THOMAS R MOUNTCASTLE comments

Posted in: Taiwan eyes earlier end to COVID quarantine for arrivals See in context

Long over-due. Taiwan and Japan are far behind the rest of the world in accepting this virus as endemic.

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Posted in: Chinese moves on Taiwan rattle remote Japanese island See in context

A beautiful place to visit. (Taiwan resident)

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Posted in: Japan is hard on gifted children See in context

In the US, a "gifted" student will be allowed to skip grades. I graduated HS at 16.

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Posted in: Panda's 30th birthday See in context

Clever. I am sure it was enjoyed.

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Posted in: Outgrown or unwanted? See in context

Wakarimasen. Is this stuff recycled or just left there to rot?

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Posted in: Public elementary school in Aichi offers rare English-immersion program See in context

A dream come true.

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Posted in: How to make the perfect negitoro sushi tuna rolls without a rolling mat See in context

"Just throw away the plastic."

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Posted in: 75-year-old man arrested for killing wife who suffered from dementia See in context

This is not a crime.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Please show me a list of "The Laws of War".

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Posted in: Crumbling infrastructure rapidly rendering rural communities unlivable See in context

Sadly, correct.

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Posted in: Have you changed your summer holiday plans because of the surge in coronavirus cases in Japan this month? See in context

Capt...etc. You are eligible for a Spouse of Citizen visa. (Not affected by covid regs.)

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Posted in: What word or phrase annoys you when you hear someone use it? See in context

Shikataganai.

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Posted in: Chicago shooting report See in context

A day late...What is the reasoning?

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Posted in: Malaysia Islamic minister says Bon Odori dance not for Muslims See in context

It is a fun festival for all. One of the fondest memories of my years in Fukuoka.

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Posted in: Kishida, Biden to affirm alignment over Taiwan See in context

There is no country "Taiwan". (Taiwan is the name of an island.) The country at risk is The Republic of China. That name is the crux of the problem. I wonder what would happen to these "affirmations" if President Tsai were to declare independence?

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Posted in: Hong Kong Tourism Board announces revival plan See in context

This must be a joke. HK is, now, an ordinary city in the PRC: No different from Shanghai or Beijing. Say one "unacceptable" word and go to jail.

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Posted in: Japan accepted 74 refugees in 2021, highest on record See in context

Are they refugees or are they not refugees? The headline is contradictory to fact.

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

This could have been written 50 years ago, with exactly the same, accurate, comment: Sakura des. Xenophobia is Japan.

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Posted in: Never mind New York City: For Mako and Kei, there's no place like home See in context

How about respect for his personal life? Why is this couple of any interest to anyone? Please leave them alone to build a life together.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

Will we ever see the end of xenophobia?

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Posted in: Okinawa seeks Tokyo's help lowering tensions with China See in context

@moskolo: There is no status quo: The PRC will do exactly as it pleases. Everyone else will have to react. Do you imagine when the PLA invades Taiwan, they will ignore Okinawa, Sasebo, & Iwakuni?

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Posted in: New York City's first-ever Japanese heritage parade set for next month See in context

Mr. Takei is the perfect choice for Grand Marshal.

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Posted in: Nissan ending production of Datsun brand vehicles See in context

My first car was a 1963 Bluebird. (retired taxi) Memories from KyuDai days, a lifetime ago.

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Posted in: Ukrainian evacuee fights fake news after uprooting life to Japan See in context

How long will she be an "evacuee" before gaining resident status?

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Posted in: 55% of Okinawans unhappy with 50 years since reversion to Japan: poll See in context

Perhaps these unhappy citizens could look at a map and locate the primary enemy of Japan, Taiwan, and peace in the area. When XiJinPing attacks Taiwan, do you expect he will ignore Okinawa? Is your JSDF ready to counter the PLA?

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Posted in: Japan says disputed islands illegally occupied by Russia See in context

OssanAmerica: An excellent review of the situation. Thank you.

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Posted in: Survey reveals that many young people in Japan are experiencing loneliness and isolation See in context

I lived in Japan, in different cities and for different lengths of time, for a total of more than 12 years. Fluency in Japanese with considerable knowledge of history, politics, and culture, did nothing to help me make true friends. I understand loneliness and isolation well.

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Posted in: Do you think the government should restart its Go To Travel campaign for Golden Week? See in context

I would prefer a return to the visa-free status for visitors from the USA.

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Posted in: Body composting takes root in U.S. 'green' burial trend See in context

This gets my vote. Where is it available in Japan?

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