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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 2 people at Ueno Station in Tokyo See in context

I am sure we will hear later in other story or in media.

When the Police interviewed the suspect they were told by the perp.

"I wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone since I was a kid." Speculation of course.

Japan needs to put more modern and frequent programs in place to help more of it citizens to recognize mental illness and to treat it as well. Japan you have a problem, this happens to frequently at stations and in the General Public.

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Posted in: In Tokyo court, 5 ask N Korea to pay for false 'paradise on Earth' promise See in context

Kim Jong Un to compensate them? Please.....

Sorry for those who had suffered hardships....But common sense people. Common sense.

If it smells like a duck, quacks like a duck. (((Paradise on Earth))) Good one DPRK.

Its just Win on paper. Will never see one KPW Bank note ever.

The concept in the DPRK is: One must destroy in order to create.

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

Hito. LOL too funny. But dead on.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy says personnel who refuse vaccine will be expelled See in context

If we look at your comments here, pretty even split.

250 and over

189 and over.

Pretty even split.

What is interesting. Is how the department of Navy is running the punishment concept here.

People expelled for refusing the vaccine will receive a general honorable discharge, but could lose certain benefits or be forced to repay the cost of training and education in some cases, the statement said.

This is fair actually. My military spidy sense tells me bye bye GI money. And BHA? But were not going to hamper you life with a DD 256A A stands for ALL DONE! TOAST No ones going hire you.

And some money back for the Pentagon coffers..

Vice Admiral John Nowell, the chief of naval personnel, said the navy force has been hit with 164 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Does this include the Corps? Sad those service passed. RIP.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why See in context

So many medical experts here. So much speculation.


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Posted in: Former head of egg producer convicted for bribing ex-farm minister See in context

The jokes are golden.

Why should you be careful about what you say around egg whites?

Everyone knows they can’t take a yolk.

As far as the bribe? ah well, standard here nothing to see here folks.

One more? Why not.

What is an egg’s least favorite day of the week?


Its Friday tomorrow, Have a good weekend readers.....

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Posted in: Hypersonic missiles: The alarming must-have in military tech See in context

Prone to destruction? Close H.D. Symphony of destruction.

The US is banking on lasers no nukes.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges large economic stimulus as by-election campaigns start See in context

Open everything up and won't need a stimulus.


The sooner you open the country the more money there will flow.

If you going to give a way money. Give it directly to people who need it that lost homes to landslides.

That's suffered death or loss directly from this virus.

But better yet. Spend in research for better masks. Better and clearer air. On ways to curb the spread of all pathogens and virus.


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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

I meant.

Can not deny the evolution.

Open it all up. Allow the G.P. hospitals and medical companies. Medical universities, all these elites.

Let us open it up and put them to the test.

Or Japan will sink and suffer with no tourism. Japanese people are tired of this pandemic and so am I.

I am vaccinated and working on getting in the best shape of my life at 50.

That is it, 2 years in to this thing. I think at 3 year mark. Enough is enough. Time to face facts.

Life must resume.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

Can not deny the evolution.

Open it all up. Allow the G.P. hospitals and medical companies. Medical universities, all these elites.

Let us open it up and put them to the test.

Or Japan will sink and suffer with no tourism. Japanese people are tired of this pandemic and so am I.

I am vaccinated and working on getting in the best shape of my life at 50.

That is it, 2 years in thing. I saw at 3 mark enough is enough. Time to face facts.

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Posted in: Europe-Japan space mission captures images of Mercury See in context

An incredible waste of money. *lifeless rock. Mercury offers of not much scientifically.


Interesting read above.

If life is to be discovered it is not going to be in our range of planets. But I bet life exists somewhere in the Milkyway galaxy. I think were allot closer to finding life once we figure out travel at interstellar speeds.

Or folding and bending space.

Besides "just pictures", the Orbiter contains a payload of 11 instruments, comprising cameras, spectrometers (IR, UV, X-ray, γ-ray, neutron), a radiometer, a laser altimeter, a magnetometer, particle analyzers, a Ka-band transponder, and an accelerometer. We're going to learn a LOT because of this investment.

More power and equipment Scottie.

She cant take anymore Captain, I am giving her all she's got.

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Posted in: North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea See in context

I want the U.S. or S.Korea to shoot one of these down when they go off.

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Posted in: Taliban ask to address U.N. General Assembly See in context

I just have a sinking feeling this administration will give them some form of legitimacy in some fashion.

