Peter Neil comments

Posted in: 'All roads lead to Putin': Impeachment ties Ukraine, Russia See in context

Trump has nothing to do with the economy. The factors affecting the stock market and the economy are not the same as they were 20 years ago.

That jobs report is skewed since it includes GM workers going back to work after the strike. There is no doubt that new jobs continue to be mostly low wage, no benefits, "working poor" jobs. $15/hr in the US is a slave job. How can a single person live on about $1,700/month when the median rent for a small apartment not in a ghetto is over $1,200?

The US had a budget surplus during the Clinton presidency. When Clinton left office, the federal budget was balanced and there had been a surplus for four years. So, are you Trump supporters going to give Clinton credit for that?

The IG report did not say that, Wolfpack. That is a flat out lie.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven failed to pay some overtime wages to at least 30,000 employees for years See in context

That's sad for the employees. Doing the right thing is so out of style everywhere, not just Japan.

But, I always liked Seven-Eleven. Great coffee and the best food of all the conbini's!

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Posted in: Japanese regulators recommend ¥2.4 bil fine for Nissan See in context

That would mean the customers who bought Nissan cars would be paying the fine, since the that is where the company gets their money.

That doesn't sound fair to me. Am I the only one who thinks this way? Here we are again, where the average person is left holding the bag and the executives get off free.

And just what will the government do with the money? That should be defined.

The individuals at fault should have to pay a substantial fine. That would fulfill the purpose of punishment, which is to hold them accountable. If the money comes out of the company coffers, that will affect the workers since it is less money for investment, operations, payroll, pensions, etc. The workers had no culpability in this.

I don't understand this fine as it is as being a solution...

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Posted in: Japan to keep pushing coal in developing world despite criticism See in context

Naturalnews.com is a conspiracy, pseudoscience site with a poor history of false "news" and claims that is run by the same entity as trump.news and other biased sites.

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/natural-news/

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Posted in: S Korea wants 'rising sun flag of hatred' banned at Olympics See in context

Better yet, ban all flags and all symbols of any and all countries. Take it back to amateurs who compete for themselves with no flags or uniforms at all.

Colored cloth does not make the athlete. It just brew ethnocentrism.

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Posted in: S Korea wants 'rising sun flag of hatred' banned at Olympics See in context

@Samit: it is not the same flag. Please read the comments above.

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Posted in: Democrats call Trump a danger to democracy; Republicans say impeachment drive a sham See in context

Of course, he will not be convicted in the Senate, but the more worrisome thing for Trump will be the eventual release of his tax records.

The man lost more money than any other person in America, declared bankruptcy six times, pays no taxes and it will reveal what his son already admitted - Trump makes his money from Russia.

That will be his downfall.

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Posted in: Airport screener mistakenly returns knife after security check See in context

All in all, Japan airport security and airports in general are wonderful compared to so many other places.

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Posted in: Sapporo budgets ¥700 mil in road repairs for Olympic events See in context

Ah yes. Japan has four seasons - one month of bitter cold, one month of rainy season, one month of jungle heat and nine months of road repair...

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Posted in: S Korea wants 'rising sun flag of hatred' banned at Olympics See in context

The current "Rising Sun Flag" is the naval ensign of the Japanese Naval Self Defense Force. The "ensign" is the flag flown by naval ships. It is flown on the stern in port and midship as a "Steaming Ensign" while under way.

Ensigns are supposed to represent the character of a country. Japan is the land of the rising sun.

The current ensign was established in 1954 and is not the same flag as the wartime ensign and flag of the Empire of Japan. That ensign and flag was discontinued in 1945.

The current Rising Sun Flag used at sporting events and other ceremonies is not the same flag.

Ignorance is a terrible thing and emotions are being whipped up over a different flag. In this day and age, anyone can research and learn these things at the tough of button. Modern high-tech tools can't overcome the ignorance of humans.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

Okay, so the question that never gets answered is, "What is the alternative, since the bazillions of olympic swimming pools of contaminated water is about to overflow into the ocean?"

Hello? Tap tap. Is this thing on?

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Posted in: Former Trump aide calls Ukraine meddling theory fiction; Trump would welcome Senate tria See in context

It seems evident from reading these comments that Putin succeeded in his plan to polarize America.

