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Posted in: Japan's biggest opposition party shuns merger with rival ahead of election See in context

Wow, a Japanese politician actually showing some modicum of integrity-- this is newsworthy indeed. Good on Edano for deciding not to water down his party's platform with LDP rejects.

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Posted in: Abe meets with U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton See in context

Whenever I see Bolton's face he looks like some wild rabies dog.

Because he is a rabid animal (warmonger) and should be treated like one.

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Posted in: China's construction binge spreads to Americas, rattling U.S. See in context

"We are all concerned about China and by the way that China is entering those countries," Pompeo said at the Group of 20 meeting of major economies in Argentina in December. Such projects are not always driven by "good intentions," he said.

Yes, because as we all know, the US has always been purely driven by "good intentions" in its dealings with Latin America, and never supported coups of democratically elected leaders or funded death squads or anything nasty like that...

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Posted in: With Venezuela convulsed by crisis, Trump's hawks take dramatic turn See in context

Washington's decision to throw its weight behind Guaido, a virtual unknown in Venezuelan politics until recently, came only after it became convinced that the 35-year-old with a U.S. education was a democratic-minded leader they could trust and work with, U.S. officials said.

So "democratic-minded" that he unilaterally declared himself president without receiving a single vote. What they really mean is that he will serve as a useful US puppet and allow multinational corporations unfettered access to Venezuela's oil and gold.

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Posted in: SDF member arrested for beating teenage daughter See in context

If the mother doesn't teach the children to respect the father it creates tension and many problems.

Maybe the father doesn't deserve respect because he's a child-abusing POS.

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Posted in: Trump ousts McMaster; picks hawk Bolton as national security adviser See in context

The more the left has a meltdown, the more I think it’s a fantastic decision.

This exemplifies everything that's wrong with Trump supporters. They themselves admit they have no desire to make the US a better country; they simply want to cause maximum suffering to their fellow Americans who happen to have different views. Truly a nihilistic cult of destruction lacking any sort of moral compass.

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Posted in: Japanese man testifies in Thai court over surrogate babies See in context

The Japanese guy is mentally ill and I feel bad for his poor kids. They are going to grow up with major issues. Very unethical.

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Posted in: MSDF members arrested for committing lewd acts with 14-year-old girl See in context

The girl is obviously duplicitous, having willingly gone with two adult men for what would presumably have been financial gain. No mention of that, is there...?

I agree; grown men trusted with the defense of the nation shouldn't be expected to have control over or take responsibility for their actions. The blame clearly lies with the middle-schooler.

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Posted in: At least 33 human skulls found in western Mexico, official says See in context

Wow, that's what happens when your country is located next to the world's biggest market for drugs.

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Posted in: One of the difficulties of translating Trump’s tweets is honestly that he uses such childish and informal grammar that the translator is almost at risk of not sounding entirely credible. [You’d lose face]. He also has a tendency to use a lot of buzzwords and even slang that could be tricky to translate coherently into Japanese. See in context

As another professional translator chiming in, I agree that there seems to be some misunderstanding regarding the translator's role. The translator is not a copy editor; their job is not to polish the writing, refine the word choices, add things that are missing, etc. Their job is to convey the original content, tone, and style as FAITHFULLY and ACCURATELY as possible. In the case of Trump, that means the Japanese output may sound childish, disjointed, illogical, etc. Naturally, many readers will blame this on the translator because they could never imagine that an important public figure would have such a poor command of language.

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Posted in: Security in Tokyo tightened ahead of Trump visit See in context

Kasumigaseki Country Club is the one that almost lost its status as an Olympic venue because it refused to give equal playing rights to female members.

Seems oddly fitting...

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Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him See in context

Whether he was knowingly deceitful or just pathetically spineless, his negligence needs to be prosecuted; otherwise, every embezzling employee in the service sector will have the perfect excuse come 2020...

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Posted in: Trump sweeps into Washington with a wave and a salute See in context

The fox in charge of the chicken coop. God help us all...

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Posted in: May was Earth's hottest on record: NASA See in context

Why do anti-environmentalists always trot out that same idiotic argument. You do realize the Earth was not hospitable to humans for all 4 billion of those years...

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Posted in: Teacher who paid for sex with 12,000 women in Philippines convicted over naked child photos See in context

labels like "rapist" and "pedophile" are misguided. He is in trouble over photos of a 12 and 14 year old. Yes, they under-age and that is wrong, but it is entirely different category.

