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Posted in: Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown looms See in context

He promised us he'd win so much we'd be tired of his winning.

Is anyone else tired yet?

Rating: 4 ( +4 / -0 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

It's nice to see the summary values of + and -, that is something we never had even on the old site.

Also, it's nice that there is a link directly to posts within threads now, though the text sounds like it was written by a robot (or maybe a robot translator) "see in context"

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Lots of fixes, but the quoting system is still messed up. If you don't do it exactly right, quoted text doesn't appear as quotes, or unquoted text is included in the quote. And it appears that second level quotes (putting two greater-than symbols) doesn't work either.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Truck driver dies after rear-ending another truck, then crashing into gas station pole See in context

Right at the end.

The text you quoted does not say what you said it does.

Rating: -2 ( +1 / -3 )

Posted in: Man arrested for killing wife during quarrel See in context

ie, unemployed...

No, unemployed means no job. Self-employed is someone who has registered as 自営業 (ji-eigyo) and works for themselves. They pay have to file and pay taxes every year on their salary, same as anyone employed by a company.

Rating: 7 ( +9 / -2 )

Posted in: Truck driver dies after rear-ending another truck, then crashing into gas station pole See in context

And once again, if they know of a medical condition yet keep the "driver" attitude, they are moral criminals.

Where does it say he knew he had a medical condition?

Rating: 0 ( +2 / -2 )

Posted in: Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in 4 years See in context

A single human brain is 1000s of times faster than the power of every computer combined.

Really? Where are you getting this information from?

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Father, 4-year-old daughter found dead in suspected murder-suicide See in context

How come when a woman kills 3 of her kids people here are so quick to defend her as sick and not getting the proper help from society, but when it is a guy he is just some scum trying to get revenge?

Are you sure it's the same people? There are a pretty wide range of posters on JT.

Rating: 0 ( +3 / -3 )

Posted in: Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal See in context

I wouldn't call it a smart strategy. I would call it desperate.

It's both. He's desperate, and politically, this is the smartest strategy he has.

I don't think it will succeed, but I think that for the Republicans, it will fare better than other strategies. They won't lose as many people, because some will fall for his posturing that it's the democrats fault (even though the Republicans have the presidency and both houses).

Republicans won the battle... but may just lose the war come next year.

We can hope, but it's still questionable. Gerrymandering of districts allows the parties in power to give their party the best possible chance at retaining power. And democratic turn out in off-years is pretty low in general.

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal See in context

Politically, it's a smart strategy by Trump - he's trying to find a way to blame the Democrats for his failures. Even though it's a Republican president, and the Republicans have both houses.

Rating: 3 ( +5 / -2 )

Posted in: N Korea says it is ready to strike U.S aircraft carrier See in context

OMG please do it, your speck of a country would be destroyed in 5 seconds...

Just like Iraq, right?

Rating: 2 ( +5 / -3 )

Posted in: EU mulls legislation in the fight against online hate speech See in context

"Hate speech" has become an umbrella term for speech that someone doesn't agree with and/or makes them uncomfortable.

Yeah, the right have a different name for speech they don't agree with and makes them uncomfortable. They call it 'fake news'.

Rating: 1 ( +4 / -3 )

Posted in: 1 dead, 5 injured after elderly driver loses control of car See in context

mandatory tests at 70

I'm pretty sure they already do that. Everyone has to renew their license periodically.

Rating: -1 ( +1 / -2 )

Posted in: 1 dead, 5 injured after elderly driver loses control of car See in context

Another person dies and others seriously or slightly injured because people believe the elderly should have a right to drive past a certain age.

So what age should the cutoff be?

Rating: -1 ( +1 / -2 )

Posted in: Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict See in context

Stranger: I am opposite to this quote below supporting of Japan going from a SDF to a Nation of arm forces...

I'm not sure why you addressed me with this - I don't see that it has any relation to anything I've said in this thread.

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Washington threatens funding cut to California, other 'sanctuary' areas See in context

Can you imagine if Obama had threatened to cut off funding for red states?

I don't even have to say what would happen. Every single person here can imagine exactly what would have happened.

Rating: 2 ( +4 / -2 )

Posted in: Korean chaos theory See in context

Fake news

So you think he doesn't really hold the opinions stated in the article? Why would he be lying about the opinions he old?

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Yeah, there are a lot of things getting better. The editor actually works pretty decent on an iphone now - it's not subverting regular functionality. And they've removed the spell check that didn't work, and it's possible to right-click to fix spelling errors now. There is also a remember me checkbox when logging in now.

It took a few days, but most of the issues have been worked out. The release was a little premature - hopefully they'll remember that in a few years when it comes time to switch again, but things are much improved now.

As for people who keep saying not to fix something that wasn't broken - it was outdated, and that can lead to security issues, so it may have been broken and you just weren't seeing it.

