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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576 See in context

Can one of you cyber know-it-alls point to a causal relationship between the Olympics and the surge in infections?

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Posted in: Global-Dining restaurant operator defies Tokyo government’s early closure request See in context

I think I foresee a health inspection.....

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

And, guess what, university students are starting their courses this week and many universities have decided that their party-happy undergrads should come back to the classroom. Yes, that really makes sense.

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Posted in: Does the arrival of Costa Coffee spell the end for Japan’s independent cafes? See in context

I'm a Brit who likes tea and coffee, but Costa's coffee in the U.K. is undrinkable (ditto Starbucks). My expectations could not be lower.....

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Posted in: British PM Johnson launches mass COVID testing program See in context

How government usually works in the UK.

Boris announces something. It doesn't happen.

Boris announces something. It begins. It goes wrong. 

If only Jeremy Corbyn had won the election, eh........

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Posted in: Japanese beauty brand drops word 'whitening' from its products See in context

the most dominant culture in the world is anglo-american. As modern super-powers, both America and the United Kingdom are based the on slavery and exploitation of the african, indian and asian continents

I think you'll find that the United Kingdom was a superpower before the slave trade. Being powerful already helped them become slave traders.

Anglo-American culture is the most 'dominant' in the world? Really? Slavery didn't lead to that. In fact, the opposite occurred. The sons and daughters of slaves found their voice and invented rap, so Anglo-Americans are now paying the price for their historical mistakes.

Oh, and only 11.5% of the planet is 'white.' White people are in the minority when it comes to racism. Discrimination is universal. Try going to China, Korea, India, Africa (oh, the irony), etc. You can't blame everything on bad things white people did 300 years ago....

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Posted in: China's embassy in Philippines takes swipe at Japan over South China Sea See in context

Stunning hypocrisy from the Chinese imperialists. I guess they learned a lot from pre-war Japan.

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Posted in: Jay Leno apologizes to Asian Americans for decade of 'wrong' jokes See in context

He's not attacking their race; he's attacking their culture. Too often people associate attacks on culture as racism. It's not. Culture is a valid target for jokes or criticism.

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Posted in: Jay Leno apologizes to Asian Americans for decade of 'wrong' jokes See in context


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917 See in context

The U.K. can do more than a million tests a day. To date, they have done 113 million.

On Monday, they carried out 1,191,048 tests.....

They have vaccinated 28 million people

Japan is a joke

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Posted in: Japan renews claim on South Korea-held island See in context

Also worth noting that Korea wasn't a signatory to the San Francisco Treaty. The two Koreas were busy fighting each other over their own territory at the time....

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Posted in: Japan renews claim on South Korea-held island See in context

Why should Korea trust the ICJ? These international entities sound grand, but there's no guarantee of impartiality. It's possible the judges there have there own personal reasons for siding with America (bigger world influence than Korea) and Japan (bigger world influence than Korea). And it was America's fault that Dokdo didn't revert to Korea in the Treaty of San Francisco. It assumed Dokdo was part of Japan because Japan had annexed the island in 1905. There is a book that everyone posting here should read (although it might be difficult to find): 'Territorial Issue Between Japan and Korea - Case of Takeshima/ Dokdo.' This was written by Seichu Naito, a graduate of Kyoto University and Professor Emeritus of Shimane University. It's a fairly neutral book, but was written to show the weak points of Japan's case. Take, for example, this:

"It is noteworthy that in the first draft of March 20, 1947 through the fifth draft of November 2, 1949, Takeshima/ Dokdo was on the list of specific islands to be renounced by Japan" in the San Francisco Peace Treaty. America, as usual, didn't have a clue what it was doing.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context


Kawabuchi is one of the most experienced sports administrators in the country. He set up the J. League, ran the JFA, assisted in the 2002 World Cup and reformed basketball in Japan. Who do you want to run the Olympics? And can people stop being ageist?

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Funny how many people here hate discrimination based on sex but are fine with it based on age. Kawabuchi may be 84, but he's not a halfwit like his soon-to-be predecessor.

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Posted in: Tennis star Osaka slams 'ignorant' sexism from Tokyo Olympics chief See in context

Funny how nobody's agreeing with Mori. Probably can't get a word in edgewise.....

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

Go To Eat was the dumb campaign, not Go To Travel. People don't need to go to izakayas, clubs, etc., so they shouldn't. Everyone should assume that they have COVID-19 and assume that everyone else has COVID-19, and act accordingly. Maybe you should also assume you're going to die from it. Might change your perspective.

