Padraig Bohannan comments

Posted in: George Clooney, Gladys Knight among Kennedy Center honorees See in context

The age-old question...Thumb up for U2 or Thumb down for Simple Minds.

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Posted in: Croatia reach World Cup quarterfinals with penalty shoot-out victory over Japan See in context

Ask Gareth Southgate.

"I learnt s million things from that day and that years that followed it, when something goes wrong in your life, it doesn't finish you and you should become braver, knowing that you've got to go for things and don't regret because you didn't try to be as good as you might be"  

Wise words indeed...from the man who cashed in on the millions of English fans' misery by making a Pizza Hut commercial celebrating that miss.

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Posted in: Is 'standard' Japanese language test best metric for hiring foreigners? See in context

That’s as good a reason as any to give it another bash.

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Posted in: Is 'standard' Japanese language test best metric for hiring foreigners? See in context

@tokyo_m

Do you find yourself purposely not listening now and blocking things out?

what’s that about?

Some here may think I’m inviting my own problems. How very true.

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Posted in: Is 'standard' Japanese language test best metric for hiring foreigners? See in context

Lived here for many years. I can barely get by in Japanese. Have to rely as much on them speaking English to me. I’ve tried… lord knows I’ve tried to learn, but it just hasn’t worked out for me. Not proud of myself. Embarrassing when people ask how long I’ve lived here. Starting to drop a few years off now. To try and lessen the impact. I guess some things just aren’t meant to be.

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Posted in: Cameroon stun Brazil 1-0 but fail to advance See in context

Yeah. But if you had to stake your last dollar on who is gonna win, I’d bet (like me) you’d all put it on Brazil.

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Posted in: Moriyasu defends decision-making after Japan's loss to Costa Rica showing See in context

"For the Germany game and today, we had high intensity...and for the next match against Spain it will be (the same). So we just need to increase the odds for Japan and that is how I decided the tactics."

eh?… duh. This guy is not up to the job. Stands there writing in his little 100 yen book god know what drivel. He is 100% at fault here. Not the players, who can be proud of the result against Germany.

Get your 2 wins in the bag. Then rest up players.

Spain never had to have been a key game. It is now… and Japan are out!

stick that in your book.

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Posted in: Red alert: Fired-up Nagatomo fuels Japan at World Cup See in context

Japan didn’t even field their strongest team to start with because they thought this was in the bag.

No Kubo or Asano. And insists on playing the little red haired girl because he shouts a lot….. hahaha.

fools. Imagine losing to the weakest team in the group.

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Posted in: Red alert: Fired-up Nagatomo fuels Japan at World Cup See in context

If only his playing was as creative as his mouth.

Dying your hair… eh… whatever color that is supposed to be just draws even more attention to how crap you are.

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Posted in: Japan aims for World Cup knockout stage against Costa Rica See in context

Well that first half was like watching paint dry.

Dont take this for granted Japan!

That was Germanys mistake last week.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching mother unconscious on her 100th birthday See in context

Japan and many other countries are broke. But they all find the money to build weapons of war.

We the public should demand that politicians spend a rotating shift at the front lines of any conflict until said conflict is resolved. Maybe then we'll have no wars and no need for weapons of war. All that money saved can be used to treat the elderly in a manner they deserve for all their lifelong contributions.

(Thump thump....wake up Paddy! You dozed off again.)

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Posted in: German bars boycott 'unacceptable' Qatar World Cup See in context

Doesn’t make you woke bud. But I think everyone realizes that the people who had the power to do something did nothing.

all those politicians and Hollywood types…. Pft.

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Posted in: German bars boycott 'unacceptable' Qatar World Cup See in context

@Jimizo

Slainte!

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Posted in: German bars boycott 'unacceptable' Qatar World Cup See in context

Btw… step off your horse about the bad treatment of the migrant workers. Where’d you get your info from… wiki?

sure the living conditions are bad. Ever watched Auf Wiedersehen, Pet?

the worker accept those conditions because it sends more money back home to their families. Real men doing a tough and dangerous job for the love of their family. Being a proud Irishman whose family has, and is, doing the same, I can speak from experience. Takes courage and sacrifice to go abroad for work. They and I wouldn’t do it if it were not a financially viable option.

As for cutting cost for safety. Well that’s another matter altogether.

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Posted in: German bars boycott 'unacceptable' Qatar World Cup See in context

yeah. Enjoy your Guinness during the human rights seminar.

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Posted in: German bars boycott 'unacceptable' Qatar World Cup See in context

All this virtue signalling. The time for protest and action was when the games were first awarded to Qatar… when something could have been done about it. But nobody joined forces and shouted loud enough for something to have been done.

so now we have it. Might as well enjoy it?

ok… close your bar to footy fans. Your competition will thank you. Your virtue signalling while commendable today will be forgotten about tomorrow. But you will still be losing money.

as Wellington says… not a smart business decision.

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Posted in: Hobbs wins Arizona governor’s race, flipping state for Dems See in context

50.4% - 49.6%

Guess what? (As Joe likes to say)

What?

Neither candidate has any real answers or fresh ideas when it's that close. It just comes down to what party you prefer.

What a joke.

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Posted in: 'Crash' director Paul Haggis loses New York rape case See in context

Would be interesting to know what the evidence was other than he said, she said.

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Posted in: Twitter chaos deepens as key executives quit See in context

Twitter, much like Mos Eisley spaceport,* "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."*

I avoid such nonsense. Much preferred the days when someone had to tell you to your face what they thought of you.

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Posted in: Florida's DeSantis re-elected, but key U.S. midterm races still undecided See in context

Hilarious that Trump lives rent-free in so many people's minds.

