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Posted in: COVID lab origin theory gains traction in U.S. See in context

The American DNA, always blaming someone else, let's see your proof, publish your intelligence in the mainstream media, another right-wing conspiracy. Let's see the timeline, hospital admission data, people's names, the hospital records. How come this so-called intelligence is appearing now, May 2021. You might fool the American people, but for the rest of the world, nah !

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Posted in: Gov't considers using SDF doctors, nurses at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Although I disagree with the Olympics being held, if they are being forced on the Japanese people then Japan and the IOC should stipulate that all participating counties bring their own medical teams of doctors and nurses, instead of all the so-called officials and useless personnel. This arrogance shown by the IOC is just unbelievable, no respect at all shown for the Japanese people. Another instance where money and the elite class rule

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Posted in: 18% of Japanese universities remain mostly remote due to pandemic See in context

This article misses the point, How many first year University students have given up their dreams because of the online classes and left University altogether. Also how many students are experiencing mental health problems. The Universities have not done enough, sending students units , with, share your ideas with a partner or work in a group, the students are working in isolation with crazy deadlines for returning their online work. This isn't how students around the world imagined, how after 12 years of public or private education, studying hard to get into University, to be sat in front of a computer for hours mostly in isolation. The technology is available for teachers to hold their classes live online and communicate directly with their students, why haven't the Universities done this , they are still charging the full fees for their courses. My comments are as a father who has watched what has happened to his son during this lockdown, and I sympathize with students and parents who are going through similar experiences

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Posted in: Trump sets hectic campaign pace as his party frets See in context

Makes you wonder was Trumps corona virus real, no records produced, a military hospital, doctors under gag orders. Maybe we should ask other corona virus sufferers if they think Trumps schedule is really attainable after only 3 days hospitalization. Trump is obese, probably has a heart condition , with over 215000 Americans dead, who probably had similar conditions, and we are lead to believe he is some sort of superman, give me a break.

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Posted in: Would a Trump White House nomination acceptance speech be legal? See in context

Trump worried about spending, hypocit ! how much does his weekly golf excursions to his golf courses cost the American taxpayer , with all the secret service and staff accompanying him , and then Trump bills the American taxpayers for their accommodation and meals. What a con man, the worst US President in history

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Posted in: Q&A: What would a U.S. ban on Chinese-owned app TikTok mean? See in context

Trump says TikTok is a data sharing app with the Chinese government , once again another Trump statement without back up facts, , really, and do Americans really think that all the data collected by such companies as FaceBook/Instagram , Amazon, E-Bay, etc couldn't find its way into government agencies hands, they all ready sell/share your information with third parties. Plus like most governments around the world, they already have all the information on you anyway. This is just another attack on a successful Chinese company similar to the Huawei attack, America has this fear of not always being number one, well they better get used to it.

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Posted in: Fujifilm gets $265 million U.S. contract to boost output of potential virus vaccine See in context

Another case of big Pharma receiving tax payers money, naturally, they will will share the profits from the drug production with the American government, and, offer the American people lower drug costs , seeing it was their taxes the American government so readily gave out. I'll not hold my breath for the outcome.

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Posted in: China's longest dispatch of ships near Senkakus serious, says Japan See in context

Why all this rhetoric all the time condemning China over territorial disputes, so far we have not seen any historical evidence published or televised, of maps confirming who has the rights over these islands. Quite simple, to end all arguments, all those countries who are in dispute with China produce historical maps and documents from their leading scholars to the UN, and let an independent panel decide and publish their findings, with all parties agreeing to abide by the UN's decision.

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Posted in: U.S. targets all Chinese Communist Party members for possible travel ban See in context

"We're working our way through, under the president's guidance, about how to think about pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party." what total BS, Pompeo is a bigger threat to world peace, Trump is just a puppet to the NEOCON's agenda.

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Posted in: Abe, Australian PM discuss China, Hong Kong in virtual summit See in context

China installed a National Security Law to protect the citizens of HK. When the UK handed back HK to China the was a provision in the handover agreement for HK to install a security law , Article 23, unfortunately HK failed to do that , and has been without a security law for the last 23 years. The world saw what has been happening to HK without any laws in place to stop the violent protests and damage to property, the images of a man being set on fire, others attacked for trying to stop the rampaging protesters. With a population of over 7 million, a security law is an essential part of life to protect the country and it's citizens . Do any of those countries objecting to the security law imposed by China, (which was perfectly legal as HK is part China) , the US, UK , Australia Japan do they not have security laws to protect their own country and citizens. Do other countries try to interfere in the internal politics of the US, UK, Australia and Japan. I don't think the US or the UK , Australia or Japan has any moral right to interfere , going by the past history of those countries. HK will survive with the security laws, so will the one country two systems policy, at least until the expiry of the existing handover agreement. HK is the gateway to China always has been and will continue to be, especially for those wanting to do business with China.

