Sh1mon M4sada comments

Posted in: Biden says Trump aides setting 'roadblocks' for his transition team See in context

It will be fascinating to read Trump fan’s defense of this asininity

I'm no Trump fan, but have you forgotten the Clinton Bush handover?

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Posted in: Pandemic causing uncertainty, unease for Tokyo Olympic host towns See in context

Tokyo, Japan needs uncertainty, even in Osaka is anxious about Olympic travels, and Osaka is really feeling it economically.

Drop the games asap, and give people some certainty. It was never a good idea even before covid, with covid, it's utterly dumb.

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Posted in: Russia reports three times more virus deaths as nations roll out vaccines See in context

Here's hoping the vaccination program achieves result for Russia. I feel for the Russian people, because even with a compliant population, Russia appears to be severely affected by this virus.

If vac doesn't work, I can see China punished militarily, or as a minimum, territorial and monetary compensation demand from Putin. His tenure looks very shaky now.

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Posted in: 'Wonder Woman 1984' debuts with pandemic-best $16.7 mil See in context

It's entertainment...but I get a feeling throughout the movie that it's an island full of girls auditioning for Harvey Weinstein.

IMHO, the story telling would have been more fluid and credible had it been a Polynesian island with Polynesian actresses.

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Posted in: Trump signs pandemic aid and spending bill, averting government shutdown See in context

same old same old people unhappy with Trump yesterday because he wouldn't sign, is still unhappy with Trump signing today....LOL serial nosebleed much.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for digital currency, in line with China and others See in context

CBDC are being created to avoid using the Dollar for large international money transfers.

Would you care to elaborate? China has had a SWIFT alternative for international transfer since 2015 (CIPS). But it's much, much less smaller in total transaction in CNY than USD through SWIFT.

Wouldn't introducing yet another currency dilute the power of CIPS CNY even more?

Personally, I think the CCP is always about control, they have strict controls over the export of money to destinations outside China, but their control is regularly circumvented, hence they need a currency that they can trace with more granularity. Same with other central banks, it's all about anti-money-laundering.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

Some of them were speaking in Chinese, saying, "Trump is the only person who can resist (Chinese) President Xi Jinping."

Biden is quiet as a mouse, how 'usual'...

If Biden is quiet, surely that's a prompt for the Trump side to be vocal.

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Posted in: UK pursuing trade deals with Australia, U.S., Indo-Pacific region See in context

Don't know about any new deal but IMO BOJO sold out Northern Ireland to the EU, and the Unionist don't seem to care.

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Posted in: Unemployment benefits for millions expire as Trump rages See in context

I thought Trump has lost his marbles. I was wrong, it's much worse, he's on a scorched earth binge and he's going to destroy the GOP and what's left of goodwill the GOP have. He knows they're not going to back him at the next election.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for digital currency, in line with China and others See in context

As if our lives aren't compromised by tech enough already! But hey bring it on, as long as deposit taking institutions are willing to reimburse depositors and creditors for any loss due to hacking and other nefarious activities.

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context

I am now on the fence as to whether each nation should celebrate gender diversity pursuant to cultural diversity and societal factors.

Some might applause the Scandinavian countries for gender equality metrics, but to me it apoears as though men are adopting toxic masculinity traits or overt politically correct facades just to adjust to gender equality progress, and trust within society has suffered. I certainly would rather live elsewhere.

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Posted in: Trump vetoes major defense bill, despite strong backing in Congress See in context

banana peel there daring Trump

I agree with Trump, but it's no banana peel, it's basic algebra, the veto can be overrided by the majority vote. Isn't Trump setting himself up for ridicule?

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Posted in: Putin says he is expecting no change to relationship with U.S. under Biden See in context

Not surprising, given I think Putin has as much dirt on Biden as he has on Trump.

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Posted in: Trump vetoes major defense bill, despite strong backing in Congress See in context

Each and every day passes Trump gets ever more incoherent. You wouldn't think it's possible, but Trump trumps even the most incoherent.

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Posted in: Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes 'next level' battery technology See in context

Apple = CCP China, I would never buy another Apple product until Tim Cook is out of Apple.

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Posted in: Suga hopes to visit U.S. in February for talks with Biden See in context

hmmmm...wouldn't be safer to invite Biden to Japan, somewhere warm, like Okinawa....covid n all

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Posted in: Yahoo Japan to delete hateful posts with AI to tackle cyberbullying See in context

They've all said this before, many times, they dredge up AI solutions all the time. Nothing changes.

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Posted in: Asian-American filmmakers dismayed at Golden Globe rule on 'Minari' See in context

I agree with Mr Kim, this is an American story, Americans speak many languages and should be celebrated in contemporary culture. The GG rules sux!

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Posted in: Russian, Chinese bombers fly joint patrol over Sea of Japan and East China Sea See in context

should be a massive wake up call for South Korea to dump it's Anti-Japan Tribalism

Yes, very apt point there. SK under MJI is leaning ever closer to NK and China. It is the only country in Asia with a travel corridor with China, even during a pandemic that originated in China. Chinese developers are already eyeing Guryong (next to Gangnam), and there's enormous pressure heaped on SK conglomerates NOT to move supply chain from China.

I feel for the people of SK, I think in time you'll see SK turn into another Pakistan (or worse), and will be the first to be swallowed into the CCP sphere, if not by force via NK, then natural attrition. South Koreans have no idea what they're in for.

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Posted in: Final Tokyo Olympic budget soars 22% to ¥1.64 trillion See in context

The Olympics is a con

Yes, this ^^^ is all anyone need to say.

For the skeptics, just look at the trail of destructions from Athens to Rio.....and beyond.

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Posted in: U.S. sues Walmart saying pharmacies fueled opioid crisis; retailer rejects allegations See in context

Walmart has already won! This is a criminal matter of the most serious kind and all they are facing is a civil battle. Sigh, corporate America make their own laws, again!

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Posted in: EU vows 'final push' in UK trade talks but fish rift threatens deal See in context

The EU is negotiating wuth dud/empty hands. Wish the UK can see that. No deal is better than any deal, especially when you factor in the fact China has got the EU's balls firmly in a vice.

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Posted in: 'Good riddance,' China says as Germany leaves U.N. Security Council See in context

China - classless as always!

AND about time Germany takes care of ALL Germans rather than just VW, else it will soon be a case of 'sprechen sie Chinesisch?'

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Posted in: AI, drones, 4K cameras used to improve security systems across Japan See in context

LOL, 'improve security for Japan'?

...more like 'improved access for CCP spies'.

Supply chain AND JV in China does not make for a trustworthy security company, IMHO.

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Posted in: Russian, Chinese bombers fly joint patrol over Sea of Japan and East China Sea See in context

Rather strong but hidden message from Putin to Biden and the EU.

"Sever ties to China now! Russia has a badass sidekick".

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Posted in: Final Tokyo Olympic budget soars 22% to ¥1.64 trillion See in context

eh, it's only money, think of the poor old IOC delegates who have to put up private jet travels, 5 stars lodging, limousine transfers, and kaiseki in between 3 michelin stars digs.

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Posted in: Japan aims to conclude talks on cost-sharing for U.S. troops soon See in context

America expects Japan's support

I think American knows it has Japan's support.

Abe just got awarded the 'Legion of Merit' from Trump for championing the alliance and commitment to free and open Indo-Pacific.

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Posted in: Film spotlights Vietnamese temporary workers' plight in Japan See in context

Fujimoto san can't be a very popular director in Japan but good on him for doing something about something that needs done.

I don't need to watch the movie to learn about Japanese altruism though. In the 50ties-70ties Japan was amongst donor countries along with the 5 eyes for the Colombo Plan. Hundreds of thousands of doctors, engineers, lawyers etc. were trained, Japan accepted a mere 1,800 or so students, and many didn't graduate. The same story is reflected in funding, Japan contributed about 100 millions vs USA in the billions, in fact Japan's figures were very similar to New Zealand, and was widely thought of as a bit of a joke amongst the diplomatic community.

Fast forward to modern day, Russia and Ukraine also have similar trainee programs for Vietnamese, producing elite corporate leaders for contemporary Vietnam. Japan on the other hand has labour exploitation disguised as technical training.

Yes, the film is much needed but all it show is history repeating itself.

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Posted in: Comedian Hikari Ota wins defamation case against weekly magazine See in context

Just take the 4.000.000 , apology and move on

barely covers his legals ...

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Posted in: Abe questioned by prosecutors: report See in context

I'm surprised it even got this far. I would have thought one of his corporate mate would have put his hand up and said they sponsored the dinner, nothing to do with his electoral office.

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