CH3CHO's past comments

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    IzuvianJUL. 13, 2016 - 11:55AM JST

    Modern plant nuclear power is safe. This is a fact.

    Present Japanese government disagrees. The logic is that nuclear power plants are not safe, but the people take the "reasonable" risks for economical reasons, which is the same logic that the people ride on cars even if they are not safe.

    Any nuclear plant melts down when the cooling system fails and there is no cooling system that will never fail.

    The question is not whether nuclear reactors are safe. They are not safe. The question is whether the risks are reasonable and whether the people should take the risks.

    I do not think people should take the risks of NPPs.

    Posted in: Court upholds Takahama reactor shutdown order in new blow to nuclear industry

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    Tony W.JUL. 12, 2016 - 02:28PM JST

    surely the attitudes of those Japanese scared of re-arming can adopt a less wimpish attitude and back Abe to get their own country prepared for any military response necessary?

    Have you ever read the current constitution of Japan? Have you ever read the proposed constitution draft by LDP?

    If the answers to the 2 questions are both no, your argument is like walking into a trap with a blindfold.

    Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate

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    bullfighterJUL. 12, 2016 - 12:22PM JST

    “We have always set a goal of revising the constitution…that is my duty as president,” Abe said.

    Duh? He's Prime Minister.

    Abe means president of LDP. LDP charter has a long forgotten clause to create a constitution from scratch.

    Don't go to the US. The US Senate has voted to require women to register for the draft. Men already have to do so.

    Yes. US does have draft system (selective service system). As long as constitution allows use of force, it is only fair to have a draft system. Volunteer army works only when the enemy is kept at bay. When the enemy starts directly attacking the home land, the nation will draft its soldiers as desperate measures.

    It is just silly to assume no risk of draft when changing constitution into more aggressive one.

    Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate

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    daito_hakJUL. 11, 2016 - 11:57AM JST

    Now concerning the better than many US presidential elections, let's check that, shall we? Assuming that you are really referring to the voter turnout (as also the case in the JT's article) and that you are not confusing with the Voting Age Population (VAP) turnout, the data from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance shows that you are utterly wrong, here:

    Comparing voter turnouts in the US and in Japan is comparing apples and oranges, because there is no such thing like "registered voters" in Japan. In Japan, one does not need to register for voting. One can just go to the voting station to cast his vote. So, comparison of voting age population turnout is appropriate.

    By the way, your linked page show more registered voters than voting age population in Japan in 2012, 2009, 1996, 1990 and so on. Check the validity of your data.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%

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    "Landslide" is an over statement.

    LDP got 56 out of 121, short of majority. Together with the existing seats, LDP got 121 out of 242, one seat short of majority.

    LDP and Komeito got 70 out of 121 or 57.8%. With the existing seats, the coalition got 146 seats out of 242 or 60.3%.

    Is 60% landslide?

    LDP is working on making a bigger coalition with opposition Osaka-Ishin and Kokoro. The combined seats of LDP, Komeito, Osaka- Ishin and Kokoro are 161, one seat short of 2/3 majority. So, they need help from one of 4 independent Upper House members, which may not easily come.

    LDP lost to DPJ in 11 closely contested 1 seat districts. For example,

    Oita district: DPJ 271,783 votes, LDP 270,693 votes

    Niigata district: DPJ 560,429, LDP 558,150

    Aomori district: DPJ 302,867, LDP 294,815

    Mie district: DPJ 440,776, LDP 420,929

    DPJ did better than expected.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%

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    M3M3M3JUL. 07, 2016 - 07:21PM JST @CH3CHO

    Nonsense. In what aspect is it identical to Chinese or Soviet system?

    It's identical in the sense that two members of the general public are chosen at random and compelled to sit with a professional judge in even the most serious criminal cases.

    Oh, then it is completely different. In Japan, 6 lay-judges sit with 3 professional judges. The 9 person panel hears a case.

    Posted in: Some people who have served as lay judges in Japan have spoken of the psychological stress they suffered after having to view photos of grisly crime scenes as well as decide on whether or not to hand down a death sentence. What is your opinion of the lay judge system?

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    The support rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party stood at 33.5 percent, up 2.6 percentage points from the previous poll

    Of the 53,324 people surveyed, responses were received from 43,271.

    plasticmonkeyJUL. 07, 2016 - 08:29AM JST

    Even the most reliable polls have a margin of error of around 3%, so this really isn't news.

    The margin of error is much smaller in this case.

    Standerd Error=(p(1-p)/n)^0.5=(0.335(1-0.335)/43271)^0.5=0.23%

    Multiply 2^0.5 for the error of the previous survey, and then multiply 2 for 2 standard error, and get 0.65%

    Since the difference (2.6%) is more than 0.65%, it is statistically significant.

