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Posted in: 2025 World Expo in Osaka ticket prices may see over 30% hike See in context

@JeffLee

They'll probably be ballooning to pay the greying members of the population who'll undoubtedly be doing the 'Security'.

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Posted in: Japanese company: 'High probability' lander crashed on moon See in context

deanzaZZRToday  08:27 am JST

China's moon missions have all been successful 

And China's statistics are always so forthright, honest and open to scrutiny...

At least these guys have been very been upfront about the failure, which should help them gain support for future attempts.

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Posted in: Kishida denies he is considering snap election See in context

The only version of 'Janken' these guys know how to play would only have 'Rock, Scissors'.

Guess who's perpetually 'Rock'.

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Posted in: Man arrested for trying to rob convenience store says he was hungry See in context

Michael MachidaApr. 18  09:56 am JST

A government that cannot take its head out of it's A$ to understand what it's doing to the citizens.

Sadly, I think they are all too aware of what they are doing to the citizens.

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Posted in: Japan approves Osaka as site of country's first casino resort See in context

kurisupisuToday  07:13 pm JST

The resort is targeting 520 billion yen of revenue annually, mostly from the gaming business…

Revenue?

Is that what it is called?

Taking money from those that can ill afford to lose it…

Raking in would be closer to the truth, I think.

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Posted in: Tributes pour in for Japanese musician Sakamoto See in context

Also did some nice keyboards for Public Image Ltd. on 'Rise' (or 'Single') with John Lydon, AKA Johnny Rotten of 'The sex pistols'

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Posted in: Foreign entries into Japan surge 12-fold in 2022 See in context

rcchToday  08:50 pm JST

but of course, the way Japan looks at tourists/short term visitors/foreign students is completely different from the way Japan looks at long term foreign residents.

Sure, that's why we're all labelled with the adjective 'Foreign'-Japanese or 'Foreign'.

As many have already pointed out, these figures don't differentiate between any people 'Foreign' entering the country, and their reasons to do so, in 2022- disingenuous, to say the least.

Fighto!Today  09:23 pm JST

It would be the last place on earth where i would want to go on holidays for sure!

"You sound like someone who has never used social media. Or travelled.

Japan is where EVERYONE wants to go. From Kinkkaku-ji, to Fuji San, to Niseko to Kanazawa. The world wants to be in Japan.

Best place on earth. Fact."

YOU sound like someone who has never used social media. Or travelled.

I've been to many places I regard as nothing less than equally as good as anything Japan has to offer.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori casts doubt on Japan's excessive support for Ukraine See in context

Japan has put in "such a big effort to support Ukraine," 

What planet do these old boys live on? It can't be Earth.

I think Mori has more than likely received more 'Support' than the Ukraine ever will from Japan.

But I'm sure Japan and Mori will join any victory celebrations, with whomsoever may be holding them.

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Posted in: Wuhan turns page on COVID, three years on See in context

elephant200Today  05:33 pm JST

I am sure China has much lower death tolls than America's 1.5 million deaths 

Well, as long as YOU are sure, there needn't be any need to question China's 'Official' figures.

We can all rest easy- It's all above board...

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Posted in: Wuhan turns page on COVID, three years on See in context

Residents of China's Wuhan said Monday

Seriously? What kind of junk news reporting is this? 11 million residents said this, did they? Or just a delivery driver and a cleaner, representing the opinions of all residents?

Sheikh YerboabyToday  04:18 pm JST

Wait.....Wuhan market WASN'T the epicentre of the outbreak??

Exactly-When did journalism turn into pure conjecture, because that's all this piece of work really represents.

And people get paid for writing this kind of scantly researched tripe...

 wearing glasses and a black face mask to keep warm.

Absolutely priceless- "to keep warm". Isn't that why everyone is wearing face masks?

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Posted in: Japan refiles request to list divisive gold mine on UNESCO See in context

Japan submitted updated documents on Thursday.

In brown envelopes, by any chance?

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Posted in: Japan to roll out plans to back Ukraine at 'appropriate time,' U.S. official says See in context

And risk losing their share of the Sakhalin-II gas project?

"Appropriate time"= nothing of any substance will be forthcoming from Japan before Russia is out of Ukraine.

