Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

Of course not. Hate speech can lead to violence and even more hate. It must be curbed.

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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

what on earth do you mean by your last comments?

That’s what I was wondering

Confusing to say the least.

Exactly

I thought you may have wanted to discuss Aly's answer to your Nippon Kaigi comment. More value in learned discussion than throw aways.

Some people are not interested in learning anything. Just arguing

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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

Actually you can probably be nationalist without being far right.

No you can't. You are confusing PATRIOTISM with NATIONALISM.

Everyone including you Aly would become more right in your politics during times of conflict.

Again, that's patriotism not nationalism. And your above argument would hold some water IF and ONLY IF Japan was in "times of conflict." It isn't. So your above argument is moot. Japan is not in times of conflict.

The overwhelming majority of the LDP are Nippon Kaigai members to you. Well I dont know where you got that info,

Here you are:

Nippon Kaigi claims 35,000 individual members, 47 prefectural chapters, and about 230 local chapters.[18] The organization's website lists the members depending on their seniority in the organization headed by a President seconded by Vice Presidents and a pool of "advisors", including Shinto priests leading key shrines, some of them belonging to the Imperial family.

Following the 2014 reshuffle, 15 of the 18 of Third Abe Cabinet members, including the Prime Minister himself (as 'special adviser'), were members of Nippon Kaigi.[19] As of October 2014, the group claimed 289 of the 480 Japanese National Diet members. Among the members, former members, and affiliated are countless lawmakers, many ministers and a few prime ministers including Tarō Asō and Shinzō Abe. Abe's brother Nobuo Kishi is also a member of the Nippon Kaigi group in the Diet.[19] Its former chairman, Toru Miyoshi, was the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan.[3]

After campaigning actively for LDP candidates in July 2016, Nippon Kaigi campaigned for constitutional revisionism in September 2016.

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

If you want to see DETAILS here is the link: (just so that there is no mistake)

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

The list of ministers and Prime ministers are almost EXCLUSIVELY LDP.

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Posted in: Ill-fitting suit tips police off to con man in Tokyo See in context

On the third time, after asking me for my ID with the same question, I asked the police for theirs. I expressed my anger for them violating my rights and me and asked them why did they really stop me since I didn't do anything wrong and it's my business where I go. I was even following the crossings, along with a few others. In the end, they just apologized to me and left. After that, they didn't bother me again. I told my wife (who is Japanese) and she told me to just be careful. I told her that they violated me and that was not right in any case.

Good on you mate! And sorry that you had to go through that.

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Posted in: Check-in with facial recognition now possible at some airports in China See in context

China's looking more and more like a "fun" place to visit...

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

And then when there's a nuclear power meltdown, and robots are ACTUALLY NEEDED, they need to be rushed in from the US and France. LOL.

exactly.

Yeah,I remember that.For all their prowess regarding robots when Fukushima happened they were begging the U.S. and France for help.

I remember that too!

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Posted in: Putin says Abe told him peace treaty proposal not possible See in context

Agree with Mark and Saiko on this one. And allow me a very unusal post of praise for Abe: he stood up to Putin and said no. Good on him for doing that.

Abe very much understands global politics to the point where he realizes that a Peace Treaty with Russia is worth more to Russia than to Japan. Japan gets nothing out of the deal while Russia gets to sow the seeds of doubt around the world that the relationship between Japan and the USA is weakening.

Not only that. Russia is now a pariah in the west due to Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria. So its Putin that needs friends far more than Abe needs this useless treaty which gives Japan nothing. Stay the course Abe. Say no to Putin.

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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

You can’t fathom why I don’t like the LDP, but also can’t say they are far right?

No I didn't say that. What I said was

No one can be nationalist without being far right.

I can't fathom how someone can say that a group is nationalist without being far right. Dont put words in my mouth.

Even if I screamed that the LDP is a far right group, which I can, I’m a citizen....

you don't have to be a citizen to be able to say that a certain political party is far right.

it wouldn’t be correct.

The overwhelming majority of them are alligned to nippon kaigi. That makes them far right.

Ive lived all over the world and have seen far right groups.

As have I. Believe me.

I’m also well aware that democracy has always had left and right even centuries ago as one is better in times of war and peace. It’s human nature.

Good. Let us end on this postive note since we finally found something to agree on.

