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Chip StarToday  07:59 am JST

Trumpophiles obviously haven't bothered to begin reading the report:

Discussing anything with them is like shouting at people on TV and expecting them to shout back. Anything more than a down vote is a waste of time and effort.

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Posted in: Activity detected at N Korean nuclear site: U.S. monitor See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdomToday  03:58 pm JST

It looks like PM Abe and team Japan was correct about North Korea. Max pressure and Japan getting offensive weapons both conventional and nuclear are the realistic options. The South Koreans are in never never land. 

Oh, the irony of someone who thinks a nuclear-armed Japan is a "realistic" option accusing others of being in never never land...

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

socrateosApr. 16  09:02 am JST

The one third of the population are civil servants. Please do not make Japan a socialist country, please.

Japan is already a socialist country. At least for voters and campaign fund donors in over-represented LDP strongholds.

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Posted in: Fire ravages Notre Dame cathedral in Paris; spire collapses See in context

It would be a horrible irony if the fire were something to do with the renovation work.

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Posted in: 40% back Abe-proposed approach to revise pacifist Constitution: poll See in context

Gary KirkpatrickToday  02:17 pm JST

As much as I hate to say it, it seems rather foolish to live in a dangerous neighbourhood, like Japan does, without the capabilities to properly defend itself.

Japan always seems to be increasing spending on its military, which doesn't look too shabby at the moment, so I fail to see how it lacks the capabilities to properly defend itself.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

rainydayToday  11:15 am JST

"Well, I wish him the best."

He can’t use computers so won’t be able to read what you post here. I recommend faxing him your best wishes.

Or write them on a card and mail it to his office in a brown envelope with a wad of cash. That's what LDP people like.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

SchopenhauerToday  08:46 am JST

Sakurada is a self made man without education.

Really? Apparently he went to Meji University and has been an LDP hack active in local and national politics since 1987.

He may have many good things in other aspects.

"May have?" You don't sound very sure. Anyway, I think I have a few good things in "other aspects." Doesn't qualify me to be a cabinet minister.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

Repugnant remarks. Good play by Abe. No, I do not support Abe, but o recognize smart politics when I see it.

It would have been smarter politics not to make this addled old buffoon a cabinet minister in the first place.

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Posted in: Chief of staff says Democrats will never see Trump tax returns See in context

theFuToday  11:48 am JST

You believe a guy that lies about where his own father was born. Enough said.

You can be "ethnic Germans" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksdeutsche but not born in Germany.

True, but here's what Trump actually said:

'My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany.'

So it really looks like he was just lying. Or very confused.

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Posted in: Suga considering U.S. trip in May to raise abduction issue See in context

expatApr. 8  10:59 am JST

"state minister in charge of the abduction issue" This is actually a government post?

But of course. It's great political capital so this is one way of showing how seriously Abe is pretending to take it.

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Posted in: 30% of young Japanese say Diet not helping people's lives See in context

TOKYO

...the Diet is not helping to improve people's lives...

Of course it isn't. Japanese politicians, especially LDP good old boys from the sticks, are basically out to help themselves.

alwaysspeakingwisdomApr. 4  02:37 pm JST

and in America

The job approval rating of Congress as a whole is 18 percent.

What, trying to change the topic to American politics because you can't think of any excuses for Japanese Diet members?

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Posted in: Gov't expands landfill work for U.S. base transfer in Okinawa See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdomToday  05:32 pm JST

"in the single seat constituencies was a less than impressive 48.2%. "

But there were more than 2 candidates running in a lot of those constituencies, so it was impressive.

Not really. In any election how many of the candidates ever get many votes, except for the ones standing for two or three major parties?

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Posted in: Gov't expands landfill work for U.S. base transfer in Okinawa See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  04:55 pm JST

With great respect, only approximately 35 percent of eligible voters opposed the work proceeding, in a non-binding vote. 

