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Posted in: Some medical groups and experts believe the Japanese government's Go To Travel campaign has fueled the surge in coronavirus cases nationwide since early November. Do you agree? See in context

"Go to" is not for people's health but for the health of capitalism. This is far from first time lives have been sacrificed to the virus for the sake of profit. This is the first instance I known when capitalism has used the Pied Piper approach to make people risk Coronavirus-19 for travel or food.

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Posted in: Survivors to remember Pearl Harbor at home this year amid virus See in context

"Amid the pandemic or not, why remind all those victims' families about the atrocious Pearl Harbor attack 79 years ago ..." Argument off the point.

"Why not just forgive and forget?" Real meaning: Shut up. Tell you what: Why not first just forgive and forget Hiroshima give up the collective nationalist propaganda that goes with it?

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Posted in: Suga defends boost for domestic tourism amid virus surge See in context

Quote: "Giving his first news conference since a surge in coronavirus cases last month, Suga said the Go To Travel campaign to revive domestic tourism was designed to help small businesses in the hospitality sector get through tough times."

The latter day kamikaze: Go to die for the economy.

So what will Suga do when he runs out of adult Go To Travel? Will he mount a children's "go to" campaign?

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Posted in: Suga says Go To Travel will continue despite virus resurgence See in context

I'm going to typos! Travel and dining out now are like Russian roulette.

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Posted in: Suga says Go To Travel will continue despite virus resurgence See in context

This whole dining out and travel now a game of Russian roulette.

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Posted in: Space to build tanks to store radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is running out. Is releasing the water, after it has been treated, into the sea, which the government wants to do, the best option to deal with the problem? See in context

Presuming that the Tepco water will be safe enough to dump in sea, it should be safe enough to drink and use for agriculture.

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Posted in: Are Trump election lawsuits a boon or blow to public faith in courts? See in context

What Trump is dong is filing a pile of frivolous law suits. Here is how Cornell defines this type of suit:

What is a frivolous lawsuit called?

*A frivolous claim, often called a bad faith claim, refers to a lawsuit, motion or appeal that is intended to harass, delay or embarrass the opposition. A claim is frivolouswhen the claim lacks any arguable basis either in law or in fact Neitze v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989)*

Frivolous | Wex | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute › wex › frivolous

This doing nothing for the rule of law. It is making a mockery of the American justice system.

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Posted in: Japan should brace for 'leaderless era' as U.S. turns inward, PM adviser says See in context

"Takeshi Niinami, chief executive of drinks giant Suntory Holdings Ltd and a well-known regular on the international business circuit..."

It is indeed significant that Suga would turn to the man who runs the company that gets you plastered after a hard day. Is it possible that Niinami is going to be Suga's Joe the Bartender? Maybe it will be a good thing. Seriously. Niinami is more worldly than out of the sticks Suga, for what it is worth.

One thing neither of the two understand is that the U.S. is now where it has been since the end of World War II--the making and breaker of nations. The inwardness of the U.S.'s domestic life has always been for the interests of the rich--which accelerated Reagan.

Let us hope the U.S. does not tangle with China.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers say virus fears banished by success of gymnastics test event See in context

The 2020/21 Olympics as a kamikaze event?

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Posted in: Japan explains 'comfort women' stance in German after statue set up in Berlin See in context

The contrast is one of honesty. Germany admits its war crimes. Japan tries to hide them.

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Posted in: James Bond star Sean Connery dies at 90 See in context

Tonight I shall make a Vesper martini in his honor.

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Posted in: Foreigners to blame for livestock theft, according to Japanese media See in context

The Vietnamese might be being used by the local inamkamono. Who knows how and what to steal than the locals.

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Posted in: Olympics cancellation likely to sock populace with nasty tax surprise See in context

That would be better than being socked with the bill for Coronavirus 19.

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Posted in: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 See in context

She held on as long as she could. Thank you Justice Ginsburg.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus See in context

I believe Abe is indirectly responsible for much of this discrimination. It was Abe who barred the return of resident non-Japanese earlier this year, stranding thousands from their homes in Japan. In this way he helped to fan the fires of xenophobia.

In the majority of cases, Japanese get the coronavirus from diseased Japanese.

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Posted in: PM hopeful Suga says he may need help from Abe on diplomacy See in context

Well said, OssanAmerica, "We all knew this. Suga can work fine as PM only if Kono is made FM again. And Ishiba DM." But this like saying he needs a popsicle stick taped to a major area to carry out his functions.

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Posted in: PM hopeful Suga says he may need help from Abe on diplomacy See in context

'Japanese prime minister hopeful Yoshihide Suga says that he lacks the kind of diplomatic skills that outgoing leader Shinzo Abe has, including Abe's personal friendship with President Donald Trump, and that he will need his assistance if he assumes the top job.'

That's like asking Jeffrey Epstein to babysit you .children.

There cannot be anyone more diplomatically cognately challenged than Abe, with the ecception of Donald Trump.

