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Posted in: Women's entry in LDP leader race may not boost empowerment See in context

They would simply prefer minimal government interference in favor of private institutions such as charities, churches, and civic organizations

How wonderfully quaint. You make the world seem like a deeply religious small town in the Mid West.

Making jam and singing hymns ain’t going to put wheelchair access in every building in the country.

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Posted in: K-pop stars BTS dip into global diplomacy at U.N. gathering See in context

The UN was founded in 1945. Less than ten years later Danny Kaye was the first Goodwill Ambassador in 1954.

The UN has consistently used celebrities for their global reach. Jackie Chan, Lionel Messi, Audrey Hepburn, Roger Federer.

BTS happen to be one of, if not the, biggest selling pop artists currently. If you don't understand then you are just showing your age.

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Posted in: What are some first-date mistakes to avoid? See in context

Don't mention a love of guns, porn, Trump, idols, fishing, golf, God, craft beer, model railways, conspiracy theories, S&M, Top Gear or your mum's taste in fashion.

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Posted in: Ruling party kicks off race to pick Suga's successor See in context

Like a choice between cheap shoes at ABC Mart I suppose.

Anyone but Takaichi though, she’s proper mental.

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Posted in: Ohtani, Osaka among TIME's 100 most influential people of 2021 See in context

Can’t argue with the names mentioned but the predictable drone of impotent irrelevance from the comments makes it hard to concentrate.

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Posted in: The foreign legion of YouTubers defending China See in context

China needs to up its game.

How about a TV show called ‘Why did you come to China ?’ where the desperately fragile egos of the viewing public are soothed by reassuring tales from wide-eyed foreigners arriving at an exotic destination.

Countless other programmes, publications, websites and blogs could churn out a myriad of state-approved content from foreigners exhorting the unparalleled depth and beauty of its unspoiled nature, its absolutely, unarguably unique culture and the unfailing kindness and benevolence of its humble, modest people.

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Posted in: The science of product placements – and why some work better than others See in context

This article doesn't read so well in Japan where all the TV channels are 24 hours of product placement with a news bulletin squeezed in.

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Posted in: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez make romance official in Venice See in context

Lucky guy. She looks great !

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Posted in: Denmark becomes only European country with no COVID restrictions See in context

A highly educated society.

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Posted in: FIFA unveils biennial World Cup plan; UEFA threatens boycott See in context

 I don't care about club football - I cannot bring myself to have allegiance to a business, so I only have the opportunity to enjoy football during the European Championship or the World Cup

So you're not a football fan at all then.

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Posted in: Statue of Robert E Lee comes down in Virginia capital See in context

From an artistic point of view, statues are stultifyingly dull.

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

She's a weak man's idea of a strong woman.

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Posted in: U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens shares abusive social media posts See in context

he was talking about everybody (of any colour or race) getting off social media

I am choosing to refer to the article.

It is anyones choice whether they do or don't use social media. Personally, I also choose not to. But if you do, then it should be considered normal not to receive abuse as in any other social situation.

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Posted in: Once embracing, Turkey turns on migrants See in context

a desire for economic migration 

That is the reason for the majority of human movement through history.

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Posted in: Plan emerges to preserve imperial family by retaining married women See in context

I like how every photo of the Japanese Royal Family acting 'natural' looks like it comes from a furniture catalogue.

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Posted in: U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens shares abusive social media posts See in context

Heres a newsflash for you: its not a racial thing, however much you want to make it so.

A newsflash is not required from someone with poor reading comprehension.

Black female athletes


 my race, my skin color.

Social media is a space anyone should feel comfortable going to, like going to the shopping mall or a walk in the park. If some idiots were abusing people in any other social space we, as a society, would expect the police to deal with it.

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Posted in: U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens shares abusive social media posts See in context

or maybe just not use social media anymore

Yes, black people should just hide. Don’t leave the house. That would solve the problem.

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Posted in: A strenuously woke ‘Cinderella,’ for the #MeToo era See in context

Social Justice advocates don't have any creative ability so they just deconstruct everything else

You would struggle to find anybody working in any creative industry now who isn’t a social justice advocate.

It’s been that way since the 1960’s.

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Posted in: Johnson condemns racist abuse of England soccer players in Hungary See in context

Hungary 0 - 4 England.

The photo does beg the question, what comes first, hair loss or ignorance ?

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Posted in: A strenuously woke ‘Cinderella,’ for the #MeToo era See in context

Market forces dictate the product. A new fruit shop opened around the corner from me 'pandering' to people who like fruit.

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Posted in: Portland residents felt 'abandoned' by police during clash See in context

I've never seen the anti-fascists give a speech or explain their views

Do you really require a crayon drawing to explain it ?

You don't need to explain why you use air-freshener in the toilet.

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context


Great story. JT rarely gives me a laugh.

Tell me more about peace though ;)

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Posted in: IS threat forces U.S. changes to evacuations at Kabul airport See in context

It's like two bald men fighting over a comb listening to Americans bicker over whose fault it is.

Meanwhile the rest of the world has to tidy up the damage.

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Posted in: Briton handed jail term in Singapore for not wearing mask See in context

You can't even chew gum in Singapore and this nimrod thought he could waltz about "being Sovereign".

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Posted in: Man surrenders after claiming to have bomb near U.S. Capitol See in context

A divorced 49 year-old Facebook user called Floyd who is an "avid collector of guns".

Beyond parody.

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Posted in: Afghan president latest leader on the run to turn up in UAE See in context

Dubai is like Mos Eisley.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum, villainy and influencers.

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Posted in: Why are there so many summer festivals in Japan? See in context

As a counterpoint, it is also notable how many Japanese dislike festivals. From mild irritation to outright contempt, the reasons are multitude.

Inconvenient due to roads being closed, noisy, overpriced 'food', corporate sponsors, Yakuza connections, groupthink mentality or just downright dasai.

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Posted in: Osaka plans to help out Haiti earthquake relief efforts See in context

A good person. Though she will be damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.

but I don't announce it to the world

Irony not your strong point is it ?

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Posted in: Australian swimmer who took 'misogyny' stance says it was worth missing Olympics See in context

She is brave and she is right.

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Posted in: 6 dead, including suspected shooter, in British city of Plymouth See in context

Another stupid man with a gun.

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