Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Are funerals growing obsolete? See in context

They have more business than they can handle. At one end of the age scale: a waiting list to get into daycare facilities. At the other end: a waiting list to get cremated.

That is profound and eye opening.

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Posted in: GINZA SIX to revitalize Tokyo's premier shopping district See in context

I don't mean to be a negative nancy, but why does any part of Tokyo need revitalization? Seems to me the countryside could use a little bit more help. Ginza will always be fine..

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Posted in: Japan's frugal households offer no respite for BOJ, retailers See in context

Japan needs to start paying living wages to contract workers.

Exactly. People don't have enough money to LIVE and the LDP and BOJ Punks are complaining? How stupid can you be? If you don't have money, you are not going to be able to spend money. I don't know what part of that is difficult to understand...

Until that happens, people will continue to hold onto their yen

If they can do that. Many people I know can't afford a night out for drinking. Many people are living on 200,000 a month. How do you do that? How do you raise a family?

Good old Abenomics was ALWAYS the emperor has no clothes on. The foreigners here knew that from the beginning.

Spot on Marie! I actually remember telling that to my Japanese friends. NONE of them were having it. They thought Abe was the bee's knees... I tried to tell them.

Voters on the other hand... I have a hard time feeling sorry for locals when they expect so little from their government and leaders and continue to let these monkeys run the show.

EXACTLY. you reap what you sow. This is why the LDP is so against foreigners voting. Because they would never hold office ever again. If the Japanese populace don't get off their butts and vote the LDP out, this will go on and on. And Japan will collapse. The population needs to get more political and there needs to be more discourse. This is the future of Japan and its children they are neglecting here.

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Posted in: Police urge man who livestreamed homicide on Facebook to turn himself in See in context

What a muppet! Killing a 74 year old man who was probably someone's dad and grandad for no reason except that he's mad at some woman? What an animal. To have so little respect for human life...

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Posted in: Rare whale meat barbecue restaurant in Osaka spreads food culture See in context

OMG please, cite one case a person dies from eating whale.

The Japan Times story notes: “Meanwhile, Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research has cited mortality figures in Taiji, for 2007, at 67 deaths from a population of some 3,500 residents — putting the town’s overall mortality rate more than 50 percent above other villages nationwide of roughly the same population. However Kozagawa, west of Taiji, where dolphin meat is also consumed, showed an even higher rate — with 82 deaths from a population of 3,426 people in 2007.”

https://dolphinproject.net/campaigns/save-japan-dolphins/danger-dolphin-meat-is-poisoned-by-mercury/

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Posted in: Rare whale meat barbecue restaurant in Osaka spreads food culture See in context

One more thing shigure..

Aussie in Japan and I love whale,

But you said

Im British, my wife is Japanese and my son has a full Japanese name

posted in Japan’s top baby names for 2015. So which is it? Are you British or Aussie?

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Posted in: Japan's frugal households offer no respite for BOJ, retailers See in context

Well said Aly. The reasons are obvious to everyone except the blue blood princes running the government and institutions such as BOJ. On second thoughts , they are probably well aware of the reasons too but won't publicly admit it as it would just point out their obvious policy failures.

Thanks mate! Agree with your post 100%

and the prospects for Japan’s economic recovery are brighter. If prospects were indeed brighter, then there would be more consumption, spending, and higher wages. T But central bank policymakers are struggling to explain why inflation and wages remain so low even as Japan’s economy enjoys its third-longest recovery since World War Two. Probably because there has been no recovery. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. You cannot take a climb in the stock market financed by a combination of trillions of deficit spent yen, and the BOJ buying up shares of Japan Inc stocks with newly printed yen and call it a recovery. If anything, the prospects for a real recovery are further dimmed because the increased debts and devaluations which must be overcome before a real recovery can occur are that much the greater. Households used 26% of their income to buy food last year, the highest level in almost three decades, leaving them with little left to spend on non-necessities. And this is the result of Abe and the LDP buying the rural vote (rural voters get three votes per person) by charging sky-high tariffs on imported food, and heaving subsidizing agriculture. This is the their secret to staying in power nearly perpetually for the last 6 decades. And this is is also a result of a uncompetitive and hopelessly backward Japan Inc, who cannot earn a profit unless Abe and the LDP manipulate the yen to give them a trade advantage. The fact is that there is no recovery, and there has been none. And future prospects are dimmer now than they have ever been. And the evidence of all this is clear, the economy remains deflationary, and people are not spending. The population continues to decline, which means consumption, demand, wages, and growth must continue to decline.

