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Posted in: Boeing forecasts China’s airlines to require 8,700 new planes by 2040 See in context

For once I agree with you, Fighto!

The genocide of the Uighur muslims is beyond doubt.

I wish China and the Chinese people well but not under the CCP.

Boycott the Genocide Games 2022!

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Posted in: Chinese spacecraft lands on Mars in latest advance for its space program See in context

Kyakusenbi_ArimasuMay 15  05:19 pm JST

Prove it. Take a photo on the surface with today's headline from JT.

I agree. No pictures from the surface as yet - I'm beginning to smell a rat.

The US Perseverance rover began sending pictures within minutes of landing on Mars. We've had nothing and it's been well over 24 hours. Too much national prestige at stake for failure, methinks.

Quite easy for the Chinese to fake success - relay signals to and from their spacecraft already in orbit around Mars and build a nice 'Hollywood style' Mars set here on Earth.

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Posted in: Prince Harry: British press were 'destroying my mental health' See in context

Jimizo

Anything to back up the assertion that the Royals are more popular than ever? Genuine question.

Take a look at this poll. Not as unpopular as some would believe (except that Harry’s standing has plummeted within recent weeks, certainly within the UK).

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/trackers/is-the-monarchy-good-or-bad-for-britain

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Posted in: Prince Harry: British press were 'destroying my mental health' See in context

Really?

Yes, really.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

But what kind of car? A mini-van? a sedan? a sports car? ... just curious because I am due to buy a car and wondering what kind of car the old man was driving to survive a head on collision with non-life threatening injuries. It will definitely NOT be a K, at least, not for a family car that is.

Of course, going on past evidence, it must be Toyota Prius.

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Posted in: Veteran talk show host Larry King hospitalized with COVID-19: report See in context

Covid-19 is not like influenza; it is much much worse....

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Posted in: Japanese-owned ship deviated from shipping lane before Mauritius impact, data shows See in context

Because of their own selfish desires, a pacific island nation now has their environment seriously polluted.

You need to go back to your geography books. Mauritius is in the Indian Ocean, not Pacific.

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Posted in: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under security law See in context

Ping AnToday  04:46 pm JST

Majority of Hong Kong support the arrest of Mr. Jimmy Lai.

This message will be removed within minutes ..... but I think it's important

to say this again and again - the above message was written by a Beijing troll

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Posted in: Uniqlo to launch AIRism face mask See in context

Another product which is made in China. I think I would rather trust another brand.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

I totally agree with you drlucifer. Japan Today should be a forum for free discussion. This time the moderator overstepped their mark.

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Posted in: Dozens allowed off cruise ship have symptoms such as fever: minister See in context

Marcelito,

Brilliant! I can't wait to hear their comments, too. Over to them!

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Posted in: Gov't not to appeal against damages awarded to leprosy patients' kin See in context

Hmm . . . there's an election coming up soon so I suppose this happy news is not remotely connected.

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Posted in: Sailing among the stars: How photons could revolutionize space flight See in context

,8

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Posted in: Whale watching See in context

It's much more difficult to 'watch' a whale from 200m away. It rather defeats the purpose of the exercise.

It does look like a wonderful activity to do when you're in Hokkaido, however.

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Posted in: Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike; ignites social media See in context

Great post NZ2011

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context

Wonderful news. Now he start rebuilding his defence.

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Posted in: Kobe city bus hits several pedestrians; 2 dead See in context

Of course this is a terrible event and it seems that the 64-year old bus driver is responsible. Something does disturb me however - there does seem to be a considerable difference in the treatment of the suspect of another, not dissimilar case. The 87-year driver who caused the death of a mother and her young daughter not two or three days ago has not yet been arrested, is still addressed with the honorific '-san' in Japanese news reports, and still refuses to admit that he was at fault. The bus driver's picture, on the other hand, was soon available in every news report and of course he lost his honorific title. The 87-year old's picture has yet to be seen. An ordinary bus driver seems to me fair game but a privileged 87-year old ex-financial ministry official and former amukudari (with a well-known construction machinery company) appears to have many powerful friends to protect him. There does seem to be a significant difference in the treatment of suspects according to their social and financial position in this country.

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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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