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Posted in: Japan's weekly COVID-19 cases rise for 10th straight week See in context

The Japanese news media is exaggerating KP.3 and downplaying any discussion of its actual severity. Compare media coverage in other countries and you won't find this kind of "reporting".

The article does not discuss either the general symptoms or the severity of the symptoms of the patients admitted to hospitals.

Of course, in Japan, people go to hospitals for a headache (with sirens blaring, in a taxpayer-funded ambulance).

In fact KP.3 is similar to a mild cold, exactly what you would expect after the virus has mutated over a period of years.

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Posted in: Japan arranging to shoulder $3.3 billion in G7 loans for Ukraine See in context

You know what they say about a "straw man" argument.

The June G7 summit agreed to back a US proposal to make a $50 billion loan to Ukraine backed by frozen Russian assets. The US initiated the plan and Japan, as always, obediently agreed to participate.

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Posted in: Japan arranging to shoulder $3.3 billion in G7 loans for Ukraine See in context

Japan taxpayers are still paying a surcharge for Fukushima reconstruction.

NHK reports that six months after the earthquake the Noto peninsula faces a "long road" to recovery.

Japan's rail and bus transportation system is overcrowded and pressed for money.

And what is Kishida and the LDP busy doing?

They are busy arranging a huge "loan" to Ukraine that will likely eventually be paid by Japan taxpayers.

And of course the United States is orchestrating all of this. And Kishida says: "yes, yes, yes".

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Posted in: Japan, Pacific island leaders agree to boost ties amid China's rise See in context

"amid China's rise"

That's a good title. It makes it clear that Japan LDP policy is to try to stop China's development. Exactly what the US is instructing Japan to do. It has nothing to do with alleged threats.

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Posted in: 14 Tokyo high schoolers taken to hospital after eating spicy chips See in context

And weren't they all transported to the hospital with sirens blaring reinforcing the hysteria created among the children?

When you look at your insurance premium, think about how many fake emergencies you are paying for.

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Posted in: North Korea denounces NATO, U.S. as 'most serious threat' to global peace See in context

"NATO, reduced to a tool for its confrontation"

I also think North Korea's statement is accurate. North Korea did not simply condemn the US and NATO. Rather it stated the key fact about NATO, that it functions as a tool of US foreign policy.

So this raises the question of why do the NATO members states allow themselves to be used as tools of the US? And why do NATO promoters, like the LDP leaders of Japan, willingly play the role of tools of US policy?

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Posted in: 2 Vietnamese arrested for stealing Tokyo bikes, 70 thefts suspected See in context

Geeter's information is useful. The Vietnam Express English news site that Geeter recommended is a good source of information on Vietnam. Just because a few people make anti-Vietnamese comments doesn't mean that you should suppress information out of alleged fear that they will influence others. The Japanese news media and government is not at all anti-Vietnamese, quite the opposite.

Japanese companies are not only looking for more Vietnamese labor in Japan, they are also looking to expand business in Vietnam. The more information available on all of this the better because the number of Vietnamese in Japan is going to steadily increase and it is important to understand your neighbors.

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Posted in: 2 Vietnamese arrested for stealing Tokyo bikes, 70 thefts suspected See in context

What is a straw man argument?

Someone sets up a claim and then refutes the claim which is irrelevant to the actual issue.

The person who sets up the claim may or may not be that same person.

It is a game of distraction.

The subject of immigrants is not all that it seems on the surface.

Imagine if the author of the article had removed the nationality. How could the motive be reported? Suppressing information is useful for distraction and smug feelings of righteousness.

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Posted in: 2 Vietnamese arrested for stealing Tokyo bikes, 70 thefts suspected See in context

It is necessary to report the Vietnamese nationality of these crime suspects. It is essential to the story.

The story makes it clear they were not in Japan on work visas.

There is a current "progressive" fashion of promoting immigrant rights which originated with the US Democratic party and is echoed in Japanese media as Mainichi, Asahi, Akahata. The American Democratic party uses the issue to polish its alleged progressive image while distracting from the way it treats Palestinians in Gaza and Russian speakers in Donbass.

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Posted in: Japan destroyer sailed into China territorial waters despite warnings See in context

What is nonsense is the cheerleading for the illegal and dangerous action of the MSDF ship. The area in question is in the general vicinity of Shanghai. Imagine if this was taking place close to Tokyo.

The area in question is not disputed. It is undeniably Chinese waters.

Think about who is really interested in peace in Asia. Think about who is pursuing a political agenda without any regard for the safety of you and your family.

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Posted in: To counter China, NATO and its Asian partners are moving closer under US leadership See in context

"To counter China..."

It's a loaded headline. The implication is that China is an aggressor.

