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Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor, with U.S. base in focus See in context

It appears that Denny Tamaki has won the election. What wonderful news!

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 to begin recruitment of Games volunteers on Sept 26 See in context

Brilliantly said, Aoi! It seems that no one will be able to voice any disagreement with the Olympics without being branded a traitor! The opinions of ordinary people were never taken into consideration when the elite of this country decided to have the Olympics.....

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Posted in: Hair-raising experience See in context

Lee - Totally agree with you. Many more important things to be passionate about.

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Posted in: Tokio pop group member's contract terminated over indecent act See in context

Steve Fennel

Completely agree with you - the metoo witch-hunters are not always in the right.

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Posted in: Prison escapee caught in Hiroshima after 3 weeks on run See in context

Why limit yourself to two versions? A third possibility is that you misunderstood/misread the news flash. A fourth is that you are deliberately trying to spread fake news. A fifth is that you don’t know the difference. There may be more.

You make some good points Educator60, however:

The newsflash was witnessed and understood by three members of the same family - two of whom are

Japanese. There was absolutely no misunderstanding.

I am not and never have been in the habit of spreading fake news. I am simply relating what I saw. Please

can you provide everyone with more evidence that the police version of the story is true before making such

a serious personal accusation.

I may be completely wrong in my view of what might have happened but I think that it's important for

people to decide for themselves.

A little bit of politeness is important even if you strongly disagree with someone else's views.

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Posted in: Prison escapee caught in Hiroshima after 3 weeks on run See in context

This is a really interesting case and an excellent example of the Japanese police's attempt to present a infallible image to the public at any cost.

Just after noon yesterday (12.10) I saw a brief news message flashed up on TV (NTV channel 4) that Tatsuma Hirao had turned himself in at a police station in Hiroshima. He had NOT been recaptured by officers after receiving a tip. A short while afterwards there came the 'official' news that he had been dramatically caught after a short chase and there was the issue of a rather unclear photograph of someone being wrestled to the ground. There are perhaps two possible conclusions to draw from this. Either the original news item, when it was first reported, was inaccurate and later corrected or the police took it upon themselves to concoct a story and recover a bit of their self respect. As for Hirao himself - he might well have been told that it would be easier for him in the long run to go along with the police version of events.

Which version of the story you choose to believe is entirely up to you. Taking into account the police's previous incompetent manhunt I rather fear that the second story rings more true.

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Posted in: 7 death row Aum cult members moved from Tokyo detention center See in context

It's absolutely amazing that no one has remarked on the the timing of this move of Aum

members from the Tokyo Detention House. Coinciding neatly with the 'Moritomo scandal'

and questions about Prime Minister Abe and Finance Minister Aso's honesty, this move

is clearly meant to deflect the public's attention. Cynical politicians!

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Posted in: Boeing delivers 50th 787 Dreamliner to ANA See in context

A lovely aircraft but not particularly liked by most long haul economy class passengers - the 9 across layout was really comfortable - the 10 across layout is certainly not and far less desirable than other airliners….

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Posted in: Japan marks first Mountain Day national holiday See in context

Happy Mountain Day!

However, I'm sure that many people would like not to be told when to take time off from their jobs so why does the government feel as though it has to decide?

How about a little bit of personal choice about when to take holidays? It would be a good way of avoiding overcrowded and expensive trains, planes and hotels and it would make our precious time off a little more special.

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Posted in: Ultraconservative lobby Nippon Kaigi backs constitution revision See in context

Oh dear, ghoneim mohamed, you must be on something. Please keep on taking your medicine. Japan is in the greatest danger than its has been for the past 70 years and people like you certainly do not help by supporting such dangerous and unstable people. Think more about ordinary people and innocent individual instead of harking back to days of 'DaiNippon' which caused such misery and hardship for millions of ordinary people.

.No doubt he is the best Japanese prime minister in Japan modern history

No, he is most certainly not. Divisive and out of touch.

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Posted in: 4 killed in Osaka Pref plane crash See in context

Someone extremely important or influential must have been on that plane - no mention of names anywhere except for the pilot's. Perhaps the media has somehow been 'persuaded' not to enquire further into the identity of the passengers. Before anyone mentions DNA analysis or unrecognisable condition of bodies remember a flight plan is almost always filed in these situations and doubtless the names of the passengers are known by someone somewhere.

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Posted in: Fireworks organizers urge people not to fly drones nearby See in context

Pure government-driven paranoia. Most people in Japan have never even seen a drone . . . let alone own one. There is an appalling propensity for people in Japan to unquestionably accept anything the government tells them including, in this case, the greatly exaggerated dangers of drones.

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Posted in: Tongan coronation See in context

Unfortunately Tonga can't really afford a Royal Family. In debt to the due of nearly $70 million to the Chinese, the Tongan Royal Family has done everything to hang on to their privileges including accepting money (what they thought at the time were 'special grants') from the People's Republic. Imagine their surprise when they found that repayment was expected in the form of six geo-stationary satellite spots above Tonga for China's military.The Royal Family has been a profoundly bad thing for Tonga in recent years. The 2006 riots in Nuku‘alofa which destroyed 60% of the CBD were a direct cause of ordinary Tongan's people feelings towards their own Royal Family, the Chinese meddling in their country's affairs and the lack of a democratic society.

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Posted in: 5 children, woman injured after car plows into them See in context

'including one 7-year-old boy who is in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest'

Please tell it as it really is JT. The poor kid died at the scene. In this case it is highly unlikely that a doctor's official declaration is really necessary . . . . RIP poor 7-year boy, a victim of atrocious driving.

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Posted in: Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet See in context

A truly awful disaster. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones . . . I've just been looking at a nautical chart of the area of the accident and the sea is surprisingly shallow (around 50m average depth or so). This will mean it will be comparatively easy to recover wreckage and most importantly find out what caused this terrible event.

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Posted in: Beer Queen showdown See in context

Guiness tastes like crap! Oh dear - I think you got the wrong way round. Budweiser tastes like crap (except for the 'real' Budweiser that they brew in the Czech Republic). I would prefer Happoshu to the watered down taste of American Budweiser!

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Posted in: Power lines See in context

This has been discussed in the media and in so many books about Japan. Power lines are above ground in this country because it's cheaper that way and for no other reason. In an earthquake (particularly as well demonstrated in the Great Hanshin earthquake) fallen power lines prevented easy access for emergency vehicles and more than on person was electrocuted from live broken dangling wires. Overhead lines are never a good idea - both for practical, safety and aesthetic reasons. Look at cities in developing countries like Manila or Jakarta - festooned with wires. They'd love to bury their wires if they could afford to. In Japan power lines remain above ground because of lack of will on the part of the authorities and ordinary people here know no different.

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