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Posted in: Mel Brooks plans sequel to 'History of the World, Part 1' See in context

kohakuebisuToday  12:30 pm JST

The earlier Brooks films like Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein are all-time classics.

I liked High Anxiety too. Apparently when Alfred Hitchcock went to see it he sat there in stony silence for a minute or two and then started laughing. I can't think of higher praise than that.

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Posted in: Campaigning begins across Japan for Oct 31 general election See in context

Tom San

Today 01:30 pm JST

"Anyone who has the right to become a Japanese national also has the right to vote."

Not in Japan. Unless you're a Japanese citizen, that is.

I mean, if someone becomes a Japanese citizen, which I think we all have the right to do, they get the right to vote too. Therefore we can vote in Japan as the conditions attached are not impossible to meet. However the right to vote in a safe LDP seat is not a benefit worth giving up my own nationality for.

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Posted in: Campaigning begins across Japan for Oct 31 general election See in context

Tom SanToday  08:49 am JST

Doesn't really matter since most of the folks here don't have the right to vote in Japanese elections.

So, say whatever you like.

Anyone who has the right to become a Japanese national also has the right to vote.

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Posted in: Kishida interrupts campaign after N Korea test-fires missile See in context

u_s__reamerToday  08:39 am JST

Kishida can do his perfunctory PR shtick for the upcoming election, but there's little he can do to stop Kim's shtick of shooting off missiles to show off his "leadership" and prove his Korean "masculinity".

I don't think he wants to. It's the perfect excuse for all the LDP armchair samurai to talk tough and spend more on military gear.

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Posted in: Campaigning begins across Japan for Oct 31 general election See in context

YubaruToday  08:09 am JST

"I would also have to actually move house to find someone worth voting for. The only people running in my area are the LDP and pseudo-LDP fringe candidates."

Fortunately down here the LDP is not a "given"...

They are where I am, unfortunately.  I'd want to vote for another party with a serious chance of winning power, and only the CDPJ comes anywhere near matching that description in Japan. I don't know of any CDPJ candidates in this constituency though, and the JCP and SDP don't seem to have any either. That leaves voting for conservative fringe candidates as the only conceivable alternative to the LDP incumbent, which I don't think even many Japanese people would see much point in.

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Posted in: Campaigning begins across Japan for Oct 31 general election See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponOct. 19  09:37 pm JST

Just because Japan does it differently doesn't mean it's worse then your crap version of democracy and freedom.

If one party full of third or fourth generation crooks, racketeers and incompetents can keep winning elections and stay in power for seven decades I think it does mean that.

Anyway, you know nothing about where other commenters are from so I'm not sure what you think gives you the right to make such arrogant, self-righteous presumptions.

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Posted in: Campaigning begins across Japan for Oct 31 general election See in context

YubaruToday  05:03 am JST

Simple solution to those who have been living here a long time and want to vote.

Apply for Japanese citizenship, get it, then vote.

I would also have to actually move house to find someone worth voting for. The only people running in my area are the LDP and pseudo-LDP fringe candidates.

Otherwise stop complaining, it's not a right, not a principle, it's the law. It's a literal waste of time.

So is telling people not to complain. You know it's going to happen no matter what.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for greater military capability, spending See in context

gintonicToday  12:41 pm JST

No need to double defence spending whilst Japan has a myriad of social issues that are getting worse year by year and are ignored by the LDP govt.

I think it's counter-productive really. After the way they carried on in WW2 and got Japan devastated and colonised, I think the best thing to have done would have been to keep a very low profile. Unfortunately the Americans let all the ex-wartime leaders get out to run the country and put out this idea that Japanese people had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of about the war, so their successors who have been indoctrinated with all this stuff maintain there's no reason really not to ramp up the defense spending. All they're doing is painting great big targets on their backs, but I don't believe for a moment they actually think the Chinese or Koreans are going to try anything as long as the US forces are there. I think it's all for propping up their right-wing nationalist support base and making themselves feel good about having a "proper" military.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for greater military capability, spending See in context

Samit BasuToday  10:04 am JST

Raising taxes won't do it, any additional money must come from a cut in welfare spending, a sacrifice that must be shared among Japan's population, especially the poor the most.

Why should the burden mainly fall on those least capable of bearing it? Because rich people might leave Japan rather than pay more, or stop supporting the LDP?

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Posted in: Former PM Suga visits Yasukuni Shrine See in context

KentarogaijinToday  05:37 am JST

Their country..

Their culture..

Their history..

Their religion..

Get used to it..

What about their Constitution and their Emperor?

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Tom SanToday  08:47 am JST

There is nothing wrong with anyone going to Yasukuni Shrine.

Including politicians, unless it's for brazen PR stunts - which all the visits appear to be. It seems to be awfully difficult for online Yasukuni fans to grasp the concept that these LDP types could be making these trips and getting all this media coverage for anything other than totally virtuous reasons.

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Posted in: Former PM Suga visits Yasukuni Shrine See in context

morosophosToday  08:18 am JST

Why in the world do Japanese politicians need to visit a Shinto shrine for something that deals with the dead?

