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edojinDec. 16, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
Kaieda was beaten by what I call an unknown (at least I and Japanese friends around me had never heard of her ... the winner). From what I gather, Kaieda was targeted by Jiminto and done in by a flood of Soka Gakkai votes against him. This will never be proven, however, as the press is now looking at post-election successes elsewhere, which of course covers mostly Jiminto winners.
Posted in: Opposition DPJ leader Banri Kaieda steps down
edojinDec. 15, 2014 - 07:09PM JST
From what reports I've read or heard, Abe-san will probably be with us until at least the Olympics in 2020. So, like it or not, guess we've gotta get used to him.
Too bad the two lady cheats, Obuchi & Matsushima won ... and big, too. All day TV programs highlighted their victories ... making them look like charming politiians. And too bad so many other LDP dingbats won ... but that's the way it is ... and will be until the next election, whenever that will be.
There were some good things that did happen, however. For example, quite a few of the old, noisy men in the Party for Future Generations lost. Now that Kaieda appears to be on his way out as head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, hopefully one of the party's bright young members will take over and give the party a fresh image. An interesting factor will be whether the successful Japan Communist Party can make enough noise to push across some of its anti-Abe ideas.
And another good thing is ... Abe won BIG. Really BIG. If anything screws up in this country, he will be at the helm. And being at the helm, he is in charge. Therefore, if there are horrid things that happen, those three arrows Abe is always promoting should be pointed directly at him. After all ... he is really in charge now ...
Posted in: Abe faces battle on reforms despite big election win
edojinDec. 14, 2014 - 10:54PM JST
I doubt if the exit pollers asked one big question ... and that is: are you a member of the Soka Gakkai sect, and if so, who did you vote for? If we can find out the answer to this question, we would probably find that it was Soka Gakkai members who helped the Liberal Democrats roll to such an easy victory. And if so, they didn't vote in favor of Abenomics, they voted as instructed by Komeito, which wants to help run the government along with the LDP.
Posted in: Exit polls project big win for LDP
edojinDec. 14, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
Four more years of Abenomics ...
Better take what's left of my money and hide it under the mattress. But with Abe in full control, he'll find a way to get under the mattress too ...
Posted in: What to watch for in lower house elections
edojinDec. 13, 2014 - 07:16PM JST
Speaking of women & elections, if the women voters in this country were smart they would cast their votes for someone other than Abe and his corrupt Liberal Democratic Party.
Posted in: Women: the invisible issue in Japan's election
edojinDec. 13, 2014 - 07:12PM JST
Concerning the morning serial drama, “Massan”, which casts American Charlotte Kate Fox as the heroine ... I have seen almost every program so far. Ms. Fox is doing a remarkable performance considering that she does not speak much Japanese in real life. If you haven't been following "Massan," why not give it a try. The main part of the drama has been completed, but there is much more to go. At this point, you would have to pick it up in the middle. It is a true story about the Japanese man who was the first local to introduce Scottish-made whiskey to Japan back in the 1920s. His wife, played by Ms. Fox (an American), was from Scotland.
As for the main part of the article above, I sort of dig the term "Abenocolypse." It goes well with "Abenomics." Both terms are scary.
Posted in: Abenocolypse: the perceived fall of Japan
edojinDec. 13, 2014 - 07:01PM JST
While undergoing a rather lengthy surgical procedure, which was performed under a local anathesia, I was surprised to hear music from my high school days being played in the background. I don't know how they did it in that operating room, but the familiar music/songs actually soothed me during the operation.
Posted in: Healing tunes: What surgeons should and shouldn't play at work
edojinDec. 12, 2014 - 05:32PM JST
The words Taylor Swift just entered my vocabulary recently. I like her singing, her songs ... and the easy way she delivers her songs so that all the words are easy to understand. Upon hearing her earlier country & western sounds, it reminds me of my home area in Maryland, which is right next to her home in Pennsylvania ... country & western territory.
Posted in: Taylor Swift holds Billboard 200 top spot for fifth week
edojinDec. 12, 2014 - 05:20PM JST
She's "being relieved of all her official posts." Why not just kick this spoiled brat out of the airline business entirely. But then she is the boss' daughter ... so someday she'll be back in the saddle ... and continuing her power attacks on lower servants.
Posted in: Korean Air CEO apologizes for daughter's nuts tantrum
edojinDec. 12, 2014 - 05:15PM JST
Okay, we got "tax." Now, why not go a step farther and on the next board write in the Japanese character for "Abenomics." These two should go well together. And to make it more accurate, why not put up a third board with the Japanese chartacter for "corrupt," connecting Abe with those in his party who survived financial scandals to see yet more light in their stupid, illegal way of running the Japanese government.
Posted in: 税 chosen as kanji character best representing 2014
edojinDec. 12, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
As Kuribo says above ... Good. Why not spread the all-out search to other international airports throughout Japan. And while the Customs officials are at it ... keep an eye out for the "mules," especally the innocent-looking little old ladies.
