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    Paulmqs - I'm assuming you're one of those people who don't see anything special about dolphins? Just a big squeaky fish to you? Why are people ALWAYS comparing dolphins to bloody farm animals? I really don't get that... it's like saying it's okay to kill a gorilla and eat it... hey just food, right? How about an elephant? Okay to chow down on an elephant? How going round to someone's house and killing and eating their dog? Yeah?

    It's almost like people are deliberately ignoring the fact that these are sentient creatures with complex social lives and superior animal intelligence. I really don't understand why people are ignoring that...

    Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start

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    Tina, your country and my country are both islands, and they've had long histories of fishing and whaling. What's different is that at some point we realised that we were killing these magnificent creatures to the point of extinction... and stopped.

    Let me ask you another question: a group of dolphins were washed up on a Japanese beach a while back and everyone rushed to help them, to save them. You say there's nothing wrong with the Taiji slaughter... would you have helped those stranded dolphins?

    Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start

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    Here's a question for Tina and other Japanese posters: do you ever watch wildlife documentaries about whales and dolphins? If so, when you see dolphins playing and interacting with each other, interacting peacefully with humans who mean them no harm... how does that make you feel? Do you look at a dolphin and wonder how it tastes, or do you marvel at a wonderful creature in its element?

    Same with whales, and the recent stories of individuals coming up to boats covered in garbage and allowing the humans to remove the ropes, plastic, etc...

    The BBC showed a live series over the past few weeks about a place in America called Monteray Bay where whales and dolphins come in to feed in safety. The place was also once home to whalers not unlike Taiji... and look at it now. They make more money from tourists and whale watchers than they could have dreamed of in whaling times.

    If Taiji stopped the slaughter and turned to tourism they would become a sensation... rather than a byword for DEATH!

    Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start

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    Separately, Japanese fisheries officials have announced they would start an annual coastal whaling hunt with plans to catch 51 minke whales over the next two months, part of what Tokyo says is research but which has attracted strong criticism abroad.

    That would be hilarious if it wasn't so sick!

    Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start

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    Bad move... raise the age for these activities, not lower it.

    Posted in: LDP studies lowering legal age for drinking, smoking to 18

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    Just wait until the police can monitor your email traffic - we have that coming in the UK... makes worrying about your bank account less worrying, no?

    Incidentally our medical system gives each person using the NHS a CHI number that follows them through life, allowing their entire medical history to be called up. We also have a National Insurance number that follows us for life from the age of 16. They were talking about bringing in ID cards as well.

    Japan isn't so different.

    Posted in: Japan enacts law to allow gov't access to personal bank data

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    Guess Abe and cabinet didn't like some of those comments made in the speech marking the 70 yrs.

    Don't think anyone outside of China and its allies liked it TBH... We have a phrase in my part of Scotland for when such twaddle is uttered - he's talking mince!

    I love how a country with THAT level of military power claims that it fears Japan's military build up. Really? Even cutting 300,000 troops still gives you an army of 2 million. Think about that... that's more the entire population of some countries. 2 million troops... and they think Japan is a military threat?

    Piffle!

    Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan

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    Japan should celebrate this too, as it eventually helped end their Nazi era. The only people who are upset about this are those who wish to return to those times.

    Bollox... any normal thinking person would think this display of weaponry and military might was aimed at the outside world, showing how 'powerful' they still are. This mass parade of hardware was not about commemorating the end of the war, it was about power, pure and simple.

    And Communist China didn't defeat Imperial Japan, the same as the Soviet Union didn't defeat Nazi Germany: it was a combined effort by the Allies. Talk about rewriting history...

    Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan

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    That airliner's going nowhere with those covers over the engine intakes and exhausts... still, good looking aircraft.

    Love the part about the stroppy cabin crew... some people pay to be treated like that deliberately.

    Posted in: Is N Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

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    I am sure it's hard to swallow for those used to the status quo, but the world domination/policing of America and its wishful attempts to suppress/contain China are no more and crumbling so rapidly. Even the CNN guest commentator during the parade today agreed that China (even with less war experience and less war-infused mentality such as the U.S. forces) would be unpredictably or insurmountly hard to defeat in any military scenario, not to mention China's other options that are superbly and quickly matching or surpassing U.S.' domination in other military capabilities.

    Ha ha.. bet the parade and mini show of force by China today sure pulled Abe and his cronies also back from his wet dream (to confront/match China) to reality. One has to wonder what China didn't show today (it was said the parade today displayed like only 2%?? of China's massive arsenal). Even the U.S. has no such dream like Abe's.

