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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic exec, business ally allegedly shared bribe See in context

The Unification Church, Dentsu, and the LDP are all peas from the same pod. Japan inc. is rotten to the core.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

“Once you start down the dark path of stealing raincoats, forever it will dominate your destiny” - was apparently his statement to the arresting officer.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor See in context

Aoki, which makes cheap suits, was a surprise pick to create the team outfits. 

It certainly was. Nobody knew that a brown envelope could contain so much paper.

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Posted in: Gov't to request energy-saving measures in winter over power crunch concerns See in context

Step 1: Turn off all vending machines.

Step 2: Turn off all neon signage.

Let's see what the reserve supply capacity is now.

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Posted in: Gov't to pursue U.S. base relocation in Okinawa despite Tamaki's win See in context

It really is time for the LDP to change the name of the party to something more befitting if its actual beliefs and actions. There’s not a lot of liberal or democratic about it.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori questioned over Tokyo Olympics corruption See in context

I’m sure he doesn’t remember what he ate for lunch never mind what bribes he received or what other corruption he partook in.

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

Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church

And the rest.

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

This comment is totally unfair towards the Japanese people.

The actions of any government or official organization or military shouldn't be used as a degrading representation of the the entire population.

Remind me again, who elects the politicians?!

Government is a reflection of the people - especially when the same party with the same general principles have held power for generations.

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

alleging that Kasai had created a “toxic atmosphere” in WHO’s offices across the Western Pacific.

Kasai doing his best to spread Japanese working culture around the world I see.

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Posted in: Couples who divorced after decades of married life are at their highest rate since 1947, when statistics were first available, according to Japan health ministry data released on Aug 24. Why do you think this is? See in context

Wasn’t the law changed fairly recently meaning the wife (or the non working spouse) is entitled to more upon divorce? The non working spouse is no longer trapped financially in a relationship they might want to leave. It takes a while for people to realise this, especially older generations.

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Posted in: Monkeypox challenge for Japan is not just disease but stigma, too See in context

Monkeypox challenge for Japan is not just disease but stigma, too

In a country where stigma can come from the audacity of requesting to take one’s paid holidays, or one’s mandated maternity or paternity leave, or even simply not wearing a mask when walking alone from the parking lot to the office, I’m not really surprised that contracting Monkeypox would put a black mark next to one’s reputation.

Japan loves to assign stigmata.

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Posted in: China, Japan officials meet amid Taiwan tensions See in context

Boy, THERE is a happy couple....

Utterly depressing, isn't it?

I bet they converse using slightly stern voices too.

A smile and a bit of charisma can go a long way.

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Posted in: LDP policy chief visited Unification Church-linked facility See in context

Of course he did! They are all tainted with links to the UC in one form or another.

Even if there is a single LDP member out there who has had zero interactions with anything to do with the UC, and received no financial donations or assistance etc. they are still tainted by their ongoing association to the LDP.

The LDP is showing on a daily basis that it’s rotten to the core and anyone who continues to be associated with it should be considered part of the rot.

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Posted in: Over 100,000 foreign visitors came to Japan in July for 4th month in row See in context

Meanwhile, the number of Japanese who went overseas in July numbered 277,900

They do realise that most of these Japanese people are coming back and re-entering Japan, right?

This ongoing limit on inbound tourism, and the hoops needed to go through, is inane.

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Posted in: Japanese firms' earnings momentum unlikely to bring hoped-for wage hikes See in context

No wage hikes in the ‘good times’ because companies need to be cautious for possible future ‘bad times’.

No wage hikes in the ‘bad times’ because of the ‘bad times’.

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Posted in: Public elementary school in Aichi offers rare English-immersion program See in context

Who knew that more natural immersion in a language would see positive results?!

This is absolute common sense that I, along with others in my area, have been pushing the BoE for for more than 10 years - to no avail I might add.

This shows it can be done if people are willing to make the ‘difficult decision’ to try.

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Posted in: Kishida shaken as list of lawmakers linked to Unification Church grows to 20 See in context

Taro Kono, a minister in charge of consumer affairs, said Friday that his agency plans to set up a committee to look into complaints from people falling victim to spiritual sales.

Kono’s grandfather was elected at the same time as Abe’s grandfather (Kishi). Hatoyama’s grandfather too. As the UC was getting its claws into the LDP, these people were ‘at the scene of the crime’.

