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edojinFeb. 11, 2016 - 05:39PM JST
Thanks for the tip "yokohamarides." I always do my visits to these places on foot. Nice to know bicycles are available. Like cycling around places anywhere in Japan ...
When I went to YES '89 I saw the plans for Minato Mirai. And, yes, the place today is as Imagined it would be from way back when ...
Posted in: On the waterfront at Yokohama: Minato Mirai, the port of the future
edojinFeb. 11, 2016 - 05:33PM JST
This is yet another example of what Abe's wayward Cabinet consists of. Why can't he find a minister who knows what in the heck he/she is doing?
Posted in: Northern islands minister criticized for not knowing island name
edojinFeb. 09, 2016 - 04:26PM JST
"smithinjapan" has the same thoughts I have. Yet another "talent" of some kind to say "yes" to Jiminto's policies ... no matter what they are. Abe is looking hard for some support in Okinawa for his military base policies there ... and he latched on to a good one in the form of Imai. She's a good singer, and from a popular singing group at that, right? Well, in his thinking, that's good enough for her to make major decisions concerning Okinawa ... a weak spot in Jiminto's nationwide hold on politics. She's also a proportional representation candidate, so hopefully for Abe she will be able to pull in enough votes to enable a Jiminto win in Okinawa. Her plus Soka Gakkai ... wow ... Jiminto can't lose in Okinawa.
Posted in: SPEED singer Imai to run in upper house election on LDP ticket
edojinFeb. 07, 2016 - 04:10PM JST
Looks as if Leicester is for real. It's a good thing Okazaki is playing for Leicester because his being on the team means we in Japan can see all of the games via NHK BS. And ... an interesting and exciting team Leicester is ...
Posted in: Leicester stuns Man City to stretch lead; Spurs go 2nd
edojinFeb. 05, 2016 - 06:37PM JST
Kiyohara has confessed that he used drugs. So that's enough to keep him in hot water for a while. Seems as if everyone in the know knew that he had been using drugs for years. And it probably got to the point where the police were called in to do something about it.
I once worked on an anti-drug program ... and one of the doctors involved in this operation to prevent the use of drugs told me that the first shot of heroin into a vein is dangerous enough ... but after the second shot of heroin there is no stopping. That person has become addicted. Remember the movie French Connection in which the star, played by Gene Hackman, is injected with (I think) heroin by the bad guys ... and he had a tough time with heroin after that.
So if Kiyohara was a long-time user ... it's hard to tell at what level of being a user he was at. He had syringes all over his apartment ... so he was into it hot and heavy. I only hope somebody is able to break him of his dependence on drugs ... but seeing what he has been going through over the years ... I doubt it.
As for squealing on his supplier ... he probably knows that more than his life is at risk if he does so. He's in a bad situation here. This superhero now has problems on top of problems ... and they'll never go away ...
edojinFeb. 04, 2016 - 05:18PM JST
There might be more under-the-table action going on. It was reported today that the Olympics minister might have received illegal money concerning a translation business. With all that money floating around out there, the politicians seem to be the busy ones trying to fill their already overstuff pockets ...
edojinFeb. 04, 2016 - 05:14PM JST
Just saw this ceremony on TV. Where does Abe-san find these clowns? At one point Takatori was strongly anti-TPP ... and then he changed his mind. Now he goes to a signing ceremony in New Zealand dressed like Japanese used to dress at the turn of the last century. What's he trying to show, to prove, by dressing like that? I notice the other people did not dress the way their fellow countrymen dressed back around 1900.
Weird, weird, weird ...
Posted in: Dressed up for TPP
edojinFeb. 04, 2016 - 05:05PM JST
Actually, no surprise here. It has been reported in magazines that Kiyohara was using drugs. And about half a year ago some comedians from Osaka did a serious TV interview with Kiyohara in which they asked him point-blank if he were using drugs ... and he said no.
From what news reports are saying, Kiyohara is a heavy user of drugs. So ... if this is true, perhaps it is better that the police step in and try to take control of his life. If he keeps doing this sort of thing ... somewhere down the road he might OD and end up dead.
Also, the police should try to find out what his source is ... the person(s) who sell this stuff to him. And they should go after this source in a big way. But no matter what, they won't wipe out the marketing of illegal drugs here in Japan. The drug underworld here is spread all over the place, and from what I hear, drugs can be secured anywhere.
I still remember the days when Japan was a drug-free country. Then the outside big boys looked in on Japan and saw a lot of money here ... thus their entry into Japan and the build-up of the underworld drug business. Yeah ... oh well ... actually nothing new here either ...
Posted in: Former baseball star Kiyohara arrested over drug possession
edojinJan. 30, 2016 - 05:59PM JST
Seems as if the economic ball is being tossed into Nobuteru Ishihara's hands. Can he do the job? Well ... let's look at his recent past. He was in charge of the scene at the nuclear reactor disaster in Fukushima Prefecture. He made some derogatory remarks that belittled the local people, angering quite a few of them. Then at the last Cabinet reshuffle, he was quietly replaced by someone else. Now he is back on the scene as a responsible stand-in for Amari.
Can't Abe-san find some really good people in his LDP party to get the economy rolling again? Instead of tossing the ball around, Abe-san should take it and try to make a good game of this poorly run situation.
edojinJan. 29, 2016 - 04:59PM JST
The article above covers one of my favorite walking areas in Yokohama. Always enjoy the scenery along this route ... and, of course, eating at restaurants and dining areas in the Red Brick Warehouse. If you haven't been here yet, why not try it?