Excellent post sangetsu. agree with your assessment

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Posted in: Rare whale meat barbecue restaurant in Osaka spreads food culture See in context

There is mercury in all seafoods ..

Shigure, there is mercury in SOME seafood not all. And the ones that have high levels of mercury such as 鮪 one should avoid eating.

Moreover, the concentration, measured in milligrams of mercury per kilogram of fish, steadily increases with the size of the fish.

Well there you are. Since whales are larger than most fish, their mercury concentration should be higher as well.

Sharks, such as the mako shark, have very high levels of mercury.

Do you eat the Mako shark? I don't. I don't know anyone who has either.

Anglerfish off the coast of Italy were found with concentrations as high as 2.2 milligrams of mercury per kilogram, higher than the recommended limit of 1 milligram of mercury per kilogram

Then they shouldn't be eaten either. Would YOU eat an Anglerfish with 2.2 milligrams of mercury?? I wouldn't.

Thus, bighead carp gather more mercury by eating large amounts of small plankton,

As do whales. And since they are larger than carp it follows that they have an EVEN higher level of mercury than the carp and therefore should not be eaten.

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Posted in: Who is more unpredictable: U.S. President Donald Trump or North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? See in context

I would say they are 2 cheeks of the same backside

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Posted in: Rare whale meat barbecue restaurant in Osaka spreads food culture See in context

I think it’s good for my skin too,” said a female customer in her 40s.

Yeah, if you want Mercury infested skin..

Then please do a little research about your "food culture". If I recall correctly Japanese only started eating whale in the first place because of widespread starvation and famine. Could be wrong.

Yes. If I'm not mistaken, it was Douglas MacArthur who spearheaded whaling after the war to ofset starvation. I think.

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Posted in: Should airlines be allowed to overbook on flights (selling more seats than available to account for the likelihood of no-shows)? See in context

excellent point Haaa. considering the news recently, no they shouldn't be allowed to do that.

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Posted in: Japan's frugal households offer no respite for BOJ, retailers See in context

“My job and salary are unstable, so I need to be careful about my spending.”

That right there is the crux of the problem. Isn't a third of the workforce on temp or part-time contracts? These people get no shakai hoken, their transportation isn't paid, they don't get a bonus, AND their jobs are unstable.

But central bank policymakers are struggling to explain why inflation and wages remain so low even as Japan’s economy enjoys its third-longest recovery since World War Two. “It’s a new conundrum for us,” one official said. “It just shows how sticky Japan’s deflationary mindset is.”

Because you're idiots born with silver spoons in your mouths...

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

Aly - should it be 1 country, 1 vote? Or should the voting be based on GDP or population? Or for the security council votes, how many troops deployed in the aid of UN missions or how much money provided to those missions?

Whichever is OK. I would go for a points system in which 1 million people equals one point if you have less than 1 million people that you get half a point to a quarter of a point depending on your country's population. Or we can just have one point for one country. Whichever is fine. My main point is that we need to get rid of the Veto and the security council in general.

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Posted in: Japanese Twitter users share entertaining anecdotes of their experiences with foreigners See in context

About 15 years ago or so I was drinking by myself in an izakaya. I was reading a book with my nihonshu. The izakaya was almost all women with the exception of one table that had a group of young men at it. One of the guys struck up a conversation with me in a calm and friendly voice asking me some simple questions and I answered amiably.

Then, all of a sudden, (I swear to god out of the blue) he shouts reall loud, "DO YOU HAVE BIG CHIN CHIN?!! I FINK FORINA HABU BERY BIG CHIN CHIN!!!!!! The last word was screamed out even louder. All the other tables stopped talking and looked at us. I wanted to shrink to the size of a mouse and disappear. Whatever pleasant buzz I had was gone..

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Posted in: The reactors inside the No. 1 plant are full of unknown challenges. We have no choice but to use our available knowledge to create robots that can deal with these problems. See in context

The reactors inside the No. 1 plant are full of unknown challenges.

When then maybe you ought to not turn on the nukes at all and go for solar instead, hm?

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 9-year-old Vietnamese girl in Chiba See in context

Good news if he is guilty. And if he is, NEVER let him out of prison. EVER.

