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Posted in: Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Maybe it's time for the US military to leave. Okinawa is not US soil. WWII ended nearly a century ago.

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Posted in: Japan eyes hiking defense spending to ¥40 trillion over 5 years See in context

If Kishida's estimate for "defence" spending is anything like his estimate for Abe's funeral, it's going to cost  several hundreds of trillions of yen!

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Posted in: Japan eyes hiking defense spending to ¥40 trillion over 5 years See in context

Total waste of money!

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Abe, who was assassinated in July, was Japan’s longest-serving leader and one of its most divisive in the postwar period

"One of the most divisive," because the useless, do-less line of "everybody's friends" who have served as PM in the postwar period were even more useless.

I'm sorry he was assassinated. I wouldn't wish that on anybody. But divisive, he wasn't.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign guests to wear face masks at Abe state funeral See in context

Why not hand out the rest of the Abe masks? There must be plenty left!

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Posted in: Japan holds 1st tourism expo in 2 years to aid virus-hit industry See in context

"All you can grab" onions!

Wow! That's going to bring the foreign tourists in in droves!

Wonder what bright committee in what government office came up with that gem!

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

Awa no gaijin:

What cigarette smoke?

I don't know where you are in Japan, but it's quite rare to see someone with a cigarette where I am.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. eye joint research to counter hypersonic weapons See in context

Politicians, diplomats, people who actually represent their people need to get out, talk, make plans, find ways we can get along. War, "defence," weapons and counterweapons do not create peace.

Haven't we proved that by now?

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Posted in: Anti-U.S. base incumbent Tamaki wins 2nd term as Okinawa governor See in context

Glad to see that Denny got in.

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Posted in: Tropicana’s Japanese licensee in hot juice for cartons that boast '100% Melon Taste' See in context

It isn't even 100% fruit juice. It CONTAINS 100% fruit juice and that's the cheat they use. Kirin isn't alone in this.

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Posted in: No preferential treatment given over bid for Abe state funeral: Matsuno See in context

Isn't it about time the Japanese voting public came out of their apathy and voted for some other party - ANY other party than the corrupt LDP/ Komeito coalition?

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Posted in: Dogs shed tears of joy when reuniting with owners: study See in context

Good Lord! Can't they find more useful things to research?

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing adoptive mother dies in apparent suicide in detention cell See in context

Solitary confinement, for how long? In a tiny room with no windows, not even a table or chair, alone with his guilt, is it surprising?

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Posted in: Digital minister Kono asks gov't to stop using floppy disks See in context

Heavens! What will be next to go? Faxes?

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry, seeking arms buildup, makes opaque budget request See in context

The protection racket at work. All this does is bolster the US economy, Why do we have to play into their hands?

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Posted in: Kishida vows to sever LDP's ties with Unification Church See in context

Soka gakkai is intimately connected with Komeito and without Komeito the LDP would have no power, Soka gakkai is strongly connected to the LDP through Komeito, and Soka gakkai is yet another cult, similar to the Moonies.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to sever LDP's ties with Unification Church See in context

Why stop at the Moonies? What about Soka Gakkai?

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Posted in: Kishida to explain decision on Abe state funeral at Wednesday news conference See in context

"By political party, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's lawmakers had the highest average income of 25.20 million yen."

“Upper House lawmaker Taichiro Motoe of the LDP was the only lawmaker to earn over 100 million yen. His income totaled 1,292.61 million yen, mainly reflecting dividends from investment trusts, though it fell from the previous year's 1.9 billion yen.”

And they expect us, the taxpayer to pay for the State Funeral?

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Posted in: Sushi chef drops knives on train, causing panic and delays See in context

What a wimp! Why didn't he just open his eyes and look instead of panicking? The guy wasn't attacking anybody!

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Posted in: Opposition CDPJ asks Kishida to explain Abe's state funeral See in context

Why not have Kishida and his buddies pay for it out of their own pocket? They can easily afford it.

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Posted in: Japan grounds Ospreys after U.S. Air Force safety concerns See in context

I was talking with a US military person whose job it is to repair aircraft. I asked his opinion about the Osprey. His answer was, "Won't go near them! They are a death trap!"

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Posted in: Japan grounds Ospreys after U.S. Air Force safety concerns See in context

What about the "Osprey Fan Club," what do they have to say about this?

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Posted in: 'Extreme heat belt' to cover middle of U.S. by 2053: report See in context


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Posted in: Actor Anne Heche 'not expected to survive' after crash: U.S. media See in context

Why do they describe her as an actor? Actress, surely!

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Posted in: Taiwanese foreign minister warns China preparing for invasion See in context

it would conduct fresh joint drills focusing on ant-submarine and sea assault operations

"Ant-submarine?" Is this some fiendish microtechnology at work?

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Posted in: Japan defense chief Kishi may be replaced in Cabinet due to Unification Church links See in context

I wonder when they will get round to investigating the connection between the LDP, Komeito and Soka Gakkai. This is far more sinister.

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Posted in: Japanese government urges businesses to raise wages on par with price hikes See in context

Raise the wages so that we can get more taxes please!

Think of your poor lawmaker trying to subsist on a meagre salary and only two bonuses per year!

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Posted in: Japan defense minister had help from Unification Church in elections See in context

The Unification Church is the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot going on here. Soka Gakkai, Komeito, advice and help from the US government, both overtly and covertly have kept this corrupt LDP government in a position of power for so long.

But who is going to investigate it?

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Posted in: Why do people join cults? See in context

What people join are not "cults." That's what other people call them who despise them. It's like the "N" word. People of colour don't use it. It's used by people who wish to put them down.

As for why people join "cults", whatever we want to call them, they join because they are looking for answers in life. Whether they find answers or not is another thing. Who's to tell? They may not be our questions.

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