Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

I can't imagine Cheers getting a green light these days. Bunch of people whose lives centre around drinking alcohol on a daily basis? The infamy.

Pity really. One of my all-time favourite shows.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 340 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,025 See in context

Hmmm - ten times more tests than the day before, and less than 100 more cases?

Either this is very good news, or something fishy is going on.

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Posted in: TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival See in context

This could be dreadful.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

One company, nevertheless, made and won the bid in January to develop the app for a gigantic 7.3 billion yen -- way before the decision is made

Well yes, I hope the government will offer us some transparency as to which company this is and how the process went to tender.

You know, seeing as it's our money.

And the original bid for the whole Olympics was 7 billion.

Because otherwise people might start to worry that the whole thing was a scam from the outset, and that this latest new expense is just taking the p!we.

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Posted in: Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo ask gov't to lift state of emergency early See in context

Here we go... it's hanami time soon. Let's all gather in parks, getting wasted and see what happens next.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

I'm grateful for the holiday, and I wish him happiness. But Japan doesn't have an empire. Why do we have an emperor? Surely he's the king?

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

This never ceases to depress me.

70 years of open LDP corruption, incompetence and malfeasance and the best and brightest minds in this great country can't put together a credible opposition party.

Democracy didn't happen here. We have a Noh drama of "elections", white gloves and solemn faces, but it's just the same as it was 300 years ago. Unaccountable, uninterested, trough-snuffling charlatans without a care in the world.

"What are you going to do - apply critical thought? Just get your vote in the LDP box and your hand in your pocket"

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Posted in: Leader of political party that refuses to pay NHK ordered to pay NHK See in context

I had successfully employed the methods used for about 20 year above to send the old bloke knocking on the door demandng a subscription.

Then one day he came a -knocking while I was at work and the wife was home with the baby - "I couldn't say no", she told me when I got home and found the paperwork on the table.

That came as news to me - it's not a word she usually has difficulty with.

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Posted in: Hashimoto will not give Mori any official Tokyo Olympics role See in context

Ok, he won't have any "official" role.

Does that mean he will stop receiving ¥2 million each month of our money?

Or are we supposed to view paying him to keep his mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight as somehow better than his being an active disgrace on the name of Japan?

Either way, he's still got his snout deep in the trough, and our grandchildren yet unborn will still be paying off his tab.

Some people just don't get rules applied to them.

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Posted in: How a 22-year-old woman helped bring down Mori See in context

Let us not get carried away here. Although he's been removed from the centre stage, mori still remains on the committee "in an advisory position". Because how could we not function without the advice of a man who has left every position he's ever held in a shotstain of gaffes and incompetence?

He is still snout-deep in the trough of our tax money, and now he's been removed from the public-facing side of the JOC, there are no doubt plenty of benefits to that. Less accountability for one.

This man never faced, and will never face, any genuine consequences for his lifetime of blunders and inadequacy. It must be good to be an LDP panjandrum.

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Posted in: Another LDP lawmaker quits over nightlife visit See in context

Can anyone explain why these people are going out wining dining and whoring on our dime, and a bow and a step back from the limelight for a while is the only penalty

A pound to a penny this seedy get has been offered any number of board memberships this morning, through strings being pulled in the amakudari network.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to pick Mori replacement; is a woman likely? See in context

That sounds like an LDP strategy:

1) Give a young sportswoman the job - you know, someone who has genuine passion for sport;

2) Task her with announcing the cancellation;

3) Well, you know, we tried a young woman last time, and she cancelled it, so this time we need to give an 83-year-old LDP dinosaur a chance - HE has a record of getting things done (in 1976).


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Posted in: Japan to start COVID vaccinations next week despite syringe shortage See in context

Wait a minute - reusing syringes?

That's not a good idea, surely? COVID doesn't trump any other blood-borne diseases, does it?

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Posted in: What do you think of the request by the government for diners eating out to practice "mokushoku" (silent dining or refraining from mealtime conversations) to prevent droplets being spread, as a measure against the coronavirus? See in context

For a place which places so mch emphasis on etiquette, Japan has, as many of the posters above remark, a whole lot of people chewing with their mouths open.

I remember going out to lunch with a former boss who felt the need to educate this foolish barbarian with a little wareware nihonjin wisdom.

He informed me that, although I was using chopsticks correctly, only a true Japanese could ever hope to use them "elegantly".

At the "G" sound of "elegantly", a gobbet of chewed-up rice flew out of his mouth and landed on my suit trousers.

I did not consult him on matters of etiquette again.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to hold meeting over Mori's comments See in context

The old fool looks really remorseful in that photo, doesn't he?

"Got away with it again - now what time are we off to the hostess club? I've got 2M yen of taxpayer cash burning a hole in my pocket"

Nothing will be done, he will express regret for miscommunication, and he'll be back in the trough by teatime.

