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    SaikoPhysco

    If you like Dirte... they you'll love Trumpet.

    Posted in: Duterte praises Japanese traits of sincerity and respectfulness

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    Serrano

    "40 years of protocol out the window?"

    Yeah, apparently doing the right thing and accepting a congratulatory phone call from a foreign leader took precedence over protocol.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    Jimizo

    "Imagine how crazy Japanese lottery players would go if it came any even remotely close to USA levels.

    Average Japanese Lotto prize = 100,000,000 yen

    Largest prize in the USA = 181,592,000,000 yen

    Average USA mega millions prize = 60,000,000,000 yen"

    How wonderful. If I won ¥100,000,000, I'd retire tomorrow and enjoy a wonderful life even after donating money to worthy causes.

    Filthy rich stinks of filth. You don't need that much unless you are trash or the president-elect of the US.

    Or both.

    Posted in: Lottery line-up

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    Daniel Naumoff

    Duterte has outdated information. At least, according to the latest news and political campaigns.

    Posted in: Duterte praises Japanese traits of sincerity and respectfulness

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    toshiko

    Let them count and get over. Republicans who believe Trump. won are not opposing recounts.

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    Todd Topolski

    Good, the nonsense "diplomatic protocols" are half the reason the governments of the world can screw people so easily. Perhaps China will have to reconsider it's, aggressive invasion of island territory in the south China sea.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    Stefan Sadikovic

    At least in this comment section I see some real Japanese instead of triggered Americans who impose themselves as Japanese

    Posted in: Kishida meets Putin ahead of Russian president's Japan visit

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    Stefan Sadikovic

    YOU WON'T GET THE ISLANDS JAPS! No matter how hard you try. And it's all because you're not independent nation but US puppet.

    Posted in: Japan's trade minister says deals with Russia to be 'win-win'

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    Joeintokyo

    @ Texas...whatever you were trying to write as a username

    You kinda get it right but you also get it wrong. First, the radical left did not vote for Hillary. Perhaps it's a sign of just how far right politics have moved in the U.S. that folks like you consider centrists as the "radical left." (I'm not sure what Alt has to do with anything, BTW.) In a reality-based world, Clinton would be considered a bit to the right of center. And the safe places you talk about are plenty to be found in the States, so don't worry. Basically, places most Trump supporters can't afford to patronize, and will be even less able to do so in four years. Talk about buying a load of doo doo "hook, line and sinker."

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    toshiko

    Now,,, Koike has an excuse to quit Tokyo Olympic. Jape is showing it has money by investing everywhere in the world so blackmail. by IOC will.get bigger.. Time to quit.

    Posted in: IOC will not sign off on Tokyo's Y2 tril budget for 2020 Games

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    Jay Tee

    Albaleo:

    The USA fought the original US Civil War about 160 years ago because the Southern states tried to secede over a difference of opinions on policy regarding several things, including slavery. the Northern States (who were still called the United States) would not accept their secession and formation of another country, the Confederate States of America. It was our bloodiest war ever, not least because BOTH sides were from the USA. If some states tried to secede today, seriously that is, I'm not sure what would happen. Another Civil War is possible, however, and some would see it as a good thing.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    albaleo

    @Steven C. Schulz

    Thanks for the reply, this part in particular:

    but so long as the both claim to be "China" the illusion of one-China is maintained. Obviously, since we don't want that war, the illusion is pushed.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    badsey3

    Easy solution to this is a Camry Wagon.

    Posted in: Toyota to revamp America's top-selling car amid boom in SUVs

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    toshiko

    New allies ... Russia and China? Trump declared China is not China. Taiwan is only China. Well we call. Chugoku anyway.

    Posted in: Kishida meets Putin ahead of Russian president's Japan visit

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    smithinjapan

    I was told when I first got here (by a Japanese man) that if you go blindly looking for a dentist aim for one that has been around for more than ten years, but not one that has been around for more than 40. Less than the former and they will likely be paying off debts accrued in setting up their practice, and will recommend the most expensive treatments, necessary or not. The latter he did not expound upon. In any case, he said try seeing what dentists a number of people approve or disapprove of, and why (especially the latter), and if you don't know a dentist or a friend/family member of one, use your best judgement.

    I've had friends who at one dentist were told they needed 800,000 in treatment, and at others told they could use the health insurance and really only needed about 3000 yen or so in treatment. The disparity is ridiculous sometimes. But if you find a good one the quality of dentistry here is pretty good, I find.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of dentistry in Japan?

