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Ricky Kaminski13 comments

Posted in: Transport ministry reviews safety at JAL after spate of incidents See in context

Not been a good couple of years for the aviation industry!

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

Was a child when the original series came out and it was a generation maker. A huge part of the call to the force embedded in our X generation minds forever. Shaped us more than we can know being such an impressionable age, with an implanted call to adventure and misadventures alike! The concepts of the Jedi, ( jidai geki or samurai movie ) the attire and concepts of budo that permeated the films were also a big draw to look to cultures like Japan. I’d even go as far as to suggest that it brought a few of us old punters here!

For that I will be forever grateful George Lucas. The later stuff, well just a sign of the sorry times! What a great era it was to be young and dreaming. Yep, old geeza nostalgia talk.

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Peter, is it nonsense? A whole voting block of young Aussies angry at Japan again, and yes agree it may seem trivial to us, but to them, it's a big deal. In come those that like to manipulate the issue and connect it to the "why are we spending X amount of dollars on possibly defending a region that we could quite easily stay out of?"

Do you see where I'm coming with this? Admittedly a bit of a reach, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that our future foes won't jump on the issue, sponsor it, and try to sow some divide and disunity. Maybe overthinking this, but it wouldn't be the first time. You can see/feel the outside political interference across the board on many seemingly unrelated stories.

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Whaling is a part of the National News. Why would JT exclude it

Good point, was talking mainly about the framing of the issue. Guaranteed the JT one is very different from the NHK one. That’s not a knife, this is a knife!!

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

The only purpose of this article is to Stir up trouble among anti whaling crowds. I see NO other reasons for it.

Agree WoodyLee but JT believes they know their base, and this is playing to straight to it. The sharp knife angle was some good journaling!

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Ossan, told ya man! You are right though, there's a big difference to them coming down to our Aussie backyard waters and Japan hunting in their own territorial waters.

Up to people, but the emotionals will also be on the hunt! Have to side with Japan on this one, even though I have no real taste for whale meat. Just keep these spokespeople away from the mikes!

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Ossan Hold my beer! I get it but I’m sure you know the type. The media will play it right up to them too. Anything emotional is a hit.

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Whales eat up marine creatures that should feed other fish. They also compete against humans," said Tokoro,

Yeah Tokoro, probably best not to make comments like this to the press and better to stay stoically silent if this is the sort of drivel you have. The glorious mission to save the oceans with a harpoon? Pull the other one mate. Surely you don’t even believe it yourself.

The whaling issue has become for a long time now to some, Japans show of self-determination , autonomy and sovereignty. If this is the issue where they want to put their foot down then so be it. Personally don’t think it does the nation many favors on the international front and with things heating up in the Indo Pacific I reckon ally building should be the focus. Allies also being the populations of those nations.

Know the youth of my country in Australia are not going to be happy, whaling is very much an issue with them, and our government is doing some heavy lifting trying to justify it’s military spending to step up to meet the challenges of which Japan is smack bang in the middle of. Not suggesting we have to pander to the youth but our divided political parties certainly will.

Just saying. Is it all worth it?

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Posted in: S Korea, China and Japan to hold trilateral talks next week for first time since 2019 See in context

Wow. Right after China scolded Japanese and South Korean lawmakers for visiting Taiwan just this week. I wonder what the offer will be? Will they talk TO each other or aAT each other. Performance art or actual well meaning dialog, without the background menace of coercion or unilateral demands?

Still love to imagine a day when all this Sabre rattling, military building ups and provocations were just cancelled in one big announcement, and the whole region could start cooperating like the cousins they should be, on equal terms with genuine good will.

Still love to dream, but sadly the last twenty years paints a very different reality.

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Posted in: China rebukes Japan, South Korea lawmakers visiting Taiwan See in context

China urged South Korea to take "practical actions" to safeguard overall interests

Which basically means the entire free world must subjugate itself to their absurd double speak, notions of history and reality and of course communist (with Chinese characteristic) ideals. Authoritarianism and dictators, by their very nature, demand everything for nothing. Dangerous and delusional, the only way to deal with them is to put up a massive wall of resistance.

