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Posted in: Hamilton aiming to build championship lead at Japanese GP See in context

Max talking about 'old school', didn't he just turn 20?  Perhaps he is the reincarnation of a former racing driver.

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Posted in: Katy Perry appears in Japanese commercial for Laundrin’ See in context

Well, if Katy Perry uses...oh, wait she's just being paid to do it.  Hang on, isn't it real though?  If it's on TV it must be real!  Yes, let's buy loads of it and we can look just like her.

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Posted in: No fire or fury, but muted Trump response to N Korean missile launch See in context

"Japan's and the U.S. positions are totally at one," Abe added in a statement, saying Trump expressed his "strong commitment" to defend Japan.

The position being 'do nothing'. 

I think the best thing would be to put more pressure on Russia and China regarding economic sanctions.  Bold statements have been very negative, a bully doesn't respond well to threats, as common sense would tell most people.  Hit NK where it hurts with stricter import restrictions.

Trump, and Abe, need to stop talking and start acting!

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile over northern Japan; Abe speaks with Trump See in context

Check this link for why the missile wasn't intercepted:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/16/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-may-able-shoot-north-korean-missiles-no-legal-basis-experts/#.WaSrtcsUlHg

'Masahisa Sato, senior vice minister for foreign affairs, tweeted last week that it would be “difficult” to shoot them down if the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Aegis destroyers, equipped with SM-3 anti-missile defense systems, were deployed in the Sea of Japan.'

Not very encouraging, is it?

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile over northern Japan; Abe speaks with Trump See in context

Dango Bong,  My alert came to my iphone at 6:02, which was 4 minutes after it was launched, so the missile was noticed pretty quickly.  Another alert came as we were having breakfast to say it had passed over Japan and was heading out to sea.

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Posted in: Aso to visit U.S. in September to prepare for economic talks See in context

Start counting how many gaffs Aso will make.  Surely we have a better international communicator.  Let's hope Pence has an Aso filter app.

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Posted in: Japan's once extinct stork population reaches 100 See in context

After breeding, the storks migrate to eastern China in September and return in March.

Great how they can keep track of them.

What a great article!

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Posted in: Panel proposes easing teachers' workload as part of education reform See in context

As much as possible, I leave on or soon after my finishing time (5:15).  This keeps me sane, gives me time for the family, reduces time spent wondering why if other teachers are asleep at their desk they don't just go home, let's me enjoy my hobbies, etc...  I've also been here 20 years.  At a Brit, I firmly believe that the weekend and evenings are mine by rite. 

Any kind of change here takes forever to achieve so don't expect any changes for a while (years/decades).

Premiem Friday was a very good idea, pity it doesn't affect teachers! 

Decent teachers unions are sorely needed if any lasting change is to be made.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte plans to cancel Japan trip in June See in context

Great, we don't want him over here, he'll just say something horrible.  Let 'Aso' speak to him by phone, they speak the same language (foot-in-mouth-go).

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Posted in: Justin Bieber to perform in Japan in September See in context

I think I'll stay at home. ;)

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Posted in: S Korea surprised by 2020 Games venue relocation reports See in context

Tokyo Olympics, but not in Tokyo...ummm....and not in the host country... ummm...is it only me, or does this sound really silly!

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Posted in: Narita's main stumbling block is its indifference toward travelers See in context

...a drop in the bucket

Umm...perhaps 'ocean' was the metaphor they were after.

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Posted in: 90 minutes of fire: Trump, Clinton trade charges, insults See in context

The saddest thing is, this is the best American can offer. Makes you appreciate Obama because he stands up far better in comparision. It feels as though there should be a better choice. Don't you think? Yes, I know it isn't that simple, but still...

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Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress See in context

Number 7: Combining vinegar and mutton will cause overheating of the body and lead to abnormalities in the blood.

That means roast lamb (or is it just mutton) and mint sauce is dangerous. Someone tell the BBC! Quick! . . . Oh yes, that's right, we're not really taken in by this 'news' article are we!

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Posted in: Japanese firms wage war on 'smell harassment' See in context

Arrid XX, this is by far the best stick deoderant out there, just an opinion not an endorcement, though if they want to send me a case for free I won't object. BO, not even in the height of summer! The other smells can be reduced, too. Heavy drinking the night before with some guys results in horribly smelly sweat! Yuk!

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Posted in: Elementary school principal in Tokyo fired over sexual harassment See in context

Another reason to mistrust and suspect principals. At a school, he, and all that deem to call themselves 'principals' ,should be above reproach! Reveal his name!

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy survives fall from 7th floor apartment See in context

she took her eyes off her son for just a few minutes

That'll do it!

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Posted in: Pokemon No: Can a place declare the game off-limits? See in context

Nobody wants to comment, we're all sick of it already!

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Posted in: Trump lays out plan for terrorism fight, immigrant controls See in context

Wait a minute, Trump has speech writers? I thought all his speeches were off the cuff ad-libs.

Perhaps he now has more people telling him to read the words on the paper and not follow his erratic brain-wrecks.

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Posted in: Ad for instant ramen noodles shows all the great Japanese trends from the past year See in context

Tremendous, it should win an award.

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Posted in: 'Star Trek' fan favorite Mr Sulu is gay in new film; Takei disapproves See in context

Hollywood has done what Star Trek set out not to do, make as many of the populous feel good about the universe as possible. In the day, issues were controversial and thought provoking.

Scotty will soon shun alcohol as it portrays Scots as too fond of whisky, a dangerous cliche!

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Posted in: TV presenter Mao Kobayashi battling breast cancer See in context

Stage 3 is a tough place to be, I hope Mao-chan will beat this thing. I'm sure she is getting the best care. All the best.

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Posted in: Sound mind in sound body: ASICS CEO speaks about sport technology See in context

This is also the motto of my high school. Though students tend to get excessive amounts of cabbage for school lunch!

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Posted in: Combative Trump says he raised $5.6 million for vets, bashes media See in context

Somebody give Trump a thesaurus, all his comments and come-backs have such a limited vocabulary I feel as though English is his second language, his first being 'bluster'. Someone should strike 'sleaze' and 'loser' from his vocab. like Frasier tried to do with his dad.

Anyway, it's easy to write checks and then say all the donations have been given. Was that so before the press got on his case?

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Posted in: 'Star Trek' at 50: Boldly going on... and on See in context

Live long and prosper!

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy unconscious after classroom fight See in context

'accident' - hardly, this was either bullying or some kind of violence, not an accident.

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Posted in: Fast-lane immigration service for VIPs to start at Narita, Kansai airports See in context

Business class perk!

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Posted in: China's premier says Sino-Japan relations improving but fragile See in context

About the time for Aso or someone to say something stupid, then.

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Posted in: Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi swastika confusion See in context

Educate! Please don't dumb things down for the bl@@dy foreigners.

The Geospatial Information Authority should get out and ask tourists if they are offended, I suspect they won't get many that are.

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Posted in: Junior high teacher burns student's hair with lighter See in context

This action is similar to hitting a student and should carry the same punishment. I have rude and belligerent pupils in my classes but most teachers know that we can't be physical with them. A call to the boys parents or a staffroom telling off in front of other teachers would have been far more 'appropriate'.

Yes, I'd love to send them a 'wake up' electric shock (like in the Simpsons family therapy episode) but we live in the real world!

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