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Posted in: Naomi Osaka to play Serena Williams in U.S. Open final See in context

Really hope she forgets she's playing against her idol and that she has a proper crack.

Serena: "So no matter what happens in any match — semis, finals — I just feel like I've already won."


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Posted in: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self anything, what would it be? See in context

Never thought i'd say this but reckon joey barton's pretty spot on

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Posted in: Birthday boy See in context

Good to see them doing something ordinary, instead of sitting formally.

Would be 'ordinary' if the kid was 7yo & his sisters 10 & 12. Living a sheltered life.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'My boyfriend suddenly changed' & 'I thought he liked me' See in context

Maybe. It’s just the nastiness which gets me.

Fair enough.

Some of these blokes do become cocky & pretty full of themselves after a few years in sea/jp though. Not saying that they should know their place but it seems quite a few certainly did let 'success' (sort of) go to their head.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'My boyfriend suddenly changed' & 'I thought he liked me' See in context

The advice would have been something like dump him because he’s a loser who wouldn’t be popular in his own country ;)

But they have a point though, I mean quite a few Western blokes are much more popular with J/Asian ladies than they were back home. Don't think they're losers or LBH per se; just quirky, unconventional, sometimes goofy, awkward etc blokes who didn't fit in (back home).

Haven't been here that long but it's pretty obvious that these guys are overrepresented in Japan (I actually know quite a few guys who fit the description & moved to SEA/ Japan for that very reason. And they own it).

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Posted in: Crown prince says royal visits key to friendly ties See in context

"I believe her experience of having lived overseas and worked in diplomacy will definitely help," he said.

Seems like a lifetime ago. 'They' completely destroyed her self-esteem.

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Posted in: Nishikori, Osaka power into U.S. Open semifinals See in context

So no top 10 in women's semis (although Serena's intrinsically a top 3 player) really shows anyone can beat anyone on any given day.

Really hope Osaka wins the whole thing but she'll now face (possibly) 2 yanks on home turf.

As an aside am surprised hers and nishikori's qf weren't on fta.

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Posted in: Indonesia's Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes See in context

And subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Shariah law.

Including foreigners (expats, tourists etc)?

People convicted of adultery, gambling and consuming alcohol already face caning, 

Bender Aceh it isn't.

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Posted in: 3,000 people being transported out of typhoon-hit Kansai airport See in context

Dunno who's responsible for this (passengers themselves, airlines, airport authorities, govt... ?) but i fail to understand why so many ppl went to kix on Tuesday morning hoping/thinking all would be ok?

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Posted in: Australia's economy powers ahead as consumers keep spending See in context

@cricky agree, NZ is very tempting (love welly & southern lakes). Toss up between nz & tassie ( i need at least one footy side -any code- based in tas though... and a job ;). Off-topic, i know.

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Posted in: Australia's economy powers ahead as consumers keep spending See in context

I've no idea how they do it, they're the most workshy bunch of people I've ever met.

2 words: lucky country!

I've asked myself (& discussed with my mates/bosses/clients) the same question thousands of times. Different reasons imo: a great small population & (almost) unlimited natural resources combo, a very successful immigration policy (especially compared to euros), less regional tensions than in other parts of the world (which means a more stable country/economy) etc.

As for aussies themselves, they're a very diverse bunch (strength) and most ppl who choose to live there tend to get on with things (which is great for bosses & the economy). Unlike euros, they don't take to the streets nor over-politicise issues, they genuinely try to solve pbms. Overall, i think they're more pragmatic (sometimes 'too'), rational, no-nonsense etc than others. In my experience, Americans (& saffas) work harder, euros work smarter but aussies just have the right attitude/approach towards work (& life). Not for everyone though.

As for Japan, where do we begin?

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Posted in: New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader killed See in context

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the book was"nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the president look bad."

That's a pretty weak defense. No one of consequence will ever refer to Trump as a cultured, refined, knowledgeable etc politician/man and, to some extent, there's nothing wrong with that.

The WH should just own up to the fact that yes DT isn't that smart, cultured etc and play the 'who cares we got results, I am a doer, i luv you Kansas! etc' card, which they did during the campaign. Trump's base don't really mind that their potus isnt as smart/polished as other pollies anyway. They may even wear it as a badge of honor.

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Posted in: Hometown heroes: 5 Japanese soccer clubs for 5 types of fans See in context

Good read.

Tend to be fairly old school re club footy & who one 'should' root for; YOUR team should always be your hometown team and/or team you picked as a kid! Also ok to support team(s) based in a country/state/city we currently live in (or have lived in). These are our teams rather than OUR/MY team though.

But tbf, am not too fussed about how ppl 'choose' their team i.e. some like the name, sponsor (bit weird/shallow this one), colours, top players etc. As someone who's into sports & politics, i often like/support teams based on their history, culture and/or political affiliation (if any).

As for J clubs, I don't think they have a very strong brand (as in identity, core values, things they stand for etc) that's why I -sort of- support my local clubs vissel kobe & the steelers.

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Posted in: Kaepernick ads spark boycott calls, but Nike is seen as winning in the end See in context

Some who were offended by the choice posted social media pictures of Nike shoes they had set on fire or socks with the Nike swoosh cut out. Twitter user Sean Clancy, or @sclancy79, posted a picture of a pair of Nike trainers on fire on Tuesday that was retweeted 20,000 times.

