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Posted in: Uber Eats labor union in Japan calls for pay cuts to be reversed See in context

Uber eats is modern slavery and should be banned.

Uber ride should never be allowed as its unfair competition and simply dangerous for the pax in many different ways.

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Posted in: 2 more Tokyo 2020 Olympic events rescheduled to beat the heat See in context

A small correction to Jcosplay.

Sapporo will bid and most likely be awarded the 2030 Olympic WInter Games, for both a positive and negative reason. Positive that Sapporo is an ideal place to organize winter games and negative because no European or Asian cities will bid for them. Only the US or Canada could but the US probably will not as they have the 2028 LA Summer Games.   

The Equestrian issue is much more complicated with special stables for the horses and quarantine periods ,etc... so too late to move them to Sapporo where also the equestrian facilities are not on hand or not at sufficient level. 

For the triathlon , I agree, Sapporo would be a better place. Mostly because of the pollution in Tokyo Bay and of course the heat which will make many competitors give up in the 3rd stretch, the running part. Either sick from the water or the heat.

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Posted in: 2 more Tokyo 2020 Olympic events rescheduled to beat the heat See in context

As a sports marketing expert in Japan, I have warned IOC, LOC and other organisations 2 years ago that horses will die in the cross country event.  Moving the start half an hour earlier makes no difference as rider and horse start individually on an obstacle course with a 2 or 3 minute interval. It also means very different conditions for the individual contenders.

But most of all, where are all these animal protection and welfare associations ?  Arkbark can steal my dogs but does not care that 3 to 5 horses are going to drop dead in this event ?  Not to mention that towards the end of the course when the horse is exhausted, if it falls, on its rider, that can be lethal as well. 

Jumping, dressage, all fine, as the horses stay till the warm up, in airconditioned environments, and the effort is limited to a minute or a few minutes and is not exhausting. But the Cross Country is very demanding on horse and rider.  Just don't hold it, if the Olympics are held in the conditions as they will be in Tokyo 2020. It can be held, as replacement of a world cup event and the Olympic medals awarded there. Common sense. But Dollars are more important than animal live.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

Save and trusted by Japanese people? One month ago i saw a vegetable seller in Shinagawa cover the provenance of Fukushima tomatoes with new stickers on every 4-pack. i took a picture.

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Posted in: Aston Martin unveils first SUV, eyes luxury buyers in China See in context

What a disaster. No character , no AM heritage. Another bankruptcy looming for AM. Can’t see, the difference with a Hyundai or Nissan. And still these carmakers don’t get it. I hear so much nonsense about why car sales are down while the truth is that since the 1980’s , every new model is worse than the older one. I used to be a car freak but what they make now are tin cans on wheels with a lot of marketing hype to try and sell them off as cars.

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Posted in: SBI Holdings, Fukushima Bank to form capital tie-up See in context

What questions about the survival of local banks ? They can not survive, so no questions.

ok, I give you a Yokohama, Fukuoka and maybe 1 Sapporo regional bank might survive but most of the rest are relics. Anachronisms.

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Posted in: Firms say Oct tax hike impact milder than 2014 increase See in context

Really ?

Japanese car sales down 26 %

imported car sales down 24 %

department store sales down 20%

restaurants I know and go to are all complaining.

no news but good news allowed is it ?

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

moving the marathon and walking events will not cost Tokyo anything but will save it money. Hokkaido prefecture, Sapporo city and the IOC will be paying for those events. It will save Tokyo money.

As athletes are not paid appearance money at the Olympics, they are cheap to organise, if one knows his business. And Hokkaido organizes half and full marathons since forever.

actually these events will operationally be organized by JAAF and tv broadcasting is done by Ioc Media and Japanese tv.

310 million usd for what as Tokyo would not pay athletes or managers, nor tv production, nor the volunteers. Lack of exposure on tv ? They have 16 whole days to show the same touristic spots and another 14 during the paralympics.

the real cost for these events, are police, security. Operationally i do this with 15 million Usd easily

robert maes

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Posted in: Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life See in context

I knew her. Not well but well enough, as a fellow Belgian working in the sports industry. We shared two passions. Sports and the love of dogs, Her dog, her family and server, mine, my brothers. She still could find it in her to support my boys to come home, while she suffered so much more, she had time for others. She thought Belgium, courage and spirit. Strength and sacrifice.

Belgium lost one of its best Ambassadors. The gold was not in her medals but in her soul.

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

I am surprised for 2 reasons. The first , this rare mistake and miscalculation by an otherwise astute politician, one of the more clever ones. This is a very shortsighted response, more a Mori comment than a Koike comment.

Secondly, I am surprised by the clever manoeuvre of the IOC. They are now in a win-win position. If Tokyo or the LOC2019 decide to organize these events in Tokyo anyway, and something goes wrong, they can wash their hands of it with " we told them so ".  If they get organized in Sapporo, the sensible thing to do of course, IOC can pretend they care for the athletes and everyone else involved. 

