Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

My FIL told me 20 years ago that this chap was a clown who couldn't be trusted to run his own bath. Waist-deep in kick-backs, and utterly untouchable in his turf of Kashiwa, where if you don't vote for him you are considered Korean, Communist or both.

That Abe chose to give him this vital role speaks volumes about out Dear Leader's own fitness for office.

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Posted in: Abe calls for public works spending plan to help economy See in context

There you have the LDP SOP:

If in doubt, splash concrete about. Yet another payday for the Yaks, while they're still plums-deep in the Olympics bonanza.

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Posted in: Trump under fire after cancelling WWI cemetery visit See in context

Be fair, it's not the first time he was expected to show up for the military and he found other things to do instead.

And he had a well-documented difficult relationship with umbrellas.

What astounds me is the logical disconnect Trump's fanboys - and worse, the Republican Party itself - can tie themselves up in to justify this blatant disrespect for fallen heroes.

Does anyone else remember when Obama was coruscated for wearing a brown suit to a press conference? A press conference, by the way, in which he answered questions from the press, instead of stomping away from the podium when he didn't like the questions?

This bald-headed poltroon is a disgrace to the office. Shame on the Republicans for kneeling to his unworthy bluster.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

"I fear Shibuya will be labeled a scary place. I want Halloween street parties to be banned next year," 

Mate, it's Hallowe'en. It's kind of supposed to be scary. It's the whole point.

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Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. call to stop returns to Fukushima See in context

Does anyone else see shades of Minamata hovering over this? J-Gov in the pockets of industry denies there is a problem, then keeps pretending everything is all right until enough victims have died to prevent the survivors from being able to fight a punitive lawsuit.

Better to have a generation or two of children dying of leukemia than for the Dear Leader and the honourable gentlemen of Tepco (who told us it was only steam for a week, remember?) to lose face over this most unfortunate incident.

I'm not especially religious, but I really hope there is a hell for these despicable vermin. They certainly won't be punished in this life. Just lie back and count your silver.

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Posted in: Actress Nanao wins Best Jeanist award for third year running See in context

Nanao looks like she could do with a couple of meat pies.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context


Are you seriously trying to compare the validity of NASA research with that bolleaux from a right-wing rag?

This is the problem with the likes of you. You don't read anything unless it reinforces what Fox News told you.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context


He does have a point, for every scientist that says climate change exists, you have almost as many saying it’s a big giant hoax.


97% of scientists concur that man-made climate change is happening now.

So don't talk cobblers.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for still-radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

"We will filter the water in the tanks one more time to bring the levels to below regulatory limits before release into the ocean if a decision is made to do so," the TEPCO spokesman said.

Translation: We will do more of what doesn't work and then release it into the ocean, probably at night and in secret. Then we will continue doing nothing about the emergency beyond stuffing our pockets with taxpayers' cash.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

I hope this impregnable steel wall is less pregnable than the impregnable ice wall which was going to prevent 600 tons of water from flowing through the ruined nuke reactors and out into the sea.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

"an impregnable three-meter steel wall around the site"

Hmmm, I wonder what's going to happen?

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Posted in: Ig Nobel award winner See in context

Ken: I think a Swannee Whistle adds a certain charm to the procedure:

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Posted in: Obama in campaign mode, back to promoting hope over fear See in context

 "President Obama drives these Trump supporters crazy"

Heh, more like Trump drives Obama crazy.

"He ( Obama! ) has compassion, integrity, and dignity"

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, he can read a teleprompter pretty well though, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Serrano - how old are you? That is the most woeful "I know you are but what am I" discourse I've heard since I left elementary school.

I will tell you something Obama can do - form a coherent sentence. And he also knows the important difference between saying "would" and "wouldn't". Your painted goon was too caught up brown-nosing Putin to get that straight.

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Posted in: Consultation centers in Japan handled record 130,000 child abuse cases in FY2017 See in context

That picture of Yua-chan breaks my heart every time I see it.

She clearly felt happiness at some point. Then her evil parents took it away and let her die believing she was in some way to blame.

I hope against hope that her parents live long lives, but never see daylight again.

For once, Japan, can we see some Justice?

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies from heatstroke after being left in car See in context

Every. Single. Year.

How stupid can people be?

I was waiting for the "while they played Pachinko" leitmotif we get every year. Give it time.

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Posted in: Trump says Britain must get Brexit 'carve out' for U.S. trade deal See in context

Oh what a surprise - the orange baby is golfing. A true man of his word.

