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Posted in: Unification Church ties to lawmakers emerges as major political issue in Japan See in context

Asked if the church had made political donations to the LDP, Tomihiro Tanaka, head of the church's Japan branch, told reporters on July 11 that "no money has moved from the LDP to this entity, or from this entity to the LDP."

I'll frame this one. It bears all the hallmarks of a statement intended to be thrown by the speaker as far as possible from himself...only to somewhere down the lane boomerang back into his very face, prompting need for an emergency press conference, deep bowing and excuses to having caused a "misunderstanding" (by these silly plebs--who else?)...

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Posted in: Japan warns of rising security threats in annual defense report See in context

@Ricky Kaminski13

All this talk and hot air about whether Japan should beef up its military, ( let’s call it option A) or should just throw in the towel and not bother, (option B) This is the meat and veg of the discussion right? How much defensive capability do we get for our buck , let’s put that to the side for a moment. Let’s simplify it to be or not to be question, for arguments sake.

You cannot conveniently "let aside for a moment" the link between "beefing up the military" from how we do it, what we want to achieve, why we need to or want to do it, how much it will cost, how much we can actually afford, where the money is going to come from, how all the pieces are going to come together in a much broader picture of national and regional interests / capacities / challenges, or as to how all the previous efforts did not seem to have amounted to much beyond an increasing disarray as far as national defense goes because...these were all the questions that were already back then "let aside for a (very looooong) moment".

If you do so, you will just have spent more money to end up in the exact same spot somewhere in the future, as we already do now in the present...

The problem up to now was that there has seemingly never been much of a "plan" beyond "spending money" on... you know: "stuff". (In Japan, this is unfortunately not being limited to defense issues with the results being exactly the same across the board).

The question being: is there much more of a plan this time? Sorry but it doesn't exact look like it...beyond throwing around money as if this would magically achieve something...anything...at all like to many times before that.

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Posted in: Ex-senior education ministry official gets suspended term over bribe See in context

So, abuse of public funds, collusion, corruption, bribery, abuse of position, conflict of interest, possibly conspiracy charges, etc, etc, etc.

Verdict: suspended sentence to all those involved...Now that will them 'em!

A pathetic verdict worth of a banana republic.

Japan is continuing its slide into third country status...

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Posted in: Japan warns of rising security threats in annual defense report See in context

And, as usual, no comments as to how the current level of budget or the future (increased) level of budget is actually going to be...spent and as to how efficient said spending will be. No surprises here.

The question begs for an urgent answer, as per this article and the information given by a source close to the MOD has all the money being spent on defense up to now not really been efficiently (or wisely for that matters) spent...

https://japantoday.com/category/features/opinions/Dovish-Kishida-may-now-take-defense-mantle-of-slain-mentor-Abe

An "appropriate" increase would be about 20% or roughly 1 trillion yen, he said, adding that the extra funds should go to maintenance and logistics to ensure the military can deploy the planes, ships and other fighting assets it already owns.

The military has to cannibalize equipment to keep other systems operational because of a lack of money for spare parts, a former senior defence ministry official told Reuters, asking not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

*Japan will require a decade to build a more potent force that can absorb a doubling of defense spending, **with the first three years needed to bring its existing equipment up to scratch and to stock up on munitions, the official said.*

The above being the results of decades of ill-spent military budgets...How different are we to expect this decade to be in this regard?

Also, when they meant "potent force", I tend to think about staffing, the problem being that the JSDF seem to have problems reaching its yearly targets for already several years...Also, with the saber-rattling in and out of Japan, I would not expect this improve any time soon...

Anyway, expect more of your hard-earned Yen spent on what can only be described as "(very) wobbly results"...

Let's not even start discussing where that increased defense budget is supposed to get its funding from. (Increase in taxes in 5,4,3...) Or that Japan, being under the US nuclear umbrella and having US forces on their territory offers full coverage of the defense-spectrum when it comes to deterrence.

Worse...

It also sets the stage for a year-end national security review expected to call for the acquisition of longer-range strike missiles, strengthened space and cyber capabilities, and tighter controls over access to technology.

