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Posted in: Trump's angry tweets leave G7 in disarray; Abe in delicate situation See in context

I really want Trump to go away. But if the opposition keeps simply attacking his fight for trade equality they will pave the way to his reelection.

Tarrifs, quotas and subsidies make ‘free’ trade extremely complicated. It’s easy to point out imbalances and unfair trade practices. Trump is, in a ham-fisted way, fighting for American industries. At this point he is controlling the domestic political argument. And the American worker will respond. When will the Dems remember their base should be the American worker?

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

‘Japan/Tokyo should worry about the next megaquake coming its way than the media-hyped NK bogeyman threat.’

I’m sure the insurance company has included natural disasters into the equation. I haven’t read the report but I would bet the NK threat is just one part of the whole appraisal.

I imagine the insurer is most concerned about the NK threat because of the scale and the recovery time. Cleaning up after an earthquake would be small potatoes in comparison. If NK were to use its bombs (small probability) the resulting damage would be off the scales (high risk). They are talking about the risk level, not the probability level. At the end of the day the insurer needs to cover for all posabilities. Especially the very, very expensive ones.

I imagine as a result of this report we will see more policies written to exclude acts of war.

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

‘Seoul is the capital of a developed country and has 10 million people, Tokyo has 13 million though a larger hinterland.’

The relative effect may be greater for Korea if Seoul was destroyed, I have no proof either way. But the insurers aren’t gauging relative damage. They are gauging straight economic losses. What would an insurer have to pay out to compensate for damage?

I’ve been to Seoul and Tokyo. I’d rather pick up the tab on Seoul. Tokyo is in another league economically.

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

I think critics of this report may be confusing probability with risk. Yes Seoul may have a similar, maybe even a greater, chance of being hit by NK. But they risk much less. Remember this report focuses on economic risk. And Tokyo would suffer greater economic loss if attacked. That is what the insurance people are gauging.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing daughter after she reportedly kills her mother See in context

No way. I don’t believe this guy for a second.

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Posted in: Trump considers benching Giuliani from doing TV interviews See in context

Trump likes to weave chaos. Guiliana’s performances could be intended to just bring more chaos to the mix. From a PR stand point it could work. People are fatigued. Truth has become essentially irrelevant. No one trusts anyone to be bringing the true facts out.

But from a legal stand point it won’t be so easy. At some point the facts will be nailed down.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

‘Looks like our Prez is a cash cow for lying porn stars.’

That’s unfair. She seems to be only one on the up and up here.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

‘At least we'll never ever ever have to hear the sanctimonious religious and moral hyperventilation from the GOP ever ever again ‘

It is a nice sentiment but seriously, hypocrisy is something you can bank on.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

What a mess Trump is. He spins chaos. Remember Get Smart? It looks like Chaos is in Control now.

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Posted in: Trump lawyer Cohen will invoke 5th Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels case See in context

‘When your lawyer needs a lawyer it’s time to get a lawyer.

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Posted in: U.S. concerned about sexual harassment in Japan: report See in context

I find this interesting.

In the US when someone brings up a specific case of sexual harassment, like Trump’s, the opposition points to something like Clinton and says, hypocrite! Thankfully as a society we are moving past this nonsense. The issue is bigger than political sides or countries.

Why do people have this need to deflect? If the report is not true make that case.

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Posted in: U.S. concerned about sexual harassment in Japan: report See in context

Any government is a huge bureaucracy. There are segregated areas of responsibility. The State Department is not responsible for commenting on domestic issues. That should be pretty clear.

But to the bigger argument, that no member of any government should criticize another country’s actions unless the country in question is free of fault. Is that really desirable? Or even logical?

I don’t think so. There are many competing voices in the world. Many in the US government are very critical of our national shortcomings. I believe just because they have not succeeded in solving our problems negates the need for them to voice their views internationally . Communicating with words is the best way for countries to make change happen.

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests See in context

“The process could take longer than Trump term in office.”

Indeed. The the 2018 World Series could take longer than that.

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests See in context

I predict Kim will get exactly what he wants.

He will keep his weapons, agreeing only to limits. The sanctions will be mostly lifted. His security to run NK the way he wants will be quaranteed. He will even improve conditions in NK.

I think he played his hand perfectly. The little bastard.

Of course Trump might insist on having the weapons. Then all bets are off.

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Posted in: U.S. concerned about sexual harassment in Japan: report See in context

As an American connected to both countries it’s clear to me they both have major social problems. They deal with these problems in very different ways. One thing is common, all politicians respond when being exposed for their shortcomings.

I welcome this report. Anything that sheds light on an issue is a good thing.

Of course America has no right to be self righteous. But leaving our selves out of this report I think may have more to do with the role of the State Department. It is to monitor international conditions.

