Alfie Noakes comments

Posted in: Japan focuses on dementia prevention, coexistence under new program See in context

how effective the measures will be remains unclear due to a lack of scientific data about prevention methods for the illness

So this is just more hot air from the mouth of Shinzo, then. How is that new?

Japan's going to be a strange place in 30 years: bankrupt, millions of dementia patients, hundreds of abandoned villages across the country and 80m people crammed into the Pacific coastal cities.

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Posted in: Japan's anime industry in crisis even as its popularity soars See in context

Not only Anime, whole Japanese Cinema is dying.

Sadly true. A friend of mine works for a film company here and every time I see him I get a 10 minute rant on the remorseless decline of Japanese Cinema. He's very passionate about it so it's painful to listen to.

Japan needs to comeback hugely in smart way.

Unfortunately the people with power to actually effect some change seem more interested in comics and anime aimed at teenage girls.

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Posted in: Kyoto police officer arrested for swindling Y11.8 million from elderly man See in context

That money was just resting in my account.

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Posted in: Defense minister apologizes over Aegis deployment survey errors See in context

In the meeting with the defense minister, Satake expressed concern that the Araya district might already have been selected as a candidate site before the survey was conducted.

What? The results decided before the survey was even conducted? No Mr. Satake, that never happens in Japan. Everything is always completely above board.

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Posted in: Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea See in context


Cheers, very interesting.

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Posted in: Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea See in context

I knew about Kim Jong Un's mother being a repatriate from Japan, but didn't know about Kim Jong Un's mother being one of sent-off Japanese wives.

So both his mother and grandmother were born in Japan, is that right? Also, I've been told by a couple of people that Megumi Yokota, perhaps the most famous of the abductees, is actually of North Korean descent on her mother's side. Do you know anything about that?

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic rowing venue opens in Tokyo Bay See in context

The rowing site has been free of water-quality issues, which plagued rowing and sailing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


"In October 2017, organizers said the water had high levels of E. coli and other fecal coliform bacteria — as much as 20 times the accepted limit for the former and seven times for the latter. E. coli is found in the environment, food and the intestines of people and animals; some strains can cause diarrhea or serious illness. The presence of E. coli and other coliform bacteria in water is “a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste contamination,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

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Posted in: Trump calls London mayor a 'disaster' after a spate of killings See in context

Trump retweeted a tweet by the right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins is a racist bigot who's been fired from jobs at the Sun, the MailOnline and the radio station LBC for her repellent views. She's a gutter-dwelling trash monster who is even too extreme for the repulsive Sun and Mail, which really takes some doing:

Why is Trump retweeting filth from Hopkins? Why? Is he a racist bigot who shares her opinions on a Final Solution for Muslims?

Also, doesn't he know that the Tory government's 10 year austerity programme has cut 21,000 police jobs in the UK, which has led to the current rise in knife crime.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Why is it that the far-right posters on this board are so obsessed by sex? Sex, sex, sex and LGBT sex in particular. Why do they never shut up about it?

Your life should revolve around more than sexual identity.

And yet the vast majority of your posts are about LGBT sex. You can't have your cake and eat it; if you're as fed up with them shouting into a bullhorn (whatever that means) as you claim then why spend so much time obsessing about it?

Kohakuebisu and Cleo have it right. Unfortunately same-sex marriage has little chance though, no matter the rate of public acceptance, as long as the Nippon Kaigi neanderthals are in control of this country.

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Posted in: Trial of former KAT-TUN member Taguchi, partner on drug possession charge to begin July 11 See in context

What a complete and utter waste of time and resources, prosecuting someone for cannabis.

Feels like the dark ages.

Yes, what a pointless waste of time and money. A token fine and suspended sentence is enough.

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Posted in: Male managers in Japan have higher mortality rate, study finds See in context

A guy at Mitsubishi Shoji told me the life expectancy for middle-upper management in his company was 51. High salary but an early death. Many were more than happy to take the risk, though.

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Posted in: Japan holds off Scotland 2-1 at Women's World Cup See in context

The Scotch girls looked pretty in pink

Scottish. Scotch is a drink. And they did. Good song, too.

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Posted in: Review: Madonna offers a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album See in context

This is literally the only negative review I have read....most have been 4 out of 5 stars....and the one you had to pick?

Ditto. The reviews I've read have been positive but not overly fulsome in their praise. Maybe the JT editor had one eye on a large section of the users here when this review was selected? Who knows...

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Posted in: Q&A: Coffee with Bill Murray and Jim Jarmusch See in context

Jim Jarmusch, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Waits and Steve Buscemi. You can't really get much better than that, can you.

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Posted in: We will leave EU by Oct 31, Johnson vows in pitch to be UK PM See in context

before 160,000 Conservative grassroots members choose the next leader and prime minister

No. The Tories membership number is a secret but the the BBC reported is as around 120,000 two years ago. However, it's generally believed the number has declined dramatically since then, as many of the predominatly over 60s membership have left or died. Some estimates have it at under 100,000 now.

