Numan comments

Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Maybe, Tamaki is purposely stalling to stay relevant and in office. Also, the Okinawan people near the base oppose the plan because if the military move to a remote part of Okinawa then a lot of jobs for the Okinawans, who work on base, will be lost; and all the money the military bases bring into the city through military personal spending and government contracts will be lost.

Then what will Tamaki complain about? How will get re-elected without the evil Americans to vilify? How can he get those Okinwans who lost money because the military base moved to vote for him again?

He would actually have to do some real work to "Make Okinawa Great Again"!

He has no real solutions for Okinawan problems!

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Posted in: Russian annexation of Ukraine territory expected within days See in context

It will be another embarrassment for Putin when the Ukrainians roll in and the poorly trained, ill-prepared, unmotivated Russian soldiers retreat or surrender without fight. I think the Russian sympathizers will be more willing to fight because of the consequences of being tried as traitors.

Reclaiming these newly annexed territories will give Ukraine the confidence to retake its jewel, Crimea!

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Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

@Makoto Shimizu

US military protection is a type of an attempt of compensation for the unforgivable atomic bombing in Japan, twice, killing thousands of innocent civilians.

The military bases are a way to keep an eye on Japan, so Japan will no longer commit wartime atrocities like they did during WWII. It was also a deterrent for other possible countries thinking to attack the US.

Remember, the atomic bombs were dropped because Japan attacked the US and tried to take over Asia with its allies Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. Japan was not just innocently minding its own business in the Pacific Ocean.

Do not leave out those parts!

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Posted in: U.S. Vice President Harris seeking computer chip partners in Tokyo See in context

Japan has the capability produce the products. A lot of parts in various products like flagship smart devices and computers are made by Japanese companies. The challenges might come with the demand for large production and acquire materials. Japan would need to pay better incentives to get better employees. Also, China has been trying to use monopolies like the rare earth industry both on Earth and the moon to make money and to exert influence over other countries and businesses like Russia has been doing.

India is another option, but they cannot be trusted like China and Russia. There is potential in certain African countries, but Western countries especially the ones that actually caused a lot of the problems on the African continent and the Middle East are unwilling to invest.

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Posted in: Europe investigates 'attacks' on Russian gas pipelines to Europe See in context


Numan, majority of Ukrainain and Russian are Slavic,their is really any difference,but nationality

That does not disapprove my point. Twenty-percent of the Russian people are not of European descent (minorities).

Russia is a multinational state, home to over 193 ethnic groups nationwide. In the 2010 Census, roughly 81% of the population were ethnic Russians, and the remaining 19% of the population were ethnic minorities; and over four-fifths of Russia's population was of European descent, of which the vast majority were East Slavs, with a substantial minority of Finnic and Germanic peoples. According to the United Nations, Russia's immigrant population is the world's third-largest, numbering over 11.6 million; most of whom are from other post-Soviet states.

What is your point again?

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Posted in: UK Labour leader accuses government of trashing economy See in context

He is right!

Thanks to the "trump wannabe" Boris Johnson. Both pawns (Johnson and trump) helped by Putin's propaganda machine to get them elected and cause chaos in those two countries.( ie Brexit, trump's 4 years, and Jan. 6)

Now they just elected another sorry member from BJ's party.

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Posted in: Europe investigates 'attacks' on Russian gas pipelines to Europe See in context

Another scary way to look at this is Putin has finally realized his "mortality"; thus, he is hell bent on cementing his legacy in Russian history by any means necessary (bucket list)!

If he is truly ill and dying then he is far more dangerous than people realize.

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Posted in: Europe investigates 'attacks' on Russian gas pipelines to Europe See in context

That both Nord Stream 1 and 2 have reported unexplained pressure drops followed by visual evidence of raw natural gas appearing on the surface of the water, it is quite unlikely these are unrelated manifestations of malfunctions due to an engineering failure of a pipeline wall or a defective weld or two.

While we might continue to speculate on the exact cause, the geopolitical environment in which this event has taken place on two pipelines some distance apart from one another does lead to the conclusion Russia has just produced a graphic demonstration of its underwater capabilities to attack critical infrastructure far outside a war zone and at a time and place of its own choosing.

