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Posted in: Gal Gadot 'whitewashing' row sparks Cleopatra history debate See in context

It's called ACTING people. This is not the same as black-face minstrel shows from yester-year.

It's her gig and she can do what she wants! The real question is about the outcome. I want to see terrific acting, make up, costumes etc. The angle of "through women's eyes" could be very interesting.

If Russell Crowe can play the role of a Roman Gladiator convincingly, why not an this actor playing the African Queen?

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Posted in: The life of Ghosn: Fugitive tycoon to star in documentary and a mini-series See in context


It sounds like gaijin flee the Japan's justice whenever they committed crimes here.

What a stupid comment! Get you head out of the sand and understand that Japan has no real system of justice. Part of the proper democratic way of governing us that all are regarded as INNOCENT until proven guilty.

Japan is a nation of people who are unable to take responsibility for themselves, hence the need for a guarantor for everything - even if you're 85 years old. Responsibility is never assigned to an individual alone, so when there's a crime, vehicle crash etc. There is always a percentage of blame assign to each party. It is why the idiot police in Japan often say to women who've been assaulted "well, you must've done something to make the guy attack you!"

It is a shame that Japan does not like to look at its terrible problems a fix them. It would much prefer to pretend it didn't happen.

Gaijin and proper thinking Japanese people take whatever action is required that falls in line with international conventions (Hague), to which Japan is a signatory but does not actually follow.


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Posted in: The life of Ghosn: Fugitive tycoon to star in documentary and a mini-series See in context

Let's be clear: Ghosn is NOT a criminal. He has been stitched up by a ridiculous system in which you are required FORECAST your NEXT financial year's earnings to the tax office - and pay tax on future income. It's like predicting the weather. And things can suddenly change.

Then you have the age-old Japanese, small-minded jealousy issue and typical racist stance against foreigners who become "too successful", thus highlighting the ineptitude of the Japanese.

If you are ACCUSED of a crime in Japan, you are guilty of that crime unless you can prove otherwise. I know this from first-hand experience!

Ghosn is a hero for what he contributed to the mismanaged, financially failing automobile industry in Japan. So happy to see this documentary and mini-series taking shape - yet another well-deserved raised middle finger to this backwards, island-mentality-led country!

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Posted in: JAL ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings See in context

Instead of gender neutral, JAL should be more gender inclusive!

"Ladies and gentlemen, homosexuals, lesbians, and other people who are not quite sure of the connection between their state of mind and the genitalia they were born with..."

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context

Mr Kipling

Agree with you. But remember you may tell and scream at an idiot in Japan but you may not touch them. It is the law! You can go full Yakuza and get right up in their faces but no physical contact. If they touch you, though call 110 and report to the police that you've been assaulted.

But getting to the back to the point: I am flabbergasted by these tin-foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist cult members who believe Covid-19 was manufactured by the Chinese and delivered through the 5G network. 5G is not even up and running yet!

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context


It is unbelievable! This is not a freedom or human rights issue. It's just common sense. I feel like we're in Wonderland: "Off with their heads"!

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Posted in: U.S. judge denies bail to two men accused of aiding Ghosn escape See in context

This Judge has no idea of the Japanese legal system (which is travesty in the legal world). Here are the facts: Ghosn can not get a fair trial in Japan (no body can). He is the scapegoat for corrupt Nissan board members who are jealous of the man's success. Extraditing the Taylors to Japan will mean more injustice in a flawed legal system.

This judge should allow these guys out on bail. They are being incarcerated for an extended period without a trial and that is illegal. Extraditing them to Japan will guarantee an UNfair prejudged trial and incarceration in Japan.

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Posted in: Huawei to stop smartphone chip production due to U.S. sanctions See in context

@Mr Kipling Really?! China is an oppressive Communist regime with a world domination strategy by any and all means possible. Huawei is another example of efforts towards that end. Companies backed my the Chinese regime should be blocked from participation on the word business stage for exactly the reasons outlined in this story.

And let's not get started on human rights! China has gone backwards in the last 50 years in this area.

The world needs to pull away from China as soon as possible before it's too late.

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Posted in: Saizeriya restaurant develops face mask to wear when eating See in context

Oh my Buddha! Will this money-centric country ever wake up?! Stop wasting time inventing ways to get people to go out in public so you can make a profit!!!

I wouldn't eat at this or any other family restaurant because the food is precooked in most of them and there's nothing on the menu that I can't do better in my own home. But the point is that even with this silly mask, you will not be protected from Covid-19.

Lockdown. Stay home and stay alive!