"NATO and China had little conflict until tensions grew between Beijing and Washington in 2019"

Think about this statement. It is revealing, even embarrassing. It means NATO simply followed US policy.

This is why some people say the NATO countries are US lapdogs.

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Posted in: Israel to attend Hiroshima peace ceremony amid call for cease-fire See in context

"commemorating the atomic bomb attack on the city"

By who? Of course everyone knows it was the American government which did it. But in the Japanese news media it is most important not to embarrass the US government with direct language.

Targeting civilians is a war crime.

The servile LDP shields the US from any inconvenient talk about the US atomic bombings being war crimes.

So it is totally appropriate for the LDP-backed mayor of Hiroshima to invite the Israeli war criminals to the "peace ceremony" since the IDF specializes in targeting civilians.

And no one is surprised the IDF targets civilians in Gaza because the IDF is supplied and paid for by the US, the world leader in war crimes.

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Posted in: Israel to attend Hiroshima peace ceremony amid call for cease-fire See in context

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui is backed by the LDP and Komeito. When questioned by a reporter about the obvious double standards being applied in the invitations he showed a noticeable defensiveness and irritation.

The US is the world leader of double standards and the US-Japan security treaty essentially requires the LDP to adopt US policy on all important international issues.

Hiroshima's mayor makes a mockery out of the "peace ceremony", using it to promote US war policy in both Ukraine and Gaza.

But then that is exactly what you expect from an LDP backed mayor.

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Posted in: 'Pace is too slow.' Women gradually rise in Japanese politics but face deep challenges See in context

”Finding aspiring female candidates, however, isn't easy”

This Associated Press story is obviously contradicted by the Tokyo election it tries to peg the article on, in which there were two prominent female choices. The Japanese Communist Party runs many female candidates, but they won't get any praise from the American AP news agency.

The article complains about the "slow pace" of gender equality wanting more female candidates elected... but could not care less about what their actual political programs are. The article is not interested in social and economic progress, only window dressing for the status quo.

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Posted in: 119 people in Tokyo taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke on Saturday See in context

It is not wise to want very cold temperatures inside trains or restaurants in the summer. Your body will better adjust to the temperature when you enter and exit if there is not an extreme temperature difference.

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Posted in: 119 people in Tokyo taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke on Saturday See in context

How many of those 119 Tokyo area ambulance trips with sirens blaring were real emergencies?

Judging by the fact that only 3 people were not already released, we can conclude that the vast majority of cases did not require an ambulance.

Compare current news from exceptionally hot Shizuoka. Out of 35 heat related ambulance trips, 32 were mild and 3 were moderate.

This is an abuse of the emergency care system. Meanwhile the few real emergency incidents face slow response times.

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Posted in: Japan seeks global cooperation to solve abduction issue with N Korea See in context

This "online symposium" was not big news in Japan, if it was even reported at all. The only interesting thing about it is the appeal for "global cooperation". This is just a way to use this tired old issue to promote current US alliance building in Asia.

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Posted in: Japan seeks global cooperation to solve abduction issue with N Korea See in context

Hundreds of thousands of Koreans were abducted by the Japanese government and placed in factories and mines in Japan.

Try doing a search for "Korean citizens abducted by japan during war".

What results will you get? You will get results about... North Korea abductions.

The Korean abductees are always referred to as "forced labor", a less politically charged expression.

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Posted in: 4 European countries to hold defense drills with Japan in summer See in context

Have you ever seen this phrase used in an article?

"Italy's growing maritime assertiveness in the Indo-pacific region"

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Posted in: Kyoto hotel's refusal to accommodate Israeli man illegal, city says See in context

Let's look at how the LDP responded:

"Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said it is "unacceptable" to refuse accommodation on the basis of nationality."

So in this statement Kamikawa ignores the issue of the individual's connection to the Israeli military and falsely poses the issue as one of nationality, basically repeating the Israeli Embassy position.

This makes one wonder what exactly is the LDP position on Gaza? Do you notice that Kishida talks and smiles endlessly about Ukraine, but is tight-lipped and vague about Gaza.

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Posted in: Japan has no right to meddle in China-Philippines maritime issues, says Chinese embassy in Japan See in context

The elephant in the room is the US, as hinted at by the reference to the joint maritime exercises at the end of the article.

Why is the Philippines at this particular time making a big issue out of this shoal?

Marcos's father was ousted from power by a revolution in 1986. The father was widely viewed as a dictator.

Marcos Jr has tried to rewrite his father's image and (Trump style) portray that period as a golden age. The key change of the Marcos Jr administration, compared to the previous Duterte administration, has been to adopt complete support for US policies along with US hostility to China.

