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Posted in: Japan and Britain aim for trade deal by end of July, Tokyo negotiator says See in context

Love the cheerful upbeat positive thinking everyone has about anything nowadays! Heaven help us all is this trade deal actually helps both sides and eases everyone's economic misfortune!

But alas I forget, everyone on an internet forum is an expert! :)

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Posted in: Japan caught in dilemma with mainland China over Hong Kong See in context

transfer of 3 million pawns!!

Are you seriously referring to residents of Hong Kong in this way?? In this day and age?

Good god!

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Posted in: Actor Geoffrey Rush wins largest ever Australian defamation payout See in context

"recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism".

Makes you wonder how many other cases of this type will now collapse because of this as a precedent? Gives credence to the saying "never let the truth get in the way of a good story"

Journalists used to have integrity and a sense of professionalism about things, I think now they are the ones that need to be thrown over the coals. Not everything is in the public interest and certainly not if its a blatant lie!

The Telegraph should publish a full page apology and turn in the journalist and editors responsible into to the authorities so they can face questions on professional misconduct! They are the criminal snot Mr Rush!

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Posted in: Japan caught in dilemma with mainland China over Hong Kong See in context

No debate, Japan should at once seek to strengthen its stance against China, Now is the time to revoke Article 9, and build up its military strength, starting with those 2 Izumo class carriers being upgraded to full aircraft potential. China can ignore diplomatic pressure, but it will hate having a military power on its doorstep and as bully only responds to strength, japan should not be afraid to do so!

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Posted in: Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for 'billionaire' tweet See in context

Just goes to show how far removed form reality these people are!

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Posted in: Taiwan opens office for those fleeing Hong Kong after China's new security law See in context

China will take this is as a threat to its national coherence, and will not see it lightly. Unlike the UK offer to help those in HK gain UK citizenship, and is thousands of miles away, Taiwan has the unenviable position of being just off the coast of the Chinese Mainland. Done wrong, it could be disastrous for them. While the rest of the worlds heads are turned inwards to sorting out their own problems with COVID19, China could take this opportunity to resolve the Taiwan issue once and for all.

If HK continues to protest Beijing may launch a full scale takeover as a precursor or rehearsal to a take over of Taiwan, to test the water so to speak. See who would react and if anyone would take action. None of this should surprise anyone as lets be honest it wants to do this and now would be the prime time to do it!

Worrying times!

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

About time! The drop off of plastic bag waste in the UK was something like 90%, this is long over due and welcome!

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Posted in: The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks See in context

Don't worry we can still have Uncle Bens rice's and sauces with its logo and historical connotations!

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Posted in: The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks See in context

Trust me the way the worlds going it wont be long!

The world has gone woke crazy and not for the better!

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Posted in: Japan protests China's seabed names related to disputed islands See in context

 If there are two conflicting claimants to a find, it must be brought to a court for legal judgement, that is, the International Court of Justice.

Good in theory, but only if both sides agree to respect the verdict, and as is usual in these cases whoever brings the case, the other side will almost inevitably refuse to acknowledge the court or outcome! Its happened before, most recently with the UK and the Chagos islands. The UN said that the expulsion of the population was illegal and the territory should be handed back, but the UK denounced the findings. Result -Stalemate and the whole circus begins again.

If Japan beings this to court, China will refuse to cooperate and vice versa. Best compromise would be joint sovereignty on a rotational basis, but that unlikely to find support on either side. Or the islands are administered under UN control but again, unlikely to pass as China could veto it.

This is not going to be resolved easily nor quickly! Japan will probably have a peace treaty with Russia before it settles things on the Senkaku Islands.

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Posted in: Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader See in context

One wonders how much longer Beijing will tolerate Carrie Lam and continue to support her. She may have their backing now if the situation continues to get worse then I can see her reign being cut short quite quickly.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

He will not take the weeks off consecutively and said he expected to work remotely or have shortened days during the leave period -- which will be spread over three months from his child's birth.

Not sure this really counts as Paternity Leave when spread out like this. Seems like a fudge to me. He'd be better off just taking normal leave!

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to make state visit to UK See in context

Will be good to welcome them to the UK! I suspect a few awards will be bestowed, as if often the case from both sides.

Will be nice to have a state visit that wont include mass demonstartions about the visitor operations in the middle east!

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Posted in: Japanese anime industry earning more money than ever, almost half of it from outside Japan See in context

That’s an example of how to kill that industry.

How do you figure that?

Surely the fact that a industry such as this appeals to those outside of Japan is a good thing. Just producing things for a domestic market has limited potential for growth. Selling this to those from outside Japan is great as it stymies creativity and encourages new ideas to take forth!

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Posted in: Thousands sign Hiroshima petition to save A-bomb buildings See in context

Yes they are important, but you cant save everything. The city itself serves as a very powerful anti war symbol, so its not like they are the only reminders of the bombing.

I'm not against them being saved, and if they are, then great! 

I'm just saying that, you cant keep something just because it was there at the time. And if its unsafe, is it a suitable use of public funds? Especially as there are other more stable buildings in the area that also survived!

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Posted in: Johnson says he has won a big mandate for Brexit See in context

JimizoDec. 13 05:25 pm JSTI was brought up in a devastated Liverpool during the Thatcher years and saw what Tories do with majorities

Tories will never be welcome again in our home city of Liverpool. We don't forget so easily

Umm... didn't Liverpool once elect a Labour council associated to the Militant wing of the party, who passed an illegal budget, spent more than they should have, bankrupt the council and then went about handing out redundancy notices by taxi to council and community wokers just before Christmas?

1983 under Derrek Hatton?

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Posted in: Johnson eyes parliament vote before Christmas to get Brexit done See in context

@u_s__reamer The cheap game plan of bamboozling an intellectually- challenged electorate

Always amazes me that when the Left Wing loose it is everyone else's fault but their own!

