herefornow's past comments

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    herefornow

    “As of today he is the vice consul, and I emphasize ‘as of today,’” Watanabe was quoted as saying.

    He pleaded guilty back in December. Why is he still a government employee? What kind of message does that send?

    Posted in: Japanese diplomat in San Francisco gets year in jail for wife abuse

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    what a burn out..

    Acclerated no doubt by him being guilted into playing for Japan in the WBC and not allowing his arm to get the rest it needed. Hope Japan got the value from that wn, because the BoSox certainly did not get value for Dice-K. He cost them over $1 million per win in his career. Good to see Darvish learned this lesson and did not play in the recent WBC.

    Posted in: Matsuzaka doesn't make Indians' roster

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    sorry, typo " so your simple minds"

    Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'

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    Truly wishful thinking from a China supporter's point of view.

    Ossan, first off, the fact that I think Abe and his foolish, history re-packaging form of patriotism is dangerous to stability in Northeast Asia does not make me a "China supporter". But you neo-cons like to place labels on people soyur simple minds can wrap around things.

    Second,

    Please read the above articles so you can get a real picture of what's going on.

    Insult other poster's intelligence if you want, but not mine. Don't refer me to "Stars & Stripes" and a couple of OPINION pieces in the Sydney paper as "articles" intended to provide the real picture. Keep that logic for your fellow FOX News types, where preaching to the choir is held in high regard.

    Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'

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    “Japan batters came under pressure after Maeda yielded a run,”

    Yup. When your style is based on bunting, even a one-run deficit is a lot. Especially against teams like PR and the Dominican, that have great athletes who can play "small ball" if needed, but can also hit for power. This time around, at least, the better athletes beat the better "team".

    Posted in: Japanese media, fans rue Japan's semifinal exit at WBC

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    Panasonic was sideswiped by slumping sales on the back of the global slowdown and also took on huge restructuring costs, which contributed heavily to its bleeding bottom line.

    No, it got "sideswiped" by failure by management. It gambled too heavily on plasma technology while SK was making LCD's better and cheaper. Too much arrogance and inward focus.

    Posted in: Panasonic to scale down TV business

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    Nervous? We (the United States) have been pushing constantly for this since 1950.

    Ossan -- nonsense. While it is true that the U.S. has favored Japan taking a greater role in international missions, including mutual self-defense, the LAST thing Obama wants right now is a potentially more unstable Northeast Asia caused by Abe deciding 51% in the Diet is enough to change the Japanese constitution. The U.S. is already trying to find a delicate balance between China, Taiwan and Japan -- not wanting to infuriate China based on its long-standing agreements with the other two. Plus the Kook in NK is causing the U.S. enough difficulties without Japan throwing more fuel on the fire. Not to mention how SK would respond to Japan moving in this direction. You need to look at the big picture and also recognize that Japan has ZERO credibility right now with Obama and the U.S. going back to Hatoyama, so, there is plenty of nervousness about this in the U.S.

    Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'

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    American cars are designed to fail and become unrepairable after a few years.

    Jim -- HOGWASH. Please get up to date on reliability rankings. You are still stuck in the 90's.

    Posted in: Japan free trade talks with EU a 'masquerade' - Ford

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    High cesium level found in fish by Fukushima plant

    Isn't "high" a wee bit of an understatement????? I think 1,000 times the legal limit qualifies for a little more than "high". How about "record"? Or "atronomical"?

    Posted in: Record high cesium level found in fish by Fukushima plant

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    and delivering a six-minute homily — brief by church standards — in the Vatican’s tiny parish church,

    Wish my priest had done the same. He spoke for twenty minutes about Pope Francis, but the pope only took six -- go figure.

    Posted in: Pope wades into crowds, surprising onlookers

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    Abe said in January he intends to change the constitution, by modifying an article which stipulates that amendments need a two-thirds majority in parliament.

    Very foolhardy and dangerous. No wonder both Japan's allies, like the U.S., and its neighbors, are going to be nervous. A constitution is supposed to be a document of basic principles for a country, not a political one subject to the "flavor of the month". Abe and his cronies who seek this concept of a "proud Japan" do not seem to have truly learned the terrible lessons of the past.

    Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'

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    herefornow

    and in particular in the case of Japan, there should be no mistake about it: these can be called free-trade negotiations, but the intention of the negotiating party with Europe is not to embrace the model of two-way trade.”

    A world-class understatement. Japan could get away with this for decades when countries were desperate to get their companies even a small foot-hold in the country because of Japan's astronomical growth/recovery -- shooting to a place as the world's second largest economy. But now with an economy in over two decades of stagnation, deflation, terribly high corporate taxes, and legendary government restrictions/bureaucracy, the game has changed. But Japan's leaders are still reflecting the arrogance that the prosperity established there. And dis-mantling all those restrictions would take many, many years. Japan is between a rock and a hard place, and there aren't going to be any easy roads out.

    Posted in: Japan free trade talks with EU a 'masquerade' - Ford

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    herefornow

    The one week a year that I miss Japan. Kudanshita and Aoyama Cemetery were always my fiance and my favorite places to view the cherry blossoms.

    Posted in: Cherry blossom season officially begins in Tokyo

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    Should the yen fall to 100 to the dollar and stay there for the next year, Japan’s purchases of oil, gas and coal from overseas would rise 25% to just over 30 trillion yen, in the unlikely scenario that import volumes hold steady.

    The down-side of Abenomics. For every person or company that the lower yen will help in terms of improving exports, it hurts one for this very reason. And if wages do not rise, increased fuel bills will hurt domestic consumption.

    Posted in: Japan faces higher fuel bill as nuclear shutdown enters 3rd year

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    herefornow

    At least ten senators have the courage of their convictions and are willing to tell the NRA to stuff it.

    Posted in: U.S. Senate panel approves assault weapons ban

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    herefornow

    At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimate.

    Thank you George W, Dick, Donald, Condi and all your Neocon buddies. Not to mention the HUGE debt you ran up undertaking this nightmare. I hope you all sleep well at night knowing this is your real legacy.

    Posted in: 116,000 civilians, 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq 2003-2011

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    herefornow

    I feel the Catholic Church has made a fatal error, electing an aging, staunch conservative once again. At least they went outside of Italy and Europe, but, they had a real chance to elect a younger more theologically open minded pontiff, who could lead the church in these troubled times.

    MarkX -- I respectfully disagree. I think he is a brilliant choice for the very reasons you state. By picking someone with strong conervative credentials he can possibly move the church in new directions -- albeit in small steps. A more radical pick would have immediately gotten into trouble with the curia in Rome and potentially not been able to accomplish anything. For example, the press here in the U.S. is saying he possibly agrees with the use of condoms for protection from disease. That would be huge in and of itself. I say, give him time.

    Posted in: Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

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    “The company also should have made better preparations and explanations to accommodate the investigation team.”

    Ya think?

    Posted in: Panel says there was no cover-up at Fukushima nuclear plant

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    An independent panel said Wednesday that the operator of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant misinformed investigators and blocked an inspection of key equipment last year, but that it was not part of a cover-up

    No, it was just TEPCO being "transparent", as it has been since 3/11/11.

    Posted in: Panel says there was no cover-up at Fukushima nuclear plant

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    dubbed the Pink Crown. The company hopes that it will attract more female customers to the model

    If Toyota announced they were introducing a pink car in the U.S. in the hopes of attracting more female customers, they would be the laughing stock of the business world, and every news program in the country would be asking how they could be that out of touch with society. In Japan, no problem. LOL.

    Posted in: Doraemon 'Reborn' in new Pink Crown ad series featuring Jean Reno and Atsuko Maeda

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