Geoff Gillespie comments

Posted in: After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world See in context

@ Daniel Donaldson

They are not 'way worse'.

They most certainly are. Look at all of the stories we regularly see here about men committing crimes only to claim they were too drunk to remember. Nobody who has had a puff is going to get involved in criminal acts or violence - they're far to relaxed. Likewise drink driving...

As for cigarettes, evidence suggests that marijuana is not addictive but rather habitual - subtle difference, really - while the nicotine in fags make them highly addictive.

Another interesting question. Would anybody smoking dope in the Canadian embassy in Tokyo be liable for prosecution? Wouldn't that be considered to be sovereign Canadian territory...?

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy hit and killed by car driven by father See in context


If you can't see your kids don't move a 2 ton car! Even if I move my car 3 meters I never lose sight of my kids or put them in the car!

Yes, OK. But sadly we're not all perfect and tragic accidents happen. Not sure what a comment like yours is designed to achieve....

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

@ Vince Black

hasnt she stirred the pot enough? Sounds like a troublemaker

Unless I'm much mistaken - and I don't think I am - at least 8 people don't fully understand the true beauty of sarcasm here...

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@ Goodlucktoyou

...she murdered thousands of her people, burnt all their houses and livestock, and forced 700000 the run for their lives to Bangladesh with only the clothes they are wearing

Whilst I agree with the sentiments you express, it isn't fair to say that she herself actually murdered anyone but rather she stood by and let it happen. I wouldn't personally let her in the country...

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Posted in: Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores See in context

And there in a nutshell we have Japan's problem. Even confronted with something as heinous as this blatant discrimination, people in Japan act as if they are sedated. The timidity of Japanese people is, at times, breathtaking. The shogenai attitude prevails. Maddening...

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Posted in: Do you think artificial intelligence will contribute to the dumbing down of humans? See in context

Dumbing down if we're lucky. Eradication if we're not so lucky....

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical Univ discriminated against female applicants: sources See in context

Can someone please explain to me why this isn't the TOP STORY on this site?? This is utterly scandalous and, if true, is a new Japanese low....

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Posted in: Videos released of Japanese, Italian captives in Syria See in context

@ Serrano

Many countries in Europe are in danger of becoming countries that will be torn by Islamic extremism. Italy has recently taken steps to prevent that. The U.K. had better step up their efforts.

Your agenda is no less hate filled than theirs. You would have the countries of the West open internment camps and make enemies of peace loving Muslims. Understand that Islam isn't our enemy, extremism is. There are plenty of Christian extremists in the world and I am afraid you are just showing your ignorance of the facts here. But the, facts are inconvenient, aren't they? They just get in the way of quick fixes, don't they...?

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Posted in: Are you for or against the death penalty? See in context

Murder is murder. Whether it's a crime or state sanctioned murder such as capital punishment, it's still murder.

Man has no place killing man. It really couldn't be any simpler. Used the way it is in Japan, it's just vengeance...and vengeance can never be justice. No. 100% no...

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Posted in: Ninja bikini sacrifices stealth for sexy coolness See in context

Maybe next time they could have a go at finding an attractive girl to model it...?

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Posted in: Tidy Japan fans make us proud, says Yoshida See in context

Seriously, who cares? I would rather the Japan team concentrated on winning games than whether or not their fans are tidy.

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Posted in: Video game bar managers arrested for alleged copyright violations See in context

@ MiaTanaka

Thing is, outside of Japan, USA, UK (USA jr), no one really cares.

Wow. Really...? UK (USA jr) ? You need to show a little more respect. Could you be any more insulting...?

Maybe you would like to take time out from what I'm sure is your very busy day spent putting the world to rights to qualify that remark...?

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Posted in: Idol group AKB48 sells 2.5 million copies of new CD; bags full of them end up in trash days later See in context

All shapes and sizes in JP girl groups. South Korea, they look like clones.

Yes, maybe...but they are sexy, adult clones and not unappealing, underage and largely talentless jailbait.

And they can dance...which is more than J Pop groups can manage.

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer to hold memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral See in context

@ commanteer

Here's the thing, Geoff. Nobody cares about your opinion of the idol culture

Quite rightly so, and neither should they. But strangely, they still do, don't they...? You'll appreciate that there is a difference between my posting my opinions and others posting negatively about my opinions, do you? I was not posting in any way negatively about anyone else's opinions because, as you say, I also don't care what anybody else thinks. I was merely reacting honestly to how the story made me feel. seem to have no trouble profiling the deceased in this story. Have a little sympathy. You know nothing of him or his past or even why he was alone

If you look back at my original comments, I merely stated that this guy obviously obsessed over this artist and at least one other like her, going to EVERY EVENT she took part in, and that he died alone and friendless without any family. This is all fact. As for having any sympathy....well, OK, it's all very sad and it's a nice gesture by this girl. The really sad thing is that we all live in a society here in Japan where dying alone in your fifties is possible.

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Posted in: Ex-worker at nursing home sentenced to death for killing 3 residents See in context

Japan is very much a victim of its own success. They manage to keep elderly people alive longer but the infrastructure to take care of them is poor to non-existent. Until the government wakes up to the fact that there is no cheap fix to this problem and puts its hands deep into its pockets for quality care for the elderly, we are going to see more and more distressing stories like this one.

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer to hold memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral See in context

@ Jalapeno

A sour Brit: double check!

Remarkable, you've never met me and it's possible for you to be able to profile me from just a single set of comments. A career hunting down serial killers with the CIA beckons...

