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Posted in: Schools reopen in some parts of Japan after pandemic shutdown See in context

I think Japan should be more careful about reopening schools just yet. Looking at the USA if you remove New York from the virus data you will see the rates of infections are still going up, many cases are in rural areas. With half the population of Japan's population being 65 or older, I don't know if it's a risk I would be willing to take. Also with data coming in about the after affects of the virus on children, ( heart problems and possibly strokes ) I don't think it's a gamble I would take.

The outcome could devastate Japan for years to come.

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Posted in: China calls U.S. world's biggest source of instability See in context

To me this sounds more like a distraction than anything else. China is openly complaining about the US and its degraded trade relationship very loudly to the world. While everyone is looking at the squabble that is playing out publicly China is continuing to build its presence in and around Africa unhindered.

China losses very little in the short term with the reduction in trade with the US. The long game long game China is playing in Africa is worth trillions and will insure Chaina remains dominant on the world stage well into the future.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

The American troops and bases in Japan will never will never be withdrawn as long as the nations of Earth are still warring with each other.

I could see the military presence changing to United Nations troops. However for that to happen the UN would need to grow a spine and actually defend its members. I don't see that happening anytime in the near future.

If the US military left Japan it would bring about the mother of all wars. Russia, China and the USA would fight for this little country until they had destroyed one another, not to mention along with every island of Japan. That would be bad for every person on this planet.

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Posted in: Police arrest 14-year-old student for assaulting teacher See in context

There is no reason to involve the police in this. Putting the boy in jail doesn't solve the problem.

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Posted in: Criminal complaint filed against ex-American football coaches over dirty tackle See in context

Think we must remeber that the player committed 3 illegal hits. Not just one. That is not all on the coaches. I'm just saying one late hit maybe two... but 3. The player is just as guilty as the coaches.

Fines and lifetime bans... no need for the police, the injured player will play football again so it's not as if they tried to kill him.

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Posted in: Ogawa suspended for 1 year by JBC for failing doping test See in context

I can believe that the skin medication contained steroids. It is common in Japan. That also explains the first negative test. Let's wait and see.

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Posted in: Kwansei suspends further American football games against Nihon University See in context

This is an unbelievable news story. There are so many problems here. One the student should have taken the high ground and refused to injure another player and should have reported the coach. 2nd of course is the coach and assistant coach. This is just depressing.

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Posted in: College football coach denies telling players to commit fouls See in context

I have to echo many of the comments here. When I played football in High School, if a player did that in a game against our team our coach would have put a hit man on him. Every play he would have been hit by someone. He would not have been able to play. The lineman would stand him up and a back would take him out from the side, bottom, top, or back. He would have had to leave the game. If you think I'm wrong you need to watch more football at the high school and college level.

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Posted in: Osaka arcade operator, 6 employees arrested over rigged claw machines See in context

We all know that they are rigged in favor of the house, but we should be able to win. Some people have the skill for these claw games, but not many. I have won stuffed animals and such for my kids at Round 1. But I also know when to stop. Some people can't and that is sad. I'm glad the police have caught these crooks. It will make others think before cheating their customers.

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Posted in: Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91 See in context

He was a great actor and funny as hell. The King of Comedy in my book.

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Posted in: Wonder Woman promoted in Japan with idol song 'A Woman Can’t Sleep Alone,' angering some fans See in context

So... someone forgot to do their homework. The tribe of amazon women that Wonder Woman belongs to see men as nothing more than breeding stock. Men are killed when they enter the territory or land on their island (depends on which story you are reading/watching) they are killed on sight. LOL.... If I'm mistaken sorry, but I doubt I am.

So I would say the song missed it by a few ... miles.

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Posted in: N Korea says 2nd ICBM test puts much of U.S. in range See in context

Let's review some short history here. After South Korea/US/Japan got upset by the first of the high altitude missiles China's military "accidentally" released a statement saying that if it looked like Dear Leader was going to start a fight, China would bomb the hell out of NK's missile sites to stop a US lead attack. The statement was retracked and then nothing else was said. I would almost bet my last 1000 yen that before a missle is launched NK let's China know what going to happen. It would be my guess that this is Dear Baby Learder's attention seeking behavior, and nothing more. Is it a possible future threat? Why of course. But the question is what will be done? With a nut in the White House, and Mr. Abe beating the war drum who knows.

