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Posted in: Gov't eyes new economic package to fight inflation, weak yen See in context

It would take you two seconds to do a Google search and find all kinds of articles from the past 20 years that say deflation had to be fought here in Japan. Now we "finally" have inflation, and it is suddenly the Great Enemy. WTH?! And comparatively speaking, people all around the world wish they had our inflation rate. In short, these so-called policies are just more ways to hand out money to the friends of the LDP while at the same time showing the electorate that politicians are "doing something." Sad.

And TBH, I can't imagine anything politicians can do that will help strengthen the yen as long as the discrepancy exists between interest rates here and in the US. I hope I am wrong, but 2023 could see the yen hit over 150 yen to the dollar and there is really only one thing Japan can do to stop that and Kuroda and Co. won't budge on raising interest rates here. Sigh.

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Posted in: Slain ex-PM Abe honored at divisive state funeral See in context

Opponents say holding a state funeral for Abe is equivalent to an endorsement of ruling party ties to the Unification Church.

St. Abe of the Moonies--has a nice ring to it.

Forget the LDP, it has been the Moonies running Japan for the past 70 years. Go figure.

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Posted in: Darvish earns 16th win as Padres gain ground in wild-card race See in context

He’s a good man having a better-than-good season. Hope the Padres make it to the playoffs!

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

Many in the LDP wish to make it sound like Abe died as a martyr and they see this state funeral as the first step in his canonization.

It would not surprise me in the least to hear is one day worshipped as "St. Abe of the Moonies."

In the meanwhile, Kishida seems to have given up on his job from Day One and either doesn't know what to do or is completely apathetic. Guess this is his definition of 聞く力.

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Posted in: LDP to update list of members linked to Unification Church See in context

Meh, I would assume they all have connections to this "church" unless proven otherwise.

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Posted in: Ex-JOC chief Takeda questioned over Tokyo Olympics corruption case See in context

Interesting timing with former-PM Abe no longer around to keep prosecutors at bay.

Without a question many of the elite who supported the Tokyo bid who are guilty of bribery or asking for bribes are sad he is no longer around.

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Posted in: Japanese government shutting down its COVID contract-tracing app COCOA See in context

Most worthless app ever conceived. And someone made a bundle charging big money for it. IIRC, it cost like 13億円. Yep, that's $10 million of our taxes down the drain.

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Posted in: Elton John, Helen Mirren and other celebrities mourn Queen Elizabeth See in context

Based on the smile in the first pic, she REALLY liked Daniel Craig. If I didn't know any better, I would almost think he's blushing.

She will be missed, indeed.

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Posted in: From 'The Crown' to 'The Simpsons,' Hollywood embraced - and spoofed - Queen Elizabeth See in context

Fred Armisen's portrayals were the best, IMHO. Like art, those skits are timeless and always funny. It would not surprise me to learn that the queen was a fan.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church See in context

Oh the irony that a cult from South Korea was influencing so many members of Nippon Kaigi. Just goes to show how even rabid nationalists bow to money. It’s almost always money, money, money.

Most egregious in my mind is how this cult was able to get politicians in high places to protect them from the police and the ministry of justice. This went on for decades and there was never anything done about it. Absolutely shameful behavior.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., Philippines to step up maritime security ties See in context

Kimi looking her usual cheerful self.

And to think she is "moving up in the world"--yikes!

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

Based on my decades of experience here, “hand-outs” is another way of saying tax increase. Sigh.

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Posted in: Shohei Ohtani is 'Made In Japan' with American adaptations See in context

Wonderfully insightful article. Thank you so much for it JT. I particularly liked this:

“I didn't create Ohtani, he was incredible from the beginning,” Sasaki said in the film. “But I do think about how many pitchers I may have killed before him by my poor coaching. There are so many plants I killed by forcing them into my own small pots. So it's scary for me to speak of having raised Ohtani.”

It is not often you see this kind of honesty from such coaches. And I have seen this need for perfection in the martial art that I practice--winning is everything and coaches (and parents) forcing young people to excel and when they don't, the young person simply walks away. And it is a true shame. Sports and martial arts should be fun and I am happy to see Ohtani doing that (even on a sub-par team).

P.S. When Dusty Baker gives such praise, you know it has been earned. Ohtani is a once-in-a-lifetime talent and I wish him only the best.

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Posted in: Ohtani wins 6th straight start, triples in Angels' 7-1 win See in context

Truly amazing talent. If he keeps this up, he may win both the AL MVP and Cy Young awards.

It is a shame he is not on a better team.

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Posted in: I believe there were many things he left unfinished as a politician. But he planted many seeds and I'm sure they will sprout. See in context

Mark my words, if Takaichi (or other likes her) "sprout," we are all in trouble.

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Posted in: Elon Musk says he's terminating Twitter deal; board to fight See in context

His declining to exercise his right to due diligence told me from Day One he was not serious about this.

Interesting how many people took him and his plans seriously though.

My guess is he is on the hook for at least a billion.

Winners in all this? The lawyers involved, of course.

