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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to eat and drink in small groups See in context

I am of the opinion that this approach from Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is calm, measured and balanced. 

I won’t pretend to be an admirer Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike irritating look at me political approach.

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is however displaying the leadership qualities missing in the shrill lock down, lock out, panic-stricken paranoia approach inflicted on European capitals citizens.

The “urge for the public to cooperate”, instead of local authorities instructing busy bodies to peer through your letterbox, or officer dibble handing out funds, evoking the detrimental effect, creating an ever-growing chasm between effective law and order and  the communities support.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka's personal apparel collection underscores star power See in context

I just want to appreciate three-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka  sporting excellence.

I really am impassive where Naomi Osaka political activism is concerned.

I want our elected politicians to be held accountable at the ballot box, not on the shallow , cynical, hollow medium associated with social media.

And certainly not tainting the sports arena.

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Posted in: COVID-19: As lab execs sell shares worth millions, questions arise See in context

There is nothing like a disaster or pandemic to bring out the very basic human instincts. Greed and the need to exploit. Is it any wonder nature could have decided humanity need a kick up the backside.

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Posted in: Nissan's UK business tough to sustain without Brexit trade deal: COO Gupta See in context

Both the EU/UK negotiators should have taken heed to refraining directives that hammer down on red lines from day one.

EU-UK relations: Council gives go-ahead for talks to start and adopts negotiating directives.

25 February 2020

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/02/25/eu-uk-relations-council-gives-go-ahead-for-talks-to-start-and-adopts-negotiating-directives/

This hamstrings Michel Barnier from the onset.

Handing the UK negotiators a clear bird's-eye view of EU Commission and all 27 member states strategy.

The whole ensemble should have been on the table, trade, fisheries, future relationship, withdrawal agreement and negotiated as an entire Treaty.

Nissan's UK business, for a multitude of reason was never going shut up shop and move to some Eastern European bolt hole.

The logistics would take years to implement, and the loss of productivity would make the whole endeavour economically nonsensical. All before this Pandemic.

Look, for all the so called pollical reasoning, rightly or wrongly, the UK democratically decided in a referendum to leave the European Union, it is abundantly clear this has to be respected.

End of!

Or that reduces the debate to Donald Trump refusal to accept the US Election result.

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

Sneezy, I just want both parties , the EU and UK government to find an amicable way forward, for the sake of the EU citizen's my UK business employs.

I could frankly, not give a monkey's uncle about anything else.

It is as simple as that.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach says Tokyo bid payments to former Dentsu exec did not break rules See in context

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori is a dedicated and honorable man.

Misguided on occasions, however committed and devoted to the Tokyo Olympics  

Can the same be said of the motivations of International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Back, with all the vested interests in play?

Nope ....

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

Both sides need an agreement that will politically save face Sneezy.

Especially after both Poland and Hungary......... well...

EU in crisis over Hungary and Poland’s €1.8T hold-up

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-in-crisis-over-hungary-poland-budget-hold-up/

Let be frank Sneezy, the EU commission struggled to work with 12 member states, with 27 what do you expect?

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

OK lets agree Sneezy, that its six of one, and half a dozen of the other.

Democracy for all its unpredictability, could never have forecast the 2016 result.

The pollsters didn't.

UK contribution to the EU project, over decades will have a significate effect, when withdrawn.

Now is the time to offer the fudge, yes, package it up for all to save face, but do it.

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

EU have to, Sneezy, EU won’t like it for sure, let’s set the politics aside for a moment.

The UK will fundamentally adopt and restructure a direct competitive business model, twenty-two miles away from main land Europe.

This fact is clearly stated …..

The EU fears Britain will slash social and environmental standards, and pump state money into UK industries, becoming a low-regulation economic rival on the bloc’s doorstep.

The UK is currently, up until 31st December 2020 complicit to EU retaliatory framework etc etc.

The UK is net contributor to the EU budget, then factor in the representative 18% of the single market.

Plus the pandemic?.

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

This whole sorry saga is a chain of events, a perfect storm of economic misery waiting to inflict its poisonous political pill.

And then add in the Pandemic

The compromise needs to politically be, hell on earth, a fudge.

An extension with the EU/27 member states offering UK a reduced contributory framework to compensate for the lack of full membership, plus a few added bonuses.

Let get to the bonuses that later.

Time has run out.

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Posted in: NiziU, Babymetal to perform for 1st time on NHK's 'Kohaku' music show See in context

Babymetal, ceased to be infants, even children, well, when nature deemed them adults.

Talented, backing band.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach says Tokyo bid payments to former Dentsu exec did not break rules See in context

Whoa, hold back there tiger ........

Reuters revealed in March that Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive of advertising agency Dentsu Inc, was paid the money by Tokyo's bid panel for undisclosed activities.

"undisclosed activities"?........

"With regard to Mr Takahashi, we received confirmation that there was no infringement on the IOC rules," said Bach.

