the LDP was built using Yakuza money alongside CIA slush funds. The LDP owes its existence to the Yakuza. I would not be surprised if the Yakuza also order their members to go out and vote for the LDP. Then the gov turns around and does this. Strange.
All about keeping up appearances. The public at-large has no idea about the true origins of the LDP.
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Confused. Are you referring to yaks or LDP?
The CIA is the master of both. The ones who have been responsible for all crappy events going in Japan since 1945.
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Chinese money in Macau and Siem-Reap does not automatically mean the same goes down in Japan.
Japan is on a different level compared to Macau and Cambodia. Further, what's happened there is clear for everyone to see...make sense for the LDP to be, like, "Yes, let's go the same way and give it all to them"?
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Septim DynastyToday 11:36 am JST
Chinese businesspeople and crime syndicates are going to win bigly! They have been lobbying and bribing the Japanese LDP cronies to make sure that gambling will be legal in Japan. Now, they might finally be successful.
More money will flow inside Japan as well, many rich people across the world will come and gamble.
Japan will become even more attractive, especially to those wealthy.
The accurate demographics will be Chinese and Vietnamese, who are the most hardcore gamblers in the world. Just look at Las Vegas, it is always crawled with Chinese and Vietnamese Americans at weekends.
At the same time, it will be a magnet for crimes in Japan. Chinese and Vietnamese syndicates and black companies will dominate most of the Japanese gambling industry. As you can see what is happening in Cambodia, Chinese and Vietnamese casinos are everywhere, and their gambling revenues fly straight into the foreigners' pockets not the Cambodians. The same thing will repeat in Japan! Not to mention that Chinese shady businesspeople have bribed a prominent LDP figure, so their political influence over Japan may be greater than we thought.
Two questions. Why did the Sands pull out, and what is the government's plan for organized crime?
Americans do not have patience to wait Abe or Suga wrestling successfully against regional bureaucrats to get the gambling bill legalized. Secondly, they don't want to bribe the Japanese politicians every single year like the Chinese do - sort of tributary pay to the local politicians. Thirdly, they really hate the Japanese tax codes and rates. Having no hope to see Japanese tax rates dropping down soon.
In regard of organized crimes, Japan simply imports the Chinese triads and Vietnamese syndicates into their country. Yakuzas are now a bunch of toothless pansies, so the foreign syndicates may give them jobs unofficially. Solving the Yakuza unemployment crisis! The J-govt killed the Yakuza, just to import their foreign counterparts. Thanks, Obama (Yakuza sanctions from the US Treasury in 2008) !
Like I said above, most customers of Japanese casinos will be Chinese and Vietnamese. This will be a huge magnet for foreign organized crimes and black companies who will absolutely launder the casino profits, under the guidance of respective Communist Parties, back to their nations. Japan may get the profitable perks of service economy around the casino, but the gambling revenues will mostly go back to China or Vietnam. Going to be used to fund more of the CCP and VCP's clandestine overseas operations.
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Highlights the ignorance of posters and readers, and the willingness to immediately tar and feather China. Absolutely no documentation to support the claim that the lion's share of the casino money will go to China/Vietnam. Anyone who thinks the LDP would push for this project just to have all the profits go to their allies' rivals (and that the US would simply stand by helplessly) is really gullible, naive, and easily led.
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People seem to have amnesia. Or just never knew.
[ The rival Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which had ruled Japan nearly uninterrupted for decades, had long been tied to Japan’s underworld and ridden by scandals. ]
[ The scandal began in January, when the Akahata Shimbun reported that a front company for the country’s largest crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, had donated ¥180,000 over two years to a branch of the LDP — the Tokyo No. 11 district — headed by Shimomura. The company is banned from accepting public works and recognized by the police in Osaka as a yakuza operation, specifically a Yamaguchi-gumi Kodo-kai operation. ]
[ TOKYO - Was it plain coincidence or uncanny timing? On the same day that Japanese opposition lawmakers asked to see the guest list for a controversial spring garden party hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the list was shredded by Cabinet Office employees. ]
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OxycodinToday 01:34 pm JST
You know how this will end up a bunch of YAK fights running the business
Obviously, along with US muscle/LDP back-up, let's get real.
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Yakuza are still stronger than you can imagine.
For the sake of the LDP's image (who they actively support and coordinate with), they have simply hidden themselves better by getting into legit businesses for cover. Rest assured they will also coordinate with the Chinese syndicates / empower themselves through this casino project.
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We already know an LDP lawmaker was arrested for exploiting this project for his own pocket, then had the gall to try to bribe himself out of that...the continuance of this project sure to attract more scum and empower criminal syndicates. Good going Suga continuing on with the same old.
[ TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Japanese lawmaker charged with bribery was rearrested Thursday by prosecutors for allegedly offering witnesses money to falsely testify in court in connection with a casino graft scandal.
In a rare development, Tsukasa Akimoto, a 48-year-old House of Representatives member, was rearrested while out on bail after being indicted for receiving 7.6 million yen ($72,000) worth of bribes from a Chinese gambling operator in 2017 and 2018 when he was in charge of Japan's move to legalize casino resorts.
Akimoto, who left the ruling Liberal Democratic Party shortly before his initial arrest in December, denied the latest allegation when he was reached by reporters before being rearrested.
He is suspected of asking a former adviser to the Chinese company 500.com Ltd., who had also been released on bail, to give false testimony in return for 30 million yen through his supporters in June and July, according to the prosecutors.
The prosecutors earlier this month arrested three of Akimoto's supporters and looked into his involvement.
One of the arrested supporters has admitted to conspiring with Akimoto, according to investigative sources, while Akimoto has said, "I'm not involved. I don't know why this happened." ]
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That ship sailed a long time ago.
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Capt USAToday 04:26 pm JST
Yes, it was nefarious and not something either government is proud of. I always feel a bit sickened whenever I read about our giving the likes of Kishi and other war criminals the VIP treatment.
But should it not have been done? Sure, with hindsight one can posit that the Cold War might have been won without this or that CIA coup, but one must remember the geopolitical situation in the 50s.
The Soviet Union and its beneficiaries were not much less a threat to the world than Germany and Japan had been, and they certainly didn't play by the rules, so we could hardly afford to, either.
It's far more significant that America, by imposing democratic rule, gave the Japanese people sovereignty over their nation; something their own leaders never did. Not to mention freedom of speech, equality of women, etc.
Yes clearly it is so truly democratic here that posts on news websites with factual but 'inconvenient' information are deleted. How right your are.
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It's times like this that one can view an individual's true colors.
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In other words another in a long line of LDP stooges who will continue to buy ever increasing larger amounts of weapons from the US and continue to help antagonize the countries necessary to justify their procurement.
It was the CIA who established the LDP with these type of aims in mind.
[ In a major covert operation of the cold war, the Central Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars to support the conservative party that dominated Japan's politics for a generation.
"This story reveals the intimate role that Americans at official and private levels played in promoting structured corruption and one-party conservative democracy in post-war Japan, and that's new," said John Dower, a leading Japan scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "We look at the L.D.P. and say it's corrupt and it's unfortunate to have a one-party democracy. But we have played a role in creating that misshapen structure." ]
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[ Military-industrial complex, network of individuals and institutions involved in the production of weapons and military technologies. The military-industrial complex in a country typically attempts to marshal political support for continued or increased military spending by the national government.
The term military-industrial complex was first used by U.S. Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address on January 17, 1961. Eisenhower warned that the United States must “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex,” which included members of Congress from districts dependent on military industries, the Department of Defense (along with the military services), and privately owned military contractors—e.g., Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. Eisenhower believed that the military-industrial complex tended to promote policies that might not be in the country’s best interest (such as participation in the nuclear arms race), and he feared that its growing influence, if left unchecked, could undermine American democracy.
Although Eisenhower is credited with the phrase and many scholars regarded the phenomenon as new, elements of the domestic and international military-industrial complex predate his landmark address. Military forces have been funded overwhelmingly by national governments, which historically have been the target of lobbying efforts by bureaucrats in military-related ministries, by legislators from districts containing military bases or major military manufacturing plants, and by representatives of private firms involved in the production of weapons and munitions. Because the goals and interests of these various actors broadly coincide, they tend to support each other’s activities and to form mutually beneficial relationships—what some critics have called an “iron triangle” between government officials, legislators, and military-industrial firms. For example, legislators who receive campaign contributions from military firms may vote to award funding to projects in which the firms are involved, and military firms may hire former defense-ministry officials as lobbyists. ]
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Something is seriously wrong with that part of society not only in Japan, but greater Asia. Celebrities in Japan and South Korea in particular seem prone to suicide.
It doesn't seem to happen that often with celebrities in other parts of the world.
The entertainment industry in these two countries is rife with darkest happenings that one would not wish on one's worst enemy...and yes, criminal syndicates are very much a part of the equation.
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Hey Bambi welcome to the real world.
