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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 21-year-old university student in Chiba Prefecture See in context

kaimycahl: Easy enough to do, given the common elements to many of these crimes. But you’re referring to a different murder; the 21 year old Daito (Osaka) female college student, by a man in his 40s.

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Posted in: Man kills 6, then himself, at Colorado birthday party shooting See in context

When you’re not immediately told the ethnicity of the alleged perp, you know straight away who it’s highly likely not to be.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in Myanmar on 'fake news' charge See in context

Some things never change. In furtherance of geopolitical strategy, pre-War Japan played an active role in fomenting Burmese political intrigue; courting Aung San Su Kyi’s father and other members of the Burmese elite, sponsoring them to visit Japan, undergo military training, and even take on Japanese names. Quick to change their spots when the tide of war turned, their descendants are still around, still susceptible to the blandishments of intriguers like Kitazumi in this Great Game redux.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile See in context

Can’t say that what we found in the woods was a big surprise. Confucius say honorable #1 customer always king. Translated into language everyone can understand; “it’s our way, or the highway”.

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Posted in: Australia defends decision to penalize its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India See in context

the millions they earn would more than make up for it.

It’ll buy them one expensive funeral pyre

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile See in context

reduced imports of Australian products are the result of buyers’ own decisions.

They're fooling no one. Western countries need to stand strong and together and make it clear to the plutocrats over there that we are no longer prepared to connive in their gaming the system and taking unreciprocated advantage of our increasingly suicidal looking trade and immigration openness. If our own hopelessly out of touch and compromised elites are not prepared to do what’s necessary, they need to make way for others who are.

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Posted in: Over half say Japan needs to amend Constitution for virus response See in context

The limitations of a one size fits all constitution were implicitly understood by those who framed Japan’s and provision was made for allowing it to be amended as circumstances dictated. But in 75 years, the people have not once been asked to ratify any amendment to this miracle of the ages, perfect document. In countries such as the U.S, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, their Constitution is seen as a living document, which needs to be responsive to changing aspirations and citizens are regularly consulted and asked to pass judgement on legislative proposals to make their constitutions more reflective of current needs. The lack of any sense of ownership of the Constitution here is telling.

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Posted in: Gov't to aid virus-hit firms with ¥500 bil from reserve funds See in context

Every recourse to ‘reserve funds’ (aka the printing press) should trigger a corresponding currency appreciation. Governments and central banks propensity for engaging in this race to the bottom, beggar thy neighbor market distorting behavior needs curbing. Knowing their sacrosanct export competitiveness would come under threat each time they opened the money spigot, would force them to do what they should have done in the first place; get their own economic house in order.

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Posted in: Altercation between train otaku leaves one with fractured skull, other in custody See in context

tensions among the photographing sect of train otaku known as *toritestu*** **went too far

This incident certainly hasn’t done anything to endear the general public to toritetsu

That’s what you call an each way bet.

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Posted in: Australian man who filmed 4 dead and dying police sent to prison See in context

It’s the kind of story that defines a society. Try that stunt here and he would’ve been slotted for at least 8 years. Plenty of time to dwell upon things in an environment encouraging him to reflect upon the error of his ways.

It was his choice to ingest the illegal substances that undoubtedly contributed to a chain of events that resulted in four lives ended prematurely and if justice is about making people accountable for the consequences of their choices, the judgement rendered in this case is hopelessly deficient. The headline too is problematic. With time already served, unless other charges are pursued, he’s just about due to be released into the community.

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Posted in: Money row tied to Princess Mako's boyfriend may end in settlement See in context

Absolutely no trouble finding the wherewithal (hundreds of thousands of dollars by now, surely!) to fund an extended education at a prestigious Nu Yoik law school. Yet seemingly content to let a piddling 36K ‘loan’ from dear old Mum’s estranged benefactor become mired in recriminations that could so easily, one would think, have been avoided had he expressed much earlier his belated announcement that he would be paying it back.


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Posted in: U.S. advises citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Japan See in context

a country the size of San Francisco

FYI: San Francisco 121.4 square km (46.89 square miles) Japan 377,975 square km (145,937 square miles)


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Posted in: Pandemic causing changes in pet dog behavior, survey shows See in context

Mine does notice a thing..he’s still the boss, and knows it

Dogs are pack animals that instinctively look for a leader, and if their humans don’t provide that leadership, then the dogs get confused and lose respect, especially if their bad behaviors are “rewarded” with endless treats and affection. “Humans are the only species who follow unstable leaders,” said Cesar Millán. Dogs live in a way that’s natural, simple and profound. If your energy is not aligned — if you live in chaos and are not calm — they will not follow you. They’ll learn to live with it, but that doesn’t mean they’re OK.”

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

just go to the next prefecture

Nara businesses (people less so) must be relishing the prospect of masses of incommoded Osakans heading their way to take advantage of longer trading hours. Just half an hour on the train and they’re in low risk Shangri La (until the inevitable happens).

