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Jim McBride comments

Posted in: 47-year-old man gets life in prison for murder of 10-year-old girl See in context

the government would save a tax money that is needed elsewhere if they simply let certain convicted criminals be turned over to those of us who are fathers and or grandfathers for their punishment

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Posted in: Hate speech in Japan See in context

Resident Koreans in Japan already enjoy many special privileges? such as a a fourth generation not being allowed to become Japanese citizen and still listed as a "resident alien" and facing constant bigotry because they are still not allowed to integrate into Japanese society. even the school children face harassment .....do you envy these privileges

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Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery See in context

Why is Yasukuni any different than Arlington? The United States has had several war criminal of their own who are national heroes but the winners get to write the history...which means "we include all the things we wish we had done and leave out the things we don't want anyone to mention and if they can't be ignored we blame it on the guys who lost" All the records that were kept by the infamous Unit 731 were appropriated by the Untied States so they could be used for American research. that makes America an "accessory after the fact"

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Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima See in context

the Atom bombs were not necessary though. Japan had previously gone through the consulates Sweden and Russia asking for a diplomatic end to the war and was ignored. Russia for one did not pass on the request.

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Posted in: U.S. sailor reportedly charged with Okinawa rape See in context

the problem in South Korea is the Status of Forces Agreement is still in effect which means that no matter what the Americans do to anyone they can only be punished by their own military..even if it is murder or rape.

American military personnel are subject only to their own military so the government is long overdue to institute a new agreement...the SOFA is overdue to be replaced with civilian justice for all crimes committed by all personnel outside the areas of a military establishment.

Japan is headed in that direction with a forces that is no longer completely defensive and it is about time

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Posted in: How the Republican elite turned a blind eye to rise of Donald Trump See in context

Trump was considered to be a bad joke...nobody believed he would last this long because they didn't think there were enough racists and people ignorant enough to vote for him.

and the Hillary is not that bad for a politician....the Republicans and Fox news have been telling lies about her for so long that some people are starting to believe the lies.....she is just bout the most liberal member of the congress



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Posted in: Company president gets five years’ probation for killing employee See in context

there must be something missing from the story. I am sure there is a lot of background that is left out of the article and in all probability there was either more to this incident or a huge history between the two.

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Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest at U.S. base relocation plan See in context

paid protesters are a common site all over the world. I have seen them in South Korea and in the United States. visiting in America I saw protesters in front of a grocery store one time and found out they were being paid to stand there with placards by one of the stores competitors.

At least in Okinawa this is a cause that will bring out a number of people who want to be there.

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Posted in: Natural-born mess: What would it take to kick Ted Cruz off the ballot? See in context

Even in the United States it was only the racist right wingers who were the 'birthers' with Donald Trump leading the way, I can't believe that anyone outside that insular group of mental defectives bought into that crap.

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Posted in: Wisconsin manufacturer stands by policy on Muslim prayer breaks See in context

it is the United States and even though their constitution and bill of rights guarantee that it is a secular nation with no one religion being held in any higher regard than any other many of the people seem to have the illusion it is a "Christian nation"....Thomas Jefferson for one was disgusted by all churches.

from the posts here you would think it was an American site with all the vitriol against Muslims! it is a shame Buddhism has not taken hold in America.

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Posted in: Fan-made Nazi anime parody, 'Goeppels-chan,' appears in Japan See in context

why all the fuzz? the United States talks so proudly about freedom of speech yet when you make a joke they don't like or say the wrong thing they are afraid someone will be insulted and cry "oh no you can't say that it might hurt someones feelings!"

in Japan anime/manga and especially doujinshi just let them be.....people will like them and read or they will not like them and they will be ignored

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Posted in: MPs debate banning 'fool' Trump from Britain See in context

don't forget Ted Cruz, he is Trump with the volume turned down to level 3 of 10 but the far right Christian religion turned up to 11 of 10

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Posted in: Group urges changing Buddhist temple mark on maps to avoid Nazi connotations See in context

The reverse or feminine (moon, night, waning sun) sauvastika is less often used most non-Buddhists also probably do not realize this ancient symbol of harmony.... to the Hindu it is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune representing the four vedas.

a few short years of evil should not mean that his ancient symbol is forever co-opted.

