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Posted in: Japan launches rocket carrying reconnaissance satellite See in context

macv  Isn't "bro kim" already armed to the teeth?

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Posted in: Authorities warn parents of Setsubun soybean choking risks for children See in context

"Kisenosato and Hakuho tossed beans into the crowd."  After their poor showing in the last Basho, the people should have thrown the beans back!  lol!

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Posted in: Over 100 local assemblies push Abe gov't to join nuclear weapons ban See in context

The wish for a  world free of nuclear weapons is Pollyannaish.                                          The U.S., China, Russia and all the rest, including North Korea,                                         are not going to give them up.

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Posted in: Abe honors 'Japanese Schindler' in Lithuania See in context

Olegek.  "Most Jews in Lithuania were murdered not by German Nazi but by local people."  Yes, but it was supervised by the Nazis , and would it have happened had the Nazis  not "come to Lithuania?'

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Posted in: Abe honors 'Japanese Schindler' in Lithuania See in context

quercetum   What's your point?  There is a similarity in Sugihara's actions and Schindler's.

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Posted in: Abe honors 'Japanese Schindler' in Lithuania See in context

AgentX.  Didn't you read the article?

"Chiune Sugihara was serving as Japanese consul in Kaunas, then capital of Lithuania, when he disobeyed his superiors and issued Japanese visas to Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland despite his country being a close ally of Nazi Germany."

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Posted in: Media get first look at construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa See in context

dcog9065 My calculator couldn't handle all them zeros! How about $833 million per minute "saved?" That's at Y110 yen to $1.00. If you have another figure let me know.

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Posted in: Media get first look at construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa See in context

"The total construction cost is estimated at 5.5 trillion yen, JR Tokai said. The travel time will be just 40 minutes, an hour faster than the current time."  My math is not great, but I think that equates to a cost of $8.3 billion a minute in "saved time."

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Posted in: Efforts under way to help addicts ahead of legalized casino gambling See in context

buffalo  "Casinos are a major contributor to social problems."  Can you cite me a study that supports this opinion.

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Posted in: Sumo grand champ facing police probe over alleged assault See in context

including two other Mongolian grand champions

Well, it doesn't take a genius to know who they are!

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Posted in: Typhoon bringing heavy rain to wide areas of Japan See in context

buffalo

What's confusing?  He said that because of the rain it takes 4 hours to get to work.  He hasn't recovered from the last recent typhoon.   He's blaming the weather on global warming and hates to think what that means for snow fall this winter.

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Posted in: Take cover - but where? Japanese helpless over N Korean threat See in context

"For me, it's just business as usual," said former businessman Noh Suk-Won, 60. "The North is flexing its military muscle to force the U.S. to engage in negotiations. It's not going to throw missiles on our heads."

I agree.

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Posted in: Gang leader's bodyguard shot dead in Kobe See in context

papigiulio

"As long as they kill each other without innocent bystanders I don't see any issues."

Then, from your sentence, I take it that if they  kill each other with innocent bystanders it  becomes an issue?  lol.

I know what you meant, but your sentence should have used the words  "and not"

instead of "without."  However, I disagree.   I have "an issue" with gangsters shooting each other on the street.....period.

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Posted in: Abe, Moon seek stronger U.N. action against N Korea See in context

What could develop into a trade war with China would still not get NK to give up their nuclear program, but it will have world wide economic consequences....all bad.

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Posted in: Japan calls for int'l action after N Korea's 6th nuclear test See in context

I don't think the U.S., Japan, and South Korea can do anything to get North Korea to cease being a nuclear power.  It'll come down to acquiescing to a fait accompli.

I  also don't think NK would use a nuke as that would be committing suicide.

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Posted in: Japan calls for int'l action after N Korea's 6th nuclear test See in context

sensei258

The U.S. did drop leaflets warning Japan of an impending attack, but they did not refer to an atomic bomb in them.

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Posted in: Japan carries out drills on annual Disaster Prevention Day See in context

Why is it called "Disaster Prevention Day?"  I think "Response to a Disaster Day'' is more defining as to what is happening.

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Posted in: Japan hits N Korea with additional sanctions See in context

dmacleod.  Thanks.  Very informative.  Glad to read that this source of hard cash

to the North Korean regime is apparently drying up.

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Posted in: Japan hits N Korea with additional sanctions See in context

Civitas Sine Suffragio

"....they still let millions of yen go there in Pachinko Parlor profits."  I've heard this before, but have yet to see data on this.  Can you tell me the sources to support this?

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. conduct live-fire drill in Hokkaido See in context

englisc aspyrgend

True, these exercises are planned months in advance, but don't you think NK just might have been on the planners' minds at that time?

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Posted in: Japan marks 72nd anniversary of its surrender in WWII See in context

OssanAmerica

Some corrections need to be made.  Japan's attempt to develop an atomic bomb was meager and it came late in the war.  They did get Germany to send uranium by sub, but it was captured when the war in Germany ended.  The Germans also made a limited attempt at making a bomb, but the effort lacked leadership and support at the top.

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Posted in: Japan marks 72nd anniversary of its surrender in WWII See in context

"If it was Japan who won the war, Japan would treat the war loser with respect."

I have to say that is highly debatable given the way the Japanese treated the "losers" i.e. POWs during the war.

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Posted in: 32nd anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash observed See in context

Kyu-chan was on that flight. Sayonara.  Sakamoto's "Ue o muite arukou" is a great song and holds up well.  The crash was a terrible tragedy.  And so is, "But prosecutors decided not to indict anyone."

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Posted in: British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks See in context

Luddite.  "He is a self serving, weak, cowardly political lightweight who cultivates a buffonish persona to hide the fact he's only in it for himself."  Sounds a lot like Trump.

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Posted in: British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks See in context

Ohkawa.  Nope.  No red tie!

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Posted in: Germany hosts difficult G-20 talks on trade, climate See in context

sf2kToday  "If that top photo doesn't say it all. Trump offers nothing to everyone. No one wants to talk to the USA."   Good observation.  At least he wasn't wearing his ubiquitous red tie.  lol.

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Posted in: N Korea claims to have tested its first ICBM, reaching altitude of 2,802 km See in context

Kim has to be made an "offer he can't refuse."

1.  He and the entire North Korean political and military leadership resigns with multi-million dollar retirement packages paid by the U.S, South Korea and Japan.

The two Koreas are unified with a government formed after democratic elections are held nation wide.

A unified Korea becomes a neutral and demilitarized country  with no foreign troops.

The alternative is a nuclear war in which North Korea will lose more than the others.

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Posted in: Ex-TEPCO execs plead not guilty as trial starts over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

",,,,he had "no memory of being briefed" about the information." How convenient.

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Posted in: Japan studying ways to use cruise ships for Olympic accommodation See in context

Schopenhauer 

Yep,  I was at the 1970 Osaka Worlds Fair in August.   I'm still recovering!  lol.

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Posted in: Toshiba announces delay in sealing deal on chip unit sale See in context

smithinjapan

Maybe  because, "Made in Japan,"  no longer means Made in Japan?

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