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Posted in: Biden says U.S. would defend Taiwan against China See in context

I suggest there is a high probability that this current US administration would fold if Xi Jinping throws the dice and sets his agenda in place, and militarily seize Twain.

This means hard and fast response. Both military and political globally.

That mean full isolation. Seizure of all Government of China assets globally.

Lay it out and stick to a hard and brutal agenda.

And yes go to war, or else what do we all stand for?

A bully who view the free world as weak and decrepit?

Cowering in a corner?

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. would defend Taiwan against China See in context

The Japanese government could indeed step back.

Way up the political circumstances. zichi raises a valid point, may I add that the Japanese people are dependent on the interpretation of a ambiguous below

Japan-U.S. Security Treaty

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/q&a/ref/1.html

There is no bottom line, no guarantees.

The pact, not a treaty is open to US interpretation. It flipping is.

A political walkway is built in.

You see the reality is Japan is first and foremost a forward base.

A Japans tax payers pay for the privilege.

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. would defend Taiwan against China See in context

This is carefully worded....

The U.S. government has demonstrated, through actual actions, their rock solid support for Taiwan," Presidential Office spokesperson Xavier Chang said in a statement

Well wait s minute.......

At a CNN town hall, Biden was asked whether the U.S. would come to Taiwan's defense if China invaded. "Yes," he responded. "We have a commitment to that."

Biden's statement was at odds with the long-held U.S. policy known as "strategic ambiguity," where Washington helps build Taiwan's defenses but does not explicitly promise to come to the island's help.

Also "The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan's self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,"

That in no way suggests the US government will.

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Posted in: Bitcoin tops $66,000, sets record as crypto goes mainstream See in context

There is no defined regulatory framework.

Cryptocurrency Regulations Around the World

https://www.investopedia.com/cryptocurrency-regulations-around-the-world-5202122

It is a mish mash of confusion with no regulatory authority.

Blockchain continued development in advanced asymmetric encryption tech, up to a point, guarantees total transaction anonymity.

There is no agreed legislative framework

This is the proposal from the EU commission.

Totally unworkable.

Financial services – EU regulatory framework for crypto-assets...

https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12089-Financial-services-EU-regulatory-framework-for-crypto-assets_en

The UK version even more delusional

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

OssanAmerica, I was lectured on a basic criminal justice system.

Criminal justice system is comprised of multiple interrelated pillars, consisting of academia, law enforcement, forensic services, the judiciary, and corrections.

The maintenance or administration of what is just, especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments

This is the very ground floor. call it the basement.

My personal experience of J law and order, is a dedicated local policeman on a bicycle who visit my local neighborhood and advises on security/crime prevention.

He is a gem, polite, even salutes.

What is very concerning is when nationally the political necessity requires smoke and mirrors to snuff out any possibility of a full merger between a perceived lame duck Renault.

This is a red line, and ultimately sealed both Greg Kelly, and Carlos Ghosn fate.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

What is so concerning is the Japanese Justice System top to the National Police Authority was leveraged to aid the sting operation to trap and assist in a boardroom coup d'etat.

From Underhand trickery highlights the deeply flawed Japanese criminal justice system

There is no escape or denial, the Japanese justice system regardless of whether it reflects Japanese values is inconsistent with international law. thus any respect for basic human rights

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Posted in: Bitcoin tops $66,000, sets record as crypto goes mainstream See in context

In reality, investing in bit coin is akin to throwing dice.

Crypto currency is the very definition of a virtual Las Vegas without any regulatory authority.

You dive in and hope the waters are not infested with sharks or crocodiles.

I got lucky. Simple as that.

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Posted in: Bitcoin tops $66,000, sets record as crypto goes mainstream See in context

Fuzzy, they supported me, through college, and when my business came close to collapse.

Bitcoin popped its head up so I had a flutter and borrowed against the fluctuations, the ups.

Lucky the bank gave me some leeway. A credit line.

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Posted in: Bitcoin tops $66,000, sets record as crypto goes mainstream See in context

Fuzzy it was a gamble, pure and simple and I got lucky. some would contend reckless.

