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Posted in: More than 10,000 people have reached UK in small boats since January See in context

The British have an innate fear of people arriving in boats....the Romans, the Saxons, the Vikings, the Normans......And now migrants. So it's an issue which evokes a lot of emotion, but many many many more immigrants and migrants arrive through airports, but of course this is never ever covered by the media.

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

Utter madness.

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Posted in: Gaps remain between what's known about obesity and how it's being treated See in context

Treated? So funny. Just eat less and move more face palm

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince puts off Japan trip due to king's health See in context

Not friends of Japan. Don't come.

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Posted in: Locals in central Japan near Mount Fuji count on UFO craze for tourism See in context

Americans lap up this nonsense. Let's not do the same.

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Posted in: Struggling sake breweries getting revamped, eye on overseas markets See in context

Yes! Export. I know people in the UK wold love sake if they had more opportunity to try and and then buy it. British friends of mine all loved sake when they came to Japan but in the UK there's only one supermarket they said which stocks sake and it's just one brand, so there's no range of choice

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan See in context

This man and his country are not friends of Japan. They are the polar opposite to Japanese values.

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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

I was in Nara last week and went to a 7/11 near the station and the young caucasian woman working there are her Japanese was perfect. I was super impressed. Same in Tokyo with some Indian people

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

Yes. Always thought this. Athens is the perfect place due to the history and I'm sure the Greeks would like that regular economic bump, and yes, maybe Winter Olympics in Canada.

I think the same with the football world cup. It should just be held in Europe. Rugby WC in UK, Cricket WC in Australia/NZ. Would make much more sense than the current globe trotting circuses, especially when it comes to the Olympics. The only other thing to fix is F1. I think they're really flogging a dead pony with F1. It'll have to end sooner or later

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

The excuse that tourists are more in pocket because of the weakening yen just isn't true. Prices are increasing globally, not only in Japan. Yes, against GDP and a couple of other currencies the Yen is weaker, but that doesn't all of a sudden mean that Japan is as cheap for tourists like some other Asian countries. To think that all tourists in Japan have this magic spending power is just wrong. This idea of charging tourists more, or locals less is just going to put tourists off going there.

On a trip to London a few years ago, if I had walked into a pub and been charged more than the locals standing at the bar there would be outrage. Same product should be the same price, regardless of nationality. This kind of thing needs to be made illegal asap or else Japan will become unattractive to tourists and they will go to the actually cheaper (and maybe more friendly to tourists) countries like Thailand, Vietnam etc.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

There's a word for things like this.....Scam.

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Posted in: Barrier at popular vantage point for viewing Mount Fuji going up See in context

If I were a local resident there I'd also be pretty miffed at the number of people swarming on one tiny area. It's not a big town or road. I really don''t see what the fascination is with this spot. As many people have commented, there's so many other better spots in the town and surrounding hills for photos. People blocking the pavements is so annoying too.....all for a photo with lots of other people in it....Makes so sense.....

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

All because of one stupid Instagram post. Social media really has ruined travelling. Everywhere is busy, and small towns like Kawaguchiko can't handle that number of people, all coming for the same photo in the same spot. In terms of increasing litter, why not put some public bins? The lack of public bins in Japan baffles me. In nearly every other country there are public bins. Lawson must be loving this publicity though

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

I've just walked past the Lawson and I can confirm there's many idiots standing there taking photos. All because of a stupid Instagram video. Lawson must be loving it though. I can almost hear the sheep bleating.

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Posted in: Weak yen boosts tourist wallets in Japan See in context

I would have to disagree with this article. Yes, of course the Yen seems to be weakening. For example, the rate against GDP is quite severe, but it doesn't mean all of a sudden Japan is cheap for all travellers. Comparing Japan to Thailand, Vietnam or other countries alike is quite absurd. Yes, Japan is cheaper than many EU countries, the UK and Australia, but it's still far more expensive than many other places.

