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Posted in: Trump's executive privilege strategy could mean messy fight See in context

...or it could end in a raft of contempt of Congress charges for dodging subpoenas, and the arrest and jailing of heads of various branches of the government pending the testimony of their employees and the production of the documents the Congress has requested. If he wants to provoke a constitutional crisis, let him. Tick, tock...

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Posted in: Japan eyes stronger right to protect personal info from companies See in context

Like Facebook, for example? How about a personal info opt-in policy, or the ability to remove oneself from Google searches?

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Posted in: Tokyo court retracts plan to start Ghosn's trial in Sept See in context

More petty retribution and ijime by the Tokyo Prosecutor's office, now that they have made it impossible for him to have contact with his wife. This case needs to be brought to the attention of the Internation Court of Justice in the Hague.

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Posted in: Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war See in context

His whole life was a symbol of the anti-democratic, misogynist, patriarchal nature of the Japanese Imperial state: https://apjjf.org/2018/09/Tanaka.html

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Posted in: Security to be tightened in central Tokyo in preparation for new era See in context

"new era" of what? "tightened security"?

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Posted in: Tokyo displays drawing of rat thought to be work of Banksy See in context

Yey he'd have been thrown in jail if he'd painted it on a subway car...

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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

How the hell can they make that sort of demand? The "justice" system here is wack.

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Posted in: Ken Watanabe to star in Japanese remake of ‘The Fugitive’ See in context

Makes me feel really old. I remember watching the original series on a black and white TV as a kid...

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

This is not a decision that should be left to aged individuals. There must be legislation passed, and licenses only granted to the elderly who can demonstrate both pressing need and the ability to drive safely. Get them off the road.

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Posted in: Reporter sues government after his passport invalidated See in context

He is absolutely correct. His constitutional rights have been violated, as has his right to earn a living from his work. IF the govt can do this to one person, they can do it to anyone. A very dangerous precedent.

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Posted in: House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive, unprecedented' obstruction See in context

"The department said John Gore, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division, would not participate in a deposition scheduled for Thursday if he could not have a Justice Department lawyer at his side. The committee had offered to allow a lawyer to sit in a different room."

This is innacurate. He is allowed to be accompanied by a personal attorney, not a government attorney, as the administration is demanding. Congressional inquiries have always oerated this way to avoid the possibility of conflict of interest on the part of the govt, which could pressure the person giving testimony into hiding behind the 5th amendment or otherwise contradicting the administration.

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Posted in: House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive, unprecedented' obstruction See in context

He hears the footsteps, but doesn't want to acknowledge it. A week ago he was claiming "exoneration" based on the same document and now he's stonewalling allowing appointees who've already participated in the investigation giving evidence. This is completely illogical. It it Congress' role to hold the executive branch to account. His refusal to cooperate is tantamount to interfering with witnesses, as they know there will be retribution if they testify. He is a career criminal who is now threatening to provoke a constitutional crisis, and must be removed by any means necessary for the sake of the country.

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context

Presumably the money will be returned when he appears for trial...

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

My campus has been non-smoking for years, which is all to the good. However, denying a qualified person an employment opportunity on the basis of a choice he makes that is both legal and protected by the constitution seems extreme to this ex-smoker.

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

What about the 40% of the workforce that labors part-time, who have little or no discretionary income, and who will not be earning any money during the holidays?

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Posted in: U.S. to sanction 5 nations, including Japan, if they import Iranian oil See in context

Clearly illegal. As others have pointed out, the WTO will rule against them. And then Trump will threaten to take the US out of the WTO. What an imbecile.

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Posted in: About 70 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Call them "the 70 over 70", or the "nattering nabobs of nationalism"...

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Posted in: Japan expects limited impact from U.S. move to scrap Iran oil sanctions waivers See in context

Japan expects limited impact from U.S. move to scrap trade agreement known as TPP


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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

What a stupid law. They've really outdone themselves this time.

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Posted in: Competition for talent forces Japanese firms to revamp recruiting process See in context

"The current system "doesn't fit with the times..." is true on so many levels in both business and education that it's hard to know where to begin...

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Posted in: On staff following orders, Trump says: 'Nobody disobeys me' See in context

A compelling case for congressional action:


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Posted in: On staff following orders, Trump says: 'Nobody disobeys me' See in context

If they hadn't ignored him, we'd be rid of him. They should have followed orders.

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Posted in: 17-year-old motorcyclist escapes from police despite being handcuffed; turns himself in later See in context

I've never heard of anyone being arrested for a traffic offense other than drunk driving.

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Posted in: Japan looks to fight gambling addiction ahead of casino openings See in context

Why don't they simply not open any casinos, if they're so worried about the risks? Is it for the same reason that they allow tobacco and alcohol sales - tax revenue?

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Posted in: Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report See in context

Charles Blow of NYT makes a compelling case for impeachment, separating it from removal from office:


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Posted in: FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico See in context

"There were good people on both sides..."

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Posted in: Valley of the dolls: Scarecrows outnumber people in Tokushima village See in context

Ever been to the Noto Peninsula? These guys are everywhere.

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Posted in: How to vote in elections in your home country if you live in Japan See in context

If you are a US citizen, you must be registered to vote in a US state. If you miss jury duty, or fail to vote in 2 successive elections, you will be purged from the voter rolls in some states. You may also find that you have to pay state income tax on foreign earned income to vote, as no state I'm aware of allows you to deduct it. If you are a US expat, expect to lose your right to vote at some point. No representation without taxation seems to be the new paradigm.

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Posted in: Lead singer of pop group AAA arrested over assault See in context

AAA (トリプル・エー Toripuru Ē, Triple A; a backronym for Attack All Around)

If the shoe fits...

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Posted in: Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report See in context

His legacy deserves no less than impeachment, and it'll give him ample opportunity to play the victim, his favorite role. I'd rather they found something that would give him a coronary or a stroke so he could be removed under the 25th Amendment, personally.

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