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    cleo Jul. 29, 2014 - 08:34AM JST I love how modern-day Americans are so scornful of 'illegals'.

    The real problem with undocumented immigrant workers is that flouting the law has become the norm, which makes the job of terrorists and drug traffickers infinitely easier. The economic costs of terrorism can be very high and very real, quite apart from the otherwise positive economic impact of immigration. Many decades of globalization will see U.S. either descend into timid isolation or affirm its openness. Throughout history, great nations have declined because they built up walls of insularity, but U.S. has been the exception for over a century. It would be a tragedy if U.S. were to turn toward a false sense of security just when China is ascending with openness, Western Europe is declining into isolation, and the real solution is so obvious from U.S. heritage.

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    MarkG Jul. 29, 2014 - 07:49AM JST As for all the "illegals for agriculture work" arguers,

    If the law is the law, why isn't the U.S. goverment enforcing the law to the millions of illegal workers in the agricultural industry and start penalizing these companies that hire illegals?

    Posted in: Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

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    Wolfpack Jul. 29, 2014 - 07:30AM JST Whenever an illegal alien is identified they should be processed and deported as quickly and efficiently as possible. They "contribute" by causing a sense of lawlessness in the country, by lowering wages and crowding out employment opportunities for low skilled American and legal resident workers,

    Then what is a solution to the U.S. agricultural industry that depends on 90 percent illegals? Why does U.S. goverment protect the agricultural industry? The dirty secret that everybody knows including the goverment is that majority of the U.S. agricultural workers are illegal immigrants. Without them, farmers in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Georgia are substantially short of the number of workers they needed to harvest the crop. Despite high unemployment in many of the states, most U.S. residents don’t want such back-breaking jobs, nor do they have the necessary skills. Although many Americans believe immigrants “steal” jobs and push down wages, there is little evidence of that. Problem is that there is double standards on immigration enforcement policy on the agricultural industry.

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    As a retaliation, what happens if Russia decides to stop the flow of natural gas and oil to Japan? Russia can always sell to China.

    Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia

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    tokyodoumo Jul. 29, 2014 - 02:03AM JST Japan is damning itself for denying what they have done in the past... and Abe's refusal to accept responsibilities reminds people of the defiant nature of the Imprerial Gov't.

    Abe might be correct if you based on 1965 treaty with Korea. In 1965 the issue was settled for $500 million that was paid out to Korea. The Japan goverment asked Korea goverment to show the concrete number of conscripted workers and soldiers, dead and injured and how much unpaid wages were. They asked to "show the evidences and they would pay". Korea goverment agreed and investigated them. At that time, Korea didn't claim the compensation for the war time prostitutes. Nobody said at the time in Korea, those prostitutes were abducted. Most people knew there were many women who were so poor that they sold themselves to live and the Japan army didn't have to abduct Korean women. Until 1944, there were many Korean volunteers for Japan army at the time. Therefore Koreans didn't claim it at that time. It's the Korea goverment's agreement problem if they did not disclose the comfort women issue at the time. What did South Korean goverment do with the $500 million that Japan paid already? Why didn't the Korean goverment didn't disclose the this information to their own people until 2005 and hidden for 40 years? Since Japan settled the matter in 1965, South Korean goverment agreed to handle the individual compensation, they should pay these women from the money that they received already.

    Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'

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    Since 1948, the Palestinians will not be intimidated into departing. Heroic stubbornness seems to be much in evidence on both sides of the Semitic fence. The only practical weapon available to the Israelis is to try and inflict prosperity upon their opponents; prosperity, as we know, generally being accompanied by atheism and a reluctance to reproduce. The mutual antagonism might then be afflicted with a terminal marasmus, or at any rate the demographic race might be played out on the proverbial level playing field. This would take some time but perhaps not so much as pursuit of the mirage known as the 'two-state solution'. Israel holds its territory in the same way that it won it, by force of arms.

    Posted in: U.N. Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

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    The U.S. goverment is struggling with the long term solutions to rising cost of medicare. Obamacare is a redistribution program and penalizes the young, who are generally healthier, by making them pay more for health insurance so that older people pay less. The healthy are sacrificed to the sick, the young to the old, the taxpayer to the subsidy-recipient. Since there are many who cannot afford health insurance, we are told, those who can afford it must help them. Any individual’s interests are to be subordinated to an indefinable “public interest”—which simply means: some people must suffer so that others might benefit.

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    nigelboy Jul. 25, 2014 - 04:57AM JST But where are the monuments in your country of all the various people who suffered at the hands of the your country's troops?

    If you didn't know, 1.7 million Koreans and Korean-Americans are living in the U.S., and why is your goverment getting involved in a foreign countries monument? They could remember the history any way they like. Few years ago, two Japanese goverment officials visited Palisades Park, N.J., with a request that took local administrators by surprise, the Japanese wanted a small Korean Comfort Women monument removed from a public park. The Japanese government was willing to plant cherry trees in the borough, donate books to the public library “and do some things to show that we’re united in this world and not divided,” But the offer was contingent on the memorial’s removal.. After the refusal, the second delegation arrived and was led by four members of the Japanese Parliament. Their approach was less diplomatic. The politicians, members of the opposition LDP tried in asking that the monument be removed, to convince the Palisades Park authorities that comfort women had never been forcibly conscripted as sex slaves.

    Posted in: S Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

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    nigelboy Jul. 25, 2014 - 03:21AM JST I'm well aware of the Semarang case which is repeated ad nauseum as to somehow "prove" that this was going on everywhere by the IJA when it's merely an exception. Also not mentioned in your post is the fact that the IJA officer in charge was court marshalled by IJA when this was discovered further supporting that IJA never condoned such actions.

    The basis of the Dutch prosecution is the result of the Geneva Convention of 1929. While not a signatory to the convention, Japan had given a qualified promise to follow the Geneva rules in 1942, one of which prohibited forced prostitution of prisoners-of-war. The details regarding the rape of Dutch civilian women in 1942 were raised at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal but this was only to provide evidence that crimes had been committed against Allied civilians. A more concrete example of the fixation with Western victims, the proceedings of the Batavia War Crimes Tribunal, which was conducted by Dutch authorities in 1948. Disappointingly, Indonesian, Filipino, or Korean 'comfort' women could not have similar status to the Dutch as prisoners-of-war during this period. The victimization of predominantly Asian 'comfort' women inevitably took second-place to other war crimes investigated and prosecuted by the Allies.

    Posted in: S Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

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    @nigelboy

    As you know, there has been effort that has been made over decades by successive J-governments to suppress the stories of the ‘comfort’ women, an effort which has been supported in the post-war period by the silence of U.S. and Allied nations. Few would dispute that this has been the case. Relevant documentation is difficult to obtain, due to the enduring classification of official Japanese military and ministerial documents from the period, as well as the fact that Japan has no freedom of information legislation to enable researchers to gain access. If Japan has nothing to hide, why don't J-goverment pass a freedom of information legislation?

    Posted in: S Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

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    nigelboy Jul. 25, 2014 - 03:00AM JST the Japan side could not confirm that the military “instructed” the recruiters to carry out the recruitment,

    The history shows that main allegations had been proved in a Dutch court under Western rules of evidence as far back as 1948. That court, which had been convened in what was then the Dutch East Indies had considered allegations that Japanese army officers had forced many Dutch women seized in the Dutch East Indies into sexual slavery. One Japanese military official was executed and eleven other Japanese citizens were sentenced to jail terms. The Dutch went on in 1956 successfully to press the Japanese government to pay compensation to the women.

    Posted in: S Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

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    Jeff Huffman Jul. 24, 2014 - 04:21AM JST The concept of highest and best use is pretty much unknown in Japan.

    That is because Japanese do not impose one or two exclusive uses for every zone. They tend to view things more as what is the maximum nuisance level to tolerate in each zone, but every use that is considered to be less of a nuisance is still allowed. So low-nuisance uses are allowed essentially everywhere. That means that almost all Japanese zones allow mixed use developments, which is far from true in U.S. zoning. This great rigidity in allowed uses per zone in U.S. zoning means that urban planing departments must really micromanage to the smallest detail everything to have a decent city. Because if they forget to zone for enough commercial zones or schools, people can't simply build what is lacking, they'd need to change the zoning. And since urban planning departments, especially in small cities, are largely awful, a lot of needed uses are forgotten in neighborhoods, leading to them being built on the outskirts of the city, requiring car travel to get to them from residential areas.

    The Japanese zoning gives much more flexibility to builders, private promoters but also school boards and the cities themselves. So the need for hyper-competent planning is much reduced, as Japanese planning departments can simply zone large higher-use zones in the center of neighborhoods, since the lower-uses are still allowed. If there is more land than needed for commercial uses in a commercial zone, then you can still build residential uses there, until commercial promoters actually come to need the space and buy the buildings from current residents. Japan's zoning laws are more rational and more efficient.

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    kchoze Jul. 24, 2014 - 02:37AM JST What would be best I think would be for the city to buy the land and make it into a public park for residents to enjoy, especially as Japan cities tend to lack in terms of small neighborhood parks.

    It's up to each individual cities and towns to classified these buidings and gardens as a historical site. But with the shortfall in their budget, they could only do so much to preserve the history. Since the building is only 2.7 km from the train station, there is a demand by investors to build commercial rental property to generate revenue. City has the option to refuse and buy the property and maintain it. But at what cost? City already knows it cost more that it's worth to maintain it.

    Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex

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    Farmboy Jul. 24, 2014 - 03:14AM JST And the troops cannot use their weapons to stop illegal immigration.

    Sure, they can use their M-16 weapons in self-defense if they are "threatened" by physical harm. And "threatened" by physical harm has a wide definition since they are not experienced in law. Due to a language barrier, most likely you will see some "threatened" accidents that are questionable, but swepted under the rug.

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    kaimycah lJul. 23, 2014 - 07:07AM JST Sad story if you want to come here and pick lettuce or oranges I have no problem with that PLEASE APPLY for a "WORKING VISA"

    The problem with the system is that it’s arbitrary and doesn’t meet the needs of employers. The H2-A program, for temporary agricultural workers, has faltered for different reasons. Before visas can be issued to guest workers, this program requires potential employers to prove that no native-born workers are willing to take their jobs. But that’s almost impossible to prove. As a result, only about 30K foreign workers are in the U.S. under this plan. Perhaps the greatest evidence of the program’s inadequacy is the large number of illegals involved in agricultural work.

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    If Putin were to admit the truth, it would confirm that Russia has supplied fanatical and in some cases possibly rebel leaders with advanced military equipment contrary to his assertions that Russia has nothing to do with the Ukraine conflict, other than wanting peace. Such an admission expands the Ukrainian conflict to the world stage. If the rebels did it, they probably carried out this launch as they thought it was a Ukrainian military aircraft over their territory, therefore fired at the aircraft just as they have done so in the past with other Ukrainian aircraft and it does seem to be a mistake in identification, therefore negligence can be attributed to a variety of groups. This includes the rebels, Malaysian Airlines for not doing a proper risk assessment and the Ukrainian government for directing civilian aircraft directly over the an area of hostility where numerous aircraft have been shot down previously.

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    yabits Jul. 23, 2014 - 04:44AM JST The Arabs were told (via the UN and the world) that the lands north of Gaza -- where they had lived for centuries -- was theirs. Israeli aggression and terrorism stole it from them. Why should they accept that? Gazans will never have real peace or sovereignty; Israel will always control and dominate them -- just as they always have from the beginning.

    If you look at the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, the two state model today is only applicable to Israel and the West Bank and there can be no contiguous Palestine state between the West Bank and Gaza with Hamas in power. This would represent a threat to both Israel and to Palestine. The crux of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is rooted in the Palestinian “Right of Return,” the collective belief in a legal and moral right for Palestinian refugees, and more importantly their descendents from around the world, to return to ancestral homes in Israel that were once part of Mandatory Palestine. The “right of return” is central to Palestinian national identity and is a high barrier to any peace agreement.

    The Palestinian refugees is doomed to fail because of how Palestinian identity is linked to the Right of Return for eternity. The Palestinian refugee is a citizen forcibly displaced from his land and his return is one of the constants that cannot be controlled by the occupation. But Hamas is misinformed regarding the Israeli position. Israeli governments have been forthright in stating that there is no “right of return” and they point to it as one of the most formidable obstacles to making peace between the Israeli and Palestinian states, as well as peoples. If this is the core of Palestinian identity, that can be satisfied only by exercising the Palestinian “right of return” and the destruction of Israel, then there is no room for compromise.

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    NovenachamaJul. 23, 2014 - 04:57AM JST If you don't drink, don't start even if it's for your health.

    The Japanese lifespan is alot longer than countries on the average that drinks substantially less. On the average, lifespan of Japanese men is around 83 years old, and women 86 years old, and they are one of the longest in the world. This is a culture where drinking parties are job requirements. It’s a place where you can market a product that lets you consume more alcohol while getting less drunk. Even with the binge drinking, somehow, they are living a long life.

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    kaimycahl Jul. 22, 2014 - 11:53PM JST I have no problem with IMMIGRATION all Americans want is the government to enforce the laws and not use poor kids as a pawn for their political standing!

    Then what is a solution to the U.S. agricultural industry that depends on 90 percent illegals? The dirty secret that everybody knew was that majority of the U.S. agricultural workers are illegal immigrants. Without them, farmers in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Georgia are substantially short of the number of workers they needed to harvest the crop. Despite high unemployment in many of the states, most U.S. residents don’t want such back-breaking jobs, nor do they have the necessary skills. They rather starve then pick lettuce or oranges. Although many Americans believe immigrants “steal” jobs and push down wages, there is little evidence of that. Problem is that there is double standards on immigration enforcement policy on the agricultural industry. Would you rather hire a former welfare recipient who has never worked a day in their lives and has an entitlement mentality?

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    @ kaimycahl

    And what does illegal Joe gets when he is laid off? No unemployment money? Legal Joe gets approximately $1,500.00 month from Social Secuity and Medicare when he retires at 65 years old. If legal Joe lives to be 85 years old (20 years), legal Joe gets more than $500,000 in Social Secuity alone, can't say that about illegal Joe.

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