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Posted in: Japan reports 39,218 new coronavirus cases See in context

Strangely, I have a funny feeling these figures are going to get lower and lower as we approach, say, October 11th... Just a date off the top of my head.

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Posted in: Britain's Truss faces whirlwind week as politics resumes after queen's funeral See in context

@Awa no Gaijin

Don't think many people quite got your gag; Perhaps a mention of 'Wallace and Gromit' would've given more guidance?

Whatever anybody thinks of her, the UK is going to have to give her a fair crack of the whip. After the 'Boris Horror Picture Show' she'll have to be a complete and utter bozo (or Bojo perhaps) to lose her job before the next election.

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Posted in: Queen's 8 grandchildren hold silent vigil beside her coffin See in context

I'm certainly no royalist, but I always find the irony of pontificating about the British royalty by foreigners who live in Japan, indirectly supporting the Imperial house of Japan, quite bizarre.

It's none of my business, so let the have their pomp, and let the royal FAMILY mourn their deceased.

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Posted in: Judge: Kevin Spacey must pay $30 mil to 'House of Cards' makers See in context

NemoToday  11:01 am JST

Boy, the final season was BAD.

He should have to pay extra for subjecting us to it.

And yes, he does seem to be a sociopath. Maybe that is why he was so convincing in his character, because he was being himself?

The British original, with the late Ian Richardson, was far superior to Spacey's version, which dragged on for way too many series, pretty much becoming unwatchable. Kind of a lurid twist it ended the way it did, when it should have ended (along with Spacey's career) way earlier.

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Posted in: Warner Bros axes 'Batgirl,' won't release $90 mil HBO Max film See in context

Bob FosseToday  02:08 pm JST

Hasn't Tarantino made his self-allocation of ten films before 'retiring' (his words) to maintain quality?

No. He has made 9.

Wrong again.

Beg to differ- I can count just fine.

1992 Reservoir Dogs

1994 Pulp Fiction

1997Jackie Brown

2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1

2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2

2007 Death Proof

2009 Inglourious Basterds

2012 Django Unchained

2015 The Hateful Eight

2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Posted in: Warner Bros axes 'Batgirl,' won't release $90 mil HBO Max film See in context

Bob FosseToday  10:52 am JST

Haven't seen any Kubrick films risking cast members' safety: different level of respect.

I believe Kubrick is the greatest filmmaker and indeed maybe artist we have seen in our lifetimes. But he was no saint.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/stanley-kubrick-2001-space-odyssey-stuntman-risk-life-filming-a8290286.html?amp

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You said yourself, Kubrick died (over) twenty years ago, so he's hardly in a position to answer or counter any allegations, spurious or not: Funny how they pop up so long after events.

Bob FosseToday  09:07 am JST

Kubrick has been dead for 20 years and Tarantino will make another movie.

Hasn't Tarantino made his self-allocation of ten films before 'retiring' (his words) to maintain quality?

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Posted in: Warner Bros axes 'Batgirl,' won't release $90 mil HBO Max film See in context

Bob FosseToday  09:07 am JST

If you think Tarantino will compromise his vision you are mistaken.

Like endangering Uma Thurman and causing a car accident that almost killed her to get a cheap action shot?

Thurman even said Harvey Weistein was less of a threat than Tarantino.

Haven't seen any Kubrick films risking cast members' safety: different level of respect.

Anyways, good riddance to yet another completely unnecessary hero film. We need more like the likes of Kubrick in the film industry.

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Posted in: Japan's top court orders Twitter to delete posts on man's past arrest See in context

M3M3M3Today  10:40 am JST

Japanese courts are becoming increasingly sensitive to privacy concerns. It seems the 5th judge didn't even want his picture taken.

Best to read the article;

"...four judges on the Supreme Court's Second Petty Bench unanimously ruled..."

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Posted in: London port call See in context

YrralToday  03:45 pm JST

Kari,who can Japanese provide security for,the British empire fell, because lack of military power

So, how's the Japanese empire doing again? Pot, kettle, black.

I guess at least Japan has learnt to build smaller ships that are actually serviceable, while rather ironically believing diesel powered submarines are the way to go... Let's see how that works out in the future.

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Posted in: S Korea's robust response to N Korea seen aiding Japan's military push See in context

snakebyteToday  09:46 am JST

It should make it easier but some nationalities just don't 'get' or understand a sarcy comment.

Or sarky comments either...

