Mr Kipling comments

Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

My mother’s scones.... though none of her other cooking! :(

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

So Japan has to import foreign labor to fill a shortage... and yet the streets are full of unemployed who would love to work.

Which is it?

Or is it that most of the homeless are the result of Japan’s lack of care and facilities for alcoholics and the mentally ill.

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Posted in: Democratic candidates vow unity but conflict escalates See in context

It really shouldn’t be difficult to find a candidate to beat Trump. But I really fear they are going to shoot themselves in the foot...AGAIN.

They don't need to pick a candidate to win in safe Democrat seats. They are safe!

Just the swing states.... Biden missed his chance last time and has too much baggage, Sanders may be too left for many. Warren too female( for some voters, not me!) Buttigieg too gay.... again for some voters... not me.

They only need to put up a boring mid 50’s white, God loving, middle of the road Democrat family man to sweep the next election.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan lifts growth outlook; keeps easy money policy See in context

Japan’s 2% inflation goal has about the same chance of being achieved as my winning the lottery goal. It could happen but probably won’t. Especially as I don’t play!

Admit they failed? When was the last time the Japanese government admitted to failure? 1945?

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context


Your comments are not in line with scientific observations

Sorry to disappoint, but they are. The panic crowd are the ones not in line.

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

Woo.....Radiation...danger....death..... Hiroshima...Nagasaki.....Chernobyl....

Get real! Its an extremely low level of contamination of a fairly harmless form of radiation.

The PROBLEM is people’s perception. Customers won’t buy fish from Japan, fishermen lose money.

They will eventually slowly release it into the ocean where it will do no harm whatsoever.

Probably starting just after the Olympics. ;)

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

So if they can’t get a fair trial here send them to somewhere known to be fair and just.

Somewhere like Canada......

But wait...Canada also has a 99% conviction rate.

I do wish people would stop ranting about the high conviction rate, most countries have rates in the 90’s. If conviction is not likely cases are dropped.

Please continue to rant about the lack of lawyers, length of questioning and lack of bail but the conviction rate isn’t really the problem.

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Posted in: Japanese TV networks to rotate Olympics broadcasting on daily basis See in context

How about NHK set to broadcast Japanese athletes and have another station broadcast the olympics proper.

That way we won’t have to see reruns on a loop of a Japanese race walker coming 7th.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

Yet he will still enjoy the fame and celebrity status given to him by birth. And cash in on it. There should be only one way to leave that family...death.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

JJ Jetplane.... Actually you are correct. Shaft as a white lesbian would be a great movie!

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

JJ Jetplane.... James Bond is white... that is not a racist comment just a statement of fact. They could change and make him black, Indian or Chinese but it wouldn’t fit with the history of the franchise. Could still be a great movie but wouldn’t really be James Bond.

How about a remake of Shaft as a white lesbian?

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Posted in: Tokyo department store’s best beef sushi bento combines two of the best things in life See in context

Hope it tastes better than it looks!

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Posted in: 11 U.S. troops injured in last week's Iran attack on Iraq base See in context

Much as I dislike Trump, he did not give Syria to the Russians. They were already there. (2 military bases) The Iranians also had massive influence in Damascus.

Trump didn’t start the conflict in Syria.... That was St. Obama and his cohort Clinton’s little adventure gone wrong. Ditto Libya.... Time to hand back that Nobel prize?

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Posted in: 25th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

My memories were that in Tokyo life carried on as normal. It was in the news for a week or so but nothing like the Tohoku earthquake. It seemed to me that the authorities were trying to play the incident down. I’d be interested to hear others recollections from Tokyo.

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Posted in: Suicides in Japan hit record low in 2019; down for 10th year in row See in context

Countryside prefectures have higher rates because they also have higher rates of old people. The over 60’s are the most likely to top themselves.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after car hits 5 children on crossing See in context

TigersTokyoDome..... The system in Japan isn’t to free up traffic flow. The traffic light system is actually designed to reduce the average overall speed of traffic. They were misguided into thinking that lower speeds equaled fewer accidents. When in reality, smooth flowing traffic not constant stop/start is safer.

Red means stop but Green does not mean go... Its meaning is proceed with caution.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after car hits 5 children on crossing See in context

The problem is with Japan’s traffic light system. Light is green for pedestrians crossing BUT also green for cars turning left. The reason is to give pedestrians more time to cross. However, this requires the car driver to pay attention to those crossing and not just blindly think green means go.

Instead of giving them more time to cross it increases their chances of being run down.

In the UK( a much lower frequency of road traffic accidents than Japan), when pedestrians are crossing......Cars are on a red light.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

Nothing but a publicity stunt... they will have a nanny taking care of the baby.

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Posted in: 'You called me a liar,' Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate See in context

Stupid Democrats.... You need a pick a candidate to win in swing states. That and that only is ALL you need to do. Not your favourite guy or girl, just the candidate who can beat Trump in states that count!

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

People such as the wife (apparently) in this case, don’t just become vindictive (use the kids as a weapon against the father to “get back at him” ) overnight. Potential life partners need to take more care when marrying childish, vindictive and selfish individuals. These traits will be obvious before marriage.

You don’t want to get married to someone with the mindset of a spoilt child!

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Posted in: Britain, France, Germany formally accuse Iran of breaking nuclear deal See in context

There is no creditable evidence of Iran having or planning a nuclear weapons program. Zero!

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Posted in: Top young U.S. men's players uncertain for Olympic soccer See in context

There is very little interest in men’s Olympic soccer outside Japan.

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Posted in: After Florida killings, Saudis withdraw 21 cadets from U.S. See in context

Slow learners... How many of the 9/11 terrorists were “training” in the US?

The US needs to look a little south of Iran to find the real danger.

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Posted in: Rugby Top League kicks off with many big foreign names See in context

Average attendance at all games was 14,590. Lets hope this can keep up!

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

Four minus votes for simply pointing out a fact? That the high conviction rate in Japan isn’t as unique as I for one thought. Most countries are in the 90+% range.

The long questioning and detention may be different but the conviction rates are not.

Carlos seems to have a cult going here.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

The 99% conviction rate gets a lot of coverage..... Readers may find it interesting to find out the rates for other countries... Google is your friend.

Japan is not alone with its 99%.

Good old virtuous Canada, minus Quebec also has a 99% conviction rate!

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

Don’t forget that everything has to be done in Japanese to English or French/Portuguese and then back to Japanese.

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

”Suspected Paedophile”? Not convicted maybe but not much doubt in the minds of many.

Case for the defense.... Its impossible for me to sweat?. Comedy gold!

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Posted in: New questions rise after Iran says it downed Ukrainian plane See in context

Don’t forget the US nay captain that “accidentally” shot down the Iranian airliner killing 290 innocent civilians was praised and even awarded a medal!

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Posted in: Washington turns down Iraqi call to remove troops See in context

So now officially “ an enemy occupation force” Legitimate targets for road side bombs, snipers and RPGs.

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