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    If current trends continue, gun deaths will surpass car accident deaths among young people. Guns kill a lot of young people in the U.S. Not just in school shootings or horrific “accidents,” but in every day shootings in communities around the country that result in the deaths of thousands of children and teenagers. In young people between the ages of 15 and 24 died by gunfire were a close to the second leading cause of death among this age group, car accidents, which took the lives of over 7K young people. But, while car accident deaths among young people have been steadily declining over the past decade, gun deaths have remained relatively unchanged.

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    Mitch CohenAug. 29, 2014 - 06:39PM JST Do you realise that SK is Japan's 3rd largest trading partner (after China and USA), and that Japan enjoys a large trade surplus vs SK? Not that it's ever going to happen, but cutting all diplomatic ties with your 3rd largest trading partner will have far-reaching ramifications on the economy of Japan.

    Today, South Korea no longer sees significant importance to Japan. So for South Korea, good relations with Japan is not a priorty. The bilateral trade has reduced significantly. In the last ten years, Japan had fifty percent reduction in import from South Korea. Currently Japan exports $60 billion to SK, while SK exports $25 billion to Japan. It's a one way trade for Japan. Even Hyundai no longer sells cars in Japan. Do you see many Samsung phones? South Korea sees China as a future growth, and they will focus on increasing trade and improve their bilateral relations and cooperations.

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    SerranoAug. 29, 2014 - 01:50PM JST "If you don't want to deal with people reclining their seats, sit in business class" And pay 3-4 times the price of an economy seat?

    Point is, you have a choice. If you don't like it, take a ship or train.

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    turbotsat Aug. 30, 2014 - 04:04AM JST Better would be for train operators to add more trains (adding more cars difficult if it means changing platform size), and to meter ingress onto trains at peak hours. Instead of jamming people in like sardines.

    They are overloading the trains. No-one would ever dispute that even in Japan. I guess that they are just being pragmatic about it. They have a huge population, all trying to get to work at the same time in the morning and the train lines are already running at full capacity. They are building new lines, and spend huge amounts on the train lines to get the trains running a little quicker in the hope of squeezing another train into the schedule.

    Sure they are missing the point and should be working harder to spread the population around the country, implement split hours working, encourage telecommuting, etc. Ignore that for the moment though and marvel at their impressive display of logistics skill.

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    bass4funk Aug. 28, 2014 - 01:48PM JST Black neighborhoods have a very bad and negative reputation and with good reason, the Asians, do not. Most of Asians do very well, live very well, drive nice cars, you will see more doctors, lawyers and in the higher professions. You don't see as many Black in these professions. You see more youths on the streets, gangs everywhere, you see many of them working in security, nothing wrong with that, but you see them in more lower paying jobs compared to White or Asians. It's bad tasting medicine, but it's the truth. If Blacks want to move up, they need to get off this victimization of the White man is keeping me down.

    Sure, there are inner city problems, but if you rank blacks in the U.S. as a country, they rank 15th in GDP. There are many hard working blacks in the U.S. and have overcome many sterotype of blacks. Remeber, civil rights for blacks is less than 50 years old and they come a long way. Blacks deserve alot of credit for chanes in civil rights. The Japanese-Americans and other Asians will continue to bow, and had very little to do with the civil rights. Asians just don't want conflicts and they are a sorry bunch of group for civil rights issues.

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    yabitsAug. 23, 2014 - 09:21AM JST You think any of the eyewitnesses are wrong when they claim to have witnessed a shooting by a police officer? What then, is the specific detail that you think they could all be wrong about? Can you tell us?

    That is what grand jury is for. Holder met Michael Brown's father and said Brown said he would welcome a complete investigation and can wait until October. Holder has promised a fair and unbias investigation.

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    OssanAmerica Aug. 23, 2014 - 08:09AM JST But I don't think we can call it a "mistake" in the 1950s. Because as you correctly point out, Asia was a different ball game than Europe.

    Big change was In 1960 when the Soviets unilaterally withdraw one million troops, about one-third of the Soviet army from Eastern Europe and invite NATO to respond in kind.

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    yabits Aug. 23, 2014 - 08:19AM JST I don't know that many people believe that. Based on my own experience as a human being, I tend to remember things that are deeply implanted due to the level of trauma involved.

