SumoBob's past comments

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    SumoBob

    @ CrazyJoe & Burning Bush

    What if... Ergodan faked it in order to justify a purge and increased security measures. The whole thing seems a little contrived.

    The coup started with military wide coordination but then fizzled with a few thousands soldiers and a handful of officers holding the bag.And Erdogan emerges as the people's hero draped in a flag on national TV amidst the crowd. Staged. Erdogan was never in any real danger and he knew it.

    Are you guys serious? The coup was faked? 161 people killed and 1,440 wounded overnight in one the US's most important NATO member allies?

    No way any president would allow 2,000 people killed or wounded for a false flag operation to boost their prestige.

    Posted in: Turkey quashes coup; Erdogan vows 'heavy price' for plotters

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    SumoBob

    Yep. GOod on him. One has to think that this was a kind of "shot across the bow" as it were to the Nippon Kaigi and the Abe government, as a warning not to start with their laundry list of bringing back Japan to the Edo period.

    Posted in: Emperor has expressed desire to abdicate in a few years, NHK reports

  • 5

    SumoBob

    July 10, 2016 — the day the music died for Japan's 70 year experiment with democratic freedoms.

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

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    SumoBob

    I've said it twice before and I'll say it again. If Abe and his cronies get their super majority, it will be the end of the Japan as we have known it. Their constitution-changing goals are right there on the LDP webpage.

    The short list includes:

    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 enact 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.")

    What many Japanese don't seem to realize is that the constitution was written for them, the regular people by transforming the country from a militaristic, theocratic autocracy where the average Japanese had little to no say over their lot in life into a (somewhat) democratic system of equality and individual rights. And for those who lost power (ie. the samurai families, royalty and business oligarchs) have been quietly seething ever since, for they truly don't believe in individual rights and liberties. They want to bring back the old days, when the people knew their place and did what they were told. And if the people of Japan aren't more proactive about it, the old boys may soon get their wish.

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

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    SumoBob

    Suzuki moved within one hit of equaling Pete Rose’s total of 4,256 — the big league record. The 42-year-old outfielder has 2,977 hits in the majors after compiling 1,278 during his nine seasons in Japan.

    To that end, managers from every MLB team have now told their pitchers that they will be fined $50,000 if they don't intentionally hit Ichiro at each at bat for the remainder of the season. Oh wait.... it's America, where excellence is rewarded regardless. I was thinking of Randy Bass and Tuffy Rhodes in Japan.

    Posted in: Ichiro closes in on Rose; Marlins trounce Padres 13-4

  • -1

    SumoBob

    @ Aly Rustom

    bearing in mind that the number of foreigners is increasing while the number of japanese is decreasing and we have been counted in the population consensus since they entered us into the resident registrar.

    Actually, this sadly is still not the case. While international residents are part of the resident register system now, we are still not generally included in population counts; generally just Japanese citizens. In fact, the juuminhyou paper for non-Japanese actually states that it is a gaikokujin juuminhyou. Equal but separate, as it were.

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  • 1

    SumoBob

    "Please buy more Japanese things so my Abenomics 'plan' doesn't look like a complete failure.", says "Dishonest" Abe

    Posted in: Abe says G-7 need to boost demand, address supply constraints

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    SumoBob

    Obviously the most effective way is to kindly ask the Japanese to cut their consumption by putting in place a domestic ban on the sale of the fish for the next 30 years.

    Of course, there is less than a snowball's chance in hell of this happening, so we're going to have to go with the "extinction" option. And that is a shameful moniker the Japanese will have over their heads for and next few generations.

    Posted in: Is banning international trade in such endangered fish species as bluefin tuna the most effective way to protect marine resources?

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    SumoBob

    Police are currently investigating how the deceased driver ended up in the wrong lane.

    This isn't hard to figure out. The police allowed a 90 year old man to have a drivers license.

    Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision

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    SumoBob

    What a ridiculous article. What's clear is that emergency food has been organized and delivered quickly: full stop. As a survivor of the 2011 earthquake, I can speak first hand about what food is available in those rural communities until power and supplies are re-established. Kanpan being "hard as a rock?" Of course, they are nutritious dry biscuits intended to provide vital nutrition without expiring in the can for five years or more. That's why they exist, to survive the first few days of disaster. And 'cold' onigiri? Sounds like a typical salaryman's lunch. Again, I know first hand, these are not terrible conditions, so need to stop blaming officials by suggesting that they're not doing enough.

    Posted in: Cold rice balls, no flush toilets at quake-hit shelter

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    SumoBob

    Japan has been at the leading edge in robotics for a long time now, but Google's Boston Dynamics lab is about to leave Asimo the ball-kicking toy in the dust with their Atlas robot.

    Posted in: Ball skills

  • 2

    SumoBob

    As a parent, I think this is something that has been sorely needed for a long time. Video rental shops have a separate area closed off for those looking for adult videos. It should be the same for magazine racks as well. But since space is an issue the slip-on covers are the appropriate choice.

    Posted in: Publishers protest agreement to cover up adult magazines in convenience stores

  • 2

    SumoBob

    Japan is demanding the European Union revise the regulation, claiming it constitutes a “nontariff barrier.”

    Japanese officials clearly must have stumbled over finding the translation for "hi kanzei shōheki" since it's a concept never before seen on the Japanese archipelago.

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    SumoBob

    Although the law is silly and outdated with all the technology around to prove paternity, one has to understand that the underlying reason for this rule isn't about whether the "correct" father is identified, but rather as a tool to prop up the byzantine system which is the koseki (family register) system. What's most important to the conservatives in power is that the family unit, not the idea of the individual is upheld.

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  • -1

    SumoBob

    I'm surprised they passed up the chance to malign the "nanking mame" (ie. peanuts) from China during setsubun that children usually eat. A far more popular legume in Japanese households during this event.

    Posted in: Authorities warn parents of Setsubun soybean choking risks for children

  • 15

    SumoBob

    New headline:

    "The world tells U.N. it has found no evidence of Japan being able to act like a responsible country"

    Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

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    SumoBob

    **

    What has Narita Airport Corporation to do with the entrance denial decision of the Immigration Dept.?

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    Because it's hard to DDOS fax machines and email printouts stored in paper binders that is the norm in a Japanese government office.

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    SumoBob

    Utrack "I do not see where there is a crime really..... I think a textbook should be reviewed prior to printing by teachers who would most likely use the textbook" . I agree. The only crime here is Monkasho's chokehold racket the textbook approval.

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    SumoBob

    Nagatacho sounds about right.

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    SumoBob

    "According to officials, the increased estimate is a reflection of soaring costs that include increased terror countermeasures. When pressed further, they admitted that the increased 'costs' were actually projected lost revenue due to the Japan Olympic Committee's new terror countermeasure plan which involves prohibiting any foreigners from entering Japan while the Games are being held."

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