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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Given the life-destroying three weeks in custody regardless of innocence, who wouldn't go North by NorthWest?"

    Posted in: Train groper escapes along tracks at Ebisu station in Tokyo

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    sangetsu03

    But the government is spending the money on taxpayers, is it not?

    No, it is spending money on building projects. The contractors and suppliers involved in these projects will be sure to show their appreciation by offering politicians high-paying jobs for doing nothing once they retire from government "service". The family members of politicians and bureaucrats also don't have to worry about getting work when they graduate.

    Since the same experiment has already failed 3 times with similarly disastrous results, the dorks want to do it again. Even mice learn from mistakes, but not these vermin.

    Disastrous to whom? Certainly not the politicians and their friends, where do you think most "stimulus" spending goes? The situation in America is similar. Almost all of the stimulus spending, which was supposed to help ordinary Americans, ended up going to government union workers. While the private sector sees high unemployment, poor wages, and little growth, government agencies have seen new positions added, and workers have received raises in pay.

    Posted in: Gov't considers setting aside Y1 trillion for stimulus next fiscal year

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    i want to know what the Chinese have to say, and what they are doing about this...

    Bashing Uighurs?

    Isn't ISIS a wet dream for the Military Industrial (not-so-) Complex?

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    OssanAmerica

    The US has nothing to gain from keeping Japan and South Korea divided. In fact the division hinders US strategic policy in East Asia, which obviously has China and North Korea in mind. Nor are Japan and South Korea nations that the US would feel threatened by even if they were completely aligned, The US does not "constantly criticize" Yasukuni visits. The Comfort Women monuments in he US are the result of ultra nationalist Korean-American groups and American vote whore politicians to whom Chinese, Skoreans, Japanese all look alike so they must be the same.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    yabits

    Translation: shoves him into a shelf so he can get away with his stolen goods.

    Anyone can view the video and determine you were wrong when you claimed the store owner never touched Brown. He clearly tried to block Brown from leaving with his left forearm. Brown was carrying the allegedly stolen product in his right hand, and pushed the man away with his left hand.

    It does not look like a shelf, but one of those wire display racks that hold snack foods like potato chips, etc.. To determine how hard he was pushed, how many items of product where knocked off the rack onto the floor? There are none, which means he wasn't pushed hard at all. The rack barely moves. If Brown wanted to, he could have pushed him so hard that the entire rack would have toppled over. Brown was not intending to physically harm the man.

    In fact, the store owner barely loses his balance. What little he does is compensated by the rack he has bumped into. He's immediately back on the advance and trying to take the cigars out of Brown's right hand, which is when Brown turns and glares at him. Definitely a capital crime, right?

    Also, the robbery paints a picture of Brown's character that will likely play a part in the trial.

    The video is also a rorschach of how people want to interpret Brown's character. Yes, he most likely stole the cigars and was walking out the door, with the owner trying to physically block him. But to claim the owner never touched Brown shows bias. To claim he shoved him hard when absolutely nothing falls off the display rack shows bias. In other words, some want to use that altercation to turn Brown into a monster worthy of execution.

    I view human life as having tremendous, almost infinite worth. Many feel Brown's life wasn't worth $50. There was a lot more to his life and his character than what is on that video, one can be sure. He didn't have any brushes with the law that we have heard. What the police officer did showed extreme disregard for human life, starting from his initial contact in which he cursed at the two young men. (I've seen witness reports of him acting abusively on other occasions to members of the community. Perhaps their complaints were ignored and not recorded. But people remember Wilson.) When all is said and done, it is the officer's obviously callous disregard for human life that has devalued his life.

    Posted in: Police allege Missouri teen robbed store before fatal shooting

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    Strangerland

    Other spreadsheet software comes nowhere close. Trust me, I know.

    So true. I'm a Mac guy, but the OSX office suite doesn't compare to the MS office suite. Still way behind.

