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Posted in: Go-kart driver crashes into taxi after ignoring road sign in Tokyo See in context

And regarding my previous message. I wanted to specify that I was referring to foreign tourists visiting Japan. Those that come once in a lifetime, in the form of a vacation.

Not to foreigners who have their permanent residence or who have a Japanese driver's license.

I hope the above message was not misunderstood.

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Posted in: Go-kart driver crashes into taxi after ignoring road sign in Tokyo See in context

As a general rule, foreigners should not be allowed to legally drive any type of vehicle in Japan. Since many signaling systems are very much destinations from other countries.

A foreign driver who is not familiar with Japanese road signs. He might confuse a sign, which in his home country means a different thing.

I am a bus driver and have driven in practically every country on the European continent. Especially in the 90's. And I can tell you that there were very different signals from one country to another. And in former Soviet bloc countries I could tell you personal stories.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike declares intention to run for 3rd term, setting up showdown with Renho See in context

In this election, Renho has a very serious chance of winning. And in the event that Koike wins, it will be by a very slim margin.

Bad times are expected for the LDP all over Japan.

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Posted in: Kishida says he won't dissolve Diet during ongoing session See in context

The LDP is dead in the water, no matter what Kishida does. They deserve it for making both political and legislative mistakes.

Let them learn once and for all that going against the voters takes its toll. Among them the appointment of Kishida himself in 2022. When the real winner of the primaries was Tarō Kōno. In the non-binding consultation of LDP militants and councilors.

That was the beginning of the end of the LDP.

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Posted in: High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor See in context

In this election Renho has a good chance of defeating Koike. This is understandable for several reasons:

1). Weakness of the conservative bloc, which will lead to a high abstention of its voters.

2). Age. Renho 54 years old, Koike 71 years old.

3). Unity of all left-wing parties and blaming everything on the LDP and Kishida.

The left-wing parties have a golden opportunity in these elections. Thanks to the mistakes and incompetence of the LDP.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source See in context

Jonathan Prin Today 07:13 pm JST

Being 71, she is not old enough to stay politicians (irony).

This is what I was referring to. Because of his advanced age he should retire and propose a younger candidate.

But hey. If Kibō no Tō wants to commit electoral suicide by making the biggest mistake of his life. Let no one on the right cry later, when the CDPJ's triumph becomes a reality.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC).

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Posted in: Kishida calls for speeding up debate on revising Constitution See in context

"It is not possible to protect the peace with military power."

These words by Tomoko Tamura of the Japanese Communist Party. They make me terrified and panic and laugh at the same time. And it is because of these stupid words, they are the main cause of the almost interrupted LDP government.

Imagine if Vietnam had had no army when China invaded in 1979.

Imagine if South Korea had no army, leaving it at the mercy of its northern brother.

Imagine if Ukraine had no army right now, when they are invaded by Russia.

The left-wing parties are disgusting and pitiful. And the worst thing is that there are people who believe this nonsense. And while I don't like the LDP at all, it is clear to me that the CDPJ and its leftist allies are far worse.

And yes, Article 9 is currently an obsolete and totally anachronistic text. And it must be updated to adapt it to current and near future needs.

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Posted in: Kishida denies he will step down over his party's loss in 3 by-elections See in context

Kishida politically speaking was from the beginning a lame duck. I am going to remind you of one very important thing.

When the LDP primaries were held 2 years ago. In the non-binding consultation of the party's membership and rank-and-file, the outright winner was Tarō Kōno and not Kishida.

It was the legislators in the Diet who voted for Kishida, against the will of supporters and delegates from each prefecture.And that is a weight that added to the corruption scandals. That turn the LDP into a zombie, politically speaking.

I said it 2 years ago and I repeat it again. Not electing Tarō Kōno at the time was the LDP's biggest mistake. And that can lead to an unprecedented defeat, against a very bad CDPJ.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. and Japan condemn N Korea's alleged supply of munitions to Russia See in context

@Samit Basu a small remark

Japan is an artillery shell importer, not an exporter, due to the collapse of Japan's domestic arms industry and company exit from business

Japan has no arms industry. So you can't collapse something that never existed. What there have been are small national companies, creating armaments practically in secrecy. Consequence of the existence of Article 9 and a strong rejection by the left-wing parties in the Diet. That they have blocked the existence of that remote possibility, that it could exist.

