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Posted in: Japan aims to maintain stakes in Russia's Sakhalin 2 energy project See in context

Naive in the extreme!

Japan Inc. want to have it both ways. Impose sanctions on one hand and still keep receiving competitive (read cheap) LNG.

J Gov. should prepare plan B to avoid rolling blackouts and reliable story to citizens.

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Posted in: Ukrainian students in Japan See in context

Should visit Nakasu area soon to see how many of them would be available there at a night time...

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

In in Nagahama in Shiga Prefecture??? LOL and wonder if any Russian/Belorussian tourists ever stayed overnight there before...

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Posted in: Japan rules out withdrawal from joint Russia gas project See in context

It is very simple.

Japanese government/METI cannot afford to let Mitsui/Mitsubishi to exit from Sakhalin-2 project. Otherwise domestic electricity and gas bills will sky rocket, also facing real risk of rolling blackouts across the country. If this happens Kishida and ruling party will be wiped out by the anger of the commoners and opposition party.

Typical hypocrite behavior.

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Posted in: Japan lists 7 items for supply action over current Russia dependence See in context

Sanctions game is a lose-lose game for both sides. Japan has no natural resources but cash, Russia vice-versa.

For instance, it is not only Japan who is hungry for palladium and neon. There are other big consumers of this rare earth metals, Taiwan, South, Korea, China, etc. At a time of semiconductor shortage competition for these rare items is going to be fierce.

Besides this article did not mention many other items imported from Russia such seafood (crab, salmon, etc), timber, precious gems, etc.

Rather than following the crowd, Japan again and again losing momentum to gain and become stronger. Too bad!

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Posted in: Japanese energy firms brace for possible supply cut from Russia See in context

If and when Russian LNG supplies to Japan halts, which I personally don't think happen, certainly it might become serious challenge for Japan to resolve. City gas and electricity prices will certainly soar. Besides and with all my sympathy to the people of Hiroshima, they might struggle the most as they use special LNG ship to deliver LNG to Hatsukaichi LNG terminal and there are very few plants worldwide which could cater for such a small LNG vessel. Perhaps preparing for settlement in Russian rubles could be an intermediate solution if that would be condition for continued supplies.

All of these could have been avoided should Japanese government moderated its actions against Russia though...

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Posted in: Japan to ban luxury car exports to Russia See in context

Is there any luxury Japanese car, can anyone name it? I mean Lexus, Infinity or Acura are just a bit more expensive than just mass market Toyota or Nissan, but pretty far from being called luxury...

Mitsuoka? Maybe. But how many of those are being exported to Russia.

Ban on second hand junk cars could have been much more serious blow, but apparently this is what is being called "minimizing the negative impact on Japanese companies' earnings"...

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Posted in: Russia invasion upends Olympic 'neutrality' — if it existed See in context

IOC and Thomas Bach is a complete joke and a travesty over the athletes who put their lives on the edge to achieve results and make happy sport lovers all over the world. Thomas Bach has been in IOC VP and President roles for over 20 years by now, longer than so much blamed Putin, and is a totally corrupt bureaucrat who's only ambition is to stay (make money) as the head of IOC as long as possible.

IOC is in need of a complete reorganization otherwise we can forget about the Olympic principles and the interest to the Games will diminish over the short period of time.

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Posted in: Japan to revoke Russia's most favored nation status over Ukraine See in context

Japanese Government should be very careful in this Russia bullying game.

Fact is Russia has done nothing directly harming Japan since after waging a war with Ukraine. Plus Ukraine is thousands miles away from Japan. Same time Japan had already imposed numerous one way sanctions (SWIFT, auto-industry, illegally seizing assets, now most favored nations ban, etc.) on to Russia, which mostly common Russian people will start to suffer from.

Russia now has all the liberty to impose counter-sanctions on Japan which would make not less severe blow to Japanese ordinary people when they would find theirs electricity bills sky-rocketing to the moon, if not blackouts in some areas.

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Posted in: Do you agree with the decision by many global companies to sever their business ties with Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine? See in context

It's sad, but reality is that it doesn't really matter whether commoners agree or disagree. Japan Inc will follow its government "informal" instructions which (J government) in turn will follow its suzerains' orders from Washington DC.

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Posted in: Ex-prosecutor Yoon elected South Korean president See in context

Following standard Korean practice, I wonder now how many years of prison term leaving president Moon will get?

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Posted in: Ex-prosecutor Yoon elected South Korean president See in context

Following standard Korean practice, I wonder now how many years of prison term leaving president Lee will get?

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Posted in: Ukraine's capital under threat as Russian forces close in See in context

The dog (West) may bark, but the caravan (Putin) moves on.

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Posted in: Japan to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis See in context

Japanese government had no way but to introduce its own sanctions as part of the G-7’s collective action against Russia. Same time, Japan is not keen shooting its own feet and thus introduced such laughable set of sanctions. The wolves are full and the sheep are whole.

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Posted in: G7 warns Russia of massive consequences if Ukraine invaded See in context

History repeats itself. 1962 Cuban missile crisis is the mirror case. Back then Soviet rockets were placed in the uncle Sam's backyard. These days NATO came all the way to Russian borders with all its mighty modern armament. Russia is naturally concerned just like JFK was back in the days, speaking of whom, he completely ignored Cuba being an independent country which had concluded bilateral agreement with USSR. So why so angry about Putin being concerned and acting to contain NATO's subscriber growth. Any other state which has a privilege on independent foreign policy would have reacted the same way. Problem is there are very few left however...

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Posted in: SDF holds drills in Hokkaido as it faces Russia, China threat See in context

Just a show to justify US$54bln military budget and keep it increasing year by year. Uncle Sam must be very happy about this.

Seriously, it is Japan as a state who has territorial disputes with all of its neighbors over Kuril islands, Dokdo, Diaoyu and not Russia, China, Korea. Hearing statements like possibility of "pre-emptive strikes" makes me think that either WW2 lesson wasn't learned well enough by Japan establishment or ruling cycles being a mere muppet in the hands of US Dep of Defence, which in both cases quite despicable.

Another thing is that cute SDF on its own won't stand a single chance in a modern warfare neither against China nor Russia.

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Posted in: Russia to send Japanese tycoon to ISS in return to space tourism See in context

Great example of Japanese-Russian collaboration. Thing is, when it not politicised, when it's on a individual level both sides mutually benefit from cooperation with each other. Go Maezawa - Go Roscosmos!

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Posted in: Russia deploys missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

Reading through the comments, it's quite amusing to see how Japanese propaganda works. Poor politicians being hostages of territorial dispute over Northern territories have no guts to get over this issue and forego it for good. Instead military agenda is being played over and over again all over across its borders (Northern territories, Senkaku and Takeshima) like it was about 150 years ago. Just look at numbers and content of Japan annual military budget, despite of Article 9 of Constitution of Japan it's just whopping US$50bln (almost on a par with Russia) as if the country prepares for war. The crowd is being brainwashed too, perhaps this is the only way for political establishment to hold to its power and .

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