Alfie Noakes comments

Posted in: APEC summit ends with no communique as China, U.S. differ See in context

A new form of colonialism.

No, it's just the old colonialism in a new bottle. Let's not forget that just a few years ago Japanese troops were killing and eating "Australian and Indian soldiers as well as Asian forced labourers in New Guinea."

Communist China will be the big loser as more and more nations put on sanctions and refuse to trade with PRC. Chinas economy is shrinking rapidly

As an Australian, aren't you concerned about the negative effect this will have on your economy?

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Posted in: Fabrication allegation rocks popular Japanese TV variety show See in context

"Producers tend to think news reports and variety shows are different but for the viewers, they are both the same TV broadcast."

A salient fact which has kept the LDP in power for most of the last 70 years. Joseph Goebbels would love Japanese TV.

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

In his war memoirs, ex-Prime Minister of Japan, Nakasone writes, "I took great pains to set up a comfort station for them.”

He wrote this in “Owarinaki Kaigun” (“The Navy Without End”), a collection of memoirs written by navy veterans, published in 1978. “Comfort station” is the government’s euphemism for frontline brothel.

Not only Nakasone but Nobutaka Shikanai, the founder of media conglomerate Fuji Sankei, learned how to manage "comfort stations" in his accountancy classes. The idea of fascists like Sakurai attempting to whitewash the documented past, and make money from it, is both inconceivable and nauseating. What happened, happened. Sakurai and her ilk live in an alternative reality and bring eternal shame on Japan with their denial of the truth.

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Posted in: 2 megabanks in Japan to share ATMs to cut costs amid fall in users See in context

More nudge marketing from banks losing their profits. The customer comes last should be their motto.

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Posted in: Old neighborhoods endangered by 'zombie' redevelopment scheme See in context

Something's definitely fishy about how the Tokyo metropolitan government is reviving this "zombie" project, the magazine concludes.

It's a massive scam to benefit the development and construction business. The plans are made in secret and then "shared" with major developers who start buying up the land cheap ahead of any public announcement. "Widening roads to serve as firebreaks" was the excuse used. The plan was created when Ishihara Shintaro was governor of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Mahathir, Cheney among decoration recipients in Japan See in context

Dick Cheney

The love affair between the neocons and Nippon Kaigi is seemingly endless. Shinzo received an award and a slap up lunch from the Hudson Institute a few years back and reciprocates with Japanese gongs for all the Bush2 era war criminals.

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Posted in: Scandal-tainted Suruga Bank to gain Y250 bil credit line from BOJ: sources See in context

Why are we not hearing more about the scandal bank?

That's a good question. Why is there so much stuff that happens in Japan that never makes the corporate media? Why could that possible be? It's a real headscratcher isn't it!

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Posted in: Roppongi patrol See in context

We shouldn't complain about keeping the touts quiet, but the new Roppongi is not the same as the old one.

"Old" Roppongi was absolutely wonderful. Dodgy and sleazy of course, but a great place for a night out. I had some amazing times there with friends. "New" Roppongi is soulless and dull, like so much of Tokyo now. Shame.

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Posted in: Tuna tank See in context

Does Tokyo Sea Life Park sell its tuna inventory to generate revenue and help fund park's upkeep?

I don't know about that but when the tuna die the staff get to eat them.

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Posted in: Japan won't introduce daylight saving time during 2020 Olympics See in context

Quelle surprise. The octogenarians that control this country see daylight saving time as something foreign, like wheat and universal human rights, and essentially damaging to Japan. They oppose it on principle as it was imposed on the country by the Americans after the war.

Farmers will be happy. Most people prefer the extra sunshine in the morning.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), in 2015 there were about 1.33 million households engaged in commercial farming, with the total number of farmers down from more than 11 million in 1965 to fewer than 2 million presently. Moreover, farming is increasingly an occupation dominated by the elderly: 6 in 10 farmers in Japan are over the age of 65, and farming as a full-time profession is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

Farming in Japan is dying and nobody else wants sunrise at 4:30am. Well, only people who don't live in Japan, maybe.

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Posted in: Trump political ad linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive See in context

Trump's in full-on Mussolini mode now. How long before he starts bragging about the trains running on time and demanding his head be on the stamps?

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

Nothing to do with the environment. All to do about stingies saving money and treating adults as children.

Yep. Rules, rules, rules! Can't have those people thinking for themselves, who knows what crazy stuff they might dream up!

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Posted in: Kanye West says he's been 'used' on politics See in context

Kanye/Trump was so grotesque I could barely watch. It was even more cringe-inducing than a Julia Davis sitcom. Old Kanye needs to keep away from politics, take his medicine and make music.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

Ludicrous overreaction from elderly men frightened by the youth having a good time. I was there 2 years ago (much against my will, I can't say I'm interested) but it was great fun and I'd gladly go again. I've seen more trouble at dominos night in an old geezers pub in the UK. Why do they have to suck the joy and spontaneity out of everything in this country?

