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Posted in: Do you think political correctness will be the death of comedy? See in context

It's already happened. You have to delve very deep to find proper humour now. Certainly nowhere mainstream. Sad, because I think the majority of people really don't care and we are just catering to a very small minority who are over sensitive and think it's personally directed at them. Which its not.

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Posted in: Russian food shop in Ginza to close as war in Ukraine drags on See in context

@bass4funk - French, Italian,Indian,Chinese, Thai and Japanese.

I'm struggling to think of ANY country that has good food consistently along a broad range of prices than those countries. Certainly not the UK, USA or Canada.

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Posted in: Host Germany kicks off Euro 2024 by thrashing Scotland 5-1 See in context

Rubbish. Here is a prime example of what happens with an enlarged competition. Scotland are one of a few teams what we will see embaressed over the next few days.

They shouldn't even be there.

This competition was at its best when it was 16 teams.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

@Jim - Then what I've posted above will be the perfect solution it what is becoming a cashless world!

@Antiquesaving needs to brush up on current banking methods in Japan, which although slow and behind the times are slowly catching up.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

@Antiquesaving.

No, Its defintely a debit card and the money I spend is removed directly from my account. No credit. What I don't have, I can't spend on it.

Please look:

https://www.smbctb.co.jp/en/lp/gp/001/

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

....and they are contactless also, up to a certain amount. Mine card also incorporates the ID payment system should I come across the rare vendor that only takes pure e-money (such as PayPay etc) .

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

@Antiquesaving - Who has mentioned J-Debit anywhere here? We are talking about Bank Debit Cards here. linked to the Visa/Mastercard system, which take money straight from our bank accounts.

So far, today, I have used my SMBC Debit card to buy coffee this morning, to pay for my lunch at the Chicken Rice place, I then used it in a Lawson to buy a snack and a Yoghurt at 3pm. I stopped at Picard to buy some Bagels after work and used it there too. And - it's all recorded as spent and taken from current account seconds later.

And for the record, I use it on Amazon Fresh every week!

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

@timeon: No , that's not what he said - he said he's never seen the option and is not aware of any shops that accept then. Well, the truth is, widely used or not, MANY more places will accept a debit card than a Suica or Pasmo.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

@wallace: 1992.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

@Antiquesaving: Anywhere that takes a VISA card takes my bank debit card! What on earth are you talking about? I use it daily, heavily, in many places. Money straight out of my current account and I also get an email to confirm as such! Hopefully not long before the trains (its on trial on a couple of line) let use use them to 'touch and go'. I can then get rid of my mobile Suica as its the only thing left I use t for.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan makes payment policy change See in context

I applied for a received a Credit Card 6 months after arriving here. Have since upgraded to better ones that offer more air miles etc. These days, use my Debit Card , or my AMEX.

Why have people encountered problems? 10 years @wallace?? Were you declared bankrupt?

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Posted in: Japan spent record ¥9.8 tril in April-May to slow currency fall See in context

Good to see @JeffLee is one of the few thar actually understands as usual.

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Posted in: Executions worldwide jumped last year to highest number since 2015, Amnesty report says See in context

@Shadows of the Rising Sun:

Accepting full life terms means MY tax money paying for the guilty for 50-60 years in some cases. Do you know just how much it costs to keep these people incarcerated.

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Posted in: Executions worldwide jumped last year to highest number since 2015, Amnesty report says See in context

Fully support and back the death penalty for crimes deserving as such.

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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

@tora - It's an nice try to make us view another 'theorist'. No need for it.

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Posted in: Crystal Palace thrash Man Utd 4-0 to leave Ten Hag's future in doubt See in context

@ffs - sadly - you will probably lose players to more prominent teams in the off season. Shame. Good manager you picked up there, interviewed well post game on Sky this morning.

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Posted in: Vinyl record production value in Japan has recovered to levels seen about three decades ago, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. What do you think is the reason for this renewed popularity? See in context

@bass4funk is totally correct. I''m just happy that people are actually buying music again. Over the last 20 years the world moved to downloads and then streaming which until the last few years was horribly compressed. I made the decision to stick to CD's and then convert to FLACS for my own personal use mainly down the space constraints more than anything and now listen to those primarily and also subscribe to Tidal which offers uncompressed streaming - But then, I have audio equipment that the difference is obvious versus using Spotify or Apple Music. Yes, I am aware that Apple offer lossless but it's a real pain to extract the stream outside the Apple eco-system.

I'm pleased that Vinyl is having a comeback - seems to be the younger crowd too which means that are now hearing music as it what was meant to be heard. Not something compressed and lifeless.

The vinyl being manufactured now is heavier and more robust than in decades gone by and cared for will offer years of pleasure.

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Posted in: Should Japan try to prop up the yen? See in context

@Garthgoyle: Define failure. If the short term gain is scare speculators off taking it beyond 160 short term, and past the last FOMC meeting which was not good news for the Yen then they have succeeded for the moment.

Longer term, I hope for the same as Mr. Kipling. 125-140 should keep everybody happy.

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Posted in: Yen falls to lower 155 zone against dollar after suspected intervention See in context

@wtfjapan: Actually, the BOJ have intervened to weaken the yen also previously.

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Posted in: ANA enjoys record earnings on robust tourism growth See in context

Into what? @J Prin

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Posted in: Does beer taste better from a bottle or a can? See in context

Nah. Asahi too gassy. Kirin slightly bitter. Sapporo spot on. Suntory undrinkable. No refined taste here.

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Posted in: Does beer taste better from a bottle or a can? See in context

@Moonraker: Really? I think you'll find a lot of us can, especially between the major brands here. If you're not a beer drinker, fine - don't mock. Go back to your 'herb' juice.

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Posted in: ANA enjoys record earnings on robust tourism growth See in context

Good for them. They offer an excellent product from the ground up. International prices are actually starting to fall after peaking at the end of last year. My first choice for flying to Europe, US and East Asia.

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Posted in: Liverpool's Premier League title hopes hit by 2-0 loss to Everton See in context

Such a shame for Klopp - but Liverpool didn't turn up. Up to Man City to take 3 points tonight and stop it falling Arsenals grubby hands (anybody else but them....please)

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Posted in: Advantage Man City in Premier League title race after losses for Arsenal and Liverpool See in context

I don't want Man City to win too quickly - got good odds on Man City not LOSING another PL game from Jan until the end of the season.

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Posted in: Advantage Man City in Premier League title race after losses for Arsenal and Liverpool See in context

kohakuebisuToday  10:39 am JST

I watched both games on a dodgy Internet stream of UK coverage

and you are proud f that why?

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Posted in: Some cancer patients can find it hard to tell family and friends See in context

Cancer is never cured. It is considered in deep remission if no reoccurrence after 5 years.

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