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Posted in: Abe says no need for another state of emergency over coronavirus See in context

Hey @tooheysnew. Seriously. EVERYONE is affected by a lockdown. But it is necessary whatever the cost! Would you rather be dead? Yes. You may loose your job and it will get tough. But if you live in Japan for the long term, there is social security and other support. You will need to tighten your belt and live frugally during the lockdown. And if you're one of those people passing through on the "Asian Tour", teaching English or whatever, this may be the time to leave and go home. What is not appreciated is the thoughtless, "all about me, all about the money" position that ABE (and apparently you) espouse. Grow up and be a team player!

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Posted in: Abe says no need for another state of emergency over coronavirus See in context

It is just flabbergasting! The level of idiocy, stupidity, and Trumpist nature of this poor excuse for a human being. Japan is in dire need of a state of emergency! What a dolt.

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Posted in: Aichi governor declares state of emergency after virus spike See in context

Well, there's at least one Governor with the balls to reinstate the SOE. The country needs to go into requested (mandatory) lockdown immediately to get over this catastrophe - or see a massive explosion is Covid-19 cases.

And to all the nay-sayers who want to compare Japan to other countries: we don't live in other countries. We live in JAPAN! Furthermore, it is going to get tough and we should all be doing our best to future-proof our circumstances.

This situation is akin to a massive series of earthquakes across Japan at the same time or a terrorist attack on all major cities.

This isn't about any one individual and the national government should be doing more to protect life over business and economics! Abe gives everyone a megre handout and disappears. The Osaka Governor takes the bull by the horns and puts the fed govt to shame. Now the Aichi Governor steps up. And Abe is where? Doing what's expected at the WWII memorial. Missing in action ABE!

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

In most countries Permanent Resident means exactly that! It is someone who is granted permission to live as though a citizen of that country with minor restrictions, such as not being able to vote, run for office, work in the military or intelligence etc. I understand some countries (Australia) no longer regards the permanent in PR as PERMANENT, but Japan's policy on this is inhumane. PR and long term visa holders etc. should be treated the same as Japanese citizens.

The policy is discriminatory has torn families apart and Japan must be shamed into changing this immediately.

As for the rest. With appropriate screening and mandatory lockdown, it is workable. An international teacher is NOT the highest priority in this scenario.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context


I don't disagree with you. However, the constant, overly focused attention on past wartime aggression is not the pathway to peace. ANZAC DAY in Australia is about remembering fallen soldiers on ALL sides of a conflict. We move on because it leads to healing and peace. But we always end the remembrance services with the words "Lest We Forget".

In modern times, for every family who lost someone in Iraq or Afghanistan, there is a family in both of those places that also lost someone. Their loss is the same as ours, irrespective of the politics of the day.

And for Korea, the forced prostitution of women by the Japanese is still sensitive (Let's stop using the phrase "Comfort Women" and call it what it was). However it really is time to stop pushing Japan for more apologies and money. That's been taken care of (more than once) and it really is way past time to move on - with the caveat (Lest We Forget).

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context


Thanks. Perhaps "move on" is just my visceral reaction to the whingers who keep this incendiary topic alive. I think moving on equates to the healing process. But that doesn't mean forget it ever happened. I should have been more clear.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context


And an apology for a great crime is not just a one off formulation of words, but needs to be accompanied by a genuine sense of remorse - Japan has never given anyone the sense that there is a collective sense of remorse in the way that there was in Germany, for example.

You don't have children, do you? This is how it goes: after someone does the wrong thing, they get found out, they are shown the error of their ways, there is guilt/remorse, then there is apology/reparations, then forgiveness, then it's forgotten.

Remembering past errors are always a good reminder not to return there but it's best to move on as per my earlier comment.

And there will never be a collective anything from Japan because it's wartime aggression is NOT taught. Any reference to it has been removed from text books which, in the Japanese mind, means it didn't happen. That's not right, I know. But that will never change. Best to move on.

And no good to compare with Germany because they are a mature people, able to learn from past mistakes and grow from the process. The Japanese are a socially backward, immature people, who believe if you hide the facts, then it didn't happen. Maybe this will change over time as Japan becomes a more international multicultural society...

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Posted in: U.S. states resist mask rules See in context

Redneck, low IQ conspiracy theorists. They will bring the USA to its knees.

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Posted in: Yokohama unveils plans to build giant theme park See in context

Oh my Bhudda! Just what is needed. Yet another theme park! NOT!!!

What about affordable housing for low income families? Oh wait! Not so much profit in that...

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Posted in: Trump's coronavirus retweets spark claims of censorship See in context


They will have to move out of America.