    I rather suspect you have a red banner flying overhead and the sound of goose stepping soldiers in your ears as you type your little missive straight from the Ministry of Propaganda. You really do sound like a government sponsored news reader on Chinese TV. Well done you :)

    Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan

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    I always carry my passport when I'm out of the hotel... I was stopped once at a station and asked for it. Just as well I had it on me.

    Posted in: U.S. activist featured in dolphin hunt film 'The Cove' arrested

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    Hands up all nuclear scientists on this forum... anyone?

    Posted in: Fukushima-related child cancers unlikely to rise: IAEA report

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    ROTFL. NATO can fight only small and weak countries. Try to challenge Russia, China, India or Iran and your "brave warriors" will be dead in few days.

    "will get them nowhere but create enemies everywhere".

    Lol. History says that European powers and Americans are old traditional foes of Russians. French Army tried to invade Russia in 1812. Europeans under NAZI flags tried to conquer Russia in 1941. Americans developed plans of massive nuclear attack of the Soviet Russia during Cold War times. So Russians are OK with the "list of enemies". Nobody wishes to play "friendship" with Americans and poor American servants in exchange of blue jeans or cans of Bud beer.

    You keep that red flag flying, Comrade Yamashi lol. Seriously? You sound like a Cold War communist... or (gasp!) are you Russian??

    Interesting point to note here: communist China played no part in the defeat of China, as has been noted... but those who are saying they did are the same people who seem to think today's Japan is the Imperial Japan of the war. They are deluded.

    As for Putin, love how he conveniently forgets the crimes committed by the Red Army during the war... how unarmed punishment battalions were sent against Germans merely to have them waste their ammunition. Any who refused to go were shot by their superiors. Punishment battalions were also marched through minefields ahead of the regular troops. Then there are the horrors committed against civilians in Germany by the Red Army, not forgetting their post war aggression.

    After the final repulse of German forces in the Soviet Union, Red Army troops entered Germany, Romania and Hungary in late 1944. Soviet soldiers were by then aware of the German war crimes and often executed surrendering or captured German soldiers in retaliation. There were numerous accounts of war crimes by Soviet armed forces – plunder, the murder of civilians and rape. In both Soviet-era and current Russian history books on the "Great Patriotic War" these war crimes are rarely mentioned

    Sound familiar? Same as levelled at Japanese history books.

    Russia also invaded China in 1934, where mustard gas was used: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_invasion_of_Xinjiang

    As for Putin's own acts of aggression... look no further than Ukraine and Georgia. Once a KGB agent, always a KGB agent.

    Posted in: Putin calls act to glorify war criminals 'flouting' of Tokyo tribunal

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    How many are genuine refugees?

    Posted in: Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creating 30-km backup

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    Defenders of the hunt say it is a tradition and point out that the animals are not endangered, a position echoed by the Japanese government.

    So that's okay then... mindless bloody slaughter is fine as long as the dolphins are plentiful?

    Dolphins do not contain dangerous levels of mercury. Most sea creatures contain certain level of mercury especially bigger ones but not dangerous levels.

    So what? That make it okay to murder them?

    Posted in: Bad weather delays start of Taiji dolphin hunt

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    Had he not been served a meal with pork, but some other meat would he have made a fuss had the meat not been Halal? We really are afraid of upsetting them aren't we?

    Posted in: Muslim man accidentally served bacon while being detained at immigration center

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    Bit of a coincidence that he was arrested just as the mass murder is due to start again in Taiji.

    Posted in: U.S. activist featured in dolphin hunt film 'The Cove' arrested

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    @Katsu78

    Brainwashing is a radical change to someone's cognition, compelling them to believe things radically different from what they used to believe without the ordinarily normal human ability to change their mind.

    So the Chinese just have an innate antipathy against the Japanese without any encouragement from the authorities? Yeah, you keep believing that, mate. People are not born into hating another society, they are spoonfed that hatred from day one, building and building up more hatred until you get to the point where, upon hearing Japanese spoken they react violently.

    You also know what's funny? I saw on eBay an advert for a Japanese action figure. The CHINESE seller blurred out the Japanese flag, and it wasn't the rising sun... so that means that the modern Japanese flag is seen as something evil in China... now tell me they aren't brainwashed.

    Posted in: China's leadership fans antipathy toward Japan

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    So? How many Vietnamese are in Miss Saigon? How many French in Phantom of the Opera? I remember the furore over the all Japanese cast of the Space Battleship Yamato from Americans who only knew it as Starblazers.

    Japanese game so they can do what they like with it.

    Posted in: Seijiro Nakamura as Chris Redfield? 'Resident Evil' stage play’s cast is entirely Japanese

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