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Posted in: Best-selling Donald Trump expose hits bookstores in Japan See in context

Funny... living in Japan... not a single person I know personally has any respect for Trump at all.

And everyone I know in Japan preferred Trump. Funny how that works isn't it? Not everyone's opinion is the same.

But judging from some of these comments, I'm going to assume that at least a couple of you aren't actually aware this is an anti-Trump book...

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Posted in: U.S. military helicopter flies over Okinawa school again See in context

Or the fourth reason:

It was an accident. (commence downvoting)

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Posted in: In your experience, which country's tourists are the least well-behaved whenever you have seen them out and about? See in context

I think this is twice now that I agree with Toasted Heretic. ;-)

I hate seeing fellow Americans while in Japan, they're almost always being loud and obnoxious, pretty much making sure everyone around knows their American. It's embarrassing.

But I'd have to say the Chinese have us beat though. I mean, at least Americans don't have their kids poop on the sidewalk...

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Posted in: South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate See in context

And it only took the length of the Olympics for North Korea to show their true colors.

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Posted in: U.S. fighter jet dumps fuel tanks into Aomori lake after engine fire See in context

Saw an NHK World News interview with a retired JSDF fighter pilot who was asked his assessment.

He said the F-16 pilot did the right thing to jettison the tanks where he did and immediately headed back to base avoiding overflying populated areas and landed safely. He praised the pilot for his quick action to minimize risk to both pilot and population nearby. He also added the jet fuel posed no danger as the fuel quickly evaporates when exposed to air.

To fly farther to the ocean to jettison the tanks in the ocean would take more time and the plane could have exploded over populated area, killing pilot and spreading debris over the populated area.

But that didn't happen, thanks to the pilot's judgement and quick action.

Of course there is no mention of this anywhere else. God forbid anyone believe an American pilot handled an emergency properly.

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Posted in: U.S. fighter jet dumps fuel tanks into Aomori lake after engine fire See in context

Back to the plot, and it's all rather annoying that the military think it's fine to dump fuel into a lake. Yes the plane had an engine fire, but aren't there systems on board to deal with that? I know in WW2 bombers had extinguishers fitted to the engines... surely there's a similar system in place today?

so you don't know anything about aircraft but think it's alright to criticize the guy for "dumping fuel" (he didn't)?

what exactly do you think is going to happen when you use an engine fire extinguisher on a single engined aircraft? you know the engine gets shut down right? and when a single engine aircraft has no engine, it no longer flies, aka it CRASHES. would that have been better?

yeesh.

You beat me to it. There sure are a lot of aerospace engineers commenting here. Let's compare a vintage four engine, prop driven plane to a single engine fighter. What do you mean they don't work the same?

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Posted in: U.S. naval officers at Japan base removed over 'misconduct' See in context

@nickinjapan

So you judge the entirety of the US military on a group of soldiers you worked with 30 plus years ago and a bunch you met in a strip club. Sure, that sounds like a reasonable cross section to base your opinion on. I'll go ahead and form my opinion of all Australians on what I saw in the Crocodile Dundee movies. I mean, all Australians must act like that right?

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Posted in: Murdered Okinawa woman's family to seek compensation from U.S. gov't See in context

I would actually like to see the US government pay the reparations to the victim's family and without any sort of legal influence. Maybe nothing will ever fix the animosity some Okinawans feel toward the US military, but acknowledging even some responsibility for this tragedy, he was a US contractor after all, might be a good first step.

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Posted in: Kono sees need for contact with N Korea See in context

North Korea will never give up its nukes and they shouldn't have to, they have proven in the Olympics that they are a responsible world player and a moral authority on diplomacy.

Yes, North Korea is responsible. Responsible for mass starvation. Responsible for international kidnappings. Responsible for mass murders. Should I go on?

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Posted in: Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after new rocket attack See in context

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_suicide_attacks

Any organization that uses suicide bombers loses the right to take the moral high ground. Carry on Israel.

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Posted in: U.S. naval officers at Japan base removed over 'misconduct' See in context

Hey I hate the US forces here in Japan

Why?

It seems to be the cool thing to do for foreigners living in Japan.

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Posted in: U.S. naval officers at Japan base removed over 'misconduct' See in context

Oh no! A sailor got drunk on the base, didn't hurt anyone and three people were already punished! Quick someone stage a protest!

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Posted in: Japan reports suspected N Korea sanctions violation to U.N. Security Council See in context

@extanker

 to actually try to make Japan into the bad guy for reporting it?

When did I say that?

I never said you did. Only the second part of my comment was directed at you, but you are making excuses for the Kim regimes behavior.

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Posted in: Murder, outrage, impasse: How gun crime bedevils U.S. See in context

I don't have a problem with people from other countries weighing in on gun violence in America, and yes, even as a gun owner, I agree it is a problem that needs some kind of solution. For Americans though, it will not be as easy as 'take away all the guns!', but yes, something needs to be done.

However, I do find it amusing when people from other countries (and some from the US, sadly) argue what the United States Constitution actually means, when it has already been interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. According to the highest court in the United States, the 2nd Amendment does not mean what a lot of you think it means and I would suggest anyone who wants to weigh in should take a look at that first.

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Posted in: Manga creators association says pirate sites could bring about collapse of Japanese culture See in context

As we all know, there was no culture at all until lawyers invented IP rights. No music, no art, no performance arts at all until the 2nd half of the 20th century.