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Posted in: 'Attack on Titan' manga to become Hollywood live-action movie See in context

Disturbing historical revisionism / ultranationalist manga. Why on earth would people like Muschetti and Heyman want to be involved? Don't they understand what it's about?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic minister promises transparency on spending See in context

"We need to ensure transparency and gain understanding from the people," Olympic Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada said.

Comedy gold, Mr. Sakurada. There are two points to having the Games in Japan, as any fule kno:

1) Money

2) Nationalism

Taking as much public money as possible and transferring it into the hands of the construction industry is the whole point. What's this transparency nonsense?

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Posted in: Journalist freed from Syria returns to Japan to relief, rice balls and criticism See in context

The Yomiuri Shimbun was told this by Rami Abdel Rahman, chief of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who said the ransom had been $3 million (about ¥337 million).

The observatory, a private organization, is monitoring the Syrian civil war. Abdel Rahman said he obtained the information from multiple reliable sources, adding that Qatar intended to demonstrate its contribution to saving a Japanese citizen’s life to the international community.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is an anti-Assad propaganda mill run by one guy from a semi-detached house in suburban Coventry in England and sponsored by the British government. It's simply unreliable:

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Posted in: Suspected bombs target Obama, Clinton, other top Democrats, CNN See in context

The disintegration of the Great Satan continues, cheered on by Trumpkins and Putinbots all over the world.

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Posted in: Living the dream: Three British brands meet for mission to crack Japan See in context

Good luck with that, lads. The Bubble burst 25 years ago; these days it's kei cars, happoshu and Aoki Men's Plaza.

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Posted in: Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there's a robot for that See in context

Yet another robot puff piece. Weren't Carriro-style robots banned in San Francisco or somewhere?

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Posted in: Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste import ban See in context

If companies can’t self-regulate this kind of thing I think the governement should step in with some new laws.

Your faith in Japanese companies to self-regulate when it will affect their profits and the Japanese government to enact laws that cost their financial backers money is touching in the extreme.

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Posted in: Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence See in context

Pompeo also said the United States must be mindful of important business and government ties with Saudi Arabia

Everyone will look the other way as the monsters of Saudi commit genocide in Yemen, sponsor global terrorism and crucify their own people. The vilest of the vile, and simply because their oil money props up the arms business.

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Posted in: German gets 6 years for attempted murder committed after he was snubbed by women See in context

This smells. It would be nice to have a bit more information on this as the motive seems highly unlikely to result in the criminal actions which occurred.

Yes, this story appeared out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago and will doubtless now disappear forever. I suppose we will have to scour other media sources to discover what actually happened.

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Posted in: Far-right parties have very little support in Japan. But there are a lot more people, a kind of reserve army, who are vaguely concerned about admitting foreigners. If the government doesn’t put together appropriate policies, that unease will increase. See in context

Far-right parties have very little support in Japan

Tamogami polled 610,865 votes in the 2014 Tokyo gubernatorial election. That's 12.39%. Hardly very little.

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Posted in: Melania Trump says she might be 'the most bullied person in the world' See in context

The lack of self-awareness is staggering. As is dressing up like an extra from Death On The Nile to ponce around in Africa playing Lady Bountiful. What planet do these people come from and when will they go back?

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Posted in: Japan issues warning against volatile stock, currency moves See in context

Currencies manipulation is illegal and goes against the WTO agreements.

Japan's tourism boom and export business are based on currency manipulation.

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Posted in: Kanye West delivers surreal Oval Office show See in context

The whole thing sounds like a grotesque festival of cringe. Is there any way to watch this online?

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Posted in: Once vowing not to record anymore, Elvis Costello is back See in context

A peerless songwriter and lyricist. By a strange coincidence I just listened to Get Happy again the other day, for the first time in a few years. That's probably my favourite, a wonderful album with not a subpar song on it. Dusty in Memphis and 90-year old Burt Backache though, that's a killer combination. Can't wait for this.

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Posted in: Tokyo's new Toyosu fish market opens; public tours to begin Saturday See in context

What will happen to the vast area of primo real estate created by the move to Toyosu? That's the key question but hasn't been decided yet. Alfie, actually it has been decided, a large part of Tsukiji will be made into a transport depo to 2020, have seen that in the news a number of times now, THAT was one of the BIG reasons to get this done so they could complete the depot in time for 2020!

Yes, there will be a simplified version of the beltway road and this bus park transport hub. The full version of Arterial Road 2 won't now be ready until 2022. What is unclear is what will happen to the land being used as the transport hub after the Olympics. I'd be willing to bet a fair amount of money that this land, as Goodluck comments above, has been sold at rockbottom prices to Ishihara's mates in the real estate business and will be developed as luxury apartments or offices. You know how it works here....

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine chief priest to quit for criticizing emperor See in context

Hardly a surprise to anyone who pays attention to these things. When the Emperor made his famous "Korean roots" speech back in 2001 he was roundly denounced by the fascists who claimed he had been "brainwashed" as a child by his American tutor.

Yasukuni will just promote another fruitbat. Nothing will change.

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