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Posted in: Everyone who was working within government departments thought that what the United States was trying to do was strange, but they all stopped their critical thinking under the excuse 'This is an issue See in context

It's well worth reading the full article.

Taku Yamasaki ( secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party under Koizumi ) said, "Japan has a 'manufacturer's responsibility' for creating IS because it agreed to the start of the Iraq War. In that sense, an inquiry into that war is necessary."

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607070039.html

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Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate See in context

“I take it as people’s strong confidence in Abenomics and for its acceleration.”

How can you accelerate something that doesn't exist?

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Posted in: LDP policy chief Inada calls for changing pacifist constitution See in context

Comedy gold.

Here is Tomomi Inada, Abe's chosen successor, smiling happily with her friend Kazunari Yamada, leader of the Japan Nazi Party:

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2140963578944305601

There's Sanae Takaichi, the internal affairs minister and a very close friend of Yoshiro Mori, also smiling as she poses with Kazunari Yamada, leader of the Japan Nazi Party:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/09/neo-nazi-photos-pose-headache-for-shinzo-abe

Birds of a feather...

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Posted in: Iraq war was illegal, says Blair's former deputy See in context

As the late Nobel prize winner Harold Pinter said, "The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism ...inspired by a series of lies upon lies...responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people. We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people, and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal?”

Blair and Jack Straw should be in the dock in the Hague, alongside Bush, Rumsfeld and the rest of the war criminals. Sadly, it will never happen. Meanwhile ISIS, created as a direct result of that illegal war, continues to terrorize the planet, the spawn of Bush and Blair's lies.

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Posted in: Inmates on hunger strike at Osaka immigration detention center See in context

"A key source of gray-market labor for Subaru’s suppliers is asylum seekers. In Japan, these people fall broadly into two categories: The bigger group of asylum seekers is made up of those who are allowed to work and have permits that need to be renewed every six months. A smaller group is made up of asylum seekers who are on “provisional release” from immigration detention and are working without permits. Under government immigration rules, these people are allowed to stay in the country while their asylum applications are reviewed. But they are not allowed to work."

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/japan-subaru/

So, in effect many of these detainees are paid slaves for Japanese companies, with no rights at all. An absolutely disgraceful situation.

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Posted in: New fashion brand for large-breasted women smashes crowdfunding goal See in context

'Japanese girls must be punished for having big boobs'. Now, you don't punish anyone, Japanese or otherwise, for having big boobs. If anything, they should be rewarded.

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Posted in: Japanese satellite made 'surprise' find before failure See in context

$250m for some X-rays of gas! I could have done that for a tenth of the price....

They should have bought a FRench one.

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Posted in: Hop in See in context

Seems like it was made in France.

Just like Softbank's robot Pepper. We hear an awful lot about Japan's sparkling future of robotics and AI but how much is actually being created here? It seems like France and the US are streets ahead.

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Posted in: Pleased to meet me See in context

New Renaissance Party

How right wing are they?

A) Right wing of Attila the Hun

B) Right wing of Adolf Hitler

C) Right wing of Margaret Thatcher

D) Very, very right wing.

E) Right wing.

F) It's a state secret.

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Posted in: Put a Brazilian twist on succotash with black beans See in context

Where do you buy the ingredients in Tokyo?

You can't. This is an American recipe for people who live in the US.

What's serrano?

It's a small pig from Andalusia in Spain.

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Posted in: It appears that elements that do not look kindly on having an individual who has been critical of the current administration appear at a noted event like Fuji Rock are using the logic that politics sh See in context

Well what's he got yo be afraid of?

The journalist, Daisuke Tsuda, didn't make the comment himself. He's reporting what other people have said. Unfortunately, we don't know who they are or what they said.

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' season finale scores record ratings See in context

I come here to read news about the country that I live in not some fantasy

Considering that most of what comes out of the LDP is pure fantasy you'd be better off watching Game Of Thrones.

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Posted in: Abe campaigns on 'stability' ticket as Brexit rocks markets See in context

Why are a bunch of ̶g̶a̶i̶j̶i̶n̶s̶ ̶ Japanese global companies meddling in the domestic politics of Britain?

Fixed it for you, sunbeam.

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Posted in: Iceland beats England 2-1 in shock of Euro 2016 See in context

I fail to see how this is such a shock, it was totally on the cards. Iceland have won more games and been putting the ball in the net more than us!

Iceland are a modern team in that they are very much more than the sum of their parts, like Athletico Madrid or Leicester. It's great to see intelligence, organisation and heart beating the supposedly more skilled but fractured and spiritless play of England.

Also, where were the England fans? I could barely hear them singing. Did they lose heart as well?

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Posted in: Turmoil deepens as Scotland threatens to block Brexit; 11 Labour Party members quit See in context

@ us reamer

This sudden rush to force out Corbyn is also about the imminent general release of the Chilcot report and it's apparent "savaging" of Blair. The report will be debated in parliament in a couple of weeks and the very last thing the Blairites want is Corbyn standing up to denounce him, hence this shocking campaign to discredit a democratically elected leader.

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/06/still-iraq-war-stupid/

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Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum See in context

Let the people who want to have another Referendum pay for it out of their own pockets.

Even by the standards of the comments regularly posted here this is utter drivel. Congratulations.

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Posted in: Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU See in context

Well, I'd take Obama over Boris Johnson, idiot posh boy Cameron and the guffawing clown Farage any day of the week. Obama has dignity and gravitas, Trump is a buffoon. You must be crazy to want Trump. It's your election, though and you're welcome to it.

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Posted in: Abe says it is hard for now to revise arms-renouncing article of constitution See in context

I believe lying Abe is mentally unstable and not suitable to be prime minister.

There are many reasons he only managed a year in charge last time...

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Posted in: Asian central banks, policymakers wade in to calm markets after Brexit vote See in context

What a complete disaster. The turkeys haven't just voted for Christmas, they' ve sharpened the knife and are holding it to their own necks. It's beyond comprehension how these people have voted to burn their own country's future. Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Woman jailed for 4 years for murder, assisted suicide of parents See in context

What good can possibly come from putting this poor woman in jail for four years?

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Posted in: Fashion police want women to wear high heels See in context

Madame Yumiko is barking mad.

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Posted in: Japan's pension fund sues Toshiba for Y964 mil over accounting scandal See in context

The story tells us how big the rather irrelevant Norwegian fund is but not how big the Japanese one is.

According to this Bloomberg article it's $1.1 trillion. It's probably a good that the GPIF is going after this money because their gambling lost the fund $64 billion in just 3 months last year.

"The loss will test the resolve of the fund’s stewards and of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who called for the shift out of bonds to riskier assets such as equities as the government tries to spur inflation."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-30/japan-s-pension-whale-stands-by-stocks-after-64-billion-loss

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Posted in: I will do all I can to resolve the issue and work until the parents of abductees can embrace their loved ones again. See in context

The LDP knew all about the abductions back in the 1980s when they were happening but did nothing about it at the time, and actually covered them up. For Shinzo to claim the moral high ground here, while having achieved nothing at all, is an insult to the families still living in hope of seeing their lost relatives return.

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Posted in: Fewer Japanese seek marriage amid worries over income: poll See in context

It's a sad indictment of the LDP in general and the Abe regime in particular that any mention of moral courage will be met by howls of derision.

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Posted in: TEPCO admits delay in declaring 'meltdown' was cover-up See in context

And they have been able to taint Minshinto, and blame former PM Kan, all the time knowing that it was a pure lie, and nobody will call them on it. I'd like to see Abe stand up and refute the information that the Edano and others forced them not to use the word meltdown, but it will be a cold day in hell when that happens!

Bang on. On the 5th. anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and meltdown earlier this year there was a massive, co-ordinated, global media PR push by the pro-nuclear lobby to blame PM Kan for the subsequent deaths of those who passed away after being evacuated from their homes in Fukushima. Pretty much every major English-language media site I saw had articles about the anniversary and those with comment sections were swamped with anti-Kan and pro-nuclear posts. Many pet scientists ( mostly British ) were also rolled out in a shameful display of paid-for propaganda.

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Posted in: LDP has solid lead ahead of upper house vote: polls See in context

The level of journalism in this country is a joke.

There are good journalists here but their voices are increasingly being quieted. No-one is able to ask the hard questions out of fear and the LDP wouldn't answer anyway.

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Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets See in context

And yet another photograph of Shinzo pointing upwards....whereas there seemed to be a photo of the top of Renho's head briefly on the front page the other day. It's either this pose or the clenched-fist one.

It would be nice to see him doing things that normal people do: maybe watching a baseball game, enjoying a beer and some yakitori, chatting off-the-cuff with people in the street.

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Posted in: Woman pleads guilty to murder, assisted suicide of parents See in context

Another suspended sentence in the making...

One would hope so. A desperately sad story and the tip of the iceberg, unforunately.

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Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets See in context

But promised reforms have been slow in coming

And they never will because that would mean "reforming" the LDP's key support groups.

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Posted in: British PM warns of Brexit pain See in context

Vote remain.

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