Slickdrifter comments

Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

Have you ever seen so much nit picking in your life? Who cares if the translation is right or wrong. Or who suggested what and what gender. The fact is when a woman is menstruating and having a hard time. I'd like to know so I can be a little more patient or bit more understanding. I do not find the badge offensive at all. I think it is great idea. I trust Japanese female retailers to always try their best to offer high quality customer service and not use this badge or a menstrual condition as an excuse for more sinister nature.

Get over it. Let's get it done.

What a fine idea.

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Posted in: Trump conveys condolences over death of Nakasone See in context

Trump is a class act.

It's great see my President acknowledging Mr. Regan's & Mr. Nakasone past robust bilateral alliance efforts and hard work. Both great men ahead of their time.

a cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom then and now. The future is bright for Japan and the U.S.

May the former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone find peace.

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Posted in: Hong Kong protesters say 'Thank you' to Donald Trump See in context

Way to go Mr. President.

Haters gonna hate!

Great see China knocked down a few notches.

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Hyogo Pref in possible gang feud See in context

Sorry. Typo* line two. Little known fact I meant.

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Hyogo Pref in possible gang feud See in context

The Yaks like using the 61 Scorpion submachine gun 7,65mm. A few have been recovered in Japan and were brought in from Brazil. Know fact. low caliber and very discrete and can concealed easily.

There has never been any bazooka incident in Kyushu perpetrated by the Yakuza ever @ papigiulio.

In Omuta. April 6, 2011, a hand-grenade explosion killed former Seido-kai underboss Sueharu Matsunaga, 54, and his associate in their car. Both were the subjects of arrest warrants on suspicion that they had assaulted a senior member of their own gang with a whiskey bottle in a hostess bar in Omuta. When their bodies were found, it was not clear whether they had intended to attack the headquarters of the Seido-kai gang or had just mistakenly blew themselves up instead.

On February 22nd 2001 a Snack bar was said to have been blown up over debts. Wo-machi Kokoura. The poilce recoved what was said to be a pineapple hand grenade was used in the blast. But later found it was a gas leak set off by space heater. And the pineapple hand grenade found. Was some sort of paper weight and was not even real that sat on bar.

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

I can say with certainly. Former President Obama would not have signed off on this. I praise President Trump for supporting Hong Kong and the protestors mission at hand.

Hong Kong’s fervent young protesters have turned to harassment or even assault against those who disagree with them, an even more extreme form of the behavior the former president recently criticized among American progressives recently.

Well Mr. President. Revolutions are never pretty.

We have gone well and far beyond Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill (Anti-ELAB) movement.

This is fight for Democracy! Go ahead China go on then. Do your worst.

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Posted in: Stainless steel, broken glass and buzz: Tesla makes a pickup See in context

This was so painful to watch. The thing looks awful. Pontaic Aztec coming to mind is dead on! The glass stunt was hilarious. I will give to musk though he did say "room for improvement" UNDERSTATEMENT!

There is going to be a day we will all driving EV vehicles and gasoline/diesel engines will be a pain to own as governments try to make owning one very difficult. This is what I think will happen but way way way down the road. A conversation for another day.

The Bollinger truck is miles ahead of this monstrosity Tesla is trying to sell to the world.

Very painful to watch.

Bollinger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8n8UzEksN4

At my place of work looking forward to seeing this on the showroom my floors soon at all Porsche centers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP9kokeyxGU

And there is the Rivian - Electric Adventure Vehicle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMfxJEfb4lw

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Posted in: Court rules against divorced parents seeking access to children See in context

What a blow. A farce.

The Father was 170.000? For 29 months? 4.930.000. He has paid out allot of money paid to the Mrs. for no visitation.

I am sorry but sometimes you have to know when to cut your losses. I would think you have three choices.

Continue the payments and try to get wife back in the marriage and reconcile.

Leave Japan and totally give up and come back when children are of age and be apart of their lives then. No job in Japan. No support. The Mrs. may change her stance then when the payments stop.

A. path that I can not say on a forum that would allow him to leave Japan with the children that has been growing in popularity for those that come from countries that have no legal cooperation in the foreign nationals home country like the USA and others. But risky.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

My God! Lets organize a NO DUMP rally!

This wrong on so many levels. Many of you are missing the point here. Once this dump goes forward. We are basically telling the world its okay to dumb anything in the ocean as long as government says. Oh its Okay do not worry about it. Can not harm you. Its just a small amount in our vast oceans.

Wake up here! This is not cool. There is another way to deal with contaminated water.