...the fact that Japan in 2022 still does not have its own cyber defense capabilities (or until this very year the National Policy Agency a cyber-crime unit for that matters!) or controls of access to technology speaks volume as how far the oyajis running the show are disconnected from current reality concerning "military", "defense" or anything else actually...

All this is just the old geezers in the LDP ranting in their echo-chamber with the far-right nutters fretting about Japan getting "great" again and other nonsense...Expect a similar statement from the above one from a "source close to the MOD" somewhere next decade confirming how much pipe-dreaming all this was (yet again) and how much spaffing around money with no actual plan is a waste of ressources and time, things that Japan is lacking...

On a side-note:

The defense white paper approved by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government identifies China, Russia and North Korea as its main security concerns. Kishida's defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, last month had described Japan as being on a front line surrounded by nuclear-armed actors.

...is Kishi already tipped to be sunset in the next cabinet reshuffle for health reason (source: Jiji). No surprises here.

Of the (so unsurprising) spin on...

Kishida's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has pledged to double military spending to 2% of GDP, gained seats in national elections for upper house lawmakers this month.

...how the elections were won by the LDP on MOD spending (what about "social capitalism", that one seems to have vanished form the headlines...? Blimey!)

Nothing beats a Saturday cup of coffee and a morning rant over a Kyodo article...

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Posted in: Even after a divorce, to the child there is no change in the fact that both are parents. The system should be changed to allow for both the father and mother to fulfill their responsibility to care for the child. See in context

Some common sense, wow! But again, it's not the J-gov.

Joint custody of children after divorce is one of numerous options proposed in a rough draft by a Justice Ministry panel on sweeping changes being weighed on the issue of parental authority when marriages fall apart.

Kudos though for the J-gov to...ponder about it but...I'm kinda wondering about the "other options"...

Anyway, Elvis has not yet the panel-room, so...we may be getting ahead of us...

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Posted in: KDDI to pay damages to millions of users after network outage See in context

Meiyouwenti

@Justasking

Any evidence of Russian hacking?

Ask Ossanamerica. He's the one who started this nonsense. KDDI reported within a short time to the J-gov that they messed up and media reported accurately. (Can't say when it comes to far-right mad-as-a-hatter media though)

July 3  07:03 pm JSTPosted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles  See in context

bokudaToday  06:32 pm JST

Are you really considering a hacker putted down the 2nd biggest carrier in Japan?

I'm reluctant to believe that the Japanese Telecoms are that weak.

They are not "that weak". It's the Russian hackers that are "that good" at what they do.

July 3  06:26 pm JSTPosted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles  See in context

My bet is on the Russian hackers. They consider anyone that doesn't like them invading a neighbor and killing civilians to be fair game.

"Russian hacker group says cyber attacks continue on Lithuania"

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-hacker-group-says-cyber-attacks-continue-lithuania-2022-06-28/

"Russian Hackers Target Norway in Latest Volley of Cyber Attacks"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-30/russian-hackers-target-norway-in-latest-volley-of-cyber-attacks

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Posted in: The legacy of Shinzo Abe in Fukushima See in context

What plasticmonkey said.

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Posted in: When people say the West should support Taiwan, what exactly do they mean? See in context

When people say the West should support Taiwan, what exactly do they mean?

For starters, what "people" are saying this?

People in the West? People in Asia? People in Japan? People in Taiwan? People in different regions / countries may mean different things.

Anyway, sounds a lot like "hearsay"...

Putting aside the above question and whatever is meant by whoever, what these "people" will ultimately get is going to be limited to (diplomatic/political) "lip-service" as nobody "in the West" has the desire, will, intention or the logistical, military or financial means to get in a fight with China over Taiwan.

Sorry to be blunt in this regard but that's how things are. (insert shou-ga-nai here)

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Posted in: Abe attacker tried to draw attention to church: analysts See in context

Addition: I would even dare a comparison.

Akagi Toshio (the Moritomo sacrificial lamb) who committed suicide (imploded). He became to an extend a folk hero. There was a change.org petition to raise funds for his widow to drag the J-gov to court, it reached (if memory served) 300K(?) signs and money pledges.

