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Posted in: Japan to roll out plans to back Ukraine at 'appropriate time,' U.S. official says See in context

Russia and China are both democratic dictatorships !

That's funny. Too bad you don't mean to be. Look up oxymoron in the dictionary.

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Posted in: Eddie Jones appointed Australian head rugby coach See in context

Eddie's "still riding high on the coaching gravy train" because he knows what he's doing. You can only work with the players you have available, so I'm not making any rash predictions (like winning the World Cup). But he's tactically smart, sets high standards in training etc, and doesn't tolerate any stuffing around. I think it's very likely the Wallabies will improve under him, in the short term at least.

The big problem in Australia is at the grassroots of the game (a shallow pool of players), so I'm not sure how you fix that one. Rugby just isn't the first choice winter sport for many boys.

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Posted in: Shells fly at Ukraine front despite Putin's truce See in context

Putin calling for a "truce" was partly an attempt to give his demoralized troops a breather at the time of a Russian festive holiday, and partly another ham-fisted PR stunt for the consumption of the wider world. Sadly for Mr. P, no one in their right mind believes there was even a trace of sincerity in the offer. The Ukrainians are way too smart to fall for such amateurish stunts. Too bad the same can't be said for some of the posters here.

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Posted in: Progressives returned for third term in Australia's Victoria state See in context

Murdoch's spin doctors at The Australian & Sky News have been at work again. Work on your critical thinking skills a bit, hey?

"This 15-minute module, which is ungraded (zero credit points, and zero fees), was developed to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, and gain an important understanding of the rich and complex histories of First Nations Peoples and the lands on which we study, work and live.

To date, more than 49,000 students have completed the module.

Whilst some students may already have a depth of knowledge of the experiences of Indigenous Australians, if one student doesn’t then this module is worth it.

The University will continue to assess the introduction of compulsory modules. The introduction of compulsory modules follows a thorough process involving multiple areas of the University. The Indigenous Australian Voices module is one of three compulsory modules, including academic integrity and Respect at Monash.

As with all mandatory modules, students who do not complete them by the deadline will lose access to units in Moodle until they are completed. Incompletion of the module will NOT directly impact exam attendance or graduation. Students who complete their academic units will be eligible to sit exams and graduate regardless of the completion status of compulsory modules."

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Posted in: Progressives returned for third term in Australia's Victoria state See in context

Fact check: The world is facing a climate crisis.

If you don't recognise that, there's no point talking to you. Political parties that voice genuine concern about that (rather than lip service), and suggest that modern societies take serious steps towards reducing the severity of what we've all got coming aren't lunatics. Winning a number of seats proves they're not a fringe either.

Any questions?

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Posted in: The work involved in carrying dishes to tables is of no value to customers, so robots can do the work instead. See in context

Server interaction is key to the dining experience.

Enjoyment of the food is key to the dining experience. Gushing waiters are the last thing I want.

If you're a tourist, visiting Japan for the first time, I can see how interaction with a server would be helpful. Menus here tend to be fairly well-defined, not packed with wild surprises, unless you're talking about spending major money in the presence of some kind of creative genius chef.

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Posted in: Progressives returned for third term in Australia's Victoria state See in context

The Labor win shows that Victorians can't stomach the lunatic fringe, and their deranged lies (exhibit A: abortion fantasy story above). Liberals failed to distance themselves from the lunatic fringe. If they want to win power, they should call out the nutcases whenever they crawl out from under a rock. Then people might be more receptive.

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Posted in: Popularity of 'matching apps' soars due to coronavirus See in context

Context is required here. Did the Asahi Shimbun poll consist of one question? If so, it's a pretty meaningless poll. Respondents could have interpreted the question differently to the writer of the article. It's quite possible, likely even, that many respondents were thinking of it in a "Do you prefer going to parties, or watching a movie at home?" way, in which case preferring to watch a movie (or whatever) isn't a sad or disturbing choice.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan PM Mori harsh on Zelenskyy over war in Ukraine See in context

Toe jam

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Posted in: Court shortens psychiatric evaluation period for Abe's accused killer See in context

He had a target in mind, for a particular, very personal, deeply felt reason. You don't have to be shrink of the century to conclude that that rules out insanity. We can't condone murder, so consequences must follow. What those might be aren't for me to say, but it's time to move onto the next stage.

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Posted in: IAEA: Decision on Fukushima wastewater release up to Japan See in context

There isn't really anything to debate here. It's Japanese territory, and they'll do what they want. The only moral of the story is, if you're in the age bracket where you might conceivably produce kids, don't. Practice safe sex forever.

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Posted in: Japan considers lethal weapon exports by revising strict rules See in context


Spot on. They always look to see which way the wind blows before making any decisions. By the time they decide to sell a weapon or two, the dominant (radical, Putin loving) wing of the Republican party will have moved to stifle support for democracy in Ukraine, and the same J-politicians who okayed weapon sales will be scurrying to backtrack. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Japan's aging nuclear plants may be checked at least once a decade See in context

Oh, we're completely safe now, then. (eye roll)

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Posted in: Man gets 4 years in prison for arson in Korean community in Kyoto See in context

Most of their ancestors came to Japan before and during the war.

