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Posted in: China jails scientist who gene-edited babies See in context

Is it unethical to genetically engineer out the genetic factors that contributes to aggressive or homocidal tendencies? If you can engineer out such factors out for a couple generations or so, imagine the impact it would have on the crime rate, especially murders.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor renews demand to stop U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Okinawa has to deal with Tokyo! The prefecture has no place attempting to dictate national defense policy! 

Absolutely! Tamaki forgets Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture.

Tamaki says Tokyo's approach is high-handed and undemocratic.

Anytime Tamaki is tired of dealing with Tokyo and it's "high-handed and undemocratic" approach., he can always call a referendum for Okinawa to secede from Japan, and go independent. Once independent and establishing sovereignty, Tamaki can state no defense treaty exists between the "New Ryukyu" (or whatever he wants to call the sovereign independent Okinawa) and order the U.S military.....not only U.S. Marines but U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to return all land to Okinawa and get out.

Problem solved and no more U.S. military to destroy Okinawa peace and nature.

US go home and free Japan and all Asian countries where you are not welcome anymore.

Fade up with their imperialism.

Until China shows up with warships around Senkaku Islands, claims the islands, starts building facilities there and begins military exercises in the area proximity to Okinawa.

Then it's a matter of time before China starts making claims on the Ryukyu islands.

Then you'll have to deal with Chinese imperialism.

Be careful what you wish for.

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Posted in: Leaders of Japan, China, S Korea to promote N Korea-U.S. dialogue See in context

The key element of any dialogue is the understanding that any use or threat of nuclear weapons by NK against our allies will be met with overwhelming force.

How quickly we forget. Back in 2017 NK threatened to use nuclear weapons to "sink Japan" and turn the U.S. to "ashes and darkness"...

How did our allies in the UN responded? Not with immediate overwhelming force as Trump initially wanted, but with dialogue and weak sanctions. As I recall, the majority of posters here were against preemptive military strikes and favored "dialogue", "compromises" and "sanctions" ad nauseam. But as rgcivilian1 correctly points out, dialogue got us nowhere and the problem still remains.

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Posted in: Leaders of Japan, China, S Korea to promote N Korea-U.S. dialogue See in context

If the whole world wishes peace on the Korean Peninsula then let's work together for a better world.

That's what the UN, Japan, SK, U.S. has been trying to do. They've tried dialog and negotiations. Haven't changed NK's position. Sanctions were imposed and are ineffective due Russia and China continued support of NK.

Now that NK has nuclear weapons and missiles, they are in a stronger position to force the terms described above. And the UN, et al, seems impotent to act beyond what has already been tried.

NK's position has always been peace and unification contingent upon U.S. military withdrawal from the Peninsula and SK accepting peace treaty under DPRK terms and unification of the Pensinsula under DPRK regime. They will NEVER give up those goals. China and Russia will see to it that

Are the South Korean people willing to live in a unified Korea under DPRK regime? Let's not forget that DPRK is a brutal regime that starves and murders its own people.

It is naive and wishful thinking that a unified Korea under Kim and DPRK regime will be a "better and more peaceful world".

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Posted in: Hong Kong elders, youths vow to keep up pro-democracy fight See in context

Since the unrest broke out in June, protesters have disrupted traffic, smashed public facilities and pro-China shops, and hurled gasoline bombs in pitched battles.....

Some protesters returned to the streets Saturday night, using metal fences, cartons and bricks to block traffic in the Mong Kok area in Kowloon.

So far the Pro-Democracy Movement has been nothing but angry anarchy in action. It will be interesting to see the kind of government they will implement after ousting Lam. Will the Police State be replaced with a Mob State?

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Posted in: Japanese women fight for right to wear glasses to work See in context

My first thought was what industry are these women working in? It seems most of these complaints come from women who work in industries where presentable physical appearances is very important, i.e., hospitality, entertainment, television, restaurant, etc.

They knew that going into the that kind of job. If they have to have vision corrected, why don't they wear contact lens? On the other hand, if they can't wear contact lenses or prefer not to, then perhaps they ought to work in jobs that are not as presentable appearance demanding.

Are women working in business, education, technical, medical, government, etc., also complaining that their employers are prohibiting them from wearing glasses?

