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Posted in: Japan's 'Miracle' Suzuki takes darts world by storm See in context

In the PDC World Championships at the end of 2018, 2 women qualified for the tournament both losing in the first round. Also, from memory, in the Darts World Cup a couple of years ago one of the Chinese team was a woman. If they are good enough in the PDC then that can play. The BDO is separated though as shown in this article.

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Posted in: Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo Dome See in context

I'm not a baseball fan per se but I do like sport and I recognise Ichiro as a great athlete not just in baseball but in international sport. I admire the way that he has worked hard to stay in the game for so long but unfortunately Father Time had the final say. All due respect to the Seattle Mariners to allow him to have the send off he deserved in the last couple of days. I think also due to Ichiro and players like Hideki Matsui's success in Major League Baseball that has help change Nippon Professional Baseball as well. In the past there had been all of those shenanigans about foreign players beating home run records and the like but thanks to Ichiro, and I think back to 2004 when he beat the hits records the fans in the MLB were all behind him to beat it. That showed the fans in Japan that it doesn't matter where you were born, it is a good idea to applaud sporting excellence.

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Posted in: Liam Neeson says there is 'witch hunt' in Hollywood over sex allegations See in context

This is a difficult one. People like Weinstein and Cosby have abused their position and taken advantage of many woman. That's terrible. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. I think what Liam Neeson is talking about is times when you might compliment your female colleague's hairstyle for example. Depending on how she thinks about you, they might say thank you and carry on with their life or it might be considered harassment. Apparently, technically, it is harassment according to a human resources expert I was talking to recently.

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Posted in: Japan likely to tolerate smoking at restaurants after LDP's resistance See in context

I remember in New Zealand when they brought in no smoking laws, they did it really well. Rather than target restaurants or bars, they said no smoking in work places . Of course there are some people who work in restaurants and bars so you couldn't (and still can't) smoke in those establishments and because of that the bars didn't really have a chance to complain.

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Posted in: South Africa beats Japan to qualify for Olympic hockey See in context

The South Africans had already qualified for the Olympics through the continental route but the South African Olympic Committee had said that the competition wasn't strong enough so they had to qualify again. Talk about doing it the hard way. It was good to see a full ground in Gifu.

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Posted in: It’s time to get rid of sound trucks See in context

The recycle guys driving around with their loud speakers is very much like cold-calling. It can be annoying but on occasions it will cause the customer to take action. I know that I have given them a few pieces of furniture over the years just because they happened to drive past. I wouldn't have done anything about if they didn't. I do agree that 8am on a Sunday is a little bit too much.

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Posted in: Charlize Theron among star-studded cast at World Cup draw See in context

I would like to see England, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Many kiwis would like to see that. I think Japan and New Zealand will be in the same pot so maybe not.

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