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Posted in: Japanese beer is a lot better than American beer. We'll be looking those up at the liquor store when we get back. See in context

Yet more Nihon Sugoi rubbish.

Mainstream Japanese and American beers are gnat's pee but both countries have excellent craft beers.

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Posted in: Obama endorses Trudeau in unprecedented move See in context

I recently saw someone on here claim Obama was a "black nationalist neo-Marxist". Given the alternative reality inhabited by these people, their cognitive dissonance over Obama, a private citizen, endorsing Trudeau and Trump, the American president, endorsing Lying Johnson should could as no surprise.

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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

Chip StarToday 06:54 am JST

Agreed with MASSWIPE, and love the handle. Tokyo being hotter than hell in the summer was known when the Tokyo Olympic Committee was bribing officials to win the bid, so not a surprise. Ridiculous the bid was approved despite this; then again, money talks loudly.

When the IOC declared the 2020 bidding process open it was made clear a July/August Olympics was non-negotiable. All applicant cities had to accept this. Tokyo/the Japanese government/the JOC accepted this, applied and won. There was never any possibility of it being moved to October. After the shambles in Doha the IOC have finally accepted that July/August in Tokyo is dangerously hot and humid; they have acted responsibly to ensure the safety of the athletes (and the spectators too).

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Posted in: LDP exec apologizes for calling typhoon damage 'so-so' See in context

Yet another pomade-slathered octogenarian feudal overlord exposing his total lack of empathy and utter contempt for the long-suffering people of this country.

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Posted in: Fake schoolgirl prostitution extortion ring busted by Tokyo police See in context

Bugle Boy of Company BToday 09:28 am JST

And people thought that high school girls here were so innocent!

They are (mostly). This technique of ripping off "clients" has been going on for years - I think it used to be called oyajigari. It's as old as the hills.

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Posted in: Japan home to 3 of world's 10 best largest cities: U.S. magazine See in context

The experiences of a traveler and a resident, other than a well-off resident, are significantly different, as are the measures for trying to rate cities.

Yes, the experiences of Taro Suzuki, trapped on the Saikyo Line at 8am every day, and the Fortune 500 executives spending a weekend in their Nihonbashi hotel and Ginza restaurants do tend to be rather different.

I wonder how much advertising or advertorial Japan buys in "Conde Nast Traveler". I doubt a publication like that will pay for anything it reports on.

It's all sponcon. Don't worry though, Monocle magazine will be along next to tell us yet again Tokyo is the greatest place ever, in the history of the world.

As a Tokyo resident I find the place ugly and gritty, which is a lot of its charm to me. How anyone can seriously claim it's "pretty" is unbelievable; it looks better at night, hardly something you can say for really beautiful cities.

Also, what on earth is Osaka doing on that list? A bankrupt, treeless concrete wasteland where a pint of ethyl alcohol and a burnt squid on a stick is a gourmet meal?

Finally, something the world media gets right about Japan.

What a bizarre comment. Could we have some examples of what the world media gets wrong. Or are you just playing the victim card?

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

lucabrasiToday 02:47 pm JST

How has smithinjapan managed to get three downvotes? Who could possibly be upset by that?

You must be new here!

That was the first full game of rugby Id watched since the 2007 World Cup Final. It was terrific, very exciting. I think I might watch again next week.

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Posted in: George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking' See in context

KestrelToday 05:10 pm JST

Clooney is against walls but lives behind them, is against guns but is protected by them,

is against capatalism but hordes his millions.

hollywood hypocrite.

Behold, the internet!

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Posted in: 32-year-old railway police officer arrested for alleged sexual assault See in context

Another day, another rapist in uniform.

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Posted in: Japanese scientist among 3 winners of Nobel Chemistry prize for battery work See in context

Wow, not only does the boffin on the left have a Nobel Prize but he also has one of the greatest rock n roll songs ever named after him. Respect!

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Posted in: Japanese scientist among 3 winners of Nobel Chemistry prize for battery work See in context

Well done, boffins. More science, less idiot nonsense please.

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Posted in: What’s the best part of Tokyo to live in, and why? Survey gives the top six picks See in context

tokyo-starToday 11:39 am JST

strange that they're all on that side of Tokyo

Not really. The article says the "survey" was created by condo sales company Major7. Obviously they want to sell condos in these areas!

veejayToday 08:07 pm JST

The east side of Tokyo is much better than any of these "fashionable" places. Fewer people, cheaper and without pretension.

But Major7 wants to sell condos in expensive, fashionable areas to make more profits!

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Posted in: Missile interceptor drill held in Tokyo following N Korean launches See in context

Brought to you by the Ministry of Fear and the Bureau of Distraction.

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Posted in: 'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship See in context

Very good indeed. More power to them!

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Posted in: Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal See in context

Why does Kyodo insist on calling this "a gift scandal" when it's a massive bribery and corruption scandal stretching back years?

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Posted in: Liverpool in EPL driving seat; Manchester teams crash See in context

Could it really be our year at last? :)

Well, City lacked the guile needed to score without KdB yesterday and the defence really misses Laporte. They're your only realistic rival for the title. After a few tricky fixtures now Liverpool should have plain sailing until Christmas, so yes. I wouldn't be breaking out the bunting and cakes just yet though ;-)

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Posted in: We hope that many foreigners take part in the sporting festivities during the Rugby World Cup this year and the Olympics next year, but for us the most important thing is to ensure their safety. We understand that they are excited and they want to show it, but they need to know how to control themselves. See in context

In Europe riots and anti social behaviour is considered "the norm" at many sporting events and in particular with soccer and rugby games.

