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Posted in: Pompeo got $5,800 whisky gift from Japan, but where is it? See in context

The State Department said Wednesday it's looking into the apparent disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky given more than two years ago to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 

Sad that this is news! More like the Onion.

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Posted in: Biles wins bronze in women's balance beam final See in context

Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee of the United States finished fifth. The 18-year-old Lee won three medals in Tokyo, including silver in the team final and bronze on uneven bars.

Biles who? She could've skipped this event, too. Sunise Lee is our new goddess.

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Posted in: Simone Biles to return for balance beam finals See in context

I think the pressure for her to perform now is beyond what she can handle. Had she performed with the twisties prior to this event and made mistakes, she could have at least recovered faster for tonights event.

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Posted in: Italy's Jacobs wins 100 meters gold See in context

And for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games, there was no Jamaican in the final, Bolt's long-time former teammate Yohan Blake failing to qualify from his semifinal.

It was so refreshing seeing a new face in the 100-meter scene. U.S. Track & Field has been plagued with questionable athletes with very low moral character. Lamont said after he talked with his father, for the first time in 26 years, he regain power in his legs.

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Posted in: Sone wins women's heavyweight judo gold See in context

Love her

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

Ooh...no! Protect our country.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Because the money had already been spent, so it would be stupid to cancel the Olympics again!

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

This is so unbearable to watch.

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Posted in: Tokyo LGBTQ center head hoping Olympics spark social change See in context

It is unethical for LGBT to use the Olympics for their own agenda, especially under the guise of inclusion. The Olympic committee also banned athletes from wearing BLM shirts and other apparel during the games. We cannot make concessions for ANY group.

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Posted in: Merkel reminds Japan to confront wartime past See in context

This statement is what is problematic " Abe is preparing to issue a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War Two, the legacy of which still plagues Tokyo’s ties with China."

No Prime Minister has ever made any statement regarding its own defeat, so why should Prime Minister Abe? Chancellor Angela Merkel has never made such a statement before, so how can she come to Japan and ask Japan's Prime Minister to make such statement. When will Angela Merkel make such a similar headline?

"Merkel is preparing to issue a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of Germany's defeat in War, the legacy of which still plagues Munich and its ties with the Western world."

Where is the hypocrisy? Prime Minister Abe should not even offer a speech.

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Posted in: Cyclist in his 70s killed by train on crossing See in context

Maybe he was too old for the bicycle.

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Posted in: 'Hafu' tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society See in context

@inkaRob << Equality and notions about "e pluribus unum" sound really good on paper, and for North American countries has partially worked. We have Obama to show for it. However, social equality has never been 100% successful, even with an "hafu" president. Employment rate still hovers at around 17% for African Americans, whereas whites make up less than 10% on that spectrum. Having social equality didn't work in this instance. Juxtapose that with Japan, a nation whose principles were founded on the Meiji Constitution; now defunct American mandated constitution which stipulates that all people have equal rights under the present-day Constitution. That includes universal suffrage for women and anti-discriminatory laws which are intended to protect all citizens. These constitutional guarantees are loosely enforced because most Japanese do not care. This is owing to the fact that the people simply do not have to care as long as the government doesn't care, because the letter of the law has no weight. In other words, how can you ask the Japanese to embrace,accept, and include hafu, quarter, and non pure blood into their social dynamic when only the Meiji system of governance is deeply rooted in their psyche??

Meiji Emperor separated the undesirables from mainstream society, even native Japanese people who had tattoos ( irezumi). This was designed to create a cohesive social dynamic that is still evident today as it was centuries ago.

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Posted in: 'Hafu' tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society See in context

Why can't "hafu" embrace their uniqueness in society without demanding society accept and embrace them as Japanese? You were born in Japan and probably speak Japanese, but that doesn't mean Japan has to change. You have to change and you have to accept that you will always be different. Japanese people tolerate different aspects of its society, but not embrace it. They simply do not have to. In order for Japan to embrace 'hafu' we'd have to embrace all peoples of the world regardless of their racial background. I do think that awareness is a positive step in the right direction, though. Well...on a case by case basis.

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Posted in: Grand opening -- Smokehouse by T.Y. Harbor Brewing See in context

Hmm....I think if he focused more on the food instead of the interior decor, the whole set up would look more attractive.

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Posted in: 8 arrested in Tokyo after two groups clash over hate speech against Koreans See in context

Is is not about racism!!!!

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Posted in: 8 arrested in Tokyo after two groups clash over hate speech against Koreans See in context

Discrimination is bad, but I don't believe the Zaitokukai supports the discrimination of non-Japanese. If Korean nationals are taking advantage of the system, then it needs to be investigated and dealt with. And Rights groups need to make this known through peaceful demonstration. Most of the readers here are overreacting to media hysteria.

