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Posted in: Chinese group to get control of Japan Display after $2.1 billion bailout See in context

It's interesting to see China and Taiwan partnering in this venture. Totally contradictory to China's aggressive political position against Taiwan. I guess it's true that it's best to keep your enemy close to you.

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Posted in: U.S. seeks quick deal on tariff cuts with Japan See in context

This is all about food, so far, and the US has incredible farm subsidy programs, so I think they should put those on the table, first.

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Posted in: Royal welcome See in context

Is the Empress wearing a wrist brace?

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Posted in: China's premier meets New Zealand PM amid 5G dispute See in context

New Zealand's government says two-way trade between the sides more than tripled in the 10 years since they signed a free trade agreement in 2018.

Was 2018 really ten years ago?

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Posted in: Prince Charles becomes first British royal to visit Cuba See in context

Cuba is a top travel destination for Canadians, and a healthy number of American citizens have traveled to Canada to fly to Cuba. A pity, but it's true. It's a nice country to visit. As long as you stay away from Guantanamo.

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Posted in: Princess Kako graduates from International Christian University See in context

She's a psychology major. Just what the Imperial family and its agency need.

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Posted in: 'Fort Trump' shows U.S. serious about making allies pay See in context

A cogent commentary from Mr. Apps is always one of my favorite JT reads.

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Posted in: With the end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood See in context

The last comment in the story, from Tom Rothman at Sony, says it all; "I believe there remains eternal appetite for original, vibrant, creative theatrical storytelling."

At least that's what those of us who like to write original scripts say.

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Posted in: Who's next? Daltrey and Townshend set for 'full throttle' tour, album See in context

I'm going, 'cause they're My Generation!

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Posted in: What do you think of Hollywood or Netflix remaking Japanese horror and manga films? See in context

The reality of Hollywood is that it has run out of creative originality. To stay in business the filmmakers have no choice but to copy what's been done. In the process, they generally ruin it.

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Posted in: Former Morning Musume singer Maki Goto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

I'd say the odds of her marriage becoming sexless are pretty good.

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Posted in: Gov't warns organizations against firing pregnant foreign trainees See in context

Any company that treats women like that should be named and shamed.

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Posted in: Trump calls Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Tim Apple' See in context

I like that 'awkward slip of the lip' reference. 'Boorish' is more like it.

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Posted in: Nijo Castle: Kyoto’s undiscovered gem See in context

A rather facile treatment of a very nice place to visit.

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Posted in: Banner showing 3/11 tsunami height hung at Shibuya’s scramble crossing See in context

I don't particularly care about that poster, or how many people pay attention to it.

Every March 11, I remember what it was like at my friend's home, in Sendai. very close to where the waters stopped. I was there that day.

And every March 11, I acknowledge that tragic anniversary by remembering my conversation with a young woman, on the seawall at Nobiru Beach, a year to the date later, who from a nearby hilltop watched her entire town, and family, get wiped out.

I do not need that poster.

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Posted in: IHI admits to aircraft engine inspections by unqualified workers See in context

That entire facility should be decertified immediately. If I was in control of either Boeing or Airbus - the two largest passenger aircraft manufacturers in the world, with their reputations at stake - I would demand it.

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Posted in: Huawei CFO suing Canada, its border agency and RCMP See in context

And that's what we get for being nice to her. Giving her the option of taking us to court to prove hardship. Compare that to Nissan's former (and still jailed with no charges) chairman.

If this latest move wasn't such a joke, I'd give it merit. All she's done by launching this suit is to harm any argument she might have against her deportation. While we Canadians like to flaunt our 'rule of law' society, we also know that judges read the news.

Go figure, Huawei!

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Posted in: U.S. threat looms over foreign firms trading with Cuba See in context

Aw, shucks. But I don't give a rat's *ss for what the US does relative to Cuba. I'm a Canadian, and I like that Caribbean country. It's people are warm and friendly (as long as you're not an American), the food is great, the countryside is fascinating, and the weather's nice, except for hurricane season. I say the same about Japan, just change hurricane season to typhoon season.

I just can't get over how much the US thinks its own laws should govern the world. If that were to happen, we'd all be carrying guns.

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Posted in: Buddhist university woos students in effort to reverse declining enrollment See in context

Nice thought, Yubaru. Pass it on. But, it's not all that stressful or depressing when you realize we all die, and compartmentalize that thought. It's at the heart of Buddhism.

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Posted in: 46-year-old man kills bedridden father, then tries to kill himself See in context

Having worked for many years as a volunteer with vulnerable people (old or terminally ill) I think any comments about this particular situation are a bit out of line. When a person becomes bedridden, due to age or any other type of infirmity, they have typically gone through years of declining health and the inability to care for themselves. In Sendai, my best friend's father went from active and vibrant to debilitated by a series of strokes over a period of three years. He ended up bedridden at home because he didn't want to die in the hospital (Japanese hospitals are not that great for people facing end of life situations - been there, witnessed it). And with home-visit care on a daily basis, and his aging wife and son and daughter doing everything they could to make him comfortable, he still died. We all do.

That little comment relative to this story does not mean, in the slightest, that I condone the behavior of the son. There are too many societal influences, too many stresses, too many unknown mental conditions of the son, for any of us to make a judgment.

Yes, it's sad. Yes, it's tragic. But, and I don't say this lightly, it IS Japan.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn makes 3rd bail request See in context

The refusal to grant him bail "would not be normal in any other democracy," he said.

An obvious truth. And sadly for Japan, a reason many like-minded people consider Japanese 'justice' as nothing but third-world barbarism.

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Posted in: Haneda's international terminal to be renamed Terminal 3 in March 2020 See in context

I flew into Narita for the first two of my annual visits to Japan. Every trip since then has landed at Haneda. It's a far better option than Narita. But, I'm having trouble with that increase in flights. 99,000 from 60,000 is an increase of more than 60%. Immigration and customs will be swamped, and the wait time for everyone will be undoubtedly be a longer than it is now. For me, that's an irritant.

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Posted in: 18-year-old youth hit and killed by train in apparent suicide See in context

This is yet another demonstration of the fundamental problem with Japanese society. Too many young people think they have no future, or they've been bullied, or cast out by their peers or families. In western countries they turn to drugs, which will inevitably lead to their deaths or incarceration. In Japan, they seem to believe that just ending it is the solution.

Regardless of what commentators on this site may say about him being selfish and uncaring about the inconvenience to train riders, this is a mental illness caused by a society that clings to a past that no longer exists. I work with vulnerable youth, and I have witnessed first-hand a few of them die, right in front of my eyes. I know.

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Posted in: Samsung's new foldable Galaxy phone will have 5G and $2,000 price tag See in context

Only someone with more ego than common sense would buy that crap.

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Posted in: Spring is coming See in context

I have a few pictures almost exactly like that. It truly is a nice garden, in all seasons.

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Posted in: Odakyu Electric Railways: Leading all roads to Hakone … and beyond See in context

A good idea for a series. I've had the pleasure of enjoying OER's services and would recommend them highly to anyone interested.

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Posted in: Trump visit to Japan eyed for May 26; may be 1st guest to meet new emperor See in context

@Derek Grebe, here in Canada we call that a 'full moon', and with several participants, a 'lunar cluster'. If I was in Japan during his visit, I'd join you. But I'll be in Russia, doing it to Putin.

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Posted in: Return of the milkman? Pushing packaging out of the U.S. delivery process See in context

What goes around comes around. Nice to see. Now, how do we get rid of that 'Sargasso Sea' of plastics floating in the mid-Pacific? Attempts have failed. Sea creatures (many of which we eat) are absorbing the stuff. The can't do that with reuseables.

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Posted in: Does U.S. President Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? See in context

I think the key word in the question is, 'deserve'. To deserve means to earn something. Trump has earned nothing remotely associated with peace on earth.

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