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Posted in: North Korea criticizes G7 as 'remnant of the Cold War' See in context

I swear that NK release these ridiculous statements knowing full well that it'll get them the attention that they crave.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. and Japan hold first-ever trilateral aerial exercise in face of N Korean threats See in context

Sunday’s drill could draw a furious response from North Korea, which has long bristled at U.S. training exercises with South Korea, calling them an invasion rehearsal and responding with missile tests.

I'll look forward to the alert on my phone acting as my morning alarm later on this week.

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Posted in: After blast kills at least 500 at Gaza hospital, Hamas and Israel trade blame as rage spreads in region See in context

Israel had the right to defend itself from attack. What doesn't give Israel the right to do, though, is commit war crimes!

What makes this different from Russia bombing Ukrainian hospitals?

Israel can try and play dumb all they want, but that doesn't mean that everyone is dumb enough to believe their lies. Not when Israel’s own Digital Spokesperson appointed by Netanyahu himself literally admitted (on Twitter/X) to the IDF bombing the hospital and then quickly deleted it a few minutes later.

And it is absolutely disgusting how my own country - the British government - continues to condone the war crimes that are being committed by Israel with impunity. Makes me ashamed of being British, tbh.

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Posted in: N Korea raps Japan's plan to move missile deployment forward See in context

Thanks for starting my day with a laugh.

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Posted in: Controversial U.S. livestreamer 'Johnny Somali' arrested in Osaka See in context

Muted this fool's name on twitter so that I didn't have to see his pathetic behaviour. Hearing that he's finally been arrested, though, has brought a smile to my face.

I sincerely hope that he enjoys his time in the Japanese detention center, before his eventual deportation and banning from ever re-entering Japan.

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Posted in: Swarms of tourists causing crisis for Mount Fuji See in context

I only have plans to climb Mt Fuji once in my life. And even then, I will only consider taking one of the lesser travelled trails (Gotemba Trail or Subashiri Trail), as they receive far less numbers of climbers in comparison to the Yoshida Trail and Fujinomiya Trail.

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Posted in: Japan opens Rugby World Cup campaign with 42-12 win over Chile See in context

A good, strong performance and solid start to the tournament by the Brave Blossoms.

Also, a very well played game by Chile. The score doesn't reflect the heart and determination that they played with throughout the game, and I hope that this will be the beginnings of another competitive team from South America.

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Posted in: Moscow demands bigger discounts from foreign companies exiting Russia See in context

Once all this is over and Russia is allowed into the global community again, only a foolish company would invest their assets into the Russian economy.

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Posted in: Among Japan's neighbors, fear and frustration over radioactive water release See in context

On the subject of using the ocean as a dumping ground. Would China and South Korea like to address the amount of waste that they both dump into the ocean? No? Thought not....

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Posted in: Neonatal nurse in British hospital found guilty of killing 7 babies See in context

The most prolific child serial killer in the UK since Myra Hindley & Ian Brady says it all.

This beast will never again experience freedom within her life. She'll be spending the rest of her days rotting away in prison!

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Posted in: Russia lawmakers OK 'militaristic Japan' in WWII memorial day's name See in context

Russia designated Sept 3, the day after Japan's surrender in the war in 1945, as the "Day of Military Glory" in 2020 and the envisioned law would rename it the "Day of Victory over Militaristic Japan and the end of World War II,"

I wouldn't exactly call land grapping a few islands, after the US had already brought Japan to it's knees, as being a Soviet Union victory over Japan.....

But, that's Russia for you. Always wanting to distort the narrative to fit their tune.

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Posted in: Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses See in context

Kyoto could always introduce a loop bus system for tourists..

You could have a Western Route and an Eastern Route that covers all of the major sites across Kyoto. This would help to take pressure off of the subway network and city buses.

Other Japanese cities, such as Hiroshima, Kagoshima & Sendai already have such loop bus systems in place. But I suppose that such an idea would go against Kyoto's policy of showing complete disdain for tourists. They want your money, but not you!

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Posted in: Russia shells Ukrainian city inundated by dam collapse after Zelenskyy visits area See in context

Once this is all over, it should be a century, at the minimum, before Russia should even be considered for a return to the civilised world. They deserve to be a a pariah state for many generations to come.

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Posted in: Huge price hike for Japan Rail Pass triggers huge drop in foreign travelers who’ll buy it See in context

Not surprising. The new price of the 7 day pass won't pay off unless you spend 1 day in Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, etc!

Tourists would be much better off now looking at the regional passes that are on offer such as the Hokuriku Arch pass for travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka or even flying directly into Osaka or taking a regional flight from Tokyo to Osaka.

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Posted in: Narita airport to hike user fees for passengers from September See in context

Haven't used Narita in almost 10 years. Not since international flights between Haneda and Heathrow became a possibility.

Being based within central Tokyo means getting to/from Haneda is a lot more convenient for myself.

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Posted in: Tokyu Kabukicho Tower backtracks on its gender-neutral toilets, rejigging them to appease public See in context

Gender neutral toilets are ludicrous. If someone is legally a male or female (trans or not), then they should be using the toilets that they are legally classified as being.

What we shouldn't be doing, is making toilets an unsafe environment for women!

Even in the UK, they are going one step further and making toilets in schools 'gender neutral'. And, unsurprisingly, girls who are going through a sensitive time in their lives feel uncomfortable with going to the toilet whilst at school. And there's even been cases of boys breaking all the locks off of the toilet cubicles and violating a girl's privacy!