No body wants the conflict guys, just focus on your own internal challenges and stop trying to Sabre rattle and ‘scold’ the world as a diversion. The old Chinese sages told us to look within after all.

People make themselves the brunt of jokes and mockery through their own behavior. Nations are no different.

The goal should be the big global banquet, not someone’s victory one.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

If only people realized what a huge chance this is to revitalize regional Japan, the economy and even society of done well. Tourism is basically free money, but as usual we have issues with the messaging and planning from a bureaucracy that couldn’t organize a piss-up in a brewery!

This article coming out the same day as the black screen going up to cover the view of Fuji is poignant, I don’t blame the town for that but there just needs to be more discussions, more vision and less lamenting of the ‘over tourism’ problem ( ? ) . With more tourists wandering around students may even start using their English more, ushering in a new globally confident Japanese national to play a larger role in the world. Japan could be back! Come on guys, vision!

What’s the old saying, ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth.’ Welcome world. Irasshaaiiiii!

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Posted in: Australia, New Zealand sending planes to evacuate nationals from New Caledonia's unrest See in context

Looks like the rioters got their way. Good luck rebuilding and creating order out of the death, bad blood and chaos the revolutionaries wanted and have now received. History may tell you things won’t be easy!

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Why do people try to connect bad things in Japan with bad things in the US?

These comments have nothing to do with the US.

Politics are nasty in pretty much every country in the world.

Because both sides of U.S politics has unfortunately become a brand Masterblaster ( great name , awesome song ) , a franchise even! Trust me, the Japanese opposition party didn’t create nor pick up identity politics on its own. It’s a convenient import for those that can’t think for themselves.

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Posted in: Iran's president, foreign minister and others found dead at helicopter crash site See in context

An incredibly long and detailed article by JT on this one, and the instant tantalizing jump to assume an Israeli hit was just weakened by an actual guy that knows more than any of us civilians could , Desert Tortoise, as he explains the perils of helicopter flight and bad weather. How annoying Desert! ;)

Not that it’ll matter much anyway. Those that want to believe what they want to believe will carry on doing the same, like those that conveniently deny the gruesome atrocities of October 7th, and much of the Muslim world will be already screaming at the sky for more revenge and death to Israel. Basically more of the same. This crash will be used for more political purpose. Watch this space.

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Posted in: Japan cram school creates AI detection system for university applications See in context

The teachers tell students what to say ( what to wear, how to act, where to keep their hands and eyes the works ) for interviews anyway, so as long as that’s ok, I have zero problem with the kids taking the initiative and using AI to do the exact same thing. They can even read what AI has given them and if they don’t like it , prompt the chatbot again for something better. That’s more than the J education system does for them. The days are numbered educators!

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Asiaman7May 19  07:22 am JST

I am no fan of Ms. Kamikawa, but the reports in Japanese indicate that this speech was given to around 100 women, and Ms. Kamikawa was basically stressing that society would have no men without the pain and suffering that women go through in childbirth.

The opposition then jumped on this remark and asserted that she was questioning a women's worth without giving birth.

The opposition saw a chance and created the perfect scorn fest out of nothing, and people buy into it straight away, hook, line and sinker. Much like the storm and carry on surrounding the recent speech made at a catholic university by that American football player, Harrison Butker. All the commentators came out of their caves en masse and went on the attack. How dare he share his message that having children and a family are a path to happiness, joy and fulfillment? The nerve of some people! Disgraceful.

Japan needs kids, that’s not rocket science, yet this message was taken out of context and twisted by an opportunist opposition known for having very little to offer other than constant yelling and scorn. ( hence what 70 years of the LDP?? ) Taking a play out of the destructive playbook from the west denouncing the call to love and family. I wonder if anyone bothered to check and ask how the whole speech went down to the actual audience In attendance. Would be more interested to hear their reaction than this one. Politics has become a blood sport, when it doesn’t have to be at all. The battle of ideas, not of people should be the goal.

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Posted in: Eight arrested after climate activists breach German airport See in context

When will these hard core activist types realize that they hurt their own cause by these types of disruptive antics?

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Posted in: Jake Paul and Mike Tyson trade insults as they hype planned summer fight in Texas See in context

Love Iron Mike, always have. One of the greatest ever, if not the greatest, in his prime. He was pure savage. I think most of my generation are hoping he does the business again, but it is a huge gamble at fifty frickin eight! Hope his frog gods shine through him and he doesn't taint his legacy. Either way I guess, they'll make more money from this fight than most of us do in a lifetime.

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Posted in: Israel vows to intensify operations in Rafah See in context

Hamas expressed "regret" at the president's criticism.

The fact that the voice of Hamas has slowly seeped into these articles and is not only acceptable but has been supported is very telling of the type of journalism at play. This will all go down in history folks. JT as well for actively and consciously bringing the death-cults message to their 'perceived' audience and creating the perfect narrative for them for Hamas to try and survive, carry on with their hellish mission and thrive.

It's an absolute disgrace and the down-votes are a daily honor. The West is dying from despicable cowardice, an absence of a functioning moral compass topped off with a complete lack of understanding of simple cause and effect.

Personally, I think Israel is just too functional, too brave ( they all line up to fight and possible die for their country, would you? ) , too strong and too united for many of these activist types to bare. Strength is an afront to the weak and cannot be tolerated. You have to scream at the top of your lungs at it. Have a toppa day !

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Posted in: Japan economy suffers worse-than-expected contraction of 0.5% See in context

Still done get it. Wasn’t the Japanese stock market the highest it’s ever been a month or so ago? What gives? Economics always been a mystery! Need some good news for the students, more doom and gloom just ain’t an option!

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Posted in: Palestinians rally in Tokyo to mark 76 years of displacement See in context

Won’t bother trying to argue or engage with the usual noise makers, so today will leave this simple and straightforward forward talk by Dr Sam Harris. ( who is hardly the bastion of right wing pro-Israeli extremism , just a simple voice of pure intellectual reason )

For those that still have the humility to question themselves have a listen. See how long you last. It’s like a Wim Hof ice bath challenge. Harris is not a Mosab , nor a Douglas Murray type , not in any way a confrontationist by trade and carries no real agenda either. Just simple straight talk that pegs the mob mentality that we see here and elsewhere on a daily basis. The angry spokespeople for all-that’s-good-in-world types.

Check yourself in here. Best take I’ve heard yet from the best guy to do it.

Enjoy and see y’all the morrow innit! Peace!


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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

Just like working for Eikaiwa schools and jukus was an IN for many westerners back in the day, the enroll in an international school and work at a conbini seems to be the current route to living in sushiland for many an eager person from country gaikoku!

AI will be the final death blow for the Eikaiwa industry so my prediction is that it will be Japans developing country neighbors that chose to fill the inevitable labor gap the demographic cliff has presented. With wages so low people will wonder why, but we all know the charms of living here are varied and many.

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

There's a reason that you can buy a four litre bottle of Shochu, or even bad scotch whiskey, for 20 bucks at your local drug store. There's a lot of old geezas residing in a box somewhere with very little to live for. At least they get to drink themselves to an early grave, but it's a horrid way to go. Lot of lonely people out there in the culture of harmony. Out of sight out of mind. The way the divorces happens here too, when one of the spouses often severs ties completely with the family and children certainly doesnt help either.

Wouldn't like to be the public worker that finds, cleans and buries these old lost souls for a living. That would do anyones head in.

Love the ones your with folks, we do all die alone but there's good deaths and bad ones.

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

Imagine paying someone five hundred bucks to say I quit for you?

I totally get it that there are still some very dark workplaces out there, some idiot bosses know nothing but repression and intimidation, but these jobs are not gulags. You wont be taken away beaten, gagged and starved for standing up for yourself, especially if all it is to do is to say, “I’m done, Bye!”.

