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    Asakaze

    And she wants to say that US not hacking Chinese computers?

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers

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    Yubaru

    Voice you are not responding to the ludicrous remarks that you made about "social" events not being reported either.

    Seeing as how I am Japanese I have a right to vote either for or against and I will say that you obfuscate the issues to the point that your arguments are not logical.

    Okinawa is a part of Japan, Okinawa has a responsibility for the collective defense of Japan. Oh and move Futenma to Henoko and the footprint will be lessened.

    Why should the lives of a few sea creatures be more important that the lives of the humans that live around Futenma? It's one or the other, and you choose the animals over humans. Does say quite a bit to me about your (lack of) morals.

    Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs

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    Jimizo

    'I've never been as ambitious, and competitive as I am now, and never been happier. When that ambition and is to grow your own company/companies, it's a lot more palatable than when you are doing it to impress some boss. Which addresses the third part of the above quote :)'

    Go get 'em, tiger. For me, waking up on cold winter mornings, listening to extremely boring status-driven nonsense and kissing the arse of clients ( socializing with them is now almost physically painful but thankfully now rare ) has exhausted me and my patience and eroded my self-respect and dignity for too long. Thirty years of this pantomime will be more than enough. Middle-age for me is escaping from cockfighting and similar nonsense.

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

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    wanderlust

    They were probably trying to check which of her numerous personal email accounts she was using for government business now.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers

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    CGB Spender

    Low budget Second Renaissance?

    Posted in: A.I. say I do: Japan’s first ever robot wedding?

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    CGB Spender

    She's not guilty in the terms of the charges. Let her go and start a new life, she's harmless. Instead add those five year to some of the real murderers who got a far too short prison term.

    Posted in: Ex-Aum cult member Kikuchi appeals 5-year jail sentence

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    voiceofokinawa

    lincolnman:

    If you complain loudly that the Okinawa media didn't do enough to report on the U.S. military's "Operation Tomodachi" in 2011, in which Okinawa-based Marines were reported to be mobilized in large numbers, then there is no doubt that the "Operation Tomodachi" was politically motivated. That is, the U.S. side wanted to use this opportunity to ballyhoo how good it is to have the U.S. military in one's neighborhood, that come to aid when disasters hit the area.

    You cannot deny the "Operation Tomodachi" didn't affect the knee-jerk approval by the Japanese Lower House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 31, only three weeks after the triple disasters in Tohoku occurred on March 11, of a bill to appropriate an annual Y188.1 billion (about $220 million by 2011 exchange rate) for host nation support for a 5-year period from fiscal 2011. (Incidentally, they've started negotiating the next phase because the five-year period terminates next year.)

    Neither can you deny that that relief operation didn't affect Tokyo's decision to facilitate speedy implementation of the U.S. military realignment in Japan, particularly, the Futenma-to-Henoko relocation plan.

    Yubaru:

    You are not responding to my contention that the Okinawa media arre digging out injustice involved in this exorbitant U.S. military footprint on Okinawa. Show how justified they are to maintain this much military footprint.

    Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs

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    CGB Spender

    Blind spots! The world is currently in a state of terror paranoia so everything needs to be "blind spot"-safe! In actual truth this can happen everywhere. So they need to check passengers for carrying any kind of suspicious liquids onto trains now otherwise incidents like this cannot be fully locked out. Unlike falsely assumed by Shinkansen operators this event should not change the save impression of bullet trains that a normal, non-paranoid person has.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    cracaphat

    The English team did well to regroup after that heartbreaking loss to Japan.Good on them.

    Posted in: England beats Germany 1-0 in extra time to finish 3rd at Women's World Cup

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    Asakaze

    Stop making stupid things, start making babies!!

    Posted in: A.I. say I do: Japan’s first ever robot wedding?

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    gokai_wo_maneku

    This can only mean that Chinese do not take seriously all their government's anti-Japan rhetoric. That's good. I already had that impression based on the huge number of Chinese tourists hanging out here in Shinjuku.

    Posted in: The quality of buildings is high while investment opportunities are abundant, unlike Singapore or Hong Kong where the number of available properties is limited. In that sense, Tokyo is one of the best destinations for investment.

