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Zelenskyy approaches Japan over possible online speech to Diet

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The Japanese government and ruling coalition are interested in accepting the proposal and looking to determine whether such a speech is logistically possible in the Diet.

Given the levels of technical competence displayed previously Diet members and ministers in charge of digitization..I would say the logistical hurdles are daunting.

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"The Japanese government and ruling coalition are interested in accepting the proposal and looking to determine whether such a speech is logistically possible in the Diet."

They can't even figure out if a speech is possible or how to do it, so obviously the speech would accomplish nothing but give the powers that be the ability to say, "He likes us! He talked to Japan! We're great!!"

What... are they going to accept one more refugee? Going to promise to form a panel to think about talking about sending some money (no weapons or experts, of course)?

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Just make it happen. If the EU, Canada and the US can arrange it, Japan should show their support in the same manner.

President Zelenskyy is a brave man and a true patriot to be admired. Full respect for him and the Ukrainians in their struggle against their invaders.

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The Japanese government does not sufficiently aid its own people, Zelenskyy is barking up the wrong tree in Japan

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Online? In Japan? So quickly?

Nope.

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I really think that if Japan really puts its mind to it, they can achieve this new adventure that the rest of the world finds so easy to accomplish. Go! Japan! We are with you! Fists in the air! Go! Go! Go! Just give it a try! Hard! Really Really Hard!

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He is putting his acting skills to good use, and a very good cause. He's definitely winning the media war which will not only help get material support but more importantly wear down Russia. Hopefully Putin, or those around him, will realize he can't win and then perhaps they'll be able to reach an agreement to end the war.

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Give Putin an opportunity to virtually express his views too. That’s fair play.

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The Japanese government and ruling coalition are interested in accepting the proposal and looking to determine whether such a speech is logistically possible in the Diet."

If only there was some future space technology that would allow person to be seen on a big screen while talking. This calls for an expert panel discussion.

But wait, what if Zelenskyi asks for us to accept more refugees?...Gulp.

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@Meiyouwenti

I would agree but at the same time, he has made his demands pretty clear since day 1. Assuming there's nothing to change, he would just be reiterating the same points. Especially in regards to third parties getting involved.

Maybe in Zelensky's case he has something new to announce? Japan doesn't exactly seem like the best venue for that though.

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All part of the propaganda campaign

Propaganda, for example like that still being pushed by the Russian leader, his media and his Useful (I...s) among others trying to get their usual audiences to believe Ukraine is a Nazi state, and also believe that Russia is not a fascist nation that is run by one of the modern era's most brutal regimes, a male who's leading a system as close to fascism as the world has seen in decades. Reasonable people might possibly listen to the Putin propaganda pushers, but because they're reasonable will tune them out. 4 Chan probably has a bunch of extremist herds that might be willing to listen to M-T-G and others like her, people who say fascists are bad, yet push fascist beliefs on top of just plain wack.

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Ukraine knew they were never getting into NATO, NATO knew this was a red line for the Russians too. Everyone dangled it infront of Ukraine, much like how the EU dangled EU membership to Turkey, but they weren’t really going to let them in.

It also seems like the EU is dangling EU membership to Ukraine, too, but will they really let them in?

and if the west accept Russia has any legitimacy regarinf its fear of being surrounded by NATO,, and the west accepts it, it might open up a whole can of worms when China decides to take Taiwan, as part of their sphere of influence. And any sanctions will hurt China hard but they’ll really hurt the western democracies too.

But we just ignore it, so long as money is being made.

we ignored Georgia, Chechnya, Crimea, Donbas regions, chemical attacks on the UK and Dirty money in London. And we are doing the same with China. Tibet, Hong Kong, China sea islands, uighars, concentration camps but taking their money.

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"It's better to carry this out early," a senior lawmaker of the major Japanese ruling party told reporters. Yes, by the time Zelenskiy's request has been debated and Japanese politicians have come to a decision the Russians will have retreated and the war over leaving Japanese diplomatic support less than useless.

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Give Putin an opportunity to virtually express his views too. That’s fair play.

I would like to see both sides on a one-on-one debate session, preferably in a town-meeting style involving the Japanese audience. PM Kishida....will just listen :)

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It's time to get serious and send them some mecha warrior machines but Ukraine will have to provide their own trained schoolgirls to operate them.

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@Fighto!

President Zelenskyy is a brave man and a true patriot to be admired. Full respect for him and the Ukrainians in their struggle against their invaders.

100% spot on.

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Give Putin an opportunity to virtually express his views too. That’s fair play.

Grow up.

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It's time to think outside the box.

Japan should sell Takeshima Island to Ukraine and Ukraine could pay for it with crowdfunded donations and then as a Pacific Island nation, Ukraine could join the new Pacific Alliance with Japan. Russia only made Ukraine joining NATO the red line. They never said anything about not joining the new Pacific Alliance. Of course, before Putin starts crying again it would be pointed out that Russia would also be cordially invited to join the Pacific Alliance since they are also on the Pacific Ocean. Then since members of the Alliance cannot attack one other the war would be over.

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Yes why NOT?? this fight is NOT for Ukraine this fight is for Our Freedom and Democracy , I Ukraine falls!! we are in for a big fight with both Russia, China and their NON DEMOCRATIC allies and it will be along one and could turn deadly.

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I understand your desire to rely on Japan.

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Zelenskyy, a dangerous foolhardy individual. He dresses-up in military drag and feigns to be Churchillian. What he is, a comedian, who never held an elected or appointed office until three years ago, when he became president - which reflects poorly on those who voted him into office. His campaign was virtual and 'live' predominantly consisted of stand-up routines.

To date, his primary accomplishment is war with Russia. Apparently, he was unaware Putin is a ruthless killer. Zelenskyy in a February speech, in Munich, declared an intent to join NATO or not being able to realize that fevered dream, to obtain nuclear capability.

He exhorts the citizenry to man the barricades and engage the enemy, which is at best a suicide mission. And bizarrely claims the Ukraine will defeat Russia. Instead of suing for peace and engaging in diplomacy.

His ego is tremendous and feeds off a delusional manifestation: inhabiting a role that places him center stage as a world leader, full of greatness and courage. This from a shallow political mediocrity, who will bring his country to ruin. Meanwhile, the carnage continues and Ukraine functions as a pawn for all manner of odious realpolitik.

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Matthew Hopkins. Amen. Kudos.

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. . . perhaps should be a closed session not open to the public . . . .

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Dinosaurs being... dinosaurs. Unable to operate a remote control, nevermind anything as complex as video conferencing 'system' With the majority of them being asleep most of the time anyway, they are an embarrasment to Japan.

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Richard Gallagher....

Excellent post! At least a few can understand what is really going on in Ukraine. Zelensky is a foolish puppet intent on getting as many of his fellow citizens to die for his glory. The west is only prolonging the slaughter by giving weapons. Those cheering for anti tank rockets.... Do you know the simple and easy counter measure against them?

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