That's how ppl make a 'strong' political statement these days; burn their shoes & post it on twitter. Couldn't care less about Nike's SEA & central america sweatshops though.

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Posted in: Police officer cleared of indecency charges after riding train with pants’ zipper open See in context

I would love to know what his nick name is at work!!

Flash Gordon?

He made a statement through his lawyer which read, “I want to raise my voice to stop the number of victims of false charges from increasing further.”

Haha, pull the other one mate.

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Posted in: Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporters See in context

Let's not forget that both journos claim that the so called 'sensitive/secret' documents they're accused of stealing were handed over (or planted) by cops they were having dinner with. In all likelihood, they were framed.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

I think the worst is behind us (kobe). Was short but pretty intense between 1 & 2pm. On the positive side, my windows have never looked so clean!

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Posted in: Fishermen to claim ¥93 mil in damages over dumping of fuel in lake by U.S. jet See in context

Seafood? Lake? Is it a salt water lake?

Freshwater mussels & shrimps perhaps?

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Posted in: Do patients feel more comfortable with male doctors? See in context

 His doctor, male, one day was unable to make his rounds and was replaced on that occasion by a woman. “My first thought,” says the patient, “was, does she know what she’s doing?” She seemed to, and everything went well. Still, “I couldn’t help being slightly uneasy.”

What a sad/condescending/dumb thing to say. Should we tell this man (& Japan) that there are plenty of female docs (only) medical centres in Western countries? 4-5 female docs, a female practice manager, W nurses etc. Not a single bloke around.

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Posted in: Suu Kyi's image in shreds as Myanmar jails Reuters pair See in context

people don't seem to realize just how little power Suu Kyi has

Tbh i don't think anyone (international community, pollies, journos, ngo etc) expect her to 'do' something about Rohingyas' situation. They/we just would like her to side with the victims, take a stand, offer moral support etc something she's done/was good at when she was under house arrest. It just seems that Rohingyas aren't worth fighting for.

She looks possessed in this pic btw.

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Posted in: Into the quarterfinals See in context

fxgai, you're taking things far too literally. 'now or never' i.e. she's had a pretty decent draw so far (no top 20), will face an unseeded player in the qf and there's only 2 top 8 left. Golden opportunity to reach the final & hopefully win her first major.

As for injury-prone Nishikori, he's no Federer/Nadal and i doubt he'll be around in 5-10 years time.

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Posted in: Into the quarterfinals See in context

Now or never for Osaka (and Nishikori). She'll play Tsurenko -who's unseeded- in the qf.

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Posted in: Two Malaysian women caned under Islamic law for lesbian sex See in context

The country operates a dual-track legal system and Islamic courts can handle religious and family matters for Muslim citizens, as well as cases such as adultery.

That's the problem. Religions should stay out of the judicial system.

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Posted in: 5 unnecessary things tourists do when traveling in Japan See in context

Reserved seats are always nicer than non-reserved.

Not necessarily. If you're a couple/family then yes I agree. Different story if you're a solo traveller & want to 'choose' who you'll sit next to for the next 3-5 hours. Shinkansens are rarely packed (outside obon, golden week and a few other dates).

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Posted in: May stands firm on her Brexit plan; says no to 2nd referendum See in context

Isn't this a contradiction? If they lied, and not all facts were on the table, then how can you claim it was fair?

All facts were on 'some' tables (like in all elections), ppl just chose not to listen &/or listened to the wrong -and often loudest- ppl. Ignorance won.

Although i do feel sorry for the many Brits who didnt want to leave the EU I reckon they should take it in the chin and move on/accept brexit. Same for the many highly educated euros, saffas, Irish etc who live in the UK & without whom Britain wouldn't be the -relatively- prosperous nation that it is today; deal with it or leave.

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Posted in: Carter missing from Kobe line-up as Top League gets ready for kick off See in context

Imo too many gaijins are involved in J rugby (coaches, staffs & players). Many/most are taking the P (& the $$) and couldn't care less about J rugby.

"It's a great tribute that Dan Carter wants to end his career in Japan," Penney said.

yeah, right. waste of $

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Posted in: Panasonic to move UK headquarters on Brexit fears See in context

One of the biggest issue re Brexit is that most London-based businesses have become dependent on their highly-educated/qualified/talented Western European staff. If they keep paying top dollar, they'll stay, otherwise they'll go back to the mainland. And they won't be replaced by Brits (numerically perhaps, but not 'qualitatively').

Without their best German, French, Italian, Dutch, Scandinavian etc employees, UK biz will/would be much, much less competitive.

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Posted in: Golden run See in context

Awesome race. Yang Chunhan probably dived too early whereas Koike's 'lean' across the finish line was just perfect (or at least pretty good, could have pushed his chest/shoulders a tad earlier imo)

4x100m relay finals tonight! Kin medallleuuu!

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Posted in: Controversial Fukushima statue of child in radiation suit to be removed See in context

The statue definitely has a bright future in sci fi, horror, post apocalyptic anime & movies. Watch this space!

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Posted in: Trump accuses Google of promoting negative news articles, hiding fair media coverage of him See in context

That 'Trump dotard', 'Trump impeach', 'Trump covfefe', "Trump porn actress' etc were/are indeed very popular google searches is no one's fault but his own.

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