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Posted in: Gov't to submit bill allowing more part-timers to join health insurance and pension programs See in context

2016? Gee, that will give a lot of these companies time to work out their loopholes around this. All you Ei-kai-wa employees beware. You may see your hours and/or wages drop in the near future to - ahem - cover costs of health-care and pension.

I don't imagine that this would affect dispatch ALT comapnies and/or Eikawa companies. Most employees sign a 1 year contract, which technically isn't for an entire 365 days. Most begin early April and finish mid March.

Worst case scenario, the companies will just dish out 6 month contracts. Loop-hole found. Problem solved!

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Posted in: Gorbachev calls for global court for environmental crimes See in context

Where did they dig this guy up from?

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Posted in: Obama may visit Demilitarized Zone during visit to S Korea See in context

just-a-bigguy...

Firstly, to address the Taiwan issue. China does not have a navy capable of challenging the United States compounds the problem. China is still in the process of completing its first aircraft carrier; indeed, its navy is insufficient in size and quality to challenge the United States. But naval hardware is not China's greatest challenge. The United States commissioned its first aircraft carrier in 1922 and has been refining both carrier aviation and battle group tactics ever since. Developing admirals and staffs capable of commanding carrier battle groups takes generations. Since the Chinese have never had a carrier battle group in the first place, they have never had an admiral commanding a carrier battle group. China depends on the high seas to survive. The configuration of the South China Sea and the East China Sea render China relatively easy to blockade. Lastly, on the issue of North Korea. Beijing has considerable investments in N. Korea and do not wish for the collapes of the current regime. That said, Beijing does welcome engagement and talks with the U.S., but at the same time, Beijing wants to ensure that its influence on Pyongyang, and China's ability to exploit North Korea’s behavior and isolation, do not suffer. China wants what everybody wants. Peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Like any deal with North Korea, there is reason to be skeptical about the arrangement's longevity. Pyongyang has made it clear this is only a moratorium on testing and nuclear enrichment, and that it will only last as long as high-level talks between North Korea and the United States continue.

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Posted in: Tokyo to relax rules on poisonous puffer fish See in context

Great. With my luck the chef will be getting it on with Edna Krabappel in the back and tell his apprentice to cut up the fugu for me. "Poison fish. Poison fish. Poison fish. Ah, tasty fish!"

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Posted in: North Korean leader visits DMZ; orders high alert See in context

All this sabre rattling is tanamount to a spoiled child begging for attention. I wish the N. Korean people would rise up and revolt.

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Posted in: U.S. urges probe into Putin's victory See in context

I think the majority of you are missing the point. Election fraud is a serious assault on democracy and bashing the U.S. for the suggestion of an inquiry shows how ignorant some people are. I hope more countries request and inquiry as well. Foreign monitors reported that the results were tilted in favour for Putin. Moreover, this thug was elected twice as President, once as Prime Minister and again as President. Something just doesn't jive.

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