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Posted in: All 4 Japan PM hopefuls welcome Taiwan's bid to join TPP See in context

@Aly RustomToday  07:41 am JST

it would be nice to think so, but I don't think China is much concerned about anything but its own aims.... and if/when they do invade, interesting to watch how 'the world' reacts. "object in the strongest terms" would be the extent of it I expect. but I do hope you are right.....

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

"3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to" bend over.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to remember its war dead as individuals in new memorials See in context

funny that people, everywhere, refer to "the outbreak of war".... as though it just sort of happens, like an 'outbreak' of a virus.... a species-wide case of dissociative disorder, my view....

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Posted in: LDP president candidates vow to double spending on children See in context

my oh my..... how tacky is that! unbeleeevable.

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Posted in: Rare earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne See in context

ZaphodToday  01:48 pm JST

prionking

That's not an earthquake...

THIS is an earthquake...

folk seemed to not 'get' the reference.... (⌒▽⌒)

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Posted in: Rare earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne See in context

prionkingToday  12:01 pm JST

two of us 'got' it anyway.... (⌒▽⌒)

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Posted in: Japan to get new prime minister on Oct 4; general election seen in November See in context

@Matej

leave me out of it thanx (^_-)

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Posted in: Japan detects suspected Chinese submarine near southern island See in context

governmentS, via the Meeja, are really ramping up the old China-Paranoia-Response lately.... wonder what it is they want to distract people from.....

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Posted in: Japan Pavilion at Dubai expo to be seen remotely See in context

meanwhile, 'the people'..... ( ) fill in the blank space

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Posted in: Japan passes 50% fully vaccinated rate, nearing level of European nations See in context

so many numbers bandied about these days that I've no idea what's really what.... for e.g., is this 50% of the population? or 50% of the vaccine-eligible age-range population? why not give a definitive number? spin and obfuscation abounds.

and why always compare to other places? irrelevant, my view.

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Posted in: Governors concerned at impact of gov't plans for easing COVID restrictionss See in context

local cafés and restaurants here in Onjuku installed entranceway temperature-gadgets months and months and months ago, and automatic hand-disinfectant dispensers, require patrons to wear masks and space themselves appropriately..... but no booze. which affects their business no end and I suppose the vestiges of life and enterprise here will further erode.... certification? just more cityhall paperwork. hopeless. and sad.

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Posted in: Crown princess respects 'as much as possible' her daughter's feelings on postponed marriage See in context

"I have spent the past year worrying about the difficulties and hardships that many people are going through," and I'm going to donate the ¥150 million yen my daughter has renounced, and sell off my jewelry and etc in order to help out all those poor subjects that I'm so concerned about.

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Posted in: IAEA: Science, objectivity key to Fukushima water release See in context

no idea as to the safety level of all this.... but.... if it's 'safe', why have they been storing the stuff all these years rather than just letting it run into the surrounding sea and/or land?

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Posted in: Australian states free of COVID resist opening their borders See in context

“We are in paradise,” said one of those fans, Andrea Williams, who is all for the region continuing to defy the federal government and maintain strict border restrictions that keep it separated from the pandemic raging in large parts of the rest of Australia

with the exception of sports stars and officials of course, who seem to jet about the planet pretty-much as usual.... a new branch of the elite....

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Posted in: Sydney floats pub promise to boost double-dose vaccination rate See in context

"roadmap to freedom" ???? dear oh dear oh dear!!!!! do they really think people swallow their crap?

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

whoever 'wins' this contest, I expect an all-time low voter turnout in the next general election.... even lower than usual that's to say. not that our illustrious leaders care, they'll just go on with their political theatrics.... just like everywhere!

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency again; set road map to lift curbs See in context

dumb! more and more people will more and more ignore the 'rules', I think.....

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Posted in: Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy 'will have to be earned' See in context

bet the Taliban are quaking in their sandals....

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Posted in: British PM Johnson breaks tax pledge to fund new care for elderly See in context

glad I don't live there....

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Posted in: IAEA team arrives in Japan to help prepare Fukushima water release See in context

The three-member team will

spend 14 days in quarantine and then

meet with officials in Tokyo and travel to the Fukushima Daiichi plant to discuss technical details with experts

oh wait....

until Friday, IAEA and Japanese officials said.

...oh, they must mean Friday the 24th....

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Posted in: Japan eyes extending COVID-19 emergency in Tokyo, other areas See in context

it could be stretched by about one month to allow his successor as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to be chosen Sept 29, to decide when the measure ends.

how very convenient for them.... I can't decide if the S of E is a farce, or a quasi-farce...

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Posted in: British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth makes 1st port call in Japan See in context

During the port call, the around 1,240 crew members will not disembark from the warship, according to the Yokosuka city office

according to a friend in SK, when the ship berthed in Busan recently, there was an onboard 'Covid-Incident', and those partying on shore were recalled to the ship.....

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Posted in: 1st Tokyo Paralympic Games athlete hospitalized due to COVID See in context

hospitalized despite not being in a "serious condition."

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Posted in: 1st Tokyo Paralympic Games athlete hospitalized due to COVID See in context

did the ambulance have to drive from hospital to hospital looking for a free bed?

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Posted in: Man arrested for trying to steal gun from police officer in 'koban' See in context

do they word the charge "suspicion of attempted robbery" I wonder. always seems a strange locution. a charge of 'attempted robbery' makes sense to me, but a charge of 'suspicion....' ? anyone know? lost in translation?

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run See in context

left bits of his car behind, got him on camera, but..... he denies the charge..... LOL. expect him to change his plea later to..... you know what.... (⌒▽⌒)

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Posted in: Planet in peril: Global conservation congress urges wildlife protection See in context

Over nine days, government ministries, indigenous groups and NGOs -- backed by a network of 16,000 scientists -- will hammer out conservation proposals that could help set the agenda at critical upcoming UN summits on food systems, biodiversity and climate change.

carbon footprint much? dear oh dear!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,915 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 13,638 See in context

well that's good then..... so we can scratch this morning's:

"very difficult" to lift a COVID-19 state of emergency on its planned Sept 12 expiry date, as the country is still struggling to contain surging coronavirus infections and strains on the medical system.

can we?

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Posted in: Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana; knocks out New Orleans power See in context

category 4 storm, roofs flying off, things crashing about.... I know, let's go out and take selfies and stuff for Twitter

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Posted in: Difficult to end state of emergency as planned: health minister See in context

Oh! that was a plan?

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