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Posted in: Oregon gunman was army dropout who studied mass shooters See in context

And brother of a president and son of another president, Jeb Bush, says, "stuff happens."

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks See in context

Beware of these trade deals, they are in support of local, small farmers in any of these countries. When the article said "Pork farmers said the congressional show of support was welcome" those pork farmers were large, environmentally unfriendly, corporate hog farms.

If you want to know what happens to a nation's farming industry after one of these corporate trade deals look at Mexico. NAFTA destroyed the traditional farming industry in that country and ended up driving millions unemployed Mexicans north into the US. When a small Mexican village's small farmers went out of business, the local dry good sellers closed, the small banks closed, etc, etc....

Notice these US Congressmen seem to only get "non-partisan" when it comes to contributing to corporations bottom line profits.

No I do not currently live in Japan, but it is the nation of my second home and I hate to see it become just another cultural desert like the USofA and simply a foot stool of corporations.

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Posted in: Actress/sexpert Aya Sugimoto founds organization for animal welfare See in context

A cause well worth the Lady's efforts!

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Posted in: Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses offensive See in context

As the quite goes " an eye for an eye and soon we are all blind!"

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Posted in: Nissan unveils newest all-electric vehicle See in context

This is a "missing brick" in world auto market and Nissan seems to be leading the way. Cheers for them!

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Posted in: Court orders SDF night flights at Atsugi base suspended See in context

Last time I was in the Navy Japanese fighters did not operate off of USN carriers. Am sure in an emergency to a Chinese incoming fighter the restrictions do not apply. B-52s taking off from Kadina AFB had nada do do with American nor Japanese freedom. They were bombing Vietnam.

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Posted in: M6 quake strikes off Tokyo; 17 injuries reported See in context

Repeat, be safe and thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Posted in: America’s grim legacy in Iraq See in context

Shame on all USofA leaders - and the citizens that sleep while this is done in their names!

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Posted in: China's booming military spending belies caution See in context

First the USofA spends more on its military than the next ten to dozen countries combined. Add to that Japan's military there is little to fear from China's huge body count of military members, unless they develop a Star Trek human transporter! Any troop ships heading to Japan would be sent to Davy Jones' Locker by Japan's very stealth attack submarines.

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Posted in: MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call: report See in context

You do not need The NSA because all attachments, de-attachements, calls, connection attempts and dropped call records are kept by mobile phone companies. They keep these records for billing and for engineers to improve networks. Also, at the speed the plane is traveling connections, handover attempts and dropped connections would be very rapid.

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Posted in: Thousands rally in Tokyo against nuclear power See in context

"History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of men!" - BOC "Godzilla" All the promoters of nuclear energy please board busses that will relocate you next to reactors, and your grandchildren next nuclear waste storage dumps!

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Posted in: Widower continues diving off tsunami-hit coast in search of wife's remains See in context

First logical question is, are other remains found this way? If so he may actually have a slim chance. While a sad story, it is one of true love and inspiring.

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Posted in: Nago mayor pleads against U.S. air base See in context

I've done two tours in Okinawa (4 years), 5 ears in mainland Japan and I've seen first hand what first the Japanese occupiers did and now what almost 70 years of USofA occupation has done, it is past time to get our troops out. By and large the average American there cares nothing for the people of Okinawa.

First we stayed to fight communism in a pretty much bogus Cold War and now the military industrial complex's excuse is the Chinese "threat"! It's bunk and propaganda to protect the "complex!"

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Posted in: Hosokawa questions Abe's energy policy, diplomacy See in context

With two atom bombs dropped on her Japan paid the price for her WW2 sins, move on. End Japan's nuclear energy and move to renewables ASAP. Someday I would like to move back, keep Japan livable!

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Posted in: Tokyo can't handle heavy snowfall See in context

Might be a problem in Tokyo, but living in Amori Prefecture for almost four years I know one thing, one gets use to the snow and cold and go with life!

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl run down, killed at pedestrian crossing near home See in context

This is a sad story in deed. Any time a child is killed in a preventable accident it is sad. Of course here in the states one can read almost on a daily basis of a child under the age of ten finding a loaded hand gun and killing themselves or another child.

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Posted in: In Japan, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right See in context

Having lived in Japan for over eight years I'll take their gun laws over ours any day of the week - also their DUI laws...and having raised my children there for over six years I know for sure it is one hundred percent safer and child friendly than the USA.

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Posted in: Questions and answers on Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

@toguro I'm an American, Japan is admired by our citizens that know you for your pacifism and society of peace. If you want to know what Japan would look like if it expands its war making abilities, look at the USA. What contributes to our mass shootings, gun murder rate is this war economy and culture of violence we have.

Your economy may be number three today, but your unemployment rate is about 4.5%. And no country stays number one economically forever, but you do have a society that functions very well.

In other words, Japan sets the standard for peace loving countries - don't join the warmongers and war profiteers, for I can tell you in the end your whole society will suffer.

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Posted in: How foreigners’ daily lives change when they live in Japan See in context

I miss Japan! Reading all the above has made me miss it more. I'm older and my time there was thanks to the US Navy. About four years in Okinawa and then a little over three in the Misawa area. I'd love to go back and live in that northern Japan area. What has caused some of this reminiscing is all the violence in America - the shootings of children and such - and America's love affair with that violence. My son, who is now 40, was only five when we moved to Japan and when we came back six years later he had to be taught to be afraid to go some places by himself - he never recovered from that change. I miss the Okinawan food and ocean there. I miss the snow in northern Japan, the Fuji apples, the trains, the noodle shops, the safety one feels on any street there. The hot baths! The peace. The politeness of the Japanese people. If I'm ever able and my wife is willing I shall return for extended stays if not to live. Peace to all.

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