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Posted in: 73,000 households still without power in Chiba 1 week after typhoon See in context

After power is restored beware of power surges that can lead to electrical fires, which can damage or even destroy the entire home.

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Posted in: 3 men suspected of stealing about 70 cars See in context

Use a high quality steering wheel lock. Most thieves won't bother after seeing one installed.

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Posted in: Centenarians top 70,000 in Japan's graying population See in context

Most being women is no surprise. To be over 100 you must be of the World War II generation when men suffered enormous casualties.

Japan is going to reach a crisis point in the next two decades where it will have to decide if it will let go of it's xenophobia or let its society die out. Robotics won't change the patriarchy, the burden child rearing Japanese society puts entirely on women, and without significant cultural change there is little incentive for women to bear enough babies to make a dent in their declining population. Its a good example of what other industrialized countries can expect in the coming years.

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Posted in: Residents grow weary over prolonged power cuts in Chiba Prefecture See in context

Japan needs a Nipponese version of FEMA.

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Posted in: U.S., China exchange goodwill gesture ahead of trade talks See in context

China yanks Trump's chain and then makes nice. Over and over.

China looks at Trump and says, "There there, good doggy. Atta boy."

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Posted in: Residents grow weary over prolonged power cuts in Chiba Prefecture See in context

Does Tepco have proper contingency plans for anything at all?.

They do. Remember the scheduled blackouts after 311? As though they knew it was coming.

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Posted in: Biden clashes with Warren, Sanders on healthcare in Democratic 2020 debate See in context

Vote red.

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Posted in: Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95 See in context

I remember him as the only black leader to endorse Trump.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for assaulting 10-year-old daughter See in context

A Momster!

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Posted in: Former Empress Michiko to have surgery for breast cancer on Sunday See in context

I wish her well.

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Posted in: Whaling town Taiji begins dolphin hunt See in context

When are they going to stop this? It's a disgrace.

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Posted in: Trump revives suggestion he'd end birthright citizenship See in context

The 14th Amendment was enacted within a few years after the Civil War. 

It's purpose was to prevent Southern states from disenfranchising their newly emancipated slave population, and using their citizenship status as a means of holding them in a de-facto slave status, much the same way that big farming corporations hold illegal immigrants in low paying, dangerous and dirty jobs to this very day.

We have laws about who can enter our country and become a citizen and just opting in is not a legal option. It should be obvious that no one should be rewarded with citizenship for breaking our laws, birthright citizenship is for citizens and not for criminals.

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Posted in: Trump revives suggestion he'd end birthright citizenship See in context

Its hilarious that trump's 3 oldest children were born before their mother had citizenship in the US. Are they going to become Czech?

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

I feel every American should visit the Yasukuni war shrine museum if they're in Tokyo. The museum clearly articulates that Japan views itself as the victim in WWII with the nasty western nations forcing it to go to war. All about 'poor little japan'. Explains a lot. Blanket denial of any culpability.

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Posted in: Emotion more than economic factors driving S Korea-Japan trade row: analysts See in context

The latest moves followed a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labor -- an issue Tokyo says was resolved under the 1965 treaty normalizing their relations.

There is ample precedent in international law that a treaty struck between countries is still valid even if subsequent governments in one or both countries change and choose to repudiate earlier governments.

Japan and the ROK did indeed strike a deal settling all outstanding issues from the colonial period and WWII in 1965. Is Japan at fault because the ROK under Park did not allow Korean citizens to individually sue Japan? Hardly!

Moon is trying to walk a fine line courting China and raising his citizens' ire vis a vis Japan to recover his lost popularity.

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Posted in: Disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail cell in apparent suicide See in context

This is highly suspicious...the high profile wealthy people involved makes me wonder if their was a big payoff to take care of the problem, not to mention eliminating Epstein's potential life sentence. This ends the criminal case that would have exposed the players. Lisa Bloom's civil case is all that remains, but enough money can kick anything under the rug. I'm not hopeful that the FBI's investigation into a potential conspiracy finds anything given the Trump administration's contempt for the agency.

