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Posted in: NATO chief stresses Indo-Pacific partnership in Keio University speech See in context

NATO is trigger-happy, to use an metaphor, and for this NATO was criticized but not enough. NATO bombed civilian populations in discriminately. According to a university website NATO apparently, made no distinction between pro- and anti-Milosovich town. At any rate they killed innocent civilians. This included a baby Serbian girl who was blown up as she sat on her potty.

The people who came to NATO are crude in word if not in deed. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenber is a loose canon and a troublemaker, as this shows:

"Although he said China was not an adversary, the NATO chief said the country was becoming a 'more and more authoritarian power' that was displaying assertive behaviour, threatening Taiwan, and developing military capabilities that could also reach NATO countries."

This is a provocation. The reference to Taiwan could disrupt the delicate relationship with the People's Republic and Taiwan.

NATO is not needed in Japan. NATO go away.

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Posted in: UK braces for chaos as half a million teachers, civil servants, train drivers walk out See in context

Hang tight strikers! Your cause is just and the world's workers are with you.

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

Hern NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg ought have two things rubbed into his conscience: Japan has nothing to do wth NATO and we still have a peace constitution. NATO is a war machine that bombed civilians populations in Yugoslavia. Japan has not bombed anyone since the end of World War II. Herrn Stolterberg's presence in Japan is not welcomed here.

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Posted in: An organization has sent a petition with 11,127 online signatures to prosecutors seeking a reduced sentence for Tetsuya Yamagami, who has been indicted for the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and asking that they consider Yamagami's upbringing and his mother's massive donations to the Unification Church in his trial. What's your view on this? See in context

Quote: " We are losing our moral compass to political noise and interference." We lost that compass a long time ago thanks to the LDP - Moonie collusion. And whatever happens to the alleged murderer the moral compass will not be easily retrieved.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

If Japan would admit that so-called "wartime labor" was really Japanese wartime slave labor it would go a long way to ending the bad blood between Japan and South Korea. Confession is good for the soul.

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Posted in: Academy launches probe after indie film's surprise Oscars nod See in context

"Academy launches probe after indie film's surprise Oscars nod" say it about monopoly creative work. It is not the quality of the work or art but who sponsors it. It has little to do with quality. It all about money first, quality second. It is a pleasure to see an indy film and watch the crud pushing mainstream reach as if the crime of the century.

I know this business as an author. A paper quarterly story gets notice from the from the literary honchos but an equally good electronic story is passed up. (I was nominated for an O.Henry Award for story that somehow got into a paper quarterly, which is a long story). I've had equally good electronic stories passed up.

I do not work with agents.

Again, cheers for this indy film.

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Posted in: '20 Days in Mariupol' wins Sundance audience award See in context

Who invaded Ukraine? Certainly the Ukrainians did not themselves.

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Posted in: Trial of Abe shooter to face issue of sympathy for church 'victim' See in context

I dislike the crime but I feel a degree of sympathy for the alleged murderer. His family was reported as destroyed by the quasi-forced donations to the Moonie church. I believe this person who committed this horrible crime was driven into state insanity. He was an industrious killer but his labors were based on madness.

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Posted in: 18-year-old arrested for stabbing deliveryman in the back See in context

Dear JT readers:

Is violent and and irrational crime becoming more frequent now than before, or is it a case of more diligent reporting? According to my fallible memory, I believe violent crimes in the past were more likely to be enacted by petty criminals. I sense the new violent normal is being carried out by the deranged.

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Posted in: Amazon workers hold first UK strike, adding to labor turmoil See in context

Best of luck striking Amazon warehouse workers !!

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Posted in: Gov't warns Unification Church over murky child adoption practice See in context

ReasonandWisdomNippon: The writer's wrath is primarily aimed at Korea and not the so-called Unification Church, which he or she incorrectly and prejudicially calls "The Korean Unification Church." That isn't its correct name. Also, the Unification Church is now an international organization. There are a signifiant number of Japanese who have been involved in in the Unification Church and used it to gain wealth and power.

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Posted in: Next New Zealand PM slams 'abhorrent' Ardern treatment See in context

Hard to believe this happened New Zealand. Trump poison, the right-wing conspiracy nuts and internet haters have come to politically pollute New Zealand as they comfortably sit far away in their armchairs.

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Posted in: Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

Welcome to the criminal justice system.

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Posted in: Kobe marks 28 years since deadly quake See in context

Twenty-eight years later some things are two painful to talk about. Like disaster in general, whether you are okay or not okay is a matter of luck.

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Posted in: 'Yamagami Girls' – women whose hearts go out to Abe's accused killer See in context

Ironically, for the first time in his life, Yamagami is loved.

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Posted in: UK gov't seeks stronger powers to stop disruptive protests See in context

One must wonder when the Tories will bring censorship down on anything non-Tory in the UK. This is a good time to read or reread Orwell's "Animal Farm."

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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

Medvedev made that ridiculous statement because he had nothing better to say and wanted to look busy in front of his boss, Putin.

Putin's war on Ukraine isn't going well. Prepare for more hysterical remarks.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

Extravagant funerals and parsimonous handouts will not make more babies.

Meanwhile, as the LDP shakes in their boots childless couples and couples with single children are rejoicing. There is less competition for good universities and good jobs. Remember the 90s when this was the reverse? That was when a large percentage of young workers were denied full time jobs. We are talking about a forgotten generation.