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    gokai_wo_maneku

    I made an accounting error that increased the profit by 1,576 yen. I guess I have a long ways to go.

    Posted in: Toshiba accounting errors may be over Y1 bil

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    Yubaru

    Inflamable, nonflammable, what difference does it make? Sound like a bunch of ALT's doing a sausage swinging festival!

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    zichi

    @upintheair

    It might be a good idea to have the same checks at bus stations as well.

    you mean like at every bus stop? End up being quicker to walk but that's probably dangerous too! Being killed by a falling roof tile, wild pig or run away bicycle. Better stay in bed 24/7 then.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    jeff198527

    An illusion of choice.

    Posted in: Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote means

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    LostinNagoya

    @RichardWood: it's at 4PM Vancouver, 8AM Japan, as stated above.

    Posted in: Japan set for battle in Women's World Cup title defense against U.S.

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    WesternerJapan87

    It may be the best time to invest in Toshiba now. Olympus stock dropped to 424 yen in November 2011 when the scandal was revealed and now it is 4,400 yen on Friday. Toshiba will not go bankrupt. It was 423 yen on Friday. It is a bargain price!

    Japan's yen printing will come to an inevitable end. When that happens, expect Toshiba to go bankrupt just like Sharp and Sony. Sony used to be one of the biggest electronics companies in the world. Now it's not even one twentieth the size of Samsung.

    Toshiba and Sony are the most vulnerable to becoming bankrupt in the next few years as the camera and nuclear industries (especially in Japan) are on a downward trend.

    Posted in: Toshiba accounting errors may be over Y1 bil

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    jeff198527

    I agree, it's just pointless.

    Posted in: A.I. say I do: Japan’s first ever robot wedding?

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    jeff198527

    The omitted part of her statement is, "We can't do anything about it."

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers

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    zichi

    I'm behind Japan all the way but which ever way the ball falls I have relations with all first three teams, Japan, USA and England.

    Posted in: Who do you think will win Sunday's Women's World Cup final between Japan and the U.S.?

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    jeff198527

    They couldn't possibly make the description any more vague.

    Posted in: Panasonic to open Wonder Life-BOX with future lifestyles in Tokyo

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    zichi

    China (PRC) claims to have been an "ally" in WWII that defeated Imperial Japan. Despite not having existed until 3 years after WWII ended.

    Well, it could also be said, the current Japan was born in 1946 when it accepted a new constitution but really China is still China regardless of its political system and Japan is still Japan.

    Posted in: Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

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    paulinusa

    I think the US has an advantage because they are peaking and Japan, while playing well enough to win, is just playing adequate. Last World Cup it was the opposite situation with Japan getting better with each match.

    Posted in: Who do you think will win Sunday's Women's World Cup final between Japan and the U.S.?

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    zichi

    @GuyJeanDailleult

    About time, but turning on a few plants will never come close to compensating for the insane environmental damage done over the last 4+ years (and which will continue for decades)

    Care to provide figures instead of emotionally charged statements? The three big polluters from coal burning are China, India, USA and those are followed by Australia. Coal, gas and oil account for 90% of the global energy consumption. China accounts for half of the world's coal consumption.

    Air Pollution In Japan:Real-Time Air Quality Index Visual Map http://aqicn.org/map/japan/#@g/35.5956/132.7627/6z

    The 2011 nuclear disaster also caused pollution and contamination of the environment and the displacement of 150,000 people with the lost of so many communities. To date, the cost of the nuclear disaster is more than ¥10 trillion but before its over will cost more than ¥50 trillion.

    The cost of decommissioning the current fleet of reactors will be ¥5 trillion and will produce more than 150,000 tons of nuclear waste requiring safe storage, along with the current 20,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel in pools at the NPP's.

    There's also the cost of the Aomori reprocessing plant which now won't even be operational until sometime 2018-2020.

    The failed Monju fast breeder reactor costing more than ¥1 trillion. The safe storage of 150 tons of plutonium. 50 tons inside the country.

    The costs to build and maintain a very long term storage for spent fuel and other high grade nuclear waste.

    By 2030 most of the current fleet of reactors will have reached the end of their life cycle or about to in the 2030's. The cost of building 40 new reactors will be ¥30 trillion to ¥50 trillion even if local permissions can be obtained.

