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.
4 ( +7 / -3 )
"an impregnable three-meter steel wall around the site"
Hmmm, I wonder what's going to happen?
2 ( +2 / -0 )
"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.
5 ( +6 / -1 )
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?
4 ( +5 / -1 )
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.
6 ( +16 / -10 )
Oh what a surprise - the orange baby is golfing. A true man of his word.
4 ( +7 / -3 )
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?"
1 ( +4 / -3 )
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.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
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.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
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.
-3 ( +4 / -7 )
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.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
Sam Smith = "The Blues"??
That rumbling you can hear is BB King spinning in his grave.
7 ( +7 / -0 )
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.
4 ( +5 / -1 )
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.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
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.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
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.
6 ( +6 / -0 )
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.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
Trump's opinion of people taking the Fifth are well-documented.
"Why take the Fifth if you're innocent?"
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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.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
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.
0 ( +3 / -3 )
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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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.
3 ( +5 / -2 )
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.
4 ( +4 / -0 )
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.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
Oh what a surprise.
There is a problem. What is the solution?
Concrete every time.
This country is a cartel.
9 ( +9 / -0 )
What could possibly go wrong?
6 ( +7 / -1 )
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.
7 ( +8 / -1 )