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Posted in: 'Mayonnaise Man' believed to have returned to his uniform-ruining ways in Hokkaido See in context

Reminds me of the Zappa song "Illinois Enema Bandit"...

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Posted in: Takata recalls 1.4 mil potentially dangerous air bag inflators in U.S. See in context

I thought this company had gone to the wall...

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Posted in: 'Evangelion' anime studio chief arrested for taking photos of nude teen See in context

His family and friends must be very impressed.

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Posted in: ANA opens world's 1st shop with avatar robot in Tokyo See in context

Nobdy cares.

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

This government is utterly incompetent. It is printing money to paper over its own lack of competence,and the repair is not going to hold. At some future point, the citizens are going to be born into the same sort of penury or servitude that generation after generation before the Heisei Era were. Guess that's the LDP plan for squaring the circle...

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

What are the chances that any of his supporters will not vote for him again as a result? Zero. One party "democracy" inaction.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to introduce flexible working hours for teachers See in context

This will change nothing; the number of students becoming public school teachers has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years, and quality along with it.

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Posted in: Amid impeachment drama, Trump lawyer Giuliani back in Ukraine See in context

Rudy's making a fake documentary series to try to get Trump off the hook for blackmailing Ukraine, which begs the question of why, if this "scandal" involving Hunter Biden is so important, it wasn't important until his dad became a Democratic presidential candidate...They could have started investigating it the day he took office.

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

Abe should have tied SOFA negotiations to trade talks and told Trump that the tariff has more than been paid.

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Posted in: Iran proposes Rouhani visit to Japan amid nuclear impasse See in context

Bad idea, do not give this regime political cover by hosting a visit.

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Posted in: Trump barrels into NATO summit, clashes with France's Macron See in context

In point of fact, Macron took fat Donnie to the woodshed in public. He can dish it out when he's toilet tweeting, but can't stand up like a man and defend himself in person. Petty, vindictive, and small, it was simply a matter of time until he was marginalized by the rest of the world’s (respectable) leaders. Think about that for a moment - the President of the United States, now a person to be casually dismissed by allies and foes alike. What a disgrace Trump is. What an embarrassment. What a putz.

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Posted in: Activists push to halt sexual harassment of job-seeking students See in context

So stand up and tell the interviewers that you would never work for a company that treats women this way, then leave.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Make the American armed forces pay for it, and house them all there.

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Posted in: U.S. considers 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax See in context

Guess things must be heating up over in the Rayburn Building, where the impeachment investigation is going to be calling Trump's former attorney to give evidence. The SH seems to feel that any distraction at this point is helpful.

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Posted in: Nissan's new CEO reaffirms alliance, promises revival See in context

"...as it strives to puts its financial scandals behind it...." That's the easy part. Finding someone who can undo the damage the company did to itself in removing Ghosn may not even be possible.

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Posted in: 80-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, killed in head-on collision See in context

Shocking. Nothing like this has never happened before.

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Posted in: White House says Trump won't participate in Wednesday's impeachment hearing See in context

You would think than an attorney for a US president would know the difference between a grand jury investigation and a trial - but apparently that's not the case.

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Posted in: Terror checks intensify as London attack enters election fray See in context

Boris Johnson has ignored pleas by the families not to exploit the victims' deaths, and has been accused of a attempting to turn the London Bridge attack into election issue. Despite one of the victims’ families pleading for their son’s death not to be used as an excuse for kneejerk political reaction, Johnson claimed that “a lefty government” was responsible for Usman Khan being freed. One victim's father tweeted: “Don’t use my son’s death, and his and his colleague’s photos to promote your vile propaganda. Jack stood against everything you stand for – hatred, division, ignorance.” The shadow justice secretary accused Johnson of going “straight from a tragedy to reheating pre-packaged political lines smearing the Labour party”. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/01/boris-johnson-election-issue-london-bridge-attack

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Posted in: Terror checks intensify as London attack enters election fray See in context

By inserting this incident into the campaign, making it an issue and demanding increased sentence lengths, BJ has essentially given terrorists a degree of influence in British elections.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark See in context

"The meeting was scheduled to be held in Japan this year but Japanese lawmakers are opposed to meeting South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee Sang, who said earlier this year that Japan's emperor should apologize for Korean women being forced into its wartime brothels..." Actually, it was his grandfather who should have done so.

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Posted in: Trump off to London for NATO summit, under pressure to steer clear of British election See in context

Boris has declared him PNG as far as public appearances together go. Most British find him every bit as loathsome as do his own countrymen.

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Posted in: Police step up campaign against drunk driving for party season See in context

These kenmon are held in the same places at the same times every year. How stupid would you have to be to get caught?

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Posted in: Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect See in context

More window dressing, unless it's enforced.

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Posted in: Japan considers withholding tax system on casino winnings by foreigners See in context

This casino gambit is going to blow up spectacularly. Initially there will be long lines at the windows cashing out, then as wait times increase and the taxes are collected, fewer and fewer will play. And where are they going to hire all the Chinese-speaking staff they will need until this thing goes bust?

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Posted in: We won't permit the entry of accommodations that do not attach importance to certain matters, including the preservation of local culture. See in context

How can the mayor of a city that hosts both Kyoto Tower and the new station building make such a statement?

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Posted in: Yamato delivery man kicked and yelled at by older colleague See in context

If the junior colleague had defended himself, he would have been seen as insubordinate. Welcome to Japan.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

Charge them 100 yen a call for creating a nuisance.

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Posted in: In Trump era, Europeans want a very different foreign policy See in context

If Trump is somehow re-elected the US will be largely cut off from its historic allies, who will repudiate Trump and his white ethnonationalist government, and many of the international institutions that have structured diplomatic relations and policy making since the end of WWII will fail. The world will see a nationalist resurgence that exacerbates tensions among neighbouring states and leads to increased conflict in NE asia, Europe and elsewhere. With the US in a neo-isolationist stance and the EU incapable of stepping up, bad actors with expansionist aspirations such as China and Russia will be emboldened to act against both their neighbours and their own citizens. Most importantly, we will pass the point of no return with climate change as Trump fatfoots the accelerator. The very foundations of science, logic and empiricism that have underpinned academic inquiry since the Enlightenment are being threatened by agitprop, propaganda, disinformation and lies meant to undermine the very notion of facts. There is much, much more at stake in the US elections next year than the course of the US over next 4 years. Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

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Posted in: John Lennon's round sunglasses to be sold at auction See in context

Religious relics from the lives of the saints. Hagiography is alive and well, but rock is dead.

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