So it follows, International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach must explain fully what "undisclosed activities" contributed, so to exonerate, thus in so being result in conformation of no infringement!!

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

It is impossible to gauge or interpret, what politically motivates the grey matter, occupying the space between Boris Johnson ears.

Its political life, just not as establishment know it, or has come to recognize it.

Johnson blatantly signed Theresa May’s Withdrawal Treaty without any intention of honoring it.

Dominic Cummings may be a ghastly conceited, self-important egotist. But Cumming it too far up his own backside, to put his name and reputation to being complicit in a strategy breaking international law.

Cummings is a adviser. They come on go it is in the nature of their role. Cumming never processed or earned a mandate.

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

EuroJP, yes one extension after another, possibility or probably the result of hapless Theresa May 2017 disastrous General Election campaign decimating David Cameron hard fort commons majority.

Added to the gravare, caricare, in relation to the political levelling of the signed withdrawal agreement, I suspect is behind Dominic Cummings departure. Cummings role in vote leave is/was a strategist.

Cumming never lead vote leave.

That role, Johnson, front and center.

However the overriding influence, is the considerable combating debate skills of Nigel Farage. Underestimate Nigel Farage political influence at your peril.

Farage may be akin the the wrong end of a pantomime horse, however he is and will remain to be the face of Brexit .

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Posted in: EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal See in context

The statement below:

The bloc accuses Britain of wanting retain access to the EU’s lucrative markets, much like any member, without agreeing to follow its rules. The EU fears Britain will slash social and environmental standards, and pump state money into UK industries, becoming a low-regulation economic rival on the bloc’s doorstep.

……Contradicts fiscally, monetarily this last paragraph.

If there is no deal, businesses on both sides of the English Channel will face tariffs and other barriers to trade starting on Jan 1. That would hurt economies on both sides, with the impact falling most heavily on the UK, whose economy is already reeling under the coronavirus pandemic.

Weasel words, political shenanigans, plain false, departing from any economic conception to the realities quite rightly propagated within the first statement.

The UK Government will review its export /import business model in every sector. Top to toe.

The European Union /Commission/Member States will be hamstrung, all 27 will have to conform to the inflexible straight-jacket of rules-based treaty law.

What is prominent, and missing from this Associated Press article is the acceptance that the UK will open up, fan out the market to a global community.

Worst of all is the arrogance/failure for EU commission to understand and accept The United Kingdom's exclusive economic zone where fisheries are concerned i.e. fishing rights in UK's territorial waters.

The German BDI highlights the the dangers and future for the German Economy..

Brexit: BDI-Task Force Positions

https://english.bdi.eu/topics/europe/brexit/#/article/news/brexit-bdi-task-force-positions/

There is frankly, a horror story BDI report, which I find shrill, that suggests a UK walk away would impact the German economy by as much as 33 billion Euros in 18 months.

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Posted in: Lewis Hamilton: The world champion some find hard to like See in context

Little double about Lewis Hamilton genius and skill as a F1 Diver.

I would rather watch Hamilton ply his trade, that have to endure Hamilton sanctimonious self-righteous politicking. For once, better seen and not heard.

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Posted in: Two 17-year-old boys killed after motorbike crashes into brick wall See in context

Agreed WilliB, helmets are no silver bullet depending on the head they are attached too.

However if I may recommend Shoei Neotec 2...

I still ride but without the carefree abandon.

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Posted in: Two 17-year-old boys killed after motorbike crashes into brick wall See in context

Yes indeed, JeffLee, my local neighborhood Kochi, Ino, there is wide open roadways, only to lead into narrow confined spaces with energy and communications infrastructure littered incoherently.

These narrow spaces are shared with all forms of transport including pedestrians going about their business.

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Posted in: Two 17-year-old boys killed after motorbike crashes into brick wall See in context

I zipped around London, when at college, on my prized Honda 750 K4, until I ended up in St Bartholomew's Hospital, my crash helmet saved my life. However both my hips were shattered.

Below the waist after numerus operations, its not a pretty sight, however I can walk, if a tad resembling an extra on Thunderbirds.

17 years old.

Condolences to the grief stricken families.

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Posted in: Thousands rally for Trump, believing he won election See in context

Joe Biden will be quite rightly the next President of the United States of America.

No if or buts there.

If for one moment the political landscape can return to the era when the electorate can be taken for granted and a section can be rudimentarily dismissed as “poorly educated”.

You have a rude awakening coming.

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Posted in: Thousands rally for Trump, believing he won election See in context

Donald Trump is not, and never will be, either a diplomat or politician.

Why even contemplate some miraculous “Road to Damascus” moment of conversion that requires Donald Trump to bow to the accepted political establishments belief that demands conformity?

It is the same delusionary ignorance that propelled Donald Trump into office.

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Posted in: Biden aide says no U.S.-wide COVID lockdown planned as West Coast states advise against travel See in context

The most dysfunctional irrational act of government, state, and establish is there overwhelming tendency to succumb to panic and fear.

