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Posted in: Fines paid in only 25% of parking offense cases by foreign diplomats See in context

Simply put diplomatic immunity is prone to abuse and those that enjoy these privileges need to respect and obey the law period. They need need to abolish and or review the diplomatic immunity clause period. " Nobody is above the law"

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Posted in: ANA to resume flights to Hawaii in October for 1st time in 6 months See in context

THE RESIDENT@ Perhaps if a state of emergency was declared earlier and all international travel in and out of Hawaii was suspended it might have been a different story. It's quite clear that the coronavirus was introduced by tourists. There is a stigma and maybe that is why the local people have such strong feelings. They are scared. They have a right to feel the way they do. You and I do have different opinions concerning ANA to resume flights and that is Ok. You don't agree with me and I don't agree with you. I understand where you are coming from and maybe you may not understand where I am coming from. But that is fine. We are both busy and have more important things to do. So I will end this discussion. Thank you.

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Posted in: ANA to resume flights to Hawaii in October for 1st time in 6 months See in context

@THE RESIDENT@ I said many businesses can be conducted online. I did not say all business can be conducted online. This is the second shut down. Most students have already returned home way before the second shut down. Flights were always available from before, however it was not a direct flight. You had to go the San Francisco first. Now this has nothing to do with anger. What you don't understand is the local people don't want outsiders traveling to Hawaii. They are not welcomed now. Some sign are even posted. That is how they really feel. I have many friends that live there and that how they truly feel. They feel very uncomfortable. It's a small island and you have to respect them. Maybe they are paranoid. Also I would never tell anyone that what they blog is silly or nonsense. If I disagree that's what I would say. I disagree or have a different opinion etc.

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Posted in: ANA to resume flights to Hawaii in October for 1st time in 6 months See in context

@THE RESIDENT: You don't seem to understand that Hawaii Department of Transportation has stated that travelers are strongly urged to postpone any trips to Hawaii period. Also what person is going to study abroad when all classes are online. There is a stay at home order and all non-essential businesses are closed. Many people are able to conduct business online. Locals don't want outsiders now. You have no idea at all about the covid 19 situation in Hawaii.

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Posted in: ANA to resume flights to Hawaii in October for 1st time in 6 months See in context

What a poor business decision. Hawaii is in the red zone now, the highest risk. The shut down now is also going to be extended for two weeks. When you arrive a 14-day quarantine is required. Who is going to stay in a hotel for 14 days. The local people don't want any tourist visiting now because the clusters are spreading. Recently the Director of Health and the Director of Safety decided to retire. For now Waikiki is a ghost town. They should wait until things settle down before bringing back the tourists.

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Posted in: Sushi chef using shirtless bodybuilders for delivery to buoy virus-hit business See in context

It's nice if a man has a nice body or a muscular build but what we woman want in a man is faithfulness, and dependability, a sense of humor, the ability to listen and a sense of style.

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Posted in: Trump calls Abe 'greatest prime minister in Japan's history' See in context

In short, there is no such thing as the greatest prime minister. Each prime minister has both good and bad qualities including different values. However, it definitely is not Mr. Abe.

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Posted in: Japanese ghost tales that will keep you up at night See in context

If you believe in ghosts, you're not alone because many cultures around the world believe in spirits that survive to live another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon and millions of people are interested in it. I'm not sure if there are any scientific studies proving that ghost are real even though there are many ghost stories. I remember the first ghost story as a child growing up in Japan was the ghost play Yotsuya Kaidan that I saw on tv.. That sure was scary. So have any of you encountered any Ghosts? I read that in Taiwan 90% of the people have encountered Ghosts. That sounds spooky.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy to Seoul shaves off controversial mustache See in context

A good ambassador cares not just about those he represents, but also about those who he interacts on a regular basis. He cares about other countries and people. He learns the culture and seeks to integrate into the social framework of those with whom he serves as ambassador. So if shaving his moustache makes him more acceptable, do it, like they say when in Rome, do as the Romans After all, a good ambassador is going to have to deal with lots of different situations, personalities, political undercurrents and often deal with less than ideal situations with those who not wish to come to terms.

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Posted in: Drinking parties, group trips by the elderly and wild partying by youths should be avoided, but families spending time among themselves at travel destinations have a low risk of getting infected or infecting others. See in context

Simply put, there is no such thing as safe travel during this pandemic. You're putting your life and other people's lives at risk, no matter what precautions you take.

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Posted in: 2 doctors arrested over assisted death of terminally ill woman See in context

I don' think you should be obligated to extend life by unreasonable means. These judgements are best made by family members after receiving wise and competent medical advice and seeking divine guidance through prayer.

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Posted in: Eel-eating day See in context

I love eels cooked in kabayaki style and unadon. Eels taste really good is one of my favorite foods. The best thing about eel meat is how absorbent it is with sauces and seasoning. Aside from that eel meat has a lot of nutritional value. High in phosphorus, balancing the bodies PH level, aiding in digestion. It also helps in metabolism and nutrient absorption. It even detoxifies the body thru urination and excretion. So happy eel day to everyone !

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Posted in: Japan formally asks U.S. to extradite men accused of helping Ghosn flee See in context

Ghosn failed as a CEO. He failed as a leader of a company, Nissan famous for its high quality cars, diminish and deteriorated under his leadership, the list of laws this guy broke its the reason why he ran away hiding inside a box.

Simply put Mr. Ghosn was very successful at Nissan for over 20 years. He was profiled period. He was the savior and responsible for turning around Nissan when the car firm was on the verge of bankruptcy. He was smart and savvy and left for a wise reason.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka tops Serena Williams as world's highest-paid female athlete See in context

Simply put you can be a dual citizen in Japan and America until you reach 21 years, after that age, you have to choose the citizenship you want to keep to make it legal.

