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Posted in: China's Xi warns of 'grim' situation with Taiwan See in context

Reunification, when it comes, will trigger all sorts of secondary effects across Asia and beyond. Sensing that the tide has turned and the ancien regime is crumbling, the Yellow emperor fan club will suddenly be the only game in town as the ‘how now kow tow’ opportunists shamelessly abandon one set in stone certitude for another.

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Posted in: Tensions grow as U.S., allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement See in context

The suspect loyalties of the large diaspora increasingly present a challenge every bit as formidable as that of a revanchist Motherland, whose demands on their allegiance they ignore at their peril. Penalties for treasonably aiding and abetting militarily the West’s new bete noire may need ramping up to reflect this new reality.

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Posted in: Couple in their 70s found dead at home in suspected murder-suicide See in context

Both had been in the hospital but had been released, suggesting that whatever they had been suffering from, it wasn’t life threatening. Yet curiously, within a few weeks they’re both dead. We’re told it was a murder-suicide, but the evidence that it was health-related isn’t clearly stated, although it’s implied. If that is the working assumption, it would’ve been helpful to have been given more information about the exact nature of the difficulties they were experiencing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after stabbing mother on Kobe street See in context

Like a stuck record, our resident amen corner continue their refrain; 'these are outliers, and there’s nothing to see here, move along'. Their cherished belief in an Arcadian Japan, one that exists only in their imagination, brooks no contradiction and their deflections that stem from a stubborn desire not to want to confront the truth have begun to take on an almost surreal quality, despite the fact that incidents such as this one and the 20 year old who attacked his parents are now daily staples of crime reporting. Unpalatable as these daily proofs are, they aren’t going to be solved by the ostrich reflex, or mimicking the three wise monkeys, but by consigning the myth to the realm of mythology and henceforth joining the reality based community’s search for solutions.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting restaurant worker See in context

Police force in deed. On second thoughts, might not the gung ho behavior on display be part of a coordinated attempt to resuscitate an image tarnished recently by the cop busted for upskirting. All alternatives are bad, it’s just that some are less bad than others; which in many people’s eyes makes them good.

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

I will reply with "Kubla" Kane invasion of Japan

Charles Foster’s brother; not some crooked politician.

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Posted in: Man with pickaxe attacks vehicle carrying Beat Takeshi See in context

These news are getting crazier and crazier, maybe Japan society is getting some serious mental outbreak.

From mid June until mid September is always silly season here, with a surfeit of heat triggered craziness predictable as clockwork. The cooler weather heralds a return to relative normality and back to the pressures that foreshadow next year’s fun and games.

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Posted in: Surfer fatally bitten by shark off Australia's east coast See in context

I’ll just stay in the boat and have a Tooheys when ‘down under’.

A Tooheys or two, rather than a tooth. Wiseman, very.


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

Suga is a fall guy through and through, the epitome. His only function was to serve as a stop gap; to shoulder all the blame for the failed policies of his predecessor. The slate is now wiped clean; the Olympic debacle, the Go To campaign, the farcically unscientific lockdowns, the Einstein’s definition of insanity economic policies that have only served to keep the economy on life support for the past quarter century; all forgiven. All we need now is for Abe’s tummy troubles to miraculously clear up, then it’ll be deja vu all over again; where the past comes to life and we all get to be like virgins, for the very first time.

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Posted in: Man turns himself in, saying he killed his mother, dumped her body in mountains See in context

Universal Basic income is a necessary thing. 10 to 20% would be a good start. Not Enough to live on, but Enough to save each year to invest, take a vacation, do something new with your life. 

The basic pension, which people pay into for 40 years of their life, delivers around a cool 80万 a year. A UBI, if they ever got around to introducing one, presumably the last country in the world to do so, would surely be far less than the ‘generous’ 国民年金. You’d be lucky to get 十万円 (their most recent favourite number) which, once you factor in the additional taxes they’ll impose, will leave you with just a few coins to throw into the offertory box at the annual shrine visit. Or perhaps enough for a 年末ジャンボ flutter.

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

I wonder if he is charged with the equivalent of a felony charge?

And what miss demure would think about it if he was, or whether she’d even know the difference. Most likely he’ll lose a months salary, be demoted, and have to suffer the ribbing of his colleagues, at least those who haven’t been likewise outed in this way. There must be at least one or two.

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

Where’s Charles Atlas when you need him. Once again we’re treated to the unedifying spectacle of the people having sand kicked in their faces, mocked by well connected practitioners of the political dark arts and their fait accompli pronouncements. In this supposedly consensus driven society, there’s a palpable absence of public discussion preceding key decisions and very little sense that people feel invested in the political process . Little wonder there’s a reigning sense of fatalistic resignation to whatever is dished up. Even as an outsider, it’s depressing to observe how resigned the masses are to their lot.

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Posted in: New Zealand police kill man after he stabs 6 people at supermarket See in context

Chalk another one up to blowback for our reap what we sow meddling to ‘protect’ our interests (remind me what those are). Not content with stumping up all that moolah for a military presence outside our countries, we’re doubling down and importing, potentially, thousands more like him, necessitating the expenditure of more millions, which we haven’t got but just put it on the tab, to maintain around the clock police tabs on people who’d have our guts for garters. Madness, absolute madness!

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

Blind Freddy could’ve predicted Suga’s decision not to contest the upcoming leadership ballot. He’s far better playing the stoney faced spokesperson apparatchik than in his present incarnation. The could do worse than putting the old warhorse in charge of communicating the content of the runes to the plebeians. In Japanese life, as we saw with his predecessor Abe, there is such a thing as a second act.

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Posted in: Moderna says COVID vaccines sent to Japan contained stainless steel particles See in context

As a craftsman I have had way more things end up jammed into some part of my body and years later have it poke through the outer skin easily discarded.

You ought to be in pictures.


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Posted in: Moderna says COVID vaccines sent to Japan contained stainless steel particles See in context

The metal particles would remain in the liquid left in the vaccine vile.

You got that bit right.

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Posted in: Malaysian shot putter disqualified after winning gold medal See in context

International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig "I'm sorry. Rules are rules” Spence said their excuse for arriving three minutes late was that they didn't hear the announcement or it was in a language they did not understand. The F20 class in shot put is for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Spence’s attitude begs the question; was it his sporting prowess in this event that got him the gig? That’s the only reason I can think of why he’s there.

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Posted in: Couple arrested after 18-year-old girl found dead in Yamanashi See in context

There is zero indication from the article that the murdered high school girl was having a live affair with the man or that jealousy was the motive for the murder.

Zero indication?? (from article) “Komori said he had become acquainted with Washino about two years ago through Twitter, and that his wife became jealous after finding out about it, the sources said. He told investigators he called Washino to meet with him and his wife.”

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Posted in: Couple arrested after 18-year-old girl found dead in Yamanashi See in context

Such callous inhumanity as these two have shown is no longer rare and, sadly, we’re becoming inured and numb to stories like this. Such relationships, conceived in essentially instrumentalist terms, are gratuitous and calculating in the extreme and seem predestined to unravel. Another thing; before disposing of her in such a callous and barbarous way, Dumb and dumber didn’t pause to consider whether she might have mentioned to someone, either in writing or verbally, about this bizarre love triangle?

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Posted in: China protests U.S. Navy, Coast Guard ships in Taiwan Strait See in context

China’s seemingly unquenchable revanchist appetite and the rogue behaviour its leadership believes has the greatest chance of achieving those goals is predicated upon the West’s misguided faith in the virtues of unrestrained capitalism and consumerism. If the muck ever does hit the proverbial, it will be shallow consolation to know that it could’ve been avoided had we not been so shortsighted

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,228 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,321 See in context

Almost no restrictions on people movement anywhere in the entire country. Huge numbers of people out and about, 99% of them masked (and then only because it’s the done thing!) Nobody dropping dead on the sidewalk (like Wuhan footage from last year). Most people, if they were to admit it, fed up with the constant panic stations overkill and simply waiting for the green light to resume normal operations.

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Posted in: Osaka man arrested for smearing poo on teen’s backpack See in context

Just as well she never made it indoors where it would’ve really hit the fan.

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Posted in: Can health insurance companies charge the unvaccinated higher premiums? See in context

The hypocrites who decide these things should (but won’t) extend this to imbibing (associated with negative health outcomes, domestic violence and other social ills partly paid for by those who don’t drink). Just as well we have Big Data and algorithms and the best of woke intentions to guide us when we extend this idea of charging for relative risk and it prescribes higher premiums for smoking, drinking, driving vaxxed and lower for non drinking, non smoking, non driving non vaxxed aged under 50.

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Posted in: University students attending virtual classes struggle with isolation See in context

Many of these students’ teachers would’ve had the option to teach face to face in 2nd semester last year but instead chose to avail themselves of the Zoom option instead. They figured why head back to the classroom when schools were making it so easy for them with the zen minimalist option of 60 minute online lessons, little or no school oversight of how individual teachers were teaching those classes, zero commute to worry about, and resultant simplified assessment. Many teachers intend to continue milking it for all it’s worth regardless of the fact that vaccine unavailability is no longer a valid reason for not presenting for face to face.

And then there is the matter of universities pandering to students who elect not to attend face to face. All those students in the story are presented as ‘victims’ when in reality there are also willing victims, students relieved at not having to attend face to face lessons, unperturbed about having less opportunity to make friends which their choice entails. Fear of catching Covid, their ace in the whole for dispensing with the commute and all the rest. At one school I teach, other teachers have told me that 客さんは神様 extends to it being totally OK for students to keep their camera off during online lessons. In one face to face class I teach, five students lodged the requisite form for those who wished to take the class remotely. When I made it clear that the remote option would be no easy ride, they all elected to come to class!

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Posted in: Man found dead, son injured in Akita home See in context

Reared on a constant diet of ultra violence rich manga imagery, and with Covid the convenient trigger, the little droogie finally gets to enact his terminator fantasy on the oppressive overbearing oyaji. Just surmising.

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Posted in: Australia's Qantas to make vaccines mandatory for staff See in context

As has already been pointed out to you, the Australian Government has not mandated vaccines for particular occupation categories, nor for incoming international passengers, including those using Qantas and until such time as it does, it is beholden upon this private company which has received enormous amounts of tax payer funded assistance to avoid any provocative actions which are not in line with community expectations. They’re entitled to lobby the Government to introduce occupation specific vaccine mandates, but unilateral determinations of this sort are unhelpful in the extreme, serving only to ratchet up tensions and polarize society.

You can argue, and I wouldn’t disagree, that the Government has gone missing in action, thereby inviting Qantas to engage in woke virtue signalling. Government reticence to bite the bullet and readiness to cede responsibility for policy making to a private company has no place in Australia’s democracy and should be roundly condemned.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly wants boardroom, not criminal, trial See in context

This was purely about Japanese pride! Saikawa and Nada both secured deals which prevented them from being prosecuted and Saikawa simply allowed to resign albeit in complete and utter disgrace after he was guilty of the very thing he was pointing a finger at Ghosn and Kelly for…talk about duplicity and any lack of honour or self respect!

The penny has finally dropped for many who once upon a time might have been disposed to giving Japan the benefit of the doubt when it came to the justice system’s lack of impartiality and propensity for selective application of the rules. The Ghosn debacle has laid bare the depth of collusion between officialdom and those they nominally oversee, revealing the cronyism and reliance on legal arbitrariness that mocks Japan’s pretensions to being a rule based order where the welcome mat isn’t a trapdoor to be yanked open to protect the interests of J Inc.

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Posted in: Asian stocks retreat on lack of direction from Fed, pandemic See in context

Ten years of goosing the economy with artificial debt money is about to get very interesting.

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Posted in: Australia's Qantas to make vaccines mandatory for staff See in context

They have the right to set the rules for their country.

A private company that would’ve collapsed were it not for the wherewithal provided by a Federal Government that has not (yet) decided to go down the mandatory vaccine route is in no position to “set the rules for the country”.

Australia is focused on the protection of Australia

Governments, not private companies, are charged with protecting Australia. Perhaps you’re confusing Qantas with International Rescue of Thunderbirds fame. By your own failed logic, Google and Facebook should be given the keys to determine what rules apply to all their commercial operations.

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Posted in: Australia's Qantas to make vaccines mandatory for staff See in context

No surprise that Qantas requires their staff to be vaccinated. After all, they will require international passengers to be vaccinated. Common sense.

The Australian Government shouldn’t have signed off on this. Vaccinations have neither been mandated for international passengers nor does Government policy favour a vaccine mandate. Ostensibly a private company, Qantas would’ve collapsed already were it not for the massive financial assistance it’s received from the Australian Government and it should stop engaging in virtue signalling theatrics made all the more repulsive since the vaccines do not confer immunity in the first place.

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