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Posted in: Gov't unveils package focusing on support for small businesses hit by virus See in context

OH ! an other package, how much it gonna cost us later?

If those small businesses go bust, how much is that going to cost society? It seems like a reasonable idea (in contrast to US Republicans proposing to take the chance to slip in yet more tax breaks for the wealthy).

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Posted in: We visit the 'Naples of Japan,' a secret destination tourists don’t know about yet See in context

it’s been dubbed “The Naples of Japan."

Dubbed by the mayor, presumably. I've seen attempts to pass off Osaka as "the Venice of Japan" too. Try wrapping your head around that one!

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Posted in: Liverpool bounce back; Arsenal close gap on top four See in context

Brilliant goal celebration from a brilliant man! Need to improve quite a bit to get past Athletico. Still in a bit of a post-winter break slump. Wake up boys!

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for assaulting man outside convenience store See in context

The crime rate... Yeah, but what kind of crime are you talking about? Some are going up, some are going down. Regret having to state the bleeding obvious, but there you go.

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Posted in: 27-year-old man arrested for cutting high school girls’ skirts at game center See in context

@Bugle Boy

I said it before when discussing chikan on trains, people do it for the thrills.

I noticed that you were basically okay with school boys taking "upskirt" photos of girls at their school recently. Boys will be boys, and all that. You seem to be of the opinion that if something gives you a thrill, and doesn't lead to physical injury in others, it's okay. Right?

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Posted in: Bloomberg to fund anti-Trump operation in 6 critical states See in context

@bass4funk

Biden, the establishment, the safe bet that no one wants 

Most people want ANYONE BUT TRUMP. Biden is not Trump. He'll do, for a start.

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Posted in: Bloomberg to fund anti-Trump operation in 6 critical states See in context

@Burning Bush

Global elite billionaires have always hated Trump.

Most people who've known him have.

But you seem to suggest that Trump is not a "global elite billionaire". If he's not that, how do you define him? Global elite truck driver? One-horse town billionaire? He is a billionaire, I think you'd agree. And billionaires, by definition, are in the "elite". Global? Although he has no interest in the welfare of humanity besides himself and most of his family, he does have business interests in several countries, so that ticks the "global" box too. How on earth can you say he's not a "global elite billionaire"?

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Posted in: Domestic violence cases in Japan reach new all-time high in 2019 See in context

@indigo

power harassment + alcohol = DV cocktail.

I don't know about the power harassment part, bro. I'd just say alcohol + 2 people (with at least one of them under stress of some kind, and less than ideal communication skills) = DV cocktail.

Most Japanese get their knickers in a twist about drugs that they have no experience with, but constantly ignore the threat of one of the most dangerous ones - alcohol.

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Posted in: Tottenham's Dier climbs into crowd to confront fan See in context

He'd better start working on some bizarre answers to questions from the disciplinary panel. "Seagulls follow the trawler because ..." has been used. "When the cockerel nests in the stands, ..." I dunno. Maybe he should just try to get hold of Cantona's phone number. I'm sure he'd sympathize with a fellow nutter and offer a couple of suggestions.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for assaulting man outside convenience store See in context

Who threw the lighter at who? I dont get it.

I hope you're not teaching English here, even in a conversation school.

It is a slightly unusual situation though. I've never had a stranger in another vehicle ask me for a lighter at a traffic light. It was good of the victim to even throw one to him, given that the light could turn green at any moment. It sounds like the victim threw the lighter slightly harder than the idiot expected, and took it as an aggressive act. I hope he does some (very) hard time anyway.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for assaulting man outside convenience store See in context

18 year olds can vote now, so calling him a "minor" at 19, and withholding his name, doesn't make sense. Name and shame the little ....

