Simon Foston comments

Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

pacificwestToday  06:58 am JST

The Japanese alliance with Germany was merely an anti-communist alliance, not an ideological one. Indeed, Japan refused to talk on board Nazi ideologies.

That's no excuse. The Allies could have wiped out the Nazis a lot sooner if we hadn't had to waste so much effort and so many lives and resources on dealing with Japan.

I thought the communists were supposed to be the bad guys? Therefore, wasn't the Anti-Comintern Pact a good thing?

I don't think I've ever heard anyone suggest that a pact with Nazi Germany could ever be "a good thing." To me it just indicates the Imperial Japanese regime's total moral bankruptcy. Besides - it didn't do Japan a whole lot of good in the end, did it.

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Posted in: Short look See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  01:07 pm JST

Good for her. Her country, her flag, her right.

No one ever said otherwise.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions See in context

"Over 3 million of our countrymen's lives were lost during the war," Abe said. "We will never forget that the peace and prosperity we are enjoying now are built on the ultimate sacrifices of the war dead."

PM Abe either fails to grasp that politicians usually say that kind of thing when their countries have won wars, or thinks that saying the war dead were basically cannon-fodder forced to make the ultimate sacrifice by clueless militarists whose blunders led to Japan being crushed and colonized would offend war veterans' relatives associations too much.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdomToday  11:24 am JST

"if Germany had a Hitler memorial. "

But America does have a memorial to confederate soldiers at Arlington.

Trying to equate ordinary Confederate soldiers with Adolf Hitler? Bit of a far stretch.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

UdondashiToday  01:29 pm JST

I think Prime Minister Abe should go to the Yasukuni Shrine every day,

A prime minister has better things to do and they would need to rewrite the constitution first.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

OssanAmericaToday  10:47 am JST

If you were American you would know...

What, as if all Americans are exactly alike in terms of what they know and the opinions they hold?

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Posted in: McConnell, GOP Senate resist calls to 'do something' on gun violence See in context

NorwegianboyEEToday  07:31 am JST

Seems like these Republican lawmakers operate by feelings rather than fact and logic

I think their feelings are that failure to appease the gun lobby means they don't get re-elected.

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Posted in: Gov't delays budget surplus forecast to FY2027 as fiscal reform struggles See in context

JeffLeeAug. 3  06:50 am JST

"... what about the average member of the public"

Housing and infrastructure are way, way, better now than 20 or so years ago. Um, those things are kinda' important.

An increasing number of houses are derelict. That wouldn't be the case if people could buy them or felt well-off enough to pay property tax on houses previously occupied by deceased relatives.

The 10,000 yen in my pocket goes about as far as it did around 20 years ago, when then there were no 100 yen stores (because there was no merchandise that cost as little as 100 yen), the cheapest European wine cost around 3,000 yen a bottle (now 500 yen), a basic pair of jeans were 6,000 to 8,000 yen, air tickets were 30 to 40 percent more expensive, and so on.

How many people are likely to spend Y10,000 in 100 yen stores, or on cheap wine, jeans or air fares? The general trend is still one of very limited wage increases and weak consumer spending, no matter how far that 10,000 yen in your pocket goes.

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Posted in: Cummings says he scared off intruder at Baltimore home See in context

Texas A&M AggieToday  09:07 am JST

Chip StarToday  08:59 am JST

Something doesnt pass the smell test and thst something is what passes for facts in Texas. Yee-Haw don Hee-Haw where we just make up nonsense and hope others are like us and don't bother to do cursory research,

Only in an alternate universe would a 400-pound poster sitting on his bed eating potato chips in Scotland would believe anything a politician with a (D) says.

In other words you can't back up your allegation. Not unless you provide some alt-right source that everyone outside the Trump cult will snort in derision at.

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Posted in: Cummings says he scared off intruder at Baltimore home See in context

NorthernlifeToday  07:13 am JST

Trump tweeted earlier Friday, "Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!"...

How low do you want to go time and time again he proves unfit to be POTUS..

I wouldn't be all that surprised if he knew who was behind it or knew people who knew. It's the kind of thing I can imagine his favourite foreign despots arranging.

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Posted in: Gov't delays budget surplus forecast to FY2027 as fiscal reform struggles See in context

JeffLeeToday  05:48 am JST

with stagnant to non-existent growth

That isn't true. Japan's GDP per capita ("real growth") has been increasing steadily, in line with OECD averages.

Are people's lives in general any better for it? It may look good to company owners, economists and policy wonks but what about the average member of the public?

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context

starpunkToday  10:52 pm JST

Posing at a submarine base, are any of them yellow? Total posturing, man.This whole Brexit farce just popped up out of the blue a few years ago and internet media pundits have been haggling and 'predicting' this and that and talking loud without knowing anything and still saying nothing. This whole business looks like one big sham.

It was a tactic that backfired. David Cameron called the 2016 referendum to shut up the Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party, thinking that it would result in a vote to stay in the EU. So did the pro-Brexit campaign leaders, although they conned the people who voted leave into thinking they knew what they were doing.

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context

Did the British people not vote to leave the EU?

In any democratic election or referendum the people should always get what the majority vote for, right?

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Posted in: Johnson heads to Scotland as local leader attacks no-deal Brexit See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  12:46 pm JST

Ruth Davidson should have the conscience and honour to resign the whip, leave the Conservative Party and trigger a General election

Except that she's an MSP, not an MP. Resigning the whip in the Scottish Parliament wouldn't make any difference in Westminster.

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Posted in: Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity': Johnson See in context

JimizoToday  10:21 am JST

How you think the UK will get a good deal is beyond me.

There was nothing in the original comment about the UK getting a good deal.

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Posted in: Outrage as Trump brands mostly-black Baltimore 'infested mess' See in context

U.S. President Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism Saturday after he attacked a prominent African-American lawmaker and branded the majority black city of Baltimore an "infested mess."

I haven't bothered to read the comments but I imagine they're full of praise and applause from the usual apologists.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

pacificwestJuly 27  01:03 pm JST

@Simon Foston

...the UK government whose is majority unelected Lords.

Still repeating that rubbish?

As posted above, strictly speaking he is right.

777 seats in the House of Lords, and

650 seats in the House of Commons.

Except that the Commons is much more powerful and most of those Lords don't do a whole lot. They certainly never get any major Cabinet positions. And strictly speaking, Parliament isn't really the government.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

IloveCoffeeToday  07:21 am JST

...the UK government whose is majority unelected Lords.

Still repeating that rubbish?

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

wtfjapanToday  11:03 am JST

Boris was not democratically elected,

actually he was, even though it was done by the the politicians.

Not really. He was elected by about a hundred thousand Conservative Party ordinary members, mostly elderly but some not actually old enough to vote in a proper election.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  07:21 am JST

Like Trump in the US, BoJo just has to ignore the business leftie elites and get on with the job.

What job? Whatever it is he won't be getting on with anything if Parliament blocks him.

The People's will has to come first for a change if democracy is to survive...

No one's exactly sure what the people's will is though. At the moment the House of Commons, elected by the whole country, represents it a bit better than Boris Johnson does, having been chosen by a hundred thousand or so elderly Conservative Party members.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson chosen as Britain's next prime minister; now faces Brexit test See in context

arrestpaulToday  05:20 pm JST

Toasted Heretic - The UK didn't vote for Johnson as PM, though. A tiny, tiny bunch of people - Conservative party members voted him into No.10.

Which is how this parliamentary system works.

No, that's how Conservative Party leadership elections work.

 Representatives of the voters were elected to office. The winning/majority party then selects the PM.

Not really. The winning party selects its leader before it gets voted in. That leader then becomes PM. The Conservatives didn't really win the last election and the duly elected Conservative MPs didn't choose Boris Johnson as leader afterwards. The unelected Conservative Party ordinary members have just selected him. So it's really more correct to say the UK didn't vote for Johnson as PM.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson chosen as Britain's next prime minister; now faces Brexit test See in context

"They say 'Britain Trump,' they call him Britain Trump..."

Who's "they?" The voices in his head?

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Posted in: Constitution revision goal still far off for Abe See in context

JustMyThoughtsToday  12:55 pm JST

Simon Foston

I don't think any electorate votes on a single issue. And I'm not certain if voter turnout provides a full picture of how people feel.

I'm sure you're right. However I think that if there was a lot of popular support for constitutional revision we'd have seen a lot more people turning out to vote for the parties offering it.

But cool, I respect your thoughts.

Thanks, I appreciate your courtesy.

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Posted in: Constitution revision goal still far off for Abe See in context

JustMyThoughtsJuly 22  10:47 pm JST

Japan should have a constitution written by The Japanese.

If the Japanese really cared who their constitution was written by the pro- revision parties would have got that super-majority.

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Posted in: Abe says he will seek 'flexible' discussions on constitutional revision See in context

He called for other political parties, including the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, to face the will of the voters and present their proposals.

Why should they. It's pretty clear from this election result that the voters would be more interested in proposals on education, welfare and employment. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan stood on a platform of leaving the Constitution alone and gained more seats, so I think they can politely tell Abe where to go.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Mister XToday  02:49 am JST

Let's hope the decline of LDP has finally begun !!!

If Shinzo Abe and Taro Aso are the best the LDP can manage for leadership it's obvious the decline started quite a while ago. Unfortunately no one has been able to capitalise on it yet.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  10:57 am JST

As for the election, it was a big endorsement of PM Abe, Abenomics, and the crucial tax reform coming...

Turnout of less than 50% and no sign of the super-majority you were so confidently predicting. That's not a big endorsement.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Ganbare Japan!July 21  08:57 pm JST

Numbers coming in are showing big swings to the LDP! Super Majority here we come!

So... what happened to that super majority then?

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition secures upper house majority See in context

Chip StarToday  06:32 am JST

Wouldn't it be great if Japanese people had the intellectual motivation to question their government instead of constantly voting in the same morons that get little to nothing done?

I think a lot of them do have that motivation, maybe even most of them. However the elections system is broken in such a way that getting the votes of an over-represented minority is enough for the LDP to win.

HeckleberryToday  07:02 am JST

So much for the prediction of 2/3 majority.

I know. "Go for that two-thirds majority PM Abe, you can do it!" Except that he couldn't do it. Obviously Abe isn't as popular or talented a politician as some would have us believe.

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Posted in: LDP hopes to reap farm vote despite trade deal concerns See in context

expatJuly 21  12:34 pm JST

Why is the disparity in representation between urban and rural districts not addressed by the courts? Why are urban voters and opposition parties not bringing suit?

The issue has been brought to court on numerous occasions. No action is ever ordered because the disparity suits LDP politicians very well and they're also very friendly with judges.

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