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Posted in: ¥100 mil in old banknotes donated to Ehime prefectural gov't See in context

@Michael Grant

10,000 yen notes going back as far as those featuring Shotoko Taishi are still legal tender, and those are many years older that notes with Fukuzawa. If the note is badly damaged and/or faded the bank will replace it. In any case they would never be worth less than face value.

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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

@peter ellis

Given Ghosn's exposure and status escape by helicopter or jet takes imagination but you out did yourself with escape by submarine!

Tomorrow will tell if the Judge has your imagination.

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Posted in: Japanese student translates Trump’s tweets to practice English; gets 60K+ followers See in context

@ Alex -- The kid's translations look pretty good, in fact better than some "professional" jobs that I've seen. It's difficult to translate with the proper nuisance but his choice of words seem appropriate, perhaps a bit more polite than I would use for some of DT's outbursts! Good on the kid!

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Posted in: China lashes out at Mattis remarks on East China Sea islands See in context

"... which should not impair China’s territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights,"

Actually it doesn't, it just "impairs" their "wish".

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $600 mil, add 400 jobs at Indiana plant See in context

Toyota says the investment was planned before the election and is not related to Trump.


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Posted in: Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship with slaughtered whale See in context

I'm not commenting on the right or wrong of hunting whales but noticed throughout the comments that many people here seem to think the IWC is an "International court" and has legal authority. Actually, the IWC is a voluntary international organization and is not backed up by treaty. Members can quit at any time and are not subject to any regulations by simply making an official objection. The IWC has no ability to enforce any of its decisions through penalty, fines, or other legal means.

Perhaps Japan should just quit the IWC, like Canada did, if it wants to continue commercial whaling.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic organizers disclose total cost estimate See in context

Didn't realize that Sochi cost $51 billion!

I can certainly understand why no one would want to host the games with costs like that!

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Posted in: Trump selects Exxon Mobil CEO Tillerson for State, dismissing Russia ties See in context

I've noticed that many of the hardcore Trump supporters that posted here have grown more and more quiet as their chosen leader announces his cabinet and continues his Twitter fits. Before the election it was Hillary, who loves Wall Streer, will bring war and now that Trump's choices and comments are actually pushing the U.S., and world, ever closer to war they seem to be gradually realizing what the were conned into electing. I wonder if congress will go along with this latest choice for Secretary of State, but it is worrying indeed! As a non-American I couldn't vote, and unlike Russia didn't want to, but from an outside perspective it seems Trump has back-peddled on most of his campaign promises, has drained the alligators and filled the swamp with sharks, changed the "wall" into a fence, filled his cabinet with Wall Street, saved a few jobs in the States at the expense of millions that will be lost in a looming trade war, and brought the world much closer to war. I just hope the U.S. Senate and Congress can control him and the best the world can look forward to is 4 years (or less if we're lucky) of U.S. instability and not much constructive being accomplished. As long as the keep WWIII at bay the world will be happy!

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Posted in: Japan protests against China's allegations of dangerous conduct by fighter jets See in context

It sounds like Japan isn't protesting against any "facts", they're protesting what is claimed to be lies, or extreme exaggerations, by China. Poorly written article and, in this case, I think China probably did exaggerate more than usual, if that's possible.

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Posted in: Docomo to launch 5G trial environments See in context

@afanofjapan: since you mentioned, and I have the app installed on my iPhone, I decided to check it as I ride the bus to meet a friend. Carries is Docomo and the download speed was 52.63. I've seen faster but that's not bad...

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Posted in: This isn't 'Survivor,' Obama says; Trump, Clinton fire away See in context


92% of americans want hillary prosecuted. that includes at least 92% of the FBI and...

Repeating the same thing over and over doesn't make it any more true. I'm not a Clinton nor Trump supporter and, for that matter, can't vote for either. However, patently false statements like this do nothing to make Trump look more appealing nor do they affect how people feel about Clinton. They do make Trump supporters that repeat and believe such things look ... , well... , like they really do fit the stereotype of not being sharpest pencils in the box!

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Posted in: Trump vows no regrets; Clinton ups pressure over Khan attack See in context


With Hilliary selling weapons to evil countries, it's idiotic to think your Queen will change anything.

Sorry, not my queen. As I've said before I'm not American and, obviously, won't be voting. I simply responded to James Burke that there was little chance that either Clinton or Trump would have to resign during the first term due to health.

Clinton, during the debates, did appear to have more stamina and be in better health than Trump though.

About the world being at war. True, there are unnecessary wars everywhere and Clinton would most likely maintain that status quo which, when compared to the possibilities with Trump in office, is a good thing. Just look at what he has said: expand the military, let the generals make the decisions, put more military in Iraq, join Russia fighting IS, allow So. Korea/Japan/etc to have nuclear weapons if they want, pull the U.S. military out of countries that don't pay (can you imagine the vacuums there?). That along with the fact that he has absolutely no clue about other policies. The only thing he has actually said is "build the wall" and "cancel the trade agreements". All that will do is plunge the U.S., and the rest of the world, into a huge depression.

Yup, the status quo seems better for 4 years until you guys have a chance to sort out the sad state of affairs in your US of A!

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Posted in: Trump vows no regrets; Clinton ups pressure over Khan attack See in context

@James Burke

Clinton won't be the most outstanding President that the U.S. has had but the chance of her health failing forcing her to resign during her first term is quite remote. I will certainly take your bet, especially after seeing her run circles around Trump, at least health wise, during the debates. In fact, after watching Trump start strong and then end looking he just finished a marathon, I'd be much more worried his health. That being said, I think he would probably make it at least one term as well, that is unless he got the world into a war, or pissed off his Russian buddies, and ended himself that way!

