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Posted in: Trump says he is not satisfied with Saudi handling of Khashoggi death See in context

I can understand Trump's dissatisfaction with his so-called Saudi allies and friends. What kind of "ally" and "friend" repeatedly lies to your face? What kind of "friend" continues to lie to you, even when you both know your "friend" still isn't telling the truth?

It's clear that the Saudis are incapable of telling the truth and cannot be trusted. They claim to be fighting terrorists but are actually funding them. It's better to have nothing to do with such people: only a fool would refer to them as "friends" and "allies" given their appalling behaviour.

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Posted in: Murakami's latest novel released in English to mixed reviews See in context

I wonder if the portrait painter in the new book cooks himself spaghetti, then sits in a cafe looking out of the window?

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Posted in: Grain pain: Japan's aging rice farmers face uncertain future See in context

Typical, polished white rice isn't particularly good for you and if people are eating less of it that's probably a good thing, unless they are substituting it with burgers and other rubbish.

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Posted in: LDP chapter led by IT minister gets donation from bid-rigging firm See in context

If politicians were required to return all money provided by bid rigging companies, companies that falsified data, companies associated with gangsters etc. donations would fall to almost nothing.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea spat over use of wartime flag continues See in context

I think the problem here is South Korean hypocrisy. First they insisted that all ships could only fly their national flags, then South Korean ships flew the flag of some old warlord who once fought against Japan. It's quite difficult to deal with a country like that.

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Posted in: Is a common Japanese phrase for 'goodbye' the reason for Japan’s crazy overtime hours? See in context

I just say "bye bye", followed by an unspoken "suckers".

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate; Trump finds explanation believable See in context

So the Saudis admit to having spent the last two weeks lying about Khashoggi; that's something. We can also assume the lying, murdering crown prince knew about it too. Now I would like the Saudis to explain why an autopsy specialist and a bone saw were present at this "fist fight" and to reveal what they did with the body. We can be sure there will be more than a few bruises on it, if it is ever found.

privately does a lot of condensation going on in a lot of finger-pointing in the lower temp is flaring. The Turks need to Saudis just as a much is we do

This is an interesting collection of random words: would you care to elaborate?

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'My Japanese boyfriend wants a break — What should I do?' See in context

He sounds like a waste of space. Leave him to his comics and mobile phone games and find someone else.

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Posted in: Will Khashoggi case bring down Saudi’s crown prince? See in context

I don't know if the Koran has anything to say about those who murder innocent civilians, but I'm sure bloodthirsty young Salman will be going to hell.

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Posted in: With 'America First,' where do human rights rank? See in context

It seems if you pay enough money Trump will look the other way whilst you murder innocent people. "America First" should be changed to "Money First (morals last)".

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Posted in: Abe says sales tax to go ahead as planned in Oct 2019 See in context

In Nagoya 10% on a property purchase is tough financial nut to crack for a family.

The consumption tax is only levied on the cost of the building, not the land. The effective tax rate is therefore lower than 10%.

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Posted in: Trump calls porn star Stormy Daniels 'Horseface' and Sen Warren 'Pocahontas' See in context

I'm not sure Trump should be commenting on other people's appearance. Glass houses, stones and all that.

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Posted in: Japanese quake shock absorber maker admits data fabrication See in context

How can they replace already installed shocks on completed buildings ?

I don't know how they do it, but I understand these shock absorbers need replacing every 10 years or so. It's something to bear in mind if you are thinking of buying a menshin (免震) mansion: the cost of the replacement is going to be paid by you.

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Posted in: Abe says sales tax to go ahead as planned in Oct 2019 See in context

The government also plans subsidies to offset the impact of the sales tax hike on some durable goods such as houses and environmentally friendly cars.

The government, i.e. Abe, has been saying for years that they want 2% inflation as it will somehow boost the economy through increased spending and wages. Although they have failed to reach this target a 2% increase in the consumption tax will definitely push up costs by 2%.

Now the government seem to be saying that this 2% increase in prices will risk a sharp decline in consumer spending and it has to take measures to "cushion the blow". So, according to the government, one minute a 2% price increase is good for the economy, the next minute it is bad.

I'm quite confused by these contradictions. Still, I know it would be too much to expect "journalists" to question Abe and Suga on these points. I would say that if you can afford to buy a car or a house you can afford to pay an extra 2% and no subsidies are required for those things.

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Posted in: Risk of streaming fatigue as Walmart, AT&T, Disney join fray See in context

Increasing fragmentation is not good. It means you either have to pay more to get the same content, or make do with less choice.