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Posted in: 15 people injured in 20-vehicle expressway pileup in western Japan See in context

@h0nz4

Don't get me wrong, I think roundabouts work very well... in Europe: They don't quite have the problem Japan has with bosozoku and boy racers who NEVER slow down or stop, even for the police (maybe especially not for) who have all but given up chasing them.

In Osaka every weekend they're out racing and they clearly don't give a damn about their own or anyone else's safety: roundabouts would only provide more of a challenge to them. And trucks just charge around the city like it's a race track.

I also don't believe Japanese drivers, on the whole(but not everbody) have the patience for roundabouts and they'd probably lead to more accidents: You made the point yourself- People still frequently jump the lights, so I don't think the root of the problem is which system is best.

As with the traffic lights, I didn't really make myself clear. The authorities pretty much know people will jump the first set but will have to stop at the second set, which are often before major junctions or crossroads.

What is needed is REAL driving test in Japan, not the paper mockery they currently have, in order to root out more of those who clearly shouldn't be on the roads.

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Posted in: 15 people injured in 20-vehicle expressway pileup in western Japan See in context

BertieWoosterToday  05:51 pm JST

Road design in Japan is terrible. Roads like this need to be designed from the driver's point of view. Traffic lights are used far too much here. Roundabouts are much safer. In the U.K. most motorways exit onto a roundabout.

More roundabouts please!

 There's a good reason there are so many traffic lights, especially in Kansai. Most traffic lights in Osaka, for example, are in tandem: one set and 200 metres up the road, another set. Why? Because Kansai drivers are notorious for jumping red lights and before this system came in, it used to be a real problem.

As for roundabouts- Lord no. With the many crazy truckers, bosozoku and boy racers, they would be a disaster, of that I'm sure.

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Posted in: Terry Hall, singer of ska band The Specials, dies aged 63 See in context

Actually Jerry Dammers, the founder of The Specials, who invited Terry to join, wrote 'Ghost town' and Terry Et al. didn't like it or want to release it.

When The Specials reformed, Dammers was not invited by Terry and the rest.

I'm not saying he wasn't an excellent singer, but all his bands, Fun Boy Three aside, were rather non-eventful.

RIP, all the same.

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Posted in: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard settle defamation appeals See in context

Heard said she had lost faith in the American legal system- Surely, being the verdict of a jury trial, you should have lost faith in the people: It was their judgement.

Filing an appeal just a few weeks ago to have the jury's verdict reversed (or a completely new trial): Think a lot of people would have'Lost faith' if that happened.

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Posted in: Nearly 60% in Japan unaware of relaxed COVID-19 mask guidelines: survey See in context

HakmanToday  02:17 pm JST

True. I'm starting to wonder if a lot of Japanese politicians own lots of stock in mask-producing companies, and hence the downplaying of the "masks aren't needed" message.

Not accusing. Just wondering.

Well we all know Abe had very strong, indisputable connections with mask production.

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Posted in: Nearly 60% in Japan unaware of relaxed COVID-19 mask guidelines: survey See in context

0rei0Nov. 12  05:56 pm JST

YubaruToday  07:42 am JST

"Personally speaking, masks screw up my beard, so I either dont wear one, or put one on and forget about it until lunch, and when I take it off, I look like something the cat dragged in from off the street!"

Oh I hear you so well- I actually grew myself a ZZ Top just to get my beard outside and under my mask, and manageable!

Don't know which draws more attention: My homemade paisley/ flower power pattern masks (when I can be bothered to wear one) or my beard and long hippie hair.

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Wow, there really are some people with too much time on their hands...

Take off your mask and be free, my friend. The anonymous internet would appear to be enough of a mask.

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Posted in: Nearly 60% in Japan unaware of relaxed COVID-19 mask guidelines: survey See in context

YubaruToday  07:42 am JST

Personally speaking, masks screw up my beard, so I either dont wear one, or put one on and forget about it until lunch, and when I take it off, I look like something the cat dragged in from off the street!

Oh I hear you so well- I actually grew myself a ZZ Top just to get my beard outside and under my mask, and manageable!

Don't know which draws more attention: My homemade paisley/ flower power pattern masks (when I can be bothered to wear one) or my beard and long hippie hair.

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Posted in: Kevin Spacey faces civil trial on sexual assault claims See in context

@u_s__reamer

He has so much more to'wriggle' his way out.

He still has four counts of sexual assault charges in the UK too.

Some seem to be happy to give him way too much 'wriggle room'.

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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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