    Posted in: Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

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    Paul Arenson

    Fighter jets. We don't need them. Not from U.S. Not made in Japan. The arms race just wastes more money, convincing people they are safe while making everyone targets. Spend the money on peace.. On compensating those who gave up their land and livelihoods when Fukushima Dai-ichi, another pet project of Keidanren that made big money for the military indistrial complexm exploded. Again the hawks, the vultures, the money hungry are after a windfall, while the country's social welfare goes to the dogs.

    No jets, no war, no way.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    Mike O'Brien

    were plagued by despair and suffering symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Isn't it possible that those conditions weren't caused by the detention but by the fact that they didn't make it to Australia? And that if they had been immediately return to the home country they would have the exact same despair and PTSD symptoms?

    Posted in: Australian government defends detaining asylum-seeker children

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    DockSee

    Would love to know if it's used in animal feed…?

    Posted in: Study links antibiotic to heart death risk

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    yabits

    Meanwhile, the Ferguson Police Dept. has yet to file an incident report on the killing of Michael Brown. Highly irregular, and does nothing to decrease the suspicion Ferguson residents have of the police.

    Easy. The target was moving

    Or, the shooter was moving. Eyewitnesses claim the frontal shots came after Brown turned to face the oncoming officer, with his hands raised. No witness has Brown making a threatening move towards the officer.

    Posted in: Autopsy shows Missouri teen shot 6 times, including twice in head; unrest continues

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    Tokyo999

    Perhaps the first question should be: How many refugees does Japan accept per annum?

    Posted in: Raising awareness about refugees

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    Serrano

    i want to know what the Chinese have to say, and what they are doing about this...

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    Serrano

    Amazing how the truth ( Too bad the Japanese government doesn't have 500 billion yen for the development, let alone the ensuing operational costs. ) gets 12 thumbs-down, lol

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    lucabrasi

    @Bertie

    Much as I tend to agree with you, aren't you forgetting 9/11?

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    BertieWooster

    wtfjapan,

    I disagree. I'd agree with you about the tourist traps in Kamakura and Kyoto, but if you get into the mountains in Niigata or even the backwoods areas of Kamakura (NOT the Daibutsu), there are some really beautiful sites.

    Drive around the back roads and explore. You'd be amazed at what you find.

    Posted in: 18 must-visit heritage sites in Japan

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    BertieWooster

    lucabrasi,

    Exactly!

    Let's not forget where Hammurabi, whose famous line is "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," came from.

    As soon as you get into "retaliation mode," you've lost.

    All you do is reduce yourself down to that level.

    The US needs to "chill," step back and realistically calculate whether a long, drawn-out war with Islam is going to benefit them or not.

    There has never been a terrorist attack on American soil, but the way the US is acting, it's very likely to happen.

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    M3M3M3

    I don't think the US position on ransom is as pious or principled as they try to frame it. All countries want to do absolutely everything they can to recover their citizens but for most countries the only tool they have is a bit of cash. The US on the other hand, is in a unique position with intel and elite troops that have the real capability to recover their captives. The US pays billions of dollars to have these unique capabilities on standby 24/7 specifically so they don't need to pay ransoms... Maybe if Denmark or Spain had the same, they wouldn't be paying ransoms either.

    Also, if they had been able to rescue Foley based on the intel from the ransomed European captives, we might not be criticizing their governments for paying. I think these things have to be decided on a case by case basis. Having an inflexible no ransom policy might be just as counterproductive as paying the ransoms.

    I'm also curious how the ransoms are physically paid. Do they drop a bag of cash from a helicopter like in the movies?

    Posted in: Did America's policy on ransom contribute to James Foley's killing?

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    lostrune2

    Hahaha, this is what they're resorting to...... A government left to resort to targeting McD's........... Pathetic......

    C'mon man, do better than that lame comeback. Don't be petty - aim higher!

    Moscow’s Kommersant business daily suggested that the authorities had no immediate complaints against Burger King because the Russian operations of the number two US fast food chain is nearly half-owned by the investment arm of the state bank VTB.