So what's the bet? Best to put up or shut up, as try say...

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Posted in: Clinton expanding her campaign into 'red' states See in context

Bass: "I said that for a reason."

Sorry, I must have missed something in the translation. What is you reason?

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Posted in: Senate, House Democrats see new opportunity from Trump tapes See in context


It must be terribly frustrating when the only defense is a b bbb bb butwhatabouthilllarrry y...

and it wasn't even a very good deflection considering she was accepting money and not giving them money (which I'm sure you would say was going to fund ISIS)

Oh well, watching the American election certainly is entertaining! Off to get more popcorn and continue to watch as one of the parties implodes.

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Posted in: Senate, House Democrats see new opportunity from Trump tapes See in context


Yes, interesting...

In the video Trump was described as being at a time in his life where he was a billionaire playboy, jetting around and enjoying the "grabbing".

And here I thought he was supposed to be at a time in his life where he was a newlywed with a wife that was a pregnant with their son!

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Posted in: 90 minutes of fire: Trump, Clinton trade charges, insults See in context

I watched the debate, but ... I just wish they provided simultaneous translation into English so that I could understand what Trump was trying to say. When only one of the speakers uses comprehensible English and speaks, for the most part, in complete sentences it's really hard to judge who won!

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Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror See in context

I have to admit that I haven't followed US politics for more than 30 years, not since I was in the States for graduate school, and I'm not really interested in Trump or Clinton. But I HAD to watch THIS debate. If I were voting, after watching this debate, it would have to be for Clinton. Trump is an embarrassment!

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Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan See in context

"Japan on Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism ..." - Article .

BUT mostly surprise and delight! Good one, this!

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy See in context

@Wontand -- you do realize that the sales tax rate in Germany is 19%?

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Posted in: Cat cafes now allowed to stay open until 10 p.m. See in context


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Posted in: Trump, Clinton move closer to election showdown See in context

@kc -- "Trump will be tried for in the court of public opinion."

Isn't that what's happening now? And he seems to be winning! At least the "court of public opinion" has certainly put him far ahead in delegates at this point!

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Posted in: Taiwanese leader visits island in disputed waters See in context

Notice the title cleverly didn't say disputed island or territory. It's "near" disputed areas but is recognized as Taiwan's territory, well at least by Japan but perhaps not China. It seems this headline is designed just to stir up discontent!

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Posted in: Japan says it won't decide on AIIB until corruption addressed See in context

@Upgrayedd You need to study a bit further about Transparency International and what their CPI numbers mean! This is from their website:

Transparency International which measures "the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians". High numbers indicate less perception of corruption, whereas lower numbers indicate higher perception of corruption.

Actually I would have thought China's number would be larger, ie perceived as even MORE corrupt than it is!

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Posted in: Gov't plans new rules for drone flights See in context

FizzBit thanks for the link. Nothing in it that remotely concerns privacy violations but it is pretty cool!

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Posted in: Photo of Pizza Hut employee with dough on his face causes stir See in context

Yes, ambrosia, I saw your list. My point was that, even though Japan has room to improve, a list in China, Philippines, and many other places would be exponentially longer and would be no comparison!

Keep working on improvement but don't make ridicules comparisons not based on fact, or if you feel they are based on fact, let's see some statistical data of the comparisons.

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Posted in: Photo of Pizza Hut employee with dough on his face causes stir See in context


Just returned from an extended trip that included China, the Philippines, and the US. And although it may not be fair to compare those countries to Japan, those are the countries I've recently been so It's only natural to make a comparison.

That being said there is NO comparison! Especially in the context of this article. Well perhaps there is more stupid fun in the US and more criminal negligence in China, with the Philippines falling some where between. If you have some statistics that back up what you "feel" I would to see them. That doesn't mean Japan shouldn't try to improve and never allow itself to sink to the levels I observed in some of the countries I visited on my last trip!

The good and bad thing about the Internet is it allows a small group with outlandish ideals make a lot of noise. In the end though, a more objective view usually prevails, thankfully!

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Posted in: Photo of Pizza Hut employee with dough on his face causes stir See in context

tmarie -- If "health and safety here is a joke" I wonder what it could be classified as in ANY of the other countries that I've lived!

It also makes me wonder what a sheltered life you must have lived! Personally Ifind it refreshing that some Of these Japanese youngsters are actually acting somewhat normal by most standards; stupid, yes, but normal. I can from a first person perspective say that MUCH worse things went on at McDonalds, and that was almost 40 years ago! Japan is still actually quite "cute" , for lack of a better word, in this regard. Slap the guy on the wrist, give him a boring job for a few days, and get on with business!

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Posted in: Abe skips reference to WWII remorse in his speech See in context


Good point. Sometimes actions speak louder than words! Foe example, China has increased it's military spending by DOUBLE DIGIT increases for 20 consecutive years yet they "strongly protested and advised the world to be cautious" when Japan increased it's military spending for the first time in 11 years AND that increase was by a HUGE 0.8%! Hell, it didn't even make a single digit and certainly does seem to be a reaction to outside pressure.

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Posted in: Chinese ships in disputed waters again See in context

China's violation of the law shouldn't be allowed to continue! OK, contest the sovereignty of the islands but, as long as the world's courts agree that Japan administers them stay out and peruse the issue in the ICJ! However, I doubt we'll see that anytime soon because they know they will lose and that would not only effect their Senkakus claim but the precedent would effect many, many other of their territorial disputes as well. Perhaps Japan should just build on the islands and force the issue.

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