As a antithesis to:

Yamagami Tetsuya (the guy who did not commit suicide and exploded). It would not surprise me if he may become a "folk hero" of sorts as well, with change.org petitions for his legal defense as well...

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Posted in: Abe attacker tried to draw attention to church: analysts See in context

@Spitfire

Pls, correct me if I'm wrong.

Nobody I know is sympathizing with Yamagami as far as the assasination of Abe goes.

I believe that Spitfire's point is not the sympathizing with Yamagami when it comes to the murder, but when talking with J-friends around me, I feel an increasing sympathy for Yamagami as a (social) "victim" of sorts (as Ossan seem to hint), possibly "cornered" and in search for an "exit". (People who talk about this are pretty much in search for words. Actually, who wouldn't?)

Now, having said that, nobody is agreeing with what he did, and I mean nobody! But...

...quite a lot of people seem to wonder if the choice Yamagami was ultimately facing wasn't limited to "implosion" (suicide) or "explosion" (outburst of violence). This is a question that resounds a lot in a society which is so impacted by suicide, which again forces people to ask themselves some pretty heavy questions.

Now, to the most controversial aspect of what people seem to imply around me (and I do mean the Japanese).

To be blunt, around me I do not feel much sympathy" for Abe beyond the shock of him being the victim of a violent act. When I ask (my friends) in a straightforward way: Do you imply 事業自得? (jigyoujitoku) (what goes around comes around), the answer I've been getting so far is a resounding はいっ!(Yes!).

(Actually on the day of the murder, did two elderly Japanese friends ask me whether I thought it was a mob-related hit-job, due to, you know, "Abe being in cahoots with really 危険 (やばい)people...")

Again, nobody wished Abe what happened to him. But ultimately, once the "deed was done" (and the shock taken in), nobody actually seems to be that "surprised" at how things ended...This makes me wonder if people were somehow expecting it to end "badly" (or even "violently") for already some time...?

To be blunt, if 3 weeks ago somebody had asked me:

Blue, do you think that political violence may become a thing?

Here? Naah, this is Japan! There was the odd incident, but naaah.

*Blue, assuming somebody in politics gets hurt or killed Who do you think it would be?*

Abe Shinzo!

would have been my immediate answer...Not one second of hesitation or doubt if thrown a straight ball at me on this question. ...with Makoto Sakurai (the Nihon Daiichi-nutter) as a close second (but for other reasons, such as violence seemingly being pretty much around the guy).

Even in death, possibly even more, does Abe remain a more than divisive figure to the average Japanese. Abe is gone, but I have the feeling that the decade he was for good or worse a part of our lives (sigh) will linger on for quite some time forcing people to ask them pretty harsh questions about the man, politics and themselves...

Thinking about it, this may actually possibly be the most positive part of his (ahem) legacy...

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Posted in: Opposition launches probe into lawmakers' links to Unification Church See in context

@KennyG

How did you know it's just LDP.

TBH, I'm not and I already raised the very same question in another thread two days ago.

July 20  10:29 am JSTPosted in: Shinto religion long entangled with Japan's politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups 

Abe, his family, his party were all in bed with religions. Cults have their own political parties. These days, I also have actually been wondering about where the opposition stands on this?

Is there any guarantee that they aren't in bed with some local/regional/national or foreign cult as well? TBH, no, I don't think there is any guarantee either. It is also striking that they all seem to remain pretty silent about the whole issue. (It may be to avoid being too confrontational now that Abe is dead, but still...I may have missed it, but radio silence seem to be total around the issue...with just a few headlines in main media and mostly tabloids going after that one...)

The LDP is the starting point and has been in cahoots with the Moonies (and Komeito/Soka Gakkai) for decades, if not 60 years. The LDP has also been the ruling party for pretty much all of the post-war period (save for 2 occasions lasting less than 5 years, if I'm correct).

It is about people in power getting cozy with those having money and searching for influence and those having money searching for influence from those who are in power.

