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my oh my..... how tacky is that! unbeleeevable.

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Are the colorful & festive “party” balloons meant to indicate their attention in this debate will be focused on Japan’s “children”? - Who thinks of this stuff?

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Those balloons have me convinced they’re sincere.

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Tara Kono should stick to being a member of the Japanese 'Gurning Association'.

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That photo is too funny, with the kiddy balloons, with the somber looks on those "politician's" faces. It's hard to take them seriously, not that we do anyway.

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Talk is cheap.

LDP embezzlement is not.

We'll believe it when we see it.

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Hey wait a minute.

Where is the fourth member of this comedy troupe?

Are the males too good to wear masks?

Those don't look like Daiso balloons.

Someone spent some money, er tax money on some serious decorations there.

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What does Kono’s blank, white placard indicate? Neither “For” nor “Against”? Continued future LDP “Indecision

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I will believe it when I see it.

All Schools should have buses. Why do elementry students have to walk in the rain?

Impliment better oversight when abuse is suspected. Do REAL investigations.

Allow Children to be Children. Rid society of the crazy tests, close all cram schools. Why does a elementry student go to cram school AFTER being at school all day? Just to get into a "top" Univeristy that isn't even TOP education in the world.

Ease the burden on single mothers/fathers by making it easier to get a child into daycare.

Have a system in place to track sex offenders (Sex Offender registration) to cover all of Japan, and make the locations visible to anyone who wants to know.

Have better gov't systems in place to assist mothers who give birth.

Promote maternity leave for me (paid). Companies that don't agree or demean those who take leave..cut any gov't funding until they comply.


I could go all day, but I am tired of typing.

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So Taro-kun, will you take responsibility for any child suicide or child abuse that occurs after you become prime minister? How can you promise such a thing? So that's what your Georgetown degree has taught you?

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Support should be arranged in a way that kids can benefit directly. Under some current programs, money goes to parents, some of whom "embezzle", not use it for their kid (s).

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I paid about ¥250,000 a month in child support for years, so I think I got it covered.

The balloons have helium in them. Let's hear Albert and his friends.

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Promises don’t equal reality.

And the LDP have been in for years and haven’t done a thing!

Japan has one of the lowest spends on child education of the OECD countries-extremely shameful!

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Japanese candidates are the biggest liars on the planet. They will say anything to gain voter favor. Remember all the garbage Abe spouted in his election campaign?

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While increasing military spending and still pumping money into construction company and better preparation of the healthcare system for the next pandemic. Oh and the effort to put in place for reducing carbon footprint.

you can do anything if you assume you have unlimited funding and ressources otherwise happy to hear the global strategy.

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From the photo it looks like Japan’s saddest variety show.

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As a parent of three and an OAP to be in fifteen years' time, I recommend taking shouhizei off food. That's it. It would be emenently possible and simple to implement. It will help everyone in Japan, but especially the low paid, those on fixed incomes (OAPs) and those with dependents to feed (parents). Food is an ongoing expense for parents for far far longer than childcare.

Do not spend extra money on childcare unless you are going to give UBI to housewives for not using it. Every stay at home mother saves the government a fortune.

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1 Give the children their birth right, FREE EDUCATION all the way till they graduate from college. Denmark, Germany, Canada, Norway all provide free education, it a cheap investment. 2 Allow parents who pay child support a tax credit so they can pay it and be able to deduct it as an expense, many parents are reluctant to pay child support because it is a major expense. 3 Stop supporting all the lazy and worthless blood sucking leaches who are sitting at their parents homes never got a job, never looked for one, and never paid taxes. 4 Clamp down on all these FAKE claims of mental illness and the doctors who are abusing the system. in may cases the doctors are in on the scheme and collect part of the payments.


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@Mark: Wonderful posting

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All these Presidential candidates have been career politicians in present or past LDP ruling Government.

Not one has until this date lobbied any policy mentioning childcare to there representative LDP government bodies.

Some have been at one time or another cabinet members.

Yet more hollow pledges and promises.........

All had the chance time and again but stayed silent.

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@blvtzpk 6:44pm: “From the photo it looks like Japan’s saddest variety show.”

Wonderful posting.

