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edojinJun. 19, 2013 - 04:30PM JST
Abe and the LDP want those nuclear power plants reopened as soon as possible. Therefore ... look for those plants to meet the new safety requirements and reopen ... no matter what ...
Posted in: Nuclear watchdog outlines new safety requirements for nuclear plants
edojinJun. 19, 2013 - 04:02PM JST
It's election time! Ishiba, who seems to hope that he will become prime minister some day in the future, is painting everything with roses. Expect these LDP guys to say all kinds of nice things about themselves and their party through the entire election campaign. It's part of their brainwashing strategy ...
Posted in: The LDP suffered a crushing defeat in the election for the House of Representatives in 2009, but the party is now sincere, humble and honest.
edojinJun. 18, 2013 - 05:39PM JST
This guy Snowden is releasing bombshell after bombshell. Can't to see his next release. Meanwhile, bet the U.S. government is out to get him no matter what. His head is on the platter.
This is like reading some kind of a spy novel ... not fiction, but fact ...
Posted in: Obama defends Internet spying program; Snowden promises more leaks
edojinJun. 17, 2013 - 06:20PM JST
The press had better get ready to cry again. Why? Japan faces Italy next. Like Brazil, the Italians should win big ...
Posted in: Japanese media slam 3-0 loss to Brazil
edojinJun. 16, 2013 - 03:12PM JST
As has been stated before ... Japan has to get someone who can score goals. Can't win if you don't score ... and in this case three goals for a draw and four for the win.
Matter of fact, the Brazilians looked a little sloppy at times. However, just suppose this would have been an all or nothing game ... they, the Brazilians, would have cleaned up their act and the score would have been much higher.
Posted in: Brazil beats Japan 3-0 in Confederations Cup opener
edojinJun. 15, 2013 - 06:06PM JST
What we will see here in Japan (on TV & in the press) is Abe backing his policies. Also what we will see is a promising outlook for his policies and his Liberal Democratic Party. Moreover, what we will see will be more promises in his bid to score big in the Tokyo Metropolitan election on the 23rd and the House of Councillors election next month. It all adds up to pro-LDP politics in general.
Posted in: Abe leaves for Europe to explain 'Abenomics' at G8 summit
edojinJun. 15, 2013 - 12:08PM JST
So far the campaigners are forgetting the people.
The big issue for the Liberal Democratic Party is to win big to show that Abe is popular ... thus giving him support in the House of Councilors election next month.
With the exception of the Komeito Party, which supports the LDP, the big issue for all the other parties is to prevent the Liberal Democrats and Abe from dominating the elections and prevent a dictator-style government from being established.
I have yet to hear any of them promising to help Tokyoites in accomplishing this or that for the people.
For the Liberal Democrats it's either "you're for us or you're against us" ... much like when former Prime Minister Koizumi said the same thing in his push to destroy the Post Office system. Koizumi won out ... but everybody became angry at him for trying to, well, destroy the Post Office system.
Posted in: Campaigning begins for Tokyo metropolitan assembly election
edojinJun. 15, 2013 - 12:00PM JST
Octagon: I have been to Hong Kong about 20 times, for both business & pleasure, but I never mention it in my "biography," resume or whatever.
Way back then Okinawa & Hong Kong were very close to each other and travel was quite easy. Still is ...
So ... the only way to confirm whether Bruce was ever in Okinawa would be to check his passport.
Posted in: Bruce Lee’s brother shares tale of late action hero’s fear of cockroaches
edojinJun. 14, 2013 - 05:26PM JST
Ozawa is a joke. Does anybody listen to him anymore?
Posted in: Opposition parties need to join forces so that a viable alternative to the LDP can be created.
edojinJun. 14, 2013 - 05:24PM JST
They should have waited until Halloween ... then they would have had a better excuse for what they did. When I was a kid I heard about older kids putting dog poop in a bag, then setting it afire on someone's porch. Then they would knock on the door and yell "fire." The resident would then come out and stamp out the fire ... and ... well ... you know the rest of the story ...
Posted in: Two Japanese youths arrested for placing exploding bag of dog poop in police box
edojinJun. 14, 2013 - 05:20PM JST
Notice the poster at left of Abe ... this is what it is all about ... the forthcoming election. Good things keep pouring forth from Abe's LDP party ...
Posted in: Businesses await relief as cabinet OKs reform plan
edojinJun. 13, 2013 - 06:07PM JST
In trying to clean up the seedy image of Shinjuku, the city government people are getting rid of the characters who add flavor to the place. By posting cameras all over the place, they have driven away the pimps, including my favorite pimp who told me all the dirty secrets about Shinjuku. I never went to the places he suggested, but he kept me informed about what the latest trends were.
Once the new hotel is built at the site where Koma Stadium used to be, the seedy area will change rapidly, losing what charm remains. Already new buildings are targeted for the Kabukicho area.
But all of this is progress, I guess. If Tokyo gets too boring, guess Osaka will be the "in" place to visit 'cause it still has numerous places that retain the night-life charm of old Japan.
Posted in: Shinjuku announces plan to ban street barkers from September
edojinJun. 13, 2013 - 05:27PM JST
The baseball commissioner said he did not know the balls had been changed. If he didn't know, who did? Surely somebody in Japan's baseball world knew about this secret.