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Posted in: Number of medical graduates in Japan lowest among OECD countries See in context

"Japan recently took action to increase the number of students admitted to medical schools, but this is not yet reflected in the number of new medical graduates due to lags,"

Japan has the least number of people who have graduated from medical schools per 100,000 population among 35 comparable member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the latest OECD data.

In other words, they haven't been successful in increasing the number of students admitted to medical school because of lower-than-expected number of students applying and they're trying to figure out how why and having no answers, their excuse is "lag"?

I'm curious about the number of people in Japan who applied for premed or med schools per 100,000 population and how it compares to the other 35 OECD countries. Anybody got those statistics?

If you have lower number of applicants to begin with, regardless of gender, don't expect high number of graduates.

The cynic in me suggests that young people nowadays prefer less difficult and less demanding and more "fun" career paths, which rules out medical school.

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Posted in: Investigators inspect Okinawan castle ruins for fire cause See in context

UNESCO unfortunately gives the aprovement for the site world heritage but far away to offer rebuilding costs or anything clear to revive the tragedies once occurred.

Yes, they also have strict guidelines on what is considered "reconstruction" of historical sites.

In the past UNESCO's World Heritage Committee opposed reconstruction because this approach can falsify history and create fictional places that never existed in that form.  But in view of global destruction of cultural heritage on an unprecedented scale recently, UNESCO has modified its position and permitted reconstruction so long as the reconstruction is "based on sound detailed documentation, traditional forms and techniques and to no extent on conjecture."

In reconstructing the Shuri Castle, architects and craftsmen were very careful and painstakingly faithful to the original architecture, using original-type material (or as close as possible), and using construction technique consistent with the original construction methods.

To rebuild Shuri castle incorporating internal fire suppression apparatus, safety devices and modern fireproof material, etc., would involve extensive architectural modification and redesign and would invalidate the reconstruction as a "authentic historical building" as UNESCO would define.

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Posted in: Main buildings of castle at World Heritage site in Okinawa destroyed by predawn fire See in context

Tragic, utterly tragic. I hope the irreplaceable artifacts were saved.

Wouldn't surprise me if it was arson. The next questions are who and why.

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Posted in: Deep-sea explorers seek out sunken World War II ships See in context


You ask did something happen before.....

You forget or chose to ignore the fact that Japan embarked on a military expansionism campaign during the 1930s, beginning with invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and China in 1937 and committing horrible atrocities, i.e, the notorious rape of Nanking and Unit 731 chemical and biological warfare in China. Also, Japan invaded other Asian countries. All this occured prior to 1941.

FDR demanded Japan to stop its military expansionism and occupation of China. Japan refused to halt hostilities in China. So the US responded with sanctions and embargoes. While US and Japan were trying to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels, Japan secretly sent an naval armada to attack Pearl Harbor.

As for FDR ordering to sink any German ships in the Atlantic Ocean, again your history is suspect. It was Hitler who ordered U-Boats to sink any British and allied ships in the Atlantic. The US was not directly involved in European Theater at that time.

It was Churchill who wanted the U.S. to join the war effort, but FDR, in his 1940 reelection campaign promised not to send any American boys into a foreign war. So his hands were tied at that point. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the US had no choice but to declare war on Japan. In response, Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S.

Is it your opinion that Japanese 1930s military expansionism and invasion of Manchuria and China never happened? And that Japan never had ambitions of dominating Asia at that time? And it was the US who was the instigator of the war in the Pacific?

It is interesting that the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga.....one of the carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor.....was finally found.

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Posted in: Japan protests Putin message celebrating new factory on disputed isle See in context

If Japan has exhausted all actions for peace . . . then maybe the other way?

Isn't that what lower house lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama was musing? Only he got slapped down harshly and nearly booted out for wondering the same.

What other way? Use military force to get the islands back? Or Japan to agree to renounce military alliance and security treaties with the U.S. and perhaps Russia will return the islands?

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Posted in: Japan protests Putin message celebrating new factory on disputed isle See in context

Abe and Japan's hands are tied with the restrictive Article 9 and Putin knows it. He also knows Japan can't do anything further than filing ineffective protests.

Only when the Article 9 is modified and the restrictions prohibiting Japan from having a military capability beyond coastal defense purpose only, can Japan do anything purposeful. Then maybe Putin and Xi will take Japan more seriously.

