Simon Foston comments

Posted in: Abe's controversial state funeral may backfire on Kishida See in context

eToday  08:17 am JST

A very good point brought up by other posters here that the problem with Japan's political situation is there doesn't appear to be any viable opposition.

Regarding that, we have the following:

[The C.I.A.'s help for Japanese conservatives...

It's all very interesting but the fact remains that in the 2009 election the DPJ hammered the LDP. Then they distintegrated and we have the current situation.

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Posted in: Abe's controversial state funeral may backfire on Kishida See in context

theResidentToday  07:36 am JST

@dan is exactly right. Until the 'opposition' can find ANYBODY with some charisma as a leader, stick together for more than a year, come up with a sensible name, and policies that will make people sit up and listen AND target voters int he 30-50 range who just don't bother then the LDP will continue to have carte blanche for years.

Unless this great leader can also raise enough money and find enough candidates to take on the LDP in every constituency, it's not going to make any difference.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

OssanAmericaSep. 26  05:48 pm JST

Seems from this article that the opposition parties consider not being able to get their way as being un-democratic. That's not exactly how it works.

Hm. Except that all the critics of Abe mentioned in the article are government sources, a novelist and a journalist. There is nothing at all about opposition parties.

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Posted in: Slain ex-PM Abe honored at divisive state funeral See in context

Peter14Today  06:31 pm JST

lots of complaints from people who never did a fraction of what Abe did for his country.

For Shinzo Abe, Japan= LDP + LDP voters + LDP donors so no, I never did anything for "his" country.

My view of Abe as a foreigner is naturally colored by how he acted internationally rather than domestically. He was a respected statesman abroad. Apparently many domestically hated the man. A shame.

You don't appear to have any idea as to why that might be. Actually reading the article might give you a few hints.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

travelbangaijinToday  12:08 am JST

Why are we blaming Abe when over and over - it was the Japanese people who supported this?

They keep voting in the LDP each election.

That's the thing - they don't. Thanks to the messed-up election system though, the LDP keep winning with about a quarter of the electorate voting for them.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

The AvengerToday  07:18 pm JST

And yet people kept voting for his party…

My theory is that a certain class of politicians have figured out that voter apathy is useful. If a significant portion of the electorate is made to feel that voting doesn’t matter, all you have to do is motivate your base to win and retain power. That’s my theory for Abe’s surprisingly long tenure, though I think it worked for constantly rotating LDP PMs before and after too…

Not just motivate the base but keep it disproportionately powerful by neglecting re-districting and leave it with loopholes to keep funnelling cash through to dynastic LDP oligarchs.

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

Steven MccarthyToday  05:08 pm JST

Simon …. You’re infatuation

I'm infatuation?

with the unification church and Kishida’s approval ratings is well … strange ….

No, I think my views on the topic are pretty much the same as most other commenters here.

Abe promised and delivered free preschool and kindergarten tuition so working parents could work …. Abe pushed through free healthcare for children ….

Good, but not enough to show for eight years of undisputed control of the government.

Never started a single military conflict … yet is called a war monger …. Scandals ? Without googles help …. Name scandals that are directly about Abe…. Not a cabinet member….

You haven't answered the question about the "fabricated stories."

I’m yet to meet a single Japanese National who has all this vitriol hatred for the most popular Prime Minister ever ….

Who you have and haven't met is immaterial. Claim whatever you like about the opinions of people you know or whatever, you have no way of backing it up.

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

Ricky Kaminski13Today  10:32 am JST

Simon, we need more spine and less whine.

I have no idea what that means, except that you can't answer the question.

JosephToday  11:26 am JST

Abenomics saved Japan's economy in 2012.

How come it's so stagnant and moribund now then?

He also revamped the military. 

Doing ordinary people absolutely no good whatsover.

Steven MccarthyToday  11:45 am JST

There’s no real controversy here ! 3 x Prime Minister…. Highly respected at home and abroad!

Barely tolerated, more like.

If he was so controversial, he would not have been elected 3 times …. The 2nd and 3rd after resigning the 1st time … the Japanese kept re-electing him…

No, he got re-elected by about a quarter of the electorate every time because of a chronically weak opposition and because the LDP are very good at gaming the election system.

... not the foreigners fabricating stories here !

What stories would those be?

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

Ricky Kaminski13Today  08:57 am JST

...but that still doesn’t change the fact that Abe was shot in the back...

That fact on its own does not mean anything.

...was the longest serving PM in Japanese history.