I don't know if I have the patience to care about yet another years long investigation no matter how serious, and that's exactly what the perpetrators, if any are counting on. Democracy can't survive an indecent, uncivil society.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

Someone here mentioned the agreement in 2015 over the issue of sex slaves had to be final and irrevocable. "Irrevocable" doesn't mean nobody can bring up the issue. Even back then, the two governments interpreted the expression differently. The agreement lacked procedural legitimacy, internally and externally. Because there are real victims, it cannot be a subject of a multinational agreement. Any other people or governmental apparatus can't represent the individual victim's right without consent. Well, It seems that Japanese people don't think so. The Japanese government processed the deal when the president of Korea was about to be impeached. It was truly cunning and inappropriate to use the neighbor's unrest as another chance. 

Finally, if you want to understand what's happening in Japan, you should know about the Japan Conference (Nippon Kaigi). The current prime minister and most of the cabinet are the members of this far-right group. We are witnessing the last struggling of Social Darwinism and Imperialism in two island countries in Europe and Asia. I wish Japanese civil society could wake up.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

"If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future"

 Winston Churchill

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic construction worker dies of suspected heatstroke See in context

The start times for the men's and women's marathons, on Aug 9 and 2 respectively, have been moved to 6 a.m. as an additional precaution.

Marathons are not typically held during the summer. They are, however, held during the "cooler" months in places with hot climates, meaning that there are marathons all the time in weather warmer than what it most likely will be in Tokyo. Marathons in the tropics typically begin at 4am or even 3am, in the dark. It's still hot, but it is better than when the sun comes out. Because this race is the Olympics, they want spectators, and that means a start at a more reasonable (to non-runners) hour. They also want to be able to run fast, which means that they can't run in the dark. But it also means that the athletes should all be running for less than 3 hours, which means that 6 is not an unreasonable time to begin.

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Posted in: Nagasaki observes 74th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

I always found it sad that it took TWO A-bombs to convince Japan to surrender. Nagasaki could easily have been avoided.

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Posted in: Trump heads for golf club holiday - but summer storms loom See in context

I don't blame him for playing golf sometimes, considering the fact that the White house is bugged to oblivion.

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Posted in: Heat wave claims more lives in Japan See in context

Trees are our friends.

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Posted in: S Korea says it 'won't be defeated again' by Japan See in context

It was the Treaty of Versailles which was the cause of World War 2. Exploiting history is a way to repeat it. S. Korea should honor the agreements already agreed on.

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Posted in: Kang, Kono trade barbs at ASEAN after Japan's decision to revoke S Korea's preferential trade status See in context

Japan has documented proof of dual-use products using Japanese raw materials being shipped to N. Korea via 3rd countries while the S. Korean govt. turns a blind eye.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese get jail time in Australia for trying to smuggle lizards See in context

What despicable pieces of low life trash.

Stuff these guys into a 55-gallon drum and make them stay there for 36 hours. Anybody who would treat living things like this deserves to have the same experience. Perhaps the drum could be sent over Jim Jim Falls for good measure.

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Posted in: 11 dead, 5,600 sent to hospitals last week due to heatwave See in context

Alarming fact: Exactly a year from now in 2020, the Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin in Tokyo. You can thank the greedy IOC for that stupid decision, since they apparently want the games held in July or August to insure high TV ratings. The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo began on October 10, a sensible decision. Seoul, which has similarly brutal weather in July and August, hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988 beginning on September 17.

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Posted in: Gov't to set up panel on stable imperial succession by year-end See in context

Women not being allowed to be empresses actually should make perfect sense to anyone who has spent some time in Japan and is observant enough to see beyond shopping and sightseeing.

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Posted in: Concerned citizens criticize Japanese gov't over worsening ties with S Korea See in context

Which country serves you after being violated all the international agreements?

Good bye, South Korea.

It's time for you to be a man.

It's time for you to stop using Japan as a political tool so that you can get money at the same time distracted not to see your domestic issues and reality.

But at one point, it is Japan's fault too, they have spoiled Korea too much.

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Posted in: Constitution revision goal still far off for Abe See in context

Oh, gee, failed to change the constitution.

Guess Abe, heir to a war criminal clan, will just have to wait until next year for Pearl Harbor II.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition secures upper house majority See in context

Oh, gee, failed to change the constitution.

Guess Abe, heir to a war criminal clan, will just have to wait until next year for Pearl Harbor II.

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