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    FullM3taL FEB. 12, 2016 - 05:20PM JST Seriously though, are those things Sanders promises actually unrealistic?

    Sanders idea so bizarre, about his plan to provide free public college tuition in U.S. Sure, Trump's "terrific" plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But at least people are calling for a wall to curtail illegal immigration; before Sanders started promising "free" college, even students figured it was fair for them to at least pick up a portion of their tuition. Free merely means "someone else pays for it." Estimates put the price tab on Sanders' plan at $70 billion, per year, until campus costs rise, then the taxpayers' tab balloons.

    What's particularly puzzling about Sanders' plan is that he wants to take a scarce resource, taxpayer money and spend it on people who can most afford to pay for college. For someone so concerned about income inequality, Sanders wants to hand the wealthy a huge college tuition subsidy. When you subsidize college costs across the board, you're paying just as much for the children of millionaires to attend college as you are for the truly needy. Why would we pay $70 billion a year for Donald Trump's kids to go to college while food shelters struggle to keep the homeless fed?

    Free tuition also would structurally change the way colleges in America work. For one, the private university system would collapse; if given the choice between attending an expensive private college or a top-flight public university, many of the best students will opt for the taxpayer subsidy. That would squeeze middling students out of college altogether, as their slots would be taken up by those fleeing private colleges.

    Posted in: Clinton slams unrealistic Sanders 'promises' in debate

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    haiyai FEB. 11, 2016 - 04:06PM JST Ok urban planners, where do you create loading zones in the middle of Ginza and who pays for it?

    Not in Ginza area yet, but a huge underground bus station with thirteen bus stops are going to be made close to JR Tokyo Station (Train station). Construction will start soon and ready by 2020. This can help transporting huge number of people during the Tokyo Summer Olympic games.

    Posted in: Chinese tourist buses causing headaches for Tokyoites

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    tinawatanabe FEB. 10, 2016 - 05:20PM JST She often expressed her opinion that was not neutral. If you expressed your opinion, then you have to give the opponent a chance to speak. That is a basic rule for a democracy.

    Are you serious? Most people want opinions that are not neutral. Kuniya was educated in the U.S. majoring in journalism. She followed and learned from Ted Koppel's steps and brought it to Japan. Now with her firing, the result has been the almost complete disappearance of the sort of independent, public-interest journalism. If all programs in Japan that resorted to an occasional staged interview were shut down, there would be nothing but blank TV screens throughout the country. Kuniya is an intelligent news reporter and the people in power in Japan today would prefer to have Japan’s TV screens populated by polite news readers.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts

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    tinawatanabe FEB. 10, 2016 - 04:15PM JST Yes, that's what she hinted. NHK often shows only one side opinion (which is Korean or Chinese) and does not allow dissenting opinions.

    Hiroko Kuniya was doing her job, for once it was good to see that a real newscaster asking the right questions. That’s what news should be. But she end up getting fired. Japan is a democratic country but the society and the way of apology is very difficult to see.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts

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    It's all about economics. Russia is the biggest coal supplier to Japanese and the price has come down by close to 20 percent from last year. Japan imported of Russian coal has increased drastically. This means more profit for Japanese energy companies. No savings for the consumers.

    Posted in: Japan approves building of new coal-fired power plants

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    paulinusa FEB. 10, 2016 - 09:40AM JST There's a phrase that refers to the suppression of free speech as a "chilling effect". It seems to be getting quite chilly in Japan as of late.

    Agree. Japanese government attach great importance to maintaining the social order, and considers the rights of individuals to be subordinate to that order. The concept of human rights was introduced to Japan after the end of WWII. So most Japanese people still believe social order should come first. When facing protests from right-wingers or a religious group, most Japanese try to take an non violent stance and thereby avoid causing controversy, he said. This attitude creates limited freedom of expression.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts

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    Yoshitsune FEB. 09, 2016 - 05:46PM JST there is plenty of evidence of sexual rampages by the Japanese troops who ran amok during their occupations of various places

    In every war that man created, let me know which war that women were treated as women? Is Japan just a exception for you?

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

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    MrBum FEB. 09, 2016 - 03:16PM JST I see your point but disagree that we would have to give the NRA/ Donald Trump /police state supporters an open forum as well.

    What some people may have missed was that forum was not primarily about the gun issue. It is also not directly about liberalism verses conservatism. The actions illustrate a much larger concern, which is the effort of some industries and a few very wealthy individuals to deflect public attention from their real focus.

    Posted in: Beyonce takes U.S. by storm with new activist role

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    CH3CHO FEB. 09, 2016 - 02:30PM JST Repeating "3 out of 4" hundred times will not make it a reality.

    Sadly it's all very typical. They perceive Japan as being attacked by outside forces and thus rally to defend Japan's honor, but either don't want to shatter the illusion that exists within Japan that Japan was a victim rather than a belligerent in the war, or just refuse or can't be bothered to turn those same sights and do serious self criticism of their domestic education system and its myriad deep flaws when it comes to WWII education. Either way you cut it, it's not pretty, and a sad state of affairs.

    It seems the J-government has now changed its tactics by enlisting these guys in its efforts to whitewash and rewrite history. These "historians" and "scholars" are just toeing the Japanese government line, so they seem to have no integrity or independence. Japan may be successful in using intimidation, fear, coercion and bullying to suppress truth and promote self-censorship at home. Should we be surprised at Abe and his wanting to "restore the honor" of the militarists? His Grandfather was one of them, and his father took over his Grandfathers seat in the Diet. It makes no difference if a person in IJA uniform directly recruited these poor women or the military hid behind a third party such as private-sector brokers to give itself plausible deniability. The end result is the same and cowardly hiding behind a third-party does not absolve the Japanese military of such crimes.

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

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    CH3CHO FEB. 09, 2016 - 02:13PM JST That is another "urban legend". No one has ever presented anything that could support that 3 out of 4 comfort women didn't survive treatment by IJA by 1945.

    How many are alive today out of 100,000? Drop in the bucket, or not even that.

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

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    CH3CHO FEB. 09, 2016 - 11:16AM JST I also do not expect an entirely true Hollywood picture. That is why I am asking.

    So you answered your own question. Great news.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

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    CH3CHO FEB. 09, 2016 - 01:50PM JST The money was used for paying off the Family Debt. So, their family knew what it was.

    Their family didn't know that three out of four (3/4) comfort women didn't survive treatment by IJA by 1945.

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

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    TigersTokyoDomeFEB. 09, 2016 - 12:36PM JST There is supposed to be that cardinal rule that sport and politics should not mix. It wasnt a good stage to bring the message, even if there are positives about the message.

    If all the performers, including Beyonce was so important of possible mishaps and intentional damage, the lawyers at CBS could've demanded written agreement music, lyrics to the songs and other stipulation that were to be performed ahead of time. Especially, Beyonce performing her new song that nobody heard of. If the performer liability clause was included in the contract, the risk would've been minimal. The controversy of the event will probably benefit CBS with extra publicity. Remember the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake screw up? They don't care as long as they make money.

    Posted in: Beyonce takes U.S. by storm with new activist role

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    CH3CHO FEB. 09, 2016 - 01:25PM JST A "comfort girl" is nothing more than a prostitute or "professional camp follower" attached to the Japanese Army for the benefit of the soldiers.

    Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "comfort women" August 4, 1993

    The Government of Japan has been conducting a study on the issue of wartime "comfort women" since December 1991. I wish to announce the findings as a result of that study.

    "Comfort stations were operated in response to the request of the military authorities of the day. The then Japanese military was, directly or indirectly, involved in the establishment and management of the comfort stations and the transfer of comfort women."

    "The recruitment of the comfort women was conducted mainly by private recruiters who acted in response to the request of the military. The Government study has revealed that in many cases they were recruited against their own will, through coaxing, coercion, etc., and that, at times, administrative/military personnel directly took part in the recruitments. They lived in misery at comfort stations under a coercive atmosphere."

    "The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese rule in those days, and their recruitment, transfer, control, etc., were conducted generally against their will, through coaxing, coercion, etc."