As it has been repeated ad nauseam by the media and people (including on this board), the opposition is

...weak, split, disorganized, unsupported, etc...

While there maybe spot-check interest in getting cozy with some figures in the opposition, but let's be frank: overall it looks more like a time-waster than anything else.

Do.the.math.

But again, religion and cults have to be weeded out from politics, whatever the political color.

In this particular case, has any real (ahem) attempt at trying to do so to start with the LDP. Where the efforts may lead after that may indeed remain to be seen (and, yes, may actually lead to some "surprises" as well--who knows?).

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Posted in: Abe attacker tried to draw attention to church: analysts See in context

He probably tried to fulfill his 'unsatisfied desire' by attacking an influential figure."

Err...In which case he could have attacked any other "influencial" (or so-perceived) figure. A TV-personality, idol, successful businessman appearing on TV, reporter, local figure like a mayor or opposition figure. Anybody would do.

Ultimately, he went for an "influential figure" who was in bed with the Moonies and who, one can only suspect (insert caveat here), used his influence to cater to the Moonies. Not sure how much in his mind Yamagami did consider to have "switched targets", as it was still all about the Moonies and not, for example, about "Abenomics" or failed policies...

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Posted in: Japan government plan for Abe state funeral sparks protests See in context

From an economic, financial and social point of view, Japan has been standing dumbfounded at the crossroads for 3 whopping (lost) decades.

In parallel, politics have been rotting away for decades, if not from the very (post-war) start onwards...

From a politics point of view, after a decade of Abe anything-goes-freewheeling, it is now obvious that Japan is also standing at the crossroads when it comes to politics....

Now, the question being: will the voters stop being apathetic or will they tacitly continue to be accomplices to this democratic debacle?

Japan is more than ever at the brink on all fronts...Decades have been lost and the future remains more than ever uncertain...

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Posted in: Opposition launches probe into lawmakers' links to Unification Church See in context

@OssanAmerica

Good to hear!!

You sure? You really sure? I mean: you really really sure? (You may want to re-read in really slow pace the content of the article to be able to grasp all it implies before answering...)

We're talking about the Japan Communist Party investigating the dirt in the LDP, dirt that has been piling up over 60 years, since Nobusuke Kishi, through Shintaro Abe up to Shinzo Abe, involving other elected representatives (incl. cabinet members and, most likely, PMs), their ties with a religious foreign cult in bed with North Korea and which has been preying on Japanese individuals, families and organizations for 6 decades, obviously with the blessing of successive LDP governments.

An effective full-fledged investigation / commission would shed light in the darkest corners of J-politics from the last 60 years (not holding my breath here...), on strong man tactics, shady deals, collusion, kickbacks, sweet deals, tweaked (or ignored) laws (the most obvious one being the Constitution and its articles on separation of state and religion!), possibly quashed police (or other) investigations and god-only-know-what-else one may actually find...Pretty much all, involving the LDP...

Again. You sure? Really?

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Posted in: Civic group asks court to halt state funeral for ex-PM Abe See in context

@Garthgoyle

He comes from a very wealthy family. Let them cover the cost of his funeral..

Neither Abe's nor his wife, Akie Abe (nee Matsuzaki) are exactly poor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akie_Abe

Abe was born Akie Matsuzaki (松崎 昭恵, Matsuzaki Akie). She is from a wealthy Japanese family; her father is the former president of Morinaga & Co., one of Japan's largest confectionery companies.

What I just noticed now:

(Akie) Abe later worked for Dentsu Inc., the world's largest advertising agency, before marrying Shinzo Abe in 1987.

Abe, Matsuzaki, Dentsu, LDP, Nippon Kaigi, Moon. Just have any of these guys foot the bill. They can afford it.

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Posted in: Opposition launches probe into lawmakers' links to Unification Church See in context

@Alfie Noakes

Excellent news.

Abe protege Tomomi Inada is the latest LDP name to be heavily linked to the Unification Church. She apparently attended several UC events but claims it was so long ago she can't remember.

https://jisin.jp/domestic/2120203/

Inada should consider retiring from politics as she seems to suffer from recurrent memory lapses. Does anybody remember her series of lapses around the Moritomo-scandal as well as her repeatedly dropping the ball on the JSDF logs-scandal?

