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Posted in: Ghosn arrest shakes Franco-Japanese alliance See in context

Can anyone really believe it's so far fetched that Japan Inc. decided that he crossed the line and this was the opportunity remove him?

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Posted in: Heatstroke concerns mount over 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon See in context

I would worry more about spectators than professional runners, who know how to train and cope with hot weather. They will back off or even drop out if their bodies tell them to. And yes, the times will be slower, but a medal is still a medal whatever the finishing times are.

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

Yasukuni and it's supporters remind me of those Confederate Statues and U.S. far right nationalists. Both honor their "glorious" past, and of course, both failed miserably.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking bill leaves scope of ban-exempted restaurants undecided See in context

Lots of down votes but little reasonable comment in support of why smoking shouldn't be severely limited.. JT reps on here? Maybe just smokers?

I agree. Something doesn't add up.

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Posted in: Gov't to survey unpaid medical bills by foreign tourists See in context

First off, the money, while not insignificant, doesn't sound like a large percentage of hospital revenues. And as mentioned, who can determine what the Japanese unpaid bills are from the article? Why not separate those numbers for more accuracy?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's engagement announcement delayed after rain deaths See in context

"There's still time to change your mind Princess"

Maybe he's the one who should be reconsidering.

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Posted in: Woman turned away 3 times by police after confessing to killing her husband See in context

Maybe she should have went to the police and stated "I did NOT kill my husband!".

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Posted in: New law a big step toward commercial whaling, Japanese officials say See in context

This is nothing more than a defiant "in your face" response to the bad publicity the whaling industry has suffered recently.

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Posted in: Feeling the heat See in context

Sand OK. Tokyo Bay water not so much.

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Posted in: Japanese horse Epicharis scratched from Belmont Stakes See in context

Very disappointed he was scratched. I was looking forward to him competing.

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Posted in: Toshiba to pay $3.68 billion for Westinghouse reactors in U.S. See in context

Udondashi: Japan Inc. was not forced to invest billions in Westinghouse or Rockefeller Center. Maybe you missed that Toshiba admitted Westinghouse was a mistake.

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Posted in: Shed no tears for Sharapova in fight against doping See in context

She's supposedly worth 135 million dollars. And even if her career ended, she would probably still make millions more in endorsements. I'm not worried for her.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten crackdown on coercion in porn video business See in context

Andrew Crisp: Since quite a bit of this stuff is distributed worldwide, I have to think the "legit' Japanese studios would keep records of proof of age. Otherwise, an exec could step off a plane in a foreign country and conceivably  face charges.

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Posted in: Japanese collector pays record $110.5 mil for Basquiat painting at New York auction See in context

Cliffy: He WAS a graffiti artist early in his life. And I have to disagree, I don't think the usual graffiti street art measures up to his skill level.

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Posted in: Miley Cyrus takes to Instagram to clarify hip-hop remarks See in context

Cyrus gave a generic example of sexually explicit lyrics about women, and said that such lyrics "pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little."

Whatever your opinion of her, she was spot on about the nasty, misogynistic lyrics.

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Posted in: Made-in-China passenger jet set to take wing See in context

The power and control systems seem to be made in the west.

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Posted in: Trump enjoys health care victory; hails ties with Australia See in context

A "healthcare" bill that that's only about removing healthcare from the people who need it the most.  Do we laugh or cry?

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Posted in: Trump would be 'honored' to meet N Korea's Kim, if conditions right See in context

Seems obvious Trump has a thing for dictators like Kim, Putin, Erdogan, and Duterte.

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Posted in: Japanese museums abandoning no-photos policy See in context

Still, there have been cases in which photographers have damaged artworks.

So out of the millions and millions of worldwide museum visitors, how many photographers have damaged artworks?

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Posted in: Bra maker does its bit for Premium Friday See in context

Commuters are pushed onto trains so maybe potential shoppers could be pushed into stores.

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Posted in: Japan’s love affair with pasta goes off the rails See in context

One of my first times in Japan I ordered pasta in a pub and watched with horror as the cook squeezed ketchup in the dish. I can't say it was very tasty and I don't understand why this persists because ready made good quality tomato sauce is available. Is it cost and/or tradition?

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Posted in: Delta OKs offers of up to $9,950 to flyers who give up seats See in context

The old saying is true: Everyone has their price. If only United had thought of this.

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Posted in: Ethics textbook change causes widespread constroversy See in context

Meddling and micromanaging by the ministry culture police.

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Posted in: Musician Ian McCulloch flees Japan amid U.S.-N Korea tensions; show cancelled without notice See in context

"... in response to the news that there is an armed conflict between the US and North Korea,..."

So where did Ian and his manager read or hear that a war started?

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Posted in: High court upholds obscenity ruling against 'vagina artist' See in context

"The lower court ruled that the 3-D data “realistically reproduce the shape (of female genitalia) and stimulate the viewers’ sexual desire,” but the artworks do not immediately suggest they are female genitals as they are decorated and painted with colors different from skin color."

Not sure if this is just nuts or laughable.

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Posted in: Japan needs anti-smoking law ahead of Tokyo Olympics: WHO See in context

Utter rubbish. Ban smoking just because of a 2 week event, makes no sense at all.

15,000 people — mainly women and children dying per year from second hand smoke is not rubbish. And some other comments here about other issues being a priority is a false equivalent.

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Posted in: Trump's son-in-law met with U.S. sanctioned Russian bank; will testify See in context

For those of you who say there was no crime committed, that could the case. But remember the political expression: It's not always the crime, it's the cover up. Now there's blood in the water and the sharks are circling. Stay tuned.

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Posted in: Vietnamese detainee killed himself in immigration center, community leader says See in context

"Some detainees are held for months and even years with no clear knowledge of when they will be let out. Many develop depression and insomnia..."

Sounds like living hell.

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Posted in: Trump, GOP leaders pull bill to repeal 'Obamacare' See in context

IF they had a vote where everyone was on the record, Republicans would have abandoned ship and voted no in big numbers. The reason? Not because of the far right appeal to completely trash Obamacare, but because they would have to face the wrath of constituents losing healthcare insurance.

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Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate See in context

Lies pushed by the Speaker, lies pushed by the Majority Leader, and lies pushed by the biggest liar of them all in the White House.

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