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    M3M3M3JUL. 07, 2016 - 10:05AM JST

    The 'lay judge' system in Japan is actually identical to the 'people's assessor' in China and the old Soviet system.

    Nonsense. In what aspect is it identical to Chinese or Soviet system? Japanese system was modeled after the systems of European countries.

    Posted in: Some people who have served as lay judges in Japan have spoken of the psychological stress they suffered after having to view photos of grisly crime scenes as well as decide on whether or not to hand down a death sentence. What is your opinion of the lay judge system?

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    MoonrakerJUL. 07, 2016 - 10:43AM JST

    Perhaps you will disagree, CH3CHO, but press secretary in front of a tamed press is how the outside world probably sees him.

    You really refuse to acknowledge facts. How about this?

    "Global Security Watch--Japan" by Andrew Oros、Yuki Tatsumi

    (page 36) The Chief Cabinet Secretary has been arguably the most important individual (next to the prime minister, of course) in the Cabinet. Mandated to provide oversight for all the work that the Cabinet Secretariat is involved in, only the Chief Cabinet Secretary has been granted the status of a Minister of State among the senior officers in the Secretariat, and is therefore authorized to participate in cabinet meetings. When describing the role of the Chief Cabinet Secretary using US terminology, some describe the position as "three positions in one"--that is, the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan assumes the role of (1) vise president, (2) national security advisor, and (3) chief of staff.

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    who served as the country’s top government spokesman

    I wonder why English media keep this wrong job description of the Chief Cabinet Secretary over and over again. Where does this come from?

    The job description of the post is written in Naikaku-Ho (Cabinet Act) Article 13.


    The Chief Cabinet Secretary controls the activities of the Cabinet Secretariat and oversees its staff.

    The job description of the Cabinet Secretariat is written in Article 12, which is a very long list, including to plan important strategies of the Cabinet, to prepare matters to be discussed and resolved at the Cabinet Meeting, to control Ministries and Agencies of the national government, to gather intelligence on important national matters, and so on.

    The Cabinet Secretariat is roughly comparable to the White House in the US, and Chief Cabinet Secretary is roughly comparable to the White House Chief of Staff.

    In addition, Chief Cabinet Secretary is nominated to be the Acting Prime Minister only after Deputy Prime Minister, in case the Prime Minister dies.

    He holds regular press meetings, but his main function is not a press minister.

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    YubaruJUL. 06, 2016 - 07:27PM JST

    LDP supporters vote for LDP candidates, whereas DPJ supporters vote for DPJ candidates

    You really dont understand Japanese politics if you think this is how folks vote.

    Let us see the recent survey by Asahi.

    Q. Which party do you support?

    LDP 42.2%

    DPJ 15.0%

    Komeito 3.9%

    Communist 6.4%

    Osaka Ishin 2.7%

    Socialist 1.0%

    No party 27.9%

    Q. Which party are you going to vote for at the Upper House election?

    (difference from party support rate)

    LDP 31.4% (-10.8%)

    DPJ 14.6%(-0.4%)

    Komeito 5.5%(+1.6%)

    Communist 7.5%(+1.1%))

    Osaka Ishin 2.9%(+0.2%)

    Socialist 1.0%(0.0%)

    No answer 35.1%(+7.2%)

    See how the party support rates match voting, except that many of the LDP supporters did not answer which party they are going to vote for.

    Posted in: Japan ruling bloc election win could be too big for markets to swallow

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    marcelitoJUL. 06, 2016 - 06:16PM JST

    " Many voters are reluctant to see proponents of the constitutional revision win big"

    Yet, those same voters will reluctantly vote for the ruling coalition or not bother showing up to vote at all.

    It seems you do not understand how democracy works. Let me tell you the very basics, before you keep on your confusing remarks.

    LDP supporters vote for LDP candidates, whereas DPJ supporters vote for DPJ candidates. There are a large number of people who are not interested in politics, who will not vote.

    Those who do not want constitutional change vote for DPJ or Japanese Communist Party. Is it clear now?

    Posted in: Japan ruling bloc election win could be too big for markets to swallow

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    Kazuaki ShimazakiJUL. 06, 2016 - 05:43PM JST

    Diplomacy doesn't really work when it comes to sovereignty, because that's a 1:0 deal.

    So? Are you advocating a war?

    This is why we need to teach China and likes of you a lesson.

    UN Charter

    Article 2

    The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.

    All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.

    All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

    The world community has moved from the age of wars to the age of peaceful diplomatic relations. China is way behind in this regard, and certainly not worthy of permanent seat in the Security Council.

    Posted in: Japan denies its jets were provocative in Chinese encounter

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    SEOUL —a source familiar with Japan-South Korea relations said Tuesday.