Except it isn't. What a ludicrous comment; whoever heard of a rugby riot?

in my experience its very likely if countries like England, Ireland or France make it to the finals and lose, look out Japan.

Ridiculous fear-mongering. The poster's brief history, nonsensical comments and deliberate misspellings lead one to believe it's yet another comedy account, here attempting to distract from the implications of the quote.

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Posted in: Milner sends Liverpool eight points clear; Spurs rocked at Brighton See in context

Liverpool vs Leicester was a tight, tense affair sadly decided by a Harry Kane style dive from Mane to win a penalty that the referee was only too happy to award. Leicester were well worth a point and are developing a very tidy team under Rodgers.

Pochettino was forced to emphasise his commitment to Tottenham this week amid speculation he has grown distant from a squad distracted by several players who have been linked with moves.

The word on the street (well, Twitter) is that one of those moves was made by Jan Vertonghen on Christian Eriksen's wife, which led to a spot of fisticuffs involving Sir Harry Kane who apparently gave the bounder Vertonghen a black eye. Unfortunately it isn't known whether Kane flung himself to the ground and appealed to the referee after punching Big Jan.

Either way, Spurs are in meltdown along with Everton. October is the start of the sack race season; who's first for the chop?

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Posted in: Former education minister makes waves by linking same-sex marriage to revising constitution See in context

One had thought that this nasty little yakuza-linked Nippon Kaigi stooge and Big Juku mouthpiece was chained up in the LDP HQ basement alongside Tomomi Inada and Sanae Takaichi. Only the extremely gullible would take his words at face value.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years See in context

Whaling supports jobs and communities in Japan, and has for centuries.

Really? I'd be very interested to know just how many jobs and how many communities whaling supports. I'm sure you have that information at your fingertips and will be able to post it soon.

We're still waiting for your explanation of "Japans rules of universal politeness, cleanliness, and public order," as you put it yesterday.

Maybe you could bundle both replies together in one post? I realise it's nearly lunchtime in Australia so there's no rush. Anytime over the weekend would be fine, cobber.

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Posted in: Abe pushes for serious debate on constitution as Diet session begins See in context

LDP mouthpiece Kyodo desperate to distract population from the tax increase, Abe's diplomatic failure and the TEPCO horrorshow in Chiba.

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Posted in: No butts, no boors: Rugby fans learn the ropes in polite Japan See in context

It is good most foreign rugby fans are following Japans rules of universal politeness, cleanliness, and public order.

What a shame that so many Japanese people don't follow Japan's rules of universal politeness, cleanliness and public order. Perhaps you could post similar comments in Japanese on Yahoo Japan inviting the natives to behave as well as the visitors for the Rugby World Cup.

Since you seem to be an expert on the matter, perhaps you could explain just exactly what Japan's rules of universal politeness, cleanliness and public order are exactly.

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Posted in: Shun nuisance 'obligations' and do what you want to do See in context

Interesting. So Shukan Gendai is suggesting that Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. I've heard that before somewhere....

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

So this is a get out of jail card for all those corrupt LDP politicians, corrupt businesspeople, corrupt civil servants, corrupt public officials, corrupt school operators and the like (the list is endless), wrapped up in a merciful wave of the imperial hand.

A bizarre, anachronistic concept that paints Japan's "justice" system in an even grimmer light. It's like something out of Gormenghast, not a modern, developed democracy.

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Posted in: S Korean fighter jet patrols over islands disputed by Japan See in context

oldman_13Today 08:09 am JST

Once again South Korea shows its true aggressive nature.

We stand with you Japan.

How is flying jets over your own territory aggressive?

We stand with you Japan.

Who is this "we"? Who are you claiming to speak for?

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

Japanese people themselves walking into private gardens in the Cotswolds etc.

I've heard many houses in the more popular Cotswolds tourist destinations have signs in Japanese saying "Private house. Please don't enter" on them. No problem with that and no problem with Kyoto residents doing the same.

if they don't do they have to pay up or in the worst case go to prison for a few days plus get on a red list to not be allowed to enter the country again.

Put tourists in prison and deport them for taking photos of geisha in the street? That's a really good idea....

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Posted in: UK's Johnson denies any wrongdoing in ties with U.S. tech exec See in context

Johnson has only a distant relationship with the truth. It's the one constant of his career.

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Posted in: Registers, rates and points: Tax hike woes for Japanese retailers See in context

Chip StarToday 06:54 am JST

Over complicating things is a trait of Japan.

Over-complicated and without clear explanation. An observer might think the government want to make things as opaque and abstruse as possible.

MeiyouwentiToday 07:37 am JST

The government has raised consumption tax just as much as it has reduced corporate tax.

The LDP represent Keidanren, not the people.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric top executives received ¥320 mil in payoffs from local official See in context

Kansai Electric said late Thursday that some of its officials had received money and gifts from "a certain person," but all such gifts were kept only "temporarily" and had been returned.

Those gifts were just resting in my bank account!

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Posted in: Japanese cattle farmers fear U.S. trade deal will be death knell See in context

"Politicians are not thinking about us farmers at all."

Pardon? Obtaining the votes of farmers with "subsidies" is how the LDP have maintained their control of Japan for the last 70 years. A vote in rural Kochi is worth around 2.4 votes in a Chiba bedtown.

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