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Posted in: U.S. weapons makers rattled over Saudi Arabia deals See in context

We don't need the Saudis

Actually and sadly for the next foreseeable future, we do.

I disagree. What do the Saudis offer us? If you say they are "helping" us fight terrorism, I would argue that they are still financing terrorists around the world. They did nothing to fight IS in Syria and Iraq (because they support them and their ideals). The Saudi state itself is a terrorist entity, bombing innocent civilians in Yemen, killing opponents at home and overseas.

We do not need, and should have nothing to do with, the Saudis until they learn to behave in a civilised manner and to treat people with respect. Instead, they murder anyone who disagrees with their outdated, backwards behaviour.

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Posted in: What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host? See in context

Just have it in Greece every four years and be done with it. The corrupt IOC can pay the entire cost of the games, instead of keeping all the cash for themselves as they do at the moment. If they don't do that the only future candidate cities will be those in despotic countries where the dictators don't care what the people think.

I was swimming in the Tokyo Tatsumi pool recently. It's a world-class pool, but instead of using it for the olympics they are wasting $250 million on building another pool elsewhere. Absolute lunacy.

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Posted in: U.S. weapons makers rattled over Saudi Arabia deals See in context

We don't need the Saudis: their government is evil and corrupt. We should have as little to do with them as possible. Not only do they murder their own citizens, they also bomb Yemeni citizens. They fund extremists and terrorists around the world, yet the US refuses to put them on the list of states who sponsor terrorism. They teach their children that non sunni muslims should be killed: that includes the US weapon manufacturers, who it seems would eagerly sell the Saudis the knives that would be used in their own beheadings.

We should not be selling weapons to the Saudis: we should be isolating them and threatening them with a good bombing if they do not change their ways. Let them eat sand.

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Posted in: Abe to visit China Oct 25-27 See in context

I hope Abe takes some Winnie the Pooh goods with him as they are hard to find, and therefore quite valuable, in China.

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Posted in: Woman sentenced after entering Japanese train cabin with key bought at online auction See in context

If the sentence is suspended the woman has not been jailed. The headline is incorrect.

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Posted in: NHK to reduce subscription fees See in context

NHK and other media are all out war against Abe. You don't know?

That must explain all the fawning, North Korea-like reporting of Abe we see on NHK. You are aware, of course, that the LDP is on record as having interfered with NHK's editorial decisions?

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Posted in: More med schools discriminated against female applicants: minister See in context

Instead of allowing individual, corrupt institutions to set their own exams, there should be national exams and the medical schools should only be able to accept or reject candidates based on the results of the national exams. That will ensure equality and fairness, and put a stop to people paying for, or bribing, a place for their son.

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Posted in: New 4K satellite TV receiver from Panasonic See in context

No doubt it is also riddled with DRM to prevent you from playing back anything you record on a different player, or making copies etc.

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Posted in: EU's Barnier says Brexit deal may be within reach next week; demands Irish checks See in context

It sounds like it is the EU that wants to impose border checks in Ireland. If the UK government won't do it will the EU force Ireland to set up border posts?

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Posted in: Peruvian police arrest opposition leader Keiko Fujimori in money laundering probe See in context

These Fujimoris would fit right in to Japanese politics.

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Posted in: German tourist admits to stabbing Japanese man on Nagasaki street See in context

People make a choice to get drunk or take drugs and they must take full responsibility for anything they do whilst under the influence of said drink or drugs.

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Posted in: ANA’s Paris branch manager assaults passenger after consuming 6 glasses of wine See in context

ANA's long haul business class seats are not like those shown in the photo above. They have a staggered configuration which means you are quite isolated from the person next to you. It would be difficult to accidentally come into contact with someone in an adjacent seat. Unless he was staggering around the aisle like a drunken fool and fell onto the woman he would have to have made a deliberate effort to touch her.

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Posted in: China accuses ex-Interpol chief of bribery, other crimes See in context

I'm still waiting for dictator Xi and his family to be arrested for corruption. Until that happens the rule of law will not exist in China.

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Posted in: Keidanren's plan to rethink hiring rules causing waves in Japan See in context

Changing the system will lead to an outbreak of much-dreaded "confusion". How will students know what to do if everyone isn't doing exactly the same thing at exactly the same time wearing exactly the same clothes?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic costs cut by $4.3 bil; more to come: CEO Muto See in context

The original cost estimate was less than $7 billion; now the estimated cost is $12.6 billion. How does Muto come up with this being a cost reduction of $4.3 billion? Basic maths tells us the costs have increased by $5.6 billion, with more to come.

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