You should I have continued more on with your comment, Your exactly right. This (soft ice cream) administration can not pick a side. And way worse than the Obama admin. At least Obama had some spine and teeth to show when needed.

administration will give them some form of legitimacy-Just the sheer fact were acknowledging them in media, you ought to know it's too launch the Idea of giving known terrorists a seat at the U.N.?

Seems the work is ready for the Biden administration to sell out America at all costs to break bread with thy enemy.

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Posted in: Man injured after trying to stop 2 men breaking into his car See in context

with the man clinging to the hood.-----Right out Hollywood. Someone has been watching too much Netflix. Jump on the hood of moving car. LOL.

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Posted in: Man arrested for smuggling gun parts from U.S. See in context

I do allot with airsoft and enjoy it very much with my co-workers. We have a little couse we have set up and do time trails all the time for a bit fun and competition.

We buy them new sell them trade them and its fun to have that with the guys. Matter of fact here in my town we have one the best shops in Japan.

All metal airsoft rifles and pistols are highly desired. But parts at costly in Japan to covert the plastic bits to metal. Its a racket actually buy the makers T.M. is the biggest offender, If I knew the parts he was trying to bring in I could say for sure he is not lying. I bet its a gun frame or an optic. Its one of the two.

Its is not possible to covert and airsoft gun into a real one. And it would be very dangerous!

3D printed guns are more of threat and undetectable as well. In Italy its the preferred weapon to do a hit.

Easily disposable and you do not have throw your Sig Saur in the Piave.

I bet this case gets dismissed.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte will not cooperate with ICC drug war probe See in context

If Durtete is so such a murderous leader.

Break it down.

A majority of Filipinos support Duterte’s signature “war on drugs” in principle, they do not approve of the extrajudicial killings that have taken place (the government admits to 6,000 such killings since Duterte’s election, whereas human-rights organizations put the figure at more than 20,000). More generally, it’s not hard to find Filipinos, especially among the professional classes—journalists, lawyers, academics—and university students who see Duterte as a grave danger to their country’s democratic traditions and rule of law.


But here’s the paradox: Despite all of that, despite the awkward fact that Duterte is the only elected president on the planet being investigated for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, despite his insulting language about women, his attacks on the press, and his capo di tutti capi style of rule, despite his use of the country’s judicial machinery to prosecute political rivals, he enjoys the highest approval ratings of any Filipino leader at this stage of their term in office in recent history. In many ways, Duterte’s political success illustrates many of the reasons strongman and populist leaders the world over, including Donald Trump, are able to bypass crises or challenges that would torpedo a more typical politician.

“This is a man who admits to killing,” Marites Vitug, a prominent journalist and author, told me, a mixture of wonderment and resignation in her voice, “and yet he’s popular.”

Mic drop!

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Posted in: Akihabara’s landmark 'meat building' being sold as pandemic continues to hit neighborhood hard See in context

If you got vaccinated you should be able to come here now.

Need more articles like this to ramp up pressure.

Its time to get things to open up.

If a tourist has proof of vaccination at immigration. They should be allowed in.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte will not cooperate with ICC drug war probe See in context

Crash course Davao politics.

Rody. What should be do before launching the drug sweeps and elimination of Chinese Meth and the triads in here in the country.

Eliminate blow back and those nosy pesky agencies that probe into the Philippines' drug war about to launch,

And that what he did. His pattern is very predictable if you know his politics.

If you know anything at all about this man, all you have to do is look at what he did in Davao. How he cleaned it up. By instilling fear/punishment and death. Do not think for a moment that this man does not love his country and his country man and the children. This man has a serious distain for illegal drugs and that comes with it. He is a staunch Catholic as well. He will stop at nothing to protect the youth and the innocent from falling into the drug trap in the country.

Were civil right abused? Were users, pushers, killed? Yes, they were shot down in cold blood and the shooter got a bonus for it. Hits done far and wide, on Scooters in tandem, Dirty cops and politics were amongst the ones killed mayors and families. Clean cops and hit men pulling triggers. I know this man said on many occasions, Deal and die! That is it. Your in drug game. Your taking your life in you own hands.

Its one of those things. History will judge

Is he a Hero? Is he a Monster? In this time and age we struggle to hold on to what's right and what's wrong.

Black and white, Left and right. But he works with in the grey area.

This man only thinks what best for the youth and the health of his country.

The people of the Philippians and history will judge him. Govern by the gun/ Die by the gun.

That is just P.I.

