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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

a Jan. 4 12:57 pm JST

The Liberal Democratic Party is center-left. There is even a secretary general, Nikai, who is in bed with China. It's like Mitch McConnell in the US. The era of political parties being right or left is over.

If the LDP is center-left, I am really afraid how a center-right party is going to look like.

Btw, you just contradicted your own statement.

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Posted in: COVID-19 clusters break out in Hokkaido city as winter closes in See in context

In Hokkaido, the winter is closing in!!!

Really, and it is getting cold there? That really comes as a surprise, there was no way to anticipate this in advance and for this very reason there was no way to prepare for this coming.

What get those so-called experts payed for? And one more question, what do countries that experience real winters every year do?

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Posted in: Japanese star pitcher Sugano put up for MLB bidding See in context

“He is available for bidding to major league teams”!

Sounds like a slave market to me! Well, the prices are higher and the slaves are proud to play the role of modern age gladiators.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

Nike, you got a new customer!!!

Chapeau to this action.

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Posted in: Gov't to extend travel subsidy program until around June See in context

This is a very clever move, first it helps the tourist industry and second it helps to reduce the number of people receiving pensions.

The government gets what it wants higher tax income and reduced pension cost, a win-win situation.

I guess Mister Suga made sure that he stays well protected and is well taken care of in the unlikely case that he himself should catch the virus.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics may allow foreign fans but there will be rules See in context

Cancel that whole thing!

Why throw good money after an already ridiculous amount of bad money.

Do not pretend that those games could be even near to a success and at least try to be honest to the people. Do not waste taxpayer’s money anymore, ask for crowd funding that way people at least know that they throw their coin away. Bach will not like it, it is his organization that benefits most from the Olympics whether the organizers win or lose, the Olympic comity always wins.

I know a couple of people would lose their nice sounding titles and their generous income here in Japan but dismantling the full-blown organization will still take some time and I am certain the Japanese people will be happy to subsidize the remains gladly.

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Posted in: Ex-husband of singer Noriko Sakai arrested for 4th time over drug possession See in context

Bokuda

An orine test is evidence of possession?

Well if it's found in your urine you have to take it first and in order to take it you need to possess it, unless somebody administers it to you, that is theoretically possible but considering his past conduct highly unlikely.

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Posted in: Japanese language to determine order of Olympic parade of athletes See in context

I guess the only reason that they still pretend the Olympics will happen as scheduled is that many well-paid jobs in Japan and in the Olympic comity are on stage.

Unless an unexpected miracle happens of course!

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Posted in: U.S. judge delays extradition of 2 men accused of helping Ghosn escape from Japan See in context

@James

It is a crime to leave Japan without doing the proper paperwork.

LOL, LOL!!

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Posted in: Scholars decry Suga's academic panel rejections See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki,

You cannot be serious! You really want the people to decide who should be a member of the National Academy. I hope you are aware that you are talking about science here not about popularity.

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Posted in: Republican senators confront Netflix over Chinese sci-fi show See in context

@Coffee is right: “Because the US is taking a page from China's playbook.”

That means you yourself give up what you pretend to defend?  Strange interpretation of Freedom of Speech.

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Posted in: Again, no female contenders in Japan's leadership race See in context

@Kuruki

I know equal gender representation in Japanese leadership roles are an issue.... but I'd rather just see someone competent and capable to be in the leadership race - man or woman.

That was a good one!

You are talking about the Japanese Government, are you not?

@Bandit

I do not see any female candidate who is good enough to become next PM. Then what is the problem? Who specifically has been discriminated in the election?

I agree, but unfortunately, I don’t see any male politician that is good enough to become the next PM either.

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Posted in: Ministry reprimands SDF members for helping officers get plum post-retirement jobs See in context

I guess all the officials in japan have already prepared press releases in their desks that read:

"We deeply apologize for having caused people to distrust (name of the office or organization concerned). We will work to restore the trust."

And after that, business as usual!

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Posted in: Japan wants to take lead for G7 statement on Hong Kong: Abe See in context

Considering the historical good relations that Japan maintains with China I think Japan is in a perfect position to take the lead on this issue.

