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Posted in: Tape surfaces of Trump calling for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine to be fired See in context

"I don't know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people. I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him."

That aged well.

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Posted in: Survey reveals rudest behavior seen on trains and at stations this year See in context

People getting on/off the train whilst glued to their phones. Can they not put their phones down for 10 seconds?

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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

It sounds like the popular events – baseball, tennis, athletics, judo, karate, swimming – were way over-subscribed. The same happened at London 2012. The remaining tickets will probably from the early rounds of hockey, soccer and basketball.

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Posted in: Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London See in context

The BREXIT unicorn does not exist. Revoke Article 50 and call a general election. Only a government with a strong majority can resolve this problem.

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Posted in: Man claiming to be British assaults, robs woman in Tokyo See in context

I actually doubt that he was British.

It's quite rare for a British person to describes themselves as British - they will use Scottish, Welsh, English, Irish.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

As absurd as it may sound, the 1991 ammendment to the Cannabis Control Law 大麻取締法 prohibits use, possession, dealing of pot both in and outside of Japan by Japanese residents. It could just used as a scare tactict, but it is something customs could pull you up on. Anyone convicted of a drug offense, felony or misdemeanor, no matter how dated or minor conviction can have their visa cancelled.

Expect airport customs to be super strict with direct flights from Canada for the next few weeks.

Don't leave anything in your pockets and make sure you wear "fresh clothes" when you go through customs. Don't give the sniffer dogs anything to bark about.

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Posted in: Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run See in context

Why are people crossing on the don't walk sign? There is a car speeding through the light, don't people look before they cross anymore?

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

I'm off to get my driver's licence renewed next month. I'm getting gold this time, so I wonder what will be written on it. Heisei 35?

My gold license expires in H33. If H33 never happens, when do I renew it?

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

The new name is also unlikely to start with the first letter of any of the last four eras: Heisei, Showa, Taisho and Meiji. And because each era name is considered "sacred", any name put forward but rejected in the past cannot be proposed again.

Just call it the "Abe" era and have done with it.

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Posted in: Fugitive apparently fled police station 30 minutes after seeing lawyer See in context

Hida apparently smashed an acrylic partition in their meeting room

On one news station it was reported that the acrylic partition had missing screws (which the police were going to fix - but never got round to) and the guy simply pushed himself through a gap and walked out of the police station.

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Posted in: Indictment dropped against Tokio singer over alleged indecent act See in context

He will back on the TV by New Year.

So much sympathy across the nation for an alchoholic who sexually assaulted a school girl.

Compare and contrast with the Adam Johnson case in the UK. Six years in jail for the same crime. Money can get you a good solicitor, but can't buy you a get-out-of-jail ticket.

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Posted in: New rules allow Japanese adult film actresses to stop sale of their videos after five years See in context

Pointless. Whatever goes online, stays online – forever.

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Posted in: 13% of fatal traffic accidents between 2012 and 2016 occurred during twilight hours: survey See in context

Hard to sum up all the stats from a 75 page report in 300 words.

The full report is here -

Interesting read.

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Posted in: Opposition lawmaker Yamao quits party over extramarital affair report See in context

She is a pawn in a political battle. The timing of this story is very convenient for Maehara's political opponents. She has been thrown under the bus. Why is her private life relevant to her political career? She has done no wrong, there is no need for her to quit.

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Posted in: Manchester United on brink of Europa League final See in context

I wouldn't decribe Manchester United as "on the brink" of making the final. 1-0 is a narrow win.

This season Celta Vigo have wins against both Barcelona (scoring 4 goals) and Real Madrid (scoring 3 goals). Don't write them off.

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Posted in: American passenger arrested for assaulting ANA employee See in context

Video from onboard -

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Posted in: Japan fumes over ref's decision in 2-1 loss to UAE in World Cup qualifier See in context

The ref cannot give a goal unless he his 100% sure that all of the ball crossed the line. The ref does not have a clear view - there are 2 UAE players in the way. He has to rely on his assistant on the far side. The incident happened in a split second. Don't accuse the ref of bias just because he is from the Gulf.

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Posted in: 7-month-old baby killed after mother knocked off bicycle by car See in context

I'm usually pro-cyclist, but seeing the video on the news squarely points the blame at the mother.

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Posted in: How come so many people were prepared to write off Japan's chances at the World Cup before the tournament even began? See in context

Being ranked 45 in the FIFA Rankings doesn't help. Before the last WC Japan were ranked 15.

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Posted in: Dear Angry Western Guy See in context

Don't make sweeping assumptions about Scunny. Thank you.

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Posted in: Traditional approaches to Japanese language learning are changing See in context

I bought the book last year. Each story is only 2 or 3 pages long and the manga-style makes its really easy to understand.

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Posted in: Baby girl taken from car while mother shops in Nagoya See in context

From the story on yahoo japan the mother left her 6 year-old daughter in the car with the baby. The car was unlocked with its engine running....

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Posted in: Japan coasts to 5-0 win over Togo See in context

Japan is aiming for the last four of the World Cup. This is a joke, right?

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Posted in: 18-year-old Japanese woman loses Y8 mil antique violin on Austrian subway See in context

Vienna has a subway?

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Posted in: Head of JFA calls J-League boring See in context

I don't think someone called Neil Warnock can tell people how to play good, exciting fottball. But I think a "Neil Warnock" style route 1, kick-'em-up-the-arse football is what the J-league is lacking.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy dies after fall from window at Ehime school See in context

Ozu is in Ehime, not Aichi.

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Posted in: Agency slaps Citibank Japan with sales suspension See in context

"When I closed my account back in Feb,it took an hour of paperwork and whatever else to do so."

Try that at a regular J-bank and see how long you have to wait. It's not fun.

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Posted in: You can learn a lot about Japanese culture from kindergarten classes See in context

Culture Shock...

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