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Posted in: Diabetic amputations on the rise in the U.S. See in context

This is an American horror story brought to you by Big Pharma and the exorbitant costs of health care.

There are people in the U.S. who cannot afford the insanely high cost of insulin and doctors. They either let it go or ration their meds, both which are dangerous.

Ailments carry an interest rate if you are too poor to get the medical care you need. The ailments get worse and their increases your costs. If you can’t pay, you die.

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Posted in: Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great' See in context

Above: for “in know” read “You know.” I think I might need a little health care to get rid of typoitis.

Thoughts that might interest Americans from my personal experiences with health care in Japan.

You have a health card that let’s you in practically anywhere. Long waits are the exception. The worst I’ve seen was at a private clinic that refused to have appointments. It was first come, first served. I changed to a public hospital and what took hours changed to minutes.

Whether you go to a private or public hospital, meds are generally not expensive. My fee for seeing a doctor (about two or three dollars) is less than what I pay for taxi fare.

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Posted in: Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great' See in context

In know what is really behind the judge’s ruling? It is not the Constitution but Big Pharma. Medical care and medicine in the US is the most expensive in the world. In a word: the U.S. for-profit medical industry is corrupt, whether private or public.

In Japan we have socialized medicine for all it intents. Japan is ruled by conservatives. But even the rabidly reactionary and corrupt Japanese politician would not dare to damage our health care system.

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Posted in: Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great' See in context

The U.S. for-profit health care system is going to be even more lethal. Already medicines and hospitalization are the most expensive in the world. It will be interesting to read provincial “Judge” O’Conner’s argument of why Affordable Care Act is “unconstitutional.” Welcome to the USA, where one right-wing “judge” can take away the health care you might be able to afford and slowly (or quickly) kill you in the process.

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Posted in: SDF member arrested for tailgating See in context

Besides tailgating, he threw an empty can at the lady’s car. That’s assault. Assault is, legally speaking, more serious than tailgating, which is serious enough. Does this guy handle guns as part of his job. If so, I’d worry.

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Posted in: Man gets 18 years in prison for fatal highway road rage incident in 2017 See in context

On reflection, I wonder if Ishibashi is suffering any guilt over his part in the deaths of a mother and a father. Over the next 18 years will he be remoseful or will he see himself as a hapless victim? Or will he simply shrug it off as something that cannot be helped?

I don’t know. I am only thankful Japan has strict gun control laws. Imagine if some of the less than wonderful drivers mentioned above packed guns in their cars.

Okay, here is another road rage story. We drive a foreign car. We drive it in accordance with the speed limit. This guy in his modest car tailgated us, blow his horn and when he was along side us shouted inappropriate words at us. We got the idea that he was jealous of us. This was a first time experience. Hoping it is the last.

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Posted in: Man gets 18 years in prison for fatal highway road rage incident in 2017 See in context

I agree that Ishibashi should have gotten more time. Even 23 years for causing the death of two innocent people is too kind.

Japan is a wise country in how it determines who should and should not have a gun. But it is loco in being lenient with bad drivers. If Ishibashi had taken a test for a car license that was a tough as that for a gun permit he would not have had his license. I suppose the carmakers’ lobby here is like the NRA in the U.S.

There is an overabundance of rotten drivers in Japan: from the creeps who absolutely will not stop for pedestrians to the stupid tailgaters on the highway. Ishibashi was only one of the worst of a very bad lot,

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Posted in: Officer on duty was watching porn on smartphone when prisoner escaped from police station See in context

Another cute Japanese crime story. While the policeman was watching porn, the prisoner ran away.

Finally, the prisoner was caught stealing food. He had not done anything horrid while on the run.

The policeman and six others were scolded.

No catastrophic events took place. You’ve got love this country.

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Posted in: Grown children surprised to find their fathers absorbed in internet rightwing sites See in context

There are these old men, I don’t know how many, who have adopted the  net uyoku for whatever reason. If you look around you may find other old men who has become hooked on weird religions or whatever. Or some might have gone left. It would be interesting to do an extensive survey on old retired men and women.

