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Posted in: Nagoya court rules not recognizing same-sex marriage unconstitutional See in context

Good !!!

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Posted in: Japanese firms invest ¥10 bil in British floating nuclear plant project See in context

So what happens when it's in the middle of a storm and it floats away?

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Posted in: Tug-of-war unfolding over Unit 731-related exhibit at Nagano museum See in context

There is nothing wrong with telling the whole truth about Unit 741. The whole ugly truth also connects the Allies with the grotesque Japanese human "experiments."

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Posted in: Taiwan says last wartime 'comfort woman' dies at 92 See in context

The last "comfort woman" in Taiwan has died. But the shame of Japan's enslavement of so-called comfort women will live on.

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Posted in: S Korean experts visit Fukushima nuclear plant before treated water is released into sea See in context

The Japanese nuclear disaster in question was a disaster in waiting. Today a group of South Korean experts are trying to help save Fukushima as best as they can. While the article mentioned nothing negative about the South Korean efforts, Japanese right-wing discontent managed to raise its ugly head in the feedback column. This is a perfect example of a very sick bigotry---one that could well hurt the effort to restore Fukushima.

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Posted in: Do you think the just-concluded G7 summit in Hiroshima achieved anything substantial? See in context

Too much grandstanding and too few (if any) practical ideas.

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Posted in: Ukraine's Zelenskyy arrives in Hiroshima as G7 leaders sanction Russia See in context

Title: Ukraine's Zelenskyy arrives in Hiroshima as G7 leaders sanction Russia

Quote from above:

“Russia’s brutal war of aggression represents a threat to the whole world in breach of fundamental norms, rules and principles of the international community. We reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as it takes to bring a comprehensive, just and lasting peace,” the group said.

You know what is good about this quote and the article? It is straightforward and sane. No comparisons of Hiroshima's atomic devastation and Ukraine and not a "word" about "genocide." The horror of Russia's aggression is enough without false analogies. Ukraine's is not a Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thank goodness. The unspeakable horror of the death of civilian Ukrainians is enough--there is no need to bring in the Holocaust.

The worst that leaders can do is to turn rational language into hyperbole. Thank goodness that has not and likely will not happen.

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Posted in: Japan takes issue with Time's headline for Kishida interview See in context

Oh drat those awful typos! The sentence should read: "There is no evidence that Japan is not a pacifist country. Japan has not gone to war with anyone since 1945.

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Posted in: Japan takes issue with Time's headline for Kishida interview See in context

Time Magazine says: "[It] initially bore the headline 'Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is turning a once pacifist Japan into a military power.' In response to Tokyo's pushback, Time posted a revised headline reading that Kishida 'is giving a once pacifist Japan a more assertive role on the global stage.'"

In both cases Time refers to "a once pacifist Japan into a military power" and then in the revised headline "reading that Kishida 'is giving a once pacifist Japan a more assertive role on the globe stage." Time Magazine's revision is frosting. Time Magazine is being presumptuous, to be polite. There no evidence that Japan not a pacifist country. Japan not gone with anyone since 1945. That is well enough to classify it "pacifist" country. Time Magazine owe Japan an apology.

If Japan does go to war, then, of course, we cannot call it a pacifist country any more.

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Posted in: Nursing home employee arrested over death of 90-year-old resident See in context

What a terrible way to go.

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Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in any country in this day and age? See in context

I am happy we have in Japan a Monarchy that is humane and liberal-minded, unlike the most of the LDP.

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Posted in: Kishida tells South Koreans his 'heart hurts' over pain caused by occupation See in context

At least Kishida's heart metaphorically aches, though he does not cry real tears.

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Posted in: Man arrested for shooting arrow into cat says he did it just for fun See in context

People who start hurting animals end up hurting people.

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Posted in: Teaching in Japan sinking to status of 'black' profession See in context

Error !! Dunce for day! Here is the correction.

"Note: The U.S. is also experiencing a dearth of teachers, who. with everything else, suffer low WAGES and possible gun violence.'

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Posted in: Japan split over Diet debate on Constitution revision: survey See in context

A generation of Japanese have lived from birth to old age without facing war thanks to Article 9. The only trouble is that too many of us here in Japan have taken peace for granted. The dangers of the erosion of peace are ever present. There is no room for complacency. The forces of militarism and reaction are ever present and must never be allow to turn peace Japan into a warfare state. Postwar Japan has not been rained upon by missiles. Let us keep it this way.

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Posted in: Part of SDF helicopter wreckage recovered from seabed See in context

A tragedy.

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Posted in: Do you think starting/ending a romantic relationship with someone was easier before there was social media? See in context

Everyone's experiences are unique. We all have ways of being attached and unattached. Some people take time to develop or end a relationship. Others jump in. Either relationships do or don't work out, whether you are using social media or beating on tom toms.