Irony off: I do hope the G7 have a bit more sense than letting Japan spill more oil into the flames.

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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

Loss of smell and a low grade temperature! Something seems off here. Major sick people cannot get tested...so how can the daughter of a bar owner get a test?

How do we call this comment? Is it a more subtle form of bullying?

If you have nothing to say against the content of a message start questioning its trues or the motives of the messenger.

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Posted in: Japan aims to fast-track review of anti-viral drug remdesivir See in context

Fast-track review of Remdesivir!!!

Why? Is this science or desperation?

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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

@tinawatanabe:

The hospital may be running out of beds but Tokyo isn't.

This is exactly the attitude that lead straight into the current situation.

Ignore the facts and hope for the best.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric vows to improve governance after bribery scandal See in context

@Goodlucktoyou: "urge, recommend, vow, study, in the next year, I was drunk and don't remember, beyond our imagination, maybe, we will set up a group to investigate, it is totally under control."

May I add: I don’t know anything about it, my secretary did it without my knowledge and approval!

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

Did he Say that, really???

Well, the TV statement of the German Foreign Minister on the same subject sounded a bit different.

But as we all know the trues of the US Government most of the time differs from that what ordinary people know.

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Posted in: Abe says Trump supports Olympic postponement 100% See in context

Well then!!!

If Donald the great supports the delay, Abe-san can safely accept the inevitable.

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Posted in: Coronavirus deaths in Italy overtake China See in context

The data from China is not correct and manipulated to appease the world. Fake news!

Exactly what I expected!

Data that do not fit into your view of the world must be manipulated.

And of course, the only country that manipulates date on such scale is China under its great leader Trump. O sorry I must have mixed that up, Fake news producer Trump is not in China.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

I like the advice of those expert panels: discourage large gatherings but open some schools!!!

In other words: Please wash my body but don’t make me wet.

I am under the impression that authorities in this country keep the number of infected people low by not testing suspicious cases. Since the high-risk patients are the ones with an already existing disease or of old age, certifying an unrelated cause of death for such casualties does not seem a big problem.

Going on with the Olympics is not that bad an idea either, it will dramatically increase the likelihood of a lot of gold medals for Japanese athletes since many top athletes with their senses intact will rather stay home. The only problem will be the expected inflow of money, I guess that is not going to happen because common sense will certainly prevent me and most others from attending such an event.

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Posted in: Over 30% of Japanese managers feel intense stress from working with foreigners: survey See in context

I wonder what percentage of foreign workers feel intense stress working with Japanese managers.

I was working as an Expat in Japan for 8 years, and I sometimes wondered what mysterious qualification brought some of my colleagues into their positions.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs sending SDF warship, aircraft to Middle East to protect vessels See in context

This mission is a typical Abe administration action, trying to make Trump feel good without angering Iran too much, “Please wash my body but do not make me wet!”

I wonder what all the tough talking people say if the first 10 Self defense people return home in plastic bags.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido See in context

If there is there still someone who seriously thinks that the Olympic Games are about Sports and Athletes this proposal proofs them wrong.

I guess it will be a complete new experience for the Athletes to run at a time they usually sleep and before a crowd of (Japanese) hard core enthusiast only, particularly foreign visitors interested in those events will be very exited about another sleepless night after just recovering from their jet lag. Maybe also the employees of the subway and railway operators will appreciate the chance to show their commitment to their companies by working some extra night shifts.

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Posted in: Koike again opposes plan to move Olympic marathon, walking race to Sapporo See in context

Someone should tell this lady that initially the Olympic Games were meant to be about Sports and Athletes and not about Business and Ego of Politicians.

She is not afraid of the event moving to Sapporo she is afraid some foreign visitors will move there and find the place more to their liking than Tokyo.

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Posted in: Abe denounces Saudi oil attacks, refrains from singling out Iran in speech at U.N. See in context

I am not a great fan of Mr. Abe, but he seems the only one who applies basic legal standards that western countries always talk about.

This whole Iran blaming reminds me too much on the “proven” (according to the US and the UK governments) claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapon of mass destruction.

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