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Posted in: Woodford to receive Y1.2 billion in settlement with Olympus See in context

@ globalwatcher This was Woodford v Olympus,his settlement at the Employment Tribunal was for a breach of UK employment laws. Awards at an ET are unlimited, hence Olympus wanting to settle out of court. That case is over and his settlement is his to keep. Any future case brought by the SFO will be a criminal case regarding the original falsification of accounts and payments to "advisors" connected with the purchase of UK - based company Gyrus in 2008.Thes payments apparently passed through Olympus UK.

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Posted in: Woodford to receive Y1.2 billion in settlement with Olympus See in context

This is not the end of the saga. Woodford took this case to an Employment Tribunal where the burden of proof is Civil Law ( balance of probabilities) to gain some redress from Olympus. The SFO and FBI are still investigating the original case regarding payments to "advisors" with regard to a breach of UK or US criminal law.

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Posted in: Whirlpool pot uses science to keep pasta from sticking to the bottom See in context

@tokyokawasaki. I agree with you, I always add a splash of Olive Oil and add pasta to boiling water.

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Posted in: TripAdvisor Japan to give away T-shirts full of overseas obscenities See in context

No.5 mocks the size of a man`s penis in UK, and also in Hong Kong as far as I remember from all those years ago

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Posted in: New York proposes ban on sale of oversized sodas See in context

Didnt the US do something similar regarding alcohol, and look what happened there! :)

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Posted in: China denies diplomat spied on Japan See in context

Can anyone remember any Government putting their hands up and admiting that someone is one of their spies? So why is this news?

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Posted in: Woodford agrees to out-of-court settlement with Olympus See in context

My previous post should read "The SFO and FBI are still investigating" sorry

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Posted in: Woodford agrees to out-of-court settlement with Olympus See in context

This is not the end of the saga. Woodford took this case to an Employment Tribunal where the burden of proof is Civil Law ( balance of probabilities) to gain some redress from Olympus. The FSA and FBI are still investigating the original case regarding payments to "advisors" with regard to a breach of UK or US criminal law.

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Posted in: Why do you think Facebook's stock failed to live up to the hype in its trading debut? See in context

I agree with Squidbert and cracaphat, well and truly overhyped. However there must have been a lot of people who swallowed the hype and thought they would make a quick killing.

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Posted in: Itano, French Kiss launch Seven & i's rainwear See in context

I am glad they will wear this "functionable" rainwear on their outdoor shoots. They deserve the best. Hope they are not "Dry clean only" Have these coats been described as "functionable" because they are not functional ?

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Posted in: Tensions rise over British queen's regal jubilee lunch guest list See in context

What has this got to do with the London Olympics? Absolutely nothing.

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Posted in: Tensions rise over British queen's regal jubilee lunch guest list See in context

Spain has been moaning about Gibraltar since 1713. Nothing new.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress leave for UK to attend queen's diamond jubilee See in context

@Zichi I got a blue coronation mug and a "Fry`s Five Boy " chocolate bar. I hope the Japanese Royal couple enjoy their trip, I am sure they will be made very welcome.

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Posted in: Japanese beer heads cause Westerners to froth at the mouth See in context

@sunhawk Of course beer should have a head, but not excessive, I think that is the point in question. I cannot imagine I would survive long if I drew a "Pint of Guinness" with a 3 inch head for Paddy and his pals. Yes I know Guinness is a stout but you get my point :)

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Posted in: Japanese beer heads cause Westerners to froth at the mouth See in context

Perhaps its the desire to get what you paid for. If I order a pint of beer I expect to get a pint, not half beer and half froth. In the UK there is a white line on the side of the glass that denotes the level liquid beer must reach to make a pint. Between that line and the rim is the "froth zone"

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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal Japanese-Taiwanese star's suspended sentence See in context

She lied about what actually happened then played the "I was drunk" card. Sentence should be doubled on appeal methinks.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit Britain for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee See in context

Typo should be Emperor :)

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit Britain for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee See in context

@nec123a Japan and the UK are democracies with a system of government based on a constitutional monarchy. The Japanese Royal Family are going to the UK to represent Japan at the celebration of the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee.You are entitled to your views about Republicanism, but it has no bearing whatsoever on this subject. The cost would still be the same if a future President Ozawa was visiting President Cameron. I know what I would prefer. Long may the present Emporer and the Queen reign. They are very welcome in UK.

