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Posted in: For those of you who are married to Japanese, how well do you (or did you) get on with your in-laws? See in context

I get on really well with mine too.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

This is worth repeating:

Ah, I'm blushing. haha. I noticed that was ignored by the person for whom it was intended.

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Posted in: Congress nears budget deal; Trump says he would 'love' a shutdown See in context

The conservative posters on here are still completely ignoring the fact that this news article is about Trump refusing to even read a BIPARTISAN agreement, less than a week after calling for bipartisanship over and over.

The wall (more like a fence in reality) will not change anything, it's smoke and mirrors that work to make you forget about all the corruption in politics. Divide and conquer if you will. If you care so much about the American people, spend that $25b-$70b on reducing gun violence, the opioid crisis and healthcare which are killing WAY WAY more Americans

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Posted in: Congress nears budget deal; Trump says he would 'love' a shutdown See in context

By the way, do Democrats understand what the word “negotiating” means? Maybe a dictionary would help them.

This article is literally about the POTUS refusing to consider a BIPARTISAN deal

They are the party or entitlements, see California.

What entitlements? They don't rank high on welfare or food stamp percentages. Are you basing on 'raw numbers' a favorite pastime of the right? Yes, we have more people in Cali, we get more votes, we get more social security, etc. Guess what? We also pay a lot more taxes.

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Posted in: Congress nears budget deal; Trump says he would 'love' a shutdown See in context

oops, I forgot one part.

The man from the speech does not like the bipartisan deal. He wants his way.

Sounds like he doesn't like the constitution much. How un-American

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Posted in: Congress nears budget deal; Trump says he would 'love' a shutdown See in context

As lawmakers in Congress closed in on a bipartisan budget deal that could end months of budget uncertainty, Trump threatened to upend the discussions by insisting that any spending package would have to include changes to immigration laws - the very issue that led to a three-day shutdown last month.

So, there was this speech last week where this man kept saying 'Let's be bipartisan'

The right wing media whined and whined how the left refused to be bipartisian

A group representing 100 ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES of the people, reached an agreement.

We really need to impeach Steven Miller

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

if the left want to try and challenge his right to decide as an owner who lives on his property is just grasping at straws.

Let’s assume you mean ‘right to live there’

there are actual laws that protect from housing discrimination (Fair Housing Act, part of the Civil Rights Act 1968) is you might want to say you are grasping at straws

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Go to Orange County and see how capitalism works and go downtown LA, Compton or Oakland, San Francisco and see how entitlements work and you tell me where you want to live.

But sure, capitalism has nothing to do with it, right? The reason people leave NY and California is the HUGE SUCCESS of the economies of those areas has driven up housing costs. I hardly call wall street, Hollywood and Silicon Valley as signs of the horrible decline of the blue states.

What states are the poorest again? Oh, right the red ones.

What is racism? Saying that diverse cities (Oakland, SF, Compton) are lazy, but white poor (Appalachia) are the neglected.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that as of 2014, illegal immigrants were convicted and sentenced for over 13 percent of all crimes committed in the U.S. 

According to the FBI, 67,642 murders were committed in the U.S. from 2005 through 2008, and 115,717 from 2003 through 2009. The General Accounting Office documents that criminal immigrants committed 25,064 of these murders. 

I haven't found these stats anywhere on the DOJ's website yet, I will for sure look into that. I did find the news article you quoted, but I'm unfamiliar with the site so I will take it with a grain of salt for now.

But one thing to ponder...white mass murders kill themselves and never go to jail, powerful people rarely go to jail for white-collar crime. Look into the two-tiered justice system before quoting me statics about the people they actually throw in jail.

As for murder, Republicans keep telling me 'the black men' are the murderers, so excuse me while I adjust to the new boogyman. This is the first I heard all the murderers are illegals. I thought they were the drug dealers? I heard the story of exactly TWO killed by illegal immigrants during the SOTU, and of one in California during Trump's campaign. If you find me a primary source from the DOJ I will concede you are correct, and also I will continue to research, because I care about the truth. I don't 'want' illegals to flood into our country, I just don't agree with you that we should kick Dreamers out of WASTE MONEY on a wall (that we pay for, not Mexico. And is not very different from what we have now) that could be better spent fixing education, health care, criminal justice reform and mental health services for the citizens. I choose my priorities for how I think money could be best used to serve the common good, let's make our citizens educated, healthy, and unexploited.

FYI, I'm not trying to 'prove myself right' or 'you wrong' I just don't see the world from the same lens as you

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Two maybe three at best Americans supporting Trump, all clearly unhinged. The rest - all foreigners. 