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    canadianbento

    Keep the Olympic Games in a couple of Cities thereby the costs would be curtailed rather than sending them around the World and having Citizens pay for this "garbage"!

    Posted in: IOC: Tokyo's huge cost could scare off cities considering bids for future Olympics

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    yamashi

    @sfjp330"Russia is a third world country".

    This "third world country" successfully broke a backbone of ISIS in Syria. If you have no valid arguments, please, keep silence.

    Posted in: Kishida meets Putin ahead of Russian president's Japan visit

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    DaDude

    All SMAP has to do is play a CD and lip sync like they usually do. It ain't all that hard!

    Posted in: NHK chairman confident SMAP will be on 'Kohaku' on New Year's Eve

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    heynong

    Not sure why so many Democrats are so worried about appeasing China.

    Ronald Regan was not Democrats! He was very first US President to waltz with China gently with Communist Chinese music. Back then US of A has not owed any dollar to Chinese banker. China was very poor and backward during his term. The reason of Regan courtship with China was strategic interest for counter balancing Soviet expansion in Afghanistan. China was Israel of Asia for US.

    US has never fought with Soviet or Russia before and very reluctant to get high noon with it. On the contrary PRC waged the border war with both Soviet and US before. It was a fearless fighter and quite useful for US. Regan was smart enough to contain Soviet without spending fortune and bullets.

    If Trump thinks he is another Regan he is day dreaming like Bush Jnr. Unlike Regan, he has no luxury for offending the banker who will pay salaries of his administration.

    POTUS can no longer talks cheap like Property developer. Every single word and action will have positive or negative consequence.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    SuperLib

    Texas: Trump also achieved the following on the way to his 306-232 electoral shellacking of his democrat opponent.

    Looks like Texas is heading for the same safe space as bass.

    Now, Mrs. Bill Clinton -- by proxy of Jill Stein....Mrs. Clinton refuses to accept

    More safe spaces. Tex is creating a comfortable place in his mind where Jill Stein's recount is replaced with Hillary's recount which leads to her not accepting the outcome which leads to her being a bad candidate. Which is odd since so many more people voted for her than Trump.

    Their candidate is about to make U.S. history by being the only person to ever lose a presidential election twice within two months. . . .

    Rounding it out he shows his lack of knowledge about what was at stake. I'll chalk this up to a lack of reading rather than a coping skill.

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    tinawatanabe

    Deport her and never let her in.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows

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    Kobe White Bar Owner

    @Sensei258, my first thought was it could have been the grandfather....

    Posted in: 22-year-old woman found dead at home; grandmother missing

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    Eve Aphayboun

    Well, you may not like to think about this, but the US of A does not rule the world. Trump will rule the U.S.A. The U.S.A. will continue its long slow slide to bankruptcy. And China will laugh all the way to the bank.

    With all due respect, that is just your opinion however it is a FACT the U.S is single handily protecting Japan and has done so since 1946. Without the U.S the Japanese economy would be right in the gutter. It is no coincidence PM Abe met right away with Mr. Trump.

    Duterte, while some what of a loose canon, has actually done work in his country. As mentioned above he was a mayor of a city that was the most drug ridden in the country. Having spoken to locals there, it is like night and day now. Unfortunate it took some hardship but in the end that city has come out better. He has his hands full but if he can bring that country forward even a few steps, it will have been a successful term.

    Posted in: Duterte praises Japanese traits of sincerity and respectfulness

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    toshiko

    What happens huge money China loaned every her to rescue almost broke USA? GM and Ford?

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    commanteer

    After all of Obama's early faux pas that were studiously ignored, suddenly the shoe is on the other foot.

    And quite possibly this was a brilliant move on Trump's part. If anyone else did this, China would assume it was calculated and have a fit. With bombastic Trump, they're not sure, but they are unsettled. A great way to humble China a bit without being in their face about it.

    Not sure why so many Democrats are so worried about appeasing China.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    Steven C. Schulz

    @albaleo

    I can't speak for all Americans, but I would say most support the idea of self-determination, but that it is not an absolute right, and it has to be done in accordance with the law. Therefore a UDI is impermissible.

    Taiwan is a special case because it is a preceding state, with limited control of its territory - if it abandoned its mainland claims and renamed itself, it wouldn't technically be independence. As for American opinion, Taiwan is the remnant of a WWII ally under American protection - we would go to war to protect its de facto independence, but so long as the both claim to be "China" the illusion of one-China is maintained. Obviously, since we don't want that war, the illusion is pushed.

