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omikDec. 08, 2013 - 06:31PM JST
The law passed. Obviously the politicians who pushed through the law have no respect or concern about people power. If the people want to really show their power -- do so in the next election -- vote out all those who supported the law!
Posted in: People power
omikSep. 17, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
Love the sensationalism… everyone playing into the big Y6 tril headline… amuses me.
The fact is the tax is going up 3%, that is three yen more per hundred yen of taxable expenditures, period!
Posted in: Sales tax hike will add Y6 tril to household burden: gov't panel
omikSep. 03, 2013 - 07:04PM JST
Calling this a "water crisis" could be just "watering" this down:
Posted in: Gov't to spend Y47 bil on Fukushima water crisis, including ice wall
omikMar. 23, 2013 - 05:37PM JST
If one looks at the history and frequency of Mt Fuji eruptions, it is about 300 years overdue. Given the subtle signs over the past 20 years or so and other natural events occurring worldwide, it should be something of concern.
Posted in: 3 prefectures to draw up evacuation plan for Mt Fuji eruption
omikJan. 08, 2013 - 08:36PM JST
I wonder if there is an investigation underway regarding the "extraction" of confessions from four innocent people. This should be a wake-up call to the public as well to the Japanese government. I hope this situation is not going to be ignored.
Posted in: Clue to anonymous hacker found in memory card attached to cat's collar
omikNov. 17, 2012 - 05:09PM JST
I have been in Japan for 29 years and for 29 years it has been the same old story. The pain and anguish that the parents and families of the abductees are going through is unimaginable. One has to wonder if the Japanese or US government would still be involved with meaningless and never ending talks with one “Japanese negotiator” after another if even one of the abductees were family of an elite politician or of royalty. It is a sad situation and extremely frustrating watching the same rhetoric year after year.
Posted in: Japan, N Korea agree to continue dialogue
omikOct. 14, 2012 - 10:59AM JST
As I stated in a different post last week: China -- smoke and mirrors; wait until the bottom falls out!
Posted in: China calls on U.S., Japan to fix their finances
omikOct. 11, 2012 - 06:00PM JST
gogogoOct. 11, 2012 - 10:53AM JST -- Hit the nail on the head!
Posted in: Fukada hopes air traffic controllers will watch her new drama
omikOct. 11, 2012 - 05:58PM JST
China -- smoke and mirrors. Wait until the bottom falls out....
Posted in: China loses by not attending IMF, World Bank meetings: Lagarde
omikSep. 29, 2012 - 01:33PM JST
"...or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg..." that alone says a lot about Mr. Murakami.
If these islands are so important to the Chinese, the question must be asked why the Chinese did not raise concerns when the islands were returned to Japan by the US in 1972 along with Okinawa. One could interpret silence as concurrence or at least no issue.
The issue can be resolved by selecting five prominent historical scholars, one from five neutral countries, and have them research the issue and put forth a verdict on true ownership of the islands. Of course getting the two sides to agree on which countries and which scholars would be a comedy show in itself along with all the underhanded shenanigans to buy influence.
Posted in: Author Murakami wades into Japan-China island row
omikFeb. 10, 2012 - 09:23PM JST
It takes a study to figure this out.... Wow!!!
Posted in: Marijuana users twice as likely to cause car crash, studies show
omikJan. 30, 2011 - 04:28PM JST
Finally a country with the fortitude to take action and follow through.
Posted in: 5 Somalis brought to S Korea to be tried for piracy
omikJul. 28, 2010 - 07:26PM JST
“It’s important to make that kind of announcement,” Francois Gere said. “I think it’s made of the same stuff” as former U.S. President George W. Bush’s tough line on al-Qaida.
This says it all....
Posted in: France declares war against al-Qaida
omikJun. 06, 2010 - 05:04PM JST
Stabbings in the news almost everyday lately. Should outlaw knives in Japan. All food should be sold in hitokuchi portions thereby eliminating need for cutting.
Another tragic incident. This mother/child relationship can never be repaired.
Posted in: Woman arrested for stabbing 8-year-old son in Fukuoka
omikMay. 04, 2010 - 12:30PM JST
Inattention to driving IS relevant to this discussion.
I agree with sharky1...smoking and cell phone use should be equally illegal while driving.
Posted in: Trucker, trying to smoke, causes 5-vehicle pileup in Tokyo
omikMar. 15, 2010 - 08:02PM JST
"'Sikes is not seeking fame or fortune,' said Gomez."
If this guy isn't looking for money why does he have a mouth piece? Anyone really think that lawyer is his spokesman for free?
Posted in: Mystery over runaway Prius in Calif deepens
omikDec. 30, 2009 - 08:48AM JST
How much garbage can one stomach?
“As Secretary Napolitano has said, once the suspect attempted to take down Flight 253, after his attempt, it’s clear that passengers and crew, our homeland security systems, and our aviation security took all appropriate actions.”
The passengers and crew's actions have nothing to do with the "homeland security system." The only reason why the passengers and crew were able to do anything was because the explosive device failed. If it had not failed, there would be a lot of funerals in progress about now for the passengers,crew, and probably a few people on the ground at the time and place. Homeland security and related security systems all grossly failed and no amount of political rhetoric and whitewashing is going to allow any intelligent individual to believe otherwise.
Posted in: Obama: U.S. intel had info ahead of airliner attack
omikAug. 26, 2009 - 08:57PM JST
If this case was properly investigated, his cop buddies with whom he was drinking and allowed him to drive and the bartender (assuming he was drinking at an establishment) should also all be arrested.
Posted in: Drunk cop arrested after fleeing scene of car accident in Fukuoka
omikMay. 05, 2008 - 09:17AM JST
Torture. Disposed of evidence. Fabricated evidence. Dissenting judges. Denial of retrail, despite the exposure of the aforementioned....
now where were those "checks and balances"?
Posted in: Death row inmate becomes cause celebre
Fox Cloud Lelean
Dec. 09, 2013 - 01:48AM JST
@Zenpun I don't see your point. Montana is not a country, it is a state within…
Posted in: S Korea declares expanded air defense zone in disputed area
Dec. 09, 2013 - 01:40AM JST
Cleo, That's just the LDP. The LDP, New Komeito and Your Party combined did receive over…
Dec. 09, 2013 - 01:33AM JST
Posted in: China's parliament: Japan has no right to criticize air defense zone
Dec. 09, 2013 - 01:19AM JST
the majority voted for the people who authored this bill/law
44% is not a majority.
Dec. 09, 2013 - 01:17AM JST
A report published by the British Medical Journal which analyzed nearly 1,500 sudden infant deaths revealed…
Posted in: Sweden warns against parents sharing bed with babies