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Posted in: N Korea launches missiles again, complicating U.S. attempts for talks See in context

Japan does have several spy satellites and the US has a lot of them. Of course they can detect this kind of NK activities rather easily. I guess it doesn't necessarily mean GSOMIA is useless but Japan and the US are capable enough to monitor what NK is doing.

This time, these missiles landed away from Japan's territory and nothing like imminent threat for the US. Not sure if Trump reacts strongly here. I know Japan is not going to do anything aggressive even if the missiles go over Japan.

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

While some of them are praising Moon for this decision, I dont know what kind of benefit SK can get from this. When it comes to security, both Japan and SK would be OK as long as the US is backing up them.

GSOMIA is an agreement not only with Japan but also with the US. Did they do this just to show their anger against Japan and want the US to involve this dispute? I would think the US doesn't want to get involved in this, nor take any side here.

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Posted in: At least 20 dead, 26 wounded after shooting at Walmart store in Texas See in context

Thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore. US politicians need to come up with some measures to prevent this kind of thing from happening this often. I dont know where these "don't politicize tragedy" things come from, but it is their job...

I dont think banning gun like Japan does is not realistic in the US, but still there should have been done something.

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Posted in: Japan won't contribute ships to U.S. Middle East maritime force: report See in context

It's also kinda interesting to see the US that occupied Japan after WWII and deterred them from re-militarizing themselves now pushes Japan to militarize to protect their own country.

I thought people in the US wouldn't be happy about the idea of letting Japan have strong military again. But it seems its not the case.

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Posted in: Amid tensions with Japan, S Korea to boost world awareness on wartime sex abuses See in context

You don't need to go wikipedia or whatever News articles to find what Japan said about the war...

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Posted in: Amid tensions with Japan, S Korea to boost world awareness on wartime sex abuses See in context

This is what prime minister Murayama said in 1995 (https://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/press/pm/murayama/9508.html)

"During a certain period in the not too distant past, Japan, following a mistaken national policy, advanced along the road to war, only to ensnare the Japanese people in a fateful crisis, and, through its colonial rule and aggression, caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those of Asian nations. In the hope that no such mistake be made in the future, I regard, in a spirit of humility, these irrefutable facts of history, and express here once again my feelings of deep remorse and state my heartfelt apology. Allow me also to express my feelings of profound mourning for all victims, both at home and abroad, of that history."

This is what prime minister Koizumi said in 2005 (https://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/announce/2005/8/0815.html)

"In the past, Japan, through its colonial rule and aggression, caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those of Asian nations. Sincerely facing these facts of history, I once again express my feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology, and also express the feelings of mourning for all victims, both at home and abroad, in the war. I am determined not to allow the lessons of that horrible war to erode, and to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world without ever again waging a war."

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Posted in: Japan plans to cancel defense port call in S Korea See in context

I guess the US must be frustrated with these two countries and China would be happy about this...

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Posted in: Amid tensions with Japan, S Korea to boost world awareness on wartime sex abuses See in context

This kind of move just shows SK government has been doing this comfort woman thins with political motives. As long as they are using this issue to boost their approval rating, the issue won't go anywhere. I kinda feel sorry for actual comfort women who have been politically exploited for a long time.

It is almost funny to see someone think this issue could have been solved if Japan has showed some "respect" ( whatever it is).

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Posted in: Liberty University president urges students to arm themselves See in context

An already crazy nation is getting ridiculous. I feel fortunate not to live there now.

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Posted in: Nakata powers Japan to 10-2 win over U.S. at Premier12 See in context

They always make an excuse for the losses. If they have the best members... Japanese baseball players can be serious for international games and perform well, but the US players cant. The US players can be serious only for money not for their country. They are saying as if they can be serious and win these games. But I doubt it.

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Posted in: Disney apologizes for tweet on Nagasaki bombing anniversary See in context

Do they tweet this every day?

No they don't. Their tweets are generally ads. I would think it does not matter of the translation. The Japan Unit says something like this on 8/9 is not pleasing at all. If this tweet was made by like the US Disney, no one cares so much about it. But Japan Disney did this? it was very poor decision to say the least.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships See in context

It seems they can do this without major obstacles. Japanese people doesn't hate LGBT, just doesn't care so much about it. If the government tried to change the law in favor of LGBT, they could do it with very little effort.

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Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable? See in context

Of course not. People in the US tries to justify it saying Japan started war and they ended by this. I can say that is true. Japan is the one that attacked the US in the first place. But, do they really think this fact can justify killing a million ordinary people in Japan? Hiroshima and Ngasaki were not major military bases and People there were likely to have very little to do with Japan military. Also, I would think people there has nothing to do with the decision on starting the war. Even during the war time, that kind of massacre cannot be justifiable. Having said that, the tragedy happened 70 years ago and Japan and the US have a good relationship now. I would think Japan need not demand apology or something. They can move on for the future.

