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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will eventually put millions of people out of work around the world? See in context

Those self-driving and really autonomous cars will only be established within a few limited and especially prepared areas and mostly at very low speeds.

That's the present situation because this technic is still in its infancy. I believe this will change rapidly within the next decade.

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Posted in: Japan says Sakhalin energy projects do not contradict Russia sanctions See in context

What it does NOT contradict is Japan's constant willingness to try and lie to the rest of the world the way it lies to its citizens while trying to play both sides.

Japan plays a clever game and I believe that this is the right way to go. The government has to take the welfare of all Japanese citizens into account and probably came to the result that anti Russia sanctions have their limits. This is far smarter than the Western approach to sanction everything and everybody (Russians and own population) . In Europe the awakening from the hyper sanctions will soon come latest by start of the winter season. European and American sanctions are completely out of this world. One can only ask the question what is the reason for this "Sanction Overdrive?" If it is to destroy Russia than they can wait a Loooong time without enough gas, oil, agricultural products and so on. Russia is very patient and one more fact: During Russia's long history they have never lost a land war, neither to the Swedes, Napoleon or Hitler.

Finally, no, I'm not a Russian and personally have no interest in this country.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

There must have been about 10 police around the Embassy but not one stopped me.

The police guarding the Russian, Chinese or some other embassies is not ordinary police that checks on foreigners. They are always polite and friendly. I don't know but could it be that they are trained for this special job?

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Posted in: Japan, EU agree to step up sanctions against Russia, focus on Indo-Pacific See in context

Japan has much to gain from adopting a neutral stance like India's.

Japan cannot decide on her own how to deal with the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Astonishingly in spite of pressure from overseas Japan is still much less involved than the EU member states who are running with eyes wide open from one crisis to the next.

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Posted in: Japan vigilant against Chinese navy activity involving aircraft carrier See in context

It’s obvious the physical war will be in Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

After Bongbong Marcos was elected the new president of the Philippines its unlikely the country will take place in any US led war. South Korea can serve as a substitute.

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Posted in: Russia bans entry of Kishida, 62 other Japanese ministers, citizens See in context

Will Japanese ban Russian flight over Japan and territory waters

> > Even at times of normal relations between Japan and Russia there are more or less no commercial flights from Russia that had to fly through Japanese air space - except bilateral flights which were stopped some time ago.

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Posted in: Japan urges Mongolia to join int'l pressure on Russia over Ukraine See in context

this is why China stopped its invasion where it did and not advance forward.

Hmm, did we miss something? Which invasion and when did it take place?

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Posted in: Japan, Vietnam affirm respect for sovereignty See in context

The outcome of Kishida's both visits to Indonesia and Vietnam must be disappointing for the government of Japan. I just wonder if the coming short visit to Thailand does result in anything more positive for Japan. I doubt it. Kishida and the Japanese govmt. in general were taught the message that ASEAN is not willing to blindly follow the US in an anti Russia and anti China propaganda war. Japan better be more restraint in following the master.

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Posted in: Explosions rock Kyiv again as Russians rain fire on Ukraine See in context


Search the internet. There is plenty of info available. To only rely on German news media wont tell you the truth.

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Posted in: Explosions rock Kyiv again as Russians rain fire on Ukraine See in context

Do you think that this should be cause for Russia invading Lithuania?

I'm against any invasion by foreign nations. After dozens of years of newly won independence one cannot revert history by invading foreign lands or in other words - no, I'm strictly against invading the Baltics as long as these countries do not host military operations against their neighbor.

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Posted in: Scholz says Germany seeks closer ties with Indo-Pacific See in context

I thought Germany is already up to the neck in the indo pacific,

Not really, they made an organizational mistake. In the meeting with Japan an important member is missing.

Mr. Draghi's participation would have given the meeting the final touch. One in charge for Asia, another for Europe and finally one for Africa and the Middle East. Nobody could beat them, that's proven by history.

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Posted in: Russian-language sign at station in Tokyo back on view after being covered up See in context

Ukrainians also use Cyrillic script , as do Bulgarians

So do Serbians and people of Montenegro and parts of Bosnia

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Posted in: Why it matters if U.S. calls Ukraine genocide See in context

US use of the word genocide is exclusively for actions of Russia and of course to describe government handling in China. The permanent use of this word makes it hollow and untrustworthy. People understand that it is only an expression of propaganda to smear the enemy.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she won't seek second term See in context

I bet she doesn't retire to PRC, though.

There is no need for her to retire on the mainland. She is a real local Hongkonger

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Posted in: Defense experts back Japan acquiring enemy base strike capability See in context

Because of the Komeito, we received ¥300,000 during the Covid and from the LDP a useless facemask.

Dont forget the face masks were a present by Mr. Abe. The were not useless but showed how much Abe cared for the general public.

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Posted in: Japan to again designate Russian-held isles as illegally occupied See in context

I believe the Kishida government made a BIG mistake to side in the Ukraine conflict unconditionally with the US and Europe and condemn Russia. They had the chance to stay neutral and maintain their positive relations with Moscow. It's not always clever to follow the Big brother from the Eastern Pacific in particular when one depends on the good will of Russia. Now the train has departed and who knows whether there will be another chance within the next couple of decades.