    Cannot Koreans be more diplomatic? It is just 4 days before the Upper House election. If Abe loses big on Sunday, he will lose his job. Japan did not formally ask for a summit. It is just this someone in Seoul that told so. Talking about summit meeting with Abe next week is like saying opposition is to lose. Even though the surveys show LDP is likely to win big, it is absolutely undiplomatic of Korea to say so at this time. They should have waited till Monday.

    South Korea is yet to make a clear reply to the proposal for a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye.

    Surely. Japan has not made any formal proposal yet. What country would propose an after-election summit meeting before election?

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    Kazuaki ShimazakiJUL. 06, 2016 - 02:27PM JST

    You must remember that said islands are unoccupied.

    It has been occupied by Japan. No one lives there, but Japan has uninterrupted control of the island since 1972.

    In 2012, when Chinese activists illegally landed on the Senkakus, Japanese police on the island arrested them.

    The seven activists who landed on the islet of Uotsuri at 5:31 p.m. were met by about 30 Japan Coast Guardsmen, police and immigration authorities who had arrived beforehand. Two of the seven returned to their vessel while the other five were interrogated by immigration officers and arrested on suspicion of illegal entry, Okinawa police said, adding that nobody was injured on either side.

    Officials told the BBC that two activists returned to the boat, while the other five were arrested on land.

    Kazuaki ShimazakiJUL. 06, 2016 - 02:27PM JST

    Second, whether the Chinese are being particularly provocative.

    They are provocative, because they entered into Japanese ADIZ.

    Posted in: Japan denies its jets were provocative in Chinese encounter

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    minello7JUL. 06, 2016 - 08:25AM JST

    Here we go again, another poll. I have wondered about the content of these polls, like what age age group, what questions are used, who supplies the telephone numbers, I also wonder are suggestions used to influence the outcome of the poll.

    You can easily get the answer by checking the original article.


    The phone survey by Kyodo was conducted from July 3rd to 5th by Random Digit Dialing method. 54,424 calls were connected, of which 43,271 people answered the questions.

    kurumazakaJUL. 06, 2016 - 09:38AM JST

    These LDP aligned organizations are flagrantly attempting to influence the outcome of this election.

    They are specifically designed to convince the public that resistance is futile.

    The opposite is true. Polls show majority of Japanese are against constitutional change. This news will alarm people and make them vote against the candidates who are pro constitutional change.

    sighclopsJUL. 06, 2016 - 11:22AM JST

    I'm starting to get the feeling that Kyodo is nothing more than an LDP mouthpiece. It's on a long list, that's for sure. Someone prove me wrong!

    Do you remember this?

    Q. What do you think are the main issues in Sunday's Upper House election?

    sighclopsJUL. 05, 2016 - 02:28PM JST

    Let's just say that my list of non-issues would be much, MUCH shorter.

    The Kyodo article will surely make people more serious about the election, and likely to vote against LDP.

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    two Chinese Su-30 jets were conducting a routine patrol when two Japanese F-15 fighters approached

    Chinese "routine patrol" in Japanese Air Defense Identification Zone is provocation in itself.

    China will start "routine patrol" over Hawaii soon, for China does not recognize US sovereignty of Hawaii.

    HONOLULU — China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.

    Another indicator of Chinese interest in fomenting unrest in Hawaii surfaced in 2012 when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed that Beijing threatened to assert legal, territorial claims over Hawaii.

    Posted in: Japan denies its jets were provocative in Chinese encounter

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    Jumin RheeJUL. 05, 2016 - 09:27PM JST

    CH3CHO - "Japan should bring this issue to the UN security council as violation of UN charter article 2 which prohibits threatening using force against territorial integrity of another nation."

    It would be pointless. China is on the P5 of the Security Council. China, UK, France, US, and Russia. Any one of these nations can veto even the unanimous vote of the UN General assembly. That veto cannot be overridden. Do you really think that China would accept sanctions or even admonition?

    I know. The motion will be vetoed.

    But if the votes are 14 to 1(China), that will send a message to China. That is better than sending warships or sinking Chinese boats.

    This year, China sent its army to Indian territory beyond India-Tibet boarder, because it sees the land its territory. China sends its armed boats to islands claimed by Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines because it sees the islands its. UN Charter says member nations must solve territorial disputes diplomatically and prohibits use of force or use of threat in solving territorial disputes. China made no diplomatic effort and solely depend on its military power to solve disputes. International community should teach China a lesson.

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    goldeneagleJUL. 05, 2016 - 05:25PM JST

    How did they enter "Japanese waters" if they don't recognize Senkakus as Japanese territories ?

    This kind of attitude is a short cut to a war. Who is inviting a war?

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