Alfie Noakes comments

Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

There were several yakuza shootings last year including a double murder in Kabukicho, a double murder in Kobe, a murder in a shopping centre in Hyogo and a shooting in an izakaya in Tochigi. This latest shooting sounds like it could be connected to the latter event.

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Posted in: Koizumi backs different surnames for married couples after heckling incident See in context

Koizumi, widely touted as a future Japanese prime minister.

By Japan's corporate media, which heartily supports nepotism.

LDP lower house member Mio Sugita

An unhinged ultra-nationalist crackpot notorious for wanting to "bomb" memorials to comfort women.

http://fendnow.org/2018/09/12/far-right-japanese-nationalists-theatrical-assault-on-comfort-women-statue-in-taiwan-is-part-of-the-pattern/

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/24/national/politics-diplomacy/ldp-lawmaker-mio-sugita-faces-backlash-describing-lgbt-people-unproductive/

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

Alfie NoakesToday 08:20 am JST

There aren't any homeless people in Japan.

All Japanese people have a koseki tohon, a family register, which gives a home address. If they have a home address they can't be homeless. It's quite simple, really.

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This speech about the koseki tohon proving that there aren't any homeless in Japan was actually made by an LDP minister several years ago. It's good to see that so many people won't accept such nonsense!

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

There aren't any homeless people in Japan.

All Japanese people have a koseki tohon, a family register, which gives a home address. If they have a home address they can't be homeless. It's quite simple, really.

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Posted in: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77 See in context

He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!

Thanks for all the laughs (and the great Chaucer work). RIP.

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

Standard whitewash article from Japan's Pravda. No mention of yakuza gangsters being invited? No mention of Akie Abe selecting guests? Downplaying the use of tax money to raise funds for an Abe support group?

Shin-chan is acting like it’s 1925 and he’s the new emperor.

With Akie as Empress. One wonders how many civil servants or secretaries will have to hang themselves to make this latest scandal go away.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

I have no interest in UKIP or the BNP. Aren't both defunct anyway?

Yet you frequently claimed to support Farage and often linked to youtube videos of a chubby middle-aged UKIP candidate droning on about Europe. Have you forgotten already?

You are a little hysterical sometimes.

I'm not the one who threw a hissy fit because the moderators kept deleting my comments about William Shockley, dysgenesis and Pakistani consanguinity in the UK. Nor did I call Strangerland a "spastic."

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Posted in: Americans drinking more now than just before Prohibition See in context

gokai_wo_manekuToday 09:21 am JST

I guess life in America has become so insufferable, people have to escape with alcohol.

As Iggy Pop famously sang, "America takes drugs in psychic defence." Looks like booze is back in fashion as a way to numb the horror...

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

The UK is also one of the least racist countries in the world.

says the UKIP/British National Party guy who claims that black people can't be British because they're black. The level of utter garbage spaffed out by the far right on this site is simply astonishing.

lucabrasiToday 09:14 am JST

@commanteer

Interesting. Are you saying that the casual, unpleasant racism so prevalent in British society has been somehow magicked away in Meghan’s case?

Or are you denying that it exists?

He's saying that down is up and tomorrow he'll say that up is down. And believe it both days!

All relation to rational thought has been severed; there are countless examples of online racist abuse directed at Meghan Markle and the security services have been investigating death threats made by far-right groups against the couple for years. But hey! He claims it's not racist so that must be true!

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

One wonders what the public perception of Ghosn would be if he had an entire news agency to print his evidence of innocence every day.

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Posted in: Questions of racism linger as Harry, Meghan step back See in context

I seriously doubt most Britons would care one way or the other about Meghan's race if she behaved like a royal is expected to. But she was trying to make it all about her and her Hollywood ideals, and that's what turned people off her.

FOSTER: What the trolls are doing is they're exploiting these types of negative stories and fitting Meghan into a narrative, which is that she's corrupting this institution - this white institution fundamentally.

Comedy gold. You just repeated exactly what Max Foster said about the trolls. Congrats!

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Posted in: Questions of racism linger as Harry, Meghan step back See in context

Nothing to do with racism, though it's a convenient fallback for lefties when they don't get their own way.