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Posted in: Iran prisoner swap puts Republicans in a tough spot See in context

has anyone ever noticed how the American Democratic Party is far to the right of the Conservatives from any other nation? This is why we look so "fondly" on the Republicans

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Posted in: 5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan See in context

I did acclimate to a degree first in Korea but was never allowed to fully enter the society. I took the girls and their cousins to amusement parks and movies but was coopted as an English teacher to fill in much of my spare time as my wife and most of her friends had learned their English at school from a teacher who learned English from another Korean teacher. They knew the words but needed help learning to pronounce them so Englishmen and Americans could understand them. Free English classes continued when I was transferred to Japan....that was some time ago though I have been retired from the Military for some time now.

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Posted in: Adobe updates Flash amid renewed security fears See in context

Flash is in the past. Adobe need to move on if they want to stay in business

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Posted in: Drunk gov't employee allegedly gropes woman on train, then molests her rescuer as well See in context

he should have had enough patience to wait until he got home and watch one of his chikan movies.

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Posted in: 48-year-old man arrested for assaulting high school students See in context

These are the stories we get on a slow news day :P

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Posted in: FBI: California shooting investigated as act of terrorism See in context

as you watched the news they were calling it a mass shooting by a co-worker thus assuming a white Christian.

later when the name was revealed you could hear the glee in their voices and see the relief in their smiles as the reporters began to bring forth the term "terrorist"

so long as the suspect was not white they could call him a terrorist and when they discover the suspects were not Christians it was verified they could call them terrorists.

this is why i get so disgusted with America..they do not even attempt to hide their bigotry

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Posted in: Gifu town under fire for using busty No-Rin character to boost tourism See in context

Americans love manga and anime and especially the guys love H stories..but how many will it attract and are they going to help the local economy

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Posted in: U.S. to hasten return of Okinawan land to Japan See in context

the Treaty of San Francisco stopped just short of turning Japan into an American colony. it Donald Trump has his way that would become a reality. just leave the excuse for using Japan and Okinawa is long past.

I remember my Air Force days and the smirking Yank G.I.s talking about their time in Japan or Okinawa or Korea and the girls ......

Korea does still have some cause for a presence but at what cost. why do the Japanese want to endure that same cost to their civilian population

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Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation? See in context

In all nations using American dialect rather than proper English will cause confusion

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Posted in: 47-yr-old woman arrested over murder, assisted suicide of parents See in context

can she be charged with attempted murder for failing in her own suicide?

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Posted in: Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands See in context

Senkaku is not similar to Dokdo at all especially in possibility for violence. China is acting out an action of daring someone to try and stop them. If nobody can they will take it all.

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Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for 2020 Olympics See in context

I believe the lack of a smoking ban in public places is a great tourist draw. Too many countries have gone way over board with controlling what should be personal decisions and if and where to smoke is one of them.

while personally I no longer smoke it is up to my friends and family ...and anyone else to decide if they want to smoke and I will provide ashtrays.

Japan is great the way it is ...there is nothing wrong with expecting a small amount of adjustment from visitors and that is necessary to enjoy visiting. I have spent time in nations from Iran and Kuwait to Uruguay and Argentina and wherever you go you can always find people in the large cities who speak English or Spanish.

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Posted in: Most Beautiful Legs See in context

The are all lovely in every way

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Posted in: Top violinist Ayako Ishikawa to release major label debut album with anime covers See in context

anime and Japanese video games are famous for having a high standard of music and even the H games maintain the high standards of musical quality....when compared to what passes for good music in Europe or the U.S.A. any anime or video game music from Japan could be considered Classic.

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Posted in: Iran to join int'l talks on Syria See in context

politicians and clerics are the cause of wars and all the problems in the world.

Iran stands alone in the mid-east as a Shi'ite nation among the Sunni but to Americans a Muslim is a Muslim and most Americans seem to hate all things Islam.

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Posted in: Bitcoin CEO spent embezzled funds on prostitutes: reports See in context

this guy wanted to be like Kim Schmitz / Kim Dotcom but didn't even come close ...he didn't have nearly as big an empire, didn't steal nearly as much money or get nearly as rich.

on the other had he was almost as creepy but not nearly as annoying or fat but did have to take a lot of money from other people because he needed a LOT of cash in order to be able to pay women to get near him.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor revokes approval for relocation of U.S. air base See in context

the second world war is long over ...of what use is an American presence in Japan / Okinawa any longer....other than for the United States to flex muscles and prove they still are dominant

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