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    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    @Fadamor... so you're saying that JT is publishing every murder in Japan? And if yes... you are... how is it that you would know that? I mean... you would have to be constantly monitoring just about every newspaper in Japan be it local or national. I'm showing Japan's murder rate to be 1.02 per 100k people and the USA is 5 per 100k. Jamaica is 60 and Russia is 15. Now take Suicide Rates per 100k people. Japan is 21.4 in 2013... while the USA is 12.0. So adding both murders and suicides together for 100k people... Japan is 22.42, and the USA is 17.0.

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    CoconutE3

    Finally progress in the right direction. If only the corporations & government can speed things up and make decisions faster?

    Posted in: Sharp starts to construct solar plant in Fukushima

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    CoconutE3

    Smart watches seem to have fizzled out before they even took off........why need smartwatch when you can do everything on smartphone?

    Posted in: Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

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    Cliffy

    I wonder if IBM still makes the Itanic (Opps, Itanium) chip.

    Posted in: IBM to pay $1.5 bil to shed its costly chip division

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    kaiser90

    No other nationalities including Japanese do not have the privilege.

    HAHAHA. How ignorant. Any foreigner, not just Koreans, can use it in Japan. All websites talking about the 2nd name says that all foreigners can use it. Read the below website of one local government, Moroyama.

    http://www.town.moroyama.saitama.jp/www/contents/1346726467983/index.html

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    Mike Critchley

    Mostly I think Hashimoto is a dick in terms of his political views...but he rocked here. That cockroach Sakurai started off with a hugely disrespectful tone which Hashimoto took in stride...for a few beats until he got up and stood his ground and told him to f-off home.

    But why they even gave that chubby mental deficient 1 minute of public attention is beyond me. But as choiwaruoyaji wrote above -- it had great entertainment value! :)

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    Carolingium

    What a loon case... How can the media keep a straight face?

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    lachance

    China doesn't give a sh*t about Abe visiting the shrine. China only cares that it can force the PM into changing his normal behaviors. This is the beginning of other concessions until (before you knowit) Japan is a colony of China.

    This is the truth. China doesn't give a sh*t about anyone visiting the shrine. They only care in gaining concessions that eventually lead to capitulation. This is psychological warfare, and the Yasakuni Shrine is one of the earlier battles that China expects to win.

    Why? Because it's relatively easy to give up on this score. Unfortunately, that is what Japan will lose if it "gives up" on this score. Stand firm, Mister Abe. Honor your war dead with your presence...and preserve your honor. Otherwise China wins by dishonoring you in the eyes of your people and the world.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    Asakaze

    samwatters, thank you for the information about the Oslo affair. Heard nothing about that.

    Posted in: Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

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    Kobuta Chan

    Japanese Government should buy Avigan drug from Fujifilm and send it to Ebola affected countries for emergency treatment. The Ebola patients in poor country are a little hope for survive from that disease. I believe Avigan tablets will save some of patients' lives in West Africa and stop spreading disease to other nations out side West Africa. In the news said the France Ebola patient who was given Avigan and other experimental drugs is stable condition. Last night, I have watched short film from Liberia about the Hospital and Doctors were turning back seriously ill Ebola patient who was brought by Ambulance because the hospital does not have bed and medicines. The patient has no hope of survive at home. If they can get medicine like Avigan and then it will be very helpful and can save thousand of lives in West Africa.

    Posted in: Fujifilm to boost supply of Ebola drug

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    bass4funk

    Well said, kazetsukai

    Posted in: Obama coalition-building again, this time on Ebola

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    wtfjapan

    tinawatanabe And when they commit crimes in Japan, on a per capita basis Japanese commit more crimes than gaijin do in Japan. it would be fair to say that in Japan, Japanese are more criminal than gaijin !?

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    lachance

    @ maglev101: China doesn't give a sh*t about Abe visiting the shrine. China only cares that it can force the PM into changing his normal behaviors. This is the beginning of other concessions until finally Japan is a colony of China.

    This is the truth. China doesn't give a sh*t about anyone visiting the shrine. They only care in gaining concessions that eventually lead to capitulation. This is psychological warfare, and the Yasakuni Shrine is one of the earlier battles that China expects to win.

