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Posted in: Tetsu Nakamura: Japanese doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan See in context

Killed by cowardly bastards who have nothing else to contribute than murdering civilians. RIP Dr. Nakamura.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

The point is that the majority of people can't afford a VAT with a 20% rate here since the prices before tax are already so high.

Exactly. People in Europe deal with high VAT, on certain products - not across the board, because products, noticeably food, are priced much lower than in Japan. Constantly raising consumption taxes, taxes that force people to lower their consumption and unfairly punish themselves and their children, is not a panacea to resolve a nation's monetary problems. Scrutinize and punish those responsible for creating an environment that depends on milking citizens to support irresponsible spending by immature and impotent administrations would go a long way to create a culture that does away with for ever promoting more power to global corporations and the links between corporations and government that do not have the rights of the people who support them in mind.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

The IMF peeked in their crystal ball and saw 30 years ahead.

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Posted in: Singer Goo Hara’s death shines light on dark side of K-pop See in context

A problem for a society as a whole and a very sad problem at that. Pop stars enslaving themselves to a culture without future.

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Posted in: Man arrested for confining girlfriend’s 7-month-old son in washing machine See in context

So yes, there is something wrong with this guy. No easy solution though.

Oh, but there is. He is clearly guilty of inflicting aggravated bodily harm which should put him away for a number of years and give him time to reflect on his atrocities.

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Posted in: Main buildings of castle at World Heritage site in Okinawa destroyed by predawn fire See in context

No sprinklers had been installed, the fire department said.

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Posted in: Main buildings of castle at World Heritage site in Okinawa destroyed by predawn fire See in context

I pray that the rebuild includes a fire sprinkler system

About that, I am surprised apparently there was no such system installed.

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Posted in: Koike remains defiant over IOC decision to move events to Sapporo See in context

Making athletes run 50 kilometers in 38’ heat with 80% humidity is absurd and will most likely kill some of them.

And these facts were not known long before and during the bidding process? What a circus.

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Posted in: Thai king strips his consort of royal titles for disloyalty See in context

This is not just about the king's displeasure with his consort. He is sending a signal he has absolute power and no one is allowed to go against him. He is now the head of a medieval like absolute monarchy.

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

In the 60s people had more common sense.

Very true. And October, early fall, is a great time to do sports. It boggles the mind organisers did not come to their senses over the years since planning to hold the games in the seasonally most uncomfortable time of the year and that in Tokyo.

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Posted in: China asked NBA to fire Rockets exec over Hong Kong tweet: Silver See in context

"I understand there's a point of view from some that we shouldn't be in business at all in China and I'd say from an intellectual standpoint that's fair," Silver said

There is never a moment for a non-Chinese enterprise to sit back and enjoy the view. The political weather is unpredictable and erratic and can change overnight. The rules and boundaries are plainly different.

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Posted in: China asked NBA to fire Rockets exec over Hong Kong tweet: Silver See in context

China has portrayed the protesters as violent separatists and bristled at any foreign interference in the matter.

Asking to fire the executive of the Rockets also looks like interference to me.

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Posted in: China's defense minister says resolving 'Taiwan question' is greatest national interest See in context

resolving the "Taiwan question" is his country's "greatest national interest",

his country's "greatest national obsession".

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Posted in: Stepfather gets 13 years in prison over fatal child abuse See in context

I fail to understand the justice of this sentence for torture and murder of a defenseless little girl. 9 years? 13 years? This should be a life long sentence. What is the value of life to this court? How did they come to this decision? 9+18/2? What a farce.

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Posted in: Houston Rockets general manager apologizes for Hong Kong protest tweet See in context

If this doesn't happen, then we call on fans to boycott watching Rockets games."

Go ahead with your boycotts and keep telling yourself you are doing the right thing. This should be more fun than watching exciting sports games.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits See in context

a Chinese identified as Mr Z, racketeer by trade, boasts to Friday

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

It's going to be an absolute disaster, their stubbornness in not moving it forward a month or two is going to go down in history

1964 October was the perfect timing, this time will be different as could have been and was predicted. The timing is not Japan's decision but one that is pushed by commercial and political interests. Why not ask Trump for some advice. He may come up with some original useful idea via twitter.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

President Donald Trump has already visited Japan twice this year

Yes, he ran out of revolving credit here. So a secretary is a suitable substitute.

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Posted in: Trump hails 'nice victory' on trade as EU whisky; wine makers left reeling See in context

"There's going to be no tit-for-tat retaliation," Navarro said. "Under the rules of the WTO, which we're complying with here, we get to do this and they should not do anything back."

A surprise is lying in wait for you Peter. Did you mention 'complying with rules'? Noooo!

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Posted in: Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation See in context

I think the word 'nutter' applies here.

I think the word 'abomination' applies here.

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Posted in: Man arrested for injuring woman who was texting while walking See in context

What I often do is stand and watch them walk into me

How about just stepping aside?

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Posted in: Trump insists he never pressed Ukraine to dig for Biden dirt See in context

Trump also claimed he didn’t pay off a porn star to keep quiet about him cheating on his wife with her while his wife and newborn baby were at home.That’s one of the problems with lying - nothing you say after can really be believed.

Spot on. The white house is home to a man whose lying is as autonomic a process as breathing.

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Posted in: Couples flogged for public affection in Indonesia's Aceh See in context

Let this be a warning to people contemplating a vacation in this country where a religion, not a democratic government, sets the rules people need to live by. Don't ignore it, stay away.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki donates ¥10 mil after Chiba hometown hit by typhoon See in context

Thank you Yoshiki. Sharing and caring, you set an example and hopefully others will follow.

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Posted in: Trudeau begs forgiveness for brownface photo See in context

The way the media crucify Trudeau and the comments politicians make is more offensive than what Trudeau did back then, a time nobody noticed. There is an awful lot of hypocrisy involved.

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Posted in: Trump keeps up feud with California during visit See in context

Last month, the administration completed 14 miles (23 kilometers) of steel bollards up to 30 feet (9 meters) high, except for a small stretch where homes in Tijuana, Mexico, blocked the construction path, triggering bilateral talks about whether to knock them down. The $147 million project replaced a much shorter fence made of surplus airstrip landing mats from the Vietnam War.

Wow, that's some accomplishment. How many more miles to go?

Airstrip landing mats. Yeah, the Vietnam war legacy put to some real useful purpose.

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Posted in: Trump orders more Iran sanctions as Saudi Arabia displays attack evidence See in context

The attack was initiated in Iran. If you repeat that statement long and often enough, do the copy and paste ad infinitum, you start to believe it, but, uhh, where is the proof?

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Posted in: Trudeau begs forgiveness for brownface photo See in context

Time magazine did not have anything more newsworthy to report. They decided on digging up trivialities from a distant past.

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Posted in: One dead, 32 injured after train, truck collide at rail crossing in Yokohama See in context

Very unfortunate accident. My thoughts are with the people involved.

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Posted in: Trump displays incorrectly altered map of Hurricane Dorian path See in context

Altering official government weather maps is actually illegal.

It is. Give Donnie his 90 days in prison. He was asking for it.

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