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Posted in: Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves See in context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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Posted in: China wants to 'take over' Australian politics: ex-spy chief See in context

China is targetting state and local govts in Australia rather than the feds who are increasingly hostile. Slipping through the back door rather than kicking down the front door. It's a smart tactic and effective. Western Australia is the worst - virtually a vassal state already. Unfortunately in these matters, the feds can't control everything the states do, unlike say in Japan where the prefectures are pretty weak and Kasumigaseki has an iron grip on everything.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics center See in context

Greater Tokyo is 30 million people and the only place in Japan that is growing and will continue to suck in population for the next 50 years. They will have no problem with using these facilities after the Games.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

I may believe this, only when we see everybody at the next few Nippon kaigi meetings eating only Fukushima produce and drinking Fukushima water.

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Posted in: Joseph to take Japan to next Rugby World Cup See in context

Retaining Joseph is just one part of the puzzle. For Japan to now cement it’s place in the Top 8 on a consistent basis, they need to be playing in the six nations or rugby championship starting from 2020. Also they really need to have a Japanese team in the super rugby again, replacing the sunwolves after 2020. The JRFU also has to quickly come up with strategies to capitalise on the enormous support for the team and increased interest in rugby in general after the RWC. For that they’ll need some deep pockets, passionate leadership and to engage smart marketing people to put it in place.

It all sounds a big stretch and Joseph could find himself severely frustrated pretty soon. The 900k a year will help him cope though.....!

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Posted in: Australia launches billion-dollar drought plan See in context

With no rain, no income and no hope it’s just what the farmers need - another loan! The only thing that can fix this is proper rain and it will still take a season or two to get back to normal production and revenue after that anyway. Who knows when that will come.

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Posted in: Mother of 7-year-old girl missing since Sept 21 asks public for help See in context

Children are curious, especially in Nature. My feeling is she wandered away into the forest, and subsequently got lost. Kids can wander quite far and quickly get out of sight. My heart breaks for the Mother.

Never take your eyes off your young child and always go after them if they wander out of your radius. Better safe than sorry.

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Posted in: Siya Kolisi, standard bearer for the 'Rainbow Nation' See in context

His words at the end were perfect. A real leader. Class act.

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Posted in: Nightclub files criminal complaint against Uruguay rugby players See in context

The Uruguay players should apologise, pay the necessary compensation and also make a donation to a local charity in the city and recover their reputation. No need to have an international incident created over some drunken high jinks after a rugby loss, in what has been a RWC conducted so far by all in the best spirit of the game.

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Posted in: Japan ramps up spending for typhoon relief, but workers are scarce See in context

Japan is reluctant to open the gates to foreign manual labour even though, as others have said, they are surrounded in Asia by millions of younger populations that would be able to help and would jump at the chance to earn higher wages. But there are risks that Japan is still not ready to take, such as having masses of people staying on illegally etc., and the inevitable communication misunderstandings and cross cultural problems.

it’s understandable. However one day in the not too distant future, the reality of their demographics means they simply will not be able to deal by themselves with the recovery from large scale natural disasters and they will have to rely on foreign countries to help them. The alternative will be to abandon flooded or devastated rural areas and leave them to nature. You can see it already after typhoon 19. Many of the seniors are too old and are completely helpless to recover and repair their homes and areas unless outside help from younger people comes in. A glimpse of the future unfortunately.

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Posted in: World Cup final won't be won with 'wonderful tries' - Erasmus See in context

That’s the irony of knockout style World Cup rugby. The semis and final are usually pretty boring games as the teams go all conservative and grind it out to get a win. The second half in last night’s game was better than the first as they kept more ball in hand and started to pass it rather than box kicking ad Infinitum...

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Posted in: Japan to ask Joseph to stay on as rugby coach See in context

He can't. The wallabies desperately need him!

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Posted in: What do you think of the names that Japanese automakers give to their cars? See in context

Always laugh when I see the Toyota ISIS!

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Posted in: Woman hit and killed by two cars; one driver stops, one flees See in context

It’s not just elderly drivers - every day in Japan, taxis, trucks, Kei cars, all types run red lights, and scream through pedestrian crossings without even pausing for a second. And people walk along and across narrow roads like they are in a safety bubble without even looking. No wonder these accidents are in the news all the time.

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Posted in: Everyone is watching us now, says proud Japan coach Joseph See in context

These kinds of international sporting successes where Japan surprises the world and makes people sit up and notice it for a moment, always gets the Japanese as a nation going. They love nothing more than to shine on the world stage. But once the attention is gone the majority turn back to usual programming as is happening right now.

My hope this time is that some have been converted to the sport and will keep watching, And for the team, that they get to enter the rugby championship, and the domestic competition grows to be taken seriously alongside baseball and soccer. Lets see.

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Posted in: IOC apologizes for abrupt plan to move Tokyo Olympic races; Sapporo mayor not notified See in context

Cheaper to move it to Sapporo than install all that summer snow making nonsense and resurfacing all the roads to reflect heat etc.

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Posted in: Japan in line for more Tier One games See in context

To sustain this, as others said, they have to invest in the grassroots. Schools rugby, club rugby based on geographic locations not companies, Japan joining the rugby championship etc. That will take time to develop. I hope it does.

But more likely, the tier 1 nations will cherry pick the star players and coaches from this team post World Cup and Japan rugby will suffer.

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Posted in: Japan-Scotland Rugby World Cup game to go ahead See in context

Both RWC and Olympics should probably have avoided the Aug to Oct period completely. Taking extreme heat and typhoons away as risks, that would leave the risk of a large earthquake disrupting the event. Japan has a higher exposure to natural disasters than many other countries - that’s the reality. To schedule something in Japan means taking those risks.

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Posted in: Scotland want flexibility for Japan match See in context

I agree with the Scottish position. The organisers have painted themselves into a corner with the inflexible policy, that now means they can’t treat this game differently and can’t reschedule it to later in the week when it will be fine and sunny....

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup organizers cancel 2 games due to typhoon See in context

Safety of people is paramount definitely as it is only a game after all. But I still wonder why they couldn’t have just pushed the Sat and Sunday games into Monday and Tuesday or even later in the week if necessary. I hope it wasn’t because Eddie Jones would complain about a shorter turnaround time for England! Everybody just hunker down for the weekend, and then come out and play once it’s passed. Surely that’s better than cancelling games?

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy in serious condition after being hit by car See in context

This red light running happens every day in Japan. It’s incredible. Never start walking immediately on the green signal - pause for 3 seconds and you’ll save your life. Teach your kids that too please.

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Posted in: Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia See in context

Some birds fly down to Australia from Japan on annual migrations. They could have carried small amounts of the fungus with them somehow. Could that be an explanation?

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