Guy Fawkes comments

Posted in: Tokyo's taxi industry undergoing some radical changes See in context

UK London taxi drivers have to undergo a strict test commonly known as "The knowledge"

I watched a documentary about the process of becoming a taxi driver in London. It was a well-done documentary. I wish I could recall the name of it.

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Posted in: My girlfriend told me, if this is all I make, we can’t get married, we can’t have children. Honestly, it was pretty shocking to think about. See in context

The idea that I should exhaust my imagination and energy at work is utterly preposterous.

Spot on.

I just quit a job that had me so exhausted that I all I wanted to do was sleep after work. I had enough. Life is short, enjoy the time you have left.

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Posted in: What is the worst natural disaster you have experienced? See in context

3/11 and a F4 tornado.

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Posted in: In Canada, all must help integrate immigrants: Trudeau See in context

Canadians can (and should) be helped at the same time as immigrants.

We agree to disagree.

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Posted in: In Canada, all must help integrate immigrants: Trudeau See in context

My Mother has been a teacher for 25 years. For 15 years, she has been an ESL teacher.

Did you read this?

I went through the system.

Did you WORK in the system? I think not. This is comparing apples to oranges.

Fluent in Japanese, eh?

Yep. I lived in Japan for 15 years. I was fortunate to study at Sophia University for two years. In addition, I worked on the JET Programme as a CIR for five years. After that, I worked as a translator.

When was the last time you were in Canada?

I am in Canada.

A number we can easily support until they're able to find their way, and they will.

Charity begins at home. Have you been following Canadian current events? There are thousands of Canadian families who are living paycheck to paycheck.

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Posted in: In Canada, all must help integrate immigrants: Trudeau See in context

So, is she an ESL or a Gym teacher?

She is an ESL and a homeroom teacher in elementary school. Do some research on the responsibilities of homeroom teachers. It is obvious you do not have a clue.

"Canadian Way" is in danger

Hardly. As previously mentioned, the onus is on immigrants to adapt to the country and society they are living. I did. I became fluent in Japanese when I lived in Japan. I did not expect Japan or the Japanese to make concessions for me.

Give people a chance to make a life.

I agree. However, do not expect a country or it citizens to change to fit your beliefs or values.

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Posted in: In Canada, all must help integrate immigrants: Trudeau See in context

He's still very popular in Canada

No, he is not.

Let me tell you a story about how these immigrants are "integrating" in Canada.

My Mother has been a teacher for 25 years. For 15 years, she has been an ESL teacher. Over the last two or three years, she has had to deal with immigrant parents who do not like the Canadian educational system. She has had Muslim parents object when their sons or daughters participate in PE class with the opposite sex. Is this integrating? Hardly.

She has also been called a racist by immigrate children when she has told them to wait in line like everyone else. Is this integrating? Hardly.

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Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide See in context

Yes I am very jealousy that I am 56 years 80 kg bp 120/80 and a bit of shape and my partner of 6 years is 28 and 55kg 1.60cm and very pretty.

How much is she costing you? I think she likes your wallet more than your shape.

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Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide See in context

There is a guy who uses the tricep pulldown machine....on the heaviest weight....then has to use his whole back and shoulders to be able to pull down. Pointless. The staff are like, "Oh, Tanaka-san, sugoi, ganbatteiru ne!"

Ha, ha. This made me laugh. This brings back fond (?) memories of my time in Fukuoka. I used to go to Total Workout, which I THOUGHT was a good gym; had decent weights and was not that expensive.

I am big guy (6'3, 230lbs). When I was in university I played hockey. After graduating, I tried to keep in shape as I did not want to balloon to 250lbs, or more, like so many of my former teammates. Besides, I did not want to waste my time going out drink almost every night with co-workers. Granted, I did go out for special occasions; new years, birthdays and entertaining clients.

