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Posted in: Trump says he 'easily' answered Russia probe questions See in context

Trump says he 'easily' answered Russia probe questions

It's called pleading the 5th Amendment.

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Posted in: Putin says he had good conversation with Trump in Paris: Russian media See in context

Putin added he would likely have a full-blown meeting with Trump "on the sidelines of the G20 or later", referring to a summit scheduled to be held in Argentina at the end of this month.

It's called a performance review.

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Posted in: Tamaki invites U.S. lawmakers to Okinawa to see base reality See in context

Gov Denny Tamaki on Friday called for U.S. lawmakers to visit the southern island prefecture to learn about the reality of American military bases there...

Why bother if you're not bringing boatloads of cash? You can't even get the U.S. lawmakers to give a rip about their own country or countryman, let alone someone else's.

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Posted in: Democrats ready to pursue aggressive Trump oversight: Pelosi See in context

Democrats ready to pursue aggressive Trump oversight: Pelosi

Republicans ready to stack the judiciary with chicken-hawk neo-cons: McConnell.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars

The subterfuge master is back at it again. It's proven to be easier for pickpockets to steal, when their victim is momentarily distracted by something flashy.

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Posted in: 33-year-old man arrested for abusing girlfriend's 2-year-old son See in context

Scumbag. 'Nuff said.

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO Son says Saudi fund to continue despite Khashoggi murder See in context

...his firm must carry out its responsibility to the kingdom's citizens whose money is invested in its Vision Fund

I guess that means money talks, while and morals and ethics walk?

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Posted in: Trump hardens stance on Mexico border; says 15,000 troops could be sent See in context

Trump hardens stance on Mexico border; says 15,000 troops could be sent

When you don't have a platform to run on (that's 'cause millionaire tax-cuts, and ending the pre-exisiting health coverage protections in Obama-care didn't quite resonate with the base as well as anticipated), resort to the tried-and-true tactics of using fear and xenophobia before a midterm election to maintain your political majority.

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Posted in: Trump calls on media to end 'hostility' after thwarted bombs See in context

By the way, do you see how nice I'm behaving tonight?" he said. "Have you ever seen this?"

Says the man who less than a week ago gave lavish praise to Greg Gianforte who assaulted a reporter for asking about his stance on health care, and was completely mute on murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Yeah, we've seen this before.

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Posted in: Man arrested for alleged export of child porn from New Zealand to Japan See in context

If the crime originated in New Zealand, wouldn't New Zealand authorities demand that Shinoda be extradicted back to stand for those crimes? Just wondering if this will turn into a fight against extradition or not. I don't know if New Zealand and Japan have such a treaty in place - wouldn't see why they wouldn't.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl survives fall from 5th-floor apartment See in context

Totally agree with rainyday - been there done that.

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Posted in: Putin and Trump to meet in Paris on Nov 11 See in context

Putin and Trump to meet in Paris on Nov 11

I never realized that loan deferments were such a formalized event.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 3-month-old daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying See in context

Police in Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture, on Saturday arrested an unemployed 30-year-old man...

No he isn't. Period.

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Posted in: Extreme winter sports event, Red Bull Crashed Ice, makes its way to Japanese shores for the first time See in context

Oh boy! Athletes juiced-up on both energy drinks and testosterone, combined it with roller derby on ice. This has the makings of a fairly interesting sporting event. Hope those Red Bull contestants got their medical paid up, as the medical bills for foreigners ain't no where near the same as Japanese citizens.

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Posted in: No. of rubella patients tops 1,100 in Japan, pregnant women warned See in context

Great...now you've got those moronic anti-vaxer's spewing their nonsense in Japan, and it's screwing it up for the rest of the world who have some common sense.

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Posted in: Japan sees 1st drop in visitors in over 5 years in Sept See in context

Average land prices rose for the first time in 27 years in the year to July 1 as an influx of foreign visitors boosted demand for property for hotels and shops.

I'm obviously missing it, and someone will spell it out for me in simple terminology. I'm failing to see the correlation between a temporary foreign tourist staying at a hotel or shopping at a combini in Japan, that will cause land prices to eventually increase.

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Posted in: Trump says he won't accept blame if GOP loses House See in context

Trump says he won't accept blame if GOP loses House

The master of deflection speaks the truth - for once.

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Posted in: Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear See in context

She may not understand the conversation, but she's been trained to detect key words and respond to them.

That's pretty much like customer service I've been used to here in the US.

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Posted in: UK's Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal See in context

I never realized that innovation was a sport.

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Posted in: U.S. again slashing number of refugees it will accept See in context

U.S. again slashing number of refugees it will accept

I suppose this is an effort to control that influx of immigrants from Norway in the US?

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Posted in: The traditional beauty of Kyoto's 'geiko' and 'maiko' culture See in context

Damn, 'gonna miss this! I actually want to see this, but won't be in this part of Japan at this time. Wish there was a way to get photos of this event.

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Posted in: Sapporo officially drops bid for 2026 Winter Olympics See in context

Sapporo officially drops bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Wisely done - you don't want any part of that economic boondoggle.

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Posted in: KitKat Bar opens in Tokyo, serves new Japanese Umeshu Plum Sake KitKats with cocktail pairings See in context

Wow. Some folks take eating Kit-Kats to a completely different level.

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Posted in: How to prepare for Japanese drinking culture at work See in context

Some workers drink their way up the corporate ladder. Impressing a boss at the enkai can lead to impressing them in the office.

So this reads like the secrete to career success in Japan isn't what you know, but who's butt you smooch and you're willingness to get suckered into paying for a night of drinks at a bar. Wonderful...

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5, then himself in southern California rampage See in context

Obviously, these are not random shootings...

You think? Seriously, why do these madmen (and yes it's men the major of the time) feel compelled to shoot-up the whole world whenever they get upset? This type of rage is usually bottled-up until the point of explosion. Historically the warning signs were ignored by those who could have changed this, and were wrote off as a man who was just going through a temporary bad spell of luck.

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Posted in: Apple iPhones get bigger and pricier; Watch turns to health See in context

I'm disappointed that Apple killed off the iPhone SE model. Not everyone wants to make calls on tablet, but still a there's lot of folks who need some of the smartphone capabilities you won't / can't get with a simple clam-shell phone (i.e "old school phone").

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Posted in: U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka gets hero's welcome in Japan See in context

I'll give credit where it's due, Naomi played a far superb game of tennis against Serena, and she rightfully won her spot as the champion athlete on her own merits.

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Posted in: U.S. to take longer to review Sprint merger with T-Mobile See in context

U.S. to take longer to review Sprint merger with T-Mobile

Why, it's not like you really need a math degree to figure this out? One lousy company times the power of another equally lousy, is just still another single lousy company.

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Posted in: University in Kyoto offers free tuition to anyone over 100 years of age; more than half off if over 50 See in context

...a four-year undergraduate course in literature that would cost a regular student 3,184,000 yen in tuition would only set you back 1,273,600 yen which amounts to 60 percent off.

I don't think it's anywhere near that affordable - even without the scholarship, at least according to university's own webpage - unless there's some huge discounts for four-year degrees that aren't mentioned somewhere: https://www.hanazono.ac.jp/english/life/fees.html

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Posted in: Abe aims for constitution change in bid for extended term See in context

Abe aims for constitution change in bid for extended term

You mean four years isn't long enough to get a job done? Wish I could get away by say something like that at my job.

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