Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

I have not read the paper myself, but I wonder if he also claims that the European prisoners of war who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military did so voluntarily. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Ruff_O%27Herne

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Posted in: Coast Guard could shoot at foreign vessels aiming to land on Senkakus: gov't officials See in context

The problem is that China and Taiwan also claim the islands that should have been returned to China after the war, but which the US decided to hold on to for bombing practice. When China and Japan normalized relations in 1972, they agreed to shelve the question of ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands and everything went smoothly until the governor of Tokyo unilaterally decided that they were Japanese. So it could be equally argued that it would be perfectly acceptable for China to defend her sovereign territory against uninvited foreign arrivals.

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Posted in: If you die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, the government will give your family over ¥44 mil See in context

Saying this is going to fill people with confidence as to the vaccine's safety.

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Posted in: Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded See in context

No mention of grounding the Boeing 747-400s despite a P&W engine on one of those also shedding parts over the Netherlands on the same day as the B7777.

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West See in context

@Toasted Heretic

Some people who ask "who cares" don't even know who these people are.

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Posted in: Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

And yet I seem to remember somebody saying that everything was "under control" at the power plant

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Posted in: U.S. signals readiness to resume talks with Iran See in context

In the article it says that "Iran began breaching the deal in 2019" as if Iran was somehow in the wrong. The deal stopped when the US unilaterally pulled out and imposed sanctions on Iran. The US should also be made to recompense Iran for the over one million barrels of fuel it stole from Iran.

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Posted in: Australian court rules extremists can be kept in prison after they have served their sentences See in context

Then why bother to give them sentences? Why not just lock people up indefinitely without a trial like the Americans do? Considering he never actually did anything this is hardly justice.

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Posted in: 60% say Mori unfit to serve as Tokyo Olympics chief: poll See in context

Only 60%?

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Posted in: Tokyo stocks end at 30-year high on global economic recovery hopes See in context

I hope the pension fund realizes some of this profit on all the money it has been pumping into the stock market to support Abe's failed policies.

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Posted in: Mazda expects chip shortage to cut Feb global output by 7,000 units See in context

@Robert Maes

We bought a new Mazda recently and had to wait three months for delivery, so unsold inventory hardly seems a problem.

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

First, they need to separate power distribution and power generation in order to allow a genuinely open market.

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Posted in: Japan expresses concern to UK over new Chinese maritime law See in context

What on earth does it have to do with the UK? Britannia no longer rules the waves I'm afraid.

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Posted in: Japan enacts laws setting fines for antivirus measure noncompliance See in context

All this talk of "the slippery slope to a totalitarian regime." How is it different from fining people for carrying weapons or for using the telephone while driving? One of the government's jobs is to promote the safety of the population and one way of achieving this is to prevent contagious people from transmitting a sometimes deadly disease to others.

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Posted in: Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Games See in context

Let's just boycott the Olympics altogether.

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Posted in: Edano says opposition party ready to prove it is viable alternative LDP See in context

The problem is that the bureaucracy is LDP. Last time the opposition won power, the entire bureaucracy united in an effort to get rid of them. In addition, of course, the LDP's total lack of planning for a disaster like the one that unfolded on 3/11 was laid at the feet of the DPJ, despite the fact that they had only just come into power.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID crisis reawakens deflation fears as cash hoarding returns See in context

It is the corporations that are hoarding, the people are merely surviving

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Posted in: Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout See in context

The mock vaccination targeted a rapid pace -- inoculating 30 people per hour --the city hopes roughly 200 people a day

My local doctor, who has a tiny clinic and only a receptionist as staff, has been told by the local council that he will be expected to vaccinate 100 people a day, in addition to his other work as a family doctor.

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Posted in: The end of the pay phone? Japanese government considering getting rid of them See in context

They added an extra charge to the bill of all landlines to pay for the upkeep of public phones. I wonder if they will cancel this or whether they will just appropriate it, like they did with the ¥80,000 deposits everybody paid when they applied for a phone.

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Posted in: From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks See in context

@ zichi

About 4 days.

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Posted in: Predictions for 2021: Crime, Olympics and data theft in magazine's spotlight See in context

"The athletes will be given smartphones incorporating a GPS application that will monitor their movements, making it difficult for them to slip into others' rooms."

So all they have to do is leave the smartphones in their rooms when they slip out.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

I am confused. When we see similar events occur in other countries—Venezuela and Belarus spring to mind although there are many, many more—the protesters are lauded in the US as representing 'true democracy' for trying to overthrow an election they do not agree with, but when it happens in America, people complain that it is insurrection.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context


Outside of the cities people over 70 have to drive because there is often no public transport.

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Posted in: There are concerns about the impact of telecommuting, online classes and other activities that will reduce personal interactions and decrease marriages. Even if the virus is contained, we don’t know if the number of births will return to normal. See in context


Employers should pay. Businesses had their corporate taxes reduced in order that they raise salaries but they merely invested the money instead.

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Posted in: 5 taken to hospitals in Tokyo after choking on mochi; one dies See in context

@ Vinke

A lot of people make their own omochi.

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Posted in: Only 30% of Fukushima residents happy with disaster recovery progress See in context

It is not only the Olympics that are to blame. The government collected a new reconstruction tax after the disaster, but the money was used for all kinds of other things—from roads in Okinawa to refitting the factory ship for the whalers.

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