But in short he eliminated the possibility of blow back by leaving certain accords. That is was smart if want to win a war and fight dirty.

It is what is. Its a dirty fight there on the war on drugs and the power.

And my family is all the safer for it.

Thank you Digong! Salamat.

Say no to drugs! Especially man made ones.

One love!

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Posted in: Suga says N Korean missile launches threaten Japan's security See in context

Game back on, Old behavior surfacing again. Cause there is a weak President in office. Both in Japan and in America. How can this be denied?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for new type of capitalism to address income, social gaps See in context

“We have to turn around the economy in this situation, and if we just do the same thing, the gaps will only grow and there will be no positive cycle,” he said. “We will make a change."

Makes sense actually.

Spread out the money evenly, time for all to get a major pay raise in Japan.

Especially foreign workers. I hold a status position I execute flawlessly But my Japanese co-workers get paid more. And this is normal. This must change. All I want is to paid and treated the same as Japanese.

Don't buy Japans broke. Its not. Lets go!!! Show me the money!

I want out of the gap and in to better pay and a feeling there is still a bright future to be worked for in Japan.

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Posted in: Defense Minister Kishi visits UK aircraft carrier See in context

I think the point being missed here is. Its great to see Japan and the U.K. come together to do great things.

This vessel being here is just one facet of the story. This is a good thing. British naval officers are very clever.

 Britain's “commitment to strengthen our diplomatic, economic and security ties in the Indo-Pacific.” He said it will take ties between Japan and Britain “to a whole new level.”

That's a beautiful thing.

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Posted in: 20 years of 'forever' wars have left a toll on U.S. veterans returning to the question: 'Did you kill?' See in context

Sorry for scathing comment and typos, I am driving here and this (his) comment chaps my arse.

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Posted in: 20 years of 'forever' wars have left a toll on U.S. veterans returning to the question: 'Did you kill?' See in context

There was no real need for America to go to war against Iraq and Afghanistan. Nothing was achieved.

Really? Where you there? No reason? No need? When were boots on the ground?

I and other Marines achieved great things and personal and professional level, done selflessly in our actions for families and children of the middle East including the Afghan people. Who have suffered under a radicalized view of the Koran and Islamic state rule and law that absolutely barbaric. Momentous tasks as well great deeds. were done all over the Middle East. Futures were brightened and built on the spilt blood including my own blood and those of my Marines and many (others). You go into war daily with a sense of duty honor knowing this day could be your last. But if I can help one person. One family. Take one player off the field. Full well knowing your working to make life better for someone somewhere who has never felt freedom once in their life. Even if costs you your life. I am going down doing what I love. Helping other on a humanitarian level. Every day. A chance to push back the oppression of radical Islamic terrorist's. I find your comment offensive and ill advised. Never boots on the ground in the middle eastern dust have you? That dust that smell haunts those burning oil rigs my haunt my dreams and sleep sometimes.

That biting dust. That smell. It wasn't for nothing.

If anyone who believes nothing good or beneficiary was achieved in any war fought by Nato, or her Allies and the Untied States in the middle east. I say to you. Give me 30 minutes of your time in my theater room and let me change your mind. What you may see. It may change the way you view the current climate.

Yes mistakes were made. But to say nothing good came out of the operations run in Afghanistan or any Middle Eastern war. I will say with a firm tone and voice of conviction with anyone eye to eye.

You are dead wrong! Dead wrong!

The United States Naval Academy taught me to be more than just a tool of mayhem and war and death on the ground or above. Honor, duty commitment. The furthering of Democracy and freedom. The ability to help those who can not help themselves.

The job of Armed forces is not just to fight wars and kill kill kill. Bullocks!

Semper Fi.

It has deep meaning.

Leadership traits identified by the Corps as the embodiment of a Marine are: justice, judgment, dependability, integrity, decisiveness, tact, initiative, endurance, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty and enthusiasm. NOT taking life on whim.

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Posted in: And now, a giant sleep-next-to-your-anime-girlfriend panel for otaku See in context

Bhahaha Stupid!

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Posted in: Putin calls absence of Russia-Japan peace treaty 'nonsense' See in context

How long has comrade Putin held power now?

Seems like forever.

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Posted in: Osaka smashes racket in U.S. Open loss; says she is considering taking break from tennis See in context

Tsk tsk temper temper little girl.

What a transformation for the worse with a little taste of success.

Better grow the (bleep) up.

Naomi is proving to be a major disappointment. All the way around.

