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Posted in: Biden pushes 'ultra-MAGA' label on GOP as he defends record See in context

No one told Biden to continue to spend and spend, by the way, whatever happened to all of the Covid pandemic relief funds?

Started under Trump and orchestrated by financial predators taking advantage of deregulation.

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/review-reporters-tenacity-results-in-eye-opening-look-at-profiteers-of-the-covid-era

And the usual Republican solution? More corporate/billionaire tax cuts/gifts for these same predators.

Is trickle down for workers and gifts for the .001% all they ever have to offer?

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Posted in: Biden pushes 'ultra-MAGA' label on GOP as he defends record See in context

“ultra-MAGA” Republicans in the midterm elections as he increasingly tries to cast former President Donald Trump and his adherents as a political foil.

The “ultra-MAGA” Republicans perform yeoman's work moving the Overton window of American discourse more reactionary right and normalizing the Democratic establishment neo-liberal agenda.

While trying to marginalize the real solutions of the Sanders/democratic socialist wing.

It has been an effective tactic for the corporatocratic oligarchs but popular sentiment is awakening.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/268766/socialism-popular-capitalism-among-young-adults.aspx

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Posted in: Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines See in context

That would also give it a swath of territory linking Russia to both the Crimean Peninsula, which it seized in 2014, and Transnistria, a pro-Moscow region of Moldova.

All signs point to this as Putin's objective.

And it could have larger geo-political implications, especially given a closer Russian-Chinese alignment.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes extending education subsidies to middle class in Japan See in context

The proposals are expected to be further deliberated by a government task force involving Kishida and all his cabinet members to realize a new form of capitalism, a concept the prime minister advocates to push for fairer wealth distribution.

Japanese tax schemes are already regressive and onerous on the middle class.

Why not make higher education free/low cost like in the democratic socialist nations of Europe that also have high taxes?

That would move Kishida's new capitalism talk out of the empty LDP rhetoric phase.

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Posted in: Japan FY2021 long-term debt hits new high above ¥1,000 tril See in context

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose "Abenomics" economy-boosting program included bold monetary easing,

What else did it have besides this Basic Income for bankers?

The other "arrows" of "womenomics" or wage increases were always dead end window dressing.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yamanote Line to test automated trains with passengers from October See in context

East Japan Railway Co (JR East) said Tuesday it will carry out test runs of automated trains with passengers aboard on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line for two months starting around October.

Other countries already have fully automated trains. The only thing preventing this with JR is tradition and inertia.

Like with the legions of middle aged man paid to stand around with batons in Japan, with automation it may be necessary to have many such make work jobs for the populace in the future for appearances sake.

That or a UBI.

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Posted in: Musk says he would reverse Twitter's ban of Donald Trump See in context

Elon Musk said he will reverse Twitter’s permanent ban of former President Donald Trump

Hallelujah right?

Twitter, Musk said Tuesday, currently has a strong bias to the left, largely because it is located in San Francisco. This alleged bias prevents it from building trust in the rest of the U.S. and the world, he said: “It’s far too random and I think Twitter needs to be much more even handed.” Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk's comments.

Musk is not a Tony Stark style self-made inventor but he does have business savvy. After securing the left flank he is triangulating right.

I think he cannily observed how easy it is to make the right fall down in blind worship of a prominent figure and wanted to get some of that.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II avoids discussing the war with Emperor Hirohito during 1975 Japan visit See in context

Queen Elizabeth II avoids discussing the war with Emperor Hirohito during 1975 Japan visit

Did an advisor actually lean towards the Queen and whisper "Don't talk about the war"?

It’s called shunto in Japan, or the spring labor offensive, when wages and raises for the nation’s workers are being negotiated, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had flown to Japan right smack in the middle of a nationwide transport strike in 1975

More interesting than the Queen's itinerary is Japan labor negotiations shutting down the country like in France and actually delivering results for workers.

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Posted in: Supreme Court leak shakes trust in one more American pillar See in context

Americans are also distrustful of big business, unions, public schools and organized religion. Indeed, they hold abysmal views of the functioning of democracy itself.

All with very good reason.

"Officialdom" is not something deserving of respect in and of itself. Better the public and themselves regard them as "public servants" and act accordingly. This is what has been lost.

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Posted in: As Ukraine war rages, Biden team revives Asia focus See in context

U.S. President Joe Biden was clear from the moment he entered office -- China is the main international competitor and should be the top concern for U.S. foreign policy. Then Russia invaded Ukraine.

