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smithinjapanJul. 02, 2016 - 02:14PM JST
I shine the votes they'd get if, instead of ice cream, manga, anime, Internet movies, and other bribes, they simply engaged in interesting and honest politics?
Posted in: Lower voting age leaves many wondering: 'Where's Japan's Bernie Sanders?'
smithinjapanJul. 02, 2016 - 02:11PM JST
"Re-embrace"? Sorry, but the powers that be and their vested interests have never let go. The public continues to be held hostage.
Posted in: As Japan re-embraces nuclear power, safety warnings persist
smithinjapanJul. 02, 2016 - 09:39AM JST
Good luck! They only let in women who tow the line.
Posted in: Women battling in upper house race to end 'geezer politics'
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 10:31PM JST
Farmboy: "Sorry about that, smithinjapan."
All good. But just in case, I don't think that I all. I think they may have just targeted it to show how the targeting works and then maybe hit fire without knowing it was set to fire. It would be insanely bad luck if the boat just happened to be hit directly by the fire while they were undergoing inspection (which would probably include drills).
Posted in: Taiwan misfires anti-ship missile, kills 1 fisherman
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 07:38PM JST
The election is NOT a mandate for his continued failure -- there are simply no options. Saying that if he and the LDP wins people are obviously happy of and approve of the failure that is Abenomics is extremely childish and just plain wrong.
Nonetheless, he will use the win as "proof that people approve of his policies" and keep on failing.
Posted in: Japan clobbered by weak inflation, business confidence
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 07:35PM JST
"A preliminary investigation showed that missile operators likely failed to follow proper procedures, CNA said."
I'm thinking... ummm... that's stating the obvious. Well, either that or they intentionally fired on the boat... which would also be failing to follow proper procedures. I am willing to bet that they targeted the boat with the system as a kind of drill and then accidentally fired; I find it hard to believe they just randomly fired such a weapon and it just BY CHANCE happened to hit a fishing boat bang on.
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 07:32PM JST
"Abe has repeatedly disputed those claims, and the fund itself also rejected the accusations, saying instead that it needed to finish a once-in-a-decade review of its portfolio before publishing the numbers."
Yeah, which they have intentionally put off concluding until after the elections. There can be no doubt whatsoever that this is the reason why it's being released later than usual. Anyway, the only surprise here is that people are surprised. This is what happens when you gamble people's savings on the stock market, and I'm not at all surprised to hear the person in charge of said gambling will "stay the course until things settle down". Reminds me of a desperate person at the roulette table thinking the next roll will be the big one as his pool quickly dries up.
Posted in: Huge Japan pension fund sees worst loss since financial crisis
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 03:43PM JST
Bass4funk: "That's not racist,"
Yes it is, any way you slice it. And it's funny you mention asking the Jews: they know about it alright, and were forced to wear yellow stars, much like Trump wants Muslims to carry cards and be identifiable. You can call that "for caution", if you like, but we know what it is.
Posted in: War cry: Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 03:39PM JST
The court sure likes its euphemism. FORCED confessions are forced confessions, not "adjustments".
Posted in: Court to retry man convicted of 1985 murder in Kumamoto
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 03:37PM JST
It's a start. Let's hope they enforce it. Yes, if the black trucks are driving around blaring the usual hate, lock them up. If they're just driving around, though, let them be.
Posted in: Japan's 1st ordinance to deter hate speech comes into force
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 11:54AM JST
Trump's racism has the KKK becoming strong again.
smithinjapanJul. 01, 2016 - 09:43AM JST
Fxgai: I'd say you're a true fan, not a bandwagon fan. The bandwagon fans don't even bother to read the news after he's lost, and even though you defend the idea he's better than he is you know he's not a god, unlike some people in the media.
"I'll play one match at a time..."
That's a good attitude!
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smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 07:04PM JST
Gene Warfield: " Japan has the death penalty and I hope they use it on this guy."
Why? They don't use the death penalty in Japan unless there are two or more victims, or unless it is particularly savage with one victim. The guy is an absolute monster, for sure, but he doesn't deserve the death penalty more than anyone else for the same crime would based on his nationality.
