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Posted in: Man stopped over erratic driving hasn’t had license for 40 years See in context

RiskyMosaicToday 10:27 am JST

Or do you advocate random spot checks without cause?

Just to check licenses? No. Random breath testing, at which time a license, vehicle registration and roadworthiness can also be confirmed? Sure, why not?

Agree. Don't know anyplace that does random stops to just check licenses. Random DWI checks are already common, although they aren't really "random" in the sense that certain weekends/holidays are targeted. Plus drivers are just passed through without checking license/registration unless there is suspicion of DWI.

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Posted in: Man stopped over erratic driving hasn’t had license for 40 years See in context

Do the hustleToday  08:50 am JST

OssanAmerica - Or do you advocate random spot checks without cause

Considering how frequently people are being arrested in japan (half a dozen a year) for driving without a licence perhaps there is a need for random spot checks. If you calculate that half a dozen a year caught without random checks, there must be many people driving without licenses.

6 people arrested per year is cause for Random Spot Checks?

The State of California has some 26.7 million drivers, making 5.3 million unlicensed drivers. And they don't do random spot checks.

"More than 1 in 5 California drivers involved in fatal crashes were driving with expired, revoked or suspended licenses or had never even had a license, according to a study released Wednesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety."

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Posted in: S Korea to carefully review Japan arbitration call on wartime labor See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday 01:41 am JST

I would expect the whole arbitration process if or when both Governments of Japan and South Korea agree, to be guided and over-seen by the The International Court of Justice …...

No I don't see that at all. In order to for the ICJ to be involved, both nations must first agree. Secondly, both nations must be prepared to accept the ICJ ruling as compulsory. In this regard, Japan is a signatory but South Korea is not.

https://www.icj-cij.org/en/declarations

Considering that Japan has offered to settle the Liancourt Rocks issue at the ICJ three times and South Korea has refused each time, it's extremely unlikely that South Korea would now sign on to accept ICJ jurisdiction now.

The 1965 Treaty clauses regarding Arbitration is quite clear. The question now is whether South Korea will agree to arbitrate.

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Posted in: Man stopped over erratic driving hasn’t had license for 40 years See in context

DisillusionedToday  07:12 am JST

Driving without a licence for 40 years? Doesn't say much for the Japanese traffic police, does it?

Doesn't say anything either way. If this man has never caused a traffic accident or infraction to give cause for being stopped and checked, no traffic police in any country would have caught him.

Or do you advocate random spot checks without cause?

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Posted in: Abe says he wants to talk frankly with N Korean leader Kim See in context

goldeneagleToday  08:10 am JST

Wasn’t Abe and Japanese Govt against any dialogue with NK. If my memory serves they tried their best to sabotage Trump having a summit with Kim

Too bad that's totally false. But many of us wish they had.

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Posted in: U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia See in context

China's territorial ambition is setting itself up for a conflict with the rest of the world. And why the ambition? Because Nationalism is needed to ensure the survival of the CCP one party dictatorship.

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Posted in: Do you think the escalation in the U.S.-China trade dispute is a threat to world economic growth? See in context

Of course it's a threat to global economic growth in the short term. But not necessarily so in the long term.

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Posted in: Warm on North, chilly to South: Japan's Korea strategy could pose risks See in context

Alfie NoakesMay 10  08:09 am JST

The problem has been the Koreans inability to forget.

Comedy gold.

Reminds one of what the female Japanese comedian, the one who lived in LA in the 90s, said:

"Back in the day Japan invaded Korea, raped the women, murdered the children and enslaved the men. And they haven't forgotten. So we hate them."

And who was that "comedian" Because that statement is a complete fabrication in every aspect. Bet you she was Korean.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea See in context

Freedom of navigation in International Waters.

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Posted in: Trump to inspect Japanese destroyer with Abe in late May See in context

Ishikawa

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Posted in: Trump to inspect Japanese destroyer with Abe in late May See in context

Many Naval ships have geographical names, as US battleships did. The JMSDF Kaga is named after the province of Kaga 加賀, now Ishikara Prefecture) as was the IJNS Kaga of WWII. Really don't see anything "ironic" about it.

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Posted in: Warm on North, chilly to South: Japan's Korea strategy could pose risks See in context

kurisupisuToday  07:34 am JST

It should also not be overlooked that Korean influence has been historically linked to massive advances in many areas of Japanese culture too.

Like what? Anything past the Yaoi period?

