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    No prob, Stuart, sorry about misunderstanding! Watching Ustream live. Police setting barriers to deliberately limit crowd size and hinder movement. Polite but very intentionally "getting in the way." Hanzomon line slowed to a crawl as well (supposedly an accident in Setagaya, but timing is awful convenient...) Crowd is big, definitely bigger than last Friday when I was there. Suga is eating his words, nobody forgot anything, Crowd seems angrier as well. Protesters (especially the older folks) realize cops are trying to "gently" direct them away from the main protest

    Posted in: A message for Abe

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    No Stuart, those students are getting a lot of guidance from the older radical generation and academics versed in social movements. Doesn't appear to be a fashion fad. They are quite serious, as they should be, seeing as it is they who will get drafted.

    Posted in: A message for Abe

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    SenseNotSoCommon, good point, but I guess it doesn't hurt to hope... That said, this being a genuinely positive development, regardless of motive, I would like to apologize for the smarmy tone of my above post. By taking pot shots, I have injected negativity into something that should simply be celebrated. I'm sorry.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi to apologise to Chinese wartime laborers: media

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    Two thumbs up to Mitsubishi Materials! There are people in positions of power and influence who don't buy Team Abe's crap! Or even if they believe it, are smart enough to realize that saying it publicly harms both the national interest and their bottom line.

    Posted in: Official: Mitsubishi may extend WWII apology to others

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    Nice to see a major player that's a lot smarter than Abe and his happy gang of revisionists. Now my question is this: is Mitsubishi giving Abe et al a big middle finger or is this evidence of the beginning of an official step back by the "correct history" movement? Certainly hope so, as they are doing much more damage to Japans national interest than they are to mainstream historical thought. If Team Abe is not on board, this is a pretty serious shot across the bow by a major conglomerate (you don't get bigger than Mitsubishi in Japan) tired of Team Abe's big mouths compromising their business interests.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi to apologise to Chinese wartime laborers: media

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    Sandhonor and Yubaru, students are leading it right now. Check out SEALDs. (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy)

    Posted in: A message for Abe

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    @kurumazakaJUL. 21, 2015 - 02:37PM JST By your logic, this Diet cannot pass any laws, because not enough people turned up.

    Straw man argument. This is not a about the passage of a normal law, and you know it.

    Besides, to say that they don't have a mandate on this ground is to assume if only those 48% other people could be bothered to get to the booth, they won't have voted LDP. There is no particular reason to believe that's the case. More likely, they would have voted roughly in the same proportion as those who did vote.

    You're right. Every last one of the 48% who stayed home could possibly be LDP supporters. But, they stayed home, so we don't know that. What we do know is that the LDP got somewhere around 20%, therefore no mandate to de-facto amend a constitution that requires a 2/3 majority. While it is quite clear that you are very well versed on this whole issue, you simply cannot obfuscate that simple fact away.

    Nigelboy, "ulterior motives nonsense?" Yeah...nothing to see here. Move on, folks.

    Posted in: Abe defends security legislation

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki, seriously? He got the legislature on his side so no problem? The LDP got 48% of the 52% who bothered to vote in a snap election with no opposition (admittedly not the LDP's fault about the lack of viable opposition. Personally, I thank Hatoyama for where things are now.) Meaning the LDP got somewhere around 20% of actual eligible voters. With that "mandate," they have the right to de-facto amend the constitution because they are the majority party and their PM, amazingly, "got them on board?" What's the purpose of even having a constitution if it can be sidestepped that easily? Who needs a constitution when you can have simple majority party rule?...wow, thanks for sharing the majority party's position...you know, once the precedent is set, it doesn't have to stop with Article 9...I second Moonraker's statement above. Apologies for the smarmy tone, but that is what you just said...

    Posted in: Abe defends security legislation

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    The Present government did no such thing. They presented a bill based on their own study group last summer and did not limit themselves to the opinions to be dominated by these constitutional scholars but international law experts as well who takes into consideration of jus naturale, bilateral treaty and it's supremacy, and simple common sense.

    Those who are voicing their opposition are essentially the same types who argued against the formation of JSDF under SDF law and the revamped U.S. Security Agreement of 1960 but much tamer. The problems with these people is that they are so devoid of reality and yet they make the largest noise. Of course when they are proven to be false, they hide like cock roaches when lights are turned and is waiting for the next opportunity to repeat the same lame rhetoric again.