    Prior to the nuclear disaster, nuclear energy from 54 reactors generated 27% of total power demand and without the disaster probably by 2050 that would have increased to 40%, but now that's very unlikely. The NRA have decided that not all of the current 48 reactors are safe to restart without expensive critical updates. The power utilities have decided that with reactors reaching the end of life cycles the cost of the critical updates are not possible.

    So we have a situation with the NRA deciding about 20-25 reactors could be restarted but will in future only generate 15% of total power demand. That 15% of power from nuclear energy will not reduce the level of air borne pollution by very much.

    The country needs to increase the use of renewable energy and according to a recent report from the Ministry of Environment, by 2030, the country could generate 30% of its power from renewables which would reduce the current level of air borne pollution.

    Pollution from fossil fuels isn't just a problem for a country, it's a global problem needing a global solution and nuclear energy isn't the solution since it currently only generates about 10% of total global power demand.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday

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    camnai

    The security kabuki industry must be drooling over this opportunity.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    paulinusa

    "... scheduled televised time in Japan!"

    I'm guessing about 8AM Monday morning in Japan.

    Posted in: Japan set for battle in Women's World Cup title defense against U.S.

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.- Arnold Joseph Toynbee

    God bless America - Happy Independence Day from a colonial, well half of one.

    Posted in: America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

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    YuriOtani

    Pollution from fossil fuel plants is a danger as well.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday

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    Richard Wood

    Let's see.... The average Japanese woman ives to be 87. Middle age by its very definition is the age you achieve in the "middle" between birth and death. That being said, the average middle age of a Japanese woman would be 43years and 6 months. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/world-health-statistics-2014/en/)

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

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    yosun

    @Moonraker - During 1945-1947, ROC Taiwan government escorted/ transported more than 200 thousand JP soldiers and 600 thousand JP civilian back to Japan safely, and receive 300 thousand Taiwanese JP soldiers back Taiwan from south east asia safely, also, millions of Japanese were transported back Japan from mailand china safely by KMT, for this reason, Japan government expressed deep thank to KMT. It's true many people can blame KMT for whatever reason, however not for Japanese who understood history.

    Posted in: Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

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    A.N. Other

    All that needs to be done is to make the fire extinguishers conspicuous enough for people to use them to facilitate their escape into the adjacent car(s). If someone is bent on mayhem, there's not an awful lot that can be done to prevent them.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    ThePBot

    I think Abe will be cheering for Team USA.

    Posted in: Japan set for battle in Women's World Cup title defense against U.S.

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    ThePBot

    Where is the money coming from?

    Posted in: Japan pledges Y750 bil to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

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    Mocheake

    Crazy Joe, you said it well but let me add: GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.!

    Posted in: America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

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    UK9393

    Inflammable can be misinterpreted as an antonym of flammable and so taken to have the opposite meaning to that intended. Where such confusion might arise, especially where this may be a safety hazard, one may prefer to use flammable or another synonym, but that being said inflammable is not the opposite of flammable.

    The article says the unfortunate woman 'choking to death' on the smoke. In English we'd more likely write suffocated or asphyxiated.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    ThePBot

    CrazyJoe

    By not fighting the Japanese, the CCP allowed more Chinese civilians to die horrible deaths at the hands of Japanese monsters. It makes them criminally selfish, murderously brutal, and callously indifferent to the suffering of their fellow countrymen.

    Same thing can be said to the KMT. Even when the Japanese invaded, or officially started the war with China (I say this because the Japanese were already in China before war started), the KMT still focused on the communists, as they were seen as a bigger threat.

    The CCP's legitimacy now relies almost exclusively on historic and territorial irredentism.

    Or more like they got the money and the power.