Hey, I am an American :) Those Trump supporters ignored my post completely, oh well. I'll just have to assume I was right. I enjoy actual debate, I'm an independent willing to change my views if given actual provable information, not Sean Hannity cherry picked facts.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Texas A&M Aggie

But don't take my word for it. Revisit the SOTU address where the world got to witness the democrat body of Congress not acknowledging the low unemployment rate especially among blacks and Hispanics; the service our military is performing on foreign shores; did not even show mock sympathy for two black families whose daughters were brutally murdered by the illegal aliens the the dems want to give American citizenship to yesterday. In the democrat universe, their self-created Black Lives Matters meme has now been replaced with future votes from illegal aliens matters mantra.

I just googled and watched the Fox News video of the moment, and although it did not zoom in on Democrats, there was an overhead shot of the applause for those two murdered girl's families, and it was clear the whole room was standing.

The umemployment rates among black Americans went from 16.6% (2010) to 7.8% (Jan 2017) under Obama. Where is republican praise for that? It was on a clear downward trend for years, so it is hardly fair for Trump to lie about that and then try to take all the credit.

Also, it is clear demagoguery to think that 2 murders from 'illegals' is more significant than, say, the 50 murdered by a natural born citizen in Las Vegas.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Blacklabel, explain to me, why I saw with my own eyes, Trump telling lie after lie about the economy and unemployment during Obama's Presidency? If Democrats are bad for not praising Trump's half-truths, then Trump and the 'obstruct anything Obama does' Republicans are just as guilty.

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Posted in: Japanese kindergarten teaches students pre-war ideals See in context

Since no one has answered this question:

Question for Americans here, how do you feel about kids saying "The Pledge of Allegiance" everyday in the U.S.?

This is a little comparing apple to oranges, since there is no 'Should emergencies arise, offer yourselves courageously to the state.”

But, the simple answer is I don't think the pledge of allegiance should be part of public schools. Especially since it made me say every day 'with liberty and justice for all' yet I have seen no proof of these words in 40 years.

This is why I denounce indoctrination of kids any where. Look, I love my country. It is my home and my childhood. I love Japan, it is my adulthood and my husband's home. BUT both countries are run by corrupt elites and we need to stop sending our children to go die in order to make them more ridiculously rich. Teach our kids to be leaders who truly care about the human race and the wonders of the world. Countries are just stupid line used for passports and taxes

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Posted in: Japanese news program criticized for translating Lady Gaga’s protest message as 'I hate Trump' See in context

I'm afraid your way of thinking is extremely westernized and contradicts the Japanese mind.

Yes, our countries communicate differently, BUT the translation was of Lady Gaga, an American. Her words should be translated into an easy to understand version of her thinking. Yes, there are people in every country that might not understand different views (like at least half who voted for Trump) but we cannot misquote people just to make it easy for the viewers. Japanese have every right to disagree with her, but not to distort her message.

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Posted in: Japanese news program criticized for translating Lady Gaga’s protest message as 'I hate Trump' See in context

. The original meaning is lost but it still conveys the same message. Simplicity and easy to understand is important to us otherwise it will raise too many questions.

You are right that simplicity might be more effective, but NOT if the meaning is lost. For example if I said, For me, American food Trumps Japanese Food, and you translated it into 和食は嫌い it might be offensive, and cause bad relationships.

My Japanese is more simple than the above posters, so for your 'simple is best' we could chose something like 嫌いより愛 

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Posted in: What do you expect from Donald Trump as U.S. president? See in context

Since 2001, the president has earned a $400,000 annual salary

Hahaha. You think the mega rich got that way from a honest salary? He has corporations. Corporations buy the government. The government in turn make laws the help the rich get richer. Compare public records of the all the Senators and note the difference towards a true, honest civil servant such as Bernie Sanders to the rest of them.

Now Trump might not be able to get bribes as the President, but his business will benefit from him letting corporate interests rule, while promising the regular people it will trickle down to them. The lie that has destroyed our middle class.

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Posted in: What do you expect from Donald Trump as U.S. president? See in context

I expect a lot of idiots walking around like they believe they are geniuses and waiting for their trickle down that will never come. I expect the rich to get richer, and the poor, poorer.

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Posted in: They’re men born as women, and yes, you can call them 'onabe' See in context

What does that involve for women?

I read the full article, it seams that gender reassignment surgery is not required for the change of status, it said they are still physically female. According to the article*

And if one decides to take the step of physically undergoing a sex change or legally becoming a man, the process is complicated and drastic. As stipulated in the Seidoitsuseishogaisha no Seibetsu no Toriatsukai no Tokurei ni Kansuru Horitsu (“Act on Special Provisions for Handling Gender for People with Gender Identity Disorder”), to legally change one’s gender, both transgender men and women must be physically unable to have children, which means transgender men must undergo a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. As can be seen by the title of the above law, being transgender is officially classified as a shogai (disorder), and one must be diagnosed with the disorder to undergo treatment, which in this case is surgery to prevent a transgender person from bearing their own children.

