Alfie Noakes comments

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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Posted in: It is a fact that our ancestors nurtured a moral code that is respected and marveled at by the world. For this reason, I think some individuals or organizations may want to consider using the rescript as a teaching material. See in context

Fascism on the march in 2018. This "moral code" is a cornerstone of the new constitution that Nippon Kaigi wants to foist on Japan.

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Posted in: Peruvian police arrest opposition leader Keiko Fujimori in money laundering probe See in context

A family of monsters. Lock them up and throw away the keys.

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Posted in: German tourist admits to stabbing Japanese man on Nagasaki street See in context

So has this guy been in detention for over a year? Attempted murder is a serious charge of course, but a year seems like a very long time.

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

An ugly soulless shed that's cost an estimated $5.42 billion. 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.

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Posted in: Tadao Ando exhibition in Paris See in context

Mr. Concrete. Some friends got married at his Chapel on the Water in Tomamu which was beautiful in the snow. I really liked those old ivy covered apartment buildings on Omotesando that were knocked down and turned into the truly hideous Ometesando Hills shopping atrocity. Although I quite like the Azuma House, tbh.

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Posted in: Trump's U.N. envoy Nikki Haley quits; denies 2020 ambitions See in context

Yet another rat jumping off the sinking ship. Paul Ryan and Haley clearly know the subpoenas will start flying soon and are making their escape.

John Bolton was the best though.

Ah yes, the Gatestone Islamaphobic hate-merchant responsible for the deaths of millions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's a really good one.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-bolton-anti-muslim-bigot-hate-groups_us_5ab52bf2e4b008c9e5f6f1f9

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk See in context

He's not going anywhere. But he's getting an awful lot of free publicity for Zozotown.

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Posted in: Japanese cheesemakers fret over EU trade deal See in context

Blessed are the cheesemakers.

Yes indeed, and here are five of the best:

http://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/food-drink/food-and-drink-features/5-local-cheeses-from-lancashire-you-should-try-1-4037263

The day we can eat such cheese, at reasonable prices, here in Japan will be a miracle.

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Posted in: Senate confirms Kavanaugh for Supreme Court by vote of 50-48 See in context

Shame on those who voted for him. He is not fit to be on the bench.

US politics is dead.

The dying carcass of globe-destroying neoliberalism vs Trump-style nationalism with it's 1930s fascistic underpinnings? Dead and buried, whatever happens.

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Posted in: LDP to skip talks with Komeito, present constitution change proposals to Diet See in context

Shinzo guts pose photo - Check!

Military photos - Check!

Hinomaru - what, no hinomaru? Photo editor is slacking!

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Posted in: Tokyo to 'screen off' bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay See in context

The cost of this farrago has now ballooned up to $24 billion dollars yet the athletes are expected to swim through clouds of fecal bacteria.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810050032.html

"Yuji Ishizaka, an associate professor of sports sociology at Nara Women's University, said organizing committees always tended to underestimate expenses, but control over spending would be lost if transparency was lacking.

"The organizing committee and central government must fulfill its responsibility to explain the appropriateness of the expenditures made for the Tokyo Olympics," he said.

Olympics in Japan are nothing more than a massive scam to shift public money into the private sector without any oversight.

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Posted in: Gov't starts work on new growth strategy, with focus on labor reform See in context

Clueless octogenarians sleepwalking into oblivion. Depressing beyond words. Last one out switch the light off.

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Posted in: Record 37,000 children suspected to have suffered abuse in Japan See in context

Child abuse happens because parents or guardians cannot cope with stress in their own lives, because they were abused themselves as children, because of unrealistic expectations, lack of support, alcohol abuse and emotional disorders within the parents themselves. Most of those are rife within Japanese society.

And the government is doing what?

Raising consumption tax from 8 to 10%.

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

They are all in non secure part time work with low wages and no benefits.

Yes, and then they go home to cook, clean and shop because their husbands are working 3 hours of unpaid overtime every evening. Abenomics is a chimera, it doesn't exist. Surely Ms. Lagarde can understand it's just a scam, like this 2% inflation nonsense, which only exists to reduce the Japanese govt debt.

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Posted in: Japan to revise northern Pacific sei whaling program See in context

Still, Japan annually consumes about 5,000 tons of whale meat from its research hunts, officials said.

Tee hee.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves 52 aides to ministers after reshuffle See in context

She is the eldest daughter of former lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, who is known for his strong ties with Russia.

Muneo! A man so corrupt he needed a corkscrew just to get out of bed in the morning. When he was finally arrested he was kept in solitary confinement for a year to stop him from blabbing! As Smith says, let's hope she's clean but you'd have to be simple-minded to imagine this was anything other than nepotism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfUJnSV9lPM

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Wait, you don't think that freedom of speech means that someone can say anything they want without repercussion, do you?

What you talking about, Willis? Of course not. This toys-out-of-pram hissy fit from the Osaka oyajis reminded me of this story:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2015/03/04/issues/u-s-author-recounts-lecture-got-comfort-women-uninvited-japanese-guests/

And this one:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rifkind-a-stooge-in-secret-pr-war-on-china-xfq2qp2br

There are several more examples but work beckons. If they can't control the narrative they attempt to bully, cajole, threaten and force. Or pay money to have others do it for them.

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