    Why? Because it's relatively easy to give up on this score. Unfortunately, that is what Japan will lose if it "gives up" on this score. Stand firm, Mister Abe. Honor your war dead with your presence...and preserve your honor. Otherwise China wins by dishonoring you in the eyes of your people and the world.

    Posted in: Japan sees growing chance of Abe holding talks with China's Xi

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    lachance

    China doesn't give a sh*t about Abe visiting the shrine. China only cares that it can force the PM into changing his normal behaviors. This is the beginning of other concessions until finally Japan acquiesces to being a colony of China.

    This is the truth. China doesn't give a sh*t about anyone visiting the shrine. They only care in gaining concessions that eventually lead to capitulation. This is psychological warfare, and the Yasakuni Shrine is one of the earlier battles that China expects to win.

    Why? Because it's relatively easy to give up on this score. Unfortunately, that is what Japan will lose if it "gives up" on this score. Stand firm, Mister Abe. Honor your war dead with your presence...and preserve your honor. Otherwise China wins by dishonoring you in the eyes of your people and the world.

    Posted in: Abe meets Chinese PM amid furor over lawmakers' Yasukuni Shrine visits

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    toshiko

    Tonight it will be televised. I think KC is still winning streak. Giants? It might be on flop stread again, We will see.

    Posted in: Giants to face Royals for World Series crown

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    toshiko

    Tonight it will be televised. I think KC is still winning streak. Giants? It might be on flop stread again, We will see.

    Posted in: Giants to face Royals for World Series crown

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    @tinawatanabe,

    And when they commit crimes in Japan

    Surely you mean "if" they commit crimes?

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    JoiceRojo

    I think posters here should stop quibbling and tell us straight... are you happy to have such images produced legally?

    You are one of the people that thinks that infers something like that! The fact that we point that these "pictures" are not illegal doesn't mean that we are "Happy" they exist, I said it before, it is disgusting, and if you don't want them, write to the congress and ask for changing the law, in my country we cannot see stuff like that and if there is, is kinda hidden, it is not that open here.

    If the law is permitting sexualized images of children to be legally produced then the law is wrong IMHO JTDanman above presented a specific description of a disturbing image that may be legal within the strict interpretation of the law but which many people will think is disturbing and plain wrong.

    Your opinion is valid to me also, there is something wrong with the law for allowing stuff so disturbing,

    But, as a disturbing image that it is "legal", you are inferring that "Many people" think it is wrong, you don't know that, otherwise, we would see more manifestations of people against it, the same when you see protesters against discrimination or when a law offender gets off the hook...

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    oikawa

    Hashimoto started off riled up and then probably realised he'd better calm down. Seemed pretty cool then but not sure he's not a bit of racist himself.

    Loved the way the racist dude said "Owari!" after Hashimoto had already walked out.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    lachance

    ...And there will be rumors of war. Of course, there will be war. And these female ministers are representing Abe's government in honoring the war dead. Now, Abe expects China to media-attack these Japanese women who have advanced themselves in Japanese society? How clever.

    The cowardly Chinese should know better than to assault Japanese women for honoring their dead? Aaaah, how clever Abe is to manipulate the Chinese into attacking the women who will keep the Japanese war industry operating while Japanese men don the uniform of the Emperor's armed forces.

    Is there no end to Chinese stupidity?

    Posted in: 3 women cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine

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    choiwaruoyaji

    That was excellent entertainment!

    The best Japanese news clip since Ryutaro Nonomura's hysterical crying.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    kazetsukai

    Ebola is an issue for every country in the world. At lease all the governments are fully aware. Probably, not quite with the general population in each country.

    Each country have limited resources to deal with the problem in their own country, let alone in another. USA even if wanted to cannot afford to be effective in support of the program at its source.

    From all indications, USA has a major problem. It cannot even care for it within its own country. Too many people are under government care already and there are not enough liquid funds to fund any major campaign against Ebola at its source. Too many even within the USA are not able to get proper medical care already and the medical community throughout the nation is in turmoil with lack of proper funding to even care for the existing population in each community.

    Problem in the USA is too many already living off the government that cannot collect enough taxes from the remaining population that are independent of government subsidies. (Sadly, this too is happening in our host country, Japan.) Making matters worse, major companies are leaving the USA due to unfair taxes and regulations. That is why international funding is being sought. It is not to get a coalition... But, definitely HELP must come and get there ASAP. Coalition is too late.