Meanwhile, the disturbing fact is that right wing extremism is a few steps from the passive prejudices of every day citizens. Recall the anti-Korean demonstrations, replete with loudspeakers, in Okubo, Tokyo. These were ordinary folks. Think of all the prominent people who deny the Nanjing Massacre ever happened? This is just for starters.

That the uyoku have taken to the Internet should surprise no one. But there is something else to consider. The black vans blaring martial music no longer inspire fear and awe. You see them less. The vans are getting old and rusty and their owners are also getting old and rusty. Their messages are antique. They don’t like Japan’s current Emperor because he is democratic and fair minded. The Internet allows a few old men, and probably a few young people, a bigger voice than their numbers indicate. But they are still dangerous because the tap they bigotry that is alway hovering about.

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Posted in: Grown children surprised to find their fathers absorbed in internet rightwing sites See in context

I’m not sure what to make of this article. It only talks about two old men who have found a retirement hobby in reading scurrilous right-wing garbage on the Internet and ordering hate books online. Whether this is a major trend or not is not stated in the article. I’m sure old man do other things.

But one thing is certain. The  net uyoku are a presence.

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Posted in: Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance See in context

One unfortunate aspect of the Pearl Harbor attack is that part of the anti-Japanese wave that follows labeled the Japanese as sneaky. The irony is that when Japan’s navel made a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur the West hailed the victory as brilliant. The Times of London declared:

The Japanese Navy has opened the war by an act of daring which is destined to take a place of honour in naval annals

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Posted in: Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020 See in context

Let us hope that by 2020 Abe will be out of office and Article 9 remains unchanged.

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Posted in: Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money See in context

Trump may be the first U.S. president to go from the White house to the big house.

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Posted in: Japan's military sees record spending: Nikkei See in context

Last sentence! We are not at that stage now but we do have a Prime Minister who has a fascination with things of war.

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Posted in: Japan's military sees record spending: Nikkei See in context

Japan is in the midst of an arms buildup. We are hearing the reasons, valid or not: Trade deficit, North Korea, China. These seem more and more like excuses. The trade deficit (so-called), North Korea and China have always been with us, as has been has been the Soviet Union at one time. In past years (which includes the Cold War) we have not seen military spending rise as much as now. Is this necessity or is it hubris? This is a fair question to ask the day after December 8.

A recent Vox Populi column in the Asahi talked about the hubris that prevailed in Japan after Pearl Harbor and other surprise attacks in the Pacific and Asia. Only a few people saw how all this would end in disaster.

We are not at that stage now but we do have a Prime Minister with things of war.

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Posted in: Can Macron survive France's 'yellow vest' revolution? See in context

Macron tried to go American: tax breaks for the rich and more taxes for the working class. France is not the U.S. and the French are now cowed Americans. Welcome to your own country, Macron.

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Posted in: Japan's military sees record spending: Nikkei See in context

Purchases of American-made equipment could help Tokyo ease trade friction with Washington as U.S. President Donald Trump pushes Japan to buy more American goods, including military gear, while threatening to impose tariffs on Japanese auto imports to cut a trade deficit with Tokyo.

This raises the question: Is this record high military budget really necessary or this appeasement?

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Posted in: Hope, anxiety in Japan over opening up to more foreign workers See in context

Considering the plight--and high death rate--of foreign trainees (Asahi Shimbun) I fear very much for any new foreign workers coming in.

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Posted in: Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance See in context

Thank you browny1 for reminding us of the other places that were bombed by the Japanese at the same as Pearl Harbor. This is also a sad day of remembrance for all those places. Yes: A pox on all the War-Mongers. A pox also on the rabid Japanese right-wing nuts, many of whom grew up and in many cases grew old in a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity in Japan.

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Posted in: Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance See in context

Meiyouwenti: Another thing you must remember is that the U.S. and Japan were not at war when the Japanese many their surprise (or sneak) attack on Pearl Harbor. Don’t blame the victim.

The attack without warning was calculated by the military with the approval of Emperor Hirohito. The rational behind this was the belief that the shock and awe would terrify the U.S. into a submission attitude. As we know, it had the opposite effect.

