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Posted in: M5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo See in context

7 minutes before my alarm was due to go off...

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Posted in: Pink signs to mark designated traffic lanes for Olympics See in context

Who else is escaping Tokyo whilst the Olympics are on?

I'm going to Hokkaido to see family so that I can avoid what will only be a huge mess..

Humid Tokyo weather and even more congestion than usual? No thanks!!

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

The outcome clouded the outlook for the government to achieve its goal of attracting 40 million in 2020.

Will the government give cities such as Kyoto more support?

The first time that I went to Kyoto in 2013, tourism was at 13M for the year in Japan, and Kyoto was hectic then. I dread to think what its like now during peak season as I avoid Kyoto unless its during winter.

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Posted in: Iran attacks U.S. forces in Iraq in retaliation for killing of commander See in context

What did Trump expect would happen after he thought that it would be a great idea to whack the hornets nest?....

The guy is the very definition of a 'cockwomble'.

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Posted in: More details emerge on Ghosn's escape from Japan See in context

One thing is certain. Ghosn is now finished as a global executive.

I'm sure that at 65 and with the amount of money that Ghosn has. He's going to be enjoying his retirement in Lebanon or France.

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Posted in: Iran vows harsh response to U.S. killing of top general See in context

I hope that Trump's children will be first inline to volunteer their services for the upcoming campaign....

Or will Donny's children be safe whilst the children of other families will be sent off to fight his war?

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Posted in: 670 cases of violence against train station employees reported in fiscal 2018 See in context

I would love to know what percentage of these assaults were committed by drunk salarymen and ojisans (I'm going to say at least 75%)

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' TV series 'Mandalorian' confirmed for season two See in context

The new film trilogy has been absolute trash. But the Rogue One film and this Mandalorian tv series have both been amazing!

Episode 8 ended on a very interesting note (if you've ever explored the Star Wars universe beyond the films you'd know what I am talking about) and I am looking forward to S2.

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Posted in: S Korean builder takes control of Asiana Airlines for $2.2 bil See in context

The airline's troubles deepened this year because of the trade dispute between Japan and South Korea, which resulted in lower demand for trips between the two countries, as well as a weak won against the dollar.

You aren't hearing of Asahi, Kirin or Sapporo having any deepening financial struggles as a result of this trade dispute.

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Posted in: U.S. military tracking Santa - and any 'Christmas gift' from North Korea See in context

My girls (the ones who still believe in Santa) absolutely love tracking Santa's progress on Norad's Santa tracker.

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Posted in: N Korea warns U.S. could 'pay dearly' for human rights criticism See in context

North Korea is nothing more than a yapping chihuahua. Vicious and nasty, but easily kicked to oblivion if needed.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

Fortunately my Christmas is being spent up in Sapporo with my wife and our daughters at our inlaws.

We'll be doing trips to the German Christmas market and Winter Illuminations in Odori Park in the days leading up to Christmas and then enjoy a white Christmas Day as a family.

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Posted in: Groper says he couldn’t resist 'young females’ breasts' See in context

he’s only 18, a Chinese-nationality resident who’s attending vocational school. The three woman were aged 24, 29 and 41. All three have full-time office jobs, and were presumably on their way home from work at the time the incidents took place.

This is actually the man’s second time to be arrested, as he was also arrested on charges of groping a 23-year-old woman on Nov 22.

Why hasn't his student visa been revoked and him kicked out of the country yet?

He's a repeat sexual offender so surely he should've been on a plane back to China after the first arrest?

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Posted in: Japan’s 'bonenkai' parties are the worst thing about the end of the year. Here’s how to fix them See in context

I'm fortunate enough to be in a situation where my company is understanding of the fact that all I want to do after a day at work is get home to spend some precious family time with my daughters.

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Posted in: UK exit poll suggests solid majority for Johnson's Conservatives See in context

Hopefully the UK will wake up to a Labour government in the UK!

Bojo the Clown and the rest of his elitist friends need to be removed from a position where they are allowed to ransack British sources for the benefit of their friends at the expense of the average British person.

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Posted in: New Zealand launches criminal investigation into deadly volcanic eruption See in context

What would the criminal investigation be?

This is a tragic disaster that was caused by mother nature. As much as volcanoes sometimes give early warning signs of an impending eruption. Occasionally a volcano will also just erupt suddenly without much significant warning. As what happened with Mount Ontake in 2014 when it erupted whilst there were hikers on the summit.

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Posted in: Johnson promises Brexit and less immigration ahead of election See in context

The economy and sterling will be down the drain, and lower class families will be struggling paycheck to paycheck. But hey. At least we'll be keeping the immigrants out! smfh....

