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Posted in: China detains Japanese man in Shanghai; details unclear See in context

kaimycahl:IF China thinks everyone is a spy then the world over should detain Chinese citizens because we know they are not only spies but thieves!

Moderator : this and other similar posts are clearly hate speech.

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Posted in: China detains Japanese man in Shanghai; details unclear See in context

@strangerland

China is the enemy. They are the single biggest threat this planet faces. The people of the free and independent nations of Taiwan and Hong Kong would agree.

Well I don't and would prefer to let the people living in Taiwan and Hong Kong speak for themselves.

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Posted in: China detains Japanese man in Shanghai; details unclear See in context

@martimurano

If you make even the briefest internet-search, you will learn of the huge numbers of people who have become disappeared, murdered, and tortured 

Think you must be talking about the CIA, Guantanamo bay and so on here. This is what my internet search came up with :

Extraordinary rendition is state-sponsored "forcible abduction in another jurisdiction and transfer to a third state". The phrase usually refers to the United States-led program of extraordinary rendition during the War on Terror,[1] which had the purpose of circumventing the source country's laws on interrogation, detention, extradition and/or torture.

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Posted in: China detains Japanese man in Shanghai; details unclear See in context

It is always assumed that foreign people arrested in China are not spies. Like this Japanese guy or the two Canadian Michaels.

Does anyone seriously believe that no foreign countries have spies in China? What is the purpose of spy agencies if they don't spy on the enemy?

And does anyone seriously believe with all the surveillance apparatus in China they are not able to locate any of these spies? Obviously they can and do. Same as everyone else.

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Posted in: Biden says Russian threat to invade Ukraine still 'very high' See in context

@2020hindsight

Absolutely not. It would undermine the US intelligence in the reason. If you have intelligence, you don't tell you enemies what that is. That's basic.

Basic? Biden announcing the "invasion" date obtained by US intelligence, complelely contradicts your statement.

Or are you saying that Biden lied?

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Posted in: Biden says Russian threat to invade Ukraine still 'very high' See in context

One minute Biden was leaking to the world "secret intelligence reports" that there would be an invasion Feb 16. Now he is giving no details on "secret intelligence reports" predicting false flag operations.

If and when the invasion occurs I think we will all know without Biden's help.

But if he has details of false flag operations these should obviously be announced before they are supposed to happen, not afterwards.

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Posted in: Australia's largest coal-fired power plant to close See in context

Peter 14: Relying on renewable energy is the future for everyone and most have been on that trail for years.

Then how do you explain that Australians elect a government clearly on a different trail :

...despite the conservative administration's insistence on backing new coal projects.

Pro-coal government coalition MP Matt Canavan said the closure is "going to be a disaster," predicting high energy prices.

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Posted in: Australia's largest coal-fired power plant to close See in context

Peter14: If getting nuclear submarines mean starting a war then I wonder who China has plans to attack with theirs?

Australia of course, that is why you are buying the subs mate. Lol

Seriously though, do not misquote me. I said "fighting an imaginary war" not "starting an imaginary war".

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Posted in: Australia's largest coal-fired power plant to close See in context

Environmental groups cheered the news, but other experts warned it underscored the need for Canberra to face the reality that coal-fired plants will soon be a thing of the past.

Facing reality is not something Scott Morrison's government seems very good at, pushing uneconomical coal plants and spending billions on nuclear subs for his imaginary war against China.

Meanwhile Australian companies seem to know what they are doing, good on ya Origin!

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Posted in: Gasoline price in Japan rises for 6th straight week See in context

Direct government subsidies to oil companies in the hope that they will lower pump prices is an absurd and outrageous waste of our money. We are supposed to be moving away from oil, remember?

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Posted in: Kremlin sees a diplomatic path on Ukraine See in context

The path to a peaceful solution is to get the US to butt out instead of inflaming the situation.

Use Minsk 2 as the starting point and work from there.

European problem, Europeans can find the solution.

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Posted in: IAEA reviews water release plan from Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

Gustavo Caruso, director of the IAEA's Office of Safety and Security Coordination, said on Monday that the mission “in an objective, credible and science-based manner will help send messages of transparency and confidence for the people in Japan and beyond.”

objective, credible, science-based? Yup, all in favour of that.

But then why start by meeting bureaucrats from METI?

None of those adjectives apply to them.

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Posted in: Japanese, S Koreans in China hold mixed views on Beijing hosting Olympics See in context

@Elvis

the influence of traditional Chinese culture is undoubtable in this region

You can say that again. The entire street layout of former capitals Nara and Kyoto is a grid, based on Chang'an, the capital of the Tang dynasty.

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Posted in: Are trucker protests start of Canadian populism? See in context

By mid-summer last year Canada had it made: one of the highest vaccination rates (85%) in the world with almost no seriously ill Covid patients. The federal gov't got the vaccines distributed across the huge country and the provinces did the rest.

Then, idiotically, provincial governments overplayed their hands. Vaccine passports were created and you needed one to enter a restaurant or even sit on a terrace and so on. Some unvaccinated people lost their jobs. Omicron made the governments panic even more.

Plenty of vaccinated people were against these mandates and joined what was then a tiny fringe antivax movement. A united county has become divided.

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Posted in: 60-kg part of wing breaks off cargo plane while landing at Narita airport See in context

Boeing again.

