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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

Only 386 days to go? Why, that means... omg, they still haven't pushed the start date back to October! They're actually going to do this July-August?! Insane...

ask the broadcast companies.

The early schedules shouldn’t be surprising because NBCUniversal ranks as the 800-pound gorilla in Olympic broadcasting, paying more than $7.5 billion for rights to the Summer and Winter Games through 2032.

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Posted in: Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea See in context

While Japan and North Korea have faced a lot of unresolved problems, including Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese citizens, "I hope the authorities will satisfy the Japanese wives' longing for homecoming from a humanitarian perspective," Hayashi said.

while i applaud her works, i am trying to understand her naivety about the humanitarian perspective. what about the abductees' longing for homecoming ?

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

The US and its allies have a history of carrying out obvious false flags. For some reason, their citizens have a habit of falling for them.

.....was the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeghin favour of strengthening the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name "Operation Boot") and the United States(under the name *TPAJAX*** Project[5] or "Operation Ajax**"),[6][7][8][9] and the first United States covert action to overthrow a foreign government during peacetime.

According to the CIA's declassified documents and records, some of the most feared mobsters in Tehran were hired by the CIA to stage pro-Shah riots on 19 August. Other CIA-paid men were brought into Tehran in buses and trucks, and took over the streets of the city.[23]Between 200[3] and 300[4] people were killed because of the conflict.

In August 2013, sixty years afterward, the U.S. government formally acknowledged the U.S. role in the coup by releasing a bulk of previously classified government documents that show it was in charge of both the planning and the execution of the coup, including the bribing of Iranian politicians, security and army high-ranking officials, as well as pro-coup propaganda.[27][28][29] The CIA is quoted acknowledging the coup was carried out "under CIA direction" and "as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government".

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

japan's pension ranking from this australian world pension index is not very good. in fact it is right at the bottom.

Grade A 80 Netherlands Denmark

Grade B 65–75 Finland Australia Sweden Norway Singapore Chile New Zealand Canada Switzerland Ireland Germany

Grade C+ 60–65 Colombia UK Peru France

Grade C 50–60 Saudi Arabia USA Malaysia Brazil Hong Kong SAR Spain Poland Austria Indonesia Italy South Africa

Grade D 35–50 Japan Korea (South) China Mexico India Argentina

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Posted in: In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk See in context

japan's pension ranking from this australian world pension index is not very good. in fact it is right at the bottom.

Grade A 80 Netherlands Denmark

Grade B 65–75 Finland Australia Sweden Norway Singapore Chile New Zealand Canada Switzerland Ireland Germany

Grade C+ 60–65 Colombia UK Peru France

Grade C 50–60 Saudi Arabia USA Malaysia Brazil Hong Kong SAR Spain Poland Austria Indonesia Italy South Africa

Grade D 35–50 Japan Korea (South) China Mexico India Argentina

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Posted in: Academic tells story of first Japanese to come to England See in context

The two Japanese men, thought to be slaves, were brought to England by explorer Thomas Cavendish along with booty from a Spanish ship he looted off the coast of what is now Mexico in 1587.

basically summed up the history of the world outside europe from the 16th to early 20th century.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

a family tragedy. nothing more to add. for those who can read japanese, check out the dead son's past tweets about wanting to kill his mother. i have not independently verified if all the information posted in that blog are true or not.

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Posted in: Automakers in Asia tremble as Trump threatens Mexico tariffs See in context

I've always said if the West takes back its manufacturing and slapped tariffs on all imported goods, half of Asia would unemployed. Don't believe me then check where the vast majority of Asian manufactured goods end up - in Western Countries, Asian prosperity has only taken place because this.

you are stating just half the story. asians of all shapes and colors were quite contented rotting away with their poor primitive lives, minding their own business in their part of the world, until the west ( europeans and derivatives ) came knocking with gunboats and armies and black ships for what purpose ? to exploit and loot asian resources for their own factories, to get new asian markets to trade for their finished products. western prosperity and riches were a lot derived from all these worldwide looting of resources, especially from the asian colonies from the 16th to early 20th century.

