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Posted in: Murakami library unveiled at author's alma mater in Tokyo See in context

samuraivunyl 12:11 pm JST

Kafka by the shore is a magic mushroom of a novel.

Really? It struck me as virtual self-parody and I pretty much gave up on him there. Wind-up Bird Chronicle is his best though, absolutely brilliant book.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

“Sixty-five is still pretty young," the young man said. “I know that. It seems sudden and unexpected, but COVID didn’t surprise God. His death wasn’t a surprise to God. The God I serve is bigger than that."

It's very sad that poorly educated, gullible and simple-minded people like this are dying in droves in the US. Religion, and those who manipulate it for profit, really have a lot to answer for.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 253 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,767 See in context

It's almost like a miracle.

weeps tears of joy and gratitude

votes LDP

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Posted in: Japanese firms to jointly develop human rights app for foreign workers See in context

Comedy gold.

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Posted in: PM hopefuls seek summit with N Korea on abduction issue See in context

GWToday 08:18 am JST

.....just DISGUSTING, once again like we have been seeing for DECADES, the abducted being USED as pawns for political gain........

Yep, you can always tell there's an election in the air when these poor sad families are dragged out of the closet and paraded around on television.

The LDP never mentions that their leaders at the time knew full well what was happening but ignored the kidnappings because they were in discussions with Kim Il Sung about joint economic development in North Korea.

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Posted in: Man U wins after penalty call backfires; Chelsea beats Spurs See in context

Jimizo 10:30 am JST

Ronaldo was really annoying with the diving and spoiled brat act when he didn’t get the penalties he knew he was playing for. Should have been carded for simulation.

Another extravagantly gifted player whose antics render him dislikable in the extreme. Why do they do it? He also seems to have become manager of Hedge Fund FC, filling the tactical void that is OG Solskjaer.

Oh well, Leon Bailey looks a star!

A very astute buy from the look of him.

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Posted in: Mane reaches century as Liverpool top Premier League, Arsenal ease Arteta pressure See in context

Liverpool Palace was a highly entertaining game, Palace played well yet conceded three goals from set plays. With a little more defensive focus they should be solidly mid-table by the end of the season. Salah and Mane seems to have their mojo back which should make it an exciting season.

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Posted in: China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate See in context

Yotomaya 07:43 am JST

Who is this for? The people don't vote in the party's leaders.

It's a chabangeki to distract attention away from the failure of Japan's political system and its dynastic political elite.

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Posted in: Johnny Depp film sees Minamata pollution issue as cautionary tale See in context

Pukey2Today 10:12 am JST

Sounds like another 'white man saves the locals' movie.

In 1972 Smith went with a group of plaintiffs in the case to attend a meeting with Chisso executives at a factory in Chiba. They were attacked by a group of thugs and Smith was beaten unconscious, nearly losing an eye. He never really recovered and died a few years later in Arizona aged 59.

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Posted in: With Australia-UK deal, Biden again shows China is paramount priority See in context

According to this data from Brown University Watson Institute the US has spent $8 trillion on war since 2001.

That's $8,000,000,000,000.

With the Afghan money spigot now switched off the American military/industrial combine its turning its attention to China as the next source of its funding.

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Posted in: Ruling party kicks off race to pick Suga's successor See in context

Depressing beyond words.

itsonlyrocknroll 07:52 pm JST

All are the jaded political continuation of the past, stale mediocrity, not a single funded costed policy for change in any sector.

Energy, climate change, any recognizable economic reform, nothing, zero.

No published personal manifesto.

This "election" and its attendant hype in the LDP-supporting corporate media is yet another in a long line of events designed to distract the populace from the total failure of Japan's political system and it's political class.

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Posted in: 'Imagine' at 50: Why John Lennon's ode to humanism still resonates See in context

Imagine was top of the list for songs that are banned when a new war is started:

Yes, it's a bit maudlin and mawkish but Lennon's sincerity shines through, and it's reached millions of people which is a great achievement.

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Posted in: The foreign legion of YouTubers defending China See in context

A shocking story of Chinese perfidy and shameless foreigners.

How fortunate we are to live in Japan, where no foreigners would ever pander to nationalists by promoting historical revisionism for money.

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Posted in: Met Gala returns in style with Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rihanna See in context

snowymountainhellToday 04:03 pm JST

Iman is in the 3rd photo @alfienoakes 3:40pm and she looks ‘awesome’.

Yes, she looks amazing!

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Posted in: Met Gala returns in style with Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rihanna See in context

zichi 02:03 pm JST

The gala raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the museum.

Wasn't David Bowie on the board there for a while? I know he and Iman were regulars at this event. It's a magnificent place, hope I can visit again someday.

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Posted in: 'Dune' director longing for sequel See in context

snowymountainhellToday 09:38 am JST

The Jodorowsky & Giger concepts for the proposed 70’s versions were wild but unfortunately, never made it to filming.

Yes. I saw a terrific documentary about Jodorowsky's doomed attempt to film Dune, well-worth searching out if you haven't seen it.

I'll be watching this for sure. As much as I like Lynch's work, his version was really poor.

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Posted in: Vietnam in same boat, says Japan defense minister amid China's rise See in context

Love how the anti-chinese posters here always refer to "communist" China but never to "communist" Vietnam.

