praack's past comments

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    praack

    women;s rights in the US has a stellar record !, well may not so much., sure women finally made in-roads with the workplace in the late 60's early 70's due to necessity of a weak economy and rising prices, but it tok until this century for women to really get in to middle management.

    even then women still are not in senior management or regularly on boards of directors

    what i am saying is - this takes time , and a lot of factors need to be taken into consideration including child care options, need, want/drive for steady employment over home life and, yes, available job growth

    Posted in: Abe tells Harvard he's trying to improve status of women in Japan

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    Jandworld, has anything changed? look around you, a country that hates war, a country that wishes to remain peaceful that wishes someone truly acknowledge the nuclear bombing and the fire bombings that took place. a country that does want to change a constitution put in place by the west.

    most of those in congress have never walked the streets and paths of Japan, never met the people. they look at the monuments and posters of the past war and believe all the hatred.

    then they read more hatred here

    Japan is peaceful , will remain peaceful unless other countries push it into a war stance - i am praying that never happens

    Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans

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    Actually Jerseyboy - the South Korean Embassy does enlist the services of several lobby groups to push their agenda- every once in a while they get named if the contract is high- or if the change is frequent- such as in 2010 . all lobby groups must be reported to the Justice Department.

    so no Ossan is not pulling the wool over our eyes- it is just something that no one reports in the news,

    Posted in: 25 U.S. lawmakers urge Abe to reaffirm war apologies

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    i don;t know what to say, i have a western mindset, i sit here astounded in discovering how many Nazi's were allowed to live unpunished by Germany and the allies - yet here we are revisiting Japan and whether the apology was deep enough

    is is almost like one country got a free pass the other one is kept with each generation paying reparations over and over

    Posted in: Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Novelist Murakami

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    agree on the intrusiveness of drones - though i hear there are some good uses they are far outweighed by the bad ones- from war to invasion of privacy.

    Posted in: Drone may have been on roof of PM's office for days

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    japan4life - you have hit the correct nail on the head- the USA is the driver hear- not Japan- and the US will not do anything to anger China - who owns the US Debt load, supplies the Apple Products to the faithful and is always pointed to as being the next Big Sales Audience.

    at least until the next industry is hit with fines and driven from the country for not giving up all their industrial secrets to China....

    Posted in: Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

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    "It might be reasonable to expect guarantees" oh that is rich, where in the world can a natural disaster be guaranteed not to happen?

    as for power in this century- we are at a breaking point, all alternative methods are either not able to scale up- or are not cost effective to do so.

    without nuclear you are left with fossil fuels, which increase air pollution and global warming.- all of the projected decreases in air pollution were based on the heavy use of nuclear energy.

    you may malign it as much as you want- but the only options are- to increase fossil fuel and kill the planet - or decrease our use of energy by 50-60 percent to start getting us in the range of current energy plants and alternative e-sources.

    and even that number may be too small- we might have to cut to 70 percent of today's energy

    Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction

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    in reality if the decision of the commission is to discontinue all whaling then they should just say it.

    Arguing if a scientific plan is "good enough" in the court of public opinion is just that- collecting public opinion that was set from some movies years ago.

    in this case - if they keep pushing Japan- Japan may leave the IWC and just start whaling again- as there is no real world wide law that everyone needs to be part of the IWC or follow it's rule

    Posted in: IWC panel: Japan's Antarctic whale hunt still not convincing

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    not really a big airport, 41 flights a day and that's with the military sharing the field- newark has 402,000. the last time it was close to 41 was in 1957 - then it was only a measly 61 per day in 1939

    the pilot was well trained, the maintenance staff had checked in, yes the tower made a mistake- but as someone else said- that's why you practice touch and go

    Posted in: JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

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    In the USA the standard age is 32-40 years and most of the plants have another 40 years to go on the license. the idea that 40 is the optimum time period for operation is incorrect- the question is how good the control systems are, the containment vessel is and whether the plant received regular updates.

    you should also do the same with fossil plants- however most stay untouched from the time of installation till the time they are mothballed, there is a new attempt at a :"Clean coal fired solution" however there are inherent safety solutions there- as the CO2 buildup along with the mercury removed from the atmosphere (coal still remains 66% responsible for acid rain and mercury) are normally stored on site initially and there is a large potential to leaks.

    however when people start talking nuclear and safety all real numbers tumble out the window- no one wants to look at safety numbers of nuclear energy vs the other big energy sectors, and no one wants to look at the polution numbers as well

    Posted in: Nuclear Regulation Authority inspects 3 aging reactors

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    nice haiku, appropriate, always sad - but nice that they are finding their way home at last

    Posted in: Bodies of Japanese WWII soldiers found in Palau cave

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    it is clearly stupid when you do not understand that the enemy is one of religion and not of country boundaries that were set during colonial rules.

    when reporters are out they here from the troops how they will smash the opposing Sunni's or the opposing Shia's - none of this garbage about fighting Iraq, Syria or any other country.

    to them it is a religious war, so when IS rolled into an area that was controlled by people of the same religion- well the main troops melted away leaving the material- or joining forces (do you really think someone picks up driving an Abrams using a a YouTube video?)

    the US is acting just like a colonial power, while the countries surrounding IS are clearly staying out of the conflict- as it depends on the religion if they contribute to the cause or not - Islam is made up of more than one branch to us infidels you know.....