All sense of reason just evaporates into an ever more shrill attempts to enforce the unenforceable.

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, attributed some of the spikes to recent Halloween celebrations. He warned of more to come if Americans let their guard down for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Chicago has urged residents to stay at home and shun visitors for the next 30 days, including Thanksgiving.

New York City restaurants were ordered closed to indoor dining at 10 p.m., while Detroit public schools suspended in-person learning starting on Friday.

The same nanny state rhetorical need to compel, make people obey, instead of logical reason and communicate adult to adult.

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Posted in: Biden aide says no U.S.-wide COVID lockdown planned as West Coast states advise against travel See in context

This is a lockdown, read/listen to the language and tone.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown took the additional step of ordering social gatherings limited to no more than six people, effective immediately, a restriction she said she was prepared to enforce.

"I am not asking you, I am telling you, to stop your social gatherings ... and your house parties and to limit your social interactions to six and under, not more than one household," Brown said.

It is almost identical to the lockdown lunacy play-booked throughout every European Country/State/Capital.

As their fiscal, monetary, economies meltdown with the most venerable in communities reduced to a level of poverty unequalled since the great depression.

"We're not in a place where we're saying shut the whole country down," Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general, told ABC's "Good Morning America."

"Right now the way we should be thinking about this is more like a series of restrictions that we dial up or down depending on how bad a spread is taking place in a specific region," he said.

Dr.Vivek Murthy, appears to be oblivious to the fact that the very risk he is attempting to avoid, Dr Vivek Murthy is haplessly sleep walking into.

Transparency, warn US people of the risks, socially distance, wear a mask, wash hands.

Leave the people to judge the outcome. And always be cautious of the fact that US people will defend that rights under the constitution, alongside the right to bear arms.

Donald Trump is yesterday’s news. So, cease the paranoia.

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Posted in: Princess Mako expresses strong resolve to get married See in context

Yes, Princess Mako of Akishino, duty, with respect demands that Princess Mako adheres to the responsibilities of title.

Princess Mako of Akishino is not a celebrity, hells teeth. lose the political.

Princess Mako of Akishino and sister Princess Kako of Akishino could provide a more balanced, nuanced society

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Posted in: Jamie Oliver's crispy salmon tacos with mango and avocado See in context

Jamie Oliver is a Cook, a Chef and a business man?

Well those 1000 plus employees could and would contend otherwise, and righty so.

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Posted in: Princess Mako expresses strong resolve to get married See in context

When five years old I yearned to be a Princess, Father referred to me a his Princess.

At 30 ish finding Prince Charming is somewhat more of a challenge.

Independence evokes my time, a layer of stealth selfishness.

An unwillingness to share my personal time and space.

It is difficult to explain.

Princess Mako, before and after a devotion to duty is sensitive to the intense deep needs/feeling of affection.

The natural connection to someone special.

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Posted in: Biden solidifies U.S. election win; Trump says 'time will tell' if he stays in power See in context

Donald Trump is pursuing a fools errand in contesting the result.

Donald Trump should focus on the USPS (US Postal Services) criminal incompetence/neglect.

USPS reports another drop in on-time movement of mail ballots two days before Election Day

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/01/politics/usps-mail-in-ballots-2020-election/index.html

The Colorado and Wyoming district sank to the lowest in the nation, moving only 43% of ballots on time Saturday. Almost all Coloradans vote by mail because the state sends every voter there a ballot through the mail.

The whole mail in ballot process is calling out needs a full congressional inquiry.

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Posted in: Princess Mako expresses strong resolve to get married See in context

Fathers will always be Fathers , and view prospective suitors, at least subconsciously as renegades rebels and rogues.

"We are irreplaceable to each other -- someone to rely on during both happy and unhappy times. So a marriage is a necessary choice for us to live while cherishing and protecting our feelings,"  

Think , A Midsummer Night Dream....

‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind’

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Posted in: Republicans urge Trump to allow Biden briefings as election challenges sputter See in context

The old have to make way for the new, nature, in every respect insists upon this rule.

Why would this not also be the case in any democratic form of Government.

I am not in away displaying a disrespectful attitude to President Elect Biden or the US political process.

I am simple pointing out a pertinent point. Joe Biden. his advanced years, will inevitably have to hand over the reigns of Government to Kamila Harris.   Honestly does that prospect cause concern and frighten?

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Posted in: Republicans urge Trump to allow Biden briefings as election challenges sputter See in context

It is wise and informative to link this thread with ...

U.S. piles up record October budget deficit of $284.1 billion

https://japantoday.com/category/business/us-piles-up-record-october-budget-deficit-of-284.1-billion

Both draw an intrinsic economic methodological conclusion to the devastation this pandemic has wrecked on the US economy, its people/families.

There can be no distraction the task at hand.

There must be a renewed more innovative transparent approach. Prepare the people for a future where time will be harsh.

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