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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

But from now on Trump will need eyes in the back of his head to watch out for having made the malevolent Machiavelli of the GOP, "Dark Side" Dick, his mortal enemy who, to avenge his daughter's honor, may soon slither in to administer a poisonous bite.

Do not mess with a someone who shot a guy in the face with no consequences.

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Posted in: Frustration in Japan as Suga pushes Olympics despite virus See in context

The publisher said many Japanese people have faced medical and financial problems with little government support. It said the situation resembles Japan near the end of the war when the government urged people to fight with sticks and mobilized schoolgirls to train.

Very much this , and thanks to Takarajimasha for puclicizing it. The Olympics stand out as a symbol of the larger injustice of the LDP coronavirus response. Compared to other first world nations, Japan has ignored the impact of the pandemic situation on the working public.

No paid furlough programs, subsides to small businesses WITH job guarantees, regular stimulus money or expanded unemployment benefits.

Just Olympic graft and promotion, promoting tourism with subsides DURING a pandemic

and monetary easing.

Probably the most extreme case in the world of valuing economics for the wealthy versus the well-being of the public in this crisis.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

“Whatever the rest of the country thinks or whatever his opponents in the news media think, he believes that he lost the White House illegitimately, and that’s a pretty big grudge, so I don't think he's going to give up that sense of grievance very easily,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump friend and informal adviser.

Six months after losing reelection, Trump has emerged more emboldened than ever after House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Cheney — the Wyoming congresswoman and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — from her post as the No. 3 Republican over her repeated criticisms of the former president.

I suppose the Republicans want to become the party that does not recognize elections unless they win. I wonder where that could lead...

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

The final question of the news conference, held by video call, was offered to a reporter from Yahoo Sports. Instead, an activist appeared on the screen holding up a black and white banner opposing the Tokyo Olympics.

“No Olympics anywhere, No Olympics anywhere,” he said, before using a profanity and adding “No Olympics in LA, No Olympics in Tokyo,” before the line was cut. The 2028 Olympics will be held in Los Angeles.

This type of hacktivism is what you get when a parasitic elite attempt to push their agenda to the detriment of the public. It is encouraging. Hack the planet!!

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Posted in: Japan to establish agency to speed up digitalization See in context

The new entity will promote the My Number personal identification system, currently under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, so that it can be utilized in such occasions.

Just a regressive tax collection scheme with no benefit to the general public.

Get a Minister like Sakurada who whas never used email to head it up.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

The online system to book a vaccine crashed in many places including parts of Tokyo and the city of Minoh in Osaka Prefecture because of a global problem with U.S. cloud computing vendor Salesforce.com Inc, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Salesforce.com and WeWork show that the union of HR, real estate and IT is not ready for complex socioeconomic solutions in 2021. Corruption infects and you have algorithmic bias.

Typical for this vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Biden expected to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan See in context

A steady neo-liberal hand with proven experience during the 2008 financial crisis with disaster capitalist.

You will be right at home Mr. Emanuel!

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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

The publisher has previously run ad campaigns on social and political issues, most recently one that highlighted how the Japanese public was diligently following virus measures.

Like the corrupt ruling elites throughout Japanese history, in this pandemic the LDP has relied too much on the diligence, self-sacrifice and patience of the good Japanese people to prop up their whole rotting edifice.

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Posted in: Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside See in context

Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside

This is Japan. and in the west?

BAs working at starbucks.

I know Phds working as baristas.

Welcome Japan in the race to the bottom.

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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

I am guessing Takahashi kun is not so good at math. It is probably also why his financial plans are not so good when it comes to benefiting the Japanese people.

He has a mathematics degree from Tokyo University!

So you must abase yourself in respectful awe of his every pronouncement.

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Posted in: Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside See in context

By size, job offers fell 6.0 percent at companies with 300 to 1,000 employees, and the offers were down 0.2 percent at companies with less than 300 workers.

The number of offers, however, rebounded at companies with more than 1,000 employees.