The world ought to take note Russia will likely use such capabilities everywhere in order to get what it wants in Ukraine.

Definitely, another Russian attempt to get the West out of this conflict. The longer the conflict, the worst it is for Putin. It could be a threat by Russia, or it could be a distraction by Russia.

1) If it is a threat then it means other infrastructures underwater are in danger like electricity cables and internet cables.

2) If it is a distraction then it is more proof that Putin is desperate because no one respects his fraudulent referendum to annex parts of Ukraine, and his own non-ethnic people are revolting and fleeing.

So far, Putin has been sending troops from the mostly ethnic regions of Russian ie. "non-whites." They make a large percentage of the casualties since March.

Now, he is conscripting and sending ill-equipped, poorly trained white men. The casualties will be even higher in a shorter period of time. Thus, you see the news about large numbers of protesters, men fleeing to the border or buying plane tickets, and general dissatisfaction with the invasion by the populace and Putin global allies.

Most "real Russians" did not care until it was their own sons.

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Posted in: Putin's call-up fuels Russians' anger, protests and violence See in context

Also, @Yrral

The Arctic Circle passes through the Arctic Ocean, the Scandinavian Peninsula, North Asia, Northern America, and Greenland. The land within the Arctic Circle is divided among eight countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), Denmark (Greenland), and Iceland (where it passes through the small offshore island of Grímsey).

You are welcome!

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Posted in: Putin's call-up fuels Russians' anger, protests and violence See in context


Numan,the US have no territory in the Arctic,Alaska is the only territory, near the Arctic,but not in the Arctic

Arctic Alaska or Far North Alaska is a region of the U.S. state of Alaska generally referring to the northern areas on or close to the Arctic Ocean.

It commonly includes North Slope Borough, Northwest Arctic Borough, Nome Census Area, and is sometimes taken to include parts of the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area. Some notable towns there include Prudhoe Bay, Utqiaġvik, Kotzebue, Nome and Galena.

An actual American citizen not a pretend one might know this fact!

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Posted in: Russia gives citizenship to ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden See in context

Having previous combat or military service experience has been considered the main criterion in the call-up.

He can still join the Wagner group. They will take anyone!

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Posted in: Putin's call-up fuels Russians' anger, protests and violence See in context

Sending all these ill-equipped and poorly trained Russian men to the frontline will mean more casualties, defeats, and surrenders

Russians send mobilised men with no training to contact line

Putin needs this war to end in his favor to save Russia's military reputation but more importantly his ego. His ego may be the demise of his own regime. There are wolves in the West!

However, there are also hyenas and other scavengers in the East.

Remember, if Putin loses not only will he lose to the West, but also to China which will be waiting to steal all the northern territories like Siberia.

China wants the natural resources in the Arctic like Russia, Canada, and the US. These countries have legitimate stakes in the Arctic. China can only have any real claim if they steal land from Russia.

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Posted in: Putin's call-up fuels Russians' anger, protests and violence See in context

Yeah, young Russians with something to lose do not want to die in war they do not live in.

Mobilised Russians call hotline to ask how to surrender

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Posted in: Dog office See in context

I believe there is a type of social interactive shock since being in a pandemic for a few years. The anxiety comes from not always knowing who is healthy and who is infected. You also do not always know your response to the infection. There is no consistency which means uncertainty. In addition, some people do not want to respect other people's boundaries. You also do not know who has the next deadly strain incubating in their body.

As far as the picture and the concept:

Imagine if that was a cat! Nothing would ever get done.

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Posted in: Buying a home in Japan: What you should consider See in context

I would say do not buy home unless you know you will not leave Japan because you will immediately lose money on your purchase. Of course, unless some large corporations wants to buy your land some day.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

I and many others have been criticizing him ever since he entered office. He was morally void, with zero integrity. All about the cash grab, that's it.

Not to mention he was an opportunist and a history revisionist, his purpose was also to rebrand his grandfather who was a known war criminal. The apple did not fall too far from the tree in terms of criminality. Aso is no different.

When the going got tough, Abe got tummy aches and would quit until the people forgot about the previous scandal.

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Posted in: Swastika-wearing gunman kills 13 at Russian school See in context

I wonder if these domestic terror attacks will ramp up as Putin becomes more committed to this conflict with Ukraine.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context


I am glad someone with a larger voice has said what many both in Japan and abroad have been saying and thinking for a longtime.

