Lord Dartmouth comments

Posted in: Power crunch averted as record heatwave scorches Kanto area See in context

Why don't Japanese like shade trees in the streets? 

@Andy: because people might enjoy them too much and then, before you know it, they'll want benches under the trees so they can laze around during the daytime instead of doing their duty as sons and daughters of Nippon:

a) working to help the economy

b) spending money to help the economy

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Posted in: Tokyo government announces new name for maternity/paternity leave; hopes to change attitudes See in context

Tinkering with superficialities.

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Posted in: Power crunch averted as record heatwave scorches Kanto area See in context

In Kansai, we are baffled by Tokyoites squealing at a few days straight with temperatures over 35 degrees. How about for weeks on end? You just have no idea.

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Posted in: NATO deems Russia its most significant and direct threat See in context

Shallow thinking, swayed by images on the TV every night. The real threat is China, and all intelligent people know it.

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Posted in: Climate change driving 2022 extreme heat and flooding, scientists say See in context

There has been no statistically significant warming for 20 years, and there is no proof that mankind of responsible for the warming since the 1940s. All is supposition.

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Posted in: Scotland sets October 2023 for new independence vote See in context

There is no problem. The majority of Scots do not want independence. They voted to stay British 8 years ago and will do so again in about 20 years' time. The ScotNats are collapsing and won't even be around then. Long live the awesome foursome!

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Posted in: Tokyo June heatwave worst since 1875 as power supply creaks under strain See in context

Take your masks off, folks!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,517 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,572 See in context

Take off your masks outside! Set an example! Let's get back to normal.

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Posted in: Police crack down on Istanbul Pride march; detain over 200 See in context

@John-San

Sorry, I couldn't quite get your drift. I think 15% is an massive overestimate, by the way.

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Posted in: For readers who are married to Japanese persons, how much does your spouse know about Japan's actions before and during World War II? See in context

@Ossanamerica

How old is your private student?

55

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Posted in: Police crack down on Istanbul Pride march; detain over 200 See in context

@sethwright  They want to proudly proclaim their existence to backward people who still think LGBTQ people don't deserve equal rights. It's for your education.

Not interested in being 'educated' (re-educated). They have all the same rights that we have. I'm just saying their sexual proclivities are not normal and there is no reason that we be subjected to their constant hectoring. Having said that, I don't want heterosexuals making a big song and dance about what they get up to in the bedroom either.

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Posted in: Police crack down on Istanbul Pride march; detain over 200 See in context

They can do what they want in private; why do they feel the need to shout about it in public. It's a deliberate provocation.

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Posted in: China's Xi to visit Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of handover See in context

And there was nothing democratic about pre-1997 HK. People had no say as to who governed HK or what elections would be held.

True, and the people loved it. That's why they still wave the Union Jack at protest rallies today. Democracy is not everything; good governance, lack of corruption and a fair legal system count for a lot.

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Posted in: Freedom and fear: The foundations of America's deadly gun culture See in context

The first step towards enslaving a nation is to disarm the populace. That is how the British were able to rule my country for over 2 centuries.

EvilBuddha, this is highly anachronistic. You're conjuring a picture of a colonising power arriving on 'your' shores and taking over the gool ol' USA. We were one and the same people, and George Washington was a British general. The British ruled the British parts of North America because they were British, and everyone in them.

And, by the way, apropos of nothing, you could never have won your War of Independence without French help, and we devoted only 8% of our military might to your war. We had much bigger fish to fry in Europe and were fighting you with both hands tied behind our backs. We were still fighting Napoleon in 1812, when we turned the White House black.

Having said all that, I support your right to bear arms and I thank God we are the best of friends these days. God Bless the USA!

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Posted in: For readers who are married to Japanese persons, how much does your spouse know about Japan's actions before and during World War II? See in context

My private student thinks she's knowledgeable about the war, but insisted that Japan had never invaded China - only Manchuria. The Pacific War to them means the war against America. They have only the fuzziest notion of any fighting against Britain, China or The Netherlands. Mention Imphal or Kohima and you'll be met with silence.

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Posted in: Vienna ranked world's most liveable city; Osaka 10th See in context

Chico3, Let me guess - Are you in Tokyo,

No, I live 15 minutes from central Osaka. I speak from many years of experience.

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Posted in: Vienna ranked world's most liveable city; Osaka 10th See in context

Osaka has virtually no buildings of architectural interest. Its waterways are ugly, and the centre is a jumble of ghastly steel, concrete and glass. Livable? Well, yes, in the sense of convenient, but the people are noisy and pushy and good luck if you fancy a quiet drink somewhere; your evening will be wrecked by hysterical 'high-tension' shouting, screaming and clapping, guaranteed.

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Posted in: 'The world's gone mad': Kate Bush on 'Stranger Things' and chart reprise See in context

"There was some great music in the '80s, but I think it's an incredibly exciting time we're in now,"

OK, Kate, I'd be grateful if you could point us to anything remotely worth listening to these days.

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Posted in: Why monkeypox may soon get a new name See in context

Here we go again.

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Posted in: 4 people wounded by man on stabbing rampage in New Zealand See in context

She said there was no indication the attack was a hate crime, as the victims were of different genders, ethnicities and ages.

Ever heard of misanthropy?

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Posted in: Musk aims to ease concerns in address to Twitter workers See in context

Paul: Right wing fascist in charge of Twitter.

Paul, would you be more comfortable with a left-wing fascist in charge? Name me one thing that Musk has said or done that could remotely be regarded as fascist.

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Posted in: Osaka court rules same-sex marriage ban not unconstitutional See in context

painkiller,

And in the country of Japan there is a: ban on same-sex marriage 

Not sure about that; it's simply that marriage is - it goes without saying between a man a woman. Anything else is so absurd that, quite rightly, it's not recognised.

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Posted in: Osaka court rules same-sex marriage ban not unconstitutional See in context

Excellent decision.

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Posted in: Travel off the beaten path in Japan, to a point where three prefectures meet See in context

Potentially an interesting spot, but it looks like a miniature version of the DMZ.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks' founder Assange vows to fight extradition from UK to United States See in context

I hope we drove a hard bargain on this. At the minimum, I expect a favourable trade deal with the U.S. and an undertaking from them to drop their barmy support of the EU against us with regard to our own sovereign territory.

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Posted in: RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer's browser 'grave' goes viral See in context

'He was a good tool to download other browsers.' Hmm. Pity about the English. May I suggest two better options:

He was a good tool to download other browsers with.

He was a good tool for downloading other browsers.

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Posted in: 7 arrested in House office building linked to Colbert show See in context

I assume Colbert will now be charge with conspiracy to lead an insurrection against the republic. Oh no, wait, he's on the 'correct' side of American politics.

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Posted in: Thailand rushes to rein in cannabis use a week after decriminalization See in context

I don’t use drugs but had a police plant cannibals in my pocket. 

Rodney, sounds dangerous. I hope those cannibals didn't nibble on your meat and two veg.

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Posted in: Japanese airline Zipair ditches 'Z' logo to avoid pro-Russia misunderstanding See in context

Phew, I'm glad they cleared that up. I genuinely thought that airline was owned by Putin and the pilots were all FSB agents.

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