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Posted in: As yakuza weaken, police focus shifts to unorganized crime hired via social media See in context

A senior member of yakuza was arrested for allegedly stealing Pokemon cards near Tokyo in April...

Anyone else see the unintentional comedy in this? I'm trying to picture Tony Soprano doing it.

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Posted in: Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values See in context

bass4funkToday  07:48 am JST

"Are they insane?"

No, because they’re right. Take away the religious component...

The "religious component" is what this is all about.

Many attendees said in interviews they believed Trump shared their Christian faith and values.

Not all the stuff you're always harping on about. That's co-incidental.

I'm off to do something useful with my day. I imagine this thread will have been shut down by the time I think about looking at it again.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

TamaramaToday  07:41 am JST

The lawmakers need to implement meaningful social and corporate reform, which would be predicated on them acknowledging that Japan isn't perfect. This is the part they may struggle with the most....

Possibly because the problems have all developed on their watch. In the UK or the US, politicians can blame the other parties that were last in power for everything that's going wrong, e.g. Labour in the UK will surely blame the Conservatives for everything for just about the whole duration of the next Labour government. The LDP have no one else to point the finger at really.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Asiaman7Today  07:22 am JST

I am no fan of Ms. Kamikawa, but the reports in Japanese indicate that this speech was given to around 100 women, and Ms. Kamikawa was basically stressing that society would have no men without the pain and suffering that women go through in childbirth.

The opposition then jumped on this remark and asserted that she was questioning a women's worth without giving birth.

That's what opposition parties do, and it kind of sounds like that's exactly what she was doing. If not she should have been smart enough not to say anything that could possibly have been taken out of context, however I can't imagine any context a remark like how "we women can call ourselves women without giving birth," would have been okay in.

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Posted in: Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values See in context

Many attendees said in interviews they believed Trump shared their Christian faith and values. 

Are they insane?

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

This Kamikawa person has obviously spent too long trying to ingratiate herself with the geriatric mysoginist old men running the LDP who can't keep their opinions to themselves because they think everyone has to respect what they say, no matter how stupid or outmoded it is.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for speeding up debate on revising Constitution See in context

dougthehead13May 5  12:37 am JST

"It is not possible to protect the peace with military power."

These words by Tomoko Tamura of the Japanese Communist Party. They make me terrified and panic and laugh at the same time. And it is because of these stupid words, they are the main cause of the almost interrupted LDP government.

No they are not. What a lot of utter nonsense.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

Bob FosseMay 4  08:07 pm JST

"Well, it looks a bit like local councillors are taking the fall for the parliamentary party's screw-ups."

Too bad. Choose better friends.

Hard to argue with that, not that I feel at all inclined to. It's a pity a few of the MPs weren't also getting kicked out though.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

Bob FosseToday  03:05 pm JST

“The Conservatives were on track to lose around half the nearly 1,000 seats they were defending.”

Well deserved too.

Well, it looks a bit like local councillors are taking the fall for the parliamentary party's screw-ups.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  03:21 pm JST

Boris Johnson may have been fortunate in respect to labours Jeremy Corbyn.

However when Theresa May/Jeremy Corbyn 2017 there is a similar pre/post analysis statistic margin of error.

Very different situation. Theresa May was a bit of an uninspiring character who didn't make the best of a difficult job. People still hadn't gone off Corbyn like they would later.

Enough to predict the 2024 election results in a hung parliament.

The Tories weren't as widely loathed in 2017 and they'd only been in power for seven years, and Keir Starmer has been more effective than Jeremy Corbyn.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  01:39 pm JST

Call Boris Johnson all the names under the sun, however with all his faults he knew how to win elections.

He was just lucky to have Jeremy Corbyn as his opponent in 2019.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

wallaceToday  02:41 pm JST

I think if Labour wins it's only because no one wants the Tories anymore. 

That's often the way it is. Opposition parties can't really do much without any power, so elections are pretty much ruling parties' to lose.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  01:51 pm JST

Simon Foston, there is one saving grace, the polls, are wildly out of kilter when comparisons are made with turn out rates, its the spread across labour holds/gains, need to wait until all the seats are declared.

...?

I was talking about David Cameron, if Sunak might get toppled and if so who might replace him. I haven't commented on polls, turn out rates or how well Labour has performed.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

JimizoToday  12:16 pm JST

Cameron was hauled back in because they’d already been through the A, B, C, and even D-listers left on the benches.

Which benches? I don't think he exactly got into the Lords on merit.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

JimizoToday  12:01 pm JST

If only the Tories had a dynamic character like Taro Aso, eh? The man you described as the envy of western democracies could salvage something here.

The envy of western politicians, I think. I bet they all wish they had opponents like him in their own countries to run against. Even Sunak could probably manage it.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

Fighto!Today  11:47 am JST

"Replace him with whom? Not too much talent left on the bench."

David Cameron? I know he's in the Lords, but there is precedent I think.

Indeed there is but I don't see the Tories bucking the general trend, especially not in this case.

Safer pair of hands.

He took a huge gamble with the referendum to shut up the Tory Europhobes and lost, inflicting the UK with Brexit, and then he quit rather than try to deal with the mess he'd made. Not sure many will agree he's a safe pair of hands.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

JimizoToday  10:48 am JST

Some even saying being Johnson back. 

I imagine those people have probably been reading too much of the stuff written by his gammon chums at The Daily Mail. He'd need to get re-elected first and I wouldn't be too surprised if he ran for a seat, even a safe Tory one, and lost.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

JimizoToday  10:00 am JST

"If the Tories do not replace the hapless Sunak soon, they will be annihilated by Labour in the general election"

Replace him with whom? Not too much talent left on the bench.

