Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

I hope this impregnable steel wall is less pregnable than the impregnable ice wall which was going to prevent 600 tons of water from flowing through the ruined nuke reactors and out into the sea.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

"an impregnable three-meter steel wall around the site"

Hmmm, I wonder what's going to happen?

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Posted in: Ig Nobel award winner See in context

Ken: I think a Swannee Whistle adds a certain charm to the procedure:

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Posted in: Obama in campaign mode, back to promoting hope over fear See in context

 "President Obama drives these Trump supporters crazy"

Heh, more like Trump drives Obama crazy.

"He ( Obama! ) has compassion, integrity, and dignity"

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, he can read a teleprompter pretty well though, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Serrano - how old are you? That is the most woeful "I know you are but what am I" discourse I've heard since I left elementary school.

I will tell you something Obama can do - form a coherent sentence. And he also knows the important difference between saying "would" and "wouldn't". Your painted goon was too caught up brown-nosing Putin to get that straight.

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Posted in: Consultation centers in Japan handled record 130,000 child abuse cases in FY2017 See in context

That picture of Yua-chan breaks my heart every time I see it.

She clearly felt happiness at some point. Then her evil parents took it away and let her die believing she was in some way to blame.

I hope against hope that her parents live long lives, but never see daylight again.

For once, Japan, can we see some Justice?

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies from heatstroke after being left in car See in context

Every. Single. Year.

How stupid can people be?

I was waiting for the "while they played Pachinko" leitmotif we get every year. Give it time.

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Posted in: Trump says Britain must get Brexit 'carve out' for U.S. trade deal See in context

Oh what a surprise - the orange baby is golfing. A true man of his word.

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Posted in: 12 Christian sites in Japan added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

Silvafan: The Rising Wasabi got there before you -

And full marks on the insecure teen girl comparison. "Do you think I'm pretty? Am I prettier than her? Do you like me most?"

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Posted in: Abenomics' impact fading at sensitive moment for Japanese economy See in context

Bertie - hear, hear.

We've gone directly from "not yet fully implemented" to "fading" without an intervening period of beneficial impact.

I know literally nobody whose economic status has benefited from this charade.

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Posted in: Fatally abused 5-year-old girl wrote notes pleading with her mother, stepfather to stop beating her See in context

As a rule, I am opposed to capital punishment.

But I genuinely find it difficult to find a valid argument against implementing it in the case of these inhuman monsters.

The best I can come up with is that the method used here - hanging - is quick.

I want these two dispatched with the same respect for human dignity as they showed for their beautiful, helpless girl.

I am prepared to oversee the operation if need be.

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Posted in: Man killed after car plows through fence and gets hit by train See in context

As soon as I read "70-year old man", I was waiting for:

pressed the accelerator instead of the brake

And there it is.

What is it going to take to get action on this? My 75-yo FIL brags about how he slept through his recertification, because it consisted of a man in a uniform, respectfully recommending the venerable attendees to please be careful, while talking directly at his PPT presentation.

Meanwhile, the same avoidable error takes lives time and time again.

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Posted in: Make potato chips twice as delicious by soaking them in green tea before eating them See in context

I would love a better variety of crisps in Japan. It's very hard to find anything other than salt, nori (green salt) or consomme (wet salt) here.

You do occasionally get some which claim to be hot chilli, but they tend to be ultra-mild red powder flavour.

Get some proper salt and vinegar, cheese &onion or smoky bacon in. I'd even settle for Monster Munch.

But crisps in green tea? A perfect blend of bland and soggy. No thanks.

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Posted in: Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant See in context

Now isn't it a good thing nobody was so stupid as to build a nuclear power plant in this area of known volcanic/earthquake activity?

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Posted in: Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness See in context

Sam Smith = "The Blues"??

That rumbling you can hear is BB King spinning in his grave.

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Posted in: New opposition Democratic Party for the People formed See in context

This is why there is never any significant political change in Japan. No matter how many squalid little scandals the LDP gets nut-deep into, no matter how many lies and brown-envelope revelations, no matter how many citizens are opposed to nuclear power and the LDP is the ONLY party committed to bringing all the reactors back online, there is one constant, conscience-salving balm for the electorate.

"But who else can lead us?"

And this kind of toadying, lickspittle article writing doesn't help, either.

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Posted in: Tokio pop group member's contract terminated over indecent act See in context

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that "forcibly kissed" is some kind of code, like a "human accident" really means "Someone's jumped under a train and we can't move until we've finished scraping him up"?

This seems like an awful lot of hoo-hah for a kiss. I can't help wondering if there is a lot more attempted-rapey type of jiggery-pokery afoot.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

Give credit where it's due: Giuliani went a full eight minutes there without mentioning 9-11.

Apparently, though, he doesn't know how to talk about anything else.

That's one bill Trump would be valid in not paying. Unlike the thousands of others he's welshed on.

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Posted in: Abe praises relations with oil-rich UAE See in context

Mr Abe - any chance of our using the abundant sunshine in your Beautiful Japan to provide us with cheap, non-polluting energy?

