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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

The latter vote could make New Zealand only the third country in the world to allow the adult use and sale of cannabis nationwide, after Uruguay and Canada.

What about the Netherlands (Holland) and Portugal ?

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Posted in: Wrongful convictions: U.S. police withhold evidence in many cases, study shows See in context

In the U.K all evidence has to be disclosed to the defense team. Is it not the same in the U.S.A? There should be harsh penalties for non disclosure, that would stop bent police and prosecutors as they faced jail time themselves.

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Posted in: Typhoon unleashes rain, strong winds on southwest Japan See in context

Good luck to everyone in Kyushu. I hope you are all okay.

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Posted in: 75 years later, Japanese-American man recalls bitter internment in U.S. See in context

Almost everybody involved in war, and on both sides, are victims of it. Their experiences are as meaningful and important as anybody else and deserve to be told and listened to. The only guaranteed winners in wars are rich capitalist arms manufacturers and they would love to silence all the victims of wars. Articles like this help people remember the victims of war and the horrors people faced. In that respect it's an interesting article and it's good to hear about this man's experiences.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested over fatal stabbing of woman in shopping mall See in context

How sickening that all the witnesses reported a man with a knife but the japanese system sees the murderer as an underage child whose identity needs protecting. Whatever your age murder is murder and there should be no protection for the culprit. Let's know all the facts. Then we can all debate why underage people behave this way and the causes. Sweeping it under the carpet because the murderer is underage disrespects the victim and prevents society exploring the issues that may have contributed to the creation of such angry young killers.

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context

Abe San failed as he continued the failed right wing ideological trickle down economic theory of quantitative easing which funnels central bank created money to banks and the bond markets.

The next leader should try trickle up economic theory instead whereby the created money is spent into the economy on needed infrastructure projects(not vanity projects) education and training and programs of social improvement. This creates demand in the real economy, inflation and allows the government to collect more in tax revenue to balance the books.

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Posted in: Japan's 'flying car' gets off the ground, with a rider aboard See in context

Surely a flying car is really just a mini jet plane or a mini helicopter? Therefore, I can't see these things ever becoming as common as the humble automobile. There would be too much risk allowing ordinary people to travel in these things in large numbers. However, in a country like Japan which has frequent disasters such vehicles would allow emergency response teams to travel more easily. Even when roads were flooded and bridges destroyed these vehicles could still get there quickly. Then again wasn't Sean Connery's James Bond successfully using a flying car ie. minihelicopter decades ago?

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Posted in: 2 bogus gas company employees rob 80-year-old man at home See in context

In a former life I was a police officer in London East Finchley. The worst crimes I ever attended were those were a lying cheat tricked their way into an elder person's home and stole from them. It's a terrible evil crime preying upon the most vulnerable and usually leads to premature death as all trust is lost by the elder. I think life should mean life for such scum bag offenders.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 339 more virus cases; 1,152 nationwide See in context

Jjust wait until all the schools go back. Then the numbers will begin to rise.

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Posted in: Japan voices concerns over Chinese activity around disputed islands See in context

That would have to be one hell of a precision drop. Have you seen photos of of those islands? The biggest one is tiny.

Your clearly don't realise that troops can easily parachute from a plane and steer themselves onto the land or even land in the sea equipped with inflatable landing craft and then head for shore. Do you really think modern invasion forces don't have such capabilities?

What are they going to do if they land there successfully? The biggest island's a tiny bit of nothing, with no access for boats to drop off supplies. What are these "invaders" going to do? Insult the seagulls by singing patriotic Chinese songs to them?

If the Chinese manage to land there most likely the first thing they will do is plant their flag. Then they'll begin enlarging the island until it becomes a formidable military base. They could install radar, an aircraft landing strip, a safe harbour for Chinese war ships and surface to air missiles. Who knows what they'll do with it.

Meanwhile, you can keep dreaming that they'll just be singing patriotic songs to the seagulls as a hostile expansionist chinese dictatorship imposes its will yet again on another nations territory.

