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Posted in: Kawasaki enacts Japan's 1st bill punishing hate speech See in context

What a step in the wrong direction. Politics nor government has a right to infringe on how or what people feel or do. This is called oppression and against human right against speech. If someone doesn't like what they hear, tune it out and just move on. It worked for well over 5000 yr, why change it now for political correctness. If someone has bad manners it is not for the law to change them or take that basic free speech away.

No one is stopping people from expressing themselves. But if you do and it is considered personally offensive, then you may be fined. If you want to spew garbage and not be fined, then do it in privacy where people won't be offended by your lack of education, cultural awareness, and idiocy.

So by all means, spew away garbage mouth. Just keep enough on your person to pay the fine.

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

 But his career was shadowed by links to a huge political scandal, a stocks-for-favors scam.

Was that the Recruit scandal?

The Recruit scandal occurred while Takeshita was prime minister.

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Posted in: Lawsuits detail deadly U.S. Navy collision off Japan's coast See in context

"Lawsuits detail deadly U.S. Navy collision off Japan's coast" gives the impression that the Navy was at fault. "Contain Ship Collision with U.S. Navy Vessel Detailed in Lawsuit" may have been a better alternative.

Titles matter, particularly to the surviving crew members of the stricken ship.

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Posted in: Japan hosts arms show looking for an edge in tech See in context

Japan: Welcome to the beginning stages of a more made-obvious-to-the-public Military Industrial Complex. Now it's in your face and before you know it citizens will be facing down police clad in military armor armed with military grade weaponry. I'll give it 3 to 5 years.

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Posted in: Name five of the most memorable film villains for you. See in context

Vincent Price in everything he ever did. He's the only villain you'll ever need.

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Posted in: Do you see any alternative to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) dumping radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it? See in context

How about a volcano since it is hot it would evaporate the water thus making steam. Since it is a liquid instead of a solid like radioactive metal, it may become more disposable. So as to decontaminate radioactive Ions by boiling.

Volcanoes typically don't get hot enough to split the atomic nuclei to render it inert. Shield volcanoes, generally the hottest, reach about 1300 degrees C. This is not nearly hot enough. It would have to be hotter by 10 to 15 times the heat of an average shield volcano. Maybe more - I can't remember clearly as it has been a very long time since studying physics. If the volcano went active and vented a lot of gas, the pyroclastic cloud would be even deadlier as it would be radioactive as well.

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Posted in: Do you support so-called “quota systems” to achieve gender diversity by promoting women to senior leadership positions in companies? See in context

Implementing a quota system would be an excellent way to avoid solving the problem. It won't help to teach men who feel that women are inferior that they are not. It will create an atmosphere of animosity which will lead to more harassment, insubordination, and low morale. In cases where a better qualified person is passed over to achieve quota, it can adversely affect business performance.

These aren't just thoughts, I'm speaking from experience. Having spent 23 years in the military and seeing a similar quota implemented back in the '70s, it was an epic failure. Quotas simply don't work. People have to be educated from youth and the education must be driven socially, not academically. Discrimination in all forms is a social malady after all.

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Posted in: What are your best money saving tips when it comes to grocery shopping in Japan? See in context

Buying locally grown produce is cheaper, helps local economies and cuts down on the energy used to bring it to market. It usually tastes better too.

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Posted in: Japan Post admits to mis-selling 180,000 insurance policies See in context

Another example of what happens with privatization of government/quasi-government organizations and services.

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Posted in: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on another world See in context


And why isn’t mankind in space now?

NASA just gave up the ghost.

Funding is the problem.

NASA budget $18.69 billion (2010)

NASA budget $21.5 billion USD (2019)

as opposed to:

U.S. military budget $534 billion (2010)

U.S. military budget $686.1 billion (2019)

Space isn't as profitable as it needs to be for them to increase funding. Once it becomes more profitable and more individual states participate in the space program to include building parts, making consumables, etc., state senators and Congress members will push for more funding.

