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Posted in: Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G20 summit See in context

"Japan and the US the only countries not to sign the G7 Plastic Charter."

In this case the nails that stick out should definitely be pounded down.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

Anyone here remember the article a couple of days ago in which the US praised Japan as doing a good job regarding human trafficking?

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Posted in: Trump spoke privately about ending Japan defense treaty, Bloomberg reports See in context

The US is waiting for Abe to change the constitution, when they will join and support the US.

Very ironic that Japanese people will potentially die for the US.

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Posted in: Japan fares well in U.S. report on human trafficking See in context

[ In the report, countries with poor human rights records such as China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, Myanmar and Venezuela remained on Tier 3, the lowest level. ]

Well what a coincidence, all countries who the US is at odds with...no mention of Saudi Arabia or others as pointed out above by other posters.

Of course the US itself is clear of blame, right?-

[ The modern-day U.S. military base in South Korea has often been described as a massive international hub of sex trafficking that emerged primarily in response to the large population of male soldiers. Just in the last year, an Army Sergeant First Class stationed at Fort Hood was convicted of organizing a prostitution ring through manipulating female soldiers that he outranked and that he knew were having financial issues. ]

https://unboundnow.org/breaking-the-link-between-the-military-and-sex-trafficking/

[ Employees involved in an internal investigation of a U.S. contractor in Iraq found evidence that employees for the company, Sallyport Global, were involved in sex trafficking...

But “Sallyport regularly shut down their probes,” the AP reports, “and failed to report their findings to the U.S. government that was footing the bill.” ]

https://foxtrotalpha-jalopnik-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/u-s-military-contractors-involved-in-sex-trafficking-1794881278/amp?usqp=mq331AQA&amp_js_v=0.1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Ffoxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com%2Fu-s-military-contractors-involved-in-sex-trafficking-1794881278

[ It’s time to talk about an uncomfortable truth. I, like many of you, traveled the world while I served in the military. And I, like many of you, saw my brothers in arms participating in human trafficking. ]

https://taskandpurpose-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/taskandpurpose.com/military-needs-stop-part-human-trafficking-problem/amp/?usqp=mq331AQA&amp_js_v=0.1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Ftaskandpurpose.com%2Fmilitary-needs-stop-part-human-trafficking-problem

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Posted in: Woman in her 80s hit, killed by train in Tokyo See in context

There are a lot of incidents like this...at one point Japan had crazy astronomical numbers of suicides.

The numbers have tapered off recently, but they are still high, and with image-sensitive data such as this, one can't be entirely sure, as the gov't has been caught tampering with numbers before.

If it was because in part due to economic difficulties, it is yet another indictment of the system this government has created.

May her soul rest in peace.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed See in context

Of course it's only for the rich corporate elite.

When hasn't it been?

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Before going the media reported that Abe would represent a neutral stance and would not be relaying any message from the US....

[ "Japan is an important Asian country and if it wants to expand ties with Iran, it should show a firm stance, as other countries have done,” Khamenei said. ]

Abe went all the way over there to be told that to his face.

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

...And the elephant in the room- How did this system / government come into being after the war?

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Posted in: K-pop's BTS gets coveted Recording Academy membership invite See in context

In fact most of the major record companies are focused more on money than music.

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Posted in: Man on a mediation mission: Abe heads to Iran See in context

[ Japanese government officials say Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, and instead want to position Japan as a neutral intermediary. ]

The flags behind Abe say it all...and it's also sure to be the case that Iran will overlook who has positioned their military bases throughout Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

[ On Tuesday, Harada said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him the measure is following the right direction and urged him to "thoroughly listen to the opinions of the people." ]

This sentiment to ban / charge for plastic bags was not the opinion of most Japanese consumers, and Shinzo / the Japanese gov't clearly know that it's more about the 2020 Olympics and what images the world sees when it visits Japan.

Yet Shinzo and co. try to turn this into a "we must listen to the people" moment, suddenly having instant amnesia about the numerous laws that were rammed through without heeding public protests...which is more polluting, the plastic, or the garbage these sleazebags spew into the media and public domain?