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work across Japan as fiscal 2024 begins See in context

They all looked thrilled to be there

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Posted in: Hydrogen vehicle filling station opens at former Tokyo Olympics site See in context

More more more

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Posted in: Extension of Hokuriku Shinkansen line opens, boosting tourism hopes See in context

This really won't boost tourism money at all. Most foreigners I know refuse to spend the vast amounts of money which the Shinkansen costs. Regardless of the JR passes, which are meant to be cheaper, but in reality they're not. For the majority of people it's still out of budget. I encourage people to use night buses and local trains to get around and they always have a better experience. The country isn't whizzing past the window at 300kph. At least on a bus or local train you can enjoy the scenery. Time to rethink ticket prices. It is absolutely insane that it's cheaper to fly around the country.

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Posted in: Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success See in context

The movie isn't about Japan. It's a biopic about a period in a mans life, and that man just so happens to be creating the bomb. Japan is barely mentioned in the movie, so the debate over it being shown in Japan or not is a complete farce. The fact that the government has this overreaching kind of influence over the arts and society just shows that Japan is not a free country.

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Posted in: Tourists banned from private alleys in Kyoto's geisha district See in context

I know this is a slightly different issue, but in the UK I am sure I have heard from people that private residents in the Cotswolds (which again, isn't a tourist attraction) have been having to ask Japanese and Chinese tourists to stop entering their private property to take photos and selfies. I heard some residents have even made signs in Japanese/Chinese to tell tourists this. I know this is a slightly different issue, but it goes to stand that wherever tourists are, or are from, a small number will always break the rules or annoy locals for a photo.

I feel that in many of these scenarios it is always the larger groups of tourists who behave disrespectfully, regardless of nationality.

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Posted in: Atom bomb survivor hopes Japan debut of 'Oppenheimer' will stoke nuclear debate See in context

I have to agree with what the comment above by John says. He is absolutely correct.

If the US had invaded the Japanese home islands far far far more Japanese citizens would have died. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but Japanese lives were saved by dropping these bombs. Just look at the events of the Battle of Okinawa as a reference.

I'd love to know what Japanese school books teach about Pearl Harbour, Nanjing, or Burma/Thailand campaigns and the prison camps. Probably not much at all. The history books paint Japan as the victim I imagine, and not the aggressor. It's a shame that truth has been twisted in such a way.

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Posted in: Kim's powerful sister says N Korea, Japan can open 'new future' See in context

Any form of dialogue is surely a good thing

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Posted in: Safety panel urges Fukushima nuclear plant operator to better communicate with public See in context

Urge? How about ordering them to be more communicative with the public......Ridiculous.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift reaches LA in journey from Tokyo to Super Bowl See in context

Wow....this is what the news has come to.....appreciating someone getting somewhere on time while using their own $50million+ jet........I guess it keeps everyone off thinking about things like ooo i don't know, the wars and famines and environmental destruction happening right now around the world....but no no, look at this girl who sings a few songs and wears slightly revealing clothing. This is exactly why I've stopped reading JapanToday so often.

And the sport shouldn't even be called football. It's more like HandEgg

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Posted in: Japan to step up defense, economic ties with Italy See in context

Right-wingers unite. This is hilarious. As if Italy has anything to offer anyone......

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Posted in: JAL net profit jumps fivefold to ¥85.87 bil in April-December See in context

Soon enough international travel will once again be the pleasure of the elites only. I would try other methods of getting to Europe but there's a few wars in the way.

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Posted in: 'Oppenheimer' and 'Poor Things' lead race for Britain's BAFTA film awards See in context

Of course a movie like Oppenheimer is going to be predictable....it's a historical biopic....What did you expect? If you don't like it, don't watch it.

The thing that makes me laugh is that US acting schools are so poor in quality, and the pool of actors is so small that most main roles depicting an American is played by a British actor.....Superman, Batman, Spiderman.....All legends of US comic books, but all portrayed recently by British actors.....Says a lot about the state of the arts in the US a the moment.

I don't think you can have a go at the actors for going to award ceremonies either....It's part of their job to promote a movie. Do you also get upset when they go on chat shows?

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Posted in: Nihon University football player convicted of possessing drugs See in context

It's only illegal if you get caught

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 3rd Japanese company to compensate workers for forced labor See in context

This will go on and on forever until South Korea hangs its patriotism hat on something else. The Japanese government have on uncountable occasions apologised for the past yet Korea won't let go. What the Koreans seem to forget is they did very similar things on the request of the US in Vietnam, yet we don't hear the Vietnamese making demands of South Korea, do we? Pot calling the kettle black comes to mind.

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