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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Hmm, wonder who it was who convinced Japanese citizens that nuclear power would be safe...

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Posted in: Japan may slide toward recession as Abenomics impact fades See in context

You reap what you sow Japan.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Well now we understand a little better why there was a student movement in the 1950's-70's.

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Posted in: High tides surge through Venice See in context

Sadly this forbears an ever worsening situation for the planet.

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Posted in: University entrance exam to test reading, listening for English See in context

The government knows it is absurd.

What better way to drive people to cram schools/eikaiwas as well as the language textbook section in bookstores? Prominent former gov't officials form the basis of Japan's TOEIC managing body.

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Posted in: 'Comfort women' film back in Kawasaki festival See in context

[ Congratulations on those making a stand against thuggery and intimidation. Some people simply can’t handle and refuse to face the truth, blinded by hatred, Calmer, more solemn minds must prevail. Shutting down speech is a bad idea on any front. It has to be all out there, warts an all. ]

Well said.

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Posted in: Iraqis pour into streets for biggest protest day since Saddam See in context

Great job, Bush and Cheney.

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Posted in: With two ministers gone, Abe tries to prevent repeat of history See in context

Barring any cataclysmic gaffe Abe will remain in power due to his grip on the media and the fact that he has deep support amongst power brokers for his quest to amend the Constitution.

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Posted in: English tourists seriously injured in Australia shark attack See in context

Yes sharks generally avoid people but certain species have no problem taking a bite.

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Posted in: American ALT teacher fired from high school after exposing genitals See in context

As stated, this is tame compared to what goes on at eikaiwas etc.

Nothing surprising here.

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Posted in: Trade minister resigns after only 1 month over allegations he broke election law See in context

To resign is standard practice so as to forestall any further investigations, both as regards his person, as well as other members of the LDP.

It also will help insure he is not convicted, which will make it easy for him to simply slide right back into another position later after everyone has forgotten this.

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Posted in: Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascendancy to throne; pledges to fulfill his duty as symbol of the state See in context

His father actually made efforts to cultivate diplomacy by admitting the imperial blood line's link to Korea.

Remains to be seen if Naruhito has the courage to concretely contribute to his stated mission.

https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2001/dec/28/japan.worlddispatch?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCKAE%3D#aoh=15717366415104&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fworld%2F2001%2Fdec%2F28%2Fjapan.worlddispatch

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Posted in: Iran says oil tanker struck by 2 missiles off Saudi Arabia See in context

We all know who is trying to goad Iran into a conflict, standard playbook procedure.

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Posted in: Former education minister makes waves by linking same-sex marriage to revising constitution See in context

Blatant transparent attempt to get the public behind Constitution change simply to get onto article 9.

People have been fooled by less.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

Winning the bid at all costs was the prime objective, as it will be a huge cash cow for the privileged elite.

Actually taking care of the games/athletes/spectators was obviously a secondary consideration, which is confirmed clearly now with this news.

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Posted in: Japan, China may boost ties over next decade, depending on U.S. See in context

Anyone who knows the actual security relationship between Japan and the US (and who actually pulls the strings) will not pay any attention to this article.

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

This is just yet another symptom of the system installed post-1945.

Get ready for more such elite-friendly measures down the line, unless people begin to wake up to how the LDP came to power and who put them there.

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Posted in: Forever 21 to close all stores, online shop in Japan by late Oct See in context

Gasp what a tragedy, trendy clothes shop to shut.

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Posted in: U.S. emphasizes diplomacy in standoff with Iran See in context

Anyone seriously believe the "diplomacy" schtick?- Just a ruse to garner more support for another offensive in the Middle East.

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Posted in: WMO urges drastic action as global average temperature set to rise again See in context

[ This is no longer science fiction but is the only way for this civilization to survive. We work hard together and we just might have a slim chance. Drag it out, put it off and fail to cooperate and it's all over. ]

When did everyone ever work hard together for a sustained period of time regarding such a contentious topic? The only possibility would be if the US did a severe about-face and basically forced everyone to be extremely green...Big Oil suddenly going to roll over? Military going to significantly curtail their consumption of fossil fuels within the near future?

