Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with fireworks See in context

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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Posted in: Japan confirms 2nd new coronavirus infection See in context

Good time to buy stocks in pointless paper masks. Have to perform the ceremony of looking as though you're doing something, rather than actually doing something.

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Posted in: 'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders See in context

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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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

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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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

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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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020 See in context

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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Posted in: M5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo See in context

The quake didn't wake me up, but the wife did. Quite what she wanted me to do about it, I don't know. So I commanded it to stop, and it stopped.

You're welcome.

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Posted in: Abe warns conflict with Iran impacts entire world See in context

Judge a man by the company he keeps.

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

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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Posted in: 1,600 women take part in New Year archery event See in context

This is a skill I'd love to learn. I wish there were a sports centre near me which taught it.

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Posted in: House to vote on restraining Trump’s actions against Iran See in context

Sarge,

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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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker admits accepting ¥1 mil from Chinese gambling operator See in context

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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Posted in: NHK's annual 'Kohaku' music show sees rating fall to record low See in context

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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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

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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Posted in: NHK's annual 'Kohaku' music show sees rating fall to record low See in context

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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Posted in: M5.9 quake rattles eastern Japan See in context

Well I was woken up in Chiba by all three smartphones in the house blaring out an emergency warning, lay there waiting for the destruction, and was gently rocked back to sleep. Non-event. Thank the Lord.

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Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with ‘Kohaku,’ shrine visits, shopping and snowstorms See in context

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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Posted in: Man robs Yokohama post office of ¥1 mil See in context

Wait - was he, or wasn't he, wearing a surgical mask? That could be the clincher to pinpoint this ne'erdowell.

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Posted in: Asbestos found at Tokyo Olympic water polo venue See in context

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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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi' See in context

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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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

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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Posted in: Public joins stars in inauguration of Olympic stadium See in context

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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Posted in: Yoshiki, KISS to perform together again on New Year’s Eve 'Kohaku' music program See in context

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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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

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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Posted in: Japan drops to 121st in 2019 gender equality ranking See in context

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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Posted in: Some people prefer to say holiday tree instead of Christmas tree. What's your view on this? See in context

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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Posted in: Japan rugby squad parade draws thousands of fans in Tokyo's business hub See in context

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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Posted in: Do you still send Christmas or season's greetings cards by post or do you send everything by email these days? See in context

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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Posted in: Do you feel pressured to go out drinking with co-workers? See in context

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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