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Posted in: Japan pledges $4.5 bil more in aid for Ukraine, including $1 bil in humanitarian funds See in context

To all the Japanese who doesn't think Japan should send aid to Ukraine, do they not remember the international help they got after the Kansai and Fukushima earthquakes? Shame on you for forgetting!

You do realize that these repetitious talking points stem from comrades working for the state in Russia, don't you?

Fact is that whatever happens from here on Russia and Putin have already lost. Two years later, the "special operation" of a supposed military superpower against a defenseless neighbor has bogged down to such an extent that they are begging for North Korean and Iranian weapons. Finland and Sweden are in NATO and Putin's weaponry doe snot look, er, exactly appealing to customers. Putin just asked for another 170,000 forced conscripts.

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Posted in: Japan pledges $4.5 bil more in aid for Ukraine, including $1 bil in humanitarian funds See in context

The usual standard issue comments here about 'taking care of your own first.' I know these are just misinformation and I should ignore them like everyone else, but seriously where do these people come from that take us for a fool?

If COVID showed us anything it was that we all live on one planet.

Anyway, speaking of hypocrisy:

Will Japan and the US ambassador (what is he doing there anyway, is he reminding everyone who runs Japan?) also help Gaza and the Palestinians?

As for Japan, how about the oil and gas investments in Russia, which (according to these very pages) you said you will keep investing in and not pull out from?

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Posted in: Europe looking to fight flood of Chinese electric vehicles See in context

She might change her tune if the batteries spontaneously combust, and her house burns down

May I assume you don't buy Chinese products today including most batteries already installed in Nissan and Honda?

I am happy to hear you stay far away from 100 yen shops, Wal-Mart and the like too..

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Posted in: Europe looking to fight flood of Chinese electric vehicles See in context

For decades European, American and Japanese automakers sold their soul and shared their technology with Chinese companies.

They were also very happy to take the profits and lower costs.

They have no right to complain about their comeuppance.

Tesla not only completed a new Shanghai factory last year, it also started importing its Chinese cars back to the US.

And if anyone thinks that these companies are now less China-oriented and wiser to the Chinese endgame then he needs to read what Apple did to Jon Stewart this week.

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Posted in: Iran's Raisi urges Japan to release Tehran's frozen assets See in context

How about Japan urge Iran to stop supplying Killer Drones and other military/financial aid to Russia first!!!!

How about Japan lead the way? I read on these very pages that Japanese auto companies decided they would not leave Russia and Japan's multi-billion dollar investment in Russian natural gas projects will continue.

Enough with the hypocrisy.

As for the Iranian president, he is just taunting. Abe had to even cancel a trip to Iran with one week notice when the US told him to. The current PM is not going to be any different.

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Posted in: Each cigarette in Canada now comes with warning label See in context

Well done, Canada. Good to see they care for health and their citizens.

Tobacco companies are so 20th century.

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Posted in: Harry Potter studio park to open June in Tokyo See in context

Cannot fathom the attraction. Then again, I would say the same thing about Disney.

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Posted in: Chinese woman's 'purchase' of uninhabited Okinawa island causes stir See in context

Why not? Russia has been illegally sitting on Japanese islands for decades and Japan invests in Russia, exports to Russia, imports from Russia and even the invasion of Ukraine does not move it to, for example, pull out its investment in Russian gas fields.

This woman bought the place legally!

Ask most Japanese. The LDP are real hawks on national sovereignty, right?

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Posted in: Renault, Nissan reboot auto alliance for post-Ghosn era See in context

Reading the Consumer's guide safety rating of Nissan versus Subaru, Toyota and Honda (in that order) it is clear I am not going to consider a Nissan. I cannot be sure and have not verified this, but I have been told Nissans are actually built in Mexico which may or may not have something to do with their crash test results.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

Hunters = weak wimps who cannot face their prey man to man.

Hiding behind a gun to feel manly is so weak.

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Posted in: Academy launches probe after indie film's surprise Oscars nod See in context

This article and its information make sense.

The Oscars and social media: one more tacky, narcissistic and stupid than the other.

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Posted in: Japan to continue collecting expressway tolls almost indefinitely See in context

It was privatized.

Therefore, profits have to keep flowing forever. No surprise.

However, the presented logic/excuse needs some work.

'We need to extend tolls because we need to fund repairs.' Er, the proposed tolls are not new. How come existing tolls didn't cover any of these works?

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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

Firstly, this statement is just another indication of how sick and embarrassing the Russian regime and its supporters are. No one should ask for another's death or promote violence, but of course the Putin cabal way past these things.

With that said, his assessment of Japanese PMs is largely correct. Japanese PMs are the lapdogs of the Americans. When US says 'don't go' Japanese PM cancels a pre-planned and announced trip to iran. When Japan, South Korea and US sign an intelligence sharing agreement, Japan enacts a law that censors and bars reporters from reporting on certain matters and many articles regarding 'national security.' When its own people vote against US bases the Japanese government ignores them. Heck, Japan and US are one of the few countriues at UN to not sign up against nuclear weapons. Yes, the only country to have been nuked thinks it is expedient to have those nukes visiting Okinawa on ships and subs.

Japan is not at peace formally with Russia and Russia has occupied Japanese islands for 70 years, but the flow of goods and technology to Russia continues. Japan would not even withdraw from two major gas fields in Russia in 2022. Heck of a way to support Ukraine or show the Russians Japan is serious about retrieving its territory.

