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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

Another Profile: I'll take the moderate over the Maverick.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/09/4aa8f75875d7-profile-kishida-moderate-faction-chief-long-seen-as-potential-japan-leader.html

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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

I know he's Nippon Kaigi, so the remilitarization is there. But as for his economic and social policies he more "liberal left" as LDP Japan member can go. He might have joined Kaigi just for policital advancement like Koike back in the day. As his faction and Hiroshima group is dovish (for obvious reasons) that is a good thing. Hopefully he didn't have to make to many deals with the devil Abe and Takaichi

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/08/business/economy-business/fumio-kishida-economic-policies/

I support his trying to give subsidies and cash in pocket to families and has criticized Abenomics.

Try looking at the policies before criticizing (there is things criticize for sure.)

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/key-policies-japans-next-pm-kishida-consensus-builder-2021-09-29/

For those people thinking oh they didn't vote the Kono guy might not be Nippon Kaigi but he's more corrupt and right leaning power hungry type then Kishida he's a "Maverick" Like McCain was a Maverick in name only. He's part of the Aso faction that alone tells me he's business community screw the little guy.

The public here isn't voting CDPJ or Reiwa Shinsen as I hope but this guy is better than Takaichi and Kono. This embarassment in handling Covid and economy and still like an abused lover Japanese keep going LDP #SAD

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono favorite to become next PM: polls See in context

@WilliamBjornson

Well granted her experience under Schroeder in her youth might have been a good experience. But like Xi Jiping hanging out in Iowa as a Uni Student. Age and life change people's views. She has clearly went hard right and is an Abe Protege. Very Anti-LGBTQ Very Pro Constitutional Revisionism and all other things Nippon Kaigi granted she couldn't do worse so why not give her a shot.

Kono is too arrogant and will have to kowtow to Aso and others that are backing him.

Kishida is saying the right things actually leads a moderate wing of the LDP but his faction isn't big enough even though he's Nippon Kaigi but his eagerness to be PM is a red flag but in terms of lesser evils in the statements they have made about Covid strategy etc he seems ok doubtful he will follow through. Aso screwed Kishida over last year because he suggested giving 300000 yen to families in stimulus. Aso acts like the money they are giving away is from his own pocket.

Said "Kishida is a leader for peacetime no war time." Like any of these chickenhawks are haha.

Yeah ideally CDPJ and Edano would win the next general election but my faith in this Japanese electorate is gone. All the bungling and and they keep going back to their abuser the LDP.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,447 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,841 See in context

Sorry are NOT the actual daily number.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,447 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,841 See in context

Divinda as I learned Covid 19 deaths are actually the daily number of people died but the ones that were officially given permission to be announced by next of kin. As I was wondering why some of the Date of Deaths on some days were from people weeks or months previous. I think they only release it quarterly or annually but the NIID Mortality rate site

https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/ja/from-idsc/493-guidelines/10559-excess-mortality-210806.html

This small report suggested for August and September 2020 Covid was responsible for an extra 595 deaths

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.09.20143164v12.full#ref-10

So I am sure it is much higher these days.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,447 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,841 See in context

The situation here is definitely a concern but the mixed messaging from government, the patchy data and just the fatigue of the whole situation have people burned out sadly.

Jim,

You meltdown daily about the tests numbers. But those are always preliminary numbers as a lot of the tests are still coming in by fax and some clinics/doctors don't do it day of especially if inundated. Not sure what happened to the online system they did probably died like COCOA. Also all the private clinics are NOT required to file how many tests are even positive cases to public health (which is absurd) I think some do but they don't do it right away.

So definitely it's bad even you go on the data of 20 to 23% positivity rate on testing the StopCovid site has. It is a serious situation but these numbers are poor and pretty worthless as it stands.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,405 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,876 See in context

https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hodo/saishin/corona2369.html

Honestly not trying to go conspiracy theory here about hiding numbers. I am just trying to understand the

what the process is for announcing deaths. Like do families have to sign off on it before the announcement as I was under the naïve impression that the announced death tolls were those the day of. I was looking on the Social welfare site that JT has for the testing numbers to see what today's death toll was and noticed the date of death of some of the people announced was like 10 or 12 days ago.

So I just clicked on a few other dates like this one from August 16th https://www.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/tosei/hodohappyo/press/2021/08/17/26.html

3 of the deaths announced that day are from June like 2 months before???

