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edojinJul. 26, 2016 - 05:37PM JST
Saw this baby erupt several years ago. Had a "front row" seat on the waterfront across the way when she blew. In that one, there was no noise whatsoever as the plume kept rising and rising. Perhaps today's eruption was similar. Seeing Sakurajima erupt is a common site there in Kagoshima City. As long as the smoke and ash blow away from the city area, everyone and everything there is safe from the debris.
Posted in: Volcano in Kyushu erupts with 5,000-meter plume
edojinJul. 26, 2016 - 05:33PM JST
According to TV reports, he was living alone in this building. He used to live here with his parents, but they moved out leaving him alone in the house.
Posted in: Stake-out
edojinJul. 26, 2016 - 05:03PM JST
Been following this bizzare scenario on TV most of the day. He worked around handicapped people for several or more years ... and felt sorry for them and their families ... and even the institution people taking care of them. Something in his brain told him the handicapped patients must be eliminated to ease the burden on everyone involved. Being read over and over on TV is a letter he sent a top government official in which he said he would kill such patients. He said he would be proven insane ... and given two years in a mental institution. After being declared legally sane, he would ask the government for 500 million yen to help support him.
My brother-in-law worked in such an institution back in the U.S. ... and he described his work environment as being one of the strangest places around. And his description of the patients staying there was at times apalling. So, from what I gather, hearing his story and those of some other friends who worked in similar institutions, I know I wouldn't be cut out to work at such a place. And being already mentally unbalanced, Satoshi Uematsu must have gone even deeper into developiing severe mental problems. And, by the way, a TV station said he was on drugs ... what kind, I don't know. But it sounded like the kind that people tend to buy off the street.
Posted in: Shock as peaceful Japanese town wakes to knife rampage
edojinJul. 24, 2016 - 05:51PM JST
Pokemon Go fans are busy in my downtown area of Tokyo, too. Saw quite a few last night (Friday) on side streets that are usually rather empty at that time of night. Fantastic what that game is doing to normal everyday life here. Am having fun watching them move about ... but someday it's going to feel like we're living in a real-life world of ... zombies ...
Posted in: Tourist sites on high alert after Pokemon Go launch in Japan
edojinJul. 23, 2016 - 05:19PM JST
The first "monster" I saw emerging from a smart phone last night came out of a local cemetery. Remarkable how that video game works. After returning home, I began wondering if those electrical monsters might disturb the "real" monsters that lurk about in cemeteries .. you know ... the things we call "ghosts." Anyway Pokemon Goers ... have fun ...
Posted in: Japanese fans flock to Pokemon Go; police concerned about accidents
edojinJul. 20, 2016 - 05:51PM JST
The Turkish language is being taught here in Tokyo ... I have a friend studying it. Wonder if some of those 15,200 educators who were fired will be looking over this way for a job? That's a lot of teachers suddenly looking for work. And deans, too ...
What a mess over there in Turkey ...
Posted in: Turkey fires tens of thousands in coup plotters hunt
edojinJul. 20, 2016 - 05:45PM JST
Knew Ohashi-san. He was a really good guy ... and very friendly. Sorry to see him go ...
edojinJul. 19, 2016 - 04:10PM JST
The travel company's comment above is ... so true ...
Posted in: People are under the impression that Europe is dangerous after the series of terrorist strikes there since last year.
edojinJul. 18, 2016 - 04:38PM JST
Here we go ... China is already flexing its muscles following the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling against it in this area. The court says this area does not belong to China ... so let's see what China's new military actions will bring. One of these days tensions are going to start exploding in the South China Sea..
Posted in: China says it is closing off part of South China Sea for military exercises
edojinJul. 14, 2016 - 06:07PM JST
Strangely, the story above only says "a well-known liberal journalist" is in the governorship race. Actually this is Shuntaro Torigoe ... and it was Torigoe in his candidacy announcement who said he will check into what is happening on the Olympics situation. This probably makes Jiminto shudder because these people want to control the Olympics ... both what Japan does in the upcoming Rio Games and in Tokyo's 2020 Games. There is a lot of money floating around concerning the Olympics ... and ... as we have already seen and witnessed ... Jiminto people cannot be trusted with big time money ... especiall all that money involving the Olympics. Hopefully Torigoe can win the Tokyo governorship slot and proceed to look into the Olympics situation ... funding, spending ... pocketing of money? ... the full scale ...
Good luck, Torigoe-san ... and believe me ... you're gonna need it ...
Posted in: Tokyo governor race a fight to save reputation as 2020 Olympics host
edojinJul. 14, 2016 - 05:44PM JST
I tend to believe in what Iwao Osaka said concerning TV coverage of the election campaign. It was said over and over again here on the Japan Today site that Jiminto and Abe were not being straightforward in their wordage on what they intended to do after the election. They kept yelling it's about Abenomics when all along it was about changing the Constitution. Jiminto and Komeito lied their way through the election campaign ...
