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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

What a colossal waste of time and money this event is now. It's just become way too big for itself and totally lost the point of what it should be about, the sports!

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

We had balanced and quite good school lunches in England when I was growing up until high school, from then it was just the cafeteria with burgers, chips, beans, turkey drummers etc every day.....

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Posted in: Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop See in context

Putin 1 Trump 0

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Posted in: 'Right to disconnect' presents challenges in work-driven Japan See in context

its staff of about 140 have been encouraged to take a nine-day vacation at least once a year,

Yeah including 2 x weekends no doubt! It's a good start by them but why not just tell employees to take a 2 week holiday? Employees will actually get to relax then!

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Posted in: Fake schoolgirl prostitution extortion ring busted by Tokyo police See in context

Burning BushToday  12:01 pm JST

So what would a real schoolgirl prostitution extortion ring look like and how would it be different from a fake one?

^^^^ I'd go with schoolgirl prostitutes that actually put out but then extort extra cash from their clients or 'victims'.

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Posted in: 33 dead, 19 missing, over 100 injured after typhoon rips through Japan See in context

The winds didn't seem bad where we are in Tokyo but yeah 22 hours of solid rain will undoubtedly cause problems.

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Posted in: Video shows what Tokyo and Mt Fuji were like over 100 years ago See in context

Life must've been very hard for most but also in a way there were many more freedoms too. It sure does look quaint and pretty though.

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Posted in: Thief steals $840,000 watch from Japanese man's wrist in Paris See in context

I don't even wear a watch any more, as my phone tells me the time.

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Posted in: EU tells Johnson to stop playing 'stupid' Brexit blame game See in context

The main people to blame in this is the tory government and 52% of the people who voted. It's not the EUs fault and certainly not Irelands.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy found strangled near Saitama home See in context

Where's his bag and shoes then? If he had left as usual, he would've had them and as he didn't get very far from home they must be close by.....

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Posted in: 73,000 households still without power in Chiba 1 week after typhoon See in context

A friend of mine has been down there doing voluntary roof repairs and carpentry since it struck. He said local people are very unhappy with the government dragging their heels so much.

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Posted in: Message to Japanese media: 'Stop asking people to open their fridges during a blackout' See in context

“Dumb NHK reporter: ‘Can you open the fridge a bit?'”

Any door will do for NHK.

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Posted in: Trump says it looks like Iran was behind Saudi oil attacks See in context

How convenient!

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Posted in: American man married to same-sex Japanese partner sues gov't for long-term visa See in context

I'd be surprised if they are successful. I recall a story where an African man who had overstayed his visa by many years and had gotten married to a Japanese lady, was denied a new visa and deported by the courts, on the basis that she wasn't really dependent on him as they didn't have children......

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Well i'm looking forward to there being a rising sun flag placed on every stadium seat for the opening ceremony.

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Posted in: Rebuilt iconic hotel Okura Tokyo opens See in context

I'm going to a big party there later this year, looking forward to seeing it!

Is renovated really the right word? The whole building has been completely rebuilt, just recycling some of the old lobby fittings....

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Posted in: Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy See in context

BintaroToday  08:59 am JST

Trump finally got tired of Bolton's walrus mustache !

Well he has got 3 of them after all.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs Nissan CEO Saikawa's resignation See in context

What this proves is many, if not all the execs there were at it but as Ghosn was the CEO at the time he's the sacrificial lamb, which goes with the territory.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

Maybe, just maybe, nuclear power isn't such a great idea eh.

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Posted in: 11-year term prison sought for mother over fatal abuse of 5-year-old daughter See in context

Lock both of these monsters up and throw away the key.

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Posted in: Letters From Japan: 'Did he just want to try sleeping with a foreign woman?' See in context

Well I would say the answer is he probably just wanted to sleep with a foreign woman BUT many guys are at first just physically attracted and want to have sex but then actually start to like you as a person.

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Posted in: Jobs in Japan for S Korean graduates dry up See in context

Politicians using peoples livelihoods as a political weapon really is despicable and it seems to be happening more and more around the world at the moment.

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Posted in: Typhoon pummels Kanto region; one reported dead, 40 injured See in context

Still got no power at home, the whole street is out. I cycled in to work though, a lot of plastic rubbish strewn around but didn't see any proper damage.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief suggests European allies replace funds diverted to border wall See in context

Well the Europeans could always just replace the US bases with Russian ones. They seem to be better at winning wars these days anyway hehe.

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Posted in: How to ask for time off in Japanese See in context

When I first joined my company 12 years ago it was difficult to get more than a week off. I don't ask anymore and just tell them that i'm going for 2 weeks or whatever, no probs.

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Posted in: Letter threatening to hunt Koreans sent to S Korean embassy in Japan See in context

It could have been sent by a Korean in order to add more fuel to the already well lit fire.

The Korean Embassy needs to release the security cameras records for everyone to see. Otherwise, I will have to call bull$hit on this .

lol that'll easily clear up whether it was a Korean or Japanese national wont it :-/

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Posted in: Nissan CEO Saikawa admits being paid too much by equity scheme See in context

Ghosn's former close aide Greg Kelly, who is accused of conspiring to underreport his former boss's remuneration, said in a magazine interview published in June that Saikawa manipulated the execution date of his stock application rights so as to receive an additional gain of 47 million yen ($443,000).

How does that not warrant criminal investigation??? What period was this over-payment for and did he report it accurately?

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Posted in: 15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan See in context

garypenSep. 3  09:27 pm JST


... you can take your shoes and socks off and rest them on the seat facing... 

There's nothing quite as disgusting as when someone takes their shoes and socks off, and puts them up on another seat, whether it's a train, a bus, or an airliner. Except maybe when it's done in a restaurant.

I was on a mid-morning train back from a rave in 1994 back in England when this very tall and very thin black guy in a really ill fitting suit got on and sat down in the adjacent box seat. He took his shoes and socks off and started picking bits off his toes whilst muttering something like "umbungo, umbungolino" to himself. It spun me and my mate right out!

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Posted in: Global measles cases three times higher than last year: WHO See in context

I have a good friend with a few doctorates who works in pharma research (not one of the major firms). I believe and trust him when he says anti-vaxxers are idiots.

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Posted in: WWII start marked in Poland with German remorse, warning See in context

AsakazeToday  12:11 pm JST

Once more, wrong assumption. When the Allies became bogged down around Caen and StLo, Stalin quickly began his great summer offensive to ease pressure on them. Again, when the Allies had difficult time at the Bulge, Stalin ordered the planned winter offensive in Jan.1945 to start earlier. Stalin was a reliable ally.

It is documented that Britain and America were 'happy' to have Germany bogged down in Russia for as long as possible, so they couldn't give full strength to their western front and invade Britain. There was huge suspicion between Roosevelt and Churchill of Stalin and vice versa, although Roosevelt bonded better with Stalin than Churchill did. It is quite laughable to say Stalin did summer and winter offensives to help the allies. It was a game of cat and mouse between all of them, Stalin saw opportunities for his own advancement when the allies were bogged down, just as the allies did the other way.

While the Soviets were bleeding at Stalingrad and Kursk the Allies were drinking beer at their bases at U.K. "regardless of the amount of human suffering", that's a fact.

Ummm they were fighting in North Africa and Asia too remember. Those who 'were drinking beer at their bases at U.K' were preparing and waiting for the order to invade France or wherever else they were told to, in what would ultimately be one of the most important invasions in modern history.

The world does indeed owe Russia a great debt for what it's people endured and achieved in WW2 but it was not Stalins kind heart helping the allies. The race for Berlin and subsequent cold war proves that.

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