"Came" to Japan... as if they had a choice in the matter. Keep on airbrushing your history, Japan.

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Posted in: Drunken police officer arrested for trespassing into company he believed was his home See in context

He says he thought he was entering his home? Does he have to climb a 3 metre high fence every day to enter his home? Throw the book at him.

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Posted in: Australia PM unveils draft Indigenous recognition referendum question See in context

I see. Are nit-picking and splitting hairs the same thing? Maybe you can tell us, as this seems to be one of your areas. By the way, the focus of the article is not the USA, but don't let that stop you. You might also check out this recent release on the subject by your imperfect, but at least not insane (think 2016-2020), president:

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Posted in: Opposition Labor Party leader Albanese elected Australian PM in complex poll result See in context


Don't know how Albanese will develop, but I'm so glad that I don't have to see ScoMo's smug face.

I couldn't agree more!!

But then again, I said the same about Trump, and now look at USA.

Miracles haven't happened there, but they have a broken system. The party that wins the election isn't allowed to do anything, because the opposition and 1 or 2 treacherous attention seekers (Manchin & ...forget her name now) block nearly all new legislation, just to cause trouble. A break from the Trump years of daily outrages and chaos is better than nothing.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over attempted murder of boyfriend See in context

So if a man’s the victim he must have done something to deserve it. Shame on you.


You seem to have a decent grasp of English, but still don't recognise the meaning of the words "COULD HAVE". Very strange.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over attempted murder of boyfriend See in context

A guy was stabbed. We know nothing else. All possibilities are on the table. So there should be no comments on this at all. Are we all really this bored? I guess so.

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Posted in: Intruder arrested after entering woman’s apartment via balcony See in context

Happy to live in a location where these crimes do not happen.

Love you Zichi, but don't kid yourself. It could happen for the first time in your community this year. Times are changing.

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Posted in: Intruder arrested after entering woman’s apartment via balcony See in context

"Okada managed to flee the scene" while the man who lives there "went to call the police".

Call me old fashioned, but finding a pervert behind the curtains of your apartment when you get home calls for punching his * lights out before you call the police.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over attempted murder of boyfriend See in context

Poor guy?

Yeah, or he could have been trying to rape her (again). Who the hell knows? Why comment on stories with almost zero information?

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Posted in: Australia accelerates missile upgrade due to growing threats See in context

The world is already on the brink of climate disaster, and all most posters can think about is spending insane amounts of money on more missiles. It's one planet. We have to find a way to live together. I don't have any easy answers, but more missiles at the bottom of the world doesn't help anyone.

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Posted in: Japan to lower adulthood age in April for 1st time in over 140 years See in context

This is long overdue. Now punishments can potentially fit the more serious types of crimes that 18-19 year olds have been more or less getting away with for too long. As for vulnerability to scams, they'll just have to grow up a bit quicker (i.e. slightly more on par with other nationalities) now, won't they. That can't be a bad thing either.

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Posted in: Man arrested after attacking 2 men with knife on Osaka street See in context

"Just out for a walk". Brilliant. Is there anything online to beat the J-crime section?

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Posted in: 46-year-old man arrested for killing father See in context


Last I checked parent’s includes the mother; or does he have a step-mother who shares the house?

Try reading the sentence again.

"Sawada lives with his parents and his mother was out at the time of the incident."

You could argue that a comma would have been useful after "parents", but it's not the kind of massive mistake that would have confused most people.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe wants attempts to alter status quo in Asia quashed See in context


*Pukey2, Ok I respect that opinion.*

And then you make out that it's completely wrong (which it's not... it's spot on.)

You talk about Abe's (relative) longevity. What does that actually mean? I'll tell you. It means he was less incompetent than other Japanese leaders. That's not saying much. And we're talking about what, 8-9 years? Berlusconi was PM of Italy (a country with an equally dismal political culture) for the same amount of time, and was similarly corrupt and laughable.

It sounds like you must have an Abe poster on your wall (imagining him to some kind of "master strategist", as you do). "Faux friendship" with Trump? Trump has very few real friends, because he's a sociopath, but I think those two came as close to friendship as could possibly be achieved, with their shared love of golf, disdain for the concept of gender equality, and so on.

"Abe, almost six sense, knew how to work global events to his favor."

Please, if you love fantasy that much, just rent the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or some Disney garbage, and absorb yourself with that.

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Posted in: Firefighter arrested for stealing ¥200,000 from burning house See in context

Amazing. You couldn't make this stuff up. This is why the J-crime section is the "must read" part of this website.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe wants attempts to alter status quo in Asia quashed See in context

I want lavish payments for speeches by mediocre ex-heads of states quashed. Any payments should automatically be directed to worthy charities in the countries where the speeches take place.

Looking for a definition of "waste of time and space"? Look no further.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting woman after following her from restaurant See in context


If you're actually interested, you could google it. There's a world of information out there, waiting to be explored. You could also learn why rain falls, where babies come from, and many other things.

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