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    warnerbro

    "The arrest of the former power-hitting baseman...has shocked the sports world and fans alike." Perhaps his arrest shocked some but that he was using illegal drugs shocked nobody. Why did it take the police two years to catch a known addict when they could have stuck a hand in his pocket any night of the week? They must have been waiting for the right moment. This story sucked up most news time as two cabinet ministers, Amari and Endo, are accused of taking bribes. We're not hearing of any police investigations on those blokes, are we?

    Posted in: Kiyohara tests positive for drugs, but keeps silent on source

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    warnerbro

    But perhaps I underestimate the reservoirs of potential personnel studying Middle Eastern languages taught at two or three elite Japanese universities known for admitting and training unusually well-rounded, fit, flexible, creative, quick thinking youths?

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    warnerbro

    By all means, announce the location of their duty stations to the world. Why not also have them wear those ribbon corsages which are so popular among dignitaries at Japanese political events? First, where is the government going to find "staff from the Foreign and Defense ministries and the National Police Agency with regional expertise and fluent in local languages"? Precious few can communicate effectively in English, fewer still can read a newspaper in Arabic, let alone understand a local dialect of that or any other Middle Eastern language.

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    Most territory used by the US Marines in Okinawa is for jungle training. They are not deployed there to protect Japan or Okinawa, but to train, which they could do in Hawaii or Guam, were there the political will to do so. Henoko is utterly unnecessary. The functions of Futenma could easily fit into Kadena or be transferred to Iwakuni, perhaps, were there the political will to do so. The civilian population around Misawa is much more amenable to the US military presence, so the Marine planes could go there. The Marines would not be needed to defend the Senkakus. Air Force and Naval power could reduce an invader on those small rocks to the point that Japan's incipient Marine force or GSDF could retake them, were any invaders even to survive.

    Posted in: Okinawa governor lobbies U.N. body over U.S. base move

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    warnerbro

    Although I am opposed to this, it is essentially the same as what Americans call the Social Security Number. In my experience when I lived there, the SSN is used for a large number of ID functions that even include drivers licenses, hospitals and other medical care providers. Japan's ID number will also allow Japanese banks and/or tax authorities to notify the US Internal Revenue Service of accounts held by US nationals and green card holders [who are required to file tax returns and pay taxes on nonexempt income even if their green cards have lapsed unless they officially renounce permanent residency status with the embassy or consulate] as Japan has agreed will be done, meaning the IRS can find unclaimed income in accounts.

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    warnerbro

    The Japanese constitution makes it clear that the emperor is not the head of state, therefore he cannot be the nominal ("in name only") head of state. He is, however, treated by other national governments as the de facto head of state.

    Posted in: Emperor's remarks on WWII 'remorse' a prod to Abe, says journalist

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    warnerbro

    What could possibly go amiss under this change? [Well, perhaps the 1928 Zhang Zoulin murder, 1931 Manchurian Incident, 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident...] One thing we should keep in mind is that these generals and admirals, who don't know squat (if knowing squat means knowing nothing, as Wc626 seems to imply, the negation should mean the reverse. But I'm not clear on what I assume is American English) have never been to war. Save for a small handful of Japan's Coast Guardsmen, they've neither fired on an enemy nor been fired upon. They have never implemented military tactics in the field of battle nor seen the results thereof. We would be wise not to assume they are in a significantly more knowledgeable circumstance than the civilian bureaucrats to decide when and upon whom to fire.

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    warnerbro

    “A significant fraction of Japanese workers are laid off each year and then face long periods of joblessness before finding work, often at much lower wages,” This is true throughout the Anglophone world as well, particularly in the "flexible" workforce of the United States. The NY Times just ran a piece recently about America's middle age unemployment problem.

    Posted in: Japanese companies doing more firing than hiring: OECD report

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    warnerbro

    "the accompanying slowdown is likely to relieve wage pressure."? The government aims for the opposite, urging firms profiting handsomely from Abenomics to increase wages, to no effect. Abe belatedly realised that lowering people's real incomes would not induce them to spend more.