Posted in: Television coverage of the election was even more lackluster also because the ruling Liberal Democratic Party pulled the wool over the public's eyes on what was truly at stake in the election. We are at a point in which we must debate whether such passive political reporting is acceptable as deliberations on constitutional amendment proceed.
edojinJul. 13, 2016 - 04:47PM JST
Nothing new about China's reaction to the international tribunal's decision. China said beforehand it would ignore the verdict if it went against it. But the tribunal's decision was the right one. China is "invading" into other nations' territory. Now that the court has handed down its verdict, the United Nations should look into this mess and determine if the Chinese structures and airstrips are really necessary. If not, then the U.N. should move in and remove those "dangerous" structures and return the islands to their original condition. Moreover, the surrounding nations should be allowed to resume normal fishing activities in the disputed waters.
Posted in: China blames Philippines for stirring up trouble in dispute
edojinJul. 13, 2016 - 04:39PM JST
Bet Torigoe's entry into the race for the governorship of Tokyo is causing ripples of anxiety to flow through Jiminto's veins. Torigoe said in a press conference in which he announced his candidacy that he was angered at the results of the House of Councillors election on Sunday, in which, he said, Jiminto, and of course Abe, gained too much power. Therefore, he said, he thought of using the Tokyo governor's positiion to try to thwart such things as changing the Constitution and mismanaging of taxpayers' money.
I like Torigoe because he appears to be an honest person and he always says he hopes for a better life for the Japanese and for other nationalities living here. His entry into the election fray surely will make things interesting. Just hope his health holds up as he has undergone some really serious operations for cancer, as has been shown time and time again on TV. But he says he feels better than ever, so hopefully he'll be around for a while and make some much-needed changes in the way Tokyo is run.
edojinJul. 12, 2016 - 05:13PM JST
I posted the following comment in a related story on this same site ... and feel that they also fit this category, too. So I am repeating what I said elsewhere on Japan Today.
See, as was said in Japan Today comments many times prior to the election, the purpose of the election was to change the Constitution ... not Abenomics as pounded into everyone's heads by Jiminto and Komeito. Those two parties lied time after time in promoting their candidates, telling everyone Abenomics was the target of the election. Nope! As we now know for sure ... changing the Constitution was at the top of the list all along. And now that Abe has won the election, he is telling us that the people of Japan want to change the Constitution ... not only him and Jiminto. Do the voters actually realize they were suckered into voting "in favor" of Abenomics?
Posted in: Election win opens door to constitution change in Japan
edojinJul. 12, 2016 - 05:09PM JST
Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate
edojinJul. 12, 2016 - 05:01PM JST
shallots: sorry for being late in answering this ... but you are on the right track. Problem is, there's much more to Abenomics than can be discussed in only a few words. And ain't any of it any good ...
Posted in: LDP policy chief Inada calls for changing pacifist constitution
edojinJul. 11, 2016 - 04:30PM JST
As of this writing at 4:30 p.m. Monday evening, It seems as if HonestDictator, Goodlucktoyou and edojin above were "attacked" by Chinese supporters ... with all those "bad" hits. Wonder where all these pro-Chinese came from ... ??
Posted in: Japan ruling bloc election win threatens regional stability, says China's Xinhua
edojinJul. 11, 2016 - 03:52PM JST
The only thing posing a danger to regional stability is China. Period ...
edojinJul. 11, 2016 - 03:32PM JST
While watching the election results come in via TV Sunday night I did some mental calculations concerning the vote tally. The areas in which Komeito did not field a candidate and supported Jiminto, the total votes for Jiminto were really high. At the same time I was also wondering why the people taking the exit polls at the polling stations did not ask the voters if they belonged to Soka Gakkai. I got the feeling that once again Jiminto was winning big thanks to all those votes being made for it by Soka Gakkai members. As in the last national election, we can once again thank Soka Gakkai for following Komeito's instructions and voting for Jiminto candidates. At that time, some local news outlets reported that Jiminto won only because of Soka Gakkai's backing ... and surely the same reportage will appear somewhere saying the same thing about Sunday's election.
Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%
edojinJul. 11, 2016 - 03:20PM JST
Been watching Tomomi Inada in the televised lead-up debates to the election. She is sharp ... and she is really, really good. She has the knack to smoothly rip apart any words that go against Abenomics and changing the Constitution. I also got the feeling that she is now Abe-san's new pit-bull. During the debates she seemed to shrug off making major changes to the Constitution ... and now that Jiminto has a landslide victory under its belt, she is off and running on the party's goal of changing the Constitution. Watch this lady ... she is going to be in Jiminto's bigger picture as time goes on.
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Jul. 28, 2016 - 09:49AM JST
doesn't this border on treason??
I think it's at the very least inciting a felony. Putin,…
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Jul. 28, 2016 - 09:48AM JST
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Jul. 28, 2016 - 09:47AM JST
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Posted in: Chilling details of France church attack emerge as hostage speaks
Show the coward's face!
They have.He has been plastered all over t.v. the last 48 hrs.
Posted in: Smiling knife attacker says he wanted to 'save' disabled people
Jul. 28, 2016 - 09:44AM JST
The one where the JOc promised oodles of gold?
Posted in: Japanese judo set to rebound from London debacle
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