SumoBob's past comments

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    SumoBob

    But crimes by dangerous foreigners has gone up, right? I mean, give us something to work with, NPA.

    Posted in: No. of criminal offenses drops below 1.3 million for first time in 35 years

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    SumoBob

    Perhaps Tokyo, too would be willing to farm out some of the 2020 Olympic events to a more temperate country like Russia so that distance runners don't have to die in the humid, 40+ degree Tokyo heat. What's that? Hmm. Didn't think so.

    Posted in: S Korea rejects idea of sharing 2018 Winter Olympics with Japan

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    SumoBob

    What Japan really needs is for Douglas MacArthur to return. All things considered, SCAP did more positive things for the average Japanese person in five years than has been accomplished by the 29 prime ministers and their governments in the 70 years since the war ended.

    Posted in: Opposition, too weak to take power, aims to dim Abe's luster

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    SumoBob

    Here's an idea. Build local school lunch centres like we have in our city. The food gets trucked in hot to each school and served hot by the students in each class. The problem is cold, refrigerated food shipped in from who knows where. And if making the lunches yourself is too much of an oversight, give the contract to on of the Osaka bento companies. I'm sure they'd love the business.

    Posted in: Osaka mayor weighs in on school lunch debate

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    SumoBob

    Countdown to China claiming this smouldering lump of rock as its own in 3-2-1...

    Posted in: Volcanic island still growing after one year

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    SumoBob

    The structural reforms that might have made a difference 15 years ago when they were proposed (but were fought tooth and nail by businesses and the bureaucrats who feared change and losing "power") sadly won't work anymore. They would be too painful for the populace to bare now. But by all means, let's keep flooding the world with yen to keep the exchange rate low to help those exporters who neither pay taxes in Japan nor hire anyone domestically anymore.

    Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP

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    SumoBob

    People would do well to remember that in most urban centers there is simply NO place to dump one's garbage unless at a conbini. Unless there is an official sponsored event with designated trash bins in place, people have nowhere to put their cans and burnables.

    Posted in: Halloween revelers turn Shibuya into garbage dump

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    SumoBob

    Nice to see a change of heart since the days of backlash from the silly Yamanote line flash mob gaijin parties around 10 years ago.

    Posted in: Thousands of Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya

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    SumoBob

    It's really simple for me. You're a medical professional working as a volunteer in a Ebola hot zone, then come home to a country knowing that your country is worrying after several clear protocol blunders with doctors and nurses that may have potentially spread the virus to hundreds of others and yet proceed to flaunt* "your rights"* because you aren't symptomatic?

    You are completely unprofessional and should not be trusted to work in public health ever again.

    Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike

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    SumoBob

    JAL said it is planning on submitting an official damage report to police.

    Ummm, I would have assumed that this would have been standard procedure hence my confusion as to why this was even mentioned in a press release. They could have easily have said "We are going to reboot our computers and run a virus scan." That would have being an equivalent, idiotic statement to make to the press. Computer security in this country is a joke.

    Posted in: Data on 750,000 JAL mileage club members leaked

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    SumoBob

    Raise the tax now, or never. Short term pain is better than thinking about raising the rates for years and years, while the debt keeps rising. Meanwhile, force companies to reinvest 20% of their gross profits back into the company by means of wage hikes, new hires, capital investments. The hundreds of billions of cash reserves must stop.

    Posted in: 'Abenomics' in trouble as challenges mount up

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    SumoBob

    I great job for Nishikori. Perhaps this will finally boost the game some more here in Japan and we can start getting rid of that silly "soft" tennis, designed so long ago because "Asians" didn't have the "physique" to play "regular" tennis.

    Posted in: History-making Nishikori beats Djokovic to reach U.S. Open final

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    SumoBob

    In other news, Mitsubishi Paper announced it is expecting a 47% increase in sales this coming quarter largely due to the efforts of its amakudari employee, formerly of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

    Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper

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    SumoBob

    Bluefin tuna will be essentially exstinct in a decade, mark my words. 96% stock depletion with Japan eating 75% of the world's catch per annum means that this proposal (if even past) will be a mere drop in the bucket.

    In Canada in the 90's saw the northern cod fish stocks fall to 1% of previous highs and the government did what was necessary: a complete moratorium. Due to these drastic measures, the stocks are slowly recovering; in some areas as much as 50%. But Japan seems unwilling to do what it takes to preserve what is a major part of their food culture.

    One way of another, Japanese will stop putting maguro on their plates.

    Posted in: Japan to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch

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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

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    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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