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Posted in: European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules See in context

MickeliciousToday  08:34 am JST

More Japanese dads are affected by this phenomenon than foreign dads.

How do we get these guys on board, mobilised and vocal?

I suspect that one of the reasons the authorities keep dragging their feet over this issue is that they assume Japanese dads on the whole aren't bothered, and that they would actually prefer to just disappear out of their children's lives. Former Prime Minister Koizumi, for instance, clearly isn't bothered about having a third son he's never had any contact with. Whenever there's yet another horrible story about child abuse, the biological father often just isn't in the picture. I think therefore that getting Japanese dads on board could be tough, unfortunately.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at NASCAR over flag, noose; criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes See in context

bass4funkToday  02:04 pm JST

Your logic is that you, a white person, know more about what is good for black people than they know for themselves.

But it seems they don’t.

And you state that this is ingrained upon them from birth, not realizing the irony of the fact that your statement speaks to the biases you've had ingrained upon you since birth.

No, because most blacks won’t even listen to the side...

Making offensive generalisations about blacks as well as anyone else who isn't a rabid conservative GOP/Trump 2020 fanboy now? Isn't it well past time to put down the bottle and whatever device you're using, and go off and find something worthwhile to do? Or is that you get paid by the letter?

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Posted in: Opposition regrets failure to build united force against Koike See in context

socrateosJuly 6  09:50 pm JST

People of Tokyo rejected Socialist candidates (Utsunomiya and Yamamoto) who promised government handouts as their solutions to all problems.

Government handouts to people who help them get elected are the LDP's solution to all problems.

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Posted in: In Fourth of July speech, Trump slams his enemies within See in context

BlacklabelToday  10:52 am JST

The best part is that by Trump taking the strong position against agitators, rioters, looters, leftists, criminals and other enemies such as Antifa and BLM.......Biden has no choice now but to signal his support for them.

I'm glad that you get so much encouragement from what's either the deluded ramblings of a senile old man or a shabby political point-scoring tactic on what's supposed to be a day of national celebration.

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Posted in: In Mount Rushmore speech, Trump says protesters seek to 'defame' heroes See in context

PTownsendToday  07:20 am JST

America's past and values.

Given many of the statues being torn down are those with links to the confederacy, Trump seems to be saying 'America was great' in the slave owning days.

Without glancing at any of the other comments I feel sure that some obsessive Trump-loving bore with nothing better to do with their day has remarked that all the slave owners were Democrats.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

Simon FostonJune 26  02:56 pm JST

It's really not major at all. It simply means that Japan can become embroiled in some hypothetical international fiasco in the future. I would be more impressed if Abe had used his... skills to do something about real problems that people in Japan have right now.

Actually, credit where it's due because it's not in anyone's interests for a prime minister to be a complete and abject failure - I was very pleased about the government cutting the cost of pre-school education, although it would have been nice if they had also managed to slash some unnecessary spending to pay for it.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

Lynn Nicole GatienToday  08:02 am JST

Simon, Abe has been elected 9 TIMES throughout his career, and even if he's from a hereditary family history of politicians (grand-father, grand-uncle & father),

Plenty of other politicians manage to get elected nine times without having an inherited brand name, voter base and campaign funds.

its also a prerequisite to become a Japanese political public servant. 

What, getting elected nine times, being from a hereditary political family, or both? I'm not so sure about that.

1- In 2013, Abe created a new interpretation of the Japanese constitution which allowed Japan in 2019 to obtain the rights of defense to the country & the rights of all Japanese ALLIES to come to the aid for collective security. This is MAJOR.

It's really not major at all. It simply means that Japan can become embroiled in some hypothetical international fiasco in the future. I would be more impressed if Abe had used his... skills to do something about real problems that people in Japan have right now.

If you're aware/informed of, it's nearly impossible to modify or add new laws with how the current administration is set up. The American general MacArthur wrote the constitution & implemented it in 1947 (giving Japan a chance to rectify any part of it but they refused to from fear of possible trouble and/or repercussions) while purging 240 000 of the most powerful families/individuals of all authority in order to render Japan completely politically, industrially, legally, socially, economically & military PASSIVE.

