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

In 1965 South Korea was poor and under authoritarian rule. Japan could have its way with those corrupt rulers. This has changed. South Korea is rich and a rival to Japan. The last corrupt leaders are in prison. Now South Korea can finally get justice done in regard to Japan’s sex slavery and forced unpaid labor. Regardless how much the Abe regime whines, justice will be done. It will be done.

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Posted in: Former U.S. President George H W Bush dies at 94 See in context

Bush was a gentleman and war hero and all of that. But let us not forget the Iraq war. Had it been a war of limited aims: to get Iraq out of Kuwait and then impose strict but not crippling punishments it would have been all right. But under Bush it became a savage orgy of war after the war with periodic bombings and sanctions that killed and maimed thousands of innocent civilians. This crime against humanity continued under Clinton and escalated into an invasion under the second Bush (remember the non-existent “weapons of mass destruction”?) The seeds of 9/11 were planted by Bush the first, to be reaped by Bin Ladin.

Bush can be admired as a war hero but not as a president.

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Posted in: Cracking down on drivers at pedestrian crossings by police will prove successful in raising the awareness of the pedestrian-first policy among drivers. See in context

Here is me in the middle of the crosswalk. Here comes car barreling at me and swerves to pass in front of me. Creeps like this should lose their licenses to drive forever and ever. Let them commute by train or bus. Or walk.

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

Let’s get this right. This is not a court case of South Korea vs Japan. This is a civil suit against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries who knowing exploited and cheated its workers. It is like suing a “black company” in Japan.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been found guilty and should pay up, just as a “black company” in Japan has to pay up when cheating Japanese workers.

If Mitsubishi Heavy Industries refuses to pay up its assets should be seized. Just like in Japan when a company violates a court order.

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

I agree with South Korea’s top court. Pay up, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

Look, if personalized license plate acronyms offend people they should not be used. It’s that simple. If your name is Alvin Stephan Smith the initials should not be on a license plate. Nor should obvious names that have an offensive connotation. Fredrick Calvin Knowles for example.

Political correctness? That is a slur against the word “decency.”

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Posted in: Global arms firms show off wares in Japan See in context

What a hideous waste of money. Want to be like the U.S.? Best for the military-industrial complex and leftovers, if any, for the people.

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Posted in: I believe we, as Japanese nationals, should respond with all of our hearts by fully backing possible military action or revisions to the Constitution that will enable it should the Abe cabinet decide on such a course to recover abduction victims and demonstrate Japan’s sovereignty. See in context

This guy is twit. He is advocating invading North Korea over abducted people who are likely no longer alive or who may very well die in the event of an invasion. A war with North Korea would be catastrophic to Japan and the Far East. Thank goodness Takashi Igi, is only the mayor of Yanago, somewhere in Tottori Prefecture. But even though he is only a provincial twit, his words are still dangerous to the security of Japan.

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Posted in: Forest management worker shot dead by hunter in Hokkaido See in context

It would have to be a high caliber rifle. You don’t hunt deer with shotguns. Shotguns are for fowl.

This was a really stupid accident. It’s unforgivable. Fortunately, with strict gun regulation accidents like this are rare in Japan. RIP Kentaro Sugata.

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Posted in: Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future See in context

Quotes from the report:

Ghosn added Mitsubishi to the alliance two years ago after the tiny automaker was caught in a gas-mileage cheating scandal. He had even floated the idea of a full merger between the three companies.

"Today's events throw any prospect of that up in the air," Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in London, wrote in a note to investors.

With the arrest of Ghosn, the possibility of the merger of the three above-mentioned companies and the continued alliance between Nissan and Renault are Ghosn with the wind. Ghosn may have been a business wizard but like a lot people who become too powerful and too rich he thought he could do anything. He couldn’t and so screwed up everything.

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Posted in: Doing it right and being polite: An interview with writer Amy Chavez See in context

I sense that this book best suited for rural life, particularly in small villages where all people know each other. In general, this might be a good book for living in a village anywhere.

As others have pointed out, urban life is different. (I’d add that outside your village life is different.) Japanese motorists do not stop for pedestrians, ride bicycles where they are not supposed to and smoke where smoking is banned or where it is sure to annoy people. You a whole different outlook in order to survive. It is not all that different for the tourist and resident. I do not mean you are forced to be rude. It is just delicate etiquette often takes a back seat to survival.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

What about “men only” cars? There are women who make up stories in order to extort money. But then if this happens the problem that smithinjapan wrote about comes up. The police first ask, “Why were you not riding in an all-male car?” Imagine all railcars being segregated into M and F like public toilets. imagine the chaos (I mean increased chaos) at rush hour.