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Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him See in context

Anyone who has been in Japan know how this can be true. Japanese people generally don't like conflict. If he took the foreigner's money, he would risk interacting with them and risk not being able to communicate well. Thus by letting them in free no conflict. I have seen this many many times in Japan. From train station ticket gates, office work, buses, tourist places and public events people don't feel the risk of not being able to communicate is worth the trouble. It's the all inclusive MENDOKUSAI method. It's not likely to change anytime soon.

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Posted in: Guam man who killed 3 Japanese tourists begs for shorter sentence See in context

I would have to say no. He should spend the rest of his days thinking about the horrible crime he has committed. No.

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Posted in: Driver, playing Pokemon Go, hits and kills pedestrian, injures another See in context

Look at the research, it is said that you're 400% more likely to have an accident using a cellphone while driving. I agree that this app is the flavor of the month for newspapers. This sad story is the same each time just change the name of the app. People need to learn not to use their phone while the vehicle is moving. With technology getting more advanced soon there should be a way to determine whether a person is in a vehicle or a train. But it still comes back to the driver in the end. The driver knowingly makes the choice to use their phone, therefore 100% of the blame lies with the driver, not the app. RIP careless driver victim(s).

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Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days See in context

I have never been so happy to be wrong. I'm glad they boy found the SDF. The parents are in a world of trouble now. I admire the boy's audacity, I hope he never loses it.

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Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy See in context

Well, this is just too strange. I don't believe the is lost in the woods because too much doesn't add up. The parents... As they say, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's most likely a duck. And here there is just too much that is just too odd. I say foul play.

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Posted in: Navajo code talker recalls WWII role in tricking Japanese See in context

As to why the Navajo languge was used and why it is so difficult it's all about location. The Navajo nation is in a rough part of the US and there is not much there so early settlers had little or no use for their land, so they were left alone for the most part. What that means linguisticly is they didn't pickup many loan words which made their language unique. This plus the grammar and the code words used made it impossible for all but native speakers. I kind of grew up in that high desert, I love that place. Lots of good people.

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Posted in: Skinship with a pet may make you ill See in context

Yes! I hope plenty of people (in Japan) read this and take it to heart. If so maybe the price of English Bulldogs will go down. 50万 is way too much.

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Posted in: TV party – Netflix, Hulu and other TV streaming services in Japan See in context

About 2 years ago I signed up for Tsutaya and it was a waste of money. The free content is ancient TV programs and movies. I have been using Hulu Japan for as long as they have been in Japan and it is Ok. The others I can't really comment on except the cable services. They are pretty much like anywhere else, they have package deals, but they're a lot more expensive thay sreaming services. I want to give netflix a try.

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Posted in: July was hottest month on record for world See in context

Yep...climate change is a lie. Elvis was taken by aliens. The earth is flat. It's easy to say when you only see what is happening in a place you see all the time. But where I was a kid I lived in the high desert. There was alwas a line on the mountain where the forest and desert are separated. I thought that was the coolest thing about where I lived. Now I go back to vist every couple of years and the place is turning green all over. Last year it looked like grassy plains in some parts but the mountains still had the same line that separated the two. I went back again this summer and the line is all but gone. The moutains are green, not the brown I knew growing up. Native American stories talked about that area being green more than 200 years ago. I never could have imagined seeing that. Now I think it's good for the area but it's got to be bad for other places. When you see climate change in front of your eyes you have to accept it, not stick your head in the (grassy) sand.

