Komeito platform supports tax hike delay, avoids Constitution debate

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/komeito-platform-supports-tax-hike-delay-avoids-constitution-debate

TOKYO —

Komeito, the junior partner of the Liberal Democratic Party in the ruling coalition, has announced its campaign pledges for the July 10 upper house election, which include an endorsement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to postpone the consumption tax hike to 2019.

But Komeito was mute on the controversial issue of amending the Constitution, as Abe is eager to do, in contrast to the pledges it made before the elections for the upper house in 2013 and lower house in 2014.

Komeito then called constitutional revision one of the “important political issues,” and proposed “adding” new ideas and clauses to the Constitution such as a right of Japanese citizens to a healthy natural environment.

Revising the country’s supreme law “will not be a campaign issue,” Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi told a press conference, even though opposition parties are warning the public that victory by the ruling parties next month could set the stage for revising the Constitution’s war-renouncing Article 9.

“Our basic stance is that we should (first) deepen discussions on the issue through the Diet’s constitution commissions and elsewhere and seek wider support from the public,” Yamaguchi said.

The LDP is also apparently downplaying the matter out of concern at triggering a public backlash. Only briefly at the very bottom of its campaign pledge list does it say it will aim at revision.

On the economic front, Komeito expressed support for delaying the 2-percentage-point consumption tax hike to October 2019 from April 2017. Yet it also vows to bolster child-rearing support and social security measures to the extent possible without issuing government bonds to pay the added cost.

Instead, Komeito proposed paying the tab using the “fruits” of the “Abenomics” monetary and fiscal policy mix that the prime minister has pursued over the past three and a half years.

In an effort to address poverty, Komeito proposes creating a scholarship program in which recipients will not have to repay the money. It also promised to work to revise the Political Funds Control Law to make lawmakers bear more responsibility for the actions of their staff to address money scandals.

Regarding nuclear power, Komeito said it will allow reactors to resume operating that have cleared tougher safety requirements imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. But it said it will not allow the construction of new reactors.

The Japanese Communist Party also announced its campaign promises on Thursday, which in particular call for scrapping new security laws that it believes contravene the pacifist Constitution and object to any constitutional revision under Abe’s government.

“The prime minister has said this election is about Abenomics, but we will not allow him to only focus on that issue. The election should call into question his reckless handling of the government, in which he has ignored public opinion,” JCP leader Kazuo Shii said at a press conference.

The security laws, which expand the scope for the Self-Defense Forces to operate overseas, passed the Diet last year and took effect in March despite a wave of public protests.

The most notable change is that Japan is now allowed, although in a limited manner, to exercise the right to collective self-defense—or coming to the aid of the United States and other friendly nations under armed attack even if Japan itself is not attacked.

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‘He is from Windsor’: Canadian identified as leader of ISIL affiliate in Bangladesh

‘He is from Windsor’: Canadian identified as leader of ISIL affiliate in Bangladesh

After the near-decapitated body of a 68-year-old Hindu priest was found in western Bangladesh on Tuesday, the local ISIL affiliate claimed responsibility in a communiqué that vowed to “cleanse” the country of “filth.”

It was the latest in a wave of sectarian killings in Bangladesh — many of them attributed to a regional franchise of ISIL that is reportedly led by a Canadian and former southwestern Ontario resident named Tamim Chowdhury.

“He is from Windsor,” said Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University’s Resilience Research Centre. “People who knew him say he was a quiet guy. Not much else is known about him at the moment.”

According to a report in the Bangladesh newspaper The Daily Star, Chowdhury now uses the alias Shaykh Abu Ibrahim Al-Hanif, who was identified in the latest edition of the ISIL propaganda magazine Dabiq as the “emir” of its branch in Bangladesh.

In the magazine, distributed in April, Al-Hanif comes across as a violent hatemonger, referring to Hinduism as a “filthy, cow-worshipping religion” and threatening to “slaughter” those who did not subscribe to his militant version of Islam.

“We let our actions do the talking,” the lengthy interview quoted him saying. “And our soldiers are presently sharpening their knives to slaughter the atheists, the mockers of the prophet and every other apostate in the region.”

Although not large, the Bangladeshi ISIL branch is believed to have committed more than two dozen murders over the past 18 months, Zayadul Ahsan wrote in the Daily Star, which said some members were veterans of the Syrian conflict.

“Targets of the so-called IS include a wide spectrum of people — Hindu, Christian, Buddhist or Bahai leaders,” as well as Shias, spiritual leaders, university teachers, religious converts and foreigners, among others, Ahsan wrote.

The latest victim was reportedly Ananda Gopal Ganguly, who was riding his bicycle to his temple to conduct a prayer service on Tuesday when three men approached him from behind on a motorcycle and hacked him to death.

Islamophobia Hotline could be coming to your community

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/06/islamophobia-hotline-could-be-coming-to-your-community

So now there is an Islamophobia hotline, maybe coming to your neighborhood, too. This one is set up in Alberta, Canada.

But let’s look at the truth about hate crimes: anti-semitic hate crimes, according to FBI stats, still by far surpass Islamophobia hate crimes, by a ratio of more than 3.5 to 1. One also has to remember that if Jews are more visible, for example, by increasing the wearing of Jewish symbols such as the kippah or the Star of David, then that ratio would likely be even higher. This inflation of Muslim victimology is appalling.