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Posted in: 2 more Tokyo 2020 Olympic events rescheduled to beat the heat See in context

Move the marathon to the Kuril Islands and allow me to enjoy my time in Sapporo in peace.

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Posted in: Court commutes Peruvian’s death sentence to life See in context

Whether he hangs from the noose or is locked away for the rest of his living days. As long as he'll never be allowed to harm any more innocent people, that's what matters the most.

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Posted in: North Korea says it’s up to U.S. to choose ‘Christmas gift’ See in context

North Korea says it’s up to U.S. to choose ‘Christmas gift’

I can't get the image out of my head of the Rocket man in a Santa hat flying across the world on a nuke decorated with jingle bells and Christmas lights....

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Posted in: Princess Aiko turns 18 See in context

Happy Birthday!

And if over 81% of those asked are approving of having an empress, then why stick to the old dinosaur ways? The United Kingdom has had many queens over the years (Some who have done very well as head of state)

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Posted in: N Korean media call Abe 'imbecile and political dwarf' See in context

North Korea lashing out with the insults?

Meanwhile, the sun shall set in the West tonight....

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Posted in: Black Friday frenzy goes global - and not everyone’s happy See in context

I've always found it rather ironic, in a funny way, how Americans will fight one another over cheap electronics a day after being 'thankful' for everything that they have in their lives...

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Posted in: UK police explain decision on Prince Andrew case See in context

pretends to not be shocked that the police won't investigate a member of the Elite class.....

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Posted in: Japanese beer exports to S Korea fall to zero See in context


More Asahi for us, and more Cass for the South Koreans!!

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Posted in: Kyoto by the sea: An unexpected side of Kyoto See in context

Visited Amanohashidate a few years ago. It was a wonderful day trip from Kyoto. (and I remember there being a pass that could be used on the trains, as well as access to local transport such as the boats and cable cars)

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Posted in: Death of K-pop star Goo Hara stirs bullying debate See in context


Hara was the victim of a psychological and physically abusive relationship that involved sexual & physical assaults and revenge porn. I'd say that that is a very real problem.

If you were a victim of sexual assault and you were being condemned and shunned by society as a result of being a victim, whilst the scumbag that did it was allowed to move on with his life trouble free, how would you feel?

She tried fighting and she tried finding a reason to live. But sadly the depression got too much for her. It's not something that you can easily judge unless you've been in a similar situation. Which if you were, you would be more understanding towards mental health and just how much it can impact your everyday life.

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Posted in: UK election won't end Brexit uncertainty for Japanese firms See in context

@Alfie Noakes

I'm Irish/British, and would've voted remain given the chance. And if you know the British, we can be sarcastic. Especially when it comes to politics and mocking the inept politicians that have embarrassed the country.

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Posted in: UK election won't end Brexit uncertainty for Japanese firms See in context

I'm already looking forward to the 2020 General Election before the 2021 departure from the EU.

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Posted in: Death of K-pop star Goo Hara stirs bullying debate See in context

Still trying to come to terms with Sulli's passing last month, and now Hara has also passed :(

KARA were one of the first Korean groups that I got into (They sold millions of albums in Japan) and Hara was always exceptional to watch. She always came across as someone who was funny and kind hearted.

And even though many might think this is just another suicide caused by the pressure of being in the Korean entertainment industry. What happened to Hara is bigger than that.

She was cyberbullied relentlessly (even after her 1st suicide attempt earlier in the year, and also after Sulli's death).

And not only that but she was also involved in a psychological and physically abusive relationship with a non celebrity who illegally filmed a sex tape without her permission and later on threatened to blackmail her with it (to ruin her life). That was last year and it lead to a physical confrontation between them both after he forced entry into her home which resulted in Hara receiving hemorrhages to her vagina and uterus due to a violent assault that he inflicted on her.

As this all begun to go public he tried deceiving the public and press who whipped up a hate campaign against her. (He tried suing her for scratches to his face) And the tide only turned once evidence started coming out that he was emotionally and physically abusing her and that everything that he testified was false.

But even after that, Hara was still being publicly scorned even though she was a victim of sexual abuse, and earlier this summer the Korean justice system failed her, when her ex partner received a paltry sentence of 18 months suspended for 3 years......

He was allowed to continue his life without a care in the world, whilst Hara was left to pick up her reputation in a society which treats women harshly. And I feel that the final event that tipped her over the edge was the suicide of one of her bestfriends, Sulli, last month. :(

I just wanted to get all that out, incase anyone did think that she was simply unable to cope with fame. Because what happened to Hara goes beyond that. She was a victim of a society that reacts harshly to women who are the victims of sexual abuse.

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