Are you kidding me? Of course he is a pedophile. No healthy adult is interested in erotic pictures of 12 year-olds, which is elementary-school age in Japan. Many commentors seem to have very sick minds, calling this guy a "stud" and "amazing" for exploiting thousands of women and young girls, many of whom were probably sex trafficked.

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Posted in: Teacher who paid for sex with 12,000 women in Philippines convicted over naked child photos See in context

Well, at least he is not a pedophile, just loves women in general whether they are young or old. Since he paid for the services he didn't even commit a crime either.

Yes, he "loves" them so much he raped little 14 year-old girls. What a bizarre definition of "love." And of course child rape is perfectly fine as long as money makes its way into the hands of a pimp...

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. 'a dumping ground for the rest of the world' See in context

"A dumping ground for the rest of the world"... That explains how Trump ended up there, at least.

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Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies See in context

Let me ask this, for any school that you may have gone to, did you or did you not support any team that the school may have put forth? If so, does that not make you a patriot and proud of that school? If not then I guess you don't care about the rest of the world around you.

Encouraging and supporting members of a community with whom you probably have at least some degree of personal affiliation or acquaintance has nothing to do with patriotism. Neither does "caring about the rest of the world around you"---that's practically the opposite of patriotism, which dictates that you should care more about people in the politically-defined region you just happened to be born in than those in any others.

they will have no problems selling out Japan just to justify their own self interests.

As the loudest advocates of "patriotism" are already happy to do.

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Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies See in context

"Patriotism" and "nationalism" are the last resorts for people who want to feel superior but have no virtues of their own to be proud of.

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Posted in: What do you think of those long black gloves and dark visors that some women in Japan wear during summer? See in context

Yes, they look ridiculous but at least they are not a nuisance to others like the parasols.

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Posted in: Concept bra will give you pep talks, help you take perfect selfies See in context

I'm assuming that by-prefecture survey above is based on Japanese cup sizes which, as anyone who has bought bras in this country can attest, do not match those used in the rest of the world. A Japanese "D" is basically B-sized cups filled 70% with padding.

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Posted in: Yamanashi, Shizuoka discourage speed climbs of Mt Fuji See in context

They should just ban tour groups altogether since they create the biggest nuisance: massive groups of inexperienced hikers who clog the trail, bring hugely unnecessary amounts of gear and snacks (leading to garbage everywhere), and don't exhibit even the most basic hiking etiquette such as moving to the side of the path when taking a break.

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Posted in: AWOL penguin #337 captured alive and well See in context

Let him go, he earned his freedom...

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Posted in: Ichihashi appeals against life sentence for killing British teacher See in context

The most sickening part of this whole ordeal is all the sympathetic press he's getting. I really don't need to see another dramatic reenactment of his "confessions" or an interview with a former boss praising how "hardworking" and "serious" he was. It's only a matter of time before he makes the plea that Hawker seduced him because everyone knows that foreign women are harlots and damaged goods. Wonder how this trial would play out if he had raped and murdered a Japanese woman.

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Posted in: Death penalty finalized for man who killed mother, child while he was a minor See in context

His crime was horrific, but he IS a minor. It's ironic that he gets the death penalty while that monster Ichihashi probably won't even serve a full sentence.

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Posted in: Ichihashi appeals against life sentence for killing British teacher See in context

Yeah, he felt sooooo guilty that he got PLASTIC SURGERY to evade capture, Definitely sounds like he was consumed with remorse.

I don't really support the death penalty, but I do believe he should receive the harshest punishment available under the law, and in Japan that just happens to be the death penalty.

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Posted in: Gov't enlists AKB48 as 'gatekeepers' for suicide prevention See in context

Ah yes, I'm sure the vacant, dead-eyed gazes of a troupe of robotic, hypersexualized child-women are exactly what will give these suicidal people the strength to continue on with their miserable lives.

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

Forgot this one. The horrible shrill screetching voice that so many Japanese girls put on. It's literally inescapable--on TV, on the street, on the train. I realize that to Japanese men it is the sexiest thing ever, but to me, it's like nails on a blackboard. My favorite is listening to a young gyaru-mama in a store snarling at her unruly child, and then the phone rings and it's the boyfriend--instant helium voice.

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

The insulation comment is spot-on. For a country that prides itself so much on being "eco," I cannot imagine how much kerosene and electricity are wasted every year to heat and cool homes that are so poorly insulated they might as well be built of cardboard.

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