In the cabinet meeting a few members objected to going to war with the United States by they were outvoted, or outshouted by the power Navy and Army fanatics. One cabinet member said something like, “Good-by Japan. It was all a dream.”

One vehement opponent of making war on the U.S. was Hirohito’s mother, the widow of Emperor Taisho. He should have listened to his mother. She knew best.

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Posted in: Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance See in context

A few words about the USS West Virginia. The sailors, Ronald Endicott, 18, Clifford Olds, 20, and Louis Costin, 21, were trapped in the storeroom when the Japanese bombed the ship. The storeroom became an airlock. The sailors tapped continuously but there was no way to get them out with either sinking the ship or causing an explosion if blow torches were used. After the ship was salvaged it was found the sailors kept a record of their captivity for as long as they were live, that is before the air was used up. It took them 16 days to die.

According to War History Online: “Survivors say that no one wanted to go on guard duty anywhere near the USS West Virginia since they would hear the banging of trapped survivors all night long, but with nothing that could be done."

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Posted in: SoftBank mobile services disrupted ahead of IPO See in context

Dysfunctional here in Kansai. My cellphone says “Please wait for a while.”

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou is all very interesting, but I would like to know when service might resume and what went wrong in the first place.

My telephone is not working either. But Internet is okay.

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Posted in: S Korea may freeze Japanese firm's assets if it doesn't negotiate over forced laborers See in context

Demanding your wages is not opportunism. Pity Japanese schools don’t spend more time on critical thinking.

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Posted in: Gov't to start full-fledged landfill work for Okinawa base on Dec 14 See in context

This is from an editorial by the Asahi Shimbun:

"The Abe administration’s action tramples on the wishes of people in Okinawa and ignores the established procedures for settling such a dispute. Its high-handed behavior is totally unacceptable.”

The Asahi points out that the base is going to cause an ecological disaster:

"More than 5,800 species of living things, including 262 endangered species, have been confirmed to inhabit Oura Bay off Henoko.

“It should not be forgotten that the dumping of earth and sand would cause immeasurable damage to this fertile sea."

The U.S. military ought to get out Okinawa. Then the prefecture can start to breathe.

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Posted in: 2 shots fired at house in Toyama See in context

It has to yakuza. No details about the people in the targeted house. Not an accident.

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

Excuse me, must add the two Supreme Court Justices arrested are FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICES.

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

Way off the point, CH3CHO. These arrests have nothing to do with the subject of this article and this thread. It has something to with power abuse, as your quotation shows. The prime suspect of a FORMER Chief Justice. So why did you bring it up here, CH3CHO?

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

“ Japan has apologized and have made it clear they feel bad about what happened, something the Japanese do not take lightly. “

It’s a nice thought but it is not true. In fact, the Japanese have been largely without remorse. “For many years, Koreans had a difficult time fighting for recognition as atomic bomb victims and were denied health benefits,” Wikipedia notes. It was not until 1999 that the Japanese allowed to put up a monument in the Hiroshima Memorial Park. Then there were the anti-Korean hate rallies in Okubo, Tokyo. The Japanese government has done all it can to obfuscate and deny the facts of Korean wartime slave labor and sex slavery. The mayor of Osaka recently cut sister city ties with San Francisco over a memorial to sex slaves in the downtown. Recently The Japan Times dictated that its writers use “wartime workers” for “forced labor.”

I.F. Stone, writing of postwar Germany, said, “There is not anguish in them” (the Germans). This better describes the Japanese. Japanese remorselessness is something you feel through the entire strata of Japanese society.

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Posted in: Wartime labor rulings cast dark clouds on Japan-S Korea ties See in context

“The money was paid in 1965.” Obviously it was not paid fully or there would not have been this lawsuit. Note what the SK Supreme Court ruled. Individuals can still file civil suits regardless of what of international laws might say. This was not a suit against the Japanese government. It was a civil suit against private companies, which is to say persons. This is a problem that originated in South Korea and was brought to closure in South Korea. The Japanese government has no right to butt into this business at all.

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