The 2017 Lower House election had a turnout of 53.68% and the LDP's percentage share of the popular vote in the single seat constituencies was a less than impressive 48.2%. Operating on your logic the LDP have no mandate to be in government.

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Posted in: In election year, weakening economy may force Abe's hand See in context

JeffLeeToday  06:42 am JST

I've been in japan quite a while, and the quality of housing, infrastructure and even healthcare is way, way better now than it was when I first arrived.

I've been here a while too and I haven't seen any really impressive developments to indicate that the country is doing particularly well. And what about jobs and income?

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College See in context

arrestpaulToday  06:14 am JST

If things were different, things would be different. However, regardless of which political party is in power in each state, the states are not going to give up their state's right to hold elections.

I don't think states need to give up anything. However I see no justification for giving all the Electoral College votes to the winning candidate instead of allocating them according to the popular vote in each state, which can and does happen in a couple of them. Why not all of them?

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Posted in: In election year, weakening economy may force Abe's hand See in context

FarmboyMar. 24  09:35 pm JST

He’ll be re-elected even if he doesn’t run because the opposition, and even his own party, have no other competent people available.

Abe's competent? Who knew?

JeffLeeMar. 24  04:17 pm JST

Japan has had its easing program for nearly 20 years, and today is amid its longest growth streak in modern history.

A growth streak that does not actually appear to be benefiting anyone.

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College See in context

expatToday  10:04 am JST

A better alternative, given the political and practical difficulties of getting rid of the EC is for Dems to focus on winning governorships and statehouses, and having those states with blue legislatures and governors pledge to give all of their electoral votes to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote in their state.

Isn't that what happens in most states at the moment?

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College See in context

wtfjapanToday  01:03 pm JST

just some cant stop living in the past

I think they would catch up pretty quickly if a Democrat lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College.

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College See in context

Shinichi HamadaToday  01:20 am JST

And this children, is WHY you have a Electoral College. It's a safety net so that EVERYONES vote counts.

Except that it doesn't, really. What happens to your vote if you're a Republican living in New York or LA?

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College See in context

BlacklabelToday  10:56 pm JST

But he lost the popular vote to Hillary and should have been ineligible.

If you're complaining about Barack Obama losing a popular vote to Hillary Clinton, how can you accept Donald Trump's election victory in 2016?

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College See in context

SerranoToday  10:51 am JST

Yeah, let's be honest here, Crazy - you and the Dems have no respect for our Founding Fathers if you want the Electoral College abolished. Our Founding Fathers were wise indeed.

Let's all just forget that the Founding Fathers didn't stipulate that the winner of the popular vote for a State should get all its EC votes, or that the EC delegates had to vote along party lines. There's no need to abolish the Electoral College, it would work fine if the votes were allocated according to each candidate's share of the popular vote, as is actually the case in some States.

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Posted in: Abe renews commitment to constitutional reform See in context

dougthehead13Mar. 20  10:41 pm JST

Simon Foston Today 10:31 am JST

"The only thing they have shown any talent for is gaming the electoral system to keep getting themselves and their worthless offspring re-elected,"

Blaming the d'Hondt electoral system is a serious mistake.

Yes... it would be, as only 180 Lower House members out of 475 are elected by proportional representation. The rest are elected in single seat constituencies under the Westminster-style first past the post system, and only need pluralities to win.

Opposition parties don't win elections because people don't vote for them.

In some areas, like where I live, they can't vote for the opposition parties because there aren't actually any on the ballot that aren't LDP clones.

That's the sad reality.

Are you aware of some of the ways in which the LDP has basically rigged the system to their own advantage? You'll soon see how they operate if you do a bit of research.

In the Tokyo elections, Yuriko Koike's political party Tomin First no Kai defeated Abe's all-powerful LPD. Simply because people voted for them.

In the subsequent Lower House elections Koike's party disintegrated. In over-represented rural areas conservative voters continued to opt for the local LDP man, just like they always had.

I remind you that the d'Hondt law is in place in 40 countries.