There was speculation about Penny Mordaunt but that idea's been pretty much ridiculed, not least because she might lose her seat too.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

Fighto!Today  09:35 am JST

If the Tories do not replace the hapless Sunak soon, they will be annihilated by Labour in the general election. He is barely as popular as Liz Truss was.

They seem to be forming a consensus that getting rid of Sunak now will make them look even more divided and useless, and lead to an even bigger drubbing than they're already going to get.

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Posted in: Former Trump aide Hope Hicks testifies he told her to deny Stormy Daniels affair See in context

bass4funkToday  08:27 am JST

As if my comments don’t get attacked, but anyway, the comment does seem to imply that if you’re a conservative woman or if you are a woman that supports Trump you are inherently illiterate and dumb, so yes, it’s an insulting comment.

You said it implied women, not just women who support Trump, don't have free will. Now you seem to have decided it implies something else.

"That's either extremely disingenuous or you have a problem with reading comprehension."

…or I’m just right.

About what? Anyway - I'm done commenting on this topic. Enjoy wasting the rest of the morning on it.

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Posted in: Former Trump aide Hope Hicks testifies he told her to deny Stormy Daniels affair See in context

bass4funkToday  08:12 am JST

"Trump does need women of his type to run cover for him,"

So women don’t have their own free will? Bit sexist, wouldn’t you say?

How did you manage to infer that? Looks a bit like you're deliberately misinterpreting the comment in order to attack it. That's either extremely disingenuous or you have a problem with reading comprehension.

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

To be fair, I think people in power here are horrible to everyone whether they're foreign or not.

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

BlacklabelToday  09:40 am JST

Ok fine…..let’s protect Biden from criticism for what he said huh?

Who's doing that? A lot of people aren't even if they think there's something in what he said.

my Japanese friends are all upset and angry to hear this baseless slander from Biden about their country.

Who cares about them? I'll believe it when I hear from any of them in person.

more reason to love Trump.

Love Trump? Support, respect, admire... maybe, but love? Eww. I don't think I can keep my breakfast down.

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Posted in: Kishida may have hard time being reelected PM after by-elections See in context

JamesToday  02:24 pm JST

"The faces in the grey suits will change but rhe LDP will forever rile Japan. Japanese are incapable of doing something as “risky” as voting for real change. Sigh."

You obviously don't understand Japanese politics..

Not understanding and not knowing aren't quite the same. For instance it's not possible to understand Japanese politics if you don't know that the Upper House can ignore legislation like that. Actually I didn't know that so thanks for pointing it out.

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Posted in: Kishida may have hard time being reelected PM after by-elections See in context

Sven AsaiToday  08:57 am JST

Well, he produces the opposite of what he came up with. Instead of his propagated New capitalism with growth, vivid economy and wealth for broad parts in society he marches into communism...

What do you mean, communism? That's state ownership and management of the production of goods and provision of public services, and virtually no private sector. In Japan it's more like socialism for LDP politicians' cronies and hard capitalism for everyone else.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party loses all 3 seats in by-elections See in context

Donald SeekinsToday  11:34 am JST

So, don't look for basic change despite all the noise about "political ethics." The apathetic voters will just forget about the scandals and vote the LDP back into power in the next general election.

It can't all be put down to voter apathy; the inertia in Japanese politics has a lot to do with it. It's extremely hard to change anything while running for office is so expensive, because they LDP has lots of money and it benefits them to resist change. Of course voters get pathetic when a ruling party keeps winning because they can stop the opposition parties from being able to challenge them.

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Posted in: 90% in Japan support idea of reigning empress: survey See in context

owzerApr. 28  09:25 pm JST

Either stick with men only and give them a better to play or some power over something

So why shouldn't an empress also get some power over something?

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party loses all 3 seats in by-elections See in context

WoodyLeeToday  08:11 am JST

I can't imagine any leader could lead a nation with only 20% support !? unless he or she is a Dictator, or a swindler.

It can happen when you have low voter turn-out, a first-past-the-post election system which means you don't need a majority of the votes to win and numerous small, underfunded opposition parties instead of one main challenger.

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Posted in: 90% in Japan support idea of reigning empress: survey See in context

Agent_NeoToday  02:47 am JST

The oldest imperial family, which is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, will be abolished.

That's quite an exciting story.

Not really, because it's completely untrue.

First of all, who would be happy if the Imperial Household, which is defined as the symbol of Japan, was abolished? The Japanese Communist Party is a proponent of abolishing the imperial family. In other words, the imperial family is a huge nuisance for the Communist Party.

Sounds like anti-communist paranoia.

Also, as the term "imperial diplomacy" suggests, its position in the world is above that of the Pope, and it is respected and revered.

Suggests to you, maybe.

Which country is happy about the loss of the imperial family and the decline in Japan's diplomatic power?

As for the latter, maybe a few countries. As for the former, I doubt any of them even care.

It also serves as a unifying force for the Japanese people. Emperors in the male line have been a special existence for the Japanese people since mythology. 

Not any more. I think Japanese people have been weaned off that mentality since the end of WW2. They might like the tradition of having a monarchy, the only people who still believe in male emperors with a divine mandate or some such nonsense are geriatric male conservatives. The survey results speak for themselves.

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Posted in: LDP may lose 3 lower house seats in by-elections Sunday: survey See in context

Strikebreaker555Today  08:56 am JST

This is seriously starting to look just like the scenario we had in 2009 with Aso Taro as Prime Minister.

There is one big difference unfortunately. The DPJ could fund enough candidates to challenge the LDP in every constituency. The CDPJ can't.

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