Again, using averages to spin data by Kyodo. Could also be read: Smaller companies with fewer connections to government were hit hard by the pandemic are shrinking while the well-placed big Japan Inc. corps are still growing slightly from generous government pandemic stimulus. So things are looking good folks!

In reality, new grads post pandemic , like those around the 2008 financial crash, are looking at a harsh economic climate.

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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

Takahashi, a former finance ministry bureaucrat, is known to be close to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and met with him as recently as a week ago, according to local media.

Wonder how "Professor" Takahashi treats his students and the reputation of his research among other academics.


He is an economist, the dismal science . Explains the trickle down, neo-liberal policies of the LDP in this pandemic. Peasants and proles are how his ilk view the public.

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Posted in: With 8 mil Americans out of work, why are more companies not filling jobs? See in context

Still, he's betting the upward wage pressure is temporary.

By September, he said, people will be willing to take "$15 or $16 because they are so desperate."

And many companies are relying on COVID desperation and lobbying Republican legislators to cut unemployment benefits to coerce people back to work with unlivable wages.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

"Olympics Kill The Poor"

Could have been a bit more subtle but true. More accurately, the priorities of the LDP like with the Olympics, vaccination, GoTo, subsidies for businesses only are killing the poor.

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Posted in: With 8 mil Americans out of work, why are more companies not filling jobs? See in context

As the economy revs up to meet the rapacious demand of tens of millions of newly vaccinated Americans, employers say they cannot fill their yawning need for labor.

What a conundrum! It is because companies refuse to raise wages. I thought the glorious invisible hand of the free market would automatically make companies raise wages to attract staff if there was a dearth of workers? Workers need money to survive as do companies in the pandemic.

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Posted in: Trouble mars skateboarding's rising popularity in Japan See in context

In central Japan's Aichi Prefecture, a recorded announcement on the second-level pedestrian concourse of JR Toyohashi Station repeatedly warns people against skateboarding and other prohibited activities, with the message reinforced with explicit "No skateboarding" signs.

Never got the prohibition against skateboarders where preoccupied bicyclists are allowed to pass and weave amongst equally busy pedestrians.

Skateboarders generally have better collision avoidance than the bicyclists I have seen here.

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Posted in: U.S. states scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes See in context

Black people have the highest rates of vaccine refusal because they have a long memory.

It's recorded history that Blacks were given shots and told "these are to protect you" but in fact the vaccine administrators were lying. The vaccine recipients were used as guinea pigs.

Interesting how some will ignore all the contradictions and use black people's familiarity with capitalist oppression in the cases of vaccinations and forced abortions, but deny black people when they speak of present day economic oppression and police brutality.

It is like black people are denied any agency and are a tool to be used to put forward an agenda.

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Posted in: Minamata woman faces up to mother's prejudice over pollution disease See in context

Hopefully this, and the new Johnny Depp movie "Minamata", will do more to highlight this corporate crime against humanity by Japan Inc.

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Posted in: Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade See in context

"We want Japan to be the first market" for the phase-out, newly appointed CEO Jacek Olczak told the Nikkei in an interview published in Japanese on Friday.

The company "will realize a smoke-free society in Japan within 10 years", he said.

How will the company do that when the heavily government invested JT actually controls the market? More meaningless corporate-speak. The government has even worked in concert with JT to limit the popularity of vaping, which is booming in the West, by regulating that vaping liquids containing any nicotine are controlled substances.

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Posted in: People in Japan can now earn ¥10,000 bounties for scamming scammers See in context

It’s a despicable deception that preys on Japanese societal values of familial and professional responsibility, and every year Japanese seniors are defrauded out of millions and millions of yen by it. But as of this month, there’s now a way for law-abiding Japanese people to actually make money from ore ore scams instead.

Some people do this to Nigerian 419 and Indian scammers online for Youtube views.

