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Posted in: Brazil's Bolsonaro promises Biden to end deforestation; seeks financial help See in context

Bolsonaro deserves one thing and one thing only: end up in jail for his crimes against both Brazilian forests and the Brazlian people.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

I couldn't care less about what China and South Korea say, but history teaches me that PR has to be better to convince people of something good after a disaster. After the 1966 Palomares B-52 crash, Spain’s then-Minister of Information, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, and United States Ambassador, Angier Biddle Duke, went as far as to splash around Palomares' Quitapellejos beach as means to prove to people that the waters were safe to swim in. So I (alongside everyone or so here) openly challenge Aso to drink that water and put the matter to bed.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

One thing that is certain is that the Japanese government will need to do a hell lot better when it comes to PR and showing the population that it is safe (IF it is safe). After the 1966 Palomares B-52 crash in which hydrogen bombs were dropped in the region (including one at sea), Spain’s then-Minister of Information, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, and United States Ambassador, Angier Biddle Duke, went as far as to splash around Palomares' Quitapellejos beach as means to prove to people that the waters were safe to swim in.

The ball is still in Japan's court until further notice.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

Talk about sheer incompetence. You would expect Japan to open up the chequebook paying millions of doses and also mobilize stadiums/arenas as mass vaccination centers. Mobilize the JGSDF for better logistics in remote areas if necessary. What is so difficult to get done here?

Unacceptable, I swear.

One important, related stat that is missing: 38% of the Japanese population does not want to get the vaccine

Does that really matter? You shouldn't exclude what the majority chunk of the population wishes because of those anti-vaxxers and vaccine skeptics.

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Posted in: Matsuyama makes history by winning Masters See in context

I watched the final round live on TV and I have to say that there were a few nerve-wracking moments as all eyes were on Matsuyama, especially with 3 bogeys in the last 4. Will Zalatoris really kept the pace right behind before the triple bogey at 16th, but I guess that tournament is always about those very fine margins and late drama. Nevertheless, he made it home with the green jacket at the end of the day.

Many congratulations to Matsuyama-san being the first Japanese and first Asian golfer to win the Masters among la crême de la crême.

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Posted in: N Korea's absence at Olympics likely to extend diplomatic deadlock See in context

After everything that North Korea has done, they don't even deserve a dialogue until the day they are so starved that they will be on their knees begging.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

just find it slightly amusing that the American Contingent on this website are all suddenly experts on the history of the Royal Family, because one American Woman was subjected to alleged 'bad treatment', or are rabid anti-monarchists, with no good reason!

I'm a Canadian who has seen too many abuses by many governor-generals and who has seen the extent of the despicable treatment shown towards Princess Diana. If you think I will apologize for having issues with the Royal Family and for holding republican (in the sense of believing in a republic like the Irish rather than any form of constitutional monarchy) values, you better take a seat because you will wait a very long time. Many of us, including many Brits, feel the same because of the Royals' behavior.

We have only heard one side of this story so far.

And whose fault is that? They have been pathetic at communicating before and they are still pathetic at communicating now. If communication is not the Royals' cup of tea, then it's their own problem. There are other royal families doing a better job at sounding not so tone deaf out there.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

Considering 1) how much effort the Royals have put in sweeping Andrew's sins under the rug, 2) how many divorces have gone on within the Royal Family for over 5 decades, and now 3) how they have done nothing to support Harry and Meghan against the racist/xenophobic BS fueled by Murdoch-owned tabloids, the level of dysfunction can't be any clearer in that family.

Before you throw crap at me, I suggest all of you to read on Prince Albert II of Monaco. He fathered 2 children before he got married, including a biracial son who is now 17. Nevertheless, Albert is proud of recognizing both children as his own, even though they are not part of the line of succession. For those of you that being a decent person doesn't come before royal traditions, think about that.

When a Japanese royal female marries out of the family, she leaves behind her royal status, lives quietly (and, we hope, happily) and we never hear from her again, end of story.

That kind of view is the reason why people are despising royal families more and more. Traditions are garbage when they do nothing good for the people having to endure them. And by good, I don't even mean wealth; there is more important than wealth.

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Posted in: French ex-president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption See in context

Although it may not look like much, I'm glad that the prosecution of former presidents is a thing because it's one step in the right direction. For rule of law to thrive, the system must not be shy at prosecuting former leaders.

