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Posted in: Ex-Russian diplomat exempted from charge over stolen SoftBank secrets See in context

Given the astonishing number of data leaks Softbank has had in recent years, it's actually a surprise to discover they have any secrets left.

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Posted in: Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 U.S. presidential bid See in context

West's meeting with Trump was so hideously cringeworthy I could barely watch. Maybe he should save his money and get some counselling instead.

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Posted in: The labor shortage is real and the war for talent will intensify as economies normalize. Japan's nexus to Asia in general, and China in particular, means that the manufacturing sector here will pull out of recession well before America recovers. See in context

Koll is usually wrong yet he is always quoted in the media.

Better known as Mr. Kathy Matsui, he's so deep in the Abe/LDP pocket it's a surprise he can see out.

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Posted in: Liverpool is champion again after Man City loses at Chelsea See in context

Congratulations to Liverpool, the best team won (by a country mile). What a manager Klopp is though, absolutely brilliant. Can't wait for next season.

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Posted in: The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks See in context

Good for them.

They suffered years of abuse, death threats and a horrific hate campaign for daring to express their opposition to crimes against humanity committed by the government of their country. Their treatment was a hideous disgrace.

The Chicks really isn't an appealing name, though.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics must firm up $3.3 billion in sponsor income See in context

Sixty-seven companies have signed up as local sponsors for the Olympics or Paralympics, most lined up by Dentsu Inc, the giant Japanese advertising agency that serves as the exclusive marketing agency for Tokyo 2020.

The marketing arm of the LDP reveals itself as the spawn of Satan yet again.

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Posted in: Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism See in context

It's been widely reported in the vernacular media that factional infighting at the top of the LDP over the Abe succession has destroyed communication and paralysed governmental decision-making since last December.

It's a small miracle that anything of worth has been achieved given the total shambles that passes for a government in this country.

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Posted in: More trouble for Nissan See in context

Bernard MarxToday 10:06 am JST

Bad for these people, but good for the Nissan plant in the UK. Just shows that Brexit wasn't all doom and gloom.

Comedy gold, "Bernard."

Nissan has warned its Sunderland plant with 7,000 staff will be 'unsustainable' if the UK fails to strike a Brexit trade deal with Europe - days after saying it would survive a global restructuring.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter rally held in Tokyo See in context

gokai_wo_manekuToday 08:27 am JST

How do people find out about these activities? I just knew about it by reading Japan Today.

Just look on Twitter, it's easy enough to find.

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Posted in: Australian police arrest 2 after Captain Cook statue defaced; thousands protest in NZ See in context

MableToday 03:05 pm JST

I am worried that a just and appropiate protest for equal civil rights is turning into an excuse for riots and violence. Your level of outrage and emotion do not justify property damage or any other actions against the law.

Drunken English Defence League thugs attack the police in London yesterday 1:

Drunken English Defence League thugs attack the police in London yesterday 2:

Drunken English Defence League thug urinates on plaque commemorating policeman stabbed to death by a knife-wielding terrorist.

A bit of paint on a statue seems mild in comparison.

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Posted in: Cabinet warning against patronizing cabarets makes no sense See in context

It's somehow deeply fitting that the Abe government should be asking people to refrain from visiting places that no longer exist.

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Posted in: Episode of UK sitcom 'Fawlty Towers' pulled over racist slurs See in context

Ah_soToday 03:21 pm JST

He wasn't a mouthpiece, he was an object of scorn and pity, and people laughed at him, not with him.

Did you know that a lot of people didn't laugh at him, but rather with him?

The actor, Warren Mitchell, told of how people would come up to him and tell him how much they agreed and that it was great that he was telling the truth. They never realised that the Garnet character was mocking them.

One interesting point about Till Death is that the great actor Warren Mitchell was a Labour-voting, Jewish, Spurs fan from Hackney, about as dissimilar to Alf Garnett's pig ignorant bigot as you can get.