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Posted in: Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report See in context

Apparently some people are not able to step up and admit they were overly biased in buying into the false report, and insisting that it must be true...reflects on how they process other news stories, and shows how gullible/easy to influence they are.

Getting upvoted here definitely not a sign of credibility.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

A lot of you were wrong-

https://www.nknews.org/2019/06/amid-purge-reports-kim-yong-chol-reappears-alongside-north-korean-leader/?fbclid=IwAR1G9Tf-Iqu6z8I_yBK2M0kX3n6SELrgOogjxzMEyfzjTu2yMJMkqF7xA_4

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

@semperfi

Read up on what he did to get the attention of North Korean officials.

Unfortunately he made himself a target.

Regarding media reports that his teeth had been knocked out, bones broken, etc., the doctor who examined his body discounted those assessments.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

@Thunderbird2

Read through the comments before jumping to such conclusions.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups See in context

@thepersoniamnow

If the debate is whether a country is a threat to other nations if they rebuild militarily, it is going to be necessary to look at what atrocities they committed, if any.

No one said Japan was the only country guilty of war crimes.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

It has been proven that the media has been guilty of spreading false rumors.

Buy in to the popular narrative, or seek out the truth (even if it happens to not be popular)?- Up to each individual's conception of what is more important in life.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

@semperfi

As Bloomberg reported, many of those reports have proven to be false.

If so, who cares where he is?

Here is an example-

[ North Korea's top official, who disappeared from the public eye for three months, reappeared in public, according to reports Friday from the communist country's state-run media.

He had not been seen in public since November, when his name did not appear on a list of attendees at a state funeral, sparking rumors that he might have been purged. ]

https://www.voanews.com/a/north-korean-official-reappears-after-three-month-absence/3148548.html

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

Yep that article is typical hyperbole as in the false story about how an official was fed alive to dogs, or that everyone was forced to cut their hair the same as Kim Jong-un.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

The Chosun Ilbo and other conservative ROK media are notorious for printing false rumors to tar the North-

[ Previous reports in South Korea media about senior North Korean officials being executed have proven false. ]

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-30/north-korea-envoy-executed-over-trump-kim-summit-chosun-reports?fbclid=IwAR03GMnWPI24lakfhn7c8WoBikDKPDLcKlLP3nWCY-LIKzb6HRV5Bd_SbP8

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Posted in: Cambodia's 'perfect pepper' conquering world's taste buds See in context

This article deftly avoids mentioning that the Khymer Rouge came to power in the wake of the US' extensive bombings, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Cambodians, not to mention the landmines that are still strewn across Cambodian territory and continue to maim and kill today.

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Posted in: Trump to choose Hagerty as next U.S. ambassador to Japan See in context

Yes far better choice than Caroline.

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Posted in: Chilean man wanted for suspected murder of Japanese student in France See in context

"Now I am getting a lot of different information from different places but just wanted to make sure what is true. She is said to be happy in a "new relationship" but she went to dinner with her ex-boyfriend on 12/4 and brought him back to her dorm room. "

Exactly. That was her personal choice, and unfortunately it led to dire consequences.

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Posted in: Chilean man wanted for suspected murder of Japanese student in France See in context

Talk about jumping to conclusions..you also put words in people's mouths (never said "wrong place at the wrong time").

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Posted in: Chilean man wanted for suspected murder of Japanese student in France See in context

Don't get bent out of shape there, no one said anything about staying at home being the better choice.

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Posted in: Chilean man wanted for suspected murder of Japanese student in France See in context

Unfortunately she made a choice which had dire consequences for her

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Posted in: Manhunt for Berlin suspect intensifies as anger grows See in context

Funny everyone avoids bringing up Trump...he may be off on a variety of issues (i.e. climate change), but basically what he's been saying pertinent to this issue has turned out to be accurate...other pc politicians have skirted or avoided saying anything to avoid being labeled this or that

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Posted in: U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy performs 'Koi Dance' in Santa suit See in context

Yep just about sums up what she's qualified to do

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Posted in: Madonna on Trump victory: 'Women hate women' See in context

Election is done, get over it

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Posted in: Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill See in context

I've seen what gambling does, what it turns people and communities into...sayonara Japan

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