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Posted in: Kishida fires aide over LGBT couple outburst See in context

Happy DayToday  02:27 am JST

He simply expressed what 90% of Japan believes.

While he was working. To a journalist. That kind of behaviour is generally a bit frowned upon in the public sector, in case you weren't aware.

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Posted in: Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple See in context

hattorikunToday  04:40 pm JST

Why apologized? He is entitled to his opinion.

Why let him off? If someone who worked in a supermarket did the same thing they'd be in serious trouble. Why hold senior politicians and bureaucrats to a lower standard than anyone else?

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Posted in: Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple See in context

Lord DartmouthToday  03:02 pm JST

I ain't homeopathic or anything, but it's his opinion.

Indeed, and there are situations when it's sensible to keep your opinions to yourself.

...but many would call them bigots because of their vitriolic attacks on, and intolerance of, conservatives.

Would they really. It never seems to happen though.

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Posted in: Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple See in context

Peter NeilToday  11:23 am JST

Simon FostonToday  10:38 am JST

Peter Neil

How would your employer react to you expressing your unguarded opinions to customers, clients or the media while on the job?

I am an employer, not an employee.

That's nice for you.

People don’t randomly throw out political, religious or cultural opinions on the job.

This Arai person clearly did, he was at the Prime Minister's residence. How would you react if it was one of your employees, then? You would let it pass?

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Posted in: Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple See in context

Peter NeilToday  07:58 am JST

It’s not “hate speech,” it’s an opinion.

People are allowed to have opinions. Some may not agree with an opinion, but each are entitled to have one.

How would your employer react to you expressing your unguarded opinions to customers, clients or the media while on the job?

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Posted in: Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that he will consider visiting Ukraine to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy if the right conditions are met.

What, like a guaranteed bounce in the opinion polls?

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Posted in: Gov't warns Unification Church over murky child adoption practice See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  07:17 am JST

Only in Japan Korean abuses can go unpunished or light slap on the wrist at best!

Take it up with your local LDP Diet member.

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Posted in: Gov't warns Unification Church over murky child adoption practice See in context

The Japanese government on Monday issued an administrative guidance to the Unification Church demanding it comply with the law amid allegations that it has arranged for child adoption between believers' families without authorization.

Which I am sure no one in any important position cared about until the Unification Church became a bit of an embarassment.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

Peter14Today  02:59 pm JST

"Why don't you stay better in Japan and help your country and your people first??.."

A very isolationist, self centered and heartless view. Helping those in need has always been a noble act, and will always be such.

Except that this looks more like a PR exercise than anything that will really help the people of Ukraine. Japanese politicians, specifically LDP politicians, aren't great at helping anyone very much except themselves.

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Posted in: Kishida may dissolve lower house before leadership election See in context

Yubaru

Today 08:46 am JST

"including implementing tax hikes to fund higher defense spending."

Good luck with convincing people of this!

They hardly need to bother. The dopey old folks out in the sticks will vote for the local LDP nepo-baby no matter what.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan defense chief Kishi to quit soon; by-election eyed in April See in context

Peter14Jan. 17  01:24 pm JST

England has the house of Lords where children inherit titles from parents to sit in that house.

The House of Lords had its powers severely curtailed in 1911 and most of the hereditary peers lost their seats in 1999. There's ongoing talk of it being radically reformed or abolished.

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

Awa no GaijinToday  09:47 am JST

The opposition parties need to unite and create a new party capable enough to give the LDP and kishida the boot and lead Japan into a brighter future and quell the dysfunctional relations with neighboring countries.

For that they need to settle ideological differences and raise enough money to outspend the LDP on candidates and election campaigns. A few charismatic PR-savvy leaders would help too.

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

OssanAmericaJan. 16  04:58 pm JST

"Does eveyone who is against the LDP have a better alternative for Japan? No, just don't downvote me, give me some rational alternatives."

Can you explain why the LDP is better than the alternatives?

No answer. I wasn't expecting one. This is the problem with expressing support for the LDP. There aren't many options except for criticising the opposition.

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

OssanAmericaJan. 16  04:58 pm JST

Does eveyone who is against the LDP have a better alternative for Japan? No, just don't downvote me, give me some rational alternatives.

Can you explain why the LDP is better than the alternatives? As far as I can see the only reason to vote LDP is that with 300 candidates running in each election they're the only party that can actually form a majority on their own. They're not better, just better-funded.

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Posted in: Japan university exams begin with stricter rules to prevent cheating See in context

I don't know what the purpose of these tests is when every university has its own entrance exam that applicants also have to take.

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Posted in: GOP opens long-promised investigation into Biden family See in context

bass4funkToday  08:39 am JST

"He's got GOP Senate majorities to thank for that."

What? Lol

So how do you think the impeachment trials would have turned out if the Senate had been controlled by the Democrats?

