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Posted in: Abe says he will address dinner function allegations in Diet See in context

"Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is looking to call former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to appear in parliament to address allegations that his camp illegally used political funds to pay for dinner parties"

Meaning: He'll be politely asked to show up and if he chooses not to, that's fine. If he does, he'll be subjected to a few easily answerable tee-ball tier questions that will go no where before being excused.

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Posted in: California orders thousands of extra body bags as intensive care swamped by COVID See in context

"I don't want... to scare folks."

Maybe you should. Scare them right out of the bubble of denial they're in. Pics of body bags, maxed out ICUs, and refrigeration trucks.

And yeah, we are far in the tunnel. You think things are bad post-Thanksgiving? Wait for everyone to meet up for Christmas and New Years.

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Posted in: Man to be indicted over deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation in 2019 See in context

Let the victims and/or family members watch this open and shut trial (since he admitted to it) and let them say their piece.

Give him a sentence appropriate for committing such a vile crime.

Introduce this scumbag to the Japanese prison system and put him to work.

If he does end up on death row, I've read that you're not told your date. Here, death row inmates in Japan wake up wondering if the new day will be their last.

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Posted in: Hunter Biden facing federal investigation over 'tax affairs' See in context

"Hunter Biden has long been a target of President Donald Trump and his allies, who have accused him of profiting off his political connections."

Accusing him of everything they've been caught doing out in the open.

This is just more flailing by the soon to be former President and his cronies.

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Posted in: Does a guy lose all chance with a Japanese woman if he doesn’t pay for the first date? See in context

I'll gladly pay for the first date...I hope you like catching a flick, walking around some historical sites and McDonald's. Not feeling that? Then I just dodged a bullet.

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Posted in: Teenage girl's suicide highlights toxic side of social media See in context

"A female colleague at a maid cafe where Tsukino had worked part-time was also targeted, with a YouTuber even posting a video of the girl being forced to kneel down and beg for forgiveness."

Beg forgiveness for what, exactly?

I've never understood people who think they are entitled to this kind of behavior, or the spineless employees who act in such a slavish manner.

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Posted in: Some medical groups and experts believe the Japanese government's Go To Travel campaign has fueled the surge in coronavirus cases nationwide since early November. Do you agree? See in context

A government encouraging travel during a pandemic is the height of irresponsibility.

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Posted in: Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons on way out See in context

I get the feeling the pardoning powers of the President's office are soon going to be put to the test.

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Posted in: Casino winnings by nonresident foreigners to be untaxed in Japan See in context

@Hercolobus

"illusion of quick riches."

For some, yes. But anyone with a level head who knows the odds are in favor of the house and when to walk away will have a decent time.

Wonder how many Japanese are going to make the switch from pachinko?

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

@dbsaiya

"There's no law to enforce masks but there are laws for interfering with the safe operation of a flight, and the safety of passengers."

Couldn't have said it better myself. Aw I've said prior, this is a federal crime in the US. A judge and jury would've looked at this petulant, childish behavior, briefly chuckled, and would've thrown the book at him.

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Posted in: Abe's office may have illegally spent millions of yen on parties See in context

"Abe's office may have illegally spent millions of yen on parties"

Politicians helping themselves to the public trough...who would have thought. /s

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Posted in: Hokkaido woman arrested for poking holes in 13 expensive melons with finger See in context

Infantile behavior, what a waste.

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Posted in: Japan's ramen shops struggle to stay open as COVID hammers small firms See in context

It's almost as if the government here should come up with a way to easily help small businesses...

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Posted in: JAL test-flies drone to carry relief goods in mountainous area See in context

@R. T.

"waste of time and money."

Tell that to someone who needs food, supplies or medicine in a disaster area.

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Posted in: Twitter's new 'fleets' will disappear after 24 hours See in context

"Twitter's new 'fleets' will disappear after 24 hours"

Disappear from your view, permanently stored on a server somewhere...

"Because they disappear from view after a day, fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings."

False sense of security, more data to gather and harvest when your guard is down.

Use social media responsibly, guys.

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Posted in: Japanese police hide at shrine to catch a thief…who stole ¥665 See in context

I believe I saw something about this a few days ago on NHK after work.

