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Posted in: Japanese player Minamino signs for Liverpool See in context

Yet, they were only transformed to be superstars by Klopp.

No question Klopp's one of the best but i don't think he - or anyone else- is the magician you may think he is. The way i see it is that the PL's a league with lots of space i mean more so than the liga or calcio and it suits 'some' players (esp forwards) more than others. If you've got 'a bit' of pace, '3 lungs' etc you're going to score goals. That's why guys like henry or anelka were instant hits but struggled (to some extent) at barca/real (playing alongside bergkamp, ljungberg and co did help, too ;). Slower, more tactical leagues arent for everyone. Guys like Salah & Mane need teams/leagues that play fast paced, attacking football, they need counter-attacking opportunities etc. Wouldnt get that if they were playing teams like Alaves, Sassuolo (who play 8-1-1 or 9-1 formations) etc week in week out.

My point is there has been many young/'good but not great'/unproven fwds from euro leagues who've had a pretty decent career in Eng, let's hope Minamino's one of them.

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Posted in: Johnson unveils legislative plan to end Brexit deadlock See in context

Trade experts and EU officials say striking a free trade deal within 11 months will be a struggle, but Johnson insists he won’t agree to any more delays. 

As if euros give a F, seriously. UK pollies have been dragging their feet on 'their' brexit for 3.5 years begging for an extension (well 2), understanding etc who cares what they think.

Morons will try/say anything - that's how you know they're morons.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hires Belgian Wim Fissette as coach See in context

Don't think it's got anything to do with Naomi's coach/coaches tbh. Naomi's dip in form coincided with her having her first 'proper' bf. In other words 'she's seen the wolf' lol and like most young ppl she needs a bit of time to adjust. But for now her priorities have changed.

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Posted in: Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism of Muslim crackdown See in context

Western big business & sport needs to stop kissing China's BUTT for $$!!!

Stop feeding the MONSTER!

Too right. They're complicit in all this, the nikes & Lebrons of this world, 'guys let's not mix politics & biz i mean sports..."

Last night means Man united, liverpool, real, barca, psg, city & co instantly got an extra 150-200M plastic chinese supporters to share among themselves and it's all that matters in their world. pretty good night for some.

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Posted in: Trump criticizes climate activist Thunberg after Time honor See in context

A conservative guy Scott Pressler actually removed 100,000 pounds of trash from urban environments.thats action and is measurable.

But let’s give the award to a kid who just talks. whose parents and supporters are using her age to push their liberal agenda without any push back allowed.

That's a fair point albeit not completely relevant to this story i.e Trump having a go at a 16yo just because she got something (Time's cover/award) he wanted/didnt get.

We all know there are hundreds if not thousands of ppl more 'worthy' of this recognition than GT (my man Bruce Parry certainly is). Not Greta's fault if the vast majority of ppl & media couldnt care less about genuine, low key yet passionate environmentalists.

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban See in context

The government reportedly argued that it limited the official's use of the women's toilet because it "could not set aside concerns she could harm female staff."

Not pertinent, women do hurt/harm other women, too. I don't think 'genuine' transsexuals pose a significant threat to other women in bathrooms; predatory men posing as transgender W do but that's a completely different issue altogether.

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Posted in: UK exit poll suggests solid majority for Johnson's Conservatives See in context

Results only show how disconnected many longterm expats (in this case JT brits but it's the same for most of us euros, yanks, aussies, kiwis etc) are from the country they (still) call home. Can't feel the pulse of your birth nation when you've been away for 2-3 decades, lived in leafy suburbs lol. bit of a reality check.

I think the brits are sick and tired of the brexit shenanigans and didnt buy labor's "let's have another go/discuss brexit further or shall we..." nonsense. 3 years ffs.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven failed to pay some overtime wages to at least 30,000 employees for years See in context

7-11 are serial offenders, same thing happened in oz. The ABC's four corners program investigated the matter a few years ago; 7-11 had been ripping off, underpaying, blackmailing etc employees for years. Got caught, same bs apologies and 'compensation'. Absolute grubs

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

and recast the video with Foorin Team E, in which I’m guessing the “E” stands for “English.”

Keep reading it as 'fookin team E' (too much irvine welsh, conor McG etc i know)

Just call 'em fookin' ace team & bring in a couple of ginger kids (crew cut) and you've got a proper band!

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Posted in: Thin line between neglect and independence for Japanese kids See in context

But thinking he was also her son's friend, she invited the boy in as well and served them all snacks.

