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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Many good points being made about adopting immature technology - sure, these things should be tested well.

However, the aviation industry has made great strides in improving air travel safety through fixing and evolving design or other related features. This is usually at the cost of 200 +- human lives, as it's only after a big crash that we are able to investigate and determine what went wrong.

What I'm trying to get at is, 14 or 20 injured is a small cost to pay for what will hopefully be an improvement in this automated train technology.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 8 wounded in Colorado school shooting; 2 students in custody See in context

2 shooters with a kill count of 1 ? Embarrassing!! #SAD

/inappropriate to emphasize the joke that is American safety

On a serious note,

That is more surprising than the fact that there was a school shooting.

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Posted in: South Africa to vote amid graft scandals, high unemployment See in context

First off, as a South African living in Japan, I appreciate the coverage JT - and a well written and well informed article.

Is South Africa doing better in terms of standards of living, economic output, and crime since Apartheid ended? I’d sincerely like to know.

This is quite difficult. Economic output is greater especially when you're looking at South Africa after it's final years of Apartheid in which the country had been embargoed due to the discriminatory nature of the Apartheid regime. Also, despite a handful of white South Africans who claim 'times were better when SA was ruled under the National Party [The party that brought in many discriminatory legislation]" - not only were a bunch of the politicians corrupt but they were also quite bad at running the country and Economy.

Regarding standard of living - while a large number of black South Africans have moved into middle class (and 1% has moved into extreme wealth due to corruption and failed systems designed to counter Apartheid [such as Black Economic Empowerment{BEE}] I would say on average living standards have increased - and many white South Africans have remained living comfortably despite many ... issues. Now it comes down to the MASSIVE (and I truly mean massive) population that lives in extreme poverty (worse than what Apartheid even offered). I would still say it's a better position, to be in extreme poverty yet have your freedom versus being in poverty and never having the freedom to escape or like ' do anything.

Crime is a mess and if you google Crime Stats SA - you should find disgusting statistics, it is a mess and is the only reason for why I decided to leave my country. (But for a country that is 25 years old into its democracy, compared to the likes of America today after hundreds? of years of democracy for example - I would say, it's kind of understandable)

@SeaDog basically what @theFu said, what happened to Zimbabwe is not happening in SA - it is only constantly being threatened. It is expected especially around Voting time that the ANC promises to give land back[granting the ANC votes{although voters have lost faith in them due to their constant failed promises over the years}], but Cyril understands that it would force the economy into a hole as SA would lose major investing, the currency would tank, skilled labour would flee the country (Russia, Australia and Canada are some examples of countries offering South African farmers and skilled labour work abroad).

Although you are spot on with the attacks on white farmers, although it is not as serious as Zimbabwe - it is still bad.

While I hope to provide some insight, there is too much information to put into my post and so please do not make any assumptions without further research.

Source: White South African, Bcom undergrad.

Apologies for my atrocious writing and format.

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Posted in: Japanese space probe lands on asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth See in context

Beautiful!

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

hahahahahahaha

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

First - I am confident most people don't care. Being gay, pan, trans etc etc - nobody cares, you live your life go for it... but

This person lived until 40 ish as a man. He found a woman - married her - had children - got permanent residence in a foreign country as a man etc. Now over the last year or few (unsure of time period) has decided to cause all of these difficulties for her/himself and their family... Just seems ... man I don't know - they just wanted attention in the media? Taking advantage of this generations 'struggle'?

Also - seems to be some smugness 'We've Broken the system'. .. good for you ma'am.

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Posted in: Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nuclear weapons program See in context

If anyone else had made these remarks - people would see this as pretty reasonable. Once again, I am not defending Trump Boi - but to rush and pressure Kim (who is irrational as is) seems like a poor strategy. Also, people criticize Trump for not fixing the NK problem - the same problem every other administration couldn't fix either.

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Posted in: Trump gains weight; now considered obese See in context

So just to confirm - laughing at fat acceptance movements and calling out those who body shame (specifically towards obese people) is not okay. Yet it's okay to continuously snicker and laugh at the physical appearance of America's president.

(Note: I am not defending trump. Humour at the expense of fat acceptance or any topic is great, funny jokes and comments will always be funny - It's just annoying to see double standards strive).

Also - mentioned above ... news worthy?

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Posted in: Japan's plan to pursue aircraft carrier raises question of necessity See in context

I don't know what the best play is for Japan, but I know a few Chinese people and boy some of them really haven't been able to leave Nanjing in the past.

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't denuclearize unless U.S. removes threat See in context

Supreme Leader of DPRK has been a nutter throughout all time - regardless of whatever bozo is pretending to run America. Bush tried some things, guess they didn't work. Obama tried some things, guess they didn't work. Trump tried some things, guess they didn't work.

I can't wait until left/right keyboard warrior fanatics present their bulletproof ideas for taming North Korea.

Whether you support Trump or not - everybody knew this deal was likely to fail. Not because it was a certain american president but rather because you're making a deal with Kim. Can't hate on anybody who was optimistic and hopeful for this to turn out for the best JUST because Trump was at the wheel.

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Posted in: Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali's nomadic Tuareg camps See in context

I guess if somebody can't blame or support Trump for an event, then nobody cares. Might as well take the article down /s .

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Posted in: Eiffel Tower, shops, to close as fears of French protest violence mount See in context

Crack out the tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear.

This is the equivalent to those children you see throwing tantrums in a super market because they can't have something they want.

All sympathy and support for a cause is lost when a protest turns hostile.

Violent protests are commonplace in Africa countries (look to South Africa for example) and look at how that continent is doing! (spoiler: poorly)

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Posted in: Japan considers inviting Trump after new emperor's accession in May See in context

Listen, Trump love or hate aside. Can you imagine being a world leader and having to attend this. Monarchies are long gone. I already get bored sitting through graduation ceremonies each year. I feel sorry for anyone who has to sit through this event. It's the equivalent to those royal weddings - b o r i n g.

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Posted in: California bar shooter was ex-Marine; had mental health review See in context

I’m all for gun control, sure. That said, this guy had a pistol - not some kitted our automatic AR. As another user mentioned, many other countries allow you to carry or own at least a handgun, yet you don’t see shooting after shooting.

That said, just another ‘culling the herd’ day in America. See you all in the comments for the next shooting in about 2 weeks ?

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