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Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

"Why doesn't trump see him? He saw Kim Jong "

I'd bet that if President Trump did met the leader of Iran, many here would twist the meeting into somehow being a bad thing.

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Posted in: World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches See in context

They should all be on their knees thanking the Russian soldier!

Thanks should be given, but not while on their knees. The Russians benefited quite a bit from US-provided arms and the US\British bombings and march towards Germany.

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Posted in: Trump criticized for backing N Korea's remarks about Biden See in context

Let's see a show of hands of everyone who would have praised (or believed) President Trump if he had said Biden is a good man and the alleged comments about him are totally incorrect. Anyone?

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Posted in: 87-year-old driver involved in fatal Tokyo crash released from hospital See in context

concerns about the increasing number of elderly drivers on the road as Japan's population rapidly grays.

Since this is a well known fact, more stringent tests, eye exams, etc., for elderly drivers should be implemented Japan-wide. Initiate shorter expiration dates for licenses issued to elderly drivers. Re-test when applying for license renewals. Also, doctors should be required to report to licensing authorities any medical issues, e.g., dementia, vision problems, etc., which may impair driving abilities. Operating vehicles without a valid license should result in severe penalties, regardless of the driver's age.

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Posted in: B-52 bombers to be part of U.S. forces sent to Middle East over Iran concerns See in context

Folks here predicting war with Iran. Hope they publicly state they were wrong after two-three months from now when there's no war.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist, husband charged in Hawaii sex assault case See in context

Today's news report stated the wife lives in Japan with her father and son. The report didn't indicate where the husband resides, i.e., Hawaii or on the mainland.

Listed below is a link to an article about the court proceedings. The wife was present, but the husband was not because he was not cooperating with authorities (not sure why they didn't just hogtie him and wheel him into the courtroom) :

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Posted in: Annual U.S. internment camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on See in context

Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was undoubtedly harsh. Racism is most often given as the reason for their internment. However, the Niihau Incident is rarely mentioned as a contributing factor in the decision to implement internment. During that incident, a Japanese aircraft crash landed on Hawaii's Niihau island after attacking Pearl Harbor. An Issei and a Nisei couple gave aid and comfort to the Japanese pilot, and the incident contributed to the thinking of some people at the time that Japanese-Americans might align themselves with Japanese forces should an invasion be launched after Japanese initial successes in the Pacific.

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Posted in: Trump wishes 'no ill will' with tweet on Muslim lawmaker, White House says See in context

Twitter needs to ban Trump now.

I don't think Twitter needs to ban President Trump. The news media needs to stop "re-broadcasting" every single tweet he posts. I don't subscribe to Twitter, yet I see all of his tweets because they're considered "news worthy" and published by (it seems) every newspaper, TV channel, radio station, etc. Also, I would think, Twitter users who don't want to read posts from a fellow Twitterite should be able to block his\her messages.

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Posted in: Iran's Khamenei calls U.S. blacklisting of Guards a 'vicious move' See in context

What's wrong if anyone naming the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization and the U.S. government as a sponsor of terror???

Go for it. Wouldn't bother me. What's in a name? Iran already considers the US to be the "Great Satan." Everyone tirelessly chants "Death To America" and they even have a "Death To America" emoji (

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Posted in: Swastikas and statues: Southeast Asia's fixation with Nazi iconography See in context

I saw sporting USAF jackets, as in the guys who nuked your country twice and firebombed most major cities

Actually, it was the Army Air Force that bombed Japan during WWII. The United States Air Force (USAF) didn't exist until after the war (1947).

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Posted in: Venezuelan troops open fire near border, killing 2 as aid standoff intensifies See in context

Trump is itching to invade in order to deflect attention from his serious legal troubles

Makes me wonder if there is a problem in this world that someone hasn't blamed on President Trump.

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Posted in: Actor Smollett staged 'hate crime' hoax to advance career: Chicago police See in context

That Coast Guard officer also wrote that he was "dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth," and pondering how he might be able to acquire anthrax and toxins to create botulism or a deadly influenza. While he may have named prominent Democratic officials, he wanted to kill a lot more than just Democrats.

