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Posted in: China says U.S. should 'brush up on' on its South China Sea history See in context

if the Senkaku islands are given to the Chinese then Okinawa falls under the indirect influence of the Chinese military. this is because of the reach of missile and plane technology. that would get based there.

don't think so? china just built an island- they can modify one too

the fact that anyone thinks china would consider an international ruling is a bit ludicrous at this stage- the real question here should be - who will actually militarize the island first? Japan or China?

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Posted in: Trump tweets that Nordstrom treated Ivanka unfairly See in context

actually you are applauding the torpedoing of family and the business and charities that they support. your anger is at Donald - yet you've shutdown a charity that donated 99% of the funds to a hospital and now is on the way to drive into bankruptcy one of the most progressive business that produced goods in America.

good going! when those people lose their job I bet they'll be thinking so favorably about you guys

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Posted in: China to take fingerprints of all foreign visitors upon entry See in context

ah vinarius - blaming trump for everything? I know you have a passport- and probably other documents that required fingerprinting.

I would look at this though and wonder- if you have a valid Chinese visa why an extra step of fingerprinting at the gate- that is not something the US does.

but if you want to have fingerprints available on everyone that enters in one online database linked to photo id it is a great way to do it

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Posted in: Kerry, G7 foreign ministers visit A-bomb memorial in Hiroshima See in context

in the war at that time there was limited knowledge as to what the bomb would do - or if it would go off.

that aside

there will not be an apology- but there should always be a respectful push to severely limit or stop all Nuclear Arms based on the history that Hiroshima and Nagasaki has presented to the world.

a push for an apology will not bring that dialogue, it will only open more dialogue regarding Japan's pacific war history

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Posted in: Baby drowns in bathtub while mother apparently drunk See in context

theory's and accusations aside this is a tragedy and one that is just beginning for the family. not just the nuclear family but the extended family, grandparents, uncles and aunts.

i am just filled with sadness

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Posted in: If you found a bag with a large sum of money in it, say 10 million yen, in some isolated spot, and there was nothing to indicate who the owner was, what would you do with it? See in context

easy peasy, does not matter if there is potential reward at the end- call me a boy scout- i did not earn the money - turn it in

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Posted in: Iconic singer David Bowie dies of cancer at 69 See in context

Bowie, stunned. Ziggy, the man who fell from earth space oddity let's dance

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Posted in: Filipino women raped by Japanese WWII troops demand compensation See in context

comment as much as you want but now Japan must research the cases and decide if there is truth, if the soldier had already been punished then the case should be closed - as it would have been for the US, France, Germany, Britain etc.

if the case is true but no punishment occurred then compensation should occur, this has nothing to do with war but abrogating what is decent among men.

Society today will not take / and should not take a stance of not caring or it was their fault, or they were the enemy for rape in the war zone. even knowing the instinctual need when faced with death should not give a man the right to give in to that instinct.

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Posted in: Armed Chinese ship seen near disputed isles See in context

the game continues ,

it is a coast guard ship - being larger than the others it is armed better- Japan- trying to stay diplomatic is saying it cannot describe them clearly spoke in oblique tones regarding the arms it carried - hoping china will get the message.

but china will not, the next ship will be navy, if Japan does not take a stand- china will land troops and set up a base

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Posted in: 1991 Gulf War trauma began Japan's retreat from pacifism See in context

i am so mixed on this issue, I always looked on in sorrow that Japan holds so closely to a constitution dictated by MacArthur. Yet , watching a change from seeing the self defense force building snowmen to being an active partner with the USA is not what is wished either.

Japan since the Pacific War has kept a peaceful way, which is why the country is like it is, all that has a potential of being wiped away.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context

Commanteer deserves accolades for the rational thought. the current bomb and drone program is full of "acceptable losses" where whole families are destroyed because of one man.

the thought process in WW2 was to bomb the populace to force the government to capitulate, people would make up excuses but in reality the thought was you would foment a rebellion.

but people just hunker down and pray for the bombing to end

it is a good program this one, bringing the vets over to meet the people affected in Japan but also to show that Japan does recognize the errors of the Kempeitai and the military government.

it is time

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Posted in: Radiation from Fukushima nuclear disaster spreads off U.S. shores See in context

Nakanoguy is spot on with the assessment here- we must be coming up to funding time again. Woods Hole has always been in big with the US government and the 3 letter agencies so they need that extra money.

to publish information that states- yeah we can notice there is something- but we can also notice 1950 testing but nothing is even close to harmful - but we need to keep monitoring....

KaChing - please pay us to monitor.,...