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Posted in: At least 47,000 evacuees still in temporary housing 1 year after Kumamoto quakes See in context

Agree with Klaus and Viking. Abe has a lot of resources at his disposal. There shouldn't be this many people in temporary housing. He should be taking care of his own, but he simply doesn't care about anything except his nationalistic march. And its not about love for Japan either. If he truly loved the country he wouldn't leave its people in Fukushima and Kumamoto to languish like that. He doesn'(t care. Pure and simple.

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Posted in: Kanagawa police officer arrested for filming up school girl's skirt See in context

'facepalm' and slowly shaking my head

yep

Police!" "Police!" Oh never mind, he's a cop!

Exactly. Who can you call? Copbusters!!

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Posted in: High court upholds obscenity ruling against 'vagina artist' See in context

Stupid and ridiculous ruling. Agree with all the above posters.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

Guess we should expect this with Trump claiming the news is fake and now Assad is spinning the same line.

Absolutely zichi. Right on the money.

One more thing for Joeintokyo: You quoted Theodore Postol-

The expert in question is: Theodore Postol is Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. He did his undergraduate work in physics and his graduate work in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Postol joined the staff of Argonne National Laboratory, where he studied the microscopic dynamics and structure of liquids and disordered solids using neutron, x-ray and light scattering, along with computer molecular dynamics techniques. Subsequently he went to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment to study methods of basing the MX Missile, and later worked as a scientific adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations. After leaving the Pentagon, Dr. Postol helped to build a program at Stanford University to train mid-career scientists to study developments in weapons technology of relevance to defense and arms control policy. In 1990 Dr. Postol was awarded the Leo Szilard Prize from the American Physical Society. In 1995 he received the Hilliard Roderick Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2001 he received the Norbert Wiener Award from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility for uncovering numerous and important false claims about missile defenses. http://sts-program.mit.edu/people/emeriti-faculty/theodore-postol/

Well lets take a look at Mr Postol.

Postol has investigated the Ghouta chemical attack, and he has collaborated with Maram Susli (known online as 'Syrian Girl') in investigating the incident through examining YouTube footage and other sources.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Postol

On the surface, Ted Postol seemed like an unlikely ally for Susli. He was an influential professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology specializing in missile technology, lionized in the pages of The New York Times and lauded by his peers for his contributions as a public intellectual. But when Postol’s partner of late—Richard Lloyd, a former weapons engineer and independent military technology investigator—found @Partisangirl on Twitter, the pair liked what they saw. She was someone, Postol would later tell an interviewer, “who I knew to be a chemist because I was watching her on Twitter. I could see from her voice—I didn’t know her and still don’t know her—that she was a trained chemist.” They invited Susli to pitch in on his effort to get to the bottom of one of the most important events of the Syria civil war: the August 2013 chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria.

So who is this Maram Susli? Well, lets take a look.

She thinks that Ebola could be an American military bioweapon. She thinks that the Defense Department’s advanced research arm is covertly intervening in the GamerGate debate about feminism and video games. She’s fond of extremist groups like Hezbollah. She believes the Illuminati are leaving secret clues in, among other places, the viral Kony 2012 video. Oh, and she also says she’s in contact with the Syrian Electronic Army, the hacker group tied to the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

She made her video debut as “Syrian Girl” on the YouTube channel of 108Morris108, a conspiracy enthusiast convinced of Jewish world domination and a “Jewish goal to mix all the races.” There, she premiered the narrative and style that would gain her fame. With airy, sing-song diction, Susli video warns viewers of the perfidies of America, Israel, their many secrets manifestations and their responsibility for the unrest in Syria.

Her talking points and telegenic presence caught the attention of conspiracy theory king and InfoWars radio host Alex Jones, kicking off a string of appearances in truther venues and state propaganda channels like Iran’s PressTV and Russia’s RT.

It’s little wonder that Susli found her way into Jones’ orbit as conspiracies lie at the heart of her worldview, if her comments on social media are any indication. According to her, 9/11 was an “inside job.” al Qaeda and ISIS, by her telling, don’t exist in the form they’ve been presented to the global public. First off, they’re one in the same. Second, they’re a CIA front—hence the use of “ALCIAda,” a favorite portmanteau.