Its just not been put forward or discovered yet.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

I just watched the entire testimony Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, offered up. Love how the leftist media wraps this up as bombshell testimony! Oh my, the smoking gun! Look out!

I am supposed to believe this bombshell testimony? The smoking gun? When a guy says.

He needed access to State Department records to jog his recollection of certain events,

Come man, are your serious?

“In the absence of these materials, my memory has not been perfect,” he said.

But this is America. Right matters!

So do facts times and precise dates when accusing the President of the United States of misconduct.

Mr. Sondland you have discredited yourself and ended your career that was given to you on a silver platter due to your contributions and deep pockets Mr. Sondland, a GOP megadonor was tapped to be US ambassador to the European Union, all while his colleagues in the Foreign Service who assumed senior roles in the State Department after lengthy careers in government who I am sure know how to take notes.

I am not a note taker, nor am I a memo writer. Never have been.”

Those words, documented in Gordon Sondland’s opening statement as part of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing. Ambassadors George Kent and Bill Taylor, both career Foreign Service officers who were stationed at the US embassy in Kyiv, told lawmakers that they maintained copious notes during conversations with foreign leaders and other administration officials.

Sondland, a foreign policy neophyte who received the job after contributing $1 million toward Trump’s inauguration landed this job.

The point is Sondland is an opportunist that will put you you and anyone under the bus to further his agenda. Including his own boss. No creditably! None. Can not event produce a copy of the so-called email that links everyone in the loop.

This impeachment is dead on arrival. Whats an incredible waste of time and tax dollars.

Meanwhile economy soaring. Walls getting built. Cocaine, Meth, Marijuana and Fentanyl smuggling drastically cut down. Crime is down. Presidents approval is up.

This impeachment reminds me of this scene in the 300.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us15_iXt6e8

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@Simon Foston.

Says just about everything we need to know about your moral values.

Welcome to new (real) world Simon.

We only care because the left media says we should care. In U.S politics. Threatening to hold back aid and to dig up dirt on political rival is not such serious infraction in realtily. If the world really knew what it stakes to make the world a safer place and whats done behind closed doors and back channels in US. politics. The (shakedown scandal the Dems are pushing) is really so inconsequential.

@Wolfpack-

When there is a $22 trillion debt and built in annual deficits for the foreseeable future that both parties could care less about, Trump and the rage he has caused among the American Left is the least of the country’s problems.

The real world and what is coming! Ukraine what?

Thank you Wolfpack.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

Donald Trump now knows precisely what he can get away with. “He appears to be daring the rest of the political system to stop him—and if it doesn’t, he’ll go further.”

Holding back aid meant for Ukraine for corruption concerns should be a concern for all here. Seeing that the Ukraine is the first line of defense with Russia's aggression and Russian annexing aspirations. Whats to stop Russia from going forward?

Now on the (shakedown for aid) the Democratic party is so hell bent on proving. Think about this.

Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the Biden family, accusing Joe Biden of strongarming the Ukrainian authorities, including the then President Petro Poroshenko, to fire General Prosecutor Viktor Shokin in 2016 to protect his son. I see nothing wrong with investigating why Mr. Shokin had to go.

Now supposing for a minute that non of this came to light.

Supposing for a moment that the Ukraine's the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) did uncover some serious information on wrong doing by the former V.P. Biden and son Hunter. What would have been done with that information? Would Father and son be on the hot seat in front of some judiciary panel?

Would Trump use the information for political gain?

Had Trump used dirt possibly discovered by the Ukraine on the Biden to further his own Ppolitical aspirations instead of handing over the findings to the right agency. Then yes. Big problem if proven.

Mr. Shokin says he was fired and really got the shaft here. Fired to prevent him from investigating Hunter Biden, which the Biden family strongly denies. And of course the Biden's deny it or any wrong doing. But its there trust me. There is something there the Biden's do not want the American tax payer to know. So what if Trump held back aid bucking for a looksy in to the Biden's. This sort of thing has been going on for decades. It is what we call, I will scratch your back if you scratch mine. In the end this is only an issue because some whistle blower brought to the attention of the Democratic party who have been hell bent on ousting this President since day one. Yes, Trump is not perfect. But he is doing his best. I am partial as I am Republican. Middle right is where I stand. There are many things I am unhappy about with current administration.

There have been promises Trump made that for some reason or another have not been kept. For example.

He promised he would end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”

Despite efforts, Donald Trump fails to cut funding from sanctuary cities. Trump had options here. This promise has stalled or is in Limbo.

