Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure. But if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television. See in context

If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure. But if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television.

Ok that like saying, if some guy started manhandling my wife Melania, I'd have to go in and protect her, but if I got into a fight Melania doesn't have to jump in. Duh

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. affirm alliance after Trump revives security treaty criticism See in context

The meeting took place after Bloomberg news agency reported earlier this week that Trump mused to confidants about withdrawing from the security treaty that has formed a key part of the Japan-U.S. ties after the end of World War II.

If that happened, that would be the end of the right wing in Japan.

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Posted in: Empty expressway See in context

This is overkill. If Japan really feels the need to take such drastic measures for security they should either

A refrain from hosting international events altogether, or

B develope the Ogasawara Islands to accomodate any and all international debates and conferences since no one can get within range of that area with ease.

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Posted in: Japan warns UK PM rivals on no-deal Brexit See in context

Funny how the japanese establishment muppets don't like being told what to do but waste no time butting in when they can.

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Posted in: Abe, Xi agree on need for 'free, fair' trade See in context

Half of Osaka closed off and thousands of police deployed at great cost so Abe can sprout his wisdom on trade.

> Amazing Japan!

And we have the Olympics to look forward to in Tokyo next year! Oh joy! Oh ecstacy!

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Posted in: Abe, Xi agree on need for 'free, fair' trade See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work together to promote "free and fair trade" in talks on Thursday

(Sarcasm alert!)

> Funny, never knew these two even knew the meaning of the words "free and fair". Learn something new every day!

exactly! Makes about as much sense as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work together to promote "freedom, democracy, and human rights"

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Posted in: I think his whole arrest was unnecessary. This could have been resolved internally. This did not need to be a criminal case. Nissan and the prosecutors have collaborated to do this global character assassination of my husband. See in context

From boom bust

Starts talking about this at 14:20. Interesting to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dzvucf5ozo

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Posted in: Major Japanese restaurant chain introducing bamboo straws to help reduce plastic and save forests See in context

Excellent move.

I'll second that.

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Posted in: I think his whole arrest was unnecessary. This could have been resolved internally. This did not need to be a criminal case. Nissan and the prosecutors have collaborated to do this global character assassination of my husband. See in context

She's 100% correct. And lets hope this remains in the media spotlight until the powers that be are shamed into changing this disgraceful system

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Posted in: Kardashian kimono shapewear sparks Japan debate See in context

Much ado about nothing. But that's Japan.

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Posted in: Mother gets suspended sentence for complicity in fatal abuse of daughter See in context

"We want you to think about Mia and spend your days reflecting on yourself" while remaining in society, Koike said after handing down the ruling.

Idiot.

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Posted in: Trump tells U.S. women's soccer star Rapinoe not to 'disrespect' country See in context

dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic domestic sponsorship tops $3 bil as companies pile in See in context

> This cheerleading is getting off the wall funny, honestly.... LOL.

Brother, I agree! Comedy gold!

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Posted in: Abe, Macron discuss defense ties, Renault-Nissan alliance See in context

2 muppets.

I read articles like this and I am reminded why I think most diplomacy is nothing more than eating, drinking, flying around and issuing bland statements.

I hear you loud and clear on that one.

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Posted in: Acting U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees See in context

Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-katz-immigrant-concentration-camps-20190609-story.html

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic domestic sponsorship tops $3 bil as companies pile in See in context

plasticmonkeyToday 08:02 am JST

There is huge enthusiasm among the Japanese for the Tokyo Games, 

"7.5 million ticket (requests). This is an indication of this strong support and high level of interest among the Japanese public," Coates said.

Nice propaganda piece.

Exactly

Back in 2009 when Tokyo failed to win the 2016 Summer Olympics, the reason given by the IOC was a lack of public support. Following that failure (and Shintaro Ishihara's notorious hysterical meltdown in Copenhagen) a massive PR campaign was launched in Tokyo to boost public support for 2020. There was never any question of putting the Olympics to a public vote, of course. The PR campaign somehow managed to push support over whatever level the IOC would find acceptable and Tokyo won 2020.

There was a high level of public opposition then and there still is now. The propaganda onslaught has simply buried it, unfortunately.

Right on the money Alfie!

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Posted in: The Carlos Ghosn case – the return of Japan Inc See in context

I should note that it is only out of great respect for my country that I am raising this warning flag so that we can change course.

No doubt that the apologists and nationalists will still come after you sir.

