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Posted in: N Korea to scrap missile sites if U.S. reciprocates; Kim to visit Seoul See in context

If Kim honestly wants this, all he needs to do is tell Trump he has big hands and that he is loved, and Trump will do anything and everything Kim wants, regardless of how much the American public and his own government are against it, and how much it contradicts his promises.

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Posted in: Quake-hit Hokkaido thermal power plant restarts See in context

No doubt the safety requirements for doing so are to be completed in the next few months.

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

Strangerland: "Nothing seems to indicate that she intentionally killed her child though, this sounds like a mistake, negligent though it may be."

Glad you can admit it was negligence resulting in death...

"!Therefore, even if she deserves some criminal punishment based on negligence, she's still a woman who just made a mistake that resulted in the death of her child."

And she probably made that mistake every day, never learning, always risking the lives of her family and others. Now she's learned... too late.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic volunteers to get ¥1,000 a day for transport expenses See in context

Sorry, doesn't help. Still not going to get enough volunteers so long as you expect them to do everything and pay for it, too.

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Posted in: Police officer in koban stabbed to death in Sendai; attacker shot dead See in context

Meant to add, if they guy had a knife and fake gun on him, I doubt he went in there solely with the intention of handing anything in.

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Posted in: Police officer in koban stabbed to death in Sendai; attacker shot dead See in context

Thom: One thing the police here deserve credit for is their restraint in using their firearms. Often they never even pull them out, and when they do usually only fire a warning shot at worst. In this case, the man saw his Partner on the ground, bleeding and possibly dead, and the suspect was coming at him. He did the right thing, and there's no guarantee even if he tried to just incapacitate him he wouldn't have killed him due to the stress of the situation.

RIP to Seino-san.

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Posted in: Railway services to typhoon-hit Kansai airport resume See in context

Sure looks safe! Hope they are doing everything by the books FIRST, and not the get things running then check the safety later, as is often the case.

papigiulio: "Also love the picture with the construction workers cheering."

Really? I mean, it's a nice photo, but to me it smacks of now knowing if the train would be able to pass over safely or not, not one of confidence. You cheer when something gets through that you think has a high possibility of not safely doing so.

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Posted in: Trump orders more Russia-related probe documents to be declassified See in context

Black label; "Why are Dems so insistent that people not see the truth and be able to make up their own minds about what happened?"

Why is it you can't see the oxymoron in your statement? You don't see the FACTS and get to make up your own mind what happened -- that's what the facts are for. People want the facts, and the fact is Trump has been sitting on the facts for ages while denying any meddling occurred, and in fact said flat out he believes Russia over his own intelligence agencies on the matter. Sorry, bud, but you guys no longer get to make up your own alternative universe facts when the real ones come out, although we know you ultimately still will to hide behind them.

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Posted in: Osaka blames U.S. Open tears on nerves See in context

Good on her. What I don't get is the media's obsession here with translating her "I'm sorry" comment in whatever fashion they deem fit. I've had numerous people tell me matter-of-factly (because they read a Yomiuri article) that she meant "zannen", where that would be a very stupid thing to mean preceding "I won". I asked them if they thought she thinks it's unfortunate she won, and not that she said sorry to one of her hero's for beating her, something other players have apologised for as well.

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

bass4funk: "You don’t need to, check the other liberals but thank you. Lol"

Ah, the nervous "lol". You do realise that by saying "check the OTHER liberals" you declare yourself a liberal, right? I mean, in a comment refuting literacy, that's a pretty funny error, or was it an error?

"Yes, why now 4 days before the.....ohhhhh....where’s that monkey wrench....found it!"

See? like I said. Who cares about the woman and her assault, it's just "bad timing" that you guys claim we should be upset about, once again forgetting about how gleeful you were with Comey releasing the info on Clinton just before the election.