Are you serious?! The USA is still a democracy and its President can't act unilaterally like the dictators of some countries. And the sooner this disgraceful human and his cohort - the Trump regime - is removed from the Whitehouse, the better off the world will be.

As to the main point of the story: debate is fine but it should not be conducted via social media. There should be arguments for and against, consideration of research, pier reviewed data published, before any public announcements. Social media speculation by lay-people will always be there. But people in authority should be working behind closed doors until there is something factual to say.

The disrespect being shown to Dr. Fauci is incredible. He's an EXPERT being assisted and advised by other EXPERTS! He didn't get his medical credentials out of a packet of Cornflakes!

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

This ol' chestnut again?!

South Korea keeps picking at this scab so the festering wound will not heal. Apologies have been made, money's have been paid. Now MOVE ON already!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

Damn! It's hard being right most of the time :) but I TOLD YOU SO!!!

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Posted in: Gov't to exclude trips by Tokyo residents from Go To campaign See in context

@knowbetter Thank you! Glad I'm not the only person who feels that way. ABE Inc. is only interested in political and financial gain. They should be ordering lockdown and restricted movement. Essential to and from home travel only and NO entertainment venues if any kind.

Oh and France has also just announced a plan to make it compulsory to wear masks in enclosed public spaces.

Similar measures are being taken in other parts of Europe.

The British government plans to make it mandatory for people to wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets in England from July 24.

When is Japan going to force people to do the same?!

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Posted in: Man arrested over ex-wife’s murder in Tokyo See in context


Read carefully:

Nishi who claimed his WIFE had beaten him during an argument. After that, police consulted with the couple on the issue of domestic violence.

The wife was accused of beating the husband. Not the other way around. Yes, there are way too many cases of women suffering domestic abuse. But there are cases in which the man may also be the victim.

A sad outcome all the same.

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Posted in: Olympic chiefs meet to discuss Tokyo Games amid virus surge See in context

Cancel the games! It's just not that important in the scheme of things. It's like the Oscars or EMI awards. Just not that important at this time in our history.

This is really all about the MONEY! Greedy people and organisations, sucking up what they can from advertising dollars and broadcast rights.

Just have world championships in each sport in various locations around the world, where and when it is safe to do so... Oh, wait a minute- that already happens!


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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context


All 'female genitatilia' must be pixelated.

It's their culture, we have to respect it.

Are you for real? What century are you from? The Japanese need to be shamed into doing the right thing, as always. And it is the responsibility of actual advanced nations to shame this socially and morally under developed group of islands into change.

This is a country that has penises of all sizes on display at a festival celebrating the same.

Mysogynistic old farts who sit in judgement are the very people who made "no pants shabu shabu" a thing.

This is a ruling about what they think is art and what is not. Nothing to do with what is obscene and what isn't.

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Posted in: Gov't to exclude trips by Tokyo residents from Go To campaign See in context

Read the story people! It is an incentive program to promote tourism, but people traveling to and from Tokyo are INELIGIBLE to apply for the money.

There is nothing stopping people from traveling anywhere they want, spreading their Civid juices everywhere, including to and from Tokyo.

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Posted in: Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus See in context

Oh dear! Do I need to step in and tell them what to do? Again? Cancel, lockdown etc.etc.

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Posted in: Tokyo health officials ask over 800 theatergoers to get tested for coronavirus See in context

Abe, Koike get your heads out of your asses, you money-grabbing, power-hungry dolts! Close down entertainment centers and ORDER a stay at home directive! Make it law and have the police do something useful for a change. Movement from home to office and back only if telework is out of the question. The second wave is coming and this stupid theatrical performance is likely to be epicenter.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 24-year-old girlfriend See in context

had consulted police on June 9 after being struck in the face by Yoshinao but later withdrew her complaint.

And this is exactly the point at which this idiot should have been locked up for a few days, while police "investigate"! He might not be a murderer and this little boy's mum might still be alive! We have a police force worse than useless in this country, who insidiously put the blame for domestic violence and assault on the woman. Personal experience alert:

A police officer said "you must have done something to cause him to attack you." on and on until she caved in from exhaustion, and confusion.

The laws protecting vulnerable people, especially women and children, are a joke in this country.

I sentence this animal to chemical castration and life behind bars!

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context


God bless all those hard working gold digging hostesses risking their lives for their next Louis Vuitton handbag. God bless their tax dodging Yakuza pimps. God bless average-Taro-salaryman for risking his family's health and wellbeing for escaping his comatose marriage for an overpriced drinks and pathetic ego-massage.

We should be out cheering in the street for these frontline heros.


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