It would explain why so many top tier officials from abroad are skipping Abe's memorial service!

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Posted in: Italians vote in election that could take far-right to power See in context

Italy likes to elect terrible leaders!

How long was the sleazy Silvio Berlusconi in power, again?

They get what they ask for!

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl missing in Chiba Prefecture See in context

Hopefully, she will be found safe soon.

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau cancels trip for Abe's state funeral See in context

Countries are sending their 2,3 &4 tier representatives to this memorial. No respectable politician still worried about their future will be attending.

The LDP would have been better off keeping this memorial lowkey. The memorial may satisfy the oyajis by putting money in their cronies pockets, but internationally, it is an embarrassment.

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Posted in: 'Informal' Japan-S Korea summit may pave way for better relations See in context

This new President of South Korea appears to be another Shinzo Abe/trump. I forsee a lot of scandals in his future. He has already been caught calling Americans a derogatory name.

“It would be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots don’t pass it in Congress,” Yoon was overheard telling a group of aides as they left the event. Video of the exchange quickly went viral in South Korea, where Yoon took office in May as a political rookie. He has never held elected office before and lacks prior experience in foreign policy

South Korean president overheard insulting U.S. Congress as ‘idiots’

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Posted in: Man wanted for murder of 92-year-old resident of nursing home arrested in Hokkaido See in context

It seems like he lost his temper and things went too far that night. Once he realized that he would get found out, he tortured the woman to get some getaway money.

An autopsy revealed that parts of her upper body had been scalded with hot water and that her arms had been broken.

Poor woman! She was at the mercy of that animal all night.

In the previous article, I said:

Hopefully, this missing attendant will get the same treatment if it is found that he was responsible!

I was downvoted by many people for that comment, but my opinion has not changed. This animal should get what is coming to him.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

It's costing more than the Queen's funeral.

The less liked a person is, the more their supporters have to spend to make it appear that people (Abe) was really liked by others.

Countries are sending their 2,3 &4 tier representatives to this memorial. No one who is really respected is attending this waste of money.

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Posted in: Pickpocket arrested in women’s car on Tokyo subway line See in context

When I first got to Japan a longtime ago, I was warned about older citizens pickpocketing especially women in the morning on crowded trains. They were thought of as less suspicious.

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Posted in: Young women in Japan want only one child or none at all: survey See in context

@finally rich

Young women in Japan = Young women in Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya.

Other places are fine, big houses, big families. 4/5LDK (parking for 2 cars included) for rent in smaller capitals: 60.000 yen.

In those more rural places, the pay is also a lot less to go with that 60,000 rent.

There is also very little to do to pass the time but have sex with each other. That increases the chances of pregnancy.

When people feel like they have more options, generally they will be more strategic in decision making because they want tot have their cake an eat it too. Women with a career or career goals are not going to let multiple pregnancies interfere with their longterm plans.

Finances are big part, but ambition also has a significant role. Serena Williams retired partly because she wants another child.

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Posted in: Iranian state-organized marchers call for execution of protesters See in context

Basically, government sponsored thugs are going to be used to attack the protesters, so the government can claim innocence. Aka "Strike busters" if this was a union strike.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context


You right, the Queen sat on her butt. Abe worked for the people.

Abe worked for himself which is why his political career ended in disgrace. He had an international reputation for being corrupt which is rare because people rarely care much about Japanese politics.

It also explains many important people personally not attending, but they are sending the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th officials instead.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Japanese voters get what they pay for, and so do the non voters, literally (taxes). Japanese citizens voted for the same corrupt politicians (Abe) over and over again; thus, corrupt politicians are going to do what corrupt politicians do.

Abe's administration is riddled with scandals. Even in death, scandal, corruption and controversy surrounds his name.

Whenever I remind my Japanese friends of this fact because they all vote, they seem to have an excuse or choose to change the subject. Then they go a vote for the same LDP members the next election cycle.

Has anyone notice that Koike is missing? Hmmmm, I wonder why?

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Posted in: Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains See in context

If I decide to order food during bad, i usually provide a tip. The delivery drivers seem most appreciative, and I am too.

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