Anyway, part of my fitness routine in university was to hit the weights during the season and the off-season. When I started working out at Total Workout, Fukuoka, I tried to keep the same fitness routine. I did not care about how much weight I could lift. I just wanted to stay in shape. I had oyaji try to match me set-for-set, pound-for-pound. I remember one 50 year old who hurt himself squatting almost THREE times his body weight, using terrible form.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward official beats taxi driver for not going way he told him to See in context

" thank you thank you thank you " for beating his ass

Really? You're condoning violence? Pathetic.

In my 15 years in Japan, not once did I have a problem with a taxi driver. Granted, I had taxi drivers who would drive away when they figured out I wanted a ride.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for trying to kill her mother See in context

Ned in Japan:

Spot on.

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Posted in: Muslim man goes on hunger strike after being served pork at Yokohama immigration center See in context

as for why the guy was in there, who knows? does it matter?

Yes, it does matter. I would like to know why he has been detained. In my 15 years in Japan, I made sure that I had a valid visa, followed Japanese laws and customs. I never had a problem with the Japanese authorities. In fact, the few times I had to interact with the police, I had very pleasant exchanges.

I find the political correctness in the world today to be nauseating. If you do not agree with the social media justice warriors, you are a racist and a bigot. That is why many use pseudonyms when commenting on the Internet.

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Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk? See in context

...happens to them countless times.

I never said that it has happened to me countless times. It has happened to me at least four times over a period of years.

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Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk? See in context

Another advocate of physical assault! Well done! And sorry, but if you KNOW they are going to walk into you and you do nothing but walk into them, too, it's assault. Hope you get caught. Then you'll care enough.

Assault? I think not. Let's not be melodramatic. It's called situational awareness, Smith. I've never used my phone while walking. If I get a text or a call, I get out of the way and use my phone, especially if it's in a crowded location. I always make room for people coming in the opposite direction; however, why the hell should I get out the way for someone so engrossed in their phones that they expect others to get out of their way? If they walk into me, that's their fault, not mine.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting woman in Saitama See in context

This loon has serious issues and should serve jail time as punishment and also receive counselling and treatment for his mental illness.

Since this occurred at 1 a.m., he was most likely drunk. This loser is pathetic.

...and I assume the attacker will be officially unemployed after this incident.

You assume too much. After all, it is Japan. He did not lose his job in 2014.

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Posted in: Canada announces ban on transgender discrimination See in context

While I applaud this, I have to ask where the line gets drawn.

Exactly. I am against discrimination, but this is getting out of hand.

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Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study See in context

Everybody happy with chinese investments.

Chinese and bankers, yes. The Canadian middle class, no.

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Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study See in context

sighclops,

Same thing is occurring in Canada, more specifically, Vancouver and Toronto. Chinese buyers are pushing home prices out of reach of Canadian citizens.

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Posted in: Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada's oil sands town See in context

Since the price of oil had dropped $30-35 it made refining the tar sands mostly unprofitable. = Many empty houses and most people had left for other work. Oil is at just below $45 a barrel so maybe they will start running.

Don't comment on a topic you know nothing about. It makes you look ignorant.

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Posted in: Kerry, G7 foreign ministers visit A-bomb memorial in Hiroshima See in context

There was a documentary on Japanese TV and one of the pilots or persons involved in the bombing visited Hiroshima and a Japanese victim was wailing and crying for him to apologize. He responded he would not, because he lost friends in the pearl harbor attack

I think this is the same NHK documentary that I watched. If it is the same documentary, the man was Harold Agnew, a physicist and observer on the Hiroshima bombing mission. I believe he shot the only existing movie of the bombing seen from the air. Like you, I was very angry at what happened to Harold at the end of the documentary. However, he stood his ground and did not back down. I agree with you about Japan always playing the victim card. It is becoming pathetic.

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Posted in: Use of selfie sticks banned at 1,195 stations in Japan See in context

Let's not forget the Japanese tourist who died trying to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal

Or the young Japanese woman who died falling over Niagara Falls taking a selfie a few years ago.

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Posted in: As Europe opens its doors, Japan considers clamping down harder on asylum seekers See in context

As for me, I see Islam as being a very intolerant religion that is basically incompatible with western values and norms.

