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Posted in: Investigators inspect Okinawan castle ruins for fire cause See in context

I agree, yet I am personally torn between the national government assisting to pay for the rebuild, when there are so many PEOPLE in this country that need assistance from all the recent disasters.

Have you missed my point? I said:

Since Shuri Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is there someone considering asking for donations thru GOFUND ME like Notre Dame did? I'm sure Shuri Castle is popular abroad.

Go Fund Me is not a government entity nor a local site. GoFundMe is an American for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses.[3][4] From 2010 to 2017, over $5 billion was raised on the platform for over two million individual campaigns and 50 million donors.[5] For personal campaigns in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain, GoFundMe is a free platform.[6] The company is based in Redwood City, California, with offices in San Diego and Dublin, and with operations in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.[1]

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Posted in: Brexit Party wants to team up with Tories; Johnson says no See in context

Farage has a long history of dubious financial shenanigans. Perhaps that's why he appeals to Trump so much.

Birds of same feather flocks together I guess.

Farage is surely useful on one aspect, "forex". More often than not he makes a comment, the GBP/USD and other GBP majors drops. Nice tip old chap.

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

Each year, as part of the campaign, the Environment Ministry calls on offices and homes to set heaters and air conditioners no higher than 20 degrees C and keep warm the "old-fashioned way” by wearing extra layers of clothes and eating hot meals to keep out the cold. In the colder months of January and February, the ministry suggests using scarves, gloves, stomach warmers, and leg warmers or two pairs of socks during the day.

If you have seen the Koizumi's house in Yokosuka, you will think otherwise.

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Posted in: Investigators inspect Okinawan castle ruins for fire cause See in context

Since Shuri Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is there someone considering asking for donations thru GOFUND ME like Notre Dame did? I'm sure Shuri Castle is popular abroad.

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating critically injured in Chicago shooting See in context

@Norman GoodmanToday  02:29 pm JST

Sceptical that is very unfair of you. Not only are shootings like this a dime a dozen in America, there just isn't anything in the article to comment on except to make the often repeated (and somewhat hollow) statements of sympathy for the victims.

Well I'm sorry if you took my words seriously but, that's the way how I see it. If you will read thru the past threads about the domestic crimes or even freak accidents, I mean it is not just sympathetic excerpt, and you will know exactly what I meant. And if you notice the nos. of comments here comparable to the local news, the nos. speak for itself.

The article even claims she was not shot for any reason at all, but rather was an unintended victim. Its hard to have anything to say about this.

I share your views on the last part of your paragraph but, correct me if I'm wrong here. A man and a girl were walking along a street in the Little Village neighborhood when a man in a group of males drew a gun and fired at the victims. The shooter did not fire aimlessly. He took his aim and fired shots with intent of hitting the victims. Unless specifically his targets were a little girl in a bumblebee costume and a man on her side originally, and the victims unfortunately fit the same profile, then and there, they were unintended victims. How may it seems that the shooting was parallel to a random shooting thought it is not reported, the crime itself is far from unmotivated. To shoot someone is an intent and to harm someone is a motivation.

What reason there is for the 7 yr. old girl to be shot other than trick-or-treating or walking along a street in a bumblebee's costume. Not an everyday site.

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating critically injured in Chicago shooting See in context

What a surprise. If the crime occurred in foreign country, the forum gets a muted response.

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating critically injured in Chicago shooting See in context

Unforgivable, a very innocent child shot for no reason other than trick-or-treating in a bumblebee outfit shot and wounded critically. What possible excuse can an animal like that could give in court, mistaken identity? I hope the child survives.

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Posted in: UK parties unveil election themes; Trump crashes the party by slamming Corbyn See in context

*Tossing aside the convention that foreign leaders shouldn't intervene in other countries' domestic politics, Trump told Farage on the British politician's own radio show that Corbyn would *"be so bad for your country ... he'd take you into such bad places."

This sound soo familiar. Is he talking about himself here?

He has no business either in supporting or running down candidates in a UK General Election, or is he just being used by "chancer" Farage to forward his (Farage's) agenda. I suspect that Farage and Johnson are using him!

Let me put it this way, Trump wanted to be used. Then brag later that they (including Putin) respected him.

He is very ignorant and dishonest and should not be taken seriously when knowledge and truth are required.

And so are his minions.

Stomp the Tramp ! (a)

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Posted in: Hokkaido town introduces Japan's 1st fixed-rate lodging tax See in context

Tax again? tax the foreigners, natives don't utilize the multilingual staff. And for improving the public transport system, we've already paid that thru our national tax.

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Posted in: N Korea fires 2 missiles in the sea amid stalled talks See in context

North Korea conducted successful test of multiple rocket launchers on Thursday: KCNA 

Thursday's test verified the "continuous fire system" of the multiple rocket launchers is able to "totally destroy" a group target of the enemy by a surprise strike, KCNA added.

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Posted in: N Korea fires 2 missiles in the sea amid stalled talks See in context

The House passed a vote om impeachment.

A bit confusing statement that was. Actually, the house has passed a resolution setting the rules for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Anyone forgetting the topic of the news here.......?

