MAD (mutually assured destruction) is there to prevent WAR (we are right)!!!!
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It would be great if Mark Hamil AKA Luke Skywalker and AKA the voice of the Joker in almost everything Batman related since the early 90's. To hear the Joker reciting poetry or telling someone to "take" off ;) would be hilarious!!!
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Forgot this is Japan, where free speach is just a saying.
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I just love the comments here about banning tobacco from high and mighty self important blowhards who belive that the world should revolve around their beliefs and that they should not have the slighest risk to their health from a whiff of smoke. Most of the self rightous here are living in large cities that just walking to the station gives you more carcinogens than standing next to a smoker. Most will stand up for the freedom of choice, yet refuse smokers that same freedom. Non-smokers have had the right to not frequent resturants, bars, ect. that are "so thick with smoke that you could cut it with a knife" as one comment here said, that freedom has been here since the beginning. I would find it hard to belive that some owners would not make their business smoke free if their was enough interest in it. These people will instead take away my right to smoke nearly anywhere regardless if the owner cared or not. And this BS about taxing morality, which is what these taxes are really, and using it to cover the costs of smokers health problems. I will cite how the big tobacco settlement that American companies paid, and continue to pay, to individual states have less than 10% of those proceeds being used for the purpose that was agreed to in the settlement. Politicians took the money for their own pet projects, and will take any and all taxes made by tobacco sales for their own devices. So taxpayers will still have to foot the bill for smokers just as they do for drunk drivers, drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless, illegal immigrants, and any other non taxpaying people who need medical help. America tried banning alcohol and it caused far more problems than it solved. So after a hundred years they forgot how bad it was and now want to try with tobacco? Anyone here know which nation first banned smoking in public offices? Hm? 1935 the Nazi party in Germany was the first to ban smoking in any public building and started a campaign to have public workers stop smoking. Has the non-smokers become so arrogant as to belive that the polluted air that they breathe in crowded industrial cities is cleaner without the smell of tobacco, so much so that you make it against the law to smoke in public? Remember, you always had the choice to walk away from smokers, but you deny smokers that same right.
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Well... As an American I want our troops gone from Okinawa as well. Along with ANY troops stationed outside of the U.S. border. I have grown so tired of seeing and hearing all the complaints about our bases and involvement in international affairs. I'll not go into the LONG list of things that could or should have happend if America had not been an active participant in world affairs since WW2. Whether or not you agreed with their methods, the fact that you can openly criticise the Government of the U.S. or Japan should be noted that China does not take the same level of criticism at all. I would like to see all American military pulled back to our own borders and for America to return to the isolationist ways from before WW2, but, thanks in part to Pearl Harbor, Japan helped to create this Frankenstein. How much $ would your nation have spent in national defence if America had left in say the 50's? How would your economic progress have been mitigated by defence spending? How much would it be now if we pulled out? Do you belive that China would not forcefully claim the disputed islands if America did not have a strong footprint in the area? We have become, whether we wanted to be or not, the world's policeman. Are you ready to have China take that position? Or Russia? How about yourselves? Ready to travel to disparate parts of the world and fight for another nation? And not one word about the U.N. They are as ineffective as the League of Nations was before them. So the choice is the monster you know, or the monster you don't know.
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I hate to say this but my beloved country has forgotten the lessons that were learned in WW 2. That lesson is how the Nazi's had far superior tanks, planes, and personal weapons than the allies, but their equipment was to complex to be effective on the battlefield. Complex designs that were mechanically unreliable and difficult to repair in the field. The allies had weak tanks but for every 1 Tiger tank, the allies fielded 100 Shermans. America now seems to think that technology will solve all the military's problems, when all it really does is make it more difficult to maintain operational readiness. The defence industry in America has too much influence on politics, and we get overly complicated aircraft and other vehicles for a conventional war that looks more and more unlikely in the future. Japan, get out of this debacle now before your air force becomes techno-dependent like America.
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The sooner Republicans and Democrats can stop bickering like little kids with their "gotcha" politics, and start doing what's right for the country, the better off we will be. It's high time to start worrying a little less about other countries around the world, and a lot more about our own.
ROFLMAO! That was a great one liner there! Expecting Dems and Reps to "play nice" is like expecting rain in the desert. It almost never happens! It is a systemic problem derived from career politicians, the ones who can lead their constituants around by the nose and will always get re-elected. Until term limits are in place, and the power of congress is severely contained, coupled with a true set of laws against powerful lobbyists. America will continue to slowly spiral down into the dustbin of history. Just remember this one liner for next time. If the word pro is the opposite of con, then the opposite of progress is Congress!!!
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And why remove one of the main tourist attractions for a nation that has little else to offer a tourist. Windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes are not things that most people on holiday are going to go out of their way to see. "Coffee houses" and the red light district were unique things that put Amsterdam on people's "bucket list" of travel destinations.
