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Posted in: Trump says it looks like Iran was behind Saudi oil attacks See in context

Trump replaced the Iran Nuclear deal with sanctions at the behest of SA and Israel.

Well, SA got the oil price increase they expected from sanctions but the expense of damaged infrastructure and a permanent increase in security costs.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

The water is used for cooling so why couldn't they reuse cooled contaminated water ie. closed loop?

Granted, the concentration of contaminants would increase with every cycle but there would be less water volume to manage.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests See in context

Bringing your cellphone to a protest would negate the attempt to disguise one's identity. Even burner phones can be linked to personal phones due to colocation.

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Posted in: Japan speculates over identity of final Olympic torchbearer See in context

possibly Ikee Rikako because of the story of her success followed by her sudden health problem.

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Posted in: S Korea calls in Japanese diplomat over plans for Fukushima water See in context

Discharge into the Pacific won't directly affect Korean waters due to the Kuroshio current.

Nonetheless, calling attention to it is tactical stirring of the pot.

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Posted in: Rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepen See in context

When a non-violent movement turns radical, it indicates infiltration or hijacking by extremists. Such disruptions may be masterminded by competing interests or the opposition to undermine the movement.

The alt-right and antifa both use such tactics.

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Posted in: S Korea says it 'won't be defeated again' by Japan See in context

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/23/why-japan-south-korea-disputes-world-war-ii-keep-resurfacing

"It was not until 2005 that declassified documents revealed the full terms of the 1965 agreement. President Park Chung-hee did not use the funds to compensate victims directly, as suggested by Japan, but instead invested the capital into the economy."

In other words, a past SK administration stole the funds intended for victims, leaving unresolved individual grievances. More recently, the SK government allowed grievances to proceed and prevail in SK courts without acknowledging the past corruption to their citizenry.

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Posted in: Japan-South Korea trade dispute threatens global tech market See in context

The failure was by the SK court that ruled for forced reparations by confiscation of Japanese corporate assets.

This has damaging implications for all foreign investment in SK in addition to the now escalating SK-J trade friction.

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Posted in: Japan population declines at fastest pace to 124.8 million: gov't See in context

The global economy is in a low growth era which means in countries like Japan having low population growth, per capita income will remain constant. Workforce headcount growth is not needed for economic growth in an age of automation and AI.

While not in an economic boom with an increasing standard of living, Japan has an advantage over economies that are leveraged upon growth to maintain financial & social stability.

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Posted in: Trump jokes to Putin: 'Don't meddle in the election, please' See in context

Manipulation and mud slinging for political gain are perennial, only the players and methods change.

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Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

Trump is an unabashed Saudi sympathizer and Zionist. Belligerence towards Iran is payback for their support.

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Posted in: 16 schoolgirls, 2 adults stabbed in rampage in Kawasaki; 1 child, 1 man dead See in context

Japan is comparatively much safer due to gun restrictions than the US.

Society can't predict the actions of deranged individuals.

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Posted in: Pro wrestler arrested for assaulting man in parking lot dispute See in context

Ippon!

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Posted in: Car plows into Yoshinoya restaurant in Nara Pref; driver flees See in context

if done deliberately, it was due to a beef

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Posted in: Gov't lifts evacuation order in parts of Fukushima nuclear plant hometown See in context

Plastics degrade, tanks corrode. The plan by officials is the same as the default plan by nature: Over the long run, contaminants will erode/drain into the Pacific.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing at least 100 metal grates from roadside gutters See in context

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

― Anthony Robbins

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Posted in: Chinese basketball fans shock with Nanjing massacre death chant See in context

Collectively, those fans don't seem to fear the repercussions such as degrading their Social Credit scores.

One might conclude it was a sanctioned, premeditated act.

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Posted in: China demands Canada release Huawei executive See in context

China is a nation of law and order. Just remember that their laws are selectively enforced and maintaining order is their pretext for the suspension of law.

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Posted in: Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone See in context

I went on a solo koyo trip recently to visit Lake Onuma, Oirase Stream, Lake Towada, Naruko Gorge, Kurobe Gorge, and onsens with a 7 day Japan Rail Pass.

The scheduling was rather tight so it would have been difficult to achieve with others due to "lowest common denominator" ie. one group member's problem(=delay) is everyone's problem.

Swarms of yammering Chinese tourists made me wish that they would travel solo(=silently).

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Posted in: U.S. federal agencies clash on cell phone cancer risk See in context

RF exposure depends on usage factors.

Handsfree (speaker, headset) mitigates the proximity of the head to the phone's antennas of which radiated power is proportional to the distance from base statons.

Using headsets by default is advisable.

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Posted in: Unclaimed burial urns pile up in Japan amid fraying social ties See in context

Memories of our existence will vanish with our loved ones and the value in containing our remains similarly fades.

Cremation and then mixing the ashes into a couple of bricks will leave something tangible yet allow the return to the Earth, molecule by molecule.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show 'Densha Otoko' to be remade in U.S. See in context

The US version of Death Note was adapted from Japan and The Hunger Games series was "inspired" by the Japanese movie Battle Royale.

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Posted in: U.N. report on global warming carries life-or-death warning See in context

those who can, will not

tragedy of the commons

those who will, cannot

gomenasai, 季語 がない

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Posted in: Grim warnings for White House, Republicans ahead of election See in context

Collective inaction enabled Trump to hijack the Republican party. Endangered Republican candidates have only themselves and their leadership to blame.

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Posted in: Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporters See in context

She has abandoned the democracy principles of her house arrest era in a cynical calculation. Popular support (from anti-Muslim majority) is in her favor to cling to power yet she demonstrates the lack of power with inaction.

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Posted in: China's 'Silk Road' project runs into debt jam See in context

Debt trap tactics are a form of "soft imperialism". Debt default enables the next level of intrusive entanglements. Project development is often conditionally awarded to firms of the creditor country which recaptures much of the project's value chain.

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Posted in: U.S. accuses China of 'super aggressive' spy campaign on LinkedIn See in context

Recruitment is a tool to vacuum up technology. Nothing new, except web makes it easier.

Foreign controlled firms act as the agent or agents target firms where infiltrators get access to trade secrets, patent proposals, and proprietary code.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting guy he thought was a woman See in context

intoxication-misidentification-molestation-realization-mortification-deflation-investigation-detention-incarceration-humiliation-contrition

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Posted in: Solar cookout aims to woo traditional chefs, cut carbon See in context

Solar to compete with gas for cooking?

It's a non starter with shady prospects.

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Posted in: Trump-Putin summit leaves wake of confusion, outrage in U.S. See in context

If a true crisis arises, how can Trump effectively lead when no one trusts him?

Nobody will storm Takeshi's Castle on orders from Trump.

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