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Posted in: Biden warns Putin of 'severe costs' of Ukraine invasion See in context

@Blacklabel

Bullseye!

Why is it that criticizing Biden gets us labelled as far right? I am a social democrat.

Plenty of Europeans of all stripes are against the US position.

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Posted in: Biden warns Putin of 'severe costs' of Ukraine invasion See in context

Russia no more wants Nato/US troops on its border with Ukraine than the US would want to see Russian troops on its border with Canada or Mexico.

The US says each country has the right to choose its own security arrangements. Utter and total BS.

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Posted in: Biden warns Putin of 'severe costs' of Ukraine invasion See in context

Biden has said the U.S. military will not enter a war in Ukraine...

Strange statement for a man that wants Ukraine in NATO. It does indeed look like the US is inciting Russia to invade, upping the tension and justifying more US troops in Europe.

“The hysteria of the White House is more indicative than ever,” said Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. “The Anglo-Saxons need a war. At any cost."

Yup. Remember Iraq?

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Posted in: COVID-19 entry ban could deter interest in Japan: UK scholars See in context

The Kyodo article is just part of the campaign to prepare the Japanese people for the imminent border opening, which has already been decided by the LDP overlords.

Foreigners don't need to be convinced of this.

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Posted in: Toyota expands electric car parts production at 2 U.S. plants See in context

I don't understand why Toyota gets so much publicity in JT.

They are absolutely last among major automobile companies in EV production.

They count hybrids as 'electrified vehicles' whereas they run completely on gasoline. This article promises a $73 million investment for EVs which is complete peanuts in the EV game. Eg:

Global automakers are planning to spend more than half a trillion dollars on electric vehicles and batteries through 2030, according to a Reuters analysis

Yes, that is more than $500 billion.

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Posted in: Kyoto sightseeing tour: The most amazing old bathhouses in the city See in context

Now is the time to go, before the place is beseiged by Lonely Planet toting tourists again.

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Posted in: Returning Japan Olympians to have smartphones undergo security check See in context

Abe/Kishi whipping up anti-Chinese hysteria again.

Actually Japan knows all about these trackers as they had me install two of their own when I came back to Japan last year. Random video calls would come to snoop on me, very annoying.

Was going to smash the phone with a hammer but decided it was a lot cheaper to just delete them with Playstore. Lol.

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Posted in: Australian political leaders apologize to staffers for decades of abuse See in context

@gintonic

Just imagine if women in Japan were able to come out with the sexual harassment stuff that takes place here...would put Canberra to shame.

Ever heard of Shiori Ito?

She was just awarded 3.3 million yen in damages after being sexually assaulted by "Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a prominent TV journalist and acquaintance of then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."

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

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Posted in: Japan guarded U.S., Australian military assets 22 times in 2021 See in context

Abe/Kishi at work chipping away at the Japanese constitution.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea exchange protests over World Heritage nomination See in context

Chung said Japan has not faced up to the history of forced Korean laborers during the country's 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsula, the ministry said.

Hayashi, meanwhile, said South Korea's argument about the mine is unacceptable, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

Chung's point seems reasonable given what happened at the Gunkanjima site.

Why does Hayashi think it is unacceptable? The Kyodo article does not say. It continues

He told Chung that Japan-South Korea relations remain in a tough situation due to moves by South Korea on issues such as compensation to wartime laborers and "comfort women" in Japan's military brothels during World War II, and that Seoul should make an "appropriate response" to deal with it, the ministry said.

What has this got to do with the Sado Unesco request?

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Posted in: 1st Japanese athlete with COVID-19 returns 2 negative tests See in context

@Nibek32

China now has a way to eliminate all the competition.... I foresee China taking the most Olympic medals in history.

No one else does.

Norway is forecast for about 40 medals followed by Germany, Russia, US, Canada etc. China will be about 10th or 11th, same as Japan.

Eg Gracenote:

https://t.co/Hp5STQgovq

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Posted in: Japan to push controversial mine for UNESCO World Heritage See in context

Kishida's decision... reverses his earlier, more cautious stance after a strong push by powerful ultra-rightwing historical revisionists in his governing party.

> Kishida's government... apparently reversed itself after facing growing pressure from former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his supporters, who are known for their efforts to whitewash Japan's wartime past.

Big hats off to Mari Yamaguchi for writing this in an AP article.

Why is the US pandering to the decendants of the ultra-rightwing fascists they fought a war against? That war, which Abe and his cronies are trying to whitewash, liberated Korea and elsewhere at a huge cost in American lives.

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Posted in: Japan to push controversial mine for UNESCO World Heritage See in context

His protégé and party policy chief Sanae Takaichi told a parliamentary session this week that the issue is "a matter of Japan's honor."

Now that he is not PM, Abe is even more dangerous than before. He can say or do anything he wants without the constraint of having to be questioned on it.

Scary protégé waiting to take over.

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Posted in: Japan won't consider S Korean opposition in Sado heritage push See in context

Sanae Takaichi, policy chief of the LDP, said in the session, "This is a situation that relates to the state's honor..."

What is honourable about a state using forced labour?

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Posted in: Biden, Kishida discuss China, Japan's military capability See in context

It is quite obvious that the real "war" with China is an economic one not a military one. Wasting valuable Japanese resources on a military buildup for an imaginary war that won't happen just guarantees Japan will continue to lose the economic one.

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