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Posted in: 'Saving Private Ryan' returning to French cinemas for D-Day anniversary See in context

My dad was there, landed at Juno beach June 7 1944. I returned there with him to the anniversaries until he became blind. The local people including the children had great respect for the veterans who returned.

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Posted in: Australia defends its U.S. ambassador, Kevin Rudd, after Trump attack See in context

Nigel Farage: The U.K. is what it is today because of Nigel Farage. The U.S.A. may become what it will be in the future because of Donald Trump.

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Posted in: Vettel's Buzzin' Corner See in context

I don't remember any railway station anywhere near Silverstone. There was a bus service that stopped near Zeltweg the last time I went. Zandvoort is very easy to get to.

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Posted in: 'Yatai' food stalls bring spark to nightlife in Japan's Fukuoka See in context

Passing through that area of Fukuoka in the night during the Hiroshima- Nagasaki International Peace Ultramarathon in 1988, 1989 and 1995 is one of my best memories. Wonderful atmosphere. I returned there after the 1995 event, stayed in Fukuoka and went to eat there.

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Posted in: Former teen idol alleges sex abuse by Japan music mogul See in context

Jimmy Saville mostly abused disabled and handicapped school aged children widely using his fame from TV, contact with pop stars and charity work to gain access. This Johnny bloke seems to have abused the hopeful and up and coming artists themselves by being a person of great influence in the business.

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Posted in: History of kamikaze attacks not a heroic story: ex-school teacher See in context

Kiyoshi Ogawa dropped the bomb then didn't pull out of the dive. His attack killed 496 on the Bunker Hill aircraft carrier and put it completely out of action. May 11 1945. If you are interested you can find the whole story.

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Posted in: Japanese intimacy coordinator making film sex scenes sexy and safe See in context

Simulating sex. Isn't simulating killing also a psychological danger? And smoking? Is it simulated at all?

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Posted in: N Korean leader's sister tells S Korean president to 'shut his mouth' after offer of aid See in context

Sincere offers of help should not be made with conditions. Especially not conditions involving North Korea's desire to have an effective nuclear deterrent.

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Posted in: Shinzo Abe murder suspect: What we know See in context

The assasin only became "unemployed" in May this year. Before that he was apparently employed and a good worker. I think he quit his job because it was part of his careful plan. The connection between Mr Abe and the Moonies doesn't seem to be a false fact. No reason to be murdered, but the assassin believed it was. Maybe more true details will come out. Meanwhile please remember that Mr Abe's mother is still living. It is painful to outlive your children.

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Posted in: Teen calls police over man she thinks is holding a knife See in context

A knife???

That's a Knife!!!

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Posted in: Japan to lower adulthood age in April for 1st time in over 140 years See in context


I was already told by the family court that the "child allowance" payments are for an indefinite period.

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Posted in: Russia-Ukraine conflict raises big risks for global economy See in context

Please note: China invaded Tibet 70 years ago. They are still there now.

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Posted in: Police baffled by bizarre guard rail theft spree in Chiba See in context

A metal umbrella stand and a metal bicycle rack disappeared from the front of my home a couple of months ago. A small white open truck had parked in front that morning for a minute or so. When I went out later I noticed the bicycle rack was no longer there.

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Posted in: Another Beijing Olympics with human rights still a major issue See in context

Athletes should wear a Tibetan and an East Tajikistan flag if they care. I suspect they are wimps and they won't. I was once planned to compete in China and intended to wear the flag of Tibet and reveal it when I reached the finish line. Sadly the event was cancelled.

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Posted in: Japan hangs 3 death-row inmates; 1st executions in 2 years See in context

Death is a relief not a punishment.

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Posted in: Hamilton: F1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights See in context

In 1990 I drew attention to athletes who by their actions supported Apartheid in South Africa. I officially protesting them. No action was taken against them but I was banned the following year. I think for Lewis Hamilton to attend these events and draw attention to the issues is far more likely to bring change than not attending. Back in 1990 both the IAAF and the United Nations forbade any athletes from competing in South Africa or any event to allow South Africans to compete. At the moment there are no similar international restrictions that I know of on competing in certain countries regarding their human rights.