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LDP president candidates vow to 

oh really? you guys promise? you pinky swear? you'll be my best friend?

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What's with the little hand-held auction paddles? Silliest election photo I've ever seen. Makes them all look moronic.

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discussions of disgust…felt cute with balloons or what? They can’t see how gross they all look I mean yes death of children needs addressing as well as the birthrate but stop pretending like any one of them gives a crap in Japan, let alone politicians and especially now that they remotely give any regard or care for children this late in the game of the lives that matter most! Pure pathetic attempt to show any concern, just a voter grope, I mean grab… Japan needs a new face and none of these have a trusting chance in office IMO Japan’s new leader should be someone of influence and someone with no political connections …perhaps a young influencer with a fresh vision and some celebrity background…a singer, actor or entertainer of the like

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Not like we Canadians have a vote but, thought you were cheering on Seiko Noda, who’s pictured here, as well?

- “What's with the little hand-held auction paddles? Silliest election photo I've ever seen. Makes them all look moronic.”

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Many of you don't even have kids in Japan, but your so upset about the balloons. Upset before anything was done or tried. Typical bias and double standards.

If it was 3 men in the picture that would be another problem and complain like the other post. Congrats.

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Sanae Takaichi, who joined the session through a video message, said she will "consider creating an organization for effectively promoting children's policies"

Key word: consider.

Real meaning: she'll do sweet FA.

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I look at the picture of that debate and it’s like what the hell has this world come to. These are your leaders balloons and lollipops … God save us

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Guessing family members of the LDP is heading towards the childcare application sector.

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Double spending? Does that include supporting double parenting? Like shared custody? That would make a huge difference to so many, especially children.

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Aha! Mass media’s willful prejudice against Takaichi-san is clearly demonstrated on this photo! Simply disgusting!

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Lotsa insipid commentary about balloons, paddles and masks.

No reporting on the policies advocated by Noda. She indicated she would pursue legislation and to advance certain bills in terms of the issues surrounding children.

The absurd concerns regarding demographics and a shrinking population - instead of embracing a reduced population which could lead to a more sustainable society & a self-supporting Japan - the weird obsession with collecting taxes to pay for the aged pensioners linked to an ever expanding populous is completely mental. The yen is a fiat currency and as such is used by the central banks & government to print money as needed for 'finance' - such can also be undertaken for he welfare of 'the people'.

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Kono said, "I will realize zero child suicides, deaths from abuse and poverty of children."

So weak-willed. Why stop there? How about world peace, cancer breakthroughs, etc. ? You get my drift...

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That’s a concept too narrow and of not much use unless the situation of the now or potential future parents is also getting much better. Also with those nice words and half-heartedly raised minimum wages for those parents-to-be nothing will substantially change. Even if they then should have a child or two, they all probably won’t become a new little Einstein with a freely available tablet computer, I guess, but in best case the next minimum wager, not the genius and developer of new products or services that can be sold on the world wide markets. A few better exception cases will only prove that on average to be expectable development. It’s therefore better than nothing, but still very near to nothing.

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The reason the birth rate is going down is the costs to have a child in Japan are sky high. If these people want to help kids, you need to help the stressed out parents by offering tax/health care/pension breaks, these agencies don’t even recognize you have a child-they just expect payment. Offering money to pay for babysitters is not going to do anything other than encourage more parents to leave the kids at home while they go to shibuya.(never used or want to use babysitters btw).

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All seem phony except Takaichi.

And not exactly a show of confidence for vaccines, with the masks and partitions.

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Promises to "help the children" have long been an issue in political campaigns.

It is a promise that cannot be debated, as no candidate can ever be presented as against children, unless of course, they support aborting them , then it is fine.

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What's the deal with the lollipops?

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It is a promise that cannot be debated, as no candidate can ever be presented as against children, unless of course, they support aborting them , then it is fine.

That's silly, no one (except for maybe 2-3 whackos) supports abortion. But we live in a real-world of non-ideology, where not everything is black and white, so we support a woman's right to have an abortion. You'll find almost no one wants kids to be aborted, we just accept that it's the preferable solution in many cases.

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These guys will say anything for a vote.

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This is really boring!

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