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Posted in: Kim's sister says no need for another U.S.-N Korea summit See in context

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, dead or alive, beware the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

https://allpoetry.com/The-Dark-Lady-Sonnets-(127---154)

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Posted in: Japan braces for more heavy rain as death toll rises to 66 See in context

The torrential rain is a miserable affliction day in day out. The humidity just adds to the distress and suffering. And next will be the typhoons.

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Posted in: Kono's creative mask design See in context

yes, mountains, who needs them,since no matter how small or large, the north get more sun than the south which of course explains why Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike insisted Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono took center stage in modelling her own personal design.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

zichi, it is a total abysmal failure, the costs need to be independently scrutinized. Stay here my friend.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

Look lets be realistic, and separate the political/economic illusion from reality, and refrain from window dressing, political PR stunts.

A Tokyo nightclub with hostess facilities, quality champagne/cocktails will separate ¥500,000 from clientele within two hours.

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Posted in: Koike urged to take lead in raising women representation in politics See in context

Surely the selection process should focus on evaluating the right candidate for the seat.

Irrespective of gender, the emphasis on presenting a level playing field approach.

"I think Ms. Koike is the first conservative female politician who proved that a woman politician can rise to top political leadership without a party's full support. That is why she is really special."  

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike political career and advancement has been aided by membership and use of apparatus/organization of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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Posted in: European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules See in context

Just as a matter of interest ……..

Guide to the family court Japan……….

https://www.courts.go.jp/english/vc-files/courts-en/file/Guide_to_the_Family_Court_of_Japan2018.pdf

In comparison…

The Hague Convention (Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction)

Overview of the Hague Convention and related Japanese Legal Systems

https://www.mofa.go.jp/fp/hr_ha/page22e_000250.html

The term, legal definition in respect of “abduction” and “removal” appears to be indeterminate.

n1k1, make important/crucial point jurisdiction.

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Posted in: European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules See in context

It is a disingenuous, dubious of the European Parliament to blur the issue of child abduction with access and visiting rights. Family court judgements are not the business of a foreign judiciary.  

The first two paragraphs specifically refer to child abduction   

Members of the parliament are "concerned over the high number of parental child abduction cases due to the reluctance of Japanese authorities to comply with international law," the resolution said.

The third paragraph is frankly outrageous having far reaching political implications to Japan sovereign duty to rightly or wrongly advocate and implement a system of justice without foreign government interference.

The resolution also called on Japanese authorities "to enforce domestic and foreign court decisions on the return of the child and on access and visiting rights after the parents' relationship has ended, in order to bring their domestic laws in line with their international commitments and obligations."

I am sorry Cosmos1, my comment/opinion clearly appear to be unsympathetic to the desperation you must feel.

Change is sorely needed to rectify a gross injustice.

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Posted in: Death toll rises to 56 as rain damage widens in southwest Japan See in context

Note: the OECD study was commissioned 2006 and investment numbers double every 2 years.

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Posted in: Death toll rises to 56 as rain damage widens in southwest Japan See in context

The J central government spent over 270 billion yen on flood protection infrastructure 2018 alone. In 2019 a 16.5% increase in for emergency power/energy generation facilities in multiple high-risk locations of flooding.

A 14.5% increase in power equipment to operate floodgates. 12.5% increase drainage pumps stations and a comprehensive review river control facility.

How much at a guess was allocated to surveying control facilities at dams?.......

And yes, cardboard maybe not the most congenital means of providing privacy. But I am sure as a alternative to drowning or have to be rescued buried under a landslide, cardboard is king.

daito_hak…….

Over theses past few weeks I have been accused of a lot worse than short thinking, reflected in the fact I lost staff to this pandemic. Those families were incandescent. I could have stopped them from traveling to Italy. I didn't.

So short thinking is a compliment in comparison.

Japan spends more in flood risk management than the top 5 OECD countries combined.  

Short of implementing some celestial umbrella, I am sure that cardboard partitions will suffice.   

OECD Studies in Risk Management Japan FLOODS

https://www.oecd.org/japan/37378001.pdf

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Posted in: Death toll rises to 56 as rain damage widens in southwest Japan See in context

Sorry correction 56, not 54.

