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Posted in: Tributes for Pete Shelley from UK punk band Buzzcocks See in context

Great band, heartfelt lyrics, as good as the Clash but w/o the pretensions. Also one of the very few good things ever to have come out of Bolton...

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Posted in: Man uses pepper spray on employee in ¥10 mil pachinko parlor heist See in context

amazon.co.jp carries mace. so do my daughters.

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Posted in: 6 regional areas newly added to gov't tourism promotion spots See in context

Kyoto needs more tourists like Japan needs more pensioners.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

"the plan lacks detail and may not ensure proper working conditions..." Actually, that is exactly the plan - it allows future governments to make it up as they go.

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Posted in: U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments; detail Russian contacts See in context

"I wonder if President Pence will pardon Trump" Yep, in a New York minute - but it still won't save him from prosecution by the Southern District of New York.

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Posted in: U.S. trade deficit hits 10-year high; rises with China and Japan See in context

"...suggesting the Trump administration's tariff-related measures to shrink the trade gap likely have been ineffective..." I love it when Americans do tongue-in-cheek humor...

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Posted in: New York Times: Trump resort hired undocumented workers See in context


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Posted in: Japan enacts law allowing private firms to operate water services See in context

Water bills only reflect consumption, not the amount of water returned to the system, which is how it is done in most developed countries - in Japan, it just runs into the gutters. In addition, there are ongoing connection fees (as w/other utilities) based on the size of the house/apt or other calculations that guarantee income for the utility companies. These models should be revised, and users charged for only what they actually consume. If a company cannot work out a scheme to price its product in such a way, it shouldn't be in business.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law allowing private firms to operate water services See in context

While putting something like the water supply in the hands of private corporations is dangerous insanity - what could possibly go wrong - if public companies were run like companies rather than Chinese-style pseudo-private bureacracies that exist to over-employ and featherbed, they wouldn't be in the red. The generally low productivity of Japanese workers, lack of technological innovation and need to have hard copies of docs in triplicate each requiring a set of hankos doesn't help, either.

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

"How does this compare to the number of deaths of Japanese doing the same jobs? " There aren't any...

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Posted in: Edo Cat Cafe closure postponed as 50 cats still need foster parents See in context

I hear they're hiring over in Tsukuji...

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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

In related news, Nissan has rejected Renault's request to send someone w/equal standing to replace Ghosn, giving the lie to the assertion that his arrest was based on attempts to evade tax. This was long in the planning, and in the end we will see Nissan mgmt, the Tokyo prosecutors' office, and people in Kasumigaseki and Nagatacho implicated - not arrested or tried, but implicated.

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Posted in: U.S. radio stations pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in wake of #MeToo See in context

Aren't there more than enough real problems that merit our attention to maybe let the little stuff go? There is no problem too trivial for some people to get up in arms over. What'll it be next, somebody banging on about the "war on christmas" ?

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Posted in: Teacher referred to prosecutors after assaulting student at special needs school See in context

Why did it take a year? This is the sort of thing that should be put online as soon as possible, and the media provided with a link.

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

Flynn didn't lie to Pence or Trump about his contacts with the Russians, it was Trump and Pence who lied to the American people, because they knew all along about his contacts with the Russians. He was literally acting on their behalf.

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

Mueller's version of a pardon. He's sending a message to those still on the fence about giving evidence that if they cooperate fully, they won't do any prison time. At the same time, he's using Manafort as an example, and stringing Cohen along. If Cohen clearly corroborates the scheme Rachael Maddow laid out 11.30 about self-dealing during the 2016 campaign and a quid-pro-quo loan from a Russian bank contingent of sanctions on Russia being removed, it will be Trump who is removed - in handcuffs.

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Posted in: Seeds of Renault-Nissan crisis sown in Macron's 'raid' See in context

Ghosn was taken into custody at the behest of someone very high up in the Japanese government, either in Kasumigaseki or Nagatacho, or both. He has not yet been formally charged, or arrested.

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Posted in: Hare today See in context

Just a personal observation, but this cannot under any circumstances be mistaken for "a work of art".

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Posted in: Police called in to break up drunken brawl by other officers See in context

Good thing these guys weren't carrying sidearms...

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Posted in: 'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators See in context

"Looks like GOP legislators actually have a few more scruples and principles than the average Trump apologist."

Yep, 2 out of 53, one of whom is retiring next month, really instills confidence in their integrity...

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Posted in: 'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators See in context

Once more the truth emerges, and shows Trump to be both an ignoramus and a willing participant in the coverup.

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Posted in: Wild boar bites off woman's finger See in context

"....captured the animal near an elementary school in a residential area by stabbing it with knives and striking it with police batons and other weapons...." Not "captured", "slaughtered". You can't blame a wild animal for behaving like a wild animal - it's a feral pig.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers settle on 6 a.m. marathon starts See in context

Maybe they could set the clocks ahead an hour, like daylight saving time... no, never mind.

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Posted in: Former marathon runner gets suspended sentence for shoplifting See in context

Why don't they just use common sense and tell these people to pay up and then bar them from the shop, instead of involving the cops and ruining their lives?

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Posted in: 2 shots fired at house in Toyama See in context

"As a precaution, the Toyama Education Board decided to close all 91 elementary and junior high schools in the city on Tuesday." Ridiculous overreaction . If the slugs were found on the tatami and slowed by a window, the ammo used must have been WWII vintage.

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

The DNC has done a remarkably poor job of developing a bench of younger pols with national profiles over the past 2 decades. Both Clinton and Obama were dark horse candidates outside the mainstream DNC profile. What they now have are a bunch of septuagenarian candidates who will probably not live out their first term in office, and will be too old to run again if they survive. Sanders, Kerry, Biden, Clinton, Warren and the rest of their generation should pack it in - they are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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Posted in: Parents plead guilty to starving 1-year-old son to death See in context

Take their kids into protective custody, lock the couple up, and tie their tubes.

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

Why is keeping bears even legal? They are not pets, cannot be domesticated, and thus belong in the wild.

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Posted in: Police arrest 11 Chinese for working without visas; 47 others missing See in context

47 other visas?

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