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Posted in: Mesa Airlines in talks to buy 100 Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 aircraft See in context

The M100 looks like a good regional jet. I'm sure the Mitsubishi jets will provide efficient and reliable service and give Bombardier and Embraer a run for the money. Let's wish Mitsubishi success.

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Posted in: Hong Kong braces for weekend protests See in context

Right now, what the protesters are asking is for "independent" investigation of police.

Why? The police acted within their authority. How are they supposed to deal with hooligans destroying property and disrupting business? The police didn't use military assault weapons, maiming and mass murdering the "protesters", did they?

And if the so-called "independent" investigators find the police acted within their authority and handled rioters appropriately, you can bet that won't sit well with the protesters and they will start new riots.

Protesting doesn't equal violence.....

No but it can't be denied that it escalated to that level. The protesters destroyed property and disrupted business. They and their leaders and organizers should be held accountable for their actions and prosecuted.

Protestors caught damaging property or harming others need their day in court. 

Protectors caught AND THEIR ORGANIZERS AND LEADERS. From the way those rioters and instigators continue to act, they expect full immunity from prosecution because their actions were "in the name of democracy"? Otherwise they wouldn't be demanding retraction of the word "riot" describing their "rallies" and release of all rioters.

We will know a lot more about the the posssible final shape of it all come Monday. If the the protestors stay united, non=violent and popular, I don't see how Beijiing will be unable to comprise on power sharing with a local representative body.

Let's hope come Monday, the protesting leaders will instruct their protesters to act in a more responsible manner.

If the leaders and protesters continue to display temper tantrums, destroying property and disrupting businesses, it's only going to reinforce the impression that the so-called "freedom-fighters" and their leaders can't govern themselves in a peaceful and responsible manner. Beijing will have to send in troops and instill martial law and the protesting leaders and organizers arrested and prosecuted. Prosecution in HK rather than China, hopefully.

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Posted in: Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95 See in context

*Spry in his impeccably tailored suits, Mugabe as leader...*

Yes, impeccably tailored suits, no doubt very expensive. While his people are in poverty.

Why is it, despite millions and millions of humanitarian and economic aid going to Zimbabwe and other African countries, they still remain in poverty and infrastructure in third or fourth world condition.....long after Apartheid and white rule ended? Can't say the black leaders were any less corrupt, more humane or more ethical. In fact quite the opposite. Just as brutal if not even more so toward their own people.

Some sources estimate Mugabe's net worth to be around $10 million. Wonder how he got that much money?

" Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely."

No, immunity from checks and balances corrupts; absolute immunity from checks and balances corrupts absolutely. Mugabe had absolutely immunity from any checks and balances in his government. Nobody dared challenged or questioned him. I doubt whether anyone ever audited him or his government and held them accountable.

True to the first three letters in his name, he certainly "mugged" his people.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests See in context

The mostly young protesters say that a degree of violence is necessary to get the government's attention after peaceful rallies were futile.

Lam's administration says the violence must end before any dialogue can begin.

Well, it got China and Lam to blink first.....for now. Now that their "temper-tantrum tactics" have resulted in the controversial expedition bill withdrawn, will the young rioters/protesters should settle down and act like responsible adults? I doubt it.

Wonderful David vs Goliath victory for the brave people of HK over the brutal Chinese dictators.

The rioters were lucky. China could have easily crushed those young rioters with military troops and impose martial law restrictions. They didn't at this time because China has other bigger problems to deal with.

We'll see how this all plays out.

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Posted in: Lawmaker who made Russia war remarks suggests same with S Korea See in context

Isn't war the only way to get them back?"

Maruyama is just being blunt and honest. That's what it will take if Japan really, really wants the islands back.

The Japanese people and the Diet don't want to admit it. Japan can continue with diplomacy and dialog for a hundred more years and Russia will never return the islands.

But Article 9 first paragraph prohibits resorting to military action in settling disputes. Perhaps Maruyama forgot that point when he made his controversial remarks. Nevertheless, its becoming more apparent that Japan is going to have to have those restrictions removed if Japan is going to play a more active military role in keeping the Pacific region stable as the U.S. withdraws. And if China claims the Senkaku Islands and seizes them. What will Japan do, given the Article 9 restrictions? Absolutely nothing except file a ineffectual protest with the UN, who will do nothing.

