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Posted in: Abe survives censure motion by opposition over pension report See in context

A minor distraction that shouldn't distract Abe too much from the goal at hand!

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Posted in: Daimler says it has no idea how Kim Jong Un got his limos See in context

Possibly acquired from China.

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Posted in: Scotland will prepare for a second independence vote regardless of UK See in context

Which banks were those, and did they say that before or after the EU referendum? Recently, I hear more about banks moving their assets from the UK to mainland Europe.

Clydesdale Bank, RBS and TSB are all major banks that have said they would relocate if the result returned was for Independence!

Scotland would gain little as its economy is in the wrong position, especially as its based soley on the volitile oil markets! Also the SNP cant decide on a currency in the event of them leaving. The people of Scotland dont want to join the Euro and the UK has said it wont be able to use the Pound if it goes it own way. The idea of a transitional "Scottish Pound" was rubbished by many as the losses incured to the population would be huge!

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Posted in: Heisei to be remembered as period of peace, disasters, wealth gaps See in context

Lets hope the next era is at least as peaceful, yet hopefully more prosperous for all!

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Posted in: Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication See in context

Solem and respectful! A very dignigied moment there!

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Posted in: WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London See in context

Good and about time!

It seems even Ecuador finally had enough of this fool! 

This has been an expensive and pointless 7 years for all involved. Innocent people don't run!

I hope he finally can answer for his behaviour that has put peoples lives at risk!

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Posted in: Abe renews commitment to constitutional reform See in context

Lets get on with this, its about time Japan had a constitution that was fit for the 21st century and that takes into account the world it finds its self in. It crazy that a country that is surrounded by openly hostile neighbours is unable to officially have or recognise a military force!

Japan needs a constitution written by Japan for Japan! Not an imposed one that was written by a vindictive occupying force almost 80 years ago!

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Posted in: Japan to use Ospreys for overseas rescue operations See in context

Lets just hope they get a new batch that wont fall out the sky over populated areas!

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Posted in: Amnesty International faults electric vehicle batteries as carbon intensive See in context

This is hardly surprising! Where do people think these batteries come from? Raw materials come fro the ground, you have to dig and mine, which by its essence is a dirty polluting industry.

The biggest problem still remains that if you charge you electric vehicle from a charging point that is powered by a coal, gas or nuclear plant then the green credentials of your electric car go out the window. There simply is not enough green or renewable power to charge and run all these new electric cars. China for instance wants to lead the way on electric cars but most of tis power comes from coal power stations. Its counter productive and in the long run could do more damage than good.

In the rush to appease our green hopes, as usual we have rushed forward with out thinking it through properly coming up with short term solutions and kicking the repercussions down the road.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi jet starts test flights in U.S. to gain safety certification See in context

Everyone who laments the delays in this programme, wouldnt you rather they got it right before they allowed fare paying pasengers on board? Also the amount subsidised to Mitisbushi for this is probably a drop in the ocean compared to what Airbus and Boeing both recieve from their governments. Also China and Russia are practically singlehandedly supporting their own aircraft industries for designs that are far behind what the MRJ is providing. 

I just hope they can sell them beyond Japan!

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Posted in: Japan, Britain to arrange foreign, defense ministers' talks in April See in context

Seems like a continuation of a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century!

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Posted in: Emperor thanks people for support during 30-year reign; urges Japan to open up to world See in context

Tenno Heika Banzai!

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Posted in: Trans-Pacific trade pact takes effect without U.S. amid protectionism See in context

I'm all for this, although I suspect that this pact will eventually end up developing a form of agricultural compensation scheme similar to the EU's CAP, that enables farmers to keep going. Except, instead of supporting France, like the EU does it will support Japan.  Problem is, instead of modernising and adapting, schemes and compensation funds like this only reward inefficiency. In a few years down the line, other members will start to question this and get annoyed if the shcem begins to eat up money and demand more.

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Posted in: 1,103 South Koreans sue their gov't over wartime labor at Japan firms See in context

Give it a week and Moon will have turned this around to try and sue Japan, loosely trying to link it up with the "comfort womaen" debate and debacle!

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Posted in: Japan to pull out of IWC to resume commercial whaling See in context

I have no problem with this what so ever!