Give him life in prison and let him suffer.
Posted in: U.S. civilian base worker indicted anew over murder of Okinawa woman
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 06:58PM JST
Love it! The morons that voted in favour of Brexit were largely doing so out of national pride and no basis in reality in terms of the concrete consequences it would have, and many of them racists paranoid about an 'invasion'. Now the nation is going to belong to foreigners who buy all the property when it hits rock bottom!
Posted in: Singapore bank suspends loans for London properties after Brexit
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 06:06PM JST
I can just imagine what these old codgers have envisioned and created for internet consumption; I bet it's animated shorts with bubble-headed, squealing girls with massive busts flirting with blushing boys to get them to vote for such and such party (or else risk eternal damnation and instability!), or else the old militant songs, black and white videos of a beautiful Japan and "one million people marching towards a single Japan" or some such garbage that will be completely out of touch with young people.
Posted in: Japan's political parties target internet generation with innovative campaign videos
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
Strangerland: "A big mistake granted, but not one done with malicious intent. Nothing to be fired for, a warning would suffice."
Yeah, you're right. A simple apology and bow, a slap on the shoulder with an "Oh, you silly!" and then the same when the next does it, and the next, and the next, and the next. I don't think it's worth being fired, but I think the parents have every right to sue, and the school and board every right to fine and/or suspend without pay. Not a day goes by when you don't read about kids hacking the system, or morons leaking private info, including the other day when the entire ILLEGAL profiling of Japan's Muslim population was leaked online and downloaded more than 10,000 times including names, addresses, names of mosques, etc. Keeping information in Japan is like storing liquid in a strainer, and until there are more severe punishments nothing will change. Since it involves students with special needs who knows how it could be used if the information was seen and copied or downloaded. So, maybe not firing, but surely something more serious than a warning is necessary.
Posted in: Teacher accidentally leaks names, health records of students on school website
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 04:27PM JST
bass4funk (and dmacleod): "Hey, if the shoe fits....."
Actually, the shoe does fit -- you are absolute rubbish and fantasy, as proven by your comparison to Sersi Lannister.
"From the man with a lot of hits and misses and this from a guy that said this...."
Says the Trump fan. Did you know that, thanks to Trump, the KKK is making it's biggest comeback since its founding? These are your fellow supporters, my friend, of the man you claim is not racist. It's absolutely hilarious watching you guys panic over the fact that, yet again, the Benghazi panels have failed and you're struggling to spin the broken record again.
"Ouch! Well, so much for that...."
Yep, your own people are predicting that Hilary will win, bass... and many are even going to vote Hilary and Dem instead of your buddy Trump. Yeah, back to listening to Glenn Beck for you.
Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 02:51PM JST
Now the conservatives are throwing Gowdy under the bus and preparing the EIGHTH panel on the issue because their crazy conspiracy theories (they are now suggesting the panel and some GOP are in on Hilary winning the presidency and so that's why "all the smoking guns" were not brought up in the findings!). Hahaha. Classic. Time to waste a few more million, people, and a whole lot more time on loony-bin theories and trips to fantasy land (not that bass4funk thinks this is Game of Thrones) -- it's an election year, after all, and the GOP certainly can't get behind their decided candidate.
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 02:22PM JST
bass4funk: "I don't see any difference between her and Sersi Lannister, cut from the same cloth."
Not surprised, given the fantasy you are pushing on here. Meanwhile Gowdy and the Bengazhi "can't let go of history" crew are still trying to stick the horn and the horse to sell you the unicorn.
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2016 - 01:11PM JST
bass4funk: "Not because she's a woman or a Democrat (although, the last Dem I voted for was Clinton) it's because of WHO she is and what she stands for..."
Says the guy who supports a flat-our racist, liar, misogynist, and plain old bigot.
"But they're not droning on about it and even through all that, they know ou can't and shouldn't beat a dead horse"
Hahaha! You say THIS on the Republicans failing to turn up anything on Benghazi after two years and seven million dollars and THEIR OWN PEOPLE finding no fault time and again?? Classic!
"enter the Democrats that have a sickening infatuation with constantly regurgitating and holding onto the past."
Hahaha... again... too funny!
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