    Since the 1990s, when DNA testing was first introduced, Innocence Project researchers have reported thatover 70 percent of the 240 convictions overturned through DNA testing were based on eyewitness testimony. One third of these overturned cases rested on the testimony of two or more mistaken eyewitnesses. How could so many eyewitnesses be wrong?

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    Why leave out the reason cited by all of the eyewitnesses who had the officer chasing after Brown and firing?

    Many people believe that human memory works like a video recorder, that the mind records events and then, on cue, plays back an exact replica of them. On the contrary, memories are reconstructed rather than played back each time we recall them. Even questioning by a lawyer can alter the witness’s testimony because fragments of the memory may unknowingly be combined with information provided by the questioner, leading to inaccurate recall. Many investigators have created false memories in normal individuals, and what is more, many of these subjects are certain that the memories are real.

    Most jurors place heavy weight on eyewitness testimony when deciding whether a suspect is guilty. Although eyewitness reports are sometimes accurate, jurors should not accept them uncritically because of the many factors that can bias such reports. Jurors tend to give more weight to the testimony of eyewitnesses who report that they are very sure about their identifications even though most highly confident eyewitnesses are generally only slightly more accurate, and sometimes no more so than those who are less confident. Adhering to specific rules for the process of identifying suspects can make that testimony more accurate.

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    scipantheist Aug. 22, 2014 - 08:17AM JST My solution is to send failing students into the military. They know how to beat some sense into them.

    Sending less economically advantaged young men or women to die in Iraq is inherently unfair. Given the options they face, the men and women joining the military are choosing that option over the others available to them. A draft may make sense as an attempt to reduce inequality. If more affluent Caucasians were in the military, we wouldn’t be in Iraq. Do you see any member of wealthy children or Congressmen or Senator's children in the military?

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    night knight Aug. 22, 2014 - 07:56AM JST The problem is that many black victims weren't criminals but easy targets for trigger-happy cops-idiots.

    Yes, there are many assertions that blacks are unfairly victimized by police. The blacks are much more likely to be killed by another black person than they are by a cop. Facts are more whites than blacks are victims of deadly police shootings, but whites also represent a much bigger chunk of the total population.

    Over the last decade, approximately 3,600 whites died compared to 1,500 blacks. There are different theories as to why the black rate is so much higher. Blacks might be more likely to have a violent encounter with police because they are convicted of felonies at a higher rate than whites. Felonies include everything from violent crimes like murder and rape, to property crimes like burglary and embezzlement, to drug trafficking and gun offenses. This has more to do with income than race. The felony rates for poor whites are similar to those of poor blacks. Felony crime is highly correlated with poverty, and race continues to be highly correlated with poverty in the U.S. If you defer and don’t try to challenge a police officer, he may insult you but he won’t kill you.

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    The two primary causes for a life of chronic poverty are dropping out of high school and single motherhood. Let’s face it, prosperous Americans didn’t cause the poor to make unwise decisions. The goverment should at least work to expand voucher programs so that kids who want to escape dysfunctional schools can do so.

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    MarkG Aug. 22, 2014 - 06:23AM JST And if you have no income, previous incidents with the law. I would say the problem is in the inner city poor communities. Its a desperate life! Who in their right mind would raise a child to stay in the neighborhood

    Lost in all the debate is this simple fact: Income, not race, is the real determining factor in higher education. Thousands of blacks that is qualified high school students aren’t attending college, because they can’t afford it or because the admissions system screens them out. It’s a far greater disparity than anything we’d talk about with race. They’re biased against low-income students. The question is whether, in their interest to increase ethnic and racial diversity, colleges are ignoring the larger problem of getting poor students into their schools. The schools that tout affirmative action aren’t reaching the low-income kids who have taken the SAT and did well. None of the schools seem willing to do is take aggressive action increase the numbers of very poor students.

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    Michael Brown’s death is a tragedy and my heart goes out to all those affected by it, this should not have occurred. The officer that shot Brown might boils down to ineffective or poor training on the part of the department and officer, but here is my problem, the very common trend among black America is that if a young black man is shot and killed by police (particularly a white officer) there is automatically racist intent with little care or concern for the facts and festering malicious plague that stands to corrupt our future into believing that all cops are like this.

    Some of these policemen have the unique benefit of identifying police corruption, brutality and racism from a view you might not from a personal and professional point of view and know the difference. Police department need to teach the officers using the taser to wear it on their weak side forcing the officer to “cross draw” which is a very distinct draw and very hard to confuse with a strong arm draw (normal draw) the acts alone gives the officer those tiny fractions of a second to think which makes a huge difference when it come to lethal force, with information from this tragedy. If became standard training, a good cop doesn’t just learn from his mistakes, but he learns from all mistakes and trains to never repeat any of them.

