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marcelitoOct. 25, 2016 - 06:30PM JST
I didn't agree with some of Abbott, s policies and ideas but he is nowhere near as bad and vulgar as that Trump hairpiece.
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marcelitoOct. 24, 2016 - 11:42PM JST
Article VIII exempts scientific whaling from ALL other provisions of the IWC, "
Yes , too bad however that 90 % of the " developed world countries " that Japan so loves to be included in the world stage don't accept Japanese whaling as genuine " science. So that line of argument is killed of right there.
Then we are back to the same old tired " its our culture and tradition so respect it " argument. Just why those pesky foreigners can't accept Japan, s long cultural tradition of sending fleets into the Antarctic is truly puzzling.
Posted in: Whalers in crosshairs at IWC meeting this week
marcelitoOct. 22, 2016 - 01:52PM JST
" Kyrgios is a character who makes the tennis world more interesting "
Sorry to disagree...he is a spoiled twit as the article states. Simple as that.
Posted in: Kyrgios shows sports' misplaced faith in pure talent
marcelitoOct. 22, 2016 - 01:45PM JST
*Will she be running for PM next? *
I sure hope so. Japan needs a PM to shake things up, stand up to the J-inc and vested interests and reform the system.
Since the old boys seem incapable of achieving that perhaps it will take either Koike or Renho, s " girl power " to achieve something. We can only dream.
Posted in: Koike to visit Fukushima in Nov to inspect rebuilding
marcelitoOct. 21, 2016 - 10:49PM JST
If the panel and ministry get cracking at their usual speed, they might be able to have the technology ready to launch at the same time as..lets,s say the new maglev line technology in around 2035 .
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marcelitoOct. 21, 2016 - 09:39PM JST
FISA and IOC were promised something "*
Yes, well...Japanese taxpayers were also.promised something. Games that they were told would cost 15 times less.than the latest estimates after the promised costs mysteriously ballooned into the stratosphere. Why should the taxpayer always be the one to.bend over?
What's wrong with Miyagi?
Japan made such a big deal.out of the Tohoku 3/11 damage to get sympathy votes for their bid so why couldn't the rowing event be held up there...it's only fitting.
The most hypocritical twist is that only today the head construction conglomerates spokesman, oh I mean the 2020 Olympic bigwig Mori has asked the IOC to bend the Olympic torch relay rules to allow the torch to be carried for longer through Tohoku but only a few days ago he was against holding the rowing event there. Guess which one of those two events would benefit the Tohoku region more?
Posted in: International Rowing Federation against Tokyo 2020 venue change
marcelitoOct. 21, 2016 - 07:44AM JST
Perhaps FISA should contribute towards the Sea Forest venue costs then, if other, almost ready to go venues are not to their standard."
marcelitoOct. 17, 2016 - 07:51PM JST
Japan should be given full control, there is no other acceptable option"
LOL..good one...I'm sure the Russians love a good joke as much as anyone, but get real....
Posted in: Japan denies discussing joint administration of disputed Russian-held isles
marcelitoOct. 17, 2016 - 06:28PM JST
Why do they keep calling it an "expert panel" when none of the members have any expertise in the Imperial law?
Just another way to give a nice taxpayer funded bonus to six random people with the right connections whose recommendation in the end will be ignored anyway as the govt. and Imperial agency push their own solution to the abdication issue.
Posted in: Panel meets to study emperor's possible abdication
marcelitoOct. 17, 2016 - 09:53AM JST
Kibousha,s comment nailed it perfectly.
This is like something out of a sitcom...
It takes like what less than a minute to dissolve the powder formula in hot water. Surely any man worth his salt could clear this sky high obstacle if they were really serious about helping.
Me thinks the problem of J-men not being involved with raising kids might just maybe lie somewhere else.
This is just another example of useless bureaucrats handling an issue J style...yeah, let's form another panel to study this gigantic issue...it will take us 6 months till next March to draw up a policy which could be summed up in 3 words -" sell the formula ".
marcelitoOct. 16, 2016 - 06:24PM JST
" yet Abe and Kuroda keep praising it "
Yeah, they must have seen Seinfeld's George Costanza utter his famous line " It's not a lie if YOU believe it ;-).
And yet Abe keeps getting a carte blanche from the J-voters.
Hopefully Renho will be able to burst his bubble a litle bit come election time in the New Year.
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marcelitoOct. 16, 2016 - 12:02PM JST
I can’t recommend it (to the international federation) as a temporary facility will not leave anything as a legacy,” said Kimura, who maintains that the events should be held at the Sea Forest Waterway.