If you knew Biden...and I mean really knew him. You'd see what an awful situation the US (and by definition all of us) are really in.

I don't have a horse in this race. (Not being American) but I do have a stake in the result. (The "leader" of the free world is a doddering corrupt fool.

Time for change. It's been a rough 2 years. Not a supporter of red, just need a change of direction. For all our sakes.

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Posted in: 2 Americans who helped Ghosn flee Japan sent back to U.S. See in context

@Yohan

You failed to mention how he did all this without speaking Japanese?

Sure he may be guilty. The Taylors are guilty of what they are accused of. They already confessed. Ghosn never confessed and they hated that. Kept him away from his family. He hadn't been found guilty of anything. How would you like that?

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Posted in: 2 Americans who helped Ghosn flee Japan sent back to U.S. See in context

Whatever the circumstances you should be innocent until proven guilty. It should be the job of the accuser to prove the crime, not the other way around.

Jail is for dangerous people to society. It shouldn't be used as a form of punishment. House arrest (They can eat on their own dime...not mine!) and bail. (people hate to lose money)

Ghosn may have been dodgy. I don't know. But I know this!....it would have been impossible for him to have done what he is accused of doing because he spoke little to no Japanese. He must have had inside help.

Where are those people?

...and don't get me started on Saikawa!! Grrr....

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive inbound tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2025 See in context

The cheapest ticket for me to return home for Xmas is around 1,500 pounds and rising. That is also with these ridiculous waiting times between connections. That is not going to happen.

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Posted in: I think Sapporo remains the most prospective candidate to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, but the issue of the Tokyo Games needs to be cleared up. It will be impossible for Sapporo unless the fundamental distrust is dispelled, no matter how much promotion is done. See in context

Mr. Watanabe is either deluded or is in on the scam if he thinks pulling the will over everyone's eyes with a smoke and mirrors promotion will work regardless of how many minions take the fall for their superiors.

We want the top dogs to come clean!

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Posted in: 66-year-old woman fatally struck by car on crossing; driver arrested See in context

Cameras = big revenue = not dead = :)

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Posted in: 81-year-old man arrested for murder after pushing wife in wheelchair into sea See in context

@kaimycahl

@Padraig Bohannan ITOTALLY DISAGREE perhaps he had little or no help, but if you don't ask for help how does one no they have no help. After all he went to his sons house to tell him what he did after the fact! Also I will take you up on your wager!!!! You wrote they loved each other more than many would ever will HELLO if that is the case why didn't he tie a weight to himself when he pushed her over. It was a selfish act!!! If he loved her as MUCH AS YOU THINK HE DID he would also killed himself like most of the others we read about who committ lovers suicide. How can you call that not a "Evil Act" in fact it was a "SELFISH ACT"! There was no mutual love. If the love was mutual that would have meant they both ended their lives the same way and same day! The only thing that could be judge is what he did so I agree you can't judge him the authorities will. I will pray that her soul rest in peace but he has to deal with his selfish act of dumping his wife in the sea watching her sink only to be found floating by a fisherman to fish her out!! Selfish!!!

wow….have a coffee bud.

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Posted in: Nearly half of LGBTQ teens in Japan have considered suicide: survey See in context

The irony is... LGBTQIA? If you identify yourself in this acronym then you shine the spotlight on yourself for the mean folk to target you.

Seriously. Calm the heck down!

Stop making Tik Tok videos about how mistreated you are. You put your head above the wall you are gonna take a few hits whatever you identify as.

It's nobody's business what you are as long as you don't make it their business.

I miss the days before social media when people just gossiped about one another to each other. Now it's a cesspit of hate and pity.

Peace to you all.

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Posted in: Nearly half of LGBTQ teens in Japan have considered suicide: survey See in context

@girl_in\tokyo

Oh, I see. Do you keep your sexuality completely private, so that no one knows you are straight? I mean, do you refrain from mentioning your gf/spouse/partner? Do you not wear a wedding ring or other indication of your partnered status? Do you hide that you are attracted (presumably) to women? Do you not discuss your romantic leanings with friends and co-workers? And if you aren't married, but would like to get married, will you not have a wedding so as to make sure not to throw your sexuality into everyone's faces? Or at the very least, will you keep quiet about your engagement, not tell anyone, and keep your wedding small and private, then never mention it afterwards?

If you as a heterosexual don't refrain from publicly sharing your preferences,, then maybe you need to ask yourself why you expect us to.

Short answer...YES. ( and love how you assume I am straight.)

But guessing you want more right?

I have never, ever, referred to myself as gay, straight, Bi, or otherwise to anyone in my private or work life.

If I introduce my partner to you, then you are welcome to make an assumption. But keep it to yourself. I'm not interested in what YOU think I am.

I don't discuss my "romantic feelings" I'd be bored listening to yours and I'll assume you would be too with mine.

I sense anger from you. Perhaps you have been Ill treated based on your sexuality. For that I am sorry.

But I'd go out on a limb here and guess that if you went out and told folk straight to their face what you are then maybe that's why.

why you expect us to.* (This is what I mean)

Let the bigots be bigots. They will never change. Keep em guessing. Don't agree or disagree with them. But telling them what you are is just giving them the ammunition they are looking for.

Take care.

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Posted in: 81-year-old man arrested for murder after pushing wife in wheelchair into sea See in context

@Ichigo

Maybe. Maybe not. We just don't know. But I tend to try and put a positive spin on stories that are ambiguous (as many are here to provoke debate) for my own mental well-being.

peace:)

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Posted in: 81-year-old man arrested for murder after pushing wife in wheelchair into sea See in context

Nice one Speed.

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