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    hidingout

    Onaga was elected because Okinawans hope that he can change the pawn role and make Okinawas voice heard in Tokyo and Washington, but seeing this repeated expression of Abe's arrogance and carelessness towards the people of Okinawa he surely will have a hard time realizing this wish.

    I have no idea why people try and romanticize the situation of Okinawa prefecture. Its a minor, poor, rural part of Japan. You seriously speak of the "Okinawan voice" reaching Tokyo and Washington? Like the article says 360 000 people voted for Onaga. I know you realize how insignificant that number is in a country with 130 million. Obviously the government is going to want to situate bases in strategic areas which have low populations. That's Okinawa prefecture. Some prefectures have to put up with heavy industry and pollution. Some prefectures have (had) to put up with nuclear reactors. Some prefectures have to put up with congestion and over crowding. The great thing about living in a free country is that you can move somewhere else if you can't put up with whatever inconvenience the central government foists on you.

    Okinawans are everything but selfish

    Maybe selfish was the wrong choice of words. What would you call it when people make fortunes leasing land to the central government or the US military, and take huge transfer payments from the central government to ease their sufferings, and succeed in negotiating the relocation of the biggest, noisiest base that everyone hated the most .... and still weren't satisfied. Maybe "greedy" is the more appropriate word?

    I suspect the anti base folks are motivated by something beyond money though. I suspect they are mostly socialists who just hate America and have some misty notion of a future paradise where the central government supports them with welfare payments and all foreigners are cleansed from "their" land. Perhaps this is why Onaga is quoted in the Western press as follows.

    “I will do everything possible to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko. Futenma needs to be moved out of the nation and out of the prefecture.”

    Not just out of the prefecture, out of the nation. This insignificant little pipsqueak is trying to dictate national defense policy. Talk about delusional.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    sf2k

    @chikv

    huh?

    so I'm a racist too?

    It is to laugh

    Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan

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    DaDude

    Both will get a few years but deserve life.

    Posted in: 2 women arrested over death of 3-year-old girl

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    jeff198527

    As many times as this has happened you'd think Sony would be prepared for just about anything.

    Posted in: Sony works for 3rd day to restore PlayStation after attack

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    bam_boo

    If anybody is selfish or naive, it is the other Japanese, not Okinawans.

    All though we have dissagreed repeatedly on another topic I give you thumbs up here. Okinawans are everything but selfish, though they might exhibit a certain degree of naiveness from time to time.

    To call Okinawans, who have suffered tremendously and host the largest portion of US military facilities in Asia, selfish because they want to prevent a new military facility that destroys their environment is completely ridiculous.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    Simon Foston

    As to the 'city' votes, LDP candidates won 22 out of the 25 Tokyo voting districts.

    In the city that continually re-elected Shintaro Ishihara as governor that's hardly a big surprise.

    Why are people still whining about the outcome?

    Because the vote-value disparities haven't been fixed, the LDP won despite getting fewer votes than in 2009 and because it was a huge amount of expense and fuss for something that hasn't really changed very much? Still, no disputing that the LDP won fair and square by the simple expedient of being, as the Yomiuri put it, the least undesirable option.

    Posted in: Abe promises to revive economy, pursue powerful diplomacy

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    Serrano

    Hard to believe beauty Hitomi Kuroki is 54...

    Posted in: Japanese beauty pageant for women over 35 crowns winner

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    tinawatanabe

    So 360 000 people think their wishes are more important than the overall well-being of the country. Not sure if the best way to describe that is incredibly selfish or incredibly naive.

    If anybody is selfish or naive, it is the other Japanese, not Okinawans.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    gelendestrasse

    She is beautiful, but I'm hoping for the over 50 type myself. Got to be a realist....

    Posted in: Japanese beauty pageant for women over 35 crowns winner

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    Serrano

    I hear the makers of eyedrops love PlayStation and other video games.

    Posted in: Sony works for 3rd day to restore PlayStation after attack

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    Serrano

    "But there is widespread local hostility to the military presence"

    Hey, there was widespread local hostility to the construction of Narita Airport, but it was constructed and opened anyway for the good of the country.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    Serrano

    Every country has its good and bad TV programs, with the exception of North Korea and possible exception of China.

    Japan has some great programs - NHK nature programs, Chibi Maruko, Doctor X ( OK, Doctor X is finished until next season )...