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Posted in: Trump offers 'heartfelt appreciation' to outgoing emperor See in context

Leaving aside the issue of Trump being Trump, the SK nationalists must be going nuts over how the United States values it's relationship with Japan, as compared to their country.

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Posted in: S Korean court asked to sell Japan firms' assets over wartime labor See in context

Subsequently, the plaintiffs successfully sought the seizure of about 81,000 shares Nippon Steel has in POSCO-Nippon Steel RHF Joint Venture Co, a joint venture with South Korean steelmaker POSCO that is known simply as PNR.

Funny....Japan paid money to the South Korean government to compensate "individuals who suffered" in 1965 but the SK government used it instead to help create....POSCO. Talk about getting shafted twice over the same thing.

Japan needs to stop treating South Korea like some civilized country and instead of "hinting" at retaliation just get on with it. Only when SK business is hurt will they pressure the Moon administration to do something about this nonsense.

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Posted in: Key ceremonies in Japan's imperial succession See in context

It "eroded" back in 1871.

"After the Emperor appeared in Western dress, government officials and the educated elite began wearing Western-style clothing in public. In 1871, the Emperor issued a mandate requiring high officials to wear Western clothes during business hours or when at official functions."

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/edu/ViewLoitLo.do?method=preview&lang=EN&id=12941

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Posted in: How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan See in context

"In the final analysis, it is for the people of Asia to run the affairs of Asia, solve the problems of Asia and uphold the security of Asia," 

The people of Asia wouldn't have a problem with this if China wasn't a totalitarian dictatorship hell bent on strategic and economic regional domination.

Xi, state media reported, told officers to concentrate on "preparing for war and combat."

What a pleasant country.

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Posted in: Japanese warship visits China for 1st time in more than 7 years See in context

The fact that the JMSDF is in Qingdao flying their naval ensign is proof that there was no problem. Otherwise show us a link to a story showing that China had a problem with it.

Japan has consistently addressed it's past wrongs. It's South Korea that refuses to recognize their role and responsibility by whitewashing and revising their history by placing all blame on Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese warship visits China for 1st time in more than 7 years See in context

China allowed the JMSDF vesel to fly their ensign in Qingdao as proven by the above photgraph. SK refused to allow the same, resulting in Japan withdrawing from attendance. Korea was never forced at gunpoint to sign the annexation agreement as there were Koreans both in support of against it. And the vast number of Koreans in the J-military were volunteers. No need to keep rehashing Korean revisionism.

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Posted in: Japanese warship visits China for 1st time in more than 7 years See in context

Very interesting to see the JMSDF vessel flying the Japanese Naval Ensign at the stern. Clearly China, which was a real victim of Imperial Japan in WWII has no problem with the flag. Unlike South Korea, which was a part of the Japanese Empire and a collaborator in invading China and other Asian nations, gets completely bent out of shape over the flag.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

"In late 2013, Abe sparked widespread international outrage, including from key ally the United States as well as China and South Korea, when he visited the shrine."

The US expressed disappointment because the visit would give China and SKorea fuel to bash Japan. There was never any "outrage" on the part of the United States towards the visit itself.

"Japan is a valued ally and friend. Nevertheless, the United States is disappointed that Japan’s leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbors.

The United States hopes that both Japan and its neighbors will find constructive ways to deal with sensitive issues from the past, to improve their relations, and to promote cooperation in advancing our shared goals of regional peace and stability.

We take note of the Prime Minister’s expression of remorse for the past and his reaffirmation of Japan’s commitment to peace."

https://jp.usembassy.gov/statement-prime-minister-abes-december-26-visit-yasukuni-shrine/

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Posted in: Ex-Marine arrested over North Korea embassy attack in Madrid See in context

The FBI is also responsible for foreign intelligence operatives on US territory. And they do maintain a liaison presence in US consulates overseas. But yes, what does the FBI have to do with overseas operations of a political nature.

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Posted in: Japan curbs on Chinese telecom firms could hurt ties, says China See in context

"Japan curbs on Chinese telecom firms could hurt ties, says China"

Lack of curbs on Chinese telecom firms could hurt Japan, says the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Japan curbs on Chinese telecom firms could hurt ties, says China See in context

Give it up China. The entire world knows what the world's most economically and militarily powerful authoritarian dictatorship is up to.

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Posted in: Japan deploys missile units on southwest islands amid China's rise See in context

Mizu no OtoToday  08:33 am JST

Anyone have an opinion on this. Why isn't the US military ever play a more active role (more than just behind the scenes) in this types of situation? What does the Status of Forces agreement state in regards to these ongoing skirmishes and the role the US might play.

