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Posted in: Unification Church corrects remarks amid scrutiny over Abe's death See in context

"We meant we've achieved certain results through our compliance system. It doesn't mean we have no trouble. We apologize for having caused misunderstanding due to our poor wording," said the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, widely known as the Unification Church, in a statement.

The Unification Church pronouncement could have come out of the LDP playbook.

"The appearance of prevarication and corruption is due to your lack of understanding of our subtlety. We apologize for your confusion."

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Posted in: Half of Japanese firms think gov't should do more to curb rising prices See in context

Roughly half of Japanese companies think the government should take more steps to curb the impact of soaring prices as they bear the brunt of higher energy and material costs

But are they really "bearing the brunt" when in the next paragraph...

Asked about the kind of economic measures they want the government to focus on, 50.8 percent of the companies selected financial support, gasoline tax cuts and purchase cost subsidies in the multiple response survey conducted by Teikoku Databank.

When the public gets bailed out in an economic crisis but Japan Inc. gets nothing, which never happens,

maybe Japan Inc. will finally get to experience rugged free market capitalism, instead of the privatized profits, socialized losses socialism for the rich which they now enjoy.

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Posted in: Ukraine war shows West's dominance ending as China rises, Blair says See in context

Its economy is forecast to overtake the United States within a decade and it leads in some 21st century technologies such as artificial intelligence,

Blair is a neo-liberal war criminal but the point here is valid.

Advances in machine learning that display "AI characteristics" are being fueled by big data , and China through their invasive apps and lack of privacy laws is collecting more of it that anyone else.

This could be the 21st century "missile gap".

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Posted in: Shooter signaled Abe killing in letter to Unification Church critic See in context

In the letter, Yamagami said he "felt bitter" toward Abe, who he described as "one of the most influential sympathizers of the Unification Church in the real world," but that the former leader "was not his original enemy."

Japanese as well as American leaders are complicit in allowing religions like this to maintain a tax exempt status, amass great amounts of wealth and capital, and build malign influence.

If all religions lost their tax exempt status the gains to societies would be immense.

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Posted in: Bot battle: The tech that could decide Twitter's Musk lawsuit See in context

The figure would also be tricky for an outsider like Musk to confirm because the bot weeding process can include checking IP or email address or other sensitive user data.

Musk has been said to want to make Twitter a super app like China's WeChat.

Making it an even more aggressive harvester of user data which is valuable for today's machine learning development.

Some AI experts have said the US could fall behind because Chinese apps harvest so much more user data for big data machine learning.

In the near term this does not bode well for human freedom and self-determination, things that Iain M. Banks held dear even in his AI driven societies.

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Posted in: Japan aims to maintain stakes in Russia's Sakhalin 2 energy project See in context

With the plan, Mitsui & Co and Mitsubishi Corp would keep 12.5 percent and 10 percent stakes, respectively, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's signing of an order that sets up a new operating company to tighten its grip on the project.

To support Ukraine and PM Kishida's staunch commitment to maintain the G7 rules based world order, Japanese taxpayers are going to have to do the patriotic thing and bailout Mitsui and Mitsubishi with some tax increases and austerity.

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Posted in: Biden seeks Saudi reset in 3-hour meeting with crown prince See in context

"It’s a very huge backing down actually,” Cengiz told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “It’s heartbreaking and disappointing. And Biden will lose his moral authority by putting oil and expediency over principles and values.”

Accommodating murderous dictators to protect corporate values is as American as apple pie.

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Posted in: G20 finance leaders in Bali to tackle Ukraine, inflation See in context

Top financial officials from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations met on the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday seeking strategies to counter inflation, food insecurity and other troubles that have worsened due to the war in Ukraine.

The financial officials will be tacking a lot in Bali I am sure.

And will find ways to use the war in Ukraine to make sure their investments benefit from inflation and profits can be made from scarcity. Disaster capitalism summit in Bali should be the headline.