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Cortes Elijah

    This is one of the many reasons I game with a PC.

    Posted in: Sony works for 3rd day to restore PlayStation after attack

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    kcjapan

    There's always some NRA robot who wants to parse fine distinctions over facts.

    Here's some facts. Two New York Police Officers were slain by a mental defective, twenty children were slaughtered by a deranged freak whose mother bought guns for the nut and countless others are permanently maimed, but the NRA will threaten armed revolt when even a discussion is hinted at that could change these outcomes of their power.

    The only force in America that will fight to the death to ensure more slaughter is the whore NRA and Billionaire Gun Manufacturers. In the face of 90% of Americans who want stricter background checks and 60% who want stricter laws overall, the US Congress would not even debate or consider any bill or proposal for changes. That's not Democracy, that's the NRA's idea of a good day, and armed dictatorship.

    So here's a fact: Lanza's house was an arsenal of weapons. Stolen? Only a shill for slaughter pushes that distortion and that's a fact too. And the slaughter shill argues that's the way it has to be and nothing can be done about it. So much for experience being a great teacher.

    Posted in: Sea of blue mourns slain New York police officer

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    jeff198527

    I'd still just rather stick to precious metals and foreign stocks than hold any Western currency. I believe that Japan's economic growth is either being sterilized or severely under-reported. I also believe that countries are weakening their currencies in expectation of more dollar weakness due to currency debasement or another bubble of some sort.

    Posted in: Top business stories of 2014: U.S. grows, world slows

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    Serrano

    Let's hope all 162 survivors will be rescued.

    Posted in: AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore

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    DaDude

    True, but it's still Malaysia. Horrible coincidence.

    Operated by Air Asia Indonesia which is essentially it's own company. This has nothing to do with Malaysia except the name.

    Posted in: AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore

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    chikv

    Well 62 hospital staff DID get influenza and they are all required to be immunized. Is this an example of how well the influenza vaccines are working?

    Were they vaccinated? is the strain affecting the people in the hospital the same on the rest of the country? you cannot expect an universal vaccine, and if you are not vaccinated against a specific variant there will be no prevention.

    Yes, it can be a vaccine failure because it is not possible to vaccinate against all possible strains that could become epidemic, but still It is interesting to think how natural it is now to think that hospitals attending dozens of people with influenza every week do not have these outbreaks and how it become news when it happens. In that way then yes, it is an example of how well the vaccination works.

    (found out already the EPA guidelines for Ethylmercury? or was it that the vaccine are a lot over it another lie?)

    Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected

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    bam_boo

    Please don't come in here rushing in with your comments like you "know" the situation.

    I know it well enough to comment on it ;)

    Really? Before you start commenting about things here please stop and understand that there is no "new" base being built.

    Henoko is about building a completely new facility (or shall we say two as it about an airport and a harbor), even though it is built by "extending" an existing facility. As it would add two completely new functions to Camp Schwab, while destroying an unique ecosystem, to call it extension would be an euphemism.

    But does it really matter in this discussion how you label it?

    It is an extension of an existing facility that the US Military initially proposed in 1968 or so.

    Good that you mention the old plan to extend Camp Schwab, because that is one of the crucial points in the discussion.

    Why did the US military draw up this plan in the 60ies even there was plenty of space for Marines all over the island then and no need for a replacement?

    With over 30 facilities, more then 18% of the land area and Kadena, the largest US military installation in Asia, there are so many options to facilitate a reduction of the military footprint, so why is the US military (and the Japanese Government) not willing to find a compromise that could satisfy the Okinawan people, but insist on the new facilities in Henoko?

    Could it be that we're dealing with some kind of ideal scheme that the US military was planning to realize all along and is just using the Futenma return to finally realize it?

    The US military and the LDP both don't give a jot about what Okinawans want or what is good for them. They just use Okinawa as a convenient commodity and do everything they can to prevent Okinawans from developing a strong and independent voice.

    ...and it seems as if Yubaru is lending a helping hand here in the english language media.