And Finally, Here is a quote by this girl who keeps company with professor Postol:

After deriding 4chan as “controlled by the Freemasons,” this post signed by Syrian Sister read, “I have been blessed to know martyrs before, and they will soon teach you who dwell in Europe and the USA regime a lesson you won’t forget.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/17/the-kardashian-look-a-like-trolling-for-assad.html

There's more on this girl. Just read up on the link.

Sorry Joeintokyo, but if your source is Professor Postol you need to come up with more credible sources. The company he keeps is just plain awful.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

Ha! So israel can FINALLY be held accountable for its apartheid level treatment of people? When pigs fly mate!!

No. Just until the dissolution of the United Nations like the league of Nations before it. No pigs need to fly for you mate

Pbot-that's actually quite a good point

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

"Except the analysis of a RUSSIAN defence and military analyst and a former Syrian government adviser..." Sorry, I don't quite understand your English.

Because I'm not speaking pro Puten language, which is what you want to hear. As zichi and many military analysts and people around the world have repeatedly said the rebels do not have any fire power from the sky. These weapons were detonated in the sky. That means if it's not the Syrian government it's the Russian government take your pick they're both culpable as far as I'm concerned

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

zichi, as usual, spot on mate!

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Posted in: Abe adds visits to Britain, Scandinavia onto Russia trip See in context

The man definitely knows how to travel. This is trip number how many??

Mate the less we see and hear of him the better.

Well, at least it seems that this time he is not carrying a couple of suitcases containing cash.

Nah but that doesn't mean he still won't spend..

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

Aly, I agree the Veto rule needs to be scrapped but also the Security Council itself needs to be expanded as well.

Thanks brother. I don't think the security council needs to be expanded. Scapped is better. Let all countries vote equally. Why have a council overseeing everying? Keep it democratic.

The UN has been impotent from the beginning because of this veto power. This isnt something new, and this use of the veto by Russia not unexpected either. Russia should have lost it's veto when the USSR broke up anyway.

Preaching to the choir mate.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

Except the analysis of a RUSSIAN defence and military analyst and a former Syrian government adviser...

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

the russian spokesman did not consult specialists in chemical warfare because his narrative is rather dubious, because such an attack by bombing with conventional weapons of a dump or factory with some number of chemical agents there hardly can produce areas or cloud cover outlying civilian populated areas. You need something to be flying in the air.

Pavel Felgenhauer -RUSSIAN defence and military analyst

Sarin is not something you can prepare in a kitchen so neither al qaeda nor do I believe ISIS have it. If it has it the Russians will pretend that it came from the Americans from Mosul. It will be a long story of denial- at the end of the day it is very very difficult to believe this. Second, when you package the gas or any chemical weapon its not ready to be called weaponization. There is no tool when it is packed unless you put it in a bomb and make it explode by yourself. it won’t be turned into a weapon. So it is exactly how our colleague said from Moscow, It is very very difficult technically and impossible practically

Samir al-Taqi - former Syrian government adviser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO5GFd065rY

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

Russia vetoed the previous day a resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States that aimed to condemn the chemical attack believed to have killed dozens of Syrian civilians and urge Syria to cooperate with international inquiries.

That's why we need to get rid of the stupid veto in the UN. True democracy should not have a veto. As a syrian, I am dismayed that the resolution didnt pass. No one should be able to veto any resolution that has a majority vote in the UN. Not the Russians for the syrian regime, Nor the Americans for Israel. The UN has become impotent and is a joke due to the veto- which is not even distributed properly. 2 countries in Asia and Europe, and the US have the veto. It is distributed unevenly, and should not even exist. No one should be allowed to block a UN resolution if the majority of countries back it up. Nobody.

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Posted in: Bon voyage See in context

Why is this private moment between a husband and wife have to be photographed and filmed? Even if they are royalty..

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Posted in: 23-year-old man arrested for beating 1-year-old son See in context

Police said Sano has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I hit him on the head because I got irritated with him.”

I really hope some of the cops get irritated with HIM during the questioning...

“I remember the wife saying that her husband wasn’t the type to look after their kids.”

Yeah, ya think?

Police are looking into whether Sano abused his two other children.

Doesn't matter. Lock him up for 20 years. Beating a 1 year old. And your own one year old, at that. As the dad of a 11/2 year old boy this infuriates me.

wow... it takes a real man to hit a 1 year old

exactly. Pick on someone your own size you coward.

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