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Posted in: Netanyahu acknowledges 'tragic mistake' after Rafah strike kills at least 45 Palestinians See in context

What Israel likes to call a 'tragic mistake', is what any sane person would call yet another war crime committed by Israel and the IDF.

Hopefully the ICC does issue an arrested warrant for Netanyahu and that he is made to answer for his war crimes.

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Posted in: Japan’s wedding gift etiquette rule too expensive, young people in survey say See in context

When my wife and myself got married, we asked our guests to simply contribute what they could to a donation box that we set up for a charity that was important to us.

Is that the norm in Japan? Nope. And a few of our guests were slightly taken back by the change of custom. But my wife and myself didn't have any monetary needs nor wants, only that we wanted our wedding day to be a day of celebration with our families and closest friends (without them having to worry about any financial burden).

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

For sure, Japan does have an issue with xenophobia. However, Joe should get his own house in order first.

At worst in Japan, you'll face discrimination and some discriminatory comments that might said to your face or behind your back.

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 153 range against dollar for 1st time in 34 years See in context

David BrentToday  09:05 am JST

Not really bothered as a Brit.

I've seen the yen as strong as 116 to the pound, and as weak as 255.

Right now it is around 190, the same as it was when I first arrived here in 2005.

Another Brit here.

I can remember the Pound to Yen exchange rate fluctuating widely throughout the years, too. I remember it being as low as 110 yen to the pound in 2011 and as high as 195 yen to the pound in 2015. And then dropping to around 130 yen to the pound in 2016, before gradually building up again over the past few years.

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Posted in: Russia warns Japan of 'serious consequences' if Patriot missiles made there end up in Ukraine See in context

What will you do, Russia? Send a rusty warship from Vladivostok to sail near Hokkaido and the Northern Territories?

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Posted in: 'Dragon Ball' creator Akira Toriyama dies at 68 See in context

I was shocked when I heard the news and felt numb briefly whilst processing the news.

Dragon Ball Z was the very first anime that I watched as a child, and was my gateway into the anime world - And, being truthfully honest, anime helped me to briefly escape from a few things whilst growing up.

Akira Toriyama's impact on the industry and the lives of those who enjoyed his works was astronomical and his name and legacy will always be known and respected. May you Rest in Peace, Akira Toriyama.

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Posted in: N Korean leader Kim calls for change in status of South; warns of war See in context

Within the hour of the first North Korean boot stepping onto South Korean territory, Pyongyang will be receiving a pounding beyond it's imagination and fatman will be cowering away in his bunker.

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Posted in: U.S. livestreamer fined for playing loud music in Osaka restaurant See in context

Thunderbird2Jan. 10  05:41 pm JST

What a despicable person... I've seen clips of him and wonder why some Yankee or other tough hasn't punched him in the face yet.

There's a wonderful video of him being decked by another foreigner in Osaka.

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Posted in: Boeing faces new questions about the 737 Max after plane suffers a gaping hole in its side See in context

This has happened at a time when Boeing have asked the FAA to exempt the 737 Max 7 from having to pass certain safety regulations. They want it exempt (as they can't fix the faults), so that they can get it into the sky....

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Posted in: Narita or Haneda: Which airport should I fly into? See in context

I prefer Haneda airport and haven't used Narita in almost a decade. Not since flights between Japan - UK became more prevalent at Haneda.

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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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