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Posted in: Japan to send Foreign Minister Hayashi to Poland See in context

So Abe’s brother, a far right nationalist, will go to Poland,

Abe's brother? Hayashi is more of an anti Abe. He was the top Japanese in the China Japan friendship association before joining the Kishida cabinet as foreign minister.


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Posted in: Japan rules out withdrawal from joint Russia gas project See in context

The Putin regime is most likely to collapse soon.

Well, the so called collapse will certainly have to wait. Just a reminder. Russia has never lost a land war in all of her history. Many tried to beat or conquer the country, The Swedes, Napoleon and and the Nazis. All were solidly beaten. Russians take time until they react with full strength.......


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Posted in: Pentagon rejects NATO nations providing jets to Ukraine See in context

To anybody who believes that Putin is bluffing I recommend to read about the Czechen war. After Russia came under terrorist fire Putin ordered the complete destruction of the city of Grozny and with that he achieved his goal. The present Ukraine war has some similarities and I'm convinced that Putin will do everything to win this conflict incl things we do not believe he will.

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Posted in: Man dies after being found collapsed on street in Tokyo See in context

There are so many people, young and old who are homeless and live on very small allowances, That's why there are thousands who look to find some coins in vending machines. Many have no shelter where they can escape from harsh winter weather. This is a disgrace for Japan which after all is still one of the richest nations on earth. Solving or at least reducing mass poverty is a subject where PM Kishida should concentrate on.

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Posted in: Canada, UK join Beijing Winter Olympics boycott See in context

Attn. Hiro

Germany will not take part in a diplomatic boycott. Bundeskanzler Scholz made this already clear. There will be no major changes in the China policy by the Federal Government of Germany

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Posted in: China orders Cathay Pacific to suspend staff backing Hong Kong protests See in context

Did China really request CX to suspend the staff? There are other news which report that China told CX that Staff that took part in violent protests - like one CX pilot - and several flight attendants are banned from flying into China and/or on transit routes crossing China. Since HKG's airspace falls under the Civil Aviation Administration of China they have to follow this order or CX can be banned/closed completely. Cathay does not have much choice but could still employ the staff on ground. The main reason for this strict order is safety which everybody can understand. If a pilot hates China so much he could certainly also be a very dangerous terrorist threat. Just remember Malaysian Airlines flight several years ago where most probably the pilot was on a suicide mission and took hundreds of passengers with him.

It will be interesting to see whether more HK companies where employees took part in the 'black riots' will follow soon. This is at least expected by many. It looks like time for repay has arrived.

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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic costs keep rising See in context

It is sad to read that the games cost such a big amount of money. Is it only me or is it the general feeling that the nation goes rapidly down the way of corruption. While the number of homeless and unemployed people is rising by the month in spite of an export boom and high earnings from corporate Japan, billions or even trillions of JPY are spent on useless Olympic buildings which are worthless after the games. I wonder who the main beneficiaries of this cost explosion are.

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Posted in: Abe to tell U.N. chief he opposes talks with N Korea See in context

Here is what Tillerson said to the problem with NK:

We're ready to have the first meeting without precondition," Tillerson told a policy forum at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. 

It seems you're not up to date. Just waiting for Abe to change his mind again.

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Posted in: Abe to tell U.N. chief he opposes talks with N Korea See in context

Either a lot of people can't read or can't think. To date NK refuses to make heir nuclear and missile program a "negotiable" issue. So just exactly what is there to discuss?....

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Posted in: 3 arrested for stealing customer’s bag in Ginza restaurant See in context

The Romanian (also Albanian, Kosovo) Balkan mafia is a headache for European police forces because they are notorious criminals. I wonder whether they will also start to break into residences.

What I did not know is that they made their business appearance into Japan as well.

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Posted in: Japan's business confidence hits three-year high: BOJ See in context


I will pray for Mr. Abe today at Yasukuni. He must succeed

Did he suddenly die in a fight or how come you pray for him at Yasukuni? :)

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Posted in: Celebration and protests as China's Xi visits divided Hong Kong for handover anniversary See in context

.....Beijing has promised Hong Kong's capitalist system will remain unchanged for "at least" 50 years until 2047, but it has not clarified what happens after that.

What happens thereafter? I believe this doesn't need clarification. After end of June 2047 HKG will automatically become either a new province of China or, what is more realistic, a part of Guangdong province where it belongs to. It will certainly not become an independent state.

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Posted in: Wheelchair user crawls up plane stairs in dispute with Vanilla Air See in context

Very unusual behavior for Japanese airline staff. Maybe the staff in charge was trained by an infamous American carrier or does the staff in charge represent the 'new normal' of ANA's budget airline? Anyhow, the person(s) in charge for this public relation failure should be reprimanded or even dismissed.

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Posted in: ANA recognized for 'World's Best Airport Services' and 'Best Airline Staff in Asia' at SKYTRAX World Airline Awards See in context

Best Airport Services - including lounge services - I agree, ANA is among the best . Best Airline Staff in Asia? This does certainly not include airlines from the Middle East and some from SE Asia. There are a number of top quality airlines in Asia which are equally good and - when it comes to language skills - often much better than ANA. ANA does certainly not lead in this field.

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