Alan Harrison comments

Posted in: Myanmar jails Japanese journalist for 10 years on 2 charges See in context

Aside from the tragedy of Kubota's arrest and imprisonment, the single great tragic element is the Japanese Govts unwillingness to do anything of substance.

What exactly is the Japanese Government supposed to do. Myanmar is not in Japan's jurisdiction with regards to law. It is a diplomatic matter and I am sure that diplomat's are working behind the scenes to ensure Kubota's welfare.

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Posted in: Myanmar jails Japanese journalist for 10 years on 2 charges See in context

When in Rome ......

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Posted in: Energy costs, weak yen push Tokyo inflation at fastest pace in 30 years See in context

Energy costs, weak yen push Tokyo inflation at fastest pace in 30 years

Poor little Japan. Life must be really tough.

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Posted in: Japan protests possible gas extraction by China in contested waters See in context

If the structure and drilling is on the Chinese side, what is the issue with Japan?

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Posted in: British PM Truss forced into humiliating tax U-turn See in context

Surely in a nation of 60 million plus they could have come up with someone better than this hopeless woman and the kwasi buffoon?

Sad to see how far the UK is falling.

@Fighto! For the record, the PM was selected by Conservative MP's and party members and not the general public. The UK is not failing.

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Posted in: British PM Truss forced into humiliating tax U-turn See in context

Well, I'm pleased to see that PM Truss has realised the mistake and has rectified it.

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Posted in: Kishida pinning hopes on big-spending tourists to revive economy See in context

Japan has never been value for money, no matter what the exchange rate is. It is also blatantly obvious that many Japanese like foreign tourists money, but not foreign tourists. But, there is one thing that Japanese dislike the most - ,a successful foreigner who resides in Japan. All, in all, this does not make Japan a very happy destination for foreigners to visit. The old "Japan is "unique" is dying fast, and Kishida needs to understand that the world is no longer Japan's cash cow.

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Posted in: Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today See in context

No matter how hard the J-Government and the Japanese culture of denial tries, the legacy of WW2 will continue to surface for many years. In muy opinion the best thing that the J-Government can do is conduct a thorough open investigation into this, and other instances (for example, Sado Mines massacre), and only then can WW2 be finally put to bed.

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Posted in: UK economic chaos, pound plunge hit businesses See in context

The tax cuts are crazy and irresponsible, the work of a demented mind. Truss's days could well be numbered, and I'm talking very low digits.

I agree, what on earth is she thinking?

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Posted in: Kishida begins 3 days of 'condolence diplomacy' around Abe funeral See in context

condolence diplomacy'

This must be a new phrase in the English Language. I'm not even sure how it translates from Japanese. Can anyone out there help with that one?

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Posted in: Tokyo tightens security for Abe's funeral See in context

"where violent crime is rare"

Every time there is a violent crime in Japan, this comment is made (even on the BBC). Then a whole dossier of violent incidents prior to the one being reported is cited. It sounds so contradictory that people sarcastically say "what! Violent crime is rare in Japan!

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau cancels trip for Abe's state funeral See in context

I'm sure that a representative from the Canadian Embassy will be able to attend on his behalf. What's the problem?

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

It still is not proven that Abe was a member of the Moonies.

I do agree that the funeral should be much smaller and cheaper. Zero need for foreign Heads of State or dignitaries, as Abe certainly was not a Head of State.

@Fighto! There seems to be some confusion in Japan as to what a State Funeral is. This seems more like a Ceremonial Funeral similar to the one held in the UK for the late Margaret Thatcher. You are right, it has no comparison for the Head of State. (The last Head of State Funeral in Japan being 1989).

I don't think that the Unification Church issue is relevant.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign guests to wear face masks at Abe state funeral See in context

Wise move.

To be honest I was stunned to see the Emperor and Empress maskless in Westminster. There is now an outbreak after the funeral, which was predictable.

Cases in the UK are decreasing, and over 90% of the population fully jabbed. No new outbreak.

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Posted in: Britain cleans up, looks to future after queen's funeral See in context

King Charles III has indicated that he wants a smaller scale coronation, as he also wants to address the question of saving tax payers money in difficult times.

