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Posted in: Salah double helps Liverpool to 3rd straight win in EPL See in context

Man U are looking more and more like the Man U of the 80s. It’s really nostalgic.

But Man U of the 80s were largely alcoholics, I believe. Watching that shambolic performance against Palace it certainly looked a few of them had had a couple of bracers before going out on the pitch.

I might grow a mullet.

Don't even joke about that.

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Posted in: Mori Building announces massive urban regeneration project in central Tokyo See in context

TawkeeoToday 07:17 am JST

As if Tokyo wasn't beautiful and ultramodern already.

You've clearly never been to Takashimadaira, Tama New Town or the crumbling danchi of East Tokyo.

Similar developments in London and elsewhere now feature facial recognition technology and the privatisation of public space. I wonder if Mori will introduce such features here.

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Posted in: Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left See in context

Why has it taken over a week for this to be reported here? Trump's crude performance happened on August 9th at a fundraiser in the Hamptons:

"When it came time for him to re-enact a conversation with Prime Minister Abe regarding trade tariffs, Trump allegedly assumed “a fake Japanese accent.” The president then reportedly gushed about his supposedly close friendship with Japan’s leader, and his interest in Abe’s father, Zenji Abe, who was among the pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor:

Trump spoke about his friendship with Abe and how fascinated he was with Abe’s father, who had been a kamikaze pilot. Trump asked Abe if the kamikaze pilots were drunk or on drugs. Abe said no, they just loved their country. Trump remarked, “Imagine they get in a plane with a half a tank of gas and fly into steel ships just for the love of their country!”

Trump was reportedly far more generous with his praise when discussing his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, claiming that he “just got a beautiful letter from him this week. We are friends. People say he only smiles when he sees me.” Trump added: “If I hadn’t been elected president, we would be in a big, fat, juicy war with North Korea.”

Incredible stuff. That's the President of the United States of America by the way, supposedly the most powerful man in the world...

https://www.spin.com/2019/08/trump-racist-impressions-hamptons-fundraiser-abe-moon/

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Posted in: Over 3 mil freelancers in Japan amid rise of flexible working styles See in context

Analysts expect the number of freelancers to grow amid the government's push for more flexible working arrangements to address the country's labor shortage, as more companies are allowing employees to take on second or side jobs to increase their incomes.

Comedy gold. Salaries are so bad that workers need two jobs just to make ends meet presented as the kindness of the government by Japan's Pravda. What's the betting State Broadcaster will soon be running a series of stories about happy Taro Suzuki cheerfully working 16 hours a day in two jobs to pay for extra vegetables?

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Posted in: Elton John blasts relentless character assassination of Harry and Meghan See in context

LudditeAug. 20 04:47 pm JST

Certain sections of the press, especially the Dailu Mail, has four or more stories on the go about Meghan every day, all critical. She can do nothing right. It's fuelled by barely disguised racism. Harry gets it in the neck for supporting her, he was the favoured Royal for a while due to his service in the Army, the Invictus Games and his support of mental health organisations.

It's not only the Daily Mail.

Farage launched a crude attack them at a recent right-wing event in Australia; it was closed to the media but his comments on Harry, Meghan and the Queen's mother (?) were leaked. Farage and his backers, the likes of Charles Koch, are climate-change deniers and ethno-fascists which makes Harry and Meghan prime targets.

More disturbingly, two Neo-Nazis were jailed in summer for making death threats against Harry for marrying a mixed-race woman.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48672929

Unsurprisingly, many of the earlier comments on this thread exactly parrot Farage's comments made in Australia...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/12/nigel-farage-prince-harry-meghan-markle-overweight-queen-mother-cpac-brexit

It's rather strange that several Americans on a Japan-related forum are attacking members of the British Royal family, isn't it.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

As has been pointed out already these State Broadcaster "collectors" are outsourced and actually receive extra "pay" if they browbeat someone into coughing up.

Imagine the response from the usual suspects if it was China or South Korea doing this....

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Posted in: Mussels: 'Super-filters' that can help beat water pollution See in context

Oh, what a giveaway. The JOC is now planning to dump millions of mussels into Tokyo Bay at Odaiba to take the e.coli out of the water. You couldn't make it up!

