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BrainiacJul. 28, 2016 - 02:42PM JST
Has there ever been a Democrat president whom you liked? Are you so parochial that you can't see beyond the Republican Party.
Anyway, I find it interesting that Trump is asking the Russians for help in getting elected. I wonder how he and Putin would get along.
Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails
BrainiacJul. 28, 2016 - 09:39AM JST
If the order of entry is in the local language (except for the host nation which traditionally is the last team to enter the stadium), how will they do it in Tokyo? Will team names be in kanji, katakana, romaji or English?
Posted in: NBC fails in bid to change order of teams in opening ceremony
BrainiacJul. 27, 2016 - 04:42PM JST
I don't know why people are criticizing TEPCO. They are right. Nuclear power plants are no place for people playing Pokemon. I think we are going to see a lot more places, such as temples, parks, World Heritage Sites, etc, ask for their sites not to be included in the game.
Posted in: TEPCO, rail firms request removal of Pokemon Go characters from sites
BrainiacJul. 25, 2016 - 07:44AM JST
Being a movie collector, I still have my trusty VCR because there are some films that have not yet been released on DVD. It still works. I was one of those unfortunate consumers who went with Betamax. Then I had to convert my entire Betamax collection to VHS (thousands of tapes) and I have been slowly converting my VHS tapes to DVDs. Probably won't finish it in my lifetime.
Posted in: End of an era: VCRs headed for outdated tech heaven
BrainiacJul. 22, 2016 - 07:26AM JST
It's a common tactic now for defendants to claim they were forced to confess, and given what we know about Japanese police investigative procedures, that has happened a lot. So it is worth a try for a defendant. But having said that, in this case, I have no doubt in my mind that Tsutsui killed those women. NHK had a long story on it last night. He bought the knife and planned his actions in advance.
Posted in: Top court upholds death sentence for killer of two women
BrainiacJul. 14, 2016 - 12:31PM JST
The best thing would be for the emperor to hold a press conference and state his wishes (if he really does want to abdicate), but, of course, the Imperial Household Agency and government won't permit it.
I'm trying to remember how the Dutch government handled it when the queen abdicated in favor of her son two years ago. Does anyone remember?
Posted in: Imperial Household Agency denies emperor's wish to abdicate
BrainJul. 12, 2016 - 11:27AM JST
I'm surprised at how many readers above have gone ballistic over this issue. We (and the voters) have known for two years what Abe's stance on this is. Yet readers above seem to think Japan is getting ready to go to war and their kids will be conscripted.
I'd be willing to bet my bank account that Japan will not attack another country or that there will be a draft in my lifetime.
I also think the fact that the SDF has not fired a shot in combat in 71 years is something to be tremendously proud of, but the world has changed and if the Japanese government wishes to change the constitution and does it after a clear debate in the Diet and makes the change legally, then I have no problem with it.
Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate
BrainiacJul. 11, 2016 - 10:03AM JST
Most likely she was hit by the first truck and the other three didn't see her lying on the road and ran over her. It's possible, sitting high up in a truck, not to see a prostrate body on the road, especially if you are driving fast and the particular part of the expressway is not well lit.
Posted in: Woman dies after being hit by 4 trucks on Shiga expressway
BrainiacJul. 10, 2016 - 09:29PM JST
It's appalling that voter turnout is only 36%. At least in my country (Australia), voting is compulsory, so whatever the result, we can say that probably 100% of voters had their say in the election. It will be interesting to see what the voter turnout for the 18 and 19-year-olds in Japan will be for this election.
Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house: exit polls
BrainiacJul. 08, 2016 - 05:06PM JST
Shocking news. My cousin was a police officer and I have great respect for the police. This was a planned ambush, cold-blooded murder, and cannot be condoned no matter how many people have been killed by police.
Posted in: 5 Dallas police officers killed, 6 wounded at protest
BrainiacJul. 02, 2016 - 10:41AM JST
Somehow, I find your story hard to believe. How about telling us what really happened?
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BrainiacJun. 26, 2016 - 01:08PM JST
Referendums never settle anything because the losing side always objects. However, in this case, I do believe that 52% is not a majority. If a referendum is to have meaning, a majority should be something like 75-80% one way or the other. Which is unlikely, hence my opposition to them.
I believe that in a democracy, you elect (or hire) the government to make decisions for you. You don't then ask to have referendums on contentious issues because there are too many issues that divide people. If the government is making a mess of governing, then you vote them out at the next election.
Cameron made a mistake calling this referendum,.
Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum
BrainiacJun. 13, 2016 - 05:24PM JST
I don't see anything wrong with Abe offering condolences and moral support to the U.S. It's what leaders do in times of tragedies like this. I see nothing sinister about his remarks as some of you seem to.
BrainiacJun. 12, 2016 - 07:17AM JST
Wonderful achievement for them.
BrainiacJun. 09, 2016 - 07:03PM JST
Well, until or unless the police catch the guy, we won't know the reason, will we?
Posted in: Man attacked on street while on his way to work in Yokohama
BrainiacJun. 05, 2016 - 03:33PM JST
Right about now, the commander of U.S. forces in Japan and Ambassador Kennedy must be hitting their heads against a wall. I bet there'll be a few phone calls from the Pentagon and White House, too, to the military brass in Okinawa.
BrainiacJun. 02, 2016 - 11:13AM JST
I'm not sure. I think the extra revenue is needed for fiscal reforms and so the sales tax has to go up sooner or later. On NHK last night, they interviewed a number of people who actually wanted the tax to go up. One woman was worried the lack of tax revenue would mean people of her generation would have a hard time getting their full pensions; other in the nursing and daycare center industries worried about a lack of funds to improve conditions.
Personally, I would be OK with the increase. As I've said before, the sales tax is the only fair tax - everybody pays it, even crooks. And you can control what you pay by controlling what you spend.
Posted in: Do you agree with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to delay the next sales tax increase until October 2019?
BrainiacMay. 29, 2016 - 07:50PM JST
I saw this on the NHK news tonight and the car was turning right into a narrow road when the bike slammed into its left side. I'd say the bike must have been really speeding. Locals said bikers regularly speed along National Route 50 at that point.
Still, I don't understand why the driver of the car didn't see the bike coming toward her before she turned right. It must have come out of nowhere; hence that's why I think it was speeding.
Posted in: 4 killed in car-motorbike collision in Gunma
BrainiacMay. 25, 2016 - 03:39PM JST
I don't mind paying the sales tax. At least it is a fair tax in that everyone pays it - even crooks and politicians. Nobody can evade it. I just wish the government would lower the ward tax. That's the killer for me. It seems to go up 15% every year, leaving me very little disposable income.
Posted in: Sales tax, election in focus as Abe prepares for G-7 summit
BrainiacMay. 18, 2016 - 04:07PM JST
I don't oppose legalizing magic mushrooms but I would never support legalizing all drugs, as some readers above me are calling for. Drugs like heroin and cocaine should never be legalized and I doubt any responsible medical professional would argue in favor of that.
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