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Posted in: British minister to request Honda rethink plant shutdown See in context

More to the point, Honda should request Britain rethink Brexit

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Posted in: List of Japanese female POWs held in Soviet labor camps after World War II discovered See in context

If you can read Japanese, this article describes how the Japanese in Manchuria offered up young unmarried women to the Russian army for sex in exchange for their own safety so Russia is not necessarily at fault


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Posted in: Venezuela humanitarian aid met with teargas and gunfire on borders See in context

In December there is talk of Russia establishing an air force base in Venezuela then in February there is a 'popular uprising' against the government, supported by the U.S. You couldn't make this stuff up

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Posted in: What does it mean to be a Muslim woman? See in context


FGM is not an Islamic thing. It is not mentioned in the Quran and in 17 African countries it is also practiced by Christians. In fact, in Niger 55 percent of Christian women and girls had experienced it, compared with two percent of their Muslim counterparts.

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

She is British and so Britain should take responsibility for her, why should Syria have to look after her?

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Posted in: Uniqlo’s new 'communist dictator' jacket has Japanese commenters confused and snickering See in context


I know the feeling. I can never contain myself whenever I see a Japanese person wearing western clothes. It looks so strange.

Yes, talk about cultural appropriation!

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

It is just like carrying guns in the U.S., an outdated, barbaric custom that is quite unnecessary but will never be changed.

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context


How about offering bus services, as I said earlier, in many rural areas they no longer have buses.

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

In rural areas public transport services are being abandoned by local authorities as uneconomic while local shops are being put out of business by large supermarkets etc., often ten or fifteen kilometers away. The local government won't even take away large items of trash—they have to be driven to the dump. People have no option but to drive so the best solution would be to provide regular, cheap public transport.

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Posted in: Organizers to install latest surveillance system at 2020 Games See in context

The total number of security cameras in 2020 will outstrip that of previous Games because of the number of venues.

Whatever happened to the 'compact, sustainable games' promised when Tokyo put in its bid?

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Posted in: Abe vows to take step-by-step approach to resolve territorial dispute with Russia See in context

Russia will never return them as long as there is the slightest danger of the US military building a base there (which is something that they do not rule out)

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Posted in: Japan's stance on Venezuela remains vague See in context

Why not just leave it to the Venezuelans to decide, it has nothing to do with any other nation.

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Posted in: Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan pullouts See in context

Nobody seems to worry about the fact that it is totally illegal for American troops to be in Syria in the first place.

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Posted in: Fans call out Ariana Grande for misspelled Japanese tattoo See in context

She is not really to be blamed, it certainly does mean seven rings, but the Japanese have a strange thing about names for things connected with fires, as noted, a grill is called ‘seven rings’, a trivet is ‘five virtues’ (gotoku 五徳) and a fire shovel is ’ten abilities’ (junō 十能).

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

@ Samit Basu

So you find no problem with the fact that for the last 65 years the U.S. had command over Korean forces in Korea in time of war?

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

Why does everybody give SJ the thumbs down simply for presenting a link to the opinion of Japanese legal experts on the subject? Did they even bother to read the experts views or were they just reacting against what they deemed to be anti-Japanese bias?

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Posted in: Man gets 16 years in prison for Osaka road rage murder in 2018 See in context


If he was referring to himself I would have thought that he would have been more likely to say 'mo oshimai da'. 'Hai, owari' is more 'job done'.

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Posted in: S Korea accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight See in context

The problem is that Japan went to the media in the first place, surely this could have been settled quietly by bureaucrats in each country without Japan trying to whip up nationalistic fervor.

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Posted in: Democrats aren't buying Trump's shutdown-ending 'compromise' See in context

As a non-American I find it amazing that one man has the power to shut down a nation's government, no wonder the US is only 21 in the world's democracy rankings.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been making at least one and sometimes two overseas trips a month over the past few years. Do you think that is too many for a prime minister? See in context

The trouble is that when he goes abroad, he keeps promising to give other people our tax money.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to take steps against 'fake news' by June See in context

Does this include all the fake news issued by the government?

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Posted in: Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian See in context

Maybe the government should offer them the same deal they gave the U.S. for Okinawa—pay a huge sum of money up front, let them keep all their military bases, pay for the upkeep and development of the bases and then give them a further $4,411,340,000 annually as omoiyari yosan to pay for the troops stationed there.

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Posted in: Nissan top exec Munoz resigns amid broadened Ghosn probe See in context


Japan's legal system isn't heading anywhere—it has always been like this but nobody cared until a rich foreigner was caught up in it.

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Posted in: U.S. to hold missile drill on Okinawa: report See in context

And this is why Russia will not be handing the South Kuril islands.

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Posted in: Have you ever made a New Year resolution that you actually kept? If so, what was it? See in context

Yes. Gave up smoking

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Posted in: Tokyo court approves detention of ex-Nissan boss Ghosn until Jan 11 See in context


However, the prosecution are advantaged over the defense as they are able to decide which evidence should be presented in court and hide evidence that may exonerate the suspect.

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Posted in: New allegations against Ghosn concern payments to Saudi businessman See in context


less corruption?

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Posted in: Costs for scrapping 79 nuclear facilities estimated at ¥1.9 tril See in context

And that is on top of the estimated 20 trillion to clean up the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context


Japan has already decided not to use the swastika to denote temples on tourists maps, so it is not just Google


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