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Posted in: Japan Display employee accused of embezzling ¥578 mil dead in apparent suicide See in context

Hillclimber - oh I see...very crafty.

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Posted in: A recent Jiji Press survey showed that about 10% of Japanese people in their teens and 20s do not watch television, with the majority saying they find video-sharing and streaming sites more attractive, or it is more fun to play with smartphones and game consoles. How much television do you watch each week? See in context

I never miss a night of Japanese TV because I think we have a duty as members of society to keep up to date with whether or not food is delicious, and sharpening my appreciation of people screeching in brightly-coloured rooms.

If I'm ever not sure of how to respond, I turn for advice to those mini-screens in the corner, where a panel of highly-skilled celebrities suggest which reaction I should be showing - mawkish feigned tears, thigh-slapping bellylaughs or thoughtfully nodding in agreement.

I can't wait for tonight. An overweight man with an amusing hairstyle will be eating noodles.

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Posted in: Japan Display employee accused of embezzling ¥578 mil dead in apparent suicide See in context

OK - serious question:

If someone commits suicide at home, the resale value of the property takes a real hit. People don't want to move into a house where a suicide has occurred in case of evil spirits, bad luck, etc.

This poor soul ended it in a hotel room. What happens to the business? Is the room let at reduced rates, or do they just keep quiet and not let future guests know? Or do they take a leaf out of the train people's book and bill the surviving family for damages?

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Posted in: White House says Trump won't participate in Wednesday's impeachment hearing See in context

What a surprise. This blowhard little manchild is a coward.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

Well, what an astonishing surprise! Who could have possibly imagined this? Oh that's right - anyone with a pulse.

Abenomics - the miracle that keeps on giving.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri’s detention for drug possession extended another 10 days See in context

0.09g? Incarcerated and vilified? How very ridiculous.

I bet some lucky sod had a very good time with this young lady after a night of clubbing.

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Posted in: American-Japanese model Kiko designs 'morning cleavage' bra for lingerie brand Wacoal See in context

Toasted HereticToday  10:06 am JST

Women being judged on their weight and looks again.

Point one) I didn't judge, I admired;

Point two) On what other factors would you prefer me to base an assessment of someone I've only ever seen in photographs? I'd welcome the chance to have a long discussion about history and politics with her, but until that occurs, her visual appeal is all I have to go on. And she's two thumbs straight up.

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Posted in: American-Japanese model Kiko designs 'morning cleavage' bra for lingerie brand Wacoal See in context

Kiko is jaw-droppingly beautiful. I wish she had a bit more meat on her bones, but facially she's just preternaturally stunning.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric repeatedly gave donations to nuclear plant host town See in context

Takahama city officials said they do not know how contributions were spent 

No, of course they don't. Nobody ever saw a thing.

J-politics as usual. Graft, brown envelopes and lies.

I'll bet the hostess clubs in that neck of the woods have been doing a roaring trade since 1970.

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Posted in: A crash course in Japan’s blood type theory See in context

timeonToday  11:40 am JST

Well, westerners (at least Europeans) love to talk about their astrological sign, which has as much scientific basis as the blood type. 

I agree that astrology is a pile of unutterable bolleaux, but at least it isn't a throwback to Nazi pseudo-science, searching for blood purity:

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Posted in: Abe ties record for Japan's longest-serving PM See in context


PM Abe has cemented Japan as USA and Trumps Number One partner

Because that's the way you handle partners, right? Don't be silly, there's a good chap.

I chose to make this country my home, and a quarter-century later, I still love it here. But the sooner this Nippon Kaigi stooge, with his endless stream of sordid scandals, stops making Japan a joke on the world stage, the better.

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Posted in: Diabetes cases soar, 1-in-11 adults affected: doctors See in context

I first came to Japan in the 90s, and was entranced by how slim and vibrant everyone seemed - entirely different from the sallow grey of the majority of the folks in my home town.

Now I see morbidly obese Japanese people every day.

Fast food is the clear culprit. Teach your kid that Mickey D's equals a happy time, and you've got a diabetic in the post.

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Posted in: 158 kg of meth bound for Japan seized in Thailand See in context

OK, so let me check I've got this right.

If the drugs are stopped before they get to Japan, we get to know what they are - in this case, meth.

If a celebrity gets caught with them IN japan, they're a mystery "stimulant".

Is that about correct?

I'm glad they caught that shipment, though. Meth is an evil bastard.

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Posted in: Emperor completes secretive key succession ritual See in context

2.7 BILLION yen.

How fortunate we are that our schools, hospitals, infrastructure and pension system are so well-funded that we can afford to spaff all that money away - money which we worked for - on some obscurantist mystic ritual, which the Royal Household could afford to fund quite easily out of its own coffers, if they think it's so essential.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows less than expected in third quarter See in context

Th is Great Abenomic Miracle just never stops delivering, does it?

