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Posted in: Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan See in context

She is cute. She is powerful. She is awkward. She is funny. I love her.

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Posted in: Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

Ishiba did pretty well against Abe. The 45% of LDP members have voted for Ishiba, against Abe. Abe's group failed to achieve their goal: "an overwhelming victory over Ishba: greater than 70%." Instead, Abe got only 55% even within his own party. So Abe cannot claim his policies to be "mandated." The next 3 years will not be easy for him.

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Posted in: Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

Kazumichi

why can't WE vote against him?

You can if you are a member of his political party, LDP. This is an internal election to choose LDP boss, not Japan's PM.

Japanese political system is created based on UK model. So PM is not elected through direct votes by the people. People vote for the Diet members, who then choose PM. So, in general, but not necessarily, the boss of the largest party becomes Japan's PM.

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Posted in: Princess Ayako to marry on Oct 29 in traditional ceremony See in context

Spidey

A prince marries a commoner and the bride becomes a princess... but a princess marries a commoner and she loses her status?

Not quite. There can be cases where a commoner groom can become a prince (and eventually an emperor). That can happen if the groom comes from a family of particular traditional clans, or 華族(”kazaku”) , similar to British peerage. For this to happen, Japan has to restore the Kazoku system, abolished by GHQ in 1947.

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Posted in: Abe poised to win third term as LDP leader See in context

voiceofokinawaToday

There're precisely 810 eligible voters in this election, 405 incumbent lawmakers and another 405 registered LDP members...

browny1Today

this is just an INTERNAL LDP president election whereby only 810 accredited members can vote...

Not really. In addition to 405 lawmakers, all LDP members who have held membership for at lest last two years are eligible to vote. So there are actually about one million members who can vote in this election. Based on those votes from the rank and file members, the total of 405 votes (exactly same number of current LDP law makers) are distributed to each candidate, using a method called "D'Hondt method" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%27Hondt_method)

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Posted in: Pop singer Amuro gives final performance in Okinawan hometown See in context

These audience living a fake, fantasy life. Wasting a life in real world...

Arts are products of human imagination, means by which people communicate and share values. Humans, unlike other animals, enjoy things beyond food and shelters.

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Posted in: X Japan leader Yoshiki says he will never stop trying to crack U.S. market See in context

 The difference between Japan and the rest of the world...

The Babaymetal has already conquered the world.

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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

Thank gods, finally! Japan should have gone for commercial whaling long time ago.

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

 I doubt anyone who doesn't look Japanese will be as accepted as being Japanese by Japanese.

Many do and many more will do because of people like her.

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Posted in: Abe aims for constitution change in bid for extended term See in context

Not long ago, talking about changing the Article 9 of the Constitution was a taboo. Now it is openly discussed without pacifist hysteria, thanks to Chinese expansionism and N.Korean nuclear and missiles threats. Overwhelming majority believes Japanese Defense Force is legitimate even the Constitution (9.2) says otherwise.

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

Japanese Constitution Article 9: 1-2

Because the support for this article is still strong, particularly with Komeito Party, Abe came up with an idea of adding a new section that legitimize JDF in words without changing the existing sections that renounce military forces.

Ishiba criticizes Abe's position, saying that it is more confusing and trying to fool the people. Ishiba, instead, proposes dropping the 9.2 and openly tell the people that having defense forces is an internationally recognized rights of independent nations.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices in having first grand slam champion See in context

Naomi won in every way. Her services were excellent. The speed was like 115-118 mph in comparison to Serena's 100 mph. Her strong returns forced Serena trying too much to cause lots of service errors. And most surprisingly Naomi was calm and composed. Serena was not. Naomi dominated the game. We have a genuine champion.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open after Serena Williams penalized a game See in context

this one will have a question mark hanging over it until ...

Not really. Naomi outplayed Serena in every aspect throughout. She served better. She returned better. She moved better. She even handled emotion better. There is no question about that regardless of what happened between Serena and officials. It was a quality win - pure and simple. This is the second win in a row against Serena.

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

Japan has to move away from the US and toward China to avoid disaster...

Japan may move away from US. But move toward China? The Earth will explode and our Universe will cease to exist before that happens.

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

Hopefully the report is true and Trump does what he says. Many Japanese, including myself, think that's good for Japan. Less dependence on US is a long time dream for many Japanese.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka to play Serena Williams in U.S. Open final See in context

 she deserves the same amount of recognition and adulation generally heaped on full-blooded Japanese...

She already has gained more respect than most of "full-blooded Japanese" due not only to her accomplishment but also to her personality, which has won minds of many people around the world beyond Japan and America. I love her.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka to play Serena Williams in U.S. Open final See in context

Yay! Naomi's dream has come true. The young princess is going to meet her idol, the Queen of Tennis, in the final.

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Posted in: Russia says more trust-building needed for Kuriles deal with Japan See in context

"Russia" and "Trust" do not mix, just like oil and water.

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Posted in: Nishikori, Osaka power into U.S. Open semifinals See in context

Go Naomi! I love you.

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Posted in: Into the quarterfinals See in context

Go Naomi! Love you.

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Posted in: China's 'Silk Road' project runs into debt jam See in context

Eat Chinese bait and get eaten by China.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hits the streets of New York for U.S. Open boost See in context

Last time Naomi Osaka met Simona Halep (the current #1), she lost 6-1,6-0. So yeah, there you have it, she might win against some nobody, but not really in the top 10.

Oh, by the way, you don't have to worry about Osaka vs Halep match in this US Open. They will never meet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRzqoYX4Jag

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hits the streets of New York for U.S. Open boost See in context

Last time Naomi Osaka met Simona Halep (the current #1), she lost 6-1,6-0. So yeah, there you have it, she might win against some nobody, but not really in the top 10.

Naomi beat Halep in Indian Wells this year (6-3, 6-0).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKxLrZ19Tfs

Never underestimate this young girl, especially on a hard court.

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Posted in: Over 20,000 ordered to evacuate as rain lashes central, northeastern Japan See in context

Be safe, everyone.

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Posted in: Teen biker mistaken for fugitive killed in crash after police chase See in context

Somehow, tears are missing in my eyes for this boy's death.

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Posted in: Tokyo marks 2 years to go until 2020 Paralympic Games See in context

akie

Northeast Asia can show leading technologies in AI, .. high speed trains...

Japan has long passed such a developing country mentality in 1964. The world already knows Japan. Japan has nothing to prove.

For China, nothing will impress the world until it gets out of the dark age of dictatorship.

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Posted in: Tokyo marks 2 years to go until 2020 Paralympic Games See in context

akie

 It is time to show the strength of Northeast Asia...

It's just a sport event and Japan has nothing to prove.

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Posted in: Japan beats Spain 3-1 to win Women's Under-20 World Cup See in context

Congrats to Young Nadeshko.

This is really a good team. Plays by Fuka Nagano, Riko Ueki, Hinata Miyazawa, Saori Takarada and others are pleasant to watch ever since U17 championship. They will form a core of National Team in a few years.

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Posted in: Woman qualifies to become fighter jet pilot for 1st time in Japan See in context

This is so cool. Hopefully more to follow.

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Posted in: LDP leadership contest between Abe and Ishiba set for Sept 20 See in context

Dukeleto

They should all collectively vote for any other party other than the LDP...

That does not make sense since this is an election for LDP leadership.

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Posted in: LDP leadership contest between Abe and Ishiba set for Sept 20 See in context

Dango Bong

Does Ishiba actually think he can win?...

He certainly thinks selecting a leadership without competition/election is a bad idea.

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