This really got me excited about the Trump Presidency.

Establish a commission on radical Islam

Trump said one of my first acts as president will be to establish a commission on radical Islam which will include reformist voices in the Muslim community who will hopefully work with us."

As of today no signs of any commission.

If the Democrats succeed in ousting the President from office cause they cant not stand the thought of him being in the oval office another 4 years. I hope the Democrats have a plan for the blow-back that will be forth coming.

Foreign policy is President Trump's area as President to run as he sees fit, I find him capable and he has some vision with room for improvement. Holding back aid to look into corruption is no impeachable crime. The Democratic party should have let the things run the course. But they did not want to sacrafice Biden and his bid for President. Had the President dug dirt on Biden through a Ukraine's the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Then used that information at debate for re-election. Then the Dems. could have a collusion argument.

The Dems. can not beat this President fair and square at the ballot box, so scandal after scandal and nothing but noise.

You think another sitting U.S President never threatened to hold back aid for some unknown reason?

I remember when Bill Clinton was trading White House access for political favors.

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Posted in: Record 400 kg of cocaine seized at Kobe port See in context

Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

-Rick James.

That's allot of blow. I am thinking that Japan was not the final destination here. And if it was Japan. Some Japanese/or other nationalities are having some serious fun in secret. I've never seen drugs anywhere in Japan. Ever! Maybe brought in to sell for the upcoming Olympics?

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Posted in: 'I'll be back': Schwarzenegger and Hamilton keep promises in new 'Terminator' See in context

More like the Seniornator.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

‘No puedo escuchar tan bien baby’

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

‘I don’t know how much longer I can hold this…’I am old.

Terminator 3: Rise of the machines

‘I like this wheel chair’

Terminator 1.

‘Come with me if you want to take hormones!

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

‘I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle’ and your glasses and hearing aids.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

‘Unlikely. I’m an obsolete design. Will leave that one alone.

Terminator 1.

I'll be back. After hyaluronic acid injection. My arthritis in the these old T1000 knees are killing me!

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Posted in: Baghdadi's death marks the end of an era for 'war on terror' See in context

All three comments above really made me laugh.

@Norman Goodman

America's number one security threat is in the Pentagon.

Who would that be? Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Jr CENTCOMM Commander?

Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, with two bronze oak leaf clusters Legion of Merit with two gold award stars Bronze Star Medal , 2nd row Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with two award stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon. Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster. Navy Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star. Kosovo Campaign Medal with service star 4th row Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars. Iraq Campaign Medal with service star. Global War on Terrorism. Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal. Humanitarian Service Medal. Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four service stars. Navy Arctic Service Ribbon. NATO Medal for Kosovo with service star. Badge

Yeah Norman Real threat those generals in the Pentagon.

@Numan.

Many if not most veterans, generals, intelligence experts, and other government officials say the real threat is living in the White House.

Why for taking the handcuffs off our military to hunt down these jihadist terror scum and make them pay?

If you look at Trumps address to the nation in contrast to Obama's address to nation when Osama Bin Laden was taken down. You will notice some very stark differences. Obama has not one branch of military flag behind him. Not one!

Trump was surrounded in the situation room by Robert O'Brien, Trump's national security adviser; Mark Esper, the secretary of defense; Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Brig. Gen. Marcus Evans, the Joint Staff deputy director for special operations. You think these men think Trump is the real threat?

@TARA TAN KITAOKA

the world war just started.

We should be more worried about a Civil war at home with Democrats and the wack impeachment hearings.

That at the end day accomplish nothing but wasting tax payers dollars.

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Posted in: Trump says he will formally object to impeachment inquiry See in context

Great statement here.

What this is is a democrat socialist party 2020 campaign strategy designed to codify its far-left lunatic base.

Man I love this statement. So Awesome.

Hope Bernie recovers soon. The Democrats are off the rails. Bernie seems to keep them somewhat grounded. Whats a farce this whole thing is.

Keep working for the people Mr. President! God love you for it.

Semper Fi!

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Posted in: North Korea says underwater-launched missile test succeeded See in context

This is Japanese problem with missiles landing in Japan sea all the time.

Has nothing to do with Trump. Sanctions were levied against the DPRK long ago. And remain. These sanctions should get an upgrade as we can see sanctions can be bypassed obviously. That's what the conversation should be about with regards to sanctions. Are we getting our sanctions (monies) worth? Are the sanctions up to date? I do not think so. But what do I know.

