Argus Tuft comments

Posted in: Japan's Verdy abandon Totti chase See in context

the J-League, which once attracted luminaries such as Zico and Gary Lineker when it began in 1993 but has struggled to acquire big-name players in recent years.

That seems a harsh comment.

Isn't it more a case of signing the high profile foreign players in the early days of the J-League to attract punters, but now that it's established and the level of skill has improved in the local players, that they changed policy ?

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Posted in: BBC names first female 'Doctor Who' See in context

She was great in "Attack the block"

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Posted in: McCartney, Costello & the album that never was See in context

There's been a bootleg of this about for years , should be good to hear a better version of it

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Posted in: Japan history revisionists bolder under Abe: analysts See in context

Motoya not only penned a book calling the 1937 Nanjing massacre a lie but proudly displays it in guest rooms of his nationwide chain

Is he calling it a 'lie' , as in denying it occurred, or as in disputing the number of victims?

I haven't read his book and the above article isn't very clear about it. I've read in other coverage that Motoya wasn't denying it outright.

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Posted in: 2 women jump to deaths from Osaka condo See in context

@Manuel

I don't understand why so many people here do this, but what I do notice is that there are many suicides on TV dramas here. Maybe the script writers should take notice of this and stop writing these events into their dramas.

It's unfathomable, but I have a suspicion that when Japanese insurance companies stop paying out on suicide, that there may be some change in the statistics.

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Posted in: 4 Australian family members found after going missing while skiing in Nagano See in context

@TamaramaJan.

Coming snowboarding in Japan has become very fashionable in Australia, but the fact is that almost all of them have absolutely no contact or experience in snow in day to day life, apart from when they come here. Very high on stoke and enthusiasm, very low on experience in snow and mountains.

I don't know that it's fashionable, so much as affordable compared to the cost of skiing or boarding in Australia. In my experience, Aussie boarders are quite a bit more experienced in the snow than you might think.

Another point to consider here is that, even with a working knowledge of Japanese, there are an alarming number of resorts in Japan with a lax attitude to trail markings and safety precautions that may result in the average tourist being unsure of where the trail continues and what would be considered back country.

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Posted in: 3 bag-snatching cases reported one after the other in Saitama See in context

@pudus

Dai-Saitama.

'big' Saitama?

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Posted in: Body bound in chains found in Saitama river See in context

@kobe

but i must ask is Saitama that bad as it seems to pop up a lot with some pretty darn tasty crimes

It's just confirmation bias

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing high-end bike to sell on online auction See in context

@Bill Murphy

Stolen property sales might take a dip.

What if the buyer doesn't know it's stolen property ?

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Posted in: Japan, Australia draw 1-1 in World Cup qualifier See in context

@edojin

I question the penalty that was called that produced the penalty shot. The Australian appeared to have fallen on his own ... and was not knocked down as ruled by the referee

There was clearly contact between Haraguchi's shoulder and the middle of Juric's back, it looked like an honest mistake from Haraguchi, but it's a penalty in any case.

I'm sure it's not difficult finding a clip of it online somewhere.

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Posted in: Japan's soccer coach gets 'go-between' after smiling ban See in context

According to local media, Halilhodzic later issued a bizarre instruction to his players “not to be caught smiling”, apparently wanting them to show contrition.

I can see the logic behind it. That was a pretty embarrassing loss (referee shenanigans notwithstanding). He might have thought the players weren't taking the qualifiers seriously enough for his liking.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin loses fight for legal fees in 'Stairway' case See in context

The judge, however, had strong words for plaintiff’s attorney Francis Malofiy, who is currently serving a three-month suspension for serious misconduct in a copyright case over Usher’s “Bad Girl.”

In the Led Zeppelin case, Klausner reprimanded Malofiy for some of his antics and frequently blocked his questions because of objections by Led Zeppelin lawyers.

“Throughout the course of litigation, plaintiff’s counsel demonstrated a tenuous grasp of legal ethics and a rudimentary understanding of courtroom decorum,” Klausner wrote.

The plaintiff got lucky on this one

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, Australia step in for weak Southeast Asia to chide China See in context

@crouchingsamurai

We don't have any real stake of claim in South China Sea, apart from the trade routes our corporations share with the global market.

Isn't that enough of a stake for you ?

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Posted in: TEPCO, rail firms request removal of Pokemon Go characters from sites See in context

I believe the original Japanese release date for Pokemon Go was intended to be much later than it ended up being, so as to give Google the time work out where they could and couldn't have pokemon randomly generate. It ended up being a surprise success overseas that they moved up the launch date.

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Posted in: New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery' See in context

It's Bryan Fuller, it's most likely going to be good.

Just a shame they went with #STD on twitter....

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 5-month-old son See in context

@Debucho

@Argus Tuft I disagree. Babies have very white skin (assuming these people are Japanese) and even if you held them tightly it would leave a mark. If there were no external injuries on this baby there is no way the man could have slammed it. Or even shaken it Let alone a slap or kick or punch.

