It would be far better to hear the UN come out loud-and-clear to China:
"keep your filthy hands off Taiwan, stop threatening to take-over the island nation and it's law-abiding freedom-loving peaceful people".
The democracies of the world would welcome a more pro-active approach taken by the monolithic administrative UN - after all, we all contribute to their vast running costs, so it would be a welcome intervention.
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Carrie Lam is forced to speak with forked-tongue by the evil CCP, otherwise she's toast.....
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It's Only Rock'nRoll:
I agree with you, the $35,000 dollar problem was a smokescreen for her parents to show their disapproval of the guy - even more reason that he should have settled that matter very quickly before it took hold.
He should have been smart enough to deal with it, and then go beyond the call of duty, with his fiancée, and take on lots of charitable works and appearances to endear themselves to the Japanese public in order to improve their public-image and popularity - it's not exactly rocket-science to recognise then turnaround a little PR difficulty.
It seems like they couldn't be bothered.....
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Strangest thing is that no-one has been able to offer a complete explanation as to why this so-called monetary dispute was not put to bed years ago, instead of allowing the bad-feelings to grow and the royal family's image to be so damaged.
For a paltry $35,000 this whole sorry saga should have been settled in a heartbeat, especially as he's supposed to be a smart lawyer....
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"It's a huge problem in the U.S. Very terrible and violent. Why are they like that?"
Well, where do you start...... maybe in education, drilling it in to the young throughout their schooling, to have a deep respect for the sanctity of life and for a rules-based authority.
Then the constantly violent fodder on TV and in their movies should be drastically scaled-back to stop the glorification, instead focusing on how precious every single life on this planet is.
Then there's the main problem of weapons - currently over 390 million firearms in private hands in USA, possibly the biggest genie to get back into the bottle, and projected by vested interests.
All things must change in the U.S. in order to make it a more safe and civilised country for everyone. You get one chance to live your life, why choose violence when the alternatives are endless.
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It's hard to believe, and never explained authoritatively, why this measly $35,000 argument has been allowed to drag on and overshadow everything about their relationship and their marriage. With all of the imperial family's wealth, this should have been put to bed years ago, instead of drawing all of the shame and criticism which could so very easily have been avoided.
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I feel sorry for the poor commenters who were "in shock", or "surprisingly shaken up on an emotional level" when they realised they couldn't have their KFC fries.
They should try working in a Coronavirus hospital ward, and their sense of proportion may return....
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What is wrong with them - this whole sorry mess could, and should have been sorted in a heartbeat years ago, instead of all the meetings/ proposing to do something/considering making an offer etc. etc......
For the sake of just $35,000 they've brought shame on both families, for what ? No wonder his mother is 'sick', sick of the lot of them. Komuro seems like a spineless imbecile, so good-luck for the soon-to-be ex-Princess in recovering from her terrible disorder.
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Some nice photos accompanying this article - an enraptured crowd hanging on his every word, one or two studiously taking notes North Korean style, some checking their phones or playing sudoku.
The award goes to the Emperor though, who's had a busy week, for the immaculately straight line of his parting - must have got up super-early to get that dead-right.
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I certainly wouldn't recommend (as some have here) trying to 'take out' or 'kick over' over these spying devices - you'd be up in front of the beaks quicker than you could imagine facing the world's most vicious and sadistic punishments known to mankind...... The evil legislators of this and similar countries in the region see it as perfectly OK to order the flogging on bare-buttocks with large bamboo canes, which normally leave the victims crippled and scarred for life - you can check this judicial madness out on the Internet, but you'll need a tough stomach for it.....
These countries should be totally boycotted by all liberal-minded people, and ostracised until they agree to join the 21st century, with a civilised approach to treating its' people in a normal way, starting with abandoning spying on everybody.
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Has it not occurred to you that Desert Tortoise's concerns may be altruistic.....
Like a lot of liberal-minded people lucky enough to live in democratic countries which enjoy freedom of speech and expression, unfortunately these basic-rights are denied to the Chinese people - just ask the people in Hong Kong.
The fact that the Chinese are under constant video and audio surveillance is an extremely worrying situation, to consider that 1.4 billion people live their lives under constant subjugation by the state..... there is no racist aspect at all to highlighting this disgraceful situation as you casually suggest, it is an appalling situation which should concern us all.
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You would have thought that with the immense wealth of the Imperial Household that this 'problem' would have been quietly dealt with years ago, to avoid all of the antipathy which they've had to face.
Now if you want to see a really big Royal Problem, look no further than the extraordinary embarrassment which is building nicely in New York for the dreadfully deceitful Prince Andrew, the Duke of Pork, facing the underage rape charges to which he may well eventually have to confess....... couldn't happen to a nicer chap !!
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Xi Jinping listens to all the waffle and then carries on with his horrendous policies regardless.......
Climate change - not bothered, just carry on building dozens of new coal-fired power-stations.
Human rights - not interested, and stop interfering in CCP internal affairs.
Expansionist moves in East China Sea - couldn't care less what anyone says or does, carry on regardless.
Chinavirus, China's Gift to The World - just live with it, s**t happens.
United Nations - don't worry about them, they just look the other way.
So what can be done to curtail the pernicious activities of The World's Great Dictator ? You would imagine that there are thousands of top international law-firms who could instigate proceedings globally, starting with an International Arrest Warrant for genocide - 4.6 million dead so far worldwide from Chinavirus, 425,000,000 people infected. And maybe the Governments of the free world could apply pressure on the UN on a daily basis to harangue them into taking some sort of direct action against China. There is going to have to be seismic shifts in the approaches taken in dealing with China, before they totally destroy life on this planet as we know it.
