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Posted in: 19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas school shooting; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

Okay Fighto! This is the hatred that I speak of. I am not sure what country you are from, but obviously uneducated in these areas that you speak about. I could not name one country where adults would care more about weapons that their children. Meaningful discussion Fighto!, meaningful discussion please. We all need to be respectful of others and not attack one another. I'll leave you with that.

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Posted in: 19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas school shooting; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

Fighto! , "Voters in the US care more for guns than children. Fact." What a dumb thing to say. Clearly you misunderstand and are making statements that are NOT fact (as you say) . Posts here should be meaningful in discussion and not emotional rants.

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Posted in: 19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas school shooting; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

Disgusting? YES! It is extremely sad that these things happen as they never should! As an American that grew up in the 60's-70's, gun safety was a requirement to gain a hunting license, which many of us did then. Much like in Japan, we hunted wild game for food and the fellowship with family and friends. We never thought of going out and committing mass murder! I have never been an advocate of gun control, but something needs to happen to stop such mindless crimes. Obviously the parents are failing their children in teaching respect for one another. After an investigation, this family will most likely face criminal charges for allowing this twisted minded teen to gain access to the handgun. America is so full of hatred these days that I just don't understand it. The network news media's push so much distrust and hatred and I feel that is part of it. Even the politicians are full of hatred. No society is perfect, but the U.S. has got real problems that need to be dealt with.

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Posted in: Angelina Jolie makes surprise visit to war-torn Ukraine See in context

What does she hope to do there? Yes, it is nice that you care but what is your purpose? Celebrities... :-/

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Posted in: Do you think Ukrainians who have come to Japan because of the Russian invasion of their homeland should be referred to as "evacuees" or "refugees." In Japan, "refugees" can be granted long-term residency, while "evacuees" are viewed as people who will eventually have to leave. See in context

I am sure that they would want to return to their homeland once it is safe to do so. All we can do is support them as much as possible for now. If any of them wish to remain in Japan, then they should be allowed to apply for residency through normal process.

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Posted in: Russian-run restaurant in Chiba looking to hire Ukrainian evacuees See in context

Very nice story! It is important for those escaping Ukraine to have support like this to help them adjust to their new environments. Bravo!

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Posted in: U.S. women rout Switzerland 8-0 in ice hockey; China edges Japan 2-1 See in context

I guess I lack the knowledge of the rules governing players. I agree that anyone should be able to change their citizenship if desired. I just don't understand why anyone would decide on communist China...

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Posted in: U.S. women rout Switzerland 8-0 in ice hockey; China edges Japan 2-1 See in context

I find it difficult that the Olympic Committee would not address the fact that many of China's players are not Chinese or were even born in that country, hence the one that scored the game winning goal. A foreign coaching staff is one thing, but the players should be required to be from the country in which they play for. With that approach, any country could buy the very best players in the world to play for them in the Olympics. All I would say to China's "athletes for hire" is that I hope you enjoy it there because your home country does not want you back. Wear your Chinese names from now on.

I am in awe at the skill and speed of the Japanese women in ice hockey! I enjoy watching their play more than the NHL. Stay strong ladies!

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Posted in: Amnesty flags Qatar rights abuses with French soccer body See in context

As one that worked in Qatar for 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed some violations. Qatar stopped confiscating passports as that has been identified as a form of human trafficking. However, even though the workers maintain their passports, they are not allowed to leave the country and will be held at the airport by law enforcement if they are without an approved exit visa so the control over the them still exists. Work accidents and deaths on all of the new soccer stadiums go unreported. Qatari's, as most Arabs look at the migrant workers as slaves and treat them poorly, some countries worse than others. Most migrant workers come from the Philippines, Pakistan, and other poor countries so the workers are just trying to make a better life for themselves and be able to send money back home to their families. I reported violations to the U.S. company that I worked for but they brushed off the reports as their only concern (in my opinion) is profits made from their contracts. I would NEVER take a posting back to that region again!

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Posted in: Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report See in context

Burning BushMar. 14  05:24 pm JST

Capitalism must prevail, at any and all costs.

Human freedom must prevail at any and all costs.

That includes the freedom to stay home (or go out), to wear a mask (or not) and to get vaccinated (or not).

You make your choice, I'll make mine, and let's respect each other's choices.

I will 100% respect whatever choice you make.

> I totally understand where you are coming from, but I would just ask you and others sharing your approach to please wear a mask if you are in crowded public areas (transit, shopping centers, etc). You may be very healthy, but remember those that have health issues which places them at high risk for the virus. They too, must shop for daily items and take public transportation. I don't think that it is asking too much to respect others.

Best wishes,

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Posted in: COVID-19 numbers in Tokyo area creeping up, health minister says See in context

Yokota base commander eased restricted travel (https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/air-force-commander-in-japan-allows-travel-to-all-of-tokyo-as-virus-numbers-dwindle-1.665015), which in my opinion was extremely reckless! I understand the frustrations of those at the base not being able to travel in-country, but consider those that are trying to return to Japan. An uptick in cases means longer state of emergency. I am a US citizen, retired AF, and with a Japan residence visa but cannot travel back to my home in Japan because of the state of emergency. Easing the travel restrictions of those at the base is also disrespectful to the Japanese people. You are placing them at higher risk. Everyone knows that young military members go out on town, drink and thus lose their "smarts" in doing what is right. They think that they are invincible and do not respect others that may be at a higher risk for this virus. I find the actions of this base commander to be unprofessional and disrespectful to the Japanese people. He/She should be reprimanded and possibly removed from their current position and reassigned to another base outside of Japan.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

Living your life in fear is no way to live. Be smart, wash your hands often, where a mask if you think that you need to, but don't buy in to all the fear-mongering going on in most media outlets. I read a news article that said 85% of those infected do not even know it. They are not sick or showing any symptoms. Bottom line, just be smart and use common sense.

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

There has never been a precedent set for such a crisis. It is so easy for others to criticize, but do they have a better alternative? The answer is no. I thought that it was handled quite well as they prevented infected individuals from passing along the virus to those in the country. Sure, it was unpleasant for those stuck on the ship, but I think they can understand the severe risks involved.

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Posted in: Everything metallic gone from isle after N Korean visit, caretaker says See in context

I would find it hard to show compassion toward these men. As stated in another comment, they are "fishing" in illegal waters and are common thieves. I realize that people in North Korea have hardly anything, but why don't they dock in South Korea and ask for sanctuary? Instead, they steal from Japan and as far as the one with the stomach ache, what if he is carrying an extremely deadly disease that his own government infected him with??? (scary thought). Send them back to where they came from...

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