To pass a law or modify one in Japan, it takes 66% of votes passed in both the legislative and secretary office BEFORE it goes through to the Diet office, which then requires 100% unanimous votes to pass it. If not, the minister is forced to RESIGN (it's happened 5 times in history so far). No country in the world it such % votes required, even less obtained!

Except that's not actually what Abe did. He just got the Cabinet to approve a re-interpretation of an existing clause in the Constitution. To actually revise an article or clause, he needs it to pass by two thirds majorities in both Diet Houses and win a national referendum. So far he has failed to do so in spite of trying for eight years.

2- Abe restructured the total CHAOS that the PLD (PMs Yukio Hatoyama, Naoto Kan & Yoshihiko Noda) created back in 2009-2012 that rendered the administration completely inefficient with their insane decision to change the structure of the offices. Its because of Abe's extensive know-how, experience & influence, that he effectively got the Japanese administration back ON TRACK (and no, its not just a matter about lame lunches and public relations).

PM Natoa Kan couldn't even dispatch the military to aid civilians during the March 2011 earthquake & tsunami disaster because of the administrative mess the PLD did internally: it took a week before final executive approval arrived!

Isn't it a bit of a false equivalency to compare a PM from a party with decades of experience of governing and handling bureaucrats with one from a party that had never been in power up to that point? Anyway, it doesn't appear as if Abe has put the administration to any good uses now that it's supposedly back on track. He's made bureaucrats complicit in his sleazy arrangements with cronies, e.g. the Moritomo and Kake Gakuen affairs, the situation in Fukushima seems to be as bad as ever and well, the less said about his handling of the CO-VID19 crisis the better.

He might be a puppet in the machine as all PMs are, but his skill is unmatched so far. 

I'd call that a pretty poor reflection of Japanese politics.

And am strongly concerned who can be an adequate successor as skilled as him once he retires.

Just about anyone or anything with a pulse.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

dagonToday  11:19 am JST

And also a better boast would be if he could point to the benefits he has brought to the Japanese populace. Unfortunately there he has nothing to talk about.

Apart from the benefits he's brought to a select few he has quid pro quo arrangements with that he really doesn't want to talk about.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

BakabonPapaToday  10:20 am JST

Maybe it's time for him to retire...or, for the entire LDP to retire.

Long past time.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

Lynn Nicole GatienToday  12:46 am JST

Frankly, I find it quite disrespectful that so many natives bash Abe so extensively. This man is THE most qualified PM Japan has ever had from his political & international experience.

He got to where he is because of an accident of birth. Anything he didn't get on a silver spoon he got through backroom LDP party politics.

Natives truly need to be educated on all the GOOD he’s done for Japan...

For example? I can't really think of anything in particular. He seems to spend more time thinking of all the GOOD he can do for his cronies, like Kotaro Kake and his faithful Yamaguchi koenkai vassals.

AlexBecuToday  03:39 am JST

Let's ignore the fact that he lead Japan through one of the worst pandemics in over 100 years.

Yes, let's because he didn't seem to do much effective leading.

Let's ignore your past comments which you predicted thousands of Japanese dying of the Virus, accused Abe and the government of incompetence just to realize later on Japan succeeded!

So you keep saying.

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Posted in: Trump urged Abe to mediate U.S.-Iran standoff, knowing it would fail: Bolton See in context

since1981Today  01:43 pm JST

Simon FostonToday  11:59 am JST

I know this might be a hard concept for diehard Trump-lovers to grasp but dishing out the dirt on a leader you think is criminally incompetent and committing acts that you know will damage your country are not exactly the same thing.

The only damage being done to America is being done by Democratic lovers.

Wow. Killer retort there. I think I will have to totally re-evaluate my views and apply for US citizenship just so I can vote for Donald Trump and give him all my money.

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Posted in: Trump urged Abe to mediate U.S.-Iran standoff, knowing it would fail: Bolton See in context

since1981Today  07:52 am JST

And of course we are to believe everything Bolton, a traitor to America, has to say.

