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Posted in: Why is there so much disagreement about the effectiveness of wearing face masks to stop the spread of viruses? See in context

Masks can keep someone from inadvertently touching their mouth or nose at times between washing their hands.

It's easy to wear a mask, so why not reduce the chance, even a little bit?

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Posted in: Nissan ordered to pay ¥2.4 bil fine over Ghosn pay scandal See in context

Customers end up paying fines like this. The people responsible should be paying fines, not 'the company."

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Posted in: These things are likely to boom in the Japanese market in 2020 See in context

The rental electric kickboard business model in the US peaked and is in sharp decline now. Lots of lawsuits from injuries and customers get bored after doing it once. Just a fad.

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Posted in: Considering Veganuary? Take B12 and beware vegan junk, scientists say See in context

People with pernicious anemia can't absorb B-12 in any form taken orally. Pernicious anemia is from the lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

Excess B-12 is stored in the liver to be available to the body as needed. Most people have one or two years worth of stored B-12, so you won't be feeling effects for a while.

Lack of B-12 is a serious condition. It can lead to mania and depression (which is why some vegans are so mean... :) )

Fortified cereals and tofu contain B-12, so it is available without supplements.

For almost everyone, supplements are the snake oil of this era. Very few people need them and there is no reason to buy them unless you have been tested to see if you have a deficiency in the first place.

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Posted in: Japan begins accepting applications for local 5G service licenses See in context

5G is just another tool to make you buy a new phone to connect to phone companies who will charge you more money because they say they have to invest to bring you a service that will not be any more reliable, but they think you're so stupid that you'll buy a new phone and pay more to watch short Instagram videos faster and get tweets faster... maybe.

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Posted in: Divided U.S. House impeaches Trump for abuse of power See in context

I can't imagine a judge saying that the prosecution could not have any new witnesses, other than the ones from a preliminary hearing to decide if a trial should go forward. That's what the Republicans are saying.

What are they afraid of?

The President of The United States has lost his mind. The all-caps screaming and relentless tweeting of nonsense is scary.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 121st in 2019 gender equality ranking See in context

Hey, James Brown said, "It's a man's world..."

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Posted in: Thousands sign Hiroshima petition to save A-bomb buildings See in context

Yes, Japan has no nuclear weapons. However, Japan is most likely just a few screwdriver turns from assembling them from nuclear weapon parts lying in close formation.

I support keeping the building, an icon for the future to recall the horror of killing so many people during a time the world had gone mad, testing the lethality of a new weapon on so many old men, women and children so rings of death from the epicenter could be analyzed.

After getting reports of the destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Truman wrote in his diary that he was not going be responsible for killing more women and children and halted the use of newly assembled bombs.

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Posted in: Democrats lay out case for Wednesday Trump impeachment vote See in context

Everyone knows that the house will vote along party lines to impeach and the Senate will vote along party lines to not convict.

The true winners are:

The media who sell advertising to keep the hook in your mouths,.

The politicians who wiggle the shiny things to distract you from seeing that the Congress has spent you into oblivion, sold their souls to PAC's and corporations and allowed the top corporations and people in the US to pay or almost no taxes.

The Russians who succeeded in dividing the US as never before.

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Posted in: Japan gov't eyes new law to draw more tourists to museums See in context

It's just Bill submitted to the Diet, like any other country. The "Law" is no different than legislation passed by a legislature to fund and prescribe the manner and purpose for the funding.

Any funding bill passed is a law and the semantics of the headline is irrelevant. There must be a lot of children posting here, so I'll explain it to you kids.

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Posted in: China suspends planned tariffs on some U.S. goods See in context

The details of the agreement are secret. What does that tell you?

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Posted in: U.S.-China trade deal gets tepid reception See in context

It’s sad how ignorant so many people are about basic economics, including Trump.

We all have trade deficits. You have a substantial trade deficit with your local supermarket, the company that made your car, your local restaurants and stores where you buy anything. They buy nothing from you...

China did not loot the US, US companies did. They went to China to reduce their material costs and screw the US workers by putting the increased profits into the pockets of the executives and doing nothing to improve the wages or working conditions and health insurance of everyone below the executive level.

It’s a disgrace, but the average American is easily conned into thinking that they have the best system in the world, have the most freedom and the best healthcare and society.

They do not.

Every single product built in China was ordered by American companies, If you want to know who screwed the American worker, look no further than the boardrooms of US companies.

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Posted in: Trump says US, China have reached deal; Sunday tariffs off See in context

The farmers are getting money from the tariffs?

The tariff money is paid by US companies who import the products and ultimately the consumer. China doesn't pay any of the tariffs.

And let's not forget that every single product imported from China was ordered by American companies who want the cheapest goods possible and have no interest in supporting US workers. All of the additional profits from moving products offshore have gone directly into the pockets of the top executives, while the remaining workers have gotten nothing out of it.

US companies screwed the US workers, not China.

Current economic numbers? Are you kidding? The YEARLY deficit is over a trillion dollars, the jobs report was a fantasy since it counted striking autoworkers returning to their jobs as new jobs, wages are stagnant, retail sales are down and worst of all, the fed is bailing out the banks at the rate of about 100 billion per week (per WEEK) to prop up the economy.

Republicans have consistently trashed the economy and spent the public into massive debt.

When Clinton left office, the federal budget deficit was nothing. There was a budget surplus for the previous four years and now the deficit is a trillion(!!) dollars per year.

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Posted in: Protest held in Okinawa 1 year after start of landfill for U.S base See in context

The US is not going to defend Japan, it's in Japan to project itself in the Pacific to be global power. The US doesn't care about Japan.

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Posted in: Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time's 2019 person of the year See in context

It's ironic that Melania Trump publicly rebuked someone for making a reference to her son's name, claiming that children should be protected from criticism.

However, she has been silent about her husband mocking and criticism of Greta Thunberg.

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Posted in: The saga continues See in context

Hollywood is sad with nothing but sequels and re-writes of the same old plots.

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

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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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