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Posted in: Beach Boys' Brian Wilson placed under conservatorship See in context


Brian Wilson was the creative force behind the Beach Boys success, who with their easy surfin' sound made a legendary contribution toe music in the 60's and 70's.

Very sad to read how profoundly he is struggling now.

He's a beautiful soul.

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Posted in: G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but give Japan some flexibility See in context


Ummm - such a hypocritical double standard !

What about China !????

Though NOT a G7 country - but hey - WHERE is the International censor on China's massive use of coal for energy ?

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coals .

Her use has almost QUADUPLED since 1990 - so to date 56% of China's energy is Coal

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Posted in: I hope that Japan will soon become a place where people are not surprised when a woman becomes a president. See in context


Well - - it will depend on WHO that woman will be.

Hopefully someone whose neurons are firing with greater efficiency than the current leader.



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Posted in: Netanyahu vows to invade Rafah 'with or without a deal' as cease-fire talks with Hamas continue See in context


It's time Israeli Leaders demonstrate restraint.

What is Netanyahu thinking ? !

It's detrimental for every one - there is no gain for Israel in this.


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Posted in: 3 of 4 suspects charged in Russia concert hall attack admit guilt during court hearing See in context


The Russian's 'truth serum' will have these guys singing.


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Posted in: State visit to Britain being planned for emperor, empress in June See in context


Gosh - just wonder how appropriate these plans are, given that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving Chemo, as is also the case with Princes Kate.

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Posted in: Aso praises Kamikawa but says she is ‘not very beautiful,’ and calls her ‘Kamimura’ See in context


How is he allowed to get away with such a sexist, misogynist, patronizing outburst ! ??????


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Posted in: Just as empires rise and fall, Japan has just been usurped as the world’s largest car manufacturer by China, which is poised to be even more dominant than Japan ever was in the global car trade. See in context


ahhhhhhh . . . but quantity does not supersede quality.

You can't beat the nano precision of the J tech-engineering mind - the enduring high quality performance of a J vehicle.


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Posted in: Kishida visits quake-hit region as concerns rise about diseases in evacuation centers See in context


We will do everything we can so that you can have hope for the future," he [KISHADA] said.

We WILL ?????

He should be saying " We HAVE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING - and will continue to do so .

Not only so that the people can have a 'future and a hope' - BUT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING NOW: by assigning Disaster Relief and medical teams as well as trauma counsellors , providing sufficient healthy food and water and clothing etc needed; and ensuring ALL survivors have appropriate, safe & comfortable lodgings.



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Posted in: Kishida visits quake-hit region as concerns rise about diseases in evacuation centers See in context


@ tamanegiJan. 14  04:41 pm JST

I'm certainly not PM Kishida's biggest fan but good to see him visit the area and speak with evacuees.

Are you kidding ?????

The earthquake happened January 1 and he is going there now - 2 weeks after the catastrophe ?

His commitment is a joke.

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Posted in: Japan's beloved Hachiko dog statue showcased in pop-up bedroom See in context

It's an absurd piece .

Desperados will commercialize anything to make a name for themselves or profit in some way.

Hachiko as symbol should not be exploited in such pedestrian ways !!

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Posted in: Japan criticizes Russian ban on its seafood over release of treated radioactive water See in context


Japan criticizes Russian ban on its seafood overg release of treated radioactive water

Is 'OVERG' even a word?

After Chernobyl Russia has pretty good idea about what radioactive damage is about.

They are being smart.

Japan Inc could have dug into some mountains and placed the waste deep in the ground in secure barrels,

In light of the big concern @ the environment, it is shocking International Bodies ok'd

this massive contamination of our oceans.


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Posted in: Prime Minister Kishida wants the U.S. to take a Goldilocks approach that is tough enough to deter Chinese assertiveness, but cautious enough to allow Japan's business interests to thrive. See in context


Not surpised !

Kishida has been a bit of a a 'fairy-tale' PM since he tool ofice.

Dreaming of a utopian world - not connected to 'real politik'

Except with Asian geo-politics it's not 3 cuddly bears he's dealing with - but an intransigent dragon with a real fire breath.

Good luck.

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Posted in: Djokovic shrugs off injury scare to win Adelaide title See in context


Bronco: He showed the whole world that it's possible to take a stand against the machine and win.

Absolutely. Now, one year later, 'the narrative' has changed.

Djokovic's principled strength of character is equaled only by his prowess on the courts.

Way to go!

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Posted in: Prince Harry says UK royals got into bed with tabloid press 'devil' See in context


He and Megan have made this negative energy their life.

Harrys got to let it go, get a life and move on.

Nobody is interested.



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Posted in: He’s the most towering political figure in Japan over the past couple of decades. He wanted Japan to be respected on the global stage in the way that he felt was deserved. ... He also wanted Japan to not have to keep apologizing for World War II. See in context


Abe - intelligent, elegant, cosmopolitan, well nuanced in international affairs - gave Japan a truly credible, geopolitical & cultural presence .

He did not use his privileged position to profit himself, but worked unreservedly for Japan to be economically strong, politically stable, peace loving nation with a distinct invaluable cultural heritage.


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Posted in: Toyota releases storage battery system for residential use See in context


J-technology once again demonstrates its cutting edge superiority, with this high quality, viable, practical, cost-efficient storage battery system that offers consistent source of energy. for every-day living.


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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context


this repulsive 'mascot' ai a reflection of the dissolution of Japanese identity.


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Posted in: 4 found from missing tourist boat off Hokkaido See in context


@William Bjornson


Amen !

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Posted in: Ghosn says he is ready to defend himself See in context


BIG DEAL - he has no choice now, really - sp, he has to put up some defense (with the few millions he has left now).

So many international assets frozen - and there is NOWHERE to escape to any more.

Besides, he's had since 2018 to make his case.

If he had a solid defense he would not have escaped - thereby putting at least 7 other ( Innocent) people in jeopardy with the law.



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Posted in: French prosecutors issue international arrest warrant for Ghosn See in context

@ RodneyApr. 22  08:20 pm JST

2 years in France for the wedding and corruption, extradite to Holland for 2 yrs inside for the apartment scam, then on to Japan. 2 years for skipping bail, and 7 years for corruption. His wife, 5 years in the US prison for money laundering and His son in USA, who took $20million to 3 years inside . Plus fines and asset freezes for all.


Sounds like the road map.

Gonna cost Ghosn his chandeliers et al.

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Posted in: French prosecutors issue international arrest warrant for Ghosn See in context


Semper Fi,it was ex US service person, that help spring him from Japan

Indeed- Michael Taylor -brilliant operative. Helped many others in. exigent life threatening situations

However - he did it believing Ghosn was innocent

Ghosn never thanked him.

Not a word.


Got his 1 million and Arrivederci

Now Taylor and is son are doing prison time.

Kelly (Ghosn associate) got a suspended sentence ( mercifully)

The pilots and airline staff involved with his escape are doing time in Tukey prisons.


France would not indict over a frivolous misuse of funds-

France has indisputable evidence of serious financial malfeasance on Ghosn's part

They froze all Ghosn's assets long ago.

He is running out of money - consider inflation rate in Lebanon is over 200% and their money is worth nothing.

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Posted in: French prosecutors issue international arrest warrant for Ghosn See in context


the noose is tightening.

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Posted in: Ukraine evacuees to get up to ¥2,400 a day as living allowance in Japan See in context


TokyoJoe : So we are paying for them through our taxes?


It's a rhetorical question !

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Posted in: Graduate prince See in context


Cute kid.

Being heir apparent - must put immense pressure on him.

@ TrevorPeace  They could be anybody, in this photo

True .Somehow strangely, it was/is the Empress Consort Michiko who quintessentially embodied the graciousness and elegance of royalty .

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Posted in: Ex-PM Kaifu, who dispatched SDF to Persian Gulf, dies at 91 See in context


@ Martimurano: Today's world leaders should follow their example of strong determined leadership, standing up to the bullying brutal dictators

And enumerate, - please - how exactly are G 10 democracies headed by the likes of Biden, Macron, Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison *et al *** **

"showing strong determined leadership standing up to the bullying brutal dictators" ?

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Posted in: Ghosn determined to restore his reputation See in context


The cowardly "escape" from justice proves his "reputation"


At least 5 people are sitting in prison because of him (in Japan & Turkey)


Ghosn is a carpetbagger


And JT dignifies this callous self-serving narcissist !


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Posted in: Japan sets the bar for whose rights should be protected very low. The U.N., on the other hand, believes in protecting the rights of all human beings, regardless of their residence status and how important a country sees border control. See in context


Perhaps professor Kohki needs to move our of the characteristic Japanese xenophobic obsessions to gain a wider view on matter pertaining to human rights


The UN can start with the obvious 'biggies' - like China and Russia - when applying their principles on humans rights and dentation issues'


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Posted in: Study finds leaving middle seats open on planes reduces virus risk See in context


They had to run a study to come up with this ! ?


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