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Posted in: Civic group asks court to halt state funeral for ex-PM Abe See in context

@MarkX

There is an online petition that you can sign and show your support to have the state funeral stopped.

https://www.change.org/p/%E5%AE%89%E5%80%8D%E6%99%8B%E4%B8%89%E3%81%AE%E5%9B%BD%E8%91%AC%E3%81%AB%E5%8F%8D%E5%AF%BE%E3%81%97%E3%81%BE%E3%81%99-we-oppose-shinzo-abe-s-state-funeral

Signed. Currently at 56,000.

This funeral is the result of what several political observers, journalists and even...LDP members noticed and mentioned of the last decade: that a lot of things (too many for comfort actually) around Abe where "exceptional (異例)" and that a personality cult seemed to be developing around him.

TBH, these last days (since the state funeral got announced) did I start to ponder what would have happened if he had survived the attempt at murdering him. Of course, it would be anybody's guess, but any scenario I managed to come up with scares the bejeezus out of me because of the above personality cult...

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Posted in: Kishida set to retain key figures in Cabinet reshuffle in early September See in context

Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. (sigh)

To make this a perfectly useless hand just put Suga in some corner somewhere...

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for throwing volleyball at girl’s face See in context

Funny to read this story when you grew up with an "classic" tough-training volleyball Japanese anime like Attack No1 (or Mila Superstar) on German TV. Times definitely seem to have changed.

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Posted in: Sunak, Truss ready for battle to be Britain's next PM See in context

But Britain is already guaranteed to get either its first prime minister of color or its third woman leader.

And its third PM in 6 years...

TBH, I tend to see Japan and the UK as (unfortunately) increasingly similar:

.former empires who never really grew out of it and never really found their "spot" in a different world, a world which actually can function without them

.countries increasingly closing on themselves with "controlled movements" of visitors, but still wanting to keep all the niceties (Brexit for the UK, cutting itself off from the EU (immigration) but still wanting the perks from the EU market, Japan open to "tourists" and "business" but not to immigration or only caring about the "external world" when there is something in it for them: exports, defense)

.a completely out-of-touch and arrogant (conservative) ruling class (Eton rulez!) and an inefficient opposition

.a never-ending pile-up of "whoopsies" due to blatant incompetence and corruption

.an increasingly shoddy choice of options / candidates

.a harking to the "good ol' days"

etc

Always sad to see once great nations going to pieces...

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Posted in: JAL to reassign 3,000 employees as international air travel struggles See in context

JAL to reassign 3,000 employees as international air travel struggles

...

The move comes after the company in May decided to increase its workforce in growth areas by about 3,000 compared with fiscal 2019, including new hires at the low-cost carrier, in the revised version of its medium-term business plan.

Err...I'm lost...

Did JAL initially need the 3,000 or not? It kinda reads like they hired them in May but now don't know what to do with them and "reassign" them...?

I recall a piece on TV months into the pandemic (so 2020?) about how JAL cabin attendants got "reassigned" to being...Mikos in Japanese shrines...

Wonder if they're still doing this arubaito or if they got the message? I mean, going through a grueling selection process to be able to be an "ambassador" or a "face" for Japan and travel around the world...to end up in a shrine...somewhere...in Japan...selling o-mamoris.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizing exec allegedly received ¥45 mil from sponsor See in context

A special measures law for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics defined board members and other officials of the organizing committee as quasi-civil servants.

@sakurasuki

 could constitute bribery as the 78-year-old was deemed a quasi-civil servant 

That's amakudari.

After Olympics now more briberies and corruptions discovery are emerging,

Actually: no. "Amakudari" is when public servants leave the administration and "move down" working for companies their administration agency were surveilling / monitoring / dealing with.

It has already been reported many times that around Dentsu there is a "reverse situation" with Dentsu employees "moving up" working in the administration agency which was surveilling / monitoring / dealing with (Dentsu).

As such the above "special measure" was never "special" in Dentsu's case but BAU. What is worrying is that for the Olympics they then extended the "Dentsu exception" to other companies as well. I would therefore expect other such cases across the board. Hope this gets exposed (Bunshun, I'm counting on you!)

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Posted in: Opinions are divided over the government's decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What's your stance? See in context

@Flute

Thanks.

Just noticed something quite interesting in the list in the Wiki-article:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9B%BD%E8%91%AC

There are 2 people notably missing from the second list of "honored PMs": Tanaka Kakuei (PM during the Lockheed scandal) and Takeshita Noboru (PM during the Recruit scandal).

2 PMs disgraced because of one main scandal don't even get the second-level funeral while Abe with his 9 year-pile up of scandals is tipped to get the first-level funeral. Interesting shift in morals over a few decades...

"O tempora, o mores", as they say.

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Posted in: Depopulation a surefire formula for national ruin See in context

But but but...How come??

Didn't Abe roll out the (roll the drums): 一億総活躍社会の実現 (Realization of a 100 Mio Society) initiative in 2015?

Here's the official site from the PM residence site (outdated since 2020 when Abe got the boot if you ask my opinion):

https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/headline/ichiokusoukatsuyaku/index.html

Here a more detailed article (courtesy of Wiki).

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%80%E5%84%84%E7%B7%8F%E6%B4%BB%E8%BA%8D%E5%9B%BD%E6%B0%91%E4%BC%9A%E8%AD%B0

Essentially, the key people on J-gov side were luminaries such as:

Abe

Aso

Suga

Noda

Moteki

etc

who were all cabinet members back then and met with (luckily for us): some experts from civil society...until 2020, I guess...The initiative got the official merci shot on November 12th, 2021...

The Wiki article has 2 projection-charts for:

.the projected population (until 2100, that is)

.the projected labor force (until 2048, that is and with different scenarios)

Things not looking good...

While actually in favor of reining in the number of humans on the planet, we need an exit-plan and roadmap in order to soften the blow to society, industry, etc. And that is nowhere to be seen in Japan, hence the country truddling towards the cliff at its current leisurely speed...

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Posted in: With Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle See in context

@wallace

I believe Akie Abe would have been told the exact positions from the moment it happened until her arrival at the hospital some 4 hours later.

Yes, that's exactly my point. She and Abe's mother had to be briefed, as well as the government (to an extend as he was an ex-PM). So why dilly-dallying around it?

Her needs were greater than the countries.

Sorry for being pretty heartless, but: no. No single individual's right (here: the right to information) is greater than the right that all of us have as a community in the same regard.

If she had the right to know, did the public also had the right to know.

@theresident

It's no conspiracy, of course. It's just silly J-paperwork for ya.

It looked like nobody wanted to sign off the death certificate for a personality like Abe. TBH, I have seen this sort of sign-skimping thing (for all level or criticality of issues) far too many times at work...It's just childish beyond words...

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Posted in: Shinto religion long entangled with Japan's politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups See in context

I increasingly get the sad feeling that Japan will (yet again) miss out having its "aha!" moment when it comes to religion, politics, far-right nonsense, collusion, corruption, I-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine, etc, etc.

Abe, his family, his party were all in bed with religions. Cults have their own political parties. These days, I also have actually been wondering about where the opposition stands on this?

Is there any guarantee that they aren't in bed with some local/regional/national or foreign cult as well? TBH, no, I don't think there is any guarantee either. It is also striking that they all seem to remain pretty silent about the whole issue. (It may be to avoid being too confrontational now that Abe is dead, but still...I may have missed it, but radio silence seem to be total around the issue...with just a few headlines in main media and mostly tabloids going after that one...)

Here (again) a piece on the Constitution and religions:

https://classic.iclrs.org/content/blurb/files/Japan.pdf

Article 20:

Sec.1 Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all. No religious organization shall receive any privileges from the State, nor exercise any political authority.

This one is going to be a can of worms with the Komeito and Happy Science-parties, the links to Shinto (Nippon Kaigi) and now the coziness with the Moonies, etc.

If politicians and parties let cults roam free, there has to be a payback for them in it, ain't it! What are cults receiving and what do they reward back?

Sec.2 No person shall be compelled to take part in any religious act, celebration, rite or practice.

This one is problematic when it comes to offerings and visits to shrines (hello Yasukuni Jinja) in politicians' official capacity (which can actually be evidenced as they generally sign off in their capacity as cabinet members! Yup, not much shame here, I'm afraid!)

Sec.3 The State and its organs shall refrain from religious education or any other religious activity.

Don't remember the details of Abe's "beautiful country"-thingy, but it would be very surprising if nothing in it would conflict with that one...Not mentioning Nippon Kaigi's nonsense which pretty much conflicts with everything on this list...

Article 89: No public money or other property shall be expended or appropriated for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association, or for any charitable, educational or benevolent enterprises not under the control of public authority.

Again, how far in bed are politicians and parties into cults. I would be more than surprised if no public money whatsoever would find its way into cult treasury!

Religion needs to be weeded out from J-politics, but not holding my breath...

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Posted in: With Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle See in context

@wallace

Out of respect, they waited for his wife to arrive from Tokyo before declaring him dead.

And made a fool of the whole country instead? Now that would be a nice one...

Either Akie Abe was briefed and just wanted to bid her farewells or...

...they pulled her leg by letting her (like the whole country) in the dark as to the fact that he was already dead.

If the latter and if I was Akie Abe I would sue them!

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Posted in: With Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle See in context

Japan's longest-serving prime minister was declared dead at 5:03 p.m.

The 心肺停止 (cardiopulmonary arrest) thing should be sunset once and for all.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%BF%83%E8%82%BA%E5%81%9C%E6%AD%A2

日本のメディアでは、医師による確認が済んでいない遺体を「死亡」ではなく「心肺停止」と表現する。(法律上は生存扱い)

Essentially, it seems to mean that somebody (in a medical capacity) still has to acknowledge death, until when the victim is still considered "legally" "alive" despite everything else pointing to the contrary...

A person is either:

. alive

.dead

.alive but in critical condition, the point being whether he/she can be brought back to "alive"-status

The 心肺停止-thing in Japan makes it sound like there is a "dead, but not acknowledged (read: "technically" still "alive")" status which doesn't make much sense...

Over 18 years did I heard or read the CPA-thing times and times enough to have gotten the message that Abe was dead within minutes or possibly even when the first reports came in for then some media reporting him as "in critical condition", "his life being in danger", "the situation being critical" and even have who I believe was the Chief Cabinet Secretary saying something along those lines while at the same time still sticking to CPA being the current status...

Timing-wise, it was striking that within minutes of Akie Abe's arrival at the hospital, Abe was finally declared "dead". It looked like she green-lit some doctor signing off the death certificate and ending the whole administrative tip-toeing around the issue.

Paperwork made in Japan for ya, me thinks.

As others have said, so many things so wrong here:

Someone who appeared to be from Abe's entourage immediately handed him an automated external defibrillator (AED), but it did not turn on, he said.

An untested or un-maintained AED or possibly a defective device. Anyway, sloppiness at work or bad quality.

But when he hooked it up to Abe, a voice message from the AED said "not applicable", Nakaoka said. That can happen when the heart is beating normally, or not at all.

The AED made more sense than the 心肺停止 paperwork-nonsense and considered Abe as "dead" at this point. Now the question being: can he be brought back to live?

An ambulance arrived at 11:41 a.m., about 11 minutes after Abe went down, a Nara city fire department spokesperson said.

...

The local fire department's log released last week showed that first responders supposed Abe was in cardiac arrest within minutes of the shooting.

...Not looking good. An ambulance may have technical gizmos to maintain life or bring back to life, but if Abe was already dead for 11 minutes there is not much hope, especially considering that within blood (and air) being pumped in the human brain, it takes catastrophic damage within a few minutes (2? 3?, don't recall).

"It felt extremely long," Nakaoka said. "He needed to get to a major medical center fast, to stop the bleeding."

If at that time the heart was not beating any more, it was more likely to "leak" out than being "pumped" out and the doctor should know the difference as well as the stakes / understand the situation.

Another thing: compared to Europe I always felt that ambulances with sirens wailing in Japan are like, reaaaaaaally slow in the traffic. Am I the only one?

The helicopter carrying Abe's clinically dead body arrived at Nara Medical University Hospital - about 20 km - at 12:20 p.m.

Same as for the ambulance.

There was a press conference by the hospital saying they were transfusing blood for hours.

Again, no medical knowledge, but what is the point in starting to transfuse blood in a body that seemingly has been dead / without a heartbeat / with an increasingly dead and damaged brain for like 40+ minutes?

Nakaoka said. "What I remember very clearly is frantically praying for a miracle so that somehow, this man - who was irreplaceable for Japan, and the world - could be saved."

Sorry but nobody is irreplaceable. Also, sorry but offering "prayers" makes it look like this doctor is in the wrong business.

Again, like the others said, just so much wrong with so many things here.

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Posted in: 2.5 seconds: The security lapses that sealed Shinzo Abe's fate See in context

@David Brent

He said such figures need 360-degree security.

No specialist in close protection by any stretch, but the 360-degree open surroundings around Abe were the first thing that stood out to me...

The more open the space, the more difficult to secure the area and the more SPs / adequately trained cops you need to do so, with the actual service men numbers on display here obviously not enough to cover that vast an area...

What I would love to know is who in Japan has the last word on whether it is ok or not to hold the event / to have the VIP stand his ground in a specific location: the SPs who are the most apt to decide when it comes to close protecion, the local cops who are the ones knowing the area the most, the local chapter of the political group or the VIP him/herself with one or possibly the latter two overriding both SPs and cops?

Not sure how things are abroad, but Japanese politics are known for having the politicians "decide" policies and for then having them push things down to the public servants for them to then find ways around to "execute" the orders from above.

If this was even remotely the case here, then the local LDP chapter or Abe himself may have done a mistake which would have proven to be ultimately fatal...

I also recall Kishida to be very quick at drawing and seemingly very eager to push the blame on the SPs before even any investigation starting(?) or offering their findings...

Would love to have a former Japanese SP tell us more about how things are generally run around here...

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Posted in: Opinions are divided over the government's decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What's your stance? See in context

Here the page on 国葬 (kokusou) or state funerals

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9B%BD%E8%91%AC

The first chart on the Wiki-page:

As far as full-fledged post-war state funerals (国葬) go, there were only five:

1945, 載仁親王 (Kaninnomiya Kotohitoshinnou), member of the Imperial Family and former general

1951, 貞明皇后 (Teimei Kougou), empress

1967, 吉田茂内 (Yoshida Shigeru), former PM, one of the first post-WWII ones and who helped shape post-war Japan and help Japan rise from the ashes of WWII destruction

1989, 昭和天皇 (Shouwa Tennou), emperor

2022 (scheduled), 安倍晋三 (Abe Shinzo), former PM

Doesn't it look like in this list as if somebody was sticking out as far as status and achievements go...?

The second cart on the Wiki-page : 16 funerals with involvement of governmental "officials" or "agencies".

Amongst the persons honored are mostly former PMs. Now here's the thing: the terms used for the second chart is not "国葬 (kokusou)" trans: "state funerals", but is either: 参議院葬 (sangiinsou)" trans: "house of councillors funerals" or "内閣・自由民主党合同葬" (Naikakusou / jiyuuminshutougoudousou)" trans: Cabinet / LDP joint funerals".

(note: in 1975, there also was a one-time only funeral type for Sato Eisaku: 国民葬 (kokuminsou) or some mix of cabinet, LDP and "volunteering(?)" funeral of sorts...)

If any of the above, Abe should be eligible for any funeral, then the second category as a "内閣・自由民主党合同葬" (Naikakusou / jiyuuminshutougoudousou)" trans: Cabinet / LDP joint funerals".

On a side-note, would like to know if case of one of these "cabinet LDP-joined" funerals it would mean that the LDP has to open their wallets as well? Just wondering...

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