Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics See in context


Hold your standards high by not going to see any games live or turning off your TV during the Games in 2020 to live up to your "nobility!"

That's my plan, and I'm also hoping to be working from home to avoid the carnage of the commute during that period.

I would also prefer to avoid having my hard-earned taxes, and those of my grandchildren yet unborn, being leeched out to fund the corrupt Yakuza connections of those who may have bribed Japan's way into this unaffordable boondoggle.

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Posted in: Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics See in context

I'm shocked, SHOCKED to learn that there could be anything shady about the 2020 Olympics.

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Posted in: American woman brings pistol, bullets onto Delta Air Lines flight to Japan See in context

Hmmm. It's not as though lax airport security ever resulted in a terror attack, it it?

I mean you'd have to be crazy to imagine Trump knows not paying airport security could lead to an opportunist attack. Why, then he could use the attack to claim victim status and usher in a whole slew of Emergency Powers, which would enable him to run roughshod over the Constitution.

Nobody could imagine that, could they?

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context


Oh yes, we are lawyered up and intend to get justice. My ex-boss made a very expensive miscalculation.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Worst thing: The company I'd given 18 years of my life to fired all non-Japanese staff the last working day before they'd have been obliged to give us permanent status under the Five-Year Rule, leaving me jobless at 50 with a family to support.

Best thing: Finding a new job with people I like and respect, and watching my ex-boss hiding, squirming behind his lawyers as my Labour Union sues the arse off of him.

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Posted in: Police ask train operators to shut some exits at Shibuya station during New Year countdown See in context

horrifying behavior witnessed during the recent Halloween.

Seems a bit strong. People had a good time - nobody got murdered. I suspect certain factions would prefer to make Kohaku Uta Gassen a mandatory observance.

Not while there is red blood in my veins will I be watching that crappage.

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Posted in: About 40% of teens say school sex education is useless: survey See in context

"66.7 percent had experience of masturbation"

Hmmmm - is anyone buying that figure? Cuz if these youngsters got to 19 without a sneaky five-knuckle shuffle, it's no wonder stress is killing so many of the locals.

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Posted in: JR East encouraging commuters to stop walking on escalators See in context

Well, if this "encouragement" is adhered to as rigorously as the requirement to offer your seat for elderly, disabled or pregnant passengers, I can't see it being too arduous a change.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel to trial newly-developed wooden straws, ban plastic See in context

Why do grown-ups need straws at all? Just drink your drink like an adult, for fuxache.

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrank at 2.5 percent annualized rate in July-Sept period See in context

Another triumph of the Great Abenomic Miracle.

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo Metro line to be called Toranomon Hills See in context

Anyone who can't be bothered to walk to Toranomon Hills from Toranomon Station is clearly not too interested in going to Toranomon Hills.

This smells suspiciously like a smoke-filled-room, brown-envelope set-up to me. Still, as we've seen from the Ghosn affair, Japan has no tolerance for corporate malfeasance, so doubtless any wrongdoing will be rooted out and put right, with the full sterilising spotlight of publicity brought to bear on the execs who singed off on it.

Oh wait - TIJ.

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Posted in: Olympic meeting in Tokyo gets off to chaotic start due to corruption case See in context

Well, now the topic of corruption has been allowed to come under discussion, why don't we do a bit of digging about the vice-chairman of the JOC's well-documented (in other countries at least) links to your friendly neighbourhood missing-finger brigade?

Gee, I wonder why the estimated costs keep shooting up way way above what we bid?

My grandchildren are going to still be paying off the bill for this heist. Face it - the Olympics are a massive international swindle, shifting our tax revenue to organised crime. Next year, we're going to have a consumption tax increase because we need to be fiscally responsible and pay off the debt. Oops - here you go, Mr. Tsukasa, here's your next installment.

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Posted in: Wheelchair user sues over being told to leave wine tasting event See in context


You should get a horn.

I've already got one. But the wife isn't happy about my using it.

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Posted in: Japan aims to build prototype flying cars in 2019 See in context

Might I suggest that the designer puts the brake and the accelerator a REALLY long way apart, so that 85 year olds have to think of a new excuse for mowing pedestrians down?

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Posted in: Fabrication allegation rocks popular Japanese TV variety show See in context

I'm shocked, shocked, to larn that something on Japanese TV is fabricated.

The next thing, you'll be telling me that a plate of generic food isn't so delicious that it makes grown men shout out loud in quasi-orgasmic bliss, or that one overweight man slapping another man (perhaps with a bad haircut or wonky teeth) isn't pants-wettingly hysterical.

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Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

My FIL told me 20 years ago that this chap was a clown who couldn't be trusted to run his own bath. Waist-deep in kick-backs, and utterly untouchable in his turf of Kashiwa, where if you don't vote for him you are considered Korean, Communist or both.

That Abe chose to give him this vital role speaks volumes about out Dear Leader's own fitness for office.

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Posted in: Abe calls for public works spending plan to help economy See in context

There you have the LDP SOP:

If in doubt, splash concrete about. Yet another payday for the Yaks, while they're still plums-deep in the Olympics bonanza.

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Posted in: Trump under fire after cancelling WWI cemetery visit See in context

Be fair, it's not the first time he was expected to show up for the military and he found other things to do instead.

And he had a well-documented difficult relationship with umbrellas.

What astounds me is the logical disconnect Trump's fanboys - and worse, the Republican Party itself - can tie themselves up in to justify this blatant disrespect for fallen heroes.

Does anyone else remember when Obama was coruscated for wearing a brown suit to a press conference? A press conference, by the way, in which he answered questions from the press, instead of stomping away from the podium when he didn't like the questions?

This bald-headed poltroon is a disgrace to the office. Shame on the Republicans for kneeling to his unworthy bluster.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

"I fear Shibuya will be labeled a scary place. I want Halloween street parties to be banned next year," 

Mate, it's Hallowe'en. It's kind of supposed to be scary. It's the whole point.

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Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. call to stop returns to Fukushima See in context

Does anyone else see shades of Minamata hovering over this? J-Gov in the pockets of industry denies there is a problem, then keeps pretending everything is all right until enough victims have died to prevent the survivors from being able to fight a punitive lawsuit.

Better to have a generation or two of children dying of leukemia than for the Dear Leader and the honourable gentlemen of Tepco (who told us it was only steam for a week, remember?) to lose face over this most unfortunate incident.

I'm not especially religious, but I really hope there is a hell for these despicable vermin. They certainly won't be punished in this life. Just lie back and count your silver.

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Posted in: Actress Nanao wins Best Jeanist award for third year running See in context

Nanao looks like she could do with a couple of meat pies.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context


Are you seriously trying to compare the validity of NASA research with that bolleaux from a right-wing rag?

This is the problem with the likes of you. You don't read anything unless it reinforces what Fox News told you.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context


He does have a point, for every scientist that says climate change exists, you have almost as many saying it’s a big giant hoax.


97% of scientists concur that man-made climate change is happening now.

So don't talk cobblers.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for still-radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

"We will filter the water in the tanks one more time to bring the levels to below regulatory limits before release into the ocean if a decision is made to do so," the TEPCO spokesman said.

Translation: We will do more of what doesn't work and then release it into the ocean, probably at night and in secret. Then we will continue doing nothing about the emergency beyond stuffing our pockets with taxpayers' cash.

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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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