Its their right to withdraw and if they want to why not? The irony about all the arguments saying that Japan is defying a democratic institution is that by being a part of that very democratic institution they have the democratic right to choose to be a member or not! In this case they have decided to leave, good luck to them!

To be honest if you were constantly being lectured to, by self righteous other nations who showed little signs of compromise then you would get pretty annoyed as well. Fair play to Japan for having the courage and fortitude to say enough is enough and were no longer going to hide behind an excuse. You cant criticise them for being honest!

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

As requested!

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

So an ex axis of evil is rearming? Funny how history continues to be lost on so many supporters on here. Well seeing as it's happening, the countries invaded during the war should demand for reparations immediately. Looks like Japan's got cash to spare.

I suggest you consider your own words there. Lets look at your so called Axis of evil in 2018. Germany has submarines, a modern air force, navy and credible army with special forces and is a very capable and dangerous foe with first strike capability and is included under the nuclear umbrella scheme. Next Italy has its own carrier fleet and pretty efficient air arm with a sizable regular navy and submarines that allow it to conduct operations in the Mediterranean with ease.  Both nations were hostile aggressors and committed atrocities and yet, you would seemingly ignore their military build up and forgive them for having large modern armed forces but are unhappy about Japan even considering having a carrier? 

So before you start throwing around ridiculous accusations that have no grounds in the modern world, actually do some research on what your saying!

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Posted in: U.S. dairy industry calls for greater market access to Japan See in context

Just to point out to the dairy haters that Milk and dairy foods are healthy foods and considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients. They provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B12, and riboflavin1.

The calcium in milk, yogurt and cheese is significant yet most people don't get enough calcium or vitamin D each day2. Getting the recommended three servings of dairy per day can help build bone mass, leading to improved bone health throughout the life cycle. 

A diet rich in protein and vitamin D contributes to bone health. Due to their high protein, vitamin D and calcium content, dairy foods are a good choice for maintaining strong bones.

A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods, with reduced saturated fat, is as effective as some medications in reducing blood pressure in people with increased blood pressure. It has also been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes!

Cutting a whole food group out of your diet is not always a good thing ,as Omnivores human beings get essential nutrients from different sources. You can cry all you like about animal welfare but until someone comes up with a plan to deal with likely effects of freeing all those animals on farms which would include over population and reduced lifespans for the animals in question as well as the economic collapse of the agriculture industry coupled to mass unemployment and starvation then I will continue to consume dairy and meat to my hearts content.

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Posted in: Group sues over next emperor's enthronement funding See in context

There is always a group of people who feel this way and its perfectly fine, however don't ruin it for the rest of us!

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

Considering Japan was the first nation to actually test aircraft carriers and conduct the first flight off of a warship in the early 20th Century I'm glad to see that they will be re-joining the list of carrier nations. Although I cant help but wonder if it would be cheaper in the long run to build a new carrier from scratch. To get the Izumo up to sepc would likely result in the ship being out of commission for years, as she will need new technology, hangers, navigation control, decks, equipment and crew space to be able to function as a true carrier. Also as has been mentioned Japan has not has active carrier pilots for almost 80 years so training will be vital. Considering its taken the UK almost 10 years to gets it new super carriers up to operational capability and to train their crews, I cant see Japan having an operational carrier mission ready much before 2030.  

On an additional, It always astounds that people still seem to be under the impression or belief that Japan somehow wants to re start WW2 and engage in hostile conquest of territory and empire building! I'm sorry but if you believe that this is the so called 'secret agenda and goal' of modern Japan then you need to have your head examined.

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

In light of growing threats this makes absolute sense and is probably long overdue. Japan has the right to defend itself and sometimes the best defence is a good offence!

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Posted in: S Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan See in context

Sorry Zucronium, is a well documented and historically verified fact that Korean businessmen and citizens happily cooperated and collaborated with occupying Japanese forces during this period. These men and women are called Chinilpa in Korea.

And no you don't hear about Koreans forcing Japanese women to be comfort women, but you do hear about Koreans forcing Korean girls to do this! Usually for a price and for reward! Its a two way street of responsibility and blame! Yes Korea was occupied and atrocities did occour but there were people on both sides who profited out of such actions! Korea has brough prosicutions against some of those still alive but it rarely, if ever, acknowledges that they had a part in it publically!  