That being said, I agree with lincolnman about a certain someone who should face the law.

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Posted in: Ardern urges New Zealanders to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers See in context

I swear that it is disheartening to see the number of people here crapping on Ardern when her methods have proven her right when it comes to allowing NZ to live about the mots normal life there is in abnormal times overall.

Who the hell are we to lecture New Zealand when their people just answered the question about what they think of her in the last elections?

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says Tokyo Olympics may be chance to revitalize diplomacy See in context

@Robert Cikki

Add the Netherlands on the list with regards to Germany or even Ireland towards Great Britain. A consistent use of the victim card is counterproductive.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says Tokyo Olympics may be chance to revitalize diplomacy See in context

Bruh.

What progress has exactly been made since the 2018 Olympics, Moon? I swear that guy is deluded.

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Posted in: Ikee books Olympic qualifiers spot after leukemia treatment See in context

@kipling

Absolutely! Not only Japanese sports but also worldwide sports coverage have to talk a lot more about such inspirational stories because those stories tell a lot about human resilience in the face of huge adversity.

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Posted in: Mother whose daughters died after being left in overheated car gets 6 years in prison See in context

What she did was terrible. But it's important to find out what drives young people to do such a thing. What was going on in her life, what had she experienced that inured her to the plight of the kids?

Bruh.

What is there left to find out? The text clearly says she was bar-hopping with a friend while the kids were in the car; that has been recognized in court. Does that even justify her behavior the slightest? Couldn't she leave the kids for a few hours at a relative's or at a friend's place? I swear that too many people out there can be so inept as parents or they don't even know how to use their brains.

Sentences in Japan for first time offenders, (no matter how shocking the crime) are usually very lenient.

That's so screwed if true. What is the point of sending someone in jail if not to make that person have a deep and hard look at themselves for what she/he has done then?

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Posted in: Osaka beats Brady to win her 2nd Australian Open title See in context

Job well done. I really enjoyed her performances during this tournament.

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Posted in: Mother whose daughters died after being left in overheated car gets 6 years in prison See in context

In fact, the maximum sentence for this type of crime is 20 years, but as usual prosecutors only asked for 6 years.

Why is that? Considering how outrageous the crime has been recognized by the court, going for the home run with maximum punishment would be what any prosecutor would do.

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Posted in: Mother whose daughters died after being left in overheated car gets 6 years in prison See in context

The most disturbing thing about this cases is, she knew the kids were in distress when she arrived home, but she left the kids in the car for another 5-6 hours during the heat of the day. This shows intent. She should have been charged with a double murder and her jail sentence should be much longer.

Yup. That pathetic excuse of a mother should have been sentenced for at least double of that if not something harsher. She knew what she was doing but chose to let her children die. I see no redemption possible for such contemptible person.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

CNN International grabbed on the story and posted a report on their YouTube channel. So much for not wanting to make noise, Nikai, you stupid piece of human garbage.

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Posted in: How a 22-year-old woman helped bring down Mori See in context

Well done, Ms. Nojo.

Hopefully this will inspire other youngsters to take action in future elections at all echelons, be it municipal, prefectural or even national level. It's about time that Japan sees a new energy coming from its youth to break down conventions that have no reason to be anymore.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson backs Tokyo's hosting of Olympics See in context

My opinion regarding this statement is that Japan are already receiving information from the United Kingdom on how to host sporting events safely and perhaps even more. If there is no such information sharing, I don't think the British government would have committed this far out forward. Furthermore, the UK is currently on course to meet their very ambitious vaccination goals within the next few weeks.

I have been watching how they got things working out in the Premier League since last summer and more recently in the Australian Open. I think the Olympics can work something out even though I remain somewhat skeptical because of how lax some countries may be when it comes to testing their own athletes before they get on the plane. That being said, it's all about how tight a country wil apply control protocols.

That being said, I would be glad if competitions take place because it would be a good reminder of fundamentals on what Olympics should be all about: sports and celebrating the best of humanity. There are many other ways to make money out there, but the better news about the concept of bubble Olympics is the considerable lowering in security costs (which is the thing that has driven hosting countries insane since 1996).