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Posted in: Teaching in Japan sinking to status of 'black' profession See in context

The opening paragraph could have been about 30 years ago. The over-workloads. The vacations that actually don't exist. The totalitarian principals. The endless backstabbing between teachers. The vindictive transfers--like to a mountain or an island--that separate families for years. And more.

I only wonder why the attrition of teachers is happening now and not decades ago.

Note: The U.S. is also experiencing a dearth of teachers, who. with everything else, suffer low and possible gun violence.

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Posted in: Stray cat seen with arrow sticking out of its body See in context

Someone please some save this poor kitty. And a curse on whoever did this evil deed.

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Posted in: Big May Day events in Asia call for better labor conditions See in context

Things were said that needed to be said: "Union leaders said government measures for salary increase are insufficient and not catching up with rising prices. They criticized Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s plan to double the defense budget, which requires tax increases in coming years, and said the money should be spent on welfare and social security and improving people’s daily lives" (emphasis mine.). The doubling of the defense budget will bring neither peace nor security. Trust Article 9. It has kept Japan out of war since 1945. And Article 9 is free.

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Posted in: The law often shields police officers from accountability See in context

The Wikipedia article referred to above is entitled, "Police brutality against Native Americans."

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Posted in: The law often shields police officers from accountability See in context

The American police also target Native American people. This from the Wikipedia article on police brutality against Native Americans:

Native Americans ages 20–24, 25–34, and 35–44 are three of the five groups most likely to be killed by police.[1] In her book Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans, Barbara Perry interviewees frequently reported "police misconduct … running the continuum from negligence to extreme forms of violence." She concluded that, "they can neither trust the police to respect their rights, nor to protect them when others violate their rights."

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Posted in: Florida Gov DeSantis praises Japan's defense build-up See in context

One more thing. Buildup or not we abide by Article 9 which forbids participating wars. That is something that we need to make clear to DeSaintis: Japan hasn't in a war since 1945, the beginning of democratic Japan. We are antiwar, DeSaintis..

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Posted in: Florida Gov DeSantis praises Japan's defense build-up See in context

What does DeSantis want with us here in Japan? We are clearly for abortion and for Article 9 that has kept Japan out of wars after World War II. Unlike the U.S. we have a form of socialized medicine which is good (I've been hospitalized twice. DeSaintis, like U.S. conservatives, hated all the things I've mentioned. So why bother with us in Japan?

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Posted in: Russia advising citizens to avoid traveling to Canada, citing attacks See in context

Another consideration. How many Russians can be tourists outside Russia now? You can count on official staff and refugees. I distrusted Putin and anything he has to say about Russians in Canada, including: "Russia is advising citizens to avoid travel to Canada, citing what it calls numerous cases of discrimination against Russians, including physical violence, its foreign ministry said on Saturday." Being in Canada is better than being in a war or a GULAG.

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Posted in: Russia advising citizens to avoid traveling to Canada, citing attacks See in context

I doubt that few Russians can get out of Russia unless they are attached to the Russian government.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel OKs oral abortion pill for 1st time See in context

The oral abortion pill very good news. Period.

Now about: "I thought Japan direly needs more babies. Apparently not. More blood sacrifices to Molek, I guess." First, there other forms birth control available in Japan. Abortion is the last resort when all systems fails. In my living memory abortion has never been a big moral deal in Japan.

About the falling population. This has nothing to do with abortion per se. The "problem" social-economic. Abolishing abortion will result in a rise in the population.

This is form of "anti-abortion" being practiced in Japan: strict gun control. Japanese not being slaughtered at the same insane level that Americans are.

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Posted in: S Korean families' grief compounded by online abuse See in context

A always, it is the right-wing that spews hatred, lies and abuse against the victims. It is horribly so in this case.

Oh the brave, brave rightists--hiding behind fake names and vomiting outrageous lies.

As the articles states the ruling conservative party has had a hand in this:

Experts say the government is worried the disaster could hurt the administration. Seoul's last conservative government lost power in part due to its mishandling of the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster, which killed more than 300.

As a result, some ruling-party lawmakers criticized the victims' families during parliamentary sessions, which created "open season on us" online, Lee said.

This is the right-wing for you. Don't tell me lies about how terrible South Korea is. Tell the truth of how terrible the rightists are.

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Posted in: Video of Sri Lankan who died in detention in Japan shown to public See in context

The footage also included later scenes of an officer and nurse chatting cheerfully while tending to Wishma as she moaned in pain.

This act of inhumanity says it all. The mentality of something like the Rape of Nanjing is not as far a jump as it may seem to what happened to the slow and painful death of Wishima. How could the officer and the nurse anyone carry on a pleasant chat in front of a person who was in pain and dying? This could only when when Wishma was dehumanized by these people.

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Posted in: Trump says he expects to be arrested on Tuesday; calls for protests See in context

This may be the first time I agree with Trump: He is sure to be arrested. There will likely be protests, even violence. Beyond that, I will make no predictions. Let Justice do its job.

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