Geoff Gillespie comments

Posted in: Global broadcasting icon BBC turns 100 See in context

@ sakurasuki

Celebrating 100 years of propaganda service

No, that'll be NHK you're thinking of. The BBC has, on numerous occasions, bitten the hand that supposedly feeds it and has at times been the governments harshest critic. True, there have sometimes been incidents that the beeb would rather forget - the whole Saville affair springs shamefully to mind here! - but overall the BBC has made the world a much better place during its century in existence.

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Posted in: Internet buzzes with sympathy, support, understanding for Abe's accused killer See in context

Seriously? We are expected to show this 'man' sympathy because he's had a tough life and then allow that sympathy to excuse him murdering another human being? This could be very useful if true, I too have had a pretty difficult life, will I be entitled to the same consideration should I kill a public figure? Is everyone who has been dealt a poor hand in life going to be shown the same consideration...?

Yamagami is a cold, calculating murderer guilty of the predetermined assassination of another person. That the person in question was as high profile an individual as Abe is largely irrelevant. Murder is murder is murder and there can be NO justification for it and certainly no excusing it.

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Posted in: Do you think Russia is going to invade Ukraine? See in context

Traditionally, Russia acts first and deals with any consequences later. Take Afghanistan in 1979, for example or the Crimea just a few years ago. If they were going to do it, they would have done it by now. This is Putin flexing his muscles in order to see what the west's reaction will be....

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting mother, 6-year-old son on street See in context

@ Oxycodin

Lock the loony in the psychiatric ward for the rest of his life

Yes. Or - and here's a radical idea - they could treat his very obvious mental illness. Of course, locking him up and throwing away the key would be the easy thing to do. So we'll do that then, shall we...?

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Posted in: Man sentenced to life in prison for 2002 murder in Tokyo See in context

@ Larry Lacky

Wow, you are serious? Good thing you are just JT poster. Certainly wouldn’t want you in any position like government or being a cop.

Fascinating. Out of interest, what exactly would your problem be with this concept...?

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Posted in: Classic rock albums turning 50 See in context

'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'. Bought it on its release and have bought many copies since. Still the album by which I judge all other. A timeless classic....

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Posted in: 3 stabbed at University of Tokyo ahead of entrance exams See in context

@ Foreigner In Tokyo

Is anyone else disturbed by how much violent crime goes on here? Every other day there is a story about some horrific event, some of which would even make America revile in disgust. Japan may be spared by the lack of guns and related violence caused by them, but there is no shortage of mental illness, anger, and violence brewing under the surface.

My thoughts exactly. It amazes me that, every time anyone posts an opinion like this on this site, it gets voted down. It's almost as if people don't want to face facts here. In the UK, crime is obviously higher but we don't have the number of crazies Japan has. Yes, you are more likely to be mugged for your phone or whatever but you are very unlikely to be stabbed by a suicidal 17 year old. In short, crime in this country is random and senseless. Also, cases of murder within families is astonishingly high here. Almost every day there's a new story about about a son killing his parents, a grandson killing his grandparents, a middle aged stay-at-home man killing his elderly goes on and on.

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Posted in: There will not be a Season 2 for Netflix’s live-action 'Cowboy Bebop' See in context

As somebody generally ambivalent towards Japan's obsession with anime, I came to this aware of Cowboy Bebop but having never watched it. I really liked it and I can easily imagine that those who didn't simply had too much invested in the anime and couldn't accept anything that didn't stick very closely to it. To succeed, I guess this show and any future shows like it will need to carry a warning along the lines of "Avoid If You Are A Fan Of The Original Animated Series. If You Have An Open Mind, Please Proceed..."

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Posted in: 11-year-old boy dies after falling from 10th-floor apartment balcony See in context

@ Garthgoyle

An 11 year old should not be at home alone.

Why not?

Oh, I dunno. Because he might fall from a balcony 10 floors up...?

Oh...wait a minute.

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

All the debate here as if she has any chance AT ALL of winning the party leadership and thus the top job - c'mon, people, she's a woman!!!! She stands about as much chance of winning as I do of growing wings and flying. It's Japan....

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl in bookstore See in context

@ WilliB

Girls with sexy clothing can and do move freely, alone, and at night anywhere in the city. That is NOT something you can say about current cities in e.g. Europe.

Really? I've lived in Tokyo for 18 years and prior to that I was born and raised in London. No women - not one, and that thankfully includes my daughter! - had ever been physically accosted in the UK. Amongst my female students here in Tokyo, something approaching 80% have confided in me that at some point in their lives they have been touched on a train. I actually caught a low life filming up a girl's skirt one evening. Does that fit your image of Japan, because that is the reality.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl in bookstore See in context

@ Zaphod

 Isnt this just about the most well-behaved society on the planet?

That's very much what they would like you to believe but in reality, problems of this kind are no less prevalent than elsewhere. And that's no fantasy.

I am starting to believe that the crime figures here in Japan are being massaged in order to fit the image that Japan wants to project to the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Two 19-year-olds arrested for home break-in and robbery See in context

@ Hokkaidoboy

It is terrible from my POV that they cannot be named at 19 for being "minors"

It's nonsense, isn't it? The very idea that, at 19, they are not responsible as adults for their

actions is a blight on Japanese society.