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Posted in: Death toll rises to 56 as rain damage widens in southwest Japan See in context

The SDF, rescue worker/ services deserve the full acknowledgment and recognition for preventing a disaster turning into an even more devastating catastrophe.

Although the families of the 54 suffered a crushing loss.

Since returning from Nagoya 1st July, Ino, Kochi has been subject to continuous torrential downpours. This morning presented a much-needed break so to complete an early morning walk/exercise.

A close community spirit is key to aiding an additional volunteer force to provide ferry services for food delivers and welfare for our aging agricultural farming fraternity. I an honoured to be part of the team.

Under the circumstances the photo presents/illustrates a remarkable achievement, when considering the logistics.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Let’s agree that political office is abstract, socrateos.

My criticism of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is blunt, may I suggest you might find irritating and inappropriate, even rude.

However, I whole heartily insist not personal.

Let’s see what the future holds. And then take stock.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Would it be harsh, disingenuous to suggest that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike deliberately intended to mislead the true intentions for the Tsukiji Fish Market redevelopment?

May I also contend that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike lack of transparency could be misconstrued as impropriety? To perhaps to move the process forward?

Japan's Tsukiji Fish Market to become a food theme park?

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/tsukiji-fish-market-theme-park/index.html

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Sorry, syntax is skew-whiff....

No such entity, advice is offered, the final division, importantly, where the buck stops is with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. I am not having a bark, interpretation of the facts.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

socrateos, still a tad rusty, or could that be lazy to fully develop my Kanji skills.

I do have a sense of inference when a politician intentionally obscures and/or embellishes their true intentions.

"a picture given by Project Team"....No such entity, advice is offered, the final division, importantly where the buck stops is with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. I am not having a bark, interpretation of the facts. *

I guess it is my cynicism when faced with misleading/irrelevant insistence that when a commitment is deemed not a commitment after all.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at NASCAR over flag, noose; criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes See in context

Ahh will Kanye West thrown his baseball cap in the ring for President?

Possibly yes? probably no?

As a degenerate girl political flutterer whose vote will be split?......

Biden? Slow almost comatose Joe, or Mr "twitter" Trump? lay your bets.

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Posted in: Commonwealth should acknowledge past wrongs, says Prince Harry See in context

A comment that's timing is misjudged and ill conceived. Attention seeking self righteous sanctimony.......

"So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do. It's not going to be easy and in some cases it's not going to be comfortable, but it needs to be done, because, guess what, everybody benefits."

Perceived historic wrongs from a educational prospective have to be learnt from.

Present day political moral superiority, will never redeem historic wrongs. Go home, duty calls, grow up.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Personalities aside, I am sure that Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is relieved that inexplicably the media ignored the Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike betrayal/reversed of/to the promise to redevelop the city’s famed Tsukiji fish market…….

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike reneges on Tsukiji promises

https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-reneges-on-tsukiji-promises

Come on, would the real Yuriko Koike take a step forward, drop the newscaster propaganda, biased interpretation, fake spin campaigning.

And be held to account for Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike first 4 years tenure.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Michael Machida, I would wager a bet that a majority J 18/24 eligible to vote have never seen the inside of a “voting booth”. If my family is an example.

Hong Kong protests have youth fighting in streets for just a taste of J system of democracy.

I am ashamed/despairing when younger members of my family world revolve around staring at a smart phone, when in reality there is nothing smart about such delusional fecklessness.

I have been accused quite rightly where politics is concerned to be the families premier moaning millennial. It is quite correct and I am proud of the fact.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Monty, why a single candidate?

In these times of trouble and strife, coronavirus epidemic, financial instability, etc perhaps a more nuanced approach to political leadership, a unified government?

Focused on economic structural reform, maybe it is time for the old to make way for the new, the rule book be torn up.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike record in office must/should be judged and, yes vigorously challenged by ruling Government and more applicably by the media.

Even 2018 figure are bordering on dire. So, one can only speculate on the current state of fiscal/monetary management.

Real Deficit Ratio, Consolidated Real Deficit Ratio, Capital Shortage Ratio figures are conspicuous by there absence

More worryingly is in the areas of current and future revenue and expenditure, opaque is one Interpretation.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Finance.

Trends in Key Financial Index

https://www.zaimu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/bond/en/tosai_zaimu/tosai_zaimu_shihyo.html

Political ambition cannot be a substitute for proven enterprise, innovation, and at least a working basic knowledge of how to implement structural change/reform.