Korea is setting up two ammunition factories in Europe, one in Poland and another one in Spain, to supply Ukraine since those ammunition are counted as European origin and not Korean origin.

The Polish factory is under contract with the government. Because Germany blocked the acquisition of German-licensed weapons with sanctions. And because they were fed up, they looked for a higher bidder. South Korea.

The Spanish factory was sold by the Spanish government to a South Korean company in 2008. Because the country is technically bankrupt. And the government could not, and cannot. To keep that factory in property, because of the high public debt. 111,2% of the GDP.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet's support rate falls to record low 32%: poll See in context

@Simon Foston

Doesn't really matter as long as the LDP can keep winning elections, i.e as long as no other party has enough money and candidates to properly challenge them

That's a cheap excuse. People don't vote for the opposition because their ideas are worse than the LDP. 

Only the Ishin election program offers a real and pragmatic alternative for Japan.

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Posted in: LDP wins 4 of 5 Diet by-elections See in context

Analysis of these elections.

The LDP recovers, returning to a 50% approval rating.

The Ritsumin is losing support in its traditional voting strongholds to the Reiwa Shinsengumi. And worse. In absolute number of votes, Ishin has surpassed them. That severely threatens the leadership as the main opposition party, in the next general Diet elections.

Absolute rise of Nippon Ishin no Kai, surpassing Ritsumin in votes. He is the main beneficiary of these elections. This party has collected votes from former voters of Komeito, Ritsumin, and the DDP among others.

Komeito has also lost electoral strength to Ishin. Which means a rather important defeat, because it could change or even break the coalition with the LDP in the future.

Absolute defeat of CPJ, in favor of Ritsumin and Reiwa Shinsengumi, especially the latter. I believe that carrying the name of Communist, penalizes it severely.

Reiwa Shinsengumi was the second winner in this election. But to the detriment of Ritsumin and CPJ. Which means that there has been no change among the global forces, in the left forces.

And the DDP also lost electoral strength to Ishin.

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Posted in: Kishida says ruling coalition must deliver before upcoming elections See in context

In these elections, the LDP lost significantly in the Kanto region against the opposition. The sharp rise of Nippon Ishin no Kai was to be expected, but not to this extent.

The CDP obtained 185 legislators in these elections, compared to Ishin's 124. With an overall difference of 61 seats, which is currently the difference between the two groups.

Ishin is slowly approaching the same level as the CDP, slowly but surely. Both Kenta Izumi and Nishimura should start worrying. Because in 10 to 15 years, Ishin could overtake them as the main opposition party. Making it clear that Ishin is a serious choice to govern Japan and not the CDP.

And there are still the April 24 elections, which are also by-elections in some districts in the Diet.

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Posted in: Voting for governors, mayors held across Japan See in context

Tomorrow I will probably comment on results, but I can anticipate some great news.

Major defeat of the LDP in the prefecture of Nara, with the resounding victory of the opposition.

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Posted in: Japan, South Korea drop export claims against each other See in context

Xavier Today 12:56 pm JST

I've just searched for "Yoon Korea treason" etc. and can't find anything.

As a noteworthy fact, the word "Traitor Yoon" was trending topic on Twitter South Korea, for several days. And it is a reflection of the majority opinion of the South Korean people.

@Samit Basu is right about that. Most Koreans hate Yoon, and that is an unquestionable reality.

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Posted in: South Korea to restore Japan's trade status to improve ties See in context

Jim Today 05:20 pm JST

President Yoon’s days are numbered because he is too friendly towards Japan and this isn’t good news for other Korean politicians

Maybe. But Yoon's term will end in 2027 and that's still 4 years away. We do not know what the global and regional geopolitical situation will be like by then.

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Posted in: Moriyasu defends decision-making after Japan's loss to Costa Rica showing See in context

I am Spanish and I can say one thing quite clearly.

Do not assume beforehand that Spain will beat Japan. Spain is a very erratic team, they can score a goal one day and the next game lose in a humiliating way. This is not the 2012 team.

