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Posted in: Raytheon lobbying Japanese lawmakers to replace Lockheed Martin as radar supplier See in context

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics: merchants of death with insatiable appetites for money.

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Posted in: Kanye West posts series of rambling late night tweets See in context

Dear POTUS,

Please replace Pence with Kanye for your reelection campaign.

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Posted in: Man arrested after video surfaces, showing him let elementary school daughter drive car See in context

Ah, the perils of SNS....

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

Maybe it's time for him to retire...or, for the entire LDP to retire.

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Posted in: Bolton says Trump pleaded with China to help him get reelected See in context

Bolton is a creep...but this is probably true.

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Posted in: Balloon-like object in sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs See in context

"They're here!"

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Posted in: NHK to retrain staff after criticism of cartoon about black Americans See in context

"Japanese" people living in Japan are surprisingly tone-deaf on the issue of racism, and especially regarding race and racism in the USA (but not everyone, of course).

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Posted in: Japan can't move ahead with U.S. missile defense system: Abe See in context

An article about this appeared in New Politics in January:

https://newpol.org/issue_post/civic-resistance-to-japanese-militarism/

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Posted in: Japan to scrap costly land-based U.S. missile defense system See in context

Lockheed Martin is probably very disappointed now.

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Posted in: Japan to give $300 million for vaccinations in developing countries See in context

In principle - and in theory - this is good. But (sadly) much of the money will probably be funneled back into the coffers of the world's major drug companies, and then flow to stockholders, political parties, and individual politicians' campaign offices. Moreover, GiveWell doesn't recommend Gavi, stating on their website: "Our best guess is that Gavi does not currently have room for more funding." Why not instead nationalize the country's pharmaceutical companies and have them produce cheaper vaccines for developing countries?

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Posted in: Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space See in context

If there is intelligent life out there, we probably look pretty stupid to them.

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Posted in: Japan to approve Remdesivir for coronavirus patients in May See in context

No need - Clorox Chewables are far more effective.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. may seek damages from China over virus See in context

First, the US should sue Trump for his very poor handling of the situation.

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Posted in: 18 trainee doctors who ignored dining ban infected with coronavirus See in context

Covidiots!

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Posted in: Japan considering ¥100 bil investment in large firms hit by virus impact See in context

Sure, give as much public money as possible to the major corporations...much of it will just flow into LDP coffers later, as "donations" - a perfect scam.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

Next: "If you work until you die, then you may have your pension."

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Posted in: Kansai Electric vows to improve governance after bribery scandal See in context

"That'll be the day." (John Wayne - The Searchers (1956))

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Posted in: Trump hopes to see U.S. economy reopened by Easter; contradicts warnings of public health officials See in context

How shocking it is that people would trust Dr. Fauci more than a "stable genius" at a time like this!

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker faces possible ouster from Diet as aides indicted See in context

Both are Abe minions.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

I can understand the desire for justice, but the death penalty should be abolished. There's no evidence that it does anything to deter violent crime, and there is ample evidence that innocent people have been convicted and executed, and that this will continue until the death penalty is abolished. Furthermore, the argument that it is generally wrong but acceptable in some cases is unsound.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin wins 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright case See in context

It's a fine line between influence and copying. Both bands were great, anyway.

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Posted in: Approval rate for Abe cabinet marks sharpest fall in 2 years See in context

Ratings, shmatings - nothing will change until the elites are removed from office...and kept out!

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Posted in: Police crackdown nets over 15,000 tailgating violations in 2019 See in context

Tailgating is ubiquitous in Japan, and it seems that the only way to avoid being tailgated is to go at least 20 km/hr over the limit all the time (or 30-40 on the big highways). I divide tailgaters into three categories: (1) habitual tailgaters, who do it in an apparently random way out of habit; (2) opportunistic tailgaters, who get close at key spots like traffic intersections, etc., and (3) aggressive tailgaters, who engage in "get outta my way" driving as if they own the road (these are the worst). I usually drop my speed to the limit or just below when followed by people of category 1 or 3. Sudden braking is not very effective, but flashing the brake lights a bit can help.

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Posted in: Emperor emeritus Akihito recovers after briefly losing consciousness See in context

May they both live long(er), and prosper.

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

The photo says it all - one of these fellows (the smirking one) is the subject of an impeachment trial and the other has just been formally indicted on corruption charges.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

A dubious defense argument: "suffering a mental disorder triggered by marijuana use". Hmm....

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Posted in: Over 30% of Japanese managers feel intense stress from working with foreigners: survey See in context

Those at the top (gov't bureaucrats / company executives, etc.) put the squeeze on everyone below - to get more output for less input - and then it all gets passed down. Amidst this, the Japanese way is to do "gaman" and pull together and find a way to maintain the same level of output, if not to increase it, even if it nearly kills them (either because they see some virtue in doing so, or simply because they are afraid to rock the boat, or both). The non-Japanese person then stands up and complains loudly that something is wrong - being the only one who can do so. This causes a problem for the middle managers. The non-Japanese person eventually gives up, because they realize that nothing will ever change. This is how it happens.

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Posted in: Bones of 187 human bodies discovered near Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium See in context

Great - a haunted stadium!

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Posted in: Snow crab fetches record ¥5 mil at auction in Tottori See in context

How about 5 million for that crab necktie?

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