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Posted in: After sensational trial, Johnny Depp releases an album See in context

The album also includes a song the 59-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" star penned himself: "This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr."

Depp has always had good taste, such as associating himself with Hunter S. Thompson.

Hedy Lamarr, besides being beautiful, was a genius who helped invent the protocols we are using for WiFi and Bluetooth today.

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Posted in: A look at the Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics See in context

Abe was known for his arch-conservative views on security and history issues and also was backed by powerful lobbies such as the Nippon Kaigi. He appeared in events organized by church affiliates, including one in September 2021.

If there is a political party devoted to ending NHK fees, there should be a bigger one devoted to removing the tax exempt status of these religious organizations that defraud the public and wield significant malicious political influence with their shadowy funding.

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Posted in: Russia sanctions 384 Japanese lawmakers See in context

Tokyo has hit Russia with harsh sanctions, joining the G7 in freezing the central bank's assets, since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb 24.

All of the G7 lawmakers exposed in the Panama and Pandora papers for their oligarchical dealings and impoverishing the populace should be sanctioned.

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Posted in: Abe shooter's mother donated ¥100 mil to Unification Church, man's uncle says See in context

The reason these religions enjoy their tax exempt status and have numerous government connections in the G7 capitalist "democracies ' is because as was well said they are 'the opiate of the people '.

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Posted in: Abe shooter's mother donated ¥100 mil to Unification Church, man's uncle says See in context

Abe shooter's mother donated ¥100 mil to Unification Church, man's uncle says

Every post office, public service announcement and train station poster warns seniors of dark, shadowy figures waiting to scam them out of their savings.

Yet these have tax exemption and government connections.

And will remain unconfronted as the LDP moves forward with constitutional reform.

It show you where the legal and political priorities lie.

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Posted in: UK 'jobs miracle' turns into employers' nightmare See in context

The shortage of workers may be "leading to pay growth and some improvements in employment terms, but it doesn't help the economy at all," he said.

The interests of workers and rentiers are rarely congruent. It is the job of governments supposedly by the people to correct the deficiencies of capitalist markets.

The hospitality industry has been known for a long time to be badly paid and the hours are long, hard, seriously and unnecessarily inconvenient. The industry needs to reform its wage structure and working practices but instead they blame brexit and anything else.

Well put.

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Posted in: Kishida blames inadequate police protection for Abe's death See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday blamed inadequate police protection for the death of former leader Shinzo Abe

The overworked Japanese police will obviously need more resources as they are currently overwhelmed with crime waves.

Or address the influence and wealth of the tax exempt religions.

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Posted in: Japan to hold state funeral for Abe in autumn See in context

The funeral, expected to be fully state-funded, will be dedicated to Abe for the "excellent leadership and implementation skills"

I think there should be a two week long international sports competition dedicated to Abe's prowess and puissance, all fully funded by the Japanese taxpayer.

Concluding with the unveiling of a vast monument erected in his honor.

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Posted in: 200 panties found in underwear thief’s home See in context

The new Japanese romantic comedy: '200 Panties’。

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Posted in: Japanese software firm to provide 'inflation allowance' to employees See in context

Staff at Cybozu Inc will be paid between 60,000 and 150,000 yen on top of monthly wages, depending on employees' working hours.

One company out of hundreds of thousands.

Hallelujah! Kishida's New Capitalism and wealth distribution is working!!!

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Posted in: New Zealand announces free masks, tests as health system struggles with COVID See in context

Doesn't the flow of money between corporations, the bodies that are supposed to regulate them, and the governments that make the laws give you an inkling that something just might not be on the level?

Being suspicious of the connections between big business and government , that business free market private/public synergy sounds very socialist to me Algernon.

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Posted in: New Zealand announces free masks, tests as health system struggles with COVID See in context

The New Zealand government on Thursday announced free masks and rapid antigen tests as it tries to stem the spread of COVID-19 and relieve pressure on the country's health system which is dealing with an influx of COVID and influenza patients.

