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Posted in: Japan to scrap licenses for electric scooters See in context

judging by the above comments, the average age is about 60.

Ha ha!

I'm only 7 years off 60 but love my eScooter. Much better than a twist & thrash petrol moped belching out exhaust fumes.

Already ride mine around in Japan but will be happy to be finally buzzing around the city legally.

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Posted in: Gunman opens fire on Brooklyn subway; at least 10 shot See in context


No comment on

"Definitely need more guns in America. If every single person on the train had been carrying at least one automatic weapon and several magazines containing high-velocity bullets, then this tragedy would have been avoided."

I think the utter ridiculous premise of this "opinion" shows my true intent.

It's scary however that some Americans truly believe this would be a positive step forward.

And then at the other end of the barmy scale we have wholly unqualified mods who don't like it when people express differing opinions.

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Posted in: Half a century of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' See in context

Quite an impact of stage musical production no matter how nonsense the subject matter.

Then again Cats, Starlight Express and others are all works of fiction too.

Just hated the way we were constantly shown the movie version of this at school by zealots as a "cool" way to indoctrinate us into organised religious mumbo jumbo.

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Posted in: Djokovic returns to action in Monte Carlo See in context

Well he already lives there even though the tennis club is just outside the principality.

However the majority of Monaco regards him as a total and utter antivax wnkr

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Posted in: Will Smith gets 10-year Oscars ban over Chris Rock slap See in context


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Posted in: Kishida says no schedule yet for allowing entry of tourists See in context

I arrived 2 weeks ago on a business visa as a foreign national.

Nothing changed at all on Friday.

Unless I am missing something.

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Posted in: Japan to expel 8 Russian diplomats See in context

The quotation marks around "war crimes" indicates that the author has doubts as to whether the allegations are true.


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Posted in: Hong Kong to lift ban on flights from nine countries in April See in context

Still 3 weeks if quarantine in a converted shipping container.

Still flights resuming will hopefully allow more Hong Kongers to get out of the Chinese hell hole.

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Posted in: Latest developments in Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Seems like the conspiracy theorists who all became expert epidemiologists over the last two years have all now become professors of geopolitics and masters of military strategy.

Still just conspiracy theory nutcases, however.

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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

There's no question that some of these rules are sheer madness and enforced with no thought or flexibility.

Japanese school rules - especially the hair dyeing thing - are making headlines all over the world. And not in a good way.

It's true. I'm seeing news all over the world covering this. People think it's extreme but then look at the behaviour of young people in their own countries compared with Japan and are pausing to think.

While Japanese school rules are draconian and their enforcement often idiotic, there is something to be said for having a school uniform. Otherwise we all just end up like America, and we don't want that!

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Posted in: Zelenskyy approaches Japan over possible online speech to Diet See in context

Give Putin an opportunity to virtually express his views too. That’s fair play.

Grow up.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy approaches Japan over possible online speech to Diet See in context


President Zelenskyy is a brave man and a true patriot to be admired. Full respect for him and the Ukrainians in their struggle against their invaders.

100% spot on.

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Posted in: 3D printing a house in less than 24 hours — Japanese company meets its goal See in context

My concern is that the techniques I read about do not include any steel or other kind of reinforcement incorporated into the concrete. Absent reinforcing steel or something else I would be concerned about the performance of such a structure in an earthquake.

The article says it confirms to earthquake regs.

New fibre reinforced concrete is stronger than steel reinforced concrete. The fiber is in the mix. No need for rebar.

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Posted in: Fighting rages near Ukrainian capital; port city under siege See in context

Time for some novichok in this madman's tea.

I think even Kremlin peeps are contemplating it.

The oligarchs certainly are.


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Posted in: Trump's praise of Putin, 'America First' view tested by war See in context

What an utter moron.

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Posted in: Ukraine says Russia stepping up shelling of residential areas See in context

Putin is now fully insane. A paranoid madman who is scared of his own shadow in the Kremlin as he knows there's more and more of his people ready to topple him. Someone needs to put a bullet in his brain. I hope they do it soon.

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Posted in: Alleged stock manipulation at SMBC Nikko involved several sections See in context

Makoto & Shinichiro will be fine as they know how to bow properly, say "regrettable" in Japanese and shed tears on demand.

I suspect that Trevor & Alexandre are in deep do-do's, however.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly gets suspended sentence; judge slams Ghosn See in context

As usual, a bunch of people who do not do the slightest bit of research just let rip their latent Japanophobia.

