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Posted in: Car hits pedestrians in Melbourne; 4 dead, 15 injured See in context

@burningbush. Would you consider it global news if it happened in San Francisco? @donkusai. The guy is just a plain and simple dickhead which doesn't fall under the banner of mental health issues. He said the police were harassing him... seems like they had good reason to.

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Posted in: 2016 begins and ends with music deaths See in context

Some others that sadly come to mind are Nick Menza, Jon English and Scotty Moore.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd finds Japanese whaler 'hiding behind iceberg' See in context

Combining scientific research and gathering food at the same time seems smart to me. I hope the whalers return safely and not over-fish the area... which I'm sure they won't. Btw SmithinJapan, tinawatanabe never said whales were fish.

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Posted in: Christmas Day terror plot foiled in Australia: police See in context

@outrider. I agree.

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Posted in: Christmas Day terror plot foiled in Australia: police See in context

@outrider. Are you suggesting that they shouldn't be monitored because it's a waste of money and that the police are picking on Muslims? Or: Are you saying that because of Australia's past immigration and refugee policies, we are now paying for it in terms of security and finance?

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Posted in: Germany says Tunisian's fingerprints found in Christmas market crash truck See in context

@crazy joe. I agree. What is also scary is when you get young men following a religion as if it's a football team: an extreme form of hooliganism with their god on their side. In Australia they've just arrested a group of men in their early 20s over an alleged Christmas plot.

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Posted in: When giants fall: Sporting world loses Ali, Howe, Palmer, Summitt in 2016 See in context

Don't forget old Tangles Max Walker. RIP

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Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for Berlin Christmas market attack; driver still at large See in context

@jimizo. "Am I wrong to think this way?" I don't think so. I think you're spot on.

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Posted in: Ronaldo hat-trick leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup title See in context

There is no way that was second bookable offence. They may be inclined to give such a yellow towards the end of a match if they aren't on a yellow already. There was hardly any contact and where did it happen? Ok, perhaps the ref was going for the yellow before realing. It wasn't a blatant foul. Sergio Ramos doesn't know what the ref's going to do... hence his reaction. Anyway, Real won... I'm not biased... much

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Posted in: Ronaldo hat-trick leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup title See in context

The ref gets a call from the linesman. It didn't warrent a second yellow and the ref's checking his book. I would have thought FIFA would have wanted a Kashima win. Anyway, Hala Madrid!

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Posted in: Australia should be republic after Queen Elizabeth: PM See in context

@donkusai. You're right. The monarchists were included as part of the process in selecting the model and all they did was to sabotage the whole process with the support of PM Howard. I thought the minimal change proposal was the way to go because we had a good system and were just breaking away from Britain: No direct electing of a president.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

@igloobuyer.

You are confusing a statue that is symbolic of a human atrocity with attacking a people (i.e. Japanese). Because you remember an atrocity does not automatically mean you are attacking the nation that perpetrated the atrocity. Do we blame Germany for the holocaust? No. Do we blame Japan today for the comfort women atrocity? No. We DO however blame Japan and Japanese people like yourself who deny it ever happened and try to hide it by not having statues in its memory. Germans don't do that

. Let's slow down. First of all I'm not Japanese, I'm Australian. Second, I don't deny that it happened. I know the priest is not attacking the Japanese but highlighting an atrocity; I understand that. My point is that if Australia allows a comfort women statue to be displayed then what other monuments for atrocities are allowed to be highlighted in a country that had nothing to do with them. We can't speak for others and say that they won't be offended. Where do we draw the line? Do you believe that the Chinese community wouldn't be offended if we decided to place a statue in a public place in Sydney that remembers the Tibetans killed by the Chinese army, even though it's not intended to offend?

Why are you and others against this statue 'not in trouble as you should be!?

Why do you think I should be in trouble? What have I said? So, I should keep my mouth shut....?

Again, it's a humanitarian issue, and only a political issue in the eyes of Japan because Japan refuses to honestly and openly atone for its past.

Yes, the women who were raped and killed is a humanitarian issue but the broader issues of dealing with the war is political even if Japan is no longer under Imperial rule. Just like Australians facing our own historical humanitarian issues in regards to the killing of Indigenous Australians.... it's always political whether we like it or not.

@sfj330

Do you know anything about the settlement? Japan made an apology and promised millions payment that would provide care for the women. The Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers said each side considered it a “final and irreversible resolution” of the issue. What more do you want?

Your posts have really confused me. I don't want anything. I am against the statue.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

@sfjp3030. Are you saying Russians were raped by Germans? And Austrians? Did you mean Australians and that Australians were raped by the Imperial Japanese Army? You said "Many victim of Japanese-American were guilty without due process?" I'm sorry but you've lost me. Who are the victims?: The Korean comfort women, or all who were raped by the IJA, or the Japanese-Americans who were falsely accused of rape? Sorry, but I'm a bit slow today. When I said "unbelievable" I meant that it was unbelievable that the priest or the Korean community expected that such a monument would have been allowed in a public place.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

sfjp330. Sorry, I'm not sure what you're alluding to.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

@igloo buyer. I didn't say Muslims believe that the Taliban are real Muslims; but then again I wouldn't say "no Muslim". I was saying that some Muslims would see it as an attack on their religion because there is a perception that all non-Muslims think they are all the same. I don't think Taliban supporters would see a statue as a good idea.

