Posted in: U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to nominate former Chicago Mayor Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan. Which do you think is more important for incoming ambassadors: To be well connected to their country's leader or to have a good knowledge of the country they are going to? See in context
Political appointees tend to be political (PA), oddly enough. Career diplomats who are foreign service officers (CD) tend to be chosen either for their expertise or ability to negotiation or their ability to run an embassy. America has more Career diplomats as ambassadors than Political appointees (although all ambassadors are appointed by the President).
Choice ambassadorships such as England, France, Japan, and the Vatican (because they can live in Italy) are often given to presidential friends who contributed to their campaigns, such as Caroline Kennedy supporting Obama.
Obviously knowing how to communicate America’s needs and wants to the host country is more valuable than being a chump for the president. If the ambassador has some ties with the country it would be nice, such as JF Kennedy’s Japanese ambassador Reischauer, who was fluent in Japanese and Chinese.
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The SOE will have no affect on the IOC as the IOC only siphons cash from Japan and, according to Suga, is in charge of both Japan and the Olympics.
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Why is it taking them ten years instead of five? Do they have contracts with wholesalers (aka the Japanese government) or a stockpile of ten-years worth of cigarettes?
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Reuters called Noto's government but the person who answered was not authorised to speak with the press. Japan's government buildings were closed on Wednesday for annual Golden Week holidays.
So, call Thursday. I hardly think this is a Pulitzer Prize scoop in the works.
I'm in the right business, but need better contacts in government to cash in on this covid relief funding scam.
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Professor Osuga seems to have forgotten that Japanese females have unique uteruses unlike any uteruses on the planet so it will take a Japanese pharmaceutical company to come up with a unique Japanese abortion pill, as soon as they reverse engineer LinePharma’s pill.
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Japan will face some hard times until these under-14-year-olds hit retirement age. They'll have to support retirees until they retire but there won't be enough money. Once they retire, less money will be needed and the country will adjust to a smaller population. For the next 50+ years the government will have to continue printing money, perhaps devaluing the currency.
IF there's a baby boom in the next six to sixteen years, maybe the current children will have a comfortable retirement.
I think. Is there another scenario I'm unaware of?
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The council is comprised of Suga
So, Suga is advising Suga. I hope he listens, but I doubt he will.
We have children because my wife felt it was time. In my town 100% of the hospital birthing expenses is reimbursed. Oddly, my town has babies; anecdotal, but all of my neighbors have kids.
Second, while 'education' is free, it's all those 'essential' extras that add up. For example, the housewives in our elementary school district got together to ban school uniforms. Big savings. But couldn't convince the school that all the required extras for club activities (mandatory) in junior high were unnecessary. Big cost.
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These are called contingency plans and every competent military and/or government has them. I wouldn’t be surprised if the US has a contingency plan in case war is declared between it and Canada.
But Japan will do something if the US and China get into a tussle over Taiwan; they will profit mightily off of the conflict, as they did with the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
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It’s nice to see the terrorist in this poster is Japanese as all terrorist activities in Japan were instigated by Japanese citizens.
I worry about that small detail thanking citizens for cooperating and understanding police activities. What activities are they talking about? On the other hand, I realize this ‘cooperation and understanding’ is a set phrase most companies and other organizations use after stating something.
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I believe the Olympic organisers believe they can slap “symbolise the spirit of Fukushima” on anything and they think they’re doing something for the people of Fukushima. Remember when the Olympics were to show the “spirit of Fukushima” before being taken over by “symbolizing the defeat of Coronavirus.”
But I like the puppet; it’s walking like a giant freak show.
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Posted in: We will be asking for illuminations and neon signs to be turned off at night. Hopefully, that will discourage people from going out at night. We are also asking non-residents to refrain from entering Tokyo as much as possible. See in context
Instead of 'asking', why doesn't the gov't of Tokyo 'order under penalty' stores to turn off lights, pull the shutters down, lock up, and go home for 16 days?
Just to see if, as in Vietnam, New Zealand, and South Korea, a hard lockdown works.
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I miss the liner notes and seeing Hal Blaine's name on almost every album. I also miss spreading my weed out on the covers to roll a few while listening to the music. And I miss some of the more innovative album covers like Led Zeppelin III, Sticky Fingers, and Their Satanic Majesties Request.
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If the 'leaders' ordered a serious lockdown during the first 'state of emergency' when people were worried and taking the coronavirus seriously, perhaps the pandemic could've been avoided. Such as New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam, and (perhaps) China.
But namby-pamby 'urges' and 'requests' resulted in an ongoing dribble of disease that has resulted in yet another urge for citizens to stay home during their One Week of pleasure. All tourist-related businesses will suffer.
And people are not taking coronavirus seriously anymore given the government lackeys going to steak dinners and parties and 'vowing' to hold the Tokyo Olympics 'no matter what the cost.'
So, of course the economy will suffer. Again.
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So begins the National Theatre's latest take on “Romeo and Juliet,” a filmed production that adds cinematic touches to the tragic 16th century Italian love story.
I would hope a movie (film) would have cinematic touches.
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reach a "swift" conclusion.
Hahahaha! I'm glad "swift" is in quotes so we can all know it won't be.
Why can't the governor of a prefecture declare his or her own state of emergency? Why does everyone have to wait for a national committee to suck teeth? Is it for the money the national gov't will send to the prefecture?
However it's nice to know Suga conferred with the health minister and the guy in charge of covid response, who, I must say, is doing a bang up job responding (except for allowing it to run rampant, of course).
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You'd think a teacher would be smart enough to pour his shochu into a water glass instead of drinking it straight from the can. Even if students didn't know what it was, other adults working at the school would.
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That is hangover from the poor welcome an electric version of its Rav4 SUV received in the United States in 1997 owing to its limited range and a lack of recharging stations.
I investigated this vehicle. Called a dealer to ask the price: ¥5,000,000. Price to replace the batteries: ¥5,000,000. How long do the batteries last?: 5 years. So, a new (very expensive) car every five years. Even the salesman sounded disappointed.
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What about nurses? AFAIK, nurses today, shockingly, are not allowed to vaccinate in Japan
A doctor I teach told me this:
the doctor interviews the patient (questions about name, age, allergies etc), then the nurse injects the vaccine. If the doctor injects it, the nurse hands it to him, so it is more efficient for the nurse to inject the vaccine while the doctor moves on to the next patient.
So, I believe your information might be in error. However, legally I believe only the doctor stabs patients with needles.
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Toasted heretic, I believe blow is a reference to cocaine and not marijuana.
There’s a comedian with jokes about alcohol and marijuana use: If two men are fighting in a bar are they drunk or high on marijuana? If some one is driving down the road at ten kilometers an hour, are they high or drunk? If a man walks up to you in the street with a gun, demands all your money, and then laughs himself silly, is he high or drunk? Oddly, the audience choose the right answer every time; while they laugh themselves silly.
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A 24-page statement and all Kyodo garners from it are vague ‘necessary choice’, ‘best choice’, ‘urges’, ‘correct erroneous information’, ‘beliefs’, and ‘making corrections’, all without giving any concrete statements such as ‘we borrowed ¥4,000,000 and haven’t paid it back, but we are planning to as soon as I marry and Mako-sama’s retirement money comes in.’ or ‘We borrowed ¥4,000,000 and have no intention of paying it back because we - my mother and I - consider it payment for services rendered.’
On the other hand, two 29-year-olds who can’t figure out how to get married perhaps don’t deserve to get married.
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The boys told police they did it because they thought it would fun.
Moderators/Writers: Despite having three verbs, this sentence requires one more (hint: be).
Moderator: Thank you for pointing that out. It has been fixed.
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I wonder if the whaling industry would survive if the government stopped financially supporting and purchasing whale meat so students can have a small chunk of it once year as part of their Japanese culture food class. I doubt it.
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Maybe, just maybe, workers get their work done faster when they don’t have micro-managers hovering over their shoulders.
Maybe workers see something they’d rather be doing than work (vacuum, games, check JapanToday for inane comments like this one) and are more productive. Maybe.
Maybe managers have more busy-work they want their underlings to do rather than actual work and telework has eliminated this busy-work and suddenly - Suddenly! - the coronavirus has shown how unproductive the typical company workers are? Maybe.
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There are many places I'd like to live pre-pandemic or post-pandemic. How the pandemic influences our choice of city is unclear.
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What is a
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Should be arrested and, if convicted, jailed or heavily fined.
Just a side note,
A junior high school male teacher
Isn’t it usually “A male junior high school teacher...”
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It is a beautiful bridge. Are there signs prohibiting vehicles? If not, it’s a pity people use it as a bridge and not just as a sightseeing point. If there are signs, I think a fine is in order, but sending the case to prosecutors?
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Well, I really hope that when North Korea lobs several missiles into Tokyo that the news media call it the Sea of Japan instead of the East Sea so as not to irritate the completely destroyed government of what-used-to-be Japan. In other words, This is Japan’s biggest problem?
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Dece 24 and Mach 17
Haven't seen those abbreviations before; interesting.
Japanese people not being all that keen on eating or drinking in public spaces
With Cherry blossom viewing just around the corner, I suggest Casey step outside and observe.
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How many boys are extremely embarrassed by having stubble? How many boys are in pain while growing stubble? How many boys stay home for a few days while their stubble grows? How many boys are hesitant and shy about buying razors & shaving cream?
Schools tend to give out free toilet paper, too. Should we stop that, too? After all, if you can’t afford to buy toilet paper, don’t have kids. Or charge ¥25~50 for the privilege?
Free lunches and breakfasts for students who can’t afford them benefit everyone, not just the person eating. Students without food don’t study as well, and in later life might be a burden on society. If they finish school, they have a better chance of becoming a productive member of society i.e. a tax payer just like you.
But rather than stop at a Rolls Royce, how about giving them a house? One with a slippery slope fallacy.
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