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Kishida grilled in Diet over widening fundraising scandal, link to Unification Church

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Japan is rapidly turning into a third-world country thanks to this bunch of clowns. The decline of all aspects of society is becoming increasingly obvious and harder to cover up. But at least the trains still run on time!

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Turning into a third-world country??? It always has been one. A rich (was) third-world country with high tech. It's a banana republic in a tailored suit.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and several key cabinet ministers were grilled by opposition lawmakers in parliament on Friday

Nah! Not grilled, Lightly sauteed, I'd say.

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One question: was the "grilling" spontaneous? Or were the questions, and answers, prepared in advance, as is clearly mostly the case?

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No-one cares. 

People don't care because they can't do anything.

Politicians don't care because they won't be punished. 

Imagine you as s regular dude forgetting to declare 10 million YEN , you would be in jail probably by now.

Absolutely.

And the Japanese are not culturally the kind of people that would pour out in the streets and aggressively push for serious accountability or change. This is one reason why things are the way they are in this country.

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Japan's decline into a heavily indebted theme park for foreign tourists makes me sad. Kishida and the other incompetent LDP politicians should be prosecuted for what they have done to this once great nation. Only a tiny elite can afford to travel abroad now to see how living standards are much higher in other developed countries.

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And the Japanese are not culturally the kind of people that would pour out in the streets and aggressively push for serious accountability or change. This is one reason why things are the way they are in this country.

Quite true. And the reason that they don't pour out in the streets and aggressively push for serious accountability or change is they don't want to fall foul of the police/justice system here. They can hold you in solitary confinement more or less indefinitely with no recourse to a lawyer or communication with the outside world. Also, they know that nothing would happen if they demonstrate en masse.

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Japan's decline into a heavily indebted theme park for foreign tourists makes me sad

The sorry state of Japan makes me weep, too. But the worst is yet to come. I always tell young people here to get out while they still can.

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Japan is rapidly turning into a third-world country thanks to this bunch of clowns.

Let me guess, you just started hearing about this recently! You gotta be a newbie to Japan and politics here if you think, even for a second, that this is something these guys figured out on their own.

They are amateur's!

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Mr. TEFLON is making moves again, watch him slip from this one too.

He doesn't remember who was in the meeting with Mr. Gingrich!/ the

Q? is why did Mr. Gingrich come to Japan with these UC members and what was his roll?

What was the topics discussed? we will soon find out I hope!!!?

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put him in jail first,discuss later.

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Mr. TEFLON

Wasn't that Abe's nickname, too?

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Quite true. And the reason that they don't pour out in the streets and aggressively push for serious accountability or change is they don't want to fall foul of the police/justice system here. They can hold you in solitary confinement more or less indefinitely with no recourse to a lawyer or communication with the outside world. Also, they know that nothing would happen if they demonstrate en masse.

Valid point taken

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It will affect the party and the population is concerned by that. Japanese do care about this.

All the politicians who got non declared kickbacks, specially the top influent guys of the Abe faction, will resign from their actual position, Matsuno will be the first. Nobody deemed necessary to give any explanation and believe, opposition parties and journalists will not let it go.

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didou

Today 10:12 am JST

All the politicians who got non declared kickbacks, specially the top influent guys of the Abe faction, will resign from their actual position, Matsuno will be the first.

I think so too. There are always resignations when these kinds of stories break, and politicians have been forced out for far less consequential matters. Matsuno's name is all over this and he's not so high profile that Kishida will be too desperate to protect him.

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All well orchestrated and timed like kabuki theater. Exit stage Mr. Kishida. Thank you for your services.

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Larr Flint

Today 08:19 am JST

Politicians don't care because they won't be punished.

Of course not. The laws developed under seven decades of LDP rule. In their efforts to establish themselves as the new hereditary ruling class they made the law something to work around, not within.

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If you think Japan going to rot or become weak because of this scandal, then look at china/US or other Asians countries politics and check their corruption cases, last i checked these countries still prosper and maintain bright future prospect. The good point about Japan is we able to read this news now, and lawmakers are grilling LDP or Kishida. Try to see if this happen in other countries, it is swept under the carpet and nothing will happen

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failing to report more than 100 million yen in funds

I am not surprised, but in the big scheme of things… this is equivalent to a single new regular family home in a nicer part of Tokyo. Small cheese.

Japan’s bigger problem is that these politicians are thoroughly inept as governors of the nation’s economy, and the government controls far too much of it through regulations and taxation.

If they could fix all the economic problems, let’s give them all each a 100 million yen bonus - pay for performance.

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Regardless of all this scandal, the LDP will be re-elected again.

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The ‘grilling’ in the Diet probably made Kishida think about Kobe Beef on a skillet-no harm done then…

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opheliajadefeldtToday  01:45 pm JST

Regardless of all this scandal, the LDP will be re-elected again.

That's correct unfortunately, unless lots of people get out at the next election and vote for any other candidate that they can, no matter what party they're from.

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Reminds me of the movie The Grand Hotel: People come and go nothing ever changes.

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Typo: People come and go and nothing ever changes. In the LDP scandals come and go and nothing ever changes.

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