    Idealistic Humanitarian reasons aside, to survive All countries must first find the ways and means to protect itself then find that extra to get at the source. There is NO guarantee that attacking the source in this well traveled and open network of a world would prevent it from coming into one's country. It has already happened to USA. So one must wait and see...

    Good luck Mr. Obama.

    Posted in: Obama coalition-building again, this time on Ebola

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    Fadamor

    Well THIS is going to affect the government's push for casinos. If you're allowed to deduct gambling losses from gambling winnings, the government's projected tax windfall on casino winnings will evaporate.

    Posted in: Osaka man wipes away millions in owed taxes by deducting losing horse race tickets

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    tinawatanabe

    We can change the law.

    That's what I'm saying. What kind of law in this do you have in your countries?

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    Frungy

    ... in other news, drivers crash as phantom cars appear on the road.

    Its a cool invention, but I think it will probably have to be carefully restricted because it has tremendous potential for chaos in the wrong hands. I can already think of about a dozen illegal uses.

    Posted in: Japanese firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future

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    Fadamor

    Honda has the highest number of vehicles covered by the recall at roughly 2.8 million. Toyota is second at 778,000, followed by BMW at 574,000.

    Honda is easily the company most affected by this recall, yet AFP (or JT) decided to go with a photo of Toyota? Why wouldn't the visual that goes along with the article show the company most affected by what's in the article? Is somebody trying to protect their Honda stock portfolio?

    Posted in: U.S. urges air bag repairs as recalls expand to 4.7 mil vehicles

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    Serrano

    When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.

    Posted in: Star Wars English-Japanese Dictionary for Padawan learners

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    toshiko

    Found more about Kamiyama She agreed to check Constitution in 2004. But i she is against reinterpretaion. She is akso to promote healthy growth of youngsters, She is active in Japan Korean organizations and also active in Japan China frienshuo organizations, Can Japan find her kind of female politicians? LDP now do not negate fwmale elected politicians but she was not included. She had to be Mushoaoku when she was first time elected

    I wouldn;t xakk silver spoon for any female elected people. lucky if plastic spoon, Morel likely chopsticks. .

    Posted in: Abe names replacements for trade, justice ministers

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    choiwaruoyaji

    I think protecting the rule of law is more important than protecting children from activities in this article

    Many people here seem to think (or else are pretending to think) that the law is somehow written in stone.

    Laws are made by humans.

    They are not handed down by God.

    We can change the law.

    If the law is permitting sexualized images of children to be legally produced then the law is wrong IMHO

    JTDanman above presented a specific description of a disturbing image that may be legal within the strict interpretation of the law but which many people will think is disturbing and plain wrong.

    Personally I think it should be illegal produce the image he has described... and indeed any similar images which put children into sexualized positions for the arousal of sick adults.

    I think posters here should stop quibbling and tell us straight... are you happy to have such images produced legally?

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    Fadamor

    Like Sangetsu pointed out, the word "could' eliminates any sort of definitive discussion. I clicked on "Yes" because it "COULD" happen, but that doesn't mean it is a foregone conclusion that it WILL happen. Next year we "COULD" encounter the Zombie Apocalypse - which would then get my vote as "the definitive humanitarian disaster of our time".

    Posted in: Aid agency Oxfam says Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation." Do you agree?

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    StormR

    What's with all the racist comments?

    Something wrong with being white ?

    Posted in: Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

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    habidaccus

    Sentence was over the top. You don't need to jail someone to make a point, especially considering his background and the nature of the case. In the end people will do what they will, regardless of what the 'authorities' say. Then again, whoever said justice had logic?

    Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

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    tinawatanabe

    Pukey, The most famous privilege is that they are allowed two official names, real Korean name and a Japanese name. And when they commit crimes in Japan, only Japanese names are used, not real Korean names. No other nationalities including Japanese do not have the privilege.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    serendipitous

    What a loser this Sakurai is.

    And weren't many of the ancestors of the Korean-Japanese population in Japan forcibly brought to Japan in the 1920s? Thinking the descendants should all now be sent back to Korea is as ridiculous as it is discriminatory.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    Fadamor

    Imura’s lawyers argued that he did not know his acts were illegal, a notion that the court rejected.

