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Posted in: Hit them in the pocket: How cities are going after SUVs See in context

To each his own. I don't drive a tractor like that, but I find the mid-range SUVs quite interesting. It would help everyone if SUV drivers drove a little more moderately than usual. If you own such a monster, there's nothing wrong with behaving more considerately in traffic.

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Posted in: 3 foreign-born residents sue over racial profiling by Japanese police See in context

I am a white, older guy and have lived in Miyazaki for 10 years. I have never been checked by the Japanese police, although I don't always follow the rules exactly. I think racial profiling has to do with big city life. As one of the few western foreigners living in Miyazaki, there are no problems here, even if I were black and young.

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Posted in: Facilities for disabled face serious labor shortages in Japan: survey See in context

I'm not young anymore and I've been living in Japan for a while and it will probably stay that way. But one thing is certain: if one day I need such a facility or need care for the elderly, I will leave the country if nothing changes in this area.

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Posted in: Political funds scandals may signal early end of Kishida gov't See in context

I am from a country governed by multiple parties. These one-party governments are like aristocracies. And the party landscape in Japan in particular is not worthy of a first world country.

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Posted in: Denmark adopts law making it illegal to burn Koran or other religious texts See in context

Religion is the root of all the mess going on in the world.

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Posted in: Death penalty sought for man over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson-murders See in context

There's no reason to keep this guy alive. In this case a death sentence is correct.

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Posted in: A look back at 50 years of Kiss-tory as the legendary band prepares to take its final bow See in context

“Destroyer” was the first record I ever bought. I saw them twice about 45 years ago when I was a teenager. It's true that they didn't sound particularly great in concert, but they put on a badass show. I rarely listen to KISS these days, but they are legendary. Much more impressive than today's music from untalented lip sync business slaves.

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Posted in: South Korea to ban eating dogs See in context

I come from Europe. As a little boy, I spent my holidays on my great-grandparents' farm. When the neighbor's dog died, they cooked and ate it. A long time ago. When I tell Japanese people that we eat rabbit, they look shocked.

I think many Asians don't really care about animals. Keep dogs in cages in their 1 DKs while they go to work or chain them outside no matter the weather. Or look at agriculture in Japan: you rarely see cows outside.

I'm not saying you have to give up your eating habits or keeping animals, but at least treat them in a decent way. It's not that difficult. Sometimes you see pitiful things here.

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Posted in: Japan announces sanctions on Hamas-related individuals, company See in context

Correct! There is no place for terrorist sponsors and friends in this world.

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Posted in: Each day, you leave digital traces of what you did, where you went, who you communicated with, what you bought and much more. Does this concern you? See in context

Anyone who tracks me is wasting their time and resources.

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Posted in: What's that bar band playing 'Jumpin' Jack Flash?' Oh, it's the Rolling Stones See in context

Love them or hate them, these guys are a legend that few can match.

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Posted in: After blast kills at least 500 at Gaza hospital, Hamas and Israel trade blame as rage spreads in region See in context

This was probably a Hamas rocket because they never really cared about their own people. All they really care about is spreading their hate agenda.

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Posted in: Israeli envoy says Japan should be vigilant with its aid to Palestinians See in context

They like to receive lots of money from the nations they hate. On-site support, sure, but no money without knowing exactly where it ends up. The Islamic states are happy to step in… Not.

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Posted in: 'Every Hamas member is a dead man,' Netanyahu says as strikes devastate Gaza See in context

I read today that 50% of residents in Gaza are 15 years old or younger.

Yes, and they are all taught to hate Jews and never look forward...

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Posted in: 'Every Hamas member is a dead man,' Netanyahu says as strikes devastate Gaza See in context

Get rid of Hamas? That’s right…

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Posted in: Stand-with-Israel rally See in context

I would join…

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Posted in: Buffaloes clinch 3rd straight PL pennant See in context

My favorite team in Japan for a decade. Well done Buffaloes…

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