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Posted in: Trump arrives in Tokyo; meets Japanese business leaders See in context

I'm the guest of honor at the biggest event that they've had in over 200 years

WW2 does not count compared to Trump watching Sumo?

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Posted in: Man stopped over erratic driving hasn’t had license for 40 years See in context

So let's not use this as an excuse to bash older drivers.

He got caught at 72, an older driver. Proving that older drivers do not drive as well whether they have a license or not.

Lets not forget driving without a license is illegal, many people lose their jobs for doing this in Japan. Driving when you are 72 is not illegal but should be due to the carnage that old people create on the roads. And it will only get worse. Lots of kids are going to get run over by old drivers unless the they old drivers are taken off the road or throughly tested for mental and physical competence in order to get a license.

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Posted in: Abe says he wants to talk frankly with N Korean leader Kim See in context

Abe has cynically used this issue for political gain for over a decade with zero results. It is in many respects a fake issue. Japan abducted 500,000 Koreans when the country brutally occupied Korea. but no mention of that ever by Abe.

And as others have noted, Abe will have his clock cleaned by the NKs on this issue as they know he has painted himself into a corner with the ceaseless propaganda on this matter, that he has used to become PM twice This is similar to the fake immigration issue that Trump used to get elected. .

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Posted in: Driver of minibus that rolled down slope had no valid license See in context

This just proves elderly drivers are dangerous legal or otherwise. He forgot to set the parking brake and left the bus in neutral. At the ancient age of 66 he is probably partly senile.

Cars should have age sensors and anyone over 60 prevented from driving unless they can prove they can drive and are not suffering from the first signs of dementia. Allowing old people to drive as if they were not dangerous on the road is crazy. This old guy is lucky no one died. The company is done, how could they let someone without a license drive for them? The owner of the company should end up in jail.

What is with these old folks, they are either running over people mistaking the brake and the gas petal or letting their vehicles roll down a mountain?

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Posted in: Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike; ignites social media See in context

Many republican men are playing on the other team anyway. You cannot take away something they do not want in the first place.

Also republicans seem to only care about the unborn, once the kids are born they let them die from lack of healthcare or even food in many cases. It is all such hypocrisy.

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Posted in: N Korea may begin contacts with Japan following Abe's gesture See in context

Laughable. Fake issue Abe has cynically milked for over a decade now with zero progress. NK will play him like a drum.

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Posted in: No technical problems found in car involved in fatal crash in Tokyo See in context

Confirming the obvious.

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Posted in: Prevention of animal hoarding takes on urgency in aging Japan See in context

Saw a goofy lady feeding cats yesterday in our neighborhood. She is creating the overpopulation of cats as noted happened above and that is not good for the neighborhood or the cats who become abandoned or eventually destroyed.

People are weird about their animals, not just senile old battles who need to be managed properly.

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

@ bull fighter - superbly argued. Its nice to hear a voice of reason for once among doom and gloom

What, superbly argued? If facts do not matter then yes. But they do to people who can see reality for what it is. Unemployment rates are low as every year 500.000 people leave the workforce. It is shrinking every year due to the demographics of Japan. And salaries, despite the labor shortage, are going down. Thanks to the policies of corporate Japan that sits on tons of cash but does nothing with those reserves, this has been going on for a long time now. Abe lets these companies underpay their employees and waste billions and billions of Yen that just sits doing nothing.

So the holiday is a nice short term feel good sugar high for some, not for most, but it will be forgotten by the end of May and the Japanese economy will continue to drift sideways or shrink as it has for nearly 30 years now. Japan is now number four in the world for GDP based on PPP. India is now higher than Japan.

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Posted in: Police suspect human error in fatal car crash in Tokyo See in context

The accelerator became unstuck once the old loon took his foot off it. The car came to a stop eventually, killing two in the process.

Old people in the country because they vote get away with murder. As I am sure will be the case this time as well.

No driving over the age of 60. That will bring down death rates and also remove the major cause of slow moving traffic on the roads. To quote Nader kinda, old people are unsafe at any speed. They cannot even manage their bikes well.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

First and foremost, under Abe, the NHK has become pure propaganda. Historically

that was not the case but under the Japanese Trump it is. So the reporter is just

following instructions.

To the point of Japans obsession with itself, after Japan washed out of the 2017 WBC

last time losing to the USA 2-1, the coverage of the final match on TV here was non-existent. It was like the WBC stopped after Japan lost. No coverage at all.

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

Why should the standard be different for anyone else? It seems quite opressive to bind people to hold secrets which they have not voluntarily agreed to keep confidential.

Wrong comparison, confiding in sexual orientation is not as simple as asking out a person of the opposite sex as the article clearly points out. Given the Japanese society homophobia it is more like confiding in someone about an illegal activity, like stealing for example. It is a matter of trust and understanding the consequences of breaking trust.

And for the homophobic posters no worries about being hit on by another guy. Gays can tell if you are gay or not, it is a survival instinct. If they do hit on you maybe you might want to look into that closet you may be living in.

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Posted in: Thanks to crony capitalism, ride-sharing services may be waiting in the wings See in context

Average age of driver is 70 must be. Will need to replace these drivers with

somebody as they age out.

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Posted in: Japan reportedly to extend sanctions against N Korea by 2 years See in context

Now that the Trump tour to Lala Land has ended we can go back to our normal lives and see N.Korea for what it is.

Add that one to the long list of failures in the last two years. Really quite remarkable how everything Trump touches fails. Just like his many businesses, even casinos. How can you bankrupt a casino, they are money machines.

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Posted in: Japan reportedly to extend sanctions against N Korea by 2 years See in context

Gelen, it has been 70 years so far and they have not changed due to outside pressure.

