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Posted in: Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, Malta visit See in context

Nice to see Abe still allows Akie to travel with him.

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Posted in: 'Conspiracy' bill clears lower house with ruling bloc support See in context

But opponents, including legal experts, argue the bill could be applied to ordinary citizens, leading to excessive surveillance and abuses of civil rights.

The argument is too weak. It tries to appeal to a fear but failing. This will not convince the LDP members, nor large public, whose support the opposition need if they really want to reject the bill.

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Posted in: Tokyo to shoulder all costs for temporary Olympic facilities See in context

The picture shows the current Japanese PM meeting with a future PM.

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Posted in: Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy See in context

There have been a lot of human sacrifices and struggles to get where we are, enjoying freedom of religion at last. It's sad to find countries that still cannot see its value.

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Posted in: Village view See in context

that's why i shake my head in disbelief when people tell me Japan is crowded. Its not...

It is crowed. Those lands are now too small to support such number of families to live in the current average standard of life. There is no way to support so many families in these area.

The population must shrink further to increase land per capita in these area. Those who survive will get all the lands left by deserters. You don't need politics or tax money. It will be a natural process.

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Posted in: Tokyo creates new logo, slogan to promote city overseas as prime tourist destination See in context

When you haven't heard the explanation, it's just "Tokyo" in two fonts.

At least it does not need a long explanation and "Old meets New" is printed in smaller font right there to give on-lookers an "Ahah" moment.

For more inquisitive kinds, there is another "Ahah" moment in the small red square dot between two Tokyo fonts, a symbol that represents the modern Shibuya Crossing in a traditional Japanese seal style.

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Posted in: Tokyo creates new logo, slogan to promote city overseas as prime tourist destination See in context

Once again they forgot to ask anyone what they thought before choosing...

They did in one of regular press conferences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRSf9knf0SA&t=225s

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Posted in: Golden Week holiday travelers flood roads, train stations See in context

Golden Week holiday travelers flood roads, train stations...

And Hotels! They are all full!

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Posted in: Most Japanese back permanent abdication system for emperors: survey See in context

 I respect tradition, but surely in this day and age these old ideas about...

Every age is "this day" and has conflict with "old ideas". Keeping old ideas creates a tradition.

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Posted in: Coppola and 'Godfather' cast reunite at Tribeca Film Fest See in context

God Father: One of the best movies of all time.

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Posted in: Japanese warship to escort U.S. supply vessel in Pacific: reports See in context

This is a small step but a significant one in that Japanese Navy is ordered to defend a foreign (US) supply ship in real life. Japan has finally become a "normal" nation, though in a small scale, by moving away from a traditional, narrower interpretation of the nation's pacifist constitution. Japan has long enjoyed "peace" without needing to shoot even a single bullet in international conflicts after the WW II. But no more.

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Posted in: Japanese fighter jets join U.S. carrier in drills See in context

Now French Navy with their Mistral carrier reached Nagasaki, Japan for a joint US-Japan-UK-France military exercise in Asian water.

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Posted in: ASEAN leaders at odds over China at summit See in context

Appeasement will not work against China.

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Posted in: Ex-Moritomo Gakuen boss talks of contact with Abe's wife at hearing See in context

DPJ is spending too much time for something that looks increasingly less important. Let Communist Party do the job. And DPJ should be working on more major issues such as economy and security and come up with credible alternative policies.

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Posted in: Abe asks May for 'smooth Brexit' for business See in context

A good picture.

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Posted in: Putin, Abe discuss economic projects on disputed islands See in context

 they are Russian islands;..

The things stolen by thieves belong to the owner.

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Posted in: Putin, Abe discuss economic projects on disputed islands See in context

Workers doing what?

Japan is sending the delegates to the island next month to discuss prioritization of the joint projects. We will know more about soon.

Not sure why the Japanese keep at this...

The islands are theirs. Why should they let go?

Getting economically entangled with Russia is a losing proposition....

Perhaps. But that is not a point. What Japan wants in this "new approach" is to establish people-to-people relationship through joint projects. To have Japanese people on the islands IS the point.

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Posted in: Putin, Abe discuss economic projects on disputed islands See in context

Heard this garbage for over twenty years....

There are some fundamental changes this time, which are risky (zero return) for Japan. First, Japan will go ahead with "Economic Projects" WITHOUT ANY TERRITORIAL AGREEMENT with Russia. That was decided when Putin was in Japan. Another difference is that Japan is not going to give just money but there will be Japanese workers on the islands, directly communicating with Russian counter parts and locals.

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Posted in: 2 elderly women jump to their deaths on rail tracks See in context

it shouldn't be done in this ugly public way...

It's really a desperate message by the ladies to the society: Do something about the care of elderly people.

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Posted in: Japan begins seawall work for controversial new U.S. base in Okinawa See in context

At least the most important request by Okinawan people has been granted: moving all flying gears out of the mid-city Futenma base. It is unfortunate that Okinawa is located in such an important strategic place today than ever with increasing Chinese expansionism.

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

You are mixing terms "Freedom of religion" and "Broadcasted political-nationalist pride show"...

It is a religious act to visit and perform ritual in a Shinto shrine. It does not matter if a religious act is performed in PRIVATE OR PUBLIC. It is a basic human right to be protected as UN Declaration of Human Rights stipulates:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." (Article 18)

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Posted in: Japanese destroyers start drill with U.S. carrier Carl Vinson See in context

War mongering, alive and well....

Pacifist Japan needs a bit of such thing to survive.

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Posted in: All-weather drone comes with high-sensitivity camera See in context

Another half-baked product ...

Better than nothing and and a good start to achieve the ultimate goal.

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

You don't find it even remotely offensive when politicians use religion for purely political purposes?...

No. I don't. Freedom of religion is guaranteed for all, regardless of their gender, age, nationality, sexual preference, or job title.

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

But they know they're going to, and they don't care...

Not committing any crime to anyone by so doing SHOULD NOT be blamed for any wrong doing. Why do they have to care?

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

Why, oh, why, oh why does Japan continue to stroke the anger of its Asian neighbors by doing this?

Because they have no intention to stroke anger of anyone. They do not understand why anybody feels anger when they commit no crime against anyone by visiting the shrine. That's why.

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes proposals on emperor's abdication See in context

So we are going to see an abdication ceremony next year, a ritual that has never been performed for last 200 years!

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes proposals on emperor's abdication See in context

I wonder why this topic interests foreigners and taken up here...

I think the topic is fascinating. The peculiar ways Japanese politicians are handling the issue is fascinating. Especially the ways in which they struggle to find a place for the old royal tradition within the framework of democracy is fascinating.

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Posted in: 95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering See in context

Timing and basic sensibility are certainly not their strong suites...

This is certainly a religious act, which is a basic human right protected by the constitution. Just because somebody believes in a religion you do not like, you cannot take away their right. Show some sensitivity, guys.

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Posted in: Koike named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People See in context

I like what she has been doing so far. She seems to be the only one who can realistically put an end to the LDP domination.

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