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Posted in: Trump expects Japan's military to reinforce U.S. in Asia and beyond See in context

Kaga and the Izumo are the biggest aircraft carriers Japan has operated since its wartime defeat, but its Self Defense Forces designate them as destroyers

a little history on their predecessors in WW2.

Izumo was sunk by American carrier aircraft during the attack on Kure in July 1945.

at midway :

At 10:22, 25 SBD Dauntless dive-bombers from Enterprise, led by C. Wade McClusky, hit Kaga with one 1,000-pound (450 kg) bomb and at least three 500-pound (230 kg) bombs.

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Posted in: Abe meets with U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton See in context

how many american voters actually directly voted this warmonger into office ? and where does he get his legitimate mandate from ? by being a political crony ?

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

one of the numerous legacies from the meiji era when europeans & derivatives were controlling the lands and oceans around the whole world and japanese elites of that time were talking about datsu-a ron 脫亞論, de-asianization, leaving asia and joing europe! lol.

adopting gregorian calender, abandoning the traditional lunar calender. whereas the rest of east asia still uses both calenders, lunar calender for their own traditional cultural festivals.

abandoning the celebrating of the lunar new year, and mapping new year and all traditional cultural festivals directly from lunar to gregorian calenders. whereas the rest of east asia still celebrates their traditional new year and own cultural festivals in the lunar calender.

some of the traditional cultural festivals from the lunar calender now becomes totally out of sync with the moon phases! lol.

weather bureau using western cardinal directions convention instead of japanese norms in daily life. eg tohoku 東北 literally means east-north in japan, but in weather bureau wind forecasts, winds from the north-east becomes hokutou no kaze 北東の風.

and perhaps some others.... lol.

more importantly, computer software from outside japan will still display their own naming orders, regardless of the cultural norms of whatever countries.

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Posted in: What if an asteroid is about to hit Earth? Scientists ponder question See in context

"We have to make sure people understand this is not about Hollywood,"

of the 2 movies that i had seen, both involved detonating nuclear weapons to destroy the incoming big ones. diverting the trajectory from side bumps would be boring and would not have grabbed cinema eyeballs. lol.

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Posted in: Annual U.S. internment camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on See in context

those living on the continental side suffered alot worse compared to those in hawaii in terms of the scale of the internment. and it took more than 40 years for japanese-americans to receive an acknowledgement of the injustice and apology from the government.

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Posted in: The future of a countryside fading into oblivion See in context

How the government addresses these tasks will define Japan's future democracy. With that in mind, I would like to see how the people decide.

with all the credentials stated at the end of this so called "analysis", he will just be sitting around as a spectator watching events ?

countries all around the world need experts that can walk the talk, doing real things in real world for the people. not more "analysts" analysing and making motherhood statements.

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Posted in: Renovated Hiroshima A-bomb museum building opens with new exhibits See in context

> Operation Meetinghouse, which was conducted on the night of 9–10 March 1945, is regarded as the single most destructive bombing raid in human history.[1] 16 square miles (41 km2) of central Tokyo were destroyed, leaving an estimated 100,000 civilians dead 

will banning nuclear weapons prevent the above terror and horror from conventional fire bombing ?

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Posted in: Yokozuna Hakuho reprimanded for leading cheer after his victory See in context

upholding such traditions and orders, such decorum and beauty of form.

oh yes, that the female city mayor had to stand outside the ring to make her speech, or better still, PA announcement asking female first aid givers to get lost while they were busy trying to save a life !

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Posted in: Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex See in context

and shoppers become used to it.

scary stuffs. such retailers should expect mass consumer movements to boycott such stores.

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Posted in: Ken Watanabe to star in Japanese remake of ‘The Fugitive’ See in context

I like him.

why ? do you know that he was having an extramarital affair while his actress wife was being treated for breast cancer ?

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

licence or no licence, passed or failed tests, some stubborn people will still drive anyway. so sad for all victims of such tragedies.

