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Posted in: Do you still send Christmas or season's greetings cards by post or do you send everything by email these days? See in context

Fully agree with Reckless. Better nothing than spam-like wishes sent to huge distribution lists.

I can agree with a personalised one sent by e-mail only to one person or to a small group.

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Posted in: Thousands of protesters throng streets of Hong Kong as government urges calm See in context

Today almost 1 million Hongkongers march peacefully.

There has been no violence at all so far.

Will it be heard by the government? No!

And violent protests will start again. No other choice for the Hongkongers I believe.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri indicted on drug possession charges See in context

The police searched her home in Tokyo last month when she returned after a night out at a club and found 0.19 grams of powder containing MDMA, 0.6 grams of liquid containing LSD and a small piece of paper laced with LSD.

So little stuff.

In a country where you are ostracised if you do not get drunk every evening with your colleagues...

What a farce!

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Posted in: Japan drops in OECD scholastic ranking; China leads in all categories See in context

I have big doubts these tests were done randomly in China...

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Posted in: 5 reasons Japan is a budget traveler’s dream destination See in context

Travelling with kids in japan is crazy.

All the places I have been I was charged per people not per room, i.e. adult 100% and kids 50%. Ending paying a fortune with 3 kids for 5 people in a 15sqm room.

Bullet train is bloody expensive too.

And if you want to eat anything else than ramen or noodle: ouch!

Forget about hotel speaking english, prices rocket to the sky.

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Posted in: Japanese boxer formerly on death row for 46 years attends pope’s mass See in context

46 years in death row? The judges must be very scared to have it carried on, but still not enough to lose face and recognise the total injustice.

Give him break please, regardless of what may have happened!

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Posted in: High turnout in Hong Kong vote seen as referendum on protest See in context

Correction: at 2:30 PM Hong Kong time (not 1:30 PM)

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Posted in: High turnout in Hong Kong vote seen as referendum on protest See in context

At 1:30 PM more people have already voted (1,746,709) today than in total in 2015 (1,467,229).

Polling stations close at 10:30 PM

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English — but where’s the French? See in context

@ Einz, a bit of knowledges never hurts:

French is an official language in Belgium, Benin, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central, African, Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte, d'Ivoire, Democratic, Republic, of, the, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial, Guinea, France, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic, of, the, Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Since when politicians can state this is safe?

They even cannot get the support from the highly corrupt IAEA, that says all!

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Posted in: University entrance exam to test reading, listening for English See in context

The challenge to test writing and speaking skills is to have enough examiners mastering English to give a proper evaluation. This means Japan would need to hire foreigners for that...

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Posted in: Tens of thousands attend event for emperor's enthronement See in context

welcome to the 21st century

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Posted in: 120,000 watch emperor, empress parade in Tokyo See in context

An emperor in the 21st century!

I am not sure about what to think about that.

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Posted in: Beaumont hails Japan 2019 as 'probably the greatest Rugby World Cup' See in context

@ Zurcronium

No doubt the organisation was good.

But a friend of mine who went to watch 2 games from oversea made the following comments:

Food and drink delivery was far much too less and too slow, when even available.

No fan zone around the events before/after match.

Commuting schedule with bullet trains was bad (he had to leave one game 15 minutes before the end to catch it).

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Posted in: Japanese retailers to be required to charge for plastic bags from summer 2020 See in context

@ Farmboy

 If you are on a bike on a rainy day, you will protect your purchases in plastic of some kind.

Tell me one article that is not already wrapped in 5 plastic layers from the shop (exaggerating a bit).

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Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

The rules for a Marathon race are quite simple: 42.195 kilometres on a relatively flat road.

Except if you are targeting a new world record and as long as the roads have no major defects or potholes there is no need for major spendings.

The number of 100 of millions to organise an olympic marathon just make me very perplex.

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

"Proper manners" are a cultural things.

How can you enforce Japanese proper manners to tourists?

Japan has manners considered very improper elsewhere, e.g. sniffing instead of using a tissue. Of course this cannot be fined.

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Posted in: S Africa edge Wales 19-16 to reach World Cup final See in context

Such a boring game.

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Posted in: England totally outplay All Blacks 19-7 to reach World Cup final See in context

I am not a rugby pro, but so far I believe England has delivered the strongest and most consistent performance in this WC.

My bet is on this team.

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Posted in: Gov't to start using 'family name first' order from Jan 1 See in context

@ Yubaru

All your examples are either English countries, former colonies or occupied countries from the same.

Western countries is a bit more than that...

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Posted in: Gov't to start using 'family name first' order from Jan 1 See in context

Just to be clear: I prefer the first name first.

Happy to see an example of first name first in an official French document.

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Posted in: Gov't to start using 'family name first' order from Jan 1 See in context

@ Backpacking

French, German, Spanish to mention a few important western languages use last name first.

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Posted in: Gov't to start using 'family name first' order from Jan 1 See in context

@ Yubaru

Please name 5 non-English speaking countries worldwide that use the given name first in official documents.

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Posted in: Woods, Spieth, McIlroy lead star field in Japan See in context

No cut means an all stars game. Even though they play badly.

Show stuff for corporate sponsors. Not a sport event!

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Posted in: Coppola backs Scorsese's comments on Marvel films See in context

Cannot judge. I have never watched a Marvel movie and have no plan to.

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Posted in: China asked NBA to fire Rockets exec over Hong Kong tweet: Silver See in context

China is at the edge of over-bullying for political reasons.

Freedom countries are at the edge of accepting it for the mercantilism of a few.

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Posted in: Worried about flying on a 737 Max? Your options may be few See in context

I will never fly the Max. Period.

Advice from a 30 years experienced captain of my friends!

This aircraft is just completely unbalanced to be managed by a standard pilot crew.

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Posted in: Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son See in context

So sad situation!

Like it or not, but this is just triggered by USA drug demand.

Nobody is forcing the Great American guys to consume drugs!

Legalise it maybe?

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