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¥10 trillion reserve to combat pandemic branded Abe's 'pocket money'

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By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Leika Kihara

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Errrrr that needs oversight, that's my tax money!

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Bring the Democratic Party (Minshuto) back to power. They were all about cutting unnecessary spending and getting the fiscal house in order while giving breaks to the regular man i.e. 1,000 yen expressway limit, increase in govt subsidies for kids, etc.

Exactly.

I could drive from Kobe to Niigata paying only 2,000yen.

People have been brainwashed that the DP was a failure which is not true.

40 days and counting since I handed in my application for the 100K, while dentsu gets billions immediately without doing anything

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If pocket money means slush fund used for dubious spending to prop up aging LDP cronies, then I guess it's appropriate.

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Still waiting for the 10k stimulus application here in ketchy Nagoya.

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Bring the Democratic Party (Minshuto) back to power. They were all about cutting unnecessary spending and getting the fiscal house in order while giving breaks to the regular man i.e. 1,000 yen expressway limit, increase in govt subsidies for kids, etc.

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I think we’d all like to see a ledger itemizing where the money is being spent

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Surly they care about who they represent?

How long have you lived in Japan? I only ask this because the longer you do, the more immune you become to hearing BS like this as "normal", or get ticked off to the point that you leave!

No one in their right mind condones it, but Japanese politicians care about their own constituencies, that includes Abe, and the "people" come after!

Never going to happen, but the best thing that could happen here, is to have a direct election for PM!

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I'm confused, they cut spending on special needs training and employment apparently because they had no money? They cut the pension / didn't raise it because they had no money? Now they have lashings of money for stupid masks (I've yet to see anyone wear), huge payouts for Advertising Firms....what's going on? Are they corrupt? Tell me it can't be so. Surly they care about who they represent?

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"We'll report how we spend the money as needed and at the appropriate time," Abe told the Diet on Friday.

And then Abe will say that the file was shredded by handicapped person working that day in the office. :)

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Where are my masks, Abe, you loser!

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He learned is tricks from his grandfather Kishi just read his wiki page is enough to make you gag and understand why shin Kuhn is the richest Japanese politician.

sickening, he knows he has no hope in getting re-elected so it’s time to stuff the pockets some more.

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The dear leader doesn’t really care as he doesn’t have any kids that will be trying to pay off this slush fund off in the coming decades.

And STILL no masks and no 100k yen as of today pm...

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He learned is tricks from his grandfather Kishi just read his wiki page is enough to make you gag and understand why shin Kuhn is the richest Japanese politician.

And if you do read it you'll come to understand that he was released from Sugamo Prison for suspected war crimes and reinstated to work for Uncle Sam's interests in Japan.

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I have been in Japan for 26 years and Abe and all the others in his cabinet are caught with their hands in the cookie jar and or taking bribes and each every time they go on tv and do this big bow, cry and say "gomen nasai." My taxpayer money should not be willy nilly be out there with no accountability and or when Abe the others feel fit I do not trust him and or any of the others, full-stop.

Yes, like the person in Nagoya people here in Tokyo and they are from different areas of the city that includes Japanese and gaijin alike have not received the 100,000 Yen and so where is it???

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Since the pandemic outbreak and huge sums of money I’ve tried to find some kind of accountability, but none?

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MMMMMMMMMMMMMPOCKET MONEY ???.So we are expecting a 2nd wave of Corona.

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@Yubaru

you know. We both know the politicians have no care about their constituents other than getting cash. And fulfilling their own failings as human beings by a false sence of adulation. By the way who on earth describes ¥10 trillion as pocket money, that's tax payer money not a personal account.

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Japan typically sets aside reserves of around several hundred billion yen in the annual budget

This is all silly semantics considering there is 1.5 bazillion squllions of ten of govt debt.

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"We'll report how we spend the money as needed and at the appropriate time,"

Phew! And here I thought they were not going to be transparent again, after 10-trillion Abe vows to do so. I guess we can just trust honest Abe and cooperate.

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Yubaru, you are so spot on with your comments and others, too, who have called out Abe on this.

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It’s piss poor pathetic-the people of Japan are being used and abused!

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How about giving everyone a one year income tax exemption.

At least then we would all benefit not just giant conglomerates.

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The PM has to eat cake

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This pocket money term is quite intriguing. A personal pauche term for a G countrys coffers.

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So, will Abe be sending out more masks with this money?

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Wallace Fred asked "How exactly do you draw this conclusion?"

Well, as a sovereign nation, Japan has printing machine.

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Why no parliamentary oversight? This isn't funny. It sounds like a banana republic with an ageing despot in charge! Eeiii, my tax money for Abe and his cronies pocket.

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Why are people so anxiously waiting for the masks. They are a bunch of square fabric stitched together in the simplestof ways, way too small for your face. They make you look like you're waiting a kids mask. Must admit, total waste of a ton of money. I hope this slush fund gets better directed.

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just to clarify... ( i previously said “check your mailboxes” ) ... first you need to have your application paper ( that ,s coming in the mail ), send it back and then they,ll put the money in your bank account... from what i,ve been told, i don,t think they,ll let you know when ( weird huh ), so you need to keep checking your bank account... i know that many people already did the paperwork part, but still waiting for the actual money... so.. yeah ... still no money :/ ( 13th of June )

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( excuse me ... i was talking about the 100,000 btw )

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Regrettable. I apologize for causing confusion, and ask for the public’s understanding. I will stake my political career on restoring Japan to prosperity.

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Where's my money bro

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$90 billion isn't a lot of money 

How exactly do you draw this conclusion? This is obviously a slush fund for abe and his cronies. I'm glad they're calling him out for this blatant tax grab.

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Never going to happen, but the best thing that could happen here, is to have a direct election for PM!

And pray tell how will that exactly help Japan in any meaningful way? It sure hasn't "helped" a lot in America.

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relax folks, the money is coming... check your mailboxes...

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$90 billion isn't a lot of money and more is needed. The money shouldn't be used for cherry viewing and school building, but for producing goods. Fortunately, our neighbor is accelerating growth and Japan should take the opportunity by investing in the west China. Like the old time emigrating to north China, modern Japanese should immigrate to the west. Genetically speaking, Japanese and Tibetans are the same people.

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