The Japan government have been banging on for years about increasing military expenditure- All seems a little late to be planning to arm up, in this day and age. If it was going to be done, it should've been done decades ago, when a modicum of secrecy was possible.

Even NK can't keep their ambitions undercover, hence the increase in petulant actions. Japan would have to do it with the world (read: China and co.) watching. That sounds like no problem at all...

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Posted in: Japan says Sakhalin energy projects do not contradict Russia sanctions See in context

NadrewToday  12:21 pm JST

Japan does not need to be energy dependent. National security is enhanced when we stop depending on fossil fuels and go 100% renewable. This is a good investment for the future. And, should include battery storage and pumped hydro storage.

Far out, eco-submarines for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

How does that work exactly? 20 DIESEL powered submarines can suddenly become...?

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

GWToday  10:37 am JST

Another scary thing is that the ""bank"" likely has a computer/drive that uses floppy disks

The use of cassette tapes wouldn't have completely surprised me, still at least we're safe from Russian hackers, who've probably been alerted to the possibility of large handouts from Japan.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

8TToday  10:07 am JST

"He’ll probably spend half on bar girls and alcohol, the other half he’ll just waste.2

What else should he do with it? Save it for a rainy day?

@Random

Bit of George Best-ing is more than likely on the cards.

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Posted in: Japan says Sakhalin energy projects do not contradict Russia sanctions See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  07:47 am JST

Japan must secure its own energy and food sources in an ever more uncertain future.

We are fortunate to have one of the largest and most powerful Navy’s on earth. Maybe second most powerful.

Not even close to No.2 in the world Navy list. No.4 at best. What's more, Japan has no ballistic or nuclear subs, choosing, rather unfortunately, to run it's sub fleet on diesel.

Any brush up with Russia, and that would become real a problem.

Any brush up with China and food would become a problem.

Japan can ill afford to turn away Russian oil or gas, being just as, if not more reliant on them than Europe. Hence the need to toe the line with Russia in regards to the Sakhalin project.

Japan would be wise to view the situation the EU finds itself in now, and belatedly start planning for a, literally, darker future.

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Posted in: Japan freezes assets of Russia's Sberbank, Alfa Bank See in context

Now, did Japan give these banks ample time to transfer their assets back to Mother Russia and sell up anything nontransferable , I wonder.

It's all in the timing... isn't freezing point 0?

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Posted in: Voting opens in France runoff between Macron and Le Pen See in context

Matthew HopkinsToday  04:48 pm JST

"hoist the Swastika once again"

Lets be a bit more careful and call it a 'Nazi Swastika' because this is a forum run in Japan and I see plenty of swastika's around where I live everyday.

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No, you don't. I think you're confusing a swastika with a sauwastika, or manji in Japanese: They run counterclockwise, as opposed to a swastika running clockwise.

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Posted in: Police appeal for help 7 years after arson-murder of woman in Kanagawa See in context

zichiToday  03:25 am JST

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look at the video.

I did, before I commented, in fact- Seemed apt.

Thanks for presuming otherwise.

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Posted in: Police appeal for help 7 years after arson-murder of woman in Kanagawa See in context

zichiApr. 22  02:53 pm JST

It is easy to see from the photos and video, that the suspect is a male.

Have you been studying Japan police methodology again? Now if the suspect had looked foreign, They might have had to do their own job rather than lazily throw it out to the general public...

2700 people questioned? Really?

" Seen this fella?"

"Nope."

"Thanks for your help."

kaimycahlApr. 22  10:11 pm JST

new investigative techniques 

Riiight, in Japan. A different way to plaster up 'Wanted posters' perhaps?

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Posted in: 55% of Japan firms based overseas impacted by Ukraine crisis: poll See in context

(France) As the only European country included in the survey

Well that was a valuable and insightful survey, what with the war actually being in Europe. Wouldn't want to give too much on the ground negative information, would we. It was an online survey: How hard would it have been to broaden the scope?

Worth every penny, I'm sure.

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

vic.MToday  07:52 am JST

All those that villify Putin and Russia need to go and learn History and the past agreements between Russia and Ukrain which still stand today.

Right, so those that DON'T 'vilify' (think that's the word you were looking for) Putin and Russia and support him, don't need to learn any history.

Sounds about right, after hearing Putin's rant on Ukrainian history.

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

Russia evacuates 'Diplomats'; first chuckle(not) of the morning.

Russia and diplomacy: Never the twain shall meet.

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Posted in: Japanese court orders damages over forced sterilization for first time See in context

Awarding exactly half of the 55 million they were seeking...