    Posted in: Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

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    upintheair

    It's time we realize we must give up our freedoms to guarantee the safety of people, especially women and children. The government should protect us by installing airport-grade x-ray machine, body scanners and random checks. Especially now that they Olympics are near. It might be a good idea to have the same checks at bus stations as well. Terrorism is a way of life now and we must understand that. It is more important to protect our children than keeping our freedoms. I would rather have the Shinkansen be late and delayed every time than risking such a brutal attack. Frankly I am also in favor of bag screening at government buildings, night clubs, restaurants and everywhere possible. I would not hesitate a second to allow the government to also check all emails and electronic communications of everyone if this meant protecting our women and children. Changing our society like this, by increasing the security measures, will help us with the war against terrorism, even though it might mean giving up our freedoms. I have confidence that our government will protect and use our data and their new powers in the best interest of society. Hopefully one day Japan will be like every other country out there, a beautiful melting pot of people of all races and religion living in harmony. Perhaps even as good as the United States.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    Guy_Jean_Dailleult

    About time, but turning on a few plants will never come close to compensating for the insane environmental damage done over the last 4+ years (and which will continue for decades), allegedly to protect people from "danger", but in reality to line a lot of pockets. Textbook disaster capitalism, and criminal.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday

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    A.N. Other

    The problem is that an 81-year-old doesn't have the reaction time to correct his mistake (i.e. release the accellerator). By the time the old duffer had worked out what was going on, he would have been half way through the shop.

    Time to hang up your driving gloves, granddad.

    Posted in: Supermarket worker injured after car drives into store in Tochigi

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    The Greek government and people are not responsible for a substantive proportion of these debts that is patently clear, evidence is unequivocal and provided by the IMF. Greece should have succumbed to insolvency before 2010, been afforded a exit route from the single currency and embarked on a root and branch reform and restructuring programme of anything and everything.

    The referendum is a factious futility, a ludicrous irrelevance, grotesque in every respect as it undermines the very principal democratically elected government, and it diverts attention away from the true culprits the European Commission, and in many respects German Chancellor Merkel, Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Former President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso all should be called to give evidence formally at ECJ Judicial review.

    Formal Impeachment proceedings of European Parliament president Martin Schulz, should begin immediately, his conduct and involvement to displace an elected government and citizens in the political decision-making process is inflammatory and incitement to unlawfully contravene the universal decoration on democracy enshrined within the Lisbon Treaty. A matter also for ECJ Judgement.

    Posted in: Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote means

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    cevin7

    As a coffee lover, I'm really looking forward to it. :D

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Corp supports small farmers in Colombia

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    sensei258

    Amazing that anyone in this day and age think people CHOOSE to be gay. Such ignorance. Such hate-justifying ignorance.

    Oh I get it, you were born gay. That way, when you engage in that behavior, you don't have to take responsibility for your actions.

    Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight

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    Mocheake

    Just a matter of time before the next one. You can practically cut and paste these stories as the details are usually the same: he/she mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.

    Posted in: Supermarket worker injured after car drives into store in Tochigi

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    kcjapan

    "people living in states like Michigan, where a pediatrician recently—and legally—refused to treat a lesbian couple’s baby" - article

    Gay rights aren't then some abstract. As reported: a doctor could refuse to treat a child because his objection to the sexuality of the parents.

    Unsurprisingly, many will invent imaginary threats and persistent petulance.

    Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight

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    sensei258

    Sorry, hit enter instead of delete. What a bizarre waste of time

    Posted in: A.I. say I do: Japan’s first ever robot wedding?

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    jcapan

    warispeace,

    As a Yank, I agree 100% but perhaps for one day you could avoid channeling Chris Hedges/George Monbiot, you know the preachers of humorless doom. Time & place ...

    Posted in: America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

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    Moonraker

    Will it be a silent cartoon? She's got no mouth.

    Posted in: Hello Kitty movie slated for 2019 release worldwide

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    zichi

    "Flammable" is the modern usage of the word.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    Dukeleto

    If there was more than one passenger on this train (which I am sure there was) then the other passengers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing another passenger to die needlessly. I am sure if someone had assisted the female passenger nobody, except the miscreant who started the fire would have died. What an absolute A-Hole for doing that on a bullet train and causing some innocent persons death. This world is really full of whack jobs!

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    Moonraker

    On the other hand, the Kuomintang hardly speaks for Taiwan's experience, only invading en masse after their mainland defeat several years after WWII ended. There is something hypocritical about this celebration dressed up as commemoration. Their subsequent brutal usurpation of power on the island is largely glossed over. Many "native" Taiwanese felt better off under the Japanese.

    Posted in: Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat