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Posted in: Melbourne shuts construction sites after violent anti-vax protest See in context

Well look what happening now from few hundred to at 10.00 to 10,000 by 2.00 in 4 hour and shutting down the CBD. This protest is going to get real and get violent.

A worker was found at one of the construction sites this morning in an apparent suicide after the Vic govt announced they were shutting down the industry. No wonder the workers decided to come out again in their thousands when this news started circulating - from the Aus media -

Tensions were further inflamed by the discovery of a man's body at a worksite in West Melbourne, hours after the Victorian government announced a two-week shutdown of the construction sector.

*The Herald Sun reports the man's body was found at a site on Spencer Street at about 7am this morning. It is understood he took his own life. "Sadly the man, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said. One message circulating among construction workers in the wake of the news read: "Breaks my f**in heart. His blood is on Dan Andrews' hands. May you rest in peace and your mind be at ease brother. Today we protest in your name and in your honour."

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Posted in: After virus-hit Olympics, public split over future Games in Japan See in context

Sapporo is the leading bidder for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

No surprises as there is pretty much no one else left with rocks in their heads to bid.

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Posted in: Ruling party factions to allow free vote in leadership election See in context

Noda can't win,but she's playing her role of a clockblocker to siphon votes away from Kono. Must've been put up to it by the former Dear Leader.

Fully agreed....they dont want Kono to get outright majority in the first vote since if it goes to the 2nd round shadow faction bosses despite their denial will push to get Kishida get over the line. They dont want Kono - too independent minded for them.

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Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

We are happy here. My wife hate Japan. She went to study in UK and came back appreciating Japan. Japanese are just used to the good. Not know how bad are other countries.

Fair enough...some people are happier in Japan, some in the " West "....all comes down to a personal preference. Each place has its own positives and negatives.

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Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

 I wanted to get away from all this, and yet, here it is trying to take root here too. Slowly, granted, but any pace is terrifying to me when I just want to get away from it. I'm SO tired of it all. I just want to be left alone!

Yeah I get that , most of us wanna get away from one thing or another...hope you find your peaceful place.

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Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

this underdog may bite some votes away from the frontrunner Kono who could fail to obtain the absolute majority on the first round. In the run-off voting, the contender Kishida is said to win a majority over Kono. A strategic game is now being played out.

Agreed...thats precisely my take on it. The shadow puppet masters of LDP got Noda the required 20 votes just before the cut off date in order to try and reduce Kono,s chances of getting te majority in the first vote round and hence push Kishida over the line in the runoff.

  it's clear as day that Japanese people are happier and more fulfilled.

Beg to disagree...very easy to fall into the trap of believing Japanese are all happy and fulfilled due to the cultural aspect of tatemae face value where near everyone here will tell you with a smiley face they are all happy as whilst under the surface its not the case. Westerners generally will express their feelings straight...be they happy or otherwise ( in fact more often whinging than not ). Of course there are exceptions on both side of the fence, but thats the general gist of it.

Western countries control a lot of the information flow and do a good job convincing people that they are excelling,.

Western countries control information flow more than Japan? Sorry but that made me giggle, after living on 3 continents I have not seen a " developed democracy " where information is more tightly controlled by the govt than Japan. NHK, Kyodo, Kisha media club...no need to say more.

but the US, UK, Canada (and Australia even though it's not Western), have been failing since the turn of the century*

Australia is not being counted as a "Western country"?...since when?

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Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

The trouble with Noda is that she isn’t aware that her shelf life expired long ago and she’s totally irrelevant in Japanese politics today.

Same could be said about the majority of the way past their retirement age J-politician oyajis that refuse to stop feeding from the public tax money trough until they are just about ready to fly off. Noda is a youngster by comparison.

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Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

Well she's less radical than the nut Abe is backing but she doesn't have a chance."

Agreed , she is actually quite a decent, compassionate person due to her personal circumstances ( bringing up a disabled child ) but as you say, doesnt have enough support to have a chance. Her candidacy will cost Kono some votes in the first voting round.

STOP with the gender politics! Can't we leave one place alone?? Gender politics haven't exactly been successful in other places. The West is full of it and yet both men and women are less happy there. Why emulate that?? You could just move to the West if you want it so bad!"

