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Posted in: Drop in China's new coronavirus cases; none in Hubei for sixth day See in context

Gary, 1. The Spanish Flu was over 100 years ago, long before nearly any of the mechanisms were in place that allow quick and easy communications as is the case today not to mention a world war had just ended and the the planet was just starting to recover. 2. The source of the Spanish Flu is widely debated and no source is known for certain with North America, Europe and China, also on the list of possible starting zones for that Flu as well. 3. China has actively suppressed information about this virus from the beginning, its is likely that even after they have been reporting numbers that these are a fiction due to the criteria they have formed to say who has the a "confirmed case" So yes I think they do have some responsibility because of the way it was handled from the start there.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Basically for every case there is now assume they will each make 3 more and so on and so until some actually preventive action happens. This is just the beginning and the lack of action earlier is going to be paid in lots of lost lives later.

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Posted in: Pope urges world leaders to renounce atomic weapons See in context

marcelito, Nagasaki has a large Catholic presence.

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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

Dude is a complefe douche bag that has no business in a car on the road. Hope they lock him up for a long time.

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Posted in: V-Summer! to be world’s largest virtual live event See in context

Am I the only one that thinks paying 19000 yen to watch a performance by software is dumb?

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

The image above has 42000 likes not exactly a lot of criticism.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy member found dead in apparent suicide in Sasebo park See in context

If the guy had been talking about suicide this is a failure on the part of anyone who heard it and did nothing. Such a waste.

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Posted in: Tennis fans in Japan, Abe hail Naomi Osaka See in context

She is a great player, it does not matter what nation she represents or is a citizen of. Congratulations on the victory!

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Posted in: Gov't to try luggage inspections at subway station in Tokyo as anti-terror experiment See in context

I am fine with this. If you wait until after something happens to do something you are too late. Also there was a terrorist attack on the Tokyo Subway years back. I guess some people have forgotten.

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Posted in: A Japanese idol got married, so his management asked fans on Twitter to decide if he should be fired See in context

I wouls seriously like to know how in 2018 'contracts' like this are acceptable or even legal. The whole 'idol' culture is beyond stupid.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over fatal stabbing of U.S. military airman See in context

Zachary, cheating may be morally reprehensible but it does not justify murder. Also define common, tons of married Japanese men use "health services" which is just paid adultery and they manage not to be murdered.

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Posted in: Shibuya braces for more Halloween chaos after wild weekend See in context

Utorsa destruction and lack of respect for private property are not part of Amercian cilture as you put it. Peopke doing things like that should be hadled appropriately by law enforcement. But as I saw in the news last night they were content to let the revelers be unless sonething really serious was happening.

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Posted in: Journalist freed from Syria returns to Japan to relief, rice balls and criticism See in context

Regardless of whther he should have been there or not, this dude was put through hell and it will take a long time to come to terms with that ordeal for himself. Jsut looking at him I see a scarred and broken man,

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 73rd anniversary of end of World War II battle See in context

Serrano, the majority of the death toll is Okinawan civilians. Almost double the combined military fatalities were civilians deaths. 149,193 Civilians perished.

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Posted in: Man shot dead by police after knife attack in Kumamoto See in context

Seriously some of you guys are saying he should have been more restrained? He shot a guy that was cutting him up! The police man did exactly what he should have.

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Posted in: MariCar go-kart driver mounts pavement, causes serious damage in accident See in context

They drive licensed go-karts occasionally on the city streets here as well. I always thought it was an accident waiting to happen as they sit so low and are hard for drivers to see.

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Posted in: Reports of measles rising in Okinawa; damage to tourism feared See in context

You guys spouting no vaccinations or measles is not serious realize it has killed millions right? Don't be a fool vaccinate your kids.

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Posted in: 'Little idols': Japan's dark obsession with young girls See in context

Andrew Crisp, after over 20 years of living here personally I can say you weren't looking to hard if you aren't seeing girls sexualized here its everywhere you look.

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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day See in context

The age old tradition of celebrating becoming an adult by acting like a 3 year old child.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kissing sleeping woman on train See in context

He must have been under too much stress at work, or can't remember, or (insert BS excuse)

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Posted in: U.S. troops in Okinawa banned from drinking, restricted to base after fatal crash See in context

@nakanoguy01 In general it is a politically motivated action to show that "something" is being done coupled with mandatory classes for military and DoD civilian personnel about proper alcohol use etc. A curtailment of all off base activity and reflection on being good ambassadors to the troops, families etc. In the end though people make mistakes and bad decisions with or without rules and things will occur despite the best efforts to prevent them. There is always someone somewhere who thinks the rules don't apply to them and will make the bad choice. That goes for everyone not just the military.

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Posted in: Alcohol detected on breath of U.S. serviceman after fatal crash in Okinawa See in context

As much as I defend the military presence in Japan by the USA, there is no excuse for this kind of behavior and to make things worse a life was lost and it was done while on duty.

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Posted in: 9 dismembered bodies found in Kanagawa apartment See in context

Wow, sounds like a serial killer. Also does not Twitter have suicide prevention methods in place when people post death wish messages?

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Posted in: Suspect says wife's divorce request led him to kill her, 5 kids See in context

This man is a disgusting and evil person. There is no forgiveness for this.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat See in context

Kim characterized Trump's speech to the world body as "mentally deranged behavior."

Well if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black.

And after the NY Post article that came out today from the NK defector Kim has only shown the depths of his depravity and corruption.

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Posted in: iPhone 8, 8 Plus go on sale in Japan See in context

People overly excited for an over priced phone that has just added some features available on Android phones for years. This is the broken record for Apple. Oh yeah and there are a bunch of proprietary features.

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Posted in: To shoot down or not? N Korean launch brings up intercept issues See in context

A few thoughts. Why risk turning 1 dangerous falling object into 2? Also there is much to be said about not tipping your hand when it comes to capability. NK is trying to provoke everyone else into doing something so that they can claim to be the victim. NK is not going to do anything that puts Kim's regime at risk. All of this saber rattling is just a petulant child trying to gain the attention of the world. I agree that their missile and Nuclear Weapons programs need to be ended but how to accomplish it without a full scale war is the tricky part.

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Posted in: Defiant N Korean leader says he will complete nuke program See in context

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States

With the US military in 1955 maybe.

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Posted in: N Korea threatens to sink Japan, reduce U.S. to ashes and darkness See in context

Wallace Fred

Why the continuous refusal by the us to sign an official peace treaty?

The armistice was signed by the UN not the USA.

North Korea has announced that it will no longer abide by the armistice at least 6 times, in the years 1994, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2013.

North Korea largely forgets the UN took action against them in the Korean War not the USA unilaterally. Looks like most of the rest of the world forgets this too. They also forget that the only reason there is a North Korea today is because of Chinese intervention after they were pushed back to China. Their bluster is mostly aimed at the US because it is an easy target for their hatred and propaganda and because the USA backs South Korea.

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Posted in: Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse N Korean threat: policy makers See in context

I know a little gossip. USA has nukes in Japan. But a friend of mine visited a Japanese base and was shown Japanese nukes.

Yeah that seems legit, they let you "friend" just waltz into a base and see the "nukes"

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