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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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    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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    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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    ohh a test, i guess the proper way to answer the test is give up the islands and Okinawa to Chinese authority, write a treaty giving up all authority to the East China Sea and Sea of Japan to China and start paying a yearly tribute and remove the Defense Force in return to having the Peoples Army stationed on the main islands (for "Protection")

    i like tests- they are sooo reasonable....

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

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    this has actually gone too far, in fact the only thing that should have occurred here was a apology and money payment. instead you have had continued public humiliation, careers lost, prison sentences and now what will probably be a massive money payout.

    Posted in: Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air, former exec

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    star trek was a big event as till then you had outer limits and the twilight zone - both showing individual short stories with varying casts.

    but even then Nimoy already had a name - having appeared in many TV shows since the mid 50's and he had supporting parts in movies. i remember seeing him in reruns of Zombies of the Stratosphere at the movies (when they still had saturday matinees - 2 movies and a filler)

    great actor, will be missed, but i am glad they found someone he was happy to pass the torch to

    Posted in: Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at 83

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    interesting response here, a country where the norms are set decades in the past- i guess that is why so many western writers are pining for those "good old days"....

    however- there is no place for those comments in today's society, as for the comments from Peacetrain- well he must be TV material- since i never had the same attention given to me that he apparently had to him.

    but I have seen the constant harassment in the workplace given to the ladies

    Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments

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    i am still amazed by people making comments about Iraq who did not go, would not go and would never defend the country anyway.

    i am equally amazed by people who label soldiers murderers when they just do their job; for their job entails taking life.

    as for this poor soul- i am hopeful that upon appeal that a better sentence with treatment is found- however as someone pointed out- he will not face death and he will not be on the streets roaming free.

    Posted in: Killer of 'American Sniper' Kyle jailed for life

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    the TPP would bring an end to Comiket and Doujinshi as western puritan values and sense of copyright show up in the market place.

    it would not show up overnight- as first they would need to navigate the law framework of Japan- but once done and once the first notices went out- well the whole convention circuits would shut down overnight.

    from the US perspective it would be wonderful - not that it did anything for a US property mind you- just that it allows for support of US ailing patent and royalty laws.

    Posted in: If Japan joins the TPP, would it be the end of parody and self-published works?

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    I find it interesting to read the amount of hatred people have for the film and for the individual it was about. I have not seen the film- i find watching a film of the one person on the battlefield who will always remember everyone's face he ever killed- and will always regret each one he missed - a very tough one to watch.

    PTSD is a very real thing- it is tough enough to come to grips with being responsible for a death after the shooting it over- but in the case of a sniper- you are there to ensure the safety of the team- so the kill happens- you see the individual and you remember- i cannot imagine what amount of stress that puts them through.

    to make comments that America views non americans as subhumans- is also wrong- because in war- most people need to separate feelings from the day to day reality.

    It appears as if there is a sudden urge to treat war vets like it was done post vietnam- we cannot fall into that trap of blaming individuals for us sending them to war

    Posted in: 'American Sniper': The war U.S. wished for just might win the Oscar

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    interesting- in the USA the NRC is a supposedly independent agency of the US - but all commissioners are appointed by the president and the NRC has been found to cozy up nicely with business

    and of course the French are appointed by their government as well

    so the only thing that is being given up is foreign oversight of the nuclear power agencies in Japan- this will mean that contracts will go to Japanese companies instead of foreign ones - which is what would happen if the oversight stays outside.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its independence

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    someone here made the right comment: You Men have such high opinion of yourselves


    yup- this is classic men (mars) women( venus or whatever wonderful planet they came from)

    Great article!

    Posted in: Those unspoken Japanese words

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    the European theater brought into play the idea of total war- that civilians were just as culpable and just as much as a target as the military in modern warfare.

    they would look at a map and say- well that factory/training ground/rail yard makes it strategic- the people should not be living there anyway- all their fault

    Japan was already beaten by the time the nukes were dropped, the country was starving, the two cities were spared firebombing so they would be pristine for the Nuclear blast. Afterwards - US Medical Docs watched and took notes- no care given- they took notes- as it was all an experiment.

    I cannot talk for the people who were bombed as to why no one officially asked for an apology- but i believe individually they cried out why?

    Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?

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    like many here i wonder with amazement if there will EVER exist technology that will prove the Paternity of the child

    sigh - I guess that does not exist- so the only way is by the Throwing of the Bones - the old traditional root doctor technique.......

    perhaps that will satisfy some of the backwards thinking going on here

    Posted in: Top court to hear suit on Civil Code articles on remarriage, surnames

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    well in the states you could just reverse the statement and say it is to get men to buy chocolate- but the thing is Girls love chocolate.

    so to guy['s in Japan who do not get any chocolate - you must be doing something wrong when your co-workers are not even giving it to you- lighten up - be nicer people- and remember- Girls like chocolate more that us guys do- so be sure to offer them some.

    and remember white day!!!

    Posted in: Killjoys demand end to Valentine's Day

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    5th grade is a bit young i must say, however - there comes an age when the truth needs to be acknowledged. Right now a video comes out and is couched in language " not verified" " needs to be checked to see if it is real" and "we won't show anything " at the same time a message goes out regarding sympathy to the family.

    what it leaves is a sense of disbelief that anything actually occurred, so no one wishes to commit any resources to fix the issue- all because " the video cannot be verified"

    between IS and the Ukraine there are a lot of Unverified fighters walking around killing people - and we don't show graphic images because it might throw someone off from their Ramen bowl or MOS burgers

    Posted in: Elementary school teacher shows pupils pictures of executed hostages

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    the difference here is Adults vs Children, a 12 year old does not have the lung capacity of an adult. SInce this occurred a week ago and the child just came out of the coma, has limited mobility and no speech you can safely assume she stroked out. she will need extensive rehab, will never sing again, will probably become a recluse - life has become much bleaker at 12 years old

    Posted in: 12-year-old idol singer in hospital after inhaling helium on TV Asahi program

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    a horrendous death, and by being able to date the death prior to any "offer" to release for a prisoner exchange it shows that the exchange would not have occurred.

    they thought they could get their fighter out, and they would have still killed Goto.

    Isis is a bit larger than the UK now, troops move in to swell ISis ranks through Turkey on a regular basis. money is being pumped into the cause somewhere- because you do not get money to run a country and a war from nowhere.

    they have police, they are printing propaganda, they are delivering film, video and web based propaganda - all of this takes money. not something you just pick up off the street

    the current air campaign is not working, you need to understand the logistical side- starve that and then send air and ground troops at the same time.

    Posted in: Abe condemns 'unforgivable' IS execution of Jordanian pilot

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    Crickey is correct- for this to be pulled off you need a special forces unit trained for the Job. but to get a group set up you need it to be approved. Current training in Japan leaves much to be desired - it is still a peacetime disaster recovery service.

    currently Japan is not ready for an attack on it's own soil let alone staging a rescue

    for those with hatred toward PM Abe; what did you want as a response? a withdrawal of all aid? a withdrawal from the world and fences put up around the island walling it away from the world?

    The PM must look to defending the country- no matter who is in place i would expect the same type of an answer

    Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger

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