You mean the new main poobah hasn't been truly coronated yet? And just how many pound notes is that gonna cost em? Damn.

I mean King Charles III has indicated that he wants a smaller scale coronation, as he also wants to address the question of saving tax payers money in difficult times.

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Posted in: Britain cleans up, looks to future after queen's funeral See in context

4 Billion viewers? Wow, just imagine if the auctioned advertising on the coffin, gun carriage and hearse. It could have save the tax payers a small fortune.

All three are state property, the gun carriage is maintained by the Royal Navy, so I doubt that they would ever be up for auction.

King Charles III has indicated that he wants a smaller scale coronation, as he also wants to address the question of saving tax payers money in difficult times.

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Posted in: Britain cleans up, looks to future after queen's funeral See in context

The estimated global TV audience for Queen Elizabeth's II is 4 billion.

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Posted in: Britain cleans up, looks to future after queen's funeral See in context

Just before the funeral I was sitting in the garden with a cup of tea, away from the TV set. Friends from all over the world were sending the pictures and videos to me on my phone. I could have stayed in the garden all day.

For those who did'nt watch it, I think that they missed out on a piece of unforgettable history being made before our eyes. In years to come we will all remember where, we were, who we were with. And what we did on that day.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and world at funeral See in context

My understanding - from the commentary - was that Her Majesty QE2 meticulously planned most of the key ceremonies herself, years in advance. Which underlines what a talented woman she was.

Yes, the funeral was planned well in advance. Touching on one of your previous comments, the fact that a Japanese Emperor broke with protocol and attended a funeral shows what a high opinion Naruhito had of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and world at funeral See in context

Headline that she was mourned by the world is somewhat pretentious..

500 Heads of State and foreign dignitaries attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. I would say that it is not pretentious to say that she was mourned by the world.

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Posted in: Has Queen Elizabeth's death rekindled sorrow for someone you have loved and lost? See in context

People are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, nobody else. What a funny question!

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Posted in: Leaky pen and staff job cuts: King Charles under scrutiny See in context

The only redundancies will be voluntary with generous terms, and all others redeployed. As for the leaky pen, is this even news?

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral; Kishida will go to New York See in context

The PM was never invited, heads of state are invited. It was presumptuous of him to think he was.

Presumptuous and arrogant.

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Posted in: Seeking right tone, new British PM Truss had to quickly change gear for queen See in context

I think the British got more problem,that are able to deal with ,lots of deal with antiquated thinking,they cannot pivot like American

Right now, the UK's thinking is very progressive, and pivoting well to all situations.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

There has only been a Scottish Parliament since 1999. Before that, all laws affecting Scotland were passed at Westminster.

Scottish MP's have always been able to vote at Westminster, and still can.

Scotland's population is about 5.5 million.

My goodness, healthy birthrate. Glad to hear that my Scottish cousins are thriving.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

The SNP, like most nationalists everywhere try to portray themselves (and instill in others in the population) as bullied oppressed victims. The game is : give us more or else we will go independent.

The question at the last referendum "Should Scotland be an independent country", never made much sense to me. Scotland has always been an independent country, setting most of it's own agenda regarding budgets, tax, education and even laws (note Scottish law varies from English Common Law). On all other issues, Scottish MP's are free to vote at Westminster.

Nowhere in the world is a more successful partnership between two countries.

Scottish people are intelligent, industrious proud people, and it was good to see that a decisive majority saw through this nationalist victim, own destiny jargon at the last referendum.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

I think that most Scottish resentment comes from the fact that out of a country of just over 3,000,000 people, 85% of the land is owned by less than 500 people.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

From what I understand, one woman was arrested, and the booing seemed to come from one man. Possibly drunk.

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Posted in: King Charles proclaimed monarch of Australia, New Zealand See in context

"Proclaimed". It would be interesting to see an actual VOTE of the People on this issue in these presumed 'democracies'.

There was a vote in Australia in 1999.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth is featured on several currencies. Now what? See in context

Queen Elizabeth II has been depicted on British banknotes and coins for decades. Her portrait also has been featured on currencies in dozens of other places around the world, in a reminder of the British empire's colonial reach.

Fiji is a British Commonwealth country. Not connected at all to the British Empires colonial reach.

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