Posted in: On the waterfront at Yokohama: Spend a day exploring the historical port
edojinJan. 28, 2016 - 06:35PM JST
As it should be. Those islands are vital for holding on to Japan's southern flank. They are also important for the U.S. in keeping its fleet in "safe" waters in this area.
edojinJan. 28, 2016 - 06:31PM JST
It's always the aides' fault. Can't any politician stand up and say, "It's my fault"?
Watched the entire speech on TV beginning at 5 p.m. He read the whole thing ... which was probably written by a team of lawyers. The only time he cracked was when he announced his resignation toward the end of the speech. Guess he had no choice ... if he had stayed he would have been riddled with question after question about the scandal.
I'm now wondering ... will Abe ask Amari to stay on the job? Although I doubt it, Amari did do a good job of passing the buck to his secretaries. This might clear him of any misdoing in Abe's eyes.
All in all, I think it's probably sayonara Amari-san. And Abe will trudge on without him ...
Posted in: Amari resigns, but denies taking bribes; Ishihara named successor
edojinJan. 27, 2016 - 05:14PM JST
Minus Trump, will anybody be watching the debate on TV?
Posted in: Trump to skip next Republican debate
edojinJan. 27, 2016 - 05:08PM JST
"Zones2surf" asks an interesting question above: If some journalists have some incriminating information and, despite the current environment of self-censorship that the Abe government is encouraging, decide to publish it., I wonder if Abe will go after them?
Well, I have been told that a few journalists on TV are being taken out of their shows because of anti-Abe comments. So, if this is true, then the Abe government is already taking action against those who raise questions about its intentions.
As for keeping Amari around no matter what, it seems that Abe likes to support questionable politicians. He already has several of these in his Cabinet. Hope the press has enough guts to go after such people.
Posted in: Abe said he wants Amari to stay in his post
edojinJan. 25, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
Drat it ... I'll miss it. Would love to go to Kanoya (again) and see the Zero zoom through the area. As I said before, they've got a nice war museum down there that is worth visiting. But to see a Zero air-bound ... that would be nice.
Posted in: Zero fighter to fly above Japan once more in demonstration this week
edojinJan. 25, 2016 - 04:47PM JST
The way that election was carried out ... is ... is .,. shameful. Gaining the full support of local Soka Gakkai members plus all the promises from Abe's people in Tokyo, it's no wonder the incumbent won. Sounds like an empty victory to me. But to Abe-san it's a shout to move the Futenma base to Henoko right now. More elections are forthcoming on Okinawa, so let's see what comes out of these.
edojinJan. 23, 2016 - 06:13PM JST
Surely I'll continue eating my McDonald's fries as they are ... and minus the salt, of course. Chocolate on fries? Might be a hit with the kiddies ...
Posted in: McDonald’s Japan about to start selling chocolate French fries
edojinJan. 23, 2016 - 06:05PM JST
He can't remember receiving all that money? And it will take him a week to unravel his twisted memory? And he wants to continue in his vital post despite all these ... what do you call them ... forgetfullness ... bad memory ... lies?
After a week somebody within Jiminto will surely come up with an answer that will be accepted by the average Japanese as true.
He's probably received so much bribe money over the years that he can't remember which is which. "Just grease my palms" and continue business as usual ... as Amari continues on his merry way ...
Posted in: Amari says it'll take him a week to explain graft allegation
edojinJan. 23, 2016 - 05:58PM JST
Does this mean that we will be seeing inferior winners in the near future? There are so many problems in this kind of racial prejudice on one particular side that murky-talented candidates will become the norm.
Posted in: Academy promises sweeping reforms in diversity row
edojinJan. 23, 2016 - 05:50PM JST
Come on already. Let the "real" citizens of Ginowan City make their own decisions concerning the adjacent Futenma base and the man they want for mayor. But actually it's too late for that. With full Soka Gakkai backing and all those empty offers from the central government in Tokyo, it's going to be a tough battle for newcomer KIeiichiro Shimura.
By the way ... did you notice that Shimura-san's name was not included in the above article. Does that mean that he's already written off as a loser? Sure hope not. And whose name do we get? None other than Shinjiro Koizumi, "a telegenic lawmaker who is popular with unaffiliated voters." This Koizumi, probably a future prime minister in Japan (like his father was), is popular in Okinawa ... and with unaffiliated voters?" Who in the heck wrote the above article? Sounds like a pro-Abe, pro-Jiminto hack to me.
After reading the above article and digesting all news from here and other sources, I feel that a Shimura victory would prove that Okinawans can actually overcome all odds of interference by the central government in Tokyo and Komeito and its brainwashed Soka Gakkai backers.
Posted in: Voting under way in Ginowan mayoral election
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Feb. 15, 2016 - 05:58AM JST
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Feb. 15, 2016 - 05:35AM JST
You people should read the story:
And you should understand how the government works here.
Posted in: Websites delete hate speech videos at gov't request
Feb. 15, 2016 - 05:25AM JST
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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79
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"I'm a bigot and I hate Korean cockroaches" = Free speech
Feb. 15, 2016 - 05:18AM JST
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Korean residents in Japan can have two names, Koean and…
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