Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Dapper dog See in context

“Entertain” is an ambitious choice of verb here.

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Posted in: Political funds scandals may signal early end of Kishida gov't See in context

scandals may signal early end of Kishida gov't

And it matters not a jot.

Kishida will quit, live in luxury for the rest of his life, and be replaced by another LDP apparatchik.

When the time comes for the next election, the dutiful electorate will carry out their feudal obligation and vote for the LDP again.

Nothing will change, no lessons will be learned, the LDP will be more justified in their belief that they do not even have to try not to be corrupt and Japanese people will continue to pay for their venality.

Death spiral.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Shibuya district bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve, cancels countdown celebration See in context

Fun police are knocking on my window.

I have never known any local government to spend so much time, effort, and taxpayer money on such a crusade against people trying to have a good time on a day of celebration.

When did the Taliban take over Shibuya?

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Posted in: Kishida again denies knowing of Unification Church members at meeting See in context

Does anyone seriously believe that the LDP has any genuine intention of turning off this bottomless spring of free money?

If so, would you be interested in sole ownership of the Sky Tree? I can give you a good deal.

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Posted in: Japan's ex-Foreign Minister Maehara to form new party See in context

Redline = decline

Thanks autocorrect. You cnut.

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Posted in: Japan's ex-Foreign Minister Maehara to form new party See in context

Phenomenal.

Just what Japan needs: a more divided opposition with even less chance of having the slightest effect on the monolithic monopoly of the LDP.

No matter how disastrous the policies of the LDP hegemony are, how badly they fail, how much corruption and incompetence is exposed for all to see (and respond to with a “shoganai, ne?”), this will remain a de facto one-party state until long after a unified opposition party can offer genuine solutions and, what’s the word? Opposition.

Until then just watch your standards redline and your savings get hoovered up by porkbarrel under-the-table deals (q.v. Osaka Expo).

This joint is Edo with smartphones.

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Posted in: 9-month-old girl being carried by mother dies after car backs into them at supermarket See in context

Kuroki was quoted by police as saying he couldn’t see the woman walking behind his vehicle because of other cars parked beside him.

No rear-view mirrors in your car, Kuroki?

Or were you engrossed in your dashboard telly?

Bad driving. Dead child. Broken family.

Send this jiji to the Big House.

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Posted in: It is thought that a greater number of people this year find themselves worn out due to the boost in activities in 'the post-coronavirus crisis' and the abnormally hot summer. See in context

The number of hours I used to spend at bonenkais, biting my tongue and trying to avoid telling my idiot bosses what we all thought of them while the witless arafos sat clutching a warm glass of white wine until they could leave the party and get back to their cats.

Id much rather sleep than spend another moment in that purgatory.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to do utmost to tackle negative impact of price hikes See in context

Not a single worker I know is doing better now than they were in 1995 when I arrived here.

I swear to god, if it weren’t for the shoganai mindset inculcated into young minds, with the concomitant “gambarimasho” (in other words, “we are powerless, so let’s just put up with it), this country would be awash in revolutionary zeal.

But no, we’re just going to be “thank you sir, may I have another “ and voting LDP next election.

Death spiral.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

Asking for a friend:

Is the same deal on for Cialis?

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Posted in: 3rd release of treated water from Fukushima nuclear plant ends safely, TEPCO says See in context

TEPCO says TEPCO did something right.

Stop the press.

Anyone else remember when TEPCO announced that there wasn’t a meltdown at all, and the explosion we had just seen on tv was simply steam escaping?

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Posted in: 9 injured after car plows into pedestrians in southwestern Japan See in context

Don’t tell me: he confused the accelerator with the brake?

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Posted in: What to stream this week: 'Oppenheimer,' Adam Sandler as a lizard and celebs dance to Taylor Swift See in context

Will Oppenheimer be available to stream in Japan, and if so, on which provider?

As far as I know it didn’t get a cinematic release here and I am eager to view one of the biggest films of 2023.

A lot of people don’t like being told what they can and cannot watch.

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Posted in: Hilton Japan apologizes for 'disrespectful' ad disparaging traditional Japanese inns See in context

There have been fewer less enjoyable "holidays" I have ever taken than having to sit through a lecture of times at which I may do basic things such as eat an unvarying menu of prescribed oishii meals at a time dictated by the Ryokan owner, and having the entire weekend devoted to lying on the floor ("relaxing", I was informed) with NHK the only source of entertainment, alternated with sitting in the bollock-water of a dozen octogenarians.

I took a stroll out to look at the environs I'd paid to visit and was chastised because maybe the owner thinks his hotel isn't good enough and I should consider other people.

Ryokans are fine if you enjoy being told what to do, what to eat and when and where to do it.

Not my idea of a holiday.

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Posted in: China resolutely opposed to ex-Japan PM Aso's Taiwan remarks See in context

Why is this buffoon ever allowed out in public?

He was a humiliation to Japan in his failed 2008 stint as PM, and has done nothing to reprieve his reputation since.

Stupid comment after stupid comment, sneered out of the corner of his mouth with the confidence that only immense inherited Wealth can bring.

This geriatric buffoon is a blot on the face of Japanese society.

Retire, you daft s0d.