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Posted in: Entertainer Tashiro found guilty over drug use, possession See in context

@AgentX

That's a really harsh penalty for a victimless crime

Yes and no. According to this article (link below) he "has been convicted several times for violating the stimulants control law". Doing that anywhere is going to get you in some serious trouble. It looks like he's been treated with considerable leniency until now.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/07/national/crime-legal/masashi-tashiro-arrest-drugs/#.XmBenS2B1cA

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

@Alex80

@mu-da: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.dw.com/en/coronavirus-are-japans-school-closures-a-political-move-to-save-the-olympics/a-52574748

If this is your evidence of "harsh criticism", I think you have a very thin skin.

A lot of bureaucrats, long term Jiminto supporters etc. criticised the sudden school closures. The article you've referenced is not an example of "harsh criticism", and it is not claiming to be stating a fact about the connection to the Olympics. It is an intelligent question to ask though. It would be naive in the extreme to imagine that the Olympics are not playing any part in the government's thinking. The Japanese that I know agree that Abe was "trying to look like he was doing something" by asking for schools to close.

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

"So there is a patent on this coronavirus owned by the US." etc.

Hilarious.

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

@Alex80

if some press didn't act so "weird", people wouldn't be so confused.

Again with "the press is evil". I'm sick of people blaming mainstream media for everything. In Japan, the press could rightly be blamed for being pathetically weak regarding holding the government to account (on any issue), but in relation to coronavirus, I haven't seen anything "weird" so far. There is no need for paranoia regarding how Japan has been portrayed abroad. (Assuming you read respected news outlets) there has been no "ganging up on" Japan in the English language press.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

@that person

not enough

(...words?) Care to elaborate?

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

@Tom

They should issue a license that is for ID only and not for driving. 

The government issues an alien registration card, which is for ID purposes. You must have one if you live here. Are you saying you don't have one?

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Posted in: Liverpool beaten again as Chelsea ease into FA Cup quarters See in context

Even the Brazilian barbecue man deserves a break now and then, which also gives his understudy a chance to have a bit of a trot around. Adrian did quite well early in the season when Alisson was out, apart from one howler at Southampton. Not anywhere near the same class, of course, but still...

I just want the 4 (?) wins needed in the Premier League asap, so there can be no doubt about the title if the season gets called off early due to coronavirus. (On that, I don't know why games couldn't be played without spectators at the grounds, if spreading the virus becomes such a major threat.) A win against Bournemouth would calm the nerves going into the return game with Athletico too.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

@Caliboy

"in a country that 80% mountainous? How do you builds broad roads in a country where land is scares?"

In a country where land is scarce, you might think twice about trying to pile yet more concrete over it. Whatever the death rates may be, I think the basic point @Tokyo-m is making (that we need to start think about societies where the car is not king) is a valid one.

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Posted in: Liverpool beaten again as Chelsea ease into FA Cup quarters See in context

No need to panic boys. They're human. It was a 1/2 - 2/3 strength side, which was a reasonable selection (Jones and Williams deserved to be shown respect for their contribution to getting to the 5th round and the steps they've made as players, Origi and Minamino need to get some minutes under their belts, Bobby and others need a bit of a break now and then). It would be nice to win everything, but I'm more concerned about getting back on track against the Cherries at Anfield. If we lose that, then I'll start to worry! (And as I said last time, Henderson is underrated! It will be good to get him back asap).

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

At least it's a definite step in the right direction, rather than the usual situation of the government dithering and doing nothing.

@BertieWooster (and @ThonTaddeo)

We all know that some country folks might not have access to great public transport, but there would always be something. If the bus service in Okinawa was difficult for you to understand, that doesn't mean that locals can't. I assume that they all have the intelligence to work out a bus timetable, or at least to phone for clarification if they're in doubt. If they live in the country and still can't pass a driving test there, they should not be on the road. End of story.

@Tokyo-m

Excellent post (although I think there are more than enough traffic lights already).