Nah, didn't think so. Suck up to the Saudis, then, and pretend your ceaseless cavalcade of domestic scandals are going away.

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Posted in: From farm to fork: Healthy, heritage and high prices help sell UK food and drink here See in context

I wish whichever genius persuaded the market that "We Japanese do not like lamb meat because it is bad smell", despite a) a large percentage of them having neither tasted nor smelled it and b) it's a sight better-smelling and tasting than senbei or sanma, would recant his proclamation and admit he was just trying to sell more fish.

The topography of Japan is ideal for rearing sheep. Hilly, green, unusable for any other animal or crop (except perhaps goat). But then cultivating it might require our venerable agricultural voters to learn to adapt beyond copying what their granddads did eighty years ago and sitting back waiting for the LDP subsidies to roll in.

Lamb is delicious.

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Posted in: For those of you who are not self-employed, how big an issue is unpaid overtime at your workplace? See in context

At my office, the modus operandi seems to be that the more useless you are, the more unpaid overtime you do. Being unable to do anything for fourteen hours is measured as better than being good at your job for seven.

If you're in early and out late, the brownie points are yours, regardless of how inept you are in the intervening period.

I get in at 10 and I'm out the door at six.

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Posted in: Hannity vows to bash Kimmel until he apologizes to 1st lady See in context

I don't have any objection to the First Lady having a foreign accent.

What I do find objectionable is that her husband keeps banging on about how terrible foreigners are.

And I'm also not sure how the fact that anyone with an internet connection can see the First Lady's arse and knockers improves the USA's standing in the world. I remember not so long ago it was a diplomatic incident when we could see the former First Lady's arms. If that's not OK, why is it OK to see the current First Lady starkers?

O, before I forget, Trump is a disgraceful, cowardly, preposterous buffoon with stupid hair.

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Posted in: Water at Tokyo's new fish market contaminated: official See in context

I'm shocked, shocked to learn that this location, which has been plagued by scientific reports of dangerous levels of contamination for years, is now apparently contaminated.

Mr Ishihara - we, the people of Tokyo, for whom you worked, and who are paying your substantially more generous pension than we can ever dream of, would like to see some paperwork, please.

Tourists walking its crowded alleys often remark on the stench of raw fish 

Bollocks. Tourists fly from all around the world to visit the world-famous fish market, only to complain that there is a smell of fish there?

a) Anyone who complains that a fish market smells of fish is an idiot;

b) What do you expect the new fish market to smell of? Steak pies and Cappucino?

This whole charade has been a brown-envelope boondoggle from day one.

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Posted in: Study says Fukushima radioactive water continues to flow into sea See in context

Soooo glad we spent all that money on the Impenetrable Ice Wall, which every expert consulted said would not work.

These are good days to be in the brown envelope industry.

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Posted in: Japanese pension data entry outsourced to Chinese firm See in context

Jesus H Bollocks, this is beyond incompetent.

I always maintained a healthy scepticism with regard to the security of this fistula of bureaucracy.

They said, "Why don't you trust? Why do you hate Japan?"

I said, "I don't hate Japan. I love Japan. I chose to make Japan my home. And when things make Japan weaker, I resist them".

And look - what a surprise. The Chinese didn't even need to hack our bank details. The Japan Pension Service sold them to the lowest bidder.

I hope to have my fears allayed by a man in his late fifties and a cheap suit bowing very deeply very soon, and vowing to make sincere efforts to never repeat such an outrage, at least until he is working elsewhere.

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Posted in: Conveyor belt sushi chain where foreigner filmed GoPro video considers pressing criminal charges See in context

In general, Japan takes hygiene very seriously

So why don't Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shimbashi and Ueno train stations provide something as basic as soap in their bogs?

Why are oyajis gracing every flat surface with phlegm and pee given half a chance?

More stereotypical "what-we-want-you-to-think-in-the-face-of-all evidence" bolleaux.

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Posted in: 7 years after tsunami, Japanese live uneasily with seawalls See in context

Oh what a surprise.

There is a problem. What is the solution?

Concrete every time.

This country is a cartel.

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Posted in: Abe to visit U.S. in April to discuss N Korea with Trump See in context

What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Porn star's lawyer says she had sexual relationship with Trump See in context

This is getting very interesting.

The Evangelicals really do have a particularly malleabe set of ethics when there's a white man with money in the dock. Can you imagine the pearl-clutching hysteria there would be if Obama had even been in the same room as a porn star? But no, he's our boy so he gets a Mulligan.

And then a couple of weeks later, he's banging Playboy models while his third wife looks after the newborn.

But Trump doubles down and has a prayer breakfast and praises Billy Graham and the evangelicals fall for it.

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Posted in: Japan's economy steams ahead in fourth quarter See in context

And 0.4% isn't what I would really call "Steaming ahead". It looks like the Ministry of Truth is putting in plenty of unpaid overtime this week.

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