Simon Foston comments

Posted in: China military body may be target of Japan counterstrike capability See in context

ToshihiroToday  08:05 am JST

I understand that Japan needs a counterstrike capability and aiming for the head of the serpent is always better, but the media should not disclose these things. 

I think the LDP is okay with these kinds of things getting disclosed. It makes them look tough and macho in the eyes of the armchair hawks who vote for them.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

kennyGToday  02:19 am JST

And make your neighborhood criminal's paradise? Make it happen somewhere else but not here in Japan.

Have you seen this?

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/ex-police-officer-gets-suspended-sentence-for-stealing-cash-from-house-damaged-by-fire

All this person gets is a suspended sentence. Don't you think the public deserves a bit more protection?

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

bokudaToday  02:45 am JST

Racial profiling, interrogation without lawyer, solitary confinement, hiding of evidence, illegal search, ...

Is getting difficult to distinguish the police from the criminals.

Exactly. I feel a bit more wary of the police than I do of some bloke with dreadlocks and whatever he probably doesn't have in his pockets.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

kennyGToday  05:34 pm JST

I say. What is the big deal dealing with the police . Profiling is a method so is racial profiling for post-crime or pre-crime investigations. You complain however you want and sue them if you think they cross the line.

In that case they should stop and search each other all the time, given the stream of stories about things police officers get up to.

It is still better than you are openly discriminated in day time on the streets or physically abused just because you have yellow skin and flat face.

Not really. Morons who don't know any better is one thing. Law enforcement professionals who should know better is another thing altogether.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

kennyGToday  05:23 am JST

An old cop was polite. he was at least honest in replying to this person.

Too honest. It's a bit like certain senior politicians - they get to certain levels of power and then think they can say whatever nonsense is going through their heads, and expect everyone to respect it.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

KenMay 13  07:14 pm JST

Japanese cops are racist,xenophobic and lack common sense.They still live in the 16th century.

With exceptions, I think most of them are about as mature as the average eleven year-old.  "In our experience many people with dreadlocks carry drugs" just isn't something I expect someone with a properly developed adult brain to come out with.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

WobotToday  08:33 am JST

I'd rather the police find illegal overstayers in return for being mildly inconvenienced to be honest...

I honestly don't care. "Illegal overstayers" aren't even a mild inconvenience as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

Sven AsaiToday  12:33 pm JST

What’s going on here? Their job is to find those drugs and criminals, not to minimize any or whatever profiling. In contrary, it’s their duty to use profiling as a method if it and the related data are available. So in this example, if checking all people with dreadlocks really contributes to find more illegal drugs and drug dealers, and by every logic it is sure it will...

Suspicious behaviour is grounds for a stop and search. Not a suspicious hairdo.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader says he'll quit if fined for office beer See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  11:10 am JST

Simon, there is allot of huffing and puffing and Starmer, Johnsons behaviour is clearly chalk and cheese.

Then mix in the dark arts of political intrigue as you rightly point out

I may berate Starmer and Johnson, should both resign, Johnson yes, not for party gate, but failures of leadership.

Starmer had a beer and a curry, and his resignation would not be in the interests of her majesties opposition.

If you are caught put your hand up. I made a mistake.

I don't think Starmer should resign unless the police do actually issue him a fine, and certainly not because of what it says in a low-quality, rabidly pro-Tory tabloid. Right now there's just no equivalency. Johnson denied any Downing Street parties ever happened. Starmer admitted to what he'd been doing. Starmer said he'd acted within the rules at all times, Johnson claimed not to be aware what the rules actually were. There is masses of evidence to corroborate accusations against Boris Johnson, the case against Keir Starmer appears to consist of a memo which doesn't prove very much and a "whistleblower" who curiously has kept quiet up until now.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader says he'll quit if fined for office beer See in context

itsonlyrocknroll

Today 09:16 am JST

Students attending Starmer beer and curry soirée filmed the event, leaking the itinerary memo whilst another gave a blow-by-blow account to the Times.

Why did they sit on this supposedly crucial information, months after Starmer had originally been cleared by the police?

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

bass4funkToday  10:43 pm JST

You chose that expression quite deliberately, right?

No, I was saying it as in "Not this crap again"

Not because it's a line from the series that sometimes gets used when a new actor takes over, then.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

PaustovskyToday  07:39 pm JST

"the BBC agenda was to preach diversity, equality, inclusion front center"

Struggling to see what's wrong with that in a children's science-fiction drama.

Certain writers do like to loudly indicate what they're doing, though. It kind of detracts from the science fiction and the drama.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

WhiskeyGaloreToday  07:58 pm JST

I'm not sure why Japan Today cares. Doctor Who is a very niche program in Japan, and barely registers among Japanese pop culture fans. Yes, you can buy DVD's at Tsutaya and other retail places, but I don't believe it was ever on air on Japanese TV.

It was on NHK-E around 2005-7. I doubt if the NHK old boys really understood what they'd bought the rights for, I suspect they thought they were getting a hospital drama.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

SeigiToday  01:12 pm JST

Next to be case as Queen of England in a BBC series is Meghan Markle.

I thought they wanted to get Idris Elba.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

bass4funkToday  11:21 am JST

...here we go again....

You chose that expression quite deliberately, right?

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Posted in: Japan's 'womenomics' pioneer says mindsets must change See in context

To her surprise, the ideas were adopted by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2012 as part of his signature plan to revive the ailing Japanese economy.

Obviously it went nowhere with Abe in charge.

