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Posted in: Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met See in context

At the gathering, Kishida plans to set out his vision of a world without nuclear weapons

Great way to waste his and everybody's time.

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Posted in: Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

I suppose this is the kind of case that falls under the 1% in an otherwise 99% conviction rate legal system. There's a government research estimating 15 meter waves and the court just conveniently swats that aside.

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes See in context

Kettle calling the pot... Press freedom in the league with Krygyzstan and Liberia. Add LDP to the top of the list of regimes to counter.

-7 ( +10 / -17 )

Posted in: Tokyo Olympics cost 20% more than organizers reported: audit See in context

And why are the prosecutors not filing charges for fraud or misconduct?

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Posted in: Court rejects residents' calls to halt Kansai Electric's aging nuclear reactor See in context

Japan should build new nuclear reactors and decommission older ones. This shouldn't be controversial at this point.

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Posted in: Japan's manpower-light defense strategy a flawed 'paper plan', officers say See in context

Dude's seriously expecting us to believe a land invasion from China or, gasp, NK is imminent. LMAO. Sure, let's sink another 50B of taxpayer money annually to rearm back to WW2 levels for "defense".

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Posted in: Contentious major defense policy shift shows Japan wariness of China See in context

There's variness among the public, carefully crafted by LDP and its affiliate media over many years of gaslighting. Not so much among the ruling class as their main concern is lining their pockets through increased taxes for all the new spending they will get their cuts with deals in smoke filled backrooms.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling parties agree on tax hikes for more defense spending See in context

Interesting to see people a lot less adamant about the money spent on defense when they realize where it is going to come from. This is still only a trillion yen, they need to find another 3 trillion or so from somewhere. Sales tax next?

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Posted in: Japan eyes 56% increase in defense budget over five years See in context

China bluffed and Japanese "leadership" fell for it by bankrupting the country. No country with public debt reaching three times their GDP would raise the so-called defense spending 56%. Tough times are ahead.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 33.1%, lowest since launch See in context

The low approval rate won't change a thing when there is no organized and motivated opposition. That said we are now likely to witness Kishida's resignation before the next general election as bait and switch like they did with Suga and another "reshuffling". Wonder where will Also land this time.

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Posted in: Osaka man arrested for taking online job recruitment test for money See in context

And what is the crime that warrants an arrest here? I thought bowing 90 degrees in front of cameras was the appropriate punishment for fraud in Japan. This debacle is totally on the corporations that continue using the silly, pointless tests they cannot even verify the identities of the candidates for recruitment.

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Posted in: String of ministerial changes may prod Kishida to reshuffle cabinet See in context

Everyday I'm reshuffling...

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Posted in: Finance minister vows all-out efforts to fight inflation See in context

Expecting public pressure to raise wages because of lower purchasing power is wishful thinking and not based on any evidence. Fighting the inflation so eagerly wanted for years by BOJ shows the discord and ineptitude in economic management between LDP and BOJ.

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks as consumers hold back on spending See in context

There is years of bottomless QE, and Japan's economy still finds a way to keep contracting. One wonders where all that money went and how BOJ will ever shrink its balance sheet.

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Posted in: Japan has stopped printing its current yen bills; Mt Fuji only element to be retained in new set See in context

A 20000 yen bill is in order with the recent depreciation of JPY and high inflation.

-7 ( +11 / -18 )

Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya on high alert for return of Halloween crowds See in context

"People who follow the rules protect Shibuya"

From what exactly?

Rules are made by some bureaucrats and put in action by so called representatives. Well the people they "represent" want to be in Shibuya and they want to celebrate Halloween. So what exactly are you protecting Shibuya from?

12 ( +24 / -12 )

Posted in: Japan to cut household electricity bills by 20% to fight inflation See in context

The difference between the UK and Japan is that unlike the BOJ, BOE isn't printing endless amounts of zero interest money. But Japan hasn't found the infinite money hack, and chickens are coming home to roost. Japan could keep up the QE with little consequences when everyone else was doing it too. But QE during a contractionary period is going to devalue the yen to new records.

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Posted in: Japan to allow wage payments to digital wallets from April See in context

All of this freakshow with QR code payment apps is because of banks refusing to digitalize and develop actually usable mobile apps and enable contactless payments via debit cards and phones.

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Posted in: Kishida appoints ex-health minister Goto as next economy minister See in context

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Kishida said he picked Goto based on his "political experience, high presentation skills and passion for economic and social reforms."

Totally makes sense as the list of qualifications needed to plan and execute the economic reforms of the world's third largest economy in a time of unprecedented economic turmoil.

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Posted in: Japan sees sharp rise in drunken driving cases linked to e-scooters See in context

When we see e-scooter users at nighttime in downtown areas, the first thing we suspect is drunken driving,

Well that explains it. Stop the bicycles and you'll find equivalent numbers of drunken riders. How about providing 24h public transit like any proper metropolis of this size?

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Posted in: China warns against Japan-Australia defense accord See in context

Wang Wenbin said any attempt that undermines regional peace and stability will be "met with high vigilance and joint opposition" in the area.

Said the country running military drills around Taiwan and not-so-secretly backing NK.

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Posted in: Nissan should remedy unequal Renault alliance, ex-CEO Saikawa says See in context

Renault became the top shareholder of Nissan in 1999 when the Japanese firm was on the verge of bankruptcy,

Renault comes and saves Saikawa and the other goons' jobs by investing in a failing Nissan and they call it a "twisted relationship". That's how investing works my dude.

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Posted in: Shibuya Ward to ban drinking in public spaces during Halloween period See in context

However, unlike the last two years, revelers are not being asked to stay away as a countermeasure against the coronavirus. Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe said he hopes people will celebrate Halloween in an orderly manner..

Well that's the real intention isn't it. God forbid if people have fun as they like one day in a year.

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Posted in: German named CEO of medical company Olympus See in context

A career in putting his head in lion's mouth at a circus would be less riskier.

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Posted in: Yahoo! Japan won’t let anyone post comments without providing a phone number See in context

Don't think this is a coincidence after the cyberbullying act has become law. YJ commenters gotta be careful what they say about certain government officials who might easily feel "bullied".

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Posted in: Yen falls to 150 level against U.S. dollar See in context

The goal by the government could be to make Japan competitive against China in manufacturing to take a cut from them from countries that are turned of by the rising belligerence of China in recent years. That's what grew Japan during its postwar economic boom and that's the only game they know and they are unwilling to learn new tricks. In the western democracies, a government would face a big backlash (see the UK) after such policies that condemn the middle class to poverty, but in Japan, LDP is guaranteed to stay in power indefinitely so they can continue their "bold" economic plans.

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Posted in: ¥30 tril new stimulus eyed as Japan fights inflation, weak yen See in context

All this will do is to boost the stock prices for those who can invest.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

There it is. The remedy to Kishida's low approval ratings. If he pays a visit, he could even go above water. Politics is an easy game in Japan.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic executive to be investigated over fresh bribery case See in context

"The situation has shattered our dreams and I'm deeply apologetic," she said after attending an event to commemorate the games.

Commemorate what exactly? The olympic record in number of bribery cases?

Takahashi seems to have been picked as a fall guy. There's no way this corruption is not involving LDP at some level. What will it take to get him to spill?

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Posted in: BOJ chief stays course on ultralow rate policy despite sharp yen drop See in context

What this means is that BOJ and the government that doesn't sack them think that Japanese workers are still paid too much in real terms. They'll bring that down, which will increase profits from exports and put more money in the pockets of the owner class. That's the entire game here.

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