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Posted in: China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday See in context

Septim DynastyToday  05:26 pm JST

Meanwhile, Japan can't do the same.

They are landing on and bringing back samples from asteroids. Japan's space program, like the EU works with NASA. The Chinese are not invited.

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Posted in: China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday See in context

Seems to me that if China has the resources to pursue a space program maybe they should be helping the world overcome the massive damage that they caused with the pandemic instead. The country that tried to cover up information since November 2019 and still won't come clean really doesn't deserve any praise.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy says carrier group operating in South China Sea See in context

AlexToday  05:15 pm JST

go toe-to-toe with the USS Ronald Reagan.

Such a ship would be an easy target for a Chinese hypersonic missile

China doesn't feel that way, not enough to take a gamble.

"Pentagon Official Says U.S. Can 'Take Down' Man-Made Islands Like Those in the South China Sea"

https://time.com/5298185/pentagon-kenneth-mckenzie-warning-south-china-sea-islands/

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Posted in: S Korea holds drills around disputed islets amid row over canceled Japan talks See in context

South Korea unliterally took the Liancourt Rocks in 1952. Japan has requeted ICJ settlement 3 times and SK has refused. Instead they carry out annual military exercises to "protect" the rocks from invasion, by a country that has a constitution that prohibits them from using military force to settle territorial disputes. What a country.

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

As long as he remains outside the jurisdiction of any Court, he isn't "fighting". He's just feeding his intellectually challenged followers unproven claims and allegations. If he presented himself before a Court and presented his defense arguments, then he would be "fighting". He is a very smart man, others will fall for him.

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Posted in: Taiwan thanks Japanese lawmakers for supporting bid to join WHO assembly See in context

It was the fifth straight year for Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party-led government not to receive an invitation to attend the annual gathering due to mainland China's opposition.

China politicizing the global effort to combat the pandemic which they created.

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Posted in: China slams G7 'manipulation' after Xinjiang, Hong Kong criticism See in context

One day when the CCP is gone and China becomes a unified democratic nation that will play a constructive role in the international stage, China will be welcomed. Until then it can take a long walk off a short pier.

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Posted in: American father and son plead guilty to helping Ghosn flee Japan See in context

Rather than hiring that expensive Boston law firm to fight the extradition, the Taylors should have come to Japan on their own. They would have gotten 1 year suspended if that, instead of a failed attempt to resist extradition followed by a huge US legal bill, and ensuring that the Tokyo prosecutors won't cut them any slack. The arguments Ghosn uses to bailjump and remain outside of Japanese jurisdiction are only good for someone who has escaped. They are not a defense because they are not presented in Court, just an excuse to justify the flight. Japan has a 99% conviction rate because the prosecutors don't indict unless they are 99% sure that they'll get a conviction. The Taylors should have bypassed Boston and retained a Tokyo criminal defense firm from the get-go.

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Posted in: Japan creates its first law requiring permits for crossbow possession See in context

MarkToday  08:35 am JST

Crossbows are just as deadly as a Pistol, even more deadly since it makes little sound! surprised Japan did not have a laws yet??

No they are not. While they can obviously kill silently, they are not as concealable as a Pistol and being single shot with redrawing time, nowhere near as deadly as a Semi Automatic pistol with a 10-15 round magazine. Not even a 5-6 round revolver.

That said, They certainly should be regulated in Japan. Meantime, Japan should allow for Bowhunting with longbows/compounds.

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Posted in: Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail See in context

robert maesToday  01:37 pm JST

And as soon as possible she will come to Japan for a hero’s welcome just because she speaks Japanese. And stay here. Student visa probably.

She is also fluent in English so the UK and elsewhere are options as well.

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Posted in: Top Chinese diplomat dismisses Wuhan coronavirus theories See in context

Time for Taiwan to officually declare independence, join the UN and sign defense agreements with the rest of the world. Frankly, I would like to see a US military presence in Taiwan itself until China agrees to never use force against it.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia hold security talks to counter China's rising assertiveness See in context

TARA TAN KITAOKAJune 9  11:01 pm JST

Please stop your paranoia and take care of this convid problems first. what a waste of time!!!

Which your country gifted to the entire world.

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Posted in: China defends cultural links with Japan amid online nationalist fury See in context

China has replaced communism with nationalism to keep the populace together and for years boasted about it's ability to turn nationistic fervor on and off like a faucet. Looks to me like it might be out of the CCP's control.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia hold security talks to counter China's rising assertiveness See in context

 Japan's Self-Defense Forces will protect Australian military assets in noncombat situations,

Ok. So what would they be protecting them from?? lol

Seriously, the writing is on the wall that the Democratic nations of the world will not allow China to disrupt the "peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait". Like by invading Taiwan. China needs to get over it.

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Posted in: China accuses U.S. of politicizing Winter Olympics as boycott talk mounts See in context

Says the country that politicizes everything. And lies to boot.

Beijing got the 2008 Olympics on the promise that they would liberalize and move closer towards democracy.

Guess what?

https://www.dw.com/en/how-china-changed-after-2008-beijing-olympics/a-44986744

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Posted in: Sendoff for Somalia See in context

MarkJune 6  09:13 pm JST

Didn't know Piracy still happening these days!

You really should follow the news.

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Posted in: U.S. senators promise vaccines for Taiwan amid China dispute See in context

Democratic nations, despite sometime differences in opinions and positions, are friends in time of need. Autocracies on the other hand have no real friends, only adversaries and those subservient to their power.