Really?

https://www.newsweek.com/meghan-markle-racist-texts-spell-crisis-british-far-right-party-780964

"In the texts, Marney gave a list of reasons why she doesn't like Markle. "She's a 'gender equality' t*** She is obsessed with race and her seen with [sic] taint our royal family. Just a dumb little commoner. Tiny brain," she wrote, adding "She's black. A dumb little 'actress' that no one has heard of. This is Britain, not Africa."

Marney then laughed off an accusation of racism from her interlocutor. "Lol so what," she wrote, when the other person called her racist. "She's a black American. Pushing their way to the top slowly slowly. Next will be a Muslim PM and a black king," Marney added."

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/10/701987112/inside-the-racist-online-attacks-on-meghan-markle

FOSTER: What the trolls are doing is they're exploiting these types of negative stories and fitting Meghan into a narrative, which is that she's corrupting this institution - this white institution fundamentally.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So when you looked at some of these accounts, especially on Twitter, what did you see? What did you find?

FOSTER: Well, what we found was that we took 5,000 tweets which contained anti-Meghan hashtags. We found that 20 accounts were driving 70 percent of the coverage. We don't know how many people were behind those accounts. We don't think they are bots because they all seem quite tailored, but they're causing a lot of damage.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

As ever it pays to read other reports, not only these flimsy wire-service versions:

"McIntyre said he had shared a tiny cell, which was lit day and night, with a convicted murderer who was appealing against his sentence. Conditions there had almost driven him “insane”, he told the Guardian during an interview at the detention centre earlier this month."

“I have made repeated attempts [to find them] through the family court and the police but I have had no success,” he said at his hearing. “I have no idea where my children are. I have no idea if they are alive or dead. As a parent this causes me unbelievable grief.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/australian-journalist-scott-mcintyre-gets-suspended-sentence-over-search-for-his-children-japan

As several people have pointed out, this affects all families in Japan, not just international marriages. It's yet another stain on the "justice" system here.

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

Why would they need an old woman’s permission to do anything?

They don't. They told the Queen they were leaving as a fait accompli. It's strange that the article fails to mention the three-year hate campaign against Megan Markle by the right-wing media and the internet tiki torch mob; that's the real reason they've quit.

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Posted in: Taiwan's pro-Japan young people back Tsai's re-election See in context

It seems abundantly clear that being Japanese colours Tachikawa's perceptions, and his reporting.

This isn't the first time I've seen such comments in a Kyodo article. It's obviously editorial policy.

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Posted in: Fukui dinosaur museum to get ¥9.4 bil facelift See in context

469,000 increase in visitors is the target. How did they arrive at this number? Seems pretty random.

They're special numbers. They're local government numbers!

Great place to take your kids, but I have to question the value of spending that much money on renovations.

It's special money. It's government money!

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Posted in: 'Megxit' trumps Brexit and Iran in UK after royal bombshell See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday 07:32 am JST

Team player, taking a hit for Prince Andrew.

Nonsense. They're running far away from the hateful racist mob and the Murdoch tabloid empire of filth. Andrew is toast, even his mother knows that.

IfMHO, if history is anything to go by, this is no sudden unanticipated move. It's a strategic empire building move.

Gibberish. It's well-known that the royal family is being slimmed down under Prince Charles' direction. It's 2020 not 1720, cobber.

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Posted in: Ginza transformation inspired by New York success See in context

This entire article is complete and utter bollocks. It's nothing more than an advertisement for Mori Building and Hafele Japan.

“As the benefits to health from sunlight and exposure to nature are recognized more and more, I expect Tokyo to lead the world in creating the healthiest and most livable of all metropolises.”

What? But meanwhile there's still no hot water and no hand driers in JR stations...

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Posted in: Prince Harry and Meghan to 'step back' as senior UK royals See in context

It's a sad story, Meghan and Harry being driven out of the UK by racist filth from the extreme right on the tabloid newspapers forums. Add to that the Mail on Sunday stealing a note from Meghan to her mother and both the Sun and the Daily Mirror attempting to hack their cellphones, it's no wonder they've had enough.

It might be part of Meghans plan to control Harry and brain wash him with her liberal ideas

Deranged drivel like this, in fact.

