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Posted in: Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns See in context

"opposing the consumption tax and globalism" are "fringe issues"?

They seem pretty mainstream to me.

On the other hand, as other posters have noted, "Tsubasa no To" seems to be in it for the ad revenue from YouTube and the like.

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Posted in: Orange juice crisis ’24 – Japan’s OJ supplies drying up See in context

Japan still allows pesticides and fumigrants banned in many countries including the U.S. and EU. So the fresh oranges are loaded with chemicals. You’re safer with domestically grown fruit.

But here in Japan we are still safer with domestically grown fruit? Colour me confused.

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Posted in: Japan had hottest summer on record, weather agency says See in context

Facts Please

Not a lot, it’s not so low lying like some nations except for some coastal areas.

Parts of Tokyo's Sumida, Koto, Adachi, Katsushika and Edogawa wards are below sea level.

Parts of Osaka City are below sea level, while the highest point in the city is only 37 metres above sea level.

20% of Japan's population live in coastal areas less than 10 metres above sea level.

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Posted in: Japan's core consumer prices rise 3.1% in July from year earlier See in context

Crickets from Kishida and Co...

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Posted in: Japan reports 192,063 new coronavirus cases; 420 deaths See in context

it is time to understand from independent, non interested sources what works and what doesn't and implement a best way out of this crisis

What independent, non interested sources do you have in mind? A plumber? A heavy duty mechanic? An investment banker? A politician?

I ask because I believe that "interested sources" like virologists, epidemiologists, and immunologists are far better equipped to give effective input than the rabble you seem to be proposing.

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Posted in: Japan reports 192,063 new coronavirus cases; 420 deaths See in context

I just had COVID for the second time this year... I didn't bother isolating...

So basically, you're advocating for self-centred misanthropy. You certainly appear to be pretty good at it.

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Posted in: Japan reports 192,063 new coronavirus cases; 420 deaths See in context

Good to see another big drop in cases. Might see less people wearing masks driving, playing tennis etc..

Cases are up from the same day a week ago; today set a record for the number of deaths. Wednesdays appear to have the highest numbers for new cases, possible due to how some prefectures report their data.

I pass tennis courts on my bike on my commute to work every day, and I have not seen any tennis players wearing masks.

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Posted in: Prices set to rise in Japan for over 7,000 food items on cost hike See in context

Kishida, Kuroda, Kishi, Kono, and the rest of the new daimyo class are completely insulated from the real world and could not care less about the plight of the working masses.

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Posted in: Japan adopts new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy See in context

Awa no Gaijin,

Hitachi, the Japanese nuclear reactor maker, is one of the top corporate "donators" to the LDP.

Nope !

Your incorrect.

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy:

80.01 percent owned by Hitachi

19.99 percent owned by GE

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy:

60 percent owned by GE

40 percent owned by Hitachi


Hitachi owns the company making the reactors.

Hitachi is one of the top corporate "donors" to the LDP.

Note the difference between your and you're. As in you're pedantic.

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Posted in: Japan adopts new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy See in context

This is yet another case of Keidanren and corporate influencers dictating government policy.

Hitachi, the Japanese nuclear reactor maker, is one of the top corporate "donators" to the LDP.

Although utility companies stopped direct "donations" to political parties in 1974, executives of nine utility companies made individual "donations" totaling 47 million yen to the Liberal Democratic Party in 2009. There is nothing to indicate that this behaviour has changed. Utility companies reportedly also make political donations to the LDP through their affiliated companies.

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Posted in: LDP panel agrees on tax hikes to beef up defense, with delay See in context

"Participants agreed to leave the defense tax plan entirely to me," Miyazawa said.

The arrogance of these LDP oyaji knows knows no bounds.

Yoichi Miyazawa is the son of former justice minister Hiroshi Miyazawa, nephew of former prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa, and cousin of current prime minister Fumio Kishida.

Japan's politicians serve only their own interests. They are the ruling class; they don't give a toss about the plebs.

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Posted in: Court dismisses woman's suit claiming husband killed himself over order to falsify gov't papers See in context

An informative article by professor of law Muraoka Keiichi outlines how the bureaucratic appointment process for career judges produces conservative-minded benches that exercise little judicial independence:


This case and the ruling made by the judge in this case suggests that the professor is right on the mark.

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Posted in: Japan sets up panel to review foreign trainee program See in context

How do they appoint these panels? Who appoints them?

According to a Japanese media outlet, 15 people, including lawyers recommended by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, executives of economic organizations, mayors of local governments, and researchers on immigration policy, were selected as members of the panel of experts. Regarding Akihiko Tanaka, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), who was appointed chairman, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, which serves as the secretariat, said, "We have selected a person who has specialized knowledge in a wide range of fields."

Judging from this report, it appears that the Immigration Services Agency of Japan chooses and appoints the "panel of experts" though it might be more accurate to describe the experts as stakeholders. Noticeably absent are labour unions and NGOs who are often left to deal with the fallout of the broken system. Also, I assume by "executives of economic organizations" they mean the Chairman of Keidanren and other similar "economic organizations".

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Posted in: Gov't begins Unification Church probe amid anger over ties with ruling party See in context

Notably there is no mention of the probe investigating the church's links to politicians (or vice versa).

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Posted in: Panel wants Japanese public to pay more for defense buildup See in context

Between 2012 and 2021, public works expenditures amounted to over 70 trillion yen. Public works expenditures of the government's general account budget in Japan for fiscal year 2021 amounted to over 8 trillion yen. The Shin Tomei expressway, being built for a rapidly declining population and a hollowed out manufacturing base, is projected to have a final cost of 7 trillion yen. Use the pork barrel public works funds for the military, if it must be done, but no new taxes.

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Posted in: 90 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

How many of the lawmakers who visited Yasukuni are also connected to the Unification church? My guess is over 90%.

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

If the LDP feels so strongly about it, let them and their partners the Moonies pay for the funeral.

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

Only 2 yens per citizen. Not a big deal.

Until the increase

249 million yen of our money to see Abe off….sheesh!

It was announced earlier today that the government (the LDP) is spending an additional 1.4 billion yen of taxpayer money to pay for the security for Abe's state funeral which brings the total cost to the taxpayer to over 1.6 billion yen (+/- 10 million USD).

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Posted in: Kishida disapproval rate edges above 40% on Unification Church ties, Abe funeral See in context

If the LDP wants a funeral for its former leader, they should pay for it with party funds instead of forcing taxpayers to foot the bill.

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Posted in: Kishida disapproval rate edges above 40% on Unification Church ties, Abe funeral See in context

The government has just announced that it is allocating an additional 1.4 billion yen to pay for the security for Abe's state funeral which brings the total cost to the taxpayer to over 1.6 billion yen (+/- 10 million USD).

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Posted in: Kishida disapproval rate edges above 40% on Unification Church ties, Abe funeral See in context

What is going to happen to Kishida's approval rating when the public realizes that they are on the hook for over 1.6 billion yen for Abe's state funeral? The majority of the people are opposed to the funeral and it has no clear legal basis.

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Posted in: Number of female university teachers in Japan at record high See in context

There is no mention of how many of the record 50,975 women in teaching positions at public and private universities are part-time workers. I wager it is in the neighbourhood of 75%.

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Posted in: The Japanese government needs to have people feel the merits of the My Number social security and taxation identification card. See in context

From the government that still insists on using faxes, floppy disks, and hanko, a world-class example of over-reach and coercion. Need a digital vax passport from the J authorities? Not possible unless you get the My Number card (the one with the picture and IC chip which needs to be renewed every 5 years).

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

I had it recently but didn’t register.

Same for me.

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Posted in: Japan gov't panel to propose another record minimum-wage hike See in context

Absolutely pathetic. Just for comparison, the minimum wage in BC, Canada is 1,600 Yen/hour. In the UK it is 1,500 Yen/hour. In Spain it is 1,050 Yen/hour. The dynastic politicians that rule Japan are completely out of touch with the ordinary people.

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Posted in: U.S., EU, UK to sanction Russian central bank, block SWIFT See in context

Meanwhile, Japan is on the sidelines doing squat.

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Posted in: Japan ratifies world's biggest free trade deal involving China, ASEAN See in context

The RCEP groups the 10 ASEAN states -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -- as well as Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

Let's take a look at some of the signatories to the agreement:

Brunei: absolute monarchy / authoritarian regime

Cambodia: authoritarian regime

Indonesia: deeply flawed democracy / kleptocracy

Laos: authoritarian regime

Malaysia: deeply flawed constitutional monarchy / kleptocracy

Myanmar: authoritarian regime

the Philippines: deeply flawed democracy / kleptocracy

Singapore: flawed democracy

Thailand: hybrid regime (still essentially a military dictatorship)

Vietnam: authoritarian regime

China: authoritarian regime

And then Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers See in context

I still have not received my vaccination coupon. The Japanese bureaucracy is shockingly incompetent...except when it comes to hitting you up for taxes.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context


In one breath you say,

thanks for the unbiased, non-hysterical choice of words, journalist.

and in the next

do realize that you are part of a huge experiment


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Posted in: Osaka hospitals buckle under COVID-19 onslaught See in context

Japan could've used a certain drug starting with "I" to protect and treat people against this disease, but there's not enough money to be made from it. Lives be damned.

USFDA: Why You Should Not Use "I" to Treat or Prevent COVID-19


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