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Posted in: Abe criticized in Diet after pension report highlights income-savings gap See in context

Aso, 78, the wealthy scion of an elite political family, also said he’d never worried about supporting himself as he aged and didn’t know if he was receiving a pension.

Well then, surely he wouldn't mind if neither he nor similarly privileged old cronies got any pensions. I bet Abe would be glad to give up his, too.

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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

JeffLeeToday  05:00 pm JST

@Simon Foston

Abe has made repeated public calls for firms to raise workers wages. I don't know of any other national leader who has been doing this quite as ardently.

Not that it's achieved a whole lot. Talk is cheap.

But I think its time for action: like rescinding the tax cut for highly profitable companies practicing wage suppression.

Exactly. However Abe doesn't seem to be good for much except blue skies talk so I don't expect any action. I suspect too many LDP politicians are scared of taking any measures that would annoy influential friends in the private sector for him to do anything unopposed.

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Posted in: Trump launches re-election campaign, presenting himself as outsider and victim See in context

plasticmonkeyToday  05:56 pm JST

More irrelevant and meaningless babble. The house of Trump is built on this.

And it all makes the case for liberalism, socialism, or just about any other political viewpoint, all the more compelling. If I had any strong conservative inclinations I would be embarrassed to have any association with it.

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Posted in: Trump launches re-election campaign, presenting himself as outsider and victim See in context

Over 25,000 recorded people in attendance...

In New York or California that would be scarily impressive. In Florida? No more than you'd expect.

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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

JeffLeeToday  09:48 am JST

The govt in a liberal democracy should not be the position of pressuring or dictating wage rises to the private sector. But Japan's govt has found itself in that odd position due to the outrageously greedy - but legal - behavior by employers. They have decided to renege on a social compact. Action is now needed, and the govt is the only one capable of doing so.

Thus far I'd say the government's record of dealing with that outrageously greedy behaviour has been one of conspicuous failure. It's hardly a new problem, but I've seen no sign of the action that is needed or any indication that the Abe administration will do anything about it in the future.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

TARA TAN KITAOKAJune 18  01:34 pm JST

Politicians are supposed tp serve the people not destory their lives.

I think the politicians, elderly LDP politicians from rural areas in particular, have got it into their heads that they've taken over from the daimyo as feudal overlords and that the peasants-... sorry, people, exist only for their benefit. Hence the quasi-feudal system of inherited Diet seats, which is what people like Shinzo Abe have to help them get ahead in politics instead of charisma and ability.

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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

JeffLeeJune 18  08:44 am JST

@Yubaru Kuroda and Abe want businesses to raise wages....

And the businesses refuse, despite their record high profits. So blame them - the ones causing the problem - instead of the people trying to fix the problem.

Right, except that you also said...

June 12  09:27 am JSTPosted in: Gov't aims to create 300,000 regular jobs for people in 30s-40s  See in context

The govt should be nailing the employers. If the employers insist on their wage suppression policies, then the govt should just say, "OK, then, bye-bye corporate tax cut. And goodbye to your procurement contracts as well."

So does that mean the government is also part of the problem because it could be doing more to push employers to raise wages but isn't?

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

starpunkJune 17  06:40 am JST

Dotard has fake TIME magazine covers and a statue at his Florida estate promoting his false achievements and there's a 6-foot statue (idol) there too. How sickening can you get?

It's pretty nauseating, true. It must irk him, though, that he can't boss everyone in America around like Khomeni could in Iran, and that future US presidents won't let their photos be taken with pictures of him in the background.

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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

browny1Today  10:49 am JST

And unemployment is at it's low rate, not becvause of Abe & Co and their flaky policies, but as all with an iota of sense know - it's the demographics stupid.

Right, and where's the "virtuous circle" that surely should have started if unemployment is so low? The salary increases leading to increased private spending?

Well, I don't suppose anyone in the government really cares if their election-winning formula still works and their Diet majority is safe. An economic recovery isn't really necessary to keep giving the over-represented rural LDP base its kickbacks.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

YubaruToday  07:25 am JST

Exactly. I'm pretty sure a lot of dyed-in-the-wool LDP supporters vote for their local hereditary capo, not whoever happens to be prime minister at the time.

