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Posted in: Slain ex-PM Abe honored at divisive state funeral See in context

A state funeral that has apparently 'split public opinion'. But you know full well, that no matter what the LDP does, they will still win the next general election and continue remaining in power....

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Posted in: Tokyo civil servant reported for eating ice cream in front of convenience store See in context

Just how pathetic and boring must your life be for you to make such a complaint?...

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

Looking forward to being able to show my family members around Japan without all the restrictions that were in place.

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Posted in: Britain holds minute's silence in last homage to queen before funeral See in context

As well as the already mentioned BBC news website. International viewers can also watch the live broadcast feed on the BBC's YouTube channel. This broadcast is scheduled to begin at 8am BST.

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Posted in: Britain holds minute's silence in last homage to queen before funeral See in context

Elvis is hereToday  08:58 am JST

What time is kick off J time?

The funeral starts at 11am BST. So it'll be 7pm JST. Though coverage of the funeral will begin a few hours before that.

From what I've read online. People around the world will be able to watch the funeral live on the BBC's news website. Though, I know that that the Hobgoblin pub in Roppongi will also airing the funeral (and other British pubs in Japan will also most likely be showing it)

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Posted in: Britain holds minute's silence in last homage to queen before funeral See in context

I wish that I could've been back home in the UK to of payed my respects to Her Majesty.

In my 31 years, HM Queen Elizabeth II was the only monarch that I knew and it still feels strange that she is no longer with us... During my time on this world, just like my family, Her Majesty felt like a constant presence in my life.

I will be watching the funeral later on tonight, though, and I will be toasting to the memory of Her Majesty.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral; Kishida will go to New York See in context


Anglo-Japanese relations goes back to 1854 with the signing of the Anglo-Japanese Friendship Treaty between both countries. This developed into the Anglo-Japanese alliance that was signed in 1902 (and in 1914, Japan joined WWI as Britain's ally).

Whilst HM Queen Elizabeth II had a close relationship with the Japanese Imperial family that dates back to her coronation in 1953.

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Posted in: 'Passengers who don’t want to be groped, please use the rear train cars' announcement angers many See in context

This is no different to telling women that they shouldn't dress in a way that would entice a man to rape them....

How about, instead of telling women and girls that they should act in a certain way to prevent a man from touching them, the law gets it's act together and makes groping/sexual assault a severe punishment?

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth's death: Reaction from world leaders See in context

NosuiToday  09:40 am JST

Looking for PM Kishida’s statement. My money is on “Very regrettable”

PM Kishida's statement to the press in regards to the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II

"I cannot help but feel deep sorrow over the passing of Queen Elizabeth. The Japanese government expresses its heartfelt condolences to the British royal family, the British government, and the British people." Kishida said.

In addition, Prime Minister Kishida said, "Queen Elizabeth made a significant contribution to strengthening Japan-British relations, including her visit to Japan in 1975. The death of Queen Elizabeth, who led Britain, was a major event not only for the British people, but also for the international community. "It's a loss. Japan will always stand with Britain as the British people get through this profound grief."

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96 See in context

May Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace.

I am 31 and I have only ever known The Queen as the monarch of my home country, the UK, and it will be a strange adjustment to not having this amazing lady as the figurehead of my home. Even the small things such as Christmas will feel different, with not having the Queens Christmas Speech.

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Posted in: Japanese government wants to encourage wealthy foreigners to travel deeper into Japan, NHK says See in context

Tempted to read this article whilst listening to the Benny Hill theme.... Because this entire affair is a damn circus!

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Posted in: Los Angeles residents protest 'Fast and Furious' street races See in context

I can't believe that they are making a 10th F&F film... These stopped being good after F&F Tokyo Drift.

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Posted in: Girl arrested over knife attack in Shibuya says she wanted 'death penalty' See in context

CaptDingleheimerToday  10:49 am JST

If some psychotic is wandering the streets looking for a victim, they're gonna give the gaijin walking by a hard pass.

Whatever naivety helps you to sleep at night...

I was once waiting in the ticket machine line at Shiodome Station and the next thing I knew, this random Japanese guy randomly punched me in the chest area.

And I am not a small guy. I am a 6'2", 200lb+, ice hockey player.

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Posted in: South Korea, China clash over U.S. missile shield See in context

South Korea is an independent sovereign nation. Deal with it, China!

The Chinese spokesman told a briefing the THAAD deployment in South Korea "undermines China's strategic security interest".

Oh...... And what would that be, China? Will South Korea's defences undermine whatever you have planned to attack Pacific nations in the future?

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Posted in: Strong quakes hit Hokkaido; no tsunami warning issued See in context

Quite far north and didn't feel anything here in Sapporo.

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Posted in: Actress Anne Heche hospitalized after fiery car crash See in context

I'm just glad that she didn't seriously injure or kill any innocent bystanders with her selfish actions.

Drink driving is never acceptable and too often it is innocent people that pay the ultimate price for someone else's selfishness.

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Posted in: Japan gov't panel to propose another record minimum-wage hike See in context

A whole ¥30? Oh, wow! Don't spend it all at once, big spenders!!

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Posted in: Expo 2025 gains momentum with 130 nations on guest list so far See in context

Will Japan be allowing foreigners into the country for the event?