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Posted in: Vice minister's exit deals further blow to Kishida's leadership See in context

None of this matters.

Kishida will be well taken care of for the rest of his days, and whichever nonentity takes over from him will be elected in a landslide.

This is a one-party state without the purges.

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Posted in: Kishida rules out dissolving lower house this year See in context

It doesn’t matter when the election is.

The LDP will be re-elected and continue their 30+ years of failure.

The voters will say shoganai and bite down on another sh!te sandwich which will last until the next election at which point they will vote for another sh!te sandwich.

Nothing is going to change here. The electorate just keeps asking for sandwiches.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs Osaka expo construction budget of up to ¥235 bil See in context

Industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura and Hanako Jimi, minister for the World Expo 2025, told a press conference Thursday that inflated expenses ... are inevitable ... given soaring material and labor costs.

I'm not sure I know anyone outside the LDP/concrete/yak cartel whose labor cost has soared for quite a while.

Perhaps the cost of manufacturing brown envelopes has increased without my noticing it.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs Osaka expo construction budget of up to ¥235 bil See in context

nearly double the organizer's initial estimate.

Well gee, ain't that a big surprise?

Strange isn't it, that there's never any money to invest in daycare, or boosting pensions for people who paid this money in for fifty years, but the concrete boys always get a nice slice of the one-month white-elephant action?

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Posted in: Kishida unveils ¥17 trillion stimulus package as poll numbers slump See in context

This didn’t work when Aso did it.

It didn’t work when Abe did it.

it won’t work when Kishida does it.

It doesn’t work.

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Posted in: Japan survey shows 60% wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold See in context

I’m surprised this number isn’t higher.

The number of times I’ve been told by Japanese coworkers to go to the hospital when I know full well that I only have a cold is baffling.

Similarly, these same people fight tooth and nail against every suggestion to turn the office aircon to below 28°C Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring, because anything less than 28°C is cold, and being cold causes “catch a cold” to spontaneously erupt.

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Posted in: 3 men arrested for smuggling 113 kg of illegal drugs into Japan See in context

What was the name of the stimulant?

I’m going to guess it was meth, but why not inform the public?

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Posted in: Fukushima treated water released without technical concerns: IAEA See in context

Nothing to see here folks. Just move along and keep paying your ever-increasing utility bills so the old boys who let this disaster happen never have to lose a single yen out of their pockets.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya district raises alarm against unruly Halloween, even caging Hachiko statue See in context

Let the people party.

I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be 21-year old whose fledgling party days were stolen by Covid.

Were I a younger man, I’d be down there tonight, quaffing and wooing and having a ball, and no oyaji in a pretend police-lite security outfit would stop me.

Young people want to have fun. Old people want to inculcate a mindset of joyless drudgery.

Until Matsuri is banned, or the tens of thousands thronging outside temples on New Year’s Eve waiting to joylessly throw money at a tax-free ritual, I say let young people do what young people do.

Live, laugh and love. And don’t let anyone ever tell you not to.

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Posted in: Hay fever-fighting rice to be part of Japan's economic stimulus See in context

Someone's getting a nice fat brown envelope in exchange for funneling our tax revenue to this little bit of alchemy.

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Posted in: Over 40% of workers in Japan sleep less than 6 hours per night: survey See in context

Having spent nearly 18 years in a Japanese office, I can say that a lot of this sleep deprivation is caused by the culture of fear inculcated by the nonsense belief that completing one’s work on time = leaving early.

This is why “meetings “ in which no agenda is set, no objectives are put forward and no actions are committed to fill much of the time from 9-6.

Once the working day has been micturated away in kabuki performance of busyness, the arafo hordes can begin replying to messages their clients sent during work time.

Then they can arrive home late, safe in the knowledge that their boss saw them still at their desk when he shuffled out (having done nothing of merit all day) at 11pm.

11:05, boss out of the way, hey presto! The work’s all been completed and there’s a stampede for the door.

There’s plenty of time to sleep if you have the guts to prioritize your health over performance art.

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Posted in: IOC warns countries that block athletes for political reasons risk harming Olympic host bids See in context

I would argue that an organisation so steeped in corruption that even the Tokyo Old Boys' Club are seeing legal repercussions for such blatant bribery (albeit with nothing more than suspended sentences) is not in any position to be lecturing anyone about appropriate conduct.

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Posted in: Petition filed against felling thousands of trees in historic Tokyo park area See in context

Nice to see we get downvoted for daring to have an opinion which goes against the organized crime syndicates’ plans to defile a century old tribute to the Meiji Emperor.

I guess I’m doing something right.

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Posted in: Petition filed against felling thousands of trees in historic Tokyo park area See in context

It doesn’t make a jot of difference how many signatures go on the petition.

The concrete boys, the yak-controlled construction companies and the LDP cronies they have in their pockets smell cash and nothing will stop this desecration of an historic area of cultural heritage.

It is a national disgrace and and nothing will be done to stop it.

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Posted in: Japan to delay bill blocking sex offenders from working with children See in context

Dear me.

What a ludicrous thing to delay.

why isn’t it an automatic thing that if you diddle kids, you don’t work with kids anymore?

Great work, LDP. You certainly earned your next guaranteed election victory.

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