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Posted in: JR East aims to launch ferry route linking Haneda with central Tokyo See in context

A bizarre and pointless exercise as has been pointed out above. If JR East has money to spend why don't they fix Hamamatsucho Station, which is an ugly, rusting dump seemingly untouched since the early 1960s when it was built.

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Posted in: 'Easy Rider' star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79 See in context

"We wanna be free!" Fonda tells a preacher in the film. "We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by the man! And we wanna get loaded!"

RIP, dude.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdaCDfj-nWY

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea rift may change regional economic, security structures See in context

No matter how many statements the Emperor, Expresses, deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions, to realise that the present and possibility future Governments of South Korea will never reconcile there loathing of Japan its government and its people..

If people actually bothered to step outside the echo chamber of Kyodo / State Broadcaster / Sankei Shimbun they'd find that many Koreans are smart enough to reject blanket hatred of Japan. It's about Abe, not the Japanese people:

"Koreans, however, have expressed their opposition to any state-orchestrated anti-Japan movement, saying the boycott should remain in the private sector. They have denounced politicians and authorities for exploiting the issue to advance their agendas. Many also tried to focus their campaign on criticizing the Abe administration, not citizens of the country."

"Despite the intensifying row between the neighbors, people The Korea Herald spoke to -- some who joined the boycott of Japanese products and others who did not -- made it clear that they did not hate Japanese people for the Abe administration’s actions.

“I hope that Koreans and Japanese people don’t get hurt by this. It is not a fight between us. It is a fight against the Japanese government,” said Kim Jun-gyu, a 26-year-old university student."

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190812000777

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Posted in: Trump asked Japan to buy farm products: report See in context

SilvafanToday 10:47 am JST

Why should they when he mocks them behind their back.

Trump Does Racist Japanese And Korean Accents For Guests At Fundraiser

It does seem very strange that this story has been ignored by large sections of the global media. There's an article about it on the Korea Times website (even the staunchest pro-US right wingers there are unhappy) but little elsewhere.

"When it came time for him to re-enact a conversation with Prime Minister Abe regarding trade tariffs, Trump allegedly assumed “a fake Japanese accent.” The president then reportedly gushed about his supposedly close friendship with Japan’s leader, and his interest in Abe’s father, Zenji Abe, who was among the pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor:

Trump spoke about his friendship with Abe and how fascinated he was with Abe’s father, who had been a kamikaze pilot. Trump asked Abe if the kamikaze pilots were drunk or on drugs. Abe said no, they just loved their country. Trump remarked, “Imagine they get in a plane with a half a tank of gas and fly into steel ships just for the love of their country!”

Even by Trump's abysmal standards there's some pitiful stuff here:

https://www.spin.com/2019/08/trump-racist-impressions-hamptons-fundraiser-abe-moon/

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Posted in: Japan OKs first S Korea high-tech export since curbs, but with a warning See in context

Japan and Korea - the narcissism of small differences.

Bingo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0BpfwazhUA

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Posted in: Man arrested for arson threat to Aichi museum over 'comfort women' exhibit See in context

If only all Japan's criminals were this stupid there'd be no need for a police force. Faxing an arson threat from a combini, how dumb can you get. Let's hope they throw the book at him.

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Posted in: 8chan owner blasts 'sinister' shutdown See in context

When will the left learn that they are forging the very weapons that will be used against them in the future.

Strange comment. 8chan was shut down by its provider, not "the left," whatever that means.

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Posted in: Japan's food self-sufficiency rate lowest in 25 years See in context

cartierToday 02:39 pm JST

Japan is the only country in the world that uses caloric intake to measure food self-sufficiency. This is just propaganda from the most protectionist ministry in Japan. The statistic has little meaning. McDonalds and Moss Burger for example import beef from Australia and chicken from Thailand in large volumes. Japan is 100% self-sufficient in rice. It is 80% self-sufficient in vegetables and could easily be 100% if it chose to be. Meat and pork are similar.

Yeah, it's a load of Arsenal, just fear-mongering from MAFF. Only last week there was an article in the Asahi Shimbun about how Japan is nearly 100% self-sufficient for veggies sold in supermarkets.

