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ScroteMay. 31, 2016 - 09:31AM JST
"Hate speech" can be used to suppress legitimate opposition to governments. In places like Turkey you can be jailed for "insulting" their crooked president. For now the Japanese law only considers legal foreign residents, but in time it will be extended to suppress criticism of the LDP.
There are already laws to prevent people calling for the death of others, it's just that the police choose to allow the fascists to do as they like. If you don't believe me try walking past the Diet calling for the death of politicians. You won't get far before being arrested, and even the hint of a threat against the royal family will get you locked up in seconds. Why the same laws aren't used to lock up the fascists is a question "journalists" should be asking the police.
Posted in: Hate speech in Japan
ScroteMay. 31, 2016 - 09:20AM JST
I've seen taxi driver jobs advertised that appeared to be 16 hour shifts. That should be illegal.
Posted in: Changes coming soon to Japan's taxi industry
ScroteMay. 31, 2016 - 09:17AM JST
A similar incident occurred at Jersey zoo some years ago. In that case they were able to rescue the boy without killing the gorilla, or even tranquilising him.
Posted in: Cincinnati Zoo director defends killing gorilla to save boy
ScroteMay. 31, 2016 - 09:13AM JST
The consumption tax itself makes no difference to my spending decisions. However, I have no confidence in lying Abe and no reason to believe that the economy will improve as long as he remains prime minister. In times of uncertainty I will be more reluctant to spend on non-essential items. In that sense Dishonest Abe's cowardly decision to put off increasing the consumption tax again will encourage me to save more and spend less.
Abe looked a right state on the news this morning. I think it's definitely time for him to go.
Posted in: Abe likely to forgo general election
ScroteMay. 30, 2016 - 09:13AM JST
Were there many passing cars on this mountain track for the boy to throw stones at? It sounds like the parents have killed the boy and buried him in the forest.
Posted in: Missing 7-year-old boy left in mountains by parents as punishment
ScroteMay. 30, 2016 - 09:10AM JST
The opposition position should be: Abe must resign if he cannot raise the consumption tax as scheduled. The increase in the consumption tax should be delayed because of the damage Abenomics has done to the economy, not because of external factors. By suggesting a delay of 2.5 years Abe is not thinking of the economy at all, but scheming for political advantage. Such a person is not fit to be prime minister.
Attacking on this line will make it very difficult for Dishonest Abe to defend himself. The LDP will only be able to come up with drivel such as the quote above "It is a matter of course that (Abe) will deal with the situation flexibly under the circumstances that tax revenues are unlikely to increase in the mid- and long-terms".
Increasing the consumption tax will certainly lead to an increase in tax revenue and to suggest otherwise is false.
Posted in: Opposition demands Abe's resignation over possible tax hike deferral
ScroteMay. 29, 2016 - 06:44PM JST
I thought Apple were updating their software so that independent shops like these were driven out of business? Unauthorised repairs lead to a bricked iPhone.
Posted in: The Kong Show: Tips on fixing your iPhone faster than at the Apple store
ScroteMay. 29, 2016 - 06:41PM JST
Abe's obsession with inflation is flawed. Increasing prices will not miraculously lead to economic growth. People, many of them working on low wage, short term contracts, do not have any spare money to spend. Increasing prices will lead to fewer sales and a further downturn in the economy.
Abe should be focussing on getting the record profits companies are making into pay packets. The labour law should be enforced and all overtime paid for. The minimum wage should be hiked by 10% each year until the demand for labour drops off.
But Abe doesn't care about ordinary people, only his rich mates. To Abe the Japanese people are nothing but cannon fodder to be sacrificed in his much longed-for war. Yasukuni needs new souls and, given a change, Abe will provde them by the thousands.
Posted in: Japan's consumer prices down for second straight month in April
ScroteMay. 29, 2016 - 06:30PM JST
The ICJ ruling showed that painting "research" on the side of Japanese commercial whaling ships was not sufficient to justify the Japanese travesty of a research program.
Humiliated by having their deception and dissembling exposed by the court, Japan petulantly announced that it would no longer submit to ICJ jurisdiction on whaling matters and then arrogantly restarted whaling just as before.
Given the behaviour of the Japanese I wholeheartedly support any attempts to interfere with and obstruct their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.
Posted in: Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living
ScroteMay. 29, 2016 - 06:16PM JST
The illegal immigrants should be returned to Libya, not taken to Italy. That's the only way to stop the flow and the only way to stop them drowning when their boats capsize. The EU has no idea how to handle the situation and is only making it worse.