But for now, regime change efforts and bombing countries to take their natural resources is much more profitable. So that's where the funding goes.

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Posted in: Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!' See in context


"America was built originally by Anglo-Saxons."

Ever hear of Cahokia? Chaco? Taos? Obviously not.

Native Americans were thriving when white illegal immigrants murdered 100,000,000 natives, then stole and poisoned the land.

Educate yourself: https://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-ancientcities/

This all happened well before white people began using natives, blacks, Chinese, and many others as slaves to build their wealth.

White people basically did nothing except perform as slave masters.

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Posted in: Japan to eye options if U.S. seeks coalition on Middle East threats See in context

@Chip Star

Little as I like Trump, the problems in the ME are not of his making only. Both the Democrats and Republicans have worked to expand wars for the benefit of the MIC. Prime Minister Abe is just a willing pawn in their game of regime change for the purpose of keeping oil within the grasp of leaders chosen by the US and UK.

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Posted in: Putin says liberalism 'eating itself,' migrant influx wrong See in context

Russia meddling in U.S. elections was common dinner table discussion in the late '50s & early '60s. The Cold War never really ended, it just changed shape and focus. Granted, the threat of mutually assured destruction doesn't seem as threatening as it once was, but it's still there.

Save your lame attempts to show indignation over 2016 meddling: It's been going on for decades. If you really cared this would have been a problem for you before that election. Clinton is the 'mastermind' behind the Trump 'Pied Piper' strategy and she lost to an orange-topped carnival barker who decided to moonlight as a political novice.

Russia will meddle in the next election and the one after that too. It's a fact of life just as it's a fact of life that the U.S. pushes for regime change all over the Middle East and even in our backyard, South America. And the U.S. meddles in Russian politics as well. Remember Yeltsin? He was a product of the Reagan administration meddling in their political process. Don't expect Russia, a powerful country both economically and militarily, to do nothing while the U.S. runs rampant over the interests of the rest of the world.

If none of this bothers you and you don't speak out against all of it, focusing your indignation and rage on the outcome of one election is obviously contrived and simply just childish.

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

This doesn't fit the dictionary definition of harassment. It is however sexual discrimination.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

Who is naive enough to believe that this ban would actually put a stop to the abuse? It's a bad idea as making it a law will hurt more than it will help. Stupid people will make stupid choices regardless of laws.

I've seen situations where government services accompanied by police visit homes where parents were reported by people out of spite because they felt inferior or inadequate in their own parenting skills. Those visits damaged the life of the home as it was horribly humiliating for them.

Children have also called and reported abuse to police where none occurred. Those parents were terrified that they would lose their children. Once children recognize that they have this power over their parents many will use it.

It's a ridiculously bad idea and needs to just go away.

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Posted in: U.S. experts reviewing low-carb, other diets for guidelines See in context

The meat industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Smaller portions of meat mixed larger portions of vegetables is not only healthier but also better for the environment.


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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

The fine of ¥300,000 for a large company is petty cash and won't be a deterrence. That much for a small company could cause it to go bankrupt.

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Posted in: Have you found Google Maps in Japan to be reliable? See in context

It's fine for use at home but Apple map is better and easier to use for driving.

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Posted in: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic? See in context

Would be great if the recycling system were more accessible to everyone. While on a year and a half return to the U.S. in the early 00's I was able to keep large bins to separate plastics, PET, wood, metals, rubber and other miscellaneous materials. I would make the drive on either Saturday or Sunday mornings to deposit them at the recycling center once or twice each month.

That scenario would not work in Japan but having a community centralized recycling capability would work. Even if it only reduced non recycled materials to 50 or 60 percent it would be better than what we have now. I think there would be a lot more participation if something easily accessible were available. This would also create jobs.

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Rude and indifferent flight attendants on every U.S. carrier I've used over the last 30 years or so has been the norm. It's why I refuse to use them in cases where I pay for the flights now and I'll pay a bit extra to avoid them.

