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Posted in: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes See in context

Why were “bodies littering the stands” if the venue is safe? It’s more likely that people will survive the jolt in these newly built venues, but panic and run for the exits causing injuries at exits. Anyway better just hope it doesn’t happen.

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

Think of the reverse situation. What would Japan do if another nearby country was making noises about dumping tons of radioactive water into seas nearby. They wouldn’t stand for it for one second. Should be the same in this case - Japan has to come up with a better solution within its own borders and forget about the Olympics. Should a two week sporting event in Tokyo really be the reason for polluting the ocean for future generations of its citizens?

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Posted in: Jones wants England to clear the air over World Cup, Saracens scandal See in context

Or South Africa were just too good’s not all your fault!

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

If someone wants to get you into trouble in Japan all they need to do is accuse you of something you didn’t do, then you get instantly transported back to medieval times for 23 days for questioning with no contact with your family. It’s up to you to prove your innocence. What kind of system is that for people to live under? You are essentially at the mercy of everyone else around you and depending on their apathy not to make trouble for you. No wonder everyone’s so polite!

This is deeply unsettling for any foreigner resident in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

If the situation were reversed the Japanese would never agree to this. They’d say it’s regrettable, but no extradition treaty exists so shoganai. Japan protects its own at all costs. They should be tried in the UK and face justice for their crimes.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home See in context

Whilst I can understand the frustration older people are feeling about the smartphone addiction that has overrun our society (kids and adults), governments need to stick to what we elect them to do and leave the social engineering alone. What he is talking about is the private responsibility of parents and also disrespects children’s own human rights which someone should remind him that they do have.

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Posted in: Father arrested for abusing 7-year-old son in Kitakyushu park See in context

Mother's instinct saved her kid here. Wasn't just rough play for sure.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

Know of a fellow who had his job advertised whilst he was on paternity leave. Found out when he came back...

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Posted in: Injured badminton star Momota to return to Japan on Wed See in context

Shocking that the Olympics was even mentioned. There was a fatality! But hardly surprising - Japan is uniquely nuts about the 5 ring circus.

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

He’s just repeating what he heard at the last Nippon kaigi meeting....

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Posted in: Rugby Top League kicks off with many big foreign names See in context

Great to see the crowds and the foreign players and the stars from the Japan team in action. Only problem is it’s hard to get excited about a team that represents a corporation rather than an area or province or a school or university. There’s no tribal connection. For example, I may like Toshiba’s electrical products in my home, but not to the level where I feel like cheering for the manufacturer in a public place....anyway still good rugby being played.

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Posted in: Australian PM postpones visits to India, Japan amid bushfire emergency See in context

He was, until the last couple of days, skirting very close to official dereliction of duty as PM. He's finally showed up to help. Shame about the self promotional video to go with it though...

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Posted in: Abe sticks to plan to deploy SDF to Middle East See in context

Constitutional separation of church and state in Japan are just words written by the Americans. Politicians and Shinto priests are frequent bedfellows at any significant occasion in Japan and the photos prove it.

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Posted in: Ghosn seen on security camera leaving Tokyo home alone on Dec 29 See in context

He didn’t escape, Japan let him go. Part of the numerous preparations for the Olympics which seemingly trumps all common sense and can make Japanese move mountains unlike any other country.

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Posted in: Abe pledges reforms, successful Olympics in New Year's statement See in context

So many more pressing issues in Japan to pray for than a 2 week sporting event. Why does Japan go so gaga over the Olympics? Most other countries are so over hosting it now (the IOC will never admit that though) and don’t want the financial and security burden anymore but Japan still goes all in like it’s still the 1960s. And remember we are now talking about gold medals for golf, skateboarding and surfing here......huh?

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Posted in: Australian state declares emergency as wildfires approach Sydney amid extreme heat See in context

Scomo has turned out to be a massive disappointment as PM. Wrong person for the role. Enjoy the clean air in Hawaii Scott while it lasts.

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Posted in: Rugby Union in 2019: De Klerk guides Springboks, Japan exceed expectations See in context

Also more locally, keep an eye on the Top League and Sunwolves games in 2020. Many games at Prince Chichibunomiya stadium already sold out which is unprecedented. Big interest following the RWC.

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Posted in: Turn off, tune in: theater, concert fans forced to go phone-free See in context

Just what is needed. An intervention for the zombies hopelessly addicted to their dumbphones. It's a start...

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Posted in: JR East unveils luxury Saphir Odoriko express with all first-class seating See in context

Many countries have a thing they excel at and set a global standard for others to aspire to. For Japan it’s trains.

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Posted in: Completion ceremony held for new National Stadium See in context

“Hello our stadium”? Will Japan ever stop with mangling English into these weird slogans? Another one that grates is ANA’s “inspiration of Japan”. What does that even mean??

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Posted in: Japan’s 'bonenkai' parties are the worst thing about the end of the year. Here’s how to fix them See in context

As Seinfeld’s Elaine said....“It is the forced socializing. I mean, just because we work in the same office, why do we have to act like we're friends?”

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Posted in: Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves See in context

The culture in east Asia is to save face at all costs. Straightforward honesty in public is not really respected as much as being able to save face and move on.

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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context

Hokkaido has some nice lakes actually. Would be perfect venues for these events in summer. Seriously.

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Posted in: 'One Team', '#KuToo' buzzwords for 2019 in Japan See in context

"One Team" is essentially a piece of Japlish. Doesn't really make sense if you think about it too much.

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Posted in: The internet has turned millions among us into workaholics, lugging around our laptops, smartphones ready at a moment's notice to tackle the latest digital chore. The barriers between work and family are collapsing before the relentless demands of algorithms. See in context

Well yes but at the end of the day it’s just a piece of electronic equipment. You should still have the choice to turn the thing off and throw it in a cupboard and spend the weekend with your family.

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Posted in: Japan considers withholding tax system on casino winnings by foreigners See in context

And yet another example of “how can we use gaijin to fix our problems”....we’ve had the lofty goals to bring millions of tourists in and tax them, the visas to bring in hundreds of thousands of short term workers to fix labour shortages as long as they don’t actually settle down and stay, and now this latest one. These ideas all look great in the Japanese only meetings in kasumigaseki but really don’t play too well in the real world where gaijins have options other than Japan to come to....

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Posted in: UK police explain decision on Prince Andrew case See in context

He’ll be exiled to some remote corner of Scotland owned by the Queen and never heard of again.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

Easy for them to say that when it won’t be coming out of their pockets.

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Posted in: Japan looking for big ‘medal bounce’ as Olympic host nation See in context

Looking forward to the Olympics generally, but not the hypernationalist tv coverage of it on Japanese TV. Ignoring major track and field and swimming events going on, whilst endlessly replaying Japanese people winning bronze medals is not much fun to watch.

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Posted in: Netflix series 'The Crown' peddles subversive republican message, says royal historian See in context

Once the Queen passes, the whole thing will fall in a heap. She’s the only one holding it together now. Maybe William and Catherine could for a while, but as for the rest of them....

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