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Lawmaker to quit LDP over infidelity scandal See in context

The guy's relationship with his wife is irrelevant to his ability to govern.

If he got caught doing something illegal, or was shown to be incompetent in his work, then he should resign.

This is as weird to me as the Americans going after Clinton for blood was back in the '90s, particularly when Clinton had the economy running well.

Some people just love a witch hunt.

Rating: 0 ( +2 / -2 )

Posted in: O'Reilly out at Fox News Channel; still denies allegations See in context

Really, but you're ok in defending the BLM?? Oh, boy......

You think they're racist? Prove it.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

Why is it ok for America to honor its imperialism and military to an extreme?

Who has said that it's ok? I think the best is that you can say is that the Japanese do not object, and if it's the right of anyone to object, it's the victims.

With Yasukuni however, the victims are the Chinese and the Koreans, and it's their right to object.

Rating: 2 ( +7 / -5 )

Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

This is certainly a religious act, which is a basic human right protected by the constitution. Just because somebody believes in a religion you do not like, you cannot take away their right. Show some sensitivity, guys.

Freedom of speech is also a right - and it includes the right to criticize religion.

Rating: 5 ( +6 / -1 )

Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

How many can spot the misinformation here?

No, I can't, and you didn't it out either. Which information is incorrect?

Rating: 4 ( +6 / -2 )

Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

14 war criminals are just a small addition to the list. Reuter's article intentionally changes the main purpose and trivia.

Actually, Reuter's downplayed it if anything - the 14 mentioned were class A war criminals. There are over 1000 class A, B and C war criminals enshrined at Yasukuni.

Rating: 6 ( +7 / -1 )

Posted in: Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict See in context

if a ship is going down I would say Women and children first were you by pointing out this one case as a example

I pointed out a single case, but it happens every day. The majority of people who apply to become Japanese citizens are successful:

In 2010, for example, 13,072 were recognized as naturalized citizens and 234 were rejected. Of those approved, 6,600 were North or South Korean nationals and about 5,000 were Chinese.

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/12/27/reference/many-angles-to-acquiring-japanese-citizenship/

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Citizen Watch opens flagship store in Ginza See in context

Who buys a watch these day

People with money. Watches are still huge sellers. And if you're wearing a suit, a watch is always a good match. Particularly if you're doing business - pulling out a phone to check the time is not as professional as sliding back your sleeve and revealing a nice watch.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Ruling coalition partner raps Abe gov't over series of gaffes See in context

Care to elaborate on those 'cult-like elements'.

Well, all religions are cult-like to some degree. I'm not really clear on the difference to be honest.

But as for Soka Gakkai specifically:

https://www.reddit.com/r/sgiwhistleblowers/comments/223hpw/sgi_cult_info_connecting_the_dots_a_resource_list/

I knew a Japanese woman who lost a lot of money to them, and had to 'escape' (her words).

And the whole thing about being pressured to vote for a political party due to your religions affiliation reeks of cult-like behavior to me.

Komeito have never trued to push religion on people through schools, laws, or anything else... give a single example of where they have

They have a political party. By definition, they are pushing their religious beliefs through law, particularly since they require their followers to vote komeito.

It does seem we've discovered Smith's religion though. He has never reacted so strongly to anyone talking about religion until this one.

Rating: -1 ( +1 / -2 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

All those who have paid money for the JapanToday service provides should get their money back. LOL!

I agree with your sentiment, but the fact is sites like this make money from advertising, based on the amount the site is used. As we are the users of the site, while we may not directly supply the money that allows the site to run, we are the means through which the site makes money to run.

So while they have no direct obligation to us, it's in their better interest to make the site user-friendly, to increase viewership, and thereby increase (the potential for) advertising revenue.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Here I thought I had the quoting thing worked out, but the above quote didn't work. I used the double quote (two greater than symbols) for the text that beings with "Another thing...", and it just came out as regular txt instead of a quote.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I notice that they've made the voting buttons bigger, though the alignment of the +/- in the boxes is weird, they are not centered vertically.

Another thing: If you go to a user's profile and look at their posting history, you cannot see the thumbs up/down score on their posts. Previously that was visible.

Yes, I noticed this as well, but I'm not sure this change is entirely bad. On the one hand, seeing a new up or down vote on your old comments was a way of alerting you to fresh activity on an old thread, and this was useful sometimes (but perhaps only for power users?). On the other hand, sometimes immature people who disagree with a poster seem to click on their username and down vote all of their posts from the past week.

The more I use it, the more I think you're right - people shouldn't be able to vote on lists of posts. But seeing the actual score of the post, both on the recent comments page, as well as a user's list of comments, would be a good thing I think. So the score without the voting buttons would be good.

Rating: 1 ( +3 / -2 )

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