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Posted in: Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' virus came from Wuhan lab See in context

Mr. Pompeo is wrong. A coronavirus leak from a lab would be extremely unlikely and there's no evidence of this according to a American researcher who worked with a Wuhan virology lab. I've read that the high-security lab has no record of the novel coronavirus' genome, and follows strict safety measures. They say that it's far more likely that the virus spilled naturally from bats, jumping to humans via an intermediary animal host. Sadly a persistent circulation of the lab-leak theory could only impact future scientific cooperation and information between America and China. Go do the research, find and spread the truth.

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Posted in: University professor arrested for stealing women’s underwear See in context

This professor needs treatment. Sadly most people who have a fetish never seek treatment from professionals. Be grateful if you and your loved ones or friends don't suffer with mental disorder or any other mental illness and have compassion on those that do. The ignorance about mental illnesses leads to unfair and factless based stigmas being placed upon the mentally ill. There are still many people with uninformed perceptions about mental illness and other psychological disorders and still need to be educated about it.

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Posted in: Beaumont hails Japan 2019 as 'probably the greatest Rugby World Cup' See in context

The excitement and enthusiasm of the fans and watching the fabulous final match was amazing. Truly a once in-a-lifetime experience.

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Posted in: Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation See in context

Heartiest congratulation for Japan's rugby team. Keep it up. Thank you for winning again. You are the best team members ever!

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Posted in: Bon voyage See in context


The Japanese bow to one another as a greeting, a parting gesture, a way of expressing humility, respect, or apology. The Japanese often bowl every time they meet someone even if they have already seen that person several times that day. Bows are calibrated to show different levels of respect.

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Posted in: What do you think will replace smartphones in the future? See in context

Smartphones interface will be replaced by wearable and artificial intelligence that will take over common activities such as searching the net, getting travel guidance and as personal assistants. I also think the next generation of devices will mostly interface with verbally or via projected holograms as opposed to today's screens. So a tiny device could project a hologram you interact with or it will be capable of understanding language and intent as well or maybe better than a human being so you can get it to do what you want. I think phones that understand you and your goals, agenda, beliefs strongly enough that they can accurately predict your needs before you are aware of them will be big in the next decade. Instead of thinking of what you want to google, your phone will know it before you do and tell you unsolicited. But I'm not sure if non-invasive mind reading will be realistic in the next 10 years.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan face significant levels of discrimination, survey shows See in context

Unfortunately discrimination is a problem throughout the world in different countries, culture and communities. In other words everywhere you look, you see differences in wealth, power and status. Some groups have higher status and greater privilege than others and in this unequal social system, there is often unfair treatment directed against certain individuals or social groups. Discrimination can be based on many different characteristics like age, gender, weight, ethnicity, religion, politics etc. It's so sad that some human beings have pre-formed negative judgment or attitude and this leads people to view certain individuals or groups as inferior.

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Posted in: Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers See in context

Sometimes I throw on the mask to cover my face when I don't feel like wearing makeup. But the polite Japanese who must be out about with a cold or flu is right to think a surgical mask might protect strangers from picking up a pathogen. In other words we do it perhaps out of politeness because it's rude spreading your cold to strangers. After all the masks were originally designed to protect patients from coughs and sneezes of a surgeon. So if you're sick wearing a mask can be a good idea.

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Posted in: Do you ever worry about your personal info or data being hacked or stolen online? See in context

The rule of thumb is don't worry or fear over every breach but you also can't afford to get complacent or content. In other words how much to worry and what not to depends on what type of personal information or data you learn have been compromised.

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Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty? See in context

@ browny1

The fact is being wrongfully charged, indicted, convicted, and imprisoned can happen to anybody. The ways this can happen are countless, and despite the system's best efforts, there are just too many ways the system can possibly get it wrong. Unfortunately ours is a world in which justice is accidental, and innocence no protection.

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Posted in: Dog bite incidents in Japan number in the thousands every year See in context

The fact is there is no one most dangerous breed of dog. All dogs, from the smallest to the largest and everything in between can pose a danger under the right circumstances. Also dog bites statistics are not really statistics, and they do not give an accurate picture of dogs that bite. The numbers will show that dogs from popular large breeds are a problem. That's because big dogs can physically do more damage if they bite, and any popular breed has more individuals that could bite. Dogs from small breeds also bite and are capable of causing severe injury.

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Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty? See in context

I'm not for or against capital punishment. It's a matter that should be decided by the prescribed processes of civil law. In other words capital punishment is an appropriate penalty for murder, but that penalty is proper only after the offender has been found guilty in a lawful public trial by constitutionally authorized civil authorities.

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Posted in: If a job applicant is not sure how to dress for an interview, what should he or she do? See in context

Your best bet is to do your homework. Research the company before the interview to get a feel for the culture. Figure out what the standard dress code would be for the role and company to which you're interviewing. Your appearance is a reflection of your level of professionalism, how seriously you're taking the opportunity and your level of respect for the interviewer.

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Posted in: Japanese baseball player sends message to boy who ruined his home run See in context

Forgiveness involves changing a response to a wrongdoer or anything that happens as a result of the wrong from a negative or positive response. Forgiveness doesn't mean you have to feel positive towards that person. It's just that the negative feelings are now gone. So not all forgiveness are equal and while your character may be forgiving in one aspect, they aren't necessarily in another.

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Posted in: Would you support a complete ban on smoking in public places in Japan? See in context

Health is wealth. It is the only wealth, ask a sick rich person. Smoking harms your health, removing or risking the most valuable thing you have.

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Posted in: Cambodia charges Japanese man, 2 others suspected of sex trafficking See in context

Wickedness never was happiness.

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