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    hatsoff

    A freedom never afforded Hong Kong by Britain.

    However, Britain created a robust Legislative Council, the members of which were voted for by the people of Hong Kong. Strong opposition to Hong Kong's policies could be voiced freely and vociferously, and was done so on a regular basis. Martin Lee, Emily Lau, even Baronness Dunn could influence the governor of Hong Kong and LegCo's final decision. Not any more because the puppet governor is now hand-picked by China.

    Jimmy Lai, owner of Apple Daily, came to Hong Kong from China after being given "delicious" chocolate as a kid by a Hong Kong businessman on a business trip. That's where his dream of a new life started and he rose from nothing in the British Territory because he had the freedom to do so, regardless of how vocal his political views were. These days he and his journalists get attacked and brutally beaten by gangsters doing the bidding of the mainland Chinese government because it doesn't like what he prints.

    The people of Hong Kong are seeing a real erosion of their freedoms and their right to express their opinions. They are seeing attempts made to change education policies that denounce multiple political parties on favour of one party as per the mainland. They are seeing their elected LegCo representatives increasingly sidelined due to China's interference and influence on the governor. Impartiality is being destroyed.

    The people of Hong Kong know that these negative developments can only lead to one thing in the near future if not protested against.

    China, for its part, has used its cheap labour, markets and foreign investments to buy virtual silence from countries that are, in other circymstances, all too willing to invade countries under the banner of supporting democracy.

    Posted in: Cameron reminds China of obligations over Hong Kong

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    hatsoff

    From the sportsman representing China: "Honestly speaking, the Japanese national anthem sounds ugly."

    From the sportsman representing Japan: "...first and foremost we’re all athletes and we have to respect each other. We also have to show human values so hopefully we can continue to compete in that atmosphere."

    Not hard to judge who has more class here, is it? As we English say: "It's not the winning or losing, it's how you play the game."

    Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'

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    hatsoff

    Underground cabling results in power companies constantly closing off and digging up the roads (with the inevitable poor surface repair to follow) resulting in closed roads, diversions, mayhem and an excess of noise in an already noisy city. Anyone from London and no doubt other major cities will testify that this is a nightmare, not just for drivers but for pedestrians and residents too.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    hatsoff

    The world is very lucky to have people like this around. I have also read about others who walk around the suicide areas and cafes near the forests of Mount Fuji looking for would-be suicides and trying to help.

    Posted in: Longtime anti-suicide crusader patrols cliffs of Tojinbo

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    hatsoff

    Oh the irony of the band's name. Hardly wild, is it? Anyway, the girls should just tell their slavemasters there was no romance involved and that they were only dating for the sex. Loophole found and problem solved.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

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    hatsoff

    When bystanders do nothing these scumbags will continue to do as they please.

    Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama

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    hatsoff

    If Japan stops denying and instead teach its past like Germany and stop worshiping war criminals at various shrines, relations will undoubtedly improve.

    With respect, that's a little naive. One only has to look at China's deteriorating relations with Vietnam and the Philippines to see that there's more going on in the region than a disagreement over WWII.

    Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

  • 4

    hatsoff

    Even if Takaichi and Inada genuinely have no political sympathies with the fascist Yamada I am pleased to see that there are still some Japanese journalists around who are willing to dig these things up and force the government to account for itself, though this article doesn't say who exactly brought the photos to the public's attention.

    Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

  • 0

    hatsoff

    Keep your eyes open everyone for someone matching that description and maybe - just maybe - we'll catch her before her next theft.

    Posted in: Long-haired woman in long dress sought over purse-snatching spree in Tokyo

  • 1

    hatsoff

    And thus society continues down the path of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing, where the free market trumps principles, morals, effort, humility and personal responsibility.

    Posted in: Pay apology agencies to say 'I'm sorry' when it’s just too hard to do it yourself

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    hatsoff

    Although she can't directly influence policy outcomes, I think it's refreshing that such a high profile public figure is willing to share her views like this on issues that affect her and the country. I wish more public figures would be willing to do the same.

    Posted in: Akie Abe discusses sales tax, nuclear power, life with PM

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    hatsoff

    Nice to see this collaboration between two massive companies. Let's hope for more collaboration and ever-strengthening ties between Japan and India.

    Posted in: Panasonic, Tata to develop water purification system

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    hatsoff

    It used to be that tobacco companies would market to teenagers in order to get them hooked on smoking right through adulthood. Now we have the situation where guns are marketed to kids. Is it a coincidence that this no doubt creates support for the gun lobby when these kids become voting adults?

    Posted in: U.S. gun tourism grows in popularity

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    hatsoff

    They do indeed walk among us and it is those of us who witness such things and do nothing that allow these bad things to continue to happen. I hope some witnesses come forward.

    Posted in: Guide dog stabbed while walking with owner

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    hatsoff

    Bad move and poor judgement by Abe to call convicted war criminals martyrs. To try and take a detached, fatalistic view by saying they sacrificed their souls for today's peace and prosperity is just doublespeak. Was this ceremony only honouring convicted war criminals?

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    hatsoff

    Don't blame the US Government for not paying, blame the terrorists for kidnapping and killing. The following quote demonstrates that paying ransoms merely funds terrorist activities and encourages more kidnappings to take place in a grotesque cycle of supply and demand.

    Last month, a New York Times investigation found that al-Qaida and its direct affiliates had received at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008 - primarily from European governments. In the last year alone, they received $66 million.

    Posted in: Did America's policy on ransom contribute to James Foley's killing?

  • 3

    hatsoff

    It would have been a nice gesture to return the artifact (in the same way that returning the Elgin marbles to Greece would be a nice gesture from the UK). Unfortunately, the name of the Chinese organisation has left this dead in the water. Talk about shooting themselves in the foot.

    Posted in: Chinese group appeals to emperor for return of 1,300-year-old artifact

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    hatsoff

    It's nice to have links but some awkward facts remain: the rebels say they will hand the bodies over to a so-called international team yet they are denying the crash investigation team access. The black boxes have not been handed over yet. This goes against all protocols.

    Posted in: Rebels have taken away all plane crash bodies

  • 3

    hatsoff

    RUSSIA and the Russian-backed rebels. Putin has blood on his hands.

    U.S. Intelligence confirms the plane was hit by a surface to air missile (BBC newsfeed). The rebels are hampering the investigation. Zichi above says they are looting the wreckage. Putin is saying this wouldn't have happened if there had been peace on the ground, while at the same time he's arming the rebels and supplying military personnel to them. He has 12,000 or so troops massed on the border. He should stop interfering with a sovereign nation that is not part of Russia.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

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    hatsoff

    (sigh) China displays its desire for global thought control once more...

    The Global Times dismissed Abbott’s remarks as an “outrage,” and said that Australia should drop its critical stance on human rights abuses in China.

    Thing is, in case they hadn't realised, is that Abbott was referring to events 70 years ago whereas China's human rights abuses simply haven't stopped since the war ended and continue unabated to this very day.

    Posted in: China blasts Australian PM over comments during Abe's visit

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