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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context

What a disgrace. This all I have to say and I believe all that needs to be said.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

Another mass murder in the U.S. Thoughts and prayers time again. But reasonable gun control is not in the wings, thanks to the NRA, the weapons industry and common Joe gun fiends.

But is only place in the U.S. where there is stringent gun control. NRA conventions.

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Posted in: Calls mounting for JOC chief Takeda to resign amid scandal See in context

Exactly right, Do the bustle. Arrest this guy. Put him in a substitute prison. And cancel the 2020 Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan protests over S Korean lawmaker's remarks on emperor See in context

So has anyone asked the Emperor about making an apology, or, anyway, saying something about the horror the Japanese occupation did to Korea (which is now divided thanks to Japanese colonialism)?

I think he might. He might make whatever statement he wants in a forceful but gracious way that at least would be respected by all concerned, except, maybe, the right-wing sound truck people.

Abe did not invite the Imperial Family to the 150th anniversary because, it was said in the press, the Emperor would talk about the dark side of Meiji, which includes the occupation of Korea.

The Emperor cannot be candid with his opinions in a situation like this without consent. I would like him to say something, as would, I believe, a lot of other people.

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Posted in: LDP adopts concise plan on constitutional revision at convention See in context

It looks like an underarm spray commercial.

If these clowns actually repeal Article 9 Japan will become a sidekick to the American warfare state, but not a good one because of the declining population, meaning shortages in the workforce that translate into a dearth of expendable military bodies. A country with a large population can sacrifice millions of people in warfare, a nation with a falling population cannot.

What the absence of Article 9 will be to expand the Japanese arms industry and at the same time force Japan to buy American military junk.

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Posted in: Racist history of blackface began in the 1830s See in context

Yes, blackface has a long history in Japan. There are recent example: Here is one from the BBC. The title: "Japanese TV show featuring blackface actor sparks anger." Note that one manga publisher bleached Naomi Osaka. Moral: Black is funny and stupid White is beautiful and talented. But then one LDP genius wrote a piece entitled, "How Japanese is Naomi Osaka."

Fredrick Douglas was right about blackface. This goes for the serious melodrama and first talkie "The Jazz Singer." It is shows the shallowness and racism of Broadway and Hollywood. In the movie a Jewish boy estranges himself from his father by becoming a jazz singer, which required blackface. His character is not comic but points to an ugly face. Jazz was very popular in the 1920s. It was Black music. Broadway wanted to capitalize on Jazz but they did want Black people on stage. So you got a fake Blackman on stage to sing fake jazz.

When the Gershwin brothers want to produce "Porgy and Bess" if real Black people Broadway resisted but the Gershwins told Broadway either they use Black singers or no show. The got their way and history was made.

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Posted in: EU countries step up pressure on Venezuela's defiant Maduro See in context

This is a replay of the U.S. - Latin American game. Latin American country elects a progressive leader. U.S. destabilizes said Latin American country and blames progressive leader. U.S. orchestrates overthrow of progressive leader and installs a puppet "legitimate" leader. All of the U.S.'s allies, be they conservative or social democratic, agree.

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Posted in: Democratic contenders hoping to run on soaking the rich See in context

Let me tell you about the rich, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. They are different from you and me. Let me tell you about the American rich. They are greedier and meaner and, yes, richer than the rich in places like Western Europe and Japan. American rich people are just plain mean and have gotten progressively meaner.

Here is one way the American rich get richer. The most expensive drugs and and health care in the world. The U.S. is the only developed country without universal health care for all.

The U.S. rich destroyed public transportation so you had to buy a car. (I know, it's coming back but hardly fast enough.) The U.S. has nothing like the Shinkansen, so you have to fly.

When Ronald Reagan became president he made Social Security taxable and then gave the rich a tax cut. The beginning of a nasty trend.

Billions of dollars are wasted on what President Eisenhower called the Military-Industrial Complex, but teachers have to take second jobs to make ends meet.

American poverty is not a rich people concern except in one area: For-profit prisons. A homeless person on the street is of no use to the rich, unless put into a for-profit prison. The U.S. is the nation with the high percentage of its citizens in prison.

What about food stamps and the idle poor. A great percentage of food stamps got to the working poor, that people who get low wages from their very rich employers.

And the gun industry that gets rich from lax gun control laws.

Soaking the rich? More like splashing them with a little holy water.

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Posted in: Democratic contenders hoping to run on soaking the rich See in context

Soak the rich: what a joke. The poor little rich boys and girl who got a hefty tax cut from Trump.

Item: Under Eisenhower the wealth tax was 91% and supported by both major parties. What our latter day "soakers" are demanding is modest by comparison.