    Onaga was elected because Okinawans hope that he can change the pawn role and make Okinawas voice heard in Tokyo and Washington, but seeing this repeated expression of Abe's arrogance and carelessness towards the people of Okinawa he surely will have a hard time realizing this wish.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    Serrano

    "All of this hatred and prejudice against the people of Okinawa by people who have probably never even been inside a US Military base in Okinawa. Because if you had you would realize that the Okinawan people have some legitimate complaints. These bases are not your normal military bases, they are more like US cities with American style housing, dependent schools, golf courses, tennis courts, football fields, baseball fields, private beaches and they even have their own Boat Marina"

    Can Americans help it if they know how to design and build good military bases? lol

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    Serrano

    Avoid hospitals if at all possible.

    Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected

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    culturelover

    I'm not that familiar with Japanese television programming, but I do like J-Dramas and anime. ^.^

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    HonestDictator

    The US can't attack NK until NK makes a legitimate attack against US citizens/soil/interests/SK or Japan that can be considered an undeniable act of war. All NK does is make threats and take money. But one day they will take the step necessary to wipe out the regime. It just can't come soon enough.

    Posted in: N Korea blasts Obama as 'monkey' in threat over movie

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    joeamerican

    Abe is just another puppet put in power in order to promote the agenda of the BOJ and other central banks controlled by the 1%. The world is now in a state of economic war between groups of countries, between countries themselves and between individuals within countries. This has been a long-term agenda of the CBs. The ultimate goal is a new world order and global depopulation. Conspiracy? No. Watch the newly released documentary "Princes of the Yen: Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Ac7ap_MAY

    Posted in: Abe promises to revive economy, pursue powerful diplomacy

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    HonestDictator

    I know when I first heard this news I was incensed. There is nothing that can make up for the lives of these 2 men that took up the oath of law enforcement to protect and serve the public. "Minority" ethnicity's to boot. RIP and pray for their families, because the affects of losing a loved one to a violent action committed by a damned ignorant fool isn't going to "go away" with time.

    All because the idiot Ismaaiyl assumed they were Caucasian. But I'm sure it wouldn't have mattered to violently criminal minded fools like him because all he did was hate cops, because he was arrested a lot, because he kept breaking the law in the first place!

    As I said, I notice a lot of these types of shooters off themselves after they realize what they've done and it sinks in that there is no chance in hell they're going to get out of the consequences of their actions without the wrath of the public and the Justice system. ..

    Posted in: Sea of blue mourns slain New York police officer

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    25psot

    Unfortunately some people pay ultimate price for this so called "low cost airlines"....

    Posted in: AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore

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    tinawatanabe

    I'm sorry for your reading comprehension problems.

    You too hidingout. My "Free?" comment above was sarcasm to smith.

    Posted in: U.S. delivers second radar defense system to Japan

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    sangetsu03

    sangetsu03Dec. 28, 2014 - 10:33AM JST "The guns he used were stolen.": A Lie: False and self serving distortion. You, Sir are a liar.

    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Adam Lanza, the suspect in the suburban Connecticut elementary school shooting rampage, tried to purchase a "long gun" rifle from a local shop but was turned away because he did not want to wait for the required 14-day background check, law enforcement sources said Saturday.

    Am I lying? The guns he used were stolen, he did not buy them. "Google is your friend", or so the saying goes. Search yourself, you can get the information on .014 seconds.

    And you, Sir, applaud that horror. The Sea of Blue is our honor and our respect for the Community WE serve. How dare you desecrate the suffering of our Brothers and Sisters, their Families and honor the slaughter your deranged logic justifies. Shame on You Sir, Shame on You.

    Sorry Huckleberry, but I was a police officer in America for nearly a decade, after serving several years in the Army. I have responded to many calls where a citizen with a gun shot or scared away a criminal. I am white, but I have never shot at a black man, though I can't count how many I have chased, wrestled with, or arrested. I have a really cool scar on my left leg caused when a .357 was fired through a car door at me. I daresay I know more about this subject than you.

    Posted in: Sea of blue mourns slain New York police officer

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    HonestDictator

    The CCP at it again under the belief that they can completely control the hearts and minds of their people. Its ok though, because death is guaranteed to happen eventually to every single human being in this world including the folks in the CCP.
    And they'd better hope there is no afterlife because I'm pretty sure there will be a lot to answer too. Every religious belief has a judgment after death based on the deeds done in life...

