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Posted in: 15-year-old girl dies after falling from walkway at mall in Aichi Prefecture See in context

Poor girl. Details forthcoming?

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Posted in: Japan enacts revised law for swift removal of defamatory online posts See in context


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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

It is past time that the police that the police pay a price for racial profiling.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan-Russia ties are 'difficult' See in context

Putitng all else aside, there one major problem that remains unsalable. This is the danger the Russians see in the northern islands becoming military footholds for the US. Until that problem is resolved, the northern islands will stay in Russians' handss.

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Posted in: Foreign-born Miss Japan sparks debate on what it means to be Japanese See in context

IT "has triggered a social media debate on what it means to be, and look, Japanese." Is she a Japanese citizen? Then she win beauty contest.

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Posted in: Japan auteur Yamada sticks to exploring the human condition after 90 films See in context

Spectacular !

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Posted in: Japanese gov't plans to seek court order to dissolve Unification Church See in context

UC funds need to be seized. Funds to be used to help UC followers escape from UC brainwashing.

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Posted in: Fisheries minister apologizes for saying Fukushima water 'contaminated' See in context

Japan's fisheries minister's moment of bravery and honesty.

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Posted in: Kishida, 3 ministers eat Fukushima fish to show it's safe See in context

Is what Kishida is eating really fish from Fukushima? If so, will he continue eat it with every meal?

So far we are seeing nothing but theatrics from Kishida.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant begins releasing treated radioactive water into sea See in context

Here is an irritating quote: "Still, some scientists say long-term impact of the low-dose radioactivity that remains in the water needs attention." It is skepticism thus far. Yet is a blow to nearly unanimous support for the radioactive sea dump.


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Posted in: Japanese gov't panel finds rampant coverups, mishandling of harassment cases in military See in context

The military, like schools and corporations, are full of bullies. The major difference is that the military is armed. The power of even handling guns brings out the hostile mind on the double. Add to the that the picayune rules and regulations and you got a dangerous mindset, particularly when women are concerned.

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Posted in: S Korean president calls Japan 'partner' on Liberation Day See in context

From Junnosuke Kibata, Nikkei staff writer:

"Today is the day we honor the liberation from the colonial rule of Japanese imperialism," a spokesperson for the opposition Democratic Party told journalists in a written statement. The text slammed Yoon's administration, citing the controversy over former wartime Korean laborers and the coming release of wastewater from Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima."

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Posted in: Trump charged over efforts to overturn 2020 election See in context

One can only hope that Trump gets the punishments he deserves. If this fails, the whole legal system will fall. The evil of Trump deserves the most severe punishments allow by law.

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Posted in: Gov't begins probe into Digital Agency over My Number issues See in context

"My Number" is not simply doomed to failure. It is doomed to disaster. The LDP will find a way of absolving itself.

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Posted in: U.S. military chief praises Japan's defense funding boost See in context

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is playing with other peoples lives. Military buildups hasten more military buildups and increase the dangers of war. We in Japan have a pacifist Constitution that has kept us of war for nearly a century. We do not need people like you, Mark. Get out.

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Posted in: Fury among aid groups as U.S. approves cluster bombs for Ukraine See in context

Cluster bombs are suddenly loved like chocolate bon bons. Thus the horror of these evil bombs begins. Where it will end will be thousands of innocent civilian casualties,

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Posted in: World registers hottest day ever recorded on July 3 See in context

We cannot afford capitalism anymore, or at corporate capitalism. All heat comes emissions. Thus, capitalism creates the pollution that will eventually kill millions of people--possibly all of us.

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Posted in: What is the difference between nationalism and patriotism? See in context

Trump is a nationalist. He obsessed with power and is for the rich at the expense of the working class. Why do working people fall Trump. The allure of is strong in many of the powerless, often hoping power from a tyrant. The worst fallacy you can make.

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Posted in: What is the difference between nationalism and patriotism? See in context

This is from George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism:

Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.

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Posted in: NPO pushes nuclear bunkers in Japan amid growing security threats See in context

Nuclear shelters were nonsense in the 1960s and it is nonsense today. If you happen to survive one of these shelters the radiation will kill you. Someone suggested years ago that the so0called shelters were best used for growing mushrooms.

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Posted in: Japan protests Russia's declaring Sept 3 as day of victory over 'militaristic' Japan See in context

"Day of Victory over Militaristic Japan,." It's all true. Japan was militaristic and horribly so. But why in good heavens does this declaration have to come out now from Russia? Putin has created enough chaos and bad feeling among nations for reasons we can plainly guess at.

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Posted in: Man gets 18 years for killing 16-year-old boy in Kobe in 2010 See in context

Agree with all of the above. If it is any consolation, the guy's 18 years will not be comfortable.

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Posted in: James Cameron says Titanic tourism submersible warnings 'went unheeded' See in context

"Listened with the dead." No excuses.

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Posted in: James Cameron says Titanic tourism submersible warnings 'went unheeded' See in context

The fields of technological progress are littered with the death. If only retrospect could return the dead adventurers to life. Sadly, this is a story of incomprehensible waste. More studies were needed. Hubris makes waste. The ill-written poem will pass. Submersibles will not. Why did not patience take charge?

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Posted in: Emperor says ties with developing nations key to tackling global challenges See in context

The 3rd paragraph is not part of the quote..

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Posted in: Emperor says ties with developing nations key to tackling global challenges See in context

The last crucial words:

Naruhito noted hearing from his parents, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and his wife Michiko, about their experiences during the war and expressed his determination to continue their dedication to peace and to efforts to atone for the pain of those who suffered during the war.

While the truly weapons crazy LDP is at it, the Emperor and his family are striving for peace.

And in the spirit of George Orwell I am a left-wing monarchist.

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Posted in: Toyota shareholders reject proposal demanding better performance on climate change See in context

Toyota disdains ecology, Don't buy Toyota. Simple.

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Posted in: Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses See in context

Whi is a tourist? how do distingish a "tourist" from a business traveler? The answer is invariably if you LOOK like a GAIJIN. You maybe on business but still get stiffed for more bus money because you look like a GAIJIN.

Frankly, my only reason go to Kyoto is to check out the laster Leica cameras and the print exhibitions. I've seen the shrines and temples, thank you, many times. What should I have pay extra when I am NOT a tourist?

Of course if you look like a GAIJIN you are going to nailed as tourist no matter when you get on one Kyoto's overcrowded public buses,

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Posted in: Diet passes controversial bill to revise immigration law See in context

I'm a refugee. Yup. An economic refugee. My country was not giving me the goodies the American Dream promised, so I ditched. Decades later I am a success in my academic field. There is no real difference between me and the refugee who is disqualified from coming or being kicked.

A lot of my ethnic sisters and brothers came to my country when were dead broke. They could have been kicked out of America like refugees in Japan. My dead broke progenitors built the Brooklyn Bridge, vastly improved the school system, give us the weekend and, gosh, Christmas. And there is more.

People who might be useful to tJapan's future are on the verge of being kicked of Japan. Japanese farming is a joke. The Japanese are not having babies. The schooling system in second rate and Japanese universities are moronic. Immigrants have changed nations for the better. They can do this for Japan.

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Posted in: Japan supports Sweden's NATO membership See in context

The danger to Sweden in joining NATO is that it could get involved in a war that it does not want to fight but will be forced do so.

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