Harry_Gatto's past comments

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    Harry_Gatto

    N Korean coal exports to China are subject to UN sanction limits but China is no great respecter of sanctions as in 2016 it imported about three times the permitted amount (of coal), using a loophole that allows trade if it helps the “livelihood” of ordinary North Koreans.

    Posted in: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

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    Yes, smart enough to keep his head down but not smart enough to have avoided falling off the edge of the platform in the first place. Why didn't his friend see what was likely to happen or were they both absorbed in their 'phones.

    Posted in: 14-year-old boy falls onto tracks; uninjured as train passes over him

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    Harry_Gatto

    39 light years is a very long way, work it out, light travels at 300,000 km or 186,000 miles per second. With current rocket technology it would take thousands of years to get there. Unless the aliens have their own warp drive we are unlikely to meet them unless they are already on their way and have been for a very long time.

    Posted in: 7 Earth-like planets discovered around single star

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    How come the next of kin (his family in Macau) are not allowed to have his remains?

    Because the investigation into his death is still ongoing and cause of death has not yet been established. Standard legal practice.

    Posted in: N Korea, Malaysia argue over corpse

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    Harry_Gatto

    Sounds revolting!

    Posted in: Now you can spread coffee on your toast

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    I'm just trying to think of when China did anything positive but am struggling with it at the moment.

    Posted in: China tells Japan 'negative' moves prevent improvement in ties

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    Harry_Gatto

    Yes, Tottori is very nice but don't go just yet as it is currently under a metre or more of snow.

    Posted in: Quintessential Japan in Tottori

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    Harry_Gatto

    Kim Jong Un supervised the test ........

    shouting "Fire in the hole! In 3 - 2 - 1 - Fayah!"

    Posted in: N Korea says test of new nuclear-capable missile a success

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    Harry_Gatto

    I'm sure Abe san is thinking that he should keep his friends close and his enemies even closer, if so then he's doing the right thing.

    Posted in: Abe arrives in Washington for talks with Trump

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    Harry_Gatto

    Golf.

    Gentlemen

    Only

    Ladies

    Forbidden

    Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic golf venue postpones decision on full membership for women

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    Harry_Gatto

    I expect that Trump will ask Abe to pay for the round.

    Posted in: Trump to team up with Abe for round of golf in Florida

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    Harry_Gatto

    Perhaps Abe should have continued by asking Gallagher when the Pope is going to be visiting North Korea?

    Posted in: If the pope visits Japan and offers prayers for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombings, it will provide great momentum for realizing a nuclear-free world.

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    Harry_Gatto

    Nothing "new" about this, Yoko Ono used to do it on stage with John Lennon.

    Posted in: Wrapped up

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    Harry_Gatto

    .......at the restaurant that is also home to a family of five, including Kazumi Tanaka.

    Maybe there is a clue in the above? The family accommodation likely being above the restaurant?

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    Harry_Gatto

    A "hike"? That is not a hike!

    noun 1. a long walk or walking tour. synonyms: walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot

    And this

    ......we headed into the mountains with no gear and no real experience.

    is beyond stupid.

    Posted in: The most dangerous hike in Biwa

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    Airline policy has always been to check visas before allowing people to board international flights.

    Quite so. I have been travelling the world and working internationally since the 1970s and it has always been so, nothing has changed, I don't understand the hysterics from some people who really should switch on their brains before airing their prejudices.

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    Harry_Gatto

    ........from a man who uses Twitter and communicates using fuhrer than 140 characters.

    Interesting that your text editor has inserted that word, it must have known who you were writing about.

    Posted in: White House: Trump comments on sending troops to Mexico 'lighthearted'

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    Harry_Gatto

    Yakushiji said Abe has made the judgment that his Japanese voting base feels closer to security and economic issues than the plight of refugees or ethnic or religious minorities.

    Very true.

    On living in Muslim majority countries; I have lived in Oman, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (2 years in Bahrain) and with the exception of Saudi Arabia (great place for saving money 'cos there's nothing to spend it on) and Qatar (too small) I would go back to the others to live, Malaysia too (I've lived there too) but not Indonesia. Very few countries have a perfect human rights record, one way or another, and too many comments/assumptions are made by those without real knowledge e.g. Bahrain.

    I do have some sympathy with what Trump is trying to do but feel that he and his administration are being very naive; what about Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for example, why are they not on his list? Any would-be terrorist from any country arriving in the US is unlikely to arrive without access to local support for whatever he wants to do; he can't bring his own guns and bombs with him can he. Therefore, the terrorists are already there making Trumps's ban superfluous.

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    Harry_Gatto

    "..........and very sacred."

    Trump's words and behaviour become more like North Korea every day.

    Posted in: Trump pledges beefed up cybersecurity but doesn't sign order

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    Harry_Gatto

    Are we talking about US cars only, or are we talking about foreign cars in general?

    Isn't it clear enough from the article asking the question?

    And seeing the kinds of parking spaces Tokyoites and other urban folk in Japan have to deal with, I don't think it's all that surprising hardly anyone buys American cars here.

    Not all American cars are big, plenty of domestic cars are bigger than some American cars.

    Being mainly LHD is a problem for some and another is that quality, performance, handling and specification is lower (or perceived to be lower) than some other imports or domestic models. The market is not closed, far from it, other importers do very well selling their whole allocation here every year, year in, year out.

    Posted in: U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed Japan’s auto market is closed. Japan has rejected that claim, saying it does not impose tariffs on U.S. auto imports nor put up discriminatory non-tariff barriers against U.S. cars. Which side has the stronger argument?

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