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Posted in: Japanese celebrities urge young people to vote in general election See in context

Maybe the only way to pique the interest of younger Japanese people save Mickey Mouse or Pika Chu getting on the stump.

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Posted in: Chinese, Russian warships pass through Tsugaru Strait for 1st time See in context

Being played up to whip up support for yet another LDP administration.

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Posted in: University exec arrested over diversion of funds to dummy firm See in context

Nihon University is THE place to be if you fancy the yakuza and want major in collusion and corruption-

[ A Japanese politician has demanded an inquiry into allegations the vice-chairman of Japan's Olympic Committee has close ties with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza group.

Yoshio Maki, a member of the opposition Japan Restoration Party, on Wednesday asked the education minister in parliament whether he was aware of the photo that shows Hidetoshi Tanaka, who is also chairman of the elite Nihon University, sharing drinks with Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of the gang.

Two reporters reportedly had their kneecaps smashed by assailants last year when they started investigating the photo. ]


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Posted in: S Korean, Japanese students share summer house, deepen understanding See in context

These exchange type situations have been on-going for years informally.

Any familiar with ancient history (i.e. the Kofun keyhole tombs, or who built the structures in the temples in Nara, for example Horyu-ji) knows Japan and Korea share a whole lot more than just close geographical proximity to each other.

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Posted in: Taiwan defense minister says military relations with China at lowest point in 4 decades See in context

Anyone care to to view this within the wider historical context of the US and US proxies Taiwan and (at that time) Thailand's efforts to invade China?

KMT- Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party (nationalist party of Taiwan) which was funded by the US when Chang K'ai shek held power and fought Mao on the Chinese mainland before Chang fled to Taiwan; when Chang ran to Taiwan, other KMT military went to Burma

[ CIA connection and opium trade[edit]

The KMT army in Burma could not have expanded as it did without the logistical support from the United States, Thailand and Taiwan, as well as the financial support derived from the KMT's involvement in the region's opium trade. The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was the primary agency in charge of the covert program called "Operation Paper" that transported weapons and supplies to the KMT from Taiwan via Thailand.[9] With President Truman's approval and support from Thailand's Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram (also known as "Phibun"), the CIA put together a secret air supply network that shipped weapons and supplies to General Li Mi's forces in Mong Hsat from Thailand. The first shipments started in early 1951, when unmarked C-46 and C-47 aircraft were making at least five parachute drops a week. By late 1951, the KMT repaired the old airstrip at Mong Hsat constructed by the Allied forces during World War II. The enlarged airstrip could handle large four-engine aircraft and allowed the KMT troops to obtain newly manufactured American weapons from Taiwan. CIA advisers also accompanied the KMT army in the Yunnan invasion in May 1951, and some of them were killed during the offensive.[8]

Following their failed attempt to re-enter China in August 1952, the KMT appeared to change its policy of using Burma as a base of operations for the invasion of Communist China to permanent entrenchment in the Shan area.[10]

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Posted in: 'Fumio' and 'Joe' hold phone talks on China, N Korea See in context

Confirming that Fumio knows who's in charge and what's expected of him.

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Posted in: Japan to see price hikes in food, tobacco products from October See in context

 the wealth gap in Japan is rapidly catching up to the obscene levels you can see in the states ... people lining up for food while those in their gated communities stuff it out of sight. An inconvenient truth —Japan also has a ruling class exploiting the working class.

Well yes the US reinstated the pre-war Imperialists to power after the war, so that makes sense.

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Posted in: Japan to see price hikes in food, tobacco products from October See in context

The farm ministry has cited "China's brisk buying" and "a large increase in sea freight costs" behind its decision to increase prices.

Yes as usual blame China for everything, of course the events in other countries have nothing to do with it.

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Posted in: China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal See in context

I don't think they've ever made it illegal before. They made mining illegal a few months ago, that's the only thing I can think of.


In the crypto community " China bans crypto, again" basically refers to any FUD coming from China.

Exactly. As usual uninformed people speaking off the top of their heads.

From the article-

[ The events have a ring to them — in September 2017, the original “ban” announcement sent Bitcoin tumbling, only to recover to its original levels within weeks and set a new all-time high of $20,000 less than three months later.

The fact was not lost on long-time market participants, including those on social media, where the China news had initially resurfaced and sparked panic. ]

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Posted in: Japan seeks to remember its war dead as individuals in new memorials See in context

1) Do people actually read to the end of articles these days?-

[ "Leaving behind the person's name is to recognize the individuality of the person. The government has to take responsibility for having mobilized its citizens into the war," Oda stressed. ]

2) Do people even read the article?

the biggest difference between Japan and the "Western nations" (btw, i hate grouping all european countries and USA together as western as we are not the same!) is that the western nations didn't massacred the people in the scale of what Japan did...