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Posted in: Ex-head of McDonald's, Apple units in Japan arrested over domestic violence See in context

OK - who's downvoting me for disapproving of hitting women? That's a strange mast to pin your colours to.

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Posted in: Ex-head of McDonald's, Apple units in Japan arrested over domestic violence See in context

My late father gave me many words of wisdom, but none more apposite than these:

A man who hits a woman is no man at all.

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Posted in: 60% say Mori unfit to serve as Tokyo Olympics chief: poll See in context

6.8% judge him even qualified for the job we pay him to do.

That's even worse than the 7% approval rate he had as PM.

How can someone so consistently useless be so indispensable? Today's news says if Mori resigns, there will be no Olympics.

Point 1: Good

Point 2: Why is there nobody else doing a better job than Mori at this shambles we have mortgaged our grandchildren for?

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

According to the Japan Times, only 6.8% of people asked considered this risisble old buffoon qualifies for the job which pays him 2M JPY a month of our money.

I have been here long enough to remember his 7% approval rate as PM.

Which begs the question: Is there ANYTHING an LDP Old Boy can do badly enough to face real consequences?

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

"If he resigns, there'll be no Olympics."

Sounds like a double win to me.

Clear your desk and start saving us money. This white elephant is only helping those with their snouts in the trough. The rest of the people here can happily live without this money pit.

Go, old man.

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

Any chance of a link to the petition, JT? I'm pretty sure a lot of your readership would be interested in reading more.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context


 Literally millions of Japanese employees have suffered from it, as they were the intended targets. 

That may be the case, but at my former employer, every Japanese member of staff was retained, as they were on permanent contracts from day one. On my last day there, after 18 years of service, I was presented with a bunch of flowers the size of my fist by a girl who'd been there for less than 6 months, but, being of pure blood, was retained. Every single non-Japanese member of staff was let go - and this was before the pandemic provided a convenient excuse.

I doubt COVID has led to more ethical conduct.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

My company had the great idea of firing all its non-japanese workers one day before they were entitled to be made permanent under the 5-Year rule in 2018.

I don't expect the pandemic has encouraged many companies to treat disposable foreigners in any more of an ethical manner. Look pretty, say yes please and thank you, then disappear is the mantra for too many J-firms.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

What a surprise: Octogenarian, entitled LDP dinosaur refuses to accept any consequences for his actions.

Actions which, in any modern country, would have the thieving old [email protected]'s nose out of the trough and out of his job before his tea went cold.

And that's fine with the people - us - who pay his salary.

This country, in many ways, never really left the 18th century.

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

This walking cadaver needs to quit immediately and not receive another penny from the trough he's had his snout in for the last six decades.

The man's a disgrace. He's always been a laughing stock.

I was here when he bumbled through his period at PM, and left with single-digit approval ratings. Why the hell does he get a say in anything?

We've carried you long enough, you risible old buffoon. Get out and walk.

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Posted in: Lawmaker Anri Kawai resigns over 2019 vote-buying scandal See in context

Wow, just two years to face the consequences of her actions.

I'd also like to bet the LDP spent a lot more than 1.6 million yen of our tax money in hostess clubs between 2019 and today.

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Posted in: Man arrested for injuring doctor over mask request See in context

What a surprise. As soon as I read this headline I knew it would be some cantakerous, entitled oyaji who thinks rules don't apply to him, enraged that a young whippersnapper wasn't showing him enough deference.

Wear your mask properly, or take it off. Don't wear it on your chin.

Oh, and if you take it off, stay in your own damn house.

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Posted in: Suga asks people to hold on a little longer as he extends state of emergency See in context

Hold on, says the LDP.

Just keep pretending we're doing something for a little more time.

Keep packing onto your rush hour trains under magical incantation of "State of Emergency"

We need just a few more weeks to magic up from thin air, figures that will prove the Olympics are safe, even if nobody attends - then Dentsu and the Yaks will get their slice.

Yes, we know we promsed they'd only cost 7 bn and would save the economy, but just be patient a little longer so we can carve out the tax payments generations yet unborn between ourselves.

Oh, and if you need help, look to the government "as a last resort". Sign on if you're destitute - and you will be, unless you went to the same school as we did.

Just keep giving us a little more time to fill our pockets. But don't ask us for anything to justify your patience.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs bills to introduce fines for those who don't comply with anti-virus measures See in context

Tough talk, but nothing more.

Bars and karaoke joints are still open until 5 am in night spots. The yaks don't care what Nagatacho say. They want their money, and the cops know better than to tread on any Yamaguchi-gumi toes.

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Posted in: Japan's probe into alleged Olympic bid bribery flawed: French court See in context

I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that corruption, vote-rigging, and under-the-counter deals were part of the Japan Olympic Bid.

I haven't been this devastated since I found out that Pope Francis is a secret Catholic.

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