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Posted in: Disaster aid puts new face on U.S. military in Japan See in context

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ou'd better check your facts on this. In fact the pact was recently reapproved. I don't know where you get your facts from, but obviously from someone who doesn't know. I deal with it at work.

This coming from someone who wrote that the Marines are under the Navy? Better check YOUR facts, if the utilities payments changed recently that's news, nothing major really but news. If you "deal" with things at work you should at least be able to tell the difference between the Department of the Navy and the US Marine Corp.

The issue about utilities is a drop in the bucket in comparison to what the Japanese and MY yen taxes pay in keeping the bases here in Japan.

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Posted in: Disaster aid puts new face on U.S. military in Japan See in context

Wrong! Japan is only providing the bases and 70% of utilities used. The U.S. is paying the pay of the Army, Air Force and Navy (Marines are under them).

Wrong....the Marines are their own Department,next the Japanese Government not only provides the bases, but also with tax yen pay for all the buildings and their upkeep on the bases as well, along with supplying 10's of thousands of worker's to the bases as well.

The only thing the US really pays for is the upkeep of their own material and of course paying the Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen their paychecks, along with the Dodd's teachers too.

The Japanese pay for and provide 100% of the utilities to the bases as well. The way you make it sound is if the US is importing the other 30%.

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Posted in: Body of newborn infant found in mountains near quake-stricken Miyagi city See in context

None of us know the situation, only the results, speculating on why does no one any good. IMHO the thing that should be done now is help those in need keep living, and not fall into a pit of despair.

Pray for the mother, that she will find peace and not follow in her child's footsteps.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes again and again See in context

I'd rather work with Japanese alongside me than gaijin any day of the week. But Japanese bosses? No thanks.

But eventually that Japanese along side of you will one day be the boss.

When this eventually all settles down the entire sanyaku at TEPCO should be publicly humiliated, fired, without benefits, and made persona-non-gratia.

Yeah right, probably become the next PM.

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Posted in: Disaster aid puts new face on U.S. military in Japan See in context

@sdfinkyshu, the US military is collecting materials and accepting donations as well, and SOME things have been refused because RIGHT now clothes and toys are not a part of what the people in the affected areas need.

I know of Japanese people as well that have had items that they wanted to donate refused as well. If people would wait I am pretty sure that kind of stuff would be appreciated but right now it just gets in the way.

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Posted in: Disaster aid puts new face on U.S. military in Japan See in context

It's sad that in an article discussing the hard work being put into helping out those in need, something that the US has a long history of doing btw, short-memories indeed, that an issue from nearly 17 years ago has to be brought into the discussion as well.

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Posted in: Yakuza tone down events, step up relief efforts in quake-stricken areas See in context

How many of the mainstream newspaper's here in Japan actually picked up this article and decided to print it in their newspaper's?

Asahi? Mainichi? Yomiuri? Keizai?

I would think that there is more than enough news out there that JT doesnt need to go scouring the dregs of the shukan-shi looking for articles praising recognized criminals.

Shame on JT for helping to glorify crime and criminals. No matter what good they have been perceived to have done it ALWAYS comes with a price attached.

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Posted in: Comments from U.S. Embassy and British Chamber of Commerce on radiation danger to Tokyo See in context

A Message to American Citizens from Ambassador John V. Roos

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy and other technical experts in the U.S. Government have reviewed the scientific and technical information they have collected from assets in country, as well as what the Government of Japan has disseminated, in response to the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Consistent with the NRC guidelines that apply to such a situation in the United States, we are recommending, as a precaution, that American citizens who live within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or to take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical.

This is from an email from the US Embassy, the article is outdated as facts and the situation have changed greatly.

Take care folks.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate stays at 4.9% in January See in context

The numbers are deceiving, the manner in which the government here decides who is employed and who isnt would serious change if calculated in the same manner as the rest of the G10.

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Posted in: Should parents be prosecuted if their kids are caught throwing rocks at trains, cars or other other vehicles? See in context

Parents are responsible for their children until they become old enough themselves. My son and his friend were playing catch, my sons friend missed a ball that my son threw and the ball broke the back window of a car parked in the parking lot next to the house.

