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Posted in: What do you think of TV commercials in Japan? Seen any that impressed you? See in context

When I first came in 1996 they were quite a bit different than today. The commercials were more childish then it appears to me but they have come a long way. In the U.S. our commercials are a little longer and more money is spent on advertising there. But I think there has been massive improvement in quality and story boarding the slot.

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Posted in: LDP panel calls for capability to strike enemy bases See in context

Defense is just overwhelming offense.

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl beaten by man on way home from school in Yokosuka See in context

Japan seems so crowded to me its a wonder there were no witnesses or no one willing to follow the perp. In the states someone would on an individual like white on rice. Not criticizing but just wonder did not anyone witness? Need to find this person for public safety..

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Posted in: Are Syrian refugees a security threat? See in context

I think the generation that is born in the new country is most apt to radicalization. They do not know what their parents fled in the country that have only heard good things about and many have a tendency to resent their host country later. They more they assimilate into the host culture the better it is. Not all immigrants are created equal in my humble opinion.

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Posted in: High school students form union to fight 'black baito' companies See in context

Sounds great to me.

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Posted in: University students stage hunger strike over security bills See in context

PS. Might be a little off thread but I refer to the value of pacifism as an alternative national security strategy. That's all.

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Posted in: University students stage hunger strike over security bills See in context

With all due respect it seems to me that the US military & Allies have done more for world peace and prosperity than all the peace activists combined. Pacifism worked in India with Gandhi (pacifistic and peaceful opposition) but he's was dealing with those more reasonable than the actors we have today. I'm for peace but I can't say I am a pacifist and neither are most Japanese I have asked. So I don't know, but the concentration camps were liberated by soldiers and not activists.

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Posted in: Island off southern Japan evacuated after volcano erupts See in context

Yes I could not agree more. Earthquakes from Nepal to San Jacinto CA, and steam at Hakone, this one blows, it makes one wonder if are we sitting on a powder keg?

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Posted in: Abe state dinner features haiku, R&B - and chopsticks See in context

Japan Gal asked about hangovers and Sake. They probably have some quality stuff from Nigata like Koshino Kampala that does not really give one a hangover like nomo nomo or sweet Sake. Glad to see PM Abe visit.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, others vow to strengthen U.N. peacekeeping See in context

It would be nice to see the UN security council have some teeth and put together an effective force that does something else besides criticize Israel. If one thinks the world does not need a "peace keeping force" then that is the end of the issue. If one thinks that the world does need a policeman than who or what countries are willing? So far, it's only been the US and allies. Who is willing to replace the US?

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Posted in: The U.S. may still be fighting in Syria in 2024, 2034, 2044 . . . See in context

We've been in Germany, South Korea, and Japan for over 50 years. Radical Islam is just as dangerous, IMHO, as communism. Why are we willing to remain in just those three places, there are more, but yet not in the Middle East? Leftism is a religion too.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting 2 train station attendants in Saitama See in context

At least law enforcement isn't shooting people like Stateside. I don't think they carry concealed while off duty so ya never know....

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

The issue isn't smokers rights. It's the hysteria and totalinarism of the second hand smoke crusders belief in dubios science. It seems evidence is irrelevent to the true beliver.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

I cannot deny something I don't know about. I am open to persusion based on the facts. First tell the truth,then give your opinion.Can anyone point to another scientific report other than the Epidimolgy report? I would like to read another if there is one. I've looked but cannot find any other.

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Posted in: Tea Party crashers plan to exaggerate 'racists' and 'morons' See in context

As Dennis Prager says: "the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen."

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

You're right.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

Stomach cancer is the number one health care costs here in Japan (Soy sauce) and cholesterol in the United States. I’m not defending smokers and I really believe that smokers should follow the rules and smoke in designated areas. It just seems to me reading the posts that it’s just hysteria like the other trends mentioned. The epidemiology report that this idea is based on makes a dubious jump that second hand smoke kills. I know of no other reports that make the claim. Authoritarianism and totalitarianism are different definitions. Personally, I would rather be governed by the first 100 people in a phone book rather than so called “experts.”

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

Please remember that for many people of the left , being “good” means taking the “right social position” on trendy issues of the day from heterosexual aids, DDT, social justice, reproductive rights, climate change, social justice, etc. It’s just part of the trinity of gender, race, and class taught in university. The social crusaders have murdered more people (Mao and Stalin) in the name of social equality than any other ideology in history. The left is religious in nature and totalitarian in practice. It’s really quite simple to understand. There are many good people on the left with good intentions, they are just misguided. Second hand smoke annoys (maybe kills) and alcohol causes far more damage to society across the board. But it doesn’t matter to the true believer in “social justice.” They are scary.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

True belivers.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

Sorry for the grammatical mistkes in my quick comment.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

According to the epidemiology report that is cited as “proof” of the dangers of second hand smoke, the results (cancer) can show up as long 50-years later. Half of the doctors think cancer is genetically determined. Which is it genetics or second hand smoke? How do they make the leap to indicting all second hand smoke as the cause? I agree that it is annoying and stinks. I just think this totalitarian crusade is says a lot about character. Remember heterosexual aids to banning DDT. The left is a religion.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

Quote from Dennis Prager that makes a lot of sense.

"One of life's great little pleasures is tobacco. Just watch old war reportage to see the serenity and joy a cigarette brought to a wounded soldier. Though I do not smoke cigarettes, I have been smoking cigars and pipes since I was in college (my father still smokes cigars daily at age 91), and it would be difficult to overstate how much I enjoy both.

No one opposes educating the public about the dangers of cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking shortens the lives of up to a third of smokers, often in terrible ways, and that is what public health organizations should be saying. But the battle against smoking and tobacco has become a religious crusade for anti-smoking zealots, who are almost invariably on the Left. If the Left hated Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro as much as it hates "Big Tobacco," the world would be a better place.

But because the Left hates the fact that people smoke (tobacco, not marijuana, which the Left defends) it uses totalitarian (I use that term with no exaggeration) tactics to eliminate it. Just as the Soviets removed Trotsky from old photos, anti-smoking zealots have forced the removal of cigarettes from old photos -- from photos of FDR, from the famous Beatles photo -- and from movies whenever possible. Torture and murder are ubiquitous in films, but smoking is all but banned -- even cigars are now banned from James Bond films.

Smoking has been banned in entire cities, outdoors as well as in. In Pasadena, Calif., one cannot even smoke in a cigar store. That the Left has contempt for Prohibition reveals a lack of self-awareness that is quite remarkable."

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Posted in: Why do people give? See in context

Faith begins with self interest. Nothing wrong with that.

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Posted in: CNN finding that prime-time success is elusive See in context

Anyone whom has seen some of the coverage here in Japan (CNNI) can see how far left CNN really is. No problem having media on the left, let's just have a medium on the right. Fox news.

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