Watch Japan go downhill with stupid Suga.

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Posted in: PM contender Suga hints at consumption tax hike See in context

One idiot following another. Consumption is already low because of the pandemic. A consumption tax will only make people spend less.

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Posted in: Tokyo to end shorter hours for bars; virus alert to be lowered See in context

There is the above headline: "Tokyo to end shorter hours for bars; virus alert to be lowered" and then there another headline: "Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 692." You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that Tokyo is still in a crisis. Yet the Tokyo government seems unable to see the obvious.

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Posted in: Nissan received record ¥130 bil state loan guarantee See in context

Who in this time would want to buy a Nissan? At the current rate it may be gone before the pandemic is over.

The taxpayers aside, thing of the poor Nissan owner suddenly discovers he or she has no backup because the company is bankrupt.

It makes me wonder if the wrong people are under arrest.

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Posted in: Trial of former Nissan exec Kelly to start Sept 15 See in context

"Let this be a lesson to any foreigner wishing to take up a high position in a Japanese company in Japan."

Don't work for anything in Japan.

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Posted in: 75th anniversary of end of WWII marked at Pearl Harbor See in context

Had the Japanese not decided on imperialism as national policy, this would have been a happier world. The millions who died in wars would have lived out normal lives. By all means, preserve Article 9.

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Posted in: Japan considers offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents See in context

This would be a most sensible policy once the vaccine in proven and ready for distribution.

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Posted in: 75 years later, Japanese-American man recalls bitter internment in U.S. See in context

Did you know that German-Americans and Italian-Americans? Japanese-Americans finally received compensation while the German-Americans and Italian-Americans did not. Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold tried to get bill though to rectify that but failed.

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Posted in: Japanese divorce rate drops nearly 10% during coronavirus stay-at-home time See in context

Sequestering and working from home with my wife. Except for the pandemic, the best time of our lives.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher apologizes for peeing on students’ futon during club retreat See in context

Frankly, anyone supervising students should not be drinking. Suppose there was a fire and the teacher was too drunk to deal with it.

(Hey, no jokes about how the teacher could have put the hypothetical fire out.)

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context

There is one Abe failure we can be thankful for. He failed to revise (ruin) Article 9. The antiwar diamond of the Japanese Constitution Is still there for the Japanese people and the world to be proud of.

But Abe's last major act, conditionally halting permanent foreign residents from coming home, was not simply a failure--it was a disaster. Thousands permanent foreign residents were put jeopardy and Japan lost face internationally. Not an elegant exist.

When September rolls around permanent residents will be returning to an Abe-less Japan. Why does the end of summer feel a bit like the beginning of spring?

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Posted in: Reality show 'Bachelor Japan' cast member dies in suspected suicide See in context

Artists are fragile people and no artists are more fragile than actors.

I suspect she suffered from depression due to overwork.

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Posted in: Japan to lift re-entry restrictions on foreign residents from Sept 1 See in context

Abe out, permanent foreign residents back in. There is a good feeling to that. Gone Is ultranationalist who made a mess of this country and back about are the Japan loving foreign residents who are working hard for the good of Japan.

The damage Abe cause in locking out foreign residence is done--hopfully not for good.

Fro the New York Times:

Japan’s Locked Borders Shake the Trust of Its Foreign Workers

By BEN DOOLEY/ © 2020 The New York Times

August 6, 2020 at 18:10 JST

This was before the lifting of the ban. Yet, havoc it has created is far from over. What Dooley wrote must still be taken into due consideration:

For many, the damage is done: The restrictions have split up families, hurt careers and caused students to miss months of school. Some of those stranded outside the country have been saddled with mountains of debt as they continue to pay taxes and rents on homes in Japan while also bearing the costs of being abroad.

The ban has also affected the 2.5 million foreigners who remain in Japan. Many have faced agonizing decisions over whether to leave to care for a dying parent, grieve the loss of a loved one or reunite with a spouse or child, knowing that doing so may make it impossible to return.

Abe is gone. We can hope that all that he was as prime minister goes with him.

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Posted in: Shinzo Abe sought to revive economy, fulfill conservative agenda See in context

Abe was not just an ultra-nationalist--he studied at an obscure second-rate right-wing university--he was also a xenophobe: One of his last major acts was to bar permanent non-Japanese residents from coming home because of the coronavirus while allowing Japanese, diseased or not, to come and go as they wished. In the dispute S. Korea over wartime slaves" compensation he slapped dubious sanctions on S. Korea. That backfired when the S. Koreans launched a boycott of Japanese goods and services. None of his conservative reforms worked.

Abe lived in an isolated Gone with the wind fantasy life which captivated a lot of Japanese--not a few most likely enjoyed seeing permanent residents put in their place by being shut out. But no matter what, Abe did, like Jay Gatsby, he could not bring back the past, thought it always seems just within his grasp.

So it's Abe out and foreign permanent residents back in. Somehow things do turn out as they should.

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