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Posted in: Kishida says restrictions unnecessary despite record COVID-19 cases See in context

Restrictions unnecessary, aside from the restrictions that are currently in place against foreigners.....

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context

Miki Hata, Kurume’s 55-year-old director of education, was asked about the incident, and she said “I believe the school may be worried that, being at a developmental age, children may become distracted by overly focusing on their eyebrows and hairstyles, and neglect essential aspects of their education and lifestyles.”

This Jurassic mindset couldn't be further from the truth....

My eldest (teen) daughter, like teen girls from other countries, enjoys using make up, trying different hairstyles and grooming her eyebrows. She enjoys doing this, as she feels that she can express her own individuality and it makes her happy.

And guess what?

Her school attendance is perfect, she continuously gets above 90% in her tests, she's polite & well behaved and she enjoys a varied number of sporting activities and cultural activities.

As her parent, I have given her the opportunity to express herself and she is thriving in both her studies and chosen interests.

This is how the education system should be nurturing the next generation. Not these very outdated philosophies that are only making children into the next generation of mindless and emotionless drones that can't think for themselves.

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Posted in: Russia sanctions 384 Japanese lawmakers See in context

Moscow said the measures were taken against those who had "taken an unfriendly, anti-Russian position."

Russia: "We invaded another country and have been brutally murdering their citizens, many of whom are children and babies. But other countries are being mean to us, by sanctioning us. Waahh".

Grow the hell up, Russia! You sound more immature than my 4 year old daughter when she's having an off day.

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Posted in: Japan unlikely to ask people to curb activities despite COVID spike See in context

Of course. Because the only threat is the dangerous gaijin and the body trembling thought of these gaijins entering Japan and travelling around the country freely.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases See in context

That's another year added onto independent travellers being barred from Japan.....

Postpone your trips again for the foreseeable future (Japan, maybe, just maybe will start to discuss the possibility of allowing independent travellers into the country by the end of 2024....)

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Posted in: London port call See in context

Quote taken from the Royal Navy's official Facebook page.

Konnichiwa, Kyokujitsu-ki...

Welcome to the rising sun flag - the Japanese ensign, as flown by JS Kashima and Shimakaze of the Japanese Maritime Defence Force, paying a rare visit to the UK.

The cadet training ship and destroyer are on a global training/goodwill mission, Training Cruise 2022, which brings them to the UK for about a week.

They joined forces with HMS Mersey and Enterprise for four hours of combined training off Portland Bill, before Shimakaze made for Portsmouth and Kashima for the Pool of London.

Both Japanese ships did some joint training exercises with two Royal Navy vessels, before splitting off. With JS Shimakaze heading for Portsmouth Naval Base (Home of the Royal Navy) and the JS Kashima headed for London, where it is berthed next to HMS Belfast. A light cruiser that served in WWII and is now a museum ship.

It is great to see the continued growth of friendship and cooperation on global security between Japan and the UK (my home country)

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Posted in: Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill See in context

StrangerlandJune 21  11:22 pm JST

Those are pretty crap salaries.

If a minimum wage worker in the UK worked a 'full time' 37 hours a week (that's excluding unpaid breaks). Their annual salary would be around £16,800.... That's a 'c*** salary', as you like to put it.

These rail workers are on very good salaries that are well above the starting salaries for professions such as nursing, firefighters, police, army, navy, etc. (Average being an annual salary of £21,000)

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Posted in: Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill See in context

LamillyToday  04:39 pm JST

Wages not keeping up with the speedy rising cost of living. Soaring prices. Companies making huge profits yet many workers on minimum wage.

If these workers were on minimum wage, then I would agree with you. But considering that the wages of the lowest paid (Rail travel assistants) is £33,310 and the wages of the highest paid (train drivers) is £59,189. With the average wages working at around £41,000/£43,000 per year. That is well above what the average UK worker will bring home and why the workers on strike are getting very little sympathy from the public. Many of your average joe in the UK would happily replace these workers for those wages.

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Posted in: BTS break sparks debate on activism, military exemptions See in context

Koreans sports personnel have been exempted, as their achievements were for the country.

BTS' achievements have been to fill their pockets and the pockets of Hybe's executives and stockholders.

Side note: Hybe's stock has also fallen as a result of the company continuing to defend a girl (of their most recent debuted group) who has a past of severe school bullying and the company are even going as far as threatening to sue the victims of the school bullying. Their reputation among the Korean public is very low right now and is continuing to damage the company's stock.

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Posted in: Rugby league bans transgender players from women's internationals See in context

Common sense beginning to prevail is a win for my daughters and young girls everywhere who have dreams!

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Posted in: Another M5-level quake jolts Ishikawa; agency warns of more See in context

And an hour before this earthquake, there was a M4.4 (Shindo 4) in the N/W part of Hokkaido in the Soya District.

The Sea of Japan coastline showing a bit of noticeable activity over these past 2 days.

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Posted in: Kishida cautious about Japan acquiring nuclear-powered submarine See in context

The possession of nuclear powered submarines and a nuclear deterrent system (such as Trident) might not be popular to a lot of people. However, as we've seen this year, being a nuclear armed nation does make other nations think twice about attacking you.

And Japan would be wise to consider striking a deal for nuclear powered submarines, like the Australians have, with the US and the UK.

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