[ During a gathering in March ahead of the 76th anniversary of the March 1945 overnight Tokyo air raid conducted by the United States, about one hour was spent reading out the names of 410 victims in a ceremony mourning the more than 100,000 civilians who were killed. Dubbed the "bombing of Tokyo," it was the single most destructive firebombing raid in human history. ]

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Posted in: China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal See in context

This story apparently originated with Bloomberg...meanwhile big institutions are scooping up Bitcoin behind the scenes...

[ Bloomberg, the anti-bitcoin publisher of the pre-internet age, has sent out outright fake ‘breaking news’ that sent bitcoin’s price down by $2,000 from $45,000 to $43,000.

As can be seen above Bloomberg said, without linking to a source, “the Chinese central bank says all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal.”

That’s false. What China’s central bank said is just a re-iteration of what they said in 2017. Published on September 15th, PBOC stated:

“Virtual currency-related business activities are illegal financial activities. Carrying out legal currency and virtual currency exchange business, exchange business between virtual currencies, buying and selling virtual currencies as a central counterparty, providing information intermediary and pricing services for virtual currency transactions, token issuance financing, virtual currency derivatives transactions and other virtual currency related Business activities suspected of illegal sale of tokens and tickets, unauthorized public issuance of securities, illegal operation of futures business, illegal fund-raising and other illegal financial activities are strictly prohibited and resolutely banned in accordance with the law. Those who carry out related illegal financial activities constitute a crime shall be investigated for criminal responsibility in accordance with the law.”

This has been their position for five years and nothing has changed except they say people in China that aid overseas companies that provide crypto services to the Chinese may be investigated. Again, what you’d expect. ]

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context

@Bob Fosse

No one said anything about banning porn until you brought it up.

Ok thnx for the discussion Bob.

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context

@Bob Fosse

Porn as you know is big-time business. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, it is run by criminal syndicates here in Japan, who have the unsavory habit of tricking/coercing young woman into being raped on camera.



Ok Bob, thnx for the discussion.

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context

Yes. If glenn1 is a rape counselor or police officer. If not he/she is free to enjoy pornography without your input.

Out of sight, out of mind, gotta love it.

Well if you live in Japan or in any way make your living dealing with Japanese people, you have an odd way of showing your appreciation for those referred to in the article who are suffering as well as the many who are exploited by this criminal-syndicate controlled industry (and yea way to go supporting a criminal industry and supporting the exploitation of those who are tricked and coerced/trafficked).

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context

Glad your in-law could make good money in the sex trade.

However you should also talk to the Japanese women who are tricked/coerced into porn and then raped on camera, or those who are trafficked.

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context

@Bob Fosse.

Okay I'll take you at your word.

Do you think porn makes us better people, and contributes to healthier relations between men and women? If you had a daughter, how would you feel if she said she was getting into porn, and you got wind that she was slated to make a mock-rape video next week? How would you feel if a close acquaintance of yours (your sister/niece/etc.) was sexually violated by someone who made footage of the incident and uploaded it to a porn site?

These are all valid questions to ask ourselves as porn continues to increase in popularity and influence on society.

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context


Be that as it may, you're going to be hard pressed to find anything more taboo and physically arousing than viewing (1) attractive people who disrobe, revealing their nude body and private parts (2) these people then engaging in physical sexual intercourse.

That is a hell of a dopamine rush, and once a young school boy (or middle aged man) starts viewing in the privacy of his room behind locked doors, chances are he'll want view it again...and again...and as the article accurately notes, chasing the incredible power of the initial experience can easily lead to viewing hard core material, which depicts exploitation of women as a means to gratification.

Let me ask you a question- You think all these sex offenders DON'T watch porn?

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context


One of the the central points if the article is that it creates a physiological (directly related to the body's physical functions) addiction.

And oh btw-

[ Worse, it got to the point that mild porn no longer sufficed, and on it went to rape porn, SM porn and so on. “I hate myself,” he confesses to Shukan Post. But he’s hooked. ]

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Posted in: Smartphones make porn addiction a growing problem See in context

People managed to avoid commenting on this-

[  Worse, it got to the point that mild porn no longer sufficed, and on it went to rape porn, SM porn and so on. “I hate myself,” he confesses to Shukan Post. But he’s hooked. ]

And instead the usual, "it's not harmful" and the usual deflections.

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Posted in: Japan to begin discussions on 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shots this week See in context

Is Big Pharma and the government officials they are cozy with handling this crisis in a competent manner with the interests of citizens at heart?-


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Posted in: 9/11 brought heartbreak to Japan as well See in context

Well I'll agree that we should pause for the Japanese employees who were sent overseas, but feeling sad for a Japanese (or any) bank, is well, not going to happen.