The reason we have women only cars and may eventually have men only cars is because of a few creeps, gropers and occasional false accusers. Think about that.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

What the Hilton did was not only disgraceful. Period.

As for “If we have to follow American laws, we should get free USA residency, funding for pensions and healthcare and the right to vote in America,” be aware Social Security may be cut back to help pay for the Trump deficit, there is no universal health care and you may be hit with voter fraud, as in Georgia. You may also get shot by a cop for no good reason.

If you want to protest what the Hilton did to the Cuban ambassador, stay way from the Hilton and other American hotels.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel rebuffs S Korean lawyers in forced labor row See in context

OssanAmerica: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp has a physical presence in South Korea. This means its assets can be frozen until the company complies with the court order and seized if it refuses to do so.

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for 'research whaling' in Antarctic Ocean See in context

Dead whales are votes for the LDP. Meanwhile, the freezers are cramped with whale meat. It is not researched and barely eaten.

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Posted in: Macron leads WW1 Armistice commemorations See in context

What was missing? Poetry by WWI combatants. If you read nothing else, read Wilfred Owen “Dulce et decorum est.”

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Posted in: N Korean paper raps Japan's reaction to S Korean court ruling See in context

Japan adduced and enslaved thousands. Now it is acting the victim.

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Posted in: California bar shooter was ex-Marine; had mental health review See in context

Love of the gun + love of profits that guns bring. The bad people in this story are the gun industry, gun lobbyists and the utterly vile National Rife Association.

Note, in this horror story there was a “good guy with a gun.” He got killed.

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

This is political censorship and political censorship is not good. Period.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? See in context

Third...... nearly a century of lies have been generated about marijuana by the US and others.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? See in context

First, yes,  marijuana should be legalized but subject to the same controls as alcohol and tobacco.  Marijuana is not totally harmless, but more harmless than alcohol, tobacco and any number of prescription and over the counter drugs that are causing the American opiod crisis.

Second, there is one reason the U.S. is not taking Canada’s lead. With  marijuana being illegal, the U.S. can throw more people into for-profit prisons. Since Japan not of the same mind, I believe it would do no harm to legalize it here.

Third, as others have pointed out, nearly a century lies have been generated by the United States and others. It does not automatically lead to heroin use, for instance.

Does  marijuana have medicinal qualities? I have to pass.

One thing I believe it true is that smoking  marijuana could cause lung cancer. Smoke is dangerous, whatever the source.

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO Son says Saudi fund to continue despite Khashoggi murder See in context

SoftBank is not an isolated case. The corporations at best make the appropriate noises but go on feeding the savage Saudi regime. Wait until their oil runs out or is made obsolete. Then watch the roof crash down on the Saudi monsters.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. plan military response to Chinese threat to Senkakus See in context

Right. A war over a few rocks in the sea. Rubbish.

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Posted in: Elderly Japanese pine for return to 'lost' northern islands See in context

Whatever Stalin said, the Soviet Union had little fight left in it, with some 30 million dead and the infrastructure in shreds.

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Posted in: British woman sues Japanese university over power harassment See in context

I’ve been there and I’m totally on her side. Those personal attacks against her are worse in Japanese than they sound in translation.

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Posted in: Treading carefully, Japan's nuclear industry makes a comeback See in context

Why I get from this most anecdotal story is a lot of money and dubious effort has gone into trying to revive this dangerous and outdated industry. The Asahi Shimbun editorially asked who is going to pay for the next nuclear disaster. That, and who will clean up the mess?

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Posted in: Trump political ad linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive See in context

What’s wrong with the ad, Blacklabel? It defines a group of people by one bad example. That is called a logical fallacy. Ironically, this racist ad comes immediately after a lone white antisemitic American citizen murdered 11 Jews and wounded others. So are all white men dangerous. White nationalists certainly are.

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

It is more than about time.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

Tourism is going to suffer because of this.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

“... including you people.” I presume this rude person was referring to resident non-Japanese and foreign tourists. Especially foreign tourists pose a problem. Some may have ingested marijauna at sometime prior to leaving for Japan. Suppose they are targeted (I mean selected) for a blood test to see if they have marijauna residue in their blood. Would they be arrested or fined or deported immediately?

If this is the case, a lot of people will not come to Japan, Korea or China for their holidays. Tourism will suffer as a result. That is a certainly.

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