Peace out.

Peace out to you too sir.

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Posted in: Ill-fitting suit tips police off to con man in Tokyo See in context

“Is this some kind of discrimination? Seems like it is, but I can’t tell.”

so what do you say to all the foreigners being stopped day and night for no reasons regardless of whether or not the cop likes their suit or if they are wearing a suit at all??

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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

browny1

you are 100% correct. Here is some more information on Nippon Kaigi.

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

Its a hour and 40 minute lecture on who they are and what they believe by a man (Tamotsu Sugano) who wrote a book about them at the foreign correspondence club

Here is Tadae Takubo the Chairman of Nippon Kaigi also at the foreign correspondence club. (this one is shorter at 1 hour and 8 minutes long.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quERM58TlxM

About 3 hours worth of information about the group. very informative stuff. after that, people can make up their own minds about them

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Posted in: French woman questions Abe, Macron over sister missing in Japan See in context

Aly

> I'm sure any country would react the same, not just Japan. Rember the UK media’s reaction over the murders of Lucie Blackman and Lindsay Hawker?

Hi Sean

I don't know about that. I recall that the UK authorities were quite mum about the whole thing with Lindsay. It was her family, her father in particular, who kept up the heat on the Japanese government. If anything, from what my british friends who followed the case were telling me, the UK gov tried to pressure him to keep quiet to not offend the Japanese police and authorities. Blackman, I can't really remember the particulars of the case.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination? See in context

Once. Unless there is a specific reason to come like martial arts training, or japanese language cultivation, etc.

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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

In addition to that, in your very first post YOU said-

I’d say that since Japans media and Tv is very xenophobic and inward looking out, most citizens have been brought up to BELIEVE that foreigners are untrustworthy and that goodness and manners and being civil and law abiding have to do with being Japanese.

Well, if you admit that Japans media and Tv is very xenophobic how can you not say the same thing about the LDP-considering that they are in bed with the media?? And if you didn't know THAT, then you have alot to learn about Japan. Everyone knows all TOO well about the close ties the media has with the ruling party. Then you in your first post admit that the media and TV is "very xenophobic" and then turn around and say the LDP ISN'T??

Come on...

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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

Perhaps you don’t know the definition of the term “far right”.

Don't assume.

Japan is way more nationalist than most western countries in many ways and I get that,

do you?

but the term far right isn’t correct

That's ridiculous. No one can be nationalist without being far right.

and it doesn’t really matter whether you or a bunch of other people who come from elsewhere think

I won't dignify that with an answer.

if you twist the definition of the word or bend it to suit what you understand.

Hilarious! You admit to them being nationalist and yet somehow try to claim that they are not far right. You are the one twisting the definition of the word by claiming that they can be nationalist without being far right, Its ridiculous.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Democratic_Party_(Japan)

Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and many present and former LDP ministers are also known members of Nippon Kaigi, a monarchist and negationist organization.[16]

Even the link you provided clearly states that MANY of them are Nippon Kaigi! Your own link disproves your point!!

Thats a definition of their party.

Here's a better one.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-east-asian-studies/article/electoral-origin-of-japans-nationalistic-leadership-primaries-in-the-ldp-presidential-election-and-the-pull-effect/4C7A362F623344E294171C055F87E0CA

I don’t like them, and their ideals and wouldn’t vote for them but I know that they aren’t far right.

Then why are you defending them??

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Posted in: French woman questions Abe, Macron over sister missing in Japan See in context

on the contrary, when a japanese national goes missing overseas, the japanese media and government go into a frenzy.

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Posted in: Tokyo fish market relocation could have been handled better: official See in context

We are not going to be drinking the groundwater. We are not going to be washing the fish in the groundwater," Ito said. "Safety has already been declared."

Gee. Well I guess THAT takes care of it. Its safe, because it has been DECLARED!

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Posted in: Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace See in context

Agree with all. Go Canada! the REAL leader of the free world.

"I am so happy to be living in Canada right now instead of south of the border."

Even without the legalization of pot, I'd think thats a given.

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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

The far right in Japan are not just restricted to domestic bigots. There are those from abroad who are also happy to spread their own poison about and feel quite comfortable here. Until they are targeted themselves by bigots or blamed for any number of society's ills.

exactly!!

