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Posted in: Professor concerned that female soldiers would be naked after bombs blow off clothes See in context

I think that unfortunately, anyone that close to a bomb going off would be dead rather than naked.

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Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 million at season's 1st auction See in context

And people try asserting that Japanese are poor. NOT.

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Posted in: 2 yakuza members arrested for stealing food See in context

But they are gangsters. Stealing is what they do. Why the surprise? The "so poor" line is just to evoke sympathy from us.

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Posted in: Diplomatic disaster See in context

Based on the title, I thought I was going to be reading about Trump in the Middle East.

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Posted in: Eating tree nuts may cut risk that colon cancer will return See in context

I guess it is time to buy stocks in tree nut companies.

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Posted in: Exports propel Japan to trade surplus for third straight month See in context

@JeffLee, Apple devices and Boeing airliners are full of Japanese high end circuitry, materials, and parts. If America is such a successful exporter, why the huge trade deficit? Japan doesn't have one.

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Posted in: Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer See in context

Is President Trump putting on weight?

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Posted in: Gov't considers splitting school holidays to ease travel congestion See in context

Wait until we hear about what teachers think about this.

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Posted in: Exports propel Japan to trade surplus for third straight month See in context

No problem USA. Just make stuff we want to buy, and the trade deficit will go away. And don't complain about cars. Lots of Fiats on the road here, but no Chryslers. I wonder why. They are owned by the same company.

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Posted in: Conspiracy bill rammed through lower house panel amid protests See in context

Isn't using "rammed" in the title of the article a bit editorial? I'm sure Abe and his cohorts do not consider the bill to have been "rammed". They said it was completely and thoroughly discussed. Right?

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Posted in: Japanese collector pays record $110.5 mil for Basquiat painting at New York auction See in context

He's worth 3.6 billion, so I guess he can afford it.

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Posted in: Nearly 32 million Americans engage in extreme binge-drinking: study See in context

Binge drinking, opioids, legal marijuana, etc etc etc. What is it about American life that makes it so miserable you are constantly having to drown out reality?

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Posted in: Trump's Japan envoy pick says he's optimistic on trade deal See in context

Director of a private equity investment firm. Yeah, that's all we needed to know. We know where he's coming from.

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Posted in: Abe reaffirms conviction that TPP benefits Asia-Pacific See in context

Yes, but only the TPP WITHOUT the USA (i.e., Wall Street).

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Posted in: Desperately short of labor, mid-sized Japanese firms plan to buy robots See in context

When are we going to address the real issue: why don't people get married and make babies? Somehow, nobody seems to have be grip on the issue. Especially politicians who make policies. Even granting that there is some work that only robots can do (like chip manufacturing), we should still be making new Japanese.

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Posted in: Abe, Nikai say Japan could consider joining AIIB See in context

We have to join. We have to get away from the imploding USA and join the Chinese sphere of influence. And you can't get a piece of all that infrastructure action if you are not a member.

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Posted in: Japan's participation in China-led AIIB being floated within gov't See in context

Don't forget that Japan's relation with China is determined by its boss, the US. Now suddenly trump and Xi are BFFs, so maybe Japan can do what it may have wanted to do from the start, which is join AIIB. Otherwise, you can't get into those lucrative infrastructure contracts.

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Posted in: Japan's participation in China-led AIIB being floated within gov't See in context

Japan has to start moving towards China. The US is imploding. Besides, joining the AIIB is the only way to get in on the action.

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Posted in: Japan's gov't debt swells to record Y1,071 tril as of March 31 See in context

I understand that if you net off the governments assets, then the debt to GDP ratio is more like 100%, which is like the US. Still not great. But the government prefers the 250%. The government privatized lots of government owned businesses like NR (formerly JNR国鉄), salt, tobacco, etc, but still owns a 51% stake in each.

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Posted in: Japan's gov't debt swells to record Y1,071 tril as of March 31 See in context

Nobody wants this debt to be repaid. Too many people/groups who own Japanese government bonds need to collect the interest from now until forever. Think of the benefits Japan gets from the billions of dollars paid as interest on the US debt Japan owns. Better schools, hospitals, etc. Thank you USA! Most Japanese government debt is owned by Japanese, so the interest payouts stay here in Japan to benefit Japan.

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Posted in: 90% of Japan's train operators will halt trains over N Korean missile alert See in context

@zurcronium Isn't the expression Commander "in" Chief? But, yes, based on what you say, I'd rather say "Commandeer" in Chief.

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Posted in: 90% of Japan's train operators will halt trains over N Korean missile alert See in context

@BertieWooster: Very interesting article. And Curtis LeMay was mentioned. LeMay was the one who planned the fire bombing of Japan, which had the same effect on Japanese people as his later fire bombing of North Korea during the Korean War. A US guy said at the time some US military had big reservations about it because Japanese cities were full of old people, women, and children since all the men went to war. And yet, US and Japan because best friends.

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Posted in: 90% of Japan's train operators will halt trains over N Korean missile alert See in context

But what if I want to jump on a train to escape from Tokyo before the bombs hit?

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Posted in: Thousands march in Tokyo for LGBT awareness See in context

Remember that Japan did not have any problems with homosexuality until we began importing Western ideas. Now we are just starting the return to our roots.

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Posted in: The top 20 places to visit in Tokyo, as chosen by travelers See in context

Item 16: National Museum of Western Art. It seems strange that tourists would come to Tokyo to see western art.

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Posted in: Thousands march in Tokyo for LGBT awareness See in context

The most basic thing to be expressed by this parade is that you are not alone. Being alone and not knowing that there are people like you (i.e., gay) has been the main problem. We all deserve to have a little happiness during this short life.

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Posted in: ADB hoping U.S. will step up and help lead regional lender See in context

Don't let the US in to mess things up. Keep ADB Asian.

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Posted in: Demand for condos slowing in Tokyo but growing in Osaka See in context

Here in Shinjuku, at the rate they are tearing down old neighborhoods and building tower condominiums, you'd never know there was a slacking demand. A 55 floor tower condo was sold out before they even started digging the ground, with prices from 50 to more than 100 million yen.

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Posted in: Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjo South opens See in context

What does "Gracery" mean? A US guy at the office said it sounds like a supermarket (grocery) for marijuana (grass).

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