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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Yesterday was the first full rugby game I ever watched, and I appreciate how brutal of a sport it is. But all the while watching, I couldn't help but sense that this team is the bridge that Japan needs to propel what may be an all-born-in-Japan squad being successful in the future. And don't get me started on that Naomi Osaka thing.

You must have found it difficult to focus on your first rugby match when you're consistently focused on three ethnic and racial background of its participants. See the flag, not the face. And celebrate Japan's great result.

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Posted in: Japan beats Scotland 28-21 to advance to Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for first time See in context

If the level of growth that we have been seeing continues in Japanese rugby, maybe in the future Japan's status as a Tier 2 nation should be reevaluated.

I don't think anyone can call them second tier any more and should face the serious opposition more often, such as being included in the autumn internationals.

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Posted in: Japan beats Scotland 28-21 to advance to Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for first time See in context

Well done, Japan. After their first game I was a bit doubtful, but they have played superb rugby with thoroughly deserved wins against Ireland and Scotland. Today's match was a wonderful spectacle .

The South African team must be worried.

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Posted in: Japan-Scotland Rugby World Cup game to go ahead See in context

Good work Japan. Totally outplaying Scotland

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Posted in: 33 dead, 19 missing, over 100 injured after typhoon rips through Japan See in context

In terms of climate and natural disasters, Japan has it hard. There may have been a few disappointed rugby fans in Japan this weekend, but they will not forget the typhoon.

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Posted in: Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report of federal probe See in context

When are they going to punish Schiff for lying to Congress as a sitting congressman?

As soon as Trump and all those in his administration are punished for all their lies.

And after Trump has built is promised wall.

But was has Schiff even got to do with this specific story? Ity is about a hugely influential man in the president's inner circle.

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Posted in: Japan-Scotland Rugby World Cup game to go ahead See in context

Where a pool Match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to thefollowing day, and shall be considered as cancelled.

So all the people complaining were expecting the Japanese organizers to break the rules?

The Scotland's team point was that more was not done to allow the match to go ahead. Options included relocating the match and changing the time and still having it on the same day.

There was plenty of warning about the typhoon and do plenty of time. The match might have been played without spectators but it could still have gone ahead without asking the Japanese organizers to break the rules.

Yet despite the apparent "robust contingency plans" cancellation appeared to be the only plan that they would consider.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

Live feed from Shibuya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5U4AEiLt5U

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy to Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump ousted her based on 'false claims' See in context

Perhaps Rudy and Trump can be cell mates one day

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

Praying for the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Japanese people. Keep them well and safe from harm.

I really don't think that the royal family are in any danger. The wider population probably could do with some divine protection, however.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

i feel like I’m in a Johnny Cash song.

How high's the water, Pantah?

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Posted in: Why does U.S. President Donald Trump keep mispronouncing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's name as "Abi?" On Monday, he mistakenly wished Prime Minister "Abi" a happy birthday, when in fact Monday was Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday. Abe's birthday is Sept 21. See in context

Heck, Sean Connery pronounced sake "saki" in You Only Live Twice.

Surprising given that he claimed to hold a degree in Japanese at the start if the movie.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Winning the olympics, is overrated, especially in tennis, soccer etc, the 4 slams are every tennis players dream of playing and winning,

A very good point. Olympic tennis is a side show and anyway, she would have got into the US team. She has had lots of reasons to elect Japanese citizenship, some of which may be financial and others personal - she was born here of a Japanese parent and has had people telling her all her career that she is not really Japanese.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Coloured and a million other racial identification words that fall into favor and disfavor as often as I buy new shoes. Why do so many of you give a darn?

It may puzzle you, and it does me to some extent. But I recognise that it does and that some words end up being seen as offensive whereas once they weren't. That's life. Adapt.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup organizers cancel 2 games due to typhoon See in context

As for rescheduling, I think people here vastly underestimate the logistical challenge that would be, not to mention how unfair it would be for preparation time for the quarter finals.

Get on a shinkansen and play at a rugby club somewhere else. Might be unfortunate for the fans there, but at least it could be televised.

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Posted in: Scotland want flexibility for Japan match See in context

*even though World Rugby says there are no backup plans if it has to cancel the match on Sunday because of Typhoon Hagibis.*

Yet it says:

*World Rugby is monitoring a typhoon developing off the south coast of Japan and has a "robust "contingency plan in place should it impact any Rugby World Cup fixtures.*

https://www.ultimaterugby.com/news/robust-contingency-plan-in-place-for-typhoon-hagibis/620879#

How can cancelling a game be considered to be a robust contingency plan? It is an awful plan. Actually, I don't think it is fair to call it a plan at all.

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Posted in: Thief steals $840,000 watch from Japanese man's wrist in Paris See in context

The same reason people buy expensive art. They appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that goes into, the beauty of it. 

