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Posted in: Brady, Bucs out as Rams advance; Chiefs down Bills See in context

Watched all four games and this may have been the best weekend of playoff football in NFL history. Kudos to all involved! And I am very much looking forward to next weekend.

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Posted in: Beijing Olympics can be meaningful even without fans, Tokyo 2020 chief says See in context

"I don't have any regrets at all -- the majority of people said afterwards that they were glad we held the Games," Muto said.

Has he never heard of tatemae? Plus knowing who are in his social circles, it just means these people had to have profited in one way or another from the Games. The desire to hold them again means it must be truly easy money (our taxes, of course) for an elite few.

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Posted in: Supreme Court allows Jan 6 committee to get Trump documents See in context

Interesting to see Ginni's husband staying loyal and as predictable as ever. Having said this, the sceptic in me fears that if so many of Trump's Children don't mind the committee seeing these files, then they may be rather innocuous. Only time will tell.

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Posted in: Voting bill collapses; Democrats unable to change filibuster See in context

We live in the Age of Hypocrisy so nothing that happened today surprised me. Moreover, it’s easy to blame the Trump party and two DINOs for today’s results, but dig deeper and you’ll see SIGs and even foreign entities are doing everything in their power to undermine and water down the vote in America. As long as money is to be made via political decisions, the public will continue be simple bystanders in the Downfall. Watching it from afar over three decades has been equally fascinating and heartbreaking at times.

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Posted in: Ohtani voted American League MVP for 2-way season; Harper wins NL honor See in context

On top of being immensely talented, I think he is a great role model. Congrats, young man! Looking forward to more of the same in the years to come.

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Posted in: Abe becomes head of largest faction in Japan's ruling party See in context

@Blue

Wonderful post and I agree 100%.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition keeps majority with fewer seats See in context

As I’m fond of saying, “change” is a dirty word for many here in Japan and it explains what motivates many to continue to vote for politicians who could care less about the average Saito-san (unless a vote is needed to stay in office). Having said this, it was sweet to watch politicians who had partied in Ginza during the pandemic pay for their hubris by losing. That restored some of my faith in the System. What hasn’t been highlighted is how well the few voters in a countryside district can be (discretely) taken care of by their elected official(s). I know many in the countryside who had easy access to vaccines and other forms of welfare support during the pandemic while we in the cities were waiting for shots or got almost zero help in terms of financial assistance. It really explains why the LDP rules in large parts of the countryside here. Keeping it discrete is the key, it seems, but with social media and the pandemic, I learned a lot about the Way even after decades here.

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Posted in: 83 million unused 'Abenomasks' remain in storage in Japan See in context

Great timing of the release of this story with the election on Sunday. Some have said this election is more about Abe than Kishida and it’ll be interesting to see if this story of a pathetic waste of time and money will influences voters. If Abe and Company walk away unscathed, it’ll surely empower him and his cronies to continue with their incompetence and lies and the Grift.

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Posted in: Suga touts achievements, rues short tenure in final press conference See in context

He epitomized much about life in Japan (and I know his type well):

Never rock the boat.

Look busy without actually doing much.

Act humble in public (in private who knows?).

Loyalty above almost everything.

Follow these four for 35+ years and you too could be “someone” here.

In the end, he was useful for Abe and that’s about it. Oh, and I’d never want to have a drink with the man.

PS Comments from Japanese over the past year (at Yahoo) have been mostly negative. His adherence to reading scripts bothered many as did his lack of any sense of humor. He won’t be missed.

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Posted in: Faction politics wane in LDP leadership race See in context

Ultimately there are those in the Diet and among the public who feel Abe’s shenanigans (Moritomo, etc) should be properly investigated and that seems to be one factor in the weakening power of the factions. It also explains who is running and being supported by whom, e.g. Sanae Takaichi being supported by Abe. She is on the record as saying she sees no need to look into the various Abe scandals. Whereas others like Kono (with Ishiba’s full support) would surely allow prosecutors to do their job. In the end, it’s all about the money and in the past it was doled out by faction bosses. Guess that’s no longer the case and thus has lead to party members with more freedom. It might be a good thing or it could lead to “chaos” where it’ll be anyone’s guess as to who will be the next leader of the country. We shall see.

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Posted in: Kono announces bid to become next prime minister See in context

Watched him leave a meeting with his boss, Aso, and he looked absolutely miserable. It’s obvious that he doesn’t need to have any policy stances, they’ll be provided to him — much as we’ve seen with his sudden acceptance of nuclear power. As long as Aso Taro pulls his strings, I doubt he’ll be a great PM or a bad one, he’ll just be a PM.

I must admit this, he has much better communication skills than many and probably a good idea or three; it’s a shame they’ll be wasted.

Say “hello” to the 100th PM of Japan.

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

As a private citizen, he can do as he wishes. As a public servant who is using social media to further his agenda, why should he be able to block people? It’s tantamount to censorship. If he finds a reply to his post offensive, then he should notify Twitter and let them deal with the post. Otherwise, he should either stop using the platform in an official capacity or stop blocking people he disagrees with. I think a precedent for this was set not too long ago in a different country with its leader.

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Posted in: Ex-lawmaker Akimoto gets 4-year jail term over casino graft See in context

Interesting how LDP is omitted from the title.

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

Don't be fooled by English proficiency, colorful ties and masks, suspenders, and his use of Twitter. He is quite the reactionary with a short temper and a real hang-up about how the order of Japanese names should be in English print (cause that is an issue that matters to so many -- sigh). Furthermore, why he has always made his posts about the vaccine roll-out seem like a competition with other countries has been disappointing. As an Aso puppet, he will get little if anything done. Luckily for us here in Japan, the PM matters very little most of the time and life will go on as usual. And let us not forget his most recent accomplishment--making sure that durian is imported into Japan. Sigh. In the end, the media here will eat him up and show him for who he truly is and he will likely be in office for less than a year.

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Posted in: Ohtani hits MLB-high 43rd HR as Angels beat Texas See in context

So glad to be watching baseball history being made. And he sincerely seems to be a great guy. I’d be honored to meet him one day and buy him a beer.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono to run in LDP leadership race See in context

Smart? In the middle of the pandemic and in charge of procuring vaccines for the country and he's busy tweeting about durian imports. SMFH. To his credit, he did not block me on Twitter (unlike certain other LDP politicians), but still I see nothing that shows qualities that would make him a good leader.

As for his academic background, since when has graduating from a university outside of Japan been a positive on a CV? I know in many circles here in Japan where not graduating from a university in Japan is met with suspicion at best and at worst derision. It will be interesting to see if any of these younger politicians with academic credentials from abroad will ever be taken seriously. And ability to speak English? Falls into much the same category.

In the end, being under Aso Taro's "umbrella" means that without his approval, Mr. Kono's dreams and desire of becoming PM mean little.

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