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Posted in: Hit them in the pocket: How cities are going after SUVs See in context

I'll only speak about what I saw in the US. I remember the gas shortages in the 70's and people clamored for smaller more efficient vehicles. Then when gas prices started to fall, instead of thinking great, let's keep them there, many people said great, give me my big polluting gas guzzler back.

I've for a long time thought that fees for vehicle registration should be calculated on their efficiency. I applaud Japan for including size in the equation.

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Posted in: ‘I never lost a fight against a man’: The story of the only woman to join Japan’s notorious yakuza See in context

Wandora: "What a strange worldview. She excelled at violence."

I don't see this article as glorifying her, but just telling her interesting story. I have seen throughout history the glorification of violence by people that did it on a much larger scale than she did. Thousands, hundreds of thousands killed and the main architects of those deaths are often glorified because they were 'on the right side,' which is an arbitrary assessment at best.

She does not get a pass for being a criminal, but at least she's attempting to do better, when so many others go to their graves while still committing evil acts. And I think that makes for an interesting story, be it as a cautionary tale or partial redemption is a matter of opinion.

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Posted in: Orderly manner See in context

gogogo, I was wondering why they all look like westerners.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

I agree with First15, living in the US all my life, I think when you have more rules than words, then rules takes on a esoteric meaning.

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Posted in: 'Parasite' actor's death prompts criticism of police, media See in context

Sad that a person could be driven to this by such repressive drug laws. Wars on drugs never work, they only make some people rich and many others suffer. Ask someone from the US how effective it is. I hope his family eventually finds peace.

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Posted in: Colorado Supreme Court, in landmark ruling, bans Trump from state’s ballot under insurrection clause See in context

Isn't it amazing that even with mounds of evidence any investigation into trump is a witch hunt and yet with no evidence at all, an impeachment inquiry in to Biden is absolutely justified.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel to buy U.S. Steel for $14.1 billion See in context

It seems to me the problem is that corporations don't reinvest capitol to upgrade their processes such as arc-furnaces which would keep them competitive in the future. Instead they use profits for stock buy backs, high corporate officer salaries and payments to stockholders. I heard a long time ago that Japan and other countries plan 10 to 20 years ahead, while for too many US companies it's all about grab what you can in the here and now.

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Posted in: Man shoots woman and 3 children, then himself, at Las Vegas apartment complex, police say See in context

So what, it's the US, we have guns, guns, guns galore. We have more mass shootings than there are days in the year. Right-wing politicians will pose for christmas pictures with every member of the family holding guns, including the children. Republican politicians say there is nothing we can do about it, even as they vote against stronger regulations put forth by Democrats. Mass shootings have become have become as much of a tradition as any other regular happenings. I feel for the extended members of the families that will have to deal with this.

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Posted in: Verdict due Tuesday in landmark Japan SDF sexual assault case See in context

Wandora @ 9.58am

So, are you saying that it is ok for military personal to sexually assault each other and woman shouldn't expect special treatment. And if that is the case then I certainly would not volunteer to serve.

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Posted in: Israel and Hamas agree to extend truce for two more days, and to free more hostages and prisoners See in context

"no civilized people take hostages.. only terrorists and countries like North Korea and Russia." Really, take a look at the number of people in US jails for BS reasons. It was 'civilized' countries that kept slaves for many years and still find ways to circumvent laws to keep people hostage, usually for economic reasons.

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Posted in: ‘Barbie’ joins $1 billion club; breaks another record for female directors See in context

Personally, I'd like to thank the Right-Wing for all the free advertising.

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Posted in: Japanese startup unveils space viewing tour on balloon flight See in context

Could be fun and wouldn't pollute like the rockets do.

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Posted in: Couple in their 80s found dead in suspected murder-suicide See in context

This is what happens when you don't have, 'Right to Die Laws'. Everyone should be able to decide the time of their death especially as we age. No I don't believe your average young person should have carte blanche for ending one's life, they should be offered as much help and counseling as possible, but as you age and the mind and body deteriorate it should be your choice when to sleep forever.

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Posted in: Japanese firm shifts copper foil plans from South Carolina to Georgia See in context

All those incentive payments come out of tax payer pocket's as will any infrastructure costs to accommodate the plant. Also there is no guarantee the plant won't move when those incentives expire.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over death of mentally disabled son See in context

"What a weak failure of a mother", wow, you have no idea what her or her son's life might have been like. I'm not saying it was a good decision, but I know stress breaks people all the time and before the, 'seek help', replies, I've also seen that way to often help can't be found. She will have to live with what she did, one life ended and one was ruined, empathy is free, there's no charge for having it.

