ToshiYori comments

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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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Hiro: How would it feel if we build statues of US dropping bomb on us

Wouldn't bother me. Go for it. Also, to show Japan's air superiority during the initial stages of the war, include statues of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor, Guam, The Philippines and other Asian nations.

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

very focused on eliminating trade deficits with America's trading partners

What's wrong with trying to eliminate trade deficits?

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Posted in: U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportations See in context

Immigrants are the backbone of many nations.

Shouldn't that be "Legal Immigrants are the backbone of many nations.?"

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Posted in: Released memo points to Hirohito's role in Pearl Harbor raid See in context

"When I recognized the date, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, I knew it was something special," 

If the countdown to war briefing was held "just hours before the attack" and Vice Interior Minister Michio Yuzawa, wrote an account three hours after the meeting was over, the date of the memo would be Monday, Dec. 8, 1941.

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Posted in: U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders See in context

U.S. officials familiar with the matter said

Frankly, I don't have a whole lot of belief in articles such as this that are based on anonymous sources.

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Posted in: Woman killed, others injured after 90-year-old driver hits pedestrians near Tokyo See in context

Saito allegedly told the police that she "knew it was a red light" at the intersection, but she "attempted to go through."

It doesn't appears that age, mistaking gas pedal for brake, etc., was the cause of this accident. "Impatience" seems to have been the cause. This "impatience" or "I can make it" mindset can infect drivers of all ages, and it's not unique to Japan.

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Posted in: Gov’t honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery See in context

"I beleive (sic) most Americans are unaware of their country's role in starting wars, including WWII."

Hitler's invasion of Poland marked t­he beginning of World War II, how was the US involved in that event?

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Posted in: Foreign media arrive in North Korea for nuclear site closing See in context

"the moment they completely disarm their lives will be over."

Does anyone expect North Korea to completely disarm? It's all about nukes.

"Never forget or forgive what the USA and Japan did to you. It is unforgivable."

.... but families of Japanese abductees, families of victims of North Korean atrocities, and survivors of North Korea's invasion of South Korea should all forgive and forget? North Korea's hands are just as dirty as those of other countries.

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Posted in: College football coach in Japan to quit over dangerous tackle See in context

Here's the video of the illegal hit:

The QB has clearly released the football and is totally defenseless.

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Posted in: Congress votes to end three-day U.S. government shutdown See in context

TomToday - If America were not Ocean Locked, it would have disappeared a long time ago.

OK, I'll bite, what exactly is meant by the above statement?

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Posted in: Gov't tells NHK not to repeat false missile alert See in context

Darn, my apologies, the quote should have ended at "before the alert is broadcasted."

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Posted in: Gov't tells NHK not to repeat false missile alert See in context

This should only be triggered by a military directive and should be verified by two persons before the alert is broadcasted.

Here in Hawaii, if incoming missiles are actually detected, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) would transmit alert messages and sound alert sirens only after being informed of the incoming missiles by the US Pacific Command (USPACOM). HI-EMA did not receive anything from USPACOM to indicate missiles were coming. Reportedly, a supposedly long-term and well-trained HI-EMA employee intended to activate a normal, daily shift change routine, but mistakenly started a sequence which would send a Hawaii-wide missile alert message. Astoundingly, after the employee started the sequence, he received a prompt which asked something like "Do you really want to do this?" and he responded YES. That started the whole false alert thing and lots of folks went into panic mode.

One of the improvements that will come out of this mess, is that HI-EMA now requires two-person verification before future such alert messages are transmitted.

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