akadake, you should try British regional cheeses, we produce more varieties than even France and they are brilliant!
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For a society to function there needs to be a balance, the system must be perceived to operate fairly, if the disparity between the lowest an highest is too great, if the few are perceived as “stealing” all the growth/wealth to the disadvantage of the majority, this can only go on for a period before (if it isn’t corrected) ultimately the tumbrels roll. Then the society collapses in to bloodshed and chaos.
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A system designed to promote the interests of the Party rather than represent the interests of the people. Representatives are distanced from the people they are purportedly representing. It is the party and their interests that are represented not the voters.
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Rugby, a far better game to play and watch. American football drags on so long and there is so little going on you fall asleep! Well I suppose the pom-pom girls help to keep you awake.
And why do they need to be more heavily armoured than an Imperial clone Trooper!.
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He is right, a radical reform of the archaic Japanese labour market is required, with greater workers rights and statutory protection and support for those exercising them.
As long as politicians are so closely linked with industry and tied by financial apron strings there will always be a conflict of interest that they will inevitably resolve in favour of what best serves their own pockets.
Japan is a very unbalanced society with a very long standing focus on supporting business and thereby more covertly the wealthy elites who run business and the government. In any other democracy this could not continue for long but Japanese culture facilitates it.
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If it isn’t made from milk it’s not cheese.
I agree with Wobot, if you are vegan accept the fact and stop pretending.
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Words are just hot air, actions speak louder.
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While the arrested man is of Somali origin, there is as yet no evidence as to his motives. The police investigation is in a very early stage. No doubt further information as to his motives will be garnered from his computer/phone etc.
Very concerning, these open surgeries held by MP’s are a fundamental part of our democratic system, MP’s must be accessible to their constituents.
His family will be devastated, heartbreaking.
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Political correctness gone mad!
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I’ve seen biscuits made by children that looked like that!
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Zichi, no not stupid, it was a humorous comment in an otherwise serious and thoughtful interview, a witty way of expressing an environmentally conscious decision to change the fuel running his favourite car to a sustainably sourced fuel derived from waste wine and the whey from cheese making. Keeping the same car for over 50 years is also a very environmental beneficial thing as the embodied carbon in its production is a massive part of any cars total environmental footprint.
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Countries can be as inextricably and economically linked as you like but that has never prevented a power hungry autocratic from launching a war of conquest. Precisely the same arguments were put forward regarding Europe before the First World War, that didn't stop the Kaiser from sacrificing the lives of millions and destroying his country and economy.
Autocrats living in their own little bubble, out of contact with their own people and lacking empathy like Pooh Bear and the Kaiser can become a very real threat that economics have no real leverage on. Add in paranoia at being toppled and a nice military victory to distract the masses and whip up nationalist fervour which they can ride becomes overwhelmingly attractive.
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“Ruling and opposition blocs are in close competition” a situation that can only be of benefit to the people of Japan. The development of a true democracy allowing the expression of alternative views and a more open public debate on matters affecting the population and if they are very lucky a government responsive to those needs!
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Boycott the Genocide Olympics!
The IOC is intrinsically and systemically corrupt. It needs a root and branch cleansing (talk about the Augean stables) and reorganisation. Otherwise the Olympic ideal will be irredeemably lost (little evidence of it remains today).
Coats is typical of these vermin.
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After we nearly wipe our selves out in a nuclear Holocaust, clay tablets or scratching on stone!
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Korea is like the nightmare neighbour!
Both sets of politicians need to grow up.
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The equivalent of £1.05 per litre! I wish, haven’t seen petrol that cheep for so many years I can’t remember when. Currently equivalent to about 216.6 yen per litre and some some greedy scalpers recently were charging 321.8 yen.
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Mr Kipling please refer to the facts not your bias, after Brexit the actual figures show there was virtually no reduction in the number of foreign drivers working in the UK. With the onset of the Pandemic and the various lockdowns and the perceived threat of catching the disease and lack of work, many went home. The problem is that there is a shortage of drivers in Europe as well, not just the UK so there was plenty of work at home and therefor little incentive to return to the UK. So no Brexit has little or nothing to do with it.
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Dragging Brexit in to everything! Sweet FA to do with Brexit and everything to do with the effects of the pandemic China kindly gifted to the world.
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The ignorant and idiotic are always to be found in every country, and these idiots prove the point.
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Agreed, at 19 not a youth in most countries but obviously is in Japan. It does seem irrational to most of us but whether Japan will change is debatable.
Sounds like there are some very serious underlying mental issues, perhaps he should be locked away in a mental institution for the rest of his life.
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Given the overtly aggressive behaviour of China and the unstable lunatic regime in North Korea not to mention land grabbing opportunistic behaviour of Russia the perceived need to strengthen defence is understandable but affordability is an important factor.
Japan needs to have a clear plan of what it needs to defend against and how it will do that in conjunction with its allies and from that what equipment it needs/can afford.
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Voted no. All too often what is defined as patriotism ends up being bigoted jingoism. Inculcating patriotism at school can all too easily turn in to a slippery slope in to something never originally intended.
’patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels’ Dr. Johnson 1775. Referring specifically to what I described above, the misuse of patriotism for political ends.
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Looks fun, but like all things open to the public adequate inspection and ongoing maintenance and repair is critical. They say it’s inspected daily but it depends on what those inspections consist of.
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Some people get their knickers in a twist when bits fall off US helicopters, will they get as steamed up over this?
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Sounds like a lot of the underlying problems spring from the attitude of the employers and the workplace culture in Japan, even where archaic cultural attitudes to household duties don’t exist. Double income households are not exactly unknown elsewhere in the world and couples have managed to cope perfectly well with it, but there usually is a very different attitude to work and workplace culture.
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All religion is part of the problem not the solution.
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Bail should certainly be used rather than incarceration of the innocent (innocent until proven guilty) but tagging them in this way is again to assume guilt and therefore probability of absconding before trial, unless the Japanese judicial system is so distrusted by the vast majority of citizens as they are likely to scarper rather than face trial in a failed system.
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