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Posted in: U.S. carriers compete for new slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

Flying on U.S. carriers has been horrible since the 80s. I avoid them when possible.

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Posted in: Is a cashless society desirable? See in context

Giving banks full control of your money is never a good idea.

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

I guess Trump deserves the inappropriately named 'peace' prize. His 'look the other way' approach to the crisis the Palestinian people face in Israel should help him nail it along with his dogged regime change efforts in Venezuela to increase oil company revenue.

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Posted in: Gov't set to buy island by March for U.S. military drills See in context

Going to build an SDF base on it by the sounds of it, so it will be multipurpose use.

So you want to charge the Americans for providing you with security. Is that the way it works?

The 'security' provided by the U.S. is a façade. In the more than 20 years I spent in the military assigned in Asia in general and Japan specifically, I can affirm that the U.S. is not providing security for anything other than their own business interests. The U.S. military has become nothing but a mercenary force used to enforce imperialism disguised as capitalism.

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Posted in: Clinton pivots from Obama's Asia policy with TPP opposition See in context

Clinton would no doubt change to a favorable position if elected. That's what her corporate masters would tell her to do.

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Posted in: How to bow like a Japanese See in context

Most Japanese people, particularly those who live in Tokyo, are exposed to foreign cultures to be aware of the differences. Most are also just like people from every other culture in the world and are appreciative of persons who try to show respect. In travelling around the world I've seen people sniffing without blowing their noses and coughing without covering their mouths. My travels have spanned more than 35 years with 25 of those years spent in Japan.

There are rude people everywhere and making ignorant comments that paint a race with a broad brush shows your ignorance or lack of manners. I thought that pretty much everyone is aware that a few bad examples can cause a loss of perspective. Maybe those of you who have made derogatory comments toward Japanese people should be included in that select group of persons who exhibit rude behavior.

If you don't like it here or think you're better because of your cultural background, please leave. Then try to grow up.

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Posted in: Japan's summer of crazy weather See in context

We are not generating CO2 and releasing it into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, we are simply releasing the CO2 that those fossil fuels contain. The planet has a finite amount of CO2 and the fossil fuels that we have used in the short history of using fossil fuels took millions of years to develop. Much of the CO2 is absorbed by the oceans which is the largest producer of the air that we breathe. But oceans are overtaxed and this is causing a whole new set of problems.

There is not enough space to explain the entire process and associated problems but if you want to learn more and have a pretty good read while you are at it I recommend:


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Posted in: Waking up from the American dream See in context

Interesting how VRWC manages to point only at Blacks (I'm Caucasian, by the way) having had their family units destroyed by our government. Gee, I wonder if any of that happened to other ethnic group in the U.S.? Then goes on to point out that it's not "just racial". This was truly offensive VRWC. The thinly veiled racism is not lost on us.

If your vote is for Romney because he's not Black, I am afraid that you will be quite surprised if elected. He undoubtedly will (at the urging of his peers) continue the war of the wealthy on the 99%. Bankrupting the government while lining their pockets has only really hurt you and I and our peers. Keeping us involved in discussing/arguing side issues and there's always "keep 'em afraid" (radical Islamic Fundamentalists, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians - insert happens to be their current flavor of fear).

Most of us living abroad see firsthand that the radicals are few but loud and the media likes loud. It sells. There are lots of issues for us to disagree on but ethnicity should not be part of the discussion. It doesn't add substance and there is too much room for conjecture. I don't like having the parasites either but if my taxes help one honest person to survive or succeed while supporting one hundred parasites, I consider it money well spent. And I don't care what color skin or other physical features DNA caused that person and me to have different appearances. I hope that support net is there for me if it's ever needed. I've worked for more than 40 years with 23 in the military, so I figure that if I did need that support that it would not be denied to me.

Deny hate.

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