I know this might be a hard concept for diehard Trump-lovers to grasp but dishing out the dirt on a leader you think is criminally incompetent and committing acts that you know will damage your country are not exactly the same thing.

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Posted in: Arrested ex-justice minister admits cash handouts, denies vote buying See in context

AlexBecuToday  07:47 am JST

If you have closes ties with someone and they commit a possible crime then your Responsible too in the world of trolling.

Abe is not just closely connected to them - the money quite likely came from him and he gave Katsuyuki Kawai a top Cabinet post.

If every time a Prime Minister of a country resigns when someone they have close ties commits a possible crime then the government would collapse.

Right. Abe should have just resigned the first time one of his cronies got caught up in a scandal, as he's clearly been either complicit or criminally negligent. As for the government collapsing - seeing as it's an LDP government, I say great. Can't happen soon enough.

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Posted in: Two more Trump campaign staff members at Tulsa rally test positive for coronavirus See in context

PTownsendToday  09:58 am JST

His claims of saving millions of lives (reduced more recently to hundreds of thousands) while ignoring the 120,000+ deaths under his watch might be accepted by a few of his most devout and gullible followers.

I expect that a few of them will be along soon to confirm that and clog up the thread with stuff about Biden and the anti-racist protests until it gets closed by the moderators.

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

KennyToday  07:18 am JST

they should be out of japan . Anyways they are a nuisance . Not needed

True, they're not. The SDF are perfectly adequate for the job of protecting Japan, unfortunately they answer to Shinzo Abe and his clique of clueless LDP ojisans.

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

Yooki ImadaToday  07:14 am JST

It is Abe and/or his staff involved in these negotiations should know the real score. Anything they say must be the truth.........

Because they always tell the truth, right? Just like they told the truth about Moritomo Gakuen, Kake Gakuen, and Anri and Katsuyuki Kawai?

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

GuyEvansToday  07:04 am JST

Who do you believe?

Bolton (who was fired and now like everybody else tries to capitalize off Trump)

Or

Yoshihide [Suga]

Tough choice, although if Suga or anyone else in the Abe regime said it was 2020 this year I'd double check the calendar.

In reality even if Trump wants more. Is it better to let the military walk and build your own army?

But us simpletons will just use this to bash Trump. I guess negotiations are bad? 

Why should Japan negotiate anything or pay more when US troops are primarily deployed here to serve the US government's interests?

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Posted in: Trump campaign seeks to reset after flubbed rally See in context

SerranoToday  08:11 am JST

In your mind they backfired. Millions of patriotic Americans think otherwise.

How many millions, would you say? It's obvious that... your sort like to think they're in a majority but the facts don't really seem to bear that out. I suspect that millions more Americans dismissed that rally as an embarrassing farce, although as we have all learned what most Americans think doesn't necessarily matter in presidential elections.

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Posted in: Trump campaign seeks to reset after flubbed rally See in context

PenfoldToday  06:51 am JST

3 years and no new wars. Keep draining the swamp!

People will judge him by his actions and I’m certain he’ll win by a landslide.

Yet the only action you seem to be able to come up with is not starting another war.

it’s understandable the left wing media will use all their dirty tricks

What dirty tricks would those be? Can you provide any examples or did you just think that sounded good?

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Posted in: Abe's support rebounds despite ex-justice minister's arrest: poll See in context

Larr FlintToday  01:38 am JST

Lets be grateful that Abe will be able to lead us out of this mess! People know who is their great leader!

I would ask why you think he's "great" but it's funny - no one who supports Abe can ever give a good explanation as to why.

AlexBecuJune 21  10:03 pm JST

The worst pandemic in over 100 years and Japan came out on Top.

The anti-Japan crowd, the haters was talking about the apocalypse coming, mass deaths, mass infection and the government and Abe failed..... Nope. Didn't happen. Japan succeeded! Fact

Haven't you already said pretty much the same thing in other comments?

