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Posted in: Beyonce releases new album 'Renaissance' See in context

One of the living greats.

Oh please, get real!

She's not even close!

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context

It's time to remove these dumb rules and the old fossils that come up with them!

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Posted in: Record torrential rain continues in wide areas of Japan See in context

Every year its a "record".

More like a broken one at that. Definitely not the worst rain we've had in the 23 years I've been here!

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Posted in: Maximum caution needed as COVID cases surge: Kishida See in context

But but they said the vaccines would work!

Clearly the vaccines are useless. But watch the sheep role up their sleeves for a fourth or even fifth round of poison jabs!

No other vaccine in history has been required this much in so little time and been so ineffective.

Go ahead lefties, begin the thumbs down.

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Posted in: James Caan, Oscar nominee for 'The Godfather,' dies at 82 See in context

Another sad loss but he left his mark on several generations and won't be forgotten so easily. A great actor and a great legacy. RIP Mr. Caan.

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Posted in: Japan introduces up to one-year jail time for cyberbullying, online abuse See in context

If you don't like online abuse, turn off your computer or phone, simple.

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Posted in: Court rules in favor of French man's wife over child custody rights See in context

Is anyone surprised? Japan lives in a Draconian dystopia, abusing women's rights/equality, until it involves a foreign spouse, then they are given protection as much as necessary.

Tie this in with the old-boy-rulings of one particular city office in the news yesterday, barring women from wearing jewelry at work as well as enforcing dress codes for both men and women, and it's plain to see that nothing has changed in Japan over the last several decades.

As long as there are old men stuck in their ways allowed to preside over societal standards, nothing will change for women, foreigners or anyone who wants to make a difference.

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Posted in: Coalition headed for election win; LDP seen gaining seats: poll See in context

Meh. Not even news. Does anybody really believe it's not already decided before elections even happen?

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

And I'll add, with the current economic climate and landlords unwilling to lower rents etc, more young people are opting to stay living at home.

Rising taxes, low wages, rising living costs - having a baby these days in Japan is not an affordable luxury! Thankfully my 3 year old and 2 year old are off formula and starting to use the potty more. The cost of diapers going up, formula going up, baby food, clothing, shoes, etc.... people can barely afford to live as a single person, never mind as a married couple!

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

As one of my students recently asked me:

Would you rather be married or happy?

Pretty much sums it up right there!

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Posted in: 16 Japanese universities team up to accept students from war-hit Ukraine See in context

Yamaguchi University has one of the largest English based study programs in the country - surprised it's not on the list!

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Posted in: Japan passes bill to make online insults punishable by jail time See in context

So if I, as a red-blooded Irishman, raised with a dry sense of humour, speak my mind, I'm going to jail and getting a fine? It'll be worth it if it means standing by my right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech! Obviously hate speech is one thing and should be addressed accordingly. But where do you draw the line and define what is and isn't hate speech?

If I want to call these politicians buffoons, I will, because they are.

People need to grow a thicker skin and stop allowing WORDS to upset them!!

As other posters have said - it's just another law that will stop politicians and the like from being insulted in an effort to polish their image further. Well, you can polish a turd but it's still a turd!

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Posted in: Majority of Japanese firms struggle to get materials due to war in Ukraine See in context

And since when has the Ukraine been a necessity in transportation and supply of goods? Ummmm... Never!

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Posted in: U.S. naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash See in context

but the judge said such a sensation should have abated as Alkonis drove down the mountain.

And since when has the judge been a medical professional?

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Posted in: Man gets 18-year prison term for 2017 expressway road rage deaths See in context

I had the unfortunate encounter with this guy in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi, in the same year.

He didn't like that I overtook him, and proceeded to stop his car several times in front of mine and others on National Route 2. He drove with his door open, screaming obscenities at me and other drivers.

He was reported by some other road users and apprehended in Tokuyama but clearly he was not detained. I hope upon his eventual release, he's never allowed to drive ever again.