    Nigelboy, I'm not an international law expert so I won't even try to debate you on that. However, you're still debating the merits of the legislation itself, while conveniently overlooking that the constitution is being de facto amended without going through the process of constitutional amendment. No amount of rationalization, or even that some of the protesters are so-called "Moonbats" changes that core fact. If the "US imposed, keep Japan weak forever" constitution is stupid, then change it, but do it legitimately. "Better explanation?" The more they explain, the more the public turns against it! Constitutional revision cannot be illegitimate, that's why the hurdles are made so deliberately high.

    Posted in: Abe defends security legislation

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    I agree, Nigelboy, that is what the debate should be about. If, through the constitutional process, the Japanese people choose to revise or even totally scrap the present constitution, that is their right to do so. But it is their right, not the present governments.

    Posted in: Abe defends security legislation

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    Lincolnman, I have long held your reasoned approach in high esteem, but this is far beyond an issue of "better explanation." This is about a government choosing to ignore a constitution against the will of that country's citizens, and using parliamentary shenanigans to create a fait accompli that will be very difficult to reverse. In short, it is explicitly anti-democracy. The fact that I am largely in favor of the legislation itself doesn't change that a bit. Abe and his cabinet should resign, the bill pulled and they should start over, knowing full well that it's going to take years, not months, because severe damage has been done to the whole idea of making Japan a "normal" military power through their use of Authoritarian politics.

    Posted in: Abe defends security legislation

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    Nigelboy, at this point the actual contents of the security bill are irrelevant! You, me, and anyone else is wasting time debating the merits or demerits of the bill. How it was done is the only thing that matters. This is an outright assault on the concept of constitutionalism, and as a result is NOT merely a Japanese domestic politics issue. The Abe administration has set a precedent for any wannabe dictator anywhere who feels that a Constitution gets in the way of an agenda. Constitutions are difficult to revise ON PURPOSE, so that guys like Abe can't change the core character of a system of government against the will of the population! To my fellow Americans arguing in favor of the legislation, just try switching the name "Abe" with "Obama" and "Article 9" with the "2nd Amendment" and see if you can still support this with a straight face. Just imagine that Obama has a sizable majority, "reinterprets" the govt understanding of the right to bear arms, and proceeds to ban all firearms other than bolt action single shot hunting rifles AGAINST majority public opinion while openly belonging to an organization whose stated goal is one world government. But don't worry, he promises to "explain" the new law clearly AFTER THE LAW GOES INTO EFFECT! I don't care whether the security bill is reasonable or not, Abe and his cabal's actions cannot be justified under any circumstances!

    Posted in: Abe defends security legislation

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    Nakanoguy, my guess is that those voters, (who had no credible opposition to vote for anyway, in what was the most outright cynical snap election I've ever seen), had high hopes for "Abenomics" and payed little attention to his uhh, "revisionist" leanings because they thought he would grudgingly bend to public opinion in the end. Now they know otherwise, and I'm guessing the LDP and Komeito are going to pay dearly for this.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes security bills through lower house panel

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    While Washington certainly supports the content of the bill, they should be more than a little uncomfortable with "how" this was done, and even more worried that the U.S. is seen by many as supporting it. Abe's agenda doesn't stop here, and he couldn't care less if the majority oppose it. As much as I wish it were a joke, Abe really does yearn for "the good old days" when the heimin knew their place. Then again, his agenda may well stop here. He has just awoken a long dormant population, in particular young voters who didn't give a damn about politics until now, most of whom are dead set against his agenda and thought he was just blowing smoke when they last voted for his party. Don't see the LDP receiving the benefit of the doubt next time around. The foolish hawk just showed its talons. Taro Aso's grandfather, Yoshida Shigeru, was a master of "winning by losing." Abe may have just "lost by winning." For those in Washington, folks here are pissed, and this does not bode well for US "interests" in Okinawa and Japan as a whole.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes security bills through lower house panel

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    kurumazaka

    Must be very comforting to Mexican authorities to know that the Sinaloa have precise blueprints of their highest security prisons.

