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Posted in: Nissan aims to put self-driving cars on Japan's road in 2016 See in context

unfortunatley thats progress,

It would not stop with taxis. I would imagine that buses and trucks, etc would also become driver-less. I am not so sure I like this progress. Taking more and more work away from humans might not be the best thing for society. I am also not sure if it means cheaper services either. Look at self-service gasoline stations or self-service cashiers in supermarkets. In the case of the gasoline stations, the prices is the same or sometimes even more than full service. In supermarkets, it is exactly the same. It just means fewer people working and I don't think that is a good thing.

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Posted in: Nissan aims to put self-driving cars on Japan's road in 2016 See in context

great so does this mean we can do away with all those old taxi drivers, just put a vending machine in each car, with no salaries to pay taxi fees should come down.

It would probably also mean a higher unemployment rate.

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Posted in: Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia See in context

No-one is forcing non-Muslims to eat Halal.

Perhaps not in Australia. However, if they did, they would not be the first.

It is possible that the sentiment of the 'No Halal' was the same as the 'No Sharia' which you say you agree with.

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/10308743.Row_over_Halal_meat_at_school/

Management at Larkswood Primary in New Road, Chingford, will stop providing meat slaughtered using 'standard' methods and replace it with food which is prepared according to the rituals of Islam from mid-April. Parents told the Guardian they had no objection to Muslim children practising their faith and eating Halal meat at the school. But said they did not want such religious beliefs imposed on their own offspring.

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Posted in: Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia See in context

Keeping it classy, Oz.

Perhaps you could share your specific concerns? They are not at all clear in your comment.

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Posted in: Iranian president says nuclear deal is start of new relationship with world See in context

The "general public" was not aware of the CIA/British 1953 coup, so how could they have made a logical conclusion about the "hostages"?

? So, a wrong in 1953 makes a wrong in 1979 okay? Taking over an embassy and keeping its occupants as hostages is completely against international law. There is and was only one logical conclusion about the hostages (absolutely no need for quotes around the word, FYI). It was completely wrong. The negative reaction of the American public to it was a reasonable expectation.

Geesh! Is critical thinking so dead that you can't understand

Oh yeah? Well, I am rubber and you are glue. Everything you say to me bounces off and sticks to you.

how the MSM manipulates the information?

Oh how sick I am of this 'MSM' nebulous claim. What sources do you use, waves from space? You are having a discussion on a major news portal. Are you aware of this? You obviously read and use the information in major news sources when it suits you. So, consider climbing off your high horse and just having a discussion without the need to pretend you have some secret magical source of information. Thanks.

Nothing excuses a country taking over another country's embassy. Nothing. Only a person who prefers anarchy would say otherwise.

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Posted in: Iranian president says nuclear deal is start of new relationship with world See in context

Actually, we Americans should love this kind of revolution, but the power elite and their MSM puppets have told you to hate this.

Actually, I get the impression that most Americans at the time did not care much either way about Iran until Iran took over the US Embassy and held its occupants hostage. I believe that is when the general public clearly turned against Iran. It was not the MSM that took over the embassy and held its occupants hostage after all.

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Posted in: Mother leaps to death with 1-year-old twin daughters See in context

Get ready for the pity-party to jump on this thread and talk about how "it was not the woman's fault" and "Gosh! Shucks! Sure what happened might be bad, but she cannot be held responsible and is not in any way at all culpable for her actions", etc. etc.

The article does mention her having a mental illness. If so, it is hard to know how culpable she was without knowing the full details of her condition and whether she was currently being treated.

At any rate, this is a truly sad story.

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Posted in: Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia See in context

Reading the article leads me to believe that the headline might be misleading. It seems the protesters are protesting against Islamic extremism, not Islamic law. Have there been any moves to introduce Islamic law to Australia? If not, then it is clear that these protesters are not protesting against Islamic law, but are protesting against Islamic extremism. What would be even better is protesting against all forms of extremism.

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Posted in: World powers, Iran reach nuclear deal See in context

Ahmadinejad never said anything about wiping Israel off the map; that was an intentional mistranslation from MEMRI (Israeli propaganda).

Completely and absolutely incorrect. The translation in English was done by Iran's own government sponsored news service the IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency. Israel had nothing to do with that.

