Question 1 : Have the Iranians been on their best behavior since Trump took office? No.
Didn,t realize Trump was elected as a boss Iranians had to justify their behavior too. How about US administration behavior under Donny....what kind of behavior would one call that?
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Also many Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese cannot be easily entered using a keyboard unless you have learnt the inputting methods.
Funny that places like say Singapore, HK, Taiwan etc mysteriously managed to figure out that huge challenge.
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it's all plain to see how disastrous the deal is, as soon as Iran money was freed up it flowed straight into conflicts all over the middle east.
As opposed to US money that never "flowed straight into conflicts all over middle east" right?
So these guys were so dumb that they rocked up to the tanker in broad daylight "to remove a limpet mine" while ignoring any possibility that a drone would catch them doing the dirty deed? A dodgy salesman could do a better job than what we get with the official horse manure.
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Can the TEPCO incompetents ever do anything right ? The " double checking procesures they have in place sure inspire confidence don,t they....and still with the FAX !!!
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I never travel without insurance. Make it part of the visa requirement and also available on arrival.
Agree with zichi.
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"a striking resemblance" to similar mines seen in Iran,
So , by this logic every incident involving an American made weapon can be blamed on the US because noone else has access to those weapons, right? Hmmmm....
Kido stressed that the damage to the Kokuka Courageous was "not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship," as the ship's owner has contended happened during the attack.
Yeah....all those crew members must have seen a couple of seagulls flying towards the ship. ( seagulls that no doubt are based in Iran, damn it )
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Gotta love how Aso and his boss deal with the report his own agency prepared.......sorry don,t like the reality as you presented it, I refuse to accept this because it causes the infamous Japanese ' public misunderstanding '. Geez the public here sure seems unable to ' understand' much in the eyes of these LDP blue blood clowns.
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ClippetyClop, HK is a part of China, that is why she is vibrant, informed, and educated. HK is no special in that regard, all Chinese are educated and informed.
Except that Hong Kong became that way under colonial rule...
Seeing the people out in the streets, fighting for their rights, is something that makes me feel like I haven't felt in years. Hope. Millions of people. The videos are insane, when you see the massive flows of people that just don't stop. And they will come through this. Respect to the people of HK.
Absolutely, something we can only dream about in Japan regardless of what the LDP daimyo overloards do.
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DaDudeToday 06:34 pm JST
One thing my town offers for elderly who give up their license is an ID that allows them ride the public bus unlimited and monthly train vouchers up to 6000yen per month I believe.
Where do you live? This is precisely the kind of measures tnat need to be rolled out nationwide. If govt cuts a bit of porkbarelling to farmers, construction and N energy companies it would have enough to subsidize public transport for elderly who give up their license.
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This is Japan we are talking about. Since when its authoritarian and oligarchic regime has ever listened to his population?
Indeed... the LDP regime doesnt need to listen as its assured of its re-election at ballot box by the system it created, suppported by the hordes of farmers, pensioners and vested interests it paid off and its US masters who ensure its continuance. End of story.
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Another fact for you think about is Child poverty record-high 16.3 % in 2012 now in 2019 the rate is 11%
Duuh...who still believes Abe govt statistics with their record of pressuring ministries, refusing inconvenient reports and numbers and twisting the stats any which way they wish?
As long as inflation is over 0.1% then things will continue ticking along nicely. I am puzzled by some people's obsession with having 2% inflation.
LOL...yeah, Im puzzled by those 2% obsessed people too, incredibly the most visible of them were your revered Abe, Aso and the rest of the LDP daimyos. Nice to see such a lovely U-turn though...
"Prices don't need to rise much. From the perspective of people's livelihood, what's more desirable is for prices to fall, not rise."
Brilliantly argued by Hamada-san.
Rofl....He is saying the polar opposite of what Shin chan and the Aso Capone have pushed for the last 6 years, but since they all changed tack now , gotta keep in line ....this is just priceless.
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1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were"defensive purposes," citing concerns about a threat from Iran.
