"Then in March this year China announced 6 more athletes had tested positive and in April WADA suspended its licence to the Beijing laboratory that does testing on its behalf. Very similar situation that Russia is going through now. Its clear that Chinese testing and transperancy is inadequate. Add to this that China has a history of doping in swimming Its no wonder the world has little trust in Chinese athletes. "
A Chinese swimmer was found with a bag of HGH (human growth hormone) prior to competing at the World Swimming Championships in Perth in 1998. Seems like the Aussies know a cheat when they see one.
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More proof that the Emperor is nothing but an empty symbol to those who proclaim to hold him as a god and important figure: if they truly loved the man himself they would let him go, not keep him in a prison where he isn't even allowed to broadcast his message live for fear that he might say something off-script. Seriously, what century is this? It's Qaunbelievable that they will speak on his behalf, and believe he needs to stay under lock and key as 'Emperor' (loved and respected, right?) until his death, when his life will be mourned... etc. Pathetic!
All symbols are intrinsically 'empty' until we attach meaning to them. He was very careful to stress his importance as a 'symbol', cleverly implying that his importance as a human being is very much secondary. It's really not a question of how much love they have for him as a person. He's painfully aware that the IHA really couldn't care less how much he has to suffer and endure as a human being whose raison d'être is to perpetuate the 'idea' of an Imperial Japan, with all that that implies. He's an emperor without an empire and an anachronism for all practical purposes, but sadly there are those who believe that as long as there is an Emperor there is a reminder of empires past and the flicker of hope for empires to come. His father was a war-monger and his grandfather mentally compromised and ineffectual, but they were Emperors and that, as far as the IHA and conservatives are concerned, is all that matters. What century is this? It's the Imperial Century.
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Cheating is good manners? Mind-boggling hypocrisy from China.
Remember all those world record breaking Chinese women in the 5000 and 10,000 meters looking invincible at domestic track meets before Beijing 2008? All done on herbal tea.. I recall a Chinese woman athlete admitting a couple of years ago that she was forced by coaches to dope. China should be sitting this one out along side Russia.
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Given the choice between conbini 'food' or death, I'll take death. The smell of the fries or stale oden alone makes me nauseous. I use conbinis's mainly to pay bills. Sandwiches here are a bad joke.
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It seems like Japan is doing it's utmost to make the Olympics an event exclusively for amateurs once again...
Is there anything they can't screw up? How about a tanuki with five gonads as the official mascot? I'll give you that idea for free.
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At the same time, you should know how the game works...want that promotion? Consider a game of golf with your superiors..or going along with their request for another drink or two. Just a little extra kindnesses and/or butt kissing can go along way. Not saying go all out, but the boss is going to remember you first when a new slot opens up if you treated him to a beer after that golf game.
Maybe that's why Japan lacks any meaningful or competent governance in politics or industry, the best ass-kisser often ends up running things, not the person with talent who would rather rely on is/her innate skills to get ahead.
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*...because in Japan the standardized tests are the end-all and be all-of educational/life success. When will they ever learn?
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41 appliances? I can't imagine anyone in Koto ku got much sleep. 14 sounds about right.
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I've long thought the police in Japan were a joke. Now it's clear they are a sick joke.
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So Abe's little foray into the big league of international diplomacy has cost 2 lives and $15m (give or take the $200m he promised on his trip to Israel). He'd have helped the situation at no expense to Japan in terms of lives, money or it's international standing by doing some thinking, shutting his mouth and staying at home. So $500m to burnish Japan's image and wipe it's wartime wrongdoings from the history books and $15m to help combat terrorism? Why even bother?
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If anyone needs their passport confiscating it's this reptile. I'd make her 'persona non grata' outside her own country. I'll take her advice and boycott JAL and ANA. The usual crap from the usual suspects, we want your business,but we don't want you. We'll give you foreign aid (if you buy our scooters, mopeds and cars), but don't ever think we value you as humans beings.
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If 'inherently Japanese' means covering a wilderness in concrete, with a vending machine on every corner and cheap and nasty souvenir shops and soba stands to shake down the oba-san daytrippers then let's hope the status quo remains.
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How many care? It's just a chance to have a lie-in, conveniently placed in the middle of the week. Another silly 'national holiday' to circumvent the reality that time off work at one's own choosing is seen as shirking.
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Very well summed up, warispeace. Japan doesn't have the luxury of choice any more ( not that it's choices were ever wholly independent ones.) It would be wise of Abe to be a little less vociferous about combating terrorism when he falls into the arms of an authoritarian currently proving more of a threat to global destabilisation than China. Trouble is, Abe isn't wise.
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Without criticizing PM Abe for what he should or would do, in your thinking, tell us what you will do if you are the prime minister of Japan in this case.
I'd stay home and stay the heck away from events that I'm ill-equipped to resolve.
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Typical example of a Japanese PM trying to play world statesman and quickly getting out of his depth. He blundered his way into this, much like the hostages, and now has to to find a way out whilst seeming like a credible leader to his constituents. Shows up Japanese politicians as the third-raters they are.
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If the fingerprinting and mugshot measures can't guarantee Japan's safety from dangerous foreigners, how on earth is an innocuous question and a leaflet going to reassure anyone? Band Aid courtesy of your local constabulary...
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How long do I have to wait before cheese ceases to be a luxury item? I'm not expecting to see a decent piece of mature cheddar at my local ripoff emporium, sorry, supermarket, anytime soon. Amazed at the lightening speed MAFF can move at once presented with common sense-18 years, wow!
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It's a pIty the Japanese PM and the Emperor are not able to have a weekly audience as we do in the UK. It would do Abe the world of good to be told by an elder and better that he's talking out of his arse.
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