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Posted in: First day See in context

So, what you're saying is, she eventually gave in.

No, I am saying that she decided to marry him when he asked her the third time. Many in the Imperial Household were actually against her becoming Crown Princess. Despite this, it was the Crown Prince that kept being interested and pursuing her.

Because she had no choice.

You and others are claiming she was forced to do it and that it is impossible to refuse. How do you explain the other women that were on the Imperial Household's list of possible Crown Princesses that did in fact refuse? Do you seriously think Princess Masako was the only woman the Crown Prince dated or proposed to? Many were actually surprised when it was announced that she was getting married to the Crown Prince.

That is how it works.

Prove it, please. Prove what you say is true. Show evidence that what you say is true. Just repeating that 'that is how it is done in Japan', etc is not proof.

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Posted in: How sweet it is See in context

This is a very enjoyable photo!

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Posted in: Sulfuric acid thrown at two women in Gunma See in context

Let's all hope this criminal is caught, tried and put in prison very soon.

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Posted in: U.S. hopes Japan's navy will be more active in Pacific See in context

Sounds like they're questioning the legitimacy of Japans claim of ownership to these islands.

Yes, and suggesting that they should belong to China.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/08/national/china-questions-okinawa-ownership/#.VR52c1KJi1s

Agreements reached between the Allies during World War II mean the ownership of the Ryukyu Islands may be in question, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researchers said in a commentary published Wednesday in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s main newspaper. They said Japan’s loss in the war nullified an 1895 treaty in which China ceded territory to Japan.

It is clear that China was suggesting Okinawa was Chinese territory. There is no need to read between the lines. China's mouthpiece the Peoples Daily spoke very clearly.

I hope each country can manage to settle some of their differences through open communication rather than physical aggression, war.

I agree with this.

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Posted in: N Korea slams Japan over abductions probe See in context

but so does Japan. They raise this bilateral issue at multi-nation/UN talks

Since Japan is one of the nations in the multi-nation/UN talks, it seems reasonable that Japan be allowed to raise issues of a concern to it. In fact, it was be unnatural if Japan did not.

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Posted in: U.S. hopes Japan's navy will be more active in Pacific See in context

Stuart,

As I mentioned above, the articles for some are no longer there. However, the headlines and comments are and they give you a good idea of what was in the articles. The Peoples Daily is the official mouthpiece of the Chinese government. What was written in the article claiming Okinawa's sovereignty should be reconsidered is clearly suggesting that it should be reconsidered as Chinese territory. This claim was made with the clear approval of the Chinese government and has been mentioned in numerous articles on the subject.

What do you think the government meant to say when they approved their own mouthpiece claiming that the sovereignty of Okinawa should be reconsidered? What do you think the purpose was? It seems pretty clear to me and it did to the Japanese government when they lodged their protest about it.

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Posted in: Singer Gackt claims he was victim of discrimination in Paris hotel See in context

If your job relied on tips you would!

If my job required me to be a racist, I would change jobs.

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Posted in: U.S. hopes Japan's navy will be more active in Pacific See in context

The articles are not there in many cases, but the headlines and comments are.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/japan-protests-to-china-over-okinawa-claim

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/china-trying-to-strengthen-its-claim-to-okinawa

http://www.dw.de/japan-angered-by-chinas-claim-to-all-of-okinawa/a-16803117

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/china-should-reconsider-who-owns-okinawa-peoples-daily

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/who-wants-to-be-a-part-of-china-20130520-2jwun.html

Now, if you are going to suggest that the Peoples Daily was allowed to print anything the government does not approve of, you would have a hard time doing so and proving it. China did back down from that under international pressure. However, they have laid claim on Okinawa. That is a fact.

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Posted in: U.S. hopes Japan's navy will be more active in Pacific See in context

Thumbs down without responding if you wish. However, the reality is that China has in fact attempted to claim Okinawa as its own territory. Unless you think China was playing an April Fool's joke in May of 2013 that is.

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Posted in: U.S. hopes Japan's navy will be more active in Pacific See in context

Which prefecture would that be? SamuraiBlue: Okinawa? Please show us your evidence.