Kind of far from the good ole US soil to be "defensive puposes" ain,t it?
"The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said in a statement.
So far the US administration has not provided proof that the attacks were by Iran and not another party ( and there are a few ) intending to blame Iran for it....and where is that promised "reliable , credible intelligence" that sent the US Navy to the Gulf in the first place weeks ago?
I find it hilarious that liberals think that Iran who was caught on video indisputable and irrefutable of them removing unexploded mines from the tankers is allowed to do what it is doing now and think that act won’t be challenged.
Where is the proof that these were IRG and not a bunch of Saudis or Israelis looking very much " Iranian" in a false flag op ?
Isn,t it also hillarious after US released the sus video of the mine removing gang it was directly contradicted by the Japanese tanker crew saying they were hit by two "flying objects "? Damn it, now the US has to "find" that new video that shows Iranians firing 2 projectiles,... lets get to it.
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Well, perhaps workers need to be empowered to ' talk back ' in a polite but firm manner . The ' customer is always right ' mantra is not always right. Workers are human beings who deserve to be treated with common decency and the oyaji wankers screaming at cash registers etc deserve to be told their business is not wanted if they continue being as¥%#@ es.
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The backtacking, denials and lies coming from Abe administration are reaching ever higher ....Abe who pushed Kuroda into the 2 % inflation target now pretending he has nothing to do with it, throwing Kuroda under the bus and this gold nugget ' Prices don't need to rise much. From the perspective of people's livelihood, what's more desirable is for prices to fall, not rise."' The exact opposite of the BS Abe administration has pushed for the past 6 years .....There wouldnt be an election coming up soon, would there?
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Th e hypocrisy is astounding....so the Trump administration unilaterally rips up the agreement, slaps tough sanctions on Iran, sends its military on Iran,s doorstep , accuses Iran of attacking tankers without credible proof , calls on the world to ' unite against ' Iran threat ' and when Iran responds its Iran thats doing the blackmailing?.......Yeah, right on neocons.
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How come Non-LDP cabinets could not last longer than a few years in the history of Japan's post ww2 era? Anyone?
You are asking at a wrong place....you should be directing this question to the shadow operators in Washington responsible for North Asia if you really want an answer. You do know who created the LDP and why after the WW2 , dont you?
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This boggles the mind...I agree with Disillusioned ...how can a mother do that...there needs to be a way found for mothers of unwanted newborns to be able to leave them at a hospital ( baby hatch ala Kumamoto ) or something , anything....but not this.
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Makes no difference , the army of farmers and pensioners will keep voting the LDP daimyos no matter how much they get screwed....this slowly sinking ship is beyond help.
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No... on average Japanese are too passive...not even after the Fukushima debacle and LDP pushing the N-restarts despite massive publlic opposition were there anywhere near that number on the streets ...Lack of passion equals the LDP overlords can screw the publlic at whim here unfortunately.
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Usually the guy can pay for dinner, then let the girl buy them a drink somewhere afterwards.
Precisely what I do...I get the meal, she can get the coffee or a drink later even if she offers to pay half at the restaurant.....it maybe not be 50/50 but 80 /20 is fair enough, what counts is thats she actually offers to contribute and is no just a freeloader...yeah..male pride comes in to it a little.
The wife is always happy to open her purse and graciously stump up whatever's necessary.
Almost charming enough to make me forget that she is the sole possessor of my bank book....
Lol....like that. :-)
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Wish the neocon warmongers would just live out their fantasies with video game consoles instead of planning to wreck more destruction in the real world.....
"I made a bunch of phone calls yesterday. I'll make a whole bunch more calls today. The world needs to unite," Pompeo said. He did not say what kind of action the Trump administration envisioned.
Funny the calls to "unite " from the administration that goes around ripping up international agreements at a whim.
Pompeo said intelligence officials had "lots of data, lots of evidence" that Iran was responsible. Pressed for specifics, Pompeo pointed to grainy black-and-white footage already released by the U.S.