Since Rocket man can afford submarines and misses that can be launched from a submerged submarine?

I say sanction failure profusely. I mean come on. The word sanction or the action of a sanction obviously has nill effect on the DPRK. Right? Its obviously not working. Rocket man just wants to shake down the international community for respect money as well aid right. Will promises to disarm. We all know he won't give up his nukes. That's his ace. The last great communist state. Working with the DPRK is like throwing good money after bad money. The whole regime needs to be dismantled and the power given to the people.

So, about this launch. Not from a pad. Not from a mobile truck, but from a submarine?

But was it submerged? We most likely will never know right? The story here says.

underwater-launched missile test succeeded

Let's give the credit he deserves. Okay Kim. You can launch missiles from subs now. The world is watching.

Like I said in an earlier post. Japan is like the giant sleeping giant. Until there is collateral damage done to Japan. It's blinders on happy place and tourism as usual. Sorry I am being a little sarcastic here. I love Japan.

I do not want anything bad to happen here. But Japan seriously wake up! Do something other than just talk!

I just wish they would wake up and look around a bit. It's of no concern of ours and a (shouganai) approach by most Japanese or at least the ones that I know attitude. It's pathetic and reckless. Rocket man is going to let one these missiles of the leash one day. And it is going to go array and kill some Japanese and then it's gonna be on. Tell me if I am wrong! Am I wrong? Will cooler heads prevail?

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile, possibly from sub; falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone See in context

Sorry no missile shield sale. *typo

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile, possibly from sub; falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone See in context

Rocket man at it again.

This all he is good at. Rattling sabers. (launching missiles) Flexing his muscles.

You guys are going on and on about the EEZ, trajectories, missile types. Armed and or unarmed.

There will be missile shield sale here unless........

Ask any Japanese citizen. Or most or the majority Japanese citizens .

Until the DPRK hits Japan somehow with a missile and causes financial damage, loss of life, or structural damage. The attiude is angry yes, but also shoganai. Nothing is going to happen until the DPRK really crosses the line. That's the sad reality of the situation and its pathetic. The DPRK is inching closer and closer to this in my opinion. And my opinion doesn't matter.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited trade deal, leaving autos for future talks See in context

@ drlucifer

Of course, it doesn't make economic sense investing hundreds of millions of dollars building assembly line in a market that the number of new cars sold a year is 5 million compared to U.S. 18million and China 24million due to the declining birthrate and rapid ageing the car sales will continue to fall.

I apologize in advance, But I disagree with your assessment. There are factories that are completely abandoned here in my location in Tosu Saga. There is a 50,000 square foot warehouse that used to make Hitachi tractors and heavy equipment behind my building. It belongs to Hitachi and it (the building) and the land are for sale. If you have about 140 million dollars. Way overpriced!

It could easily handle auto production. We also have a nuclear power grid here. The warehouse factory has 2 foot deep concrete slab that needs some repair and capping. But totally workable. It is a large facility and with a little bit of vision and investment. Anyone could go in and set up on the cheap, And we have labor force here in Fukuoka/Saga. As well many foreign nationals that could come and work in such a place already living here.

Companies like Denka/Toshiba/Toto are already hiring foreign nationals at record pace here. Why not let in a foreign corporation and set shop. EV car maker is just one idea. I know it could work if Japan would loosen up a bit. With Bollinger Motors buying materials from Japan. As well Lucid as well Faraday Future. It's only a matter of time before one of these EV manufacturing companies launch an assembly plant here.

Saga/Fukuoka could be great HUB for these EV car companies to make cars and send them all over the world. Or Harley Davidson with there new line of EV products coming out soon. We have space. We have the trains for containers. We have the local ferries. From Moji Port. Other ports in Japan can be reached easliy.

From Kawasaki port. Yokohama port. Kobe port. Nagoya port.

China. Taiwan. anywhere in Asia. Matter of fact anywhere in the world can be touched and reached.

So it is totally worth investing in.

The problem here is the land cost, the red tape, the stringent government regulations, and the politics and payoffs.

Maybe you think I do not know what I am talking about. That's cool.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/21/17148402/faraday-future-construction-hanford-factory-production-debt

Whatever happens in China, Faraday Future finally appears ready to pursue production of its expensive, but ludicrously fast EV in California. Meanwhile, the city of Hanford has been waiting. The Pirelli plant had been largely dormant for over 15 years, and Faraday Future promised north of 1,000 jobs once the factory is up and running.

