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Posted in: Kishida fails to shine enough at G20 summit to boost his image at home See in context

For PM Kishida, just making it through a day, let alone a G20 summit, without an gaffe or self-inflicted wound, should be considered a success.

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Posted in: Uber Eats, Leafly team up to deliver cannabis in Toronto See in context

Uber (ridesharing) and cannabis. Two things Japan doesn't have thanks to ____.

...an overly-conservative society controlled by old politicians who don't believe in fun and good times.

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Posted in: Brazilian who fled Japan wanted over murder of wife, 3-year-old daughter See in context


Another failure from the keystone cops of Japan's police force. Too busy Why were they too slow and failed to stop him leaving the country? Too slow to act and acting after he fled.

@factchecerk, you might want to check your facts. The guy stabbed his daughter on August 20/21. He flew to Brazil on August 22. The wife's father called the police on August 24, at which time the cops went to the apartment and found the bodies. Now, I'm in no way a fan of the J-cops, but I fail to see how this is an any way their fault that he fled the country since they didn't even know about the crime until 2 days after the dude was gone.

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Posted in: Russian-owned successor of McDonald's opens in Moscow See in context

I'll have a Big Vlad set.

The logo looks similar to Mos Burger.

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Posted in: McDonald's to sell all 850 stores in Russia See in context

And McPutin's menu will feature the Big Vlad.

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Posted in: McDonald's to sell all 850 stores in Russia See in context

Does this mean the new owner will imitate McDonald's such as McBoris?

I'll bet it will be McPutin's.

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Posted in: 6 SDF members face punishment for unauthorized curry-eating See in context

This certainly won't curry any favor with his commanding officers, that's for sure. I'm sure he'll rue the day that he was caught.

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Posted in: S Korean World War II sex slavery victim seeks U.N. justice as time runs out See in context


If Japan is truly sorry and regretful of their actions, then no amount of apologies will be enough.

This way of thinking is truly toxic. If no amount of apologies will be enough, then there will never be room for forgiveness and healing. There will be no moving on, and only anger and hatred will remain for eternity.

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Tadashi Yanai, president of Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing, said the conflict should not deprive people in Russia of clothing, a basic human need.

I think what this should have said is, "Tadashi Yanai, president of Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing, said the conflict should not deprive a greedy company from taking advantage of a war to make a few extra bucks, a basic inhumane need."

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly gets suspended sentence; judge slams Ghosn See in context

So, basically he was not guilty but they had to save face for the prosecutors and J-gov so they found him guilty on charges for one year and gave a suspended sentence so he gets no prison time and can go free.

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Posted in: Japan to decide COVID quasi-emergency extension in 1st half of week See in context

I would love to see the government do some research and base decisions on actual fact because I would be willing to bet that more transmissions of COVID are from commuting on those packed trains and within the office once people get to work. They need to stop picking on bars and restaurants.

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Posted in: What do you think of the expression "new normal" when it is used in reference to how the post-pandemic world will be? See in context

”New abnormal" is more appropriate.

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Posted in: Toyota apologizes for suicide of employee after overwork, harassment See in context


It very much is Toyota's fault for fostering a company culture that allows its managers to harass their employees and force them to do overtime. I worked for a Toyota group company for 3 years that supplied parts to Toyota and it had the exact same toxic environment. Managers would routinely berate their staff in the middle of the office and call them names in front of their colleagues. I was told to clock out at 5:30pm but was expected to work until 9pm or 10pm. I complained to HR twice and on the third time, after 3 years, I quit and found a new job working for an American company in Tokyo with a much better company culture.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,198 new virus cases; 1,711 in Osaka, 1,644 in Okinawa See in context

How is the 3rd shot planning going? It really easy amazing that they didn't learn anything from the debacle of last year.

Right about now they should be faxing around the plan to start thinking about scheduling an exploratory meeting to decide whether they should consider early discussions about an initial conference call to talk about a booster shot. Meanwhile, cases will double every few days as has been the experience in other parts of the world.

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Posted in: Djokovic admits 'errors' in urgent fight to avoid deportation See in context

As the Judge said the other day " what more can this man do"

Well, he could get vaccinated for one thing...I really hope the Aussie government doesn't treat this lying anti-vaxxer better than it treats its own citizens.

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Posted in: Japan to decide on Beijing Games political boycott based on national interests: Kishida See in context

@Ricky - Good point and well taken, I agree it's not as black and white as principles vs. money, but I am also of the opinion, perhaps incorrectly, that China is fairly well entrenched in their current course of action and will not come back to the table unless it's with guarantees that the west and Japan will not compromise on. I should have added in the above that in reality, Japan's national interest goes hand-in-hand with American interests to a large extent as its main ally and so they won't send anyone, or they will send a delegation comprised of no one of consequence.

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Posted in: Japan to decide on Beijing Games political boycott based on national interests: Kishida See in context

If national interest equates to doing the morally right thing, don't send anyone, but if it's economics, they'll send a delegation. Principles vs. money. Money usually wins. Maybe he can split the difference and send an "offering" like he does to Yasukuni shrine...

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Posted in: End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years See in context

She served alongside four U.S. presidents, four French presidents, five British prime ministers and eight Italian premiers.

And 10 Japanese Prime Ministers...

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Posted in: Many cars do not stop at crosswalks in Japan, although they are required by law to do so. Why do you think that drivers don't stop? See in context

Drivers in Japan don't even stop for an ambulance with sirens blaring that is clearly in the middle of tending to an emergency because god forbid they have to stop for 30 seconds when someone's life could be in the balance so do you think they care about stopping at a crosswalk???

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Posted in: Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban See in context

First the J-gov asks financial institutions to cut off financial ties to those restaurants and now coercing alcohol wholesalers??? They try to get others to do their dirty work because of their own incompetence. If they had done their jobs properly and gotten everyone vaccinated in a timely fashion, we wouldn't be in this mess.

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Posted in: 3 weeks before Olympics, Japan still unsure about spectators See in context

Indecisiveness is a sure sign of weak leadership. COVID has been around for over a year and a half so it is not going away anytime soon. It will still be here is 3 weeks and spectators at the Olympics will intensify the super-spreader event that it will already become.

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Posted in: Bach to arrive in Tokyo on July 8; infections on rise again See in context

Visiting dignitaries often pay visits to the cities

I would hardly call this clown a dignitary...

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

A handful of selfish Olympic athletes is not the "sporting world". I suspect some "pocket lining" is taking place.

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

The IOC and JOC are set to make billions of dollars off of the athletes so the least they could do is provide more hospitable accommodations. This room looks like a really cheap motel.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

Suga, Bach and Coates should be made to personally greet, shake hands with and hug every athlete and person arriving in Japan because of the Olympics to put their money where their mouth is.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

And so it begins...

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Posted in: Number of officials from overseas at Tokyo Olympics could be cut by another 25,000 See in context

The next step should be to cut about 15,000 athletes and we should be at about the right number...

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings?


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Posted in: Australia finds highly infectious Delta variant in Melbourne virus outbreak See in context

I thought the whole point of using the Greek alphabet was to avoid associating a variant with a country to prevent prejudice against that country, but then JT goes ahead and associates Kappa and Delta with India so wtf is the point of the new naming convention???

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Posted in: Suga likely to call snap election after Olympics, Paralympics: report See in context

Probably best for him to call a quick, snap election before the Suga-Bach-Coates variant starts ripping through Japan.

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