There is a growing concern that Abe's path to military expansion can lead to increasing tension and conflicts. While it is appropriate for Japan to be more assertive on military matters, there is no need to keep bringing up World War II which is now almost 70 years ago.
The less said the better for all sides. It will be better to just say...the World does not need to repeat the horrors of World War I and II. And the less we talk about those events, the better.
There is much more important topics to concentrate on than the old war. And all territorial disputes should be postponed till 2100.
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Shocking. Japan suffers from high winds frequently and sign maintenance is a must.
Head traumas are life-changings and can lead to grave consequences. I pray for her full recovery. Getting compensated later may not recover the quality of her life.
I will be more careful when going out in high winds.
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She will not be the last Japanese to be raped while on an overseas tours. Japanese women still do not have that sense of caution. It is not Japan when you are overseas.
She was stupid enough to trust a stranger in India. It could be Malaysia, Thailand or a Latin American country. No matter. Just do not go with locals who are not from well-established tour agencies unless you are prepared for the horrors of a rape of even being killed.
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Not sure why the family bought a Japanese car.
I lived in Houston for three years. My first task was to research American cars as they have bigger engine capacity, are more rugged, etc. While fuel consumption was not that great, safety during accidents was my first priority as cars can go very fast on highways.
So I bought a Ford Taurus that was second-hand and was of good value. After three years I could still sell it for a reasonable price. Worth every cent.
With all the news of Takata airbags, everyone from car owner to dealer to manufacturer should have made every effort to track down. Perhaps the US government should just banned all Japanese cars with Takata airbags and have the manufacturer provide a solid American made car for free until the issue is fully resolved.
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Stupid woman. She was foolish enough to travel alone and to trust strangers. And the sex was probably unprotected. Now she has to worry about the consequences.
Her travel is traumatised and she is going to suffer years of trauma recovery. Will female tourists every learn? So much news and we hear of women from any countries being raped in India, in Malaysia, etc.
There are ways to travel safe. Rule 1: Never talk to strangers. Rule 2: If not sure, go to the nearest big hotel and ask or a big company. And never, never follow someone.
Even for men, there can be mugging by strangers. Better to be suspicious.
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Maybe we should move the Sumo tournaments to Mongolia. The reigning champion has the right to specify his homeland as the venue.
If the Olympics and many international sports can be hosted around the World, so should sumo.
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Japanese accepts Death quite differently from many other races. They face death bravely. And taking one's live via seppuku was an honourable way to go. Today, the corporate seppuku is resignation of top management staff for major set-backs.
Goto did a foolish act by going there. And he paid the ultimate price. Did he not think of the dangers? Did he not think of his family? What was it so glorious to go there when Westerners have been beheaded over the months?
Just because he died does not mean I need to say something polite. Japanese and most of us should just avoid such war-torn zones.
To-date neither the government nor any prominent papers or journalists have warn: Stay away from Iraq and Syria. It is downright selfish if we do not reflect on this tragedy and prevent the next one.
One young Japanese in his mid-20s was beheaded by Al Qaeda in Iraq. The Japanese public has not learnt. The victim is probably heading to Iraq or is already there.
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Jihadi John and his gang of ISIS devils are being hunted. USA does not publicize their intelligence till they have killed them via air-strikes. The end is not too far off unless they stop using all electronic devices. And without electronic communications, they cannot fight too.
The days of ISIS are numbered. Saudi Arabia and other M.E. countries are no longer giving them financial aid. The low oil prices was also meant to greatly reduce the wealth of ISIS supporters.
People think the Saudis are conducting an Oil War against USA. Not true. Obama is not reacting. It is all a big camouflage to bring Russia, Iran, Venezuela, etc. under control. The Saudis are the biggest friends of USA. Japan is also supporting this "Oil War".
By end-2015, I expect that ISIS is not longer having any territory that they can control. The tide has changed.
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Both Japanese brought this tragedy upon themselves. They caused a lot of anguish in Japan. They should never have ventured into war-torn zones.
Years ago, a young Japanese in his 20s made this anguish cry in English just before Al Qaeda insurgents in Iraq sliced off his head...it was on You-tube: "I do not want to die."
It is foolish to go to Iraq and Syria for whatever reasons. A lot more good can be done back in Japan and many other safer poor countries.
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Military parades are great to watch...all the noise, smoke, shaking of the ground. For military analysts, they are not that interesting...they have much better ways to spy from the sky and other means. Just looking at the shape of the equipment is not enough. They seek the design details, the software and other stuff.
Frighten the Japanese? They probably frighten all the stray cats and dogs with all that noise. Such childish write-ups.
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Some years ago, I watch with anguish as a young Japanese man was beheaded in Iraq (it was not ISIS then). I still recall his last words in English...."I do not want to die."
Too late. He went into war-torn Iraq on his free-will and lost his head literally.
All Westerners and Asians better not get into war-torn Middle-East areas. Do that and know full well your lives may be taken by rebels. Worse you will feel the terror as the knife slices across your throat and you strangle in your very own blood.
Yes, I write in horrific terms. Only Fools and Idiots want to go to so many dangerous places. Some are in Asia...the diving resorts of Sabah, the Southern Philippines, parts of Indonesia, Myanmar, etc. And NHK and news media that buys the videos from such people have blood on their hands. Just ignore and boycott such areas. They the Arabs slaughter themselves.
Willl anyone that is not insane venture to Nigeria to talk to the Boko Hararm? Or go into Somalia and try to be-friend those Islamic radicals. Or venture into Yemen?
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There should be redundant sensors such that power is cut off should the doors open and elevator is still moving. These days electronics are so efficient and affordable. In Instrumentation safety, they call it 2oo3 i.e. if two out of three sensors voted that an action is probably malfunctioning then a Stop is effected.
What is the cost compared to a human life?
Also should someone be trapped between the lift and the frame or doors, then power has to be stopped and manually reset.
Obviously the elevator codes are not be kept up to date. Alas, Japan today is somewhat less thorough than it used to be...nuclear power station accident and then they get wise. The tsunami overwhelms the tallest walls and they get smart again. And yet Japan continues to produce Nobel Prize winners. They can do better.
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Japanese politics are a big joke. Even the banana republics of Africa have more stable governments.
There are many excellent Japanese corporations who have extensive international experience, knows how to interact with the international community and also make profits.
Perhaps Japan should just sub-contract the Cabinet to one of the large corporations and renew that contract every few years based on a set of agreed performance criteria.
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The issue of more than trade. Many Chinese would like to have China attack Japan over the islands. Territorial disputes like this can expand into other areas of unresolved greviances such as the memories of Nanjing and the Japanese brutalities in WW2, etc.
It is best for both governments to put a stop to the island issue but forbiding citizens from both countries to visit the disputed islands and declare that this issue be best postponed to a future generation to resolve. Also, if both governments forbid their fishermen to fish in those waters, that will effectively avoid further flare ups.
Both countries will lose out in an escalated dispute and the rest of Asean will be drawn in too.
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Am surprised. Japanese are in general very honest and law abiding. Also the hotel could have called the couple and have them returned the items or charge it to their credit cards. To be arrested and then have a police record is not worth it.
I have stayed thousands of nights in hotels around the world. Irrespective of how much I have to pay, I take only toiletries if they are of good brands. Why bother with other items that have been used repeatedly by other guests?
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