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Posted in: Osaka brothel district stays closed for a day out of respect for deceased PM Abe See in context


The LDP is scraping the bottle of the barrel to salvage Abe's legacy to save their own necks.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS members face possible military conscription See in context

Korean boy-bands and girl-groups are characterized as being more mature and sexy compared to the feminine Japanese boy bands and Japanese child-like girl groups. That is the appeal for Japanese fans.

Serving their country is a long term win for their image and the Korean government. The people mostly upset are the record labels trying to make money and the fans wanting more music.

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Posted in: Political worries, low yen attracting more Chinese buyers to Japan's real estate market See in context

The more real estate bought by Chinese investors AKA "Chinese government," the more Chinese people will be sent to Japan for espionage and other nefarious purposes. It is easy to export people if they have a place to stay and job. Real estate can provide both of those things.

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Posted in: Putin vows to press attack on Ukraine; courts India, China See in context

Sanctions are indeed having an effect on Russia's economy in sectors where it is hurting their ability to wage war. Lacking access to western semiconductors and other high tech components not made anywhere in Russia, their auto production is down by 97%. They are not making new trucks either, or armored vehicles. Hard to build new trucks when they rely on engines made by Cummins (the Tigr for example) and Caterpillar and no new engines are available. Volvo shut their truck plant in Russia too.

Being cut off from semiconductors is limiting their ability to make replacement precision guided weapons so they cannot replace existing stocks of these as they are used. It takes a bit of time but the sanctions are making it very hard to impossible for Russia to maintain what it has in the field and replace losses. That is taking a toll on their ability to fight and we are now starting to see this. Russian forces are resorting to using civilian trucks because their military trucks are down for lack of spares and for a lack of the skills necessary to maintain them.

Everything Desert Tortoise said is apply that to their energy sector. Production thus revenue is down.

As for the nuclear threats coming from Mr. Putin and some Russian media pundits, it is a bluff. The Russians will not go there because they know it means the end of Russia. They are not suicidal. MAD still deters them.

Not only that but considering what we have seen in reliable are Russian nukes? We do not know if they will miss fire and destroy a portion of Russia's own territory.

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Posted in: Anti-U.S. base incumbent Tamaki wins 2nd term as Okinawa governor See in context

Denny's father issues fuel his political views. Denny gets personal satisfaction from winning the election. It makes him feel like people finally like and accept him which was different based on his own personal accounts when he was growing up as biracial in Okinawa. It is also the reason for some of his more extreme views about the US military. His politics seem more about him and less about Okinawan people.

What has Denny done to make Okinawan lives better?

Has he balanced the budget? Improved the economy?

Does he have any answers for issues except it is the US military's fault?

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Posted in: Ukraine retakes territory in Kharkiv region as Russian front crumbles See in context

Russia's only reasonable chance would be their spy game unless they want to go scorched earth and nuke everything!

Numan........ ask and you shall receive

Russian secret services create fake Zelenskyy website intended for Germans Ukrainian President's Office

They think Russians abroad are going to rise up in their host country to stop the West. They also probably hope some of those "patriots" will come home to fight in this losing war that the Russian people did not want!

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Posted in: Russia detains U.S. Olympic basketball champion on drugs charge See in context

haha, good luck with that.

you can’t use a Neville Nobody as leverage.

@tooheynew...........She is American...nuff said!

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

The Russian oligarchs should be next!

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

And Trump keeps on giving back with all the public and support that he gives handler on the world stage.

Maybe Putin will help to install Trump into office again if he is luckily.

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

bass4funkToday  09:45 am JST

The conservative (GOP and "independents") motto: "Party First!"

Actually, it's "America first" just wish this admin would support that feeling.

"I'll praise Vlad if it makes Biden look bad."

Biden is making Biden look bad...for the second time.

Actually, it was "Trump first" which explains the problems the country has been facing the last 6 years!

China, Russia, and North Korea was made fools of thanks to the Obama's administration, and Trump opened up Pandora's box!

Trump was Putin's best investment ever against the West and democracy.

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

The conservative (GOP and "independents") motto: "Party First!"

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court wades into clash over Trump-era immigration rule See in context

That time when a president actually cared about the domestic border over a foreign border; when a president actually enforced the immigration laws. Maybe except for that time when Obama built the cages. But except for that.