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    NovenachamaAug. 21, 2014 - 09:54PM JST It is fact that almost any area in the world could experience a landslide. Landslides are natural disasters that cannot be stopped at times, especially when a landslide comes due to erosion.

    I wouldn't call it natural disaster, but a man made. In Hiroshima area, 90 percent are mountains. However, this flood was centered in a mountainous area that has undergone severe deforestation and replaced it with buildings of new residental homes. The trees have felled on the mountain in recent two-three decades, allowing extreme erosion to occur when unexpected heavy rainfall happens. High amounts of sediments have been eroded from the mountains near the city due to runoff from excessive rain. The bare, rugged hillsides let flood waters rampage into housing that is built on the mounain side. If you go to suburb in Gion area of Hiroshima, you will see all these homes built along the hills. The city has to build better drainage system on these hills.

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    Annually, 7,000 blacks are murdered in the U.S. However, 98 percent of the murder is blacks killing each other. And the cops? only two percent? Where do you think the real problem is?

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    luvjpfamAug. 21, 2014 - 12:31AM JST Back people are targets. We are born targets. I had a friend who got roughed up by a cop 'cause he "fit the description". Turns out he wasn't the culprit, fancy that.

    Yes, targets of what? Annually, 7,000 blacks are murdered in the U.S. However, 98 percent of the murder is blacks killing each other. And the cops? only two percent? Where do you think the real problem is? Single parents?

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    Pachinko is the game from the past. Every year, fewer and fewer people are playing and young people are simply not playing. The payouts are too small to take it seriously.

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    flowersAug. 20, 2014 - 05:14AM JST “trade between Japan and China is expected to grow this year for the first time in three years, but won't likely reach the level before a territorial dispute erupted in 2012. Japanese exports to China grew 2.5% to $78 billion in the first half of 2014 from the same period a year earlier,

    You know the reason right? It's just illusion by Japan printing more money and making yen weaker. The exchange rate from two years ago was around 80 yen per dollar, and now it's around 102 yen per dollar. It just make Japan export cheaper.

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    yabits Aug. 20, 2014 - 05:15AM JST This is a foolish and untrue statement. Johnson claims the police officer fired while Brown was running away. The shot may have missed. The medical examiner asserted that one shot could have come from behind, the arm being very mobile. Why are you asserting that forensics proved that was not true when the examiner (Dr. Baden) definitely counted it as a possibility?

    There were three witnesses who said that Brown was fleeing with his “hands up”: Dorian Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell, and Piaget Crenshaw. All three also had another element of their story in common: they said that Brown was shot from behind.

    According to Dorian Johnson, Wilson pulled Brown and him over to the side of the road, where he then attempted to pull the 6’4”, 300 lb. Brown through the window of his patrol vehicle. Johnson stated, “The second time he says, ‘I’ll shoot,’ a second later the gun went off and he let go. That’s how we were able to run at the same time.” “The officer pursued Brown and fired another shot, which struck Brown in the back.”

    Similarly, Mitchell stated that Wilson “was trying to pull him in” to the car. She added that after a shot went off, Brown ran. She then stated that after Brown ran perhaps 20 feet, “Michael jerks his body, as if he’s been hit.”

    Crenshaw tells the same story: she says, “I saw the police chase him…down the street and shoot him down.” Both Crenshaw and Mitchell say that when Brown turned around, Wilson continued firing.

    The autopsy released on Monday demonstrated that Brown was not in fact shot in the back. He had no wounds to the back whatsoever, despite Brown family attorney Daryl Parks allegedly lying in his press conference that it was “clear” that “the direction of the bullet was in a back-to-front direction.” That prompted Crenshaw to change her story on CNN regarding Brown being shot in the back.

    And Dorian Johnson’s story was chock full of holes. It somehow neglected the fact that he and Brown allegedly participated in a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store shortly before they were pulled over by Officer Wilson. Johnson also said that after Brown was shot and “fell dramatically into the fatal position,” he was “hurt…I could see it in his eyes. It was definitely like being shot like an animal.” Dr. Michael Baden, who performed an autopsy for the family, stated clearly that Brown did not feel pain after he was shot in the head.

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