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Posted in: Japan to introduce bill to ensure fair online business competition See in context

Fair competition in Japan? Yeah, right.

I'm looking forward to the day I can buy some basmati rice without having to spring for a 700% tariff to make sure some 75-year-old with half an acre in Chiba keeps voting LDP.

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Posted in: 7 taken to hospital after mini-truck plows into group of children in Tokyo See in context

Don't tell me - a venerable elder who mistook the accelerator for the brake ?

An article suspiciously lacking in details - another untouchable elitesman?

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Posted in: Abe rules out dissolving Diet, apologizes for ministerial resignations See in context

"We should devote ourselves to following through on the promises made to the Japanese people"

That'd be a novelty.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man backs car into granddaughter, killing her See in context

I was waiting for the "mistook the accelerator for the brake" routine. Every time.

The old chap must be going through hell at the moment, but why is it so difficult to design a car for the elderly which puts the pedals too far apart for confusion? Left foot brake, right foot gas.

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

A lot of the elderly people in my burg seem to have big troubles figuring out how to use cash as well.

The hours I've spent in queues at the supermarket waiting for the venerable elder at the front of the queue to wait until the cashier rings up every item in the basket before making the first movement towards getting her purse out and fumble with coins.

When the UK redesigned their coins it was the same demographic moaning "These new coins, they're too small, I can't figure them out". Now the same bunch are holding everybody back again because now there's a new alternative they cling to what they know.

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Posted in: Geena Davis receives honorary Oscar for work against gender bias See in context

I've been mildly besotted with Geena Davis for the best part of 30 years now. She really does have a kind of other-wordly beauty. And the fact she's a six-footer adds another layer of desirability. Good on her.

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

Here we go again - the world famous spirit of omotenashi.

Nothing is too much trouble for our honoured guests, just so long as you do exactly as you're told and don't expect us to accommodate your enjoying your holiday.

Japan has to make its mind up: You can either base your every hope for economic recovery on increased tourism, or you can be hostile and unwelcoming to tourists. You can't have it both ways.

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Posted in: Movie fans flock to 'Joker' steps in New York See in context

Nice legs on the final pic!

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Posted in: Death toll rises to 10 after heavy rains hit typhoon-ravaged eastern Japan See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a disaster task force meeting on Saturday, calling for the utmost efforts in rescue and relief work, and assessing the damage.

And making sure none of the money he's got stashed away for his Olympic swindle doesn't have to get frittered away on helping people who only got flooded by 95cm of water.

The hypocrisy is staggering.

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Posted in: 6 modern women redefining what it means to be Japanese See in context

Naomi Watanabe is not redefining anything. She is perpetuating the myth that wearing bright colours and shouting whilst being overweight is the same thing as being talented - which it simply is not.

Except on Japanese "variety" shows, every night, for at least 25 years to my certain knowledge.

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Posted in: Typhoon highlights need for multilingual disaster alerts in Japan See in context


Yikes! If only these cars were like the one Roger Moore was driving in Live and Let Die...

He drove a bus and a Chevy Impala in live and Let Die - I'm not sure either of those would have fared any better. Now the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me, however - that's a different kettle of fish.

But you're right about the drainage. It was coming down in sheets all day today - the news isn't going to be good tomorrow.

I only hope more people reached the magic 1-metre-underwater the Abe Government has decided is the threshold for assistance. I'd ber happy to see my tax money go somewhere other than Olympic waste for a change.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido See in context

And how are people expected to get to and from the event at this time? Are the trains and buses going to be running 24/7 for the Olympics? If so - why don't they do it all year round?

Also, if I was living near the marathon route and had to get up for work the next day, I'd be a bit cheesed off if the street outside my house was full of cheering supporters when I was trying to get some sleep.

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Posted in: 3 arrested at anti-imperial system rallies in Tokyo See in context

I've never understood why Japan has an Emperor but doesn't have an empire. Shouldn't he just be the King?

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Posted in: Shibuya bans public drinking for Halloween in some areas See in context

I can't wait to watch the Oyaji Legion of duffers in hi-viz try to enforce this against tens of thousands of revellers hell-bent on having a good time. "No Do-rinku! No Do-rinku!" "Happy Halloween, mate. Hic, glug."

Once again Japan triumphs with the strategy of "Be seen to be trying to do something" rather than actually doing anything.

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Posted in: Japan's exports fall for 10th straight month in September See in context

So much winning with the Abenomic miracle. Getting tired of too much winning.

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