They will change when there is internal reform. Outside pressure actually makes that more difficult. Same case as with Iran as well, failed strategy once again being deployed by Trump and of course by Japan which does as the USA tells it to do.

NK I am sure does not care about what Japan does as they know Japan does not matter. Only China does.

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Posted in: Gov't investigates 700 foreign students AWOL from Tokyo university See in context

So how many Japanese students are skipping class at this school?

But yes clearly this school is a front for job placement to dodgy industries and is probably affiliated if not run by the Yaks.

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Posted in: Japan exports fall for 3rd straight month on waning external demand See in context

Trump policies are killing the Obama economic boom coming out of the last

Republican Bush Great Recession.

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Posted in: Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia See in context

The killer was radicalized by rightwing media. Look at Fox News and the latest from Tucker Carlson

He tried out the “primitive” insult again, saying that Iraq is populated by “semi-literate primitive monkeys.” The Fox News host also said that he had no respect for Iraqi culture, “where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks.” 

From the killer himself . . .

Conservative commentator Candace Owens was the biggest influence on the white supremacist who slaughtered 49 worshipers in two New Zealand mosques, he claims in his rambling manifesto.

Brenton Tarrant name-dropped the Stamford, Conn.-born political activist in his 74-page screed posted online before he opened fire inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch.

“Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” Tarrant wrote in an answer to the question, “Is there a particular person that radicalized you the most?”

“Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness,” 

You can read such racism echoed in JT posts. Trump has legitimized racism and violence against muslims and other non-white, non-christian people. He says Nazi's that run over people are the same as the people who get run over by them. No wonder last year in the USA every single act of terrorism was carried out by white male rightwing killer. Just like this killer in NZ. White supremacists are the most dangerous terrorists now. It is all fueled by racism and hatred sanctioned by Trump and the huge rightwing mainstream media.

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Posted in: Governor, mayor resign to create 'Osaka metropolis' See in context

Here that noise in the distance, that is the train that is about to run over these two. The show has grown tired and the voters do not care anymore about a unified Osaka. The other parties are going to crush Ishin no Kai. Which may make things worse but so it goes.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement See in context

change should come organically from society and the market.

Report to planet Uranus, for decades there has been no organic change in this area due to sexism and laws that hold woman back from professional careers. When you come to planet Earth and country Japan please observe the local situation. Maybe where you are from things are different, in Uranus.

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Posted in: Abe willing to meet N Korean leader Kim to settle abduction issue See in context

Matter is closed and has been for decades. More useless propaganda by Abe. He should be in jail for how he has cynically used the families in this manufactured PR stunt.

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

I can think of very few things the Abe government has done right in the last six years, usually he makes things worse like the economy for example. But in this instance this is the right thing to do. In many cases child abuse is noted by teachers or others and nothing has been done to protect kids who sadly in some cases are killed.

So many parents of kids are wholly unfit to be parents. That is part of the problem.

This should extend to all authority figures such as teachers and coaches. Corporeal punishment still goes on within sports teams, I have seen it directly myself all too often.

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Posted in: Warmbier's parents blame N Korea for son's death; Trump says his comments misinterpreted See in context

Trump routine.

Threaten, cave in, praise, fail, repeat. He wanted a photo op and a Nobel prize, do you think he cares about a dead American College student when he can get good press?

Liberals all know that Trump and his family are criminals and rotten to the core, we knew that three years ago. The rest of the USA, like always, is finally waking up to see this con man for what he truly is. Some will never get it, that says so much about them and their blind partisanship bordering on cult like delusion.

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Posted in: Abe backs Trump after Kim summit ends with no deal See in context

Reminds me of the Blair-Bush relationship, one of poodle to master.

Anyway, yet another failure by Trump. Spending 60% of this time watching

Fake Fox News leaves little to time to actually get things done, but when he

tries he fails. How can you not get a deal out of NK? It is like failing in the Casino

business, how is that possible?

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit over death of outed gay student See in context

I find that highly unlikely and very unbelievable.

Research has indicated that these types of statements are often made by those who are inclined otherwise.

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Posted in: Trump's ex-fixer Cohen to give new Russia details to Congress See in context

We are finally at the end game now for Trump and his criminal family. He will make a deal and exit the WH just like Nixon did when he was proven to be a lying criminal. Republicans are 100% to blame for this cancer on the Presidency. The entire party is corrupt to the core and should be disbanded after Trump leaves in disgrace.

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Posted in: Bus driver refuses ride to passenger in wheelchair See in context

I think they should run the handicap buses once an hour and let the other buses run on schedule. The way things are now the passengers are all late as loading a person on the bus takes about 3-5 minutes all in. That means other connections are missed. As Japan ages there will be more and more folks needing assistance. Buses will slow to a crawl. Already the case in the USA on the bus lines in major cities due to special needs folks, like those overweight.

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Posted in: What everyone wants at the Trump-Kim summit See in context

On the abduction issue it has been ten years now and Abe has done nothing after cynically using these families to become PM the first time. It is a fake issue promoted by an immoral leader. NK has pronounced the issue closed repeatedly. This all dates back to the 1970s, 40 years ago. Pure insanity this is in 2019. Makes Japan look like rubes on the world stage.

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Posted in: 2 men hit and killed by truck; driver arrested after returning to scene See in context

All trucks in Japan need GPS monitoring to enforce safe driving by the

lunatics who drive them. Dump truck drivers are the worse. Followed by

garbage truck drivers. Followed by taxi cab drivers.

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Posted in: Mueller: Manafort 'brazenly violated the law' for years See in context

Trump picked this criminal for two reasons. One he was dirty and Trump knew it. Two he is like Trump. The whole inner circle is immoral and corrupt. All of them. It is not birds of a feather, it is criminals that bind together.

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