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike, holds a press conference works the flip charts, and then vacates back to the broom cardboard.

There is dysfunctionality to Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike leadership, beyond the superficial/cosmetic.

The failure to fully account for the continued lack to fulfill promised key child welfare and social reform. A glaring failure to implement a programme/policy of test, trace, track to prevent a pandemic second wave.    

Most of all I find Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike poisonous/toxic brand of nationalism/xenophobia repulsive.

At least, if ever Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike ever decides to re-enter the field in mainstream politics, I have a vote.

I would also be willing to actively support an opposition. One area I have proven expertise is raising finance. And have served as economic researcher for Gordon Browns Government.

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Posted in: Koike wins 2nd term as Tokyo governor See in context

Compliments and respect for an unsurprising successful second term for Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike.

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike record in office is the definition of political mediocrity.

Never grilled or challenged by broadcasters or media on an abject failure to provide promised relief from the overcrowded commuter trains, or even denting the appalling level child and elder care facilities.

When a comprehensive policy is required on testing, tracking, and tracing this pandemic, Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike fell back on one press conference after another. Offering little action or substance.

When the hard-pressed Tokyo tax payers need transparency/clarity on the spiraling costs, and the need to postpone 2020 Olympics Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike went missing without trace, rumored to be holed up in a broom cardboard.  

Instead on support and unity for a Government, whether one agrees or not, Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike took every available opportunity to undermine and engage in a campaign, a lesson, masterclass in political points scoring.

What was lacking, so blatantly obvious is the lack of any opposition to counter Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike rabid revisionist dogma/idealism.

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Posted in: England reopens pubs after lockdown See in context

Choices will mean dilemmas. predicaments to UK Pub and hospitality industry. This pandemic lock-down is a existential threat to an industry essential to UK national social psyche.

August September will present more economic impact assessments for a UK Government to contemplate, monetary/fiscal.

It would be premature, speculative even scaremongering to run through the numbers. essentially the consequences to/for UK economy and future employment market.

The UK furlough scheme will have to cease/end. At this point the pandemic ramifications will be fully realized.

Go out enjoy a drink or ten, you all are going to need it.

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Posted in: Which current world leader do you respect the most? See in context

Not one, some have the necessary leadership qualities to excel on a global stage.

But most strive to popular instead of the strong leadership to manage. take responsibility.

Poor communication skills, lack of accountability seems to be the order of the day.

Its pains me to say, Xi Jinping is a strong leader, uncompromising and uttering ruthless.

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Posted in: As coronavirus cases in Tokyo surge, gov't gives expert advisory panel a makeover See in context

Governments are going to have to fully understand comprehend the difference between clear guidelines and polices when populating/assembling these so-called expert panels to advise on tasking best practices to deal/end this pandemic.    

I am referring to judging people expectations. Defining a non-mandatory recommendation and detailing policies into formalized public statements applicable to a sector/ task.

The economic devastation this pandemic has wrecked on people livelihood, has in honesty yet to be fully realized. There are risks involved, people must be told all the facts so decisions can be made.  

Cannot have it both ways. No best of both world to be had here.

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Posted in: China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population See in context

JT please give me some latitude. 

The Global community breaks out righteously in condemnation of the death of a blackman. 

Yet here we have the Government of China kneeling on the necks of a whole race?

Are we to believe that BLM however Uighurs are less equal?

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Posted in: China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population See in context

The Global community has to confront the Government of China with if deemed necessary force.

The People of China need to be released from a tyranny incomprehensible in the 21st century.

It will mean possibly the ultimate use of tactical nuclear weapons. However this is the price that must be paid.

Once unleashed the outcome will be horrific.

But the Government of China is dependent on this fact. In the belief our leadership is soft.

Itis time to prove otherwise

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Posted in: China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population See in context

Have the global community not witnessed this abomination before?

The Government of China is a disgrace away from more atrocities.

Many lives will be lost. However it is time to hammer down.

If not, many more generations will come under the Government of China jack boot.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

It is difficult to function coherently for forty eight hours without rest. 

I know from recent experience. Especially when delivering devastating unwelcome news to employees families.

Look, stop ridiculing the electorate. 

It is ridiculous, obvious and frankly offensive.

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