It's reached the point where the routine is the illegal immigrants drift a few miles out to sea then radio for assistance. The EU ships arrive and take them the remaining 95% of the way to Italy.
Posted in: Italian, Irish, German ships save over 650 migrants at sea
ScroteMay. 29, 2016 - 06:03PM JST
By postponing the consumption tax increase to October 2019 Dishonest Abe shows that he is not concerned about the Japanese economy at all, but is only thinking of gaining political advantage. The only reason to choose October 2019 is because it comes after elections in that year.
It is time for Dishonest Abe to resign or be removed by his party. Abenomics has failed, reforms are shirked every single time whilst Abe remains obsessed with changing the constitution to the exclusion of everything else.
Posted in: Abe looks at postponing sales tax hike until Oct 2019
ScroteMay. 28, 2016 - 11:51AM JST
The crook Putin's own actions have led to the installation of the defence system. Having stolen parts of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova it is time to put a stop to Putin's thievery.
Posted in: Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year
ScroteMay. 28, 2016 - 11:46AM JST
Let's also remember the millions killed by Mass Murderer Mao and those who died in Tiananmen Square.
Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima
ScroteMay. 27, 2016 - 02:09PM JST
Once again, the majority of the immigrants to the UK are from outside the EU. This is unlikely to change whether the UK is in or out of the EU. It is clear that Cameron has no intention of doing anything at all to limit immigration other than talking a lot of guff.
Posted in: Near-record UK immigration figures fuel raging EU debate
ScroteMay. 27, 2016 - 02:02PM JST
How about a $10000 penalty on the TSA for each passenger who misses a flight if they have arrived at the airport and complete check in at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight?
Posted in: More than 70,000 American Airlines passengers miss flights so far this year due to airport screening delays
ScroteMay. 27, 2016 - 01:52PM JST
I don't think lying Abe has the guts to push through a tax increase. If he postpones the increase yet again it will be tantamount to admitting to the complete and utter failure of Abenomics. In such a situation Abe ought to resign.
Abe has said many times that the tax would be raised unless there was a major disaster or a major economic shock. Neither of those things has happened and there is no justification for putting off the tax increase. To say that "there is a risk an economic shock might happen at some time in the future" is nonsense. Abe could just as well say "there is a risk of a major disaster". If he is going to spout such drivel he should abandon the tax increase for ever as either statement will always be true.
Posted in: Abe to forgo planned sales tax hike in April 2017: sources
ScroteMay. 26, 2016 - 09:07PM JST
Windows is abysmal: ads on the start menu, spyware collecting details of everything you do, forced upgrades and updates. Microsoft behave as if they own your computer and can do what they like with it. Luckily I rarely have to use Windows these days.
Posted in: Microsoft denies forcing Windows 10 upgrade
ScroteMay. 26, 2016 - 09:02PM JST
Given that Hiroshima was an army and navy base I'd say it was a justifiable target for attack. The deaths of any civilians who happened to be around was regrettable but avoidable had the Japanese government surrendered earlier.
As you seem to believe, along with Abe, that the Japanese behaved as perfect gentlemen in Nanjing, perhaps you would support a visit by Abe to the museum dedicated to the victims of Unit 731 instead?
I'd be interested in hearing your justification for the deaths of thousands of civilians at the hands of Japanese at Unit 731. That certainly wasn't "soldiers killing enemy soldiers". "Regrettable" doesn't come close to describing the outrages that the Japanese committed there.
Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder
ScroteMay. 26, 2016 - 08:38PM JST
There is no crisis, no downturn and no recession. Abe cannot use the fact that growth in China has slowed to 6% per year as a reason to postpone the consumption tax rise.
Posted in: Abe points to 2008 crisis as G-7 leaders debate global risk
ScroteMay. 26, 2016 - 01:33PM JST
$100 to stand in queues all day in scorching heat. Count me out.
Posted in: Magic Kingdom world's top theme park, drawing 20.5 million visitors in 2015
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May. 31, 2016 - 11:10PM JST
"If there is indeed a 'war on the media' in Japan, the country is in good…
Oh brother. This is so not a big deal.
I think other commenters have kind of…
Posted in: Japan enacts bill to review feed-in tariff policy for renewable energy
May. 31, 2016 - 11:07PM JST
This is so sad. I really hope they find the boy alive but I think this…
Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy
May. 31, 2016 - 11:04PM JST
Hmmm... more excuses to give more medication?
Posted in: Tighter blood pressure control may be advisable for elderly
May. 31, 2016 - 11:01PM JST
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