The statue CAN be seen as provocative because it represents something that is of a controversial and political nature; whether or not it is provocative is neither here nor there. It also has nothing to do with Australia.

Are statues of the holocaust provocative? Not for me... but then again I'm not German. Can Germans complain about any such monuments? They'd probably be in a lot of trouble if they did.

Where do we draw the line? History isn't black and white. Therefore, if Koreans and German want monuments in their country then great but Australia has its own issues.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

@sensenotsocommon thank-you for the link. So, it's from the Australian Korean community and the priest allowed it to be displayed on the grounds of his church... I don't know why I'm surprised; and to think they wanted to display it in a public park and he's upset the council rejected the initial proposal ... unbelievable.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

@igloobuyer. I was being sarcastic and no, I don't think any of those ideas are good . Imagine a statue to female victims of the Taliban in Ashfield which has a huge Muslim population. Some would view it as an attack on Islam and not the Taliban. If Koreans want to have some monument in Korea then good on them. To me this statue can be seen as provocative. I would be certain the authorities would step if the statue represented the Armenian genocide... and quite rightly because it would offend the Turkish community but it's the Japanese community so who cares?

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

What has Korean comfort women got to do with this church? A large Korean congregation? The church should place a statue that represents women who were persecuted by the Taliban... can't think of many better places to have one than Ashfield. Why don't they have a statue of a child who was abused by the Catholic church? Lets all stand up and show our support for the injustices of history... unless retaliation is possible ... Japan is fair game: you won't see any violent protests by the Japanese in Sydney.

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Posted in: Like father, like son: Another Rosberg wins F1 title See in context

Who can forget the last race in 1989 Suzuka against Senna / Prost. Senna clearly crashed into Prost knowing doing so hed win the world title

Prost crashed into Senna and Prost won the title. Senna needed to win. Unless you mean 1990 which could be seen as justice.

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Posted in: Celebration, sorrow and slights greet news of Castro's death See in context

Kabukilover. Excellent post. I don't know so much about Cuba or Latin America but I know Castro upset America and in regards to America's foreign affairs, there always seems to be more than meets the eye.

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Posted in: 79-year-old truck driver, going wrong way, killed in expressway crash See in context

Wtfjapan. I've never heard of compulsory driving tests for drivers over a certain age in Australia ... besides those getting a licence for the first time. If there tests now for elderly drivers then I think it's a good thing.

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Posted in: 'Toy Story 4' under way but needs time, says Hanks See in context

@moonraker. I agree. I hope to take my kids to see it... but I don't know if I can drag them away from The Walking Dead. Btw, Moonraker is my favourite Bond movie.

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Posted in: Tomokazu Miura and Momoe Yamaguchi voted most ideal couple for 11th straight year See in context

Rigged! My wife and I were ranked 2nd... again!

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Posted in: NHK announces this year’s presenters for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' See in context

Watching TV on New Years Eve is the last thing anyone should be doing.

Why?

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Posted in: Boy who moved to Yokohama from Fukushima bullied at school See in context

@Aly I was the one concerned by your post. Anyway, I'm glad you and ChaosW made up. Bullying is certainly a serious issue

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Posted in: Japanese news program criticized for translating Lady Gaga’s protest message as 'I hate Trump' See in context

When I first saw Lady Ga Ga's sign I thought " "wait a minute, I thought she was against Trump?" Wouldn't "hate trumps love" made more sense considering he won? I think the translator just read between the lines so to speak.

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Posted in: Boy who moved to Yokohama from Fukushima bullied at school See in context

I don't know what schools YOU went to but when I was there we certainly took things seriously.

I find your aggressive response to an individual who said they were bullied a bit worrying, considering you were a teacher there; or that's what I've inferred from your use of "we". The scars don't simply go away because they are adults.

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Posted in: Boy who moved to Yokohama from Fukushima bullied at school See in context

@sherman. It happens all over the world. I was a high school teacher in Australia and I saw a lot more bullying there than I do here. Perhap it's less overt here. When I was going through uni I worked p/t jobs at supermarkets and in warehouses. I saw a lot of bullying. There's a story today on ABC Australia's news website about a girl who was bullied after an accident.

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Posted in: Trump wins White House; Clinton concedes defeat See in context

The most important question is: Does he know what to do?

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Posted in: 19-year-old gets 10-15 years in prison for killing grandparents See in context

@smith... Good old Japan? You really have some issues with this country. Worried about naming him in public? Huh? They can't name him! Nothing to do with being worried about it.

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