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Posted in: Georgia Republicans spar over Trump's false election claims See in context

bass4funkToday  12:56 pm JST

Unlikely. The kinds of conservatives who get involved in politics appear to be sore losers.

That will change in November.

Got your family kitted out in matching "GOP House and Senate 2022" t-shirts and hats, then?

which indicates intellectual vacuity.

I disagree, factually, that is what it means

Sorry but honestly, do you have some kind of problem? I genuinely have no idea what you're talking about.

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Posted in: Georgia Republicans spar over Trump's false election claims See in context

SuperLibToday  10:22 am JST

You'd have to be an idiot if you think election fraud happened in GA. It's all just made up nonsense with no evidence.

Trump lost. Get over it.

Unlikely. The kinds of conservatives who get involved in politics appear to be sore losers. I expect this will invite a response along the lines of "we think the same about liberals" but that's just feeble 'right back at you' stuff which indicates intellectual vacuity.

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Posted in: Japan still divided on revising war-renouncing Constitution: survey See in context

Randy JohnsonToday  08:24 am JST

OssanAmericaToday  08:07 am JST

Nobody wants a war.

Except Vlad and Western Leftists.

Which... um, "western leftists," specifically? Got names and quotes?

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Posted in: UK lawmaker resigns after viewing porn in House of Commons See in context

RodneyMay 1  01:10 pm JST

"Porn is fine, but not at work. Looking at tractors is fine"

you do know there is no difference between porn and tractors right? 

Do you think it is universally true that looking at pictures or videos of tractors provokes the same kind of reaction as porn pictures or videos?

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGApr. 30  07:10 pm JST

Simon

Seems we have points to share

I certainly don't disagree with you on any of the issues you raised. Personally, I want an opposition party to either kick the LDP out of power or scare them into raising their game and doing a better job. However the opposition appear to be institutionally useless.

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGToday  05:51 pm JST

So would I. Such as?

Simon. Good to be having personal conversation like this which is rare but .... I am not sure if I want to go on.

I don't like Japan has upper and lower house system.

Fair enough, I think it's a kind of hybrid system that really doesn't work very well. There's no real need for two houses when one party controls both, and when the opposition control the upper house the government basically becomes useless.

Too many elections and too many zombie parties and zombie politicians which are struggling to get 2% or 5 diet members to say something to survive.

True. People who want a change of government shouldn't waste their votes on them. I have a few issues with the LDP and I think a lot of the opposition politicians have good ideas but terrible strategies and tactics. The CDPJ shouldn't be bothering trying to collaborate with the JCP or the DPP, for instance. It just sends out the message that they don't think they can win a majority by themselves so they'll compromise on their policies and principles just to get elected.

I don't like those who got down voted can revive through proportional representation.

The parties shouldn't keep running with the same failed candidates election after election either.

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGToday  01:42 pm JST

So as far as you're concerned it's not really a problem if one area has twice as many Diet members as another area of the same size but only half the population.

I wouldn’t say it is not really a problem, I would say there are more fundamental problems in the system

So would I. Such as?

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGToday  11:10 am JST

See nothing above is essential factors to my eyes.

So as far as you're concerned it's not really a problem if one area has twice as many Diet members as another area of the same size but only half the population.

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGToday  05:33 am JST

You don't have any problem with it, then?

 the urban and rural vote value disparity in itself is neutral to any party which could also have it in their favour too

It's been ruled as unconstitutional and courts have asked more than once for it to be rectified. The LDP have done very little about this, because it favours voters in depopulated rural areas, where individual politicians have cultivated strong support bases among people who tend to hold more conservative views and are paid off with pork barrel spending, e.g. keeping zombie companies on life support. The vote value disparity will never work out in favour of any other party that doesn't have the same number of candidates as the LDP and a similar amount of funding.

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyG

Today 09:50 pm JST

All I am saying is that if you are called a main opposition party, move the mountain sometimes like Takako Doi once described it ,

The ruling party should be moving mountains every day but I don't see them doing a whole lot.

rather than keep whining about 2.0-3.0 disparity ratio.

You don't have any problem with it, then?

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGToday  06:43 pm JST

The LDP definitely aren't anything special either, but they also have the urban and rural vote value disparity in their favour.

The vote value disparity seems not catching up the gap of approval rating between LDP and CDPJ. Easy math.

What? There's no correlation between them. Approval ratings fluctuate and can't be completely relied upon. The vote value disparity is a solid fact.

A main opposition party is expected to flip twice or even three times disparity over to win the ruling rather than keep whining

Why should one party have to do so much more to win a majority than another, because of a flaw in the electoral system?

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Posted in: Ruling LDP proposes doubling of defense budget See in context

TARA TAN KITAOKAToday  02:15 am JST

Someone is making a very very bad decision. All Japan Asian neighbors will recall ww2.

LDP politicians remember what their grandfather's told them about it when they were being groomed to take over the family rackets.

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

JamesApr. 28  10:25 pm JST

Upper House First would be best outcome for CDPJ. Give LDP a taste of their own medicine.

But reality is LDP have a base of about 30% in most areas and with the general LDP propaganda of it isn't worth bothering to vote and opposition party aren't anything special works so well and we can tell by how low the voter turnout is here in Japan.

The LDP definitely aren't anything special either, but they also have the urban and rural vote value disparity in their favour.

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Posted in: Main opposition party to focus on fighting rising prices, expanding free education See in context

kennyGToday  04:46 pm JST

Univ-level education for free doesn't mean everyone can go and graduate univ

Of course it doesn't. Who do you imagine would think of anything so ridiculous?

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