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Posted in: In view of the Brexit chaos, do you think referendums are a good idea? See in context

This is a faulty question. It asks for a general statement on referendums based on a single example. To make a generalization using a single example is a logical fallacy. Condemning all referendums on the basis of one failure is dishonest, anti-democratic and plain stupid.

Absolutely, Brexit was a bad choice. Rather than discuss referendums in general discuss what went wrong. You will find much of the answer in right-wing scare mongering.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

This is nuts. Let this kid go.

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Posted in: A-bomb survivors worried about U.S. plan to withdraw from arms pact See in context

Let us hope that Trump's abandonment of the INF will not become an excuse to resume nuclear weapons tests, which in the past claimed thousands of lives. This is from Quartz, 22 Dec. 2017:

"When the US entered the nuclear age, it did so recklessly. New research suggests that the hidden cost of developing nuclear weapons were far larger than previous estimates, with radioactive fallout responsible for 340,000 to 690,000 American deaths from 1951 to 1973." [Tim Fernholtz, U.S. nuclear tests killed far more civilians than we knew"]

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Posted in: Girl's cry for help in school questionnaire shown to abusive father before her death See in context

Why did not anyone help this girl before her father killed her?

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Posted in: JAL plane skids off taxiway, closing part of Narita Airport See in context

Given recent events, the first question I have to ask is whether the pilot was intoxicated.

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Posted in: Abe refuses to dismiss labor minister amid labor data scandal See in context

Thus the power of corruption in Japan. The more it is expose the quicker interest in it trickles off.

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

The headline is somewhat misleading. Japan's ambassador to South Korea, Yasumasa Nagamine, has urged for reasoned dialogue with South Korea. Nevertheless, "a chorus of hawkish requests came from lawmakers of the ruling party, with one attendee saying, "What the Japanese public wants are swift countermeasures. The government needs to show its resolute stance by recalling Mr Nagamine." I am not sure what a "chorus" actually represents within a legislative body. My naive intuition tells me that a number of hotheads want to do something reckless, but do not know what that something is, except recall the reasonable Mr. Nagamine.

Furthermore, where does this "chorus" member get the idea "the public wants swift countermeasures"? Where is the visceral evidence?

In my view it would be an error to to recall Mr. Nagamine and to take action based on jingoistic emotion.

Again, the matter of contention is a civil case and not subject to the 1965 decree, which ought to scrapped any.

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Posted in: Abe refuses to dismiss labor minister amid labor data scandal See in context

Today's Asahi Shimbun writes: "Opposition party lawmakers used the labor statistics scandal to hammer away at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s vaunted economic policies, with some saying the numbers were fudged simply to make Abenomics look good."

If this is the case, then the current scandal would be even worse than it appears. If the accusation is indeed true (and mark that this is yet to be determined) then not only should Nemoto resign but Abe as well.

What we now know for certain is bad enough. Nemoto must go.

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Posted in: Osaka court dismisses Chinese citizens' wartime forced labor suit See in context

The verdict was a foregone conclusion. File the case in a Chinese court.

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Posted in: Kono urges Seoul to keep promises as historical flashpoints fray ties See in context

Welcome to the Japanese game of blaming the victims. Once again, this is a matter of civil law, not international law.

Remember that the 1965 law was forced on the the Korean people by the U.S. through the Park dictatorship. This is a so-called international law that ought to be spat upon. But it is irrelevant to civil war, which is dealing with unpaid wages.

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Posted in: Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4 ½ years See in context

Wang Quanzhang's kangaroo court sentencing is indeed an outrage. It is not just an outrage against the man but against every Chinese citizen and resident alien in the country. It is, in the end, against all of us.

I don't know about the rest of you readers, but I am not buying Chinese products or using Chinese services until Wang Quanzhang Is free and China's human rights violations cease.

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Posted in: Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings See in context

"Students are asked to consider, for example, the moral implications of being a brilliant scientist during wartime? 'If the government demanded that you work on the development of a weapon of mass destruction, would you accept the task?' they are asked to consider." It is easy to say no in peace but not so in war.

The reality is that best and the brightest minds on all sides devoted themselves to making more efficient mass murdering weapons. Not only the U.S. but also Japan and Germany were developing the atom bomb. Albert Einstein was emphatic in telling FDR to develop the atom bomb before the Germans and the Japanese.

Future space rocket designer and space scientist folk hero Werner von Braun designed the V-1 and V-2 rockets that devastated London. Unit 731, that conducted hideous human experiments, was headed by the brilliant Shiro Ishii. So brilliant was his disgusting work that the U.S. hired him and his gang instead of hanging them for crimes against humanity.

Face it, if the Japanese and the Germans had gotten atom bombs first they would have used them. The Germans would have likely obliterated London. Japan might possibly have used their atomic bomb during the Battle of Okinawa. We'll never know.