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Posted in: Man suspected of stabbing Hong Kong officer arrested on plane about to leave for UK See in context

Has anyone realized Hong Kong is part of China, the agreement made with the UK in the handover was one country two systems, at least until 2047 when the agreement comes to an end. Since the handover a security law for Hong Kong was supposed to be enacted, bill 23, but was never passed , so since the handover Hong Kong has been running for 23 tears without a security law in place. Do any of the countries criticizing China , America , UK , the EU for example not have their own security laws. The videos coming out of the US at the moment show the hypocrisy and double standards that the American government has regarding security laws. The latest one I watched was police in full riot gear pepper spraying a group of protesters playing violins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0ETxIdMNCc. So China enacting a security law for Hong Kong to protect it's citizens from those violent protests which caused so much damage and disrupted the life of the majority of the citizens of H K , is thought wrong by the west. People in glass house should not throw stones, I supposed there is a Confucius saying along the same lines.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for not paying ¥160,000 Tokyo-Shiga taxi fare See in context

The question should be asked , is why an 18 year old girl needed to travel from Tokyo to Shiga in the first place.

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

What a con, America wants to be here in Japan, they should be paying the Japanese government for the privilege, it's all part of the US strategy. They keep telling Japan they are here for the defense of Japan, that's the laughable part.

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Posted in: N Korea blows up inter-Korea liaison office, raising tensions See in context

North Korea just flexing its muscles, bully boy tactics. Could Trump ride in and save the day , would bolster his re election chances. Lets not forget his romantic liaison with Kim, just maybe this is another ploy out of the Trumpington playbook.

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Posted in: Japan 'seriously concerned' over Chinese security laws for Hong Kong See in context

The majority of Hong Kong residents want the security law, because of the fear of those rioting and causing a disruption to their daily lives. It is not stifling free speech or the right to peaceful protest. So what is wrong in having a security law that targets, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference, isn't that what all countries would wish for. laws,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Basic_Law_Article_23

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Posted in: Nissan to close Spain, Indonesia plants after losses See in context

Well well well, who would of thought , they thought by targeting Ghosn they would prevent the planned merger that was about to happen, now over a 6 billion dollar loss and into the red for the first time since 2009. "We will admit our errors of the past" was that an admission over the hounding of Ghosn, or Hiroto Saikawa's role in the fiasco, he resigned, seems he got lucky.  "The path ahead is not easy, but we have fantastic workers at Nissan." that seems a bit ironic seeing you are closing plants and putting over 20,000 workers out of a job and that is just in Spain , according to the article. How many jobs will be lost in Indonesia ? This is how capitalism works, fantastic workers one minute, disposable labour the next.

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Posted in: Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic See in context

96000 American deaths, 40 million Americans unemployed , and Trump plays golf.

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Posted in: Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law See in context

Question should be asked , who is funding and fueling this violent unrest in Hong Kong, Hong Kong is going to eventually revert fully to China, legally. So who has the most to gain , who wants a conflict with China, certainly not the majority of the residents of Hong Kong, and they are the ones suffering with the on going violent protests.

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Posted in: Trump asking Supreme Court to bar demands for taxes, bank records See in context

This has got to be the joke of the day. “At the end of the day, ‘a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President,'" What has Trump actually done except lie and deceive the American public and enrich the elite.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to freeze U.S. funding for WHO, saying they 'missed the call' on coronavirus See in context

Oh ! , has Trumpy had his feelings hurt again, when anyone or any organization tells the truth to Trump, the excuse master in chief starts to blame everyone but himself. His handling of the situation regarding the coronvirus has been a disaster.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy hit and killed by train in Kanagawa See in context

Every time this happens the line in the media is always the same, Oh what a shame !! , everyone is concerned about 9000 commuters being inconvenienced , and yet, are not concerned about why a 16 year boy took his own life , the second child this week, the other being a 12 year old girl who jumped from an apartment building. I have a son and a daughter roughly the same ages as those two children, my heart bleeds for those children, and I don't give a damn about how many commuters are inconvenienced. Society has to tackle this epidemic of child suicides now , it's a national disgrace that we as a society can not protect our children, something is sadly wrong with the system. Children are screaming out for help and no one is listening or taking them seriously, so the only answer for them is to take what is the only precious gift we have , life itself. I don' t know how I would react if someone came knocking on my door with the news that all those parents have had to face, losing a child. Instead those same parents are subjected to the shame of how inconsiderate of the children, inconveniencing all those commuters. I rarely get angry , but this hits home every time a life is lost by suicide, especially children.

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Posted in: Trump says new sanctions on Iran to start Monday, but he wants to make a deal See in context

"Military action was "always on the table," the president said, but he added that he was open to quickly reaching a deal with Iran that he said would bolster the country's flagging economy." oh really !! and who installed sanctions on Iran to try and choke its economy. Cause a problem , then seem to fix the problem you created, Trump and the WH asylums inmates modus operandi .