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Posted in: Why so many South Korean women are refusing to date, marry or have kids See in context

I applaud these women for standing up to these Hannams, and it is about time that the much needed attention was focused on their vile behaviour towards women.

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Posted in: 3 more G7 ministerial meetings being held across Japan this weekend See in context

Dump them all onto Iwo Jima and let them have their meetings there, whilst the rest of us can get on with our daily activities without the disruptions that are being caused by this G7 rubbish.

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Posted in: Massive price increase announced for Japan Rail Pass; cost to jump by up to 77% See in context

I understand prices going up, but this increase is enormous, and now makes what is an already expensive visit to Japan, beyond my budget, as yes, the Rail Pass was fantastic, and the main reason I visit. I hope they re-think the increase amount, as Im now canceling my plans to visit Japan, sadly.

@ David Connor; I highly recommend checking out the regional passes. It takes a bit more effort when planning out a trip. But you can still get such a fantastic deal out of one of the regional passes.

I once did Tokyo - Tohoku - Hokkaido - Tohoku - Tokyo with 2 (6 day) JR East South Hokkaido passes that are 27,000 yen each.

The passes came to a bit more than the 14 JR Pass. But these regional passes offered so much more flexibility.

With the 1st pass, I travelled towards Hokkaido, stopping off in Sendai (with day trips to Yamadera, Ginzan Onsen & Matsushima Bay) and Aomori. And once I was in Sapporo I was able to enjoy as much time as I wanted up there without having to worry about getting back to Tokyo before the pass expired.

And with the 2nd pass, on my way back south to Tokyo, I stopped off in Hakodate and Nikko for a couple of days each.

And my trip is a good example of why it's good to check out the regional passes. I could've tried saving a small bit of money and brought the 14 day pass, but I would've rushed that trip. Or, if I didn't consider the regional passes and just brought the 21 day pass, I would've spent more money than what I paid for the 2 regional passes.

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Posted in: Massive price increase announced for Japan Rail Pass; cost to jump by up to 77% See in context

This price hike, caused by JR Central, will impact them the most.... Look into alternative travel and alternative places, rather than travelling the 'golden route' (Tokyo - Kyoto).

Get the JR East Tohoku, JR East South Sapporo or one of the other many numerous passes that JR East offers and then go and explore some very beautiful parts of Japan that aren't swarming with tourists.

If heading more west? Fly into Osaka and get the JR West, Kansai Wide Area or one of the other many numerous passes out there.

There are so many different regional passes and options available out there. Yes, the JR Pass was very convenient and affordable (though, not always the cheapest option). But it certainly isn't the end to affordable travel in Japan for tourists.

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Posted in: Kyoto to abolish one-day bus passes to combat tourism overcrowding See in context

Here's an idea. How about introducing loop buses that stops off at the major sights and caters to the needs of the tourists? You could have a loop route that covers the Western side (Kinkakuji, etc) and a loop route that covers the Eastern side (Kiyomizudera, Ginkakuji, etc)

This would kill 2 birds with 1 stone. The tourists could use the loop buses, and this would free up/lower the congestion on the city buses that locals could use.

Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Sendai and other cities already have such a system in place. So I am sure that even the dinosaurs running Kyoto wouldn't have a hard time looking at how their fellow Japanese cities are running such a system.

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Posted in: UK to join Asia-Pacific trade pact in its biggest post-Brexit deal See in context

A wider selection of cheese, at a cheaper price, would be nice.

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Posted in: Turkish parliament ratifies Finland's NATO accession as Sweden kept waiting See in context

24th February 2022*

Damn typo....

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Posted in: Turkish parliament ratifies Finland's NATO accession as Sweden kept waiting See in context

Up till the 24th February 2024, I never thought that Finland would one day make an application to join NATO.

But, thanks to Putin, Finland have ended 77 years of neutrality and Russia now has a new 830 mile border with NATO!

The '3 day special operation is going well....

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Posted in: China condemns Japanese plan to release Fukushima water See in context

China ought to get it's own house in order before it begins condemning others....

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Posted in: One life to live after losing 6 family members in 3/11 disaster See in context

My heart absolutely breaks for this man (and everyone else who was impacted by this awful day).

I look at my own young family and I couldn't imagine a life without even one of them in it, let alone all of them.

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Posted in: Moscow accuses Japan of Russophobia, making 'vicious attacks' over Ukraine war See in context

Russia will have bigger things to worry about once the Chinese feel that the time is right to attack the wounded, frail and old Russian bear and reclaim the resource rich lands that were lost under the Amur annexation.

If/when that does happen. The majority of the world will mostly sit back and watch (because what Western nation would be willing to help Russia?) and Japan could take that opportunity to reclaim the Northern Territories that were lost to the Soviet Union at the end of WWII.

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Posted in: Is it the end of Japan’s conveyor belt sushi as we know it? See in context

I've been ordering off the touch screen since 2015, and I can imagine that most other customers do, too.

This recent incident is one of the (if not the) final nail in the coffin of conveyer belt sushi. Hopefully this will also lead to less food wastage.

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Posted in: Groper arrested in Nikko insists he did not grab both breasts, but just one See in context

His punishment should be to lose one of his two nuts...

It's "just one", right?

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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

I am surprised that they aren't uprooting all of the trees, so that Tokyoites can enjoy having another shopping mall...

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