These companies offering this service are making a dollar by enabling a level of weakness that will follow these ‘customers’ for the rest of their lives. A quick fix for a much bigger problem. There is nothing that comes good from running away from your own problems. They will just follow you, one way or another.

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Posted in: Switzerland's Nemo wins Eurovision Song Contest See in context

"There were a lot of things that didn't seem like it was all about love and unity and that made me really sad," Nemo told reporters.

People that try to shutdown, intimidate or boo performers on any stage trying to make something of themselves should be ashamed, but that would take a level of personal reflection and humility that these folk simply don’t posses and sadly, most likely never will. Interesting that’s it’s the inclusion and diversity crowd that are the worst offenders too. I guess some get to be more included then others?

Ireland’s contestant Bambie Thug were particularly classy, saying they cried when it was announced that Israel had qualified for the competition’s grand finale.

Love, peace and unity from the pop stars of today.

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Posted in: Japan city councilor quits over harassment of Australian mayor's daughter See in context

A life spent in high end snack bars can do funny things to people. They forget what is appropriate behavior and start believing all of the praise piled on them by the professional ladies at work fleecing them. The floating bubble world.

This old geeza learing over the Aussie mayors 20 year old daughter brought reality crashing in, big time. The bubble done pop. Bet he still doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. Wonder what if relations between the two cities will continue and if the Aussie media got hold of it? Not a great look old fella.

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Posted in: Netanyahu on U.S. threat to withhold arms: Israel will fight with its 'fingernails' if needed See in context

Hamas has demanded guarantees for an end to the war and a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza as part of any deal — steps Israel has ruled out.

I bet they have. They have their idiot college supporters chirping their garbage as well. Finish them Israel. Free Palestine from the Hamas savages who play by no rules and are beyond redemption. They will only poison another generation if they get the free pass that all these do gooding fools scream for. The Hamas death-cult mind virus has penetrated the weak, entitled, virtue signaling ignorant minds of the left. No need to mince words anymore. You can have them as far as I’m concerned.

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Posted in: Barrier at popular vantage point for viewing Mount Fuji going up See in context

There is some fairly widespread sentiment that the tourism boom is only serving to jack up prices and inconvenience for locals with no real benefits for your average Jo Tanaka. The tourists have become an easy target for scorn. I don’t agree with the sentiment, as tourism is basically free money for ailing economy, but the trickle down effects and benefits are not getting through.

Many Japanese don’t want to see the entire country turned into some sort of gaudy theme park. I blame the lack of communication between the bureaucrats ( who had plenty of time to prepare for the return of tourists en masse during Covid ) and the public, and don’t blame the Lawson's of the world for taking these somewhat strange measures.

The cheap yen has brought in the cheap tourist, for better or for worse. They simply don’t understand the much valued concept of ‘meiwaku shinai!’ I don’t think Japan is ready to be, nor wants to be a Thailand, even though the yen may open them up that opportunity. People are flocking. Smart people will be making money in a good win , win way.

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Posted in: 1 in 5 people aged 65 or older in Japan predicted to have dementia by 2060 See in context

Seeing a lot of the old folks out in the gardens growing vegetables or out playing gate ball and hiking always gives me the feeling that the Japanese, especially here in rural areas, age remarkably well. There is however the fact that a high-context culture has provided them with a very set framework on how to pretty much do everything. Not much thought has to go into it once you know it, decision making skills and critical thinking can become relegated. Staying mentally active seems to be a key factor with reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Diet too. The old saying may be an important thing to keep in mind, you either USE it or you LOSE it.

Stay active people, mentally , socially and physically. Challenge yourselves on all fronts and beware of slipping too much into routines. Many of us will all be there by 2050. Good luck! Grow vegetables, keep reading the news and laugh! In that order!

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Posted in: Australia accuses China of unsafe behavior after fighter jet released flares in a helicopter's path See in context

More reckless, aggressive and entitled behavior from our Chinese 'friends'. Who are the adults in the region?

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