Well, each to their own. I have just googled this brand and they are incredibly vulgar and I suspect people are more attracted by the price rather than some vague excuse about the mastery of the workings. Ostentatious displays of wealth are never attractive, so I think the robber has done him a favour.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup organizers cancel 2 games due to typhoon See in context

Cancelling matches is apparently their idea of a "robust" contingency plan. Absurd. As others note, the matches could have been played elsewhere, even in an empty stadium.

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Posted in: Defying impeachment inquiry, Trump makes charge more certain See in context

Trump is clinging to office by his tiny little hands.

Time someone stamped on then.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup, F1 and typhoon: What could happen? See in context

You can still play rugby in a typhoon - it works be fun to watch

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Posted in: Canadian father sues Japanese firm for paternity leave harassment See in context

That canadian needs to suck it up and get back to work. How dare he demand free money living off the welfare of japan.

dogger - I had to double check whether you were joking - you are not.

So to clarify, you are saying that Japanese companies are above the law in Japan and that individuals are not entitled to the protections it provides? Or are you saying that Japanese law does not apply to foreigners who live here?

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Posted in: Canadian father sues Japanese firm for paternity leave harassment See in context

There have been only a handful of suits brought in Japan by alleged victims of patahara, with judges tending to favor employers because of the difficulty in proving that perceived mistreatment was triggered by employees taking leave, lawyers say.

If the courts accept that there has been mistreatment, circumstantial evidence and the principle of Occram's razor should be sufficient for the court to rule in the claimant's favour.

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Posted in: EU tells Johnson to stop playing 'stupid' Brexit blame game See in context

Johnson is attempting a scorched earth policy so that when he asks for an extension - as he must be law - it will be rejected.

A disaster of the UK's own making.

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Posted in: White House, Democrats spar over rules for impeachment See in context

The White House document, for its part, lacked much in the way of legal arguments, seemingly citing cable news appearances as often as case law. And legal experts cast doubt upon its effectiveness.

This says a lot - perhaps turnup Trump drafted it himself in his infinite wisdom.

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Posted in: Typhoon heads nearer Tokyo ahead of big Rugby World Cup weekend See in context

I know England hosted the 2015 World Cup from Sept 18 onward but they don't have typhoons, not is it hot and humid this time of year.

You could probably host it in any month of the year in England and it would be fine.

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Posted in: Aichi exhibition closed over Korean 'comfort woman' statue reopens See in context

Proof that Japan is a free, very tolerant and democratic nation. They allow even controversial exhibitions that many disagree with. Try holding such controversial exhibitions in neighboring nations. Impossible.

You make it sound like allowing a controversial exhibit is as though Japan has gone above and beyond expectations of free speech.

This is just a very basic requirement of free speech. The fact that you think that this is in someway impressive shows that there concept of free speech is just skin deep in Japan.

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Posted in: Aichi exhibition closed over Korean 'comfort woman' statue reopens See in context

This is a disgrace of those who died for the country. Please learn how second sons decided to fly to enemy ships with one-way fuel.

The disgrace was the Admirals who thought it was acceptable to strong-arm young men into becoming suicide bombers into carrying on an absurd war that they could never win. The kamikaze pilots were nothing more than the victims of war criminals.

3)   The photo of the current royal family, but their figures are perished and only their shadows remains.

Artist who made this was initially making photos of Showa emperor with his figure gone by modifying it. But this time, the target becomes entire family.

I found this very dangerous sending a wrong message such as assassination threat.

I haven't seen the picture, and am not entirely sure what you mean, but I find it hard to extrapolate from the description that they would become an assassination target. This may well be a political comment on the role of the royal family in Japanese life.

No one bans these exhibits, but only they thinks this is not appropriate to do this with tax payers money.

That is clearly untrue - people specifically objected to the statue of the comfort woman - just as they do wherever comfort women are memorialized.

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Posted in: Aichi exhibition closed over Korean 'comfort woman' statue reopens See in context

don't you think also the other people like Hachikou should be represented in mainstream media? I start to doubt about what they tell us

I haven't seen the exhibits that Hachikou is referring to or who the artists in question are and where these exhibits are or were on display, or any of the context. So I really don't feel that it is particularly relevant to this discussion. If there were a clear case of double standards being exercised, that might be relevant, but I am not sure that there is enough evidence from what Hachikou said to conclude that.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to 'obliterate' Turkish economy over Syria incursion plan See in context

@Longtermer

Nothing gives. Trump could hand out bars of gold to all of the haters, they would still hate.

Of course there would be. Anyone who writes about their "great and unmatched wisdom" outside of a joke is clearly suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder. The man is going of the rails

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited deal on agriculture, digital trade See in context

Smart people make smart deals, stupid people make stupid deals, as simple as that.

I don't think that there is any evidence to back your folksy philosophy of international trade.

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