Japan can still beat Spain.

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Posted in: Contest for leadership of opposition Japan Innovation Party begins See in context

I must remind you that in the last elections for the Chamber of Councilors, last July 10. Ishin outpolled Kenta Izumi's CDP by more than 1 million votes. That was a historic event in Japan's recent history. Making Ishin the 2nd largest political party in Japan in terms of number of voters.

Another very different thing is, that at the moment of assigning seats. The beneficiary would be the CDP, as a result of the electoral system in force. 

It could be said that CDP had a sweet defeat and Ishin had a bitter victory.

One of the keys to Ishin's success is precisely because it is placing relatively young people. With clear ideas within a liberal party, in economic matters. And socially conservative. It is also the party with the most sensible proposals within the opposition camp. 

The CDP should learn a lot from Ishin and put aside the childish ideas promulgated by its leaders. If they want to someday govern the country.

PS. I've been saying since 2015 that Nippon Ishin no Kai, they were going to surprise us. And I wasn't wrong.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to push for Constitution reform, build on Abe's legacy See in context

sf2k July 11 11:13 pm JST

Do they not understand that Article 9 is saving Japan?

Does anyone really think that a document written on paper. Will be able to stop a hypothetical Russian guided missile attack on the island of Hokkaidō.

Do you really think that an administrative document will magically stop those missiles, preventing suffering and deaths of people on the island of Hokkaidō.

Let's face it. As long as Japan shares a border with 3 belligerent countries. The danger of being attacked indiscriminately will remain latent. And always illegally, of course.

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Posted in: China blasts U.S., Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit See in context

RodneyToday 11:00 am JST. Wrote

China has done nothing wrong. Australia’s is in a different hemisphere, US on the other side of the world/pond and India is somewhere over there. Japan should not get involved in their provocations.

Except that China claims the Senkaku Islands as part of its territory, when in fact they are islands of Japanese sovereignty, internationally recognized by international treaty (UN).

If China invades those islands, it will be invading Japanese territory.

One question for that scenario - who is really provoking an escalation of war? 

China as invader or Japan as invaded, in an unprovoked situation.

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Posted in: Halloween in Shibuya See in context

Lol. The people in costume in the photograph, from the cover of this article. It belongs to the Spanish series "La Casa de Papel" (The House of Paper).

The truth. I was not expecting this surprise. Because normally, European series have very little impact in Japan, except for the British ones.

I am really happy to see costumes representing my country in the heart of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Kishida says ruling bloc's election win shows 'will of the people' See in context

"It's very unfortunate that we lost seats and I feel apologetic for that," CDPJ leader Yukio Edano told reporters on Monday.

Edano has to submit his resignation as leader of the PDCJ. Because it lost against the worst LDP government of the last decade. Losing 14 seats, which is almost in the same proportion as the 16 seats lost by the LDP.

I don't think it will. But out of dignity to his voters, he should. And put new people in the leadership of the party. Young people with clear and realistic ideas. 

As Ishin no Kai has done.

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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

Serious mistake by the LDP in electing Kishida. This will lead to demobilization of undecided voters on the center-right. Giving a great chance for a joint victory of the PDCJ + Communist Party + Social Democratic Party + Reiwa Shinsengumi. Making Edano Prime Minister.

With the leadership of Kono. The Jimintō could retain a larger number of voters. And thus minimize the more than likely electoral defeat.

It's like if the LDP wants the opposition to win, in the next election.

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Posted in: Online bookings begin for large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

klausdorth Today 04:13 pm JST

Hope that it will not be just words again.

Less than 3% of inoculations in Japan so far - not (good) enough!

In fact, with the updated data, it already represents 3,46% of vaccinated persons. The speed of vaccination is increasing. It can be clearly seen in this link, which includes a graph.


And the total number of people vaccinated with 1 dose is 4.380.733.


From now on. The daily vaccination rate in Japan will be progressively increased. Currently the daily increase is 0,2%.

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Posted in: 1st batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Japan See in context

The speed of vaccination in Japan is very high. Of 0.2% of the population per day, since April 26. That is not the real problem.

