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Posted in: Japan set to honor assassinated Abe at controversial funeral See in context

Abe-san is smiling down at us from heaven now -- thank you for your wonderful Abenomics and the masks.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

Poor little girl. Her parents will be haunted by her death for the rest of their lives. How could this have happened?

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Posted in: Japan bids farewell to Abe at funeral in Tokyo See in context

Will his incompetent security guards be prosecuted? Aren't you supposed to take a bullet for your boss? They just ran away!

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Posted in: Abe assassination raises questions about security for VIPs in Japan See in context

"The person needs to be covered from all directions" -- you don't have to be a VIP security specialist to know that. Will the people who failed to protect Abe be punished for their incompetence? Of course not -- this is Japan!

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

The "elite" security team was about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The octogenarians at my local shopping center could have done a better job.

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Posted in: Woody Allen says next movie may be his last in talk with Alec Baldwin See in context

I thought he was dead.

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Posted in: Party leaders debate ahead of Upper House election See in context

It seems that Komeito's main function is to prop up the Living Dead Party.

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Posted in: Party leaders debate ahead of Upper House election See in context

I predict an LDP landslide -- nothing will ever change in this country.

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Posted in: Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill See in context

I thought Maggie Thatcher put a stop to all that union nonsense.

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Posted in: People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos See in context

This is like a story from the Rising Wasabi. Unfortunately, most people in Japan have nothing to smile about these days. Everything is steadily getting worse by the day. But don't worry, the Living Dead Party will win the Upper House elections by a landslide!

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Posted in: No satisfaction: Jagger has COVID, Rolling Stones gig off See in context

The coronavirus is probably afraid of Keith.

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Posted in: Aging Japanese militant in Beirut marks 1972 Israel airport attack See in context

I think Shigenobu is still dangerous -- she should never have been released.

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Posted in: Record-low yen risks turning Japan into a 'poor country' See in context

You can turn this situation to your advantage by buying gold and commodity-linked currencies. But most people here will still keep their hard-earned savings in their Mizuho account and get no benefit. It's sad.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Ikebukuro is looking very different, and also pretty sad, these days See in context

Ikebukuro is always crowded -- I have been a resident since 1988. You could buy a signed Andy Warhol print in Seibu department store when I first got here. Times have changed and most people don't have that kind of money anymore, but there are still plenty of interesting shops and restaurants.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

Well said, Mickelisious. You have eloquently expressed my feelings about a country that I am still in love with despite its many faults. Japan is dying, but no-one with any power is willing to admit it publicly.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

Japan is locked in a demographic death spiral. I can handle that because my time is almost up -- I just feel sorry for the next generation. It upsets me to see young people working their butts off for 1,000 yen an hour - that was the minimum wage in the US over 30 years ago.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

The poverty is more obvious now -- even in central Tokyo. The sad truth is that Japan is becoming a poor country.

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Posted in: Former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara dies at 89 See in context

He won't be missed.

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Posted in: Diet opening See in context

I like his chair -- would look good in my living room.

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

People seem to have forgotten that Crown Princess Kiko was a commoner -- Mako got 50 percent of her genes from her.

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Posted in: Japanese rice tastier due to global warming, says Aso See in context

We shouldn't pay too much attention to his remarks as he's not going to be around much longer. But the LDP will still win on Sunday!

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Posted in: Princess Mako diagnosed with PTSD; to marry Kei Komuro on Oct 26 See in context

"Two young newlyweds can live happily anywhere". I doubt that a princess who has grown up in a castle will be happy about taking the No. 4 train from Grand Central to a 2DK in the Bronx.

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Posted in: Princess Mako diagnosed with PTSD; to marry Kei Komuro on Oct 26 See in context

Finding somewhere decent to live in NYC could be difficult on his salary -- they could live in Trump Tower if Donald gives them a discount.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

The worst Japanese PM since Tojo.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

I wonder what his next job will be? He's too old to work in a conbini. A cleaner or security guard are two possibilities.

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Posted in: Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo for no-spectator relay See in context

There is no hope left (good luck trying to find a video of the coughing Koike).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

The useless Nishimura and Tamura should have been fired months ago -- they are totally out of their depth.

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony to be extended by 30 minutes See in context

LIke most people, I will be too drunk to care. Why are they holding it at night? Are they going to be parading with burning torches?

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Posted in: Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics See in context

Tokyo 2020 will go down in history as the first Quasi-Olympics.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

I think Naomi-chan took the press conferences too seriously. You don't have to answer the questions.

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