Both Xi and Putin have stated AI supremacy is the key to the future, and have prioritized it, especially China.

Biden has to do the same.

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Posted in: Speculation of larger ruling bloc as small opposition plots survival See in context

That speculation has already created hiccups with other opposition parties, especially the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, which shares the same support base -- Rengo -- the nation's largest umbrella group for labor unions.

Japanese patience is sometimes a virtue, but has worked to the detriment of the people in the political scene.

If the CDP is as ineffective in bringing benefits to workers as Rengo they should be tossed aside and another party given a chance. Like Reiwa.

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Posted in: Pariah to president: Marcos Jr returns family to Philippines supremacy See in context

But he has benefited from a deluge of fake and misleading posts on social media platforms targeting a largely young electorate with no memory of the corruption, killings and other abuses committed during the elder Marcos's 20-year rule.

Bong bong has been called a "P.I. Donald Trump". And like with the 2016 elections SNS and distraction and obfuscation were key.

SNS has put the stake into the illusion of representative democracy? Most probably.

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Posted in: Aichi police on lookout for whoever stole public toilet’s flushing handle See in context

Aichi police on lookout for whoever stole public toilet’s flushing handle

Japan has so little property/street crime compared to other nations. And the Japanese police largely have a live and let live approach to organized and corporate crime and don't investigate it.

The J. police are in danger of disappearing up their own ***** in their quest to find more piddling crimes to justify their budgets and manpower.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

you just mad cause he won’t ban the free speech of people who disagree with you. Other than that, he is a leftist.

Hilarious.

Musk may be a leftist as he supports a UBI and is an admirer of Iain Banks.

And though I do not share a similar bank account, I fully support free speech as he professes to do.

Weak repeated talking points and partisanship erode free speach and discourse by the way.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

It’s amazing how far left liberals have run. Crazy that now most leftists criticize Elon Musk on every topic, despite him being a leftist himself.

You probably should educate yourself more about what the terms "liberal" and "leftist" mean Blacklabel, particularly about Musk as it seems he is becoming a darling of the right.

The terms do not mean what you think they mean.

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

It was a real turn off and just reminded my that here you have a group of native who have been oppress then in turn they are oppressing the wildlife.

The Circle of Life.

It is such an apt metaphor too for the cynical exploitation of this LDP/Japan Inc. proposal.

Beginning with the government's assimilationist policy in the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the ethnic minority suffered discrimination and land dispossession, spilling over into ongoing income and educational disparities.

The bears and dogs in cages will probably be addressed before what has happened to the indigenous peoples.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

Musk has 8 children.

The economic disparity between him and a working class Japanese may give a hint as to why there is a population decline in Japan.

As Twitter is a popular social media platform in Japan, if Musk would enable the weaponization of Twitter to attack the ruling LDP and its policies he could actively promote an "Arab Spring" style take-down of the LDP and a turnaround of the policies that have led to this decline.

That is all quite speculative though; like this article.

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Posted in: Japan to slowly phase out Russian oil imports but keep interests in projects See in context

The premier told a virtual meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven nations earlier in the day that Japan will ban Russian oil imports "in principle," as part of additional sanctions levied on Moscow to punish it for its war launched in late February.

The "in principle" is key. "Slowly", "in principle", "phase out", "in light of the reality".

The LDP could not be dragging its' feet more than if it had come out with an outright rejection of other countries' more concrete proposals. Classic prevarication and vagueness.

It is like with anti-discrimination laws and labor rules . Enforcement of pronouncements wll not be frthcomng and at the whim of the LDP/Japan Inc. combine.

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Posted in: Abortion adds to Biden's all-but-impossible to-do list See in context

“Where the hell is my party?" he said. Abortion opponents are winning, Newsom added. “We need to stand up. Where’s the counteroffensive?”

The neo-liberal policies of decades of Democrats from Clinton onward led to the rise of populism and Trump.

Thus letting him stack the courts.

It is a failure of the Democratic Party, of which Biden was an integral part.

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

The Japanese government will promote inbound tourism to a major cultural complex in Hokkaido dedicated to the indigenous Ainu people, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Sunday.

"Promote" meaning subsidies to hotel owners and advertising contracts for Dentsu as usual.