Isn't this the system tacitly implying " You didn't wholly win, and we didn't lose either".

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Posted in: Britain beats Japan 10-3 to win Olympic women’s curling gold See in context

lolozo79Today  06:41 pm JST

"Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure...by Japanese media"

No, it won't. Japan has more than proven itself in the women's speed skating.

And I think you missed my point: Japanese MEDIA- Not the Japanese: the media who've been touting them as de facto gold medallists. THEY won't want to admit they've yet again overplayed their hand, so will more than likely 'Commiserate' on the ladies' team's behalf.

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Posted in: Britain beats Japan 10-3 to win Olympic women’s curling gold See in context

Congratulations to the British ladies team from Scotland.

Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure, no doubt, by Japanese media; Kind of ironic as they clearly put untenable prior pressure on the Japan team, as they so often do with Japanese athletes in international sporting events, to win.

Can't just cheer them on now, can you...

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Posted in: Razzies add 'Worst performance by Bruce Willis' category See in context

starpunkToday  12:33 pm JST

expatToday  12:02 pm JST

He's become a meme, just as so many other Hollywood "actors" have. Most of them are incapable of meeting even the minimum criterion for acting, which is to portray a person other than yourself believably.

He's been portraying the same lunkheaded roles for so long.

Yeah, think he probably got his fingers burnt on 'Hudson Hawk': A movie they quite literally made up the story of on the spot, whilst filming- It certainly showed. No wonder he returned to what he does, ahem, 'Best'...

Richard E. Grant's biography has some interesting insights into the man, around that time.

Seem to remember 'Under the boardwalk' was his one hit in the UK.

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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi See in context

Peeping_TomToday  04:16 am JST

1) "Health benefits of mochi

When you combine rice and seaweed, mochi is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol.

This is true, and for the nori seaweed too.

It is also a good source of Vitamins A, C, E (Alpha Tocopherol), and K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Phosphorus. It’s also a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese."

This is disingenuous : All those benefits are from the nori seaweed wrap, not the mochi itself, which has negligible vitamin or mineral content. Why, surely you could just eat the nori and get the same benefits.

Nice try. Nice googling, too.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

@Zichi

I think you mean Universal Basic Income.

Children shouldn't need to be needed or used for the past imprudence of older generations.

The elderly continually voted in and continue to vote in aged, incompetent politicians, for the sole purpose of safeguarding their contributions and guaranteeing a comfortable return: It's not the fault or responsibility of future generations to prop up a decrepit system that frittered away the nations wealth with no forethought.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

zichiToday  05:40 pm JST

The country needs all the children it can produce. Falling birth rates.

The country doesn't- The safeguarded members of the unbending and unrelenting system do, to put off overhauling their superannuated approach to the modern world, maintaining their positions at the expense of the rest of the country, present and future.

For single parents, it's a double whammy: They can see the future hardships ahead for their children.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

longfortherideToday  09:10 am JST

I wish there is a way to find some of these people. I would personally help 1 or 2 of the families that can not afford food. Sadly because of the embarrassment involved they stay very quiet. If anyone knows of a site or place I could do that please post it. Not looking to donate to a charity that takes salaries but rather 1 or 2 individuals to directly help out.

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Really find it hard to believe some cold- hearted person had the gall to down-vote you for that- Well done, whomever you are: Your anonymity shines bright.

Japan has to be one of the least generous, charitably-minded nations I've ever been to. Happy to throw money into the boxes at temples and shrines and pay for ceremonies held by the mercedes-driving priests, whilst holding the manifestly false belief that the govt. take care of those in need.

Catch 22 connivance on a nationwide scale and, as the last couple of years has demonstrated, it's a slippery slope.

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Posted in: 3 members of K-pop sensation BTS diagnosed with COVID-19 See in context

Sindhoor GKToday  07:52 pm JST

Foreign artists do get to no.1 in Japan.

Find me one: you can't in the last 25 odd years, apart from CoVID-19 champs BTS ('fellow' East Asians: Japan can play nice if enough money is involved) of course. Oh, you must be a 'Flashdance (what a feeling)' fan. The Nolans? Daniel Boone? Ring any bells?

"This is a list of songs that have peaked at number-one on the Oricon Singles Chart, the preeminent singles chart in Japan, which was created in 1967, and monitors the number of physical single purchases of the most popular singles."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oricon_number-one_singles_of_1991

How about the Billboard, then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_artists_who_reached_number_one_on_the_Japan_Hot_100

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