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Posted in: Japan voices concerns over Chinese activity around disputed islands See in context

Laying a minefield sounds a bit crazy. Mines aren't anchored to the ocean floor, are they? They could drift off and sink an innocent vessel from some other country.

Actually, mines can be free floating but they are usually tethered or anchored to the seabed. In this dispute, mining around the islands with fixed mines would immediately put a stop to any Chinese naval invasion ambitions. However, Japan would also have to consider the likelihood and possibility of an invasion by air. Troops are easily landed by parachute. Therefore, as a purely preventative and defensive measure Japan should probably station a garrison there and use a combination of sea mines, land based missiles and submarine defences to protect its sovereignty.

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Posted in: Japan to pitch Osaka, Fukuoka as int'l financial hubs after pandemic See in context

As somebody who moved from the UK to Japan to get away from the broken western capitalist race to the bottom, I wish Japan would stop trying to attract more foreigners and change Japan. Taxes may be higher here but it's one of the safest countries in the world. Its clean, public transport is excellent and although there is a lot of bureaucracy japanese public servants have all been really helpful especially considering my low level of Japanese. Japan also has plenty of police, no waits for medical care and ample cheap public sports facilities and consumption tax is below half that of the UK.

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Posted in: China's fishing suspension near disputed islands in East China Sea ends See in context

If somebody is sailing into your seas without permission that is completely unacceptable. They could be stealing fish or conducting reconnaissance operations prior to their secretly planned full on invasion. If I were in charge I would require my defense force to issue a warning via radio, semaphore etc to any foreign vessel in my sea area. The first warning would require the invader to immediately turn around and to begin sailing out of my sea area. It would include the requirement to have turned around within five minutes or I would sink them. After those five minutes had passed, if the invading ship hadn't turned around and was sailing out of my area I would have no hesitation in sinking it.

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Posted in: Pentagon to set up new unit to investigate UFOs See in context

Toasted HereticToday  12:18 pm JST

Although, it's also vain to think that in such an endless universe, they'd be interested in seeing this little backwater planet who's inhabitants are doing their best to wipe themselves out in a variety of unpleasant ways.

Or maybe these UFO's are simple probes visiting farm Earth from a hostile farmer planet to see if it's time yet to reap the harvest? We mistreat and eat almost every other species on our planet. So it's possible that actually we ourselves could be food for another alien species far technologically advanced than ourselves and with an appetite for Earth flesh.

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Posted in: Pentagon to set up new unit to investigate UFOs See in context

It's entirely possible that Earth is visited by aliens as travelers in the Sahara visit an oasis. There's plenty of water and more importantly fresh meat to be had before continuing their journey across the galaxy. Whether these things are from Earth, and man made, or from outer space we need to know. I've witnessed super fast objects moving in the night sky, stopping dead then moving off again at speed in the opposite direction. Such things are real and it's right to try to discover what they are and if they are a threat or not.

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Posted in: Plastic bag usage at Japanese stores down by 50%, but plastic bags sales through the roof See in context

My local convenience store charges for plastic shopping bags but meanwhile sells each single banana and even single carrots in its own free see through plastic wrapper. It's this individual plastic wrapping that needs to be tackled. It's completely unnecessary and that plastic can't be used for any other purpose.

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Posted in: Murdoch's Fox unveils global streaming for news channels See in context

Only a fascist fool would take their news from the dirty digger. That's why fox is Trump's favourite news channel.

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Posted in: Virus spurs Japan to develop contactless garbage collection system See in context

This a great idea and needs to happen asap. In my part of Tokyo we have to leave our rubbish bags out on the pavement under a net. They attract rats and birds frequently break into the bags searching for food. A metal container would stop all of that.

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Posted in: Do you think herd immunity in a country can curb the coronavirus? See in context

There is no such thing as immunity to virus because they mutate so regularly and quickly. If there were immunity the common cold would no longer exist. However, as virus mutates 99% of the time it becomes less lethal and this is how overtime they become just another almost harmless background virus. Unfortunately, very occasionally a virus mutates into something lethal. But as such virus kills it's host it finds it much harder to spread. So no, despite the beliefs of Boris fxxkwit Johnson and his boss Cummings herd immunity from virus is unachievable as it isn't possible.