@Mr. Noidall.........The former president Trump spent most of his time trying undue anything connected to Pres. Obama legacy that actually helped the country because Pres. Obama made him look like a fool in public (roasted at a ceremony). I remember trump also disbanded the infectious response team sent to China to monitor emerging biological threats like SARS. How did that turn out?

I remember.....COVID-19 and his poor response!

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Posted in: Trump, 2 of his children must testify in New York investigation, judge rules See in context

So, what crimes did he commit that he is asking for immunity? What info is he willing to provide in return for immunity? Who will he implicate?

If the former president is boxed into a corner, he will most definitely throw people under the bus to save his skin including his sons.

This has no meaning because everyone knows that Trump can lie under oath as he has done in the past!

Let’s just all move on with life because we just have to accept the fact that Trump is above the rule of law and will never face any consequences for his corruption, lies and even failed attempted coup!

Unlike being on the "Apprentice" or briefing where you can control the narrative, lying in a criminal investigation is subject to penalties because they check everything you say. It explains why, he was not allowed to give testimony during both impeachments. Being a public figure means people will be more motivated to put in the time to do the proper research. Being a public figure under investigation, means that will have nt only the motivation but also all the resources needed. If your accountant says, that have you as a client because they do not trust you then you no something is wrong. They are jumping a sinking ship.

Trump literary begged the media the first two years in office to stop finding "dirt" on him.

How pathetic is that?

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Posted in: Man arrested after 3-hour siege in Tokyo restaurant See in context

He was just a coward. It's hard for everyone everywhere. All nations currently are facing massive problems. But at least in Japan things aren't as bad. It's true that if you want a good job, it might be harder to find because of the pandemic, but that doesn't mean there is no work. Actually there is tons of work needed everywhere. Especially after borders are close and everywhere there is a shortage of manpower. He is just not willing to do hard work. And who says he has to even stay in Tokyo. The country is big. He can go anywhere and try his luck. if he needed help, there are work agencies that could set him up for work. There are shelters for homeless and there are food banks.

He is just not willing to face hardships. And that is the problem with most youth. After facing a bit of obstacles, they quickly give up. Well, sometimes life is hard. if you want to make something of yourself, you gotta have to earn it.

My parents and i had nothing due to poverty decades ago. We just start over and work day and night. Now they are enjoying their retirement after renting the stores to others. This is a free country. If you want someone to hand something to you for free, then you better look elsewhere. He should just pack his back and go find work in some other prefecture who desperate need workers. As long you got two hands and two legs, you can do a lot of good while you are alive.


You seem to be living in a bubble! Have you ever applied for a job in Japan when you did not have an address to give potential employers? Unless you are working under the table or doing something illegal, he would not be hired because he has no residence. People who live in kissaten either had a job before moving in or working in shady jobs they pay in cash like prostitution. Homeless dormitory have strict check in- and out policies which make it hard for people to get a job or multiple hustle jobs with strange working hours.

You can not even get public assistance without a residence because you are not connected to a particular Ward or Ku. He has to find a job that offers a shared dormitory, but once again, no address no initial hiring to live in the dorm!

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Posted in: Man arrested after 3-hour siege in Tokyo restaurant See in context

Did the snowfall (homeless during winter cold) send him over the edge?

Spending a year or more in jail with a futon, someone to talk to, and 3 meals a day will settle his anxiety.

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Posted in: Irish singer Sinead O'Connor's 17-year-old son found dead See in context

A troubled upbringing and the baggage that comes with it can easily become cultural and passed on to the next generation. His mom has had problems, and it is no telling what she passed on to him. Alternatively, her son could of had his own demons unrelated. Who really knows?

Parents should not have to bury their children!

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Posted in: 'Drive My Car' given top prize, 3 other awards by U.S. film critic society See in context

It was eh

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Posted in: The challenge is how to make up for the lack of 'empathy,' which makes them unable to be considerate toward others or control themselves when they know they are doing something bad. See in context

If the man is guilty then castration is enough. If the woman is guilty then something equivalent to that is also enough.

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 623 new coronavirus cases; 390 in Tokyo See in context

Clippetyclop asked:

Learn what precisely?

1 Wear a well-fitting mask indoors and when required outdoors.

2 Wash (or sanitize) your hands often.

3 Stay home when you are sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate, talk with a doctor, and get tested.

4 If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you should continue to take extra precautions.

I live near Yokosuka. I know for fact that it is not happening when I see American soldiers, American personnel and some Japanese leaving the base without wearing any masks.

