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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: 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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Posted in: Abe to launch cabinet quickly; opposition in disarray See in context

A new cabinet? But the previous one didn't do anything other than engage in a bit of fear-mongering, including holding useless missile drills in some small communities. Duck and cover! This is what the public must do until the malignant LDP becomes weak enough for Japan to have a real democracy. The question is, how long will it take?

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Posted in: Ruling bloc wins 2/3 majority in lower house; Abe says he won't become complacent See in context

At this point, Edano and his movement is the best hope for Japan.

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Posted in: Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad See in context

To his party's benefit, Abe studied the playbook of the Bush ("W") administration carefully during his time in the doghouse (2009-2012).

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Posted in: Young Japanese voters, happy with job market, lean toward ruling party See in context

Most of the younger ones are blissfully ignorant, and tend to vote as their parents and/or grandparents vote.

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Posted in: Japan Inc wants Abe election win, but with smaller majority See in context

In other words, Japan deserves better.

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Posted in: North Korean missile alert manga produced by Hokkaido government office See in context

Somewhere in there it probably says "And don't forget to support your local LDP candidate." If it doesn't, someone probably forgot to slip it in.

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Posted in: Sales tax hike 'obvious' choice for Japan debt woes: IMF See in context

A progressive tax would be appropriate; wealthier people should pay more income tax. So should the big corporations - they aren't raising wages, anyway. The masses will suffocate, waiting for the trickle-down, while the IMP helps to facilitate their subjugation.

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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting candidate during speech in Chiba See in context

It would be nice to see more such anti-LDP passion among the electorate, but not inspired by alcohol, and not physical. Don't punch them, just vote!

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Posted in: Odds may now favor Abe on Constitution change as rival shares views See in context

Perhaps Abe is mainly looking for a way to avoid having to raise the consumption tax when the time comes. If Koike's people (who are against the tax hike) win enough seats, Abe can bargain with them and get their support for the constitution change, and push it through - even if the LDP-Komeito coalition doesn't have a majority. Then, Abe can give up on the tax hike without looking wimpy, and appear to be an open-minded leader who listens to, and cooperates with, the opposition. (After all, the nuclear power issue can be dragged out and debated for a long time.) Meanwhile, the true opposition flounders in left field. the result: Abe achieves his main goal and remains in power for several more years.

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