Another question to consider about hate crimes is whether they are accurately based on discrimination against difference of religion and ethnicity. Although hate crimes should never be tolerated, Westerners are becoming increasing intolerant of Muslims, but because of differences in religion and/or ethnicity, but because of threats to their well-being. Examples: the widespread violence in Europe from Muslim refugees, calls to violence by the Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood advances on our university campuses, as well as the tireless work of “mainstream” Muslim organizations that claim to represent human rights and Muslim advocacy when they are really fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood (and deemed unindicted co-conspirators at the Holy Land Foundation Trial).

These factors sadly sometimes cause an adverse reaction against all Muslims, including innocent ones; and even more so when Western leaders betray their populations — in the name of diversity — by becoming politically correct useful idiots in the face of the quest for global sharia dominance, thereby being complicit to the slow destruction from within.

An important fact to keep in mind about the word Islamophobia came from former Imam, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who also once belonged to the International Institute for Islamic Thought. He was there when the term Islamophobia was created, and stated of it: “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”

 

“Alberta Islamophobia Hotline getting daily use”,  By: Ryan Tumilty, Metro News, June 7, 2016:

A hotline meant to give victims of Islamophobia a place to call has received more than one complaint per day since it was launched.

The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council launched the hotline in early April and has received 78 complaints so far. Mustafa Farooq, who manages the hotline, said that’s more than they anticipated.
“Since the line has opened we keep hearing more and more feedback from our community,” he said.
The hotline was set up in response to several incidents of vandalism and other hate crimes directed towards Muslims in Alberta….

Ed Sheeran sued for copyright over hit Photograph which is ‘note-for-note copy’ of Matt Cardle single

 

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-06-09/ed-sheeran-sued-for-copyright-over-hit-photograph-which-is-note-for-note-copy-of-matt-cardle-single/

 

 

Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20 million over alleged copyright theft of his hit song Photograph.

The pop star is accused of making a “note-for-note copy” of a song called Amazing, which was released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2010.

The claim is being brought by California songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, who penned the Cardle track a year earlier.

They are being represented by Richard Busch – the same lawyer who won the Marvin Gaye lawsuit over infringement of Blurred Lines.

According to the lawsuit, both songs have similar choruses and share 39 notes in common identical in pitch and duration.

False Rape Accuser: Natasha Uttamsingh

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/british-student-natasha-uttamsingh-jailed-for-15-months-for-faking-rape-and-assault-claims/news-story/97c3c2f4157c7d1f4a52a492829e1803

 

A BRITISH student has been jailed for 15 months after altering medical records and lying about being strangled and raped by her ex-boyfriend.

Natasha Uttamsingh threatened to ruin Aakash Andrews’ life by telling police he beat her “to the point of unconsciousness” after he ended their relationship, Guildford Crown Court heard.

As a result, Mr Andrews was forcibly removed from the flat she shared with Uttamsingh and arrested.

The 22-year-old single mother went to great lengths to “prove” her allegations, altering her doctor’s report to secure a non-molestation order against Mr Andrews, and forging phone records.

She also changed a contact in her phone to make it appear as if Mr Andrews had called her 25 times.

But Uttamsingh’s story unravelled after police discovered a message on her phone which she had sent to herself from Mr Andrews’s mobile, saying he had raped her. Further investigation revealed the text had been sent when the phone was not in Mr Andrew’s possession.

“When he suggested finishing it she told him she was pregnant,” Prosecutor Tony Prosser said in court.

“He said he wanted to go away for a few days. She stood in front of him and said she would report him for domestic assault if he were to try to leave her.”

Defence lawyer Michael Hillman told the court his client had a personality disorder and that any conviction would hinder her prospects of becoming a midwife.

“She maintains that she was the victim of abuse but she has to acknowledge that as a result of her own conduct one will never know whether that was indeed a true complaint given the lies and the very significant lies that followed that allegation,” Mr Hillman said.

Judge Christopher Critchlow sentenced Uttamsingh to 15 months jail.

“You have tried to influence a court by dishonestly altering medical records and tried to bring problems into Aakash Andrews’ life and you have succeeded in doing that,” he said.

Canadian Minister Bans Delivery Of “Right-Wing” Newspaper In Alarming Act Of Censorship

Proving that feminist politicians believe in following their feelings as much as their non-politician contemporaries, a female Canadian government minister has ordered Canada Post to stop delivering a controversial right-wing newspaper. Depending on how desperate the publisher and staff are to keep Your Ward News going, the decision is tantamount to a ban. Judy Foote, who serves as the national Public Services and Procurement Minister, said she believed the publication violated subsection 319(2) of the Canadian criminal code. Tellingly, police who had investigated the newspaper and its staff found no evidence of hate speech.

Censorship in Canada, whether official or unofficial, legal or illegal, should be as surprising to you as rain is to England. The fulcrum of Roosh’s new book, Free Speech Isn’t Free, comes from his experiences of literally being hunted down by rabid SJWs and their mainstream political and media enablers. Like in many other jurisdictions, the concept of “free speech” has become an empty vessel that the powers-that-be conjure up from time to time to pretend that they are classical liberals like Montesquieu, rather than the fascistic far-left ideologues they really are.

 

http://www.returnofkings.com/88462/canadian-minister-bans-delivery-of-right-wing-newspaper-in-alarming-act-of-censorship