Sure, I understand what you're hypothesizing.

Just saying that based on the information in the article, we don't know what happened for sure yet (and I'm sure you aren't disagreeing with that).

All we know from the article is the location, date, time of the reported incident, a he said/she said account and that after examination, the infant appears to be fine and to have suffered no external injuries.

I have no problem whatsoever with anyone putting forward a hypothesis

My own would be that there is more to this incident than meets the eye., but , obviously I don't know that to be factual.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 5-month-old son See in context

@Dan Lewis@Debucho

It sounds like the wife is trying to frame her husband on a false claim of abuse, or am I misreading this?

I don't think you're misreading necessarily , but it's still a bit of leap from: "Police said Tuesday the child had no external signs of injury" to "trying to frame her husband". Still, given the limited information in the article, there's no harm in hypothesizing I suppose.

It's certainly appears suspicious on the surface, who knows what happened, or didn't happen, at the very least the child seems unhurt and that's good news.

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Posted in: Man arrested for strangling wife in Kanagawa See in context

Oh that poor little girl.

Lets hope she has some close family to take care of her.

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Posted in: Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89 See in context

RIP Dr. Stanley ,you'll finally get the answer to "Who will sing for me?"

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Posted in: Obokata 'types' not uncommon in business world See in context

What an appalling piece of thinly-veiled character assassination this article is

Adults with HPD are characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, including seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval. Among diagnosed cases, females are said to exceed males by a ratio of 4 to 1

As Yubaru points out up thread this is lifted right off the Wikipedia page, a page that also states:

"Little research has been done to find evidence as to what causes histrionic personality disorder and where it stems from."

Don't be fooled, HPD is not remotely a real thing

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Posted in: Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director See in context

@clueless

" Lets have at least some resemblance to the Bond, Flemming had in mind folks!!"

It might be a bit of a slippery slope following too closely along with Fleming's books. The character frequently appears in an unfavourable light when compared with modern attitudes on misogyny and race. I think it's fairly widely held that Ian Fleming was a pretty awful human being with some misanthropic opinions.

I'm sure most would agree that the books and the films are different animals.

Having said that, I'm quite certain that the next Bond will be a white male, I mean, remember the reaction when Daniel Craig was cast just because he was a blonde?

Idris Elba , or even an actor like Paterson Joseph would be great in the role, but I can't see that they'd have a serious shot at it.

Anyone sceptical about Tom Hiddleston need only watch the recently made TV series of John Le Carre's 'The night manager' to be put at ease.

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Posted in: 'Predator' reboot to begin filming by October See in context

I'll watch anything made by Shane Black.

Even the first Predator Christmas movie.

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Posted in: Murder charge dropped against American in case of woman found floating in bay See in context

@Strangerland

You consistently make some well-reasoned points based on the actual information presented in the article. You avoid speculation and present a common sense response to those who do.

You get down-voted for it, I just thought I'd let you know your efforts are appreciated.

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Posted in: Fire damages Tokyo's famous Golden-gai bar district See in context

The bar owners in Golden Gai I've spoken with are proud of their neighbourhood's history and character. They are strongly opposed to the current Tokyo government's push to make everything look like Omotesando Hills in time for the Olympics.

There are fire codes, and civic planning codes in place. It stands to reason that there must be be ways for them to improve the safety of their structures that do not also involve redevelopment.

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Posted in: Idol group SMAP rumored to be splitting after 28 years See in context

@theeastisred

you made it into the Guardian !

"...The band’s detractors expressed relief. “There is a god!” said a commenter on the Japan Today website..."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/13/breakup-beloved-boyband-smap-shocks-japanese-pop-fans

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Posted in: Iconic singer David Bowie dies of cancer at 69 See in context

I've heard a rumor from Ground Control... Oh no, don't say it's true

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Posted in: Does kangaroo meat work with Japanese seasonings? See in context

If a bento shop in Tokyo can source kangaroo meat, why can't I get locally sourced lamb or even venison in a Tokyo supermarket ?

Like kangaroos in Australia, in northern parts of Japan the local governments cull a certain number of deer every year. There must be a surplus of perfectly good deer meat.

The lamb I've seen here on a supermarket shelf seems to be imported from NZ or Australia.

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Posted in: Two men kept from boarding U.S. plane after speaking Arabic See in context

Once on board, Khalil told NBC 5 that some passengers made him open a white box he was carrying—filled, it turns out, with sweets. “So I shared my baklava with them,” he was quoted as saying.

I don't know if I'd be that accommodating if a group of passengers demanded I open my carry-on bag.

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Posted in: Japanese actress to carry World Cup trophy onto field at Twickenham See in context

I have nothing against Tao Okamoto

You might if you've watched 'Hannibal'

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Posted in: Knights and dames honors dumped under new Australian PM: report See in context

Turnbull, 60, entered public life by spearheading a push for Australia to turn itself into a republic, chairing the Australian Republican Movement during a 1999 referendum on the monarchy. The movement was comfortably defeated.

I don't recall it being a 'comfortable' defeat at all.

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