Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Fukushima plant water release to prolong seafood safety woes See in context

Japan's neighbors AND now Japanese fisheries groups are not happy with the government's decision. This was a stupid move, BUT considering we are talking about the LDP headed by a PM whose so incompetent he almost makes Abe look good, who here is surprised?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

1.829 tests - 591 new cases.

That's roughly 30%.

Yep.

What happened to those "attempted" 60.000 tests / day?

Failure like so much more!

Oh no- its not failure. this is by design. They know what the numbers will look like if they test like that. No way are they going to do that before the Olympics are over.

1829 tests in one day for the whole of Tokyo? That's ridiculous. I think Osaka is doing ten time that, and they're not the ones holding the Olympics.

That's why they ARE doing 10 times that. Because they are NOT holding the Olympics. That's all.

Interesting that no matter if 1,000, or 5,000 tests are done the numbers are now always 500.

Yes it is. I wonder why....

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Posted in: New Zealand to end livestock exports by sea due to animal welfare concerns See in context

While we're at it, can exports of live horses to Japan also stop?

Hear Hear!

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Posted in: Things starting to stir at Tokyo Olympic venues See in context

Athletes will be told not to socialize, to refrain for any tourism, and to come late and leave early to reduce the risks of spreading the virus.

That should be fun. I was an athlete I just would have boycotted the games

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Posted in: Narita airport starts facial recognition trial for faster travel See in context

Above - I meant PRs from UK arriving at Japanese airports.

And YET, Special permanent residents from N. Korea and China DONT.

Go figure

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Posted in: Narita airport starts facial recognition trial for faster travel See in context

Japanese tourists can just come and go how they please at Heathrow, UK, going through the same lines as locals, without the need to see officers or give their fingerprints. On the other, PRs from the UK have to go through a lot of checks and see an officer - during the pandemic, immigration checks have been ridiculously long. Am I the only one seeing double standards here?

No. You're not. I agree wholeheartedly.

Even after registering for the automatic gate, you still have to give your fingerprints - what is the point?

Exactly.

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Posted in: Narita airport starts facial recognition trial for faster travel See in context

Whatever Aly - I'm missing your point tbh.

My point is its unnecessary to fingerprint people if you have facial tech. that's all. You don't need to do it

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Posted in: Narita airport starts facial recognition trial for faster travel See in context

Nothing to do with entering the country Aly - Just to expedite the departure process.

Oh I know that. It was explained in the article. My point being is that now with that technology being rolled out in the airport, it is completely unnecessary to fingerprint the foreigners.

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Posted in: Narita airport starts facial recognition trial for faster travel See in context

well if they have facial recognition, I would think they don't need to fingerprint foreigners anymore

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Posted in: Virus surges fuel fears 100 days before Tokyo Olympics See in context

Why even it's happening? Majority of Japanese people opposed Tokyo Olympics already.

because japan is not a democracy.

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

Fighto

i have to agree 100%

I think the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up to him

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

I am sad for your lack of political imagination. I will not allow despair to conquer me.

Ignorance is bliss I suppose

No not the US. The US is already cutting economic ties with china. I'm talking about all the other countries that have VERY close ties to china. They wont give up that gravy train for Taiwan.

Oh. It's just until now we were talking about the US. And, as I said, it's highly speculative, but if Taiwan declared independence, other countries that have semi-formal ties would, I believe recognise them. I might be wrong.

But I might be right.

That’s right. You could be wrong you could be right. I personally think you are 100% wrong and like everything else we’re just gonna have to agree to disagree because I don’t think that other countries which rely so much on China are willing to give up the gravy train for ideals

The US cannot protect Taiwan unless its a soverign nation. That's just reality. the US can protect them in that instance. Otherwise the US has few moves to protect Taiwan if it insists on being the only real china. That's just reality. Not pressure. At the end its Taiwan's call.

Right, but what you said was that the US should actively approach Taiwan, and tell them that they must declare independence, or... well, nice country. Shame if something were to happen to it. 

That's putting pressure on an ally.