This is the legacy of the 20th century. We know who rose to prominence and what sort of policies they have spread around the world via free markets/mass consumerism. This is the bed that has been made for all of us to lie in.

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Posted in: U.S. military presenting range of options to Trump on Iran See in context

[ Any decision may depend on whether U.S. and Saudi investigators are able to provide direct evidence that the cruise missile and drone strike was launched by Iran, as a number of officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have asserted. ]

Of course they will provide the "hard evidence."

This was going to happen the minute Trump negated the nuclear agreement Iran had worked out with the previous administration.

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Posted in: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern See in context

Iran saw what happened to Iraq.

Last thing they want to do is start a war.

US has no problem invading another country under false premises, i.e. "Saddam has WMD," phantom attack (Gulf of Tonkin incident triggering attempted invasion of Vietnam), etc.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

Zichi,

The nuclear power project has also been a huge cash cow for those behind it, both in the US and their LDP collaborators.

Meanwhile normal citizens brace for the 10% tax rate next month, and word is it will be raised appreciably more in the years to come.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says Tokyo prosecutors lack impartiality See in context

In a true democratic legal system a person is innocent until proven guilty and the prosecutors must build a case to convince the judge (and jury) of their guilt. However, in the Japanese system. it is the defence who must build a case to prove their innocence while the prosecutors treat the accused as a convicted criminal.

Which brings up the question- Is post-war Japan therefore at its basis actually NOT a democracy? If not, how did that happen? Who made it that way, and for what reason?

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Posted in: Shinkansen to require reservations for large suitcases from next May See in context

If the care so much about making customers happy, why not simply provide an area on the trains for large luggage as in other countries?

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Posted in: China, Japan, S Korea to step up cultural ties despite disputes See in context

Every country hides certain things in their history and exaggerates others- it's called statesmanship.

Yet equally, generally when normal citizens interact face to face, they find a way to get along.

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Posted in: 60% of spent nuclear fuel in Japan to be stored in metal casks See in context

Nuclear power is basically a great cash cow for the state as no one can accurately assess the costs except for the government and their affiliates...so expect more nuclear power rather than green alternatives

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

[ "There has been a generational shift," said Andrew Horvat, a visiting professor at Josai International University.

"Those who saw Korean conscript laborers in their emaciated condition forced to work in Japanese mines and companies have died or are very, very old," he said.

"The failure to reach consensus on a difficult past ... has resulted in a lack of tolerance in a new generation that sees things in a less nuanced manner, devoid of real experience." ]

[ Diplomats have reached out to domestic and foreign media with detailed briefings and handouts on the dispute.

"I think there is very strong pressure, especially toward major media such as NHK," said Kozo Nagata, a former NHK producer and professor of media studies at Musashi University. ]

[ Electoral system changes and three years in opposition helped ultra-conservative lawmakers and lobby groups strengthen their clout in the LDP.

"It's like the NRA (National Rifle Association) in the United States. A very small group ... can leverage the democratic system in a direction the majority do not wish to go," Horvat said.

Pressure inside the LDP for a tough stance is strong.

In June, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya came under fire from party colleagues for smiling before cameras at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart. ]

Interesting how different an issue can be presented depending on who is researching and writing-

https://www.reutersbest.com/articles/view/3205/journalist-spotlight-linda-sieg-on-reuters-award-winning-abenomics-coverage

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic premium ticket packages to sell for up to ¥6 mil See in context

[ Please click here to apply and for more information about the different kinds of packages and services. ]

Says it all, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Unlawful sales of Japan Post Insurance products found See in context

@kohakuebisu

Everyone knows full well who has been overseeing the privatization of Japan Post, and if you believe gov't officials don't have their fingers in this pie I have tickets for the opening and closing 2020 Summer Olympic games ceremonies you can buy.

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