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

I find certain aspects of this topic difficult to grasp (especially on a Friday evening) so many thanks to girl_in_tokyo, Sneezy and Jonorth for taking the time to elucidate.

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Posted in: Quantum 'fifth state of matter' observed in space for first time See in context

nonvioletteToday 06:38 am JST


It deserves a double-wow, I think!

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Posted in: Koike to declare candidacy for re-election as Tokyo governor See in context

HAMBURGERToday 06:37 am JST

She'll be prime minister someday.

No she won't, a lot of the LDP old boys hate her guts.

Hence, all important projects must be recorded and modifications or deletion of public documents must be securely regulated. And all documents, except for protecting privacy, must be available to public.There are many others such as regulations for smoking in public space and regulations for protecting child abuse. etc.

Yes, all good stuff, but it just means that she's a savvy populist politician who can address voters concerns. She's still a hawkish right-winger, a Nippon Kaigi member and she cancelled the traditional eulogies for Korean residents murdered after the 1923 Tokyo earthquake.

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Posted in: Singer Hikaru Utada opens a discussion on racism on Japanese Twitter See in context

Japan is still a light-year behind many nations at effectively employing a cyber-wafare.

Yes, they're rubbish. As Toasted Heretic points out above:

I was warned about racism in Japan, many years ago. I didn't realize that a lot of it comes from right wing gaijin.

Naomi Osaka was being attacked by a notorious American white supremacist based in Japan. He's been banned from Twitter now, apparently.

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Posted in: Singer Hikaru Utada opens a discussion on racism on Japanese Twitter See in context

But when singer Hikaru Utada weighed in on the issue, she helped to spark a much-needed conversation among Japanese netizens

No she didn't. There are many, many Japanese people discussing exactly such topics on Twitter and other social media sites. There are many non-Japanese residents of Japan discussing racism in Japan and around the world on the internet too, in a variety of languages.

This is clearly a PR article created by her management/agency.

Interestingly, a surprising number of netizens touted strange conspiracy theories and expressed opinions that align with the American far-right

Comedy gold. They're called nettoyo. There's a huge number of them. Surprising? Maybe only to people who have never read anything on Japanese SNS. You'd have to be brain-meltingly naive to be surprised there are alt-right nationalists and racists among Japanese "netizens".

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Posted in: IOC to open talks about easing protest ban at Olympics See in context

Learn from history.

Yes, indeed.

For Bach and the IOC to suddenly clamber aboard the protest bandwagon is the height of hypocrisy:

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Posted in: IOC, Tokyo Olympic organizers agree to simplified games See in context

that personToday 07:04 am JST

"never discussed cancellation."

Procrastination at it’s best

IOC President Bach said in an interview with BBC Sport last month that he accepts that the virus-hit Tokyo Games will have to be canceled if they cannot be held next year.

yet it has “never been discussed”

Another day, another pointless press conference of transparent lies from elderly time-servers who couldn't arrange a booze-up in a brewery. Their only job is to divert public money into private pockets, and they're doing very well thank you. It's the Dentsu Olympics.

He said the IOC would support non-divisive demonstrations in support of the Olympic principles, such as non-discrimination but stopped short of saying what kind of demonstrations should be allowed.

Comedy gold from the protege of Franco fascist functionary Juan Antonio Samaranch:

"Imposing neutrality by fiat requires a certain hubris. The International Olympic Committee demonstrated that it has that in abundant supply when it forbade activism by athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, prohibiting “gestures of a political nature, like a hand gesture or kneeling.” The policy, announced last week, added precision to a longstanding — and controversial — rule in the Olympic Charter stating, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

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Posted in: Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester shoved by police See in context

In recent days I've seen a police officer murder an unarmed, defenceless man, seen a black-clad stormtrooper kick a clearly injured young girl in the face as she sat helpless on the floor, seen black clad stormtroopers flatten an elderly man, breaking his skull, seen black-clad stormtroopers thrash young girls with enormous sticks, seen peaceful protestors gassed and attacked with rubber bullets, seen black-clad stormtroopers without any identifying nameplates or insignia in the the country's capital city.