For the lives his actions took and the resulting loss of parents to two girls, his sentence is not long enough.

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Posted in: Facebook changing with times a decade after stock debut See in context

I don't like FB I don't have a personal account, but between FB and it's Instagram it is a very inexpensive way to connect with consumers directly, and by inexpensive I mean not a single yen.

And you clearly don't understand how FB and Instagram works. I highly doubt you're getting seen by more than a dozen people at best. FB takes a dim view of advertising for free on its platforms, so unless you're investing in ads, you're talking nonsense.

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Posted in: Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 See in context

And you base this assumption on what? Your opinion only? I’m guessing you don’t have kids. If you did, you would want them vaccinated. Go

I have two. I don't want them vaccinated with rubbish thanks.

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Posted in: Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 See in context

I'm sure you know how to use Google and find reputable sources of information, I don't need to tell you that right?

Yeah because GOOGLE wouldn't hide facts eh? rolls eyes

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Posted in: Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 See in context

Terrible advice, ivermecting and other drugs bring no benefit to people infected and instead increase the risk of other health problems, recommending people to act against the best medical advice just so you can pretend vaccines are not necessary only puts those people at risk, something that you are not taking any responsibility about.

My wife and I had covid this month, no vaccines, and our doctor was happy to recommend ivermectin. We opted for traditional flu medication, simply because it was a much cheaper alternative.

Responsibility? Stop blaming the unvaxxed!

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Posted in: Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 See in context

My kids are1 & 2 years old.

We won't be giving them any vaccine that needs a lot more testing and tweaking. Especially won't be giving them any vaccine that clearly doesn't work!

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Posted in: Canadian police arresting protesters, towing rigs in Ottawa See in context

If you agree with what the police are doing, then you're part of the problem!

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Posted in: TVs that don’t show TV programs selling out fast in Japan See in context

I have my ps4 hooked up to our wall mounted TV. Netflix, YouTube, Disney, Apple TV etc, no TV cable installed, all internet only. NHK can shove their fee.

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Posted in: Trump, 2 of his children must testify in New York investigation, judge rules See in context

The problem with the left is that none of you on the left are mature enough to accept when you're wring!

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Posted in: What do you give Yoko Ono on her birthday? A tribute album See in context

Give her singing and music less... She needs them more than anyone.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

Been here since 1999, things that have gotten better:

More choice of deodorants available - there were literally none for men back then.

Better housing quality - a lot more western style housing compared to the old Japanese styles.

More job opportunities for foreigners, albeit with an air of inequality.

Less smokers around meaning me and my kids are not breathing in second hand smoke.

Things that have gotten worse:

Salaries - remained stagnant for the most part - while inflation and taxes have risen, salaries have not.

Price rises, everything got a lot more expensive.

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Posted in: Thousands protest COVID mandates and restrictions in Ottawa See in context

Vaccine mandates and restrictions save lives.

No, they don't. Or are you willfully ignoring the fact that we now know more have died after being vaccinated than have not? Or are you just another whiny liberal who readily believes whatever the man on the TV tells you to?

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Posted in: Joni Mitchell says she is boycotting Spotify over COVID 'lies' See in context

Many doctors and scientists have asked Spotify to take action on misinformation.

Funny, because the 10's of thousands of medical professionals around the world who ARE against the vaccines, are quite happy to see the non-medical doomsayers like Young and Mitchell leave!

What makes Young and Mitchell experts on the virus and vaccines? Nothing, absolutely nothing!

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Posted in: Joni Mitchell says she is boycotting Spotify over COVID 'lies' See in context

Joni Mitchell, like Neil Young, is no longer a significant part of the music world. Old has-beens that are incapable of accepting any opinion that goes against their own, just prove themselves to be infantile crybabies.

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Posted in: Biden, Kishida discuss China, Japan's military capability See in context

The extreme right typically look for more reasons to be afraid, and follow leaders who'll ramp up their fears even more.

Funny, didn't seem to be the case under Trump when leftys were screaming he'd start WW3.

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