What are you going on about? This is an internal LDP election (ie Japanese politicians decide who runs and gets elected ). Are you suggesting LDP lawmakers move to the west?

As for men and women less happy there - in the world,s happiness index European / Western countries consistently dominate while Japan scores a lowly 62nd place. Google it before making untrue assumptions.

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Posted in: Australian nuclear subs will be banned from New Zealand waters: Ardern See in context

Well. I hope no one invades NZ in the future.

Rest easy..no one will.

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Posted in: The LDP must change at a time when Japan and the world is changing due to the coronavirus crisis. When looking at who among the candidates will be able to breathe fresh air into the party, the answer is obvious. See in context

And, again, the downfall of Mr Suga is directly related to the failure of Kono to do his job ...

No, Suga is responsible for his own downfall...since getting elected last September he was arrogant, tone deaf, didn't listen to public, s opinion at all, refused to answer questions or debate any issue that wasnt to his liking ( pretty much everything ), pushed ahead with and then screwed up policies that majority of public vehemently opposed - from GoTo campaign to the Olympics, point blank refused to accept expert advice & always too late and behind the curve with any coronavirus releated response even as infections skyrocketed, hospitals were overwhelmed and people were dying due to admission refusals etc etc....He was just ineffective from the beginning to the end. Good riddance.

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Posted in: No. of Japan's centenarians hits record 86,500 See in context

Of the 86,510, women accounted for 88.4 percent or 76,450, up 5,475 from a year earlier and men totaled 10,060, up 585, the data showed.

Almost 90% are women, wow....shows that being a housewife instead of a corporate slave pays health rewards. I wanna win the lottery and quit working.

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Posted in: Virus lockdown extended for Australia's capital by 4 weeks See in context

Another month of lockdown ...all that with between 10 to 25 cases daily in the ACT.

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Posted in: Who would you like to see become the next prime minister of Japan? (Sensible answers only please.) See in context

Edano"

Agree...with Renho as his No.2

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Posted in: Kishida singles out China threat See in context

Kishida vowed to “resolutely” stand up to China on important issues like security in the Taiwan Strait and Beijing's crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.

I had to laugh out loud at that. Japan doesn't do or say anything without permission from USA.

True that....the max Kishida means is instead of uttering something like " Japan expresses concern about xyz.. " he will crank it up to " Japan expresses strong concern about xyz..." spoken with a stern and resolute eyebrow down expression. Thats about the end of it.

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Posted in: Kishida singles out China threat See in context

Just up it to 2%."

If Kishida doubles military spending from 1% to 2% how long you think before he increases the consumption tax ( he is already on official record advocating a raise ). Guess to those who don,t live and pay tax in Japan it doesn,t matter, but we the plebs have to pay for it.

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Posted in: 10% of Japanese firms to add regular staff after minimum pay hike: survey See in context

So how much was the average increase this year and last for the hard suffering J-Inc executives and government bureaucrats / politicians? You know , just for comparison.

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Posted in: France stages rare national tribute to film icon Belmondo See in context

True legend of French cinema.

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Posted in: Australian states free of COVID resist opening their borders See in context

“It is coming to Western Australia like it is to the rest of this country, and it’s critical that we get ourselves ready,” he said.

Its inevitable, use this time well to get prepared.

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Posted in: Suga says healthcare systems remain under severe strain See in context

Suga said serious COVID-19 cases remain high and are still overwhelming many hospitals.

Suga owns this because he has done nothing in the past year to increase bed capacity and prepare for the Delta wave that everyone knew was coming.

He called on the people to continue to work remotely and observe other social distancing measures “so that we can return to safe and prosperous daily lives."

Suga did nothing ( neither carrot nor stick ) to actually push the companies to allow people to work remotely, except empty useless "urges". And how much did your GoTo and Olympics contribute towards return to safe lives?

“We need to stabilize medical systems and make sure that infections are steadily decreasing,” Economy and Fiscal Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, "

You dont say Nishimura.....you have been repeating the same line for 18 months whilst failing continually in line with your boss. That an Economy Revitalization Minister was put in charge of corona response and stayed in that position throughout just defies belief and shows that the economy is all that matters to the old boys club. Plebs are expendable.

Japan has done much better than other developed countries in the number of cases and deaths ..."