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Posted in: Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced See in context

This leaves me foaming at the mouth.

Just like Pavlov's dogs, eh.

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Posted in: Abe denounces attacks on tankers near Strait of Hormuz See in context

Even Shinzo doesn't believe the lies from Washington over this ludicrous false flag attack.

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Posted in: Does Kawasaki stabbing rampage signify start of lost generation's revenge against society? See in context

I blame the conformist zombie life society at large.

It's not the only cause but it's a big one. What can you do with half a million people who want no part of your country's society?

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

making us seriously question whether the Aichi prefectural police are overstaffed and overfunded.

All of Japan's police forces are overstaffed and overfunded. Crime rates have fallen dramatically yet the clean up rate is still very poor:

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

To be fair to Trump, all this is the doing of the warmonger Bolton, together with Pompeo and the deranged parade of Christian Evangelicals behind them.

Didn't Trump claim he was going to end the US presence in Afghanistan and support for the monstrous crimes of the Saudis in Yemen?

Abe is once again exposed as the chocolate teapot he really is. Woof woof, Shinzo.

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Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

Trump is an unabashed Saudi sympathizer and Zionist. Belligerence towards Iran is payback for their support.

Yes, and Rex Tillerson was sacked by Trump for preventing Saudi and UAE from invading Qatar.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

Why not put a Starbucks at the gate of Ise Jinguu?

A friend was in Koya San for work recently. She said there's now a conbini and temple hotels selling shojin ryori meals for 24,000 yen. She said it was full of high end tourists, both domestic and foreign. She and her staff didn't have the budget to stay so they had to go back to Osaka....

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

The agency said, however, "overtourism" is not a severe problem compared with other international tourist destinations.

Really? And yet it seems we read or hear complaints about overtourism in Kyoto, Hokkaido and Kamakura all the time.

Sorry Japan, you can't weaponise tourism as part of your soft war against your neighbours and then complain that the visitors aren't up to the standard that you'd like.

And don't even start with the toilet business because the number of Japanese men who don't wash their hands after using is crazy. And that includes the traps as well as the urinals. I see "manner" posters everywhere in the train system but nothing about washing your hands. Why is that?

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Posted in: Morgan has 5 goals as U.S. routs Thailand 13-0 in Women's World Cup See in context

Long before then. Goldorak mentioned Germany thrashing Brazil in the men’s game and they toned it down for the last few of the 7.

I seem to remember an interview with one of the German players who said that Jorgi Löw told them to take it easy in the second half to spare the Brazilians further humiliation. They could easily have scored 13 as well.

Alex Morgan seemed to lose track of how many goals she'd scored at one point. I'm sure she was counting them on her fingers.

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Posted in: Antiterrorism drill See in context

In Osaka, their counter-terrorism preparations consist of standing on boxes in the station all day long.

Passive intimidation. They do it in Tokyo, too.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson builds momentum in UK Conservative race See in context

Boris Johnson - admitted to cocaine and cannabis use.

Michael Gove - admitted to cocaine use

Dominic Raab - cannabis use

Jeremy Hunt - cannabis lassi in India

Andrea Leadsom - cannabis

Rory Stewart - smoked opium in Afghanistan

Matt Hancock - cannabis

Esther McVey - cannabis

A bit of weed's one thing but cocaine is problematic, particularly as both Gove and Johnson have tried to handwave it away. It's a class A drug in the UK and you can be jailed for possessing even a tiny bit. It's also the immediate end of any medical career you might have planned. If you're Joe Soap from the Grimsdale Estate you're in big trouble if you get nicked with coke, but public school / Oxbridge journalists / Tory / Murdoch employees get a free pass? How does that work?

Rory Stewart was a British diplomat in Afghanistan when he smoked opium at a wedding. The local custom, apparently. I think that he actually gets a bonus point for that.

Andrea Leadsom must be permanently stoned out of her mind, though. It's the only thing that could explain the nonsensical drivel she spouts every time she opens her mouth.

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Posted in: Japan's detention center gives foreign media a look See in context

I see the hotel like building when I go to Tokyo

You must stay in some lousy hotels, if that's your idea of one. It's an ugly, grey concrete Lubyanka. The stench of misery is almost palapable, even from across the river.

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Posted in: Boris, Jeremy, Sajid: Who is running to be next UK leader? See in context

Why would any Brit select a candidate from the Conservative Party after their failure to deliver Brexit, after 3 years?

Comedy gold. The explanation's in the first sentence of the first paragraph of the story.

What an utter shower of sheet these people are. The Tory party is doomed and so is the UK.

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Posted in: Spreading the joy of marmalade across the sea from Ehime See in context

Great article, well done ladies. My sister-in-law makes some terrific kumquat marmalade. I'd like to try a few of those, particularly the yuzu one.

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