I sold them because my UK family (farming) needed a cash investment. I have been financing the UK family farming business over the pandemic.

It has also become a tax break.

Bitcoin fluctuates wildly, bouncing around like a ping pong ball. One day up the next day down.

Profit, loss.....on a heart stopping level. The stress keeps you up at night.

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Posted in: Bitcoin tops $66,000, sets record as crypto goes mainstream See in context

In a moment of gambling madness I brought 30 bitcoins in 2019 at $13921, I offloaded them this week at $61981.

What is the definition of economic pandemonium.............Bitcoin!

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Posted in: Mount Aso volcano erupts See in context

Heck, I wonder if nature is not giving us all a sound kick up the backside.

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Posted in: Japanese celebrities urge young people to vote in general election See in context

Taiga Nakano, 28, who says, "We made this video of our own free will."

Why would a person feel the compulsion, the need to make such a delinquent ludicrous statement in a voting democracy?

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Posted in: Japanese celebrities urge young people to vote in general election See in context

It’s a fairly simple predicament with straightforward solution.

Education!

Society, government and its relationship with its citizens coupled with aspects of social sciences,

The 18 to 35 defined as a political voting demographic, conducted with clustering analysis of the age of willingness to participate.

Look, this ghastly, gory pontification, a condescending, the imperious celebrity, laced with a nauseous patronizing superiority, is the very reason why street wise youth turn that backs in disgust.

Grim is a understatement.

This social media political stuff movie is so phoney, gratuitous, some were reading from a script, is beyond cringeworthy, it should be defined as a criminal act.

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Posted in: Kishida interrupts campaign after N Korea test-fires missile See in context

Kishida, a former foreign minister from Hiroshima, was previously considered dovish and advocated a nuclear weapons ban.

He has increasingly turned hawkish, apparently to gain support from conservative heavyweights within his governing Liberal Democratic Party, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He has called for bolstering Japan's defense budget and capabilities.

What really does Fumio Kishida stand for?

What is Fumio Kishida policy priorities?

The support welfare of people of Japan, the electorate, or the support from conservative heavyweights within his governing Liberal Democratic Party?

It is open to debate

Fumio Kishida will have to make a choice!

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Posted in: Kishida interrupts campaign after N Korea test-fires missile See in context

I doubt if the Pyongyang dictatorship would politically give a fig whether LDP or any other party was pulling the strings of power.

Let alone test launch a new generation of ballistic missile to sway or affect the J electorate.

Pyongyang sent message, we will soon have the delivery system to being mass destruction, ultimately undermining US credibility within the region.

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Posted in: Former PM Suga visits Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Parable: The Emperor Has No Clothes

https://medium.com/@mattimore/parable-the-emperor-has-no-clothes-ace63fef6eb8

Abe, Suga, and now current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, are not fit for office.

They have no honour, and don't deserve the peoples respect.

Trees plus trickery equals treason.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

The crux of the matter is the whole Asia-Pacific region wont/refuse geopolitically to move on.

Specifically the Governments of China, North and south Korea, and Japan will continually to focus backward and beast each other relentlessly

The Government of China will take advantage of this for all its worth, and continue to develop the weapons that could lead to a humanities extinction.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Japan’s Postwar Constitution

https://www.cfr.org/japan-constitution/japans-postwar-constitution

JeffLee, I cannot generalize, only present my own personal experience.

My family members vote for local LDP candidates, every election. The younger members are politically comatose. The local education system has no wish to pragmatize on the histrionics of past imperialism.

However family members would not vote for constitutional change.

They vote for what they believe to be there continued economic self being. life style.

Now if this scenario was political representative, nationally, I think that comes some way to answering your question.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

The Japanese people are without doubt a calm, placid, peaceful nation, with a constitution dedicated to harmonious coexistence with there neighbors.

That cannot be said for members of the LDP ruling government that rejoice/worship certain extreme aspects of past imperialism.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

There must be a united/unified cross party/diet policy to deal with past historic atrocities.