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Posted in: U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close bases; Kabul attacked See in context

Donny capitulates to Kim and the Taliban. He sure is becoming adept sh appeasement of our enemies.

Well, you all wanted the U.S. forces out of Afghanistan. So Trump listened to you and gave you what you wanted. And you call it appeasement.

However, I do feel sorry for ordinarily Afghans who will have to return to life under the Taliban and the oppression and reprisals that will follows.

The country will again become a home for Islamic terrorism.

When the Taliban begin committing atrocities against the Afghan people after the U.S. withdraws, you all will be blaming Trump and the U.S. for not staying and fighting the Islamic terrorists.

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Posted in: 8 students killed in Chinese elementary school attack See in context

Suprised this can happen in a country with such tight controls and no guns.

Surprised that murders still occur where guns are banned and strict gun control exists?

In this case, the attacker used a knife. Knife attacks in schools are common in China.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_attacks_inChina(2010%E2%80%9312)

Here's another example of mass murder in China where attackers used knives, killing 33 and injuring 130 at Yunnan train station.


Just goes to show people kill people using whatever that can be used as a weapon.

I wonder how the government will react to this

In Xinjiang residents are required to obtain special permits when purchasing kitchen knives. Anyone who buys a knife must provide their name, ethnicity, address, ID number and telephone number when applying for a permit. Anyone possessing a knife longer than 6 inches, will be punished and the knife confiscated. (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/knives-09142015143756.html)

When guns are outlawed and confiscated in the U.S., and homicides using knives increases, will the knee-jerk liberals pass similar laws? Will American people be willing to register their kitchen knives?

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Posted in: American activist lives on in heart of A-bombed cities See in context

American activist lives on in heart of A-bombed cities

Nice story. Truly an unsung hero who deserves to be remembered and honored. And its even more heartwarming that people like Mitsuo Baba and Hiroko Nishimura are ensuring that Floyd Schmoe's name and efforts are not forgotten.

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Posted in: 5 killed, including gunman, 21 wounded in west Texas shootings See in context

When guns are completely outlawed and confiscated, the criminals and those with homicidal tendencies will use substitute weapons and fabricate improvised weapons. They always have and always will.

And what's to keep a clever person from making zip guns, pipe guns, and even using a 3D printer to make an improvised gun? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvised_firearm

Instead of focusing on controlling guns, perhaps society ought to focus on controlling behavior to commit homicides.

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Posted in: U.S., Taliban close to deal as fighting intensifies See in context

However it was not clear whether the Taliban would agree to talk directly with the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani, which they consider an illegitimate foreign-imposed regime.

This is the major problem. So long as the Taliban refuses to accept the Ghani government, there will never be peace between the Taliban and the Afghans. I doubt whether the Afghan people will accept a Taliban government either.

Taliban officials have said they would only agree to talk to Afghan officials in a private capacity, not as representatives of the state, and they remain opposed to presidential elections scheduled for Sept. 28.

Any agreement from that "private meeting" will probably not be binding then. And why would the Taliban officials opposed to the Sept 28 election?

Obviously to the Talibans, the only path for peace is on Taliban terms only and the entire government under Taliban regime and people accepting without question the .

What's the solution? Systematic genocide of the Talibans and other extremist Muslim factions? Get rid of the radical factions and the problem goes away? Of course that's been tried before and it didn't work.

Perhaps a divided Afghanistan with one part of the country under Taliban regime, the other under Ghani government and a DMZ border between them and a ceasefire agreement.......like Korea?

Doubt there will ever be peace in that region. The conflicts of interest are too deep. Conflicts rooted in religious philosophical differences are the worst and most difficult to resolve.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

But the new base in Okinawa is needed not just for the US forces but also for Japan. Strategically one base there in Okinawa, if disabled makes it almost impossible to defend it. Militarily speaking there is a need for 3 bases and 3 harbors to defend Okinawa, one North, one West and one South.

Don't disagree with you either. Okinawa is vital for maintaining stability of the region and to keep China in check. Without U.S. and JSDF military presence on Okinawa, China will expand unchallenged and attempt to claim the region as their own.

However, the leftists believe that the U.S. bases in the north, west and southern parts of Okinawa destroys peace, destroys nature and it makes all Okinawa a military target.. They believe when ALL bases are removed, Okinawa will no longer be a target and Okinawa will enjoy peace forever.