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Posted in: Another anti-Japan rally See in context

That large sign in the middle of the photo looks like a photoshop edit. It appears to be so much sharper and in higher resolution than anything else in the photo. Nothing else is that sharp. It is not the result of a narrow depth of field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMiKyfd6hA0

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Posted in: Japan Post admits to mis-selling 180,000 insurance policies See in context

This is nothing more than theft. Japan Post has committed fraud against its own customers, 183,000 of them. Is there any organization in this country which isn't engaged in robbery, fraud, corruption and price-fixing?

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Posted in: E-commerce company Mercari takes majority stake in Asian champs Kashima See in context

As Mr. Maes says this seems to be a strange decision indeed, both by Sumitomo and the J.League. While it's not unheard of for a founding sponsor to sell, it may well spell doom for the Antlers. Just look at what happened to Tokyo Verdy after Yomiuri pulled the plug; once the top team in J.League, they now struggle to attract 5,000 people to a home game.

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Posted in: 1995 Hachioji supermarket triple murder case remains unsolved after 24 years See in context

A strange article that seems to leave out certain important points.

Police pursued an earlier lead in 2009, when a Japanese man on death row in China for drug trafficking made a statement that a Chinese man in Canada was involved in the Hachioji murders, as part of a gang of Japanese and Chinese who carried out a series of robberies in Japan in the 1990s. The Chinese man, Liang He, had been wanted in Japan for using a forged passport to leave the country in 2002. He obtained Canadian citizenship in 2006.

The article doesn't mention that the Japanese man (Teruo Takeda) and this Liang He actually worked together in China smuggling methamphetamine. Takeda was caught and sentenced to death but Liang somehow escaped to Canada. Sitting on death row in China with no hope of the sentence being commuted, is it any surprise that Takeda pointed the finger at his former crime partner, living scot-free in Canada?

According to this article:

While awaiting death, Tekeda told authorities that although He was not likely responsible for the Japanese supermarket murders, he might know who was.

https://www.amicusint.org/news-on-fugitives/2017/9/10/japan-murder-case-chinese-national-in-toronto-committed-for-extradition

So Takeda himself didn't believe that his former drug-dealing partner was the killer. And when the J. Cops finally got their hands on this Liang He he knew nothing about it, or if he did they couldn't get it out of him. Which means the actual murderer is still at large.

A firearm was involved. It seems to me that that fact should have narrowed down the suspects.

Japanese/Chinese drug smuggling/robbery gangs with guns. I wonder who it could possibly be....

https://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2010/04/china-executes-3-japanase-drug.html

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Posted in: 'Four Weddings' gets a reboot, without the floppy-haired British guy See in context

tooheysnewToday 10:02 am JST

Alfie, what’s your point, besides stating he is a she?

Nevermind, obviously I hadn't had enough coffee either. It happens.

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Posted in: Trump says he is not upset by N Korean launch of short-range missiles See in context

Typical Communist agitation

My word. The increase in the number of utterly bonkers comments on here is astounding. I recently saw someone claim that anyone who didn't agree with his support of the Yasukuni Version of modern history was a "Japan hater."

Now you're a communist agitator for pointing out that there have been more NK missile launches in 2.5 years of Trump than in 8 years of Obama. This is crazy, like some weird parody of 1950s McCarthyism.

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Posted in: Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity': Johnson See in context

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said Brexit was a "massive economic opportunity"

Yes, a massive opportunity for American health-care conglomerates to destroy the National Health Service and for American food conglomerates to poison the British population with chlorinated chicken and hormonal beef.

Johnson and his pack of Ayn Rand-inspired hyper-libertarians are going to sell whatever's left of UK maunufacturing to the highest bidder; their money's tucked away in Rees-Mogg's beloved tax havens, which is what this Brexit is really all about.

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Posted in: 'Four Weddings' gets a reboot, without the floppy-haired British guy See in context

so this guy makes a living by taking successful British shows & Americanizing them !?

Mindy Kaling is a woman. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a fim. The male lead is British-Pakistani. Maybe you should have another cup of coffee!