    Posted in: China to list legal places of worship

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    scap

    It is disgusting the way the Japanese government uses money diplomacy, both internationally and domestically. Pay off the farmers to shut up and accept TPP, use coupons to stimulate the economy--never mind structural reform--etc.,etc. Now, they are going to use the money "stick" to get their way in Okinawa. The island was sacrificed during the war and so it goes today. Let Japan protect itself; it's a rich country. Japan should do what the Philippines did, close all U.S. bases and send the U.S. military packing.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    hidingout

    So, if you base your comments upon what you read here, you need to jump on a airplane and find out for yourself what is actually happening.

    Yes. When I comment on an article my comments are usually based on the content of the article. Novel concept isn't it? The article clearly suggests, and common sense would concur, that Onaga won the election because he was willing to sell himself to the anti-base crowd.

    So, if you base your comments upon what you read here, you need to jump on a airplane and find out for yourself what is actually happening.

    No thanks. I've been to Okinawa twice. That's plenty for me. I also don't really care because I know that the base will be relocated according to the agreements that have already been stipulated to by Tokyo. Onaga and his cronies can weep and wail all they like. It will ultimately be useless.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    Hi Olegek, President Putin is actively supporting the Pro-Russian rebels with Russian troops including special forces, military tactical advisers, and heavy artillery though. The human cost is over 4,500 people 35 children, over 10,000 wounded 105 children. Reuters is reporting Crimea cut off, with no land corridor to Russia, Crimea relies on a ferry service and flights from Russia.

    And at what a cost to the Russian people and economy the Ruble has lost 50% of its value in just under a year. The central bank has had to raise interest rates to 17%. I am afraid President Putin gambled and lost, he mistakenly thought the Russian economy could withstand the blatant interference in Ukraine, a policy of soviet style adventurism. All that resulted was Russia’s financial meltdown. President Putin had it all a sizable chunk of Europes energy market enough to build $400bn in currency reserves over 15 years, swaggered away on preposterous notion that Nato with barely enough tanks occupy a supermarket car park were about to invade.

    International capital markets have all but pulled the plug on Russian companies, catastrophic considering the $700bn in external debt they hold, now left with only the state to cover their debts.

    All President Putin has to do is take a deep breath and respect the agreement he structured and withdraw his troops from Ukraine and embraced a peaceful settlement.

    Posted in: New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

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    Raymond Chuang

    I remember reading just a few hours ago a Lion Air airliner flying almost the same route before the AirAsia plane loss was forced to return because the thunderstorms made safe flying nearly impossible. That tells me (in my opinion) the AirAsia A320 flew into some really bad thunderstorms and due to the very violent weather inside such thunderstorms, may have lost control and crashed similar to what happened to Air France Flight 447 some years ago.

    Posted in: AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore

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    badman

    >

    The economy is said to be improving.
    

    Yeah, yeah, it just went into recession. But apart from that, everything is going well.

    >

    Just saw the head of Morgan Stanley on Squawk Box this week and he said they are projecting 20% growth in Japanese equities. Goldman Sachs is predicting 2050 on the TOPIX and it's only at 1427 right now. ROE is expected to be 10%+ for the first time in history, so while some of the labor conditions may be substandard, now is the time to get wealthy investing in Japan. Save your money and invest wisely.

    Posted in: 'Black companies' getting worse

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    kitzrow

    Ichiro will try to get to 3,000 hits if he gets enough playing time to get there. Sure hope he can do it. I see him retiring in two years as it might take two more seasons to reach that mark. Ichiro has 2,844 hits in his 14 years in the Major Leagues. This past season he had 106 hits and the previous year he had 136. His hits have declined, so pretty unlikely he will get to 3,000 in 2015. First round Hall of Fame elect in my eyes.

    Posted in: Kuroda to rejoin Hiroshima Carp

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    hidingout

    and no Smith and hidingout it cost Japan money to buy. It was not a gift!

    We know that. We specifically stated that. I'm sorry for your reading comprehension problems.

    Yet, Americans show respect to the other countries like Italy or Germany, but rude to Japanese. Why do Americans have to behave so condescending attitude toward Japanese?

    First of all, you sound like the chinese complaining about "losing face" and "centuries of humiliation". Please try to be better than that. Second, I am unaware of any recent instances of America being "rude" to Japan. Its natural that with a socialist like Obama in the WH relations might not be as cozy as they would with a Republican president, but that probably holds true for Obama's WH relations with a lot of other countries too.

    Most Japanese live in poor housing, but US soldiers live in much better housing all paid by Japan, and do you still have to complain?

