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Posted in: Abe vows to maximize pressure on N Korea See in context

The North Koreans have called for dialogue several times but have been rebuffed by the Americans each time. Why is the corporate media ignoring this?

@Alfie Noakes

Not sure about the meaningof this post. American coporate media? Not sure what corporate media even means.

Not sure about Americans rebuffing any attempt at dialogue either. In fact the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson has said they have direct back channels with the North Koreans. This is an improvemnet. Prior policy and prior administrations had to communicate through Swiss diplomats to N.K.

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Posted in: Complaints on rise about private detectives' unsatisfactory services See in context

I'm not so familiar with the scams of just visiting a porn site and being charged. I guess I'll have to do some research, some in-depth research on this.

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Posted in: FBI to soon release documents related to Clinton email probe See in context

Democrats and Amnesty

The news emerged two days after top Republican leaders overcame GOP opposition to a 2015 budget bill that allows Obama to fund his unpopular amnesty for roughly 5 million illegals.

or from a differnt publication ...

President Barack Obama said he’ll defer deportations and open the chance of better jobs for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, ending months of build-up and initiating a showdown with congressional Republicans.

Obama, in a speech from the White House tonight, defended himself against Republican criticism that his use of executive authority to halt deportations for some immigrants based on their family ties to the U.S. amounts to an unfair amnesty for people who broke the law to come to the country.

I think it is clearly a part of the Democrat platform.

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Posted in: Rescue drill See in context


Good question.

But the picture doesn't really tell the whole story. They are just practicing but in reality this is generaly used when individuals are trying to get at a place where a helicopter would have difficulty landing such as a ship or a roof top.

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Posted in: GOP frustrations with Trump mount as allies weigh options See in context

@Mike L

Wow, American politics have reached an all-time low.

Wow. Take a look at the world. Politics around the world are at an all-time low.

For example: Brazil, Japan, Sweden, most Middle Eastern countries, several African nations, several other countries in Europe, Venezuela and guess what, the list is just getting started...

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Posted in: GOP frustrations with Trump mount as allies weigh options See in context

It's only August. November is a long way away. Just because you don't like Trump does not mean he is going to lose. I don't think the Trump haters realize that Hilliary has a lot of haters too. This election is by no means decided. Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. American voters historically don't like one party to be in power for too long. Obama has had a turbulent two terms. People aren't going to just hand this thing over to Hilliary automatically. Voters say one thing when being polled but on the day, at the moment they walk into that booth, decisions can change quickly.

Look at all things he has said. Theoretically, his numbers should be way down. But they are not. It's not a wide margain seperating them. And traditionally there is a bump in numbers after a convention and the Dems just finished. What is most telling is after a convention bump and all the crap Trump has said, Hiliiary is just barely ahead. This is not over by any means.

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Posted in: Truck attacker kills at least 84, injures scores during Bastille Day celebration in Nice See in context


No, these are the consequences of decades of meddling in the Middle East, support of corrupt regimes, and indiscriminate bombing resulting in civilian casualties. Those are the reasons people join ISIS and turn to radical Islam. Or do you believe that nonsense about them hating our freedom?

I am having a difficult time understanding your comment. If you look carefully at most of the westerners joining ISIS a majority of them come from middle class or affluent families and really couldn't tell you much about the history of turmoil in the Middle East and really can only repeat propaganda that help persuade them in the first place to join.

More importantly, there is a certain mentality that pervaudes most Middle East countries: a mentality that is mysognistic, brutal an unforgiving to nonmuslims. This menatlity and indoctrination taking place in the Middle East is the cause of this terrorism. Not individuals fighting against it and trying to stop it and trying to bring the Middle East into Modern society.

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Posted in: Man stabbed after umbrella altercation on Tokyo street See in context


Can you avoid jail time if you plead insanity in Japan? Works all the time in the U.S.

Seriously? It almost never works as a defense.

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Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima See in context

"Mr. Obama, please apologize."

President Obama: "OK. But I don't really remember the bombings because I was drunk, stressed, walking down the street staring at my smartphone, working on a bribe to get the Tokyo Olympics, denying war crimes, rewriting the history books and did I mention I was drunk ...

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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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