Many now believe his arrest and treatment is part of an ongoing conspiracy between the Japanese government and a few Nissan executives to protect the company窶冱 Japanese identity and prevent a formal merger with Renault, the French automaker. If this is in fact the case, this action came at the expense of the economic wellbeing of Nissan, which has been in a downward spiral since Ghosn窶冱 departure.

Exactly.

As a proud Japanese citizen, this direction is concerning for many reasons. I believe that Japan has the ability to be a true international leader because I have seen it; with Japan hosting both the G20 this week and the Olympics next year, we must act like it. Now is hardly the time for our country to pull inward and shun outsiders. Japan has made tremendous economic progress as a country over the past few decades and it is my greatest hope that we will keep moving forward. And that means keeping Japan Inc firmly in our past.

Wow! First of all, I agree 100%. Second, to hear these kind of words from a Japanese citizen is so heartening.

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Posted in: Japan's main opposition party vows to improve pension system See in context

Simon- Brilliant!

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Posted in: Man arrested for injuring 10-year-old stepdaughter See in context

what a twat! picking on a 10 yr old girl.. pick on someone your own size you coward

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Posted in: Japan's main opposition party vows to improve pension system See in context

The CDPJ also vowed to freeze the government's plan to raise the consumption tax from 8 percent to 10 percent in October, but said it will review the current corporate tax rates to secure funds to finance new programs worth up to 2 trillion yen.

They hit the nail on the head with this! Corporations are making money hand over foot, record profits reported by many, yet the people who work for them are working for wages that were decent 20 years or more ago!

> Jack the corporate taxes if they dont pay their workers better!

> Better pay means increased spending, increased spending means increased tax revenue, both which should be sustainable! Even with an aging workforce!

Exactly! Finally a political party that sounds like it knows what it is doing!

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Posted in: Outlook uncertain for Japan's whaling industry despite commercial restart See in context

Barely 300 people are directly connected to whaling, and whale represented only about 0.1 percent of Japan's total meat consumption in 2016, according to government data.

Cue the theme from Frozen: Let it go! Let it go!

exactly!

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Posted in: How have you found the service at convenience stores staffed by non-Japanese? See in context

How have you found the service at convenience stores staffed by non-Japanese?

Fine.

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Posted in: Japan fares well in U.S. report on human trafficking See in context

In the report, countries with poor human rights records such as China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, Myanmar and Venezuela remained on Tier 3, the lowest level.

in that case, Japan does ok when compared to China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, Myanmar and Venezuela.

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Posted in: Renault, Nissan end standoff over post-Ghosn governance See in context

Nissan has a funny way of thanking the hand that saved it from bankruptcy.

yup

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Posted in: Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark nuclear scare after quake See in context

a dinosaur energy system using dinosaur communication tools run by other dinosaurs.

Yup! japan's nuclear industry in a nutshell

No, enough!! What can we trust? First of all we hear about this 1 day later, so somebody tries to cover something up. Two, since this is Tepco, how can we be sure everything IS alright at the plant and they are not trying to downplay some accident instead? I'm sick of these baboons running one of the most dangerous industries

EXACTLY!!!

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Posted in: Man held for pushing commuter off Osaka subway platform See in context

I'd have to agree with him, of all my time in Japan, the only stations I've ever encountered frequent rudeness and overheard outright racist remarks directed towards non-Japanese passengers was in Osaka.

Brother, come to the Tokyo area. We have that in SPADES here too.

It is hard for me to imagine anything worse than Tokyo in the morning rush.

I concur wholeheartedly.

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Posted in: In view of a series of attacks on police officers in koban (police boxes) in Japan in recent years, do you think the role of koban in neighborhoods will change? For example, do you think there will always be a need for koban? See in context

In view of a series of attacks on police officers in koban (police boxes) in Japan in recent years, do you think the role of koban in neighborhoods will change?

No. I don't. But maybe examining why these attacks happened might be a good idea. But having Kobans is a good thing and it is something police all over the world can learn from Japan

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Posted in: Shibuya bans drinking alcohol on streets for Halloween, New Year See in context

People will just go to the Pong or Shinjuku to get their freak on. They haven’t addressed the problem. They have just moved it.

I was thinking that too

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Posted in: Fugitive's car found in Kanagawa after he gets away from prosecutors See in context

Another fiasco from J. Plod. Japan's police force is overstaffed and overfunded yet has a terrible clean-up rate and seems to be staffed by simpletons.

Everything about the J cops in a nutshell. Perfect.

A violent criminal who refused to go to jail? Who could ever imagine that a violent criminal might not want to go to jail?

They probably expected him to apologize and chat with them pleasantly while being escorted to the police car. Like you said- staffed by simpletons

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