You both should check things before asking others, especially something which has been widely reported for about two years.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/15/china-okinawa-dispute-japan-ryukyu

China lays claim to Okinawa as territory dispute with Japan escalates

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Posted in: Singer Gackt claims he was victim of discrimination in Paris hotel See in context

1) Considering that this sort of stuff can go on in Japan without anyone being held accountable, I'd say it was a case of 'shoe on the other foot'.

Unless you know of Gackt doing something similarly racist, there is no reason he should be held accountable.

2) I wonder whether he'd have kicked up a fuss, had he been allowed to stay at the first table he went too, but the Chinese visitors were told to move elsewhere.

You can wonder about lots of things. However, since there is no evidence of Gackt being racist against anyone, there is not much point to your supposition about him.

3) No, the blue contact lenses don't make you an honourable white.

Who said it did? What does 'honorable white' even mean? You probably did not mean it that way, but it certainly sounds like a racist comment.

I think it is great that Gackt spoke up.

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Posted in: N Korea slams Japan over abductions probe See in context

Five of the abductees were allowed to return to Japan

Actually, the five abductees were allowed to visit Japan for a few days. The North Korean government actually fully expected them to return to North Korean. When then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi refused to send them back to North Korea, North Korea had the gall to 'slam' Japan then too, claiming the five were North Koreans and that Japan had kidnapped them! This is the exact same kind of gall we see here from North Korea.

North Korea, which is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said Japan was “internationalising” the issue of abductions by raising them at the United Nations, warning that it was “hard to trust the dialogue partner”.

Yes, said the fox that was about to raid the chicken coop. North Korea has given Japan and the world very few reasons to trust or believe anything they say.

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Posted in: First day See in context

Apparently it's pretty hard, if not impossible, to refuse a proposal from the royal family.

Actually, Masako rerejected the Crown Prince's marriage proposals twice before accepting the third time the Crown Prince proposed.

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Posted in: First day See in context

I bet Kako has big dreams, things she wants to study, and opportunities she's looking forward to.

Yes, and she is free to pursue them. In fact, if she chooses to marry she will become an average Japanese citizen as well.

So did her Aunt Masako, an amazing student, spoke a few languages, dreams of being a diplomat, and then married into the Japanese Royal Family and was marginalized into being just a birther. So sad, talent and passion wasted.

Let's face it. You do not know the facts behind what happened to Princess Masako anymore than anyone else commenting here does. What we all do know is that she chose to marry the Crown Prince of her own free will and that the Crown Prince has shown himself to be an extremely supportive and loving husband to Princess Masako.

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Posted in: First day See in context

The vast majority or comments here are just how cute she is or how pretty she is

Perhaps that is because it is the photo of the day we are looking at? The vast majority of comments about the photo of the day are about what the photo or the subject of the photo look like.

There is nothing wrong with this photo, Princess Kako or how she looks in this photo.

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Posted in: First day See in context

Personally, I think Princess Kako is very attractive in this photo. I am generally quite impressed with earnest way the Japanese Royal Family take their roles for the Japanese people.

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Posted in: Youth in toothpick prank videos sent to juvenile correctional facility See in context

In one of his YouTube videos, he had boasted that because he was a minor, the police wouldn’t be able to do anything to him.

Oops. Now he knows better.

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Posted in: How would you compare security measures inside and outside the terminal buildings at Narita international airport with airports in other countries? See in context

Thanks, I missed that.

No worries. You had it correct the first time.

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Posted in: How would you compare security measures inside and outside the terminal buildings at Narita international airport with airports in other countries? See in context

I've traveled around the world and seen all types of airport security, and there isn't one I could get past if I put my mind to it.

I don't doubt it for a second.

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Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them See in context

4.Sukaato o chakuyou shite kudasai. (Please wear a skirt!) 5.Kami ga nagai seichou sasete kudasai. (Please let your hair grow long!)

Thumbs down all you want. The above Japanese is not natural.

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Posted in: One Direction says Zayn Malik has left the group See in context

I haven't heard his voice but if it stands up, he's certainly marketable.

Interestingly, all of them failed to go through as soloists on X-Factor when they tried out. It was the show's judges' idea to put them together as a group to try and compete.

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