No it’s not putting political pressure on an ally. It’s dealing with the political reality that is what it is. The United States cannot protect Taiwan if it is not a sovereign nation. So it is up to the time we need to decide what to do. This is not putting pressure on them. It’s just telling them what reality is.

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

These are the old guard from mainland China who escaped to Taiwan and thought they could one day retake mainland.

good point!

he current administration is pro independence as opposed to the previous one hence the saber-rattling. In the States, we have red states and blue states. My understanding from what I've read is that blue in Taiwan is the party you mentioned Kuomintang who is for closer ties with China and possibly reunification. Green is the current party that is pro-independence.

good to know

Exactly. This is about the 800 to 1 billion up and coming middle class market that the US wants access to but has conflicting ideology with the West. Wealth vs Democracy. Corporations couldn't care less what system China has as long as they are raking it in.

agree

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

yeah so lets not talk about the CCP deciding to go democratic. that's not going to happen

It might not. But it is possible.

No it isn't. we'll just have to agree to disagree.

The idea that people cannot break free of their shackles is advocating for hopelessness.

Its realism.

Wishing for a better world and idealism aren't "unhelpful," and they're not even just "nice". They are essential. It might not be true that if you dream it, you can do it. But it is true that if you don't dream it, you can't do it.

You can't do it period.

Who? The US?

No not the US. The US is already cutting economic ties with china. I'm talking about all the other countries that have VERY close ties to china. They wont give up that gravy train for Taiwan.

If you don't think the US will recognize Taiwan under any circumstances, why do you think that the US should offer Taiwan recognition? It would be nice if you would, as you promised, made things clearer.

Again not talking about the US.

Incidentally, telling a country that they should do something and we will offer protection, otherwise they are on their own, is the definition of "putting pressure" on that country.

The US cannot protect Taiwan unless its a soverign nation. That's just reality. the US can protect them in that instance. Otherwise the US has few moves to protect Taiwan if it insists on being the only real china. That's just reality. Not pressure. At the end its Taiwan's call.

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

Yeah. That's why democracy is good and authoritarianism is bad.

yeah so lets not talk about the CCP deciding to go democratic. that's not going to happen

I believe in freedom for the people of Syria. Once, people couldn't imagine a world without kings. Before that, they couldn't imagine a world without shaman. Before that, they couldn't imagine a world beyond caves. Once.

so do I. But the idea that anyone can break out of their shackles is pie in the sky.

Nothing that was worth having ever came easily.

Yes but wishing for it and being idealistic won't help.

Not under its current position that it is China, no. I wouldn't, either. It's flatly incorrect.

they won't recognize taiwan under any circumstances. this is about economics and access to the Chinese market and not idealistic pie in the sky ideals

Not much here that I disagree with, except that Taiwan should come to us.

It should be their decision, based on a vote by their people. We should not be pressuring other countries into surrendering their political positions — even if they are wrong.

No one is talking about pressure. the US should just warn them that china might very well be getting ready to invade. Of course the decision is theirs. But the US has always pursued a 1 China policy that has not been encouraging for taiwan. the US goes to them and offers them protection. They can take it or leave it.

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

 Democracy is the greatest, most revolutionary idea to ever inform human governance.

True.

Even the Chinese Communists were originally motivated by the genius and beauty of one person, one vote.

Yeah....that was before they discovered they seized power.

I refuse to believe that the people are incapable of breaking their shackles.

Go to Syria. Then you will believe.

I am no better than any Chinese farmer or laborer. If I succumb to the belief that authoritarianism can have complete victory, or that the people are ultimately too weak to make meaningful change, what hope is there for me? What hope is there for us? What hope is there for this Earth?

Yes idealism is nice, but we live in the real world. And the CCP is NOT going to relinquish power easily

My apologies, I must have misunderstood you when you said, "Just recognize Taiwan and put a US base there."

Yes you did. Because I did not mean it against the will of the Taiwanese people. I would have thought that needed no explanation but I will explain a little more from now on so you don't get confused again.

