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Posted in: F1 driver Norris says his watch stolen after Euro 2020 final See in context

Third world.

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Posted in: Pakistani man reaches out to those living on margins in Japan See in context

Lots of people living out of Internet cafes and sleeping in their cars, too.

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But the foreign press is banned.


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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

If his movements in Tokyo are limited, how can he travel to Hiroshima within the 14 days?

He can travel in dedicated transport - a car or minivan - with a plastic sheet sealing the masked driver off from the rear masked passengers: his own little bubble, with no unauthorised stops or deviation en route. That's the protocol.

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Posted in: 4 tourists ordered to leave Bali for violating virus restrictions See in context

Good. Well done, Bali. I hope the Covid-positive person who escaped quarantine is arrested on her return home.

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Posted in: Blurring the line between work and play: 'Workation' rentals become a thing in Japan See in context

Those pork barrel Shinkansen lines out to the sticks might actually start paying for themselves.

Bring it on!

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Posted in: The rising number of suicides, especially among women, could become a serious social problem if left unaddressed. We have to try to understand the problems people face and lend them a helping hand. See in context

The country at its worst promotes and at best condones suicide and insurance companies even reward it.

What should we expect?

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Posted in: Japan urges Myanmar to prevent repeat of raids on embassy, aid staff See in context

Japanese organisations happily continue joint ventures with this murderous government.

What do they expect, teddy bears?

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Posted in: Osaka says she is preparing for Olympics, and will do news conferences See in context

Welcome back!

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Posted in: Bezos leaves enduring legacy as he steps away as Amazon CEO See in context

The guy has hypercharged materialism indulging any whim with anything from anywhere, sorted and picked by exploited, dehydrated workers - who don't dare take a toilet break - and stressed delivery drivers.

His latest move was to replace layers of middle management with AI to hire and fire the least protected workers in the US: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/05/amazon-worker-fired-app-dystopia?via=indexdotco

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Posted in: Welcome to Italy See in context

Motegi acting the intellectual as ever.

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Posted in: UK's chief medical adviser manhandled on street See in context

Verbal abuse is one thing, but assault?

The joys of populism. Nice one, BoJo.

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Posted in: Former head of egg producer pleads guilty to bribing ex-farm minister See in context

If we can get beyond the poultry jokes, the bigger picture here is that Japanese consumers are subject to the whims of corporations protected by the respective ministries, media (to preserve ad revenues) draconian libel laws, and laws against interfering with business, should they wish to take action themselves.

And let's not forget that lifestyle choices (eating stressed out animals squashed together in cages and fed corn and soy that their bodies aren't designed to digest) serve the medical industry and Big Pharma, too.

Enjoy your FamiChiki.

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Posted in: 2 children killed, 3 injured after being hit by truck driven by drunk man See in context

...that I come from (less than 2 million people):


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Posted in: What are some movies whose bad science made them almost unwatchable for you? See in context

Anything biblical.

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Posted in: Throughout history, in every country, there have been con artists. Why are they always with us? See in context

Why are they always with us?

Their role models are in power.

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Posted in: UK government accused of hypocrisy as health minister quits See in context

UK government accused of hypocrisy as health minister quits

It's a target rich environment.

Downing Street: ever prophetic.

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Posted in: Trump airs old election grievances in return to rally stage See in context


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Posted in: Coca-Cola releases hard lemonade canned cocktails See in context

Oh dear.

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Posted in: Nestlé installs unstaffed KitKat and coffee stations around Japan for a good cause See in context

Logical idea, really. B2B2C (or B2B2B2B2C often in Japan) is extremely inefficient and costly to the consumer.

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Posted in: UK health minister admits virus rules breach with embrace of aide See in context

The guy who banned nookie outside one's own household does a Cummings.

Oh, the Carry On deliciousness of it all!

Nurse! Nurse!!

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Posted in: New York court suspends Rudy Giuliani's law license See in context

Couldn't happen to a better guy.

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

It is a mute point arguing about, the wishes of Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland, none are member states of the EU, the UK is.


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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

Suffice to say that the remainers' main warnings of a capital outflow, undermining of the NHS and more severe budget austerity haven't happened, even when COVID should have heightened the chance of bad things happening.


Tory backbenchers will be baying for book-balancing blood soon enough. Don't be surprised that Austerity 2.0 hits the neglected English rust belt just when they expect their Brexit dividend.

As ever in this world, fail to plan; plan to fail.

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

*incoming → income tax rate

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

Being legitimately worried about dropping salaries due to unlimited, cheap foreign competition in the workforce - and living standards therefore dropping - is NOT racism.

Britain has minimum wage legislation considerably more generous that Japan, ファイト。

England's neglected areas that voted for Brexit were the ones devastated by (previous Conservative PM) David Cameron's austerity, which slashed welfare benefits (which UK taxpayers had all contributed to) at the same time as reducing the incoming tax rate for highest earners, and bailing out the bankers.

THIS is what radicalised them. The vulture capitalists, silver spoon strategists and egotistical opportunists (BoJo literally flipped a coin to decide if he was pro- or anti-EU) deftly deflected the rust belt's ire against an EU which was more morally and financially engaged in levelling the playing field - through infrastructure and other investments in those poorer regions - than London ever was.

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

The UK has been one of the most multi-nationality for many decades.

Has been, Zichi, and I so wish it could continue. After the Brexit vote a long-term resident Japanese friend got dog's abuse. Multiculturalism doesn't always translate into tolerance, either. Priti Patel embodies this paradox.

I wouldn't say that the UK is divided

Not yet, no. Boris is determined to keep it together, while at the same time weakening powers devolved to the assemblies in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. These latter moves - while ensuring Johnson's legacy - make the role a poisoned chalice for his successor.

Let's not forget, either, that Holyrood now has a pro-independence majority, and that unionism is in a minority in Belfast City Council, the Stormont assembly, and in Westminster (3/4 of Belfast's MPs are pro-United Ireland, for example).

In short, Brexit has catalysed the collapse of the United Kingdom by amplifying the democratic deficit in a Westminster where English MPs have a supermajority, and rarely hang around for (scheduled) Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales questions in the House of Commons.

You could fill an encyclopaedia with 'The UK has been,' too.

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Posted in: Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison See in context

A road less travelled.

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

many Brexit supporters like him were surprised at how

You could fill an encyclopaedia on this topic alone.

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Posted in: McKatsudon: Easy to make with new spicy chicken nuggets from McDonald’s Japan See in context

Any resemblance to food is coincidental.

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