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

there is the glaring, massive STUPIDITY of going ahead with a superspreader international event in the middle

Don’t be surprised when countries start announcing that they’ve decided participation is just too risky. When all it takes is two or three cases to send places like Australia and NZ into hard lockdown, sending young athletes into the hot zone that Japan has become would be a risky gamble. Even if those two aforementioned countries don’t pull the pin, there’s a better than even chance that they’ll make vaccine passports mandatory for all Japan bound competitors, support crew, and media.

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

At what point does the wave numbering system descend into complete farce? Fifth wave, sixth wave? Attributing the rising case load to the impersonal agency of waves is the authorities cynical way of trying to absolve themselves and hide their complicity in fomenting the conditions we see now.

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Posted in: 8 killed, several others wounded in shooting at Indianapolis Fedex facility See in context

America is in pain and desperately crying out to be rescued from itself. How many canary in the coal mine victims will it take and how much more hand wringing and hollow platitudes can it stomach before collectively it marshals the necessary national resolve to start asking the hard questions. Second amendment constitutional safeguard true believers need to start connecting the dots that unless they’re prepared to start thinking laterally, and jettison their head in the sand reflexive opposition to sensible gun control, they risk losing everything.

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Posted in: Flash in the cam: Canadian MP sorry for baring all on parliament Zoom See in context

covering his nether regions with a mobile phone

They said “wireless”; he thought they said Y front less.

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Posted in: Flash in the cam: Canadian MP sorry for baring all on parliament Zoom See in context

it was unintentional, the guy made a cock up

Look, no hands!

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

Water under the bridge.


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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

Japanese treatment of this imperial scandal is tatemae dissimulation at its finest. They know that we know and we know that they know that we know, that the loan story is a complete and utter crock.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

The Byzantine opaqueness of the bureaucracy and the glacial inertia of the executive defies imagination. And while it’s quite justifiable to excoriate Suga for his policy failings, we need to remember that his three wise monkey channeling predecessor was remiss in not setting a much more proactive tone from the word go.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Up being cooped up for so long, you can hardly blame people for being out and about in the fresh air and sunshine. There’s something Kafkaesque in Japan’s litany of failure Covid debacle; a study in official ineptude; people ignoring the advice of the ‘experts’ and their ultimately self defeating travel and dining promotion campaigns which are inevitably followed by pendulum swings in the opposite direction.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka See in context

Is Osaka’s apparent ground central status simply a product of greater testing? A straw poll of the JT commentariat would probably lean toward that and it’s corollary, that it’s no more dangerous than Tokyo, with its far lower numbers proportional to population. Intuitively, we sense that the numbers they’re parading are bogus. Hard hitting, investigative journalism is needed, but the housebroken locals, under strict ‘harmony is everything’ orders not to question the official line, are hardly capable of doing it. What’s needed is a few specially brought in seasoned pros with the nouse to suss out the truth from its surrounding penumbra of cant and humbug. Knowing that it’s fudged stats, inaction and penchant for rubbery figures was being closely watched and portrayed in an unflattering light in the major Western capitals, is just the 外圧 Japan needs.

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Posted in: Japan pushes stricter enforcement over teacher, student SNS contact See in context

Elsewhere, fifteen will get you twenty. Here, hentai will get plenty fifteen.


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Posted in: Restaurant, bar owners worry about tighter COVID-19 steps See in context

No worries! There’s trillions more in assistance waiting to be doled out to the owners of these establishments who, we’re told in the thread comments, are down the park drinking with their customer buddies. Nice work if you can get it. I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering how it is that there’s no shortage of help for one group, and yet for others who are just as deserving, the generosity impulse shrivels up tighter than a snare drum.

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Posted in: LDP executive says extra budget may be needed to combat COVID-19 pain See in context

No problem at all finding the money to shovel in the direction of wealthy owners of overpriced izakayas and bars. For the ever increasing numbers on the margins, eking out a subsistence existence, SFA.

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Posted in: Australia marks Easter with no new local coronavirus cases See in context

It’s fascinating the contrast between the no holds barred Australian & NZ approaches to risk mitigation; basically shut down huge swathes of the economy and pay a third of the population the equivalent of a universal income for the best part of a year, and Japan’s here’s 10万円 and a couple of face masks and be on your way minimalism. Nagatacho must be jumping with joy at the stars aligning with a devalued yen bolstering export competitiveness and a stock market not far shy of the high point reached during the bubble years.

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

“The Governer of Osaka should be PM”.

The last time someone was touting an Osaka Governor as worthy PM material, it was Herr Hashimoto; notable for his can do schtick and throw away, take no prisoners lines. Be careful what you wish for.

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Posted in: H&M says it is 'dedicated to regaining trust' in China after boycott See in context

over 2000 South Koreans, store owners and taxi drivers mostly, who were butchered in the Gwangju Uprising.

On the Kwangju Uprising, don’t take Wiki at face value. Deaths were far lower; somewhere between 200-300 rather than 2,000. On China, saying that engagement has been the name of the game, is simply a gentler way of putting it than what I said.

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