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Posted in: China urges Japan's PM candidates not to meddle in internal affairs See in context

China is not going to invade Taiwan...the issue is just being used for political point scoring.

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Posted in: GSDF troops begin nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 years See in context

Well, gotta justify those record defense spending budget requests. Roll out the hardware.

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Posted in: Suga says N Korean missile launches threaten Japan's security See in context

The missiles did not enter Japanese territory, Japan's Defense Ministry said. They are also believed to have landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, the country's coast guard said.

So what's the fuss then?....there wouldnt be an election coming up by any chance?

Following the launch, Suga called a meeting of the National Security Council and instructed his government to continue gathering information while ensuring the safety of marine and air traffic.

Sounds like a totally effective response.

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Posted in: Japanese university developing coronavirus vaccine in form of a nasal spray See in context

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that it has entered an exclusive long term strategic partnership with Canadian biotech firm SaNOtize Research to manufacture, market and distribute its breakthrough Nitric Oxide Nasal Spray (NONS) for Covid‐19 treatment in India and other Asian markets. It expects to launch the nasal spray this year under the brand name 'FabiSpray' in India. '

Well, in light of this ..the professor,s hope to have this on the market within a couple of years might be just a bit late, by that time the market will be cornered by competition.

TIJ par for course.

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Posted in: Scientists debate promise, peril of tweaking wild genomes See in context

Stop screwing around with nature.

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Posted in: Kono announces bid to become next prime minister See in context

Kono will win and retain the leadership position until at least 2030. He has the necessary skills for doing so.

I hope so. For all his faults Kono would be the best bet out of the three to nudge Japan kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Thanks for trying to get rid of the hanko and faxes at least Taro :)

I'm betting on Kishida

Me too."

Kishida would be the compromise choice for the LDP shadow a bit younger, leans a little bit towards progress ( but not as much as Kono ) and is much easier to control. If the rank and file LDP members get a free vote however ( as the younger members have been pushing for ) Kono might get across the line. But I agree Kishida is more likely to get it at this stage due to the backroom deals.

There are two more rumored people who are contemplating to bid their candidacy: Shigeru Ishiba and Seiko Noda.

Ishiba is a good guy but his chance had passed and he said yesterday he is not gonna run , his faction members are falling behind Kono. Noda has not enough support and no chance. Same as the ultra right wing poster girl Takaichi, despite Abe,s public backing.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuation seekers enter Pakistan to head for Japan See in context

Let's see if they get their refugee application approved as quickly as the Myanmar Olympic soccer team goalie. Any bets ?

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Posted in: Aso, Kono meet to discuss LDP leadership race See in context

Kono leans toward keeping nuclear energy and male imperial lineage.

He needs to say those things right now to get the support of conservatives within the factions. As do Kishida and this moment he is the best chance at at least some kind of a reform, out of the three.

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

I don't know how long you have been here @Foreigner In Tokyo - but since I've been here there have been 6 non LDP PM's - 3 of which lasted more than a year, the longest at 1 year and 196 days, and that was by a stretch

That maybe true but how many LDP PM,s and how long did they last on average during during that same period? Last time opposition was in power they had incredible bad luck with the 3/11 earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi fiasco strinking and consequently DPJ took the blame for decades of LDP,s N- industry mismanagement.

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

Suga, who is stepping down as LDP leader after his term ends Sept 30 amid criticism over his handling of the pandemic, is set to consult with members of his cabinet

What is there to consult about ffs?

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Posted in: German Foreign Ministry says ambassador to China has died See in context

Germany would not have sent someone to China with any health issues. Just saying.I Itrust the Germans will conduct a full coronial investigation into this. implying the Chinese got rid off him for some reason ? People don't suddenly have heart attacks or strokes?...Tragic but not uncommon.

Even so called healthy people can just die.

Indeed. Unfortunately a lot of conditions go undiagnosed until the worst happens.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases fall to 968; nationwide tally 8,234 See in context

Right on schedule to drop below 500 and enable lifting of SOE in time for the LDP leadership vote and the subsequent national election this fall. It's an LDP miracle...hallelujah!

2000 tests. Give me a break"

2000 tests's what a backwater provincial town does on a bad day in the rest of the " advanced world ".

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Posted in: Japan cosmetics maker to exit S Korea amid anti-Korean post protest See in context

Yeah, being a loud mouth racist is not good for business in 2021... What a revelation for DHC.

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Posted in: Abe supports conservative ally Takaichi as Suga's successor See in context

According to lots of JT Spin Doctors:

1) Japan would not be able to complete the Olympic Stadium on time, consequently would be the first and only country unable to be ready for the games;

Never seen this opinion pushed on JT by " lots of JT spin doctors "....I call BS.

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Posted in: Putin calls absence of Russia-Japan peace treaty 'nonsense' See in context

As far as I'm concerned, if you start a war, slaughter hundreds of thousands of people and then loose that war, you're lucky to be left with the entirety of your country much less worry about a few uninhabited islands. 

That's only because you never read the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations or the text of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty or the 1855 Treaty of Shimoda between Russia and Japan. What is it they call "bliss"?

No , they call it common sense, he is right . It's been over 70 years since Japan lost the war ..." get over it " isn't that what the right-wing loves to tell other countries re WW2? Hypocrisy much?

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Posted in: Putin calls absence of Russia-Japan peace treaty 'nonsense' See in context

Russia doesn't need more land or islands Mr. Putin...... IT NEEDS BETTER LEADERSHIP AND WEALTH DISTRIBUTION

Japan needs that as much as Russia.