Wait and see, I guess.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

When you see this mess that is the LDP, you don't need to look far as to why this great country is going pear-shaped with little to no feeling of hope among its youth. Geez, have a mandatory retirement age for public service at least; that's about the best way to avoid stagnation.

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Posted in: Ghosn's accused escape plotters ask U.S. Supreme Court to delay extradition to Japan See in context

People seriously still think ghosn is innocent lol.

Yup, I swear that people are so gullible when they believe whatever BS that Ghosn sells after the way he got away and even after when there are 2 governements (Japan, France) wanting a piece of him. The man is the kind of crooky CEO that should not be whining like a princess for this or that when living in luxury on the back of people.

As far as this case is concerned, Ghosn is still under Interpol's list of red notices, which require law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. Short of being on the FBI's Most Wanted list, it's about the worst place one can be as a fugitive.

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Posted in: Mori resigns over sexist remarks: Hashimoto being considered to replace him See in context

Well, Hashimoto fits quite many good criteria if her nomination is confirmed. She is her 50s (which is an ideal age range for any nomination in that position), is a decorated Olympian (Bronze medal at the 1992 Albertville Olympics in speed skating), and has worked at the president of the Japanese speed skating federation.

A good news, she has (to date) never got charged of the case; a bad news, this is NOT the only one as more "inconvenient" stories may resurface. Media nitpickers would try to chase her. Again, I thus stress security clearance for any candidate.

I searched on that story for what has been said about it. As you wrote, there was never any charge as both parties denied the incident altogether. However, the disgruntled oyaji, who got denied further control, may still have a share of sympathizers in the media ready to jump on the slightest piece of meat like junkyard dogs. I hope she will be ready if they have a go at her.

No matter what comes next for the Tokyo Olympics, I feel more comfortable with her at the helm of what is left of the project and perhaps for something further in the future of the JOC.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

if youre a man and cant stand equal rights with women the I suggest you do move to Iran or Saudi Arabia

Or in some parts of Eastern Europe and Russia. I'm personally happy to call such people as deplorables raised by horrible parents with horrible values.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Cancel culture and political correctness are out of control. What a terrible time to be alive for personal freedom lovers.

For the 4,999,999th time, you cannot speak free of consequences when you hurt actual people and deprive them of the right to be treated as equals. Is that so difficult to understand? Looks like I have seen too many deplorables posting around here.

When words are used as means to hurt others, you have to pay the consequences. It may sound like cancel culture to you, but I call it consequence culture because words matter.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more.

Bye Felisha.

Sayonara.

Salut la compagnie!

I'm sure there won't be enough words to write down in celebration that this foolish jack is now gone. That being said, I hope we will see someone else a lot younger doing he job at the JOC for the next few years. Time to see fresh blood at the top.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

There are several studies showing that men talk more than women. Here are the top 3 results on Google when it comes to studies on the topic; there are more.

https://time.com/4837536/do-women-really-talk-more/

https://www.pnas.org/content/115/1/104/tab-figures-data

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232560477_Interaction_Patterns_and_Themes_of_Male_Female_and_Mixed_Groups

Seriously, it's not surprising to read those now when one knows how the male-dominated Diet has been overall for years.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

*mistake: The people should make the government afraid.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

@sakurasuki

I'm talking about taking action that directly goes to the face of lawmakers, either through protests or by voting members with Mori's mindset out of office in due time. It's up to the people to make the government fear them.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

@Samit Basu

You have a point there. History has shown that progress in societies have often come out of rebellion against the establishment, existing discriminatory rules and mindsets. Unless women and girls rise up en masse, change will take a much longer time to come. We have seen that in a number of countries passing up that opportunity and then suffering as a result.

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@Hiro

The fact remains that he said it in the wake of a disagreement with the Governor of Tokyo, who is supposed to be the primary partner in the Olympic project. If that's how one treats a gender and/or a key partner in a project, then who needs enemies?

As for the matter of protesting, people have good reasons to be fed up with the statu quo when it has been crappy for a chunk of people. If things have to change, then the bad parts of the establishment have to be removed.

Lastly, we already said it before: Mori's "apology" can be nominated in the category of the Most Unsincere Apology of the Year award. There is no understanding to have with someone like that because he will not compromise; it's already written on the wall.

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