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Posted in: Japanese firms reluctant to hire unskilled foreign laborers: poll See in context

I think most countries would rather have slightly skilled workers or somewhat well-skilled workers, or highly skilled workers rather than unskilled workers. Now if unskilled workers are all you can find, then most countries would rather have trainable workers rather than untrainable workers because after they are trained, they won't be unskilled anymore. Is there a high demand for unskilled workers somewhere on the planet? I don't see this as a Japan-only preference.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

Prostitution is not illegal there, but there are sometimes arrests for indecency. (It’s not a happy business in that country, and yes, child prostitution is an issue.) The main problem for Japan is that the players are there to play basketball (haven’t won since 1936?) and also to promote a positive image of their country (not to pick up diseases to bring back home?). The coach will wind up having to take responsibility, since that is how things work in Japan.

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Posted in: Venezuela slams Kono's remarks as interference See in context

Venezuelans rejoiced for a short time after Chávez passed away, thinking Maduro would offer a change. After he didn’t, they began losing hope. Anyone with money or connections is now out of the country. It is now impossible to buy certain things there, and public transportation has stopped, with people hitching rides on construction trucks to get to the few jobs that are left. Monthly salary, if paid in dollars, is about one dollar. All this in a country awash in oil, the money from which is.... where? I don’t know what Kono should say, but Venezelans themselves are a lot more critical than he is.

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Posted in: Google tracks your movements, like it or not See in context

Google would be bored to death with my movements.

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Posted in: Robots are getting more social. Are humans ready? See in context

Not smart enough to be social. On the other hand, many humans fit into this category as well.

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Posted in: Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores See in context

Evidently the school is filled with stupid men who can’t compete with women unless someone grades the test fraudulently. Why wouldn’t women understand that?

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Posted in: Duterte berates, threatens to kill corrupt police on live TV See in context

Wait... were the threats on live tv, or will there be killings on live tv. Killings would get really good ratings, I imagine.

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Posted in: Trump says firms doing business in Iran to be barred from U.S. See in context

Looks like most of the businesses are in agriculture and medicine. Meanwhile, whatever one thinks about Iran, the message being heard around the world is that the US no longer honors its agreements in any area.

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Posted in: Trump trashes media as 'fake, fake disgusting news' at rally See in context

US news isn’t fake, but it is woefully lacking. Did you know that Japan’s recent weather calamities were barely mentioned, even though many, many people died? Did you there are whole continents with floods, volcanoes, wars, genocide, etc., etc., and none of that appears in US news. Instead, Fox, CNN, and the MSNBC fill the airwaves with what Trump meant or didn’t mean with his latest tweets. Folks, you either believe Trump is a moron with dementia or you believe he is the only person who can save the US from total destruction. The latest news about the latest tweet isn’t going to change your mind. Let’s get back to telling more interesting stories about the world and put Trump at the bottom of Page 4.

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Posted in: Israeli Arab lawmaker quits 'racist' parliament over law See in context

Whether or not the parliament is racist, quitting instead of presenting an opposing view weakens the Palestinian presence in Israeli government.

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Posted in: Life on Mars: Japanese astronaut dreams after lake discovery See in context

I wonder how the fishing is...

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Posted in: Seoul considers reducing troops along N. Korea border zone See in context

As someone who remembers the multitude of North Korean incursions into the South, I am not so sure this is a good idea quite yet.

I'm very sure this is a BAD idea, well, for South Korea it's a bad idea. For Kim it will be great. And as for the MIA remains... it hasn't happened. Maybe waiting until it does before wasting the champagne would be good? Giving the keys for the henhouse to the wolf has never worked out well.

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Posted in: Trump says his campaign was spied upon illegally See in context

they overstated his relationships with the Russian government."I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination," Page told CNN. "I've never been anywhere near what's being described here."

The investigation has only released info about people around him, and has found quite a lot. Meanwhile, screaming "There was no colusion" before being accused of collusion is probably not the best sales pitch.

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Posted in: Trump now says no 'time limit' to denuclearize N Korea See in context

We will be giving New Jersey to North Korea to make them feel better, and that is terrific. Things are going really well. Vlad is sending Russian troops to help with the move. We don’t really need New Jersey, and this is a step toward world peace... and where did I put my meds? Anyway, things are terrific.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court upholds OKs Trump's travel ban; rejects Muslim bias claim See in context

The judges are commenting only on the extent of presidential authority. They buy the idea that ban is in place because those areas don’t have a good ID system in place. They are avoiding comment on whether the idea of the ban is moronic.