    Posted in: Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes from prison

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    Is this in accident that final deliberations are being done during Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni? Where the youth of Tokyo are off getting hammered at Yasukuni by the thousands, instead of protesting at the Diet? Seems pretty deliberate...

    Posted in: LDP aims to have lower house vote for security bills on Thursday

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    Listening to my wife's stories about going to school in Kansai, 20 minutes seems pretty mild...Guess times have changed. Growing up in rural Arizona, pretty much all of my teachers had a beautiful hand made oak or maple paddles (with luxurious dark hardwood handles, and frequently a message like "ouch" drilled in for less air resistance.) The looks of horror I would receive in NYC when talking about those paddles were just priceless!

    Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late

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    kurumazaka

    Watched a couple of his fights on YouTube. Damn good fighter! Really happy for him!

    Posted in: Gushiken at last happy as boxer after Hall of Fame induction

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    Following some biker blogs, primarily The Aging Rebel,here is what I've been able to come up with. There is serious beef between the Bandidos and Cossacks. Bandidos are a major, intercontinental club (one of the so-called "big 4" along with the Hells Angels, Outlaws and Pagans) classified as a major organized crime outfit by the U.S. Government. They are found in Europe, Australia and Thailand as well. They are big time. Texas is their stronghold. Any outlaw MC activity in Texas must acknowledge the Bandidos as top dog to be allowed to operate. The Cossacks are a Texas based MC that decided not to play by Bandido rules. Of particular offense was their decision to start flying a "Texas" bottom rocker on their colors. Only Bandidos get to fly "Texas" in Texas. Other clubs can fly specific towns/counties, but not the state rocker.(This is the same thing that started the decades long war between the Hells Angels and Mongols in California) The Cossacks were throwing a big middle finger at the Bandidos, and they knew it. To add insult, there are rumors that the Cossacks were possibly allying with the HA, the Bandidos most hated and formidable enemy. Any HA influence at all in Texas is intolerable to the Bandidos. Past attempts at opening HA chapters in Texas have ended with the guys trying dead.

    The "Breastaraunt" in question was hosting a meeting of the Texas Confederation of Motorcyclists, where supposedly the two sides were going to confer on their "issues." A number of other clubs were also present, including support clubs of both sides as well as unaffiliated clubs. Law enforcement tried unsuccessfully to get Twin Peaks to cancel, as they knew the potential for trouble was very high. They were however, present in considerable force in the parking lot. Supposedly the fight started in the bathroom, spilled into the dining area and then parking lot. The biker side is that this was just a good old fashioned brawl with nothing more than knives etc being pulled. (Bikers also think the fight was instigated by undercover agents) All that changed, when according to Aging Rebel, 1 biker pulled a gun in the parking lot, at which point law enforcement lit the place up. The biker side is that all 9 dead were killed by cops, not other bikers. While it's easy to discount that as criminal bikers just making excuses, the Waco police issued a warning to its officers (made public) that both the Bandidos and Cossacks had "green lighted" law enforcement. Actually the statement was more forceful than that; that both clubs had "ordered" their members to kill uniformed officers. This begs the question "why?" Shouldn't the two clubs be focusing on killing each other? Their beef is very real, and the initial fight was very real. Why are both sides turning on the cops, a fight they are certain to lose and lose badly. Only makes sense if both sides feel their "brothers" were unjustly gunned down by police. In the present environment of a public rather suspicious of the police, this announcement by the Waco police brings with it uncomfortable questions about just how this all went down. I'm sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but up to the Waco PD "green light" announcement, law enforcement had complete control of the narrative. Now, I'm not so sure they do.

    Posted in: Charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members in Texas

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    San Antonio based Bandidos MC has been king of the hill in Texas for a long time now. Seems the Cossacks MC is starting to challenge them. Scimitars MC appears to be a Cossacks MC support club (both fly yellow and black and the Cossack on the back patch wields a scimitar). Don't know much about the Cossacks, but they seem to have quite a few chapters and must be feeling their Wheaties if they are going after the Bandidos, who aren't a group to be toyed with. They rival the Hells Angels and Outlaws in sheer power and numbers. Afraid this is far from over

    Posted in: 9 dead in Texas shootout among rival biker gangs

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