The forgotten generation of young brushed aside workers could not afford to have children or perhaps even marry.

Today workers have learned that no children means more money and less hassles. Five thousand yen a month until you are 18 is not going make it.

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Posted in: Prosecutors closer to murder indictment 6 months after Abe shooting See in context

There cannot be any excuse for murder under any circumstances. This said, the alleged murderer has important information for us. If found guilty, he should not be executed but sentenced to life in prison. To silence this person would be a welcomed relief to the Unification Church. And that should not happen.

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Posted in: Japan reports 238,654 new coronavirus cases See in context

We can reasonably ascertain that the pandemic is still on and people are sick and dying. Beyond that, I am baffled that anyone should be suffering from COVID at this point.

All I can say is that my wife and I have not had COVID. We mask up wherever we go and frequently wash our hands with alcohol. We keep a safe distance from other people, if we can, and we do not eat or drink out. We do not take public transportation. The car is our only vehicle. We shop regularly and have not caught anything for anybody. And we have had all our shots. This is all we have done. We are in good health but ever worried about the pandemic that is still persists in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten COVID border controls for travelers from China See in context

As unpleasant as it is, there should be great caution regarding mainland China at this time. There is a full blown COVID pandemic in China and tourism outside China cannot be as in normal times. Whatever we can do for China we must do at this time because we are fighting for ourselves here in Japan as well as China and any place where COVID is rampant.

Do not believe the battle with COVID is over in Japan. The following is from today's English language Mainichi:

This year's numbers are on a different scale compared to the last. Based on data released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, we compared the most recent week with the same period in 2021. From Dec. 23 to 29 last year, daily deaths stood at: 3, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, and 4 -- for a weekly total of 10. Deaths over the same week this year were: 315, 339, 306, 217, 271, 415 and 420 -- for a total of 2,283.

We have persevered in Japan for what feels like ages. Yet we must continue to be vigilant regarding COVID.

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Posted in: Kishida urges wage growth to revive Japan's economy See in context

Well, it is time to say something nice about Kishida. From the above: "Speaking at a press conference after visiting the Ise Jingu shrine in Mie Prefecture, Kishida said: "For the past 30 years, wages have not grown although corporate profits have risen..." In short, the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poor. And contrary to the song from the 1920s the Japanese are not having children.

I have no idea what Kishida is going to do about the economic disparity in Japan. But least he said what he said.

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

There is one obvious thing that no one seems to be talking about. If Russia were to return the northern islands to Japan what would stop the U.S. from turning them into Okinawa north? Any treaties notwithstanding.

That I believe is the unsaid Russian fear that surrounds the Russian-held northern islands.

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Posted in: How nonprofits help millions tackle their medical debt See in context

Charity is great in a Dickensian sort of way. But the reality is that socialized medicine is better than charity, and the U.S. would be a better place if it had it.

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Posted in: Jan 6 committee tackled unprecedented attack with time-tested inquiry See in context

Trump caused an insurrection that nearly overthrew the federal government. For that crime (and that is what it is) Trump deserves to spend the rest of days in a federal prison with no chance of parole.

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Posted in: 'Japan has no future' is a widespread if not universal feeling See in context

One more thought. The revival of the Socialist Party would do a great deal to spur genuine debate. Then the LDP would get the grilling it deserved. Much sloth and corruption would be laid bare for the Japanese public to see and to protest. The lost generation of workers left to part-time jobs or no jobs at all. Tohoku and disastrous nuclear power schemes. And the danger of the Moonies who have had a free hand in hurting too many people. And--the current mindless military buildup. We need an opposition party with teeth to save Japan.

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Posted in: 'Japan has no future' is a widespread if not universal feeling See in context

I forgot to mention the LDP, the ipso facto lords (and a small number of ladies) of this monopoly of power. In a few words, they have proven themselves ineffective in solving the economic disasters of the 90s and 2000s.

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Posted in: 'Japan has no future' is a widespread if not universal feeling See in context

I never saw "the eminent American scholar Ezra Vogel," author "Japan as Number One," as particularly eminent or insightful. Rather he was a dogmatic grandstander who refused to see gravel problems undermining Japan's prosperity.

I focused on what I new best--the then vaunted Japanese schooling system--and as an educator saw it's short comings. It was a mentally (and often physically) violent system that centered on a particular robotic student and ignored the rest. There was a correlative of opposites, the austere pupil on one hand and the devil-may-case consumer on the other. The families and university students were partners in sloth: Mom and dad and the kids spent lavishly and the university student slept his and her life away in class. The corporations spent most lavishly on prestige items like Pebble Beach.

Hubris, like drunkenness, has to meet a crashing end. And it did. Welcome to the long hangover.

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Posted in: Inmate in his 60s dies after being found unconscious in Kyoto prison cell See in context

The man in question should have been put into a hospital and not kept in a cell.

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Posted in: Japan adopts new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy See in context

The problem is that with both Chernobyl and Fukushima, it was human error that led to the issues, putting business/political issues over safety. And there will always be humans who will screw up.

An addition. A tsunami knocked out the Fukushima reactor. Human error? More like LDP stupidity. The LDP have only listened to one another with dissent ignored and silenced. The reactor should not have been built in Fukushima. Further reactors can never be safe. We need solar power, a cheaper and safer source of energy.

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