First, the court after examining all documents, determined that unreported expenses to the tune of 9 billion yen were present.

I think you have completely missed the point of the frustration of most commenters here.

Most understand that Gosn/Kelly were a bit dodgy, but so we're the entire board of Nissan. Same with Olympus and other corporations that have had Western execs and most corporations in Japan that don't.

The point isn't whether they did anything wrong (they likely did!)... Fiddling the numbers is a common grey standard in Japanese corporations.

The point you're missing is that the Japanese crooks seem not to get prosecuted for the same crimes as the "round eye" crooks.

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Posted in: Ghosn calls Kelly's guilty verdict 'face saving' for prosecutors, Nissan See in context

Just about every corporation in Japan is supplying their executives with moody tax avoiding benefits. It's the way things are done. Same with most big corporations around the world.

But if a Japanese exec gets caught they just execute a perfect 90⁰ bow, utter something containing the word "regrettable" and then burst into tears; and the result is a slap on the wrist.

The amount of gaijin execs that have been scapegoated for the misdeeds of many of their Japanese colleagues, is disproportionate.

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Posted in: Russian troops enter Ukraine's 2nd largest city See in context

Putin has had a brain malfunction. He's a paranoid madman now. The oligarchs are even realising that the lunatic is a complete liability.

Like a mob boss that gets too drunk on his own power, usually there is someone in the structure that takes him out. Fingers crossed.

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Posted in: England ruins Welsh Six Nations title hopes with 23-19 victory See in context

Good win for England. They need to learn how to convert their possession in the opponents 22 to points however, to have any chance against the Frogs. The scrum penalty was a ridiculous reffing decision but sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you don't. Enjoyable game.

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Posted in: A mini-guide to impressing your future Japanese in-laws See in context


I think you're right. And it happens the world over.

I dated a Scottish girl once and my Dad was not best pleased. In addition her parents were downright horrified that she'd chosen a Sassanach....

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Posted in: A mini-guide to impressing your future Japanese in-laws See in context

Khuniri, I bumped timeon with an extra +

Nonsense article. I was /am typically British while being reasonably sympathetic and respectful to cultural norms with in-laws. And as Timeline says just being polite and friendly does the trick.

But they love the Britishness.

Yes we all get offended by something or someone anywhere in the world but offence is taken not given. The western people that feel that Japanese are constantly xenophobic are people who are just looking to be offended on a daily basis.

Like the guy who had a melt down when I described myself and him as gaijin. "That is GAIKOKUJIN!!" he shouted, the triggering going on as he declared the word gaijin as a malicious and racist word and proceeded to give me a 25 minute history lecture.

FFS I just wanted to eat, get drunk and have fun.

Get over yourselves, small people!

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Posted in: Epstein ally found dead in French prison: prosecutors See in context

Talk about sarcasm right there. Looking once again in all the wrong rabbit holes as usual.

Bass is so easily triggered. We all know paedo Donald is trying to get rid of the witnesses 1 by 1.

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Posted in: Man City rocked by Spurs as Liverpool ignite title race See in context

Fabulous game... COYS!!

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease border controls; daily entry cap to be raised to 5,000 See in context

Just getting all doc's organised for my biz visa... Fingers crossed. It goes in March 1st.

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Posted in: ANA to streamline documentation needed on international travel See in context

BA have this in place already with VERIFLY use it a lot for flying around in Europe and to the States. Good that ANA are doing it. Much prefer ANA over BA for long haul to/fm JP.

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Posted in: ANA to streamline documentation needed on international travel See in context

How many passengers are flying without checked baggage?

Rarely fly with checked baggage. Usually only small briefcase and passport in back pocket.

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Posted in: Top SoftBank exec quits after reported clash over compensation See in context

Marcello brought WeWork into SB in the first place after being baited and caught hook, line and sinker by Adam Newman, without any real due diligence but instead just on AN's apparent charm.

Disastrous. He owes SB for his ineptitude, rather than SB owing him. Any idiot could see that WW was a flawed business model (almost a Ponzi) and it was widely reported years before the failed IPO comedy.

But no matter how it will pan out, Marcello won't need to sell his 55 meter megayacht just yet.

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Posted in: S Korea, Taiwan expected to top Japan in GDP per capita in 2027, 2028 See in context

So, by your argument, Japan should be way ahead of the US, which has 3 times the population. Not last time I looked.

Nope... You don't quite get it.

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