    I don't know where you live tina, or what other parts of the world you may have seen but its ridiculous for you to come on here and say "most Japanese live in poor housing". That statement indicates that you don't know what "poor housing" looks like. As for the accommodations for US soldiers, I'll admit that I've never been to any military housing in Japan, but I've been to a few in Hawaii. Its hardly high living.

    And yes, I still "have to complain" because the governor of Okinawa prefecture (backed by the 350 000 NIMBYs who voted for him) is once again trying to scrap agreements that have already been made. Do you want Japan to be like ROK? A country that puts its name on a paper and makes a promise and then decides that it wants to renegotiate for a better deal? How many times is Japanese central government policy going to be held hostage by a few greedy farmers from Okinawa? How long are the Japanese people going to keep accepting the benefits of a military agreement with the USA (like getting this new radar system - NOT FOR FREE I KNOW) while trying to live without any of the inconveniences such an agreement entails. If I was Japanese I'd be embarrassed.

    Posted in: U.S. delivers second radar defense system to Japan

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    Shameem

    Now Japanese are going cruel day by day,they losing the humanity. This is very sad.

    Posted in: 2 women arrested over death of 3-year-old girl

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    sangetsu03

    Other countries that tried austerity are doing much worse, suffering double-digit unemployment, bailouts, large-scale street protests and an outflux of emigrating young people.

    Japan is not seeing double-digit unemployment because the population is decreasing more quickly than jobs are declining. There are not enough young people for large scale emigration, and young Japanese don't speak English well enough or have enough independent spirit to emigrate. But Japanese companies are emigrating as quickly as they can.

    The Japanese governemnt is bailng itself out to the tune of $700 billion per year, as I recall.

    because their pathetically paid workers arent able to spend enough to keep the economy afloat.

    Pathetically uneducated and pathetically unskilled workers tend to get paid pathetic wages. Paying people more to be pathetic encourages more people to become pathetic. I worked for minimum wage when I was young, like most people have, and because I didn't make much money for doing unskilled work, I decided to get an education. In America we have high schools where the drop out rate is more than 50%. Almost 20% of Americans are high school dropouts, and high school dropouts can qualify for only 10% of jobs in the economy. The problem is not companies paying low wages for unskilled work, but an excess of unskilled workers which is driving down wages. When a new Walmart opens, thousands of people apply for a hundred minimum wage jobs. That is not the fault of Walmart or McDonald's, it is society's problem for not keeping people in school, or motivating them to learn a valuable trade or skill.

    Posted in: Japan factory output down; inflation slows in November

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    toshiko

    Some people are trying to locate Mr Liu's relatives in China. I heard in news after lunatics killed two officers in patrol car. So, his funeral will be delayed. His widow was holding his crying mother and his father was behind.

    Posted in: Sea of blue mourns slain New York police officer

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    Yubaru

    Good mayor for Naha. Please. The article states that Onaga has declared he will "veto" landfill work required to start the project. And you think that didn't factor into the election. And you call me naive.

    Yes I call you naive. The landfill project has already started and has been under construction for a number of months now.

    So, if you base your comments upon what you read here, you need to jump on a airplane and find out for yourself what is actually happening.

    The only thing Onaga can do right now is veto the land acquisition needed for basing supplies and materials that adjoin the current project location. He has stated that he would review the assessment that Nakaima made and look for areas that he could find "wrong".....nothing.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    praack

    well ,Sony has twice the customers than Microsoft ( MS 43 Mil sony 110 Mil), Sony took more of the brunt of the DDOS attacks which meant they had to increase their server load to take on increased ip hit ( all those fake hits a thousand times a second saying :sign me in:). on the back of that DDOS attack is the payload- the secondary hack all hack gangs do - hoping to find a server that has crashed and is in the middle of rebooting.- so they are checking each server prior to letting it go on-line.

    Software security done correctly is not fast or easy, it is not a few key clicks and you are done. So yeah Sony is taking longer, will probably be free of any virus, but would rather triple check than release a server that could be infected.

    anymore listening to dweebs who do not read up on simple network security, the cost to maintain or what goes into DDOS or other hacks is very frustrating. the cost run here is not a few hundred bucks , you want to know what eats into sony's bottom line? this does....

    Posted in: Sony works for 3rd day to restore PlayStation after attack

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    JeffLee

    "Why you bring them up is comical."

