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Posted in: Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner See in context

To bring peace in the world, let the world divide into three groups each under strong leaders. Leader of the western democratic world will be Trump, Islamic world and Russia under Putin and China and Africa under Xi. Strong power is necessary to hold down endless strifes. If problems happen, three powerful kingpins gather and discuss solutions. In Arab world, they do not have a fixer and fighting each other. U.S. do not get involved in their troubles.

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Posted in: Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner See in context

Why so many Canadians are on board?

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

About "Omotenashi." Yes, it is very comfortable when we visit shops and sales ladies welcome us in all smiles. But it is business smiles trained to do so. They are not always so nice and polite. I know how ladies behave to men to whom they do not feel "affection" or not profiting them. They are callous!

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

I do not understand why people come to Japan from other Asian countires. I wish I could understand their languages and talk with them. Nihon Keizai Shinbun reported the other day that Japan became poor and prices are low. They can buy things cheaper in Japan than they buy in their countries. "Sad."

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

I have my website introducing festivals of Tokyo which I began after my retirement. It was more than 10 years ago and it is written in English. But, the time changed and visitors are a lot more from other Asian countries and they do not understand English very much. It is not very helpful for them. They became rich and many come to travel Japan. It is good. They became rich as a result of globalized economy. They are well dressed and have new expensive mirrorless cameras while I take around my old camera I purchased 15 years ago.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

Upright people! You do not have any worry about Japan's Judicial System. They do not come to you. Ghosn is not an American yet the criticisms expressed here may include many Americans opinions too. I am getting a shock that Americans have ill feelings to us. They are insulting us Japan outdated, unfair, inhumane corrupt etc. etc. Japanese government and people have good feelings to U.S. and we have thought we are good friends but they may not be thinking so. Prejudices to asians and their superior feelings prevalent among them.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

Problems of Japan's Justice System is one thing and wrongdoings of Ghosn is another thing.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

One thing I feel strange is that so many people here are on the side of Ghosn while you must be living on small salaries, I presume with your permision. Ghosn earned hundred times more than a Japanese company president could earn. So long as there are people who think Ghosn a hero, capitalism is safe.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Ghosn received his high education in France - a country that produced Rousseau and Montesquieu. Japan's Justice System has a lot more to learn from the west in regard to human rights. However, I wish crimes in Japan will not increase by that. It was the Japanese government which opposed Nissan taken over by Renault. I am glad it did not happen. Ghosn is a victim in that sense.

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Posted in: Iran attacks U.S. forces in Iraq in retaliation for killing of commander See in context

It was oil involved in the trouble before. But the problem at the bottom is Israel's location in the middle east. Cannot the United States accept Israel at shomewhere in their country?

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Posted in: Trump says 52 targets already lined up if Iran retaliates See in context

How would this affect the presidential race? So far, the democrats that were so aggressive in accusing Trump are strangely quiet.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape prompts talk of more curbs in Japan's strict justice system See in context

I do not hear Japanese people complain about their Justice Systems while a lot of critical opinions by foreigners here. Why?

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Posted in: Japanese media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape See in context

All of you are blind and attacking a wrong target unnoticing the true target. It is Abe who did not want Nissan absorbed by Renault.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context

He lost his 1.5 billion yen bail money.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context

Japanese sources say Ghosn used a private jet. I guess Japanese side knew and overlooked his exodus. Trials take a lot of time in Japan. It is a big waste for Ghosn for his life. I am glad for Ghosn he returned to Lebanon.

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Posted in: New York Jews scared, defiant as mayor decries anti-Semitism 'crisis' See in context

Please explain why the Jewish people are descriminated in America and in the west. For Japanese, they look more or less the same with other caucasians. They contributed a lot in science and classical music. Many jewish people are working in banks and journalism in America.

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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi' See in context

Americans are not fans of mochi saying it is like a rubber. Is not chewing gum the same?

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

I do not think other convenient chains will contract with him. They think he is a trouble maker and they fear he will move to set up unions.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

7-11 stores are useful for truck drivers who are driving day and night. They can take a break and can use a toilet. However, the business model is a kind of a scheme. It is made the parent company never lose money. For example, konbiki bento that they could not sell within the day must be paid by the store owners.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

7-11 in America is now owned by 7-11 Japan, I think. Do they operate the shops 24 hours a day?

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Posted in: Japan's naval dispatch to Mideast seen as result of compromise See in context

It is OK they do protest. It is a proof that Japan is a democratic country. However, I want they also show alternative plans Japan to survive. Otherwise, Japan will be criticized we are on a free lunch and riding free leaving the dangerous jobs to others.

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Posted in: Train stations, airports crowded as New Year holiday exodus begins See in context

What do Americans or the westerners do? Do they visit their parents in Christmas days? Or is this an oriental tradition?

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

I wonder who is the tipper. It appears the police has been investigating the case time before.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

Bad people throng around the bad businesses.

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Posted in: Abe asks Moon to act on dispute at first meeting for 15 months See in context

Koreans are strange people they damages the present rewinding the time. Let the bygone be bygone.

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Posted in: Japan Post CEO may resign after 12,836 improper insurance sales uncovered See in context

Privatization of Japan Post was a mistake. Particularly with insurance and post office savings. Before, people had a strong confidence in the governmental organization and deposited their money in the organization and Japan Post rewarded people fairly and conscientiously while the government could use the long term deposit as sources of their revenues and could finance the public works such as buildings bridges etc.

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Posted in: Japan demands swift release of fishermen detained by Russia See in context

Octopus is one of the must item of new year dishes in Japan. For the fishermen, it should have been the best season of the year and ignored the regulations, I guess. By the way I heard before, Americans do not eat octopus. They think they are "monsters" of the sea.

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Posted in: Essay questions scrapped for new university entrance exams in Japan See in context

English proficiency is most needed for Japanese politicians. I wish they could read English newspapers and understand English broadcastings.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 121st in 2019 gender equality ranking See in context

We are behind China and Korea and may be a little above Muslim world. So, it is not necessarily the influences of feudal Confucianism. We may have some other reasons. Yet, it is changing a lot. Many Japanese ladies are working today since they cannot afford without the income of wives.

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Posted in: JR East unveils luxury Saphir Odoriko express with all first-class seating See in context

I recommend tourists take left side seats of the train. You can enjoy fine view of ocean.

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