TheLongTermer comments

Posted in: Another cabinet minister, 100 cross-party lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

There's nothing to remove because there's nothing there.

Ive never understood why the politicians even visit the shrine. I guess it was there before WW2, but its not even a state property. is it an old tradition?

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

Wow, given these aren't Japanese vessels being protected, Abe and his cabinet are really stretching the definition of Article 9. Next, they be doing freedom of navigation patrols through the South China Sea.

kind of a strange scenario could develop if a Japanese vessel was attacked. The JDSF can return fire? Seems outside the domestic territory of Japan. What meaning does the constitution have? Its kind of like, in the US the 2nd amendment is sacrosanct only because its written as one of the original declarations, therefore cannot be changed (or almost impossible too) In Japans case, the constitution..is obeyed on a case by case or situation bases? Really weird.

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Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine See in context

I see some here, or I suspect, have had an "experience" with a right wing nutter.

For your sanity, do whatever it takes to avoid them. I have not seen them out

in numbers like I used too, but perhaps thats because I have moved to a more

cleansed area.

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for kissing teenage girl during medical examination See in context

yeah kind of creepy but back in the day this happened allot, even in the US. Since she is a minor, the police are taking this seriously

Still, unless there is vid footage or colab witness, its just one against the other

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'crazy' Nancy Pelosi and Democrats; defends Syria pullout See in context

Say what you want, but Trump can work a crowd

Watching the Dem debate comedy show, and each of them getting like 10 people to applaud after their nonsensical policy speeches..was kind of funny but sad

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Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine See in context

dressed up in the sagyo seifuku, guess thats supposed to make it appear he is on some kind of "duty"

This stuff is so old and rinse repeat that its become silly for me to watch

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Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine See in context

oh boy, just got to keep it all going round and round forever. To just admit, get past it and move on...too much to ask.

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Posted in: Abe to skip Yasukuni visit during autumn festival: sources See in context

The murals on the cement lanterns outside the gate have some interesting reliefs or carvings on them about scenes from the war. I was impressed by them.

The museum is mostly a propaganda piece; for thick skull low IQ nutter nationalist types

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Posted in: Is U.S. President Donald Trump a friend of Japan? See in context

Trump is unique in that he is a friend of the US citizenry first, and the world second. Obama and others tried to be everybody's friend, while the rest of the world put their citizens first.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Japan has many great things about it, but I would not want to become a citizen, mostly because I would never be accepted as one.

The treatment I get everyday...Im used to it now, but also I know there is an escape if it gets to be too much.

That escape kind of gives me a silent confidence, and its priceless.

I have heard some who have naturalized say "it will get better if you naturalize"

I guess thats one of the most insane things I have ever heard, actually its quite sad.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Person of color is a term used on TV/radio, and is not currently considered racist (well, by most). It includes all folks who don’t identify as white. Many people express pride in being a person of color.

person of color, was meant to alienate white people, like "I am a person of color, and you dont have any color, therefore I am superior"

Its typical left wing logic; trying to cure a real and legitimate problem with something worse.

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Posted in: Still working '9 to 5,' Dolly Parton marks 50 years at Opry See in context

she had some great music back when country was classic, along with the Oakridge boys, Statler brothers, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gale, Ronnie Milsap, Hank Williams Jr, Don Williams and other legends ( I can almost remember them all). Country unfortunately went to hell, starting in the late 80s. Some dabbled in it to get started, like Taylor Swift, but now its just all crap. in the classic country days, it was always a great feeling to hear the music, something real about it, all missing now.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

I am seeing progress in Japan, with train conductors announcing the next stop in English. They are making efforts but sometimes it feels like the individual is just practicing their English.

I really like countries where I am just treated as a human, not above or below, anybody else. I think that is all anybody really wants.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

A normal common sense approach would of been to use the same language and instruction that was used for the native population.

"Foreign residents in Japan, please listen to public announcements and this channel for instructions and updates on the storm condition. A list of community safe areas can be found on this (insert) website. As water levels are expected to rise, it is advisable to....."

You know, something that people could actually use, instead of the diminutive hiragana post that did absolutely nothing for anybody.

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Posted in: George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking' See in context

yeah Loony lost his credibility when he declared with a smirk "Donald Trump will never be president"

Loony and the other loons were so confident, so elite.

The beard does him no justice.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

instead of NHK dumbing down to us gaijin, why dont they level up, and learn how to communicate in English like the rest of the developed world does.

Also, the translators on NHK seem to have this...I call it the gaijin clown complex, like there is a handler, that is directing how they speak English, it doesnt seem natural.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

Typhoon number 19 is large and very strong. Please be careful.

The problem I have with "warnings" to foreigners is that they always seem so ambiguous. Like the English warning announcements on the trains...."the train may suddenly stop without notice...so please be careful" like its implied its the foreigners fault. What does "please be careful" mean? dont fall down? hold on to the luggage rails?

I recently heard an announcement in a train station that went something like...(in English) "if you see a foreigner in need, please assist them"

Why is the announcement in English, if its directed at foreigners, who cant speak Japanese?

Typhoon # 19 is very strong, so please be careful....ok, and what is being careful? staying indoors? staying tuned in to NHK? no driving?

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

The US is far more accepting of colored people than Japan is.

I have no issue with the term. What is the difference between colored people, and people of color?

I guess since Im considered white, Im a color - less person

Im already feeling left out.

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Posted in: Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report of federal probe See in context

Trumpers, get ready for this bombshell....

