Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Japan protests Chinese navy sailing near disputed islands See in context

When Japan and China normalized relations in 1972 they agreed to shelve the question of ownership of the islands. It was Japan that unilaterally broke this promise in 2011.

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Posted in: North Korea slams U.S.-South Korea-Japan military cooperation See in context

What right does America to demand that other countries disarm when it has no intention of doing so itself?

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Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

Yesterday saw another increase in new covid cases so I think it is still premature to call for the removal of masks

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Posted in: Australian state outlaws public displays of Nazi swastikas See in context

What about Hindu and Buddhist swastikas? Are they still okay?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,329 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,285 See in context


Am I right in assuming that the reason why your entire family has covid is because you don't wear masks? You prefer to just spread it around?

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Posted in: Modern phoenix: The bird brought back from extinction in Japan See in context

I hope they have equal success with the Oriental storks (kōnotori).

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Posted in: LDP No. 2 to push for Japan Constitution reforms after election See in context

People keep banging on about Article 9 but that is only the LDP's excuse for changing the Constitution. If you read their drafts for the new Constitution you will see that whereas the current one states that, 'sovereign power resides with the people,' the new one says 'sovereign power resides with the government.' It is simply an attempt to gain dictatorial power.

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Posted in: BOJ policy should be set comprehensively, not just for yen: Kishida See in context

@Desert Tortoise

"…direct democracy, almost in every case leads to failure."

While the present system is proving a resounding success?

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Posted in: Japanese man arrested over Putin straw doll nailed to shrine tree See in context

"It's unthinkable that someone would nail down something like this in a place where people come to pray for good health."

Except that Ushi no toki mairi, in which a straw doll was nailed to a holy tree at a shrine, was a tradition in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese monk appears as witness in S Korean court over stolen statue See in context

I think he should be referred to as a priest rather than a monk

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Posted in: Nations are pledging to create ocean preserves: How do those promises add up? See in context

Well, Australia created a whale sanctuary, but it did not stop the Japanese from slaughtering the whales there.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context

Way back when we got married my wife didn't have the option of adopting my surname—she was forced to retain her maiden name (although I imagine she did not want to be called kitty)

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Posted in: Start-up firm develops tiny portable toilet See in context

I think in a disaster, no one is going to be worried about finding a loo to do a number two

Does a bear crap in the woods? In a disaster, me too.

I can do the doo doo anywhere. No crapper necessary.

In the woods, maybe, but what are you and the other 13 million people going to do when disaster hits Tokyo?

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Posted in: Japanese defense chief conveys concern to China over flight with Russia See in context


"if they persist, shoot them down, no questions asked."

By the same token I suppose it is okay for the Chinese and Russians to shoot down Japanese and American planes when they carry out exercises together.

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Posted in: High grain prices prompt Japanese farmers to grow wheat rather than rice See in context

Why don't they just go back to growing both wheat AND rice like they always used to. Wheat over the winter then harvest that just in time to plant the rice.

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Posted in: Japan, Singapore to start talks on defense equipment transfer pact See in context

I thought the constitution banned this.

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Posted in: Ruling lawmaker in hot seat over alleged drinking with teenage girl See in context

"Yoshikawa has said he will check the magazine report first."

Why? Has he forgotten?

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Posted in: Putin likens himself to Peter the Great; British, Moroccan foreign fighters sentenced death See in context

The first paragraph refers to "pro-Moscow rebels," but as they are fighting against the regime responsible for the violent overthrow of their democratically elected government, surely "resistance fighters" would be a more accurate description, they are not rebelling, in fact they are doing the opposite.

Of course, if it had been Putin instead of Nobel-peace-prize-winner Obama and his sidekick Biden who were responsible for the coup, they would no doubt be referred to as "freedom fighters."

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

So if you pull the license from people over 70 how are they going to live? How do they get to the shops? How do they get to hospital? It is not practical.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori displeased at backlash over sexist remarks See in context

Some people just don’t get it

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Posted in: Gov't asks companies, households across Japan to save power See in context

Unlike 2012 the Japanese countryside is now covered with solar power plants so what are they doing with all the energy they produce?

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Posted in: China rejects Canadian, Australian charges in air encounters See in context

So, China says the plane was in Chinese airspace but everybody prefers to believe that a spy plane, from a country that openly antagonistic towards China, flew halfway around the world merely to implement UN Security Council resolutions that do not even mandate any country to carry out for aerial surveillance.

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Posted in: Kishida planning to attend NATO summit in late June; 1st time for Japanese PM See in context

NATO should have disbanded when the Warsaw Pact did.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs reopening Fukushima village section to residents See in context

The amount of radiation considered safe by the Japanese government is twice that considered safe at Chernobyl.

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Posted in: Amazon to close Kindle bookstore in China See in context

Does this mean that Chinese people will lose access to libraries that they have bought and paid for?

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Posted in: Court orders TEPCO to pay ¥73.5 million over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

@ antifun

'Citation needed'


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Posted in: Court orders TEPCO to pay ¥73.5 million over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

People are saying that the fine should have been bigger, but we are the ones who will have to pay it through our power bills!! TEPCO is set up so it always makes a profit, regardless of its expenses.

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Posted in: Japan to cover 99.9% of households by fiber-optic networks by 2028 See in context

Now they just have to lower costs so the less well-off can use it too.

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Posted in: Japan complains over S Korean marine survey in disputed waters See in context

Japan is probably the only country in the world to have territorial disputes with ALL its neighbors.

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Posted in: Japan is responsible for resolving the abduction issue, not the United States or the international community. See in context

@Aly Rustom

As Eastman said, Koizumi traveled to North Korea arranged for the return of the living abductees and tried to normalize relations, but Abe undid all his good work.

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