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Posted in: Biden hikes tariffs on Chinese EVs, solar cells, steel, aluminum — and snipes at Trump See in context

Less than 2% of China's EV exports go to the US. Reducing this to 0% won't affect China at all.

Election grandstanding.

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Posted in: Japan-AUKUS ties have big potential but may take time to bear fruit See in context

What a photo. At least two of these three guys will be gone next year. Add in Kishida and it will be three out of four.

Don't think Xi is particularly worried.

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Posted in: Mexican authorities say thieves killed 2 Australians and an American to steal their truck See in context

Camped along that stretch of beach back in the 70s. Truly idyllic, you could walk out into the surf and dig up clams for dinner with your fingers. Beautiful country, Mexico.

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Posted in: Yen briefly rises to 151 in New York after weak U.S. labor data See in context

Smart move by the BoJ. USD is overvalued so sell it and buy yen.

Did the same myself. Lots of countries are dumping the dollar.

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Posted in: Why are so many voters frustrated by the U.S. economy? It's home prices See in context

The US population increased by 1.8 million people last year alone, so of course the housing crisis gets worse. Stabilize or reduce the population and the problem will be solved. No housing crisis here in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan women's captain criticizes Asian soccer chiefs over venue switch See in context

Outrageous government interference in sports. Kumagai is completely right.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador thanks Japan for defense upgrade and allowing Patriot missile sale to U.S. See in context


ok it is not in the constitution but it is Japanese law. From wiki:

*the Three Principles on Arms Exports adopted by the National Diet of Japan in 1967 dealing with situations in which arms could not be exported from Japan. The three principles were that arms exports were not allowed to go to*


3. Countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts

The US is involved in three international conflicts right now.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador thanks Japan for defense upgrade and allowing Patriot missile sale to U.S. See in context


The US isn't at war with anyone.

Surely you are joking.

Why do you think they need to buy Japanese patriot missiles then?

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Posted in: Biden’s burden: 4 percentage points, a struggling economy and fragile democracy See in context

The democrats once stood for ordinary working americans, who no longer get their fair share of the pie. The fact that many of these people have moved to Trump shows just how hopelessly out of touch the Democrat elite has become. Much as I dislike Trump, his re-election should finally get the Democrats to clean house.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador thanks Japan for defense upgrade and allowing Patriot missile sale to U.S. See in context

When did the Japanese people vote to change the constitution to allow exporting these weapons?

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Posted in: LDP political funds scandal Japan's top news story of 2023 See in context


Yes, the LDP will surely keep winning as long as the opposition consists of petty egotistical politicians more interested in aggrandizing themselves by making new parties than in combining to build a better Japan.

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Posted in: New party founder Maehara calls for opposition to unite against LDP See in context

If you want to unite the opposition stop making new parties.

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Posted in: Yoon, Kishida vow to deepen ties See in context

Three leaders whose popularity rating hovers between 20 and 30%. By the end of 2024 they will be yesterday's men.

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Posted in: Kishida invited by Biden for state visit in early 2024 See in context

Such an honour to be summoned to the master's house.

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Posted in: New survey of wealthy nations finds favorable views rising for U.S. while declining for China See in context


Your link is to a survey of just 23 cherry picked countries, most of which are in the current survey. The UN has 190+ member states.

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Posted in: Philippines aiming to seal 'reciprocal' troop pact with Japan See in context

What Pierre Trudeau called "wife swapping with a bachelor".

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Posted in: New survey of wealthy nations finds favorable views rising for U.S. while declining for China See in context

Well they surveyed 22 US military allies so the results are hardly surprising.

I would be more interested in what people think in the other 171 countries in the world, where the vast majority of people live.

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Posted in: Putin expected in Beijing, more dependent than ever on China See in context

China has refused to condemn the war in an effort to position itself as a neutral party

How on earth do the authors know why China chose this position? No evidence is given.

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Posted in: Russia open to potential dialogue offer from Japan, Putin says See in context

Again, reply back with the map of the Northern Territories

Diplomacy means not setting preconditions. Oh yes, the collective West doesn't do diplomacy any more does it.

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Posted in: Japan to buy Tomahawks from U.S. earlier than planned: Kihara See in context

And I recall Aso, among others, calling Kishida a peace -loving moderate.

Glad we didn't get a hawk. Lol.

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Posted in: Japan foreign minister to visit 4 Southeast Asian nations from Oct 8 See in context

OssanAmerica wrote:

*"Thailand was subordinate to China as a vassal or tributary state from the Sui dynasty until the Taiping Rebellion of the late Qing dynasty in the mid-19th century."*

Where did that quote come from?

Not what it says here:


Ditto for your other quotes.

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Posted in: Japan foreign minister to visit 4 Southeast Asian nations from Oct 8 See in context

All these SE Asian countries have agency and centuries of experience with China and Chinese people.

Right on. I hope she goes to listen not preach. Thailand, which has never been invaded or occupied by a foreign power, would be a good place to start.

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Posted in: Asian Games open with more participants than Olympics See in context

Great to see all Asian nations coming together for what will surely be a bonding experience. Shattered Europe must be looking on with envy.

Go Japan!

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Posted in: Japan records trade deficit in August as exports to China, rest of Asia weaken See in context

China’s weaker than expected recovery has been weighing on Japanese exports, although hopes are growing the downturn may be bottoming out, at least for some industries.

So Japan's economic health depends on China's economy booming.

Sweet irony.

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Posted in: Blinken meets Chinese VP as U.S.-China contacts increase ahead of possible summit See in context

but there still need to be lots of restrictions regarding sensitive technology.

Huawei's latest phone showed the uselessness of this strategy.

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Posted in: Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner removed from Rock Hall leadership after controversial comments See in context

Why do musicians have to be philosophers?

"Doo wah diddy, diddy dum diddy do"

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Posted in: Kishida's election strategy in limbo after unimpressive reshuffle See in context

Leaving Kono in the cabinet in charge of MyNumber is a brilliant cynical political move. A poisonned pill.

Recall Kono was the closest challenger in the last LDP leadership race.

As the MyNumber debacles continue (not all due to Kono) his fate will be sealed.

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Posted in: Japan current account surplus up 3-fold in July See in context

The reason for the "travel surplus" is that Japanese residents cannot afford to travel overseas due to the low yen and hence sky high airfares. For example, autumn trips to Canada cost double (in yen) what they cost before the pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan mulls G7 foreign minister talks in November See in context

At the envisioned gathering, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his G7 counterparts are expected to reaffirm their commitment to upholding and strengthening the international order based on the rule of law

for the umpteenth time.

Mainly its to support Karuizawa's local tourist industry at government expense.

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Posted in: Japan's export curbs on chip-making equipment to China take effect See in context

The sanctions against Russia worked so well they decided to have a go at China. Good luck with that.

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