Taiwan's position is also that there is only one China. And it is, in my view, an illegitimate position.

No Taiwan's position is that there is only one legitimate China. And it is ALSo in my view, an illegitimate position.

This is somewhat speculative, but I imagine that many countries, given that they have semi-official ties with Taiwan, would recognise it as a nation if it declared independence as "The Republic of Taiwan", and not "The Republic of China". But it won't, because the official policy of the Republic of China is that the People's Republic of China is a usurper of mainland China. And the fact is, that is wrong.

That is very speculative too. The fact is, too many countries are wary of antagonizing China and will NEVER recognize Taiwan.

It would be best to go to Taiwan and lay the cards on the table. Say to them " Look, declare independence as the Nation of Taiwan and we can protect you with military bases if you want. But understand that you may be invaded sooner than later. Your choice."

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

Taiwan's position is that it is China. I disagree: the Chinese government has become an appalling entity,

agree.

and it can only be solved with democratic reforms.

I personally don't believe that will EVER happen.

I don't know how to do that. But the fact of the matter is that the Kuomintang lost the civil war.

Agree.

I personally think Taiwan should pursue independence, so I might agree with you, but it's a matter for the Taiwanese government and — more importantly — the Taiwanese people. It shouldn't be up to the US to decide what states are and are not independent.

Nobody said it should be unilaterally decided by the US. But the US has pursued a 1 China policy which included NOT recognizing the legitimacy of Taiwan. By recognizing that Taiwan is a sovereign state the US can then OFFICIALLY offer them complete protection IF that is what they want. But Taiwan was never given the choice as it is not recognized by the international community- but that is not because Taiwan sees itself as the legit China, its because the world didn't want to antagonize the CCP

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

Are you saying that the US should consider Taiwan not to be the nation of China, against the view of the Taiwanese government?

No I'm saying that the US needs to recognize Taiwan as a separate entity OR if the Taiwanese don't want that then they can refuse it at their own peril.

Because that has been US policy for decades, and continues to this day.

so what? things change.

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

That isn't the view of the government of Taiwan.

Because they didn't want to shake things up. But now, things are different

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

Just recognize Taiwan 

As what?

As a separate country from China.

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Posted in: Man arrested in Kobe after stuffing fried chicken into ex-girlfriend’s mailbox See in context

JUUUUSSTTT when you think you've heard it all along comes Harada and his Fried Chicken.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

Kiko will obviously try to get her younger daughter Kako on her side to try to prevent this wedding.

Kiko and Kako vs Mako.

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Posted in: Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force See in context

Just recognize Taiwan and put a US base there. Otherwise, I suspect the CCP will invade sooner than we think.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll

That's it?? I would have expected it to be higher levels of dissatisfaction and lower approval ratings. I mean, Suga makes Abe look almost GOOD.

Perhaps the number of dissatisfied would be higher?

- “The survey, covering 656 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,185 mobile phone numbers, yielded responses from 508 and 507 people, respectively.” -

Looks like more people responded from household phones and, less than half to mobile phone solicitations for responses.

Excellent point!

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

I still can't understand how a debt by a relative can prevent these two kids from getting married, especially one as rich as the J royal family.

Its Japan. The degree of meddling in other people's business is on another level here.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa step up anti-virus measures See in context

Is that anything like a Quazi-Moto SOE?

Brilliant!

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Posted in: Post-COVID era of hybrid work beckons in UK See in context

Absolutely!

Companies, and countries alike (yes Japan!) will have to adopt this way of working to keep attracting the best talent.

The last doing so will be left behind in a world that is increasingly competitive to attract, and retain, the best resources.

I agree! More WFH and Home schooling as well will be the way to go. I wish my company did that. I would LOVE to WFH

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Posted in: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics, if they are held, will be a coronavirus super-spreader event? See in context

yup! especially with Osaka having trouble with the new strain there..

That's why I bought a second car and will commute to work from now on.

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Posted in: Trump insults Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors See in context

Good. Let the republicans fight among themselves.

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