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Posted in: New Zealand, France announce bid to stop social media being used to organize terrorism See in context

social media platforms are just a tiny bit of the surface visible web, which in turn is a tiny bit of the deep web. the scale and depth of the world wide web has evolved beyond anyone's wildest imaginations possible.

nefarious activities will just be driven to the the dark web regions of the deep web. it will just go on and on, if real world root causes of problems are not addressed.

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Posted in: U.S. may allow commercial use of Yokota base during 2020 Olympics See in context

as some have stated, more likely a temporary CIP or VIP terminal during the games for the jet setting privileged and elite types.

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Posted in: About 70 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context's_visits

> ....... On October 17, 1978, these fourteen Class A war criminals were enshrined .......

> Emperor Hirohito did not visit Yasukuni from 1978 until his death. His son, Emperor Akihito, has not visited the shrine since becoming emperor, instead choosing to send a lesser member of the royal household. On July 20, 2006, Nihon Keizai Shimbun front-paged an article about the discovery of a memorandum detailing the reason Emperor Hirohito stopped visiting Yasukuni. The memorandum, kept by former chief of Imperial Household Agency Tomohiko Tomita, confirms for the first time the enshrinement of Class A War Criminals such as Yosuke Matsuokaand Toshio Shiratori was the reason. Tomita wrote down the contents of his conversations with the emperor in his diaries and notebooks in detail. He left 12 diaries (1975–1986) and some 20 notebooks (1986–1997).

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Posted in: Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for businesses See in context

Japan business 101:

print "reiwa" in kanji on all labels on your products

upcharge %15

sell to sheep

enjoy profit

how about some canned heisei fresh air ? 1080 yen per can ! lol.


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Posted in: Comedian elected Ukraine president See in context

One of the posters for his candidacy read: "No promises -- no apologies!"

lol. a president that comes with fine print and disclaimers.

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Posted in: ANA unveils new Boeing 787-10 for international routes See in context

are they using the GE or rolls-royce engines ?

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

there is a picture of the stuffs in his luggage.

as usual, these people all trying to outdo and out-extreme each other for the likes and views on social media.

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Posted in: Ethiopia inquiry shows Boeing MAX hurtling uncontrolled to disaster See in context

Jumping to conclusions with only partial data is seldom a smart thing.

exactly, and boeing and the FAA are the biggest culprits here, in not immediately grounding the model after more than 350 lives were lost in 2 nose diving crashes within 5 months, from a delivered fleet of just 300+ planes.

they were jumping to the conclusion that this plane is safe, in spite of what happened ! instead, boeing issued a statement after the 2nd crash :

> Boeing issued a statement late Monday saying that since the Lion Air crash, the company had been developing a “flight control software enhancement for the 737 Max, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer.”


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Posted in: 4 era names the gov't rejected before deciding on Reiwa See in context

What was the name of the 5th one that was rejected?


same reading as in 休暇, vacation / holiday ! lol.

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Posted in: Singapore minister puts Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande on 'offensive' playlist See in context

article headline :

Singapore minister puts Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande on 'offensive' playlist

embedded inside the article :

K Shanmugam, Singapore's home affairs minister, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that he gave the list as an illustration of things people may find offensive.

The statement came on a day Singapore submitted wide-ranging fake news legislation in parliament

this article has a "fake" news headline ! lol.

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Posted in: Gov't says official translation for next era name Reiwa is 'beautiful harmony' See in context

here's the link to the actual 万葉集 poem :


[題詞]梅花歌卅二首[并序] / 天平二年正月十三日 萃于帥老之宅 申宴會也 于時初春令月 氣淑風和梅披鏡前之粉 蘭薫珮後之香 加以 曙嶺移雲 松掛羅而傾盖 夕岫結霧鳥封縠而迷林 庭舞新蝶 空歸故鴈 於是盖天坐地 膝飛觴 忘言一室之裏 開衿煙霞之外 淡然自放 快然自足 若非翰苑何以攄情 詩紀落梅之篇古今夫何異矣 宜賦園梅聊成短詠

the era name is taken from the above preface to the poem, written in 100% kanji, rather than the actual main poem, because the main poem uses kanji characters for reading/pronounciation purposes only, and totally un-useable for taking out as quotes.

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