"You have no way of proving if he is a criminal and you have no way of knowing if she’s telling the truth,"

But what we CAN prove is that if he is guilty you would not care one iota and would just say, "So what?" as you have when proven that Trump lied and made heinous comments, committed adultery, and far more... after you vigorously denied it, of course. It became, "So what?" and that's EXACTLY what you guys would say, along with, "Well it was so long ago!" (also forgetting you STILL talk about Clinton's infidelity). One thing's for sure you would NOT care that a crime had been committed and that Kavanaugh is unfit for the office Trump nominated him for.

"...but to me that’s telling when a man like that wants to get out immediately to try to clear his name saying he will testify under oath immediately usually people that are guilty don’t or wouldn’t do that or are silent or wait, so I don’t know about this one."

Yeah, now that it can't be buried anymore like the 11,000 or more documents the GOP doesn't want getting out on this man.

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

Pretty telling that Republicans and even posters on here -- who were quite happy about Comey's statement on more emails being released derailed Clinton's run for president -- are angry about the timing of this information, but not at all upset that the man may well have sexually assaulted someone. It's back to the "boys will be boys" and "it's lie" or even, "it happened long ago! why now?" crap that they bleat about while defending a criminal rather than take a woman who was sexually abused seriously.

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Posted in: SpaceX says billionaire Maezawa to be 1st passenger on rocket trip around moon See in context

What was it thepersoniamnow was saying about how Japanese do not always want to do something first and pay obscene amounts of money just for the title?

Anyway, best of luck to this man and his passengers -- I hope it is a safe trip that ushers in a new era in travel.

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

zones2surf: "I can guarantee you that this was just a horrible tragedy. Preventable, perhaps, but that doesn't make the mother irresponsible or negligent."

Yes, it makes her both. Or do you think breaking the law is responsible, and her child's death as a result not negligent?

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

I know she is suffering, but it is about time the police and courts started charging people for breaking the law when it comes to cycling. The child is dead because these people believe that convenience trumps law, and many posters on here have said as much, stating that helmets -- which could have saved the boys life -- might mess up their hair, or that not being able to ride with two kids or an umbrella is "inconvenient". You are also not allowed to ride with things hanging from handle bars or in your hands, or THIS kind of thing could happen. It is a shame she had to learn this way, and I feel very sorry for the family. RIP to the little one.

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Posted in: Sapporo officially drops bid for 2026 Winter Olympics See in context

Smart choice, and not just because of the massive earthquake, the damage, and recovery time need. Japan in general needs to recover from its current "disease" of needing to host every single International event under the sun. I know our tax money needs to recover a little, and will definitely need it after Tokyo.

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Posted in: Author Murakami withdraws from consideration for alternative Nobel award See in context

"One of Japan's most successful literary exports, Murakami's Nobel prospects are the subject of intense annual scrutiny in his home country."

The only thing that bothers me about this subject is the -- once again -- sense of entitlement in this country, especially given how many people complain about his writing, and since no one knows who is ACTUALLY nominated. He may not even be on the list whatsoever, and yet every year people who normally don't even pay attention to either literature or awards are lined up to pat themselves on the back for Murakami's win, as though it is fact. The nominees' lists are not released for 50 years after the fact.

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Posted in: Author Murakami withdraws from consideration for alternative Nobel award See in context

People who come on this thread and wastes their time claiming to hate the man and his writing are just jealous that he’s successful. That’s all there is to it. Probably dabbled in writing a bit themselves and failed.

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Posted in: Veteran Japanese TV, film actress Kirin Kiki dies at 75 See in context

Always liked her. rip

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' back at Emmys for duel with 'Handmaid's Tale' See in context

Television is just far too good these days. As a kid I recalled it was unnamed actors in commercials graduating to TV, with the goal being the move to the big screen and Hollywood. The move backwards was unthinkable, which is why commercials here with celebs from back home are threatened with lawsuits if aired in the actors’ home countries (awesome as the commercials are). Now television in the West has the budget of big movies, and the actors have embraced what was unthinkable and big stars are the norm. What’s more, movie attendance is down since Hollywood is trying to turn the theatre into TV, with stories being episodic. Wait, you want to see Infinity Wars without having watched five different superhero Tv series and the movies they were spun off of? Too bad.