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Posted in: Diet deliberates bill to support working mothers See in context

@Oz Monster Thank you for your post, it was very informative. I stand corrected.

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Posted in: Diet deliberates bill to support working mothers See in context

Of course 80% of children on the waiting list are aged 0-2. Because there is a waiting list parents put their children down for a place at the earliest opportunity so when they are old enough they get a place. A bit like people putting their underage children on a waiting list for Eton.

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Posted in: Diet deliberates bill to support working mothers See in context

That is a good idea, it will allow people to return to work knowing their children are in a safe environment. Some progress on the welfare front. I applaud the idea.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit Britain for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee See in context

@ManBearPig probably less than the residents of Tokyo pay for Ishihara`s junkets.

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Posted in: Mitsui's European insurance arm fined $5.3 mil See in context

Seems that Japanese corporate governance standards dont meet those of the City of London.

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Posted in: 46-year-old man arrested over death of 72-year-old mother See in context

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120508f2.html The lack of meaningful forensic autopsy procedures in Japan probably means that murders go undetected. I am not trying to be alarmist but I do think that this type of crime is more prevalent than it would appear. If the murder had been commited with charcoal briquettes as in the "black widow" case and not with a knife slash to the throat, and the son had not phoned the Police to confess , would we be reading about this murder or another tragic accident? The link at the top of my post is to an article in Japan Times about the lack of postmortem examinations in Japan.

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Posted in: Man falls to death from roof after being assaulted by former bosses See in context

Doesnt seem that the police were very proactive in this case. Surely the victim was concerned enough about his safety that he went to the Police. Didnt this ring any alarms in the heads of the occupants of the Koban? Apart from making a phonecall that went unanswered it seems they did nothing. Police are responsible for crime prevention not just the investigation in the aftermath of a crime. Yasuhiro Wada deserved their protection despite him being involved in a seedy business. He didn`t get it.

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Posted in: Woman bites off bag snatcher's finger in Sapporo See in context

Well done this plucky lady. The police probably didnt comment because they hadn`t considered taking prints from the digit until the reporter asked the question. However I do note a discrepancy in the reporting:" one finger missing—after **the intended victim chomped off his pinkie" and further on in the report " suspect had one of his fingers partially bitten off"**

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Posted in: S Korea cracks down on human flesh capsules from China See in context

Is there anything the Chinese wont eat to improve their"Health". Their insatiable appetite for obscure health giving body parts has led to the decimation of the Rhino and Tiger populations of the world, now this. Medieval medical practices like this will lead to foetus farming by the sort of people who think it is OK to add melamine to milk to make a profit.

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Posted in: McDonald’s offering free small fries for job applicants See in context

Thats what I call pushing the boat out..... a small fries. McDonalds as generous Philanthropists doesnt seem very convincing to me, they are the Pol Pot of healthy nutrition

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Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals? See in context

I am appalled that there are those on this forum that would countenance torture as an interrogation technique by organs of the State. Where does it stop? Your Husband or Son having his testicles attached to the power point because he is suspected of something by the local police? Surely the World has been here before. I have been trained in "Tactical Questioning" techniqes and had to use these skills in real life in the UK. Torture is counter productive and does not yield results that you can rely upon. @Hojo Soun: Macho posturing about breaking bones cuts no ice with me, you were acting outside the law which seperates civilized societies from the animal kingdom.

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Posted in: Kirin releases fat-busting cola See in context

If you want to reduce fat intake stop stuffing your face with it .Hippocrocapigs are more in evidence on the streets of Tokyo thanks to the love affair with cakes and junk food. Kirin`s latest chemical concoction will not make an iota of difference.

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