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

this is beyond a gun law ( of which there are many on the books already that are not being enforced BTW).

to own a firearm does not mean you immediately dress up in tactical clothing, make bombs and kill people

prior to blaming the NRA for something it did not do, nor blaming "lack of gun laws" which if you researched you would find there are many - (but always conveniently dropped by prosecution during trial)

why do we not focus on the true subject- who were these people and what were they objectives- the President tends to minimize what's happens- Fort Hood is called an Employee Shooting - though the shooter yelled Alluha Akbar while shooting people.

and he states we will die of global warming and does not mention gun control to France...

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Posted in: Shorter 'drug lag' in Japan leads to faster OK for medicines available in other countries See in context

actually Japan still approves 99% of drugs after they are already on the market elsewhere. i work in R&D sometimes with the Japan team.

though i can only speak toward trial work - not the full process - i can say the work is done diligently and with care.

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Posted in: Japan's tiny refugee community urges Tokyo to open doors wider See in context

25 years in Japan: currently Israel is dealing with 46,000 some african refugees, on top of being the place to go if you are Jewish and need a new place to live.

this Israeli refugee issue is because Egypt is pointing them in Israels direction because Israel will do something Egypt will not- follow the UN Refugee convention.

so don;'t ask Israel to take on more - especially while in a state of war

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Posted in: Japan should accept more refugees, fix asylum system: UNHCR See in context

it i strange how there is a push for a small island nation to become a haven for refugees. perhaps the real idea should be to build a new island on a reef and resettle them there .....

i think China has that island building program going on right now- they should be able to help.

though it would be better if countries surrounding the one in question would actually do something- the current syrian issue is a perfect example. middle eastern countries taking refugees- zero, the rest of world ?

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Posted in: Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace, ignored repeated warnings See in context

turkey became very interesting several years back when the religious party won the elections: now turkey is a Muslim state and is doing all it can to erase the secular past - all the way back to the first world war.

the US supports them in nato because of the bases, but in reality- no - you cannot rely on turkey nor really trust them.

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Posted in: Sparks fly as U.S. fight over TPP deal begins See in context

the monmouth poll is correct in that mainstream america is not in tune to what the TPP is about- since the TPP is not discussed in mainstream media.

here i see updates on a regular basis in other regional press there are discussions pro's and con's as well

in the US - silence from the press

so if the press- the supposed spokesperson for the common man- is silent- then the people remain ignorant.

this did not make the CNN , MSNBC or Fox websites as a headline story, in fact i could not find any mention of the treaty at all.

shame but an uninformed public means that the bill will pass without any type of look or even knowledge it was negotiated by the people

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Posted in: American goes on trial for murder of woman dumped in bay See in context

interesting, i guess he was leaving the country on business when they picked him up. which explained why he did not take his wife and children.

and i imagine the car trip with the deceased was innocent enough- he was probably interviewing her for his business in dry goods- mainly sheets and rope.

the collective shame i would feel if he had gotten away would be very great indeed. if found guilty i always felt that the punishment should reflect the crime a bit more.

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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

well actually Grungmasters comments have already occurred in the US to some extent, the 3 stooges are not aired because they are considered too violent. slapstick comedy it may be- yet we continue to show other forms of violence on screen as long as there is no blood and the Victim miraculously survives

the recent group think surrounding the confederate battle flag has removed the dukes of hazard from the television screen- even though the show never pushed a White Power thought process

i doubt seriously if Archie Bunker will ever be back on even as a remake- as the idea of someone using so many stereotypes on TV_ even though the show was teaching people that the use of those names was wrong- would never get past these same Thought Police that wish to police manga

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Posted in: Woman arrested for strangling physically disabled mother See in context

we do not know the situation, on the one hand you might think that the mother just needed some assistance with ADL's but otherwise fine.

on the other hand- the mother may have had dementia, been totally bed bound and all the care was left for the one daughter - that was to be her life , forever.

in the US we place our parents in care facilities - and pay for others to care for them - visiting on weekends and special days.

this is a different world - tragic - neither solution is best- in the US we tend to not get around to seeing our parents, here - the drain on a family member is as tragic as the elderly ones physical and mental illness

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Posted in: Taiwan president says country should remember good things Japan did See in context

in reality Germany and Japan both did horrific things during the war-- but so did the US with internment camps used for citizens of Japanese heritage, post war the British and the US kept the Nazi's in power as they needed bureaucrats and prison guards- the british were especially keen to place jewish people back into prison camps with german guards in the run up to the establishment of the state of israel.

and of course there are the 2 Atomic Bombs -

what all of us should have taken away from this was that war is not a good thing- instead you see a country (Japan) that REALLY wishes to stay in the peaceful world it has been in post Pacific War but everyone - and I mean the whole world - seems H%ll bent on forcing them to either re- militarize or capitulate to their neighbors.

we never learn anything from our painful history on this planet do we

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Posted in: Clinton revels in signs that Democrats are coalescing around her See in context

it is a shame - but speaking to a rabid democrat is not possible- once the Clinton hat is on- it is on.