But Vietnam is our friend, just like the Taliban! We often overlook our friends' little peccadilloes....

More interesting is that anti-China articles seem to have replaced Olympic articles on Fuji Sankei Today as a distraction from the stark failure of Japan's political leaders and the increasing stagnation of the country.

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Posted in: Salah reaches 100 EPL goals; Elliott hurt in Liverpool win See in context

Very sad to see the injury to Harvey Elliot, he's been excellent this year. Hopefully he won't be out for too long.

Leeds looked well beaten even before the red card, though. They're a great watch for the neutrals but their gung-ho approach doesn't work against the better teams like Liverpool.

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Posted in: IAEA: Science, objectivity key to Fukushima water release See in context

The International Atomic Energy Agency's business is the promotion of the use of nuclear energy.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson breaks tax pledge to fund new care for elderly See in context


There certainly was a problem under Corbyn

The "problem" was the smear campaign by the Jewish Chronicle, funded by shadowy groups of Tories and their financial backers.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson breaks tax pledge to fund new care for elderly See in context

Good grief, Johnson was lying when he said he wouldn't raise taxes? Who could possibly have envisaged that? I mean, he's forged his career in journalism and politics on honesty, probity and a shining integrity. It's scarcely credible,

David Brent can't even spell Labour. Oh dear, what a giveaway.

England, most notably the south and shires, has been responsible for saddling the UK with the morally depraved Tories

The Tories are just the English National Party now and it's looks like we'll be saddled with them until Labour make that deal with the Lib Dems. Thank you, elderly white middle class Home Counties residents.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono draws flak for blocking Twitter critics See in context

Kono Taro/Taro Kono seems to spend most of his time on twitter bragging about what a great job he's doing, so it's hardly surprising those who haven't even had their first shot yet should be complaining.

One of the great things about twitter is that you can block the flat earthers/QAnon/anti-vaxxers/Israeli space laser believers, doubtless some of those types are attacking him too.

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Posted in: Japan orders 150 million doses of Novavax COVID vaccine See in context



My home country is no struggling with each vaccine, because the people who refuses the vaccine are getting more and more day by day.

More and more people refuse to take the vaccine, because of all the bad news we all heard during the last weeks about the vaccination.

And which country would that be?

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Posted in: Actor Michael K Williams, Omar on 'The Wire,' dead at 54 See in context

A terrific actor. RIP. Let's hope it wasn't drugs, considering Omar Little was his greatest role.

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Posted in: Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, star of 'Breathless,' dies at 88 See in context

About as cool as you can get. RIP.

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Posted in: Employees will be allowed to smoke during lunch and other breaks. But they will be asked to take some time before getting back to work after smoking as the risk of causing passive smoking is believed to linger for about 45 minutes after smoking. See in context

Last week's news. This ban includes teleworkers too. Other companies such as Aeon and Ajinomoto have also banned smoking in their buildings and for teleworkers during working hours too.

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Posted in: Get healthy by heeding the wisdom of the ancients, by embarking on a fast See in context

the wisdom of the ancients

Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Chinese?

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at Nagasaki University, Ishihara trained at the famous sanitorium in Zurich, Switzerland, founded in 1897 by Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867-1939), a proponent of raw foods and best known as the inventor of muesli.

100 years ago in Switzerland is hardly the ancients, is it.

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Posted in: Abe supports conservative ally Takaichi as Suga's successor See in context

Seems like Shinzo's decided his career is finally over so he's gone full Class A, visiting Yasukuni four times in his cosplay monkey suit, and now supporting the Nazi admirer Takaichi.

Apparently her latest wheeze is jailing people who disrespect the Japanese flag.

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Posted in: Mural of murdered Japanese doctor in Afghan capital erased See in context

This can't be right. I mean, just last week the head of Britain's military told us that the Taliban are our new friends:

We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies,” Lord Palmerston famously told the British parliament when he was foreign secretary in 1848. Over a century and a half later, during the so-called war on terror, Britain has abided by Palmerston’s morally ambiguous approach towards international relations, with disastrous results. 

The head of Britain’s military, General Sir Nick Carter, illustrated this perfectly when he said last week: “I think you have to be very careful using the word enemy. I think people need to understand who the Taliban actually are … and the plain fact is that they happen to live by a code of honour and a standard… [which] has honour at the heart of what they do.”

So destroying the mural to Dr. Nakamura was part of their code of honour? What strange new friends we have....

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Posted in: Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga See in context

A study by the University of Oxford found these to be the most expensive Games on record. Japan officially spent $15.4 billion to organize the Olympics and Paralympics, double the original estimate. Several government audits suggested the real costs are twice that. All but $6.7 billion is public money.

We'll never know the true costs, either in terms of money spent, lives lost and opportunities wasted, but I'd bet there's not much change from $35bn.

Billions of dollars in corporate welfare and the public health sidelined during a global pandemic for a month of nationalist vainglory. The Olympics is nothing more than "rolling colonialism" and should be abolished in its current form. Tokyo 2020 has seen the mask ripped off, revealing the naked greed, exploitation and total disregard for the host city/country that lies underneath.

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