How about the police offering a bounty for reporting and gathering evidence on "black companies" in Japan? That would be of great help to people caught in these situations whose wages have been stolen.

Unfortunately, they seem very reluctant to investigate these cases.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Well, Suga does have a history of overpromising. Back in 2007, when he was Minister for Internal Affairs and Communication, Suga apparently declared that Japan would develop new technology to replace the internet by the year 2020: https://www.techrepublic.com/index.php/blog/it-news-digest/japan-seeks-to-replace-the-internet/

Great factoid to add to Suga's legacy of shame. At least Al Gore could point to something real, the actual internet, though he didn't invent it.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

When the holiday ended, many defied requests for remote work and returned to their offices on packed trains.

Again this mis-characterization. Defied requests or were compelled?

The LDP playbook is to download all the misery and blame for the pandemic response upon the working public and maintain an easy life for the privileged with subsidies that go exclusively towards them.

During the holidays, significantly more people than last year were seen at tourist spots in Kyoto and Nara despite stay-at-home requests. With drinking places closed, younger people carrying canned beer and snacks gathered in parks and streets in downtown Tokyo.

And then pushback in a uniquely Japanese passive-aggressive way.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Friday that a visit to Japan this month by IOC President Thomas Bach seemed unlikely with a state of emergency order being extended by the government to Tokyo and other areas until May 31.

This, among other things dealing with the LDP government policy, is well characterized by the phrase "like watching a train wreck in slow motion".

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Posted in: Wages in Japan see 1st rise in 13 months due to less part-timers See in context

"As the ratio of regular workers increased, overall wages were lifted," a ministry official said.

Now that is some impressive neo-liberal spin, even for the regular feed from Kyodo and the LDP.

"Part-timers/hourly wage worker jobs and income have been virtually wiped out so they are out of the equation. They were keeping the average of wages down in Japan. So wages on average are rising see!"

You could not make up this level of Marie Antoinette cake-eatery.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

Clearly, something went wrong with the government’s plan, as the dense mass of humanity on the platform of downtown Tokyo’s Ikebukuro Station shows. So what happened?

Oh my god who could have seen this coming?

It is almost like there are people elected by a 'democratc" process and very well rewarded whose job it is to plan for eventualities and ameliorate the impàct on the public of adverse events.

Were they occupied dealing with another huge crisis?

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Posted in: Pfizer and BioNTech to donate vaccines for Olympic athletes See in context

I, for one, welcome our new vaccinated Olympic overlords

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

Ooo! Id forgotten all about King Leopold and the Belgian Congo.

Yes, that definitely trumps 100 million deaths.

Death to the west, Comrade!

Dualistic dichotomies are usual to conservative thinking but we can make the capitalist system we are living under better with free healthcare and education and a universal basic income along with fair taxation (No Trump bragging about paying 750 dollars in taxes in a debate).

Attacking any measure to ameliorate human suffering as "Marxism" is as stupid as denigrating all the benefits that have come from the Renaissance, Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution.

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Posted in: IBM unveils 2-nanometer chip technology for faster computing See in context

Moore's Law has some legs. Just as Ray Kurzweil and others predicted.

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

Apples and oranges; capitalism in itself is unfeeling and uncaring toward the working classes perhaps, but those who choose not to participate are not sent to re-education or put in work camps and worked to death. Yes, striking union members were cracked down on violently in the past, but it's no longer necessary.

No. There is no "choice" not to participate in the capitalist wage slavery structure. Take for example the young girls in London working with white phosphorus to make matches when red phosphorus would have been a safer but more expensive alternative.

They were compelled by starvation and desperation as we're the kulaks under Stalin.

And today the specter of homelessness is used to coerce people into taking jobs with unlivable conditions.

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Posted in: To filmmaker Gibney, opioid crisis is 'Crime of the Century' See in context

The Sackler family and Purdue Pharma should be taken before a court for crimes against humanity.

That the opoid crisis exists along with the prohibition of many less harmful substances is also a crime the establishment will not address.

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