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Posted in: Kishida says he will include women's views in policymaking See in context

Kishida says he will include women's views in policymaking

Well, that means sometime in the future I guess... What year is it now, 2022?

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc agrees on acquiring 'counterstrike capability' See in context

Japan has spent 80 years building up a reputation as a peaceful country. Spoil that reputation, and the trust is wiped out in an instant. The world will no longer regard Japanese as peaceful people, and they will never be treated with respect again.

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Posted in: Sagawa, who killed woman, ate her flesh in Paris in 1981, dies at 73 See in context

Well, one of the darker sides of the Japanese psyche. A cannibal goes free, and becomes a celebrity. Not the first case of Japanese cannibalism. During the Chichijima incident, George H. W. Bush barely escaped being eaten by the Japanese...

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Posted in: Kagoshima governor OKs SDF's plan to build base for U.S. military drills See in context

Washington asking Tokyo to prepare a more convenient and permanent location for the drills

Again, we'll have to obey, making sure things are as convenient as possible for US. After all, they are here to stay, forever. Why pretend Japan is a sovereign nation? Might just as well accept that Japan is the territory of US, just like Guam.

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Posted in: Japan considers buying up to 500 U.S. Tomahawk missiles until FY2027 See in context

Kishida plans to declare the acquisition of a "counterstrike capability" in its National Security Strategy

If I didn't knew better, I would call Kishida a very dangerous person, and be very worried about a fleet hoisting the imperial flag armed with Tomahawk missiles. Except, this has nothing to do with armed conflicts, or national security. It is just another means to direct our tax money to US (and undoubtedly the pockets of some politicians).

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court dismisses damages suit by same-sex couples See in context

Well, they could incorporate, transfer all their assets to the corporation, and be equal shareholders. This setup would also allow for more than two persons in a relationship, as well as unequal relationships, where one part owns more shares. Should be flexible enough for everyones need.

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Posted in: 3 death-row inmates file suit to end hanging as inhumane execution See in context

violates international covenants on human rights

It is fine for Japan to violate human rights, while accusing other nations for the same crime?

When it comes to the death penalty, this is just part of politics. The detainees are a convenient source to pull from, each time Japan wants to make a statement, by hanging some criminals to make the news.

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Posted in: Asian faiths try to save sacred swastika corrupted by Hitler See in context

Comparing the Jewish Holocaust and the swastika, and the Asian Holocaust and the imperial flag. In both cases, the estimated death toll is around 6 million (though the latter is said to be about twice that number). "Misdirected grudge?" There are at least 6 million reasons for that grudge...

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Posted in: Japan holds missile interceptor drill near Fukui nuclear plant See in context

5,918 km

Distance from Tsurga Barbershop to Uam-ri

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Posted in: Kishida orders funds to raise Japan's defense budget to 2% of GDP See in context

double the nation's defense spending to 2 percent or more of GDP, a level on par with North Atlantic Treaty Organization member states

On par with NATO? Why on par with NATO? Sounds like that is a demand by US, so we better obey and pay them the "protection money".

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Myanmar prison vows to tell story See in context

He had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly breaking immigration law

Well, here in Japan, you would get a death sentence for overstaying you visa (a.k.a. death by unknown cause while in detention center for an indeterminate amount of time).

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Posted in: Japan's WWII foreign minister asked Holy See to avert war with U.S., documents show See in context

According to Wikipedia, Matsuoka was the one who wanted a war with US:

Matsuoka's hostility towards the United States (a vocal opponent of Japan's military campaigns) alarmed Konoe, who wanted to avoid war with the United States.

Also, he was a devoted Nazi and Fascist. Here a picture of Matsuoka with Hitler:

persuade the United States to refrain from participating in the war and from conducting "provocative acts" against Japan

We could replace "Japan" with "Russia" in this statement, and it would apply to the current situation today.

Nothing is black and white, and maybe Matsuoka did have a change of heart, becoming a pacifist, but it doesn't fit the picture very well...

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Posted in: Kim says North Korea aims to have world's most powerful nuclear force See in context

Building the nuclear force to protect the dignity and sovereignty of the state and the people "is the greatest and most important revolutionary cause, and its ultimate goal is to possess the world's most powerful strategic force, the absolute force unprecedented in the century,"

Hmm, isn't Kishida saying the same thing?

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Dentsu in widening Tokyo Olympic probe See in context

Everyone knew about this, but kept silent for three years, including most media reporting. If this is indeed a change of stance since Abe's death, I hope they will start digging into the olympic village construction as well. That was covered by Swedish media, but everyone kept silent about here in Japan. I won't go into the details, as the moderator will remove the post as off-topic, so let's just say that there were a lot of Yakuza related deaths in involved among the construction workers.

