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Posted in: LDP wins 4 of 5 Diet by-elections See in context

"We have proven that even an ant can hurt an elephant if we work together in unity and solidarity."

Opposition parties need to learn how not to sound so defeatist. Likening yourself to ants and the governing party to elephants surely isn't a winning strategy.

"The Yamaguchi No. 2 district was previously held by former Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, Abe's younger brother. But he retired for health reasons in early February, and his eldest son, Nobuchiyo Kishi ran in his father's place."

He resigned due to the UC fiasco, how quickly people forget that. And since little Kishi Junior clearly has no qualifications beside his papa's endorsement, it would be totally fair to judge him based on his father's legacy.

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Posted in: Japan to launch new visa track for skilled foreigners See in context

This has already been tried and failed many times. Cue the quote about insanity. In reality, there's not a whole lot that the government can do beside maybe giving preferential treatment on taxes for those people but that certainly won't fly with the general public.

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Posted in: Toshiba says it will support ¥2 trillion takeover bid See in context

Spend 2 trillion JPY in US government bonds for a much better return.

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Posted in: Kishida says ban on same-sex marriage not discrimination See in context

“I don't think disallowing same-sex couples to marry is unjust discrimination by the state."

What a stupid statement. He is either denying that this is discrimination or this unjust. At least, he should come clean and admit that whatever conservative ideology the people that put him in his seat (hint: not the Japanese voters) have mandates that he discrimate against same sex couples.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to boost child-rearing budget to 4% of GDP See in context

Throwing more money at the problem seems to be Kishida's only move but I want to hear how this additional money will be spent. I also wonder what parts of the budget are getting cut now that additional 3% of the GDP is getting spent on "military" and "child rearing".

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Posted in: Draft bill proposal seeks to curtail unconventional 'kirakira' kanji name readings See in context

Thanks LDP for tackling the important issues. Now I don't have to worry about feeling uneasy calling someone Pikachu-san.

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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

Let's not forget that Japan had the largest speculative asset bubble in the history that it still hasn't recovered from. Japanese people are living their means because of pervasive deflationary mindset and restrictive credit policy from the banking system. Both are slowing the economic recovery along with low productivity. And no amount of QE will solve any of these.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan defense chief Kishi to resign as lawmaker over health issues See in context

Following his bro's foot steps into conveniently disappearing after scandals.

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Posted in: Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple See in context

Well this is literal hate speech. Love the non apology too. He actually only apologizes to Kishida which is on brand for the feudal mindset that is plaguing Japan.

-2 ( +34 / -36 )

Posted in: Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in Tokyo meeting See in context

Thankfully no sane person would listen to a massive failure like her.

Meanwhile, ultraconservative LDP goons...

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal rolls on; company apologizes See in context

Kadokawa “seriously betrayed public trust,” company president Takeshi Natsuno said. He bowed deeply with two other executives to show remorse in a news conference.

Do people still buy this theater?

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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.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

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.

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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?

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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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