America needs lots of work. I would welcome any report that sheds light on our problems too. As long as it is honest. There is a pretty high level of self reflection and criticism in the US. But not enough, obviously, as the problems persist.

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Posted in: Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post See in context

Soon the only people left will be his family.

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Posted in: Razzie Awards name 'The Emoji Movie' worst film of 2017 See in context

Moonlighting, Three Billboards, Lady Bird, The Florida Project....I can’t take the time to list out all the quality movies produce lately. You need to get out more. Or take off the blinders.

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

I get so fed up with life in America sometimes. I start thinking about moving back to Japan then I’m reminded, men screw things up everywhere.

Hey men, unless we are part of the solution we are part of the problem.

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Posted in: Hokkaido man to sue gov't over forced sterilization under eugenics law See in context

Eugenics was the law of the land in the USA too. Forced sterilizations and all that. It was a great liberal cause. Even the great Oliver Wendell Holmes, the ultimate progressive champion, supported it and the laws were upheld in the Supreme Court.

In many ways it’s still practiced in the USA today. For instance, Down Syndrome babies are routinely aborted. We will never be free of this. Don’t just point fingers at the Nazis and Imperial Japan.

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Posted in: Coincheck may be unable to reimburse customers after theft See in context

rocknroll

im not sure what they can do. It’s untracable. If Coincheck broke laws they can be punished. Probably fines. But the money is untracable and uninsured.

i understand Bitcoin hasnt been hacked yet. But isnt just a matter of time? I put my faith in common sense solutions.

the old saying, you can’t cheat an honest man comes to mind.

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Posted in: Coincheck may be unable to reimburse customers after theft See in context

My understanding of crypto currency is limited. But it seems at its heart its value is in being an unaccountable ‘currency’. If that is a fair characterization then I see the value for those looking to hide something. But it strikes me the lack of transparency also makes theft harder to track.

Of course at the moment it’s perceived value is its get quick allure.

Of course I could be dead wrong. But I have no interest in finding out first hand.

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Posted in: CBS suspends Charlie Rose; PBS halts his show following allegations See in context

‘What’s going on here?’

seems pretty obvious. There is a cultural shift and the male dominated power structure that enabled these sorts of actions for ever is beginning to crack.

i hope it starts in Japan.

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Posted in: Eyeglasses switch between near, distance vision See in context

“How are these any better than varifocal contact lenses?”

I never tried VC but I have tried progressive lenses. I can’t use them. The transition between the two lens is too distorting for me. And for many others I understand. This product sounds very exciting.

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Posted in: Trump says Texas shooting due to 'mental health problem,' not a gun issue See in context

Yes it is a mental health issue. People who support the sale of semi automatics are crazy.

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Posted in: Trump dump delights peckish carp; causes stir on Twitter See in context

“What a big fat crass doofus, 70+ years of inherited wealth, power and arrogance is not a pretty sight. Well done, America.”

I can understand the big fat part but how else is he that different than Abe?

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Posted in: Japan's recovery not felt at street level See in context

"Japan is merely 10 to 20 years behind the USA. I don't mean that in a negative way. I just mean that the US has set the trend."

Its true. But there is another story happening in the US too. Small 'craft' based businesses are making a strong come back. I think the older generation is not in a position to understand or take advantage of this movement. But the next generation can. If you can't compete with Walmart offer what they can't. Local, artisan quality.

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Posted in: N Korean missile fear spurs pre-emptive strike debate in Japan See in context

"Japan has shown extraordinary restraint and control over North Korean provocations through the years. Incredible restraint. Japanese restrain has saved many, many lives."

Shouldn't you say US restraint? By relying on the US Japan has largely given over the defensive decision making to the US. Till now the countries seem to have worked in lockstep. But what if Trump decides he has had enough? And starts a war. Against Japan's wishes.

This is the downside of a hired gun. They may get you into a gun fight you don't want.

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Posted in: N Korean missile fear spurs pre-emptive strike debate in Japan See in context

Japan can be a pacifist country because it has a well armed body guard in the US. The relationship has worked out for both sides for decades. But does it really make sense for one nation to rely on the whims of another?

I don't think so. I'm no hawk but I am a realist.

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Posted in: Japan unlikely to develop nuclear arms: expert See in context

who is this expert? Japan couldn't catch up to NK? I find that extremely hard to believe.

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Posted in: Wheelchair user crawls up plane stairs in dispute with Vanilla Air See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  07:57 am JST

"For all the focus on politeness, disabled people are really looked down on in Japan."

I was taking the train from Tokyo to Narita last year. It was a regular commuter. A woman got on in a wheel chair at a local stop. A JR employee helped her onto the train and set her up, then left. I wondered what she would do when she got to her stop. The answer: another JR employee was waiting for her on the platform and came on to help her off.

I think it's unfair to paint the entire country with this anti handicap brush. I think a rigid adherence to the rules is a more probable explanation for this fiasco.

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