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    hidingout

    @Lizz

    This guy was the most gun control compliant mass murderer in history, clearing background checks, medical examination, registration and dozens of hours of mandated training but being Muslim he was once again let off the hook by employers and the FBI.

    Extremely well stated. Its puzzling to see 'leaders' like Clinton calling for more gun control when this creep is a walking, talking advertisement for the abject failure of so-called gun control legislation.

    Posted in: 50 dead, 53 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting

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    hidingout

    You ever notice how when a 'progressive' disagrees with anyone the first reaction is to start calling the other person or group 'ignorant'?

    Posted in: Electing Trump would be 'historic mistake,' Clinton declares

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    hidingout

    Pretty weak to be trying to draw a line between the surname of a guy accused of a crime in Japan and illegal immigration in the USA. Equally weak to pretend that sort of specious logic 'is the same b.s. reasoning that Trump and his blind sheep have'.

    Care to admit it or not, illegal immigration is a problem. Its illegal. Many illegal immigrants are involved in criminal activity because they are illegal. This problem is not limited to the USA. Europe is undergoing an extreme meltdown under the wave of 'refugees' (fleeing wars started, financed and prolonged by ... you know who). Merkel is about to be dusted. Right wing parties are surging in popularity all over the EU using rhetoric that would make Trump blush. And this is the EU, you know, supposedly more civilized and decent and tolerant than 'buffoons' like Trump.

    The left can keep burying their heads in the sand on issues like this, but the silent majority is fed up with all the social engineering, and the destruction of culture that it creates. Immigration is of course fine and normal but there are procedures to be followed - particularly in the age of terrorism. Those who do not follow the rules need to be arrested and returned from whence they came. No excuses, no sob stories.

    The fact that the UK cannot even deport known hate preachers and convicted violent criminals from their country (a breach of their 'human rights' don't you know) under order of Brussels, should be all the wake up call necessary. Yet somehow there are folks who still don't get it.

    Posted in: Trump on campaign protesters: 'I never hear their voices'

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    hidingout

    This is precisely the kind of meddling that causes problems around the world. Not every country is interested in slavishly following the UN approved doctrines. Some countries may have cultures that run in direct confrontation to pc western values. If women were not allowed to be CEOs in Japan, that would be a problem that I could see people speaking out on. Empress? Meh, really none of our business.

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    hidingout

    100 billion yen. And that's just from a one yen tax increase. Given the that the actual tax is several hundred yen, imagine how much money smokers have been generating for the rest of society. Practically subsidizing the economy at this rate. And people will still go on claiming that "smoker's are a burden on the health care system". It truly is laughable.

    Posted in: A tax raise of 1 yen per cigarette could generate more than 100 billion yen.

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    hidingout

    Such a pity he doesn't have the courage.

    Hilarious. Were you sleeping under a rock when this happened?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jul/08/shinzo-abe-world-war-canberra-video

    Mr Abe doesn't waste his time with insincere hate peddlers like the government of PRC, or third rate politicians without appointments like Onaga. Its only natural.

    Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade

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    hidingout

    was there something external going on that forced him to take that action like blackmail or threat to kill a family member of his by Jihadists?

    Can't say I blame people for jumping to the jihadist conclusion - its so often the right conclusion. But there are other boogeymen in the world besides fanatical muslims. Hearken back if you will to the case of Anders Breivik and the "motivations" for his killing spree.

    Posted in: Co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane, says French prosecutor

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    hidingout

    I am not sure what kind of controls an airliner can take for a crazy pilot crashing the plane. Even if you make them take psyc tests, these people can see normal until one day they go over the edge.

    There is nothing that can be done. Witness this comment from the CEO of Lufthansa, “no matter your safety regulations, no matter how high you set the bar, and we have incredibly high standards, there is no way to rule out such an event,” Carsten Spohr (CEO Lufthansa, parent company Germanwings) said.

    Its getting to the point where I'm seriously considering giving up travel. Thirty years ago when I first left my home country I could literally go anywhere. I wish I had known then that the world was going to go to hell and a dozen places I wanted to see were going to turn into no-go zones for folks wishing to keep their heads attached to their bodies. Nothing I can do about global politics, so reluctantly I narrow my parameters and try to stay more on the beaten path when I travel. But now its to the point that we have airliners vanishing entirely, getting blown out of the sky by rebels with access to missiles, crashing for no apparent reason, and being intentionally flown into the ground. I mean if you can't even get to the destination alive what's the use in taking precautions about where you go?