If it is happening on the mainline; the bubble that is Okinawa is probably even more rampant.

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Posted in: Toyota overtakes GM to lead U.S. auto sales for 2021 See in context

The Camry and Corolla have always been big hits in the US followed by the LandCruiser and Lexus.

The Tesla fanboys have nothing to say about this achievement by Toyota.

Maybe Mr. Musk is too busy selling out to China.

Days after Tesla opened a Xinjiang store, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says private sector 'cannot look the other way' when it comes to human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims

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Posted in: Tiger attacks 3 workers at Tochigi safari park; one loses hand See in context

Hope the Tiger is ok.

Me, too!

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Posted in: Tiger attacks 3 workers at Tochigi safari park; one loses hand See in context

Considering the poor conditions that many wild animals in Japan's zoos live in, I am not surprised that does not happen often.

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 623 new coronavirus cases; 390 in Tokyo See in context

The Okinawa problem is caused by the false belief that vaccinated people were "safe" and didn't have to follow the same rules that non-vaccinated people do.

If both vaccinated and non-vaccinated can transmit the virus than both must follow the same rules.

@Bronco has the most rational comment on this post, yet they have the largest number of downvotes.

The reason why this virus is not going away is because idiots do not learn.

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Posted in: China pursues tech 'self-reliance,' fueling global unease See in context

China likes to play the "long game". They can't beat any major major Super Power one-on-one and/or head-to-head. They have been scooping up rights to all deposits of rare minerals used in producing technology components. They want to control and monopolize the supply of technology products to handicap the development of military, space, consumer products, and etc.

If they have all the unique raw materials then they will have a lot of leverage over countries and corporations.

Ex. The 300 billion dollars in concessions that Apple gave to China around 2017.

The only option is to find new deposits like in space or develop new technology that do not rely on those resources.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 76 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 501 See in context

The Japanese government will need to maintain a certain number as to not alarm the public. How can they exclude people from being counted with the omicron variant?

Does everyone here realize that most of the tests being counted are coming from the airports both coming and going?

They are free for travelers. The general population has to pay. Another reason the official count is misleading.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police raid online news outlet; arrest 6 on sedition charges See in context

Basically, everything the HK protesters were predicting and fighting against has come to pass. Taiwan needs to be saved and recognized by all major countries at all cost.

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Posted in: Ghosn calls Japan's prosecution system discriminatory See in context

MrHeisei wrote:

Slow news day. Here we go again with Carlos trying to stay relevant and plea his innocence from his Lebanon prison mansion.

And the usual - from Carlos supporters.

Not really! Even the US government knows when the J-Gov is being discriminatory. This is the US!!!

U.S. embassy in Tokyo warns of 'suspected racial profiling' by Japanese police

Stay safe people! Any of us can be next!!!

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

people not understanding the point of duty free, is that you purchase good that your taking with you when you leave the country, meaning exporting, if your buying them tax free only to resell them in Japan for a profit then thats unfair to local companies that have to buy their stock with tax included. tourists that are only here for 3 months are nearly all going to leave Japan with the goods they purchased. meaning the end buyer is likely to not be in Japan aka duty free. all countries/companies that export dont charge any sales tax as you cant expect a foreigner to pay J sales tax when they dont even live in the country, same goes for any other country. theyll pay the their country tax when it arrives in their country

@wtfjapan..........You do not get the article or what people are saying. The people buying in bulk are not reselling in Japan. They are selling in their home country. They are paying taxes in their home country, but Japan is not getting any of that money! Japan does not like that!

You seem to be confused!

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Posted in: Prince William reveals taste for AC/DC in podcast See in context

William seems desperate to relate to the people!

My mistake. The Air and Sea Rescue is part of the RAF and William was stationed at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales has a helicopter pilot. A non-combative role because he is an heir to the throne.

Not all time in the military is considered equal. For example in the US, most rich families with military traditions tend to convince their children if they serve at all to join the Air Force. They are less likely to be on the front lines and with so many non combative roles, they are more likely to survive any war time activities. Even the other branches make fun of them for that. I have not heard much about space force, but until we encounter alien life, they are just glorified Air Force extension.

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