There is no way people like Taro Kono should be involved in any committee looking into issues linked in any way to UC. Anyone that might have historical familial ties to the main root of the problem should be kept well away.

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Posted in: With reshuffled cabinet, Kishida gets to work in choosing next BOJ head See in context

Let me guess…it’ll end up being someone with a tie to the UC.

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Posted in: At least 5 members of Kishida's new cabinet had links with Unification Church See in context

Rotten to the core

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet to boost public support See in context

Secretary General Toshimitsu Motegi and Vice President Taro Aso retained their posts.

So Kishida is saying that Taro Aso currently doesn't have, and has never had, any connection to the UC?


This is Taro Aso, the perennial mainstay of Japanese politics, ex-PM, long-serving number 2, and a cabinet minister who has served in the highest posts for goodness knows how long.

Are we being asked to believe that he has achieved all this - maintaining his power, gaffe after gaffe, and incompetence after incompetence - without any backing or connection to the UC? The same UC that has effectively been funding the LDP and the majority of its politicians since time immemorial?

Come off it.

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Posted in: Kishida says new cabinet members must review ties with Unification Church See in context

Unfortunately the problem isn’t just limited to cabinet ministers. The UC is a fundamental part of the LDPs structure and, in particular it’s fund raising.

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Posted in: Incense shaped into human outlines evokes memories of dearly departed’s favorite activities See in context

Incense shaped into human outlines evokes memories of dearly departed’s favorite activities

Sounds like you weren't so supportive of your dearly departed's favorite activity if you want to set fire / burn an image of them doing it - incensed even.

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Posted in: Japan defense chief Kishi may be replaced in Cabinet due to Unification Church links See in context

Kishi, a brother of Abe...

Why is this important piece of information only mentioned for the first time in paragraph four!

It should be in the headline, or at the very least when both individuals are stated for the first time in paragraph one.

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

All the truck companies in Japan work in cahoots with one another. They base their own company targets for improvements to new models on the data all the others produce. Companies get their hands on new models from other companies to test them themselves, and use the results to help their own development.

Therefore, it's inconceivable that for the last 20 years Mitsubishi Fuso, Isuzu, and UD Trucks had no idea that this data from Hino was fake. Also, as their own targets and incremental improvements have tracked the market leader Hino, it calls into question the accuracy of their data too.

I predict we'll be hearing from the CEOs of these companies within the next few days / weeks.

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

Corruption runs deep in Japan. It’s everywhere and it’s ongoing.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic sponsors deny relationship with exec suspected of bribery See in context

Takahashi, 78, is believed to have received around 45 million yen ($340,000) until last July from Aoki Holdings Inc. after the company he headed reached a consulting deal with the suit retailer in September 2017, according to sources close the matter.

Separate to this, Aoki also transferred around 230 million yen to Takahashi to donate to sporting groups, but 150 million yen of that remained in his possession, the sources said.

Hands, arms, and shoulders so deep into the cookie jar that there is no room for cookies.

Get to prison please.

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Posted in: Fukui beachgoers warned over biting dolphin See in context

Fukui beachgoers warned over biting dolphin

'Please don't bite the dolphin everyone'

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Posted in: Japan defense minister had help from Unification Church in elections See in context

Of course he did, he’s part of the family! I’d guess that most of his life has been funded by the UC.

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Posted in: Ex-senior education ministry official gets suspended term over bribe See in context

Another day, another case of corruption in Japan inc.

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Posted in: Abe attacker tried to draw attention to church: analysts See in context

The Unification Church, founded in South Korea in 1954 and known for its group weddings, has a controversial reputation in Japan, where it claims to have about 600,000 followers.

It has in the past been the subject of a series of complaints claiming the church forced people to buy expensive pots and seals.

This is extremely poor reporting from Kyodo.

The Unification Church has been directly involved in many things much more serious than forcing people to 'buy expensive pots and seals'. I mean, even if we only keep it to Japan rather than the rest of the world, it has been implicated in aggressively extorting money and assets from its followers.

It will continue to be 'known for its group weddings' as long as journalists in the mass media keep writing this, and ignoring the long list of scandalous acts the UC has absolutely been involved in all around the world over the last 50+ years (coups, genocide, arms trafficking, arming militia groups etc.).

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