    But of course!

    Posted in: Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war

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    tinawatanabe

    The USA is loosing influence on Japan day by day.

    I wouldn't go so far as to say so. Japan never underestimates US capabilities. But it is true US is losing lots of friends among Japanese since they criticized Yasukuni shrine, but I don't think US cares.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    lostrune2

    Things have quieted down. Both sides pulling back.

    Posted in: Missouri governor takes National Guard out of Ferguson

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    Mike O'Brien

    @Brian Wheway

    Do you really believe that the police officer was shooting AT the arm? Gee you have a skewed sense of how gunfire works.

    I don't know how he could hit him in the head but miss his chest

    Easy. The target was moving, reports indicate he had just been seriously injured in the head and despite what movies seem to make some people believe firing a gun at a specific target does not mean the bullet will hit that target.

    Posted in: Autopsy shows Missouri teen shot 6 times, including twice in head; unrest continues

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    Frungy

    highball7Aug. 22, 2014 - 04:59PM JST IF Abe or any Japanese politicians think that US will allow Japan to build an offensive jet fighter, then you are all out of your minds. The only reason you are allow to build your domestic diesel subs is because we no longer build diesel subs and you are not allowed to use anything nuclear within your military.

    ... and people wonder why the US has such a bad reputation?

    Highball, Japan is the 3rd biggest economy in the world. The U.S. simply can't afford to play chicken with Japan, especially not in the current geo-political environment. If the US pushed too hard Japan will simply stop making loans to US businesses... you know what happened last time they did that? The latest financial crash.

    This is the problem with nationalistic education, it doesn't give people any clue about how insanely interconnected every major global economy really is. If the U.S. tried to strong-arm Japan the only winner would be China (and even they'd suffer from the economic backlash).

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    lucabrasi

    @sensei

    You make it alcoholic and you make it cheap.

    That'll do it for me and most folk I know....

    Posted in: Fresca Lemon

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    Stuart hayward

    JoeBigs: "keep the barbarians at bay", " nothing says hello like a 450+kiloton detonation from a M.I.R.V." Wow, showing your true colors again I see! I guess your not satisfied with simply rewriting article nine, you want to completly do away with it. The name "warmonger" comes to mind.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    lostrune2

    Good luck with that. It's hard to match up to the battle-tested $600bn US military industry machine.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    tinawatanabe

    highball7's threat may be right. But why is building a fighter jet crossing a line? And Japan's car selling in US are made in USA. Why do they want to stop that?

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    Serrano

    I'm having less and less confidence in the Japanese government...

    Posted in: Gov't considers setting aside Y1 trillion for stimulus next fiscal year

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    lostrune2

    Windows is like Star Trek movies - every other one is good.

    Specifically, the ones geared more for business than consumers: WinMe (consumers), WinXP (business), Vista (consumers), Win7 (business), Win8 (consumers).

    Surface - Disaster. Failure of a concept in light of abandoning the Courier project.

    Surface RT nobody wants. Surface Pro that has Intel Core CPUs, full version of Windows and runs any PC program and peripheral, people want. That's why there's now up to Pro version 3. It's just that it's still too expensive for most people want to pay. Intel just gave out dozens of Pro 3s in contest, and people rejoiced and earnestly competed for 'em. (Meanwhile, other cheaper Win8 Pro tablets like Dell Venue Pro sell pretty well.)

    Anyhow, Office is still the most profitable division for Microsoft. Majority buyers are big businesses with thousands of computers. Office won't be going anywhere for awhile:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-microsoft-profit-by-division-2011-7

    Posted in: Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

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    lucabrasi

    Dead right, Jimizo.

    The last thing we need right now is the spirit of the crusaders; we need calm, rational reflection and then action.

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    syzyguy

    Residents of Japan pay a HUGE price for the rampant price fixing in this country, its also why so many companies in Japan are very weak financially.

    pardon my ignorance but how does price fixing result in weak finances for a company? in a vacuum (barring the fines that are incurred due to the practice) wouldn't it result in bigger profit margins?