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Posted in: Self-driving amphibious vehicle to go on trial in eastern Japan See in context

The 240 million yen expenditure could have paid for a human driver for the next 80 years and saved all the astronomical ongoing IT support costs but hey that's progress right?

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Posted in: Saizeriya restaurant develops face mask to wear when eating See in context

Theres a lot of snobby comments on here about Saizeriya. It is often full of teens but as somebody from the UK I marvel at how well behaved, polite and happy that age group act compared to British teenagers. It reminds me how much more civilized Japan is than the UK. Also, the steak, pizza and salad in Saizeriya are delicious and an absolute bargain.

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Posted in: Pandemic derails Abe's strategy to revive regional Japan with tourism See in context

> Hank standerfordToday  09:50 am JST

Don’t blast business owners who are trying to get ahead because you are a cheesy schoolteacher or salaryman who plays it safe.

I haven't blasted any business owners but I am a 'cheesy' schoolteacher and wasn't allowed to claim any go money as I'm a Tokyo resident. Yet, I'm still supporting Japanese business right now by holidaying in Japan. But any business that calls it's customers 'cheesy' doesn't deserve to be in business and the owner businessperson doesn't deserves zero respect. If teaching is so easy cheesy why aren't you doing it? And what's the name of your business so I can avoid it like the plague?

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Posted in: Pandemic derails Abe's strategy to revive regional Japan with tourism See in context

Its an absolute pleasure to holiday in Japan at the moment. There is hardly anybody about. You can enjoy the sites in peace. I actually got to kneel and say a quick prayer at zenkoji temple yesterday without being trampled by hoardes of tourists.

However, it's clearly an awful time for the local businesses most of which have no customers. So, get some hand sanitizer, a box of face masks, practise social distancing and get out there and enjoy your holidays.

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Posted in: Man arrested for threatening to kill mother of girl missing from campsite since last Sept See in context

Threats to kill are illegal in most civilized countries. Glad the police caught this deranged keyboard warrior. Let's hope he receives a suitable custodial sentence and/or the psychiatric help he requires.

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Posted in: Mother of 'Terrace House' star who killed herself to press charges against cyberbullies See in context

It's the shareholder owners of these reality shows that exploit vulnerable contestants and create and encourage conflict and gossip who should be held responsible for these tragic suicides.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs ¥1.13 tril in reserve funds to cushion impact of virus See in context

What about those on casual zero hours contracts like my partner? This sounds like his employer (A major clothing retailer) will be supported despite that employer having no work for my partner as demand for clothes has fallen dramatically. So, the employer gets paid to support the shareholder and my partner still has no work and no pay? That then has the knock on effect that I have to support him so I have less to spend into the economy too. This is why directly paying every person 100,000 was a much better idea. The government should pay everybody 100,000 a month every month. Let the consumers decide which businesses to support via their spending.

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Posted in: The survivor: Last Korean war criminal in Japan wants recognition See in context

I'm surprised that a convicted war criminal that escaped hanging has anything to complain about. What a shame he wasn't hanged.

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

Unlike in countries like UK, in Japan, school is not compulsory for foreign children

Despite common believed, school isn't compulsory in the U.K. Any parent can homeschool.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

If Shinto turns war criminals into god's it's not much different than the teachings of modern day Isis. I'm surprised to hear that Japan encourages it's people to act brutally to attain spiritual rewards.

Secular peaceful Japan should forcefully remove the bodies of the war criminals from the Yasukuni shrine and bury them at sea at a secret location. Then the shrine can be redevoted to commemorate all war dead in all wars in all places.

Japan should also build something similar to Germany's peace center constructed in Berlin on the site of the former Gestapo HQ and admit to the war crimes conducted by their ancestors. Then finally maybe we can all move on.

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

And yet a work colleague of mine was able to fly into Narita from the USA two weeks ago. Yes, that place with lots of coronavirus. So is this article accurate?

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