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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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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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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"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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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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Nanao looks like she could do with a couple of meat pies.
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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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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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"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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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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"an impregnable three-meter steel wall around the site"
Hmmm, I wonder what's going to happen?
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"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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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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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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Oh what a surprise - the orange baby is golfing. A true man of his word.
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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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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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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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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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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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Sam Smith = "The Blues"??
That rumbling you can hear is BB King spinning in his grave.
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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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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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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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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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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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Trump's opinion of people taking the Fifth are well-documented.
"Why take the Fifth if you're innocent?"
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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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