But hey Toyotas are popular in Russia and who is the Japanese government to get in the way of profits?

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Posted in: Musk 'kills' new Twitter label, hours after launch See in context

This Musk guy is reminding me more and more of Trump.

Remember how Trump kept firing everyone he himself had hired only to call them losers and stupid and incompetent after letting them go?

Musk buys Twitter after admitting he did not really want to and is bent on messing it up driving away advertisers only for him to say 'we are losing money so I have to fire people.'

But I will give him one thing: he may be the world's richest man, but he sure knows how to get free mentions and publicity from every single media day in and day out.

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Posted in: Facebook parent Meta cuts 11,000 jobs, 13% of workforce See in context

Facebook had no choice but to cut employees. After all, they only made $2 billion net profit after all expenses for the quarter!!!

/end of sarcasm

People, just get off the extremely lame and tacky social media.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. urging more students to study in each other's countries See in context

Aren't they aware of the bedlam, mayhem, gun ownership, murder and mass shooting rates in the USA?

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Posted in: U.S. commits to steady presence in Okinawa as F-15 jets retired See in context

What a racket. US wants to corner and isolate China so it remains the apex predator dominating the world and it keeps saying 'we are here to defend Japan.'

And the Japanese keep paying the big bucks to its "ally."

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Posted in: Police: Pelosi attack suspect wanted to break speaker's knees See in context

And Republican congressmen, governors and candidates are cracking jokes about this.

Who are the people who vote Republican?????

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Posted in: Musk floats paid Twitter verification, makes himself board's sole member See in context

A red flag there. What will all the free speech champions say when tweets against the murderous Saudi regime are deleted?

Just this year in Saudi Arabia:

One woman was given a 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter

A man was given a 16-year sentence for tweeting critical of the Saudi regime.

I look forward to Elon Musk finding out about these and firing his biggest investor... cough

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Posted in: Musk floats paid Twitter verification, makes himself board's sole member See in context

What a farce.

The free speech absolutist who has the tightest NDAs of all among the car makers for his employees and sued and re-sued his then current and former employees for speaking out about working conditions and COVID at the plants.

Hypocrisy knows no limits.

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Posted in: Musk posts video of himself strolling into Twitter HQ See in context

Sincere advice (that I practice myself);

Get off social media and stay off.

Instead, become actually social and go outside to smell the real world free from tweets, Facebook feeds, Whatsapp contacts and liberated from non-news news and 'information' about 5G in vaccines and how big pharma is getting rich, Davos and Clinton and her pizzeria.......

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Posted in: Complete list of WWII U.S. internees of Japanese descent unveiled See in context

So, to be fair, North Korea has another 40 years time before they need to disclose a full list of Japanese abductees if they want to match US standards, right?

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Posted in: 78% of business professionals are ready for the metaverse See in context

Metaverse:

So how long before I can 'like' a corporate brand there, spy/stalk someone, 'chat' with someone 'in person' about how vaccines have 5G and governments should stop 'forced vaccinations' and, of course, watch my friends discuss how they oppose obscene pharma profits and yet hate socialism at the same time without any hint of an irony in their contradictions?

Zzzzz

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

It hasn't been a deadly period because of Covid, it's the vaccines (especially boosters) killing people. It is classified as a covid-related death though. Cannot blame the vaccines, never question the vaccines.

I am going to guess you have a Facebook account, a Twitter account, premium TikTok and saw bigfoot out and about yesterday. No proof = rubbish.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

Not sure what's with all the anti-vaxxer comments here.

Are people so frustrated that they just lash out at science and public health. People, get off facebook, seriously.

As for the visa issue, the country is well within its right to ban all foreigners forever if it so wishes. The prognostication of doom if Japan does not open up right away and forever from all the armchair critics is laughable.

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

One of the safest countries to visit. People are masked (even before COVID) and respect others by and large. Much better than going somewhere that has disrespectful people sneezing and coughing all over the place.

Are Japanese more conscientious due to a background in Buddhism or are they less prone to be hooked on conspiracy theories from their Facebook feeds? My observation is both!

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Posted in: As Japanese manufacturing fades, a factory town fights to stay alive See in context

Who Said Globalization Is Bad: It is great for the multinational, the 1% and pollution levels.

People and the planet: Who cares?

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Posted in: China's large drills near Taiwan raise Japan, U.S. alert level See in context

The military-industrial complex thanks China for its stance towards Taiwan and invites Pentagon, Japanese and other nations to visit with their delegates anytime. Even the name sounds Chinese: Cha ching!

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Posted in: Amazon to shutter virtual health care service Amazon Care See in context

Desert Tortoise is exactly correct. People are commodities and their information is sold for gain and profit.

However, let's get one thing straight. Half the population is too ignorant about its privacy and the other half does not care. Millions of people gladly use Google instead of startpage or Duckduckgo, do not secure their devices to clear out elements and cookies and giddily have Instagram and Facebook accounts...

One cannot blame corporate giants for wanting profits. One can blame the people who happily feed their own and family and friends' information to them!

As for governments... well, they abdicated their governance role years ago.

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Posted in: U.S. to send $3 billion in aid to Ukraine as war hits 6 month-mark See in context

In related news: Japan will not pull its investments from Russia and continues cooperation in 2 gas fields per Japan Today.

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