    ...and rightfully so. These were firearms that he created and Japanese law is very clear about who can and cannot be in possession of firearms. For his lawyers to claim he did not know his acts were illegal was pure B.S.

    Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

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    kazetsukai

    Besides the value of meaningful and open debates on issues, there are many issues which were argued but not quite resolved and probably not properly covered by the media. I have a few questions which comes to mind from this article.

    How well is the Japanese people, especially the children protected from "foreign" influence and subversion? What is the government doing about foreign interjection into domestic society and affairs? What is the people's reaction to foreign influence? What are the people doing about the foreign influence? Is it accepted?
    Then how? How much? etc.... etc...

    What are key reasons and facts behind the arguments in the issues? Where is the history, the background, the rationale, etc. for each argument?

    Obviously any news media has limited time and space. Obviously the story must "sell".

    But there is a definite need for meaningful research and followup on any topic and issue. Isn't there?

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    bjohnson23

    I saw the entire youtube video and with all the yelling by Makoto Sakurai, the chairman of Zaitokukai, a group that has repeatedly engaged in hate speech against all foreigners not just the Koreans as mentioned in the article, came off as uneducated and not surprisingly a common thug. He had no manners, political debate skills nor showed respect to the mayor or those listening or attending the meeting. The mayor should receive kudos for a least keeping his head and did the right thing by walking off rather than continue listening to senseless dabbling. What a waste of time and money. I understand that Sakurai wanted to make his point valid, but yelling the loudest is not the proper way of doing so. Besides Japan cannot be like North Korea and become a hermit. Most countries around the world are finding that its better to have a blend of cultures than just be by oneself.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    Serrano

    The yen's decline from the ridiculous rate of around 78 yen to the dollar has been good for Japanese companies trying to export stuff, and for people in other countries who want to visit Japan.

    Posted in: The impact from the yen's decline has been more severe than the increased consumption tax. Combine the two and that will make for a considerable burden on consumers.

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    Serrano

    Wow, only 8 months in jail for murder? What's the punishment for robbery? 8 days?

    Posted in: Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

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    samwatters

    "Even before Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the race for the 2022 Games, the International Olympic Committee had started reviewing its bidding system to make it more appealing and less expensive for future host cities."

    There is a wonderful article that highlights the greed of the IOC swine written by Dan Wentzel of Sports Illustrated on the Olso negotiations. Here is what members of the IOC demand when visiting a city that wishes to become a candidate city. Read on and prepare to get angry.

    1.) First class tickets for each IOC and their "assistants." 2.) A car waiting for them at the airport, preferably a Mercedes or BMW complete with driver. 3.) A lane of traffic all to themselves (yes, I'm serious!) with red light operations stopped or police officers waiting at every intersection to stop traffic. 4.) A special entrance to the hotel that cannot be used by any other guests (no, behind the hotel, near the kitchen is not acceptable). 5.) Upon arrival the IOC team will be met by every hotel employee who should be smiling enthusiastically (yes, again, I am serious).

    This is in addition to all of the under-the-table bribes that cannot be proven but we know exist. The IOC team went to Oslo, Norway, received this treatment and then said the price for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games would be...

    ....are you ready for this......?

    .....71 billion US dollars. Makes me wonder what Tokyo has promised.....

    Norway told the IOC to go to hell. When reminded of the confidentiality agreement Norway made this information public.

    "There is strong interest (in 2024), Bach said in a recent interview with The Associated Press."

    Bach is lying. There is no interest by any legitimate country to host the Games. No one in their right mind wants to host a two-week sports festival that costs more than a 2-year war during an economic period that resembles a depression. The IOC; crooks, liars and scroundrels.

    Posted in: Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

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    Pukey2

    She was pushed. But then again, nobody told her to stand on the edge of the cliff.

    She didn't do anything much different than the OBs

    True. So can we go and get all the others now? Mind you, there won't be a single Japanese politician left! But well done to Obuchi for not crying and screaming!

    Posted in: METI Minister Yuko Obuchi resigned Monday over a political fund misuse scandal. Did she fall or was she pushed?

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    Papi2013

    It is especially so when he too had argued against some Korean propaganda against Japan and its past.

