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Posted in: Japan estimates trade pact with U.S. will raise GDP by 0.8% See in context

Japanese automakers, as well as US and European ones have all had their share of scandals and recalls. And while those who suffered from them may no longer support those car manufacturers, to date I have not seen any indication that the "reputations" of any of them have been harmed to the extent of having an effect on overall sales and demand by the general public. Car sales appear to be affected by other non-related economic factors.

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Posted in: Japan mulls assigning 2 SDF vessels to new Middle East mission See in context

@Sceptical

I think you mean "Flags of Convenience" aka FOCs.

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Posted in: Japan says China bigger threat than nuclear-armed N Korea See in context

HJSLLSToday  09:34 pm JST

Please don’t tell me Japan is just realizing this! All the more reason Japan and South Korea need to de-escalate their economic feud and look at the serious security threat of a rising China.

Japan isn't just realizing this, they, along with the rest of the world have been saying this for years.

South Korea is the only country that has taken unilateral action to destroy the US-JPN-SK military alliance and thereby help China attain regional dominance.

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Posted in: China plans triumphant 70th anniversary despite headwinds See in context

70 years of Chinese not being able to vote to choose their rulers.

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Posted in: Japan comedy duo apologize after reportedly saying Naomi Osaka 'needs bleach' See in context

RizdownToday  11:07 am JST

Surely they got it wrong.

Why do the want her to make her white by using 漂白剤 ?

If they wanted her to look more Japanese, then she would need to apply 黄変剤 (ouhenzai = yellowing agent).

Oh come on Japanese people... don't get angry... I'm making a joke here.

Your comment is as bad as the one by these comedians. Did you not realize from the article that obviously most Japanese people objected to the racist comment leading to apologies? Or are you under the mistaken impression that there are Japanese people on this forum defending the comedians?

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Posted in: Japan comedy duo apologize after reportedly saying Naomi Osaka 'needs bleach' See in context

No excuse for this level of racial insenstivity. If these comments were written entirely by this comedian team, they should be fired or suspended long enough to send a clear message. On the other hand, while racism in the US public forum towards African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans is a big no-no, the same towards Asian-Americans continues. So yea, it's not just Japan.

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Posted in: Japan comedy duo apologize after reportedly saying Naomi Osaka 'needs bleach' See in context

memoryfixToday  08:24 am JST

rainyday

How about Japanese women trying to make themselves look white - parasols, makeup? You okay with that? I’ve always thought it’s ridiculous.

If you studied Japanse history at all they've been doing that centuries before they ever saw white people. Same can be said for much of Asia, both Eastern and Southeastern.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Chip StarToday  08:18 am JST

Instead just pushing through, Is it very difficult for Japanese to say 'Excuse me'?

It sure seems to be difficult for them to say excuse me.

Did it occur to you that those "Japanese" who don't say すみません to you are rude and impolite people, who don't say it to anybody and are seen as rude and impolite by most Japanese people? Especially older ones? You resprented such behavior as being "Japanese" which is silly because you'll hear far less "excuse me"s in US metropolitan cities.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

StrangerlandToday  08:39 am JST

It sure seems to be difficult for them to say excuse me.

I'd actually say すみません is probably in the top ten of words used by the Japanese!

Exactly! Don't see how anyone couldn't reach that conclusion unless they always use mass transit wearing headphones. Or don't know what that phrase means.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea foreign ministers arranging to meet on Sept 26 See in context

NCIS RerunsToday  01:11 pm JST

My friend in Washington D.C. said his Japanese wife stopped using her Korean-American beautician when she began verbally harassing her.

While those who are rabidly anti-Japan in South Korea may not necessarily be the majority. I have found Korean-Americans often make up for their being in another country outside of South Korea by magnified nationalism.

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Posted in: Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration See in context

Japan has no qualms about responding to SK's demand for WTO arbitration because it is confident in it's position. After all it is a security issue and SK has had 3 years to provide the requested information but chose to ignore it. Compare that with South Korea's refusal to abide by the Arbitration Clause of the 1965 Treaty which could resolve tje SK court ruling issue. Or worse, SK's refusal to settle the Liancourt Rocks Dispute at the ICJ three times. Yet South Korea is the first to go running to others to support their position on any issue, and if Japan chose to raise the very same issue at the WTO, ie; South Korea having removed Japan from their whitelist, how is SK going to explain the reason other than that it was simply a tit-for-tat childish response?

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Posted in: Police spread awareness about ban on drones to tourists at Haneda Airport See in context

There are reasons why flying drones over an airport is prohibited. With the high number of human lives at risk on a passenger plane, "fear" alone is sufficient.

"Aero Kinetics, an aerospace and defense firm, say that people don’t understand how dangerous the toy drones can be. A study it conducted examined what would happen when a collision occurs between a drone and a manned aircraft.

The results of the study showed that: “A drone strike to the windshield and engine ingestion of a commercial airliner would cause damage and economic losses, while a head-on rotorcraft drone strike would cause significant damage and be non-survivable". It concluded: "Toy drones pose a catastrophic threat to manned rotorcraft, posing a risk to the pilots, passengers and bystanders on the ground if the aircraft were to crash."

https://www.digitalrev.com/article/toy-drones-could-take-down-passenger-planes

"As seen through the computer simulation, extensive damage is done to the engine within seconds of a drone entering the engine. These incidents aren’t only at risk of happening near airports, but at higher altitudes as well when the manned aircraft is moving at high speeds. This comes from drone pilots not having a clear visual on their drone when flying above 400 feet.