The big problem is that Japan started vaccinating, as of last February 17. While the US and Europe started in December. This two-month delay is now weighing down the entire country.

Just yesterday, the first dose of the vaccine reached 2% of the population. With this speed in case it does not decrease. It would be possible to vaccinate 1% of the population in 5 days.

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Posted in: Gov't studies SDF response in event of Taiwan Strait conflict See in context

englisc aspyrgend Today 08:46 am JST

Given its constitution, very little it can do, regardless of how much it would serve its strategic interests.

Rest assured that if the situation were to become very serious. Japan would ignore its constitution. In fact, he is already ignoring it right now.

Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

SDFs should not even exist. If the constitution were strictly adhered to.

I will never tire of repeating. Article 9 is too obsolete for today's times. And I do not advocate eliminating it. It simply amends paragraph 2 and creates 2 or 3 new paragraphs, to limit future SDF actions.

If communist China invades the Senkaku Islands. They will be attacking Japanese territory. The same if they attack the U.S. bases in Okinawa. In this situation Japan will inevitably go to war. And at that time. The constitution will be the least of the problems.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

Last January's ruling was a legal aberration. For the following reasons:

1). The court had no jurisdiction.

2). Ignored the conflict reparation clause, provided for in the 1965 treaty.

3). Ignored the existence of the 2015 agreement. That resolved these issues, or at least provided a solution to most of them.

It simply condemned Japan, with simplistic criteria that it implied. That the Japanese government was doing nothing to fix the problem. A sentence influenced by political power. Far from a purely technical and legal deliberation.

On the other hand. Today's sentence has some very solid arguments. I have been able to access an extended summary of this judgment in English.

It not only includes the parts that were omitted in the January ruling. It also relates that some people benefited from the 2015 agreement. With the taking of the money coming from the Japanese government. The court considers that the affected parties are claiming the same money twice.

This ruling simply resolves the legal chaos caused by the previous one.

If the South Korean supreme court overturns this ruling. It will be committing a serious act of prevarication.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

Does anyone have any news about the Osaka vaccine?

I am talking about AG0302-COVID-19. According to wikipedia, it is already in phase 3 of implementation. And it is the most advanced Japanese vaccine.

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Posted in: Japan considers deploying F-35B stealth jets to ASDF base in southwest See in context

HimariYamada Apr. 5 12:01 pm JST

Would like to see those F-35Bs get training on the Izumo's deck asap. 

If deadlines are met, without any unforeseen events. The F-35B air group is expected to be deployed in Izumo in 2027. At the earliest.

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Posted in: No-confidence motion against minister over ethics violation rejected See in context

The opposition parties are pathetic. Corporate dinners, in and of themselves, are not a crime. And it is not grounds for a motion of censure on this matter.

If the opposition parties have suspicions of an alleged crime. For a matter of influence peddling. What they have to do is to file a complaint, before the competent court. And let the public prosecutor's office be the one to open proceedings with the corresponding investigation. And once this process is open, the opposition parties. They appear as plaintiffs in the criminal proceedings. 

This is how one should start, the political battle to defeat the LDP. In a long-term strategy. Not by taking useless actions, such as a not very credible motion of censure.

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Posted in: China could step up armament, provocations near Senkakus, think tank warns See in context

To the people who say in the comments. That Japan establish some kind of human presence, in the Senkakus Islands. Whether civilian or military. They simply don't know what the issue is about.

1) The islands are too small to harbor human life.

2) If so. Living conditions on those islands would be considered extreme. I'm talking about salubrious conditions, high humidity, salinity and relying on supplies provided from Okinawa. Drinking water, food, medicine etc. 

Apart from the high monetary and logistical cost of keeping those people there.

3) The number of people that could live on these islands would be limited to a maximum of 2 or 3 people. And I repeat, in subhuman conditions.

4) In addition, the Senkaku Islands are a national nature and biosphere park. Within Japan's network of national parks. As far as it concerns. They are subject to special legislation prohibiting the construction of housing facilities. Or other uses, including military installations.

To modify your status. The Diet would first have to approve the removal of the Senkaku Islands from the list of National Parks.

For these reasons it is a bad idea to establish human presence on these islands. There would be serious logistical problems, as well as legal problems.

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