Spot on.

With an election in my home country of Canada next month, this issue has become a political football. While I will admit that some, not the majority, of these migrants are real refugees, I believe that there are quite a few who are taking advantage of this situation in order to circumvent immigration laws.

I observe that muslim people generally do not integrate well into Western societies.

Here is an article that backs up this statement.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/sex-education-ontario-curriculum-1.3220454

The onus is on ALL immigrants to integrate into the country they emigrated to.

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Posted in: As Europe opens its doors, Japan considers clamping down harder on asylum seekers See in context

Japan is a racist country and we should say so. In Europe it's a humanitarian crisis, those people have no place to go. Germany and a few others refuse to watch them die, the UK and Japan on the other side among others, prefer that they stay in Syria and get killed there. To all those who claim that Japan and others can not take them in, just try yourself for one second to imagine to be in that position of those refugees and ask yourself what you would do. They don't want to leave their country, they want to stay but can't. People and governments who are refusing them shelter are the same who would have sent the Jews back to the camps, perod.

A very simplistic way of looking at this "humanitarian crisis". I do not blame Japan for not taking in these "refugees". The majority of these "refugees" are economic migrants. Why are they insisting on settling in Austria or Germany and not the first EU country they set foot in? The generous benefits given to them? I also wonder why the majority of these "refugees" are well-fed, well-clothed, smart-phone carrying young males? What about the millions of "refugees" who are in the same boat as the hoards now invading the EU? Letting in these people without proper screening will set a dangerous precedent.

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Posted in: As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young See in context

A very informative and well-done documentary that just aired on TV. I highly recommend it.

http://www.pbs.org/program/bomb/

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Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time? See in context

Racism? Here in Japan? Japanese aint got the guts to outright say anything racist to any western gaijin to his face. Too afraid of the confrontation which is imbedded in this culture. So nope, no complaint here.

Really? I had a guy get in my face at a gym in Fukuoka for no reason. I found out later that this guy liked to push his "weight" around. I didn't back down and told him to piss off, or else. After that, he wanted to become my best friend.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to strangle 77-year-old mother to death See in context

This "man" (wimp ?) wouldn't be here if hs mother hadn't borne him, brought him into the world, fed him and taken care of him for all those years... Is he not married ? If he doesn't have a wife to help take care of his mother, he could hire a family helper to do it for him...

I, personally, would very much resent it if either of my sons decided "they were just waiting for me to die to get their life back"....

That's easier said than done. This man is not a wimp; he is a man that was most likely at the end of his rope. Have you ever been a caretaker to someone who is senile or has dementia? It's not fun and very stressful. I don't condone what he did, but I can empathize with his situation. Besides, we don't know, from this article, if he was married or had the financial resources to hire a caregiver.

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Posted in: What for you is the most exciting sport to watch, when it is played well, and what is the most boring? See in context

Most exciting: Playoff hockey (NHL). Most boring: Golf.

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Posted in: Woman attacked by wild boar in Hyogo See in context

This brings back memories of being chased by a sounder of boars when I was a CIR on JET. I've never petaled so fast in my life. On the other hand, the locals would trap (hunt) the boars, giving me some of the meat.

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Posted in: Japan fans curse 2 nightmarish minutes and Drogba See in context

Guy Fawkes: "...you could tell that Cote d'Ivoire started to wear down the Japanese with their size."

Here we go again. Yeah, it was their size that won, not their skill! IC didn't outplay Japan, the Japanese players are just smaller and were tired, etc. etc.

Did you watch the game? Where did I insinuate Cote d'Ivoire doesn't have any skill? As the game went on, Cote d'Ivoire made crisp passes, beat Japan to the ball, pressured the defenders and, yes, used their size AND skill to wear down Japan. After a while, it takes a toll.

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Posted in: Japan fans curse 2 nightmarish minutes and Drogba See in context

The wife, my family and I enjoyed watching the game. Both teams played well. However, as the game went along, you could tell that Cote d'Ivoire started to wear down the Japanese with their size.

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