Spot on! People are not thinking about Abe when they are voting.

Or, they're thinking that their local LDP dynast is good at getting his hands in the pork barrel and digging out a big share to keep all the zombie companies in the area propped up. I suspect that at least some of the time local businessmen who needs government handouts are telling their employees who to vote for, or getting them to help in election campaigns.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

marcelitoJune 17  10:33 pm JST

...if you really want an answer.

I doubt that. Whenever there's any criticism of the LDP all its supporters seem to be capable of is peddling that old "there is no alternative" trope.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

masterblasterJune 17  10:04 pm JST

How the telephone polls are conducted:

Or, obliging company owners who depend on quasi-socialist government handouts tell their employees how to answer the questions, just like they tell them who to vote for.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

YubaruToday  06:34 pm JST

"except for the 40 million Japanese- included myself -that voted for Abe."

This is funny, seeing as how Abe never stood for a national election. 

Exactly. I'm pretty sure a lot of dyed-in-the-wool LDP supporters vote for their local hereditary capo, not whoever happens to be prime minister at the time.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

Ricky Kaminski13Today  09:41 am JST

When you look at the state of the opposition it makes no difference.

So if the opposition managed to hammer itself into better shape the LDP would be screwed?

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Posted in: Abe denounces attacks on tankers near Strait of Hormuz See in context

Ganbare Japan!June 15  01:47 pm JST

Very strongly stated by PM Abe, excellent move.

Hardly "excellent" when virtually any other politician would have done exactly the same.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

starpunkToday  07:17 am JST

This is Iran's government is all about - a personality cult, not true Islam.

Donald Trump must be so jealous.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  11:31 am JST

PM Abe is negotiating very hard to continue the excellent relationship.

And failing because he doesn't really have any negotiating skills.

Japan will hopefully be permitted by Trump to resume oil trading with Iran.

What, like some kind of colony?

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

elephant200Today  10:43 am JST

From the face of Mr.Abe, I can see he is also paranoid and very uneasy ! He shouldnt goto Tehran!

Quite clearly he thought brown-nosing Donald Trump made him some kind of master diplomat. It would have been great if he had actually accomplished something, but we shouldn't expect too much of mediocre frauds.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

RealCDNToday  08:21 am JST

Abe and Trump are both awesome.

They both look like embarrassing failures to me.

alwaysspeakingwisdomToday  08:33 am JST

However, behind the doors, Khamennei said something different.

Did he really? How would you know? Care to share what it was?

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Posted in: Trump says he would take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries See in context

bass4funkToday  07:30 pm JST

He’s just saying he would probably do what the Democrats did and now they’re having another meltdown? This is great! Lol

Why is it great? The President you love is saying he would do the same thing as the Democrats, but you hate them so much you can't stop whining and ranting about them.

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Posted in: Trump says he would take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries See in context

BlacklabelToday  06:46 pm JST

If you are proven dirty with factual evidence and my opponent for something...

Then that "factual evidence" should be presented in a court of law and I should be tried and convicted.

...why would I not look at it and use it?

Because doing so would be illegal?

BlacklabelToday  07:14 pm JST

The point is that you say Hillary using a fake dossier from a UK spy with Russian sources is fine.

I say she should face the consequences of any wrongdoing if it's proven by the proper authorities that she's broken the law. You're not going to say the same about Donald Trump, are you.

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Posted in: Trump says he would take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries See in context

FizzBitToday  05:59 pm JST

How did y’all go from “take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries” to “accept foreign information / advice over his own countres intelligence and it is also a nation security issue.”?

I don't think anyone went anywhere, given that "take info... from foreign countries" and "accept foreign information" look like pretty much the same thing to me.

Anyone else think this is just hair-splitting?

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Posted in: Trump says he would take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries See in context

JustMyThoughtsToday  05:22 pm JST

What's fabricated is both the moral outrage, the never ending fantasies of legal knowledge.

Sorry, that just looks like a bunch of random words strung together.