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Posted in: Kyoto hotel's refusal to accommodate Israeli man illegal, city says See in context

Neither the Israeli Embassy nor the Israeli man denied the connection with the Israeli military. Naturally they prefer not to talk about the subject of the Israeli military since they know its war crimes are despised worldwide.

This connection with Israeli war crimes was the reason for the denial of service at Hotel Material... not nationality.

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Posted in: Kyoto hotel's refusal to accommodate Israeli man illegal, city says See in context

The charge against the hotel that they are guilty of "discrimination" is laughable. The hotel is concerned about hosting members of the Israeli military, not all Israelis.

It is well known that there are huge protests in Israel against Netanyahu's government. Not all Israelis support Netanyahu's crimes. One of the hostages, the dancer, famously condemned Netanyahu after she was released.

Where does utterly dishonest charge of "discrimination" come from. Naturally it comes from the US media, the same US which is funding and enabling everything Israel does in Gaza. The US media charges the Americans who protest all this with being "anti-semitic". The US media falsely claims the protesters are anti-Jewish when in fact the protesters are anti-genocide.

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Posted in: Kyoto hotel's refusal to accommodate Israeli man illegal, city says See in context

The way in which the Kyoto city administration has unjustly treated this hotel should be noted by the countless tourists who flock to the city with only a rosy view of Kyoto. Of course the administration does not reflect the real views of the majority of good Kyoto people. Rather the city administration reflects the position of the LDP which parrots everything the US media and government says and does.

If you think this is simply a matter of the power of the Israeli Embassy, think again. Behind Israel is the US. Israel is completely funded and supported by the US.

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Posted in: Kyoto hotel's refusal to accommodate Israeli man illegal, city says See in context

The hotel is correct.

This article says: "citing possible ties with his country's military engaging in conflict in the Gaza Strip"

Note the phrase "engaging in conflict".

This is not an accurate description of the hotel's position. The hotel maintains that there is reason to believe the Israeli in question is connected with war crimes. Note war crimes.

The hotel maintains that it could be held as complicit if it were to host such a person.

Note also the article states the law allows "special circumstances". The Kyoto city ruling avoided all of these issues.

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Posted in: Diet wraps up regular session; Kishida's reelection bid in focus See in context

"tackle Japan's rapidly declining birthrate while trying to raise real wages"

The above makes no sense. If there truly is a shortage of workers, then wages will rise. Increasing the birthrate will result in a downward pressure on wages. Therefore it is no surprise that Kishida's "new capitalism" has amounted to nothing.

If you watch NHK dramas, if only in passing, you cannot help but notice babies showing up again and again. It is almost as if the producers got some LDP memo to market baby making propaganda. Of course most young people don't watch NHK dramas, so the effort is wasted. Young women are busy working low wage jobs or low level corporate positions. They have little prospect of wage equality... but as a consolation prize they can aspire to not change their name when they marry.

Which country pioneered low wage temp jobs which Japan so enthusiastically imitated? Ahhh... it was the USA, the great promoter of gender equality.

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Posted in: Japan seeks more visitors despite overtourism problems See in context

This is an AFP (Agence France-Presse) article. It's good that Japan Today ran it.

The Japanese media does not report that the LDP is planning a huge increase in tourism. Major Japanese cities lack the infrastructure to deal with such an increase. There is little investment being done in local train and bus service. Tourists themselves often talk about how overcrowded Kyoto is. People who do know the Kyoto of 10 or 20 years ago do not realize the extent of the change.

The LDP is indeed spending money, but not on infrastructure. LDP policy is identical to US policy. Big increases in military spending along with a steady flow of funds to Ukraine.

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Posted in: Oppenheimer reportedly apologized, cried in 1964 meeting with A-bomb victim See in context

US historian Gar Alperovitz:

It was only with the entry of the Soviet Union’s Red Army into the war two days after the bombing of Hiroshima that the Japanese moved to finally surrender.

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Posted in: Oppenheimer reportedly apologized, cried in 1964 meeting with A-bomb victim See in context

US historian Gar Alperovitz:

American intelligence had broken the Japanese codes, knew the Japanese government was trying to negotiate surrender through Moscow, and had long advised that the expected early August Russian declaration of war, along with assurances that Japan’s emperor would be allowed to stay as a figurehead, would bring surrender long before the first step in a November US invasion could begin.

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Posted in: Oppenheimer reportedly apologized, cried in 1964 meeting with A-bomb victim See in context

This is the truth about the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Admiral William Leahy, Truman's Chief of Staff: “The use of this barbarous weapon…was of no material assistance in our war against Japan.”

Major General Curtis LeMay: “the atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.”

Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet: “the atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan”

General Dwight Eisenhower: “It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.”

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