Although simulations using chickens shows how birds can damage engines, it turns out drones are a bigger threat because of their weight."

https://dronedj.com/2018/08/26/drone-sucked-into-a-jet-engine/

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Posted in: Police spread awareness about ban on drones to tourists at Haneda Airport See in context

Drones (unmanned aircraft) when operated at/near an airport they can cause a major safety hazard as they they can impede aircraft on final approach or take-off. Collisions with aircraft are known to be more damaging than bird strikes.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/unauthorised-drones-at-changi-why-they-pose-risks-to-planes

https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/public_records/uas_sightings_report/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatwick_Airport_drone_incident

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Posted in: Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base See in context

Regardless of one's beliefs, one way or the other, I think these "festival" type gatherings are stupid and add a low-brow tone to a topic that, if at all true, is far more serious in many aspects.

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Posted in: N Korea, Japan gov'ts not communicating despite Abe's summit call See in context

Why would Kim do anything to talk to Abe while Moon is busily waging war on Abe, thereby destroying the US-JPN-SK military alliance which threatens North Korea?

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Posted in: Australian hiker rescued after crawling for two days with broken leg and wrist See in context

Very lucky to have been found.

""Straight away, I thought, 'I'm now in a lot of trouble because no-one knows where I am,"

Should be a mantra.

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Posted in: South Korea drops Japan from 'white list' in trade row See in context

Once again SK continues to keep doing the wrong (and unnecessary) thing, rather than just comply with Japan's request for information on exports and resolve the issue. Petty and childish.

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

SpeedToday  10:01 am JST

But really, how unnecessary is any of this anyway?

How necessary are Communications and GPS capabilities to most people?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/china-will-soon-be-able-destroy-every-satellite-space-27182

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Posted in: Bars brace for Rugby World Cup surge in beer drinking See in context

Amid expectations that a number of bibulous rugby fans will travel to Japan, the first Asian country to host the world's third biggest sporting event, many bar and restaurant owners are bracing for a huge increase in alcohol consumption.

And South Korea is helping make the supply available.

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

"Space warfare is combat that takes place in outer space. The scope of space warfare therefore includes ground-to-space warfare, such as attacking satellites from the Earth, as well as space-to-space warfare, such as satellites attacking satellites."

As of now, China, France, India, UK, Russia, USA all have such "Space Forces".

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Posted in: Minnesota governor says Japan can't pick up U.S.-China trade war slack See in context

America is quite capable of manufacturing many "superior" goods. But Automobiles is not one of them. Just ask any American. And just like Americans. the Japanese buy German cars. I see Fiats, Volvos and even Alfas. I've owned enough American made cars to know they are garbage. They start falling apart at 5 years.

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Posted in: S Korean opposition leader shaves head to protest against justice minister See in context

Better than setting onself on fire for sure.

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Posted in: Minnesota governor says Japan can't pick up U.S.-China trade war slack See in context

Both Japan and South Korea have aging declining populations, not to mention that even together they do not match the import volume of China. So the Governor of Minnestota is an idiot if he actually thinks these two countries can "make up the losses" from exports to China. On the other hand neither South Korea nor Japan are strategic adversaries of the United States, nor are they seeking to replace the United States economically amd militarily.

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Posted in: Minnesota governor says Japan can't pick up U.S.-China trade war slack See in context

That's with respect to US agricultural products. China has taken an equally large hit with their top export to the US; data processing and storage devices as well as electric wire and fiber optic cables. Mexico has now become the top exporter of this category to the US. Trade wars naturally produces some losses on both sides.

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Posted in: Skirmishes break out in Hong Kong mall amid counter rallies See in context

Can't help but wonder about these supporters of Beijing....

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Posted in: Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in college admissions scam See in context

I wonder how just stupid one's kids have to be to require "rigging" their SAT scores regardless of whether their families are rich lor not.

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Posted in: Tension between Japan, neighbors will test Motegi's diplomatic skills See in context

Seoul says the measures, along with its removal from Tokyo's "white list" of trade partners that enjoy expedited regulatory procedures, are "discriminatory"

I completely disagree with this. I consider that when SK was on Japan's Whitelist while no other Asian nation was on it, it was discriminatory to those other Asian nations. Now that SK has been removed and is on an equal footing with all the other Asian nations, it can not be called "discriminatory". If this is the basis of SK's claim at the WTO it's not even worth the time.

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Posted in: South Korea initiating WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs See in context

CapuchinToday  07:37 am JST

Korea. The country that doesn't want its cake but wants to eat it too.

Hopefully both sides calm down soon and recognize their self destructive behaviours.

Both sides? Exactly what has Japan done that wasn't calm? They asked for information regarding security over 3 years and South Korea ignored them. Japan told them that unless they do so SK would be removed from their White List, and SK ignored them. SK has refused to cooperate in any "calm" manner, instead they have gone whining to the U.S., the U.N. the WTO, instigated an anti-Japan fest boycotting Japanese goods, blaming everything on Japan upping the volume on WWII issues which have already been resolved but SK refuses to accept. SK has gone so far as to damage the US-JPN-SK stategic alliance. Only one country is failing to act in a "calm" manner. Or perhaps "sane" is a better word.

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Posted in: South Korea initiating WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs See in context

South Korea just got turned down by the WTO again regarding the valves issue from before where they had a chance cause it was an actual trade issue. Now they're going to get their rear ends handed to them again by pursuing the White List issue which has zero chance as it's a security issue. The country that never learns.

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

And the US Navy as well.

https://www.newsx.com/world/62259-japan-us-test-anti-missile-ships-joint-military-exercises.html

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