The A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hideous but not extraordinary, considering weapons development during World War II.

There were some regrets among the best and brightest scientists but I suspect few and far between.

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Posted in: Heavy help See in context

Whatever the case, I am glad that big Putzmeister is coming. Its presence is long overdue. I hope it is around when (not if) either Tepco or the Japanese government decides to entomb the reactors.

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Posted in: Japan's disaster becoming contagious abroad See in context

This is typical sensationalist and stupid weeklies fare. You get a lot of questionable little tales from which you get sweeping generalizations. Oh yeah, the foreigners think the Japanese are all polluted with radiation. Yeah.

All this article proves is what we have known all along. You have to take the weeklies with a huge grain of salt. (I am being delicate for the sake of the children who might be reading this.)

Recently the Japanese government berated the foreign press not to be "sensational" but to be "objective" (code for refrain for reporting our obfuscations and evasions). But nothing has been official has been said, as far as I know, about rubbish like this.

The chief bearers of rumors and paranoia about evacuees from Fukushima have been the Japanese themselves. As one Japan Today article has pointed out the most outrageous rumors have been spread by Japanese through the Internet, including the lie about widespread looting in a disaster zone.

Frankly, your health is far more endangered by proximity to a typical sloppy Japanese cigarette smoker than a Japanese, or anyone, evacuating from Fukushima who is a nonsmoker.

I must say the timing of this stupid piece of writing is really great, coming as it does when millions of non-Japanese around the world as pouring out their hearts and wallets for Japan.

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Posted in: Absorbent yet to soak up radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

According to a TEPCO worker featured in an article in Today's Japan Times, workers have been using plastic garbage bags to protect there feet when wading in radioactive water.

Today's Daily Yomiuri had a feature article that catalogues all of TEPCO's screw-up right from 11 March.

When the Yomiuri is not happy with a big business you know things are less than wonderful.

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Posted in: Always on time See in context

When the power reserve is exhaustED....

I just checked Orient's English website and the crystal is sapphire. That makes this watch even a better deal at 56,000 yen. Of course you could go for a Rollex Submariner at something like 700,000 yen.

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Posted in: Always on time See in context

Not all Orient watches are automatic--half are quartz--but this one is. Automatic means that it has a self-winding mechanical movement that is activated by the wear's arm movements. Two hundred meters water resistance is the minimum for a diver's watch. For 56,000 yen this is a remarkably good deal for an automatic (mechanical self-winding) watch. I only wonder if the glass is industrial sapphire or mineral. Sapphire is highly scratch resistant, which is what you do need under water.

I also wonder how well this watch keeps time. Mechanical watches are not a good at keeping time as quartz (battery powered) watches, though some of the best (and most expensive) come close. We are speaking in seconds here, though a lot of mechanical watches have a tendency to either speed up or slow down, particularly when off the wrist for extended time when the power reserve is still in operation. When the power reserve is exhaust so are the watches, of course.

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Posted in: What's behind our conflicted feelings on nuclear power? See in context

Another bought "expert." Except this is an especially condescending and silly-clever "expert."

Why does nuclear radiation give us "the creeps." The reasons are perfectly rational, contrary to the subtext of this piece. It's power of destruction transcends localized catastrophe and can quickly become global, as in the case of Chernobyl and Fukushima (though as this point to a lesser extent). Chernobyl's meltdown's explosions were two-fold. First was the steam explosion and the second was an "excursion," that is an explosion caused by a nuclear reaction. Germany's radioactive boars are a legacy, 25 years after the fact. As I write, Fukushima's Tepoc nuclear facility is leaking radioactive water into the sea.

Nuclear power is dirty and difficult, if not ultimately impossible, to contain. Nuclear plants take a long to set up and have a short life, leaving tons of radioactive garbage to dispose of somewhere.

These are a fee of the reasons nuclear radiation gives us "the creeps."

This is also why Seth Borenstein gives me" the creeps."

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Posted in: Bringing a smile See in context

Cute photo. But, yeah, the real clowns are TEPCO and the Japanese government.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear chief to convene high-level safety meeting See in context

They are stupid.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes again and again See in context

Welcome to the Land of the Rising Screw-up.

The stupidities have now gone beyond TEPCO. The Japanese government and all the so-called experts that NHK has paraded to a tell us there are no risks to human safety have proven themselves utterly useless.

The 1995 Awaji-Hanshin Daishinsai showed that the Japan government was incapable of crisis management. Then volunteers stepped in where the government failed. Volunteers cannot help in this case. We need responsible people in charge. There are none to be found in Japan, at least as long as the status quo prevails. An international force, invited or not, must step in and real experts must put a stop to this mess.

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