Geoff Gillespie comments

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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Posted in: Suicide jumper flung back onto train platform, injuring 2 See in context

@ Eleonora

 I think we're losing perspective if all we care abut is getting to work on time, rather than thinking about why a man in his 20s decided to kill himself, and what problems in society brought him to do that.

Maybe is this loss of humanity and empathy that brings people to commit suicide...

I have sympathy with those who feel that there is nowhere to turn and that suicide is their only option. What I have NO sympathy for, however, is suicide as performance art. Why is it necessary to commit suicide in such a public manner? My 14 year old son was confronted with the remains of one these individuals on the platform of Seijogakuen-mae station last year. The staff were mopping his remains off the platform and it affected my son badly. Is that the point? Do they want the world to take notice of them in death the way it didn't while they were alive? If they are going to take their lives, as tragic as that is, why can't they do it in the privacy of their homes? And don't tell me that they aren't thinking straight, they are thinking straight enough to leave home, enter the station and choose their moment. Sorry, no sympathy here...

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Posted in: James Cameron salutes 'Endgame' for sinking 'Titanic' record See in context

@ Alex80

if you aren't already into this "endless saga" kind of thing, like the Marvel universe, where all the movies are related between them, you'll never watch these movies despite their popularity.

Umm...well, yes. That's the point of the whole thing in the first place. It isn't for the johnny-come-lately's and all the better for it.

@ Sh1mon M4sada

...the first half of the movie is all mush, and the second half is your typical good evil battle...yawn.

It was the resolution of the whole Infinity Wars saga, that movie was the action. Why do I get the feeling you guys missed the point of it all?

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context


Contrary to “Popular Belief”, there is NOTHING “Wrong” with this.

Really...? Well, unless you've managed to come up with a practical alternative to sex for bringing more babies into the world, I would say that the imminent possibility of the Japanese people going the way of the Dodo is a bad thing and therefore “Wrong”, wouldn't you...?

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Posted in: The biggest hits and misses in Hollywood's 2018 See in context


Black Panther sucked.

No, Black Panther pretty obviously didn't "suck" - I really hate that particularly lazy Americanism - it was far too successful and too many people did like it for it to "suck". So would you care to exercise your opinion a little further and expand your thoughts on the movie? If you have genuine gripes, I'd like to hear them...

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Posted in: Do you enjoy spending Christmas in Japan? See in context

No, absolutely not. Why? Very simple. There is NO Christmas in Japan. Everybody gets up and goes to work on the day and the only concession to the holiday at all is maybe KFC (?) and possibly a cake. Frankly speaking, Japan is just about the most depressing place on earth at Christmas and in 16 years I have only endured two Christmases here. Now, New Year is another thing entirely. I am always back in time for that....

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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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