Then again, when Trump comes out with stuff like this there can't be a whole lot else you could manage in his defense.

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Posted in: Trump says he would take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries See in context

JustMyThoughtsToday  02:36 pm JST

...these fabricated story lines..

What's "fabricated" about this one? The words came from Trump himself.

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Posted in: Ex-Trump aide Hicks agrees to closed-door appearance before U.S. House panel See in context

PTownsendToday  09:38 am JST

I think most Americans still believe that allowing foreign nations to 'meddle' in US politics, practicing nepotism, getting kickbacks, insider trading and other unethical and illegal activities don't belong in US politics.

Only those with Trump level ethics could possibly accept what Trump's doing.

Only those who want to undermine US systems, e.g. Trump and his staunchest US and 'foreign' backers, would find them acceptable.

Here's the latest on the topic from the Stable Genius himself:

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, the president admitted that he would accept information on a political opponent from a foreign government.

It’s not an interference, they have information - I think I’d take it,” President Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI - if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, ‘oh let’s call the FBI’. The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressman, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”

Stephanopoulos asked about Donald Trump Jr and the regrettable role he played in the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016. He asked if Trump’s son should have brought the Russians’ offer for “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to the FBI.

“Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent’, do you call the FBI?” Trump responded.

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do,” Trump continued. “Oh, give me a break – life doesn’t work that way.”

“The FBI director said that is what should happen,” Stephanopoulos replied. (During congressional testimony last month, FBI director Christopher Wray told lawmakers “the FBI would want to know about” any foreign election meddling).

“The FBI director is wrong, because frankly it doesn’t happen like that in life,” Trump said. “Now maybe it will start happening, maybe today you’d think differently.”

I expect Trump's devoted admirers will be agreeing enthusiastically

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Posted in: Trump publicly opposes using CIA informants against North Korea's Kim See in context

StrangerlandToday  12:51 pm JST

If you don't mind, I'll ignore your attempt to redirect as a means of not addressing the original topic you brought up.

Just as well ignoring certain people altogether, it's like trying to talk back to someone on TV and it always seems to get comment threads disabled.

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Posted in: Trump publicly opposes using CIA informants against North Korea's Kim See in context

"He kept his word. There's no nuclear testing. There's no large, there's no long-range missiles going up. The only things he's set up were very short term, short range. That was just a test of short range. It's a whole different deal, but he's kept his word to me. That's very important," the President said.

Meanwhile...

Earlier Tuesday, [John] Bolton had told the Wall Street Journal at a speaking event in Washington that North Korea is not complying with the terms agreed upon during Trump's first summit with Kim, in Singapore last year.

"What they've said was that they're not going to test ballistic missiles, intercontinental range ballistic missiles, or have nuclear tests. That's continued. They're doing a lot of other things that still indicate that they have not made a strategic decision to give up the pursuit of deliverable weapons, which is why we continue the maximum pressure campaign," Bolton said.

So which one shouldn't be believed, Trump or Bolton?

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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

Jason TanJune 10  02:15 pm JST

And some reforms of Abe Cabinets did bring about some positive effect to the Japanese economy.

Such as...?

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Posted in: Boris, Jeremy, Sajid: Who is running to be next UK leader? See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  08:07 am JST

There is not a single candidate detailed capable of preparing UK to fulfil a clean break exit from the European Union. There is nothing left to negotiate

It is time to politely walkway.

Can't do that without Parliament agreeing, and thus far Parliament can't agree on anything.

Hells teeth the European Commission has been plying the same stagnant economic policy since inception it is time for change.

The UK could have done something about that in all the years it's been in the EU, but our politicians have clearly failed to make much of a difference.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador says Israel has right to annex West Bank land See in context

RecklessJune 9  11:42 am JST

There were many opportunities for a Palestinian state the last 40 years. Sometimes you hold out for more and get zilch.

Um... I think this article is about the Israelis getting, or rather taking, more, not the Palestinians, and compliant Americans letting them do it.

RecklessJune 9  12:42 pm JST

Israel is an inner circle ally of the US.

That would imply a mutually beneficial relationship.

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