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Posted in: Double delight as Japan claims two gold in Paralympics badminton See in context

Well done.

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Posted in: Suga's one-year term recalls Japan's revolving door era See in context

Especially when he made his focus 1) GoTo Campaigns, 2) Olympics.

The worse "leader" a country could have imagined.

100% agreed , Suga was useless no charisma or leadership skills, arrogance and ignorance of the public opinion worst choice to be a PM during the pandemic.

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Posted in: Senior police officer arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

Police said 53 seconds of footage of the woman was found on Matsushita’s smartphone.

Police said Matsushita, who was on his way to work at the time, has denied the charge

So a minute of under the skirt footage is on his smartphone but he is denying the charge. Would be interesting to hear his explanation....your honor, the phone attached itself to my hand, positioned itself under the woman,s skirt and started recording all on its must be the manufacturer's fault. On par with the " car accelerated all on its own line of defense.

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Posted in: Paralympians hailed as records fall on day 11 See in context

Well done to all the Paralympians.

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Posted in: Putin calls absence of Russia-Japan peace treaty 'nonsense' See in context

The U.S., U,.K. and the European Parliament consider the four islands to be Japanese territory under Russian occupation. It's not just Japan."

Obviously Putin doesnt give a toss what US and NATO members think about this , he knows it's just lip service . Nobody cares about these islands apart from Japan,s right wing....the same dudes that hypocritically tell other countries to " get over " and " move on " from WW2 issues as it's been 70 years already.

By the way, the name “Vladivostok“ in Russian means “conquer the east.” And you expect Japan to trust you?

Think Putin cares ? He holds all the cards , Japan has none.

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Posted in: Putin calls absence of Russia-Japan peace treaty 'nonsense' See in context

Return the islands to Japanese administration and you can have your peace treaty, Vlad. Until then, no deal and no aid.

Yeah, in the right wing dreams - return the islands?...Watch Putin give whoever the next rotating door Japanese PM will be the finger if they persist with the same nonsense.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono to run in LDP leadership race See in context

This guy is a compulsive liar. He’s been lying to the public consistently. His only goal in life is becoming Prime Minister.

Thats pretty much a requirement if one wants to be an LDP politician. Having said that Kono is smarter than the rest and has a bit of an independent streak in him. Hence the shadow men of Jiminto are likely to decide on Kishida as he is more of a yes man.

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Posted in: Surprise, criticism abound among public over Suga's resignation See in context

Worst PM in decades if not leadership, no vision, no charisma.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

This was not Suga,s first choice but it became blindingly obvious he had no support amongst public and neither amongst so many LDP members that were dreading loosing their seats ( = cushy paychecks ) if Suga were to lead LDP to the election.

What a pity! With Suga as president of the LDP, the general election would have looked bleak for the LDP. A new "old face" will get more votes from the people who are easily tricked.

Fully agree with you....wish LDP got the drubbing it deserves under the useless farmer at the next ballot box...under "new face" Kishida they will do better electoraly , no doubt.

 I bet this was the plan all along. Suga was there as the punching bag and fall guy for the Olympics. How else would a non Blue Blood strawberry farmer from Tochigi rise through the ranks to become the PM? He's not one of the sacred cows.

Think so too Aly, Kishida will likely warm the seat for his boss ( Shinzo ) possible return.

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

I'm continuously mystified how Japan bends over backwards for the elderly.Japan is unwilling to hold the elderly accountable for anything, while at the same time giving them special privileges and status.

Well said, problem is that those in charge of making such decisions ie senior bureaucrats and politicians are precisely those same geriatrics you are talking about.

These are the same people who amassed a fortune during the bubble economy and have a stockpile of money, yet abuse the medical system on a daily basis and put the most strain on it while simultaneously having the lowest co-pay ratio among the entire population.

Not all of them, but a large portion, yes, agreed.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,099 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,228 See in context

Tokyo area is already 1,016 more at this time compared to the first 2 days of August."

Because of Delta. Other countries have posted similar numbers. You can't compared Alpha's numbers to Delta's numbers, they are totally different

Nonsense much?... He isn't comparing Delta to Alpha, First 2 days of September 2021 vs first 2 days of August 2021 is comparing to Delta to Delta - obvious to anyone apart from govt bots.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,099 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,228 See in context

Until they include all the private PCR sites numbers I’ll take stock in these numbers. The rest of Japan is going up, ICU numbers are up in Tokyo and Osaka is erecting a COVID ICU tent.

LDP magic is beginning to work...election is on the horizon..numbers will gradually decrease to 500 to allow lifting of SOE just before the sheeple head to the ballot box to re-elect the mighty covid conquering LDP yet again. The J- democracy joke.

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

Good. Hope he dies in jail. I suspect some trickery will be employed though to ensure he doesn't spend a day behind bars.

Wouldn't be surprising in the least, unfortunately.

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Posted in: Gov't considers extending state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

Hit the like button - Japan has done a great Japan dealing with Covid 19. The cases are trending downward, vaccination rates are up, and the economy is strong and everyone who wants a job has a job. Good job team Japan and well done J government.

Japan govt has done well only in some far away LDP imaginary parallel world. Nice new name but still not speaking any wisdom, yawn.

Japan still at bottom of G8 and still no light at the end of tunnel except in Suga,s magic glasses.

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