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Posted in: Man arrested over attempted rape of sleeping woman in her apartment See in context


Hey cheers to OnlyFans and other similar services.

However, when you get down to it, porn often becomes an addiction (it has been chronicled how it affects the brain to do so; essentially it gets the viewer hooked on the dopamine rush, which can only be replicated if new and progressively more extreme content is viewed. Once hooked, the viewer is hard-pressed to resist viewing more often and for longer, and will lash out or obfuscate when called out), so viewers will likely bypass the tamer sites and will invariably seek out what they want- thrills, at whatever costs to whoever (only exists in images on a screen, the viewer doesn't know or care whether someone's been tricked or coerced), doesn't matter once you've become an addict.

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Posted in: Man arrested over attempted rape of sleeping woman in her apartment See in context


Well, here we need to distinguish between sex work, i.e. two people enter into a mutually-agreed upon transaction, and coerced rape on camera/human trafficking/coerced prostitution.

Obviously, there's a huge difference, and I am sure you are not advocating for the wider acceptance of the latter (which occurs when more people get into viewing porn).

I agree that with prostitution, if there were more acceptance of it leading to its legalization and government regulation (as in the Netherlands), it could potentially actually disenfranchise the criminal syndicates which currently control it.

The problem with porn is that anyone can upload videos to the net, and we know from several previous news reports that sex offenders often record their crimes and do so, which encourages others to follow suit (under the impression, rightly or wrongly, that relatively few offenders are actually caught / sentenced to a harsh punishment).

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Posted in: Man arrested over attempted rape of sleeping woman in her apartment See in context

Couldn't this PoS just use the internet to...cater to his urges like everyone else? Hope the university fires him.

Doesn't seem to do the job, does it...or does it?

This "just sublimate by viewing porn" is repeated ad nauseam, yet the sex crimes keep piling up. Despite this people refuse to want to face the reality that it is precisely porn which is often the driver of this behavior, reflected in the popularity of pretend-rape and actual rape/groping videos on porn sites.

And speaking of actual rape, many survivors of the Jpn porn industry have come forward and related that they were tricked/pressured into porn, resulting in them being raped on camera. Because porn, if you haven't noticed, is heavily intertwined with criminal syndicates, and has been linked to human trafficking as well.


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Posted in: Trial of accused 9/11 mastermind restarts, days before 20th anniversary See in context

But after a 17-month halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, the proceedings appear likely to continue where they left off, mired in the defense's efforts to disqualify most of the government's evidence as tainted by the torture the defendants underwent in CIA custody.

Attorneys say the five defendants -- Mohammed, Ammar al-Baluchi, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh and Mustafa al-Hawsawi -- are all weak and suffer the lasting effects of severe torture endured in secretive CIA "black" sites between 2002 and 2006.

Yea being tortured for 4 years might impact what anyone would say, maybe just a little.

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Posted in: Senior police officer arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

KurukiSep. 5  10:54 am JST

As a woman, this is something I struggled to understand so would appreciate if someone can explain this to me - why do people like this man go through the trouble to film up people's skirt? Can't they just search for women in their undies on porn sites?

Japanese men grow up viewing upskirt footage and worse on porn, which stimulates them to fantasize about engaging in the actual acts.

Some of them, like this police chief, then actually begin to manifest the behavior they have been watching on porn (obviously many of the others before him were also illegally harassing/targeting women and had uploaded to a porn site).

When you get down to it, viewing the same gets old after the first or second time. The existence of porn sites stimulates the demand for new material...if you are an avid consumer, why not get paid and experience the thrill in-person?-So they become sucked further deeper and deeper into their obsession.

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Posted in: British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth makes 1st port call in Japan See in context

History repeating itself, although this time around China is not as tech deficient.

People never learn, looks like down the road we'll have to go through another big conflict.

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Posted in: Surprise, criticism abound among public over Suga's resignation See in context

Abe left him a huge mess which he was unable to deal with.

Having said that, as one of Abe's right hand men, he helped create that mess to begin with.

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Posted in: Biden moves to declassify documents about Sept 11 attacks See in context

We all know that which can be revealed will be while that which is 'inconvenient' won't be (same as with the declassified JFK documents), don't kid yourself.

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Posted in: U.S. climate envoy Kerry in Japan to discuss effort to cut emissions See in context

More "discussions"...wasn't there a big decision called the Kyoto Protocol made a few years back after a big international conference in Kyoto when everyone pledged to save the world, only to see promises made gradually take a back seat to business as usual?

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