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Posted in: Vertical farming takes off in aging Japan See in context

Wow, lettuce, tomatoes and some strawberries. That's great. You can feed a whole lot of people with those.

Guess what crops won't be grow indoors (using huge amounts of resources btw): potatoes, corn, wheat, beans, pumpkins, peanuts, eggplants, blueberries, apples, pears, okra, bananas, peaches, mangoes, radishes, onions, carrots, melons, rice, you get the point. Pretty much everything else that requires the Sun.

If all the old farmers are hitting the bucket or unable to do the work, maybe younger people need to reevaluate their lives and realize that someone has to grow the food they eat. Less time in the office and more time in the fields.

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Posted in: American farmers hail U.S.-Japan trade deal to gain competitiveness See in context

Just so you know what kind of "quality" products you're getting from farmers in the States, all that corn (over 90%) is GMO seed. The fields, before planting, are covered in the feces of millions of people from the cities. Then those same plants are sprayed repeatedly with cancer causing and bee killing pesticides. After harvest, the "product" is stored in giant silos where molds and rodents have some fun. Yup, please buy some more.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

Is this heavy handed approach with NHK mainly a city thing? I've been here 5 years now (out in the sticks) and not once have been asked about paying any fees.

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Posted in: U.S. records nearly 20 mass killings for the year so far See in context

I thought the USA always liked to be number 1? Come on Americans, Mexico is beating you when it comes to killings. Already over 14,600 murders there from Jan to June. Time to step up your game.

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Posted in: U.S. presidents have made racist gestures throughout country's history See in context

If you think what President Trump tweeted was "racist", you're the only one thinking about race.

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Posted in: Shonan: The birthplace of Japan's modern surf culture See in context

Ah, good old Shonan. The beaches near Enoshima are great spots to chill out and spend time at during the summer. I especially like all the beach huts they set up, serving food and drinks.

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Posted in: Man shot after pub fracas in Tochigi See in context

Shotgun perhaps...……….not good!

Unless the man left and came back with it, I highly doubt he used a shotgun. Kind of a large weapon to be slinging around in public without someone saying something.

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Posted in: How would you define racism? See in context

@Toasted Heretic

You seem certain that Trump is a white supremacist, but are you close to him? Have you ever met and talked to him about his beliefs and has he ever said that white people should dominate others because they are "supposedly" superior to other races? Cause that's what a white supremacist would say. White supremacists also have deep hatred against Jewish people. It's kind of hard to connect Donald Trump to that line of thought.

So, by your way of thinking, anyone who doesn't view Trump as a racist, white supremacist is also a racist, (fill in the color) supremacist?

And I think the USA's reputation was destroyed a long time before Trump came along. Back when corporations and government agencies connected to the military pushed for b.s. wars all over the globe and untold numbers of people suffered and died horrible deaths.

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Posted in: How would you define racism? See in context

Apparently from some commentators on JT, racism can only come from white people. Especially the white people who believe Donald J. Trump is helping make America great again. Funny though, cause I thought this is a website about Japan today and not America's past. Many people now (at least in the USA) have multiple ethnic backgrounds. So racism only persists if you keep talking about race (SJWs/Democrats anyone?).

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Posted in: What is your understanding of the expression 'cultural appropriation?' See in context

Just another social justice warrior, busybody phrase used by people who want to sow discord and make others feel bad. Having an interest in another culture is a good thing because it brings people together.

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Posted in: Black lawmaker says white man told her 'Go back where you came from' See in context

Second, it's such a dark cloud that Northern European countries with socialism enjoy the highest quality of life and standards of living.

Wonder how much they enjoy the sky high taxes to pay for all their wonderful social programs.

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Posted in: Black lawmaker says white man told her 'Go back where you came from' See in context

And precisely what systems are you referring to PT? Reality check for you. The vast, and I do mean vast, majority of Trump supporters are NOT "alt right".

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Posted in: Black lawmaker says white man told her 'Go back where you came from' See in context

All you commentators talking about how this is because of Trump, and you don't even know if this is a TRUE story.

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context


"Crap like this has to stop. People can make the claim all they want about "freedom" of speech, but broadcasting murder, in my opinion, is not a freedom of speech issue"

First off, I hate using JT's comment section. One of the worst designs out there.