Let's hope Trump and Abe can get this tariff nonsense over with so corporations and investors can start looking at Japan as an opportunity again.

the car sales will continue to fall.

Naw, it will not. It will just change and morph as EV cars take over and gas powered cars become obsolete.

Maybe not now. But 10 years from now. 20 years from now.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited trade deal, leaving autos for future talks See in context

@cleo,

Obviously you have never worked at Costco.

You do realize that everything in your cart was not sent to your local Costco directly right?

That it was sent to Kirkland holdings then shipped to Japan.

Thank American business and ingenuity!

Don't choke on a nut!

CSRF. Bhahaha!!

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited trade deal, leaving autos for future talks See in context

@rgcivilian1

As for the autos, then the US big 3 should have done like Toyota and built a factory in Japan this way the costs of parts wouldn't have been so expensive and affordable, and built for Japan roads and environment. I just want my beef instead of the tiny overpriced US beef we get now in Japan.

Exactly. The thing is. America car manufactures can not afford the price of land here. And the construction costs. Unless they can short stack a production line for kei cars in some of these old closed up factories like in Yamaguchi or Kurme here in Kyushu. (and there are lots abandoned and empty old decrepit factories) The building would need to be fixed I guess. Modern power platforms would need to be brought in. I have seen the Suzuki Every production line.(very short and compact) I have seen the Ford F-150 production line. (forget it, can not work in Japan). Like I said. I wonder what Trumps thinking when he says do not enjoy equal access to Japan's market. Harley Davidson sells allot of bikes here in Japan. But no factory here. Whats he thinking?

I really want to know.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited trade deal, leaving autos for future talks See in context

@Eppee

U.S. beef, pork wheat and cheese.

There are people wanting to eat that in japan ?!

Sure. This deal is for Costco in Japan. Next time you visit your local Costco.

Have look in a few carts the Japanese are pushing around. Mind you discreetly.

Beef, cheeses, Pork, Kirkland products. The Japanese love it!

On another note:

Trump has frequently complained that U.S. automakers do not enjoy equal access to Japan's market.

Ok look. I am in the car business in Japan now two decades at the highest level. All know I support my party and the President here on JT. But, I wonder what Trump invions here, what exactly? Japanese driving around the new Dodge Demons? My competitor sell GM new Chevy Camaros, GMC, Cadillac's and what not. They have a nice niche. Do well. They sell allot here in Fukuoka. The roads are wide open here. However, I really call into question what the President is thinking here. From a dealer stand point. I can see the Focus doing well here. Espcially the RS. The ST. And there is a few for sale here in Japan. But those come from Ford Germany. Every Toyota, Nissan, in the Ford Focus and Fusion class can not compete with what Japan can produce. I wonder what he is thinking here? Tesla? Sending over more American Toyota's like the FJ? American Nissan's? If I am Japanese. Why in the world why I buy an American made Toyota out of Tennessee or Norfolk? No thanks. Land cruiser 80 please. Go ahead and keep your FJ cruiser. Mr. President. If you want to see American made cars in force on the roads over here. Then give the Japanese a product worth buying. Cause the Japanese who want to buy a Camaro or a Cadillac. Very few and far between. In Japan Jeep does well. Because its Japan FCA. Jeep (ICON).

Better get this tariff nonsense sorted out. Americans are going to buy Japanese cars no matter what. As well Korean cars and everything else economical they can get there hands on.

I challenge Ford to come up with 660 CC (or less) vehicle that can out preform what is already here and is safer and cost less than what Daihastu, Suzuki, Mazda, Honda, are already producing. Honestly it can not be done. Because that is the only way your going to see American dealership and American cars here in Japan in mass quantities. Mr. President. It's pipe dream. American Auto manufacturing can not enter this market and make a car the average Japanese family or person can afford. Fact!

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Posted in: Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid U.S. standoff See in context

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday,

You had better be ready Iran.

Since General Mattis departure as Centcom commander.

Ever notice since Obama took Mattis off the chess board. Iran has become more and more aggressive. No one wants a war with Iran. Not even Trump. Why? Nuclear program's plain and simple. In 2012 I firmly remember the U.S. being on record as (passive wimps on Iran).

My government and the U.S. stance and preference as well position was for diplomacy over military action, nearly three out of four respondents, including 69 percent of Republicans, said the U.S. should act primarily through the U.N. Security Council, rather than unilaterally, in dealing with Iran's nuclear program. Bad call as we see now.