Aah...the fake video directly contadicted by the ship,s crew who said damage was done by "flying objects ".
Who believes anything the neocons say anymore?
Meanwhile tankers, airports, pipeline, even civillians attacked without opposition
Yeah exactly , those Saudi / Israeli/ CIA operations just keep oncoming aren,t they.......
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Remember being on holidays in Eastern Europe 15 years ago and using public wifi provided by local city halls in small medium sized towns...good to see Japan on the ball in 2020 , amazing....
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Yes, but sometimes when foreign adversaries try and take you on, it depends a response or at the very least a stark warning. With Crimea there was none of that.
Hmm...didnt know Crimea was part of the US ...last time I looked at the map it seemed awfully closer to Russia than the States.
Btw...what response should have been pursued ?...going to war with Russia on its doorstep?
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I think with such undeniable video proof that could not possibly be doctored in any way the verdict is in....It was definately the Iranians and there were some Venezuelans in the boat too for good measure . ..I can clearly see Maduro,s mustache next to Khameini, beard in the footage....time to bomb the hell out of both countries and bring their oil supplies under the control of the friendly & democracy loving US oil companies. ...or something like that.
Crazy Joe ....hit the nail on the head with that post.
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Ah, no wonder AK doesn't want to talk, there's video of his terrorist removing an unexploded mine off the tanker. Still want to blame every one except Iran?
Watch the video....it's an IRG boat. Love to hear the lying rodent's explanation for this...
At this stage I would say its much more probable its a bunch of Israeli or Saudi operatives or their proxies dressed up and using IRG type boat to frame Iran......IRG would have to be stupid beyond belief to be "removing a mine " from side of a tanker they apparently "attacked " some hours prior whilst a US military plane just happens to fly by and record them on video. What amazing timing ...
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The Navy was sent 'up Iran's nose' because of actionable intelligence that Iran was planning to attack US assets.
Excuse me being sceptical about fuzzy "actionable intelligence " that US hawks are using as a pretext ....no doubt the "intelligence " record ranging from Gulf of Tonkin to Saddam,s WMD,s and Syrian attacks has something to do with said scepticism.
Iran isn't showing that they should be trusted, now are they...
Huh...and Trump administration can be trusted?.....going around ripping up agreements all over the place from Iran to Mexico/ Cananda and everywhere in between, dishonoring deals that took years and years to negotiate? Iran has good cause to be cautious.
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Taken as a whole these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran," Pompeo said. He provided no evidence, gave no specifics about any plans and took no questions
Right, so within a day the US hawks ' know ' that Iran was responsible but have no evidence / proof ....well lets just wait a few days for suitable ' evidence' to appear.....ladies and gentleman ' We have undeniable proof Sadam has WMD and plans to use them ' comes to mind.
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Oh yeah Iran. That's how you avoid conflict.
There wouldnt be a conflict if US stuck to the deal, didnt impose sanctions and send its Navy up to Iran,s nose to please Israel and Saudi Arabia.
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I wonder how many American heads would implode if Mexico welcomed Russian troops to Camp Putin"
Precisely.....remember the outrage when 100 Russian advisors landed in Caracas ...and thats temporary. Hypocracy central.
On another note....that must be the first official photo on which a foreign first lady appears more fashionably dressed than Melanie.
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It has caused extreme worries and misunderstanding," Finance Minister Taro Aso said
Truth hurts huh...
government would not receive the report as an "official" one, because it runs counter to its view that the pension system serves as the basis of household finances during post-retirement years.
Yep...any inconvenient truths that do not comply with this deceiving govt official view will be rejected.
We have to be careful not to cause trouble to our party's candidates before the upper house election," he said.
There is the denial reason in black and white from Nikai,s mouth , ...not that the voting sheeple pensioners will give it a second thought ...blinkers on and vote LDP.
Isn’t 20 million yen the amount Aso spends eating out per year?
Throw in the Ginza hostess club fees and its probably per month, not that it matters , its all on official ' business ' and taxpayer will pick up the tab , no worries.....
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