There also wasn't the internet.

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Posted in: If regarded purely as a defense strategy, the posture we take is a very tough one. We effectively have to tolerate a first attack and possibly see our land turn into a battlefield. See in context

Unlike Japan, North Korea would be a responsible nuclear power and would only use nukes if threatened, so it is fine for North Korea to have nukes

Just when I think I have read the most insane comment I have ever seen, something like this pops up. Let's just ignore the decades of the Kim regime proving otherwise and suddenly believe that they are 'responsible'. They can't even be responsible for feeding their own people and you think they would be responsible with weapons of mass destruction? Please.

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Posted in: Japan reports suspected N Korea sanctions violation to U.N. Security Council See in context

Come on. Of course NK is going to try to get around the sanctions, but to actually try to make Japan into the bad guy for reporting it? Those NK Olympic cheerleaders must have really got to some of you.

And who's going to guarantee the Kim regime's survival when the going gets tough, say an unexpected popular revolt, the violent regime crackdown, and foreign powers decided to intervene the Syria style?

No one, and why should they? His regime doesn't deserve to survive and really, neither does he.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

I love how suddenly it's ok with some of you for freedom of speech to be suppressed. Last time I checked, the Olympics were in South Korea, not North.

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Posted in: 'Peter Rabbit' team apologizes for making light of allergies See in context

Some school ban peanuts as in pb&j sandwiches, but continue to serve milk which kids also have an allergy to. Ban peanuts but not milk, oh no you didn't

Exactly. You know how I survived? I didn't eat the peanut butter when it was offered. Just teach kids to be smart and responsible instead of giving out participation trophies and they'll be fine. Parents, stop the coddling or your kids will grow up to be helpless.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

I love it. Just shows the true colors of North Korea. Don't mock the Great Leader or you'll be taken away. The guy is probably lucky he did this on camera or he might not have reappeared to give a statement.

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Posted in: 'Peter Rabbit' team apologizes for making light of allergies See in context

Sadly, they're going to have their first allergic reactions when they are adults and risk their lives because they have no clue what to do without their mom by their side.

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Posted in: British judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange See in context

Wikileaks release of classified information includes the unlawful killings of Iraqis by the military and what went on at Guantanamo (torture, some based on little evidence). We would not have learned of those without Wikileaks and it won various awards for peace.

If he had stopped with only releasing evidence of crimes, I would agree with you. Unfortunately, he's not really the 'white knight' people want to think he is. Wikileaks was all about revealing secrets, not doing the right thing. It didn't matter to Assange if they were good or bad or who they might hurt. He released a lot more than just those, and much of what he put out there put lives in real danger.

Not to mention, I'm sure the UK's relationship with the US is much more important than this stooge's freedom anyway, so why make a guarantee like that and Assange knows this.

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Posted in: Japan beats unified Korean team 4-1 in women's ice hockey See in context

the North Korean cheerleaders jumped from their seats in the most uncoordinated moves they've made yet.

Sounds like some hockey players and cheerleaders are going to be getting some re-education from their Great Leader when they get back. Sad thing is, I'm not even joking.

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Posted in: British judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange See in context

Because he violated the terms of his bail. He still broke the law in the UK, whether or not the Swedish charges were dropped afterwards.

Not to mention Sweden openly admits the only reason they dropped the charges is not because they don't have a case but because they don't believe it will be possible to get Assange back to Sweden to stand trial. They can reopen the case at any time. Probably another reason Assange won't leave the embassy.

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Posted in: Is a unified Korea possible in the foreseeable future? See in context

A peaceful reunited Korea and nuclear abandonment should be in the interest of the world, but sadly some prefer to have enemies.

I completely agree with you. And in a perfect world, that could happen.

But being realistic, it will not happen without Kim being forcibly removed. Who is going to to do that is anybody's guess, but that's the only way it will currently happen as Kim is not going to allow anything but his own rule over the two Koreas. I'd love for Kim to suddenly wake up and realize 'oh I've been a real jerk all these years' and step aside, but the odds of that happening are pretty low.

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Posted in: British judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange See in context

Way to go London!

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Posted in: 'Peter Rabbit' team apologizes for making light of allergies See in context

Oh and in case it wasn't clear, I did survive my childhood, peanuts being thrown at me by kids who thought is was funny and all.

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Posted in: Is a unified Korea possible in the foreseeable future? See in context

Maybe, but it's nothing to do with Trump or his family, when it comes down to it.

And the mood in the ROK is decidedly unfriendly towards the talks that have been suggested, at present.

It's all a bit grim.

It's amusing how everyone else is actually discussing the two Koreas and yet every one of your comments is just about how much you hate the United States.

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Posted in: 'Peter Rabbit' team apologizes for making light of allergies See in context

The problem is everyone wants other people to responsible for them. I grew up in the late '70s/early '80s before all the '1 in 4 kids is allergic to peanuts' awareness. Peanut butter sandwiches were still served at public school lunch rooms. I learned early on that I needed to ensure I was being safe with what I was eating. I didn't rely on anyone else to coddle me. Even as a child, I questioned anything that my mom didn't make or I couldn't read the ingredients on. The one time I trusted someone else's word on ingredients, I ended up in the hospital. Sure, it's easier now to avoid peanuts but I sure as heck still read ingredients and question everything. It's my responsibility, not anyone else's.

If you think a movie scene like this is going to hurt your children, then your children aren't prepared for life.

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