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Posted in: Japanese firm to apologize to U.S. WWII veterans for forced labor See in context

Wow... this is interesting as sad all at the same time. Many people seem to forget that war is hell on earth for any it touches. Whether you are a soldier or not. Let's not forget that. When countries put their soldiers into the field it's nice to think they will only kill those who fight, that is the movies, not real life. This issue is bizarre to me. I can't imagine how bad it must have been for these people to be treated so badly. I only have a first person account from my great uncle who was a Japanese POW for 3 months or so at the end of the fighting in the Pacific. He was held in a cage made of bamboo that was so small he couldn't change positions, some times no food or water for days. When the US Marines took the island he was being held on the Japanese soldiers took the POWs and lined them up and shot them in the head before the Marines made it to the camp. My uncle was saved by the poor craftsmanship of the P38 rounds of the time, the bullet didn't pierce his skull. I have seen photos and I heard the stories and the thing I remember him saying is that war is evil and it makes people do things they would never imagined themselves doing. He held no hatred toward the Japanese government not the Japanese people. I don't think the Japanese nor any other country need apologize about anything that occurred as the direct result of war. War is Evil let's remember that and always keep in in the forefront, no lies or pointing fingers, no window dressing or blame-shifting. We went to war and acted like mad beasts. Maybe that would help persuade countries not to make war for oil and minerals.

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Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests See in context

As usual we don't get the whole story here. We even got a slanted version. After digging through the inter-webs I got to the protesters Facebook page and now I understand why they were against the display...or not. They feel that the painting was not represented well by the museum. It seems that the event didn't educate visitiors like it states, but just allow them to pose... exactly like the painting. Meaning, not understanding the culture but just dawning a costume and having fun playing dress-up. The protesters wanted the painting explained...These are their words from Facebook," WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS THE MFA INFORMING VISITORS ABOUT JAPONISME? About Monet’s personal collection of Japanese artifacts? Why not that Japan was an isolationist nation until 1854 when the United States forced Japan to open its borders at gunpoint, and that’s how japonisme got its start. Nor that japonisme is part of the larger narrative of Orientalism within the context of places colonized by Europe and the U.S. as a means to generate iconography that reinforces stereotypes that justifies imperialist domination and enslavement. Orientalism exoticizes (read: others, demeans and obscures) many cultures including South Asian, East Asian and Middle Eastern traditions, and resulting aggressive attitudes (both micro and macro) towards Orientalized peoples persist to this day. Also, what is the ‘better understanding’ they hope visitors to come away with? If the MFA wants to make a point about dressing up being a respectful and authentic cultural experience, then why call the event ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ when in fact the garment is an uchikake?"

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Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever See in context

If Japanese people were wild animals they would be at the "danger of extinction" level on the endangered species list. The population needs to curb the steep decline before they pass the point of no return.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl jumps to death from train platform See in context

As some of the above posts have said it's really hard to know if someone will commit suicide. Those who wish to die will die, there is very little you can do to stop them. That's why it's important for family members to talk. I'm not surprised by the mother's statement. Most Jr. high and high school students are busy seven days a week. They have class and then culb until 7 or 8 in the evening and then commute home. Where they usually eat dinner, take a bath and go to bed and wake up and repeat. I would be asking classmates or teammates what was happening, which is most likely what the police are doing. What a waste of a young life. R.I.P.

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Posted in: Wakayama's famous stationmaster cat Tama dies at 16 See in context

I remember this story... RIP little kitty.

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Posted in: Obama urges China to cool cyber, maritime tensions See in context

I think this is a case of "Don't do as I do, do as I say."

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Posted in: Congress hands Obama major win on trade legislation See in context

Here we are, the good idea of capitalism gone wild in a really bad way. I think it's time to kick the old guys out of Washington. This doesn't serve the people in anyway. It will make slave-wage labor the way to go and export most jobs to those areas... how does that help anyone. A very bad day for workers everywhere.

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Posted in: Abe calls on Putin to work toward Ukraine peace See in context

"Abe called on Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday to play a constructive role in finding “peaceful and diplomatic solutions” to the crisis in Ukraine..." Mr. Abe has done so well with the Russia-Japan territory problem that he believes he can change Putin's plan to annex the Ukraine. I think not.

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Posted in: Back to Iraq: No really, these troops are just here to advise See in context

This is the time where the UN needs to have a real fighting force. If they placed three large training bases in each tribal region it would curb most of the fighting. The base would stabilize the region, with an economy, employment, education and medicine. People who can live well don't want to screw themselves.

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