Next will be lost sponsors. Then we know the rest.

Another flash in the pan who gained success with the golden child persona (I can't do no wrong) flash in the pan. She has this complexity about her self. who may end up in utter disgrace for good if not careful.

Better get the best shrink working in her head (real soon and with a quickness) or the cash cow and any chance of touching players legacy like  Billie Jean King,  Monica Seles ,Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, The William sisters.

Grand slam? Or Grand flop. Better get the bi-polar under control.

Pull it together girl.

Act proffcianally at all times when gripping a the racquet.

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Posted in: Kernels slide off like butter with this Japanese corn peeler See in context

Daiso version coming soon 100 yen :-)

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Posted in: Last U.S. troops exit Afghanistan, ending America's longest war See in context

I am not one to mince words. So, I am going to get right too it. And keep the politics out of it.

On September 11th 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The United States believed that Osama Bin Laden - who was the head of al-Qaeda - was the man behind these attacks. I lost friends that day in those towers’ Japanese friends. I would have deployed willingly if asked but was winding down my commission. I had 6 month left when then President Busch started this campaign.

Before would get my exit out of the Corps.

August 31st JST this campaign ended today and goes in too a diplomatic approach and phase.

IISIL/ISIS and the Taliban can have a go at each other. Go for it! No love loss between these two groups.

But I feel compelled to share with you, my thoughts as a vet in this war on terror.

And really the only the one thing I wish to convey.

Gratitude. -

Many gave their life in the hopes making the world a safer place. Speaking with Marines everyday those years back. One things sticks out above all. Wanting to go was forged in payback for 911. But left with the feeling we were not doing enough. On a general consensuses. When talking to these Afghanistan veterans. These people really wanted to make the world a better place. Its easy for us to sit behind our alias and key board and try to forge our beliefs on the readers here.

Those who perished and gave up everything.

Gone but not ever ever forgotten.

Job well done.

Semper Fi. Rah!

Honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice please.

Meet Carlos my friend. My brother. Try to read with an open mind.


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Posted in: Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37% of Japanese companies in government inspections See in context

I am in the over working boat. (1000 percent) Always have been

I get maybe 4 to 5 days off a month. Work starts 9:00 am sometimes runs to 8:00 pm or even later.

This is what is required. Even if I report the company. The only thing that will happen is. I will irritate the board and the CEO. I am expected to work as our Japanese co-parts. And for me it would even be a more volatile situation as a I carry the title GM (Jomu). I am supposed to push that narrative. Work first everything else in your life second. I have often thought of a case where a certain English school chain a National one in Japan got a Union involved and scores of payouts in over time where handed out too its Japanese staff but (NOT) the foreign teacher. Thats right. No payouts for them. Just no over working. Its a National case that can be easily discovered with some digging.

Being I am the only foreign staff here. I think the blow back for me would be quite severe. There is already a power harassment culture here from the CEO when employees fail to execute the position your in flawlessly or without fail to meet sales quotas and every aspect of your job and more.

Also, I have been denied my right to take yuku after years of dedication and loyal work. It seems my bosses can not imagine a day without me here moving metal for the company by their side. I am in my twenty second year with perfect attendance last 5 years which is never easy at my age. (50).

As an Italian American growing up in the height of the American Italian Mafia in NY/Boston. I always think to myself of the oath of Omerta those new rook Mafiosi would take for Gotti or Big Paul, The Chin, others. It would be said are you must willing to put your own blood family on hold. Even if your Mother is dying if the boss calls you must go. That the family must come first. I am being a bit dramatic. I apologize, but when these articles here on JT surface it strikes a nerve to here all the good things the Labor standards act over site wants to implement and achieve. What a joke!

The family ( my company )

Omerta. (No paper contract) you agree at this level where I am on a bow and spoken Japanese that the company comes first. Preform "働き, はたらき" & "あなたの働きに応じて賃金が支払われる"。I am made to say in our shaze in board meetings. (as this saint burns in your hands) During the Monthly Chore.

Company wide meetings. These are not complaints, Its just the way of life at this point. It just motivated me to make an alternate plan. The big exit without notice out of Japan. Just be done one day and soon at that. But be close enough to come back to file for nenkin in two years.

There is no big pot of gold in Japan when your done working here. Get an exit plan. Stack money.

I do miss the days of the simplicity of being an ALT.

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

Well, good to know not Saga on the list (yet) I just had the first dose Monday.

I am a little concerned now.

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