To disregard this as an inconvenient truth also needs to be called out.

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Posted in: England secures record 6th straight win over Wallabies See in context

Pretty sure Australia is going to revoke Eddie Jone's citizenship soon at this rate!

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Posted in: S Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan See in context

"We cannot ignore the truth just because it hurts," Moon said this week. "For the sake of sustainable and solid Korea-Japan relations, we must face up to the truth.”

Interesting? does this finally mean that you will be finally willing to face up to the idea that Koreans as well as the Japanese were responsible for this? Or does that truth hurt a little too much and probably best ignored?

Seems Moon is happy to dish it out but like most, cant take it himself when its turned back around at him!

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Posted in: Japan's rising sun flag removed from classroom at Canadian school See in context

He was not a student in the history class of Walnut Grove Secondary School where the flag was used as a teaching tool, but observed it from the hallway, according to the school board.

The opitamie of ignorance and stupidity! Obvioulsy he was so hell bent on making a political point he failed to actually do his research and find out why this flag was in the classroom! Also I doubt the school had 9000 students, where did all these signatures come from?

Also the school should have stood its ground more and not given in to the pressure, after all its was a teaching aid. This could lead to a dangerous precedent, whats next banning the flag in text books because they could offend? The truth is that, history is uncomfortable and you may not be happy with everything that has gone of happened, but you have to study it to understand it. You cant say "that is offensive remove it" just because you don't like it and pretend like it never existed. If you seek to erase history you are doomed to a life of ignorance and repetition. It happened, it existed, get over it! don't like it, don't look at it! Want to protest against it, fine but do your research first and don't be knee jerking fool!

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Posted in: Fire truck arrived at burning home without water, fire department says See in context

Couldn't make it up!

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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

what to do with the funds? Simple return them all to Japan, including funds already allocated to so called victims! S. Korea, I suspect has no interest in resolving this matter and likes to keep it as a stick to bash Japan about with as often as possible. Also keeps it alive while the women in question are still alive. The familes of which know they wont have a leg to stand on once they go and don't want to miss out on potential riches as a result. You want to talk about exploitation, the families of these women are the ones exploiting them for profit. Japan has upheld its end of the bargain on many occasions its only Korea who has failed to live up to its end!   

However I fail to see how by cancelling the fund any hope of resolving the issue in the future could be made, as this hardly builds trust and any future deal is going to be increasingly unlikely as Japan will have every right to say "no as you will regain upon it in a few years anyway"

This reeks of Moon and his failing government who want to distract from issues affecting them at home and want to build up the nationalist cause. Pathetic really! Perhaps if Moon needs a lesson in what real atrocities look like he should ask his new friends in the North, or has he been so dellusioned that eh thinks they are a just like the south and never do anything wrong.

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Posted in: Fukushima Daiichi control room revealed 7 years after meltdowns See in context

People seem to be bemoaning the fact that a lot of the tech on show looks over 40 years old. A lot of powerstation control rooms look this way even today as analogue systems are farmore resistant and in some cases reliable that digital ones. Its not the only power industry that relies on old tech, a lot of high end space technology relies on computer systems that were developed in the 1970s and 80s.

Hubble for instance is using computers designed in the 1990s and is functioning fine and youd be surprised how many other big industrial projects and developments are using technology that by todays standards would be described as archaic at best. Railways, power, utilities, communication all rely a lot on analogue tech to maintain systems and output.

Just because we live in the 21st century doesn't mean everything is up to date.

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Posted in: May warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier See in context

Does anyone know of any divorce that has ended with one side getting exactly what they want with out compromise?

Compromise is hard and those saying its not good enough or it needs to change are those not prepared to put in the effort to make it work. At this stage, its best to get something in place and get the best out of it. A hard break would be catastrophic for both sides this is not perfect but its better than nothing and is about as good as its going to get.

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Posted in: Abandoned subway station in Tokyo open to the public for a limited time See in context

Love that Showa era charm! In the ultra modern world of glass and steel, this is a nice little reminder of a simpler more delicate time! Great idea!

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