    Posted in: Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

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    tinawatanabe has some valid points, since the war Japan has remained a scapegoat to the US for many trade reasons- i remember the infamous Steel embargo to try to keep out "Cheap:" Japanese steel. it was actually made much better than ours and came wrapped.

    now the push is to have japan remove safety]'s for rice - so that the US can trash the Japanese rice farmers with cheap US rice

    the F2 fighter is another sore point- the US wanted to ensure the Japanese would help with funding and buying the first ones (the most expensive ones that pay off research costs) so the F2 (Japan's ) could not go forward- enough pressure was put on Japan that they stopped development in the 1980's.

    the demonization of Japan by the US during the pacific war was so vast that it is easy to use it for political means - so i expect when Abe goes there will be a list of politicians bowing to veterans groups and not showing - the same veteran's groups who would meet their enemy now in peace if they had the chance.

    Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress

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    praack

    vin diesel is only 47, michelle rodriguez is only 36, Jason Statham is only 47

    nope not that old at all pal,.....

    Posted in: After actor's death, 'Furious 7' director drives film to finish

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    praack

    i fear the future: where dinosuars like us will have to turn on flashing lights, and sensors warning others if we are driving - staying in certain lanes where we are controlled at safe speeds below 30mph.

    while numbnuts who cannot be bothered and want to watch the latest youtube highlights zip by unable to stop when the software hiccups

    Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars

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    praack

    oh freaking god, what am i ? i work all day in a research plant making things that make people better, i take photo's, can make and fix computers but yeah i love anime and people look at me strange because in their eyes Ghost in the Shell or Knights of Sidonia is the same as Micky Mouse

    No you won't see me at a conference like this - but that is something for the younger set- leave them be - they are having fun and have an escape outlet that is not hanging out on a street-corner mugging people

    Posted in: World's first 'otaku' summit opens in Japan

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    scipantheist - no not five, but the actions that reflect a country that does not go to war, and a country that is -even today- light years from becoming a partner in war.

    The Pacific war ended up with the death of almost a full generation, the dismantling of an Empire, the redefinition of a people by a foreign government.

    If there is one thing the Japanese learned was Peace, anything dealing with war is problematic- if these companies were US based they would have less than 10% in items not war based much like Northrup Grumman maintaining MedDRA for the Pharmaceuticals Industry.

    this is a country that pursues peace and if it was not for the expansionism of it's neighbors and remaining obligation to the US would have declared itself neutral a long time ago.

    Posted in: Japanese firms to be a surprise no-show at Australian submarine event

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    praack

    to some the wars of the fathers are never over and the debt should be paid over and over again by the sons and daughters to the bitter end.

    such a shame- so sad to stay so bitter when the people became so peaceful

    what would go far would be a meeting with the veteran's group, perhaps pave the way of veterans from both sides to meet in the states. perhaps that would allow some of the memories to fade.

    As for the comfort women issue- Abe is trying to stand on history- but it was the beginning of the war - when the Prostitutes volunteered to move out with the troops- some of this continued as time went by - but most faded to people being forced into it.

    would they have been better off? in a war environment- probably not- but it should have been their choice. - so put out a clear statement - no speech but a statement, if reparations have truly been paid fine- but think - if someone was forced in to this job- was the amount of reparation enough to remove those memories and allow them a peaceful rest when they die?

    Posted in: Former U.S. POWs, Koreans seek conditions for Abe's address to Congress

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    well that should satisfy anyone from the UK because that type of sentence is called Life in that country

    and there won't be any howls of derision about a death sentence from Amnesty International now because hey -being encased in concrete and tossed in the sea is not really much of a murder now is it.....

    Posted in: Man linked to several deaths in extended family jailed for 17 years

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    praack

    yup gotta agree with smithinjapan on this one- you guys are off base- read the article.

    what good are a line of standups when you have 60 % females and children? what good are racks of cots in one open air spot for guys and girls when they are all of child bearing age in a crisis.

    you don;t put people in place like that and tell them to strip normally - don;t think of doing that during a crisis

    oh and as for your comments...- i am unsure you would be going to a destroyed crisis center in the middle of town to honor all the dead if there were enough women on the group- i think they would have said- You know this is not too smart building this here.......

    Posted in: How to make women safer in disasters? Attack inequality

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