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Posted in: N Korea fires 2 missiles in the sea amid stalled talks See in context

It's high time for the gov't to consider opting for the ultimate defense. Spending too much on anti-missile battery is a false sense of security. NK shorty's missiles are getting advanced every moment and we are spending much of our GDP's just playing catch-up. If by chance shorty gets hold of the new  anti-ship ballistic missile, a "carrier killer" capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, ... ballistic missiles  as China has already has, which the high speed maneuverability would also make the missile much harder to intercept. PAC 3 or the US developed anti-missile batteries are no match to the hypersonic capability of  DF-21D or Dong Feng 21 or DF26. It is just a matter of time for him to acquire one of these. While on the other hand, an ultimate defense or nuclear deterrence as the words suggest is a tested tactics that keeps the antagonist at bay i.g. US and Old Soviets, India and Pakistan, and now the US and NK. Time has changed and is still changing faster than anyone could ever imagined.

As long as we stand as a Pacifist Nation, any weapon system that guaranty our security is deemed necessary including nuclear deterrence.

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Posted in: NHK sues head of minor political party over unpaid subscription fees See in context

@ccording to CrickyOct. 29  08:09 am JST

Wife went on line and found some videos on how to deal with this pestilence. See how it goes. Good luck to him most would pay the fee, but he has a point one he is sticking too.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that owners of televisions in Japan are legally required to sign up with NHK and pay subscription fees. Ones you sign up for this, you are obligated to pay the monthly fees until you get rid of your sets for good and unsubscribes. However, this rule is toothless unless they have a strong evidence that you are watching local programs. I’ve got couple of TV sets specifically for watching films and as a pc monitor but that doesn’t mean l am immune from relentless army of NHK thugs since the new rule was imposed. This law like many others has a loophole and it’s just a matter of knowing your rights.

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Posted in: Nightclub files criminal complaint against Uruguay rugby players See in context

To those siding against compensation:

Try to stand on the nightclub owner's place and think as if you were the victim. Will it change your position? Just curious.

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Posted in: Man arrested for brandishing scissors in front of preschoolers See in context

Now he lands a work in the gov’t that pays a gratuity of about ¥3500/mo. with free food and lodging. Maybe he’ll get free mental check up too.

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Posted in: 68-year-old professor arrested for stalking sex worker after using detective to find her home See in context

The old man fell in love, what do you expect?

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Posted in: Police say body may be hiker who fell on Mt Fuji while live-streaming See in context

Thanks, ClippetyClop

So, he passed already the entrance to the peak.What a tragic accident.If there is any consolation, at least he will receive a lot of views on you tube.

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Posted in: Police say body may be hiker who fell on Mt Fuji while live-streaming See in context

despite how serene and gently sloped Mt Fuji can appear from afar, it is still Japan’s highest mountain. The elevation at the peak is 3,776 meters, far above where anything close to stable conditions can be expected. Attempting to climb it alone, poorly equipped, or out of season are all bad enough ideas on their own, and definitely not the sort of risks worth staking on top of each other.

A couple of hundred meters before the entrance to the peak, there's a steep narrow path. If he climb from Shizuoka side..then this might be where he took his plunged. You have to balance your weight between large boulders of rocks. Slippery especially if there's already a snow.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. forces cornered IS leader in dead-end tunnel See in context

*Good work to thd Delta operators that took this guy out. Donny deserves zero credit, ain't that right, Bass?*

It's too bad that even when Donny does something praiseworthy, like this, he follows it up by shoving his foot in his mouth. He gave way, way too much information about the operation when he made his announcement. What an utter imbecile.

Precisely Chip Star

I rest my case bass4funk

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. forces cornered IS leader in dead-end tunnel See in context

@bass4funkToday  12:40 pm JST

Trump said in his speech, "he died like a dog, he died like a coward" but the truth is he detonated a suicide vest with his 3 children around.

Yes, but what Trump said was true, add to that, this maniac drags his 3 children and kills them with his cowardly self.

Nobody is disputing whether Trump said was true or not. The question is about the specifics around the death, like al Baghdad violent final moments. Who cares if he faced a firing squad with an anti aircraft guns so long as he is dead. Instead, Trump should just announced that the leader was cornered and killed. If this is not fueling more fire to the already hateful ISIS then what is?

By taking his children with him is a big favor for the free world. Do you seriously think these kids will be a law abiding citizens when they grew up. Heard about bin laden's sons? Spare me with the sympathetic crap, if they were older, they died by the bullets.

If I may add, I call bin laden the coward, he had an automatic rifle and didn't fired a single shot.

