Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: TSMC plans chip plant in Japan; says supply shortages easing See in context

Japan used to be a major producer of chips until 1986 when the American semiconductor industry complained that it faced unfair competition from Japanese firms. The U.S. forced Japan to sign theU.S.-Japan Semiconductor Agreement which in turn led to a drop in production. It is ironic that it will now be home to a Taiwanese factory.

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Posted in: Surfers sidelined as California races to clean up oil spill See in context

I would have thought that the convenience of surfers was the least of the problems.

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Posted in: Hypersonic missiles: The alarming must-have in military tech See in context

As they are so hard to defend against, perhaps they will persuade America to adopt a no first use policy when it comes to nuclear weapons as they will no longer be able to avoid retaliation.

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Posted in: Japanese abductees' families urge Kishida to resolve issue with N Korea See in context

This problem was solved when Koizumi visited North Korea and all living abductees were returned to Japan. The Yokotas were informed that Megumi had died and were told that they were free to visit her daughter (their granddaughter) any time they wanted, but they did not go, not even once.

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Posted in: 76-year-old man arrested after causing accident and driving without license for 50 years See in context

Why do so many people here seem to assume that it was not his own vehicle?

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Posted in: North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea See in context


"Tsk, tsk. Bullies will be bullies."

Does that also apply to the US, which carried out missile tests a week or two ago?

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Posted in: Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow See in context


It means the countries on America's side.

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Posted in: China sends 19 fighter jets towards Taiwan in show of force See in context

@The Fu

Taiwan is not a different country and the US recognizes this fact.

""the United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China."

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Posted in: Kraft fuses cheese with Japanese dessert ingredients for something very different See in context


Exactly what I was about to write!!

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Posted in: Researcher sees lesson for today in tragedy of immigrants in Manchuria See in context


Russia did not "sneak in after the war was ended," Joseph Stalin agreed the Tehran Conference in November 1943, that the Soviet Union would enter the war against Japan once Germany was defeated. At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Stalin agreed to Allied pleas to enter World War II in the Pacific Theater within three months of the end of the war in Europe.

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Posted in: PM hopefuls seek summit with N Korea on abduction issue See in context


Actually Prime Minister Koizumi held a summit with Kim Jong Il, resulting in the return of the surviving abductees and the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 302 coronavirus cases; lowest number since July 5 See in context

It being a three-day holiday, I imagine that the number of tests are also down.

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Posted in: Aid groups in Japan vow to continue support for Afghanistan See in context


Taliban stamped out opium production last time they were in power and have stated that they will do so again. It was under American rule that poppy cultivation became a major problem.

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Posted in: Seniors account for record 29.1% of Japan's population See in context

When the consumption tax was first introduced, the people were told that it is to pay for welfare. Every time they have raised consumption tax, the people were told it was to pay for welfare. If this were true, Japan would have the biggest welfare budget in the world but instead the money has been squandered on weapons, roads to nowhere and anything else you can think of.

As for the pension system, back in the seventies, bureaucrats thought it was free money and spent all the income from the pension system building resorts and other vanity projects that promptly went bankrupt.

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Posted in: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders wade into Canada election See in context

No, because we never had the far-right in power, if we did there would be no liberals left.

Exactly, as Ally has been saying all along, the US does not have liberals.

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Posted in: With Australia-UK deal, Biden again shows China is paramount priority See in context

The last throes of an empire in decline

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Posted in: Great power rivalry fuels Pacific arms race frenzy See in context

It would be more accurate to say that America's 'Pivot to Asia' fuels Asia's arms race frenzy.

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Posted in: Ohtani, Osaka among TIME's 100 most influential people of 2021 See in context


Does that include the couple on the cover of the magazine? (Prince Harry and Meghan)

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Posted in: Australian nuclear subs will be banned from New Zealand waters: Ardern See in context

Why is everybody complaining? Well done New Zealand. Japan doesn't allow ships bearing nuclear weapons either, but being Japan, they just don't ask and turn a blind eye to all America's blatant disregard of the rule.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte will not cooperate with ICC drug war probe See in context

The West going after weaker countries again. Perhaps they should set a precedent and arrest the people responsible for the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq war first ans show

that nobody is above the law, otherwise it is meaningless.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., S Korea call on N Korea to return to arms talks See in context

We all saw to Gaddafi when he abandoned his nuclear program after receiving various promises from the West. If North Korea has any sense it will not give up its nuclear weapons. Perhaps America could show good faith by unilaterally giving up its own nukes.

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Posted in: Pandemic hasn't dimmed Boeing's rosy prediction for planes See in context

I would have thought that the setback caused by their airplanes falling out of the sky was bigger than that caused by the pandemic. I will think twice before flying in a Boeing.

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Posted in: Sustainable Japanese seasoning uses rice bran often discarded in the rice milling process See in context


If you eat mainly genmai there is no need to polish the rice. It won't be genmai if it is polished.

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Posted in: Human rights groups around the world are urging the International Olympic Committee to rescind its decision to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and that countries boycott the Games over China's human rights violations of more than a million Uyghur Muslims. Do you support such a call? See in context

North Korea has been banned from the 2022 Olympics for failing to come to Tokyo out of fear of the pandemic, so surely any country that boycotts the Olympics for merely political reasons should be banned for an eve longer period

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Posted in: Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy 'will have to be earned' See in context

Now let’s apply the same standards to other regimes, like Saudi Arabia

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Posted in: Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics See in context

Considering the tens of thousands of Muslims that the US has murdered over the last twenty years, it seems the height of hypocrisy for them to accuse China of genocide. The State Department had listed the Uyghurs as terrorists until last year when it suited their agenda to remove then from the list.

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Posted in: Japanese shochu distilleries branch out into absinthe, gin See in context

@Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

Japanese Yomogi is Artemisia vulgaris indica whereas the wormwood used to make absinthe, is, surprisingly enough, Artemisia absinthium. Different plant.

Incidentally, the fibers from yomogi are also used to hold the red ink (Shuniku) for use with hanko.

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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

People here talk about how the police are trained to shoot, but when I asked a Japanese policeman about it, he said that he fired a gun once at police school, but had no further training.

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