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thehedonistFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
The theory is sound, but what actually happens behind closed doors negotiations is another issue.
Posted in: If any one TPP member country is allowed to claim exceptions for perceived sensitive products then other TPP partners will inevitably demand the right to do the same.
thehedonistFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
No. the government needs to review / implement new / stricter safety standards and better employee training at Nuclear power sites. Simultaneously, the govt needs to actively pursue new, safer and cheaper means of providing electricity to consumers.
Posted in: Do you think nuclear power should be an issue in the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Sunday?
thehedonistFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:15AM JST
Cheaper to develop Selective auditory attention skills.
Posted in: Earplugs cut 90% of the buzz around you but let you hear necessary sounds
thehedonistFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
Sleeping with the heat on / electric blanket is a waste. Wear heat tech long johns under your pajamas, pile blankets on your futon and use a " 湯たんぽ " (hot water bottle).
Posted in: Electric blankets no help for good night's sleep in winter
thehedonistFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:08AM JST
Living in a country that is on the ring of fire and is subject to typhoons every season, it should not come as a surprise to anyone when a disaster happens. I am most dissappointed in the fact that the J-govt consistenly drags it feet , apologizes for late response, and tries to save-face when these things occur.
Posted in: Mt Fuji eruption expected to cause 750,000 refugees
thehedonistJan. 12, 2014 - 04:01AM JST
Strengths- keeping seats warm.
Weakness- anything that requires brain power.
Posted in: In general, what do you think of Japanese police? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
thehedonistOct. 19, 2013 - 07:34AM JST
Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame.
Posted in: Mitsuhiro Mori shows amazing 'hand flute' skills
thehedonistOct. 19, 2013 - 07:20AM JST
All fashion items created after the 1950s.
Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever?
thehedonistSep. 26, 2013 - 08:31PM JST
Basic manners. People used to have social skills before the advent of cellphones, comptuers..etc. Also, people are always in such a hurry nowadays, you have to be on your toes not to get knocked over by some rude person at the train station rushing to get where they are going or so busy gawking at their mobile device they aren't paying attention to anything else.
Posted in: Are there any customs that, for you, are sadly no longer a part of lifestyles today?
thehedonistSep. 21, 2013 - 01:08AM JST
"I don't think this is an issue. Kanji is not like spelling. It is much more complex and difficult to master. Japanese is the most difficult language on the planet, and there are bound to be occasional mistakes."
Funny, it took me all of 10 seconds to find his name in Kanji on multiple websites online.
Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for getting Abe's name wrong during his visit to Fukushima
thehedonistSep. 03, 2013 - 11:15PM JST
Posted in: Tomoko Nakajima becomes porn video director
thehedonistSep. 03, 2013 - 11:00PM JST
Give people the choice to decide what brand/kind of rice to buy. There will always be Japanese who will buy only Japanese rice.
Posted in: Japan wants certain products, such as rice, exempt from tariffs, if it joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact. Do you think this is a reasonable request?
thehedonistSep. 03, 2013 - 10:55PM JST
****No to Syria, and any further support of any kind to foreign nations!
Posted in: Would you support a U.S. military strike on Syria?
thehedonistSep. 01, 2013 - 01:34PM JST
Also, stop bringing up the constitution constantly. If you go by that, then that would also mean that Blacks are 3/5 of a person, then you surely would HAVE to agree with that.
The counting of slaves as “three-fifths” of a person was for representation purposes. The fewer slaves counted the fewer number of representatives. “It had NOTHING to do with the worth of a person and EVERYTHING to do with diminishing the power of” the pro-slavery Southern states.
It is an interpretation of the law and laws are subject to change or can be modified depending on the circumstance of the situation or crisis.- The sontitution can be changed. However politicians to often change or modify laws when it is in their best intrests not Americas.
Posted in: U.S. casts action in Syria as moral imperative but sets no timetable
thehedonistSep. 01, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
"The President is the military's commander-in-chief; however Article One gives Congress and not the President the exclusive right to declare war. Presidents have often deployed troops with Congressional authorization, but without an explicit declaration of war. According to historian Thomas Woods, "Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution — which refers to the president as the 'Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States' — has been interpreted to mean that the president may act with an essentially free hand in foreign affairs, or at the very least that he may send men into battle without consulting Congress." Since World War II, every major military action has been technically a U.S. military operation or a U.N. "police action", which are deemed legally legitimate by Congress, and various United Nations Resolutions because of decisions such as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution or the Authorization for Use of Force."-
When you grant one single branch this kind of power. this is the first step towards an authoritarian government. The system of checks and balance was set in place for a reason. He is commander-in-chief, that does not mean he is free to by-pass congress to send soldiers into a conflict/war unless the United States is under imminent attack. The American people should be raising holy hell about this!
thehedonistAug. 31, 2013 - 10:57AM JST
The U.S. needs to abide by it's constitution. -
Under the United States Constitution, war powers are divided. Congress has the power to declare war, raise and support the armed forces, control the war funding (Article I, Section 8), and has "Power … to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution … all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof", while the President is commander-in-chief of the military (Article II, Section 2). It is generally agreed that the commander-in-chief role gives the President power to repel attacks against the United States. Period.
thehedonistAug. 04, 2013 - 07:53AM JST
"Sending the android to space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods."- WILSON!!
Posted in: Japan launches rocket with robot for space station
thehedonistJul. 14, 2013 - 03:37PM JST
Cool Tech t-shirts and briefs.
Posted in: 10 tips to help you survive the Japanese summer
thehedonistMay. 26, 2013 - 01:19AM JST
"Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran"- You don't have to be 91 years old or a veteran to figure that one out.
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
thehedonistMay. 26, 2013 - 01:17AM JST
Yeah, well my house is a meeting place for inter-galactic space aliens. Nut jobs the world over will make any kind of claim.
Posted in: The grave of Christ – Japanese town solves many of world’s mysteries
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:32PM JST
How do I close my JT account?
Posted in: Malaysia, Vietnam search for airliner carrying 239
Posted in: Gov't considers revision of 'comfort women' apology
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
Posted in: Japanese girl mauled by dogs in NZ was bitten 100 times
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:30PM JST
Thumbs up CGB Spender
Typical JT readers! Can't keep an analytical view while their desire for…
Posted in: Former Aum member Hirata jailed for 9 years
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:14PM JST
Abe should apologize Putin sooner than later.
Nonsense. You do not apologize to a despot who…
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis