M3M3M3's past comments

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    M3M3M3

    The immigration system is certainly broken, but I don't think you can seriously argue that this gives anybody the moral or legal right to live and work in the US illegally. The law is the law. In fact, it's arguable that the lack of proper enforcement is precisely why there has been almost no impetus to actually fix the system over the years. If immigrants had respected the law and stopped coming illegally, there would have been a massive labour shortage by now. Congress would have been forced to act decades ago.

    Posted in: Homeland Security Department guidelines seek to aggressively detain immigrants in U.S.

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    M3M3M3

    Despite most of the smiles, these are essentially child abuse victims who probably had little choice but to appear in public to cheer on North Korea. It's obviously an interesting photo but I wonder if blurring the children's faces might be the decent thing to do.

    Posted in: N Korean fans

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    M3M3M3

    The low rates in Japan are great but anyone who buys a property at today's prices might be in for a big disappointment after the Olympics. The huge spike in property values seems to be driven mostly by construction labour shortages for new projects rather than actual housing demand. Yesterday, I got a real-estate flyer advertising apartments in my building that are being sold for over 50% of what they would have cost when the building was new in 2006.

    Posted in: Mortgage considerations for non-Japanese in Japan

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    M3M3M3

    I agree @bones. As an outsider, it seems to me that America is built on a few key myths that citizens are conditioned to believe from childhood. The idea that America has been a much more tolerant and welcoming place or immigrants than any other country in the world is one of those foundation myths. Calling Japanese internment a blot or a stain seems to be an attempt to acknowledge reality but also keep the myth alive. It implies that the record is otherwise clean.

    We also heard many horrified Americans talking about how 'un-American' the Trump travel ban was, but history actually shows us that there is probably nothing more quintessentially American than banning and mistreating immigrants based on race, religion and national origin. You need only go back to various points in history and ask the Japanese, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Germans, Dutch, Catholics, Jews, Slavs, blacks, native Americans, gypsies, the British, French, Spanish and many others. You'd really struggle to put together a longer and more diverse list of undesirables in any other country.

    Posted in: Executive order that incarcerated Japanese Americans is 75

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    M3M3M3

    Soon the countries of East Asia will put aside their petty differences and join together in an EU-style union that will ensure future peace and promote their shared economic and political interests internationally as well as allow their citizens to live work and travel freely across their territories without discrimination,.. is something that nobody will ever say.

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

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    M3M3M3

    I wonder if any part of his speech was delivered in French.

    It was about 50/50 French and English, as one would expect from a Canadian PM.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJBncUjpml0

    What other world leaders stood there in their nation's airports and welcomed refugees coming here?

    Aly, you might disagree but there is actually a legitimate reason why most world leaders have refrained from turning refugee arrivals into a media spectacle. The refugees are supposed to be enemies of the state who are on the run and in serious danger of persecution. Having Justin take selfies with them at the airport and advertising their new country of residence is not exactly the most responsible thing to be doing (for either their own safety or the safety of friends, acquaintances or relatives they've left behind). As classy as Trudeau is, he was definetly ill-advised on this.

    Posted in: Trudeau hails EU-Canada trade deal in speech to EU lawmakers

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    M3M3M3

    It seems like a bit of a storm in a teacup. It's sad when people have to apologise for having a sense of humour.

    Let's also unpack the subtext of the joke. It's premised on the idea that radiation is actually dangerous and can have negative physical effects on the body (weight gain). These negative effects are exactly what most 3-11/Hiroshima survivors have been claiming all along despite official denials from government officials. So rather than mocking and denying radiation survivors, it seems to be mocking the Environment minister and giving credence to the radiation survivors' claims, albeit in joke form. Political correctness has probably gone too far.

    Posted in: Company president apologizes for improper remark on radiation

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    M3M3M3

    @Strangerland

    Oh come on now, just google the names on the list Strangerland. These people are not just a bunch of fictional characters. Take No. 2 on the list, Robel Kidane Phillipo, he is the friend of the Boston Bombers. Here is the indictment:

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/file/846621/download

    Randomly, let's take No. 193 on the list, Mohammed Abdullah Warsame from Somalia. A google search shows he was convicted for conspiracy to provide material support to al-qaida

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/minneapolis-man-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-provide-material-support-al-qaeda

    Obviously, I don't have time to go through the entire list but you can see for yourself that it's not made up.

    Posted in: White House defends travel ban as problems mount over N Korea, Flynn

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    M3M3M3

    @Strangerland

    At the moment, it appears to be an unsubstantiated claim. It may be true, but they haven't supported the assertion yet.

    How so? It took me 5 minutes to find the source data. Or do you mean the names have not been linked to the nationalities? The names and convictions are all there so they can presumably be cross checked and verified with public court records.

    http://cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/Terror%20Arrests.senate%20judiciary.pdf

    Posted in: White House defends travel ban as problems mount over N Korea, Flynn

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    M3M3M3

    In many countries police officers are required to demonstrate that they are 'fit and proper' persons to hold their position. Dishonesty is usually enough to disqualify you. I assume something similar applies in Japan. It's a public position of trust so you can't really compare him to a private salaryman who should be free to do whatever he wants outside of work hours. Keep in mind that promising to marry someone is actually a binding contract here in Japan, so knowingly lying to women about his capacity to marry could have serious consequences. But yes, it's a funny story to read on Valentine's day.

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    M3M3M3

    So many gross Happy Sciencephobic comments on here. Trump's election has unleashed so much hate, racism and intolerance I guess. Just because the teachings of Happy Science are objectively ridiculous and detrimental to human flourishing doesn't mean we should expose them to rational scrutiny. There are thousands of casual Happy Science followers out there who haven't fully read the teachings of Ryuho Okawa and would be disgusted by them if they ever found out what they actually were. These moderates are the real Happy Scientists, not the extremists who hang on Ryuho Okawa's every word and have hijacked the religion.

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    M3M3M3

    @backscratcher

    Perhaps I am reading this wrong, but how could anyone interpret what Purnama said as meaning Muslims should only choose Muslim leaders?

    Well, he's not actually on trial for saying this. He's on trial for blasphemy. The governor is accused of saying:

    "Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t vote for me because you’re being lied to by Al Maidah verse 51 and so on".

    The controversy here revolves around whether he was, as he claims, only talking about people who were lying about the meaning of the verse or whether the verse itself was doing the lying. Saying the later would constitute blasphemy.

    The verse itself is Sura 5:51, you can read it and decide for yourself whether Allah thinks it's acceptable for a Muslim to vote for a Christian:

    O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

    https://quran.com/5/51

    Posted in: Muslim Indonesia's capital to vote in tolerance test

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    M3M3M3

    This article is problematic for a number of reasons.

    First, focusing only on the potential benefits of refugees while completely ignoring the burdens only makes people skeptical that you are telling the truth. This will just lead people to disbelieve everything they hear about the issue and make them want to close their doors entirely.

    Second, making the economic case for refugees creates the false impression that we actually have a choice about whether or not to accept genuine convention refugees. We have no choice but to accept them as long as we are signed up to the refugee convention. In my opinion it's easier to just point to our legal obligations and finish the discussion there. The law makes all of the emotional and economic pro-refugee and anti-refugee arguments a bit of a moot point.

    Third, it's very unfair and dangerous to create the expectation that refugees are supposed to bring economic benefits to the host community. This simply isn't what happens in most cases. Furthermore, the most vulnerable refugees in need of protection are precisely those people who are illiterate, have no 'key skills' and no money or ability to run a business. These people will contribute little or nothing to the host country but they are obviously just as entitled to international refugee protection as any refugee doctor or businessman. This article just adds to the growing pressure on refugees and the trend to distinguish between 'good refugees' and 'bad refugees', as if such a thing actually exists.

    It's very important to remember that refugees have absolutely no obligation to learn the language, integrate, assimilate, invest or contribute. Refugees are not immigrants (even though they often become immigrants in the west). Strictly speaking, refugees are only visitors seeking temporary refuge in a country that has agreed to host them until it is safe for them to leave. The burden that most refugees place on the host country is exactly why we required an international convention to force countries to take these people in. If hosting refugees was even half as profitable and wonderful as this article pretends, then we wouldn't need international refugee protections. Countries would be fighting to get as many refugees as they could. Obviously this isn't reality.

    Posted in: Of virtue & profit: The refugee crisis

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    M3M3M3

    When you consider the tremendous wealth of both Donald Trump and Akie Abe, the more appropriate comparison for this story might have been Melania and Shinzo. Both married an extremely rich sugar-spouse who has bankrolled a life/political campaigns that would have otherwise been out of reach for them. Nothing wrong with that, but it's worth noting.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan first ladies: Both unconventional yet poles apart

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    M3M3M3

    As far as degrees go, let's not pretend Akie Abe is some sort of great scholar. She has a degree in "Social Design Studies". A non-discipline that nobody has ever heard of from a university nobody has ever heard of. If Melania were to print herself a degree from Trump University and learn how to fix a paper jam in the process, I'd say their degrees would be of equal value.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan first ladies: Both unconventional yet poles apart

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    M3M3M3

    It's an interesting question. Japan is certainly outside the global norm on this but recent studies are also showing that the part of our brain responsible for decision making is not fully formed until we reach our mid-20s. I read an interesting article a few months ago showing how this was reflected in a huge drop in criminal propensity after around age 25 (sorry, I don't remember where it was). That said, people should not be set free without consequences but perhaps there should be a greater focus on rehabilitation and an extension of youth prisons up to age 25 rather than only for those under 18 (or 20 in Japan).

    Posted in: Do you think the age of criminal adulthood in Japan should be lowered from 20 to 18?

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    M3M3M3

    @theFu

    All these attempted attacks in France are by idiots.

    Luckily for us, those who are prepared to believe in an sky deity that is angered by ham sandwiches are also going to be the least capable when it comes to devising and executing a truly ingenious terror plot, or anything ingenious for that matter.

    Posted in: France thwarts 'imminent attack;' 4 arrests, explosive found

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    M3M3M3

    @Yubaru

    The term 'refugee' is a legal one with a fairly clear definition. Only 28 people were able to discharge the burden of proving that they have a well founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion. All 28 were granted refugee status and all 28 are now allowed to stay in Japan. That's 100%. Those who were rejected are no different from you or I or any other non-refugee who requests a visa to live in Japan.

    Out of the thousands of rejected applications, why doesn't amnesty international or other groups find a few hundred (or thousand?) clear cut cases where people who should have been granted refugee status were refused? They like to complain about the numbers being so low but they rarely give compelling evidence to show that the numbers should be higher.

    Every asylum seeker bears the burden of proving their entitlement to refugee status but the reality is that many western countries end up giving asylum seekers the benefit of the doubt. This is usually because it's cheaper and easier to meet the country's regular immigration intake needs with people who are already in front of you rather than processing expensive appeals, detentions and deportations, and then processing another set of immigration applications from people who might be coming from the exact same countries. These practical and economic concerns have little effect on the way low-immigration countries like Japan enforce the convention. They enforce it in the way it was originally meant to be enforced, very strictly.

    @Aly

    Of course the Uyoku aren't model citizens, but it's a bit of a moot point since they are Japanese. Behaving badly without the risk of being deported or refused entry is a privilege of citizenship.

    Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

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    M3M3M3

    we have about 70,000 muslims living in Japan. That's a pretty decent number. We haven't had ANY trouble whatsoever... With proper vetting and inclusion and integration, we have very little to worry about if Japan wanted to take in more refugees

    Whatsoever? You do remember this right?

    https://youtu.be/i1tKrVVg8hg

    Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

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    M3M3M3

    Japan actually took in 100% of all refugees who applied in 2016. The law says they are not allowed to turn any refugee away. They did the same in 2015 and will probably continue to do as long as they are signed up to the UN Convention.

    However, if someone here has evidence that Japan is applying the convention incorrectly or is of the opinion that the law should be changed to lower the the bar in order to reclassify many more non-refugees as refugees, then I'd like to hear your point of view.

    Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

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