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Posted in: Japan's food waste in FY2022 caused ¥4 tril in economic losses See in context

And I bet a good percentage of that waste is from school lunches.

The amount of milk I see being poured down the drain every day just because it’s the due date….

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Posted in: Donald Sutherland, whose career spanned 'M.A.S.H.' to 'Hunger Games,' dies at 88 See in context

“Don't hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning. Think the bridge will be there and it will be there. It's a mother, beautiful bridge, and it's gonna be there. Ok?”

RIP Oddball.

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Posted in: Former Thai PM Thaksin indicted for insulting monarchy See in context

And be careful about discussing it in the comments too, Thailand applies this law extraterritorially against non-Thai nationals as well. If I, having no connection to Thailand whatsoever, sitting here at my computer in Japan were to write anything even remotely insulting, I could face arrest for it if I were to ever set foot in Thailand.

And the Thai King can go play tiddly-winks with Father Christmas. Utterly ridiculous state of affairs in the 21st Century. Kick them all out; all monarchs, everywhere; and let them fend for their high-and-mighty selves.

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Posted in: How do you remember all the passwords and user IDs you use in your daily life? See in context

Use the same password for everything….

Write them down on a piece of paper.

That’s the punchline to a skit by the Goons. Search “What time is it, Eccles?”

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Posted in: All relevant ministries and agencies will work together to advance necessary measures to achieve structural wage increases and empower women by reforming work environments to eliminate male-female wage gaps. See in context

All relevant ministries and agencies will work together to advance necessary measures to achieve structural wage increases and empower women by reforming work environments to eliminate male-female wage gaps.

Yeah right. Good luck with that.

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Posted in: Putin pledges cease-fire if Ukraine exits occupied areas and drops NATO bid See in context

Putin’s pledges are not worth the air-time they get reported on.

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Posted in: Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who See in context

Agree. They’ve been going for far too long now. Just retire gracefully. And I say that as someone who (ha!) saw them in 1989. Twice.

The more I see the likes of the Stones and the Who “on tour” or “possibly on tour” just makes me respect Robert Plant’s stance on NOT reforming Led Zeppelin. And when they have, it’s always been as a one off, or charity gig, then done. Only five times since 1980.

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Posted in: Japan to step up enrollment of foreign residents in pension system See in context

Companies with more than 500 workers had to pay contributions. So companies with that number or more split to smaller parts so they didn’t have to pay. (Because they didn’t want to). Then it got changed again to more than 100 workers a couple of years or so ago. This is what my company did.

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Posted in: Japan to step up enrollment of foreign residents in pension system See in context

Go after the companies who don't enroll their employees

Think I read on here a couple of years ago when a new law came in that some companies got round paying pension and SS etc by splitting into smaller companies. For example, having one company with 500 employees, they split into 5 companies with 100 employees each, and shafted all their workers. Then it got changed again, about 2 years ago, so they were forced to pay contributions.

So I’ve only been paying for two years. When I retire, if I retire, (I’m 52) I’ll get jack. Been here, working for over 20 years. Now you want to make it compulsory? Thanks Japan!

Why go after the little man; get the big-wigs and the companies that don’t contribute a single yen.

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Posted in: England loses to Iceland in its last friendly before Euro 2024 See in context

Hmm. There are some exceedingly homophobic comments here. Totally off-topic and irrelevant.

England lost. No surprise there. How they are one of the favourites beats me.

That’s the topic of the article.

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Posted in: Black Music Month has evolved since 1970s See in context

Curious to know, what music do you three listen to; regularly or otherwise?

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Posted in: USA vow to play 'fearless cricket' in World Cup debut See in context

Just remember, there’s no three strikes…….

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Posted in: Jury finds Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts at hush money trial See in context

MAGA, your boy took one helluva beating, now you spin to say “you knew” and it was “predetermined”? LMAO! Delusional.

It’s OFFICIAL. Trump is a convicted criminal. X34 UNANIMOUS.

How’s that for Democracy and Justice?

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Posted in: Apple to allow iPhones to function as My Number cards See in context

For anyone saying I am being melodramatic, Boris Johnson himself was refused at a polling station in the recent local government elections for lack of ID.

He forgot his ID, and later returned with correct photo ID so that he could vote.

The new rules requiring photo ID to vote were introduced by Johnson's government in the Elections Act 2022. So, he basically thought the rules, that he introduced, didn’t apply to him, or he forgot that he introduced them?

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Posted in: Cannes trans actor files complaint over far-right 'sexist insult' See in context

JimizoToday  09:41 am JST

French far-right politician Marion Marechal after her win posted on X: "So a man has won Best Actress. Progress for the left means the erasure of women and mothers."

Why do all far-right types all sound so alike? We know they usually have low intelligence but they are so predictable. 

Must have a deep, dark problem

It’s the changing rooms. It’s always the changing rooms. And toilets. They must want to get in there themselves.

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Posted in: 'Saving Private Ryan' returning to French cinemas for D-Day anniversary See in context

Yup, it's that time again, 

Every time we have a war in Palestine the Old war Stories resurface and old reruns return to the good old theaters and TV's . Schindlers List in next in line.

Nowt to do with a war in Palestine. It’s the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

*I for one wish I could see it again on the Big Screen. It was unbelievable the first time around.