Most Japanese politicians are not elected by this method. Aren't you aware of this?

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Posted in: Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller See in context

Thank God we have a President who loves to punch back...

I thought the general idea of punching back was to hurt an opponent and put them out of a fight. Think Trump's ever going to do any damage to the people he "punches back" at?

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Posted in: Abe renews commitment to constitutional reform See in context

Mao2kToday  07:51 am JST

There is no guarantee that America will come to rescue Japan if there is a major war. Japan needs a normal army to protect itself and small countries in Asia against big bullies (mainly China).

What else would Japan's military need to do to protect itself, other than what is currently permitted? Would the current Japanese regime be capable of coordinating any sort of successful military operations? I doubt it, given the mess they've made of running the country. The only thing they have shown any talent for is gaming the electoral system to keep getting themselves and their worthless offspring re-elected, so why should they be trusted with a "normal" army?

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Posted in: Trump says media trying to blame him for NZ mosque massacre See in context

Chip StarToday  07:03 am JST

Anyone ever notice how much Trump whines?

Could anyone ever fail to notice?

Chip StarToday  07:04 am JST

Trump, here is how it's done:

Or to see how conservative politicians can handle the media, check out Margaret Thatcher's comment on Spitting Image when she was asked what she thought of it.

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Posted in: Abe renews commitment to constitutional reform See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  09:52 am JST

. It would be far more helpful to USA and therefore world peacemaking

Well, who would have thought that the USA's best interests and world peace amounted to the same thing.

...if Japanese Military were permitted to go into active combat, and instill a sense if pride in them as PM Abe often states.

It seems so straightforward and sensible when it's other people fighting and dying, doesn't it.

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Posted in: Trump slammed for silence on white supremacist threat See in context

BlacklabelToday  08:39 am JST

You are protecting your racists. By not speaking about them...

How about this. Whenever allegations of racism against a Democrat or left-leaning politician make it into an article here, we can condemn them all you like and demand his or her resignation. This article is about Donald Trump. You are not speaking about him, are you.

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Posted in: Abe renews commitment to constitutional reform See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  08:14 am JST

Why cannot Japan have a normal Military just like other nations? Why can't Japan come to the aid of USA if they come under attack in a foreign conflict? 

I trust you're willing to sign up and go off to fight in America's wars yourself.

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Posted in: Trump downplays white nationalism threat after NZ mosque massacre See in context

"I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess," Trump said. 

That'll be bad for his re-election prospects, then. I understand now his remark about not losing support even if he shot someone in the street - he clearly knows his base well.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

mmwkdwMar. 16  10:29 pm JST

...then NHK wouldnt need to go door to door...

They don't really need to go door to door now. In Britain you buy a TV License on your own initiative and they have means of finding out who's watching TV without one. From what I have read it costs something like 6% of the BBC's operating budget, compared to the 12% or so that NHK pays out. I imagine though, that the fee-collecting operations are run by friends of politicians or Amakudari NHK people, so I doubt there will be any plans to improve the service.

dougthehead13Today  07:32 am JST

The NHK is an obligatory service that is protected by the constitution. And it cannot be dissolved as a public entity.

A constitutional amendment is needed to close the NHK

NHK doesn't need to be closed down. They just need to make changes to the relevant broadcasting laws so that the funding system is fair on viewers. NHK should also take steps to make sure that everyone who has a TV and pays the subscription fee feels that they are getting good value for their money. For instance, as viewers of every political inclination are expected to pay, there should be no pro-government bias.

okochatMar. 16  12:54 pm JST

I will NEVER NEVER pay.

Just DONT open the door when a random guy knocks.

Orelse you will have to pay by law

To be honest, if you do actually watch TV a fair amount I think you should pay for it. I think virtually everything on Japanese TV is absolutely terrible and I wouldn't even pay the fee to get legal access to other channels. However, neither do I have a TV that's set up to receive any transmissions from any network. So they have no legal grounds for asking me to pay anything.

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