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SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 05:02PM JST
"How can King Abdullah II consider dealing with ISIS, who buried women and children alive, to return to them a criminal who killed sixty innocent Jordanians?"
The wacko woman was caught before she was able to detonate her belt. But she certainly intended to kill people.
Posted in: Jordan prisoner swap on hold; Goto's fate unclear as deadline passes
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 04:57PM JST
"Japanese rice imported by Chinese grain trader COFCO sells for 74 Chinese yuan ($12) a kg."
In theory Japanese rice farmers should be laughing their heads off all the way to the bank, but in reality they're just barely making a living. It's all screwed up.
Posted in: Japanese rice: the new, safe luxury food in China
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 04:51PM JST
Cripes, pops! What be wrong wit ye?
Posted in: Man arrested for spraying graffiti on cars and walls in Sapporo neighborhood
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 04:47PM JST
"The station was overwhelmed by thousands of visitors after it had advertised that it would be selling 15,000 commemorative Suica IC cards to mark the centenary. However, nearly 10,000 people showed up to buy the limited-edition cards by 10 a.m., causing chaos at the station. Station officials were forced to stop selling the cards, with 7,000 left, causing many people to become angry.
Many of the Suica cards subsequently showed up on auction sites at exorbitant prices."
With all the recent bad news, this is refreshingly funny! Hee hee!
Posted in: More Suica cards go on sale to mark Tokyo Station's centenary
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 04:30PM JST
"compensate his country for damages"
Heck, Cuba ought to compensate the U.S. for all the lost business U.S. companies could have been doing in Cuba all these years to the benefit of all.
Posted in: Raul Castro: U.S. must return Guantanamo for normal relations
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 04:22PM JST
I have to keep hoping that the world re-ordering will eventually result in a unified Earth that can eventually invent warp speed and join a United Federation of Planets.
Posted in: For Japan, the world re-ordering change is the spectacular and spectacularly rapid rise of Chinese economic, political, and military power–the portentousness of which is compounded because it has occurred during the period of Japan’s relative decline.
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
"Officials involved in preparations for Abe’s agenda understood that by naming Islamic State as a threat during a visit to Egypt, Abe was taking a risk... Abe’s comments obviously provoked them”
This is all Abe's fault! If he hadn't provoked the terrorists, Goto and Yukawa might have languished quietly in their custody for months longer!
"The government’s response to the crisis is bound to figure in a coming debate over military policy that could in future allow Japan to offer logistical support for campaigns like the U.S.-led bombings in Syria."
How about boots on the ground and kicking the heads of these wackos in coordination with a grand coalition of nations determined to wipe them out? No good?
Posted in: Hostage crisis trips up Japan as it seeks global security role
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 12:41PM JST
These jerks need to be wiped out.
Posted in: Islamic State issues new threat via Goto to kill Jordanian pilot
SerranoJan. 29, 2015 - 07:06AM JST
What if the swap takes place and then later Sajida dons another explosives belt and blows up some people?
And I see IS is now threatening to cut off Obama's head in the White House...
SerranoJan. 28, 2015 - 01:50PM JST
This news must really be irritating to Apple's detractors.
Posted in: Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter for Apple
SerranoJan. 28, 2015 - 01:43PM JST
"Well, since Japan is theoretically a sovereign nation, perhaps they could respectfully tell the US to piss off."
You mean respectfully tell Jordan to piss off? They're the ones holding the wacko woman.
Posted in: Abe calls 24-hour hostage deadline despicable
SerranoJan. 28, 2015 - 07:36AM JST
Maybe now would be a good time for U.S. forces to leave Japan.
Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 09:48PM JST
"Every since Crimea, Putin has enjoyed an 80% approval rating, even when assessed by Western polling agencies.
His approval rating is the highest among any world leader, and higher then any other leader in living memory in Russia."
It seems the majority of Russians are dumb.
Posted in: Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 09:37PM JST
“I cannot sympathize with them, because they have caused Japan a lot of trouble. ... Japan is not that rich. Japan cannot afford it. We have lots of domestic problems such as health care.”
— Akiyo Tsunokawa, 77, homemaker.
Good grief. No empathy whatsoever for her own country's citizens abroad. And problems with socialized health care? What's up with that?
“I feel Abe’s misguided shallow acts have trigged this ransom demand"
Good grief! It's all Abe's fault! Really? I don't think so.
Posted in: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 08:04PM JST
"A lot of the arguments being made are that if ransom is paid, people will be kidnapped left right and centre. But those who have been executed have all been caught in ISIS controlled areas. Surely the best solution would simply to not go to those areas?"
If ISIS is not defeated, "those areas" will expand to the rest of the world.
Posted in: Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 07:59PM JST
Nice specs, but I think the Russians are eventually going to get rid of Putin before he wants to go.
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 07:48PM JST
It's just light snow, with sunny conditions forecast for Wednesday.
Posted in: Northeast U.S. streets empty as monster blizzard approaches
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 07:41PM JST
"I have 1 question? Who the hell is Johnny Depp? He must be a "has been" because I never heard of him."
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
What planet, no, what solar system have you been living in?! lol
Posted in: Depp arrives in Japan
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 07:37PM JST
These monks should protest in front of the Saudi Embassy for the release of Goto, that's a lot more like the Islamic State than the prime minister's residence.
Posted in: In support of Goto
SerranoJan. 27, 2015 - 01:02PM JST
Johnny needs to play his best-ever character again - Captain Jack Sparrow! Arrrrrrrrrrrr!
Jan. 29, 2015 - 05:13PM JST
It all sounds ludicrously complex and specifically designed to provide jobs for as many hangers-on as…
Posted in: Minding your own business in Japan
Jan. 29, 2015 - 05:12PM JST
Sorry folks. The endnote by Prof. Soh starts at page 241 rather than page 349.
Posted in: S Korea, China warn Japan not to backtrack on wartime apology
That's nice....., but better think again before trying to break out of the Donbass. NATO…
Posted in: Ukraine rebels claim key victory is within grasp
Jan. 29, 2015 - 05:10PM JST
It's interesting how far they are willing to let themselves get pushed in this case, extending…
Jan. 29, 2015 - 05:09PM JST
People have been predicting China's 'implosion' since Deng's reforms over 30 years ago. Some are still…