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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited deal on agriculture, digital trade See in context

Is it accurate to say that Japan is basically giving the US the benefits of being in TPP without actually being in it (at least with regards to trade with Japan) in exchange for lowering of some small number of tariffs that were only fairly recently slapped on?

It smacks of bullying on the national stage.

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Posted in: Typhoon pummels Kanto region; one reported dead, 40 injured See in context

@Derek Grebe - Yes it’s easy to come up with many “obvious” thought experiments like that. But I was wondering about the data, since “going up to the roof during typhoons” is discussed here like it’s a thing. But as far as I’ve read so far, deaths are from crushing and other physical trauma like that (toppling trees, falling objects) and not falling down from heights, per se.

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Posted in: Typhoon pummels Kanto region; one reported dead, 40 injured See in context

For those who discussed the danger of going on the roof during a typhoon, is the danger because of the risk of losing one’s balance in the winds and falling off? Or heavy objects hitting you? I’m genuinely curious since I honestly don’t know. This was the strongest storm I’ve witnessed (in Japan for a year so far only). Couldn’t sleep until 5am.

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Posted in: Letter threatening to hunt Koreans sent to S Korean embassy in Japan See in context

Sending bullets through the mail is a well-known intimidation tactic by Japan's far right/uyoku knuckle-draggers.

Is there any documented evidence for this other than JT poster comments?

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Posted in: Universal cancels controversial 'Hunt' in wake of shootings See in context

“a gory, R-rated political thriller that depicts liberal "elites" hunting people in red states for sport.”

This makes zero sense. Most of the guns are in the “red” states, and given events like Charlottesville it would be more realistic to presume the violence going the other way.

But higher up execs/producers probably want to provoke “red state” anger with exactly this kind of unrealistic scenario.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

I’m quite surprised to see “DIE” written on a Japanese flag in that photo; no mention of it in the caption.

With this and the other recent escalations, when will the SK government realize things are out of hand? I think karma will come back to haunt them if, like the Chinese, they think it’s politically convenient to stoke endless anti-Japanese sentiment as a way to distract from other domestic issues.

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