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Posted in: Trump unleashes grievances at rally; suggests virus testing should slow down See in context

TheLongTermerToday  10:47 am JST

Watch the "Trump is responsible for a rise in COVID infections due to his rally" comments.

I don't think we'll be seeing many of those kinds of comments, as hardly anyone seems to have gone to his stupid rally.

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Posted in: Arrest of ex-justice minister could hasten Abe's departure See in context

Kobe White Bar OwnerJune 20  08:21 pm JST

@ Henny Penny

”Japan will never have a great leader like Donald Trump.

Hell's bells. We can't even get someone like Boris Johnson,“

This is a satirical comment no?

Amazingly some people continually profess online that Trump and Johnson are 100% righteous dudes, but I think they're either paid campaign workers or just having a laugh. The joke's got a bit stale though.

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Posted in: Abe did not make any big mistakes, but his handling of the coronavirus looked inferior to Koike's and some other local leaders. Koike has high communication skills, but Abe does not. See in context

BertieWoosterToday  07:24 am JST

How can you have a PM with poor communication skills?

Communication is 99% of his job description.

I think that as far as Abe is concerned, having the right political pedigree and channeling cash to his cronies is his real job description. As for communication skills, he seems to get by with mumbling from prepared scripts or throwing childish tantrums whenever any serf has the temerity to say anything he doesn't like.

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Posted in: Kawai, wife may have paid ¥30 mil in vote buying scandal See in context

talaraedokkoToday  08:20 pm JST

Let me make a wild guess, our Dear Leader knew nothing about this. He should fire this couple for keeping him in the dark.

The people who bear ultimate responsibility for these corruption scandals never seem to know anything about them, no matter how important the people involved are or how big the bribes. Amazing, isn't it.

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Posted in: Kawai, wife may have paid ¥30 mil in vote buying scandal See in context

CrickyToday  07:26 am JST

I'd like to think politians strive to make citizens lives happy and comfortable but the LDP seems to strive for the opposite.

The LDP does make great efforts on behalf of the select individuals they need to win elections for them. They've worked out that they don't actually need to be universally popular or enact policies that actually benefit most people to get re-elected, so they don't bother with stuff like that.

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Posted in: Arrest of ex-justice minister could hasten Abe's departure See in context

B. JayToday  02:38 am JST

Ishiba is the guy. He is smart, intelligent, popular with the Japanese electorate but unfortunately had weak support within the LDP Diet members.

That's what tends to happen in the LDP when you don't have a relative called Abe, Sato or Kishi.

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Posted in: Arrest of ex-justice minister could hasten Abe's departure See in context

TheLongTermerToday  07:40 pm JST

Abe was doing good...

Was he? Examples of how he was "doing good?" The country certainly wasn't doing so good.

His immigration reforms, while not a game changer, was more than anybody else has ever done.

But not much more really, seems to be what you're saying. If all he has to show for eight years in power is something like that, well....

...but Abe was the answer to Hatoyama, Kan and Noda, the 3 infamous loons of Japan...*

None of them were as inept, autocratic and corrupt as Abe has been.

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Posted in: The odd phenomenon of some Japanese husbands making their wives put their socks on for them See in context

Peter14Today  11:40 am JST

It is a mystery how Japan is so far ahead in one respect, yet so far behind in another.

I think it's because stupid old men with shrivelled little brains stuck in the 1950s run this country, and everyone else has too much unconditional respect for them and their stupid, outmoded attitudes.

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Posted in: Women bear brunt of recession as pandemic unravels Abe's 'Womenomics' See in context

JeffLeeJune 14  09:02 am JST

Why are people so reluctant to criticize corporations in Japan? Are they afraid of them?

Abe certainly seems to be. I don't see him or any other LDP politicians taking a tough line with them.

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Posted in: Gov't to launch probe into murky virus relief deal linked to Dentsu See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, denied that there was anything shady about the arrangement, saying in parliament there was "no possibility" that improper gains were being made.

Of course not - it's perfectly proper for arrangements to be made that the LDP and their associates profit from. Japan does, after all, exist for their benefit. The apple really hasn't fallen far from the tree with Abe.

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