This is wishful thinking but that's their goal.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Denny hasn't fulfilled anything.

His "promise" was to stop the construction at Camp Schwab and that is not going to happen.

The Marines will still be here, just less in number, so will the Army, Navy, and Air Force as well.

I don't disagree with you. I hope the U.S. and Japan maintains a military presence there; Okinawa is too important in the military strategic sense, given the proximity to Senkaku Islands, Taiwan and the China Seas.....which will soon turn into a hot crisis.

However, Tamaki stated “I can clearly state we no longer want in Okinawa the U.S. bases that destroy our peace and destroy our nature,” during his campaign.

Of course that's all rhetoric but I'm still betting Gov. Tamaki and leftist supporters will eventually get all the U.S. military forces out of Okinawa. Then I wonder if Okinawa will accept the JSDF presence when they occupy some of the vacated U.S. military bases or will they protest just as vigorously.

In the meantime, onward, upward and forward with the Camp Schwab expansion.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Now that Denny fulfilled the promise of getting the Marines out of Okinawa, next will be getting the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy out too.

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Posted in: 5 killed, including gunman, 21 wounded in west Texas shootings See in context

So, what was his motive and why? Don't see anyone questioning that.

Oh, I see; don't need a motive: He's white, male, most likely Trump-supporter, most likely racist and most likely NRA member. All boxes checked. He's guilty.

The Dems will push for anti-gun laws prohibiting anyone (especially if the the person is white, male, republican-registered and NRA member) from obtaining permit/license to operate and own a gun (any kind).

And then there will be laws to limit the shoot-happy police force from using guns, if not eliminating their use altogether.

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Posted in: Bahamas braces for hit as Hurricane Dorian roars toward Florida See in context

After the damage by the hurricane have been done, wouldn't be surprised many (especially the Dems) will blame the government for failing to do something to prevent it. Just remember Trump wanted to nuke the hurricanes.

Seriously, hurricanes in that region are nothing out of the ordinary. People are used to it, can weather it out, survive, clean up, make repairs and move on with life.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry requests record ¥5.32 trillion budget See in context

Let's look at the figures of all the other major countries in terms of their military spending and that as a share of their GDP (%) [2017}; -

Let's sort that list a little differently in terms of GDP and see where Japan fits:

Saudi Arabia: $69.4 billion, 10.3% of GDP

Russia: $66.3 billion, 4.3% of GDP

United States: Spending $610 billion, 3.1% of GDP

South Korea: $39.2 billion, 2.6% of GDP

India: $63.9 billion, 2.5% of GDP

France: $57.8 billion, 2.3% of GDP

China: $228 billion, 1.9% of GDP

Britain: $47.2 billion, 1.8% of GDP

Germany: $44.3 billion, 1.2% of GDP

Japan $45.4 billion, 0.9% of GDP So, what does this tell you?

NORTH KOREA. 22% of GDP !!

Despite blackouts and starving population, North Korea spends 22% of GDP on military spending. Compare with South Korea's 2.6%, U.S. 3.1% and Japan 0.9%

Now, what does THIS tell you?

(Source: https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/north-korea-spends-whopping-22-per-cent-of-gdp-on-military-despite-blackouts-and-starving-population/news-story/c09c12d43700f28d389997ee733286d2)

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Posted in: Japan says N Korea developing warheads to penetrate missile defenses See in context

The US has attacked Japan with nuclear weapons.

The US and Japan were AT WAR with each at the time in 1945. Are you implying the US attacked Japan during peacetime?

The DPRK hasn't attacked Japan.

DPRK and Japan are not at war at this time. But DPRK has threatened Japan.

I do hope this region will eventually come together and see who the prime aggressor really is, and always has been. Through violence and/or economic war/threats.

And who was the principal aggressor on June 25, 1950? When the U.S. forces leaves the region, we'll see who the aggressor really is.

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Posted in: U.S. approves $3.3 bil sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan See in context

"This is why being able to make your own interceptor missile is so critical. Korea's getting 2000 interceptors for $30 billion because they make them themselves, while Japan's importing 73 interceptors for $3.3 billion."

And if Japan spends $30 billion for their own home-grown interceptor missiles, you all will be complaining about spending that much too when it could be used for other purposes.

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