All ready the excuses are coming thick and thin!

The weather was bad!

The date was wrong!

People aren't clever enough to understand what we were trying to do!

We were cheated!

The media were to blame!

Its all a conspiracy!

The right wing, elite, funded by murky backers of the new world order want to destroy the world and our illusion of a socialist/communist paradise! :)

All of this reeks of desperation! In fact its slightly insulting! Maybe if you faced facts and realised that the reason you lost was because it was all over hyped nonsense that could never have been delivered or paid for, headed by a man whose qualities as a leader were questionable at best! Take head and learn something and stop blaming everyone and everything for the loss!

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Posted in: 'Bring it on': Vunipola relishing brutal battle with Boks See in context

But fitting with the pathetic organisation of this RWC.... And cancelling games.

I presume your referring to the Typhoon that ripped through Japan and killed people! That's exactly the kind of comment that would come from someone who would in all likelihood complain had they not cancelled the games and players, fans and spectators live would have been in danger.

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Posted in: England fined for encroaching on All Blacks haka at Rugby World Cup See in context

I think the fine was donated to charity, although it seems petty, considering that the New Zealand players themselves seem to think it was appropriate and has no issue with it?

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Posted in: Luxury travel See in context

I was always under the impression that in Japan, leather was considered less refined than cotton or wool as the noise it can make when you move on it could be considered rude, where as fabric seats are much more silent and dignified.

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Posted in: Abe pushes for serious debate on constitution as Diet session begins See in context

Great news, this has been long coming and now its here! Lets get this done and return Japan to the state where it can rightly and respectfully defend its self!

A constitution for Japan by Japan, not one forced on it by an occupying state!

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Posted in: S Korean opposition party submits bill to settle wartime labor dispute with Japan See in context

Wasn't this settled a few years ago in 2015?

Also just because S. Korea passes a bill saying that Japan has to repay the money, doesn't make it legally binding on Japan.

I think most will see this for what it is, Sabre rattling to take attention away form the real problems in S. Korea and appealing to patriotic sentiment before an election next year.

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Posted in: Hong Kong teenage protester shot by police to be charged See in context

Joshua Wong has been in the US on several occasions and has had discussion with both Congress and the CIA. For the past 4-5 years he has been groomed by the CIA and financed by NED (an instrument of the CIA). In fact, a couple of years ago Congress wanted to nominate him for the Nobel prize for peace. Do some background research into Joshua Wong and cohorts.

Say what you like, you still cant prove it, so its still a theory!

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Posted in: Hong Kong teenage protester shot by police to be charged See in context

Could it be that Joshua Wong and cohorts are still been funded by the NED to continue to stir up ant-Chinese sentiment?

Now whose stirring up conspiracy theories?

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Posted in: Hong Kong teenage protester shot by police to be charged See in context

Has anyone considered that this whole incident plays directly into China's hands, and may have been orchestrated that way deliberately? I wouldn't put it past them? 

Protesters turning to direct violence and attacking police with weapons (even if they are bars) escalates the situation where they can claim that by sending in the military to restore order becomes suddenly viable?

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Posted in: EU, Japan sign agreement to bypass China's 'new Silk Road' See in context

"In a bifurcated world dominated by the U.S. and China, a lot of places around the world are looking for European leadership to present an alternative," another senior official said.

Um...? Who exactly?

The EU is struggling by against its own vastly bloated infrastructure and the thinly veiled shows of unity are nothing but smoke and mirrors, hiding the reality that it is deeply dived along, geographical and political lines. North vs South and Eastern vs West.

With Brexit dominating everything and everyone, migration tearing away at the heart of the European Project and populism mounting against the very idea of a European Bloc its not surprising that the rest of the world is staying clear and questioning how long before something gives and looking for alternatives. If China is willing to dole out the cash now, and in big chunks, most are prepared to overlook the strings attached.

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Posted in: Apple may spark upgrade rush with new iPhones, tight pricing See in context

Everyone bemoaing the lack of 5G in the new iPhones should be made aware of the saying

"early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"

Apple are not fools and they have the technology and the means to put this in to their phones now, however i suspect what they are doing, is watching and waiting while their rivals end up with the bugs and problems that always accompany early tech rollouts. By seeing where others fail they can, in a few years, come in with proven equipment devoid of the most of the teething problems expierienced earlier on.

Apple prides itself on quality, and while in the past they have been bold and broken new ground, they have not always got it right. It seems that people have forgotten that for the most part of its early life Apple made almpst no money and tried to do too much but at the wrong time. Yes it innovates now but the first iPhone lacked 3G remember when it was launched but made billions regardless. Then a few years later when 4G came out, its iPhones took a while to catch up, but low and behold they still sold billions of dollars worth of them. To the die hard Apple fans and those tied in to the tech they offer, this wont matter a hoot, also with 5G rollouts sparadic at best and most tarrifs far to expensive to make it attractive to everyone i dont think Apple execs will loose to much sleep over it!

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Posted in: Revamped cabinet lineup signals Abe's gambit to stay in power See in context

Hopefully this line up will pave the way for long overdue constitutional change! Well done!

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Posted in: Apple reveals triple-camera iPhone; $5 monthly streaming TV undercuts Disney See in context

Apple TV, Disney, Netfix, Amazon, HBO, BBC...etc this is getting way to crowded, the question has to be asked, is there enough content to justify all of these different streaming services.

Consumers will be tolerant and willing to pay, to a point, but... as soon as quality dips and or prices go up (which they will, Netflix this year for example) those consumers will vote with their feet and leave. This has all the signs of an early bubble, similar to the video games market of the late 70s early 80s. Too many services, not enough quality!

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