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Posted in: Kane says Premier League players should keep taking the knee in racism fight See in context

Racism is stupid, but the Premier League banned political statements by players. Now, they've institutionalized it to the point where it's meaningless. I fully support Colin Kaepernick; he was taking a stance. Everybody taking the knee as some kind of semi-compulsory obligation is not taking a stance. Even the ****ing referees are taking the knee. What right does the Premier League have to impose a social position on its players. Conversely, do the players now have the right to make a protest for any social issue? Can they take a knee for Brexit? Gay rights? These and racism are social issues, not soccer issues and the Premier League should not be endorsing any issues.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't to ask older people not to use travel campaign amid virus spike See in context

Absolutely dumb. Young people are the problem. Bars, clubs, restaurants and izakaya are the problem. Public transport is a problem. Stupid, arrogant people are a problem. The message should be: Assume you have the virus and everyone else has the virus, and take the precautions you can. People have let their guard down, especially in Europe and look what's been happening there.

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Posted in: Lifestyle illness: Finding a medical professional in Japan See in context

If you search Google Maps, you can find doctors/clinics and most will have some kind of review attached so you can see if the doctor is good or not (translate in Chrome or with Google).

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context


'The Japanese have moved on.'

Really? The Nagasaki 'Peace' Museum I visited totally whitewashed Japan's ugly side of the war and seemed to be designed to brainwash Japanese schoolkids into thinking that all Americans are cowardly murderers. In this debate, remember the one truism: The only people who know nothing about Japanese history are the Japanese themselves.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

European nations have what's known as Holocaust denial laws. I can't understand why Korea hasn't introduced similar laws for Japan's war crimes. Forget Japan's empty apologies; let's remember how many times Japanese politicians have DENIED the country's war crimes. Unit 731 -- didn't happen. Sex slaves -- were 'volunteers.' Pearl Harbor -- America made us do it. If Korea wants an apology, I'm pretty sure they don't want it coming out of the mouth of a Japanese politician.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context

Wasn't she tried for sending out data that could be converted into a 3D image of her vagina? That's like charging me with murder for sending a kitchen knife to my mother. Whatever, this is a beautiful example of how absurd Japanese 'justice' is.

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Posted in: Tokyo to look into theater infections after 30 cases reported See in context

What kind of theater? Was everyone wearing masks?

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Posted in: No bail for 2 accused of helping ex-Nissan boss escape Japan See in context

I don't think they're worried. Once it goes to trial in Japan, they can just say they were drunk....

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Posted in: English TV commentary across soccer leagues shows racial bias, study claims See in context

Megastupid study. "This study shows an evident bias in how we describe the attributes of footballers based on their skin color." The bias comes from the people doing the study and praising it. It doesn't attempt to juxtapose the qualities of the players with the comments. What adjectives would people use describing, for example, Didier Drogba and Teddy Sheringham. Both great players, but they have different qualities. I suppose we're suddenly going to find out that Adama Traore is a genius and Shunsuke Nakamura is an athletic hunk.

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Posted in: Facebook frustrates advertisers as boycott over hate speech kicks off See in context

Facebook works fine if you let it. It's a soft target for those who, ironically, just want to be heard and seen on the internet. The internet hasn't dumbed down society. The dumb have dumbed down the internet.

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Posted in: Gov't seeks more inclusion in education for foreign children in Japan See in context

Story fails to address the issue of Korean schools. Are they included in the figures?

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Posted in: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run in Chiba See in context

There are so many stupid cyclists and pedestrians out there, especially at night. They're in the road in dark clothes with little or no lighting. I'm amazed more don't get killed. Even if the cyclist is 100% at fault, the driver of the car is going to be punished. As a cyclist, I'm hyper careful and try to stick to the sidewalk or quiet roads, not main roads. As a driver, you have to expect the unexpected, especially at night. But some of these people are too dumb to be saved.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics protest parody of logo that depicts COVID-19 See in context

Brilliant! Typical Japanese response to a brilliant parody. The Asahi article was just garbage; typical rubbish Japanese journalism. Just when you think people can't get any stupider. The graphic cojoined Covid19 and the Olympics, which was brilliant and accurate symbolism. Another 'How Dumb Can We Get' sticker for the Japan Olympic Committee.

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Posted in: China, S Korea consult Japan on easing business-travel curbs: report See in context

Monty: 'Please do us all a favor and ban all business travelers from mainland China.'

Surely you mean the U.K., Spain and Italy??????

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