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Posted in: 12 Christian sites in Japan added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

Silvafan: The Rising Wasabi got there before you -

And full marks on the insecure teen girl comparison. "Do you think I'm pretty? Am I prettier than her? Do you like me most?"

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Posted in: Abenomics' impact fading at sensitive moment for Japanese economy See in context

Bertie - hear, hear.

We've gone directly from "not yet fully implemented" to "fading" without an intervening period of beneficial impact.

I know literally nobody whose economic status has benefited from this charade.

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Posted in: Fatally abused 5-year-old girl wrote notes pleading with her mother, stepfather to stop beating her See in context

As a rule, I am opposed to capital punishment.

But I genuinely find it difficult to find a valid argument against implementing it in the case of these inhuman monsters.

The best I can come up with is that the method used here - hanging - is quick.

I want these two dispatched with the same respect for human dignity as they showed for their beautiful, helpless girl.

I am prepared to oversee the operation if need be.

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Posted in: Man killed after car plows through fence and gets hit by train See in context

As soon as I read "70-year old man", I was waiting for:

pressed the accelerator instead of the brake

And there it is.

What is it going to take to get action on this? My 75-yo FIL brags about how he slept through his recertification, because it consisted of a man in a uniform, respectfully recommending the venerable attendees to please be careful, while talking directly at his PPT presentation.

Meanwhile, the same avoidable error takes lives time and time again.

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Posted in: Make potato chips twice as delicious by soaking them in green tea before eating them See in context

I would love a better variety of crisps in Japan. It's very hard to find anything other than salt, nori (green salt) or consomme (wet salt) here.

You do occasionally get some which claim to be hot chilli, but they tend to be ultra-mild red powder flavour.

Get some proper salt and vinegar, cheese &onion or smoky bacon in. I'd even settle for Monster Munch.

But crisps in green tea? A perfect blend of bland and soggy. No thanks.

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Posted in: Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant See in context

Now isn't it a good thing nobody was so stupid as to build a nuclear power plant in this area of known volcanic/earthquake activity?

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Posted in: Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness See in context

Sam Smith = "The Blues"??

That rumbling you can hear is BB King spinning in his grave.

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Posted in: New opposition Democratic Party for the People formed See in context

This is why there is never any significant political change in Japan. No matter how many squalid little scandals the LDP gets nut-deep into, no matter how many lies and brown-envelope revelations, no matter how many citizens are opposed to nuclear power and the LDP is the ONLY party committed to bringing all the reactors back online, there is one constant, conscience-salving balm for the electorate.

"But who else can lead us?"

And this kind of toadying, lickspittle article writing doesn't help, either.

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Posted in: Tokio pop group member's contract terminated over indecent act See in context

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that "forcibly kissed" is some kind of code, like a "human accident" really means "Someone's jumped under a train and we can't move until we've finished scraping him up"?

This seems like an awful lot of hoo-hah for a kiss. I can't help wondering if there is a lot more attempted-rapey type of jiggery-pokery afoot.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

Give credit where it's due: Giuliani went a full eight minutes there without mentioning 9-11.

Apparently, though, he doesn't know how to talk about anything else.

That's one bill Trump would be valid in not paying. Unlike the thousands of others he's welshed on.

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Posted in: Abe praises relations with oil-rich UAE See in context

Mr Abe - any chance of our using the abundant sunshine in your Beautiful Japan to provide us with cheap, non-polluting energy?

Nah, didn't think so. Suck up to the Saudis, then, and pretend your ceaseless cavalcade of domestic scandals are going away.

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Posted in: From farm to fork: Healthy, heritage and high prices help sell UK food and drink here See in context

I wish whichever genius persuaded the market that "We Japanese do not like lamb meat because it is bad smell", despite a) a large percentage of them having neither tasted nor smelled it and b) it's a sight better-smelling and tasting than senbei or sanma, would recant his proclamation and admit he was just trying to sell more fish.

The topography of Japan is ideal for rearing sheep. Hilly, green, unusable for any other animal or crop (except perhaps goat). But then cultivating it might require our venerable agricultural voters to learn to adapt beyond copying what their granddads did eighty years ago and sitting back waiting for the LDP subsidies to roll in.

Lamb is delicious.

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Posted in: For those of you who are not self-employed, how big an issue is unpaid overtime at your workplace? See in context

At my office, the modus operandi seems to be that the more useless you are, the more unpaid overtime you do. Being unable to do anything for fourteen hours is measured as better than being good at your job for seven.

If you're in early and out late, the brownie points are yours, regardless of how inept you are in the intervening period.

I get in at 10 and I'm out the door at six.

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