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Posted in: Yokota frustrated at stalled talks on abducted daughter's 58th birthday See in context

Anyone with deceased family members who were close, especially children, will always remember them and wish they were still close. I always remember my deceased first son on his birthday. He will always be in my heart for as long as I live. He was half Japanese.

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Posted in: Musashino city in Tokyo rejects proposal for foreigners to vote in referendums See in context

Allowing non citizens to vote in any manner is ridiculous and probably unlawful in any country. What possible reason can they use? It sounds like what the Democrats are trying to do in the United States to gain more power and keep it. I doubt one person in ten foreign residents in Asia would be interested. Spanish speaking residents in the USA would mostly be more interested in voting Republican unless their relatives could join them.

states to gain more power

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Posted in: Japan proposes tentative 1-year deal on cost-sharing for U.S. troops See in context

Perhaps some Japanese military should serve in some US military units as South Korean soldiers do.

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Posted in: U.S. presidents and health: History replete with secrecy, lies See in context

President Trump has been more honest then the last few Democrats to hold the office, and much better running the US Government.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers try to dampen cancellation rumors See in context

I'm sure all the agencies are working to contain this outbreak and treat patients as well as develop a new immunization ASAP. The medical supply companies are already working overtime to supply masks to help with the preventative measures. Many areas have already sold out current supplies.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese returnees from Wuhan test positive for new coronavirus See in context

doesn't Japan have public health laws to cover this? They should.

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Posted in: U.S. says it will 'protect its interests' at climate conference See in context

Wake up people, we are starting into a mini ice age like we had a couple hundred years ago. It happens about every 170 years if we don't get into a new major ice age. It's getting colder and dryer. Look into jobs for that type climate. We might all be eating whale meat or caribou soon.

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Posted in: Rice blessing See in context

That rice looks a little weak in colour.

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Posted in: 390 kgs of rice stolen from Niigata Pref farm See in context

Kokuhorose and other California Premium processed rice usually goes for about $20 for 9 kg here in Northern Calif. near the rice growing areas, probably medium grain mostly. Short grain is perhaps a little more. This is very premium type and grown perhaps 20 to 50 miles north of Sacramento mostly. Hundreds of hectares of rice. Sushi shops almost on every corner here in the Sacramento area.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

In the late 70s I was living in Korea working in the US Army a couple of years and my family were in Hiroshima with my in laws. I went through customs in Fukuoka on a trip to visit them with a 15" (40 cm) Pillow Katana to get it registered in Japan. The police actually had me go to their locker room for tea to fill out the papers and were very friendly, especially since my wife was Japanese and two of my children were half and born in Okinawa. They all wanted to see the blade. We chatted about Kendo, etc. and as soon as the paperwork was completed I was on my way with friendly goodbyes to catch a train to Hiroshima. It took my wife longer when she went to the prefecture office to register the blade. It was about 350 years old and previously belonged to an in law who had died. They had someone standing by to break any blades not considered antiques or valuable enough to register. I mailed it to myself in Korea through the military mail to avoid all the extra hassle of telling them we found it in a storage shed in my wife's grandparent's farm. It was a bit damaged by some of her cousins years before and needed polishing, etc. Now my older son, born in Okinawa, has it in Tennessee along with the folded steel clay tempered hand forged Tsugaru and other Katanas and Tachi I bought him. My girls have Tsugaru or regular pillow katanas 40 cm, and the boys have several swords, my grandsons also, all have their names and ranks on the tangs. But they know not to take them back into Japan.

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Posted in: Gun control must include background checks, Democrats tell Trump See in context

We need Trump to revitalize the USA, the Democrats have been destroying it for the las few decades and giving away US property like the canal zone and destabilizing the middle east like Carter did by destroying the Shaw's rule.

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Posted in: Gun control must include background checks, Democrats tell Trump See in context

Automatic weapons have been outlawed since 1934. There is no such thing as an assault rifle. Military rifles are not available to the general public in the US. The problem is cultural, not guns. After WWII thousands of surplus military rifles were sold to the public and many times as that large capacity magazines which were never used in any of these mass shootings. Suddenly the last two decades crazy people have started getting weapons and doing these shootings. Are the ideas coming from Manga, and related publications?

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Posted in: Gun control must include background checks, Democrats tell Trump See in context

Background checks are already required, and have been for many years, so what are the Democrats talking about? They want to pass laws that are already on the books? Stupid.

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Posted in: Photo op See in context

She is a very pretty young lady and I'm sure will have a good movie career.

