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Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban

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The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan called for Nishimura's resignation, with its Diet affairs chief Jun Azumi saying Nishimura is "unfit as a commander" in the fight against the coronavirus.

Well, Constitutional Democratic Party, it's not like YOU have your own plan or you can provide a "commander" even if the LDP will let you provide one.

We all understand the situation. The LDP had, in the face of significant mockery around the world by Whites (following China's lead) instituting legally binding lockdowns (Italy even threatened homicide charges for those who break the rules), stuck fast to citing constitutional principles and attempted to handle the COVID situation non-coercively by requests, autoregulation and peer pressure. In 2020, it worked ... well enough.

Moving into 2021, autoregulation has clearly reached its limit, so the government tried to pass tougher laws. YOU objected. Somehow I don't think Jeff's idea of the LDP ramming the bill through with its majority will ring well with YOU. So the bill was rendered toothless but the impetus that originated it remains on the map. The "confusion" you see is the government, deprived of proper weapons by YOU, are now trying to find politically acceptable alternatives, only to be blocked at every turn.

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What a wimp !

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I can't wait to see the next prime minister.

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Pure incompetence and lack of backbone internally and internationally exemplifies todays Japan.

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This guy Suga will be spending the rest of his day apologizing. Everyday he is apologizing this tells me he is doing guess work!

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Is there an executive committee to make bad decisions? Wtf?

Yes, its called the cabinet.

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Aso is warming up Abe to takeover in Oct because of the failure of the Olympics and Covid.

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Lesson learned !

It won’t happen anymore. Promise.

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If I didn’t live here I would just laugh and cringe about it as the rest of the world are doing.

But I live here and this is no laughing matter.

To preempt the inevitable “leave if you don’t like it” usual suspects; “no”.

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Just use the police to enforce an alcohol sales ban. Like, you know, what every other country is the world is doing.

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a time when the government and members of the House of Representatives have become wary of scandals with a general election looming

Because otherwise scandals don't matter

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Just send everyone a package of child-size band-aid masks and we will all accept the apology.

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"It was an unwise remark ahead of the lower house election.

It was an unwise remark at anytime!

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What’s next? ‘Requesting’ the oshibori distributors to stop supplying bars and restaurants with hot towels?

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Derek Grebe

this bloke is like a Dementor.

Love it! Best comment of the day!

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Seems fabulous a leader in my opinion if you compare him to people like Pol Pot, Saddam, Musulini, Hitler, Trump, The Czars et al...

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"Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban"

In reference to this article:

What a buffoon. Can't do anything right.

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this dude is not right in his mind i mean look at him lol

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LDPs response is a kaleidoscope of Buffoonery, there is no leader, there is no capability to make timely decisions. And absolutely no understanding about those that pay there wages. Their bubble continues its velocity further from reality every day.

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Ridiculous excuse for a Prime Minister.

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Biggest cause of domestic infection in Japan is incompetent government who has been distracted with economy or Olympics since last January.

But they always search target to push their responsibility to others.

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Straight up mafioso tactics by the J-govt.

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Oh, grow a pair Suga! This was a great initiative that would encourage these unscrupulous bar and restaurant owners to tow the line and follow ‘commonsense’ Covid guidelines. Now, they know their leader is just a paper tiger and they will continue to disregard the regulations to further spread the virus.

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Has there ever been a more charisma-free PM than Suga?

I thought Fukida was dull, but blimey, this bloke is like a Dementor.

He can't even make interesting gaffes.

"It was an unwise remark ahead of the lower house election. Unless we quickly contain it, it will affect the cabinet approval rate," said a former member of Cabinet.

It doesn't matter how low the cabinet approval rate goes, the next election will go to the LDP the same as always. To all intents and purposes, this is a one-party state.

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First the J-gov asks financial institutions to cut off financial ties to those restaurants and now coercing alcohol wholesalers??? They try to get others to do their dirty work because of their own incompetence. If they had done their jobs properly and gotten everyone vaccinated in a timely fashion, we wouldn't be in this mess.

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(Regular voice) Sorry (sotto voce) …but you’ll still vote for us. I know it and you know it.

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It's like kids in charge of this government.

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We don't need you to apologize, just want you to stop lying! Can't politicians just for once speak the truth? People apologize for mistakes not lies!!

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“Gomen ne.”

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He should do "dogeza".

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