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The Netherlands seemed to forget how most of the western world has tried unsuccessfully for DECADES to try to put an end to illegal drugs. On how they have collectively spent billions to go to "war" against drugs. Can anyone show me what progress has been made with all that money? Other than a few percentage point swings back and forth, the overall drug usage has neither increased nor decreased dramatically because of any grand plan or strategy. The Governments fill up their jails with convicted dealers, yet you can go to the same places that had police raids the night before and get whatever drugs you want. You can kill or capture all the drug cartels operating right now, and it will barely make a dent in the overall volume of drugs available. The Netherlands seemed to be the one nation that had gotten it right with a drug policy based in reality, not neo-con pipe dreams. Now they are just like all the other nations that bury their collective heads in the sand and say its a criminal issue, not a medical issue. Alcohol is a drug, and alcoholism is a disease, yet you do not hear the same words being used for illegal drugs. I guess the illegal part means they do not get the same consideration as those addicted to legal ones.
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There has been a trend recently in Hollywood to "reboot" many old movie and TV franchises, with an emphasis on "humanising" rather flat charactures of the past. The Star Trek reboot, the recent blitz of super-hero movies, even the Three Stooges film tries to give depth to charactures that were previously as flat as the screen they were projected on. While some, like Bond, could use this "reality check" to give new life to dull, dead charactures. There are others that should stay "flat" like comic superheroes. Just my two bits.
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@ NinjaDave: "no benefits to society." If that is your criteria, what else should be banned? Drinking, any food product that doesn't give nutritional benefits(bye bye pocky), automobiles are for only the select few who can afford them, not society in general so they have got to go. According to vegans and vegitarians meat is not necessary for society to survive, so by that and your standard meat is not necessary. I know this is going to extremes, but to blindly fall into the trap that America tried about 100 years ago with alcohol without remembering what a fiasco for about 20 years that had become is to be just as rediculous as back then. Why do you think they repealed an amendment to the US constitution? Because it doesn't work. Niether will a ban on tobacco.
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One suggested Woodford be reinstated on the board, along with Masaharu Hamada, an Olympus employee who has won a court case for being unfairly penalized as a whistleblower on an issue unrelated to the cover up of losses. The company is appealing.
“They have a high sense of ethics,” said the shareholder, identified by only his surname Yamaguchi.
That proposal was soundly defeated by clapping - a common way shareholders meetings are run in Japan. Such orchestrated meetings are called “shan shan,” referring to the sound of hands clapping.
Shan shan? sounds more like sham sham.
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It seems to me that most people have missed the point that even if these reactors are no longer producing power. There is, and wiil be for a LONG time, fuel rods in all the reactors and spent fuel pools at all the reactors including Fukushima. I have not heard of any plans to dispose of all the fuel rods that are in fukushima alone, not to mention all those at the other reactors. Even if these facilities are not producing power, they can still have an accident as bad as Fukushima. So at this point, Japan has 40+ reactors not producing power yet still just as dangerous. Hmmmm...... what's wrong with this picture?
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The answer is to tie the food to the inspections. If they allow unfettered access to the facilities, and the inspectors find no violations, then they get enough food to last until the next inspection. Any violations or restriction to any facility, no food. Dangle the carrot and be ready with a big stick when dictator jr or his lot start to rattle sabres.
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Thanks for telling us where NOT to drink. No bar is worth visiting if the ownership and/or the waitstaff have a superiority complex. I prefer places where you CAN talk with strangers, because is that not what is part of the enjoyment of a vacation? I like to meet new people and learn things that you don't get from a travel guide, or a tour. In the rest of the world, the pub/bar is one of the key social junctions of any neighborhood, town, ect. Yet, according to the article's description, Japanese bars are exclusive "locals only" domains that have more customs and rules than a Catholic school! I'm definately not interested in "bars" in Japan anymore. Thanks for the lesson.
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Let's also not forget the attack on the Madrid train station 7 1/2 yrs ago. Spain and Japan both have reasons to mourn on March 11. May God give peace to all the families touched by tragedy.
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As bad as American movies and television is right now. Japanese animation is'nt that bad. At least the anime networks have not begun re-working old movies and TV shows like America (case in point, the new spider-man movie reboots a series of movies less than a decade old). Maybe American movie producers should finally look to Japan's anime for some fresher ideas than the regurgitated garbage they have made recently. Some of their better movies have come from American graphic novels, so it would not be that difficult to adapt some of the better anime of the past.
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So... for some of you, the age difference is to large to overcome? Do you have the same belief that race is to large an issue to overcome? That same sex couples are not truely happy? There is an article on this site from Aug. 3 that talks of the 68 year old Cha Kato getting married to a 23 year old. Are they really not happy? Age, so long as it does not go younger than the statutory age, is one of the least troublesome obstacles to overcome nowdays. There are countless stories of large age differences between couples with no marital strife. Are they all "happily ever after" endings? Far from it, but there are enough of them to lead me to belive it is not as big a problem as some of you belive.
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