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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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Posted in: In impeachment testimony, U.S. diplomat says she was told to tweet support for Trump See in context

Three years ago, Prime Minister Abe declared that Trump is a "leader who can be trusted" (https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASJCL2RVXJCLUTFK005.html). This, alone, makes Abe untrustworthy.

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Posted in: Japan eyes deploying new missile interceptors in Tokyo area See in context

So, there is concern about N. Korea, China, or Russia launching a missile attack on Tokyo during the Olympic games...while the athletes of those countries are competing in the games?

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Posted in: Lawmakers eye restoration of ex-imperial members to ensure male succession See in context

The "unbroken line" goes back about 1,500 years. The actual situation prior to that point is anybody's guess. Taking all of human history into account, 1,500 years is not that long. All traditions were created at some point by people. All traditions change over time. All traditions eventually disappear.

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Posted in: Japanese report says N Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads: paper See in context

Note that it is in the Abe Administration's best interest to have such a report appear right now, and that most "leaks" are intentional. This helps justify Japan's military buildup, and further solidifies its position as a US client state.

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Posted in: As time catches up with rock's greats, can the genre survive? See in context

"Rock and roll is here to stay. It will never die." - David White (1939-2019)

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Posted in: No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

Trump wants it because Obama got it; he's obsessed with eclipsing Obama.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

The problem is those politicians like Aso who do not live up to their responsibility to make Japan's social, political, and economic environment better for having children. The money and resources exist; only the right policies and positive cultural change are needed.

Unfortunately, bashing Also won't work - he's untouchable. He's the heir of the Aso dynasty, he's descended from both Toshimichi Okubo and Shigeru Yoshida, and a sister of his married a cousin of Emperor Akihito. And if that's not enough, he heads one of the largest factions in the LDP, and he is a former prime minister. See: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/22/reference/the-blunt-blue-blooded-aso-is-back/#.XFjl9C17FBw

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Posted in: Japanese folk rituals approved as UNESCO intangible heritage See in context

This article hardly does the Namahage tradition justice; it seems to be giving rise to misunderstandings. One should at least peek at the Wikipedia entry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namahage) before passing judgment. Or better yet, visit the Namahage museum in Oga, Akita.

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

A century or so from now, when the countries of East & SE Asia are struggling to maintain "normal" lifestyles - or even to ensure the survival of their populations - in the face of catastrophic climatic problems and environmental disasters, people will say "What were they thinking?" about this pointless arms race escalation.

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Posted in: Mahathir, Cheney among decoration recipients in Japan See in context

No surprise here - they awared one to Rumsfeld three years ago.

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Posted in: Abe may hit rocky road after not decisively winning party race See in context

Wasn't it a HUGE victory?

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Posted in: Abe says relations with China back on 'normal track' See in context

Back on normal track? Then there's no need to buy and install land-based Aegis missile batteries. The money can be spent on making life better for the people of Japan instead.

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Posted in: 6 killed, 2 injured in motorcycle crash in Nara See in context

Well, the cops never really do anything about this until post-accident clean-up time.

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Posted in: Abe expected to win leadership race despite flat ratings See in context

The LDP is out of touch with reality.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

It would be nice to have an end to the horrors of this PM's rule.

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Posted in: Japan picks $1.2 bil Lockheed radar for Aegis Ashore batteries See in context

See:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/07/13/reader-mail/aegis-ashore-foolish-waste-money/#.W1_3py97GWY

And:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/07/27/reader-mail/oligarchs-behind-military-spending/#.W1_3yC97GWY

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Posted in: Gov't aims to make all passenger cars electric by 2050: panel report See in context

But the electricity has to be generated somehow. And electric cars are sometimes inadequate in snowy/icy conditions. Hydrogen might be better.

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Posted in: Hyogo man arrested for backhanding cash register while verifying his age See in context

It's still pretty easy for under-aged people to get alcohol in Japan.

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