mw775 comments

Posted in: Department store removes wine imported from Golan Heights after protests See in context

I expected better from Japan. Ignorance manifest. And those of you who criticize...have you ever been there? Have you ever lived there? Do you have a clue about history. I suspect the answer is "no." To be expected from the crowd who posts here. Again, ignorance manifest!!

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

Those of you questioning/criticizing the police officer’s action, I ask you...have you ever been in such a situation, it is very easy to “Monday-morning quarterback” such actions. Try being in that very dynamic situation and see what you would do. You might change your mind. Don’t judge unless you know what it is you are judging.

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Posted in: Police wound 4 people in Sydney mall shooting See in context

What do you all really know about the situation? It is very easy to criticise from in front of your computer screen. Try real life on for size.

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Posted in: Man attacked on street while on his way to work in Yokohama See in context

So, Aly Rustom, that incident makes Yokohama unsafe? Wow, where do you live? Lala land? Get real

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Posted in: Obama lifts arms embargo on Vietnam See in context

Ah yes, the benefit of 20/20 hindsight CrazyJoe. Did you live during that time? Do have any contemporary experience or are you just echoing what you read? You must take a look at the geopolitical landscape post WWII, iron curtain, Korea, etc. into account before you judge. Having said that, I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran. We, too, benefited from 20/20, as did you. But at the time, most of us thought it was right. Kind of hard to lay your life on the the line if you didn't. (For context, I was a helicopter pilot, shot down twice, shot up more times than I can count. I think the renewal of friendship is a great thing. Implacable enemies becoming friends does have a precedent, ne?

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Posted in: U.S. airlines boost performance, but passengers' complaints still rising See in context

I try never to fly US-flagged airlines. ANA all the way!!

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Posted in: Squad X will change the U.S. Army See in context

Obviously none of you know what you are talking about nor have you been in a position to accurately comment on this. Ask ISIS, ask the Chinese government. Ask the North Korean government. You can touchy-feely all you dream, but reality is reality. If you life is on the line, you will take all the advantages you can get. "For those that risk it, life has a flavor the [you] protected will never know."

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Posted in: You know you’re in Japan when… See in context

Ah yes. Every day I have a "wow, only in Japan" moment such as these. I love this country and will never leave!!

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Posted in: Japan accepts 27 refugees last year; rejects 99% of applications See in context

Bleeding heart liberals. Listen to those who live with the refugees. Read the news reports of the conduct of some of them. Look at the Islamization of the countries they are beginning to occupy. I say "YES" to Japan. Do not saddle yourself with the same problems the rest of the world is having. Remain steadfast! Sometimes the truth is brutal. But it remains the truth!

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Posted in: 'X-Files' makes its TV comeback, after 13-year absence See in context

At last, some positive news, the value of which most will agree upon . It will be interesting if the two stars can recapture the chemistry of the previous series. We all sure hope so. Can't wait!!

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Posted in: New dinosaur-themed restaurant already popular See in context

What a cynic, warispeace

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Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up See in context

I'm a retired combat veteran. My tattoos document the conflicts and associations that were a part of my life. I got them before coming to Japan. I have been asked to leave an onsen once while actually in the bath...by a young lady who came into the bath area, to me, pointed at my tattoos and made the sign of the X (Hmm, I'm a weight lifter with the body of a weight lifter...). I was denied access to Gold's Gym in Minato-Marai because I truthfully answered the question about tattoos. I pointed out that mine were covered up and would remain covered in the gym. That did not matter. They now knew I have tattoos. I rejoined, metaphorically, that had I lied, they would have never known thus given me access. Response: Didn't matter. They now knew. I asked to speak with the manager. He wasn't in but I was assured he would be asked. I received a phone call the next day...no go. Ironically, the gym had posters of professional body builders, with tattoos, posted throughout the gym. I asked if they would deny entry to one of them. No answer. Go figure.

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Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had See in context

Tattoo policy. Japan lags FAR behind the rest of the world in this. Yakuza?? Get real. It will be interesting to see how Japan deals with this during the Olympics, both fans and athletes. Check out some of the foreign rugby players here.

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Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate See in context

San_Diegan, have you done that yourself? Signed: Combat Veteran, Vietnam (US Army), Beirut (USMC) Desert Storm (USMC), Timor (USMC), Iraq (Contractor), Afghanistan x2 (Contractor)

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Posted in: Maori welcome See in context

They probably saw their tattoos (reference tattoo-adverse Japan)

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Posted in: Abe war dead See in context

Has anybody who is commenting negatively about Yasukuni ever been there? If not, then how can you INTELLIGENTLY comment on it? It is NOT a shrine to war criminals. Rather it is the repose of the souls of all of those who died for Japan throughout all of its wars, including those of non-soldiers (nurses and some postal workers, for example). The souls of the "Class A" war criminals, executed for Crimes Against Humanity, also repose there. They indeed died for Japan regardless of the (justified) condemnation of the court. It has been a familiar drum beat for China and Korea, who neither understand nor care about the true meaning of the place. Something good to use in their political games.

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Posted in: Court orders SDF night flights at Atsugi base suspended See in context

So, Ghost rider, you know all about night training and remote bases, eh? And, oh, those "nice weather generals," wow, what an insightful comment! Just which remote bases did you have in mind, here in Japan? And what makes you think those "nice weather generals" exist? In a word, do you have a clue what you are talking about?

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Posted in: The business of 'omotenashi' See in context

That stops at the onsen door if you have tattoos. Hope they wake up before 2020 Olympics, or Japan will embarrass itself big time.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

This kind of rhetorical question begs the use of 20/20 hindsight. To be truly understood, the question must be asked within the context of the time, information at hand, and the assessment of intelligence that predicted what might have happened had the pursuit of "unconditional surrender" played out as anticipated. It is easy to judge and condemn from the comfort of one's own armchair many years after the fact.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for double murder in 2004 See in context

Unless someone in your family is murdered. I'd like to hear what your response would be to that.....

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Posted in: Amid safety fears, U.S. Navy jets train on Iwo Jima See in context

For Dennis Bauer: Weather comes in quickly on Iwo To, especially at night. If the field goes IMC (instrument meterological conditions) and the aircraft could not safely land, that would constitute such an emergency. There are a lot of mitigations that reduce the risk however.

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Posted in: Is the JET Program right for you? See in context

Is it possible to join the program from here in Japan?

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Posted in: Australian state to declare Hells Angels a criminal organization See in context

For ExportExpert..... "Dick heads with no idea making meaningless laws again." As for your "meaningless" comment, what exactly would you recommend be done....in a democracy such as Australia??

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Posted in: Japan's aging Air Self-Defense Force plans major overhaul See in context

gaijintraveller you are obviously a regional security expert well grounded in geopolitical reality. Your observation displays and intuitive grasp of the irrational/delusional. Obviously China and North Korea do not factor in your equation. Why aren't you in a government position rather than being just a "gaijin traveler?" That way you can have a real influence rather than posting pre-adolescent drivel.

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