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edojinApr. 27, 2015 - 01:53PM JST
In reality, most of the LDP wins are supported mainly by Soka Gakkai voters. During the campaign period, Soka Gakkai members were busy urging everyone in sight to vote for Komeito ... or Komeito/LDP candidates. One asked me to ask my friends to vote for the LDP/Komeito ticket, and I countered by saying "I'm fed up with rising prices caused by Abenomics." He replied with something like, "Well, be sure to vote for Komeito because we do the right thing." Yeah, I replied, like supporting Abenomics. I heard another SG member start her request for a Komeito vote by saying, "Abenomics is great ... vote for us." Geez ...
Anyway, as has been reported before, the LDP wins come with strong SG support. If there were no SG votes for the LDP, this governing party would lose in a big way.
Posted in: LDP set for strong showing in local polls: media
edojinApr. 25, 2015 - 02:39PM JST
An interesting thing about this incident is, if he did get the radioactive sand from Fukushima Prefecture, as reported by some press outlets, then how much more radiation is there in that radioactive-wasted area? Abe-san and his ilk keep saying that Fukushima is safe ... but if a mere citizen can swoop in and collect nuclear waste in the contents of some sand, this man is showing that Abe and his cronies are feeding us a bunch of lies.
The drone landing on the prime minister's unguarded roof is just a minor thing as compared to what is going on at that destroyed nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture ...
Posted in: Fukui man arrested for landing drone on roof of Abe's office
edojinApr. 22, 2015 - 05:12PM JST
According to TV reports, the roof had not been checked in about a month ... so it is not known exactly when the small drone landed there. Anyway, drones are changing security systems everywhere ... surely even here in Japan now that this incident happened. And surely the terrorists are getting more & more ideas about how to carry out their activities with the aid of drones. Just more things to worry about ...
Posted in: Camera-equipped drone found on roof of Abe's office
edojinApr. 20, 2015 - 02:40PM JST
Sorry, but I'd rather have a human being at the controls. Suppose the artificially intelligent pilot decides to take a downward route at high speed ... who's there to stop it ... another robot?
Posted in: After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots
edojinApr. 18, 2015 - 05:10PM JST
Good news ... so guess the nuclear power plants aren't really needed at all.
Posted in: 9 power companies say they will be able to meet electricity demand this summer
edojinApr. 18, 2015 - 05:08PM JST
What the heck do the Chinese expect? They keep intruding in Japanese air and sea space ... which creates all kinds of tensions in the concerned areas. If the Chinese would stop such intrusions there would be no such "safety risks."
Posted in: China complains Japan's air, sea surveillance raises safety risks
edojinApr. 16, 2015 - 06:45PM JST
It's simply censorship ...
The LDP is doing all kinds of things illegally, why not controlling the press, too ...
Posted in: LDP panel summons media bosses over news programs
edojinApr. 08, 2015 - 05:01PM JST
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda quit the Major Leagues to return to Japan and try to win a championship with the Hiroshima Carp. Well, looks like he's wasting his time here. The Carp just can't hit. And Kuroda lost his last outing 3-0. Last night the Carp blew a 1-0 lead and fell to the Giants 2-1. Already the Carp are six games under .500. Although this is still early in the season, their future this year looks bleak ...
Posted in: Japanese baseball results
edojinApr. 08, 2015 - 04:33PM JST
Tried to dodge the snowflakes in Kichijoji ... and seek a place with warmth ...
Posted in: Kanto area experiences rare light snowfall for April
edojinApr. 02, 2015 - 06:23PM JST
I go to the public sento every night, have traveled through the Seto Inland Sea islands, eaten all kinds of fish at the Tsujiji fish market and walked along terraced rice paddies. Too bad they are disappearing. Still haven't seen the Ama pearl divers ... although I've been in their areas ... gotta see them before they, too, become history.
As for the public baths ... they are vanishing too rapidly. Their clientele is decreasing rapidly as cheap apartments with no baths are being replaced with the ultra-expensive mansions that have their own private baths. So it goes with modernization ... Will continue to enjoy my hot baths in big tubs as long as they exist ...
Posted in: Vanishing Japan: Five things to see before they disappear completely
edojinApr. 02, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
Went through the above and clicked on a whole bunch of "good" comments. Too bad Abe and his LDP cronies can't see this ... but then, even if they do, they could care less. That 2% inflation target must be met no matter how high the price increase percentages are ... That, my friends, is Abenomics ...
Posted in: Prices of food items rise from 4-13%
edojinApr. 02, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
Years ago I had a Japanese student from Hokkaido who claimed that a saucer-shaped UFO hovered over his home. He said he was home alone when a strange vibration shook the place. He said he went to the window, looked up and saw the UFO hovering overhead. He said he was not dreaming.
