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marcelitoAug. 24, 2016 - 07:49AM JST
Bruinfan - indeed.
Meanwhile as reported this month the govt is preparing to lift the evacuation orders for those villages near the plant and " encourage" residents to move back. Im sure that will be a great success too.
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marcelitoAug. 24, 2016 - 07:44AM JST
Spend spend spend more taxpayer money, accumulate more govt debt but dont worry about it, it will be paid back sometime " later".
Thats some deep advice. Meanwhile, not a peep from this guy about structural reforms. Very innovative thinking on display here.
Posted in: Abe adviser says Japan needs Y10 trillion stimulus in each of next two years
marcelitoAug. 23, 2016 - 01:08PM JST
I,m with cleo on this..
I,m no fan of Abe and dislike the dictatorial LDP but as far as PR goes, this was pretty good...I think Abe took a leaf out of Koizumi,s book and presented himself on a more casual and everyday level with this Mario act. Certainly won't harm his popularity.
Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan
marcelitoAug. 21, 2016 - 07:23PM JST
And there is proactive policing including booze check road blocks at various times of the year. I live near a police box situated at a major intersection (Asukayama). They are always flagging people down.
Congratulations on having some proactive cops in your neighborhood . I,ve lived here for a decade, drive daily and have never come across a booze check road block. Ever. When conversation turns to driving i have mentioned it to friends countless times. And i also have major roads and koban nearby. Ive seen cops outside their koban checking seatbelts a few of times and that's about it. Ive seen them ignore drivers with cellphones and little kids witbout seatbelts jumling on passenger seats. speechless. The only proactive approach ive seen in all these years is pulling over high school kids and checking their bikes. Not sure whether the approach is dependent on the particular prefectural force managment approach but its incomparable to where i come from.
Posted in: Station wagon being chased by police hits car, killing one, injuring another
marcelitoAug. 13, 2016 - 01:58PM JST
And this is supposed to be a beacon of democracy in Asia. nice....what's next...back to the 1950,s style left wing and communist supporter witch hunts?
The right turn in J- land is going down an uncomfortable path.
marcelitoAug. 11, 2016 - 09:59PM JST
First name - real or made up , should suffice for anyone who wants to either complain or commend a staff member.
Standard practice at my old company back home, if anyone asked for my staff,s surname to make a complaint I,d let them know that is protected by privacy law and provision of first name is enough.
Posted in: Is it safe to let customers know workers' real names?
marcelitoAug. 10, 2016 - 09:22AM JST
"accusing the Imperial household of trying to stifle his wife's personality a few years back. "
In that case, I gladly applaud him for standing up for his wife,s well being against the pompous Imperial household agency Rasputin officials.
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marcelitoAug. 09, 2016 - 04:34PM JST
Bet he also drank some beer and chuuhais on occasions.. But guess that wouldn't quite make much of a sensationalist speculative headline.
marcelitoAug. 09, 2016 - 09:19AM JST
The government has responded in parliament that if an emperor is allowed to abdicate, there would be “a retired emperor” and such a situation could prove harmful.
Excuses, excuses..., Abe and his buddies have no problem changing secrecy laws, re-interpreting constitution etc....yet this is presented as some kind of insurmountable obstacle. Its 2016, change the law, times have changed...or does that phrase only apply when right wing wants to change the constitution?
The government has said a situation could also arise in which an emperor is forced to step down against his wishes.
What about the current situation where the emperor seems to be forced to stay as long as possible against his wishes?
marcelitoAug. 06, 2016 - 08:59PM JST
Constance Wu - what's with the sour our grapes... someone didn't get a role in the movie perhaps?
I think a director of Zhang Yimou,s stature does not need a lecture from a comedy series actress about whom he should cast in his movies. Zhang is great at what he does.
Posted in: Chinese director Zhang Yimou defends casting of Matt Damon
marcelitoAug. 06, 2016 - 08:53PM JST
*The cynic in me thinks that the message is being taped, so that there is no chance the emperor goes off script and says what he would really like to say. *
My thoughts exactly Mark, no doubt the Imperial agency Rasputins will make sure the Emperor only expresses his thoughts based on their " advice and guidance ".