As a sports marketing expert, who used to represent the worlds best marathon runners, I applaud the suggestion to hold the events in Hokkaido, which I suggested over 3 years ago but it is also very important for athletes and coaches and others to have clarity as soon as possible. The routes and conditions are completely different and require different preparations. There are only 9 months left and marathon runners, depending on the individual will specifically prepare for each race, 5 to 18 months in advance of that race, depending on style, preferences of the different coaches and runners.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

Typical response from the LOC2019, already avoiding any possible responsibility, which I think they do not have.

But this was certainly NOT in their own time, they were here as part of the national selection of their country, that means, they are part of that selection during the entire stay. Not just on the field.   

Remember the Japanese basketball players with the prostitutes in Indonesia ? 

The Uruguayan federation should pay for the damage and they can recover it from the players.

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Posted in: Struggling WeWork mulls bailout deals with SoftBank, JP Morgan See in context

The only realistic survival opportunity is through Softbank. They have the pockets, the will and the potential to turn this mess around.

However, Wework will have to be reduced to maybe a third of its current size and than grown again on solid footing instead of air and cheap talk. It will take anything from 18 months to 5 years, to make any money for Weworks and JP Morgan does not have that patience and it would be hard for them to push their clients into stepping into such a situation unless, Softbank leads the way. 

But Softbank has the power to go it alone, and if they decide not to take their losses and cut Wework loose they will not want to share their hard work and efforts with JP Morgan, sitting on the side , risking little looking for big gains. If I was at WeWork, I would be very nice to Mr Son, right now.

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Posted in: World Rugby slams Scotland legal threat over typhoon-hit game See in context

Scotland is absolutely correct to challenge loc2019 and irb for this shambolic non-organisation. That things went well thus far is no excuse, that is the norm for a worldcup organiser. But first challenge to their efficiency and preparation and it is chaos.

6 years to prepare and the contingency plan was to move games for 20km ? When could that ever have worked ? Obviously not in a typhoon, certainly not for an earthquake as the alternative stadium would have to undergo stability checks. Very unlikely in a case of volcanic eruptions... so.... when would it work ?

For everyone of the 48 games a contingency should have been in place and thanks to Japans geographic form, it was possible to do so. And this decision in this case could have been taken 4 to 5 days prior to the games as the typhoon has been announced for as long. Teams, fans( partly),press, broadcast, could all have been relocated.

It is unacceptable for IRB And Loc2019 not to reschedule all games. Unworthy for any worldcup organiser specially one proudly boasting for years about contingency plans for all eventualities.

Of course people’s safety comes first but using it as an excuse is poor skills.

People will actually die in this typhoon and damage repairs will take weeks if not months, so, the real human thing is to cancel the rest of the worldcup and for all teams, players, organisers fans, to help with the reconstruction in the form of physical help or monetary. The latter i am sure they will do.

But bad organisation skills should not be camouflaged with this typhoon. THAT is disrespectful to all, most of all to the people whom will suffer in this typhoon

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Posted in: O'Shea rues 'horrible' end to Italy's World Cup campaign See in context

Ever since I am professionally involved in rugby I hear only talk about FairPlay and rugby family. Really?

In that case the solution is as simple as it gets. Australia and others refuse to play unless all group matches are played and rescheduled. No matter what punishment IRB or Loc2019 threatens with, they can never be enforced or the World Cup ends here and rugby is finished.

All the teams he teams need to do is stand firm and stand together.

As rugby claims to be different, now is the time to proof it.

Might also spare a thought for the real rugby family, the fans !

Logistically , including broadcast, it is a challenge but certainly very possible.

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

Outright shambles and a scandal.

And making the decision on Sunday about the Japan game serves only one purpose, the qualification of Japan. That game can be postponed now. Till Monday. No problem at all. So could the Saturday games. Since the winner of the Japan game will face NZ, they would have the same restdays before quarter finals.

lets see, IRB, JRFU, Loc2019, 12 host cities and staff, 35000 volunteers, STH, IMG, Dentsu and JTB, but not possible to simply reschedule 3 games ?

Apart from the fact they had 6 years to prepare for this eventuality, of which the organisers said they were fully prepared for.

Are the “ organisers “ also reimbursing the airline tickets, hotels and other expenses of the foreign ticket holders ?

Why cancel 2 games, 2 days in advance and the Sunday game on Sunday only ?

Yes, there is a big difference between Italy and Scotland, the first not even dreaming they can beat the All Blacks and qualify while the Scottish are favourites to qualify against Japan.

This is pure incompetence under the umbrella of safety. Good management will not compromise safety and still have those games played

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Posted in: Business mood in Japan sours to six-year low as trade war bites See in context

As a business owner in Japan I can and will hit back. In 2 ways, by reinvesting less profits into the market and by cancelling several entertainment expenses which are not directly increasing our revenue.

