I can't help wishing there had been some advance publicity for this, so I could have at least gone and watched my money going up in smoke, instead of reading about it the day after.
How much did this hail-the-great-leader puffery cost the taxpayer?
The Olympics are nothing short of theft.
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I wish this loser would keep her poisonous opinions to herself. Although she would have doubtless been a tremendously better President than the Tangerine Poltroon currently defiling the office, she has to accept that she lost. Won the popular vote handily, yes, but she lost.
Now she ought to butt out until a candidate is selected. If Bernie wins the nomination, she should endorse him. But now, because she couldn't keep her mouth shut, her endorsement will look like the weasel-worded hollowness it is.
Hillary, you had your chance and you blew it. Stop making things worse just because you can't play the game any more.
The last thing the Democrats need is disunity. Another Jill Stein wild card shambles will guarantee four more years of the most crassly venal, inept and inadequate crook ever to infest the Oval Office.
Vote Blue, No Matter Who.
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Japan doesn't face a decision.
Japan Inc. already made this decision.
This water will be dumped into the sea, and to hell with the consequences. In the meantime, Tepco will continue neck-deep in the trough of corporate socialism, and bleed the taxpayer white with no-bid, top-drawer fees for "clean-up" which clearly isn't happening.
And the Japanese taxpayer will say "shoganai" and continue to vote for this corrupt cabal.
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Does anyone have any evidence that gargling actually does anything to prevent disease?
I would have thought that, if anything, it would put droplets of sputum into the air - and the splashback from the spitting out? How can that be a health benefit?
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Once this gets onto a rush hour train, it's going to be like World War Z.
I literally had to stop a 40-something salaryman this morning from picking his nose and eating it like a 3-year-old. Shoved a packet of tissues into his other hand and told him to show some manners.
He got off at the next stop.
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There are few experiences more gratifying than telling an inadequate boss, directly to his face, that he can shove the job up his @rse.
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This is simple to sort out. If Harry is so in the thrall of his bride that he feels no royal obligations, he should be cut off from the public purse immediately. Given the fact that Megan has already signed a deal with Disney, they won't be short of a shilling.
Not one penny more for these two. You want to make your own way, then make your own way.
The whole affair is tawdry.
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For all his faults, Suleimani was instrumental in leading the Iranian war on ISIS. With their biggest enemy now out of the way, we can expect ISIS to reassemble, and there will be many more casualties.
Trump's attempted tough-guy distraction from his well-deserved impeachment was, in the words of Talleyrand, worse than a crime - it was a blunder.
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A million yen? I don't know what disappoints me more - the woeful predictability of Triad gangs bribing J-pols to get their casino scams up and running here, or the pathetically low price you can buy Japanese politicians for.
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I had to go into the living room to get another tinnie on NYE and my wife and daughter were watching the tribute to the Japanese Rugby team. It was a bunch of shimmering Johnnie's prettyboys singing "Come on Baby - America".
Rugby = America?
I didn't hang around. Back to the study with Sir Roger and M. Courvoisier.
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Given my employer of 18 years let all non-Japanese staff go the last day of March 2018, rather than make them permanent on the 1st April as the law required, things were looking pretty grim this time last year.
A long long year of scrabbling and hard work has made things marginally better. I'm still not at the level of financial security I was hoping for in my mid-50s, though. As long as I remain in good health, my family has a fighting chance.
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despite special appearances by stars including comedian Takeshi Kitano and American rock band Kiss
Execs meeting on Monday morning:
"I just don't understand it - we had a no-mark shouter in a bad wig, who's on telly every other night of the year, and backed him up with a bunch of 70-year olds miming their most recent hits (from 1993). It looked foolproof! Where did we go wrong?"
"This must never happen again. Get me Akiko Wada. And extend the no-booze zone around the Shibuya Crossing".
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I think I will give Kohaku a miss. I would rather watch my parents in flagrante. And one of my parents is dead.
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OK, now what's the betting these "emergency" measures (not an emergency if you knew about it 2 years ago and decided to hope nobody noticed) get carried out by the friend of a cabinet member in a no-bid contract, at a price several zeroes North of market rate, and it still gets done shoddily by minimum-wage, untrained day labour?
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Can you imagine living a long and valued life, looking forward to another year, and losing it all for a ball of tasteless chewy cr!p just because it's what people used to do before they lived that old?
When it's my time to go, I'll be doing something much more fun than trying to gum my way through a bolus of bland. I'm aiming for brandy and harlots.
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3.7 million? Wow you can buy the LDP REALLY cheaply.
When you think how deep these Chinese casino wiseguys' pockets are, 2020 might be a good year to get into the brown envelope business.
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So at least all this money and effort certainly won’t go to waste.
Until a week after the circus leaves town. Then we have to start paying for the White Elephant. And by "we", I mean the taxpayers, who will be lumbered with this for generations.
If the trillions thrown away on this vanity project had been reinvested into education, or fixing the pension hole, or even just divvied up and given to the taxpayers to spend, Japan might have a future.
But never mind - look! People running and jumping! Look at it! Stop thinking! Look at the shiny thing!
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Aaaand this is why I'll be ankle-deep in empty tins with a Bond film on New Year's Eve.
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3.3 million yen? That's an insult. Guess we're all clear about how seriously Japan's Old Boy Network views rape.
No wonder this place is below the United Arab Emirates in gender equality.
Two shameful stories in two days.
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Shameful as this is, you can't help wondering if the blame lies solely on the gerontocracy.
I have lost count of the number of well-educated, skilled and professional young women I've met who have told me, without the slightest hint of irony, that their "ambition" is to be a housewife.
And can you blame them? When the workplace offers nothing but undervaluation and bullying, snide office politics and nonsense about whether or not you can wear glasses or have a tattoo hidden away somewhere nobody's going to see and be horrified by without an invitation, the prospect of looking after a couple of kids and putting your feet up while they're at school doesn't sound too bad, particularly when you've got your hooks into some poor sap working all the hours God sends to keep you provided for.
It could be argued it's a 2-way street
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I;m with the above poster. I have never heard anyone say "Holiday Tree", just as nobody has ever tried to stop me from saying Merry Christmas, nor to change the name of Thanksgiving.
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We were able to achieve our goal of making the best eight.
Come on now - was that seriously the goal of Team Japan? They did extremely well, but do we all have to pretend they achieved what they aimed for?
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Smith - I know what you mean. There is something special about holding in your hand the physical object that a loved one took the time to choose, hold in theirs, write on and walked to a postbox, maybe on a street with fond memories whose images flash up and spark a smile. Particularly when the sender isn't around any more to send one this year.
A physical card is a tangible presence of someone who loved you. I treasure mine.
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After 18 years of working with a bunch of utter inadequates, who then very kindly fired all non-Japanese staff on the last working day before we would have been considered permanent under Dear Leader Abe's magnificent 5-Year-Plan, I'm delighted to report that I have joined a company stacked with people whose company I enjoy, who know their jobs and encourage excellence.
I'm always delighted to shift a few steins with this happy few.
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