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Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse See in context

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ProbieMay. 21, 2013 - 03:02PM JST

There's a big difference between using prostitutes during a war, and an organized system of sex slavery.

Hashimoto is a nationalistic idiot who should be removed from power straight away. Comments such as he has been making only cause problems. His constant whining about his comments being misunderstood are obviously BS because he just keeps on making them.

In any other first world country, he would have been removed from office or made to resign.

He is making Japan look bad, and feeding the rabid nationalists in China and South Korea.

Get rid of him.

What do you consider a first world country? You mean Anglo Saxon countries? Sex slavery and prostitution were both initiated by first world countries, this is why they also have laws condemning them. A Japanese politician who is outspoken, as long as his comments are not racist and sexist, and that they don't incite violence should be heard, listened to, and accepted as good discourse and healthy debate.

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Posted in: Snow falls in Hokkaido as cold spring continues across Japan See in context

I wonder how the blossoms are coming along.

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Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism See in context

@<<riffraff said: they have the memory of two bright flashes of light that destroyed two cities in the blink of an eye. A lesson well learned.

What lesson well learned?

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Posted in: Abe arrives in Moscow for first top-level Russia visit in a decade See in context

Mr. Putin is a clever guy. I think he's interested in developing the islands, and this may be why he's in negotiations with Mr. Abe. It's a way to redirect revenue so that Russia doesn't have to pay to make the place more profitable. If Mr. Putin makes concessions by allowing Japanese venture capitalist to come in and develop the place then this could become a huge draw for both countries. So it's not about the energy per se. Mr. Putin keeps his enemies close for a good reason.

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Posted in: Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis See in context

Wise move on the part of the Catholic church. A man who has a long history working with the poor deserves the Papacy. The truest work of God comes from serving others, not pushing for gay agendas and other government reform. Church should stay out of politics and big institutions. The work of the lord is the job of the Pope. This is a great man of God.

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Posted in: Japan expert, writer Donald Richie dies at 88 See in context

Accomplished man.

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Posted in: Abe wants to replace landmark 1995 war apology See in context

Good on Abe!

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Posted in: 8 U.S. sailors sue Japanese gov't, TEPCO for lying about radiation See in context

Operational Tomodachi - For starters, the Japanese didn't ask for your assistance in the clean-up effort, you offered it with no strings attached and was made aware of radiation levels. Whether radiations levels were high or low has no relevance because you exposed yourselves willingly and had full knowledge of the risk before you engaged - uninvited.

Throw this case to the dogs!

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Posted in: Fukushima residents find new homes in Okinawa See in context

@zichi<< Good point. I have gone back and forth with the reporter on this story, and I have admonished her to do a better job of reporting on the recovery effort, not this fear baiting. All she's doing is fueling the hysteria that is causing discrimination. I wish JT would properly vet their stories before publishing them.

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Posted in: Fukushima residents find new homes in Okinawa See in context

The OP, and Stephan Jez, and to the editors of this paper. The residence of Fukushima are not leaving. If anything, this is a temporary displacement. The media has done a pitiful job of portraying the events in Fukushima and the lies and misrepresentation has to stop. Just because a few Fukushima residents get their faces on the paper and decry what's happening doesn't mean that there is a real radiation problem. It is faulty logic. Do not portray Fukushima in this way. It is just bad press filled with slippery slope analogies.

Thank you.

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Posted in: What happens to Japanese porn stars after they retire? See in context

So many great comments. Porn stars will never see retirement as a clear option. Most if any will occassionally do part-time porn if they retire, but never ever retire fully. Those that have chosen to retire completely often struggle with depression and anxiety and an overall disconnect with society. They rarely have anything in common with women who lead ordinary lives.

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Posted in: Some convenience stores may remove adult magazines from shelves See in context

I'm a naught magz reader myself and I think it's an assault on my freedom if you take away my porn magz from the shelf. Healthy porn should be encouraged in order to stimulate peoples will to want to have sex. The country needs it. .

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Posted in: McDonald's to offer home delivery from 250 more stores before end of year See in context

Pizza delivery. Yes. The "shotengai" is more than just about shopping, it's about community. Grocery stores and mom & pop shops are places where people shop, meet, and greet. Home delivery is just so unJapanese.

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Posted in: 16 tips for raising a bilingual child in Japan See in context

Best advice. Don't raise them here. Japanese language ability will not be a skill by the time they grow up into working adults. It is disadvantageous for them to even be raised in Japan. Better they were raised in your country Pete. But I'm sure that's not what you want to hear. Basically....you should've thought about this before conception.

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