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Posted in: Ghosn says he is helping everyone who stood by him See in context

If Ghosn was the sort of person he says he is, he wouldn’t have fled to Lebanon in the first place, betraying everyone who helped him in Japan.

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

From time immemorial, client states are supposed to give tribute to their master country.

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Posted in: Ex-SoftBank employee found guilty of passing secret info to Russia See in context

Before wasting time trying to revive its constitution, Japan really needs to enact an anti espionage law. Japan is the only major country that doesn’t have one.

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Posted in: 870,000 urged to evacuate after torrential rain lashes southwestern and central Japan See in context

Maybe El Niño is causing all these torrential rains.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly? See in context

Everybody knows but rarely says that the Tokyo Olympics is finished. The organizers should start thinking seriously about how to refund ticket holders.

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Posted in: Koike, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics See in context

So Tokyo is going to have another four years of the witching time.

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Posted in: Strike capability, other military options on table after Japan's Aegis U-turn See in context

No missile defense system, however sophisticated, can deter enemy nuclear attacks. The only effective deterrent is having your own nuclear capabilities. The trouble is, Japan’s biggest ally, the US, won’t allow Japan to acquire them. It is reported that Trump wanted more money from Japan to keep the US forces stationed there. So when are you leaving?

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Posted in: Suga goes mask-free in briefings as Tokyo fights virus See in context

It struck me as ill-mannered for the government spokesperson to appear in the press briefings covering his face with a face mask. Good thing he decided not to wear it.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, France prod companies to rely less on China, but few respond See in context

Those companies still reluctant to leave China, including Toyota Motors, would have happily done business with Hitler’s Germany.

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Posted in: Koike leads in Tokyo governor race: poll See in context

Another four years with this incompetent woman as governor of Tokyo? Give us a break.

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Posted in: Japanese university awards first-ever ninja studies degree See in context

JJ Jetplane

“4 years to become a stunt person “

As the professor said, it’s a course to learn about the ninja, not to become one.

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Posted in: Toyota, 3 major banks invest ¥8 billion to back space industry See in context

Toyota’s decision is timely and admirable. If the government is reluctant to fund space programs, we have no choice but to rely on donations from the private sector. I hope the car manufacturer and the three mega banks will also finance the linear collider project.

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Posted in: Gov't seeks more inclusion in education for foreign children in Japan See in context

And who’s going to pay for educating foreign children? Japanese payers, not the governments of the children’s home countries.

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

The US-Japan alliance is one-sided and unfair. To make it truly bilateral and fair, the US should allow Japan to have nuclear weapons and admit that the US made a mistake when it imposed the Constitution on Japan when the country was under US occupation.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi UFJ to ban financing for production of nuclear weapons See in context

Admirable decision or a money lender trying to buy a humane image?

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Posted in: Japan detects foreign submarine passing near Amami-Oshima See in context

By analyzing the sub’s engine noise, the MSDF must have been able to find out its origin.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan will bolster defense after scrapping missile system See in context


“the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio exceeds 250%”

Not to worry. You can improve the debt-to-GDP ratio by increasing the denominator (economic growth) rather than slashing the numerator (cutting spending).

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Posted in: Abe says Japan will bolster defense after scrapping missile system See in context

Offense is the best defense. The most effective deterrent against North Korean aggression is Japan acquiring nuclear capabilities.

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Posted in: Japan can't move ahead with U.S. missile defense system: Abe See in context


You wouldn’t mind if interceptor missile gear landed in your backyard or right on your head? However sophisticated, missile defense never works. You have to be lucky enough to shoot down all inbound missiles while your enemy achieves his goal if one of his nuke missiles hits the target.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap costly land-based U.S. missile defense system See in context

A very sensible decision to scrap the deployment of those exorbitantly expensive US-made toys. If the Aegis ashore is so effective in shooting down incoming enemy missiles, why aren’t they deployed on the US soil?

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Posted in: Race for Tokyo governor is Koike's to lose See in context

People have very short memories. They seem to have clean forgotten how Koike handled Toyosu fish market. This woman is not good for Tokyo.

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Posted in: Japan drifts back to money printing to battle pandemic See in context

In reality, the government doesn’t have to print money. It can create money out of thin air with just a few strokes over the keyboard.

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Posted in: Osaka aims to hold referendum on metropolis plan on Nov 1 See in context

This is not the right time to hold a referendum, especially when the whole country, including the hard-hit Osaka, is still recovering from the dire effects of the pandemic. The people of Osaka voted against the Osaka metropolis in 2015 and the issue was settled once and for all.

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Posted in: Journalist in Japan's #MeToo movement sues cartoonist for defamation See in context

Filing a lawsuit seeking 5.5 million yen in damages takes a lot of money. I wonder who’s financing Ms Shiori’s litigation.

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman arrested for abandoning body of newborn in park toilet See in context

Let’s pray for the soul of the baby boy whose life on earth was very short.

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Posted in: Rally against racism, in support of Black Lives Matter held in Tokyo See in context

Black lives matter. Of course. But they are protesting in the wrong country. As for two high school girls taking part in the rally , I’m sure they are good hearted and well-meaning people misled by the adults who organized the protest. I hope they won’t be exploited.

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Posted in: Xi's visit to Japan to take place after Nov: minister See in context

There’s no justification for inviting the champion of human rights violation as a state guest to Japan.

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Posted in: Approval rate for Abe's cabinet at 39%; lowest in 2 years: poll See in context

Neither the masks nor the form for the cash handout arrived yet. It’s a miracle Abe’s approval rating hasn’t plunged to a near zero.

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Posted in: Suicide hotlines busy as coronavirus ravages economy See in context

It’s called “Inochi-no denwa” or life hotline in Japanese.

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Posted in: Japan revises law to make more part-timers join pension program See in context

Two mistakes:

If people postpone the starting age for five years, from 65 to 70, the monthly amount will increase by 42%, not 84%. 

“Under the current system, People aged 60 to 64 whose monthly wage is more than 280,000 yen”

Correction: whose combined amount of monthly wage and monthly pension benefits exceeds 280,000.

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