another cog in the LDP machine.

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Posted in: Insults fly as Haley's rise makes her target at U.S. Republican debate See in context

lol Not that I would watch this farce if it was broadcasted on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS or other more mainstream channels. What a crock.

The debate, which aired on the young cable news network NewsNation and the CW network

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Posted in: G7 leaders speak with Ukraine's Zelenskyy; agree to Russian diamond ban See in context

US military intelligence, an oxymoron of the highest (bloodiest and most dangerous) order

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Posted in: Japan, Britain and Italy to establish new organization to develop jet fighter: sources See in context

Do we have a budget?

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Posted in: G7 leaders speak with Ukraine's Zelenskyy; agree to Russian diamond ban See in context

Who needs the UN when you can be the Western G6 + Japan. This way you can discount the concerns of Russia, China, BRICS and the Global South.

And one more time, international rules based global order created by the G6 + Japan.

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Posted in: Kishida urges LDP factions to forgo fundraisers amid scandal See in context

The LDP, a rudderless ship, but it matters not as we all know which party will end up on top after the next election.

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Posted in: U.S. Air Force identifies 8 crew lost in Osprey crash in Japan See in context

I'm surprised to read that half of the victims are officers. RIP

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Posted in: Politicians' inflated overseas study claims rampant, even among LDP bigwigs See in context

I can remember the Japanese professional cohorts when I was studying IR at UCSD. One was forwarded by Dentsu, the other Marubeni. There was at least one government official but I can't remember from which agency as he/they did not interact much with the general student body.

We never saw them in courses. I guess they had some seminars, but most likely were playing golf most of the time or taking up surfing. I'm sure they received a certificate at the end of the year.

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Posted in: Japan mulls delaying launch of Mars moon probe from 2024 to 2026 See in context

Bummer, JAXA should have called up SpaceX earlier to reserve a Falcon Heavy.

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Posted in: Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash See in context

That's the whole point. The American military does not need to be the world's policeman. Halve the Pentagon budget as a start and both the world and the US will be safer.

When you do exercises on the frequency of what a country like the U.S. has its military do

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Posted in: Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash See in context

@JboneInTheZone Great, then publish a declaration of independence as the 13 American colonies did (for example) and deal with the consequences.

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Posted in: Oscar-winning Japanese director eager for more collaboration with China See in context

The Chinese title is 我爸没说的那件事 which can be translated as That Thing my Father Didn't Talk About. Here's a link to the trailer.

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