TheLongTermer comments

Posted in: Japan under pressure over past hunting of endangered whales See in context

Instead, it found that the hunt was primarily commercially motivated, and thus constituted international trade in a protected species and a clear violation of the treaty.

Of course its commercially motivated, why do Japanese need to research whales anyway? If it was up to the Japanese and Chinese, every Tiger,Rhino, Tuna, Whale would be extinct.

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

Are those guys in the upper picture in front of the torii actually WWII veterans. If not, they don't deserve to wear those uniforms. If they are, well OK. It is probably just nostalgia for their youth.

those vets are all dead. the pot bellied fellow is just playing part....maybe a kind of stolen valor?

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions See in context

The emperor is one of the positive aspects of Japan.

yes I agree, I like him allot

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

Claiming other territories, ideas of racial superiority, military build up, control of media, calling any dissidents terrorists and traitors, unelected or 'lifelong' leaders, normalization of military presence, dehumanization of other cultures and people.. things like these are the warning signs and these aren't coming from Japan right now in my opinion.

And there is a reason for that. Can you guess why? For me, a trip to Yasukuni seems to suggest a confirmation..a validation..that those dark days werent so dark....? why else go there.

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

My advice to anybody who wishes to debate or "touch" these rightist neo fascist nuts...dont. Look at it, understand it. but never get yourself caught up in it. Its not like a Trumps base group, or anything like that, all of the other comparisons are apples and oranges. Its a kind of singularity. They ignore history, and focus on some alternate reality, and "dig in" working themselves into a hysterical fit, and drilling down on these moronic ideas, then spreading the gospel on those speakers. The outside world cannot comprehend or understand, as its a "Japanese thing" according to their circle logic. It may look interesting..and harmless, but beware. I suggest to stay the hell away from it.

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

But America does have a memorial to confederate soldiers at Arlington.

Arlington is a national cemetery for the US. Yasukuni is not, there is a separate cemetery for that in Tokyo.

Of course there is a memorial for the CSA solders as that is a part of US history, R. Lee estate is on the grounds of that cemetery.

I know what Yasukuni is, and I stay away from that place. There is allot of very dangerous people that congregate. I was yelled at by some of them, as I entered the museum of wonders. I guess they are loitering on the grounds...kind of a "security" who knows. Vendors selling rightist literature and T shirts, others selling flags. Better places outside of Tokyo to enjoy.

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

its not run by the government, privately owned

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

@wtfjapan,

a very informative post. A trip to the Yasukuni museum is quite the experience; its an experience immersed in propaganda for sure, an alternate reality according to the right wing nationalist. we "others" who are not Japanese, just subjects with boots on our neck, well you better tread carefully. You are greeted at the entrance with the locomotive that was used on the Burma railway, and all kinds of wonderful Japanese army and navy memorabilia. No mention of POWs who were slaughtered; that part of history is up to you to discover. Seems the USS Missouri and the occupying forces part of history was left out as well.

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

The right-wing idiots dressed up in clearly upsetting uniforms for some, well yes sad and inappropriate in my opinion, (should you make dressing up illegal... I don't know thats a tough one) sadly we are seeing a rise all around the world, this really isn't representative of the general population at all in my experience.

No this isnt a recent "rise" This has been going on for decades in Japan, it was actually much worse. Since the Olympic bid was won, some of it has toned down, but it was always there. SK tensions ignites it, then they all go bizerk over such events. I dont live near any of that now, and I dont miss it all. Very racist and bizarre people, but its a side of Japan you should experience to get the real Japan experience, not just cutesy and kawaii that some youtuber is promoting. It should not be illegal, that just makes it worse.

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

Are the staunch nationalists really right wing? what exactly does right wing mean in this context.

The old dudes dressing up in WW2 uniforms is a bit bizarre though.

The ones in costumes are a kind of role play, like US civil war actors, probably harmless but are aligned with rightist for sure. Basement dwellers, found their cause type? The ones in the all blue etc are rightist, not a happy bunch, best steer clear of that, especially if you dont want your "japan is a land of cuteness and sweethearts" bubble burst open. For them yasukuni land is a kind of mecca. Enjoy at your own risk.

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Posted in: Trump asked Japan to buy farm products: report See in context

I keep telling you, any trade deal with Trump administration involves the US opening no new market to Japanese product and services while Japan opening up its agricultural product and services market to the US businesses, including rice. If Japan resists, then Japan gets slapped with a 25% auto tariff on Japanese auto exports.

but this is what Japan has been doing to the US for decades.....

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Posted in: Air conditioner sprays ultra-fine mist for cooling at train station in Tokyo See in context

The reference price of the product is about ¥1.5 million

I think any engineer could make the same thing on a smaller scale for 100 000 yen.

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Posted in: Air conditioner sprays ultra-fine mist for cooling at train station in Tokyo See in context

the problem with mist cooling is that it adds to the humidity. there are new desiccant ( water removal materials) technologies that dont use the state change refrigerant technology. it is being developed by Germany.

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Posted in: In three shaken U.S. cities, Lady Gaga tries to channel 'fury into hope' See in context

cant see any harm, but like allot of what these celebrities do, probably wont amount to anything. I think Sean Penn was going hard and "helping" Haiti, seems nothing ever came of that. He got to pick a cause though, you know a celebrity isnt a celebrity without a cause.

