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    marcelito

    If I remember correctly earlier articles on this subject mentioned a quota of around 200 or so " housekeeper " visas per year. That's not a" flood "... That's a raindrop.

    Posted in: Will 'strategic special zones' turn into hotbeds of prostitution?

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    marcelito

    " He,ll be dead by the time they make a decision ". I think that is precisely the outcome the LDP conservatives would secretly prefer. Of course they'd never admit to it though.

    Another " expert panel " with members who seemingly have next to no " expertise " in the issue at hand. What's with the pretence that they are supposed to represent the view of the public in their discussions? The view of the 80-90 % of public has been made crystal clear in the recent surveys, public agrees the Emperor deserves what he asked for. LDP conservatives, bureaucrats and " experts " should stop procrastinating and get going on this instead.

    Posted in: Gov't launches panel to discuss emperor's abdication

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    marcelito

    So next time one sees an old geezer pissing on a street corner for an umpteenth time, can we pull his ears and tell him to stop. Would that be ok and acceptable too then?

    Posted in: 89-year-old man arrested for assaulting 'noisy' children

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    marcelito

    Get a pair of ear plugs geezer.

    Posted in: 89-year-old man arrested for assaulting 'noisy' children

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    Ishihara trained his lapdogs quite well.

    Yeah, standard J-politician & bureaucrat answer... "I wasn't aware." It's always someone else that's responsible and that someone never gets found out. In the very worst case scenario when a scapegoat is unavoidably necessary, the individual who " takes one for the boys" will just quietly find a way to some nice amakudari post somewhere out of sight once the noise subsides. Taking responsibility J- Inc style.

    Posted in: Cyanide detected beneath new Tokyo wholesale fish market building

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    If any keyboard warrior wants to rail against " wasting public funds " there are a number of more prominent targets since Japan is the paradise of white elephant projects and other bureaucratic waste and corruption. Medical care for a disabled child is not one of them.

    Posted in: Japan confronts disability stigma after silence over murder victims' names

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    marcelito

    Incredible. Hats off!!

    Posted in: Pedal power

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    marcelito

    Noda almost single-handedly brought down DPJ when they were in power last time by bringing DPJ policies too close to LDP and by agreeing to implement the consumption tax which at the time was a guaranteed way to destroy a governing party at the election. And whatever happened to the deal he.negotiated in exchange, having 40-80 seats cut from the Diet to prove to the public that the politician dinosaurs were willing to " sacrifice themselves " to show solidarity with the public about to be hit with the tax increase. Amazing how that deal quietly fizzled out ( even though it's main.Abe,s LDP govt. responsible for that trick). Anyhow, I was surprised to see she picked him. Only reason I can think of us to keep the old guard in DPJ in check and use his old boys and bureaucratic connections. This is early days so hopefully she will bring more energic fresh blood in the next reshuffle.

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    marcelito

    On Thursday, Shinato Ishihara, who was governor of Tokyo in 2008, told reporters he had no knowledge about the contamination issues, Fuji TV reported. He said he wasn’t an architect or environmental expert, that he did not understand the technical details and relied on advice from his aides.

    Ah, he had no knowledge...BS. Koike has been in her job for a few weeks and she aquired this "knowledge " about there being contamination issues. All it takes is a test or two it seems. Ishihara is J-corruption exemplified.

    Posted in: Tokyo gov't investigating underground water at Toyosu fish market site

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    marcelito

    Aly Rustom - spot on. Its becoming more evident that it might take some "girl power " to really start some major changes in J-land since the male politicians by large seem unable to do so.

    Posted in: Japan's troika of top women in politics

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    marcelito

    At Mohonk, a 50-minute guided forest bathing experience is $160.

    Seriously? $160 bucks to take an hours walk in a forrest with someone who tells you to "open up your senses " to whats around you? Time for a career change, wher do i sign up to become a "forest therapist"?

    Posted in: Forest bathing: A mindful walk in the woods, no getting wet

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    marcelito

    Agree with Smith. Btw Renho is by far the best choice for a DP leader. Youthful, energetic with ideas, wit and smarts. Hopefully under her leadership the opposition will be able to reinvigorate and offer itself as a viable alternative to the establishment once again. Being a woman and with her dual nationality to boot, the LDP old guard will be coming after her with a vengeance. No doubt the LDP dirt digging unit has been working overtime trying to find skeletons to sink her as soon as they can. Really hope as a leader she ll be able to bring positive change and some winds of change to the current state of J-politics.

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    marcelito

    Cool. Good for the work /life balance as well as the taxpayer pocket. How many companies will choose to follow will be interesting to watch.

    Posted in: Koike tells Tokyo gov't employees to finish work by 8 p.m.

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    marcelito

    Why not, seems like a good idea and it sure looks better than the derelict stations with a fence around them that are just left to rot.

    Posted in: Old gas stations in Japan being converted into ramen restaurants

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    marcelito

    **bullfighter Are you including Australia in Asia? Politicians holding dual citizenship (usually UK-Australia) has been a very contentious issue there. Search on "Tony Abbot citizenship" to get an example. **

    It was far from contentious. Dual citizenship of Abbot was a non issue in the Australian electorate. Even though it was raised by some independent media there it was largely ignored by its mainstream peers and the Australian public. And the " issue " obviously didn't stop him from becoming a PM.

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    marcelito

    5speedeacer Better calm down, if one was to collect all the examples if " incompetence, oversight s and disgraceful behaviour by the members of LDP leadership teams over the years it would fill a small library. And the size of that library would double if the media were a bit more rigorous here. Btw, what's the exact connection you are trying to imply between the Senkaku issue and Renho personally?

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    marcelito

    But....the shoes were real Italian.( and a gift from an LDP friendly construction company boss to boot ). Why cant you people just understand?

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    marcelito

    Sangetsu - 100% right. Having said that, how about some relief for the lower and middle class taxpayers of Japan. Oh yeah, i forget ..that one is " impossible" , unlike the perpetual giveaways by LDP to the Japan inc. And yet people vote for them over and over. Here is hoping that with Renho as a leader the opposition will be able to muster better electoral results nex time round to at least keep the LDP drunken sailor clowns in check.

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    marcelito

    Hats off to all the paralympians.

    Posted in: Big jump

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    marcelito

    The peace plan hinges on a partnership to target Islamic state and Al Quaida ..so whats holding it up on the US side.?....oh, wait.....

    Posted in: Russia blames U.S. for holding up a deal in Syria

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