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Posted in: GOP opens long-promised investigation into Biden family See in context

bass4funkToday  08:05 am JST

How? They threw everything and I mean, everything except Dunkin Donuts at the guy and he’s still standing after 6 boring years and they had nothing.

He's got GOP Senate majorities to thank for that. If Biden gets impeached he'll be safe too because of the Democrat Senate majority. What a deeply stupid system.

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Posted in: McCarthy fails for 3rd long day in GOP House speaker fight See in context

BlacklabelToday  08:36 am JST

We won. Sit quietly and wait while we handle what needs to be handled.

Our pace, our timeline, our priorities.

"We?" What's your connection to these people? Do you work for them in some capacity? I hope it isn't anything to do with PR or spin, if so they're not really getting their money's worth.

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Posted in: McCarthy fails in marathon votes for speaker See in context

painkillerToday  08:01 am JST

A great start to the new year with the Republicans taking charge of the House.

Democrats are still scratching their heads as to how they lost it.

Have you actually checked the news today?

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Posted in: McCarthy fails in marathon votes for speaker See in context

bass4funkToday 07:51 am JST

It’ll feel better once a speaker is found, but yes, the feeling is exhilarating.

Even if they never find out I daresay you'll say the same thing.

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Posted in: McCarthy fails in marathon votes for speaker See in context

Those people who were rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of the GOP controlling the House and couldn't stop mentioning it must be feeling so proud.

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Posted in: Israeli missile strikes put Damascus airport out of service See in context

theFuToday  06:39 am JST

Although ones that are friendly to the US have more rights than others.

Or that could be seen as countries with fewer rights don't like the US. Make a list of world govts that actively work against the US and you'll have a list of dictators and bogus democracies.

Pinochet and Marcos got on pretty well with the US. Japan is pretty much a bogus democracy, due in part to generous US financial support for the LDP. Saudia Arabia isn't exactly a bastion of tolerance and democracy either.

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Posted in: Israeli missile strikes put Damascus airport out of service See in context

painkillerToday  05:11 am JST

Every "regime" in the world has the right to defend itself against terrorism.

Although ones that are friendly to the US have more rights than others.

And the US gives priority to supporting democratic regimes like itself, to protect their people against un-democratic, terrorist led regimes.

Likud was started by terrorists.

Of course, anyone is free to go try and live in regimes like Iran, Syria, Yemen.

I don't think Palestinian Arabs would notice much difference.

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Posted in: UK problems won't go away in 2023, Sunak warns See in context

Britain has had a tough 12 months and its problems will not “go away” in 2023

Well, obviously not. The Tories will still be in power until at least 2024.

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plan to dissolve lower house next year See in context

fxgaiDec. 29, 2022  06:25 pm JST

I hold out hope for the Japanese public preferring spending cuts over economically damaging tax rate hikes, but so far the opposition remains silent on what they would do differently instead preferring to focus on more trivial matters to score a few political points.

It hardly matters what they say, or what they would do differently. Right now it's impossible for any single opposition party to overthrow the LDP and form a government.

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plan to dissolve lower house next year See in context

plasticmonkeyDec. 29, 2022  04:37 pm JST

The LDP knows that eventually the public will accept the tax raises as inevitable, the taxes will go up (I’ve never seen go down here in over 30 years), and the public will keep voting for the LDP. Who else?!

Only about a quarter of the electorate actually votes for the LDP.

AviBajajDec. 30, 2022  11:38 pm JST

The faster Japan kisses kishida goodbye the better for japan How about a new political party with youths with a modern philosophy

Great. Where's the money going to come from to fund candidates? They'll need about 300.

as the present opposition is worser than LDP

It's not possible to be worse than the LDP.

that’s y it wins every election

The LDP win because they cheat. Elections are basically rigged in their favour because of urban-rural vote value disparities and because they can outspend every other party.

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Posted in: Iwata set to join Japanese contingent at Celtic See in context

Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premiership table, nine points clear of arch-rivals Rangers.

This sentence sums up why Scottish football is so boring. There might as well just be those two teams in the Premiership.

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Posted in: Trump's tax returns released after long fight with Congress See in context

Hervé L'EisaToday  08:59 am JST

Another big, fat nothingburger landing egg on the faces of the Trump-haters.

You come across as a bit biased.

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Posted in: Trump's tax returns released after long fight with Congress See in context

bass4funkToday  09:12 am JST

"He's damaged goods."

Not to the average American.

The majority of American voters didn't vote for Donald Trump in 2020. You don't speak for the average American.

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Posted in: Kishida to be tested in local elections, Hiroshima G7 summit See in context

But Masahiro Iwasaki, a political science professor at Nihon University, said Kishida would not carry out a large-scale cabinet reshuffle, which would be the first since August, as it could pose a high risk.

Kishida is apparently "fed up with picking dangerous figures," the professor said.

He shouldn't appoint anyone from the LDP, then.

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