How about the legacy of saving the taxpayers billions of yen instead of wasting it on building the new facilities?
Oh...that would mean getting less kickbacks wouldn't it? So let's oppose that one.
Btw, wasn't the emotional appeal by Abe and the Japan bid team when trying to win the Games all about helping the people of Tohoku recover after 3/11 by bringing the games to Japan? ( what better way to go about it than hosting some events in Tohoku )
Please don't tell me that was just a cynical ploy , couldn't be, could it...?
marcelitoOct. 16, 2016 - 09:59AM JST
Wonder how many retired ex bureaucrats from Ministry of Health are " employed " as board members and special advisors " of big pharma companies in Japan, using their connections to ensure government pays top prices for the drugs.
There is your answer for why the same drugs are so much more expensive than overseas.
marcelitoOct. 14, 2016 - 05:32PM JST
Very classy Japan.
No Nanking documents but the listing of Kamikaze pilots are just fine, right?
marcelitoOct. 13, 2016 - 09:55AM JST
bid team made illegal payments of over $2 million to a Singapore bank account linked to the son of disgraced former international athletics chief Lamine Diack, but Tokyo said the payments were legitimate and the IOC said it saw no reason to doubt Tokyo’s word.
Thats almost comical....remember the media pics of the derelict apartment in Singapore housing block that was the registered adress for the shell "consultancy business" Tokyo bid team made the payment to?
If that was legitimate, pigs are flying outside right now.
Naturally, IOC has " no reason" to doubt Tokyo,s word.
IOC -corrupt boys network if ever there was one. Hope Koike sticks it to them and relocates the rowing / canoeing event to Miyagi despite their "objections".
You go girl !
Posted in: Koike says now's the last chance to rein in Olympic costs
marcelitoOct. 13, 2016 - 09:42AM JST
** the IOC, the international federations, the national federations, Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government came to the conclusion that Sea Forest Waterway was the most promising and best suited for the hosting of rowing competitions.”*
*.....Translation - building the facility there offers the best chances of a lot of thick brown envelopes exchanging hands as opposed to Miyagi.
Miyagi governor has proposed recycling temporary housing for evacuees from the 2011 disaster as accommodation for the athletes.
After such a big emotional deal was made during Japan,s bid about the games bringing hope to a lifting the spirits of Tohoku residents, this is precisely what would be appreciated by the folks up there. Athletes and spectators coming up to Tohoku, injecting money into the local economy and showing some spirit by using the revamped evacuee housing village. Alas, not much kickbacks and profits for the big boys in suits in that so they,ll fight it tooth and nail.
Posted in: Tokyo organizers say rowing venue for 2020 Olympics should stay put
marcelitoOct. 10, 2016 - 09:43PM JST
*Did you read the article? Looks like Komeito is more the problem than the LDP. Komeito is an odd mix of some fairly progressive policies and some very conservative policies."
Yes, I did read it. This particular version on JT quotes Komeito,s Saito San with his " cautious view " but in other articles it mentions not just " some " but a " number of LDP members " fretting about alienating voters before the not yet officially announced election that is coming in the New Year. That naturally includes the LDP members holding the seats that would be affected by the electoral redistribution in May and who are keen as mustard to have the election before that happens. Point is nothing radical will ever get done if the ruling party politicians always fret about loosing potential voters come next election . Having said that I agree that Komeito itself has a very mixed bag of policies. The best kicker is them supporting the new security laws and constitutional re-interpretation whilst supposedly " representing " their Buddhism oriented constituents and beliefs.
marcelitoOct. 10, 2016 - 11:58AM JST
That geezer needs a certificate as well " i,m old and a rude wanker to boot ".
Bet he was an Ishihara voter.
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marcelitoOct. 10, 2016 - 11:42AM JST
Those hopeless LDP oyajis here are never able to do what's necessary to affect a meaningful change because there is always another election coming and any proper structural change would " affect their votes ", so they fret and water down everything.
So once again after all the big words about fundamentaly changing and improving the system to make it fairer on everyone the result is next to zero. Another Abe hot-air bubble.
marcelitoOct. 09, 2016 - 12:29PM JST
Waiting for the state department "outrage at such a war crime ".
Oh...hold on, this was done by the " good guys" right,?
A genuine, very regrettable mistake it is then.
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Oct. 26, 2016 - 03:30AM JST
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Oct. 26, 2016 - 03:03AM JST
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Oct. 26, 2016 - 02:56AM JST
I hope karate replaces WTF taekwondo, which can be pretty dull for the spectator.
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Oct. 26, 2016 - 02:47AM JST
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