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Johnson promises a bold new Brexit deal See in context

I also told you that i have been to England, and was treated like garbage by the general population. The prejudice against me was unbelievable.

There is a widespread HATE towards European countries, and in particular MY country. To deny this is to deny the experiences of millions of people

I've never met a single British person who hates Bulgaria and I've never heard a single person express hatred toward Bulgaria. Not one. Why would they?

Many people like myself old enough to remember the great Bulgarian football team of the 90s actually have a positive image of the country; Stoichkov, Ivanov, Letchkov and the like. Tarring every single British person with the same brush is also wrong; we didn't all vote for Brexit and we don't all support the Tories or Farage. Please remember that.

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Posted in: Angst in suburbia: Tokyo's once-gracious Setagaya Ward faces increasingly tarnished image See in context

NCIS RerunsJuly 26 09:13 pm JST

Yes, I usually skip them but I read this one, since I live in Setagaya. 

I do too and am almost tempted to check out Chitose Karasuma, but it's bound to fall short of expectations. Shinjuku still rules the roost.

About 10 years ago there were a couple of kyabakura-style places in Chitose Karasuyama. I knew a few people who went there occasionally after work but I've no idea if they're still there now. Also, there were a couple of places opened in Shimokita a few years back, Kabukicho overspill I heard. The locals were most unhappy.

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Posted in: Angst in suburbia: Tokyo's once-gracious Setagaya Ward faces increasingly tarnished image See in context

You have just described Japan's weekly tabloids, on which Kuchikomi articles have been based for the past -- what is it now, 20 years? If you don't like them, stick with newspapers and wire services, which even Japanese agree tend to be dreadfully boring

Yes, I usually skip them but I read this one, since I live in Setagaya. More fool me, eh.

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Posted in: SoftBank unveils investment fund to drive 'AI revolution' See in context

But SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son made clear after the murder that he would continue working with Riyadh, saying he was "deeply saddened" by Khashoggi's death but adding: "we cannot turn our backs on the Saudi people."

pukes

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Posted in: Angst in suburbia: Tokyo's once-gracious Setagaya Ward faces increasingly tarnished image See in context

NCIS RerunsToday 01:13 pm JST

These are some of the safest areas in the entire developed world. 

Except when they're not. Like the murder in Setagaya of a couple and their two small children in Setagaya on Dec. 30, 2000. Still unsolved, by the way.

Attacking the messenger isn't necessarily a smart approach. Spa has a pretty good focus on changing social trends and occasionally they scoop the competition.

Yes, a terrible crime. I remember it well - we got a visit from the cops as our car had been on one of the CCTV cameras in the area. I think we'd been visiting friends after Christmas. Setagaya has over 900,000 residents now - it would be interesting to see how it compares to other places with a similar population for crime rate, particularly serious crime.

Attacking the messenger isn't necessarily a smart approach. Spa has a pretty good focus on changing social trends and occasionally they scoop the competition.

Not Spa per se, but the Kuchikomi articles featured here often seem to be constructed from nothing more than rumour, wishing thinking and ill-directed moaning. Fluff.

Those are the areas the Japanese government need to keep a close eye on or they will develop in to ghetto's very soon, especially with the new policies starting to take effect.

What? What on earth does this mean?

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Posted in: Angst in suburbia: Tokyo's once-gracious Setagaya Ward faces increasingly tarnished image See in context

A sidebar identified Setagaya's top five "dangerous" spots as Seijo Gakuen district, with 2,193 reported crimes in 2017, including nine cases of rape; Futako Tamagawa, which is said to be on the receiving end of criminal elements from across the Tama River in mostly blue-collar Kawasaki City; Chitose Karasuyama, where cabaret clubs and underground massage parlors have sprung up; Yoga, where fights between rival biker gang members have been known to break out at night spots; and Shimokitazawa, said to be the best place in the city to score some marijuana. "Shimokita" also has a reputation as being a place where "an unlocked bicycle parked on the street will disappear within 30 minutes."

Comedy gold. These are some of the safest areas in the entire developed world. This a complete non-story, concocted around a couple of dubious statistics and some hearsay whining. More rubbish from Spa magazine.

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