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Posted in: Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in TV interview See in context

Good on the bloke as he is a role model in Australia and this will help confused teenagers, but there is a problem. In 2012 he published an autobiography in which he categorically denied being gay. He proclaimed he was straight. He was paid money for that book - a lot of money. NOW, he has been paid 400,000 AU$ for this interview. 400k to tell the small part of the world who knows who he is that he's gay. Geez, it makes it feel like a money grab and just feels wrong. But then again, he's famous and when you are famous or rich you can get away with it.

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Posted in: Argentina in the final: Brazil's Cup nightmare deepens See in context

Awwwh, the poor little Brazilians having a sook over a world cup that should never have been held in their country in the first place. Let's face it. It's always the same old faces in the soccer world cup. Only about 7 teams have ever won it and two of those will never challenge again. An African or Asian country WILL NEVER win a world cup.

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Posted in: Germany inflict historic 7-1 defeat on Brazil See in context

One of the greatest single game performances in a world cup match considering the situation. I'm so glad Germany destroyed Brazil. I like to think this is karma coming back to get Brazil for all the cheating and sneaky ways they have performed over the past 8 years in world cup matches.

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Posted in: Colombia's Zuniga receives death threats over Neymar foul See in context

Klausdorth hopes for FAIR PLAY on Wednesday morning... Haha... why would there be any fair play when Brasil sets the example of dirty play game after game, year after year. They've been doing it for years and because their skills are so good, people turn a blind eye. Well, you reap what you sow. It's come back to bite them. The foul was a send off offence, but soccer the way it is (an absolute shambles at the moment), it wasn't. Refs have lost control of the game. There is corruption everywhere. The game, despite its world popularity, is an out of control juggernaut and this has been a really poor world cup no matter what the soccer cultists say.

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Posted in: Neymar cried 'I can't feel my legs' after challenge See in context

Wow. An actual "real" injury in soccer. It wasn't just fakery. If anything though, this world cup has been the world cup of faking and pushing the rules to the limit.

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Posted in: Man sets himself on fire in Tokyo in protest against Abe See in context

This is a very unstable way to protest against Abe and Co.. He now makes his side of the debate look more insane than the other. Remember those Koreans who burnt themselves in protest of Japan 15 years or so ago? Japanese looked on at them as mentally unstable. That's how this guy should be seem. As another poster commented, Japan isn't a repressed dictatorship with no other avenues to protest. So silly. He does nothing but bring negative attention to his side of the debate.

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Posted in: Eggs pelted at Suzuki's office after he apologizes for sexist jeers See in context

Love the right wingers on this site. Hate speech is okay, but egging a building needs an INVESTIGATION, god damn it! It was a non violent protest. Should have been done a better way, but the point was made - women aren't happy with this bloke.

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Posted in: 'Patriotic Wives' praise Abe, censure China, S Korea See in context

They are racist. Plain. Simple. Perhaps Lawrence of Arabia said it best -- "So long as they fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people..." This is tribalism on a national scale.

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Posted in: Taiwan-Japan museum dispute settled See in context

Childish games. The way Asian countries posture in this region is quite pathetic and really childish. Taiwan, get over it. Tokyo Museum, you signed a contract, fulfil it and stop being sly about it.

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Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day See in context

This issue just makes Japan look childish and sneaky. Not fully owning up to mistakes or misdeeds and continually trying to involve others to make themselves look less worse is the truest sign of a weak and childlike mind. This is what Children do. This is what we strive to teach Children NOT to do. This is what makes us adults. Admitting and accepting guilt for our actions. We then move on and try not to make the same mistakes again or get accordingly punished for them depending on their severity.

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Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day See in context

TsunayoshiJUN wrote: "This is a Japanese apology. Point at others' wrongdoing." Haha... yes. If one is to speak generally this is common. Not wanting to take responsibility and trying to shift the blame. It's a tactic that I've seen used so often that I don't even care to call it a stereotype. It's just part of the national character.

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Posted in: Osaka studies ways to deal with problem children in schools See in context

This is a great idea. BUT Hashimoto's had great educational ideas before and they have never come to fruition. His best idea was to have grass play areas in all Osaka schools. I remember when I first came to Japan and asked a friend why there were so many jails about!!! Haha... it turns out they are schools. I was shocked that such a rich country has such poor looking and poorly funded schools.

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Posted in: ANA pilot posts insulting remarks on JAL Facebook page See in context

This is unacceptable behaviour from an ANA pilot. He should be fined and that's that though. But this is just inviting bad karma to come back on ANA! Nobody likes a sore winner. He may be correct but there are other ways to get this information across.

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Posted in: 79-yr-old driver who lost control of car due to heatstroke indicted over fatal accident See in context

Slumdog and tmarie... I totally agree. With the huge numbers of 70+ Japanese still driving on the roads like they are in their 40s and believing they are not their age there will continue to be stories about elderly causing traffic accidents. My Father in Law is a classic example. Whenever I get in the car with him I fear for my life, so I always offer to drive. He drives too fast and too casually. He even complains about the "other" old drivers and how they aren't very good. He is totally serious and doesn't see the irony in what he is saying. ... This guy will pay a big price for his arrogant, selfish and careless attitude in regards to those around him and to his own situation.

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Posted in: 66-year-old driver kicked to death in Osaka; motorcyclist arrested See in context

IF it's true that the driver hit the motorbike rider and could have caused him serious injury I can understand his frustration and anger. Especially if the driver was unapologetic. BUT to kick him and violently lash out is totally unacceptable. We don't have enough info to understand what played out here other than one man is dead due to road rage. Make no mistake, older drivers on Japan's roads are a massive problem. Many drive without care for anybody else. It's a wonder this doesn't happen more often to be honest.

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Posted in: School principal in Gunma arrested for taking photos in women's toilet See in context

In Japan all mobile phones make a shutter sound when taking a photo, so the fact that he thought he wasn't going to get caught is more the question here considering it was in a quiet place. I'd say he'd become infatuated with the teacher and had been imagining himself with her in his waking moments. This emboldened him to do such a rash and perverted thing. But I got to think that somebody will to act out this fetish has had feelings like this or done this before. I feel sorry for his wife and children. It has to be incredibly difficult for them. She should divorce him and take him for all he's got.

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Posted in: Trial begins in Guam crash-stabbing rampage See in context

It won't matter in about ten years as I think the number of Japanese Tourists to Guam will be significantly smaller. Guam is being affected by a new emerging European market country that is already causing people to become very worried. I know of one hotel who is going to stop allowing bookings taken from that country as they've already had too many problems. Guam had best be careful in their chase for money. And I hope this guy gets put away for life. Mental illness shouldn't be an excuse. We are just lucky it's not mainland USA otherwise he would have had access to semi automatic weapons and probably killed a lot more.

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Posted in: Osaka man saves wife after she tries to kill him in fire See in context

She didn't try to kill him. If she had, why would she have then gone off to bed and slept? She's certainly guilty of stupidity and dangerous behavior though.

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