In all honesty, I am not the least bit sour, quite the opposite, actually. I just hate the whole idol culture thing. It creeps me out...

@ Thunderbird2

Never ceases to amaze me that some people on here never see anything nice in the world. 

Again, another mystifying leap in logic. Because I find this particular story unpleasant I myself am incapable of seeing nice things in the world? Really? Are you incapable of understanding that not everybody feels the same way about things as you do and that in doing so that person doesn't necessarily torture animals and small children? A little perspective here, people...

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer to hold memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral See in context

This story is, for me, the perfect storm of a story, being as it combines most of the elements about Japan that make me feel a little uncomfortable. Let's tick them off the list, shall we? Deplorable idol culture? Check. Middle aged man obsessing over said culture? Check. Same middle aged man dying alone, seemingly friendless and devoid of family? Check.

Nice story? Not for me, I'm afraid....

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Posted in: Ex-worker at nursing home sentenced to death for killing 3 residents See in context

No evidence and just a confession? Death penalty...?

How easily that veneer of civilisation can be tarnished.

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Posted in: Man on a mission See in context

"The Commuter" (titled "Train Mission" for Japan)...

Why? If there was one country in the world familiar with the word commuter, it must surely be Japan.

I get the feeling distributors in Japan change western movie titles for fun and the Japanese titles are, with VERY few exceptions, inferior and sometimes plain stupid. Time for this practice to stop, methinks...

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Posted in: Japan's isolated older 'hikikomori' shun society for years See in context

"Maybe it's common overseas that grown-up children leave their parents' home, but in Japan, parents let them stay," said Ikeda, the clinical psychologist.

And there we have it in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen. In that short sentence we have the cure for Japan's ills. Treat your 'adult' children like adults, have them out from under your feet at 18, out in the workplace earning a living. University? Gimme a break, ask any Japanese university graduate what value they place on their education and they'll tell you they did nothing and it was a waste of time. Sure worked for this guy, right?

Parents must take all of the responsibility when their kids can't deal with the outside world and all of its trials and tribulations. A little tough love goes a long way...

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Posted in: The flu vaccine: A high-stakes gamble See in context

@ sf2k

If you have a terrible meat based diet then you're probably sick a lot and a perfect flu candidate. There are many ways to fight, but to lie to oneself about health isn't working for those people

As veganism spreads it'll be interesting to see what diseases go down and turn out to be meat related

Ah, that's a pity. What started out as an interesting and informative post soon degenerated into vegan propaganda.

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Posted in: 'The Shape of Water' and cinema's love affair with monsters See in context

@ Ko

The Shape of Water is a grotesque film with very little in the way of redeeming qualities. The film contains gratuitous scenes of nudity and sexuality as well as violence. These scenes serve only to titillate the audience with prurience.

The concept and theme are both ridiculous and inane and the outcome is equally silly and pointless. The film was not deserving of any awards at all. We can only look forward to the latest by Mel Gibson with his soon to be released Life of Christ film following up on his masterpiece "The Passion Of The Christ" from 2004.

I, too, didn't care much for The Shape of Water but my reasons for not liking it are, I think, a great deal more valid than yours. And, for the record, I don't think 'The Passion Of The Christ' was a masterpiece. It was, in its own way, just as offensive as you feel this movie was...

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Posted in: Marvel man Jon Favreau to direct 'Star Wars' series See in context

Works for me....

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Posted in: 'Shape of Water' wins best picture; acting Oscars go to Oldman, McDormand See in context

@ Bintaro

Looking forward to see Three Billboards and Shape of Water.

You're in for a treat. Both great movies...but I fear the wrong movie won today.

@ Toasted Heretic

For me, it was all about the soundscapes in that movie. Plus, it was Christopher Nolan. If he did a ten hour movie about paint drying, I'd probably watch that!

As great as Nolan obviously is, his decision to rely on practical effects and not employ a limited amount of CGI left everything feeling a little flat. The scale was all wrong and it will be a very long time before we get a movie that actually reflects the momentous size of the operation. The twenty second shot in Darkest Hour - which is frankly no more than a so-so movie -  depicting the flotilla showed much more than Dunkirk did during its entire duration.

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Posted in: Keeping up with Kardashians See in context

I didn't know how badly I didn't need to see this until I saw it. They'll let anybody into this country these days...

A new low...

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Posted in: Television titans bulk up to battle internet rivals See in context

@ maybeperhapsyes

Although I live in Japan, I wish I could subscribe to Netflix or Hulu US

VPN, my friend, VPN.....

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

@ katsu78

The same comment gets posted here nearly every year. I wonder, what exactly are we supposed to see in the pictures to believe that Japan's future is doomed?

True. It may be me doing the posting. I suppose it could be wishful thinking on my part. This is one of the least appealing aspects of Japanese society to me and I suspect many others, it's all so mind-numbingly depressing watching these young nobodies begin their journeys toward becoming older nobodies...

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

What I would give if just once - JUST ONCE - one of  these wee automatons would show up for his first day at work in a lavender coloured suit. How happy that would make me....

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

Look at those pictures. This is Japan's future. Japan is doomed....

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

@ Alex Einz

yes, maybe medieval but notice how society is super safe and advanced? or do you have better example of a safe achieving society ?California? Skid row? Silicon valley?

Until recently, there have been very few real child pornography laws on the Japanese statute books. Likewise, many, many cases of rape go unreported in Japan. So, there are just two examples of how your 'safe' Japan is probably not the country you think it is. I am afraid you may be a little naïve in this regard...

Regarding this particular topic, though, ask yourself this question. Where are all the Japanese feminists...?

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