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Posted in: Coalition headed for election win; LDP seen gaining seats: poll See in context

Hate to say it, but this “done deal” is good news for anyone anti-Abe. Kishida will be able to use these results to cement his position as PM and keep Takaichi at bay. It’s “interesting” to watch the hard-right in the LDP howl in frustration — even with more seats in the Diet. Like much in the world, little is black and white, and the politicians who make up the LDP are no different.

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Posted in: Mariners, Angels get in big brawl after inside pitches; 8 ejected See in context

Mike Trout is one of the most laidback players in sport. You pissed him off, then you obviously did something wrong. This is on Servais. Your pitcher threw a dangerous pitch. You tell him to apologize or else. Obviously this did not happen and thus today happened.

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Posted in: Medical bills to be free in all Tokyo wards for high school students, younger kids from next year See in context

I’d rather our taxes spent this way than on the Olympics.

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Posted in: Ohtani strikes out career-high 13 in Angels' 5-0 win over Royals See in context

Just amazing to watch. And I love his shows of emotion as a pitcher after a good pitch on a strike out.

Without a doubt, I’d treat him to a cold beer if I ever got the chance.

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Posted in: Osaka court rules same-sex marriage ban not unconstitutional See in context

I thought Japan (based on the slogan of the recent Tokyo Olympics) was to be more “inclusive.” Guess these judges didn’t get the memo.

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Posted in: Uyghur-heritage candidate urges Japan to embrace diversity See in context

Interesting how many ultra-right nationalists here in Japan have the biggest smiles in their PR photos. Politicians I support never smile so broadly.

I’ve also heard people who know this woman swear she’s the nicest and most competent woman they know—regardless of political differences. I guess we need to give her a chance, but I’ve still yet to meet a female LDP member who truly cares for anyone. In fact, as we have seen with Sanae Takaichi, gender has little to do with “being soft” and I guess Margaret Thatcher is another prime example. I say give Ms. Arfiya a chance but don’t be surprised if she turns out to be someone hawkish and looking forward to turning the clock back on Japan with support for policies that hurt most of us.

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Posted in: Musk aims to ease concerns in address to Twitter workers See in context

One of Musk's key points at the meeting, which started a little after 9 a.m. Pacific time, was to make Twitter “so compelling that you can't live without it,” Weinstein tweeted.

Funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. The day any form of social media can’t be lived without will surely be a sign that The End has arrived. I’ve walked away from both FB and IG and feel much the better for it.

And if Musk were so smart, he’d surely be after the platforms to such apps. He should be trying to buy Apple and Galaxy, no?

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

The white paper pointed out the need to create an environment in which young people can marry and raise children with peace of mind.

This means basically one thing in Japan: a stable income. And I fear those days are gone and many young people will be working part-time their whole lives. I hate to say it, but can you imagine Mrs. Suzuki’s face when her daughter says she’s engaged to marry a Uber delivery guy?

Japan has become a country of haves and have-nots in terms of children (and stable work). And this is no accident either. Many a LDP policy decision over the past 30 years have made this a reality as they support the rich who only want to become richer.

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Posted in: Musk threatens to walk away from Twitter deal See in context

If only he could have done some due diligence before signing a contract.

Oh wait.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics legacy venue proving a chronic headache See in context

The annual price tag for maintenance, administration and large-scale repairs for the stadium, completed in November 2019, add up to 2.4 billion yen ($18.8 million).

Easy way to solve this problem? Take the money out of the pay of the politicians and other elite who forced these games upon Japan. Most of all, the money should be taken from the estate of Ishihara Shintaro--he is the one who started this fiasco.

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Posted in: Musk says he would reverse Twitter's ban of Donald Trump See in context

True story?

I made an artistic pic of a friend with a lovely tuchus my banner pic on a former account at Twitter. Nothing disgusting, mind you. Instantly had the account frozen. I asked why and the form response was that the pic had "violated their community standards." I could easily have replaced it, but that was not option--just an instant freeze of the account. Meanwhile, there is plenty of porn to be seen, plenty of hate, threats, and vitriol spewed from people left, right, and center, plenty of lies and conspiracy theories shared and Twitter is just fine with that.

If the company, much like IG and FB, goes under tomorrow, I would not weep a tear.

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Posted in: Angels' Ohtani expects to play Monday, one day after early exit See in context

Hope he's fine. The Angels are playing great ball and to see the team chemistry is fun. Hopefully this will be their year and they win a championship.

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Posted in: Roki Sasaki: Japan's record-breaking baseball 'phenomenon' with a tragic past See in context

Nothing short of amazing! Kudos to this young man for pushing through and starting his career in such a successful manner.

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Posted in: What do you think of Tesla CEO Elon Musk? Is he the sort of person you'd like to work for or with? See in context

Tesla’s work environment has been reported to be toxic, so no I’d never want to work for him. Work with him? He’s obviously a narcissist (to the nth degree) and I doubt he thinks anyone “works with” him. So that’s an obvious no, too.

I used to think shows like Veep, Silicon Valley, 30 Rock, The Office, Succession, etc…were satire, but it sadly seems that they aren’t.

In short, I’m happy that I’ll never have to work for a company like Tesla.

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