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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

The haka is an unfair advantage, definitely giving the All Blacks are big chance to psyche themselves up in front of the opposition.

However, I'm guessing that most coaches don't know the actual circumstances in regards to the approval of the on-field haka. Any coach has the right to refuse the haka prior to a test match in accordance with World Rugby regulations. They can ask the referee to start play without the performance of the haka prior to the players entering the field. The referee then informs the teams wishing to perform the haka of the refusal. It's as simple as that.

If I was the coach of an opposing team facing the haka, I would definitely refuse the performance, regardless which country we're in. Any act to take down the mood of the All Blacks would definitely be a bonus to an opposing team.

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist denied passport by gov't See in context

It should be a condition that he pays back the costs spent by the Japanese government (and other governments) to get him back to Japan from Syria. As well, "sensei258's" suggestion should be another condition before issuing a passport. Perhaps he'll think again before ignoring the government's warnings.

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Posted in: Vaccine doubts spread like disease, must be taken offline: vaccine chief See in context

Vaccinations are important but there are circumstances of real risks to individuals. The lack of information and warnings to people is the problem here. I agree that vaccinations are necessary, but doctors need to advise each patient (or their guardian) about what to do or what not to do immediately after shots are administered.

My son suffered an attack from a virus that left him partially blind in his left eye. He was 15 yrs old at the time and needed one more vaccination before attending school overseas. No-one at the hospitals could find the virus or the cause of the virus until one particular doctor mentioned that he has seen a case or two of viruses attacking babies shortly after a vaccination. Only then we realised what had happened.

Had we have been told that we should look out for anything strange occurring with my son's body over the one week period after the vaccination, we might have been able to cure him of the damage.

The point is, medical organisations need to research ways to prevent such problems in the near future, and provide enough information of the do's and don'ts for parents who are having their children vaccinated. Perhaps then and only then, will more people feel safer about vaccinations.

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Posted in: Reckless bicycle riding endangers lives See in context

You also forgot to mention that a recent law now requires that all cyclists ride on the same side of the road as cars. That law was brought into effect more than 2 years ago from memory, however we still see cyclists riding on the opposite side of the roads into on-coming traffic.

I have the same amazement as kniknaknokkaer and cringe every time I see a kid race around a corner or come out of a small laneway at speeds that no-one could fathom.

I've been told that the kids are taught at school how to ride bikes in Japan by the police. I don't think the lesson has much affect because many of the kids still ride their bikes dangerously in Japan. I would prefer to use shock tactics when teaching the kids how to ride safely in Japan. A visit from people who are crippled from bike accidents would most likely have a lot of sway.

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Posted in: Olympic squeeze: Fingers continue to creep toward the panic button See in context

I feel that despite the Government's efforts, many businesses are ignoring the chance to take advantage of these short periods of potential business growth. I know of some logistic companies that have no plans to address possible sudden hikes in demand for delivery of foodstuffs. It's not so easy to increase trucks drivers for such a short period of time either. Other suppliers for the restaurant industry are also ignoring the potential increase for demand of their products. In Sydney during the Olympics, many restaurants ran out of food way before closing times, leaving diners stranded in lines outside waiting for nothing. I think the same mistake will happen here in Japan during the World Cup Rugby, but owners of restaurants may learn from this mistake in time for the Olympics in 2020. Will restaurants have enough knives, forks, and spoons to cater for non-chopstick users? Will the convenience stores be able to stock up regularly?

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Posted in: Japanese travelers avoiding Kyoto as number of foreign visitors continues to grow See in context

There is no explanation or reasons given for the drop in numbers. I'd like to see what the major reason for avoiding Kyoto would be. Are the Japanese travellers heading overseas in preference to domestic travel? Are they keen to visit other places in Japan? Are they avoiding the Chinese crowds?

One thing is for sure, there is a travel cycle and I've seen the domestic and international travel industries turn around when there are major news reports of natural disasters, terror attacks, etc. in my long presence here in Japan. The numbers will turn around eventually.

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Posted in: Japan suspends imports of heat-treated pork from China after African Swine Fever outbreak See in context

Most of the food from China that is imported by distributors goes to restaurants. Whilst supermarkets are required by law to state the origin of foods on their labels, restaurants are not required to do so. How many people would eat at a restaurant if they knew the food they were using in their cooking was imported from China? Isn't it time the law was extended to restaurants too?

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Posted in: A foolproof way to grill sausages and onions together See in context

I can't believe this article. How ridiculous!!! Cooking onions and sausages are probably the easiest of foods to cook, whether it is on a grill or in a frypan. Test Kitchen really needs to get a life and stop trying to insult the intelligence of the readers.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

I find it unbelievable that the Government doesn't make the sponsors or the companies who falsely allow foreigners to register as a resident to be liable for the difference in fake claims.

This will certainly stop companies and local residents from assisting such false claims. It's quite simple and I'm sure acceptable to the community.

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