Yubaru comments

Posted in: Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with fireworks See in context

Fireworks are not cheap, and I get the appeal but really is it necessary when there is all the bitckin about finances associated with the Olympics?

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Posted in: Koizumi backs different surnames for married couples after heckling incident See in context

Don't get married then!" the lawmaker -- identified by opposition party lawmakers as LDP lower house member Mio Sugita -- shouted at Yuichiro Tamaki, leader of the Democratic Party for the People during a Diet session on Wednesday.

She is probably feeling jealous!

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Posted in: Koizumi backs different surnames for married couples after heckling incident See in context

a recent decision to take paternity leave, a rarity among politicians.

Gimmie a break with the bs here! He is only taking a couple weeks off, and not in a row either!

That isnt "paternity leave" !

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Posted in: Court orders disclosure of phone number over online defamation See in context

Sadly, one off rulings only create precedence. This one ruling will affect any future rulings.

In other countries I would agree, but here not so much. One Japanese court may take this route, but another in an exact same case would hand down a totally opposite ruling. Hence my comment.

Kind of a case by case thing, literally! (Im hoping)

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Posted in: Lebanon, Japan have 40 days to agree on Ghosn's fate See in context

What's the point? Japan has already said he would have been found not guilty anyway. Right?

No, that is the opinion of one person.

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Posted in: Japan should ban confiscation of foreign employees' passports, lawyer says See in context

Foreigners and non SOFA family members are already required to register as an alien. Tourists must carry passport at all times.

Guess what, this is pretty much the same thing world over! Why try to make it seem "special" here?

It's a minefield designed to exploit foreigners and Japanese workers.

How in the world does this exploit JAPANESE workers?

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Posted in: Japan should ban confiscation of foreign employees' passports, lawyer says See in context

My hunch is she found another employer offering a higher pay so she wants her docs and passports which is unfair to her sponsor/employer. 

Let's say your hunch is right. How different is it for her, than anyone else living here? She is the "owner" of the visa, and as long as she follows appropriate procedures, there is nothing illegal about her changing positions.

By your logic ANY person who quits a position to take another one, with higher pay, is being "unfair"!

That is ludicrous!

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Posted in: Abe denies false statements over party scandal as opposition ups pressure See in context

Keep the pressure on! The only way to force any changes here is for the public opinion polls to significantly drop.

However the problem then becomes Abe calling a snap election, which he knows the LDP will win!

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Posted in: China building a hospital to treat virus; expands lockdowns to 25 mil people See in context

Only in a country like China could they stop the movement of literally millions of people! I can think of one country where the people would be damn near rioting if the government tried to stop people from going somewhere!

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Posted in: Lebanon, Japan have 40 days to agree on Ghosn's fate See in context

Japanese prosecutors have said they are still pushing for Ghosn to be tried in Japan.

Really? Go figure huh! But if they are so sure that they have the evidence to convict him, they could try the case anywhere!

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

It took them this long to respond?

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Posted in: Japan should ban confiscation of foreign employees' passports, lawyer says See in context

It is illegal in Japan for companies to confiscate the passports of technical trainees under a special intern program, but there is no law forbidding firms from taking the passports of foreign laborers in Japan under other visa schemes.

There is a government guideline advising against the confiscation of passports but it is not legally binding.

So it's illegal to confiscate them, but not illegal because there is no law and only a guideline?

So which is it? Just another head-scratching, teeth-sucking, what the ....... moments here!

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Posted in: Court orders disclosure of phone number over online defamation See in context

The court crossed a very fine line here and hopefully it is a "one-off" type of ruling!

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

The former laborers, clerical workers and others sleeping in cardboard boxes are a not-quite-invisible glimpse of a more pervasive but largely hidden underclass of poor in Japan, a wealthy nation seen as orderly and middle class.

Not to mention the countless number of folks who are slipping farther and farther down the economic ladder.

No thanks in a large part to Abe and his failed policies!

This is just one of many of the dark sides of Japan that rarely makes any headlines other than here!

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Posted in: Japan Olympic, Paralympic team uniforms for Tokyo Games unveiled See in context

Looks like they borrowed their idea for a uniform from JAL!

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Posted in: China locks down epicenter of virus outbreak; nearly 600 infected See in context

Interestingly, Japan was one of the first countries that reported infection...

Really? Abe didnt say anything about it until they opened the Diet session!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_outbreak_of_novelcoronavirus(2019-nCoV)

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Posted in: China locks down epicenter of virus outbreak; nearly 600 infected See in context

The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in the central city of Wuhan.

So just what "wildlife" was traded and more importantly from where did they originate?

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

 Even if they know it is not true, they don't care what the people think as long as they stay in their positions of power.

This is part of the problem with the parliamentary system here in Japan. Lifelong politicians like Abe and Aso, once in power, really do not have to worry a whole hell of a lot, about getting reelected.

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Posted in: First woman enters Japan's submarine academy See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has long advocated for expanding the role of women in the workplace, but the country remains stubbornly low in international gender rankings.

Stubbornness can be overcome, just need the right taser!

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Posted in: Late-night train services planned during Tokyo Olympics See in context

And why in the hell dont they run them 24/7 NOW? Right, Mommy government likes to keep their children in line!

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Posted in: Democrats accuse Trump at impeachment trial of corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine See in context

We are witnessing the downfall of what was supposed to be a democratic country!

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Posted in: Ghosn's aide Kelly stands high chance of acquittal: ex-prosecutor See in context

Right, put out this trial balloon AFTER the Ghosen decides to take matters into his own hands!

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Posted in: Gov't keeps economic assessment for January See in context

Wonder what excuses they will make when there are no "tensions" anywhere in the world to blame for their own mismanagement?

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

Abe denied vote-buying allegations made by Edano, saying that it is not him but the Cabinet Office and the Cabinet Secretariat that compile a final guest list by screening recommendations.

Excuse me? Aren't YOU the one in charge of them? If you use this as an excuse to over look your part in all of this, then the politicians who received money for the casinos through their "office" workers should just "brush off" the facts and stay in their positions as well!

Hypocrite!

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Posted in: Russia-Poland feud over history clouds Auschwitz anniversary See in context

So whitewashing history is not limited to Abe and Japan. Go figure!

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Posted in: Gov't streamlines celebration for crown prince's ascension See in context

Again, using taxpayers money right? So maybe I should get an invitation too? I mean I pay taxes right?

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

there has been renewed focus on safeguarding the venues.

So screw the workers?? No matter if the Olympics are going to be held nearby or not, safeguarding the public SHOULD have been priority number one all along!

If there are questions or problems, the venues should NEVER have been proposed and placed in those locations!

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Posted in: Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet See in context

However, the report said “the impact of these missiles on the accident and the analysis of this action is under investigation.”

Spit up coffee again!

Under investigation? "Let's see, (scratching beard here) if soldier "A" didnt press this button to launch the missiles the plane more than likely would not have been blasted out of the air"

There, investigation complete!

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Posted in: Warren wants task force to investigate Trump administration See in context

The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday released a plan that her campaign says will “restore integrity and competence” to government after President Donald Trump. 

While I applaud the sentiment, and it is an election season, the "competence" of American government has been a problem for far much longer than during the Trump administration.

To truly get the government "competent" again would literally take a miracle!

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Posted in: Iranian MP offers $3 mil to anyone who kills Trump: report See in context

I'll bet Trump is offended it isnt higher!

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