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Posted in: Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections See in context

It is too bad they don't cure a disease, but I still wish we could find a way to grow cranberries in Japan

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Posted in: Trump rejects 'phony' polls; insists 'we are winning' See in context

Hmmmm. good to see how liberals think, like true gossip Hollywood junkies, if that's the most important thing for Democrats

Yes, because we can know the thinking of all liberals from a single comment on a site that isn't even targeted to American liberals. And of course, there are no examples of conservatives ever talking about such things.

Several people have written many other reasons to be against Trump, but you tend to ignore a whole lot of comments that go against what you have decided a 'liberal' thinks

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Posted in: Trump rejects 'phony' polls; insists 'we are winning' See in context

Some folk don't quite get it of course but it's no fault of theirs. Simply left over cognitive dissonance digging away at the subconscious.

The funny thing about cognitive dissonance, is both sides of of a typical conservative/liberal battle of wills seem to feel that way about the other. In reality, a lot of people here are saying they see exactly what Clinton is, but understand that Trump is still worse. The majority of the country has come to this conclusion.

The sad part is, if we all really care, we should stop playing this stupid game on turning on each other like they want us to. We need to look beyond this election.. We need to get money out of politics first and foremost if we have any hope of getting a good candidate in our lifetimes. Some 80% of Americans across party lines agree, so why don't we rally together? There are groups such as wolf-pac (dot) com

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Posted in: Trump rejects 'phony' polls; insists 'we are winning' See in context

Trump is smarter than all the liberals on this site put together. And the media ARE disgusting. If you can't see that...well. you probably are gullible enough to believe Hillary when she said there was nothing work-related in 33,000 emails.

The media is disgusting. Too bad Trump gets all his information from FOX NEWS.

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Posted in: Trump rejects 'phony' polls; insists 'we are winning' See in context

I just want this ridiculous election over. Hillary sucks, but she will be the next POTUS.

Trump is not 'anti-establishment' he IS the establishment. He is the money that pays the politicians to do his bidding. He is the greedy billionaire that ships jobs overseas. He is the traitor that buys Chinese steal and shuts down even more factories and kills small towns. He is the rich man who can't even give to charity without scamming other people to donate the actual money, then takes credit when it is filtered through his sham foundation.

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Posted in: Baird Brewery: Celebrating beer See in context

Seems like a cool guy

He really is. I am a beer lover who was lucky to end up not far from the original taproom when I first came to Japan, and besides the great beer, it is always motivating to support a business ran by good people.

Angry Boy Brown Ale, Suruga Imp IPA & the Kurofune Porter

My three favorites! Recently on facebook I saw there is a 'Country Girl Kabocha Ale' coming out soon which I really want to try.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend in convenience store in Shizuoka See in context

Breaks my heart that it appears she didn't call the police, and it was most likely because they didn't seem to take the threat seriously. I hope the brave clerk to tried to help can recover from this trauma as well.

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

Thinking about it, it makes little logical sense if a chef was quoted as saying:

"All these Korean and Chinese customers are always saying 'give me wasabi, before eating their sushi.'

That means the customers who ACTUALLY wanted extra wasabi would still be asking for it, making this 'service' meaningless.

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

I don't eat sushi, so correct me if I am wrong, but isn't it true that a lot of foreign visitors to Japan ask for the wasabi because they are not familiar with the fact that it is already under the fish here?

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

I never, ever walk without waiting for the driver to actually slow down. But, other cars come around corners while I am already crossing, etc. There are also many times I am walking on a sidewalk, and drivers turn into driveways, or pull out of parking garages right in front of me.

I made it out of Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka alive and well because I have the basic common sense to not expect cars will ALWAYS stop for me, even in a country where they almost always do.

I am alive too, in case you didn't notice. I have survived 8 years in a country where MOST drivers do not stop, see article for reference. Sounds like you are not a resident of Japan, so I am not sure why you think your experience is more valid than the report cited in this article.

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Posted in: Pew poll: How the Japanese and Chinese see each other See in context

The government media may be "guilty" of the hate in China, but not so in Japan.

Which is the subtle anti-China line that all Japanese repeat and repeat. I am sorry, but (just as in EVERY SINGLE MAJOR COUNTRY, including/especially mine) xenophobic messages, some subtle, some not, are the best way to keep the general public from noticing the corruption in their own government.

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Posted in: The weird and wonderful things people leave behind on Japanese trains See in context

“Poultry with Bones”

Not so odd since that would be the literal translation of a well-known dish in Takamatsu 骨付鳥, good stuff!

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