Enough of this PR crap...if you dont test like the rest of the developed world you dont find cases, its that simple.

factchecker - Instead of caring about people's lives, you only gave a toss about money, Suga. It's a bit late to play the woe is me act.

100% accurate.

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Posted in: Basically Suga's party, the LDP, is market-friendly, but Suga is not well liked due to the handling of the pandemic. With him stepping down, the LDP's chances of winning the lower house election later this year go up, and markets are happier. See in context

Dave Wang eh? Nuvest Capital eh? Lucky we are getting "expert opinion"

LOL, exactly...portfolio manager in Singapore.

Who will be the next expert to give an opinion.....a random student of Japanese language & culture at a London college perhaps?

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Posted in: Machines not missiles on show at North Korea anniversary parade See in context

Damn , Kim definately shed a lot of kilos...

Obesity and Covid are a dangerous combination, so that was probably the motivation to do it."

Possibly, as well as all the other potential health issues resulting from being so overweight.

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Posted in: NHK praised for deaf interpreter use in Tokyo Games ceremony broadcasts See in context

I dislike NHK as much as the next guy but i give them credit in this instance. A little step in the right direction.

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

Oh, she likes heavy metal? 

Sounds like the kind of heavy metal Takaichi likes nowadays is military hardware...ultra rightist that hangs out with Japans neo nazi groups. Nice.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/photos-of-japan-pms-new-cabinet-picks-next-to-neo-nazi-leader-emerge-they-deny-links

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

"Should she become prime minister, Japan would move even farther to the far right with her pre Second World War mentality, even worse than former Prime Minister Abe."

Hope so.

Why do hope so...if you dont even live in Japan?

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono draws flak for blocking Twitter critics See in context

A hashtag meaning "I've been blocked by Mr. Kono" in Japanese was trending with more than 33,000 tweets, with some users expressing frustration that someone in his position as a cabinet minister is unwilling to engage in dialogue.

Unwilling to engage in dialogue...ha...look at Suga , not engaging with anyone on any social media, ignoring reporters questions and just walking away tt ( the extremely rare ) conferences, not answering or repeatedly reading script in parliament. Give me a break...at least Kono is active on Twitter.

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Posted in: Get healthy by heeding the wisdom of the ancients, by embarking on a fast See in context

Better to have regular healthy meals - less/no meat, more fruit and veg, limit (but do not exclude) treats, reduce alcohol and coffee, drink more water and do some regular exercise.

The "sensible modification in diets" in my house has been limiting calorie intake to about 1800-2000 daily for me and about 1500 for my wife. I now weigh what I did at 40 and have no trouble maintaining that.*

Agree with you guys. To keep it simple - eat less ( & healthier ) & exercise more.

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Posted in: Japan’s oldest McDonald’s worker defies age barriers, inspires everyone at the age of 93 See in context

I don't by any means wish to throw shade on Mr. Yabuta, but a story about a 93 year old who has to clean tables at McDonalds for minimum wage to get by strikes me as more of a cautionary tale

We don,t know he goes there to work to "get by"...there are some retired people who still have a lot of energy and desire for social interaction and prefer things like this to sitting at home in front of a TV with a can of chuuhai all day as lots of retired salarymen here do. The fact he hangs out at the store even on his free days to have a chat with the other staff would suggest he is probably a single, spritely 90 year old who enjoys being around other people. Everyone is free to do what they like for as long as they like.

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Posted in: If you watched any of the Paralympics, did it alter the way you think about people with disabilities? See in context

Pretty awe inspiring effort by many with disabilities as severe as no arms/legs and competing in swimming.

I am humbled by these athletes.

Fully agreed, to me Paralympians are even more inspiring than able bodied Olympians as the challenges both physical and mental they face are so much harder.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono favorite to become next PM: polls See in context

Each Leadership candidate should be presenting publicly a declaration of policy and aims, there platform and programs for reforms and change, every sector.

Or what the flip are we voting for????

Since this is an internal LDP leadership vote " we" are not voting for anything this time around, unless one is an LDP member. When it comes to the general election in autumn however, I 100 % agree with you that each candidate running should properly present their policies, platform and vision and engage in a lively debate of these with their opponents in a TV setting that properly allows the public to judge and choose. Alas this is Japan so won,t hold my breath. Democracy here is a joke compared to Europe.

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