The manpower thrown into this little operation was nothing short of embarrassing; they swarmed on the guy! I asked my wife how much the guy had made, she didn't have a number for me. Can't believe it was

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Posted in: Biden takes Arizona; Trump refuses to concede See in context

That's the funny thing, he is most likely not going to concede.

He's going to cause as many problems as he can.

He's going to file all those flimsy lawsuits in the hopes something manages to stick.

And finally, he's going to pardon as many of his friends as he can and do as much damage as he can on the way out.

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Posted in: Anxious nation awaits Election Day See in context

@rcch

"you can’t imagine or accept the idea of Trump winning"

If he won fair and square, then sure, I guess I would have to accept that outcome.

What I wholeheartedly believe is this: He's not going to win fair and square.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

23%...generous indeed.

I've gotten into the (very dangerous, I'll admit) mindset of using the crosswalk when I should have a chance to reasonably do so. You will stop your car, I'm sorry that you have to follow the rules of the road.

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Posted in: Trump pitches 'back to normal' as Biden warns of tough days See in context

@Mr. Noidall

"With Joe’s physical and mental decline, I think Trump is the man to continue the fight against coronavirus."

Yeah, the guy who destroyed Trump in both debates is in "physical and mental decline".

"He’s already said if president he would do exactly as Trump has been doing to combat the virus."

No sources to cite, but my common sense tells me this isn't true.

"I’ll still go with Trump."

From all your previous comments, you've made this abundantly clear. On that point, anyone "undecided" at this point is just a Trump supporter who's too cowardly to say it out loud.

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Posted in: Can Trump call in troops to quell Election Day unrest? See in context

@Serrano

"another 10 million fraudulent mail-in votes"

Cite some sources, please.

"if his election win is found to be legit."

Mighty big "if". Trump screaming at the top of his lungs that he won doesn't make it a win.

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Posted in: Suga says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon See in context

"More than nine years after the disaster, the government still hasn't made clear what it will do with the water at the plant, though a release into the ocean has been largely speculated on in recent years."

Ha, "speculated".

This government knows exactly what it's going to do with this water, they're just waiting for enough heads to be turned. One way or another, like it or not, it's going in the Pacific.

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers See in context

"Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers"

What a flimsy justification. Just come out and say that we're getting less for the same price.

6 words to cover any and all of this baloney: "Price goes up, quality goes down".

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Posted in: We should not be discriminated against because we're women. There's no excuse. I want St. Marianna University to admit the injustice and apologize thoroughly. See in context

"became known that the medical schools illegally rigged test scores to disadvantage female applicants."

I'd like to think something like this would be seriously investigated and more than a few people named, shamed, and punished. But then I remember where I am...

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Posted in: Landlords in U.S. are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders See in context

The flow of the money to the top can't stop! Won't someone think of the lenders??

/heavy S

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. start talks on cost of hosting American troops See in context

@quercetum

"Trump understands leverage."

Okay, here goes:

"Trump has criticized the alliance as one-sided, saying in June 2019 that "if Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III...but if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us at all. They can watch it on a Sony television.""

Trump doesn't understand anything. Not Article 9, not the SOFA, not the alliance, not the price tag or who pays what.

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Posted in: COVID-19 relief pushes U.S. budget deficit to a record $3.1 tril See in context

3.1 trillion dollars, eh? And just how much of that did the American people receive?

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Posted in: Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine See in context

If that's going to be the approach, why bother quarantining anyone?

"With the 14-day quarantine policy a significant stumbling block for overseas business travel, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, placing importance on restarting economic activity, has pushed for the exemptions to move forward."

Here it is, folks. In the end, it's all about the money.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna See in context

"Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna"

Last I checked, Japan already consumes a crazy amount of the entire world's catch...and now they want to boost it. How much longer will it be before the stocks can't recover due to over-fishing?

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Posted in: Trump stirs controversy over COVID-19 death toll, halting aid package talks until after election See in context

@kurisupisu

"He has beaten the virus in mere days, to the chagrin of many...."

Possibly...with the help of our tax dollars affording the best possible healthcare in the world for him (you know, that thing that's too expensive to extend to all Americans).

I'd like to see how bad he's gasping for air and needing help the second he's out of the public eye...

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