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Posted in: Obama's Nobel honors promise, not action See in context

My question is, "Who is working for world peace?" Is it only President Obama? It is reported in the US news that even he was surprised that he had one. Are there no others sitting in N. Korean, Chinese, etc. prisons who just want to live peacefully? There are hundreds or even thousands of people who work for some kind of kindness to others let alone world-wide calmness. I voted for President Obama, but if this award is becoming political, it is time to end it. He was very gracious in his acceptance. What else could he do?

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Posted in: Health insurance gets more complicated with new visa law See in context

This article was so-o-o long I had to take a break. I live in the US. I worked two years in Japan at $45,000/year. I paid $40/month for standard health insurance. I pay $450/month for the same insurance now. It is ridiculous for Americans to pay so much in the US. I really don't know the solution, but I really wish it was illegal for health insurance to contribute one cent to any American politician! Just make sure that every Japanese worker pays his premiums for health insurance. This includes the bureaucrats who "forget" to pay sign up.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing friend with kitchen knife in Mie See in context

Another reason why the country need a five day waiting period to buy a kitchen knife. The knife needs an electronic implant so the government knows who bought it. If it works in Japan, then all the states in the United States should adopt the rule. Maybe it will stop people from buying weapons in Tennessee and selling them in New York.

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Posted in: Japan commits $25 million to international rice research See in context

If Japan would stop covering up its prime rice growing land with concrete or asphalt, it would have land to grow all the rice it needs. Research is wonderful, but it will be of no value if there is no land or mud in which to grow the rice in Japan. The area between Osaka and Kobe is a prime example. I predict that in the very near future Japan will have to import even more rice from other countries. This means that Japan needs to export more products such as automobiles. Is it possible?

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Posted in: American father arrested in Japan had asked Tennessee court for help See in context

Thank you for your responses. However, I still want to know: My wife is a Japanese citizen and I am an American citizen. We were married at City Hall in a city in Nevada. Is our marriage contract enforceable in Japan or can I marry another Japanese woman in Japan? In my opinion the answer is yes because any contract from marriage to child custody made in any other country than Japan is not legitimate and enforceable. Therefore,the conclusion is: Any American married to a Japanese citizen can escape child support, etc. by fleeing to the US, and if the woman comes to the US to find her children, she has no rights to support or visitation.

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Posted in: American father arrested in Japan had asked Tennessee court for help See in context

There are two points for which I would like more information. In the US if a there is a court decision to share custody of children, then the parent taking the children out of the state (Tennessee)must have the written permission of the other parent. The mother of the children may be guilty of kidnapping because she apparently did not have the permission, otherwise, the father would have refused permission. I would like to know if the court in Japan is refusing to honor a US court decision for joint custody. Joint custody is actually a contract, just as marriage or divorce is a contract. If I divorce my Japanese citizen/wife in the US, am I still married in Japan? According to the news story, neither the US court nor the Japanese law enforcement would become involved in the situation. Granted, he was wrong to take the children as she did, but the treatment he reportedly received from the Japanese authorities is inexcusable. My wife tells me that if the police arrest someone in Japan, the general opinion of the public is that person is guilty. The concept of "innocent until proven guilty" is not commonly held. This may be true, since some US news media have reported that the father had to speak in Japanese and did not have the right to a translator. Good luck to the Japanese tourist who is arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, or any other place where there are no translators. The Japanese court should order the mother and children deported as soon as possible so that the US court can resolve the issue. I will assume she is innocent of a crime, but, at the same time, I believe contracts and court decisions in any country must be honored by another country.

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Posted in: 350: The magic number See in context

When the Chinese and Indians take an interest in global warming, then the rest of the world will. The protest should be aimed at these two major polluters by demanding their serious reduction. Am I the only person who remembers the story about Alaskan Inuit mothers being told to not nurse because of the contaminants in their milk. The contaminants didn't come from Fayetteville, Texas. It amazes me that they can divert the possibility of reduction by claiming a need for economic growth. Consider the source, then consider the solution.

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