    Posted in: Talent gap: The distance grows between jobs and applicants

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    I fear Mr. Abe is out of his depth. He initially said the aid was to counter ISIS and then changed the focus to humanitarian purposes as soon as the threats against the Japanese hostages were issued. Normally Japan would pay some ransom but he's just jumped into the deep end and can't extricate himself. He has no intelligence or military assets there and even if he did, the Americans, with infinitely more advanced capacity, weren't able to save their hostages. I hope these blokes will make it out somehow, but that is sadly unlikely. Mr. Abe is likely to use this as a pretence to send the ill-prepared, inexperienced SDF out on American adventures and intensifying existing police surveillance on Muslims in Japan.

    Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis

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    warnerbro

    "Nine Japanese nationals have joined Islamic State, Japan’s former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying, but the government’s top spokesman said on Friday it had not confirmed the information. Tamogami, now a senior official of a tiny new political party, said on his blog that Nissim Ben Shitrit, the director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, told him this month that nine Japanese had joined Islamic State."

    Tamogami says the Israeli official told him that, but the article cites no confirmation from Nissim Ben Shitrit or the Israeli government. The Japanese government says it can't verify it, and I assume Israel's government has the phone number of its counterparts in Japan, and vice versa. We cannot say that the information comes from an Israeli official, only that Tamogami says he got such word from an Israeli official. Therefore, comments on Tamogami's credibility are appropriate.

    Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State

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    warnerbro

    "his shock 200m loss" That would be "shocking 200m loss," unless he misplaced his "shock 200m," whatever that might be.

    Posted in: Sun shines as first drugs case hits Asian Games

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    warnerbro

    "It needs to be at 5 degrees, the ideal temperature to form the barrier." I believe I see the problem here. In the reality-based world, water freezes at 0 degrees. As Mike notes, maybe understanding what is actually being done would help people, particularly those who work for TEPCO, understand the engineering.

    Posted in: TEPCO having trouble with 'ice wall' at Fukushima plant

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    warnerbro

    There was a broadcast media blackout on this demonstration.

    Posted in: Demonstrators rally against restarting nuclear plants

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    warnerbro

    So raising prices by increasing taxes and devaluing the yen doesn't entice consumers to spend more of their incomes (that are not rising as fast in real terms)? Gasp!

    Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform

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    warnerbro

    "I am happy that I kept my wife at home with the kids to properly raise them"

    You "kept" your wife at home? How very wise of you! My wife, being an adult human of at least average intelligence, was capable of deciding whether or not to stay at home with our children. I had neither means nor need to keep her at home or elsewhere.

    "Their companies work stupid long hours." Perhaps you mean "stupidly long"? Hours are units of time and have no mental capacity.

    "Instead, they will just live with their parents or the government." I would be interested in living with the government. Where does the government live? To whom might I apply?

    Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?

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    warnerbro

    With Japan growing again?
    "Think tanks forecast 7.4% drop in April-June GDP" http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/02/business/economy-business/think-tanks-forecast-7-4-drop-in-april-june-gdp/#.U95J2BzoYeo

    Posted in: Japan PM tells Brazil 'Abenomics' working, time to do more business

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    warnerbro

    Well, mate, if the BOJ's aggressive stimulus was working, I'm quite sure it would be appreciated.

    Posted in: Aso says BOJ's aggressive stimulus should be appreciated

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    warnerbro

    "There were no listings for dolphin meat." Dolphin meat can be legally labelled whale in Japan.

    Posted in: Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

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    warnerbro

    "suspending negotiations with Russia on easing visa requirements and would not be starting talks on a new investment accord." "additional action would include restricting visas and freezing assets.

    What bold moves! If that won't get Crimea back to Ukraine, nothing will. What happened to the Abe who met Putin five times, who established a relationship based on trust? Why doesn't he call his mate and set the bloke straight?

    What's this YuriOtani? "So Abe will you look after Japan's best interests or be an apple polisher for America?"
    But Abe wants to be a man with an army and patriotic citizens. Remember his proactive pacifism? He wants to be in charge of a nation that has a meaningful voice in the world, not just someone who decides which bully to kiss up to. What you're suggesting is that Abe choose to kiss Putin's hind quarters rather than Obama's. If that's what he wants to do, fine by me. But if Abe does so, rather than get a few insignificant islands returned (which Abe claims were taken in a similar manner to Crimea. Who does Abe fancy to populate those islands with, I wonder?), he will be lucky if he gets to keep Hokkaido.

    Posted in: Abe threatens Moscow with more sanctions over Crimea

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