    The secession 'movements' in the U.S. may be serious to their supporters, but they're not serious. If any has constant 10% support, I would be surprised. Even if they were serious, they would almost certainly not be accepted, because there would need to be unanimous consent by the other states or a constitutional amendment, which is nearly as difficult. The American Civil War put an end to secessionism as a viable solution to federal-state disagreements.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    kaynide

    What a bizarre idea. Does it drain my phone's battery while in use? Sure it's not a lot, but... Why doesn't it just have w-fi and setup options through a PC to let it tap directly into wireless..?

    Posted in: Weather notification clock connects to iPhone

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    gokai_wo_maneku

    US consumers buying SUVs again is based on the idea that cheap gas is here to stay! But now OPEC seems to have gotten its act together and will limit production. So gas prices will climb again, and SUV owners will be paying sky high prices in no time.

    Posted in: Toyota to revamp America's top-selling car amid boom in SUVs

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    Robert Dykes

    Imagine how crazy Japanese lottery players would go if it came any even remotely close to USA levels.

    Average Japanese Lotto prize = 100,000,000 yen

    Largest prize in the USA = 181,592,000,000 yen

    Average USA mega millions prize = 60,000,000,000 yen

    Posted in: Lottery line-up

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    badsey3

    The UN really isn't needed in Aleppo since the Russian military is destroying iSiS, al-CIAeda, "McCain's Army", and giving out relief supplies to civilians. =Seems to me this "War" is finally over without the UN's "help."

    Posted in: U.N. states seeking resolution to demand end to fighting in Syria

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    toshiko

    US news video showed a. man running a cop. chased and shot from behind showed as evidence. Verdict. Cops shot for self defense. He was scared a black man was. running on street. So he had to shoot from behind.

    Posted in: Police shoot man after he attacks woman, 5-year-old son with knife

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    browny1

    Being in the midsts of raging "bush-fires" as they are called in Australia was pretty scary.

    Helped fight a few more low key ones, but the brutes that ravaged southern aust in 1983 for a week or more killing hundreds, was an experience all too surreal. 40+c, 100km winds, fires leaping kms, red dust and black smoke reducing visibility to scratch. 7kms from my house a sudden abrupt wind change saved my town for sure. Unfortunately it probably devasted someone elses.

    No need to begin to rank disasters - all are terrible - but fire still scares me.

    Posted in: What is the worst natural disaster you have experienced?

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    badsey3

    The USA has long standing relationships with Taiwan much before relationships with China. = The protocol is with Taiwan and no-one believes Taiwan is going to be part of China.

    If China want political headway into Taiwan they must do it themselves with the Taiwan people = So far this has been a failure for China.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    Texas A&M Aggie

    The radical alt left swallowed the fake news being pumped into their parents living rooms by a dishonest MSM hook, line and sinker. In the weeks leading up to the election, the alphabet networks and the cable outlets ran story after story under the graphic banner "The Road to 270 for Hillary Clinton"; not one piece was ever broadcast talking about "The Road to a Popular Win".

    President (elect) Trump also achieved the following on the way to his 306-232 electoral shellacking of his democrat opponent:

    He took 30 of 50 states; he also carried 2,600 of the 3,144 U.S. counties including 200 counties that voted for Obama in 2012.

    Now, Mrs. Bill Clinton -- by proxy of Jill Stein -- is making a desperate last ditch effort to secure a presidential victory via a laughable recount. Like her supporters, Mrs. Clinton refuses to accept that fact that she was a flawed candidate who had no vision for America's economic future. She never learned from her husband who's campaign strategy in the early 1990s was centered around the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid."

    The tender alt left snowflakes best better reserve safe places, crayons and coloring books, and Play Doh now. Their candidate is about to make U.S. history by being the only person to ever lose a presidential election twice within two months. . . .

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    badsey3

    Japan and the Japanese will continue to make Duterte and his people of the Philippine nations a better and prosperous peoples. If they need and want our help then why not give a little and see if progress can be made.

    All these "terrorist" country gun makers can be made into excellent custom machinists. Many untapped skills and eventually the Philippines can be a manufacturing powerhouse like Taiwan.

    Posted in: Duterte praises Japanese traits of sincerity and respectfulness

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    browny1

    Tony's comment is right. Find a good one and he/she will be very good.

    My current is nothing short of great in manner, skill and communication.

    But barbarians do exist as my wife will attest to with her terrible treatment last year (dentist couldn't accurately diagnose a cavity after a 3 visits), but she's all smiles now after changing to my doc.

    Seems like many of the old butchers are dying out, but there are some young desperados being churned out by the seemingly mass spread of dental schools.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of dentistry in Japan?