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Posted in: 78-year-old driver arrested for driving off with man clinging to hood See in context

Older drivers are aren't always at fault in incidents such as this. Recently in the US, a 37-year old driver drove more than three miles with a 65-year old clinging to the hood of his car. (Not saying the 65-year old made a "grown-up" decision by getting on the guy's hood.)

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Posted in: Mother, two daughters, aged 6, 4, found dead in car in apparent murder-suicide See in context

This whole murder suicide thing, very common indeed in Japan.

Back in the '70s, an incident such as this was called "family suicide" in some English-language newspapers. Not sure when they started calling it "murder suicide," which is what it is.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela an option; Russia objects See in context

The United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election last year and recognized self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido as the country's rightful leader.

How about letting "Canada and several Latin American countries" work to sort out Venezuela's mess?

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Posted in: Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings See in context

Melody: There is only one truth in this bombing: The Americans committed the most disgusting sin and genocide against civilians in modern history.

Wow! More disgusting than the Nanking Massacre, the Holocaust, the Russian Gulags, Cambodian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, and many other "sin and genocide (that were conducted) against civilians in modern history?"

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Posted in: American man pleads guilty to killing, dismembering woman in Osaka See in context

seanwd20: Why isn’t this being reported by the foreign media?

There's lots of foreign media coverage. Google: Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

I first saw the Buddhist symbol while serving in Southeast Asia years ago. Noticed it was reversed. Was told its significance. Never thought much about it after that.  I think most westerners will be OK with the symbol, once they know its Buddhist history.

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Posted in: S Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan See in context

asking Japan to make sincere apology, that is what I want

Perhaps Japanese officials should meet with surviving comfort women to determine once and for all the "sincere apology" that want to hear.

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Posted in: 12-year-old girl, 8-year-old brother perish in Hyogo fire See in context

Just replaced the batteries in all my smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should also be checked to ensure they are not more than ten years old. Smoke alarms that are more than ten years old should be replaced. Smoke detecting elements of smoke alarms aren't considered reliable after ten years,

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Are US car exports to Japan configured to support right-side drivers? If not, that would be the major reason US cars don't sell well in Japan. I drove a left-side drive US car while stationed in Japan back in the 1980s. Most of the time, driving that car was very stressful.

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Posted in: Democrats ready to pursue aggressive Trump oversight: Pelosi See in context

Anyone who thinks that trumps tax returns are not important can stop pretending to be a patriot. They are only trumpets.

Trump’s taxes could show he’s dodged taxes for the last 20 years and his base will stay silent. Removing your spine is a requirement for being a Trump fan.

True. They don't actually care about America, only about Trump. But at least this exposes these people for the anti-american hypocrites they are.

During my 33-year military service and subsequent 20 years in the Department of Defense, I've never considered myself to be a "patriot," I am an American who loves his country. Also, I have been an Independent voter since 1956. I've voted for Democrats, Republicans and third party candidates. After elections, I have always supported the winning candidate, even if I didn't voted for him\her, and always hoped that the newly elected official would do what's best for my community, state and country. I try to avoid political arguments, mainly because it never ceases to amaze me how quickly some Democrats and Republicans will resort to name-calling and character assassination when someone disagrees with their opinions or have personal views that are different from theirs.

As far as the President's tax forms are concerned, considering recent incidents of confidential documents being made public, I personally believe that if there are documents which show fraud, they would have been leaked long ago. However, if an investigation is conducted, and it's found he submitted fraudulent tax reports, I won't commit seppuku, but it'll certainly look very bad for past and present IRS tax enforcement officials.

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Posted in: Democrats ready to pursue aggressive Trump oversight: Pelosi See in context

expected to lead investigations into Trump's long-hidden tax returns

What is this fascination over President Trump's tax returns? If he were guilty of tax fraud of any kind, the IRS would have publicly announced any wrongdoings when candidate Trump announced he was running for president. Also, if there were fraud, the omnipresent "anonymous source" would have exposed it long ago.