It's an old, old story that newcomers will be scapegoated and the far right will find strange bedfellows in their message of hate and discrimination. In any country.

100% on the money.

Doesn't mean it has to be accepted and well done to those who stand up to it.

That includes you. Thank you for the excellent comment.

rainyday- great comments from you too.

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Posted in: Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance See in context

Guys- here is a youtube link to a very very interesting perspective on the case. It is about 17 minutes. Really recommend this. Very interesting..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRG8lA3v0sg

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Posted in: What do you think of bicycling etiquette in Japan? See in context

Same as any other 'etiquette' in Japan. Scratch through that carefully curated veneer, and Japanese are just as inconsiderate and rude as anyone else.

Excellent post. Only I'd say they are more inconsiderate and rude.

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Posted in: Trump calls porn star Stormy Daniels 'Horseface' and Sen Warren 'Pocahontas' See in context

Trump calls porn star Stormy Daniels 'Horseface'

so what he's actually saying is he's into horses...

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Posted in: Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance See in context

Trump says Saudi prince denies knowing what happened at Istanbul consulate

Now we know what the BS stands for in MBS's name.

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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.

WHAT????? Japan's only real political party IS a far right party and so are almost all the other parties.

But there are a lot more people, a kind of reserve army, who are vaguely concerned about admitting foreigners.

vaguely concerned?? what a whitewash.

If the government doesn’t put together appropriate policies, that unease will increase.

The government and its xenophobic attitudes alongside the foreign bashing NHK IS the reason for this unease.

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Posted in: Former TEPCO exec denies delaying anti-tsunami steps before nuclear crisis See in context

Former TEPCO exec denies delaying anti-tsunami steps before nuclear crisis

Of course he does. This is Japan after all- land of denials.

"I had no intention to buy time and I'm offended by the claim that I put off taking measures,"

He's offended?? People died because of his negligence.

I had no decision-making power.

Then tell us who did

We were discussing how to collect information necessary for the company to formulate a policy."

typical.

"As a person involved, I deeply apologize to those who died and their families as well as those who had to evacuate."

Well if he's not responsible, why is he apologizing?

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Posted in: Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered Saudi journalist See in context

This just in from CNN-

Looks like the Saudis are coming clean. Yes he did die in the embassy during an "interrogation gone wrong"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeHatMbR2V4&list=PL6XRrncXkMaW5p7muaR2s2IqjouQh4jqS

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Posted in: Japan raises concerns over Pacific's debt to China See in context

Japan's foreign minister raised concerns Monday about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Dude fix your own country's debt problem first. Yours is the worst.

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Posted in: Infrastructure is being improved to accommodate visitors to Japan of various nationalities, cultures and religions. However, the nation is short of places of worship for Islam — one of the three major religions in the world. I'm a Buddhist, but I wanted to create an environment where everyone can say their prayers at ease. See in context

Infrastructure is being improved to accommodate visitors to Japan of various nationalities, cultures and religions. However, the nation is short of places of worship for Islam — one of the three major religions in the world. I'm a Buddhist, but I wanted to create an environment where everyone can say their prayers at ease.

Good on him.

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Posted in: It’s a big problem that people are not doing their duty regarding taxes. A system must be established to identify winners at ticket counters when a certain amount of money is paid out, and also to allow national tax authorities to have access to the winners’ information. Gambling operators must improve the current situation so that tax is paid properly. See in context

Folk don't get to write off their loses to the taxman do they?

> Not fair. Gambling should be tax exempt. That gambling money has already been taxed.

Excellent point! If you are going to tax winnings then you need to give a tax rebate to those who lose.

As if Japan doesn't tax it's citizens enough. And then the oafs of the LDP have the audacity to complain about people not having enough children.

And one more thing Mr. Morinobu, before you go on about the people who don't declare their taxes from gambling, perhaps you might want to spare a thought to Masuzoe who embezzled money from the people of Tokyo and retired with a hefty bonus. Or how about the PM, whose various scandals,and going around the world throwing money at dictators to curry their approval has hurt the Japanese economy more than anything.

Or the wasteful spending for the Tokyo Olympics, or the even more wasteful spending on the stupid whaling program that also drains Japan's coffers.. I could go on..

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Posted in: On your way See in context

beautiful and regal lovely princess.

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