We are taxed enough in Japan as it was.

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Posted in: Moment of truth coming for Brexit with time running out, EU and Britain say See in context

Mr Kipling, in 2018, Uk government official statistics shows 46,6 % of Uk’s total export went to the EU partners. Surely that is the number to look at because when exports decline that has an enforced impact on GDP

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka changes coach for second time this year See in context

Her main problem is not her coach but herself. She has not been able to coop with her star status and already believes she knows best. She does indeed need a better coach than the one just fired but more than anything she needs a good manager who teaches her how to talk and present herself. And a good psychologist.

In the past 9 months she has been more concerned with her hair and looks than her tennis. She does not have the grinta anymore, no more hunger to win, she is playing the public more than her opponent. That is 10 years to early. She needs to stop flirting with camera ‘s and trying to be “cute” and listen to her team, providing she hires the right experts and not “ yes” men and women.

She has little time left to find herself and she actually worries me.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils Paralympic torchbearer uniforms See in context

What an incredible disrespect towards Paralympics athletes and lesser abled people in general.

it proofs once again the complete disconnection with reality by the loc2020 , not to mention the enormous pr and marketing blunder this represents. Most worrying however is the lack of complaints about this from the Japanese public.

A disgrace

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Posted in: Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games See in context

There is no debate.  If they win, they are Japanese, if they loose, they are foreigners

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Posted in: E-commerce company Mercari takes majority stake in Asian champs Kashima See in context

strange for j league to accept such a sale. Mercari can only hope to become profitable in Japan but the declining population and worsening economy makes that unlikely. Sumitomo has much deeper pockets. The team might go down with the company.

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Posted in: UK and Sapporo bond over beer and rugby See in context

It is becoming pathetic to read always rugby and beer in one sentence. If the sport is only an excuse to poor down pints of lager , than why bother with the rugby at all. Paper crane folding for rugby fans is also a good one.

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Posted in: Lao Airlines to launch Vientiane-Kumamoto service in November See in context

Not so strange. Kumamoto needs agricultural workers, they will come in on student or tourist visa’s and work in Kumamoto where the local authorities will look the other way.

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Posted in: Skating tips See in context

She gets a dog in Japan while my 2 beautiful cocker spaniels are stolen from me in Japan, and that is not on tv

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

two things

1) I still have to read of the first Korean to resign from his job at a Japanese company in South Korea. Strange that they think it is ok to keep taking their money.

2) I don't think 2nd generation or further down should be allowed to ask compensation on behalf of the family members whom where forced to work for Japan, unless those workers are still alive. There must be an end sometimes. 

I find myself here mainly on the Japanese side of the argument.  Although I disagree with the counter measures Japan has taken and will take. It is a perfect opportunity here for Japan to take the high moral ground. One not to be missed.  Kono San is an intelligent man and he should not give in to party pressure from LDP but stick to his own principals. He has already disappointed me once with this childish insistence for non Japanese to write the Japanese sir name first.  Everyone here uses a first name to address foreigners.  Should we be offended ? It is not polite in Europe to call someone by his first name unless they invite you to do so.  But a bit of flexibility goes a long way.

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Posted in: 15-year-old Gauff's magical journey continues at Wimbledon See in context

A great champion is Born. Not only because of these 3 wins but because of the way she did it. This is a number 1 and she will stay there for a long time.

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Posted in: Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, Miki Sudo win annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest See in context

should have made it an Olympic sports for Tokyo2020, could have meant 2 more medals( chocolate of course)

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Posted in: Online fashion retailer Zozotown develops foot-scanning tech for perfect-fitting shoes See in context

Invents ??? Make me laugh.  Since decades sports shops and specialty shoe shops have these machines to scan your feet.  Only way to make sure the shoes you order are a good fit for you is , to go try the model in a brick and mortar store or to order the same model you already have. 

And unless they make the shoes to measure, it is only a gadget, nothing more.

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Posted in: Some Rugby World Cup host cities unhappy with tight security rules See in context

None of the training camps or host cities are dealt a fair deal, nor by The Loc2019, nor by JRFU, nor by IRB. On the other hand, i warned most of them and none listened. Most of them are just used to pick up bills with no or few ROI. They should all have dealt directly with the teams, as there is nothing preventing them from so. No point in complaining now. It is too late anyway and yes they are right, no one will know or remember where the teams stayed or trained but they only have themselves to blame

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Posted in: Organizers vow to keep beer flowing at Rugby World Cup See in context

what an utter nonsense this article. I guess the writer is snuggling up to Heineken and the Loc2019 to assure at least his flow of beer is not interrupted and he is assured of the nice parti invites.

That’s all you can think about concerning the worldcup rugby? Beer and the fables of sold out games ?

they might not be violent hooligans the rugby fans but that does not make them gentlemen. Far from. But I agree that a loud drunk is better than a violent drunk

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