    I'm completely fed up with the airline industry. Obviously as someone who has a country of origin other than Japan, I don't have the luxury of just deciding never to fly again. But I'll tell you, I'm getting close to that point. Makes me sick to think of all the people who died on MH17, MH370, TNA222 and now 4U9525. RIP.

    Posted in: Co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane, says French prosecutor

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    hidingout

    Surprise, surprise, it is an anti-baser.

    Exactly. Time and again the anti-base folks seem to think they can dictate defense policy to the nation. Now they have resorted to (threats of) violence. Dangerous lot that.

    Okinawans don't like Americans and Japanese. We are getting weary about them

    People who live in Okinawa - no matter how long their forefathers may have lived there - are now citizens of Japan. The word Okinawan exists only in so far as the word Tottorian or Aomorian exists. They are all Japanese. I think a lot of people in Japan are "getting weary about" the NIMBY attitude and the constant moaning from Okinawa prefecture.

    Read history of Ryukyu why Okinawan people dislike mainland Japanese

    We all know the history thanks. Okinawa is not special when it comes to having its native population absorbed by a bigger and more powerful group. Everyone who has ever taken one history lesson knows this. There are countless examples from all over the globe. Nothing about Okinawa makes it a special case - other than their inability to recognize reality even now.

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    Posted in: Okinawan man arrested over bomb threats to U.S. Embassy

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    hidingout

    I'm aware that, in certain circles, the inability to pronounce katakana words in a fashion close to English is seem as a sign of low education and that some people take great pride in their ability to pronounce katakana words in a 'quasi-English' way. But that's just a matter for of social status and pride - I think that's why you feel insulted even though no-one is insulting you.

    See and I find the use of the word "haafu" completely unobjectionable except for the fact that the Japanese had to go and select an English word to get their point across. And worse, they selected one that doesn't render easily to katakana so native speakers of English unfamiliar with Japan wouldn't even understand what the word was if they heard it.

    Solid comments as usual JaneM.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    hidingout

    I guess you do not realize that you are perpetuating a stereotype when you talk about your own children in this manner. You do not even realize that you are helping to make them think they are different that any other Japanese person and in a negative manner not a positive one.

    Wow. How rude. You think the word constitutes a negative stereotype. That would be a problem in your head alone. Strangerland already offered you a very clear explanation for the term, and provided examples from Western culture where the term (half French, half Dutch etc) is used commonly and with no negative connotation whatsoever. Any attempt by you to attribute a sweepingly negative connotation to the word would be contrary to fact.

    And newsflash ... kids of mixed heritage are different than Japanese, contrary to your suggestion above. What kind of parent wouldn't recognize that difference? It just doesn't make sense. Almost as baffling as the people who object to the word gaijin or even foreigner. So many folks just looking to take offense.

    Personally I think people who get bent out of shape about this are actually reacting to the terrible pronunciation of the English word half. Now that is a complaint I could get behind.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    hidingout

    But I liked Hatoyama. I didn't like how he got forced out over the Okinawa base issue.

    Why am I not surprised.

    Hatoyama overstepped his authority. Japan is not a kingdom where one man gets to rip up agreements that have been painstakingly drafted, signed and ratified by two friendly nations in good faith over a period of what must be close to ten years. It was laughable that he thought he could get away with it. I posted here that he was writing his own obituary every time he opened his mouth wrt Okinawa and Futenma.

    His "economic platform" ( and we can only use those words with a rueful chuckle) read like he was Rip Van Winkle or something and hadn't been alive to see that the debate was over and capitalism won.

    I can't even take this man seriously when he's right (like I think he is in this case) because I know its just his commie roots causing him to back mother Russia no matter what.

    Posted in: Hatoyama says Crimea vote was legitimate

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    hidingout

    Japan is currently ruled by history deniers who look fondly back at 1930's military Japan.

    That is not true, but even if it were it would do no more than put them (Japan's leaders) on equal footing with the communists leading the PRC who continue to pay loud and grandiose lipservice to failed doctrines, enslave their people, corrupt the environment, threaten their neighbors openly, and worship at the mausoleum of fat dead guys who killed whacks and whacks more people than the IJA on their worst days.

    Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year

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    hidingout

    Interesting how different the reaction on this site was when Hatoyama went grovelling to the PRC and made some speeches about how blah blah blah. Back then he was a hero to all the lefties and socialists on this site.