I wonder how much will trickle down to the actual Ainu who will be showing off their dancing and musical skills?

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Posted in: Marcos Jr heads for landslide as Philippines votes for new president See in context

Relentless whitewashing of the dictator's brutal and corrupt regime, support of rival elite families and public disenchantment with post-Marcos governments have fueled their revival.

I was going to comment about what a crony capitalist sham Philippine "democracy" is ; with rentier elites vying for power and death squads murdering addicts while children search for livelihoods amongst mountains of garbage.

Then I remembered the American corporate controlled two party duopoly and the LDP.

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

@Peeping Tom

I would check your own lacunae in your historical erudition.

Many nations had exclusionary acts or strict quotas for Asian immigration in the early 20th century.

This and Japan's proximity and economic opportunities would all factor in the calculus of Korean immigrants.

By your logic, freed slaves or colonial subjects should all go back to their home countries.

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Posted in: Labor agency: Amazon union's meeting complaints have merit See in context

The National Labor Relations Board has found merit in a union charge that Amazon violated labor law in New York City’s Staten Island by holding mandatory worker meetings to persuade its employees not to unionize.

This case is a proper use of the adjective "Orwellian".

Now it is the corporatocracy that a majority of people are beholden to for their paycheck to paycheck livelihood that mandates a "two minutes of hate" for an enemy of their interests.

Amazon is becoming an exemplar of the Corporatocracy .

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

Naoki Mizuno, professor emeritus of Kyoto University specializing in modern Korean history, said Japan's grip over the peninsula in the 20th century resulted in an exodus of Koreans on a scale comparable to that of Ukrainians observed in the two months following Russia's invasion launched in February 2022

This is a factoid that needs to be mentioned in the daily coverage of the war. Along with Japanese big oil and big tobacco continuing to do business with Japan.

The reason for the mass 'exodus' was that many Koreans knew they could have better jobs and better life in Japan. Since all Koreans were Japanese citizens, there was nothing to prevent them from leaving Korea for Japan.

This tragically hilarious disconnected reasoning is often heard from apologists. When an invading force smashes a nation's government and infrastructure, people will look for a safe port and the possibility of making a livelihood.

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Posted in: JAL forecasts return to profit in FY2022 on travel recovery hopes See in context

ANA were not bailed out.

They received billions in "loan guarantees".

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Posted in: JAL forecasts return to profit in FY2022 on travel recovery hopes See in context

But similarly to JAL, the parent of All Nippon Airways Co. forecast a return to the black for the current fiscal year with a 21 billion yen net profit on a recovery from the fallout from COVID-19.

I still do not get how the LDP and Japan Inc. got away with bailing out airlines, hotel and restaurants who laid off a majority of staff during the pandemic. t amounted to gifts to capital owners like JAL and ANA.

Just about every other country had stimulus money tied to keeping workers on some proportion of their salaries. There were violations but the perp companies were named and sometimes prosecuted.

But in Japan I know of many cases of workers for airlines, hotels and restaurants who were unceremoniously laid off when the pandemic hit while their former bosses were receiving regular stimulus checks.

Could anyone explain this to me?

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Posted in: Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn See in context

Russell Crowe as Zeus and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher

This is some impressive Deadpool level casting.

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Posted in: How do Japan’s host club hosts get their professional names? We talk with five Kabukicho pros See in context

Not the name of an individual but I would give the gold for naming to this host association:

https://www.host2.jp/shop_grp/groupbj/

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Posted in: CNN+ latest failed attempt of cable news trailblazer to remain relevant See in context

“The Jimmy Dore Show,”

Jimmy is to the left of Bernie Sanders and focuses most of his ire on the Democrats. He is what is needed to hold their feet to the fire.

His comic bits, especially phone calls with a Biden impressionist, are gold.

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Posted in: Nearly 80% of Japanese think Okinawa's U.S. base-hosting burden unfair See in context

Nearly 80 percent of people in Japan think the burden on Okinawa in hosting the bulk of U.S. forces in the country is not fair compared with other prefectures, according to the results of a Kyodo News survey.

For the well-being of both Japan and the US I would support a total US withdrawal.

Let Japan shoulder the entire burden of defending against the rising hegemony of China in the region.

Supporting the burden of a large defense budget while providing corporate welfare to Japan Inc. might be what accelerates the Japanese populace's realization the LDP are parasites and need to be dumped into the dustbin of history.

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