But the boy began coming more frequently and would even take food from the refrigerator without permission, she says. He would hang around, seemingly with no intention of leaving even when it got late. After having her doubts, the woman asked her son about the boy and was astonished when he replied he had no idea who he was. "In fact, he was a total stranger. My son said he didn't know him at all," she said.

haha this is funny and 'so japan' on so many levels, love the story! Mum too kind/polite/afraid to confront the kid hitting the fridge & outstaying his welcome, mum & son not communicating, son & kid not talking, son giving 0 F about the whole thing etc. love it!

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Posted in: New Zealand launches criminal investigation into deadly volcanic eruption See in context

The 'criminal investigation' thing has been clarified/rephrased by nz police.

This from the ABC's website:

'He also said there would be "a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the death and injuries on White Island".

However, later in the afternoon New Zealand police released a statement saying there was no criminal investigation at this stage.

"To correct an earlier statement, it is too early to confirm whether there will also be a criminal investigation," the statement read.'

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Posted in: America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump See in context

Dunno about the rest of the world 'turning to it (the us) for answers' tbh.

Sure their opinions -as the world's superpower- do matter but, rightly or wrongly, the us have always had the 'bull in a china shop' tag when it comes to world politics, conflicts & diplomacy. You listen to them but do not necessarily follow them (a few nations do but the vast majority don't).

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Posted in: Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to Hague court for genocide showdown See in context

The west African state of Gambia has launched the first bid to bring Myanmar to international justice over the bloodshed, accusing the southeast Asian nation of breaching the 1948 Genocide Convention.

You know you're in trouble when Gambia calls you out for genocide.

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Posted in: New Zealand launches criminal investigation into deadly volcanic eruption See in context

Yet daily tours bring more than 10,000 visitors to the volcano every year.

Quite pricey too, tourists paid aud 500.00 (about us300-350.00) a pop for the 7 hour-long tour. what a horrible way to die.

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Posted in: 5 dead, many more missing or injured after New Zealand volcano erupts See in context

There will be questions asked as to why tourists were still able to visit the island after scientists recently noted an uptick in volcanic activity.

Yep. It beggars belief that Tour operator$ let the tourists on the island despite the recent volcanic activity. This needs to be fully investigated.

I can only hope the victims (at least 5) died quickly/instantly and didn't suffer knowing what was happening. rip

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Posted in: Messi, Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or awards See in context

Yeah italians have had some great defenders. 1982 was my first wc and i still remember guys like tardelli, cabrini or gentile (and paolo rossi obviously).

Dunno how these guys would cope with today's pace & physicality though (was a poor man's bale, played 3, 6 and 11 in my teens. Old school 4-5 are a must even in today's game, no one wants a fluffy/dodgy centre half).

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Posted in: Messi, Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or awards See in context

Gotta say as much as I loved baresi, maldini and co I prefer modern attacking defenders usually 2-3 a la Mendy, A-A even trippier or Doherty (great for FPL!) or Bale 8-10 years ago.

Van Dijk's great though.

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Posted in: Yokohama recognizes partnerships for LGBT couples See in context

"We would like these kinds of developments to become more common."

Same here. A de facto partner visa would be nice. Nothing wrong with spending 5-10-20years/your life with a partner you love without feeling the need to get married.

Even more 'romantic' if anything!

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Posted in: Messi, Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or awards See in context

Reckon Liverpool were in some way victim of their success, just too many very good players to choose from.

Messi got all the la liga pundits votes, cr7 calcio's and other votes were spread among Liverpool & city guys. Mane would have gotten my vote, great domestic/euro season, great African nations cup, can't top that. Messi's the safe vote, always will be.

What I don't really get though is that they gave it to Rapinoe; apparently she only played 6 league games (no goals nor assist) and a dozen games with the us ( ok she won the wc) whereas the English girl who finished 2nd -forgot her name- played 40-50 games for club & country and won pretty much everything & was wc finalist.

Not very consistent.

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Posted in: Johnson pressured on jail terms after London Bridge attack See in context

because of our past history or because we support Israel.

I wish it were that clear & simple tbh. Imo most of the nuttas who were born & bred in the uk, neth, fra, ger, oz etc and are willing to blow themselves up for 'the cause' just hate us (locals) what we like, stand for, our values etc. They don't want us to be happy, drink, sh#g, have fun/a punt on the races or footy etc. Don't think they really care about history, politics or israel tbh. Just pure hatred, possibly jealousy, imo.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko turns 18 See in context

She's probably the kindest, most caring & sweetest girl there is but she desperately needs 'normal' ppl in her life.