*They already hate the west, like as if they can “hate” if even more. Lol *

Tell me that anytime when the ISIS is totally annihilated and erased from the face of the earth. The death of al-Baghdad is not the end of ISIS yet. The last time I know, the enemy of the west was al quada. Also when yasser arafat recruited the suicide bombers, he paid their remaining relatives with cash. Al-quada and isis bomber did it for free.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. forces cornered IS leader in dead-end tunnel See in context

Trump said in his speech, "he died like a dog, he died like a coward" but the truth is he detonated a suicide vest with his 3 children around. Contrary to what Trump thinks, what al-Baghdadi did, left a PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECT to the ISIS who will think of their leader as a martyr and will be glorified. What Trump is spreading in his speech will only add fuel to the hate of ISIS and other groups alike to the Americans.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

OmachiOct. 27  05:57 pm JST

Skeptical, There was no fire escape. The internal stairway was a spiral. The door to the roof did not have a panic bar to open it. The number of deaths would likely have been halved if these conditions didn’t exist. 

Thanks for your enlightenment, you are right about the spiral staircase.

Precise account of the incident according to Sora News 24:

https://soranews24.com/2019/07/24/kyoto-animation-studio-in-arson-attack-found-to-have-been-in-compliance-with-all-fire-codes/

Though spiral staircases are allowed by the Kyoto fire department, provided there is also a hanging protrusion from the ceiling, called a tarekabe in Japanese, to block the flow of smoke to the upper level in case of a fire, and Kyoto Animation’s studio did have tarekabe sufficient with the legal requirements.

The number of victims who perished there caused some to speculate that the door to the roof had been locked, but investigators have found that this was not the case, and that the door could be opened from the inside, though one Kyoto Animation employee describes the door as having an unusual two-lever mechanism that could be difficult for those who’d never used it before to operate.

Investigators believe that employees were overcome by the effects of smoke inhalation as they attempted to flee to the open air of the roof, and as victims collapsed in the stairwell, it stands to reason that the clogged pathway made it harder for others trying to get to the roof to make progress up the steps, compounding the problem as each new arrival collapsed.

However, in a report to the city council on July 22, the Kyoto City Fire Department says that Kyoto Animation’s Fushimi studio had taken the proper fire protection measures, including performing employee fire drills, as laid out in the city’s fire code.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

Maybe they should tighten fire safety rules instead. When over 30 people die because they can't escape a single fire in a building with only 2 floors clearly there's an issue.

There is no mention of any issue about fire safety rules in any of the news already released. Remember he had with himself a 40 liters gasoline. The suspect poured and spread gasoline in hallways. As the place was also filled with fumes from the gasoline, when he ignited it an instantaneous flash of fire billed the whole building. That is why he was among the casualties. All the hallways leading to the fire escape was ablaze that's why many are trapped in their rooms.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

I've been seeing signs like; prohibited sales of gasoline in "poli-tan" or red polyurethane containers for kerosene and "gas-tan" or can gasoline containers for more than a year now in many gasoline stations around. These "NO SALES ALLOWED IN CONTAINERS" is already implemented because of safety reasons but the problem are those "self service" gasoline stations that are open at night and unattended. How could a new BAN on sales be implemented on these kind of establishments?

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Posted in: Tokyo host club host headbutts woman after being told he 'sucks' at karaoke See in context

How about putting his head in his butt.... he belongs in a cell bar not in a host bar.

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Posted in: Apples stolen from orchards in Aomori See in context

If these apples were turned into juices and sold in bottles...no way to track the origin. 1 liter /bottle for ¥1000 is a bargain.

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Posted in: Typhoon highlights need for multilingual disaster alerts in Japan See in context

With this sudden influx of foreigners both tourists and alike in this past decade alone, Japanese authorities are already overwhelmed by their own act. Yet PM Abe said the gov't will boost efforts to achieve its target of 40 million visitors to Japan by 2020 as it seeks economic growth through tourism. The number this year is already estimated to have surpassed 20 million and is expected to eclipse the 30 million mark for the full year, according to the gov't. Although we have lots to offer but very few to show mainly because of single digit percentage of population who can communicate in any given languages. Given English as the common language since the last century, the gov't did not exert much effort to teach English comprehensively at school unlike in other Asian countries.Those were the days that leaning any foreign languages was considered irrelevant and deemed unnecessary.. Now we are caught in a dilemma that even the local officials can not communicate in English. However, since the turning of the century, there were much efforts and changes implemented for the benefit of the foreigners. Notice how the street signs and signboards changed in buses and trains stations and even in airports in the past 10, 5 and at present. And if you're here for over 2 decades or more, the changes were without rebuke.

This country is trying its best to accommodate all its visitors both short and long term. There will never be a one shoe fits all in any situation. Put your ideas into use by volunteering in local NGO's and help other foreigners and your own. Your language plus your familiarity in this country will help instead of whining and bickering against each other. For those who are married and have seeds, someday you will be become the root in this country.

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Posted in: 52-year-old man arrested after keeping mother's body at home See in context

I guess if you place the bones in a box and bury it at your own backyard, it's possible, but you can not just throw that anywhere unless it is cremated.

The only places you can possibly bury a whole corpses are foreigners' cemetery like Yokohama Foreigners Cemetery or Yokohama Gaijin Botchi.

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Posted in: Man stabbed in neck in Tokyo hospital parking lot See in context

We're still lucky, guns are still almost non existent.

Stabbings without provocation, what's wrong with this society now?

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Posted in: Diamond worth ¥200 mil stolen in Yokohama See in context

Laboratory created diamonds

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