    "Undeniably, this was an act, with the involvement of the military authorities of the day, that severely injured the honor and dignity of many women. The Government of Japan would like to take this opportunity once again to extend its sincere apologies and remorse to all those, irrespective of place of origin, who suffered immeasurable pain and incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women."

    Source: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/state9308.html

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

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    CH3CHO FEB. 08, 2016 - 06:53PM JST I do not know if I understand you, but you mean "Unbroken" is all fiction?

    Do you know any true life movie that is 100 percent accurate? I don't know of any. Do you?

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

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    CH3CHO FEB. 08, 2016 - 06:26PM JST Since you are so confident of your knowledge, I am looking forward to your explanation as to which part is true and which part is fiction.

    It's true that they made it Hollywood.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

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    Harry_Gatto FEB. 08, 2016 - 06:05PM JST For example? Yes there is some discrimination but "hate crimes" are on a much different level.

    Zaitokukai are an ultra-nationalist, right-wing group that organizes protests and demonstrations across Japan, even in front of Korean elementary schools, yelling such slogans as “Go back to Korea,” “You’re the children of spies” and making numerous veiled and overt threats. The group asserts that all foreigners are criminals who should be chased out of Japan, especially the Koreans.

    Posted in: Korean schools in Japan brace for harassment after rocket launch

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    CH3CHO FEB. 08, 2016 - 05:35PM JST Can anyone tell me which part of the movie is true and which part is fiction?

    There is a certain misdirected notion in Japan that westerners do not know the true wartime history as told by Japan, and Japanese could teach westerners on true account of what happened during the Sino-Japanese War and WWII. A movie like this Unbroken serves as a chilling reminders that Americans are not fools to be taken advantage of by Japanese rightwinger's smoke screen. The U.S. has its own memory, which is similar to what Chinese, Koreans, and other former victims of Imperial Japan remember.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

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    Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "comfort women"

    August 4, 1993

    The Government of Japan has been conducting a study on the issue of wartime "comfort women" since December 1991. I wish to announce the findings as a result of that study.

    As a result of the study which indicates that comfort stations were operated in extensive areas for long periods, it is apparent that there existed a great number of comfort women. Comfort stations were operated in response to the request of the military authorities of the day. The then Japanese military was, directly or indirectly, involved in the establishment and management of the comfort stations and the transfer of comfort women. The recruitment of the comfort women was conducted mainly by private recruiters who acted in response to the request of the military. The Government study has revealed that in many cases they were recruited against their own will, through coaxing, coercion, etc., and that, at times, administrative/military personnel directly took part in the recruitments. They lived in misery at comfort stations under a coercive atmosphere.

    As to the origin of those comfort women who were transferred to the war areas, excluding those from Japan, those from the Korean Peninsula accounted for a large part. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese rule in those days, and their recruitment, transfer, control, etc., were conducted generally against their will, through coaxing, coercion, etc.

    Undeniably, this was an act, with the involvement of the military authorities of the day, that severely injured the honor and dignity of many women. The Government of Japan would like to take this opportunity once again to extend its sincere apologies and remorse to all those, irrespective of place of origin, who suffered immeasurable pain and incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.

    It is incumbent upon us, the Government of Japan, to continue to consider seriously, while listening to the views of learned circles, how best we can express this sentiment.

    We shall face squarely the historical facts as described above instead of evading them, and take them to heart as lessons of history. We hereby reiterate our firm determination never to repeat the same mistake by forever engraving such issues in our memories through the study and teaching of history.

    As actions have been brought to court in Japan and interests have been shown in this issue outside Japan, the Government of Japan shall continue to pay full attention to this matter, including private researched related thereto.

    Source: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/state9308.html

    Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

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    In Japan, many students and residents of different cultures suffer hate crimes. At least the U.S. and Europe has legislation in place to properly categorize and uniformly punish these crimes. This is what sets Japan apart. The law of the hate crime is not uniformly enforced in Japan.

    Posted in: Korean schools in Japan brace for harassment after rocket launch

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