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Posted in: F Marinos on verge of J.League title after win over Kawasaki See in context

great to see Yokohama become champions & justify Ange Postecoglou decision to quit the socceroos

The poor bloke didn't have much choice though did he (Slater and co wanted him sacked). No head coach willingly leaves just months before WC.

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Posted in: 5 reasons Japan is a budget traveler’s dream destination See in context

Wouldn't call Japan a ' budget traveler dream's destination' but it's very reasonably priced if you have a bit of time. Seishin 18 kippu are very good value at 12,000 yen.

Food/eating is also fairly cheap if you know where to go; plenty of cafes & kissaten have morning sets ranging 300-500 yen (try getting that in Western Europe or oz/nz!) 500-1000 yen lunch sets are easy to find at proper/family owned restos. Same re accomodation, bike/scooter rentals, castles and other 'cultural' sites, very reasonably priced.

Again Japan's no Thailand, Bali, Laos etc but it's really not that expensive if you've got time (no need to travel by shinkansen/plane) and are flexible with dates.

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Posted in: Germany, France, Portugal in same Euro 2020 group See in context

It might get even tougher for the Group F runner-up, which could meet England.

If you get out of a pool with Germany, France & Portugal you probably won't mind playing England in the round of 16. It's a step down if anything ( i mean last 2 wc winners, last euro W & finalists).

The amount of travel some teams & supporters will have to do is absolutely ridiculous i.e. swiss & welsh have to travel to baku & rome, possibly baku again in the finals etc. $$ & carbon footprint through the roof.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

A mix of ignorance, naivety & full-on creepiness (borderline fetish); just plain weird & so Japanese!

J ppl are a different species altogether aren't they (that's why many are so intriguing/frustrating/confusing but also fascinating to me i guess). Everyday feels like an anthropological mission; 'why would you even say that? why would you want to do/email/say that to your clients/suppliers etc? are the questions i most frequently ask here (and these are genuine questions, am not having a go just trying to understand).

How about a 'i have the runs' badge?

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Posted in: Mausoleum visit See in context

You don't see heels like those much these days

Naruhito: can still find 'em

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Posted in: U.S. private equity firm buys $500 mil stake in Manchester City ownership See in context

Big chunk of that money will go towards Aguero's replacement.

Egon Durban, managing director of Silver Lake, says CFG “is redefining football globally”

lol, sure is

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Posted in: Manga about 40-something man’s relationship with daughter’s schoolgirl friend sparks controversy See in context

2 things:

Imo there is a strong cultural element to what defines an 'appropriate/inappropriate relationship' age-wise. Seems a bit unfair to judge others based on our values, beliefs, experiences etc.

secondly, not everyone has the ability to distinguish reality from fiction & this thread 'proves' that point; I tend to think that ppl who read/openly discussed 'certain' books as youngsters are probably more likely to understand/enjoy these so called 'controversial' novels/manga and see beyond age, gender, sexual orientation etc (i mean in the manga/fiction world, not real).

To give an example, many euro kids read Russian literature in jhs & hs (plenty of 'uneasy' relationships there); stories were never one-sided and always openly discussed & de-tabooised (i still remember Turgenev's 'First Love' in which a young bloke -14 15yo perhaps- falls in love with someone in her 20s). What we learnt is that life isn't all about numbers & norms (social, religious etc) and that 'forbidden love' may have different meanings for different ppl, especially in a work of fiction. Basically we learnt not to judge/condemn others too quickly.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

but I can give you a tip from the LGBTQ world, where gender roles and expectations don't have as much influence:

Whoever has more money might pay for both;

Whoever has less money might pay what they can afford;

If both people make roughly equal salaries, they each can pay for themselves.

Spot on. Also works like this in the hetero world, at least in mine, tbh. And it's pretty much the same with good mates -men & women- or family; if you're on $150k and your gf/friend/sister/bf/hubby isn't, you should buy a couple more rounds, pay for the cab, and/or dinner etc

All about discernment, common sense and savoir-vivre. No gender roles here.

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Posted in: Japan looking for big ‘medal bounce’ as Olympic host nation See in context

Gotta target/invest in sports with plenty of individual chances (events/categories) to win medals and, if possible, not too much competition. That's what team GB did in 2012 with rowing & track cycling, and it worked. Same with SK & shooting or archery.

Don't bother (and waste $) with team sports; 2 golds max (M & W) in basket, handball, volley etc against the likes of russia, china, the us, germany, france, spain, italy, serbia etc you're not gonna win (and if you do it's only 1 medal, not a great ROI).

30 golds seems pretty optimistic though (how many events/medals in climbing, skateboarding, karate and other new sports; are J athletes any good?)

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