    Posted in: Denso fined $2.2 million in Canada for violation of competition law

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    John Galt

    Since the same experiment has already failed 3 times with similarly disastrous results, the dorks want to do it again. Even mice learn from mistakes, but not these vermin.

    Posted in: Gov't considers setting aside Y1 trillion for stimulus next fiscal year

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    lucabrasi

    @Tahoochi

    Yes, it is a waste... but it's in a very good cause. Leaking pipes waste millions of gallons a year all around the world. That would be a better target for you....

    Posted in: Celebrities take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight disease

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    smig1975

    yeah, yeah, the worlds biggest evil, danger to west, lives in Iraq ... blahblahblah , heard it before .

    cry wolf . too many lies last time from usa/UK for me ( & judging by comments & polls others too) to believe this time

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    John Galt

    "Now the lone hedge fund hold-outs from those negotiations (the vultures) want a free-ride on the goodwill train they completely refused to support. That is just (court supported) piracy."

    That's the truth.

    Posted in: U.S. judge calls Argentina debt swap plan 'illegal'

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    JoeBigs

    Japan considers building its own fighter jets

    Japan should consider building it's own nukes. Sure Jets are fun and keep the barbarians at bay for a time, but nothing says hello like a 450+ kiloton detonation from a M.I.R.V.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    Jimizo

    'USA and middle east and civilized world need Richard I ( Richard the lion heart) of England who marched the fought against the Genocide and religious oppression during crusade war. If not, the whole world will be reading the sword verse of Koran sooner and later.'

    Somebody else referenced Richard I the other day with regards to this situation. This whole debacle stems from one who fancied himself as a crusader with god on his side ( he was supposedly hearing voices in his head ) and it ended up in a calamitous bloodbath. I think we can do without another leader with delusions of grandeur.

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    sensei258

    Just how do you target a drink for the over 30 crowd?

    Posted in: Fresca Lemon

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    Okifreak

    Why would some person want to grope anyone in such a public place. They have plenty of clubs and places where you can contact with pretty girls. That seems so foolish to do something like that in a train. I mean you are in a crowded train and you are going to rub up against other people. You can't avoid it. So there should be an element of understanding and politeness expected from people on trains. I hope that guy is caught if he is guilty. He no doubt has some mental problems if he is guilty. The only people who know the truth is the lady and the man. He must have had quite the struggle if they torn his shirt from his body.

    Posted in: Train groper escapes along tracks at Ebisu station in Tokyo

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    JoeBigs

    Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war

    Putin has declared war against all the fat Russians!

    Posted in: Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war

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    JoeBigs

    BertieWoosterAug. 22, 2014 - 07:35AM JST More killing will not solve this issue.

    If we act civil, they will still keep on beheading folks.

    So, your Liberal let's hug them and be nice will not work.

    They want to kill you and they will kill you if you continue with your Liberal mantra.

    The only way to deal with fanatics is to be ruthless, but if the West continues to follow your way of thinking (Liberal, love them till we bleed out) there will be much more innocent blood.

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    night knight

    @SaitamaRefugeeAUG. 22, 2014 - 06:07PM JST

    Oh, I don't think so. It is you who underestimates the U.S.'s capability.

    The USA is loosing influence on Japan day by day.

    Japan is already under a ton of debt and has a shrinking population base.

    It proves nothing. For instance, US and UE authorities imposed economical sanctions to Russia, promising to the whole World that "Russians will starve to death soon". In response Putin has changed trade partners, making new economical ties. Besides he banned U.S. and european food. Japan with "tons of debt" and "shrinking population" is capable to build domestic destroyers, submarines, tanks. Soon Japan will build domestic fighters-interceptors. This is the end of American domination over Japanese political life.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    JeffLee

    I predicted this back in 2003. So did Colin Powell, when he told Bush: "You invade it, you own it." Then Bush fired him...for being right.

    Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State

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    Okifreak

    My prayers and thoughts go out to those poor people there. I am hoping that they can recover and locate all the bodies of the deceased. Hiroshima has suffered so much. May the mercy of almighty God bring consolation to the souls of the departed and survivors. RIP

    Posted in: Search for survivors halted over new landslide fears

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    Thunderbird2

    Why would anyone want to see death and murder on their screens or smartphones? Who does it benefit? What does it achieve? Showing the truth? We all know the truth: these scum kill people... why do we need to see it? Why would any person voluntarily watch a man having his head cut off?

    I just can't get into that mindset. I know it happens... I don't need to see it to know it happens. I don't want to be traumatised, have my nights filled with nightmare visions.

    And yes, a crime in the UK to view and spread such videos... this from the police...

    In a statement a (Metropolitan Police) spokesman said: “We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation.”

    Posted in: Do you think Twitter, YouTube and other social media should remove images of grisly murders, such as the execution of U.S. journalist James Foley or the 7-year-old boy holding a severed head in Syria, for example?

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    JeffLee

    "....subsidies for small- and medium-sized enterprises, the Nikkei said."

    So companies are getting lower taxes, PLUS more subsidies. Sweet. Of course, their consumers will have less disposable money to spend now thanks to the consumption tax hike. This really is madness.

    "But the government is spending the money on taxpayers, is it not?"

    I'm pointing out the irony of needing stimulus to cover a tax hike. Ramping up both stimulus and taxation at the same time makes no sense. Like turning on a humidifier and then a dehumidifier at the same time.

    Posted in: Gov't considers setting aside Y1 trillion for stimulus next fiscal year

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    night knight

    @tinawatanabeAUG. 22, 2014 - 01:08PM JST

    Why can't US tell Japan has done nothing wrong for this tension bet Japan and SK? Americans are so simple minded, not careful people that they easily get instilled hatred againt Japan by SK and China.

    Because they are vitally interested in fueling tensions between Japan and SK. They use an old concept Divide Et Impera (Divide and Rule) in their foreign policy. Unstable, weaked countries having tensions between them pose no any serious threat to the USA. That is why they constantly critisize visits of Japanese politicians in Yasukuni Shrine. That is why statues of "comfort women" are erected here and there in the USA and even approved by authorities in some states.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    BertieWooster

    That this man died horribly is a tragedy.

    There is no question about that.

    But why people are up in arms about it is that the slaughter was VISIBLE.

    The US, in the name of "freedom," "democracy," and the "War against Terrorism," has killed countless thousands of non-combatants, women, children, and the elderly who just happened to be in the line of fire. Drones kill not only the target, who is a "suspected terrorist," as opposed to a convicted one.

    Each death is as horrible as Foley's. It's just not as VISIBLE.

    The old Hammurabi line, "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," is not going to solve this problem. It's only going to make it worse.

    Posted in: Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as U.S. reveals failed hostage rescue attempt

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    cracaphat

    How many senior leaders of Hamas are there? Just about everyone killed was a senior leader.

    Posted in: Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

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    SaitamaRefugee

    I think you have overestimated U.S. capability too much.

    Oh, I don't think so. It is you who underestimates the U.S.'s capability.

    Japan is already under a ton of debt and has a shrinking population base. Only a truly foolish person thinks this is a good way to use already tax money.

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    Ah_so

    Absolute nonsense - you do not need to be a scientist to identify this as pseudo-science.

    The psychologist behind this is also pushing the belief that there is a Japanese race, whereas we know that Japanese are a mix of slightly different Asian peoples, but are genetically little different from their neighbours, such as the Koreans. Characteristics common among Japanese people should be common amongst other N.E. Asian people, as well as people of Japanese heritage born abroad, such as Hawaii or Brazil.

    In case anyone is taking him seriously, remember that he is the author of a pop psychology number of books including "Mystery of the identity of the sixth sense - close to the secret of the mysterious ability that everyone has" according to Amazon. Not to be taken seriously.

    Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist