Christopher Glen comments

Posted in: N Korean media call Abe 'imbecile and political dwarf' See in context

While Kim's missile launches are a worry - complicated by his meetings with Trump - his description of Abe wasn't too far off

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri’s detention for drug possession extended another 10 days See in context

Excessive detention without charge is inhumane.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

The IMF can urge all they want - but without a corresponding increase in salaries, the argument is sort of moot.

All the money wasted on the Tokyo Olympics (I make an exception for an excellent Rugby World Cup) could have been spent on the economy instead. Or Fukushima reconstruction

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Posted in: Japan looking for big ‘medal bounce’ as Olympic host nation See in context

Overhyped nonsense - should be moved permanently to Greece.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shinjuku Gyoen national park to sell entrance tickets online See in context

"50- yen to see some grass and trees".

Sankeien garden in Yokohama is similarly sized and costs 700 yen.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st bill to punish hate speech submitted in Kawasaki See in context

In other words, Kawasaki is all bark and no bite.

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Posted in: Abe urges China to maintain free and open Hong Kong See in context

Very rich, coming from PM of a party that has held power almost continuously, and almost as long as the CCP, it's a bit rich.

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Posted in: Tokyo court to allow Ghosn to talk with wife via videoconference See in context

How very generous of them - not!

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Posted in: New Zealander Dave Rennie appointed Wallabies coach See in context

Agreed. Raelene Castle for a start

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

As credible as the comment "everything is under control".

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Posted in: Activists hope Pope Francis will sway Japanese opinion on death penalty See in context

"I don't have a problem with the death penalty per se. Rapist/murdering scum should be exterminated. However, given Japan's dodgy system of forced confessions and the 99% conviction rate scam, I don't think it is the best country to have it".


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Posted in: Rugby World Cup organizers cancel 2 games due to typhoon See in context

Australia will likely also have to play and England team that has had 2 weeks off, and fewer injuries. Unfair advantage from the get-go. And if the typhoon veers away from Tokyo, a lot of egg will be on certain faces

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Posted in: Japan stunned by manner of defeat, admits coach Nishino See in context

Agreed. Japan regained some of the honour they lost in the Poland game, and Belgium made an amazing comeback.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

Every team runs the clock down when there is a strategic advantage to do so

For a few minutes, perhaps. Not for 15 mins - and certainly not when you are a goal down.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 73rd anniversary of end of World War II battle See in context

The battle didn’t officially start till April 1945. Small correction

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Posted in: Messi misses penalty as Iceland draws with Argentina 1-1 See in context

Well done Iceland

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Posted in: Emperor, empress visiting Fukushima See in context

A class act these two. The government could learn from them

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

A rather stupid move by the Japanese government

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Posted in: Switzerland beats Japan 2-0 pre-World Cup friendly See in context

Not looking such a great idea to fire the coach now is it

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Posted in: Record 98% of university graduates land jobs amid recovering economy See in context


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Posted in: N Korea casts doubt on Trump summit if U.S. insists on unilateral denuclearisation See in context

Abe will be happy. A once more belligerent North Korea means the scandals will go away

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Posted in: Japan must boost protection for sexual harassment victims, says Noda See in context

Last night, I saw one secretary at a nijikai table in a bar surrounded by ten raucous salarymen.

I can only imagine what she puts up with in her job.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan soccer coach Halilhodzic to sue JFA over sudden firing See in context

He failed to “read the air”. One is supposed to guess the unspoken in Japan.

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Posted in: Aso under fire for new remark on ex-official's sexual harassment case See in context

"We have to be very careful with our words," he added.

Try thinking before speaking

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Posted in: Aso repeats controversial comment on sexual harassment See in context

Surely Aso is overdue for the retirement home? 70 at the latest should be mandatory retirement age for all politicians.

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Posted in: Dozens of Canon security cameras hacked in Japan See in context

Guess you can’t count on a Canon after all

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Posted in: Outrage as WWII sex slave memorial removed in Manila See in context

Anyway, if I'm guilty of something I don't get to decide how many apologies are enough.


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Posted in: Abe seeks support for constitutional revision See in context

Why is Abe still around? Surely the scandals should’ve forced him out by now.

Considering how tarnished his reputation is, he won’t get any support for this move now.

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Posted in: Outrage as WWII sex slave memorial removed in Manila See in context

Apologies are nothing when right wing politicians in Japan deny them the instant after they are uttered. Throwing money at an issue to make it go away means nothing when sex slaves aren’t covered in the education system.

The decent thing to do would be to re-erect the statue ASAP.

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Posted in: Things going very well, Trump says after talk with S Korea's Moon See in context

He hasn't fulfilled anything yet.

For the first time ever Ossan, I agree with you.

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