She could buy abandoned homes in Detroit, and then raise money to create inner city trade schools that train and pay machine operators to tear down abandoned buildings and create opportunities.

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Posted in: New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say See in context

The trumpsters don't support illegal immigrants, next is legal immigrants.....next is veterans?

Faulty logic!

It was not my intent to become a US citizen, I was born as a citizen. An immigrant must change their status, and intend to become a citizen. Also, it wouldnt matter if Trump said veterans living overseas can no longer return to the US because the US supreme court has ruled that its almost impossible for my citizenship to be revoked unless I commit certain expatriating acts. This is in the constitution.

An immigrant who naturalizes, with no intent to live in the US....explain the logic? I did not naturalize, I was born a US citizen, and that will remain intact no matter where I live.

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Posted in: New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say See in context

The pension that those people paid into whilst they were serving our country?

Why does this matter?

what do you mean "why does it matter" if they were never intent on living in the country they naturalized in, then why bother serving that country? Why not just stay in their own country and serve their military? Isnt that what loyality is all about?? Thats like a lot of immigrants coming to the US, swearing in, then returning back to their country of origin. If its not your dream to be there, then why mislead us all with false intentions?

Your saying, in such sympathetic terms...oh they worked so hard and paid into a government pension. No, they got paid a salary on the tax payer, a cut of that went towards a pension, then can return back to their country of origin (are they still a citizen there?) and encourage others to do the same.

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Posted in: New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say See in context

.........THE U.S. IS DENYING CITIZENSHIP TO SERVICE MEMBERS AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE

Id like to know the percentage of those who serve, naturalize, retire, then return to their original country and live off a tax payer US military pension

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Posted in: Major Japanese companies pessimistic about economy: survey See in context

 ........as well as a spread of protectionist trade policies around the world

Hmm...Japan wants access to those open markets, but refuses access to theirs....how does it feel now?

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Posted in: Guatemala's new president hopes to change Trump migrant deal See in context

They need more independent reporting to really expose what is going on in these countries instead of relying on the MSM to brainwash us all.

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Posted in: Have you ever used a capsule hotel in Japan? If so, what was the experience like? See in context

I used one before, I had to meet some people in Ginza in the morning, and it was a strange experience.Seem the place was run by a right wing guy, lots of hair tonics etc in the common area shower, like the whole sink area was populated with these products.

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Posted in: Guatemala's new president hopes to change Trump migrant deal See in context

......showed more than eight out of 10 respondents rejected the idea of the country accepting foreign migrants seeking asylum.

> "It's not right for the country," Giammattei said of the deal. "If we don't have the capacity to look after our own people, imagine what it will be like for foreigners

Seems a bit.....racist?

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Posted in: Would China risk another Tiananmen in Hong Kong? See in context

I guess an outsider, 3rd party intervention is out of the question.

Very interesting to watch. This sets up a precedent for any future Beijing inspired legislation that restricts rights.

Im trying to figure out what the Hong Kongers end game is; do they just want Lam out, or is this just

desperation manifested by riots because they feel hopeless...or do hope for their own government?

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Posted in: Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins See in context

No matter who Democrats choose, there are pros and cons to each candidate

Gabbard is the only one worth watching. Biden seems to be loosing it, maybe too old. Kamala doesnt have a coherent plan, the rest are loon tunes

Gabbard seems more of a moderate repub than a dem, interesting woman.

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Posted in: Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins See in context

Ding ding ding, winner winner, chicken dinner. The rich have many ways to evade taxes thanks to their lawyers, accountants and off-shore tax havens.

Guess who will pay higher taxes though? The middle class. Yay!

actually in many cases, its not evading, its just being financially educated. But your right, the middle class will pay taxes on the printed money, not the rich.

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Posted in: Man indicted over umbrella assault that left victim without sight in one eye See in context

in Japan suggests that the one who caused the most damage is nearly always found to be at fault. 

Yes never hit somebody with a closed fist.

Actually this kind of mess goes on here everyday. Just take a ride on the tokaido line, say around Wed or Thur.. 5 6 7 am or 8 9 10 pm....nice hot summer day. Enjoy the show. Try not to be on the receiving end of it.

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Posted in: Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins See in context

these loons scream "tax the rich" to rally the young dumb and impressionable but they leave out the part where smart rich people dont pay taxes, just look up Jeff Bezos.

They know how to leverage debt and real estate and the gov rewards them with tax credits

They could go after capital gains, but the rich corps will just move back overseas.

There are plenty of waiters in Italy with master degrees, ask them why dont they go work and put their education to use, they will tell you there are no jobs

No free lunch in life.

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Posted in: Warren wows in Iowa as candidates' sprint to caucuses begins See in context

God help the world if this crazy loon gets elected. I can only think of a worse outcome...Bernie Sanders

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Posted in: Caught in the trade war: Resurgent yen poses risk for Japan Inc See in context

ha ha I love it

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Posted in: Man indicted over umbrella assault that left victim without sight in one eye See in context

the ones who "assaulted" me werent the zombie types, I know that type as well. A good "Hey!" snaps them out of zombie land and gets their attention.

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

what will be interesting is whos name is on those documents. was Epstien an Israeli?

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