Doesn’t bother me as long as they aren’t living the high life on the taxpayer’s expense.

Selling the global TV rights to their wedding not only covered the costs but actually made a profit. I'm no monarchist but I'm not having the hate campaign pushed by Rupert Murdoch via the knuckle-dragging neanderthals who infest the internet.

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Posted in: UK charges U.S. diplomat's wife over teen's death in crash See in context

I'm sure if this was the other way round, I wonder whether you would take the same view - i.e. the Brit could swan back to Britain and leave a dead man and grieving parents behind in the USA. I suspect not. I think you are more motivated by national loyalties than anything else.

Yes, it's fairly clear we've got a sherman sticking up for another sherman, unfortunately it's one who killed a teenager and ran away.

Britain actually waived diplomatic immunity in a domestic violence case last year:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/19/husband-british-un-diplomat-arrested-accusations-domestic-viole

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Posted in: UK charges U.S. diplomat's wife over teen's death in crash See in context

An American diplomat's wife

Jonathan Sacoolas isn't a diplomat, he's an NSA spy.

Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left Britain after the crash.

Her husband isn't a diplomat and doesn't have diplomatic immunity. He's an NSA official spying on British people in Britain.

But the U.S. State Department said Friday that “at the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the UK, the driver in this case had status that conferred diplomatic immunities."

Not under the Vienna Convention. The NSA and GCHQ have a secret agreement whereby they spy on each other's population and award themselves freedom from prosecution in cases like this.

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Posted in: Japanese player Minamino signs for Liverpool See in context

maybe he'll need a nick name

He's already been dubbed the Scouse Samurai. Good player and a perfect fit for that Liverpool team. Pool's player recruitment is so far ahead of United and Arsenal, it's crazy.

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Posted in: By getting involved in their lives outside of work, we wanted to prevent them from losing motivation. See in context

Translation: "By attempting to control every aspect of their lives in Japan we managed to drive them all away."

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a senior television reporter known for his reporting on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Yamaguchi has written two books about Abe, is a close personal friend and an apparent comfort women denial sympathizer.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 121st in 2019 gender equality ranking See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet ministers pose for a group photo at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Sept 11. There are only two women in the cabinet.

And one of them's Takaichi Sanae, best mate of Japan's leading Neo-Nazi.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/09/neo-nazi-photos-pose-headache-for-shinzo-abe

Comedy gold. The only way women can make it to the top of the LDP is by hanging out with neo-nazis.....

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Posted in: Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism of Muslim crackdown See in context

Since a million Moslems in Europe are not in prison, you are right.

And a milion muslims aren't in prison in China, either. This figure was "estimated" by a man named Adrian Zenz, an evangelical Christian with ties to the CIA:

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Adrian_Zenz

Given the post-truth world we live in, it always pays to check. Otherwise you find yourself repeating CIA propaganda without realising it...

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Posted in: Real Madrid to face Manchester City in Champions League See in context

Poor draws for the English clubs. Maybe UEFA were upset that last year's final was Liverpool vs Spurs rather than yet another moneyspinning Barca vs Real.....

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Posted in: Groper says he couldn’t resist 'young females’ breasts' See in context

YubaruToday 07:40 am JST

I do not understand how any writer, male or female, can't tell by the name, that would make light of a sexual predator.

So not only does the writer play down the seriousness of the assaults they also provide what appears to be false information as well.

Sora "News" has a history of this. It seems to be some kind of editorial policy, attempting to treat disturbing stories of sexual assault as jokey comedy.

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Posted in: Johnson talks with Trump, welcomes new lawmakers See in context

kurisupisuToday 07:00 am JST

Finally, a group of conservatives which now reflect the voting electorate!

Really? You mean all these people are actually the homeless, struggling pensioners and working poor who need foodbanks to feed their families? How strange, they look just like privately-educated lawyers and hedge fund managers to me.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate at 42% amid cherry-blossom viewing event criticism See in context

Draining the swamp? What country has been able to "drain the swamp"? The U.S. which is more capable of doing so than Japan, has failed to do so.

I was being sarcastic. Nice to see the old Thatcher style "there is no alternative" arguement, haven't seen that for a while.

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