Posted in: Tokyo Customs to strengthen drug inspections for year-end period
edojinDec. 06, 2014 - 06:13PM JST
When riding the subways/trains in the Tokyo area these past few days, there always seems to be somebody sitting/standing nearby with the sniffles ... if not outright sneezes and hacking coughs.
Had a young lady dining alone at the next table in a Shinjuku restaurant last night who kept breathing back her sniffles. When she finished eating, she pulled out several packets of medicine and drank down her dose(s) before leaving. I wanted to move to another table, but there was a man coughing on the other side of the room.
If people do get sick with a cold or the flu, I wish they would stay home until they are better ... !!
edojinDec. 06, 2014 - 06:08PM JST
The opposition parties have collapsed. Even the big name candidates in Minshuto are running scared ... they have spent so much time helping candidates in other areas that they have endangered their home-ground chances of staying in the Diet.
It appears to be a really huge, ridiculous landslide in the making for the LDP. If this happens, they have full control over everything. Forget hanging on to your purse strings ... start worrying about what money you have managed to save. Abe and his spend-crazy cronies will be eyeing every yen of it ...
Posted in: Polls predict easy victory for Abe in Dec 14 election
edojinDec. 02, 2014 - 07:35PM JST
One result of this disaster will probably be higher pork prices in the Kanto area. That's just what we don't need right now ... especially in the face of Abenomics.
Posted in: 2,000 pigs perish in fire in Chiba
edojinDec. 02, 2014 - 07:33PM JST
Again today Abe-san keeps saying that salaries are rising here in Japan. Everyone I have talked to about this says there has been no salary increase in his/her pay. So, wonder where he gets his information on this bit.
And Abe-san keeps saying that employment is increasing here in Japan. All one has to do is to watch TV where he/she will see features on company after company cutting employees due to rising prices caused by Abenomics. Again, wonder where he gets his information on this situation.
Just hope the undecided voter isn't wooed into voting for the prime minister's party after being fed what I believe is misinformation at its best.
Furthermore, the Komeito candidates I've seen so far on TV today really praise Abe and his Abenomics. Can't believe a word they are spewing out ...
Posted in: Campaigning begins for Dec 14 lower house election
edojinDec. 02, 2014 - 07:23PM JST
After watching some people in the earthquake-hit area give their comments on TV, I wonder just how popular Abe is in Fukushima Prefecture. A couple of these said nothing much has been done since the quake hit ... meaning that nothing much has been done since Abe took command of the situation. Yet there he was today saying everything is under control and something like help is on the way. Mindboggling ...
Posted in: Abe in Fukushima
edojinDec. 01, 2014 - 07:44PM JST
The English translations on TV also said this guy admitted setting the fires and that he was "irritated." Therefore, hope he is locked away safely forever. Scary having a potential fire bug running loose in the neighborhood.
Posted in: Man arrested for torching 6 houses under construction
edojinNov. 30, 2014 - 02:02PM JST
Jiminto OWNS the Japanese press. Thus no tough questions.
Jiminto DOES NOT OWN the foreign press ... and it avoids foreign journalists for this reason ... thus no negative news for Abe and his Abenomics and other questionable policies.
More and more we see a local press that shies away from hard questions about Abe's doings. Already NHK and the Yomiuri Shimbun are under Jiminto's quiet control ... thus the other newsies tend to toe the line too and stay away from the combustible questions.
Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists
edojinNov. 28, 2014 - 03:28PM JST
After various financial reports were released showing bad Abenomics, Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday reportedly said there is nothing to worry about because "Japan is escaping deflation because of rising prices." Don't know how he and Abe can continue praising the benefits of Abenomics when nothing good continues to happen with Japan's economy.
Wonder if the Japanese voters are following all of this because they should be handing in their verdict on Abenomics in the upcoming lower house elections on Dec. 14. Can't see how anyone in their right mind will praise Abenomics at the ballot box.
Posted in: Japan consumer inflation slows to 2.9% in October
edojinNov. 22, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
Read Koichi Nakano's words carefully. If what he says comes true, then we--everybody living in Japan--are in for a rough ride financially. Those are scary words ...
Posted in: It's like pushing a reset button. Once the election is over, Abe is likely to claim that he's got a popular mandate and now practically has a blank check from the people to continuing to govern for another four years.
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
Learning to sleep or catnap on the train is a necessary life skill here. Just the…
Posted in: Commercial reminds Japan’s tired commuters about drawbacks of living far away from work
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:14PM JST
Now that I am a university instructor and not working in high flying Internation Internet companies,…
Posted in: Police step up presence at Tokyo stations to prevent trouble during 'bonenkai' season
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
Don't worry I will be dead soon (aparantly) then there will be one less person enjoying…
Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:07PM JST
What am I missing?
Aska WilliB. A sense of societal norms?
Posted in: Man held for camera voyeurism in first arrest under new child porn law
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
describing the goal as “quite difficult”.
Sheez. They are basically declaring the government insolvent then.
Posted in: Gov't panel sees fiscal goal 'hard to meet' without radical steps