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Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded See in context

Blaming Abe for this? why?

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Posted in: Abe says economy is No. 1 priority as ruling coalition wins big See in context

Many guys in JT are blaming this result. Just blaming something is easy. So, Who and which party do you like to choose? Do you really think some one from DPJ/JCP/SDP/JIP do any better than LDP and Abe? I highly doubt it and I think many Japanese citizen doubt too. They are not so positive about LDP and Abe, but so much negative about other parties. That voter turnout tells it...

Anyway, tax hike will occur regardless of the ruling party. DPJ is the one first proposed it when they were the ruling party.

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Posted in: Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary See in context

Unlike the fact a lot of people believe, the Japanese government also admits it is undeniable on their web site. http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/area/taisen/qa/08.html

Even if some politicians are trying to deny it, the official stance of the Japanese government toward this problem has never changed. When some US politicians show racism, does it mean the US government officially approves racism? When some German politicians make pro-Nazi remarks, does it mean the official stance of the German government is pro-nazi. Of course not. I dont know why this logic does works when talk about Japanese government.

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Posted in: Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, Senate report says See in context

It is OK because it is done by the U.S. for justice. They killed more than 3000 people in 911. 3000! Beheadings are not OK because they are done not by the U.S..Those who did that have to die. Even if the U.S. killed more than 10000 people in mideast, that kind of brutal acts are not OK. It's obvious, period.

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Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle See in context

Once in a month?

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Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show See in context

So if some famous guy defends Muslims, it will make big news in the US.. That is the most surprising part of this news to me.

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Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music See in context

When talk about this kind of topic, many people talk as if digital downloads are advanced, always better than real copies and Japan is so behind. IMO, if you have enough room, why not buy physical copies? You can rip musics from CD with much better quality and use the CD to listen to the music. I cannot understand why some people are crazy about downloading when you can buy physical copies at the similar prices. I think Japan's favors to real copies is not bad at all.

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Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music See in context

Most of digital music are sold in mp3. Why do you have to pay almost same price for lower-quality mp3 music?

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Posted in: No. of foreigners arrested for crimes in Japan up by 8% in 2013 See in context

whining whining...Due to racial profiling? I dont think so. I think this figure is true and the number of crimes by foreingers is increasing. This is mainly becuase the number of foreign visitors is increasing. More number of foreigners is in Japan, naturally more number of crimes is commited by foreigners. The number tells nothing. the rate, this article does not show, is important

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Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology See in context

If Abe said opossite, it would make the news. But this kind of news is not going to grab headline in ohter places than japan, making them believe Japan has never accepted, apologized and compensated over the hisotry. I don't know what Ave really think and want to do, but the official position of the Japanese government has never denied the history. If you go to the web site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, you can find it clearly states that Comfort woman, Nanjing Massacre and something like these things cannot be denied. I known some politician are trying to change the view. But, the official position has never changed. Even if some American politician make racist comments, it does not mean the the US government officially allows racism. The same can be said for Japanease government.

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Posted in: Virginia vote on Sea of Japan hands victory to South Koreans See in context

I'm just wodering how Virgnia calls Persian Gulf. Does they call it Arabian Gulf too?

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Posted in: Virginia vote on Sea of Japan hands victory to South Koreans See in context

Good. To be fair, let's continue to add every single name of seas around the world. Kids in virginia will become a mater of geology.

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Posted in: Global warming: Fact or fiction? See in context

The earth is getting warm now and the concentration of green house gases is getting higher. The point scientists are split on is whether it is due to the human activity or not and what the future is like if this is continuing. It is highly likely that the earth continues to get warm. But the earth would have a strong buffering effect or a slight change in the earth trajectory would make the temp lower. Since there are too many factors scientists need to think in order to predict the future, it is difficult to say the global warming is 100% fact or fiction. But I think the possibility is really high.

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Posted in: Nap cafe for women opens in Tokyo See in context

HollisBrown Actually, it is forbidden... I don't think you can be caught, but strictly speaking, you need to pay

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Posted in: 2 channel leaves 90% of illegal posts online despite police request See in context

What kinds of comments should be illegal on the Internet?

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Posted in: Darvish, Iwakuma named MLB award finalists See in context

2 out of 3 candidates are from Japan. It's simply amazing. I think cy young in this year is most likely for Scherzer. While his ERA is the highest, his number of wins are very impressive. I wish Iwakuma, who is the best in both ERA and innings among them, won the award.

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Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change See in context


I dont think they are blaming foreign players in this case. It is true that many foreign players are showing terrific performances this year, while not so many Japanese players are showing better performances than last year. Blanco, Balentien, Murton, Bowker and Lee Dae-Ho are showing nearly their best performances in NPB. Many new comers, like Abreu, Luna, McGehee, LaHair and AJ, are also doing really good, probably more than expected.

But I agree about the HR season record. It is ridiculous to worry that a foreign player rewrite the record...

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