It is impossible to watch all tv now... and there is so much goodness. I hope Westworld gets some awards. Stellar first season (waiting for season 2 here).

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

As if there weren’t enough reasons to not eat the food. These rats aren’t new arrivals while they sell the food for far too high prices.

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Posted in: Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan See in context

Maybe Abe was a bit quick to say no treaty will be signed until the island issue is resolved? I mean, without a peace treaty the countries are not at peace, are they, and Putin can do this kind of thing regardless of Japan’s “concerns”.

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Posted in: Attention shifts to flood risks as heavy rains increase in Japan See in context

Maybe Abe can take a few minutes from his busy schedule pushing for record budgets to isolate other nations and build missile defenses, and maybe focus on far more real threats like those mentioned here. Nah.

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Posted in: 28 suffer food poisoning at MOS Burger restaurants See in context

sf2K: This is Japan... they check AFTER food poisoning.

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Posted in: Abe says isle dispute with Russia must be settled before peace treaty can be signed See in context

No treaty, then, unless the "solution" to the issue is Japan getting Nothing back. Because they tossed away any chance ages ago.

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Posted in: Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose 'like magic' See in context

The man's immoralityand lies know no bounds.

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Posted in: Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked See in context

Peeping Tom: "Japan should do exactly what Iceland and Norway do; ignore a non entity like Australia and hunt anyway!"

Except Japan's biggest concern is how it looks in the eyes of the world. Iceland and Norway honestly Don't care. Japan does, hence they are trying to change the world to fit its image.

Oh, and Iceland and Norway fish within their waters. Japan claims the entire ocean as its own, even sending it's COAST guard on ships, which is illegal.

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Posted in: Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked See in context

So, they're going to do it anyway, in a hissy fit, but they just wanted to try and force their way on the rest of the world first so that they could try and look better doing it. We all know it's not for science and never has been, and we also all know that pretty much no Japanese people want to eat it. They are just doing this out of misplaced pride. Get ready for more earmarked disaster money to go towards whaling, people, so that it can rot in freezers before being force-fed to children.

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Posted in: Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets See in context

bass4funk: "No, really and seriously, I think it’s funny."

That Trump lies about how many people died, or the deaths themselves? Hard to tell with you.

"Trump didn’t lie"

There you go, people. Bass says Trump has not lied. Only 6 or so people died because of the hurricane, according to bass. He defends one of the most disgusting tweets ever offered up by anyone. Period.

"More like more dishonesty from the outrageous left media as to be expected."

Says the guy who says Trump hasn't lied, but it is proven he has not only on this, but nearly 5,000 times since becoming president. Well done, bass. More nervous LOLs to come, I suspect.

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Posted in: Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets See in context

bass4funk: "It must be a very slow day for the media today. But I do give them props for trying so very hard. Lol"

Ah, the nervous LOL. You KNOW you cannot defend the man for lying about the deaths, and yet you know that for the sake of pride you must try, so you deflect and "LOL" because you're scared.

Did Trump lie or didn't he? Yes or no. I bet you can't answer.

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Posted in: Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run See in context

Strangerland: "How dare they do these things in your mind that you made up that hasn’t actually happened. How dare they."

What's made up? She drank, drive, hit a cyclist, ran, then lied to police. We know you often stick up for criminals -- especially saying they're not guilty if they have mental issues -- but where is any of what I said made up? You haven't seen people outside of the courtrooms of célébrités on trial carrying signs cheering them on before? Maybe missed the article on how a celebrity's son was caught for the FOURTH time with stimulants, or how baseball legend Kiyohara received no prison time for the same? Nori-P's support for her comeback, with fans blaming it all on bullying and her husband?

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