At issue for all of us in the general public is that we get slanted news from the US Press Corps. couple that with a private email server that was trashed before being handed over to the FBI and you have a problem.

what makes this fiasco really unfortunate is that we are so far along trying to sort out the issues, i am afraid that the primaries will pass before any information is available from the FBI either pro or con on the email matter- including Benghazi emails.

Even if the email's came back as being clear ( or nothing recoverable) why does it not stop the shear stupidity of writing an order to keep security low in an area where there is no real government. - even if you deny all knowledge later of events on the ground while your policy is in place.

that's the president you are likely to get.. so think about it

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Posted in: Japan hits out at UNESCO for archiving Nanjing massacre documents See in context

what is truth? it will be interesting to see, i pulled this from Unesco's site- the actual documents are not available yet - the first part would be interesting, the second part read with a grain of salt (victors run war crime trials) but there will be some information in it. third part i would not believe as it is a set of documents created by a group that was not part of the struggle.

Documents of Nanjing Massacre

Documentary heritage submitted by China for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2014.

The documents consist of three parts: the first part concerns the period of the massacre (1937-1938), the second part is related to the post-war investigation and trials of war criminals documented by the Chinese National Government’s Military Tribunal (1945-1947), and the third part deals with files documented by the judiciary authorities of the People’s Republic of China (1952-1956).

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Posted in: Abe's new slogan stirs memories of wartime rhetoric See in context

tough crowd: as they say in Vegas......

you try to come up with a catchy slogan, some say it smacks of militarism - while others say :" too low a number"

should he have said "125.6 million?" or maybe came to the stage with a display behind him and say - we will have a society where " read number" ..............

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Posted in: Gunman opens fire at Oregon college; at least 9 killed, 7 wounded See in context

as has been quoted many times here to remove firearms from the people of the United States you need to remove the second amendment.

on top of this is the FACT that there are a lot of laws already in place by the government- these are good solid laws with mandatory sentencing guidelines yet are rarely prosecuted. that is why the US does not need any more laws- just the wish for someone to prosecute the ones we have.

As for the NRA ; as a group it has always been agnostic to race battles , it focuses on marksmanship, freedom to own, conservation works, and yes SAFETY.

do you really think things would change for a landbound country with insecure borders compared to an island with a nearly homogeneous population?

so go ahead and point to Australia, Britain and Japan as success stories, (please note the UK is not so successful as you think)

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Posted in: 'CSI' ends its 15-season run with 2-hour reunion finale See in context

ahh - how long will it take for me to go through 15 seasons in a row on netflix? ,,, will i be sane after....

last time it was Battlestar Gallactica - took me weeks to to stop "fracking" and stop humming "all along the watchtower"


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Posted in: Russia sends tanks, artillery to Syria See in context

sigh, i wonder what out president wants anymore... when you look at the refugee issue facing the EU and now the announcement that the US will take on Syrian Refugees - yet the middle eastern allies take "zero" refugee's support Isis.

it makes you wonder why the US or any western country is in the region

it is not Oil- the the US does not need oil- it did not need oil contracts for the last 10 years,

it is not to train troops- we do not need need to train the fighting force of the US trooper

i guess it is to get more refugees/terrorists onto our home soil - like the boston bomber....

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Posted in: China hopes for anime buzz as 'B.E.E' takes flight in Japanese See in context

as with the movie industry in china the goal is to bring the world's cinema to heel with China's thinking of world history.

Hollywood is now moving to China's tune, very much aware of not only potential audience- but more so of the movie making might of china once they get enough directors to combat western film

Anime would be next, for there they can see a way to directly influence Japan's youth and early adults as well as the rest of the world.

but right now they have mostly :in -betweener's and not the true artists.

i am more concerned they signed the voice talent and music artistry

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Posted in: Olympic logo designer says he endured unbearable harassment See in context

the world of intellectual property is big money- so though the Belgium has no real claim it' s enough in today's world of social media to ruin one's career and even potentially get a settlement just to get the "the thing to go away"

unlike other searchable IP content - this is not an area that can be easily found - so i am unsure if any copyright search would have discovered the 2011 logo unless they go to the theatre in Liege

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