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Posted in: William Shatner, 3 others blast into space See in context

Should have taken Nicolle Nichol (Uhuru) with him and kissed her again.

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Posted in: Rangers fans banned over Furuhashi abuse See in context

There is a two part documentary on Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly in which he makes some very interesting comments about some typical Rangers supporters and their behaviour. The profound observations have broader applications in this world. Billy Connolly is a Celtic supporter. He now has Parkingson's Disease and is retired from performing.

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Posted in: Man arrested in train stabbings says he suffered rejection in relationships See in context

If I was on a train in such a situation I hope I would be brave enough to try and overcome the attacker. It was a crowded train but it seems no one had the courage to try and save the other innocent people from injury or potential death. I am already 66 and not so quick and strong but I know it would be my responsibility to try.

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Posted in: Around 15 world leaders, dignitaries to attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

Since many years I have always said that a permanent Olympic facility should be built in the Peloponese near Mount Olympia in Greece and the Olympic Games held there every four years. Corruption and waste would be stopped. Good fortune for Greece but why not?

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context


I cannot see or communicate with my mother because she died eleven years ago.

I cannot see or communicate with my best friend because he died two years ago.

I cannot see or communicate with my sister because she died last year.

I cannot see or communicate with my father because he died this April.

I cannot see or communicate with my children because of the Japanese family court.

Five years ago the family court decided that I could have a 3 hour visit from my children once a month. The younger son visits but I haven't seen the older one for over four years. The family court has done nothing except contacting my wife to ask the reasons.

I have to pay my wife 120 000 every month before the 15th which I have done for 9 years.

This is my first hand experience. It may be conceited of me but I think my children have lost so much. We used to visit Europe every year for example. We can't even go anywhere within Japan. One can perhaps understand a vindictive ex- partner for genuine or imagined reasons but the family court are professional people. Why and how do they make such decisions?

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Posted in: Chinese people vexed by Communist Party's image among Japanese See in context

China invaded Tibet many years ago and they are still there now. Tibetans cannot even display their own flag without being arrested. Communist or not is irrelevant.

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Posted in: Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children See in context

If this man feels remorse he may wish to spend the rest of his life helping to prevent similar incidents happening by talking about it and promoting abstinence from drinking alcohol and other measures that contributed to this terrible tragedy. If he has the appropriate character this kind of redemption would have the most value he can have to society in the life he has remaining. While serving in prison of course.

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Posted in: Japanese student writes to Arnold Schwarzenegger for English class; gets reply See in context

Many years ago I sent a sixtieth birthday card to Yoko Ono-Lennon. She wrote back with a hand written signed thank you note.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl on bike dies, mother injured after being hit by car See in context

I don't think there is anything worse than the death of your child. So sad.

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Posted in: Man told he owes unpaid adult web site fees, ends up giving scammers over ¥100 million See in context

Beware: I was informed that I had won an iPhone: all I had to do was send them 100 Yen to receive it. This transaction unknowingly registered me to a service I knew nothing about and a 10 800 Yen bill.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins hectic Tuscan GP; demands justice for Breonna Taylor See in context

It's good that the sporting authorities nowadays allow sportspeople to speak up about injustices that are far more important than sport. Thirty years ago I protested against Apartheid in South Africa at a sporting event. I was banned.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after daughters, aged 6 and 3, die in overheated car while she goes drinking See in context

Some mothers do terrible things to their children. Sometimes it is condoned by the family court.

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Posted in: Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors See in context

In 1945 my father a Normandy veteran believed, judging by stories he had heard that the Japanese were the cruelest people in the world. In the nineties and earlier this century he started to have another opinion but more recently thinks his original opinion was correct.

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Posted in: Japan to build more offshore wind farms See in context

The only wind turbine I had seen in Japan seems to have been removed. It was located right at the bottom of the Miura peninsula. Not there anymore when I was nearby on January 1st 2020.

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