In his record-breaking tenure what did he accomplish? I just remember corruption scandals.

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

TokyoLivingToday  06:38 am JST

Come out, march, protest...

There will be a state funeral for Abe San..

Like it or not..

You like it, presumably. Can't imagine why.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Hito BitoToday  02:55 am JST

"Hundreds" lol. Next!

Next, the state funeral is going to put a big spotlight on the scandals that dogged the Abe adminstration and the deeply institutionalised cronyism, nepotism and corruption that Shinzo Abe personified. Media outlets around the world are going to be looking into why this issue is so contentious and the stuff they uncover about Abe is going to get a lot of attention. The LDP are not going to come out of this looking good.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

LindsayToday  02:21 pm JST

Loving or hating his policies is irrelevant. Yes, he was a huge failure as a PM in the eyes of many but he still managed to become Japan’s longest serving PM.

Not very hard under the circumstances.

He comes from a rich and powerful family going back generations.

So people should be honoured because of their backgrounds, not their accomplishments?

He was assassinated while campaigning. All these points together add up to him being entitled to a state funeral.

A hereditary politician who had everything handed to him and never won an election against a credible opposition? That doesn't add up to much in my opinion.

I don’t like it either but that’s the way it is and should be.

You lost me with "should be."

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

TokyoLivingToday  11:40 am JST

That's not going to happen, Abe San will have the state funeral he deserves..

Why does he deserve it?

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Steven MccarthyToday  10:57 am JST

What’s with all this whining about Abe ???

Why don't you try reading the article, it might give you some idea.

How many wars did he start ??? Oh ! Zero ….

Neither have any other Japanese prime ministers in the last 70 years. It's hardly a stellar achievement.

3x prime minister…. Longest serving…. Ever ….

That's down to the fragmented state of the opposition since 2012.

Respected around the world and at home !

You might get that impression if you just read the condolences messages. They tend to be quite polite.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Aly RustomToday  10:26 am JST

This is bizarre on so many levels. It diminishes Japan's standing on the world stage to hold this funeral that almost no one from the developed world wants to attend. There is absolutely no good reason to do it. not 1.

No good reasons as far as anyone else is concerned, but to me it looks like a spectacularly ham-fisted attempt to keep Abe's right-wing, ultranationlist swivel-eyed lunatic voter base within the LDP fold.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

AyachanToday  08:29 am JST

No was not King. He was PM who served the Japanese people.

He served himself and small cliques of cronies who helped him get re-elected, i.e. himself.

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Posted in: Unification Church in Japan vows reform after criticism See in context

elephant200Sep. 23  11:31 pm JST

I cannot believe the ruling party of Japan was so corrupted that they allowing a criminal organization like the Unification Church can blackmailing money from her own people and above law!

You're not too familiar with the LDP, then.

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Posted in: Unification Church in Japan vows reform after criticism See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  07:21 am JST

Korean Unification Church should be investigated and shut down in Japan.

South Korea's government should come out with apology, and compensation for all Japanese citizens who became victim of Korean Unification Church. This crimes are happening in 2022, and no remorse or sincere apology or feelings from Korea.

The LDP let it all happen, either because they were complicit or negligent. Don't you think they should offer apologies and compensation?

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Completely pointless. I'm more likely to get COVID on a squalid, nasty old train with two carriages jam-packed with commuters and students than I am in a hotel. I suppose it's more difficult for the government to think of anything to do about that so they're not going to bother.

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Posted in: LDP to update list of members linked to Unification Church See in context

I'm surprised that none of the downvoters have anything to say for themselves. The fact that they can't or won't reads like they are tacitly admitting all the criticism of the LDP is justified.

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Posted in: LDP to update list of members linked to Unification Church See in context

Sven AsaiToday  01:04 pm JST

Personally I don’t like that overdoing in this case. We have surely other problems than this sect from Korea and politicians holding a speech at their meetings when invited. It’s quite a media hype and of course the opposition also uses it while lacking other or own political solutions. Just imagine you are an active politician and someone with unity , world peace and all such phrases on the flag asks you to say some greeting words. Can you assure to deny it always or often enough, even if you know that it’s a religious sect?

I think that's completely missing the point. People are annoyed because this particular religious sect has been strongarming gullible members into shelling out millions of yen for worthless junk. It's been obvious for many years to anyone who looked into this group that it's a blatant con, and politicians who were connected to them in any way certainly should have looked into them. The only conclusion to be drawn is that they decided to accept the donations and the church members who voted for them or volunteered to help with election campaigns, and decided to turn a blind eye.

