Whats with all the criticism? Sure, the football was poor but those things happen. The Netherlands for example were in the World Cup final in 2010 but in the 2012 Euro Cup they got humiliated in the group stage. That's football. Next time, new chances.
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To the person above "refused to punish police officers who have arrested and beaten him." Yeah, let's punish cops that arrest child abusers! And it's just the Russians saying they beat him. Imo, even if they did, which is unlikely considering they're Dutch cops, give them a medal.
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Am I the only one thinking: Muslims b*tching about female rights... really?
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Has a nice face and a good marketing department?
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Am I the only one wondering who the sad individual is that reported a twitter post to the police..?
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Licking America's boots? You do realize the anti-piracy patrols are an international project, right?
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I'm sure you guys realize that even if Japan admitted these crimes, the next step for the victims would go something like: 'See they admitted it! Now give us compensation.' And more and more claims of which a lot false no doubt will come and keep coming with no end. Sad to say, but it was war and a dirty war at that. It happened and people have changed. Soon, none of the war-generation will be left and these issues should mostly die out in time.
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All he needed to say is something like, "It's a sensitive political topic and there's a huge difference of opinion, especially among the younger and older generations of Japanese."
That, or he could've just said he didn't have a real opinion on the matter. It wouldn't surprise me if there're a lot of younger Japanese that really don't care about it.
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I'd say bringing up the old WWII discussion is a little off-topic in this case...
And on-topic: A lot of countries probably have the same issue. I doubt it's just Japan that scrambles so many fighters during a year. Although, they are probably the country which has the most unfriendly nations around them.
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So many people sat down for the test and yet, 99% of the Japanese I meet in Japan are unable to have any type of English conversation with me. It's always me desperately trying to use my limited Japanese. They can write you huge letters of (broken) English but once you start a conversation, they suddenly seem to forget everything they learned. (Or, more likely, they just never learned it properly in the first place.)
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The FIFA rankings aren't all that important. A lot of the stronger teams that have a chance of winning the World Cup are now ranked well outside the top 5.
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May I add that "anything that looks like German" is derived from Dutch and most of those were introduced during Japan's closed-border policy with just the Dutch being in Dejima.
Nice one would be the word: "Messu" being used for a "scalpel" or surgical knife. The Dutch word for "knife" is "mes" which is the original. The Dutch adopted "scalpel" for a surgical knife later on though.
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