Now who do you think pays for that window? My son? Yah right...... 110,000 yen out of my pocket. Lesson learned on my part, now my insurance covers it if there is a next time.

Point is, I AM responsible for my childrens mistakes while they are under my roof and underage. If they screw up, I have to take fiscal responsibility for their damages. If the cops get involved then he has to pay the price of whatever justice is deemed appropriate by the law.

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Posted in: Should parents be prosecuted if their kids are caught throwing rocks at trains, cars or other other vehicles? See in context

@thepersoniamnow if this is how you feel then who is going to pay for the damage that the kids did?

The kids cant work it off, let say, and it isnt all that far fetched an idea either, say that due to the kids actions someone is either injured or killed.

Who pays then? My taxes? Hell NO!

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Posted in: Should parents be prosecuted if their kids are caught throwing rocks at trains, cars or other other vehicles? See in context

It is impossible to know everything a kid is doing outside the home, however trust is what counts. Since kids here are not "allowed" to work to earn any money on their own then I believe it is the parents responsibility to pay for the mistakes that their children make.

Either that or sue the school's and teachers that the kids attend for not doing their jobs raising the kid's.

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Posted in: Sharp to introduce high-output LED lighting devices See in context

nisegaijin thank you. Wasnt aware of that. Then it has to be the owner's and not the lights themselves.

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Posted in: Sharp to introduce high-output LED lighting devices See in context

I hope to god that they never get installed in cars at that power. It's bad enough seeing some of the people with halogen's on the road today, particularly the idiot's that never think to get them adjusted out of the line of sight for every on coming car.

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Posted in: Man's body discovered in toilet following apartment fire See in context

The old guy has not enough money to heat the whole house so he lived in the toilet which has a smaller space and can be heated by cheap space heaters. Makes sense to me.

While it is truly sad that the old gent passed away, I must say that there are plenty of people here in Japan that dont have enough money to heat their entire houses. That is a different topic altogether really.

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl slashed in face and neck in Osaka See in context

Who in the hell would want to "rob" a 9 year old girl in the first place? I hope that the police catch this perp as quickly as possible. Incidents like this affect entire neighborhood's and causes more mistrust and fear in an already declining society.

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Posted in: Who has the best claim to the Senkaku Islands: Japan, China or Taiwan? See in context

How about calling them "Nishi Inashi" ("North Ishigaki" in that island's language) or perhaps "Iri-Uchina" ("West Okinawa")?

Nishi is east btw not north.

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Posted in: Two boys arrested for shooting fireworks at homeless man See in context

Yeah 16 yr old construction worker, not "smart" enough to pass the HS entrance exam.

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Posted in: Unusual bond heals wounds for American WWII POWs who will visit Japan See in context

I can't believe that people are actually expecting private enterprises to send an apology for something that more than likely noone with in the company today are responsible for.

How many people have ancestor's that were responsible for another persons pain and suffering? Or worked for a company that was responsible for killing millions?

Do you ask the armament corporations of today for an apology for all the innocent people killed in Iraq or Afghanistan because their products were to blame?

It's like asking all the companies that participated in the development of of bombs or airplanes that dropped them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to do the same.

The government should take the steps to rectify the situation starting with changing the history texts here in Japan to acknowledge Japan's part in WWII.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

Showing opposition to the mosque just shows how xenophobic and ignorant too many people in the USA are with regards to Islam. Islam didnt cause the airplanes to crash into the World Trade Center. Fanatic's did.

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Posted in: What sort of a future do you think sumo has, in view of the latest scandal over illegal gambling? See in context

I am disappointed for my son who almost worships sumo and many of the wrestler's. I think that sumo will weather this storm but it is going to take a lot longer to erase the memory than some people may think.

Sumo has been in the spotlight too much recently for the actions of some of it's wrestler's and this just adds one more burden that the Association has to deal with to regain fan support.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

Oh one other thing, again if memory serves me correctly, the government here owns something like 50% of JT and any new laws they choose to put into effect limiting smoking will just be cutting off one of their own sources of revenue.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

Raise the taxes on the smokes... in Japan there's no tax on tobacco, so I have to pay their taxes.

Japanese cig's are most definitely "taxed" in fact iirc the taxes collected from tobacco sales alone here in Japan comes out to something like 1% of all tax revenues collected by the government.

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