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    nfijapan

    Trump, 306 to 234. An electoral college beat down Clinton 48.2% 65,124,828, Trump 46.3% 62,652,263.... a popular vote kick in the nads!

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    bruinfan

    @Bass I gave you thumbs up on your comment above (a personal record for you I think!)

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows

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    browny1

    I guess they are really serious this time -

    " In Tokyo, police said 131 drivers were given breathalyzer tests, resulting in three arrests for drunk driving. "

    So in the largest metropolis in the world - 15 mill 20 mill who knows - on a Friday night from 8 til 6 in the morn (sat) 3 arrests for drunk driving from 131 tests.

    Blurted all the froth from me Asahi Black Beer all over the keyboard when I read that.

    Must have broken into a heavy sweat with that workload. S'pose they're trying.

    Posted in: Police begin campaign against drunk driving ahead of party season

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    wtfjapan

    so if we go by our system Electoral College, yes, he won in a landslide. Bodyslam! the same electoral college that Trump himself said was corrupt! Fact still remains more Americans dont want him as President as those that do. Oh and your map of America that shows all the red, most of its populated with desert , wilderness cattle and wildlife. LOL

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    mataka

    So Trump broke protocol? In this case, good! Taiwan is not part of China and will never, ever, ever be so in the future. The Taiwanese themselves are very clear about that. It is only natural that Trump as President-elect would receive such a call and maintain good relations with Taiwan, an independent sovereign nation. It is beyond a joke that China is still pushing this renegade province BS. It would be far more effective if China complained to themselves in a mirror. That is how useless, pathetic and desperate they have become. I almost feel sorry for them for their huge lack of perception of what the world thinks. They are only kidding themselves. History teaches us again and again, China is doomed to fail.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    Himajin

    I saw some irresponsible twit driving a small truck with an iPad on the steering wheel

    That's terrible.

    Posted in: Fine for rule-breaking chartered bus operators hiked 100-fold

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    Kurobune

    The Stones ROCK ! Rock on, mates ! Rock on ! (The guys don't do a bad job with the blues, either.)

    Posted in: How many days does it take Rolling Stones to make an album?

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    Kurobune

    Right on, Bernie and Haaa Nemui ! My experiences were ALL excellent !

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of dentistry in Japan?

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    albaleo

    I'm interested to know real USA views on the one-China concept and the general idea of territorial integrity and sovereignty. I mean "real" as opposed to what is said in the interests of diplomacy.

    Here in Europe, I think the general viewpoint is that self-determination overrides any national claim to territory. So if a part of one country wants to secede, it is able to do so. That would suggest recognizing Taiwan as an independent state if that reflects the wishes of the people of Taiwan. But I've read conflicting views about the situation in the USA. Occasionally we hear talk of a wish for Texas or California to secede. While these are perhaps not serious ideas, if it happened, what would be the position of the US government or people in general? Would secession be accepted or not?

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    LFRAgain

    Bass,

    Interesting, Hillary was saying that we should respect the voting process and that the loser would concede to the winner and now the woman wants to renege on her words?

    It appears you've been out of the news loop for a few weeks. It's Jill Stein who's filed for the recount, not Clinton.

    _______________________________________________________________________________.

    It speaks volumes that Trump supporters would oppose a recount. If Trump or any of his cabal of sycophantic, opportunistic asshat adviros had any wits about them, they'd throw their arms open wide to the recounts. That is, if they had confidence in the results. And clearly . . . they don't. Afraid of what might be discovered?

    Wait a sec. What is that pithy little ditty "Law & Order" conservatives like to toss out whenever a cop shoots an unarmed citizen for fleeing?

    Ah, yes, I remember: "If you haven't done anything wrong, then why run away?"

    Posted in: Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts

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    Kurobune

    Yatta ! Yatta ! Yatta ! Ganbarre, SMAP ! Ganbarre, shiro-kumi !

    Posted in: NHK chairman confident SMAP will be on 'Kohaku' on New Year's Eve

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    Kurobune

    Won once back in the early 90s. 100,000 yen ! (Did tell the wife though, @sensei258 !)

    Posted in: Lottery line-up

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    Speed

    I'm glad he accepted the call.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    TrevorPeace

    Sure raises questions about Tokyo's budget, and the unreal reason for a new stadium. While I appreciate the fact that the country is short of material and manpower due to the Fukushima rebuilding efforts, as well as recent earthquake damage in Kumamoto, the expense of Tokyo's Olympics debacle is very scary for taxpayers.

    Posted in: LA 2024 releases $5.3 billion budget; no new stadiums needed

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