There cannot politicly continue to be politicians lining up in this Yasukuni Shrine horror story in essence pay homage to some of the most brutal “Class-A" war criminals.

There is no justification to do so. 

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

The People of Japan, at least my Family, well partially, moved on, this Yasukuni Shrine, a wart, a painful, political pus filled bump that refuses to be resolved.

The bloodstains of the past will continue to pollute every aspect of diplomacy and the Governments of China and North Korea will continue to take advantage of the fact.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is hiding behind a political façade, a pretense, some self-supporting structure, a tree, can dispel the need to focus on the future necessity for the younger generations to move on, and built a closer relation with there neighboring counterparts.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

One has to stand up and be honest in there cultural beliefs.

If Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, wants to visit this imperial Japanese army hellish reflection of the past horrors.

Then have the ethics and moral esteem to do so.

Don't recreant hoax and pretend otherwise!!!!

Send a tree? It fools nobody

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

I would have more respect for the Prime Minster of japan if he had the honor to walk through the front door.

Instead of cynically cowering behind a masakaki tree offering.

Shameful and fakery

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Posted in: Trans Netflix staff plan walkout over Chappelle special See in context

Dave Chappelle’s ‘Closer’: THE PART NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT | Daphne Dorman |

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLK16VFEMaM

Be aware of the profanity, it not a opinion, it is a comic plying his trade.

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Posted in: Trans Netflix staff plan walkout over Chappelle special See in context

Dave Chappelle under fire for LGBTQ+ jokes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im5GlMlZuNo

Dave Chappelle Faces Backlash for Latest Netflix Special — Does He Deserve to Be Canceled? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k25wHjuwJg8

Dave chappelle is a comic, whether it comical or not, is a matter of opinion.

There is measure in the satirical mocking nature of Chappelle delivery.

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Posted in: New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon' See in context

Quote from NZ/UK Guardian......

New Zealand vaccinates 2.5% of its population on Saturday.........

Tess McClure, Aotearoa New Zealand correspondent for the Guardian, reports on the novel methods the government is deploying to get people vaccinated:

> New Zealand’s government is employing a host of increasingly weird and wonderful strategies, gimmicks and sweeteners in a bid to get the last 20% of its eligible population inoculated against Covid-19.

As its daily Covid case numbers rise and large parts of the country are locked down, the government is in a race against time, trying to push vaccination rates high enough to interrupt the spread of the virus and prevent a large-scale outbreak.

The national airline, Air New Zealand, announced this week it would be converting a 787 Dreamliner into a novel vaccination clinic, complete with the traditional snack service and option of in-flight entertainment during the 30-minute post-vaccine observation period.

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Posted in: New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon' See in context

Whether one agrees or otherwise with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern politically.

Jacinda Ardern has worked this pandemic with precision, the “Vaxathon” event , its PR sorcery. divination, a media focused deflection.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who chatted with motorists at a drive-through vaccination center in Wellington, initially set a target of 100,000 jabs for the day but upped that to 150,000 after the first target was met.

No other PM have come up with that stunt.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to meet her parents ahead of marriage See in context

This whole sensational, extraordinary, Imperial Household Agency objectionable press media briefing against Princess Mako of Akishino, yes let respectfully refer to title, and Kei Komuro nuptials is responsible for the media circus that followed.

Is there a serious suggestion, that a disputed 4 million yen ($35,000) could justify in such a public humiliation.

During a meeting at the Akasaka Estate, Komuro is expected to explain to Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko the trouble between his mother and her former fiance over 4 million yen ($35,000), including money spent on his education.

What is there to explain?

Kei Komuro has met Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko on numerous occasion reported in JT.

Both fully approved of the relationship moving on to marriage.

Well that is, until the Imperial Household Agency engaged in a whispering campaign.

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Posted in: Authorities call fatal stabbing of UK lawmaker terrorist act See in context

Well stated, u_s__reamer, i was not attacking you personally just questioning you referral to brexit or covid.

There is little doubt that UK is suffering from a political vacuum. All of this is for a future thread.

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