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Posted in: Antonio Inoki, Japanese pro wrestler politician, dies at 79 See in context

I liked Antonio Inoki. I'm sorry he's gone. He lived a full and beautiful life.

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Posted in: Kishida condemns Russian annexation of parts of Ukraine See in context

Well, Kishida did something right. Putin's annexations are fake. It is under everyone's nose, including Putin's.

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Posted in: Japan's junior coalition partner signals tax hike to fund defense spending See in context

This not defense. This is an excuse for the LDP to make more money for the military-industrial complex at our expense. More military spending not going to make us safer.

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Posted in: Resettlement woes affecting female Ukrainian refugees See in context

From the article: "About 75% of the 1,882 Ukrainian refugees in Japan are said to be female. And in cases where their Japanese guarantor is male, it is by no means unthinkable that romance might blossom."

This sounds really fishy to me. Why not a equal number of Ukrainian male refugees? And the passage about romance "blossoming" with the women and Japanese male guarantors raises alarm bells in my mind. Is it "romance" or something more sinister that is going on?

Refuges should be put with families or at single women.

When women prefer a war torn country to Japan something is seriously wrong.

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Posted in: Russian annexation of Ukraine territory expected within days See in context

No question the annexation was rigged with the proverbial pointed gun at the head. And for what? Putin needs those provinces like a dog needs a fifth leg. Once annexed by Putin there will be revolts and sabotage. It is going to cost the lives of innocent people. Meanwhile, young men are fleeing Russia.

Putin may be a smart candy man who brought Western consumer goods to Russia but he has been a disaster in everything else.

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Posted in: Do you think the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might have swayed people to vote for ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidates in Sunday's upper house election? See in context

Yes, with a caveat. Voter turnout was low. This might have given the LDP and other right-wing groups an advantage. The right-wing's mourning of Abe likely gave them more enthusiasm to vote in honor of their fallen hero.

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Posted in: Modern phoenix: The bird brought back from extinction in Japan See in context

Puts "for the birds" in a happy, positive note.

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Posted in: Hong Kong pro-democracy figures set for largest national security trial See in context

You don't have be a soothsayer to predict how unfair the mainland Chinese system of "justice" is going to work. It is up to the democratic world to stand up for these brave souls.

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Posted in: Hayashi concerned about human rights abuses against Russians in Japan See in context

Please leave the Russian Ortodox Churches alone. They are a mixed bag and have little if anything to do with Putin.

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Posted in: Hayashi concerned about human rights abuses against Russians in Japan See in context

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, thank you for defending Russians, many of them refugees, in Japan from discrimination.

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Posted in: Russian-language sign at station in Tokyo back on view after being covered up See in context

Hate Putin but not the Russian people. There are now 15000 Russian political prisoners who protested against Putin's rape of Ukraine. There are dissidents who are now risking imprisonment by speaking out.

Putin brought consumer goods to Russia but snuffed Russia's nascent democracy. Putin is not a popular man in Russia these days.

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Posted in: Nearly half of U.S. warehouse injuries in 2021 at Amazon: unions See in context

Amazon: 21st century innovation + 19th century working conditions.

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Posted in: Shiga inn stated on website it would reject Russians, Belarusians See in context

"Shiga inn stated on website it would reject Russians, Belarusians." Typical example of ignorance and bigotry.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

"....And being a foreigner can be just that!" But not in Kobe, not in Kansai. It appears to me that in Tokyo there is a culture of harassment. Specifically, of non-Japanese harassment.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

Last time stopped by a cop was decades ago in Tokyo at night. He made it quick and thanked me. Seemed to have enjoyed my company. Never had any trouble in Kansai.

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Posted in: Amazon seeks to overturn union win, says vote was tainted See in context

In the U.S.  "progressive capitalism" is an oxymoron.

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Posted in: Missile kills at least 52 at crowded Ukrainian train station See in context

NATO could have stepped in any time and has not only for the dangers of possible nuclear war but also (more likely) of being caught in a years-long quagmire in Russia. After the Russian revolution of 1917 The U.S. , Japan and a host of other mostly European nations invaded the Soviet Union. This ended in failure after some five years. Moral: You do not want to fight the Russians on their own turf. Napoleon learned that years ago and the fact still holds.

Russia failed in Afghanistan and it will fail in Ukraine. Russian great defense but not offense. I won't be surprised if Putin "disappears" soon for the mess he has made.

Meanwhile, condolences to the latest victims of Putin.

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Posted in: Japanese students seek to act as bridge with Russia See in context

Still, it's good to know which side you are on.

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Posted in: Japanese students seek to act as bridge with Russia See in context

Putin's regime is not controlling the thoughts of the Russian people who hate his needless war. It's the actions of the police that are intimidating them. What is Putin's sentence for dissent? Fifteen years. There are already 15000 dissenters in jails around Russia. We have not seen this since anything like this since Stalin's gulags. And remember that this horror is happening under capitalism.

Down with Putin.

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Posted in: Gov't welcomes Ukraine evacuees with eye on int'l recognition, election See in context

From the above:

"Bringing the evacuees on the government plane was a way to show "Japan's posture" in helping tackle the refugee crisis, with over 2.4 million people having crossed the border into Poland so far, a Japanese official said."

You do little to help anyone through "postures." That said, I hope this small gesture of kindness will escalate into more kindness.

So I repeat: Welcome Ukraine evacuees.

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Posted in: Gov't welcomes Ukraine evacuees with eye on int'l recognition, election See in context

Welcome Ukraine evacuees!

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Posted in: Protests resume as Russia seeks to quash invasion critics See in context

How soon do you see Putin fleeing to asylum in Belorussia?

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Just as you think the Olympics were revolting you find out that they were infinitely more revolting.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach arrives in Japan for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Quote from above.

The IOC president arrived at Tokyo's Haneda airport, a day after the Japanese government informally decided to place the capital under another state of emergency until Aug. 22, amid rising concern that the Olympics could trigger a further surge in infections.

So what the Sam Hill is an "informal state of emergency." Is it like wearing flip fops and shorts to the office? Or is more like a clothing optional beach? More to the point: can you drop the mask when you go to a bar?

I am wondering where Koike and company stashed their brain lately. A state of emergency says we're in dire straits. Like disease is all around us. There is nothing information about the pandemic.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan woman launch petition for video disclosure See in context

If the video is tampered with it may be even more useful in showing what monster the Japanese police really are.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency may be needed during Tokyo Olympics: study See in context

There is still time to kill this pandemic benighted Olympics. Yes, there is a danger that the pandemic will cause a medical tsunami in Japan. No matter how careful everyone is, in not unlikely that the Olympians will bring the pandemic home to Mom and Dad.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

Quote: "COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister." And it may not.

What about those people 65 and over? Are they supposed to go die, unless they are rich and with the LDP?

In treating COVID-19 Japan is behind the rest of the world. Like every country on Earth.

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Posted in: Biden recognizes atrocities against Armenians as genocide See in context

Well done, President Biden. Officially, recognizing the Armenian Genocide has been long over due.

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

Quote: "A majority of Japanese already oppose holding the Games this summer..." I am with the majority of the Japanese and wish a popular democracy was in place to euthanize the Olympics. We do not need the burdensome Olympics. We need anti-pandemic medication and hospital beds. The LDP wants fun and games.

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