You just stand there like flat-footed boxers, pounding each other in the face while wearing blinders and earplugs.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Wait, the US has done nothing to stem the Chinese push into building island bases. The US will not "defend" Japan. The US president has arbitrarily "unsigned" treaties and agreements, so the US is no longer a trustworthy ally.

The only country taking Japanese territory is the US for bases.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

The question remains: what would you propose to solve the problem?

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Posted in: Japan's lower house passes U.S. trade deal; auto tariffs still in question See in context

I makes sense to me for Japan to wait until a new president is in the White House. Trump has proven that he is completely untrustworthy

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Posted in: U.S., S Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 bil demand See in context

North Korean military has a large military of poorly equipped, poorly fed people with obsolete, poorly maintained weapons, aircraft and naval equipment. South Korea has advanced aircraft, naval assets, armor and highly trained personnel.

No contest.

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Posted in: U.S., S Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 bil demand See in context

I say turn the tables. Japan and Korea should demand billons of dollars from the US to rent bases.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Wow, that's interesting that Korea is saying no to Trump's demands for more money for troops. He thinks it's a property deal for profit. Good for them. I hope Japan will want to look as strong as Korea and resist.

Japan and Korea should turn the tables and demand money from the US to base troops in their countries. You want a base? You can rent it for billions of dollars per year.

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Posted in: Japan hosts arms show looking for an edge in tech See in context

That's over dramatic. Japan is not heading to war.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

So, does anyone have a serious alternative? I'm not being sarcastic. There are over 80 posts and not one valid idea.

I don't have an alternative idea. Do you?

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

rgcivilian1 - The US does not pay for Japanese contract labor. And you can Google the amount of money paid by Japan. It was $4.4 billion last year.

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Posted in: Okinawa lawmakers hope fundraising for fire-hit castle spreads to U.S. See in context

rgcivilian1 is factually incorrect. Okinawa does host 70% of the US military personnel in Japan and controls more land than in mainland Japan.

The footprint of the US on Okinawa is always on the minds of the people of Okinawa. I can appreciate why they include it in any discussion about Okinawa.

I fail to see how any rational person cannot see the uneven burden they bear.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

The taxpayers of Japan paid $4.4 billion last year of the total cost of about $6 billion. That’s more than enough. It’s a ridiculous ask.

The US should adjust the troop level accordingly.

The US is not protecting Japan. The US is in Japan for its own purposes. What will the US do, move out? If Trump has a tantrum and adds more tariffs to Japanese cars, move the factories to Mexico and put 1.5 million Americans out of work.

The Philippines kicked the US bases out 30 years ago and no one attacked them...

Don’t give in to this, Japan.

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Posted in: What do you think is the best way to successfully ask your boss for a pay raise? See in context

Get a job offer for more money than you're currently making, then see if your boss will match or exceed. If not, leave.

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Posted in: Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision See in context

That is not correct. The new Mexico-US trade agreement includes a provision for Trump to impose a 25% tariff on autos and parts from Mexico any time he chooses. Plus, there are now import caps.

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Posted in: Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision See in context

Japanese car companies already employ over 1.5 million workers at factories in the US. Japanese car companies export more cars from Japan than they import from Japan. That makes them a net exporter.

If he raises tariffs, I say Japanese companies move all plants to Mexico. The labor cost reductions would offset the tariffs and 1.5 million Americans would be out of work, in addition to the loss of taxes and for communities where the factories would close.

The actions of Trump should should have consequences.

If you elect an idiot, you should suffer the results.

Total manufacturing in the US is down, not up, since Trump has been in office.

Trade deficit is up, not down since Trump has been in office.

Stupidity is up, not down, since Trump has been in office.

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Posted in: Trump pardons Army officers, restores Navy SEAL's rank, in war crimes cases See in context

I don't agree with pardons for murder.

I can support a pardon for someone who may have contributed extraordinary service in their life for something less that murder.

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

The answer is automation. I saw an Amazon convenience store in Chicago with no clerks and no register.

Scanning tech, chipped products with automated payment through an app do it all. The door is locked all items carried by the customer aren't scanned and paid for.

I'm surprised Japan isn't at the forefront of this.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. say 3-way ties with S Korea are key to security See in context

George Washington is rolling in his grave. His admonition to avoid the dangers of permanent alliances (entanglements) and political parties went unheeded. He was right.

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Posted in: What changes would you like to see in Japan's English education system? See in context

The current system in public schools is fine. Private English schools would go bankrupt and private conversation lessons would dry up if it improves.

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