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Posted in: Trump says Iran made 'big mistake' by shooting down U.S. drone See in context

I said, he said, American says it was over international waters, Iran says ii was in Iranian air space, so who do we believe. America having a drone flying in possible disputed airspace, is not the most brightest thing to do , unless you want to try and test the waters for a conflict, Iran on the other hand ,knows if the drone was in international airspace, it will play into the hands of the US and muddy the waters with the remaining countries left in the Iran nuclear deal. The world is watching , knowing that the US is looking for a conflict, pressured by Israel and the Saudi's. America is playing the media, which we all know favor the US and not the Iranians. In one week we have two incidents were the US and its media blame the Iranians, evidence shown to the world, that could have been staged by many actors, but not proved without a reasonable doubt. Trump needs a war more than Iran, Trump and his NEOCONS started this fiasco by withdrawing from the Nuclear deal, which was working. The middle East has seen enough of US meddling, far to many innocent people killed or displaced in its actions. All the time the rest of the world has let the US charge ahead , well now is the time for the international comunity to stand up, and say enough is enough, and force both players to come the table and reach a workable dialogue were no more live are lost. Iran is not a threat to the US , neither is North Korea, China or Russia, this is just ongoing American political theatre to appease the huge US military complex , the true rulers of America and its political system.

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Posted in: Palau changes ocean sanctuary plan for Japanese trawlers See in context

Maybe Palau was threatened with the withdrawal of foreign aid. I wonder how the Palaun's themselves think of this move. It certainly looks like money was a huge incentive, but to whom.

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Posted in: Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea See in context

Interesting article, this is still happening today, many mixed marriages were one partner sacrifices leaving his or her country to start a new life with their new partners, not knowing what awaits them, love is a crazy emotion.

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Posted in: G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia See in context

People have to be educated, it's people that throw away the plastic, people need to change their buying habits and start to refuse items that are plastic wrapped or in plastic containers. Supermarkets and convenience stores are the worlds biggest contributors. For all those of my generation will remember that shopping was a social experience, the grocer, butcher, baker, fish monger, fruit and veg store, newsagents, all run by family concerns, who talked and laughed with you, new all your family, milk with fully returnable bottles, cokes, fruit juices came in glass bottles, your meat and cheeses were sliced in front of you to your thickness and liking, fish was cleaned and wrapped in old newspapers, same with the vegi's and fruit, oh! and the aroma or small whichever description you choose, of these shops.. So what do you have today, a clinical social society that is run by smart phones, supermarket ,corporations, online selling, telling you how and what to buy and how you have accept the amount of wrapping that comes with these products, look at amazon, and I buy from amazon, the packaging is way over the top, you almost have a heart attack trying to free the item you bought from the packaging. So the solution lies not only with these corporations, but also the consumer, he/she have to stand up and make a difference , otherwise the rhetoric and excuses will continue from these politicians and the huge corporations. Surely, with all the knowledge that is out there in the tech industry today, that a biodegradable product can be found to replace plastic, that not only benefits society and the world but also those in the manufacturing industries. The legacy we leave our children and grandchildren, doesn't look promising.

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf See in context

Firstly all facts accusing another country of aggressive acts should be presented to congress under oath by Pompeo , Bolton and any other security apparatus , and then the UN before making these fact less claims to the press. The Trump administration lies with impunity, the American people and everyone who follows the news knows that the US wants a conflict with Iran, you could say that acts of aggression against other nations is in the American governments DNA. The main stream media and online media is also to blame by printing these ridiculous claims just in order to either gain sales or more clicks per view and I certainly don't want to hear so called guest commentators giving their opinions when I can search the internet and find critical alternative to their rhetoric.

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Posted in: Facebook to cut off Huawei to comply with U.S. sanctions See in context

Trumps sanctions against Huawei , were both illegal and political and without providing facts, America is losing the technological race, and we all know how America reacts when it's losing. . Now is China's time to play the ace card and stop the supply of rare earth minerals, sanctions against Huawei and tariffs against China would soon be lifted. We have just seen the circus over Mexican proposed tariffs, Trump has taken credit for not implementing the tariffs , but in reality the republican party and business pressure was the real reason, surprise the republican party found some cohones to act against Trump. Funny how America still doesn't know how Asia works, I think this time they will lose against China.

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Posted in: Civilian deaths in Afghan war hit record in 2018: U.N. See in context

More innocents deaths in the name of war. The US certainly has a lot of blood on its hands, past and present, looks like they want to continue their blood lust in Venezuela. At present just listening to Noam Chomsky - 'History of US rule in Latin America' historical facts that cannot be ignored, but never exposed in the main stream media. I wonder when it is all going to end, from the day I was born until the present day, armed conflicts have prevailed somewhere across the globe, politicians and main stream media talk of peace , but in fact its quite the opposite, lies and deceit , lack of respect or human decency, for what ?? Peace worldwide is just a dream.

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Posted in: Man gets 15 years in prison for strangling woman, dumping body in lake See in context

Tax evasion is considered a crime against the government, any other crime where the government is not considered the victim is treated more leniently, every day I'm open to learning, so will someone please explain logic , in this sense.

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