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Posted in: Should Columbus Day be renamed for Native Americans? See in context

James Joyce said, "America celebrates Columbus Day because Columbus was the last to discover America."

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Posted in: Student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests See in context

@strangerland Nope, not American


I don't understand straw man.

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Posted in: Student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests See in context

Glad for the protests. Protesting is essential for a democracy.

However, this is the one issue I think Abe has right. A country should have its own military, be able to defend its overseas assets and egage in war if necessary.

People, you may hate war but sometimes it is necessary. Sometimes the bad guys win. It's not a very realistic way of thinking to think that some bad guys will cease torturing, raping and killing just because you hold up a sign that reads PEACE.Sometimes a stern warning, a scolding and being put in timeout won't stop the bad guys. Sometimes it takes bullets and bombs.


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Posted in: Woman attacks 8-year-old girl with scissors in supermarket parking lot See in context


Okazaki, me thinks.

A girl walking to school randomly attcked by a crazy: almost impossible to prevent.

An 8 year old girl sitting unsupervised in an unlocked car attacked (if it really happened): most certainly perventable.

Why would someone leave their kid unattened in an unlocked car for any amount of time?

Reckless parenting (if it actauly happened)

Maybe the mom did it.

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Posted in: China's leadership fans antipathy toward Japan See in context

What can Japan do?

Whitewash its history, change the textbooks and let media-censoring, right wing, history-deniers rule the country.

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Posted in: Working to death in Japan: Health warning over 'no overtime' law See in context

All this slave labor talk leads to a curious a wierd way, Japanese salary men have become "comfort men."

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Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly' See in context

I remember not too long ago a fella gave a letter to the emperor and the right wing media skewered him for politicizing the emperor. He even received death threats. I wonder how the right wing media will react when it IS the royal family commenting politically.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi UFJ fined $315 mil in U.S. over Iran sanctions violations See in context

For those complaining about the crooks in the U.S. and the U.S. trying to control Japanese banking, well, you really do not understand how the sanctions came about, do you?

The sanctions are (were) created by the U.N. Security Council and even the EU has its own sanctions. It's not the U.S.

Don't let your anti-Americanism obfuscate the facts.

Many nations follow the sanctions and even impoose their own. Japan itself has imposed sanctions on Iran.


There is no disputing that the U.S is the aggresor for the sanctions and some of the sanctions are heavy-handed, if not authoratarian but they are needed. Ultimately, everyone is trying to prevent Iran from getting nukes. This is a good thing!

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Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns See in context

@ AU_user_since_1998

There are so many inaccuracies in your post. I don't know where to begin.

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Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper See in context

I'm totally going to stay a few nights at this ryoukan! You are a hero!

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Posted in: Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper See in context


Maybe this is the 3rd arrow in PM Abe's economy stimulation attempt? Or wait, maybe it's number 4?

Maybe it's number 2...

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over hit-and-run death of 22-year-old student in Tokyo See in context

Police said the suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has admitted hitting Shiba.

A 19 year old is a minor in Japan?

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Posted in: Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges See in context

Considering the weapons Israel has (and the stockpile of ammunition and weapons valued at over 400 million dollars kept by the U.S. in Israel), Israel's military response is rather measured and restrained. If the Israelis wanted to absolutely destroy the Palestinians (actually, it's not the Palestinians but Hamas that Israel is combating), they could. They choose not to.

Hamas is a terrorist organization with political authority in the government of Palestine. That's nuts. Hamas' primary mode of attack is launching rockets into civilian areas and sending suicide bombers onto buses filled with innocents. This can't be defended.

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Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed See in context

I wonder how many of the protesters really understand the nature of this conflict, its source and its implications. Very few I suspect.

A rerecently released report fron the U.N. states that Hamas is hiding rockets in schools and playgrounds.

Call the protest what it is: Support for Hamas and not support for peace.

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Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine See in context

I think the Right wing politicians are all sitting in a boardroom and playing janken. Loser has to say or do something "Right-wingy."

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Posted in: IMF's Lagarde urges Japan to increase women's participation in work force See in context

How about starting with changing some of the attitudes held by men. Case in point: Just this Friday at work a couple of salesman walked into the office and one of the male workers looked at a young female worker who handles accounting (no connection to the salesman). He said to her go and make them tea! Jeez.

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Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi See in context

Shameful. It's like this that make me remind my wife to bury me in Japan, not my home country of America

Peter Payne

Yeah, great idea. Condemn an entire nation becuase of a few fools. Oh yeah, like Japan is a country above all that and the apotheosis of honor. If you spent just ten minutes on this site you could see the villians and the shameful acts in this country.

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Posted in: Pair of mangoes fetch Y300,000 at auction See in context

My wife has nice mangoes and I'm still paying for them.

