SumoBob's past comments

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    SumoBob

    Hashimoto's name has been mentioned in connection with an expected cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans for early September. Her elevation would fit with Abe's stated aim of boosting the number of women in senior positions by 2020, when Tokyo will host the summer Olympic Games.

    Wanna bet the scandal was dropped to the news media by an LDP member hell-bent on keeping women out of Abe's cabinet?

    Posted in: Magazine says Seiko Hashimoto sexually harassed skater Takahashi

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    SumoBob

    "As the foreign minister of the only country that has suffered an atomic bomb attack, and being a politician from Hiroshima, I cannot tolerate this," Kishida was quoted as saying.

    "As the only country to suffer 20 million dead at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army, we cannot tolerate the continued Japanese government whitewashing of history." the Chinese public was quoted as saying.

    Posted in: Chinese newspaper posts map of A-bombed Japan

  • 5

    SumoBob

    Abe - "Have no fear, everyone. This 'reinterpretation' of Japan's constitution will only mean using military force in a very narrow range of circumstances. That is, until we decide to 'reinterpret' it some more at a later date.

    Of course, we also have a laundry list of other items in the constitution that may require 'reinterpretation' as well. Such as:

    Changing Article 97 (fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for all time inviolate) to an imposed set of "duties"(The people must respect the national flag, national anthem, and this Constitution.).

    Eliminating a constitutional provision forbidding the appropriation of public funds ***"for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association." ***

    Freedom of speech would be curtailed: "engaging in activities with the purpose of damaging public interest or public order, or associating with others for such purposes, shall not be recognized."

    Allow the prime minister's cabinet to inact law without the Diet: "The Cabinet may enact cabinet orders having the same effect as laws," and all persons must comply with the directives of national or other public institutions.")

    But I'm sure you'll be notified in good time of these changes."

    Posted in: U.S. welcomes Japan's move to expand military role

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    SumoBob

    "Japan say they'll fight to bitter end"

    Well, they certainly got that part right. The way they've been playing, the end will indeed be bitter for them.

    Posted in: Japan say they'll fight to bitter end against Colombia

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    SumoBob

    "This scary news article was sponsored by the Japan Pharmaceutical Association, the Japan Medical Association and other vested interests against changing the status quo to allow consumers the choice to make purchases from other vendors at a lower cost."

    Posted in: No. of consultations at consumer service centers reaches 9-year-high

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    SumoBob

    What a NEET idea.

    Posted in: Akihabara’s first rental nerd looking to cash in on his jobless status

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    SumoBob

    The first restart, at the Sendai reactor on Japan’s island of Kyushu, is expected to be approved in the coming months after the utility resubmitted its application following demands from Shimazaki to upgrade its assumptions over earthquake risk.

    And there it is. The only independent chair of the NRA demands the Sendai Reactor get up to the new safety codes, so they just wait until he is on his way out and then just resubmit the same application. No alterations necessary.

    Posted in: Independence of Japan's nuclear regulator questioned after shakeup

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    What this principal did was unconscionable: an assult on a coworker. But but lets not make anything out of the fact that it happened at an elementary school. There is nothing to suggest that he ever had any interest in filming children. Focus on the victim, not what your imaginations can come up with based on location of the crime.

    Posted in: School principal in Gunma arrested for taking photos in women's toilet

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    SumoBob

    Exactly. Lets hold the celebration until we verify the existance of this man. It was said Japan has the greatest number of people over the age of 100 until a few years ago when thousands were found to be long deceased.

    Posted in: World's oldest man dies in New York; Japanese man said to be next oldest

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    SumoBob

    Best fatherist!

    Posted in: Screenwriter Kankuro Kudo, others receive 'Best Father' awards

  • 4

    SumoBob

    CGB Spender - What does that have to do with loving, human relationships which people can choose to be in?

    Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan

  • -4

    SumoBob

    Allowing women in Japan the freedom to choice how many children to have (if any) does nothing to help the declining birthrate which in turn affects the economy, or can you not see past your blind ignorance?

    Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan

  • -4

    SumoBob

    Nice. "Korosu koso wa subete" eh, Japan? Do your homework first before inventing English that doesn't make sense.

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    SumoBob

    No matter how many times the J-government and it's talking parrot, the domestic media say something, it won't make it true. Megumi's remains were sent to Japan, where the government proceeded to hand over the sample to an low-tier researcher in a small lab with little experience handling such types of DNA. The samples were promptly contaminated, either by sheer stupidity or for other nefarious reasons, making any confirmation impossible. Somehow "inconclusive results" (by gross incompetence) has now morphed into the thoroughly dishonest, "Tokyo said DNA tests conducted in Japan proved the claim to be untrue."

    And that's fine, as far as "Tokyo" is concerned, as it keeps the Megumi situation alive in people's minds (at the expense of the Yokota family) and as a convenient stick to beat North Korea with.

    Posted in: Megumi Yokota: Symbol of N Korean abduction issue

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    SumoBob

    Isn't it quaint to see that the idea of a chaperone is required for these official titles in th e 21st century; lest the young lady get herself in "mischief " while executing her duties.

    Posted in: Visit from cherry blossom queens

  • 4

    SumoBob

    Third arrow, eh? More like third strike.

    Posted in: Abe's new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams

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    SumoBob

    Sadly for the Abe government, (good for us) they can't make this change to Article 9 unless they first change Article 96, which set the bar for constitutional amendments at a simple majority, rather the current two-thirds, of both chambers of parliament. But, the other political parties know that amending Article 96 will open a huge can of worms for constitutional "reform", turning the clock back on Japan to a police state. A short, laundry list of LDP proposed changes include:

    • Changing Article 97 (fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for all time inviolate) to an imposed set of "duties"(The people must respect the national flag, national anthem, and this Constitution.).

    • Eliminating a constitutional provision forbidding the appropriation of public funds ***"for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association." ***

    • Freedom of speech would be curtailed: "engaging in activities with the purpose of damaging public interest or public order, or associating with others for such purposes, shall not be recognized."

    • Allow the prime minister's cabinet to inact law without the Diet: "The Cabinet may enact cabinet orders having the same effect as laws," and all persons must comply with the directives of national or other public institutions.")

    And the list goes on...

    Posted in: We protest

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    SumoBob

    "The Governor also pledged to amend the tax system and residential requirements to encourage business startups, including those by foreign students."

    First order of business: make it illegal for apartment owners to list their properties as "gaikokujin taiou fuka." Otherwise, where do you expect these talented foreigners to live?

    Posted in: Tokyo governor unveils plan to lure foreign business talent

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    SumoBob

    I can see it now - "outside" director we be interpreted as "different company, same kiretsu."

    Posted in: Abe to urge companies to appoint more outside directors

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    SumoBob

    Does he keep his Japanese job? Does he go to Japanese jail? Does he lose his Japanese passport?

    Sheesh. Should be obvious.

    A. Yes, of course.

    B. No. He'll pay a fine, being a first offence.

    C. Of course not. He's a Japanese citizen. They cannot revoke a citizenship granted at birth.

    Posted in: Elementary school principal arrested for possession of stimulants

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