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Posted in: Israeli Arab lawmaker quits 'racist' parliament over law See in context

The new legislation speaks of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jews and says they have a "unique" right to self-determination there.

I wonder how far they would get with their self-determination without US financial support?

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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat See in context

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time.................

It will not happen, ever.

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Posted in: Body of missing husband found buried in concrete after wife files false divorce papers See in context

Where does one bury a body in concrete in an apartment I wonder.

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Posted in: Woman jailed for 2 years for destroying ex-husband's 54 violins See in context

This has taken four years before coming to court?

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Posted in: Female police unit sent to flood-hit Okayama to ease tensions in shelters See in context

Two days ago I was in one of the community centres sheltering 300 people near Kurashiki after delivering a truckload of food from a local charity. The volunteers there, particularly the younger ones, and the local officials, are doing a fantastic job in very difficult conditions and I take my hat off to them.

However, for the people stuck there who last week were living in their own houses life is difficult. Just imagine yourselves for one moment living in a 2 or 3 square metre space separated from your neighbours by only a white sheet hanging on a makeshift frame with nothing much to do except worry about your friends and family and it's easy to understand why some people are feeling stressed and worse.

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Posted in: Murakami's latest book given 'indecent' rating in Hong Kong See in context

During a massive occupation protest in 2014, Murakami sent a message of encouragement to Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, who staged a 79-day demonstration against what was said to be an undemocratic election reform plan China had drafted for Hong Kong.

There's the reason why.

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Posted in: UK police identify Novichok suspects as Russians: report See in context

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's security minister on Thursday dismissed a report that police have identified several Russians who were behind the poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal as "wild speculation".

"I think this story belongs in the ill informed and wild speculation folder" Ben Wallace said in response to the Press Association report.

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Posted in: France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup title See in context

Houligans make me embarrassed to have Bri’ish blood...

From Reuter's:-

French police fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees late on Sunday after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil celebrations of France's World Cup win over Croatia in Moscow.

But as the evening wore on, a small number of fans clashed with police, damaging some businesses and properties along the Champs Elysees.

Some threw stones and other projectiles at riot police who responded with teargas.

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Posted in: Court orders retrial of deceased man convicted in 1984 murder See in context

I wonder how many people got executed over such evidence or circonstances ?

I think we've all wondered about that over the years.

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Posted in: Search and clean-up work continues as flood death toll tops 200 See in context

The man in the second photo is throwing away a plastic 'riser' block, normally used at the edge of the road to allow a car to roll smoothly into the homeowner's driveway. They don't wear out, so why throw it away?

Probably because it washed up on his property from far away and he doesn't need it.

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Posted in: Search and clean-up work continues as flood death toll tops 200 See in context

The insurance companies will be crying in their beer right now so expect premiums to rise soon.

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Posted in: Original SoftBank dog Kai-kun passes away at 16 See in context

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man's.”

Mark Twain.

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Posted in: Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to S Korea 2-0 See in context

@ Alfie Noakes:

Wouldn't it be handy if there was a single word that meant deriving pleasure from another person's misfortune.

Very clever Alfie. The English word epicaricacy isn't half as nice as the famous German word.

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Posted in: 18-year-old youth arrested for stabbing 9-year-old boy outside school See in context

I simply can't believe that his parents, other family members, friends and acquaintances etc. did not know that this guy is crazy, someone must have known but did absolutely nothing. Having said that, what could they have done?

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Posted in: Over 2,000 fire ants discovered in Osaka; 2 people hurt See in context

"Sounds as if Japan is now fighting a losing battle against them."

Given that the "ants were exterminated" they might disagree with that.

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Posted in: N Korean media says abductions of Japan's nationals 'resolved' See in context

Quite frankly, I think that if any of the abductees remained and were known to the NK government they would have sent them back years ago to save any further hassle.

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Posted in: Man killed after car plows through fence and gets hit by train See in context

70 is not particularly old although many of the youngsters posting here seem to think it is; there are some appalling younger drivers about and many competent older ones.

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Posted in: Man arrested for posting death threats against Nogizaka46 singer See in context

".........posted at least six threats on Twitter between the end of 2015 and this month,....."

and they've only just caught him?

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Posted in: Members of student shoplifting gang admit to stealing over 400 times See in context

“approximately 400 thefts”

They counted?

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Posted in: Russia unveils world's first floating nuclear power station See in context

Not to mention the Farallon Islands nuclear waste dump just off the coast of San Francisco.


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Posted in: What do you think of TV commercials in Japan? Seen any that impressed you? See in context

I have been very very close to throwing my beer glass at the TV when hearing Hello Zooricky for the umpteenth time; that is one company I wouldn't use even if the premiums were free. There are a few more: Tokyo Star Ginko and just about every snake oil diet supplement, knee joint rebuilding pills etc. etc.

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Posted in: Malaysia's Anwar walks free following pardon See in context

Not before time too, if anyone was ever stitched up then he was. Mahathir was a nasty piece of work before and I don't expect he has changed at all.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tax breaks for home, car buyers to ease sales tax hike impact See in context

"No tax on all food items. No tax on all school items. No tax on children clothes. No tax on female sanity items. No sales tax on domestic utilities. No tax on daycare services."

I think there's an oxymoron in there.

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Posted in: Group of Japanese teens busted for marijuana; say 'We wanted to be like foreign musicians' See in context

"I really have no idea why the 'foreign musicians' point is part of the headline."

You clicked on the article and are here commenting so you have your answer.

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Posted in: Associates shocked at arrest of suspect in 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

"Surprised it is illegal to drive with a junior high dchool girl in your car"

Me too. I occasionally have two or three 12 to 15 years old girls in my car who are friends' daughters and their friends. Only local travel, shopping, McDs, 31 etc. and I'm old enough to be their grandfather.

Can anyone who knows clarify this please?

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Posted in: Girl on bicycle killed after being hit by drunken driver See in context

For clarity, in Japan the legal limit is BrAC 0.15 mg/L (equivalent to 0.03%) but, and this is a big but, if the police decide that alcohol was a contributing factor in an incident then the driver will be prosecuted for DUI whatever his/her alcohol level therefore, for all practical purposes, the limit is zero.

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Posted in: Flying high: Finnair cements its place as a leader in Europe–Japan travel See in context

After a friend of mine walked into Helsinki airport I never saw him again - he had disappeared into Finnair.

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Posted in: Driver slashes police officer after being stopped, questioned See in context

The report mentions in passing that the driver is Korean, that's hardly focusing on his nationality.

There most certainly will be more to this story; man in his 50s with an injured two year old son, passenger with a stab wound, suspect stabbing himself.

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Posted in: Immigration authorities prevented Turkish man with appendicitis from seeing doctor See in context

"immigration authorities" and "immigration officials"; these are real people with real names and should be being seen to be asked why they did what they did instead of being anonymous.

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Posted in: It's a boy: Kate, wife of UK's Prince William, gives birth to third child See in context

Jack and Fred?

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