Second, I remember a certain day in September of 2001 when the TV stations in my country, USA, played video footage, over and over again for days on end, of THOUSANDS of people getting murdered. No one back then made any attempt to silence those who choose to watch or distribute what happened that day. It's unbelievable how authoritarian NZ has become.

While I find this man's views to be disgusting, there is NO crime here.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

There isnt a lucrative cocaine market in Japan.

If these were gram sized packets or larger, then it could have easily been lucrative. Some people use coke on a regular basis in Japan. 246 grams, likely over 8,000yen/gram and you're talking close to 2 million. Probably not his first time carrying and definitely not a good way to go out.

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Posted in: U.S. judge deals blow to Trump's border wall plans See in context

It's laughable that so many people seem to think it's a good idea to allow millions of people to pour into a country illegally. Mexico is a literal narco state. The depravity of these gangs is appalling. What they do is pure EVIL. Even all the resort areas Americans visit year after year for Spring break are run by the cartels.

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Posted in: Former KAT-TUN singer admits to marijuana use See in context

Police are really going to spend time finding out where they got it? It's not rocket science. Go to Roppongi, talk to the Nigerians, exchange money. But seriously, these pot laws are asinine. 2020 is coming right around the corner and you better believe all sorts of people will be smoking up when they come visit for the Olympics. Oh and apparently Chinese-style censorship is in style now on this website.

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Posted in: Will U.S. Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights? See in context


How many 5 year old girls get raped and impregnated? Pretty sure 5 year olds can't ovulate.

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Posted in: Will U.S. Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights? See in context

Baloney wipeout. No one is arguing against people having sex. What people are arguing against is snuffing the life out of a tiny human being. Man up and woman up if you get pregnant or get someone pregnant. Also, killing a child is NOT a right. People who support abortion are mentally defective. And let's not mention the double standards that apply to women who choose to kill their babies. The father has no final say the kid lives or dies, but if momma wants to do the right thing and carry the child, guess who's on the hook for 18 years of child support.

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Posted in: Will U.S. Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights? See in context

Such a barbaric act that modern society allows to happen. I get the rape and incest arguments, but if you really don't want kids, why are you screwing someone without protection?

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Posted in: Record 3,500 people involved in cannabis cases in Japan in 2018 See in context

I never have, and never will, legal or not.

I was never really friends with her after that.

Wow, you sound like a fun person to be around.

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Posted in: 'Which hairstyle makes a woman look good at her job?' asks Japanese survey See in context

What nonsense of a article. The only really important thing is how well they can serve tea.

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Posted in: Mosque shooter a white supremacist angry at immigrants See in context

lincolnman, You're pretty shallow if you want to compare people who support the US president to white supremacists. Guess all the black, hispanic, asian, and arab Trump supporters are white supremacists too, right?

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder in road rage altercation on Tomei Expressway See in context

Alright! Finally my town (Oyama-cho) makes the news for something. But seriously, truckers here in Japan seemed very short tempered. Probably due to the insane overtime and irregular hours they work. Definitely not a great job for your mental and physical health.

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Posted in: Deer-related injuries in Nara reach record number already this year See in context

Almost got a big buck near Mt Fuji last Saturday. We were coming up a hill and had the sunlight right in our eyes when it saw us. Couldn't get a shot in time, just too quick. But, now we know where he lives. I'm sure he'll be back around there again.

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Posted in: Mother of fatally abused 10-year-old daughter admits withholding food from her See in context

What a pathetic excuse for a father and mother. Your most important job as a parent is to protect your children from harm. Absolutely disgusting! And isn't there another child these monsters had?

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Posted in: Overcompetition, demographics hitting beauty parlor trade hard See in context

Government jobs seem to be doing alright. But then again, they aren't really producing anything are they?

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Posted in: Aso pledges to keep economy strong as tax hike looms See in context

For someone with such a good life, Aso always seems to looked pissed off.

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Posted in: Composure on big stage fuels Osaka's rise to top See in context

I'm glad that Naomi Osaka is showing a respectable and humble side of professional sports. Hope she continues to win and make her family proud.

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Posted in: Come to Nagoya See in context

No need to bash the Ojisan. He probably didn't come up with this photo op idea in the first place. But man, those girls must be freezing!

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