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Posted in: Japan eyes using enemy base strike capability with U.S. See in context

with its ally the United States

Well, were we not talking about protecting Japan's sovereignty? Sounds more like we are paying our tax money to US, so they can dominate Asia via Japan. Hmm, shouldn't they be paying us for that privilege?

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Posted in: Court dismisses woman's suit claiming husband killed himself over order to falsify gov't papers See in context

A totally broken justice system. It never did work, and never will work. And how could it? It evolved in the western culture, based on christian values like truth and honesty. Japanese values are different, and appearances are more important here. Japan needs a Japanese justice system that matches their values. Which might sound horrendous to us, but to their credit, I dare say Japan is safest country in the world (unless you are a foreigner in a detention center).

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Posted in: Power outages in Ukrainian cities, Moldova after new strikes See in context

Winter is coming, Russia will win this war!

What war? Win the "special operation"?

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Posted in: Japan reports 133,361 new coronavirus cases See in context

Hmm, Japan still number one worldwide in weekly infections. 160 deaths in a single day. According to Statista, the number of influenza deaths in Japan 2020 was 956. That number was quite low, assumably because of Covid measures. (It had a peak of 3,575 influenza deaths in 2019.) 956 deaths a year, is on average 2.6 deaths a day. So Covid is roughly 60 times more deadly than influenza.

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Posted in: String of ministerial changes may prod Kishida to reshuffle cabinet See in context

Well, LDP needs cleaning up, so why complain about corrupt politicians being sacked?

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Posted in: Japan adds 2 ships to its fleet of Aegis-equipped destroyers See in context

Easy done when there is only one, mock missile, and you know the flight pass of it in advance. There is no way Japan, a small island, can defend itself against a nuclear attack. Just like the Abe mask, you might feel safer, but it is just too small...

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Posted in: Yamanashi uses toilet paper messages to help suicidal youth See in context

every effort to prevent suicides is valid

No, it is the result, not the effort that counts!

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Posted in: 3 Chinese diplomats with Japan ties were detained, freed Japanese man says See in context

If these people were indeed spies, that this headline is very misleading. Were they mistreated during detainment? Were they falsely accused?

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Posted in: China restates vow for freer regional trade, but path forward unclear See in context

Last time, they created Corona but it got leaked in China and affected China too.

I wonder who created the B/Yamagata virus???

Though, due to COVID measures, it might have become extinct:

Chinese virus replacing Japanese virus...

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Posted in: Kishida dogged by domestic scandals on international trip See in context

I don't agree that cleaning up LDP would be seen as a negative thing by foreign leaders. It is a necessity for Japan to be taken seriously. Though, Japan should be ashamed for its human rights violations, where it should be put in the same corner as China and Russia. The treatment of foreigners in the so called detention centers leading to several deaths, police injecting black foreigners with Ketamine etc. are no better than communist era KGB, or Chinese concentration camps!

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Posted in: Asia-Pacific leaders condemn war, renew calls for open trade See in context

demands its complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine

People have been doing nothing but "demanding", while Ukraine has ben in war for most of this year. US is boosting about keeping the world safe for everyone, and collecting a fair amount of "protection money". Well then, put your action where your words are and stop this war. I can't believe that Russia, the debris of the collapsed Soviet Union are something beyond the largest military power of the world?

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Posted in: Court shortens psychiatric evaluation period for Abe's accused killer See in context

Look at the facts:

approached Abe at a campaign speech on a street corner in the western city of Nara on July 8 and opened fire with a handmade gun

We know that he was firing a gun. We don't know it was his bullet that killed abe.

request to continue Yamagami's psychiatric evaluation until Feb 6

Assuming he was just used as a distraction, and someone else fired the bullet, that will be VERY hard to prove half a year after the assassination.

Maybe his mother did have financial troubles related to the Unification Church, and he was in need of money, taking on this job would indeed solve his money troubles. He might even have confessed the hole thing to the police, and the police chose to mention only the Unification Church. Without a trial, we can only speculate, as no real evidence is going to be made public.

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Posted in: Italian detainee dies in apparent suicide at Tokyo immigration See in context

The obvious question is, do the guards at the detention center have access to stun guns?

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Posted in: Kim says ICBM test proves N Korea has capacity to contain U.S. threats See in context

There shouldn't be a need for any Asian country to feel the need to contain threats from a nation on the other side of the globe.

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Posted in: War, North Korea missile tests loom over Asia-Pacific summit See in context

the United States is here to stay

This is Asia, not America. US was supposed to leave when their occupation "ended"!

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Posted in: Kishida, Xi meet as tensions grow over Taiwan, East China Sea See in context

While not a fan of either Kishida or Xi, I can only say well done! Finally some leaders behave like grown-ups.

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