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, will tell Congress that the content of a message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine came directly from the president, said a person familiar with his testimony.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/465552-sondland-to-tell-congress-no-quid-pro-quo-from-trump-report

Confessing in the transcript, his lawyer under investigation for employing pro-Russian thugs, firing the Ambassador for refusing his abuse of power, now his Special Envoy confirms his quid-pro-quo confession..

Trump is toast....

we already know he will be impeached; we knew it from day 1 of the inauguration, We also know the Senate will not convict, because of the outstanding trade deals (Japan, and recent China) that your people cannot get done due to their own corruption and incompetence. We love what Trump is doing for our country, and despise your group. Do continue to post your crap, it will only strengthen our cause.

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Posted in: George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking' See in context

who cares what George Loony thinks or any other Hollywood goof

Go join and serve the military, run for office and do something for your country

or instead be quite and role play what the rest of us do for real

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

according to Wikipedia:

It is generally difficult to have dual citizenship of Japan and another country, due to the provisions for loss of Japanese nationality when a Japanese national naturalizes in another country (see "Loss of citizenship" above), and the requirement to renounce one's existing citizenships when naturalizing in Japan (see "Naturalization" above).

Now there is allot of gobleygook, chasing ones tail, uniquely Japan loop logic posted above that for your reference, on the wiki site, but rest assured, I will never naturalize in japan. I even took an oath before a consulate officer that I never intend to relinquish my nationality under any circumstances (yes you can do that)

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

The same way Americans are required to file taxes every year. There are also many that have never filed a tax return while living and working abroad.

The IRS has offices in Asia and will find you, send a warning letter. Used to be one in Beijing, not sure where it is now.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

@wipeout,

read what samit basu posted

The dual citizen has already begun the process of renouncing her U.S. citizenship.

As I have already described, that's exactly what happens to Japanese dual nationals who file a declaration of choice (to continue with Japanese nationality). After filing, you are still a dual national, right there in the presence of the officials.

once you renounce, you are no longer a dual national, or a citizen of the US. No matter how much twisted nonsense you post, it clearly says she has begun the process of renouncing her US citizenship, as that is required by law, otherwise why do it, if she is a dual national? If you or yours or in violation of the law, thats your biz, but dont spread misinformation in order to make yourself feel good about past decisions.

If I was a betting man, I would place a bet with anyone, that this woman,Naomi, in 10+ years would regret her decision and "miss" all that is good about the US and will admit this was a mistake to renounce.

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Posted in: Japanese firms see 'Abenomics' sputtering, tax hike hurting economy: poll See in context

there are certain constants in Japan that will prevent a bubble economy of the 90s from every occurring again, mostly outside demands but allot domestically also. It will just sputter along, keeping any change from ever happening. Just like the minpaku law has been changed now how many times now? Experiment with something, then its back to the good ole Japanese risk averse behavior, its very Japanese. I do think Trumps trade deal with Japan will give them a lift, however. only change due to gaiatsu will occur, nothing from within. This death blow to farmers created by Trumps trade deal, a perfect example. Im sure Abe wanted to do it, but could not.

For this reason, when there is a panic, everybody runs to the yen to park their currency.

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Posted in: Using electric buses in climate fight faces hurdles, report finds See in context

Thats true. Allot of these green technologies have been found to be not so green after all. For example Solar Farms take up lots of land that displaces allot of the native species. The game changer technology is just not there yet; they are working and tweaking technologies that do not have the COP that fossil fuels can deliver. Not saying give up on it, and the green revolution is helping to push it, but its not there yet when it comes to heavy lift transportation.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

America is one of only two countries in the world where you have to lodge and pay taxes even is your not a resident but still a citizen. Many high earning Americans relinquish their American citizenship for precisely these reasons.

You have to file, but not necessarily pay, depends on the amount earned. I have never paid US taxes while working for Japanese, in Japan. But your point brings up another quagmire that could occur with dual nationality. Say Naomi made 1 mil this year, and was still a US citizen, and also Japanese citizen. She would have to pay both, as she is over the foreign earned exemption limit. She could not claim, "but I am a Japanese citizen, so bug off" to the IRS, and would pay huge amounts of taxes to both countries

Dual citizenship also creates problems for military service. For ex. in SG, every citizen must perform military service. If you have both US and SG nationality, now your serving in a foreign military, according to US law.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

To put it in even simpler terms, when you file a declaration of choice of nationality, you walk in as a dual national, and you walk out again as a dual national. That is literally as the law has designed the process, so her decision, performed as legally required, cannot possibly "violate Japanese laws

LOL. Then why even have the law in the first place????

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

No its not a nice summary. You cant just make up the law to suit your own purposes or feel good intentions.

You cannot be 2 different nationalities in Japan, once you reach the age of an adult.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

The US and most other foreign countries don't care!

actually thats not true. Look inside your US passport; there are certain acts that can cause you to loose your citizenship. Its rarely enforced, but I would not put my self into a situation, where say, a US prosecutor, in order to add more chargers to some other charge, could enforce that law.

The law has surely been enforced before, so there is a precedent.

Some dont know, but retired US military people can loose their pension if they naturalize in another country.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

I suspect in the future, that Japan will start to enforce its naturalization policy. I would not want to gamble on the continuation of the grey zone, case by case enforcement, as it is now. I suggest to just choose PR if you love Japan so much; I cant see any benefit of becoming a Japanese, when in reality, your not because your face is not Japanese. This is the kind of binary society your choosing to naturalize in, so why do it, and put yourself through a lifetimes worth of misery?

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