The US-Japan Mutual Defense Treaty leaves the defense of Japan's borders to Japan, which controls missile batteries and challenges aerial and maritime intrusions into it's territory and space. The United States is obligated to defend Japan if it is attacked.

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-japan-security-alliance

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/q&a/ref/1.html

Japan is doing the right thing, necessitated by China's aggressive behavior in keeping with their aspirations for territorial expansion and regional strategic dominance.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

JohnkmilonasMar. 26  10:28 pm JST

If Korea feels like this try to imagine what China and South East Asia think.

Southeast Asian nations have no problem with Japan. Not only do they recognize that post-WWII Japan is entirely different from Imperial Japan, but for some nations the Japanese invasion of their countries caused or instigated the expulsion of their European Colonial masters. China (PRC) of course maintains a two fold relationship with Japan, one as a developed nation that helped them get off their knees after failed economic policies and became their second biggest trading partner, and two, as a strategic adversary because Japan is committed to a military alliance with the United States and calls for the anti-Japan historical offensive. But even China is not so stupid as to allow WWII related claims to get out of hand, as South Korea has. They have the wisdom not to allow actions that ultimately may hurt themselves. South Korea doesn't. The hypocrisy is that the Southeast Asuian nations as well as China were actually "invaded" by Imperial Japan, whereas Korea was not. And Koreans served in the Imperial Japanese military invading those other Asian nations.

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Posted in: Japan pension office branch head replaced after hate speech tweets See in context

In Japan people like this get canned. In South Korea they become heroes. Think about it.

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Posted in: S Korean union calls on ex-Japanese civil servant to apologize for brawl See in context

Interesting story but there are two parts. Clearly this Takeda is an absolute DB and he deservedly has already been canned from his job. And he certainly should have (if he didn't) face criminal charges and should face a civil suit from the Korean worker who was the victim.

The South Korean police say ""He was heavily drunk," the police said, adding Takeda had admitted to the allegations and apologized.".

So what business is it of the South Korean Labor Union to be demanding Takeda "directly apologize and offer compensation to the worker, who is a member of the union."? The Union is not a party to this issue, and the victim's membership in the Union is only relevant to his employment terms and conditions as negotiated by the Union. Any compensation is up to the victim's relief sought in his complaint and the Court's judgement. If the Korean Labor Union wants to fund their member's action that's one thing. But to come out openly making demands is inappropriate.

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Posted in: Japan to develop air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles See in context

Samit BasuToday  09:23 am JST

@OssanJapan

The Abe administration is trying to change the second paragraph of Article 9, which contradicts the existence of the JSDF. 

The Article 9 doesn't contradict with the existence of the JSDF, which is technically an armed police whose members are civilian public servants.

Wrong. The predecessor to the JSDF was originally formed as an extension of the National Police Agency in 1950 as the National Police Reserve. But since 1954 the JSDF has existed under the control of the Defense Agency, then later to the Ministry of Defense. While JSDF members are public servants, they have no law enforcement authority in Japan. The second paragraph of Article 9 is a contradiction because the JSDF " ranked as the world's fifth most-powerful military in conventional capabilities in a Credit Suisse report in 2015 and it has the world's eighth-largest military budget." while the first sentence reads " In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. ".

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Posted in: Japan to develop air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  07:49 am JST

Therefore your comment (aka, we are no longer pacifist) is totally incorrect and very misleading. Japan is very much remaining pacifist

When was the last time any government make one change to achieve a longterm objective? Ever heard of salami slicing or boiling frog syndrome?

I think you underestimate democracy and what that entails for politicians.

It's one change to correct a contradiction in the existing constitution. Amendments to the constitution are common. In the U.S. since 1789 thirty-three amendments have been approved by the United States Congress. Twenty-seven of those have been approved by the states and are now part of the Constitution. Your "long term objective" is your own personal speculation.

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Posted in: Japan to develop air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  07:08 am JST

Hmmm, I wonder what is happening this week in the land of the rising sun, two front page stories: Japan wants to change its constitution (aka, we are no longer pacifist), and Japan wants to develop its own Air-to-Ground missiles.

The Abe administration is trying to change the second paragraph of Article 9, which contradicts the existence of the JSDF. The first paragraph that renounces war as a means to resolve diplomatic disputes is not being discussed for change,

Therefore your comment (aka, we are no longer pacifist) is totally incorrect and very misleading. Japan is very much remaining pacifist.

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