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Posted in: N Korea threatens to resume nuclear development over sanctions See in context

North Korea has warned it could revive a state policy

NK issues a warning and folks here are already cheering the possible failure of President Trump's efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

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Posted in: Trump visits synagogue in Pittsburgh attack as protesters march See in context

Just your daily reminder why, for the first time in history, the most mocked, hated, and mistrusted person on the planet is a President of the United States.

Just curious, but do you have a link to some survey, news article, etc., to support the above statement?

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Posted in: Japanese-Americans oppose Trump's immigration policy, split over trade See in context

The problem with using the Niihau Incident as justification for the internment of Americans of Japanese descent is that no internment was ordered on the Hawaiian Islands.

While Japanese-American internment facilities in the Territory of Hawai'i were far, far fewer than in the US, they did exist. According to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i "An estimated 17 sites throughout the territory were used to confine Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II"


NOTE: The old internment camp at Honouliuli is less than five miles from my home here on O'ahu. More info about internment camps in Hawaii is available at:

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Posted in: Japanese-Americans oppose Trump's immigration policy, split over trade See in context

The singling out of Muslims combined with the president's rhetoric is exactly like the racism that led to Japanese -American incarceration during World War II

Muslims weren't singled-out. The ban included Muslims and non-Muslims from specific countries which did not have adequate procedures in place to vet travelers intending on traveling to the US. Muslims from other countries were able to travel to the US without restrictions while the travel ban was in effect.

Also, while the internment of Japanese-Americans (along with Italian and German-Americans) during WWII was an extreme violation of their civil rights, usually when discussing the internment issue, little is mentioned of the "Niihau Incident" which contributed to internment being considered as a wartime strategy. ICYMI, the Niihau Incident involved a Japanese pilot who crash landed on Hawaii's northernmost island after attacking Pearl Harbor and received aid and comfort by Issei residents of the island. At the time, it was thought that in all "likelihood that Japanese residents previously believed loyal to the United States may aid Japan if further Japanese attacks appear successful" -- resulting in the now considered illegal confinement of more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent.

More on the Niihau Incident is available at:

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Posted in: Investigators focus on Florida in hunt for sender of bombs mailed to Trump critics See in context

Personally, I find it odd that none of the bombs detonated. As I understand it, package bombs are supposed to explode when the packages containing the bombs are opened. None did. This leads me to believe someone may be attempting to frighten rather than cause injuries or death. That being said, I think the perpetrator may be a misguided Democratic supporter who thinks Republicans will be blamed thereby causing potential Republican voters to switch their votes to Democratic candidates. Or, an equally misguided and even dumber Republican supporter who thinks sending threatening devices to prominent Democrats will somehow result in increased votes for Republican candidates. Regardless of party affiliation of the perp and his\her desired results, the person responsible for mailing the bombs should be charged with hate crimes, terrorist threats, postal crimes, etc., or a combination of multiple charges that will ensure he\she receives a very, very long prison sentence. Also, while mailing the bombs was extremely stupid, mental illness shouldn't be allowed to be entered as a defense during his\her trial.

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Posted in: Explosive device found at home of George Soros See in context

Bomb squad technicians arrived and detonated it, a police official told the New York Times.

Hopefully, they got as much forensics evidence as possible from the package and bomb before detonating it.

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Posted in: Senate confirms Kavanaugh for Supreme Court by vote of 50-48 See in context

I hope the message received is: Do not accuse a man of sexual misconduct unless you have evidence of some kind to corroborate your accusation.

I'm an Independent who abhor sexual abuse of any kind, and I would support a Democrat, Republican or member of any other party if he\she is accused of sexual abuse without the "victim" being able to provide tangible evidence or witnesses to support the accusation.

Accusations of sexual abuse and\or harassment without providing proof reminds me too much of my growing up in Mississippi in the 40s and 50s, when the so-called "believe all white women" rule was in effect in Mississippi and other southern states.. In those days, many black males were beaten, jailed or killed after being falsely accused by women of rape, leering, improper gestures, whistling, staring, or any other action considered by the women to be improper conduct. Later, many of the women would admit their accusations were false, but it was much to late to save the accused from being beaten severely, jailed or killed, e.g., "Scottsboro Boys," Emmett Till, etc.

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