    Because it is America's, not to mention the world's, biggest private-sector employer. That's all.

    "2008 was Happy Hour compared to what lies ahead"

    The difference between my arguments and yours, is that I point to things that actually happen, while you talk about things that only happen in your imagination.

    Posted in: Japan factory output down; inflation slows in November

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    hidingout

    And you most certainly NEVER hear of the ludicrously light sentences that you do here for infanticide.

    Two words. Casey Anthony.

    Posted in: 2 women arrested over death of 3-year-old girl

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    Stuart hayward

    Chivk: (If they did not got influenza nor vaccinated this year is extremely easy to get the disease.) Well 62 hospital staff DID get influenza and they are all required to be immunized. Is this an example of how well the influenza vaccines are working?

    Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected

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    voiceofokinawa

    The new governor is snubbed by Abe and Suga? No big deal. Why on earth do they collude with Washington to keep Okinawa as an eternal U.S. military colony, blatantly disregarding the wishes of the Okinawan electorates and thus a democratic principle? If they think Okinawa is a sovereign territory of Japan, they would never take part in such conspiracy.

    Territorial rows may come and go, but the U.S. military presence or colonial domination by the U.S. over not only Okinawa but also entire Japan may go on forever. This is what the Henoko relocation does really mean.

    Elder statesmen in the days of the Meiji Restoration struggled to evade the occupation and colonization of Japan by Western imperial powers, which they and the following generation believed they had accomplished, but after all it ended up with this sad state of affairs, that is, occupation and colonization, in 1945 and thereafter.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    hidingout

    This is a rather naive view of the election results. The people voted for Onaga basically because he was a good mayor for Naha and is popular with folks because he represents a known and stable factor.

    Good mayor for Naha. Please. The article states that Onaga has declared he will "veto" landfill work required to start the project. And you think that didn't factor into the election. And you call me naive.

    I would certainly like to see relations with other nations upgraded during this new Onaga administration. Why depend on handouts from Tokyo? In the long run Okinawa loses out so what's to lose?

    Indeed. I mean what's the price of dignity in the end anyway? Why not suck up to the communists and create further friction in the area just because well ... NIMBY.

    They want to continue to be defended by the US and be rescued if there is an attack, citing the necessity of the US to do so under the current pact; they want to continue joint drills and joint R&D, and most of them don't want to change the constitution. In other words, they want to have their cake and eat it too. They cry about housing the bases, but want everything the bases provide except their physical presence, forgetting as well that the pact is BASED ON THE BASES BEING THERE! Can't have it both ways, and Okinawa could certainly not defend itself from China or other threats (and of course the same Okinawans on this thread who say "Japan could defend itself" refer to the nations overall military, belonging to the central government, whom they also turn around and hate when it suits them).

    Nails it.

    Posted in: New Okinawan governor snubbed by Abe, Suga

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    culturelover

    When this story first broke it made me upset to the point where I wanted to cry. This all could have been avoided if the Grand Jury would have indicted those officers who choked a man to death. People don't understand (for whatever reason) that you can be against police brutality but still support our boys in blue. Incidences like this bring me relief that my father is no longer here. He was an officer of 25 years, and everything that is happening in this country would boil his blood and feel ashamed for what those NYPD officers did. I pray that the family of these two officers will be consoled, healed and continually supported by their second family.

    Posted in: Sea of blue mourns slain New York police officer

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    sangetsu03

    I don't believe all this wonderful news about the US economy! There's a saying that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. I expect the American dollar and stock exchanges are going to suffer a huge correction in the coming year. If people are holding American dollars, now is the high time to spend them on things of real intrinsic value that will help get you through a prolonged economic downturn, including buying gold and silver at the present deep discounted value.

    I would much rather have dollars than yen or euros. I too expect large "corrections" to occur, stock markets around the world have been fueled by easy central bank money, and not by strong economic performance or growing GDP. But when the correction does occur, America will be the first to recover, due to it's material, agricultural, and energy resources. I don't want to be holding yen or euros when that day comes.

    Posted in: Top business stories of 2014: U.S. grows, world slows

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    toshiko

    @noriyosan: US Media is getting info from their Indonesian bureaus that get info from area media. This fkight 85p1 was en route to Singapore, CNN and shows picture map of area. his is second missing plane mysteries in Asia.

    Posted in: AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore

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