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Posted in: LDP to update list of members linked to Unification Church See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  08:55 am JST

Korean Unification Church. Targeting Japanese citizens, taking advantage of women with children and old people.

Condoned by the LDP.

North Korean Schools in Japan, Chōsen gakkō. Brainwashing Koreans to hate Japan. Teaching them anti-Japan garbage on Japanese Soil.

Pachinko Machines, taking money from hard working Japanese with gambling addiction, taking all their money. Mainly owned by Korean business and influence.

All Korean influence should be under investigation in Japan..... This is just the tip of the iceberg. Korean hands in many more areas that we need to investigate before it's too late.

How ironic that the LDP have tacitly encouraged the spread of rhetoric like this when it's the LDP who should be investigated first.

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Posted in: Kishida's support slides to lowest since he took office See in context

socrateosSep. 13  01:41 am JST

Most Japanese people still think LDP is much better than any other parties. 

Much better? What on earth gives you that idea?

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

socrateosToday  09:29 am JST

Simon Foston

It is for people who help the LDP win elections.

Which is majority.

No, it really isn't. Voter turnout in the 2021 lower house election was about 55% and the LDP didn't get a majority of the votes. It appears that only about a quarter of the electorate vote for the LDP. Not a majority at all.

Let me remind you once again the most recent polls that show party affiliations in Japan, even in the midst of crticism of Kishida cabinet:

DP: 36.2%

CDPJ: 4.8%

Renovation: 5.1%

All other parties: less than 3%

That poll may be skewed to favour the LDP and it still doesn't make them good. 36.2% is pitiful. Any semi-competent opposition would obliterate them.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

socrateosToday  01:22 am JST

Japan is not a socialist country.

It is for people who help the LDP win elections.

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  02:35 am JST

40% in a democratic country is actually not bad. 

In a democratic country which is supposed to have majority rule, anything less than 50% is bad.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

socrateosToday  03:52 pm JST

Simon Foston:

"They will remember that he hasn't done anything at all about rising prices or any of their other problems."

Actually price control - that's something Japan is doing better than others.

According to the article the public aren't giving the government much credit for it.

Here is a comparison between USA (vs Japan) for inflation rate this year.

I doubt many people care very much if it's worse in other countries.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

socrateosToday  01:52 pm JST

Simon Foston:

"Looks like Kishida's days are numbered." 

Probablly not.

REASON 1. The next election is Oct 31 2025! A long way to go. People will not remember anything about the state funeral for Abe or Unification Church.

They will remember that he hasn't done anything at all about rising prices or any of their other problems.

REASON 2. Many Japanese people may be disapointed by the party they support but not to the extent of switching a party affiliation.

Here is the result of the most recent polls that asked "Which Party Do You Support?":

LDP: 36.2%

CDPJ: 4.8%

Renovation: 5.1%

All other parties: less than 3%

The other parties were just as weak when the LDP got rid of Abe and then Suga.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

shogun36Today  12:35 pm JST

How man more useless "leaders" does the LDP have, lined up to be the next PM?

It seems like they are just churning out endless amounts of incompetent fools.

This is the problem with a deeply entrenched hereditary oligarchy that doesn't face any serious challenges to its position, e.g. an opposition party like Labour in the UK or the Republicans in the USA (maybe not totally great examples).

Is there not ONE decent person to lead anything, correctly?

No.

Just wipe the slate clean and hire 150 new recruits.

They can't possibly do any worse.

That will never happen. The LDP could purge a lot of its most useless members but they would just take their support networks, connections, donors, voters and cash with them and get re-elected as independents.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

blueToday  11:04 am JST

The public has lost what was left of trust and patience. They want a plan that concerns them, their jobs, their salaries, their kids, their health and retirements, their income and their living expenses

I imagine something like that would seriously ruffle the feathers of important LDP backers with other agendas.

 and not some wonkey PR-scheme like Tokyo/Sapporo/Iwo Jima Olympics, no plan to honor His Shadiness, no なんちゃってagencies like the Children or Digital agencies, some super-duper fast Linia train or Harry-Potter-like magical My Number cardathingy.

It's much easier for politicians with limited intellects like your average 10th generation LDP hack to come up with gimmicks than real solutions to actual problems.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

Looks like Kishida's days are numbered. He's not actually going to do anything about any of these problems, and the more ineffectual he appears the more the support rate is going to drop. All the other third generation non-entities are probably lining up already to take his place.

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