Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: King coal rules for power utilities in Japan See in context

As long as the major power monopolies control the power distribution system alternative methods of power generation will never get off the ground in Japan. Even now it is said that most of the power generated by the solar panels that are gradually taking over the entire countryside is not utilized.

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Posted in: The dark new world of leaks, rumors and deadly hybrid war See in context

Special relationship—America gives the orders, the UK obeys.

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Posted in: Japan to eye options if U.S. seeks coalition on Middle East threats See in context

I hope that such a coalition would also protect Iranian shipping from being kidnapped by outlaw states such as the UK and Egypt

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Posted in: Do you think machines will ever be as good as humans at translating from one language into another? See in context

I think that it will between some languages but not others. Japanese/English will take a long time.

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Posted in: In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than hunting them See in context

@ Samit Basu

Could you give us some figures please? I have looked and cannot find any reports of commercial whaling, which makes sense as it is forbidden by Korean Law. There appears to be some poaching but I do not believe it will be more than Japan kills.

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Posted in: Gov't pension fund posts ¥9.1 tril profit in 4th quarter See in context

Have they realized this profit or is it just on paper, waiting to disappear with the next stock market crash?

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Posted in: The high-tech materials at the heart of the Japan-S. Korea row See in context

I do not know anything about the subject, but I would have thought that South Korea would now invest in producing these materials domestically, so although in the short-term it will be an effective trade weapon, in the long-term it will deprive Japanese companies of an important customer.

I don't suppose that Japan's actions have anything to do with the fact that Tarō Asō's family business is notorious for having used a slave labor during the war.

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Posted in: Debate on death penalty not very vigorous 1 year after Aum executions See in context

After all the fuss over the Ghosn affair I would have thought that more people would be aware of how simple it is for innocent people to be convicted of a crime in this country. Even for that reason alone, the death penalty should be abolished because goodness knows how many wrongly accused people have been murdered by the State over the years.

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Posted in: Even for a limited nuclear deal, N Korea may settle for nothing less than sanctions relief See in context


The US also broke numerous agreements with North Korea so why should they believe the Americans? It's a two-way street but the US simply makes demands without offering any incentives.

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Posted in: Ratio of women in parliament brought into focus in Japan's election See in context

@JJ Jetplane

What do you mean by ' qualified representation'?

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Posted in: UN says Libyan guards reportedly shot at migrants fleeing air strikes See in context

@ Kestrel

That is not entirely true, Sarkozy and Cameron must also share the blame

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Posted in: Trudeau promises support for Ukraine in wake of Russian 'aggression' See in context


The Ukrainian regime was put in place as the result of a US-planned and financed armed coup against the democratically elected president, so it is not as 'very clear who stands up for justice and democracy' as you seem to indicate.

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Posted in: Japan defends tighter controls on tech-related exports to S Korea See in context

What national security problems?

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Posted in: Sony holds 40th anniversary event for iconic Walkman music player See in context

When it first came out nobody could believe the quality of the music.

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Posted in: Abe, Putin make little progress on territorial dispute See in context

Russia will not return the islands as long as the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty is in place as it does not want more US bases on its borders

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Posted in: Supreme leader says Iranians won't budge over U.S. sanctions See in context

@ Zichi

So America gets to keep its nuclear arsenal so it can continue to threaten the rest of the world?

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Posted in: Mother gets suspended sentence for complicity in fatal abuse of daughter See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki

"Making it clear that prison awaits those taking the wrong action is part of pushing the population to make the right one.'

Well that certainly does not seem to be the case in the U.S. which has the largest prison population per capita in the world. It is just vengeance, plain and simple.

That woman is going to suffer for the rest of her life even without sending her to prison to satisfy the bloodlust of people who know nothing about her circumstances.

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Posted in: Mother gets suspended sentence for complicity in fatal abuse of daughter See in context

Why are people on this site so unsympathetic and judgemental?

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Posted in: Trump imposes new U.S. sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, other top officials See in context

Next move is the Trump war

That should be, 'Next move is the Trumped up war.'

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Posted in: Do you think summits like G20 and G7 ever achieve anything tangible? See in context

It is just a venue for world leaders and economists to get together and think up new ways to screw the rest of us.

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Posted in: 70% want 'noisy' rally restricted during Hiroshima A-bomb ceremony See in context

@Steven M. Jankowsk

They are protesting against war and nuclear weapons, as far as I can tell from the story they are not protesting on behalf of the dead.

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Posted in: Pentagon without a chief as U.S. faces many global threats See in context

"The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran"

Surely that should read, "The Trump administration is grappling with escalating the crisis with Iran"

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Posted in: Trump says Iran made 'big mistake' by shooting down U.S. drone See in context

And so it all begins. One ‘retaliation’ leading to another.

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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

@ Chip Star

This article clearly states that the Reaper was in international airspace, but other articles elsewhere state that it was over Hormuzgan province. Anonymous US officials aren't renowned for their accuracy (honesty).

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Posted in: U.S. Navy says limpet mine in Japanese tanker attack bears Iran hallmarks See in context

Why is the US military is investigating an attack on two foreign-owned vessels carrying non-US goods between non-US destinations?

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Posted in: Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark nuclear scare after quake See in context

It is good to know that they are still using (20 year old) state-of-the-art equipment at these nuclear facilities.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy says limpet mine in Japanese tanker attack bears Iran hallmarks See in context

But what about the eye witnesses? Surely they are more reliable than someone (with an agenda) who wasn’t even there. Is he suggesting that the limpet mines flew through the air to hit the ship? Some people will believe anything.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

When I came to Japan omiai were still common, solving this problem.

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