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Posted in: Widow indicted for allegedly killing Japanese 'Don Juan' See in context

While there is a lack of direct evidence, it is believed that the Wakayama District Public Prosecutors Office feels it can establish guilt on the basis of circumstantial evidence.

That sentence leaves me feeling a little uncomfortable.....

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Posted in: Mother in Arizona denies killing 2 children with meat cleaver See in context

@ Scarce

The American prison system will welcome her with open arms. America isn't like the Japanese legal system where she would get 5 years in prison. She will get at least 20 years, with no chance of parole. 

Sounds to me like she'll be claiming diminished responsibility due to some form of mental illness, an insanity plea if you will. Who knows, she may actually be insane, in which case it'll be a cushy enough 20 plus years in a secure facility....

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Posted in: Netflix lands 'Knives Out' sequels in high-priced deal See in context

@ snowymountainhell

So, actually, keeping with the spirit of finding some commonality, will give SW:TLJ a second view, from Your different perspectives.

Good for you. I came here, read your initial remarks and then planned to reply to them in a manner that was bound to spark a flame war of some kind. Then I read the comment above and I have renewed respect for you.

I, too, loved TLJ and, though I can't profess to being a SW fan boy, I very much appreciated Rian Johnson’s attempts to do something new and unexpected with the franchise. The majority of SW fans were not open in any way to this concept but, coming as it did so soon after Rogue One, I felt that it gave the whole shebang a lift that JJ was unable to benefit from. TROS was a dreadful end to the saga. Anyway, I for one look forward to these Netflix movies. Knives Out was a lot of fun...

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Posted in: Pringles transports Japanese potato chip lovers to foggy London with new fish and chip flavour See in context

Foggy London? Seriously, get out of the fifties. I'm so sick of hearing this epithet applied to my home town. Has any one ever actually been to London and seen this fog...?

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Posted in: Man arrested over attempted murder of 13-year-old disabled son See in context

@ marcelito

Unless you have a family member with serious disability you don't know what you are talking about.

Took care of my severely disabled wife day in day out for a decade while holding down a job and raising a daughter. Never once considered killing her. Not sure what your point is, to be honest...

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Posted in: #CancelNetflix campaign heats up over 'Mignonnes' See in context

@ Vanessa Carlisle

If anybody really wants to put an end to this sexualisation of children, they should start here in the land of the rising pervert....

You have never been behind the 'adult' curtain in an DVD store and seen the DVD-Rs of pre-teen girls in bikinis and swimming costumes, have you? By all means delude yourself if it helps you sleep at night.

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Posted in: #CancelNetflix campaign heats up over 'Mignonnes' See in context

Oh the irony of reading this on a site in Japan, the country that sexualizes female minors like no other. Middle aged men dribbling over junior idols the way they do is truly nauseating. If anybody really wants to put an end to this sexualisation of children, they should start here in the land of the rising pervert....

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics will go ahead with or without COVID, says IOC's Coates See in context

Anyone else of the opinion that he's gonna live to regret those comments...?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

@Redtail Swift

Woah, that picture! What happened to "Social Distancing"?

I have never understood this. How can we socially distance everywhere else, not go to clubs, bars, cinemas, restaurants etc. and yet continue to be crowded on to commuter trains? Surely to god the railway companies have some responsibility here....

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Posted in: Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights? See in context

Seriously? Well, if it has "...led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights", it plainly hasn't been effective, has it? In reality, that has been exactly what has been needed.

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Posted in: Japan hoping surprise cricket U-19 World Cup appearance is just the start See in context

Please, god, no...and I'm British!

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Posted in: Busty Japanese YouTuber chef sells ad space on her chest See in context

@ oldman_13

Disgusting and uncalled for. This isn't 'cooking' it's exploiting women's bodies.

Yes. How dare she, that's a man's job, right...?

Anybody ever tell you that your on-line name suits you?

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Posted in: Getting measles 'resets' the body's immune system See in context

But presumably, on a positive note, 'resetting' the immune system would likewise eradicate any auto immune illnesses that currently plague humanity...or am I being dumb here? ( wouldn't be the first time!)

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Posted in: Entertainers mourn death of Johnny Kitagawa at Tokyo Dome memorial event See in context

Extremely satisfying to come here and to see all of these right-minded comments when all you get from the Japanese you speak to is nods, awkward smiles and hushed comments. Like so much else in Japanese society, these allegations - which we all know to be true! - are too uncomfortable for them to face and they would all rather ignore their existence. Shameful, as are the parents who presumably saw fit to put their young sons in harm's way for the promise of possible stardom...

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Posted in: Chinese K-pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong See in context

No surprise here, surely. They know which side their bread is buttered. China is an important market for them, a few misplaced words and they are banned from entering and playing in China. Needs must when the devil drives....

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Posted in: Father arrested for attempted murder of 30-year-old disabled son See in context

@ AramaTaihenNoYouDidnt

A professor? Shame on you no matter what the excuse is

Professor? Where does it say that? It says he works at a university, he could be a janitor...

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Posted in: China orders Cathay Pacific to suspend staff backing Hong Kong protests See in context

@ Janet Toop

 if you truly cared, money wouldn't be an issue - just take one for the team.

Tell you what, let's me and you swap places, shall we? You obviously have a considerably higher income than do I and probably most on this thread for you talk about taking one for the team this way. Personal finance in issues like this must ALWAYS takes precedence....just not in your ivory tower, I guess.

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