    Mr. Hashimoto was the same Osaka mayor who claimed the comfort sex slaves were prostitutes. Comfort women are considered propaganda only in Japan.

    While anti Korean racism is reprehensible, that fact that there are so many pro Pyongyang schools for indoctrination of children, within Japan, is certainly troubling.

    North Korean faction in Japan is a dying breed, as many followers over the years have fallen away, have either taken Japanese or South Korean citizenships. The last time I learned about them, they are less ideological and focus more on keeping Korean culture and language. Most of the North Koreans in Japan have relatives in North Korea (hundreds of thousands of ethnic Koreans were repatriated to North Korea in the 1950's and 1960's), and they are getting blackmailed into sending material aid to their relatives. The North Korean Zainichi in Japan are just as victim of geopolitics as anyone.

    The real enemies of Japan are not those Zainichi Koreans but the governments of China and South Korea , and Hashimoto knows this very well.

    So in other words, both Sakurai and Hashimoto agree that Japan's enemy is China and South Korea. The only thing that differentiates them are that one guy advocates violence, but the other guy who's the mayor worry more about Japan's international reputation, and he wants Sakurai to stop embarrassing Japan in front of the world media (not that he didn't do the exact same thing last year when he claimed the comfort women were prostitutes). I really think people are reading way too much into Hashimoto as the good guy here. The racism problem in Japan is the last thing on Hashimoto's mind.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    senseiman

    Glad that the Hawks won!

    And another pennant deciding game is covered with nothing more than the score of the game. Come on, JT, there are a ton of NPB fans out there, many of whom can probably write, couldn`t you get somebody to do an actual write up of the games like they do at the Japan Times?

    Posted in: Japanese baseball result

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    Jerrysisland

    IHi there, Well, outside the box, lets be there, Because the box, well your way is not attractive, or do you want do ride the Tokyo subway every morning? So consider people rather than companys, As a coutrythat is , not as Momotaro, hitori bochi, but as me and my friends, Are you ( satisfaction Rolling Stones )well, who is, so You are the nipponjin, not some company, This is a boodless , sterile country because there is no one like you Lets talk, or meet ifyou like! Fine with me

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    Pukey2

    Peter Payne:

    In export. whistles a happy tune

    Since sexually explicit Japanese mangas managed to evade new laws on child pornography, I'm sure you are whistling a happy tune.

    Posted in: The impact from the yen's decline has been more severe than the increased consumption tax. Combine the two and that will make for a considerable burden on consumers.

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    BertieWooster

    Changing the constitution from pacifism to "pacifism except . . . " building up the military, making arms and flogging them around the world, subsidising a new US superbase in Okinawa is the "path of peace?"

    It doesn't work that way.

    "Fighting for peace is like folking (misspelling) for virginity."

    Posted in: This is not a return to any militarisation, this is an exaggeration and misinterpretation, we will stick to the path of peace.

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    Pukey2

    Silver spoons again!

    Posted in: Abe names replacements for trade, justice ministers

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    Serrano

    Those umbrellas cannot be put into a handbag or briefcase.

    Posted in: Follow the leader

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    Thunderbird2

    To those who think this idiot shouldn't have been done... suppose it was bombs he was making and not guns, which could still fire and kill or maim. Plans for bombs are out there... but we would expect loonies making bombs to be locked up... so why not 3D printed firearms?

    Sentence was adequate... who knows what he could have done if allowed to continue.

    Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

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    kazetsukai

    The resignations were indeed a blessing for Japan.

    I appears that here in Japan, our host country, the political parties and certain key individuals in each party hold power and tend to control the entire governing process. The Prime Minister is often a figure head. It is indeed governance by consensus and that does not create leadership nor allow for meaningful change in any government. Today, in order to survive, meaningful change is often needed. This occurrence may slowly allow for change to occur.

    This was in a way a small and limited "house cleaning" of the political system and structure here. Male or female aside, like it or not, personalities with "power" get into offices. Some of those powerful personalities may not be best suited for the country. Obviously, this house cleaning helped the politicians as well as the public become more aware of the need to be "real" and not put on a show (popularity) or "inherit" power by "pretense" and political maneuvering. If there are "petty" things that one get's caught with, there may be much bigger and dangerous things that may be lurking behind. Hopefully they do not return into public service.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers