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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

The bulk of the stimulus -- worth 80 trillion yen -- aims to protect jobs and save small and medium-sized businesses.

Stands to reason they'd want to spend most of the money on helping the LDP's support base. Happy days ahead for loyal koenkai members, I suspect.

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Posted in: Trump brags about high TV ratings for his coronavirus briefings See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  09:00 am JST

Are his actions a bit unrefined? Yes.

Does that mean he runs a bad government? No.

Indeed it doesn't but the two are totally unrelated. One can be "refined" and run a bad government as well.

Does me think hesa schemin' and connivin' against medical experts and the American people? Not at all.

Do I think democrats would be handling all this more effectively or more honorably? Not by a long shot.

Of course you don't. You'll defend him unconditionally no matter what, won't you.

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Posted in: UK's plan B if 'Team Johnson' is incapacitated? Answer is unclear See in context

But the fact that two such crucial members of the British government have contracted the disease - and their top medical adviser is now self-isolating with symptoms - has raised questions about how the government would function without them at a time of global crisis.

I imagine it would do rather better than it will with Johnson actually trying to take charge.

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Posted in: Olympic delay may not be all bad news for Abe See in context

CaliboyToday  02:55 pm JST

"This guy is going to be PM for another 10 years, if he had his own way."

If he keeps up the good work, why not?

What good work would that be? Abe seems to have quite a knack for survival, but it's been of little benefit to anyone.

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Posted in: Sanders' campaign says he is reassessing, not dropping out See in context

SuperLibToday  09:04 am JST

What's in your imagination?

Probably something like a cross between Rocky and Predator but better because the hero will be Donald Trump.

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Posted in: 26-year-old mother gets 10 years over death of 2-year-old daughter See in context

It's not just her who should be in prison. I'd lock away the "male acquaintance," the biological father who presumably couldn't care less what happened to his daughter, a few more relatives and some criminally useless social workers for good measure.

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Posted in: Abe, Johnson to work closely over coronavirus response See in context

Abe, Johnson to work closely over coronavirus response

Now we're all really screwed then.

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Posted in: House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus national emergency See in context

rainydayToday  08:00 am JST

"the man has done a pretty good job. "

You have exceptionally forgiving standards.

Some people will say Trump is soaring high even as he's plummeting off a cliff.

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Posted in: Trump, GOP allies move quickly to discredit, attack Biden See in context

...unsubstantiated claims of corruption... ... a doddering old man... ...“disturbing" verbal miscues...*

Taken totally out of context those terms all apply very well to Donald Trump. Although I wouldn't say the claims of corruption were unsubstantiated. They seemed to convince everyone except his GOP bootlickers.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will create ¥270 bil fund to fight virus spread; asks for public support See in context

HiroToday  12:28 pm JST

I don't know what you people want from Abe. 

Nothing that a mediocre, corrupt old hack whose only qualification for his position is his family pedigree is capable of providing.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't ready to protect economy from coronavirus impact See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  12:06 pm JST

@Simon Foston

Abe keeps giving companies money in hopes of increasing consumer spending but it has only had the opposite effect.

Actually I don't think it matters all that much to Abe and his LDP associates what effect it has. He talks a good fight about virtuous cycles and so forth but I think his only real aim is to bribe the LDP base in politically important areas, i.e. over-represented rural constituencies like... Well, his own one in Yamaguchi. I'm pretty sure that the only thing that does matter to the LDP is staying in power and cementing their place in a semi-feudal oligarchy.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't ready to protect economy from coronavirus impact See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  09:02 am JST

I hope that Abe is including the people in his preparations. They seem to only keep giving money to businesses.

There's no guarantee that the people will show their gratitude by giving Abe what he wants most on election day. Much more mutually beneficial arrangements can be made with business owners.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't ready to protect economy from coronavirus impact See in context

expatToday  10:12 am JST

The govt hasn't been able to get the economy out of the tank for the past 25 years

I don't think that's ever really been the intention. Lots of small, weak companies that are reliant on government bail-outs means grateful owners who will repay the largesse of their local LDP good ol' boys with their support in elections. Keeping them weak is good politics, LDP-style.

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

CaveDwellerToday  10:15 am JST

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Right. It's not as if anything he could do now is going to do any good.

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

CaliboyToday  11:35 am JST

Interesting. A week ago, people were complaining that PM ABE was not doing enough to fight the virus. Now, he makes a bold decision to close schools to try to prevent the spread of the virus among Japan's children.

The reaction: As expected, criticism.

Well, of course. He spent so long being his usual useless, mediocre self that any bold decisions are now too late. Something that could have been the right decision two weeks ago is now likely to be just a knee-jerk response to criticism that makes the situation worse. He deserves all the criticism he gets.

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

kurisupisuToday  05:19 pm JST

Some people just can’t take a joke....sheesh!

Right. Like Donald Trump, for instance.

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Posted in: Trump says he's the nation's top cop, a debatable claim See in context

extankerToday  08:16 am JST

Honestly, they shouldn't have changed it to 'the nation's top cop' for the headline as he didn't actually say that.

He said the same thing less colloquially. It's nonsense whichever way he said it.