    Been saying it for years, this goof is the worst excuse for a politician that has sat in the PMs chair over most of our lifetimes.

    Posted in: Hatoyama says Crimea vote was legitimate

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    hidingout

    The Chinese, the Koreans, and the Americans, too, are waiting to see if Abe Shinzo is statesman enough to rise above revisionism and denial.

    You are speaking for a lot of people there, aren't you. I guess you are probably qualified to do so ...

    As for me, I'm waiting to see the communists stop their saber rattling and their incursions into the territory of their neighbors. And I'm waiting (in vain I know) to see the ROK honor its signatures on documents signed in 1965 that should have concluded this matter once and for all.

    Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year

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    hidingout

    But given that I can walk any street in this country at any hour and never fear that the police will over-react to my race and shoot me, I feel pretty good about Japan. There are the occasional crazy people here who don't understand how to deal with foreigners or don't understand boundaries, but in general I'd give Japan an A- in terms of how people have behaved toward me.

    This is how I feel as well. I've had a handful of unpleasant experiences over several decades in Japan, but I think most of those were down to people drunk on alcohol or having mental problems.

    I did have one funny thing happen a few weeks ago in Hawaii. I was waiting for a family member near the front lobby of a posh hotel. A gaggle of Japanese obasans was standing nearby. One of them looked over at me, shivered and said to her friend "hey we really have to be careful about pickpockets over here". I laughed and said to her "pickpockets only target the rich, you are sure to be safe so long as you keep up the shabby appearance". Her eyes almost popped out of her head.

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    hidingout

    In the U.S., for instance, children are regularly taught in schools that diversity has been the source of much of the nation's strength over the years. Despite plenty of ethnic/racial tensions, stories of the rags to riches immigrant who works hard and achieves success are widely celebrated in America. Japan is the polar opposite. Here,** homogeneity (lack of diversity) is proudly touted as one of the nation's strengths in ensuring cohesiveness, low crime rates, and a host of other pluses.** When I first came to Japan this attitude surprised me since I had always assumed (been taught) that diversity is a positive and homogeneity is a negative.

    You seem to assume, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, that "your" way is right and the "Japanese" way is wrong. Go ahead and try to prove the bolded statement wrong.

    Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo

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    hidingout

    Still can't believe this. How does a nutjob of that variety get to share breakfast with the US Ambassador? At the very least this shows that security and screening is lax. Wonder how many nasty violent hardcore nationalists like this there are in ROK. How embarrassing for them to have the whole world get a peep behind the screen.

    Posted in: U.S. ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N Korea

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    hidingout

    “That Chinese tourists swamp Japanese stores at a time when the country is facing a sluggish domestic demand is certainly not something to be proud of,” it said.

    I'm going to take a different tack than my usual anti-PRC one and post some compliments to the communist government. I really like the fact that they are being consistent. The one thing I hate more than all (even commies and socialists) is people who pick a stance and can't stick to it when it becomes personally inconvenient for them.

    The quote above, made by the state mouthpiece, is at least consistent with the communists anti-Japan stance. When I see mainland Chinese all over the streets in Japan (and I see them almost every day now) buying up cheap crap in drug stores and 100 yen shops I always wonder to myself wtf are these people doing here? Do they have no shame? There are certain countries in the world that I despise. I would never under any circumstances travel to those countries and spend my hard earned money supporting their economies. And certainly not for the sake of a toilet seat.

    So I applaud the commie newspaper for sticking to the party line and for following a logic (hate Japan? Don't travel there or buy their stuff) that makes "sense". I hope the people of PRC heed the words of the party and stop coming to Japan to buy toilets, toilet paper, shampoo and soap.

    Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories

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    hidingout

    Time for Japan to stop just thinking 'again' and look into their own history to see why so many people are still hurting from their war antics. Ignore it at Japan and look worse and worse in the eyes of the world.

    Laughable. You know who looks "worse and worse" in the eyes of the world? ROK.

    Plenty of other countries suffered a lot more than ROK in WW2. I have yet to see any other country in the world still whining and harping along about how they were done dirty .. and more money please. Every other country in the world has moved along with life - I don't count PRC cause nobody expects any decent behavior from them.

    If ROK wants to stop embarrassing itself in the international community they should just shut up about WW2 and Japan once and for all. What a pack of tools.

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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