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Posted in: Japan considers sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam: report See in context

The delay in vaccination in Japan is due to the unprepared and shorthanded human/medical resources together with the usual bureaucratic snail speed approvals, not with vaccine supplies. So giving away vaccines to other friendly Asian nations isn't a problem.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan See in context

P. SmithToday  06:30 pm JST

Don't trust that snake, Putin. Only once Russia returns the Northern Territories should treaty negotiations commence

To whom should these islands be returned? Japan disclaimed sovereignty over these islands in the SF Peace Treaty in 1951.

Certainly not to the USSR/Russia who was not even a signatory to the SF Peace Treaty. For this reason the US, UK consider the Southern Kuriles Japanese terrority under Russian afdministration (occupation). The decion should have been made by the signatory nations.

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Posted in: Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years See in context

After what he has done, and what his sheep, both the unthinking and self-serving, are still doing to this country adding a zero to that number would be more appropriate.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

TrailwalkerToday  12:09 am JST

@reasonandnowisdomnippon, are you kidding? Your comments are the very reason South Korea continues to bring up the past. Japan raped and pillaged across Asia, and that is why at the surrender of World War II, Japan lost the right to claim the island referred to by Korea as Dokdo. Japan is no victim!

Complete nonsense. Imperial Japan "raped and pillaged" across Asia but their military included some 2million Korean soldiers who served willingly. And made use of the Comfort Stations as well.

https://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=469

The Liancourt Rocks had nothing to do with Japan's surrender in 1945. They were unilaterally taken in 1952 by South Korea when they imposed the Syngman Rhee Line. The one sided action so alarmed the Uniyed States that they advised Japan to request settlement at the ICJ. To date Japan has requested THREE times and each tome South Korea has refused, obviousky because they have no confidence in winning in an objective international forum.

You need to do some reading on WWII history and placement of the "Korean Government in Exile", which existed on an anti-Japan platform to establish the ROK after 1945.

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Posted in: U.S. calls on NATO to deepen ties with Japan See in context

Tom DoleyToday  05:17 pm JST

I don't know about South Korea. Not really sure whose side they are on.

No different to Japan. Only difference is Korea is upfront about it and Japan does secret deals with China behind closed doors. Double standards ne?

Maybe on your planet South Korea is a member of QUAD and conducts FON exercises with US allies.

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Posted in: U.S. calls on NATO to deepen ties with Japan See in context

I don't know about South Korea. Not really sure whose side they are on.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan reaffirm alliance amid China territorial claims See in context

Undoubtedly PM Suga is asking Adm Aquilino to please have a seat, as you can see the chair. But from this camera angle it looks like Suga is asking for a tip or something.

At this stage I think that relations between Taiwan and Japan are such that as the fisheries issue is solved, the U.S. should go ahead to recognize the Senkakus as Japanee territory. Rather than under it's administration. The only reason they didn't in 1972 was because of Taiwan's claim, which was usurped by China.

Considering the U.S. position on defending both Taiwan and the Senkakus from China, it would be a a strategically positive step forward with no down side. Everyone knows what is left of the Taiwan claim activists are funded by China anyway.

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Posted in: French magistrates question Ghosn in Beirut See in context

I do not believe the charges that the French are pursuing are the same as those Ghosn is facing in Japan. So really, comments about the Japanese justice system are not revelant to this article.

Even if they were the same, whatever Ghosn presents to the French in Lebanon has no legal weight as it's outside Japanese jurisdiction anyway. Ghosn has chosen not to be represented in Japan to answer the charges and attempt to prove his innocence. This is the reality.

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Posted in: North Korea accuses U.S. of hostility for S Korean missile decision See in context

North Korea said Monday the U.S. allowing South Korea to build more powerful missiles was an example of the U.S.'s hostile policy against the North, warning that it could lead to an "acute and unstable situation" on the Korean Peninsula.

Says the country that has the reunification of the Korean Penninsula under the DPRK in the preamble to their constitution and constantly fires off missiles of all sizes in violation of UN sanctions. Yea, ok.

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Posted in: Actor John Cena faces backlash in China for calling Taiwan a country See in context

“In one interview, I made a mistake,” he said in heavily accented Mandarin Chinese. “I need to say now that this is very, very, very, very, very important. I love and respect China and the Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry. As for my mistake, I really apologize for it."

Reminds me of the forced speeches our POWs had to make in front of the cameras after being downed over North Vietnam.

Taiwan is a country. China needs to get over it.

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Posted in: 3 crew missing after ships collide off Ehime See in context

obladiToday  04:25 pm JST

What's with all the collisions as sea these days?

There have been 332 maritime accidents reported globally in 2021. There were 945 in all of 2020. They happen all the time. It's just that you don't hear about them unless they occur in Japanese waters and get reported on JT.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend graduates from U.S. law school See in context

oyatoiMay 25  09:23 pm JST

Is there some reason to believe that his law school education was funded by the public.

Only the absence of a categorical refutation allaying suspicion that it is.

LOL.

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Posted in: 3 dead after Japanese fishing boat collides with Russian ship See in context

GaijinjlandToday  07:01 pm JST

Sad but it doesn’t seem like Anyone was to blame. At least the Russians retrieved the bodies and returned them. Mother Nature is unforgiving.

Any "blame" will be determined by the JCG investigation and marine insurance adjusters.

The Russian vessel, as are all vessels, was bound by Maritime Law to retreive the survivors.

"The 1982 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA (UNCLOS) provides that ‘Every State shall require the master of a ship flying its flag, in so far as he can do so without serious danger to the ship, the crew or the passengers: (a) to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger of being lost; (b) to proceed with all possible speed to the rescue of persons in distress, if informed of their need of assistance, in so far as such action may reasonably be expected of him."

https://cms.emergency.unhcr.org

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