It reminded me of South Africa under apartheid.

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Posted in: Man, son accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan challenge U.S. extradition case See in context

Abe and his Corruption Gang are getting slaughtered by the opposition in the Diet every day. Any distraction from the endless examples of gross government/corporate malfeasance paraded in front of the people on a daily basis is to be welcomed, one assumes. Foreign boogeyman, all the better.

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Posted in: U.S. prosecutors spar with Prince Andrew's lawyers in Epstein probe See in context

The "calendar girl" event is reported to have taken place at Trump's Mar-a-Lago in 1992.

Epstein lived next door to Trump in both Palm Beach and New York!

People seem to have forgotted that Trump was accused of repeatedly raping a 13 year-old girl at several of Epstein's parties in 1994.

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Posted in: Gov't to launch probe into murky virus relief deal linked to Dentsu See in context

The government would save itself a heap of trouble if Dentsu just dropped the ludicrous facade of being a "private company," since everyone in Japan knows that it's the marketing/advertising arm of the LDP. Dentsu could then revert to its old name of The Ministry of Propaganda, for total clarity of its role in Japanese society.

No surprise to see Pasona in there, Pasona being the Dentsu of haken gaisha in Japan. These companies are nothing more than bottomless pits of sleaze, corruption and lust for money.

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Posted in: New Zealand says coronavirus eliminated and life can resume without restrictions See in context

Where are you getting this certainty from?

He's making it up to push an agenda. At least he's not pretending to be a Kenyan with 5 sisters anymore....

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Posted in: Who are Antifa, the 'boogaloo' movement and others blamed in U.S. protest violence? See in context

Antifa, short for "anti-fascist," is an amorphous movement whose adherents oppose people or groups they consider authoritarian or racist, according to the Anti-Defamation League(ADL), which monitors extremists. Antifa aims to "intimidate and dissuade racists," but its aggressive tactics including physical confrontations can create "a vicious, self-defeating cycle of attacks, counter-attacks and blame," the ADL said.

The ADL has a long history of being anti-left, anti-black and homophobic. It's a bogus civil rights group with a "quasi-state" role in the US.

"In addition to keeping watch over threats to the state—Nazism, Communism, or demands for equality that went too far—the ADL sought out or welcomed ways to participate in the administration of the state. It collaborated with the House Un-American Activities Committee in the late 1940s and 1950s; it also tried and largely failed for several decades to interest the FBI in considering it a partner in monitoring threats."

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Posted in: BTS fans match group's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter See in context

Good for them. I'd always viewed Kpop bands and their fans as blandly apolitical but it's heartening to know they actually care about things like this.

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Posted in: Koike says 'simplified' Games may be necessary to avoid cancellation See in context

Businesses need a return on investment from what they spent for Tokyo 2020, or some will be in danger of bankruptcy.

That's a lot more than some, by all accounts. The LDP bet the house on the Olympics and lost; many companies borrowed money to refurbish hotels, ryokan, restaurants and the like in the hope of surfing the Olympic tourism boom. Now they're completely fecked.

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Posted in: Japan to launch new 'Women's Empowerment' top-flight soccer league in 2021 See in context

The men's game should not have to subsidize them.

Where does it say the "men's game" will subsidize them?

Nadeshiko reflects the aged view of how a "real Japanese woman" should be - gentle, faithful, demure, patient, kind, etc etc - in the eyes of a male-centric society.

Sadly, that's not going to change in the foreseeable. Baby steps, though...

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Posted in: U.S. defense chief opposes deploying troops to quell protests; Mattis criticizes Trump threats See in context

James Mattis denounces Trump, compares his policies of division to the Nazis:

Strong stuff. Seems like the adults have decided it's time to speak out.

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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context

Maybe all those who haven't received a single penny of the money they've been promised to feed their families and support their businesses should just go down to Shiodome and ask Dentsu for it.

Endless corruption, endlessly.

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