Guaranteed that in New Zealand the free masks will not be manufactured by a government contracted crony of Ardern and the tests will be easily accessible, free and give the government an accurate picture of the actual number of infections in the populace.

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Posted in: Japanese wasabi farmers fear for future amid climate change See in context

"Recently the power of typhoons feels totally different from before due to global warming. It's getting stronger," said the 70-year-old farmer in Okutama, west of downtown Tokyo. "Since it's happened once, there's no guarantee it won't happen again."

Hopefully the power of the delicious condiment wasabi farmers will be enough to overturn the LDP oligarchy that will do nothing to address climate change unless it is meaningless virtue signaling campaigns.

Oil subsidies trump farmers in the LDP crony capitalist equation.

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Posted in: Choose your reality: Trust wanes, conspiracy theories rise See in context

Wilson, a 41-year-old from London, Ontario, has doubts about free elections,

These articles about conspiracy theories often conflate ideas like skepticism with the electoral process in neo-liberal corporatocracies with things like flat earthism, moon landing conspiracies, QAnon and crisis actors.

There is nothing free, democratic and fair with Japan's one party LDP rule or the two-party rope a dope in the US.

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Posted in: Why Abe is much more highly praised abroad than in Japan See in context

-Abe left Japan largely where he found it: as in effect a cheap labor economy with 40 percent of the workforce on short-term and nonregular contracts,

-The Bank of Japan innovated through its much more aggressive monetary policy, essentially providing direct financing to public spending

Corporations left flush with cash, much from the public treasury and a further impoverished population.

Neo-feudal mission accomplished for Abe.

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Posted in: Ex-Yamato Transport worker arrested for stealing 20 diamonds from package See in context

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 47-year-old former employee of Yamato Transport Co, a major parcel delivery company in Japan, for allegedly stealing 20 diamonds from a package last year. The stolen diamonds were worth about 12,520,000 yen.

Artificially inflated cartel commodity and minimum wage delivery worker.

A potent combination.

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Posted in: Biden savors Israel 'homecoming' as high-wire Saudi leg looms See in context

A centerpiece of Biden's visit will be talks in Jeddah with Saudi leaders including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accused by the U.S. intelligence community of being behind the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In the G7 "rules-based order" Israel and Saudi Arabia have get out of jail free cards.

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Posted in: Asian security experts say Japan vital for shoring up rules-based international order See in context

shoring up a rules-based international order being challenged by countries such as China and Russia.

The "rules based order" is full of cheat codes for the G7 oligarchs and they are loath for competing oligarchs to get a cut of the action.

The populace are just bystanders suffering from the consequences (war, inflation).

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Posted in: Abe shooter's plan to target religious head thwarted by COVID See in context

The suspect in former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's fatal shooting originally planned to kill the head of a religious organization

The responses to the assassination will be the politically advantageous ones.

The LDP election bump, constitutional revision and some police security campaigns.

Not the logical one that would help the Japanese people and governance.

Remove the tax exempt status from these shadowy and influential religious organizations and place them under more scrutiny.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

Women get it worst, but Japan is working to match the G7 countries like the USA in inequality.

https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2022020700750/

A legacy of LDP economics.

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Posted in: Ex-TEPCO execs ordered to pay ¥13 tril in damages over Fukushima crisis See in context

In the lawsuit against the former executives, 48 shareholders sought a total of around 22 trillion yen ($160 billion) in damages to be paid to the company, the largest amount ever claimed for compensation in a civil lawsuit in Japan, according to a lawyer representing the plaintiffs.

In a rare just decision, the Japanese courts will pay off shareholders.

The actual victims of the disaster will get nothing.

Japanese justice.

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Posted in: Japan delays domestic travel plan after COVID cases surge See in context

I never thought that I would believe that progressive comedian like Jimmy Dore would put out real evidence and truth. Jimmy exposes most of the lies .

Your statements grossly contradict themselves as do the policies of the LDP.

Jimmy is a progressive and tells the truth.

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