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Posted in: Japan's space explorer Hayabusa2 arrives at asteroid to collect samples See in context

Michael JacksonToday  03:21 pm JST

I have to wonder if they have considered whether their screwing with this asteroid will alter its trajectory making dangerous for us

It won’t affect the trajectory. It might annoy the evil aliens who live there however.

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Posted in: Powerful quakes more likely to hit Hokkaido, Pacific coast See in context

So they had the probability for the Hokkaido coast set too low. They know this because they had a big quake where they didn’t think they would have one. Nothing has changed except their map now reflects the information that Hokkaido isn’t any safer than the rest of Japan.

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Posted in: Trump trash-talks restaurant that asked his press secretary to leave See in context

Why would such a fine person eat at such a filthy restaurant? Either the person is not fine, or the restaurant is not filthy. You can't have it both ways. But anyway, there does seem to be a legal problem refusing service to even non-protected classes of people for reasons that seem arbitrary, even with a sign saying the restaurant had the right to refuse service to anyone.

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Posted in: Moon suggests Russian gas be piped to Koreas, Japan See in context

With the US flaking out of many existing agreements, Russia and China may seem more attractivefor deals than they have been.

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Posted in: Trump wants U.S. to dominate space, moon and Mars See in context

On the positive side, we'll now have a place to send all the space cadets...

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Posted in: Trump expresses optimism amid final preparations for summit with Kim See in context

So... nobody will be in the meeting room except the leaders and the translators. Anything could be stated and announced. Later, anything could be denied. This is perfect for both leaders. Meanwhile, it will give reporters something to write about.

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Posted in: White House calls Trudeau back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time See in context

Trump is imagining that he can fire the rest of the G7, but I think the G6 possibility is more and more likely. The US is becoming irrelevant, it seems. For me, it was better, following the US Constitution, when Congress was responsible for tariffs. The Constitution does not mention cranky old presidents who are in a bad mood.

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Posted in: Aiming at Trump strongholds, Mexico hits back with trade tariffs on U.S. products See in context

Why doesn't anyone comment on the negative effects to the Mexican consumer? Will they stop eating U.S. pork and stop drinking U.S. bourbon?

Under the circumstances, I think the Mexican consumer would find it sufficiently amusing to buy Mexican or European pork and and drink more Mexican corn whiskey. And once production ramps up, why would they be motivated to return to the status quo?

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Posted in: Department store removes wine imported from Golan Heights after protests See in context

I'm guessing the wine came from Katzrin, which has an interesting history:

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Posted in: Trump tariffs on U.S. allies draw retaliation threats See in context

So all of the negotiations failed?

Yes, and Canada will no doubt be releasing maple syrup into our waterways before you know it. It's curtains for the US, I'm afraid. The Canadian threat has just been ignored too long, eh?

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Posted in: Trump tariffs on U.S. allies draw retaliation threats See in context

As things currently stand, a company in the US, providing US jobs, but using imported steel to produce products in the US will face tariffs, but a company in the US buying complete products imported from abroad will not. Advantage goes to foreign product producers, while those in the US will have to raise prices, lay off workers and/or fold up and go someplace else. The tariffs on Canada based on the security threat they pose is fun, too.

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Posted in: N Korea says it is still open to talks after Trump cancels summit See in context

North Korea has better parades than the USA, and would be able to provide them to Trump in return for lifting sanctions. This seems like an area of possible negotiation. However, Kim never promised to do away with his nukes, and the US won't do away with its sanctions, so really, nothing much was going to happen anyway. The indicator has just moved back to the "stew" setting.

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Posted in: Japan expresses concern at relocation of U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem See in context

Embassies are at capital cities almost 100 percent of the time, and Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, is the capital of Israel. Putting an embassy there sends a strong message, sure, but one that is unlikely to foster a desire for cooperation.

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Posted in: Japanese 'Marines' engage in exercise with maritime defense force See in context

About “Marines...” Maybe “quotation marks” around non-quotes causes “confusion” among “readers,” who are guessing about an intended, and possibly sinister, “meaning.”

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Posted in: Trump's new 'Stormy' story stuns many in West Wing See in context

Trump getting impeached would lead to Mike Pence as president, which would not be an improvement. The only real remedy is for both parties to offer up reasonably sane candidates for their supporters to vote for... preferably ones who actually understand and are content with team building, history, government, etc., and who speak in such a way that children do not require a soundproof helmet. Maybe Donald and Stormy can just start a late night TV show, make lots of money, and life happily ever after.

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