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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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Posted in: Akita Prefecture may be glimpse of Japan's graying future See in context

The message of this article is important. It's also basically accurate, and common sense for anyone who lives in Akita or who knows anything about regional Japan. However, it is very unfair, being too one-sided. For one thing, Akita is just one part of Tohoku, most of which suffers from similar problems. Yet, there are many good things about Akita and other parts of Tohoku. Life in Akita is better than life in Tokyo in many ways (although Garthgoyle appears to have not realized this - yes, there is much to do in Akita).

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Posted in: Japan picks Lockheed Martin radar for missile defense system: ministry official See in context

They want to put one inside the capital city of Akita Prefecture, which is home to about 300,000 people. But there is much resistance in Akita. The arrogance and foolishness of this administration is shocking.

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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic costs keep rising See in context

Please read "Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup" (2016) by Andrew Zimbalist. The book explains why hosting such big extravaganzas rarely pays off, and why countries continue to host them. Some say that Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." True or not, that's the insanity of hosting the Olympics.

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Posted in: Kyoto University says researcher at iPS institute falsified data for paper See in context

Unfortunately, this kind of thing is extremely common in scientific research. It's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. will arm Japan to shoot down N Korean missiles See in context

In the photo, the prime minster's nose is looking a little browner than usual. But he seems happy.

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Posted in: Japan should be capable of building nuclear weapon: LDP's Ishiba See in context

Nothing new here - this idea has been put forth many times before.

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Posted in: Abe vows to maximize pressure on N Korea See in context

NOW IN THEATERS - Return of the Mediocracy!

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Posted in: Duterte visits emperor See in context

Something is very wrong here. In this photo, the emperor is having a chat with a man who has: 1) claimed to have shot a man dead to teach the police how to do it, 2) said that he has committed murder at least once by pushing someone out of a helicopter, 3) joked about rape, 4) said he would kill his own children if he were to find that they had used illegal drugs, and 5) caused thousands of people - some no doubt innocent - to die in a brutal but futile drug war. This is about as bad as having the POTUS meet the emperor. Oh...that's coming next.

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Posted in: N Korea accuses Abe of playing up nuclear threat to win election See in context

N. Korea's belligerence aside, it's true, isn't it? And "The Party for Japanese Kokoro" helped. It's easy to vilify N. Korea (which it's leadership deserves) but N. Korea isn't really seeking war - if it wanted that it would simply attack someone. It's actually crying out for discussions, and guarantees of Kim regime survival. It wants to discourage anyone from attacking itself, because it knows it cannot win a war against the USA.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tobacco tax hike to cover revenue shortfalls See in context

The gov't owns 1/3 of the stocks of Japan Tobacco, which has a monopoly, so it profits from cigarette sales both from stock dividends and from tobacco tax revenues. Yet lower smoking rates helps reduce medical costs for the entire society. Debates on this just go round and round in circles.

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