Mr Kipling comments

Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

The government has billions for ridiculous face masks, subsidised travel and hotel stays but can’t find money for frontline health workers? The most important workers in a pandemic get a pay cut? Something not quite right here!

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Posted in: Japan’s first 100% non-alcoholic and vegan bar to open in Tokyo’s Roppongi district See in context

Maria... A good old sticky carpet is a great help to stability after a few drinks!

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Posted in: Trump issues tough response to China's treatment of Hong Kong See in context

Serrano.... it was a lease. Lease ended. The UK would have been breaking international law and China made it quite clear it was theirs. Hong Kong citizens NEVER had democracy. They have more power now than they ever did under direct UK rule.

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Posted in: UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027 See in context

Just mimicking Trump .... Protectionism for US tech companies...Those in the UK get a slice of the pie. China should ban Apple from its shores.

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Posted in: Japan’s first 100% non-alcoholic and vegan bar to open in Tokyo’s Roppongi district See in context

Well, I can guarantee they won’t be getting a single yen from my wallet. However, I will suggest it to my friends to get their reactions.... should be fun!

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Posted in: Panel calls for penalizing foreigners who refuse deportation See in context

Seriously? A one way ticket is cheaper than keeping the offenders locked up for a week. If they choose to go on hunger strike, thats their choice.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

Its only rock and roll...The 2107 expectations for foreign tourists attending 2020 Tokyo Olympics is 920,000 in an around Tokyo per day ...

So on one day they are expecting almost THREE times as many foreign Olympic visitors than any other Olympic even gets during the entire games?

Over the month they could hope for 300,000-350,000 foreign visitors. About the same as the Rugby World Cup.

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Posted in: Violators, beware: Police finally put some teeth in cycling laws See in context

The cyclist in the June 15th case wasn’t “tailgating”. This was shown on TV news.

He rode in a circle around the stationary car then deliberately crashed into the driver side door to try to get some “compensation money”.

Im fairly certain that most of these new rules are not new, riding drunk and blowing red lights has always been a no-no.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

When events “must go ahead as a symbol” you know they have no meaning.

Snap election in November/ December..... Cancellation announcement in January.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

Sh1mon M4sada.... I can answer that for you..

The bonus cut is across the board, doctors, nurses, technicians, cleaners and teaching staff at medical universities run by the hospitals. As the exams for doctors, nurses and technicians is in Japanese and overseas qualifications and not valid, there are few foreigners in these positions. The foreigner staff employed as carers and cleaners will get a bonus cut...If they were getting a bonus in the first place.

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Posted in: Snow White manners See in context

I can’t believe that in 2020 people are still referring to “dwarfs”.

The politically correct form of address is persons of reduced growth or PORGs.

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Posted in: With one year to go, experts warn of high-risk Tokyo Olympics See in context

The “official start “ is one year away but the unofficial date when cancelling the event has to be decided is a lot closer. I expect the realisation the the “new” olympic plans with half empty stadiums and some teams considered too risky to allow into the country, will convince the organisers that its time to pull the plug sometime around year end.

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Posted in: Sports Illustrated uses transgender model in swimsuit issue for first time See in context

Sports Illustrated obviously hoping that a little controversy will generate some publicity and better sales.

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Posted in: Soar like an eagle at this adventure park in central Japan See in context

Wow, that looks like an awesome place for kids, and “ex kids”. Much better than that place with overgrown mice. If only I wasn’t terrified of heights....

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Posted in: Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes See in context

You really have to wonder with all the publicity about these “host clubs and cabaret clubs”, who is stupid enough to visit them?

But then, never underestimate the stupidity of some people.

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

Japan pressured to buy some shiny, useless toys to placate the the US over its imbalance in trade.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

80% are under 40 year olds working in late night entertainment, only one of which is in a serious condition. Don’t panic but heed the not so hidden message...AVOID THESE PLACES.

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Posted in: Exhausted U.S. cities face another challenge: a surge in violence See in context

The article isn’t clear...How many of these shootings were by the police on unarmed black men? Or have they simply gone back to shooting each other? Everyone needs a hobby!

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Posted in: Mother arrested after leaving 3-year-old daughter alone for week to die See in context

Absolutely shocking story. This simply isn’t normal behaviour, I suspect some form of mental illness may be involved. Nobody is that stupid or heartless, are they?

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Posted in: Japanese rapper Kan a.k.a. GAMI arrested for marijuana possession See in context

He can now legitimately call himself a “gangster rapper”..

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Posted in: Japan to consider easing travel curbs for Tokyo Olympic athletes See in context

The governments clarification on the re-entry for foreign nationals doesn’t seem to have be heard or understood.... You are now able to leave and return.

But keep it quiet as they don’t want to encourage international travel at the moment.

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Posted in: Race against time to rescue stranded flood victims; 52 dead See in context

On the news you could see that a lot of the houses under flooding were new builds. Build recently but only protected from the river by dykes. Surely there is enough land above the flood plain. This is basically the countryside, with a falling population, no reason to build there. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to buy the new builds I’ve seen along the banks of the Tamagawa.

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Posted in: Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 U.S. presidential bid See in context

Fantastic move by Trump..... Gets his rapper pal to split the black vote and win.

Its a funny old world....

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Posted in: JR Central gives up on opening new maglev train service in 2027 See in context

There will be no Linear Chuo Shinkansen station in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Perhaps the Shizuoka government would change their mind if a station was added...?

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Posted in: UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen See in context

No, they clarified the “restrictions” at the end of June. Those with PR and existing visas will be allowed to return. But probably best to make a call before buying the ticket!

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Posted in: Fuji TV had deal with 'Terrace House' cast on how scenes played out See in context

These shows are all scripted and edited to make the stories the producers want.

Back in 1990 a good friend appeared on Cilla Black’s “Blind Date” (an awful Saturday night dating game show in the UK).....every word from the mouths of every contestant was scripted. The winner was chosen by the producer before the show started filming.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

A step in the right direction, but more important would be the packaging. My local supermarket sells fried goods such as tempura and fried chicken, each individual piece in its own plastic shell. And don’t start me on PET bottles... Germany has the right idea with their refund system.

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Posted in: Few economic benefits to be gained from hosting Olympics next year See in context

Every government bidding for the games posts predictions of huge “legacy effect” gains.... they are never met or even anywhere close to being met. Those white elephant structures need to be maintained for years of little use. It was always going to cost the tax players a fortune... Now it looks like they will pay and not even have the memories.

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Posted in: Trump posts video of couple brandishing guns toward protesters See in context

The important point is the “protesters” moved on pretty fast!

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Posted in: Iran issues warrant for Trump, 35 others over killing of top general See in context

The US is very mistaken if they think this incident is finished. There is a lot more blood to be spilt in the sand from both sides. The attitude of the US administration after November may help to mitigate.

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