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

Forget woke and diversity, if we are talking about Star Wars. My main bugbear, after I stopped being 10-12 years old, was how the hell didn’t Luke know his father was Vader? Why was it such a surprise? Didn’t he apply to join ‘the Academy’ but couldn’t get in? “Oh, perhaps your father could put-in a good word for you?” knowing full well that Anakin Skywalker=Darth Vader? Didn’t he go to ‘market’ and such? Didn’t the people he trade with mention anything, even in passing, “I see your father is out destroying the Universe again, Mr. Skywalker. Hope they don’t come here, we don’t need any of that Rebel Alliance here, thank you very much.” Didn’t Wedge, upon meeting Luke again, say, “Hey, I heard a strange story in the canteen the other day. Someone was saying that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader! Can you believe it? Wasn’t he your father?” And Luke didn’t know? Not even an inkling?

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

I asked a simple question. Is he guilty of lack of diversity and if so, provide evidence. Why else are you posting on this thread.

I’ll answer even if Jimizo will or won’t:

No. How can Lucas be? It’s a sci-fi/fantasy series of movies, set in space. And so-called ‘woke’ people require accuracy/diversity? SMH. It’s ridiculous in the extreme.

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

I know many Star Wars fans said the one with Liam Neeson in it was a pile of steaming crap. 

It truly was. Episodes 1-3 were a steaming pile. So disappointing. I haven’t even bothered with 7-9; and it’s likely to stay that way. Nothing to do with ‘woke.’

And Bass, as for Disney being ‘woke,’ they’ve been like that since at least ‘the Jungle Book,’ ‘101 Dalmatians,’ and ‘Mary-bloomin’-Poppins.’ What do you think a “Happy Ending” is, if not ‘woke?’

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

Underpriced….

/s

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 election date as his Conservatives face a likely defeat See in context

I had high hopes of a fairer, more caring Britain under Corbyn, and had also hoped to sometime return home, but that changed when right-wingers of Labour decided to shafr Corbyn, and do anything to prevent them winning in 2016 and 2019. If Starmer wins, I will not be going home again. Not even in a coffin.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 election date as his Conservatives face a likely defeat See in context

JimizoToday  02:47 pm JST

I think most would settle for less incompetent.

Which is why Starver's right-wing excuse of a socialist party of the people (lol!) will be elected as an anaemic alternative to the corrupt, incompetent Tories

Is the Labour Party a socialist party? 

Tony Benn, one of the high priests of British socialism, answered that it’s a party with some socialists in it. Harold Wilson was accused of abandoning socialist principles and standing for nothing over 60 years ago.. Nothing new on Starmer’s part. Blair was blathering on about a third way. 

It’s a coalition spanning hard left to centrist although Starmer did welcome a defector from the right of the Tory Party. A strange move. As someone remarked, a broad church shouldn’t be so broad that it stands for absolutely nothing.

Tony Benn was prescient throughout his career:

”If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxists, the media - having tasted blood - would demand next that it expelled all its Socialists and reunited the remaining Labour Party with the SDP to form a harmless alternative to the Conservatives, which could then be allowed to take office now and then when the Conservatives fell out of favour with the public. Thus British Capitalism, it is argued, will be made safe forever, and socialism would be squeezed of the National agenda. But if such a strategy were to succeed… it would in fact profoundly endanger British society. For it would open up the danger of a swing to the far-right, as we have seen in Europe over the last 50 years.” 

Aly’s description of Starmer’s Labour Party is perfectly apt.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy See in context

“The cat figurines are sacred items. Please do not scribble on them.”

No they aren’t. They’re cat figurines. That you charge money for. That you want people to buy. That you sell. For profit. So much for it being sacred.

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Posted in: Japan's 3 biggest carmakers eye tie-up over vehicle software See in context

Well, my next car won’t be a Toyota, Honda or Never Nissan.

And forgive me being cynical here, but:

Standardizing APIs will allow the automakers to reduce costs and use the same parts, such as sensors, across different brands, the sources said.

I bet you all the money in my pockets against all the money in their pockets, that it won’t reduce the cost to the consumer.

And forgive me being cynical Part Two, but isn’t this all rather Big Brother-ish?

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Posted in: What are some of the best free places to visit in Japan? See in context

albaleoToday  05:13 pm JST

Lovely ares abound.

Did you miss out an "s" or an "a" there?

I think stormcrow was giving the Greek God of War a little bit of positive publicity. Lovely Ares abound? It is an Olympic year after all.

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Posted in: Japan protests after China, Russia call released Fukushima water 'contaminated' See in context

Pot, meet kettle.

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Posted in: What's the history of 'outside agitators'? Here's what to know about the label and campus protests See in context

“Outside agitators”, “Agent Provocateurs” or whatever you want to call them, getting involved, infiltrating an otherwise legitimate, peaceful protest, to de-legitimize that protest, have been around for many years. And in my lifetime, I can think of Greenham Common; Orgreave and other Miner’s strike incidents; Chelsea thugs at Heysel causing riots later blamed on Liverpool fans.

And I am sure there are many more.

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Posted in: ‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum’ in development with Andy Serkis to direct and star See in context

Here’s another film franchise that’s been done to death, along with Star Wars and the Marvel ‘world.’

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Posted in: Crystal Palace thrash Man Utd 4-0 to leave Ten Hag's future in doubt See in context

From the BBC comments:

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe holds a significant financial interest in a business that produces rubbish, pumps out toxic waste and grossly overpays underperforming employees. 

He also owns the Ineos chemical company. 

Well done Palace, beautiful stuff.”

Well done indeed Palace.

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Posted in: Crystal Palace thrash Man Utd 4-0 to leave Ten Hag's future in doubt See in context

For the love of football, I so do hope that ETH stays at Newton Heath for the forseeable.

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