Shame is, I don't think Sleepy Joe's the guy to take any of this on.
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Forget the xenophobic junk - never forget where the Chinavirus came from, China's gift to the world.
They can dress it up in variants in any alphabet they choose, but that's just to deflect from the single fact that China inflicted this plague on the world's population on order to meet their futile zenith of being No. 1 in the world.
It was never enough that they needed to win, they had to make sure that everyone else 'lost' too.
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Thanks Yrral, was that it !!
I guess I was hoping for something a bit more inspirational......
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For those of us who can't read Japanese, it would have been nice to see a translation here, just because we're curious about the content......
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Plans to become Japan's first female Prime Minister......? You'd have thought that Koike may have piped up by now to stake the claim for this, after all, she's far higher profile.
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I hear and agree with all that you say: the biggest mystery is why our world's leaders are not hammering away via their Ambassadors on the doors of the U.N. to stir them into action - after all, this is exactly what they're supposed to be doing. And if they've resigned from these duties, the world's leaders should be told, in order to organise an alternative, as suggested I'm my previous post just now.....
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Englisc Aspyrgend: I think you're probably right, the U.N. daren't bark at China, let alone try and curtail their activities.
Maybe it's time for a big change, there's a very large gap here for an enterprising alternative to step in and fill the void - a non-political altruistic opportunity for someone with very deep pockets and equally vast resources of drive and charisma, let's see if we get any suggestions.......please
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Never understood the sycophancy surrounding this guy - his films are tired and tedious, the tricks he performs are just dull and pointless, and don't get me started on his acting skills..... something way below zero. Apparently he has an ego the size of Saturn, which probably convinces everyone what a superstar he is.
Sooner stick pins in my eyes than waste 2 hours watching his junk !!
Now, take Jack Nicholson, there's a gut who can really act, hardly a bad film to his name in over 40 years.
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They should be closely monitoring the 11 separate international disputes with which China is involved as the provocateur-in-chief, and step in to curtail all of the bullying and expansionist activities which China executes with impunity. The rest of the democratic and civilised world is watching and waiting for the U.N. to act and to act decisively.
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It's a shame we hear so little from the monolithic peace-making United Nations organisation - are they asleep on the job, too many expensive business lunches and dinners possibly......
They should be closely monitoring the 11 separate international disputes eith
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It's high time the CCP Leader is called-out as the ruthless dictator which he has rapidly become...... why should China lay a claim of ownership to sections of the South China Sea which are extremely distant to the Chinese mainland, like the areas bordering the east-coast of Taiwan, around the Philippines / Brunei / Malaysia / Vietnam ?
China has already fired (verbal) warning-shots to the UK whose new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is on the way through the straits of Taiwan soon, together with Dutch and other warships in a show of strength for maintaining freedom of passage in this region, whilst on the way to visiting Japan.
Appeasement of a deceitful dictatorial leader has always proved to be disastrous in the past - it's not a mistake the world's leaders should make again in standing up to Xi Jinping: this could get serious.
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Couldn't agreed more - Mass Murderers is exactly what they are, and the sooner the world realises this, the better.....
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If Japan wants to be seen as a first-world class nation, it's time they got themselves a National Health Service......forget about stupid vanity-projects like collecting soil from Mars, look after the people first. They should use their vast wealth ensuring that free healthcare is made available to all, regardless of income.
The Chinese managed to build dozens of 10-storey temporary hospitals in a matter of weeks - what measures were the J-Government 'considering and convening meetings to assimilate responses' actually doing during this time ? You got it, a big fat Zero.
In my view, the Japanese people should rise above their timid mindsets and start making loud-and-clear demands of their lawmakers; I'm sure this is where their attitude of 'Sorry, can't do' instead of 'let's do' comes from. Sad really, as Japan is such a great country in so many other ways.....
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I'm calling-out the Chinese treatment of the Tibetans, (and their other aggressions), and I'm calling out the total ineffectiveness of the UN.....
So the 3 down-votes received indicate what exactly ?
Either someone thinks that both the Chinese and the UN are doing a good job, or the CCP agents are having a browse in.....
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The main reason China feels emboldened to grab and subjugate Tibet and her people is that they know that there is no opposition whatsoever to tell them otherwise.....
Now, where's the World's Policeman when we need it, the monolithic United Nations, with their small army of vastly-overpaid and lazy administrators, who've managed to remain totally uninvolved in any of the 11 international disputes with which China is currently inflicting on innocent people.
China need to be told very loudly and very clearly: "Get your filthy hands off Tibet and it's peace-loving people, it's not your country, yours is big enough already. You are, and never have been, anything to do with Tibet."
All of the liberal-thinking and democratic Governments of the world should be constantly ramping-up the pressure for calling the Chinese officials to appear before the UN and told categorically to desist with their facile policy of pushing for global domination. Our elected Governments have to make the UN work for all the world's populations, as they're not going to do this involuntarily. The destabilisation which China blatantly represents has to be stopped quickly.
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Paul: it's not Suga and Bach you should be thanking for this deadly gift......
It's Premier Xi Jinping, the world's most deceitful leader, and his acolytes in the pernicious CCP.
Every chance you get, Boycott China !!
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I can appreciate the grace and litheness of these volleyball athletes, it's a shame that so much petty attention is paid to their attire.
Better than watching those lumps of lard humping each other around a ring with their pebble-dashed butts hanging out of a lashed-up jockstrap, yet someone will claim that there's even beauty in these national treasures here.... but sadly not me.
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