Like what do they need a hanko approval before confirming someone is dead!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

As it is now the only information we will eventually get are how many died, we will not get any information on if anyone got better or how many news cases were moved to the severe ICU section.

6 died in Tokyo according to Yahoo News.

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Posted in: Ministers Kishi, Nishimura visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Chicken Hawk like his brother so not a shock.

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Posted in: What will 2021 mean for Valentine’s Day in Japan? Survey asks teens their chocolate plans See in context

K no need to lash out, besides rejection is part of life you'll find the right person if you allow it without having such a downer view on yourself and the casual racism.

telljp.com LifeLine 03-5774-0992 if you need someone to talk to.

This year China gives people all over the world COVID-19 as a chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Yeah, I like it, 'cause I have never got any chocolates and I been expecting I won't get any chocolates from cute girls (all girls are cute). I am the last person to get it from girls...

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Posted in: Netflix woos Japan with new original series about a reporter's exchange with Suga See in context

I don't watch Terrace House but taking the episodes where Hana Kimura are in off air seems reactionary unless the family requested it. Showing those episodes could lead to further discussion about suicide and mental health and a reminder what those awful trolls did. Also it is weird Netflix takes the hit for what those PoS did on Social media.

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Posted in: Arashi to release all-English Bruno Mars-written single See in context

"The five band members' thoughts and feelings on their own group as well as their future are reflected in the lyrics, according to the record company J Storm."

Nothing says sincere thoughts and feelings like having a highly paid Pop Star write your thoughts and feelings for you.

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Posted in: Ishiba urges closer ties with Asian neighbors See in context

It boggles my mind why he is popular, essentially he is the Male Koike backseat governing the national government criticizing when they make mistakes but don't really offer clear alternatives.

This Military hawk wants better ASEAN ties so it can be more belligerent to China, and they "We don't have to like them to work with them" attitude to SK isn't going to work. He wants a liaison office with Pyongyang so when it breaks down (as NK blackmail aid negotiations always do.) he can boost the militarism rearming he wants. He advocates Japan should have strike first capability. Ishiba isn't to be trusted as much as I loathe Abe this guy is the bull in the China shop awful version of him. Westerners always painted Abe as.

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Posted in: 2-year sentence sought for Japanese singer Makihara in drug case See in context

"(Makihara) created great songs of all times. I don't understand why he touched drugs again," said Yoshitaka Hirayama, 48, who came with his wife from Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. "I want to listen to his own words as there are many drug scandals in show business."

> Where the heck do you think he got the motivation to write those "great songs" you love Mr.Hirayama? #Oblivious

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Posted in: Schools reopen in some parts of Japan after pandemic shutdown See in context

In these rural areas if they are taking safe precautions I think it's okay to open up for students if the proper guidelines are met.

The 45% of companies that refuse tele-work and have their staff come into the office and shops in Kanto can open then kids going to school with safe precautions in rural areas is okay I feel.

There are more people roaming lunch time in Tokyo still then the populations of some of these small prefectrual cities.

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Posted in: Rohingya activists rebuke Japan envoy over denial of genocide See in context

Japan is known to deny a Genocide or two... so it's not surprising and they did something similar to Rohingya in 1942 in the Arakan massacres.

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Posted in: An Olympic first: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village See in context

This article doesn't mention the length of the beds, but the BBC one did https://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/51045519

2.10 m that is shorter than a lot of the basketball players so wonder why they are going to do?

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Posted in: Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to Hague court for genocide showdown See in context

She looking more and more withered, as the poison of power takes over her soul all the comprises she made.

Honestly looking like Emperor Palpatine as she accepted the Dark Side Star Wars style.

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Posted in: Typhoon victims felt worst was over; then floods came See in context

Do people in Japan sandbag dike during typhoons or potential flooding situations? I just saw people tape board up windows (With cardboard!) in Tokyo that is about it but I figure Sandbags might have helped a few places?

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' finale draws staggering 19.3 million viewers See in context

Honestly I don't even now how they correlate that viewer data now as say the photo above

there is at least 15 people watching one TV do they account for viewing parties and other modern age situation like piracy? Number is probably near Cheers the way it seems every media outlet, podcast, website, athlete, and social media influencer has mentioned it.

