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    presto345

    The word of god is a massive obstacle to finding peace in this part of the world.

    So sad that man created god for his own purposes and not the other way round.

    Posted in: Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

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    Hunting down and killing animals that pose no threat, rather are faced with extinction, just for the fun of it, is not only cowardly, it is despicable.

    Posted in: Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

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    The Eurotunnel is a matter of national security, one not to be left to private companies.

    Posted in: Eurotunnel: 37,000 migrant crossing attempts blocked

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    Yeah, an 'I' looking like an 'I' and a circle like a circle. Just my unprofessional opinion, but Sano's design looks (more) like a 'T' than Debie's. Debie's design expressed an 'L'. 'T' stands for Tokyo, Team and Tomorrow. 'L' for Liege. What's the fuss? Was it deliberate, or just a trendy typographical similar design?

    Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo design ruffles feathers abroad

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    I hope Japan doesn't think this is acceptable for the Olympics, Japan will be laughed at

    by those who know it all.

    Posted in: Protest pop

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    Does this country have anything to show for except rhetoric laced with spicy adjectives and launching missiles going nowhere?
    The Korean people, who are people like you and me footing the bill Empty stores evidence of where the money comes from and how it is spent. Fat boy not looking like he is feeling the pinch.

    Posted in: With warning to US, North Korea marks end of Korean War

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    After the (first) Great Leap Forward it was Japan that pushed the second great leap forward, industrialization of China. With honestly offered assistance, with turning a blind eye to spurious copying of technology, fast tracking its economic development, but only for a small minority which thinks nothing of siphoning off wealth for themselves bypassing the majority of the population in a very un-communist manner in a nation that still profiles itself as a peoples republic founded by the great leader Mao on communist principles. Did I say communist? No kidding. Is Xi aware of this? He'd be really dumb if he wasn't. Seems to be he should be the one, as another great leader, to back down and get some international, human sense pumped thru his veins. But that is not the way politics work. Not in China, nor in Japan or in any other nation. You try to get away with your devious and obnoxious ways until you get deposed by your successor who is just as devious and obnoxious. Abe may not be the one to kowtow to Xi and rightfully so. You give this man and his clique an inch of slack and they will take all you got. They will keep hammering on what Japan did to them, which of course was horrible and unforgivable, but they will never mention the amends in the form of its assistance in its rapid industrialization, which, of course, benefited Japan as well. Nor will they talk about the numerous NGOs working for decades in China to develop agriculture, stop the advance of the desert, etc. Hah, you can forget about friendly inspections with technical assistance. Japan has just about given enough free technical assistance, only to be claimed later by China as genuine Chinese technology. Just my opinion.

    Posted in: Prime Minister Abe needs to cater to some sort of face-saving solution that grants Xi Jinping the chance to de-escalate without looking like backing down. More surprises might be in the pipeline.

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    I find number 11 to be utterly disgusting.

    No offense, but maybe you don't know-it-all and you have different bathing habits.

    Posted in: 12 awesome features of Japanese bathrooms you won’t find in the West

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    I wonder what the percolator-cooker will do to the taste of the rice. Is this study intended to spread doom and gloom to the Asian nations, not just Japan and China, and in Latin America and the Caribbean? Probably not, but rice has been a staple food for thousands of years, like paradox pointed out. The percolator experiment is interesting, but it would be more interesting if there were data on cancer caused by eating rice, parallel to data on eating potatoes, grains, etc. Laboratory studies do not directly reflect real life situations.

    Posted in: Cooking rice in a coffee-brewer could remove arsenic: study

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    So, all the provocation is done by Japan, or at least Japan itself is responsible for half of the tensions.

    Uhh, which is it?

    Posted in: China says it has every right to drill in East China Sea

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    Little children can be extremely determined to get back to their mothers when left alone and do anything not knowing the dangers. This is so unbelievably sad. Please, never leave your infants alone, not even for a few minutes.

    Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after falling from 12th floor

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    One day earlier, China’s state news agency Xinhua called the apology to Americans “selective” and accused Japan of a “double standard on wartime atrocities.”

    Who are they accusing? Does Mitsubishi equal Japan to them? Do they (Xinhua) have normal functioning brains. Their reporting is selective. Created for a selective well educated part of the Chinese population?

    Posted in: Official: Mitsubishi may extend WWII apology to others

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    In 2012, Japan’s government angered Beijing by purchasing a disputed, uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea.

    And so Beijing decided it had to show the world China could create islands by themselves and claim all of the East China Sea for the greater good of China, the great China led by great leaders who have the right, no doubt since ancient times to the territory, never mind their encroaching on all countries bordering the ECS. Who is provoking who exactly? Answer that one for yourself and imagine there seems to be China logic and international logic, the two on a different frequency, a world apart.

    Posted in: China says Japan's East China Sea pictures provoke confrontation

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    We come across strange crimes happening in recent Japan

    After 'recent' just substitute any country name. I doubt the world was much different centuries ago, except we did not have internet or the media like we have today.

    Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for fatally stabbing man on street in Aichi

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    Core values, yeah. I'd like to know more about those.

    Posted in: Five detained over China Uniqlo sex tape

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    @harvey pekar Thank you for the quotes. Some of them are pretty disgusting though. Does America want this clown to occupy the White House?

    Posted in: Trump stirs new controversy by criticizing McCain war record

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    The people who proposed, designed and pushed this project did not think at all, did not give a hoot about what this would cost. The cost to the nation, the people who were going to foot the bill. This project is going to be scrapped, sorry Ando, and rightly so.

    Posted in: Tokyo Olympic venue shaping up as world's costliest stadium

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    In Japan: when I order off the Japanese menu in Japanese and the waiter/ waitress blinks incessantly and turns to my Japanese girlfriend and takes the order over again; or when the check comes and I put the money in the tray in front of the server and hand it to them, they return with my change and receipt and they're given directly to my Japanese girlfriend; or when me and my Japanese girlfriend are seated and given menus, the waiter/ waitress turns their back to me to face my Japanese girlfriend and explains the daily specials as if I'm allergic to daily specials.

    This is not just 'In Japan'. I recognize this. What I do is take control and my companion knows that's what I want to do and lets me. Tell your girlfriend you deal with the situation and she should give a blank stare!

    Posted in: What behavior by waiters in restaurants annoys you the most?

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    Proposing.

    Posted in: What are some first-date mistakes to avoid?

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    The answer to this question of course depends on where you are and what you are doing in summer heat conditions. Summer used to be my favorite season, spending it in the country side in a home lacking air conditioners with just one electric fan. This kind of life was entirely different from life in the concrete/asphalt paved cities which I had not really encountered at the time. Temperatures and humidity levels have surely increased since that time. I live in a suburb of a city in western japan now and things are not the same as what they were a few decades ago. But you can still open the windows at night and run an electric fan, suspended from the ceiling or a floor one. There also are fans you can bolt onto the wall. Although I love beer, I stay hydrated with cool, not chilled water and/or barley tea. At home dress as lightly as is permitted under the circumstances. At work there will be a different dress code, but the management will probably put you in a freezer so you can keep on your suit and tie. So what do you do? Choose your clothes carefully: light cottons, linens and silk. As few layers as possible. Avert synthetics. Change underwear that absorbs sweat a few times a day as necessary. Drink plenty of fluids. Sleep on the floor if you live in an apartment exposed to the sun. Dehumidify with your aircon but don't refrigerate. Consume summer vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes. Look forward to the fall.

    Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep cool in summer?

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