Posted in: Emperor’s video address to be broadcast at 3 p.m. on Monday
marcelitoAug. 06, 2016 - 08:56AM JST
DP should have made her a leader before the election - she would have definitely brought more votes than Okada.
marcelitoAug. 06, 2016 - 08:54AM JST
Invasion - "depends on the point of view "
WTF....way to go , improving neighborhood ties already.
Never mind , it's August - let the annual " Japan was a WW2 victim " TV fest begin.
R. Hassem - the U.S. doesn't deny dropping the A bomb, does it?
Maybe Abe and co. should take a leaf out of Obama,s book and visit Nanjing, make a statement, improve ties with China and really leave a legacy.
On second thoughts, nah....lets go back to Japan was a victim and Abe,s grandpa was a nice, caring guy storyline.
Posted in: China slams Inada for ducking Nanjing massacre questions
marcelitoAug. 05, 2016 - 07:55AM JST
Another example of rules from the dinosaur era enforced by the power wielding oyajis because you know , that's how it was done when they were young so that's how it must be done now. Heaven forbid they should change something and move into the 21st century. Ridiculous.
Posted in: Female high school students continue to be banned on baseball field at Koshien Stadium
marcelitoAug. 03, 2016 - 08:14AM JST
Posted in: New Tokyo governor pledges Olympic cost probe
marcelitoAug. 02, 2016 - 03:24PM JST
*No,naked people dancing Samba can not be used for every occasion *".....
Damn, you just shattered my world :)
4700 Samba dancers, 90 footballers, with 10 officials to make up the numbers....
Hmm, bet that sounds like more fun than the standard Japanese approach that would probably see the reverse with 4,700 officials ( double that with the retired / amakudari ex official crowd ). I,d personally prefer the Samba dancers.
Posted in: Rio opening ceremony to break with opulent traditions
marcelitoAug. 01, 2016 - 04:17PM JST
I agree with Braniac on this one...willing to wait and see how she goes. With luck and crossed fingers she might end up being just the reformer ( at least in some areas) that's needed in J-politics right now. Her declaration to cut her governor salary in half in certainly refreshing contrast to the Diet lawmaker oyajis who fought tooth and nail to maintain their perks and numbers intact after promising 40- 80 seat cut when LDP struck a deal for early election with DPJ back in 2012. If nothing else it will bring spotlight on the salaries and perks of the politician fat cats which is always a good thing.
Perhaps if she succeeds driving reforms in Tokyo some of it might rub off on the national politics finally.
Nevertheless, I'm sure right now the LDP old boys dirt unit is in overdrive trying to dig up skeletons in her closet that could bring her down. The Tokyo chapter LDP oyajis must be fuming.
marcelitoJul. 31, 2016 - 10:13AM JST
Even though she is right wing, I like how she gave the finger to the LDP oyajis and how pissed they are with her. For that alone I don't mind if she wins. Torigoe got smeared by the tabloid allegations ( that no doubt originated from LDP dirt unit) and that was that. Pretty sure Koike will be declared winner soon after pills close.
Posted in: Koike ahead in polls as Tokyo votes for governor
marcelitoJul. 30, 2016 - 07:28AM JST
Nice - another unexpected " benefit " of the Olympics.
Use it as justification to " unlock " and increase defence spending despite " military budget constrains" to better face " the totally " realistic" threat of N- Korea firing it's missiles at Tokyo. Right.
What did you say Taro? You want more money spent on child care, health care and social support? Oh no no, sorry, J- govt doesn't have enough funds, don't you know? We,ll have to increase your taxes for that. Now back to your TV and Pokemon games, off you go.
Posted in: Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries for 2020 Olympics
marcelitoJul. 29, 2016 - 09:20AM JST
A very good point.
Posted in: We shouldn't treat Uematsu as an abnormal, isolated case. Instead, we should take this opportunity and think why this happened and how people with disabilities are still viewed in this country.
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Aug. 24, 2016 - 10:35PM JST
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Aug. 24, 2016 - 10:32PM JST
The parasitism continues. Ginza tonight, boys!
Aug. 24, 2016 - 10:30PM JST
The chutzpah is with you, what with your editing of the sentence:
Aug. 24, 2016 - 10:29PM JST
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