As for lively baseballs, I enjoy seeing home runs. Over the years gaijin players have hit some fantastic shots. I always enjoyed watching Ralph Bryant, Boomer Wells and Charlie Manuel bang the balls out of the park. And in the present group, the BayStars' Blanco also sends balls soaring deep into the stands ... and even out of the stadium.
Lighten up the balls even more ... and enjoy those home runs ...
Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change
edojinJun. 13, 2013 - 05:19PM JST
Okay ... the dollar is retreating from its 100 yen to the $1 level. Prices on many products shot up when the 100 level was attained . Now, are these prices going to drop to their previous levels? We all know the answer to that: No. Once they go up ... they usually stay up ... awaiting the next round of price increases.
It appears that Abenomics is screwing up everything around.
Is a hyperinflation side effect in the making? I sure hope not.
Abenomics ... that is gradually becoming a profane word ...
Posted in: Nikkei enters bear market as stocks dive 6.35%
edojinJun. 13, 2013 - 05:07PM JST
I've eaten here. I was very hungry at the time ... so the prison food tasted very good. I enjoyed sitting at the tables with the "prisoners" ... dummies that were made to look like prisoners ... and chowing down on my food.
Also at the prison is a communal bath, which is constantly watched over by the guards. I removed my shirt, sat in with the washing dummy "prisoners" and "bathed" with them while another visitor like myself took my picture with my camera. It made a very nice photo ... me and the other prisoners ...
If you haven't visited the Abashiri prison museum where all this takes place, I recommend that you do so. You will never forget this place.
By the way ... I bought a nice Abashiri prison T-shirt ... but my wife won't let me wear it around her. She said everyone might think my visit here might have been a more permanent one somewhere in my past. Anyway, I like the Tee ...
Moreover ... Abashiri is a very nice place to visit ... I enjoyed it very much. The best ramen I have ever eaten in Japan was eaten here ... but then, I was also very hungry at the time.
Posted in: Ever wondered what Japanese prison food tastes like?
edojinJun. 12, 2013 - 05:29PM JST
So ... according to South Korea, the North had objected to Seoul’s nomination of a vice minister as its chief delegate, saying it made a “mockery” of the proposed dialogue. Okay, the ball has been tossed back onto Seoul's side of the court. Now it has to find a "full" minister to be its chief delegate. Probably North Korea will then have to find a new reason not to negotiate ... but at least the ball will be on the North's side of the court. And the game continues ...
Posted in: N Korea won't pick up phone after talks rift with South
edojinJun. 12, 2013 - 04:27PM JST
For the government, he is a traitor. For the American people who treasure their freedom, he is a hero.
As for me ... he might be put in the loose nut category because, as I understand it, he gave up his $200,000 a year salary to do what he did ... blow the whistle.
What's interesting, it appears that there are more startling revelations that are yet to be carried in the Guardian newspaper. He better stay well hid ...
Posted in: Is Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on vast surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency that trawl through telephone and Internet records a hero or traitor?
edojinJun. 12, 2013 - 04:14PM JST
Bruce Lee used to visit Okinawa to study the Okinawan form of karate. Wonder if he ever encountered a cockroach there? I sure did. And they did fly ... and not only in one direction, but, I guess, in circles. At night I would stand on the roof of my home and look at the stars and outer space through my telescope ... and occasionally a flying cockroach would bang into my body (usually my head).
And, yes, Hong Kong had its share of cockroaches, too. Maybe a cockroach buzzed Bruce ... and his heart gave out? Who knows? My Hong Kong friend said Bruce's death was probably the result of the "North Wind ... that blew up his rectum while he was nude ..." (He might have said while having sex ... but I forget ... but I think the implication was there.)
Oh ... and, yes, Bruce did turn some out some neat (and hilarious) movies ...
edojinJun. 11, 2013 - 05:53PM JST
As "smithinjapan" indicates above: he'll be back. Hatoyama is a politician ... and he just can't pull up roots and walk away completely. He'll either try it for a while as an independent or join a party that could help him weather the next election he's involved in.
Posted in: Former PM Hatoyama to leave DPJ
edojinJun. 10, 2013 - 04:35PM JST
...and yet Abe and his cohorts continue to promote Abenomics day after day ... especially on TV where it seems they are attempting to brainwash viewers into believing that all is well in Abeland.
With the election coming up next month, we'll be swamped with "good words" about Abenomics. Just hope the voters take a glance in their wallets & coin purses before casting their votes. If they want more empty space in them, then go ahead and vote for the LDP & Komeito.
As the Shukan Post article above says ... we'll be clobbered financially from all sides ...
Posted in: 'Abenomics' hitting consumers from all sides
Jun. 19, 2013 - 04:58PM JST
I like some NHK programs, but I hate their collection system! I don't know, maybe they…
Posted in: NHK may charge viewer fees for Internet, smartphone usage
Jun. 19, 2013 - 04:54PM JST
Female genital mutilation IS an offence in the UK:
FGM was made a criminal offence…
Posted in: U.S., Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war
Jun. 19, 2013 - 04:52PM JST
that's good, in case of adverse business outcome, it would be easy for SONY to blame…
Posted in: Hedge fund boosts stake in Sony
Jun. 19, 2013 - 04:48PM JST
Battery Problem (Yuasa). Engine Problem (Rolls-Royce) and this Oil Filter Problem....belongs to...?
Posted in: United 787 Dreamliner heading to Tokyo diverted to Seattle
Jun. 19, 2013 - 04:46PM JST
Is there some place where you can check out all the photos of the girls in…
Posted in: Hooterville