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[ Whales flee from the loud military sonar used by navies to hunt submarines, new research has proven for the first time. The studies provide a missing link in the puzzle that has connected naval exercises around the world to unusual mass strandings of whales and dolphins.
Beaked whales, the most common casualty of the strandings, were shown to be highly sensitive to sonar. But the research also revealed unexpectedly that blue whales, the largest animals on Earth and whose population has plummeted by 95% in the last century, also abandoned feeding and swam rapidly away from sonar noise.
The strong response observed in the beaked whales occurred at noise levels well below those allowed for US navy exercises. "This result has to be taken into consideration by regulators and those planning naval exercises," said Stacy DeRuiter, at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, who led one of the teams. ]
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By coincidence met someone from Mobara last week...apparently that town is rife with yakuza.
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HBJToday 02:48 pm JST
@moonbloom - Of course, that makes complete sense. My brain clearly wasn’t working properly this morning
.Yeah mornings after a national holiday hehe.
As mentioned above criminal syndicates have no problem unloading the rice to restaurants, especially when you consider that the yakuza own a lot of the restaurants, bars, etc. For them it's a great way to dramatically increase their profits.
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HBJToday 08:16 am JST
Something seems strange to me about this story.
Who would steal 3.7 tons of rice and what would they do with it?
Criminal syndicates can easily sell it for an easy profit. Naturally they don't care about the people's lives they damage (and obviously they are the ones with the organization and resources to pull off such heists).
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What people don't get is that although Abe is officially 'retired,' obviously he intends to continue as a behind-the-scenes fixer as his grandfather was, so tweeting about this is a calculated move meant to solidify his standing with his right-wing buddies and yakuza friends.
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Okay now we know one of the real reasons why Abe quit.
Now it's up to Suga to shoulder the blame.
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So long as what he attempted to do continues to be celebrated in porn, he won't be the last, in Japan or anywhere else.
Kind of like making guns freely available, celebrating gun violence in movies and historical narratives, then hoping it doesn't occur in real life.
Well, anything for a buck, right? After all, it's my "freedom of expression" to promote my soapland clubs and keep the money flowing for my organization.
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You all want to pay more taxes that lawmakers make fortunes via kickbacks etc from keep buying the nonsense put out there by the military industrial complex.
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Like his grandfather, a US stooge only out to enhance the fortunes of himself and his colleagues by helping build the military industrial complex
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“A friend of mine works at a rental car company and they say this happens sometimes – some people even hire cars to commit crimes.”
Most plausible explanation assuming the perp has some rational faculty intact.
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The legacy of 'real democracy' exhibited by the LDP party which was covertly established by the US in Japan in the post-war era
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One can only speculate for now...However one thing that is for certain is that show business can be very shady, and actresses are often pressured to do various things to advance (or in some cases save) their career.
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[ Together with Trump, Abe has "made the U.S.-Japan alliance, and our overall relationship, the strongest it has ever been," the official said in a statement.
The two countries have been able to "significantly" advance their shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, an idea promoted amid China's rising clout and assertiveness in the region, and the United States is looking forward to working with Abe's successor, the official added.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running in the November election as the Democratic presidential nominee against Trump, said on Twitter that he is "sad" to see Abe's departure but added "the strong alliance between our countries and peoples will continue for generations to come."
Abe contributed to strengthening the alliance as he pushed ahead to expand Japan's role in regional security and international peace-building efforts, such as through the enactment of legislation that loosened the constraints imposed by Japan's postwar pacifist Constitution, according to experts on Japan-U.S. relations.
The legislation, which took effect in 2016, has led U.S. and Japanese troops to work more closely than ever in peacetime efforts as well as in the event of contingencies including situations where Japan judges the need to exercise the right to collective self-defense, or defend allies under armed attack even when Japan itself is not attacked. ]
Abe chan simply followed in his grandfather Kishi Nobusuke's footsteps, as "After World War II, Kishi was imprisoned for three years as a Class A war crime suspect. However, the U.S. government released him as they considered Kishi to be the best man to lead a post-war Japan in a pro-American direction. "
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Well after all you couldn't save your legacy with the Olympics, could you, Abe?- When you do crooked things behind the scenes, they will catch up with you in the end. Your reign has ended on a down note, pal, see ya later.
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Posted in: It’s hoped that foreign students would join Japanese firms after graduation and continue living in the country. Furthermore, foreign students are, in fact, supporting Japan’s workforce as part-timers. It’s necessary for Japanese public and private sectors, and academics, to jointly develop a system to welcome foreign students as members of Japanese society.