@Japanoob

"failing to signal a turn" - 110% agree with that. As a 50cc rider who nearly got wiped out by an incompetent driver early on, I soon learned how many Japanese drivers don't understand how to indicate properly. It's not so much that they don't indicate. A lot of drivers here flick on the indicator once they've started turning, as a kind of afterthought (which defeats the whole purpose of indicators, obviously).

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Posted in: Rivals take aim at Sanders' electability at rowdy South Carolina Democratic debate See in context

Bloomberg has the charisma of a cardboard box, but he did make one REALLY important point:

"Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that’s why Russia is helping you get elected so you lose to him," Bloomberg told Sanders.

No doubt about that. Vlad is a man who's used to getting what he wants, and he knows how to get it. He's got Donny by his tiny nuts, and is not going to let anyone tear him out of his grasp.

If any Trump fans have the concentration span of 2 minutes to check out why there "might" be a malign push to make sure Bernie gets the nomination, check out the Rick Wilson link below. It's a video, so you don't have to do any of that boring reading stuff (ideally, check out what he writes and says in more detail). Wilson is a veteran Republican campaign strategist who has helped them win many elections, and never wavered from his party allegiance until Trump came along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS8JXuaG3w8

I think Bernie is a terrific guy, with his heart absolutely in the right place, but he's the Republican dirty-tricksters' wet dream.

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

"It is extremely important to slow down the pace of increase in the number of infected people if we are to contain an epidemic in the country," the basic policy said.

Genius. It's such a relief to know that they have been able to talk, agree on this, and put it in writing. Writers of satire couldn't come up with anything better.

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Posted in: Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape See in context

@juminRhee

I wonder what the evidence was besides the "he said, she said."

It was "he said, dozens of women said" actually. Another trial to come in LA. Throw away the key.

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Posted in: Japan's next restroom revolution? Phasing out squat toilets See in context

@sourpuss

Each to their own. I've given you a "+" for that, though.

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Posted in: Liverpool sink West Ham for record-equalling 18th successive win See in context

The 30 year wait is nearly over!!! I didn't see the game, but my gut tells me that the boys missed Henderson more than some people might expect. He's become a terrific leader, on top of being a talented workaholic.

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

@Geeliez

I guess better safe than sorry, but if this virus takes off in a large number of other countries, are we going to be seeing an almost complete ban on entry for most nationals into most countries?

We'll have to wait and see, but that's still a distinct possibility at this stage. Those of us following the (real) world news know that experts (that unpopular word again) assess that we are at the tipping point, globally, now and over the next few weeks. With great management and a bit of luck the outbreak might be contained in this period. If not, wide-ranging flight bans will be absolutely necessary. Cross your fingers!

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Posted in: Japan's next restroom revolution? Phasing out squat toilets See in context

@Wakarimaen

Really? So may people defending squat toilets?

You said it !!! I thought this would be something that everyone could agree on. If you want to welcome the world (for the Olympics etc.) replace as many of the squat toilets as you can, asap. I'm not in my twilight years just yet, nor hugely overweight, but those things are horrid. They would be absolutely impossible for "large, XL", no-longer-young tourists to negotiate.

As for the "squat toilets are good for the flow" theory, that is complete garbage. Eat more fruit and vegetables if you're having flow issues.

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Posted in: Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood backs Bloomberg: report See in context

@darknuts

CBP are white supremacist now?

Noooo... Saying there were "fine people on both sides" at the white fascist incident in Charlottesville suggests that he supports white supremacists. Try to get a grip.

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Posted in: Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood backs Bloomberg: report See in context

@darknuts

 He's supposed to stand up to Putin and Xi?

Intelligent people know that he will. Somebody has to. Trump has shamelessly asked, publicly, for Russia and China to meddle in US affairs.

The world has seen that he's willing to lick Putin's shoes if and when instructed to do so. We can only take an educated guess at what Russia has on Trump ("video", "prostitutes" are the obvious starting point, how bad it gets after that is anyone's guess).

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