True or not, this is what he said. And his description of the mysterious object was quite believing.
Around this time it was reported that other people in Hokkaido claimed to have seen UFOs in the vicinity.
Don't know if you believe this or not ... but anyway, this is what the guy said and what was reported about Hokkaido ...
Posted in: UFOs haven't invaded Japan, defense minister tells Diet
edojinApr. 01, 2015 - 05:14PM JST
Today's news: it's April 1 everybody ... and no April's fool stuff here ... prices will be going up almost across the board in Japan. Thank you once again Mr. Abe. Hope you soon reach your 2% inflation target 'cause things are getting really expensive ...
Posted in: Businesses wary, spending plans flat: BOJ survey
edojinMar. 30, 2015 - 05:03PM JST
Saw this car on TV today. Nice looking ... but doubt if my 6'1" frame would be comfortable inside it. Sure looked small ...
Furthermore, I'd hate to be hit by a much bigger vehicle while driving/riding in it ... crunchsville ...
Posted in: Mini Honda
edojinMar. 27, 2015 - 04:37PM JST
Visited Himeji castle several years ago, before the restoration work. Been to more than 20 castles around the country, and this is one of the best. I usually spend at least an hour on the top floor of any castle I visit just to say that I've been there. As for an estimated amount of time needed to see this castle, I'd say about one hour inside the structure itself. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the railroad station, then you have to cross the castle grounds before arriving at the main building. Be sure to see it ... it's worth the trip from wherever you are in Japan.
Posted in: Himeji Castle reopens after 5 1/2 years of repair work
edojinMar. 22, 2015 - 05:08PM JST
Again ... another report that is far from being encouraging ...
Stay tuned for yet another report tomorrow, the next day, the day after that ... and on and on and on ...
Posted in: Fukushima reactor test offers rare detailed look inside
edojinMar. 21, 2015 - 04:22PM JST
For two years now, since the present administration took charge, we have been hearing that everything concerning the economy is on track and that there is no problem. Now Kuroda says it's "very challenging." Wish they would quit screwing up the economy and really try to get things to work properly. I'm getting tired of all these price increases made for the sake of somebody's wishful thinking ... which seems to be quite astray.
Posted in: Two years on, BOJ chief says war on deflation 'very challenging'
edojinMar. 20, 2015 - 05:40PM JST
As the first paragraph says ... questions still remain ...
Okay ... I have some questions. Why did everyone wait 20 years before releasing the photos of Asahara being found in that little hideaway he was hiding in? The three photos released this week show him inside the tiny compartment, then being removed. Also why did some of the relatives wait 20 years before talking about how their kin went bad with Aum Shinrikyo? Couldn't they have said something way back when the disasters happened?
And this sect still exists today ... and is growing in numbers. Why is this being allowed to happen?
When Asahara and his gang were first taken into custody 20 years ago, it was written that it would take at least 20 years to settle everything before the executions would begin. It was also written that Asahara and his gang would probably die of old age before being shown the rope. These predictions seem to be holding true ... so far ...
Posted in: Japan marks 20th anniversary of Tokyo subway sarin attacks
edojinMar. 20, 2015 - 04:27PM JST
The headline is scary, the story seems to indicate that a degree of calm is present ... but overall ... what the heck does all of this mean? We have a complete meltdown in reactor No. 1 and meltdowns in two other reactors. What does TEPCO expect will happen in such a messy situation? There are question marks all over the place.
Will there be another big boom somewhere down the road? Will we be experiencing more radiation along the way? And three to four decades before something positive is supposed to happen (according to TEPCO) is a long way off.
So we have question mark after question mark ... ?????
Posted in: Nearly all fuel in Fukushima No. 1 reactor has melted, says TEPCO
edojinMar. 19, 2015 - 04:10PM JST
It was reported that the proposed site might be in an existing park the Nago area of Motobu. If this should happen, then it would join the '75 Expo site as a tourist attraction in northern Okinawa. A positive idea for Okinawa ...
Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa
Apr. 28, 2015 - 02:14PM JST
There is so much Freudian imagery here, the Washington phallus of power, the reflection pond embodying…
Posted in: Abe visits Lincoln Memorial
Apr. 28, 2015 - 02:11PM JST
Hard to say whether this is fair or not. First, however you write it up, while…
Posted in: Appeals court convicts S Korean ferry captain of murder
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Posted in: Only 4 women elected mayor in local elections
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@CGB SpenderAPR. 28, 2015 - 12:36PM JST
A great photo of two great men... really?