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Posted in: Japan's Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits See in context

I guess because it doesn't fit the "Youth" narrative of the article. But for combat sports fans in Japan AbemaTV is the go to for MMA and Kickboxing. The big Kickboxing shows on 3/10 from K-1 and RISE (Featuring Tenshin) pulled in at least a combined 4 million viewers if not more (Data is screwy as they were showing on various streaming channels at the same time.) The fact it is free is great. They have niche channels for everyone so I hope they can turn a profit and grow as the analysts forecast.

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Posted in: China demands U.S. drop Huawei extradition request with Canada See in context

Agree with ChipStar. It's not a given that Canada would approve an extradition request from the USA and will simply hand over Ms Meng. The request needs to go through the Canadian justice system and the decision will be justified with a reason for all to see.

Just to play a little devil's advocate, Even before this case, Canada's high extradition rate has been criticized by some criminal justice reformers. Basically in Canada it is like a rubber stamp when one of our allies requests an arrest. In this particular case timing seemed political with the trade deal negotiations etc. but

just for further reading if people are interested.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/extradition-arrest-canada-diab-1.4683289

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

I know the problem because I can speak Chinese.

Chinese brokers earn money by refugee application and medical tourism.

RealCDN actually JeffLee is right. Article or not I know people who tried to sponsor their grandparents from the US but because of pre-existing health conditions they would allow them to be sponsored but would not allow them to be covered for Canadian Health Insurance.

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Posted in: Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw against Senegal at World Cup See in context

"75-90% of fans only support when they are winning and it all depends on how well they did from the previous World Cup. 2014's World Cup wasn't that great for Japan so it was quite easy to get tickets over the past 4 years. There were tons of empty seats in fact. As I tried to buy tickets for their September matches, they were sold out instantly. I really don't care who chooses to be a fan but it annoys me that I can't buy tickets suddenly lol"

DaDude agree with you, All countries bandwagon jump, but I feel Japan is the worst at Bandwagon jumping. When the Hiroshima Carp won the Japan Series all of a sudden I saw Carps caps and jersey all over Kanto. I stopped wearing my cap it was embarrassing lol, or when The Rugby team went on a run at the last WC. apparently "down since Day 1" fans came out of the wood work.

SmithinJapan didn't say anything negative about Honda, he was right in the right place at the right time. Inui was the man of the match, Shibasaki made some crucial passes, Yoshida was steady in the back.

Honda's brash style back in 2010 era made Honda the star but real Samurai blue fans outside of kids would not say he is the best player only fair weather fans and media who always push him even though he is in his proper role now as a energy/super sub. I remember try hards that believed hype he was on World Elite level with Ronaldo, and Messi in that era hahaha.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry admits disposing of documents to hide land sale talks with school See in context

Will this be on the a big enough story to cover? I think there is more dead horse to beat over a dirty American football hit...

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Posted in: China box office tops North American market in first quarter See in context

Definitely Agree Toasted Hereitc. The theater experience and ritual is still something I enjoy fully.

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Posted in: What are some of weirdest sandwiches, pastries or other food and drink items you have seen in Japanese convenience stores? See in context

The worst for me was the Shiso (Perilla) Pepsi. That was awful. Those "Clear" coffees or teas, recently feel real strange to me.

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Posted in: Family of injured college American football player files criminal complaint See in context

I agree this play was cheap and dirty, but the fact it is a top 5 news story the past week on all the news networks here is absurd so is nothing newsworthy happening in Japan right now? N.K. denuclearisation not more important? Japanese spy agencies using Xkeyscore? Or does there have to be another 50 year old "boy" band singer harassing H.S. girls this week to knock this minor story off the front headlines?

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Posted in: Fuji Xerox to install personal booths for teleworking at subway stations See in context

Well this looks like it could double as a suicide booth.

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Posted in: Bruno Mars throws towel at model for using phone at Japanese concert; she mistakes it as a gift See in context

I understand his annoyance because of this point in the article

"Mars threw the towel at her in exasperation after having to perform to the back of her head throughout much of the show."

The Model was basically instagramming the whole show live. That is a bit excessive in the vanity of it like sure a pic or a selfie, or a video here and there is understandable, but when you are doing it for the majority of the show (seeing the youtube video and her instagram.) it is a bit much and vain.

Also Some concerts and comedy shows do have those air lock pouches for cellphones in U.S.. So banning them is possible. But not sure it is the right answer.

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