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Posted in: Trump says he's the nation's top cop, a debatable claim See in context

SerranoToday  07:32 am JST

What a disingenuous article. Where did Trump actually say he's "the nation's top cop"?

Oh, he didn't!

Right. He said this:

“I’m allowed to be totally involved. I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. But I’ve chosen not to be involved,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

What's the difference?

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi takes 12 days of paternity leave See in context

Kenichi MitomiToday  08:21 am JST

Come on.... give man a break.

Whatever we think of his politics he has just became a father and too right he should take time off as much as possible. Please use all your holiday entitlement to its maximum in future.

Quite right. Everyone should take advantage of their legal holiday entitlements. His boss, for instance, should take richly deserved, unpaid indefinite leave immediately.

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Posted in: Trump considering attending Tokyo Olympics See in context

extankerToday  05:26 am JST

Does it actually physically hurt some of you when Trump goes somewhere?

Doesn't bother me. I think it's a non-story.

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Posted in: Approval rate for Abe cabinet marks sharpest fall in 2 years See in context

stormcrowToday  09:39 am JST

Taxes are going up as the economy is going down.

It's a bad combination.

None of that really matters to Abe and the LDP though - by making sure their over-represented supporters are looked after election victory is guaranteed so there's no incentive to actually do a good job. They might try to pull their fingers out if there's any sign of masses of people turning out to vote for a unified, energised opposition party with a leader who makes Abe look like the mediocre lightweight he really is, but there's no chance of that happening,

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Posted in: Two fathers in Europe demand action against Japan over parental child abduction See in context

gaijinpapaToday  05:50 am JST

70% of children lose contact with a parent after divorce in Japan.

it isn’t a man vs woman issue...

Indeed it's not, although I think the custom of ex-wives keeping the children is primarily intended to benefit Japanese fathers who want little to do with them even when they are married.

On the topic of abuse though, how many times have there been stories in the media about children being abused by their mothers' new partners? The natural fathers never seem to be anywhere in the picture, presumably because they're off exercising their right to vanish out of their children's lives and enjoy themselves.

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Posted in: Two fathers in Europe demand action against Japan over parental child abduction See in context

Minami SmithToday  01:44 am JST

http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2036246,00.html

That has nothing to do with the situation in Japan.

I'm not personally affected, but know women who are.

The "I know people who..." line of argument generally carries little weight. Maybe I know people who are affected too. Maybe I don't and I'm just making it up.

The law is used to compel mother's to stay or return to dangerous situations, and pass their children to men who have been violent. Domestic violence is no longer an effective defence to taking your children to safety.

There is absolutely nothing in the article to indicate that the mothers or children in these two cases were in any danger from the fathers, so it looks like you're going off on a bit of a tangent here.

Minami SmithToday  05:42 am JST

And you guys wonder why women just go home with the kids!

No, I don't think any of us wonder that. This has nothing to do with what the fathers might do - it's pretty obvious that in Japan it is socially acceptable for mothers to deny fathers access to their children regardless of whether they're right to do so or not and that the authorities will let them do it.

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Posted in: Two fathers in Europe demand action against Japan over parental child abduction See in context

Minami SmithToday  05:09 pm JST

The fathers use international law to continue to abuse their ex wives.

Rather a sweeping generalisation, isn't it? Or are you saying that's what actually happens in all failed international relationships?

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Posted in: Approval rate for Abe cabinet marks sharpest fall in 2 years See in context

I wonder what's happened to Abe's online supporters - I would have thought that a discussion thread like this might attract one or two of them, not to mention a dozen or so down suspicious votes for every critical comment. I suppose it must get awfully hard defending him when he gives them so little to work with, so perhaps they've got fed up and called it quits.

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Posted in: Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases See in context

BlacklabelToday  10:52 am JST

Good thing we are a constitutional republic not a “democracy”

Ah, the standard response for whenever it's pointed out what a broken, unrepresentative system the US has.

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Posted in: Barr agrees to testify as Democrats question his leadership See in context

BlacklabelToday  01:18 pm JST

Heres two more. thats 3 biased jurors.

I don't know how you can object to biased jurors given that the Senate impeachment trial was stacked with them. I suppose it's different when a broken system gives you a result you like.

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Posted in: Barr agrees to testify as Democrats question his leadership See in context

Chip StarToday  07:57 am JST

Now Donny has actually weaponized the DoJ and conservatives approve.

Repugnant

I wouldn't lump in all conservatives with people who write pro-Trump comments online. That's what they do when they gibber monotonously on about "liberals".

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Posted in: Diplomat ousted and slammed by Trump gets diplomacy award See in context

arrestpaulToday  12:26 pm JST

Marie Yovanovitch failed to support the elected U.S. President....

Would you support something you thought was unconstitutional, illegal or both?

...and the President's policies.

By "policies" you mean transparent, brazen efforts to solicit foreign aid in getting dirt on a political opponent to help get himself re-elected?

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Posted in: Barr agrees to testify as Democrats question his leadership See in context

arrestpaulToday  12:00 pm JST

... and Hillary-worshippers...

It might be easier to take you seriously if you stopped obsessively going on about these people like there actually are any. Going by the tone of some of the comments here Trump worship seems to be a bigger thing, assuming that they aren't being written by trolls or paid shills.

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