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Posted in: Japan's new whaling factory ship sets sail on first hunt See in context

Is that the mother ship they built using money raised through the tax to rebuild Fukushima after the earthquake?

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Posted in: Russia waging a shadow war on the West that needs a collective response, Estonian leader says See in context

I think it is more a case of the West waging a shadow war on Russia.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

How about Greece? Surely nobody would complain about that (except maybe the Greeks)

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Posted in: Should married couples in Japan be allowed to have different family names? Survey investigates See in context

Japan is the only country in the world to demand that married couples must share the same surname.

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Posted in: Russia announces nuclear drills after Western officials talk of deepening involvement in Ukraine See in context

The whole point of a deterrent is to deter people, but the overprivileged, spoiled politicians running the Western nations seem to have forgotten this and are willing to call Russia's bluff. The reason why this war began was because the West ignored Russia's concerns, telling themselves that Russia would never actually do anything.

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Posted in: New private rooms on Tokaido Shinkansen change the way we travel from Tokyo to Kyoto See in context

"New private rooms on Tokaido Shinkansen change the way we travel from Tokyo to Kyoto"

I do not know if "we" is the operative word in the headline, "they" would probably be more accurate as ordinary people won't be able to afford it.

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

In Japan young people who know nothing about life come out of Todai and become judges. What is more, if the hand down a verdict that doesn’t conform to the prosecution’s demands the tend to transferred to some obscure place where they have little chance of promotion. So yes, juries are good, although here again the Japanese saibanin system leaves a lot to be desired

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Posted in: Yoko Ono to receive Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement See in context

@Texas

She is an accomplished artist, not a groupie.

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Posted in: South Korea protests Japanese leaders' offerings to Yasukuni shrine See in context

@Simon

No, in fact when one Korean family asked for their relative to be removed, they were refused.

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Posted in: South Korea protests Japanese leaders' offerings to Yasukuni shrine See in context

@ Wasabi

Yes, but it is the Japanese that will not leave the past in the past.

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Posted in: Israeli leaders criticize expected U.S. sanctions against military unit See in context

@Shimon

10/7 did not happen in a vacuum, your 'exemplary' IDF and settlers have been responsible for the deaths of 2,404 children since 2000

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Posted in: What do you think would happen to the Okinawan economy if all U.S. military personnel left? See in context

All the money that the Japanese government pays to keep the Americans there will be available to give to the Japanese instead.

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Posted in: 'Go home': Overtourism sparks backlash in Spain See in context

@Metattokyo

Oxford has lots of beautiful buildings and has appeared in numerous television dramas, making it appeal to foreigners.

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Posted in: China sends fighter jets to shadow U.S. Navy plane over Taiwan Strait See in context

Everyone here is reacting as if it is something that only China does. All countries shadow military planes belonging to unfriendly nations that approach their borders.

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Posted in: Do you think digital networking will do away with business cards? See in context

Business cards are useful to see what characters the person uses for their name. It is much easier to remember a name when you know the characters.

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Posted in: Bears designated as animal subject to subsidized culling in Japan See in context

@WoodyLee

With the aging of society, people no longer go into the mountains, more and more fields are lying fallow and being taken over by bamboo so the wilderness comes closer and closer to human habitation, causing the problem. I remember when the mountains were full of roads and trails but they have virtually all disappeared now, along with the fields.

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Posted in: Macron says Olympic opening ceremony on Seine could be moved to stadium for security reasons See in context

"The Olympic Truce is a modern revival of the ancient Greek tradition to ensure warring city states allowed safe passage for athletes to the games."

But as Russia has been barred from the Olympics and Russian athletes told they are not welcome, there is nothing to motivate Russia to participate in a truce.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

I was regularly stopped by the police in my birth country, but I have only been stopped here once and that was 49 years ago.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

@ Mr. Goodman

What do anti-discrimination laws have to do with democracy? Democracy is simply 'control of an organization or group by the majority of its members.'

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Posted in: Do you think gold is a safe investment in times of geopolitical trouble, war or other international crises? See in context

Gold is good because it always has value, even if the banks cease to function due to war, etc

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Posted in: Iran launches drone attack at Israel See in context

"This is a severe and dangerous escalation.”

This is not an escalation, this is a response. The escalation was the Israelis bombing the Iranian Embassy.

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Posted in: Why would the U.S. defend Philippines? See in context

Because it thrives on war

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Posted in: Are embassies off-limits? Ecuadorian and Israeli actions suggest otherwise, setting dangerous diplomatic precedent See in context

@Desert Tortoise

But NATO's bombing of Serbia was not sanctioned by the UN and was therefore the whole operation was illegal and the F-117 should not have been there to begin with. So much for rule-based order, eh?

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Posted in: Are embassies off-limits? Ecuadorian and Israeli actions suggest otherwise, setting dangerous diplomatic precedent See in context

It could be said that the US set the precedent by bombing the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, although no mention of that here.

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Posted in: U.S. to change Japan command posture to boost deterrence in face China: Emanuel See in context

@voiceofokinawa

The Combined Forces Command of South Korea is under the command of an American General.

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Posted in: Baldwin had 'no control' of self on fatal 'Rust' set: prosecutor See in context

The fact that he pointed a firearm at someone, loaded or not, says something about his mental state.

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Posted in: March marks yet another record in global heat See in context

How about Japan? I seemed cooler to me and the cherry blossom was late.

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Posted in: Walk this way – it's quite good for you See in context

The best way to keep yourself walking daily is to get a dog.

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Posted in: U.S. comedian Jimmy Kimmel says he was blown away by Japan’s bathrooms See in context

How things have changed. When I first arrived in Japan, I was shocked by the filthy, primitive toilets.

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Posted in: When you were a teenager, did you think much about issues concerning the environment, such as climate change, pollution, recycling, energy and water conservation and so on? See in context

I said yes, only really or pollution. Back in the sixties nobody had heard of climate change or recycling and energy and water conservation were not really thought of as problems

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