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Posted in: Okinawan farm grows vanilla to help disabled amid price hikes See in context

This project sounds excellent for domestic use and could develop into a large export industry perhaps in future decades.

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Posted in: North Koreans survive by paying bribes: U.N. report See in context

Bribes are the way of life in mainland Asia, for Korea, Viet Nam or China. South Viet Nam was trying to eliminate this and change the culture when the north took over. South Korea is not nearly as bad as the north.

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Posted in: Trump expects Japan's military to reinforce U.S. in Asia and beyond See in context

Japan needs more military capability to counter any move by Russia or China. Russia grabbed Japanese territory a few weeks after the war. Taiwan supports more Japanese military to counter the mainland. As for supporting the US military, transport and logistics are a big item that Japan can do without a change in their constitution. MacArthur really messed up that section of the constitution when he didn't give his group writing it even a month to do the job. Also the Emperor should have some political power within the current structure. I can see a time frame before allowing any rebuild, but it cannot be permanent. Constitutional Monarchies are more stable then most other forms of government. Now it's more important than ever and the Philippines needs the same, but can't afford it because of the ongoing Muslim insurrection.

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Posted in: Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict See in context

Trump didn't put out hate speech, he made Iran a promise if they attack America.

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Posted in: Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike; ignites social media See in context

Alyssa Milano always has an agenda. Her political views are usually not very smart and you notice she doesn't have children so where is her stake in the argument. Seems like she hasn't had enough sex to get pregnant.

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Posted in: Japan to mint coins to mark enthronement of Emperor Naruhito See in context

They should also do silver at a reasonable cost ($15/oz in the US=Y1650).

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Posted in: Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike; ignites social media See in context

The liberals support partial birth abortion, which means murdering the child as it is born. No abortions after 12 weeks should be the law.

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Posted in: U.S. House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes See in context

Tax files are personal and private information. They should not be accessed unless evidence of wrong doing is found when they are processed. The laws on this are strict, even though the Democrats are broken them in the past. The Democrats are trying to get around privacy laws and go on another fishing expedition against the president and his family. They want to waste millions more of the tax payers money trying to harass Trump.

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Posted in: After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons See in context

There were no so called assault weapons involved, there were semi auto rifles. An Assault weapon is a machine gun and are outlawed everywhere except for military and police. Anti gun people use the term to make semi auto rifles sound more menacing. Anyplace guns are outlawed the crime rate is higher. Except for some large Democrat run cities like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and especially Chicago in the USA the crime rates are very low compared to most countries. Those are areas where most citizens are not armed to protect themselves.

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Posted in: Court orders ex-classmates to pay ¥38.5 mil for bullying-induced suicide in Shiga See in context

Bullying is more prevalent in the USA and students must fight to push against it. I had many fights after school when I was in 5th to 8th grade.

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Posted in: Disaster prevention drill See in context

The children should not be under the desks at school. It's safer to lay on the floor between the desks and has been tested in California earthquakes. It will save lives when the desks get squashed but still stop debris from hitting kids.

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Posted in: 3 dead, including gunman in shooting at video game tournament in Florida See in context

Many states do not allow open carry of firearms, but it makes no difference. The shooters all are liberal left winger Democrats or associated with the Democrats. Quit trying to blame the NRA, etc. who are the biggest gun safety organization in America. You don't see NRA members doing any shooting.

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Posted in: Gunman angry at Maryland newspaper kills five in targeted attack See in context

You idiots against the NRA don't seem to know that the NRA has more gun safety programs than any other organization in the world. They start with young children being taught to not touch guns (Eddie Eagle) and call an adult to report any found. They are instrumental in helping the military and police set up marksmanship and training programs like the CMP. The problem is with the Democrats and liberals who do all the shooting and killing.

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Posted in: Gunman angry at Maryland newspaper kills five in targeted attack See in context

The news in the US is that two were killed and 3 wounded. The police got him and had to use computer facial recognition to identify the shooter as he damaged his fingers to avoid ID fingerprints. He seems to have used a shotgun.

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Posted in: Trump says date, place set for N Korea summit See in context

With the gun control controversy it ignores the facts that all the shooters are Democrats, liberals, or related to them. The same seems to be true of many vehicle related events. Perhaps the answer is to reject all Democrats and liberals from purchasing firearms.

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Posted in: Japan's high school English proficiency falls short of gov't targets See in context

I taught ESL in South Korea and coached my now ex Japanese wife (from a good Hiroshima school) for years. Have those students watch American and British TV and read English language newspapers as well as having conversations in English. It may help bring their levels up. It took my wife many years to achieve good proficiency.

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