Why do politicians do anything?

Buddhist temples do that nowadays. The bigger question is what can any living person actually do for the dead.

The big question for LDP politicians is how the dead can get them cash and votes from people who actually believe their "honouring the war dead" guff is sincere.

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Posted in: Former PM Suga visits Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Rikidozan88Today  10:22 am JST

Why does this even make any news?

LDP politicians want it to, and the media dutifully complies.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  05:52 am JST

Japan is the only country on Planet Earth that doesn't have a right to Visit It's most famous Shrine set up before WWI.

You don't appear to understand the issue very well.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  05:40 am JST

1965 agreement says nothing about Not visiting The Yasukuni Shrine.

Neither does it say anything about right-wing nationalist priests enshrining convicted war criminals there.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Fighto!Today  05:14 pm JST.

Japans country, Japan's rules - Japan's right to honor her millions of war dead in any manner they see fit.

I was expecting that gross oversimplification to get regurgitated.

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Posted in: Komeito chief casts doubt on LDP's plan to increase defense spending See in context

zichiToday  10:12 am JST

The country needs a strong military to defend itself. 

A strong military needs competent leadership, which I do not trust the LDP to provide.

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Posted in: Main opposition party pledges to achieve growth by reducing inequality, poverty See in context

fxgaiOct. 14  08:13 pm JST

Isshin is Japan’s only serious hope.

Not if they don't have candidates in every constituency and PR block.

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

kenshin_uToday  05:38 pm JST

Also, not only me, but most Japanese people are close to the LDP, that's why the LDP is the biggest party in Japan, right? 

I understand that the voter turnout was only about 53% and only got 48% of the constituency votes and 33% of the PR votes. Therefore I don't understand the assertion that most Japanese people are close to the LDP.

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

kenshin_uToday  06:54 pm JST

What is the source that proves the hellish life that Koreans claim to have? Was it to spread photos of Japanese in the coal mines after the war as Koreans in New York? Why did the Koreans lie and claim that the photos taken by a Japanese photographer of Japanese people were of Korean conscripts?

Instead of posing these questions to random foreigners on the internet who don't know a whole lot about the topic and don't have as much... ah, interest in it as you, why don't you just go up to a Korean person and ask them face to face?

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

In_japanToday  11:41 am JST

He is suppose to do a PM's job not LDP/election promotion.

That's essentially what the PM's job is to the LDP. They govern in order to win elections, not the other way round.

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

kenshin_uToday  04:50 pm JST

The majority of Japanese people think the same way, which is why the LDP is the largest political party.

Perhaps you could tell us what you base that claim on, e.g. the total percentage of the Japanese electorate that voted for the LDP in the last House of Representatives election.

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

fxgaiToday  08:22 am JST

The only alternative to the big government socialism parties is the Japan Innovation Party. But Japanese voters are conservative and won’t vote for reform.

They won't be much of an alternative to anyone if they only manage to field a couple of dozen candidates.

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

kenshin_uToday  01:46 pm JST

You do not properly understand how much the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration has destroyed Japan's security.

I doubt if you can properly explain either.

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

igfklinToday  01:02 pm JST

You can learn about the opinions of each party at the time on this page.

I'm not really interested in what their opinions were. I'd like to know why the LDP just gave up in spite of not having to give way to the opposition on anything.

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

KhuniriToday  09:29 am JST

Japan would have a healthier democracy if the LDP had responsible opponents.

Japan would have a healthier democracy if unconstitutional vote value disparities were fixed, if candidates in single-seat constituencies needed majorities to get elected and if politicians were banned from amassing their own election campaign funds. The LDP could fix these problems but it won't. You think that's responsible?

Unfortunately, it does not. The comments here are (predictably) abysmal. The only ones that do not bash the LDP are given thumbs-down..

You're not really refuting any of them though, are you?

But Gaijinland is right...I wonder how many of the commentators are able to vote.

Anyone who can get Japanese nationality can vote, although I fail to see what that's got to do with anything. Are you insinuating that people who can't vote should keep their opinions to themselves, even though as taxpayers they're the politicians' employers just as much as the voters?

I am. And I intend to support Kishida's party.

I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to explain why without opposition-bashing.

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

blahblah222Today  10:51 am JST

Oppositions have no chance of winning anything.

How come the DPJ hammered the LDP in 2009 then?

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

kennyGToday  08:48 am JST

If the opposition can be this silly, Why don't they become one big political party to face LDP.

Actually a good idea, if they could all seriously get behind the same set of policies.

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

igfklinToday  11:37 am JST

The LDP aimed to include comics in the ban, but gave up due to opposition from the opposition parties.

In 2014, just like today, the LDP could pretty much ignore any opposition and do whatever it wanted. Yet it just "gave up?"

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

igfklinToday  10:03 am JST

The LDP tried to ban child po*no comics, but these opposition parties blocked it.

Because of this, child po*no comics are still legal today.

How could the opposition parties block anything? If such things are still legal it's because the government lacked the political will to ignore the opposition and take tough action.

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