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Posted in: Japanese rice tastier due to global warming, says Aso See in context

So this is the infamous Asoisms I’ve heard about. The man is a walking gaff factory.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves tax reform bills to promote investment See in context

Neoliberalism: a buffet for the rich and big corporations and crumbs for working class people.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

The ruling class's disdain for anyone outside of their little cloistered cocktail circuit is truly unsettling.

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Posted in: New Year holiday exodus begins across Japan See in context

The lines were definitely absurdly long at Haneda when I flew back to Tokyo after Christmas. You really have to be determined to get through the whole process.

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Posted in: Tokyo-bound flight returns to LA with unauthorized passenger See in context

How!? For the life of me I can't wrap my head around how ANA dropped the ball. They scan your ticket before you can board to ensure you are on the flight's roster. Not to mention how the passenger was obviously not cognizant at all.

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Posted in: Abe gov't marks 5th anniversary, vowing to keep priority on economy See in context

Much of the jobs created are low wage, part-time jobs. Every year it's the same thing. He promises to do the economic equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of the hat only to fall very short every time. How many mulligans will Abenomics get before it's tossed in the ash heap where it belongs?

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Posted in: Gov't studying ways to prevent heatstroke, cool down streets during 2020 Olympics See in context

I was expecting the Environment Ministry to propose an unnecessary boondoggle like putting huge blocks of ice around Tokyo. I'm actually surprised.

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Posted in: Funny finance See in context

Lol. Did Aso think it was disco night instead of a meeting?

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Posted in: Emperor has expressed desire to abdicate in a few years, NHK reports See in context

Whatever His Imperial Majesty's decision will be, I wish him all the best.

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Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate See in context

I take it as people’s strong confidence in Abenomics and for its acceleration.

Poor soul. Utterly detached from reality. Economists have already dubbed Abenomics 2.0 as an abysmal failure after 4 years in action. In fact, Japanese families are effectively poorer than they were since 2012. The majority only voted for the LDP because, with a weak and discredited opposition, it's basically a one party system at this point. But keep stroking your ego if that helps you sleep at night, Abe shushou.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house: exit polls See in context

Get ready for even more easy money policies, recessions in quick succession, and a nasty Article 9 fight in the coming years.

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Posted in: Lesson in democracy See in context

it is a privilege, not a right

As a tax paying citizen, I beg to differ. Most modern democracies embrace the idea of the right to vote.

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Posted in: Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote See in context

It's actually a really sad reality. The people know that Abe and his LDP are frauds with their own agenda, but they feel that it's better to stay with the devil you know than to vote for a change. Alas, I can't be too hard on them for the defeatist attitude because politics in Japan is just this miasma of doublespeak and duplicity. Heck! I'd be disheartened too.

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Posted in: Man arrested for placing condom full of semen in high school girl’s bag See in context

I guess "stress" is the go-to cop-out in Japan nowadays. Stress doesn't make you do something so gross and bizarre. Either this guy is a creeper or he's loony as a loon. Either way, I would recommend this guy go through immediate mental evaluation.

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc election win could be too big for markets to swallow See in context

I read in the newspapers that the people aren't necessarily confident in Abe (even thought the LDP is up in the polls). It basically boils down to voting for the devil you know. They're concerned about the economy( and rightly so) and whether their stagnant wages will be able to keep themselves and their families fed. Abe on the other hand, is more concerned with revising the Constitution. Too bad even if it passes the through Diet, a public referendum (per Article 96) is needed-- and a majority of those in the public aren't in favor of that.

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Posted in: Man murders boss over unfavorable employment conditions  See in context

The Labor Standards Bureau must be sitting on there hands. The working conditions there must be especially deplorable if it drove a man to murder.

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Posted in: Huge Japan pension fund sees worst loss since financial crisis See in context

At this point this comes as no surprise to me.

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Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton See in context

...and, apparently, breaking the law by soliciting donations from foreign politicians.

To be fair, Clinton funneled donations from foreign governments thought the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State. No one batted an eye at this clear conflict of interest.



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Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton See in context

I don't like Hillary in the least (and 54.6% of Americans would agree with me), but this Benghazi dog and pony show was shameful. After all was said and done and she was exonerated by the findings, the GOP just couldn't let it go because of their own brand of visceral hatred of Clinton.

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Posted in: Partially skeletonized human body found near Arakawa River in Tokyo See in context

The body was partially skeletonized in the head and legs, and was beginning to decompose

Pretty sure if you're seeing bone tthe decomposition process started a long time ago.

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Posted in: Abe instructs Finance Ministry to keep close eye on currency markets See in context

So what was the Finance Ministry doing prior to this "instruction," twiddling their thumbs? It's fiscal policy that needs a major overhaul because the BOJ is basically at its limit of effectiveness i.e. monetary policy won't do much lessen the yen's climb-- Kuroda knows that waving his hand won't cut it anymore.

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Posted in: Abe campaigns on 'stability' ticket as Brexit rocks markets See in context

Abe has proven time and time again that his main concern is revising the constitution and doesn't mind Japanese families descending into poverty.. Abenomics has now become synonymous with boondoggle, and it's blatantly obvious that unless the elites tell him to jump, he won't make a move.

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Posted in: Abe says it is hard for now to revise arms-renouncing article of constitution See in context

In that sense, no agreement whatsoever has been reached, and I believe it is difficult under the current circumstances to revise article 9

A constitution is supposed to be difficult to amend. I'm curious of why he hasn't brought up the referendum aspect--perhaps he knows it would never pass.

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Posted in: Clinton warns that Trump would plunge U.S. economy into recession See in context

I'm an independent and II don't support Trump in least, but Clinton gladly takes money from the same folks who tanked the economy--so what does that say about her?

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Posted in: Vote, vote, vote See in context

It's that time of the year again. Loud speakers, megaphones, and platitudes.

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Posted in: Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house election campaign begins See in context

I pledge to stop taking Abe's pledges at face value.

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Posted in: LDP has solid lead ahead of upper house vote: polls See in context

I found it puzzling why the LDP has continued to win these elections time after time. Then after consulting my Japanese friends it became as clear as day. My takeaway is that, it is not that the LDP is particularly good at governing (obviously) but that the other choices seem much worse by comparison. The opposition parties seem to just be a ragtag gaggle than actual functioning parties. Voter apathy and a general disinterest in politics also seem to play a role.

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Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets See in context

Japan is already on Abenomics 2 : Electric Bugaloo, and it's still not working. Abe knows as much about economics as I do about electrical engineering (and that's none btw).

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Posted in: On the way out See in context

I would've turned my back on him.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor submits resignation effective June 21 See in context

One of the perks of being a LDP good ol' boy is that he won't face any repercussions for his malfeasance-- just look at Amari.

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