Doubt much has changed now here in 2019. Do not care much about what the Democrats think. Worthless and spineless on a whole other level on the subject of Iran. With exception of Hillary Clinton on one rare occasion. When she running as a Presidential Candidate she reiterated a message directly to Tehran. That if she were president, the United States could “totally obliterate” Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel. I wonder if she meant it? Maybe stump talk. (blowhard). However, my antenna went up when I heard say that or read it somewhere.

I wonder if she was POTUS how her reaction would be over a few seized tankers and this oil refinery hit? Its just been seething blasts from her in Trumps direction about how incompetent my Republican President is. Same ole same ole.

Iran needs a serious wake up call. There will be no ground combat Iran.

Here is how I think a war with Iran would be like in beginning.

The U.S. strategy would almost certainly involve using overwhelming air and naval power to beat Iran into submission early on. (123 Tap out) “You don’t poke the beehive, you take the whole thing down,”The US military would bomb Iranian ships, parked warplanes, missile sites, nuclear facilities, and training grounds, as well as launch cyberattacks on much of the country’s military infrastructure. The goal would be to degrade Iran’s conventional forces within the first few days and weeks, making it even harder for Tehran to resist American strength.

So yes Iran. You had better be ready if war is a coming.

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Posted in: Biden urges investigation into Trump Ukraine call See in context

@ulysses

In your version of reality maybe. Keep telling yourself that as we go another 4 and beyond.

Democrats worthless!

“It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.”

― Rick Riordan,

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Posted in: Biden urges investigation into Trump Ukraine call See in context

Hey, Trump has just admitted to having a three-way with Stormy and Mike Pence's wife! Duly noted.....

Very inappropriate comment.

Dem's just soar cause they do not have front runner candidate worth a darn.

Biden son's have always been sketchy as hell.

Fact check.

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/07/viral-image/fact-checking-joe-biden-hunter-biden-and-ukraine/

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats shift strategies as leadoff caucus nears See in context

Dems better get used to the idea that Donald Trump is going to be POTUS for a while longer. A lot longer.

Not one Democratic candidate can hit Trump in the knees.

I am not a Trump fan either.

I like Rubio and Cruz.

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Posted in: Couples flogged for public affection in Indonesia's Aceh See in context

"But it can serve as an important lesson for us from other countries to comply with local regulations."

No it's not.

I am all about observing other cultures being mindful and coherent. However, this is way over the top. In 1948 Britain abandoned flagellation. Countries like Malaysia and the one in the story Indonesia's Aceh Province, where it is more common to be flogged obviously have not come around yet. Wake up. It's stupid and violent. Counties still involved in this type of punishment need to wake up and put a more suitable form of punishment in place. However being punished for canoodling. Won't be taking my wife to Aceh Province anytime soon. Yeah No,Thanks.

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Posted in: American man married to same-sex Japanese partner sues gov't for long-term visa See in context

@girl_in_tokyo

Yes, I am fully aware of the surveying in Japan with woman and the elderly. I understand the majority want same sex marriages. I may have read something in detail in which survey you maybe referring too sometime ago. Many Japanese and Non-Japanese citizens approve of same sex marriages and progression towards same sex marriages. I am not blind. I can see momentum and movement towards same sex marriages and gay rights gaining major traction. However, my belief is slightly different with same sex marriages. Not that I carry any animosity or disdain for homosexuality. I do not. I just think inline with the Liberal Democratic Party government with incompatibility.

But Japan's conservative ruling Liberal Democratic Party said in its 2016 manifesto that "same-sex marriage is incompatible with the constitution".

I agreed back in 2016 and I agree with this assessment in 2019.-- incompatible with the constitution".

So, diving into this a bit. (surveys)- There is always the opposite spectrum to a sensitive topic.

The national level, LDP lawmakers who stand behind the traditional form of family consisting of a man, a woman and their children are seen as the main obstacle in passing legislation to approve gay marriages.

In another survey by Nihon Yoron Chōsa-ka, conducted on 1st and 2nd of March 2014, 42.3% of Japanese supported same-sex marriage, while 52.4% opposed it. Another poll conducted by FNN in April 2015 showed that 59% supported the same-sex partnership certificate law proposed in Shibuya and 53% supported same-sex marriage.

I would say in Japan. I feel it would be a pretty even split if we polled Nationally with all Japanese citizens in Japan. Or those able to vote in elections. or those of legal age.

I oppose.

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beat his son “to discipline him.”

Batting his son? What is this? Cosa nostra?

Some people do not deserve to be parents. Domestic violence is taught.

I surly hope this child recovers from this despicable assault.

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