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Posted in: World leaders rage against neighbors on 2nd day of U.N. debate See in context

It's always better to at least provide an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue, even if it is not used and I'm willing to bet that much more goes on in the corridors of the UN than in the assembly room.

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Posted in: Chinese director Zhang Yimou defends casting of Matt Damon See in context

I had to log on just to say, nicely said kaynide.

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Posted in: Tokyo police release PR video in English to assure foreign visitors Japan is safe See in context

Very funny, I had a good laugh, at about the 6 minute mark two cops catch a criminal and say, 'I found the gun', next scene two cops catch a criminal and say, 'I found the drugs', next scene cops are chasing man out of a door and I really expected them to say, ' I found the man in the bad suit'.

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Posted in: Trump looks to grab attention as Republican rivals debate See in context

bass4funk, what makes you say that Bernie is bad, have you looked at his voting record or the things he stands for or against?

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Posted in: Trump escalates fight with Fox News before debate See in context

CrazyJoe, I logged in just so I could give you a thumbs up, thank for your comment.

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Posted in: Islamic State ambushes, kills up to 50 Iraqi troops See in context

Burning Bush, MarkG, how much more of your money are you willing too donate, to continue making weapons makers even richer? Also you might want to research past wars and look at the amount of bombs dropped and the armies that still survived and kept fighting.

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Posted in: Tooth found in stew at Tokyo hotel restaurant See in context

Dan Lewis, I may be easy, but that was funny.

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Posted in: World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in U.S. See in context

Noble713, I hear the Chicago example so often, even though it's ridiculous, I have to respond. Look at the lax gun laws surrounding Chicago, it's near impossible to enforce a law if the adjacent areas don't have complementary laws.

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Posted in: Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, U.S. says See in context

MarkG, not exactly sure what history you're looking at, perhaps you should do a little research into all the benefits of our wars and foreign policy. Remember to look past what they want you to see and look at what they're trying to hide.

Jimizo, "US foreign policy benefits the US. This is perfectly understandable. Whether this has benefitted or harmed other countries is incidental." I think the millions of dead, might disagree about it only being 'incidental'.

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Posted in: Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, U.S. says See in context

MarkG, you could be right, we've seen the chaos resulting when America does whatever it wants.

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Posted in: Japanese opera singer records cover of Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' See in context


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Posted in: U.N. resolution says Israel must renounce nuclear arms See in context

Iran is not on a march to acquire nuclear weapons, not in a few months or years or maybe ever. Although I wouldn't fault them for trying, as it seems the only thing that keeps America from attacking countries is possession of nuclear weapons. Israel will probably use it's nuclear weapons, because it is the only country that would get away with it due to America's backing.

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Posted in: Obama says U.S. will attack IS inside Syria for first time See in context

SOFA, signed by George Bush 2008. I'm sure you 've already heard of this, but would like to blame everything on Obama. In actuality Obama tried to extend the US presence in Iraq, but the Iraqi government would have no part of it. Also the majority of Americans wanted us out of Iraq. Although I have my own reservations about Obama, I think that any intelligent person will see that the relationship with Congress is due to the totally moralless republicans in congress, whose only concern is to increase the wealth of the already rich. And as far as Obama being an idiot, might I remind you who got us into Afghanistan and Iraq to begin with. Bush was warned and had recent history to draw from, (remember Russia in Afghanistan). Bush was told by his own advisors when going into Iraq, "you break it, you bought it." So please take off your right wing blinders and place the blame where it truly belongs.

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Posted in: Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as U.S. reveals failed hostage rescue attempt See in context

It always amazes me(not really) how hypocritical the American government is. An American journalist is killed and the President demands the world to react. Meanwhile we drop bombs all around the world causing I'm sure more than one beheading, but that's ok.

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Posted in: Obama welcomes new Iraqi leadership as 'step forward' See in context

Well 'zichi' replace 'Saddam' with 'America' and tell me what the difference is. And bass4funk you know that it was our meddling that has Iraq in the state it's in today, and as soon as we forget the past we repeat it. What do we do to stop this and the future waves? Stay out of other's affairs unless we're willing to move in and take over the whole country's problems and since we don't seem to be taking care of many of the problems here in the States I don't really think that's a good idea.

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