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Posted in: Bill submitted to lower house to change legal referendum voting age to 18 See in context

Nothing wrong with someone who is 18 voting. It is time for people in this country to become more active in politics.

Really, the problem is not 18 year olds; the problem is adults who have thier heads in the sand.

Instead of the "I don't like it but everyone else seems to so I'll just go along with the group and accept what is happening" attitude adults here should think "I don't like it. Let's try to change it. Let's use social media. Let's start a grass roots movement. It can change. We won't accept these ideas."

I want to vote in Japan but I can't, whereas, in my town the mayorial elections are happening and most of my Japanese friends upon getting their voter information threw it right into the trashcan.

Politics is a dirty word in this country.

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Posted in: 17 deaths reported after schizophrenia drug injections See in context

Schizophrenia can thus be healed when the internal voices in one's head are understood as dissociated personalities created during overwhelming childhood abuse that enabled the child to survive

Jim Poushinsky

Schizophrenia is not always connected to childhood abuse. You are simplifying the problem Schizophrenia is often connected to the same circuitry that allows artists to create from pure imagination. Often times the brain's compartmentalization breaks down. Interestingly, take a look at links between a genuis and their children. Case in point: Albert Einstein's son had schizophrenia. James Joyce's daughter had schizophrenia and Bertrand Russell's son had schizophrenia, just to name a few.

It has more to do with how the right and left hemispheres communicate.

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Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges See in context

Seems like a common problem here. As "inward looking" as the Japanese claim to be, many really don't want to peer beyond what is happening on the surface. Very little investigative journalism. Citizenry completely uninterested...disinterested in anything political, except for a few demostrations here and there. When a political party has been in control for muliple decades, democracy is not really functioning and this is due to complacent citizens.

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Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi See in context

Go for it sailors! Even if the case is frivolous it could be a great opportunity to challenge TEPCO and force them to be honest with what happened and with what is happening. They are definitely not being honost now and definitely not being held accountable. It may take foreign pressure.

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Posted in: Japan orders SDF to shoot down any new N Korean missiles See in context


No. It's not semantics.

Militarily, there is a difference. Rockets can be fired by handheld devices, whereas missiles can't …compare rocket launcher with missile launcher.

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Posted in: U.S. embroiled in Japan-Korea disputes over history See in context


Um, if they came after WW2 that would be like third generation Korean American, so yeah, it would be generations. Unless you consider people living during WW2 to be the same generation as people born twenty five years ago.

So what if Koreans work in a Japanese restaurant. A person's employment does not change their genealogy and it does not change "comfort women." Besides, not all koreans living in America work at a Japanese restaurant.

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Posted in: Japan orders SDF to shoot down any new N Korean missiles See in context


Actually, it's not that difficult.

I'm sure Japan is using some of the technology America uses. NK technology is considerably archaic compared to the U.S. The U.S. has quite an extensive missle defense program which can be found at stations on land and on naval ships. The NK missles have a distinct radar signature and NK does not have stealth capabilites that can mask missle flight paths. Using American technology, the NK missles could be tracked as soon as they are fired and can be destroyed as soon as they enter Japananse Air Space...and even sooner if desired. More highly advanced nations would pose greater difficulty for missle defense programs...but not NK.

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Posted in: U.S. embroiled in Japan-Korea disputes over history See in context


"I'm no anti-American, but for the biggest merchants of death ..." Nonsense staement. It's like saying, I'm not racist but black people commit more crimes that any one.

I guess you are not familiar with the genocides taking place in Africa. No connection to America. What about muslims slaughtering other muslims?

Besides, it's not like Korerans are moving to America just to build the memorials and change textbooks. In some cases they have been in the U.S. for generations but this does not decrease their Korean-ness. They can identify with both. They don't want to build a memorial to something that promotes violence or denies happened. Korea is their past and America is their future. Very few American Jews were killed in the Holocaust but memorials abound. There are memorials to Ghandi...

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Posted in: Top U.N. court to rule on legality of Japan's whale hunt on Monday See in context

Tokyo has consistently defended the practice of eating whale meat as a culinary tradition.

How is a culinary tradition connected to scientific research?

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting 3 high school girls on bikes See in context

Of course what he did was wrong and going from knocking them off their bikes to using a knife is going from zero to wacko at shinkansen speed... but ... I can in some sense understand his frustration with how some people ride thier bikes, especially through a crowded street. I've almost been smashed by reckless riders numerous times. But I wouldn't knife 'em.

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Posted in: Tumult over U.S. military sexual assaults far from over See in context

The sexual assault problem in the U.S. military must be delt with... I supported the bill that would have taken prosecutions out of the hands of the commanders ...however, it's a bit curious that this article is in the crime section of JapanToday. Minus this one, the first 21 articles are about crime in Japan (I stopped counting after 21). Some anti-Americanism, I suppose...

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