robert maes comments

Posted in: Komusubi Takakeisho wins 1st career championship See in context

Always nice to see a new star born. I expect him to make oseki, maybe not yokozuno, that will depend in part on the strenght of others from his generation. But a composed, clever and strong young man doing himself proud. A happy family tonight and a great ending to the tournament. While i miss half of my family it gives great comfort to see others happy.

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Posted in: Japan beats Russia 32-27 in World Cup preview See in context

A very important win for the japan fans to keep faith in a good outcome for the Blossoms during RWC. It was close. Too close for comfort as Russia was leading the entire game and will gain self confidence for the RWC opening game. Still Japan is the clear favourite to get off to a winning start. A pity for the organisation that HKG did not make it as it would have brought thousands of HKG fans to the stadium. Officially representing 2 of the finalists, one in the same group as Japan, and as a japan resident, i want Japan to do well as the future of rugby in Japan largely depends on a good outcome.

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Posted in: Do you think stores should stop providing customers with plastic shopping bags for free to reduce plastic waste? See in context

I am always taking my own textile bag when i go shopping and one or two paper bags i reuse several times from supermarkets. The paper ones i get when i bought more than planned. Every super in Japan has paper bags and plastic ones.

but the struggle is trying to stop the cashiers from pushing plastic bags, disposable plastic spoons, chopsticks, tissues etc on to you.

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Posted in: Japan, EU sign massive trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs See in context

Thank you, Mr Noakes, for a professional analyses. I agree fully with you. The EU side will actually drop all tarifs on cars and spade parts While Japan will remplaceer current taxes and duties with others or complicatie import restrictions even further while keeping duty free quota ultra low. This is not a win win but a Japan ko victory and i Congratule the Japan negotiators. And by the way cheddar comes from the uk if the origin clause will aplly on the product and there is such a thing as brexit

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Posted in: Death toll reaches 195; more than 60 still missing in flood-hit areas See in context

Miss Yarrow, you are absolutely correct, i have no experience whatsoever with “ disaster humor “ and i am glad i dont . I see nothing funny about 200 dead people and thousands loosing their homes.

And i am not your “ mate “ , but Mr Maes to you

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Posted in: Death toll reaches 195; more than 60 still missing in flood-hit areas See in context

Like many here, I feel for the horse, but in the meantime it is safe BUT I find those of you making bad jokes here totally out of line. Most likely around 250 people have died. I hold an animals life very dear.  But this is a time for respect, not bad jokes.

I find Japanese people very tolerant for the, to me, obvious criminal negligence by local and federal authorities. There is no way, that , even a disaster of this magnitude, should claim this many lives in one of the worlds richest and most advanced countries. This is still a time to try and save and recover lives, after and only after, there have to be serious questions raised. Pointing fingers is not going to solve anything but this was , to an extend, avoidable and should never happen again, anywhere in Japan.

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Posted in: At least 50 dead as record rains prompt mass evacuations in southwest Japan See in context

Zichi, your arguments are valid and just as correct as mine.  I am also in Japan since long,  this is the 2nd time I live here and I am staying here, but I still consider myself a guest, as I am not born in Japan, even though I did and do my part to earn the privilege to live here. I created even a J league team out of nothing. 

Devoting our lives to Japan is in part true as well, on the other hand, I get back a lot from this country.  love/hate relationship in part, you know that feeling. My dogs were stolen here, my brothers of 11 and 8 years. I know who has them but I can only hope the people who took them, understand their mistake, all other ways, I have tried. I try not to hate them, but to show they are wrong. I understand people's sorrows and problems better because of this and try to help others instead of fighting people and waste negative energy as they know they are wrong but can not find the courage to admit it to themselves or whom are scared to be seen " loosing " by returning them to me, while actually they would win, doing so. Don't get me wrong, I do al I can every day to convince them. These 2 are my family.

You are right again that i can go and do more and not being handy is not an excuse not to. I will go next Sunday after I determine how I can spend that day usefully. You are right, thank you for making me realise it.

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Posted in: At least 50 dead as record rains prompt mass evacuations in southwest Japan See in context

As foreigners living in Japan, we talk too much, complain too much because, at the end of the day, we are guests here and all happy to live and be here. 

So, my wife and I offer to take in 2 people, aged, young, couple,... for up to 3 months while their house is being repaired or cleaned.  And no, we are not rich, we do not have a big house, but we can manage this. Me going there to help, would be more than a nuisance than a help as I am not very practical and I would be in the way. So this is what i can do. 

Those whom think prayers help..maybe.. not my place to say..but it certainly is not enough to excuse yourself from doing anything else

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Posted in: Froome calls on skeptical fans to let him ride Tour in peace See in context

And ever arrogant and a big mouth and lying. He should get 18 months suspension and humbly accept his punishment for clear cheating. Only sky money and lawyers got him off. He is a disgrace to the sport

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Posted in: Federer faces ID crisis in switch from Nike to Uniqlo See in context

Roger Federer is a great player, has excellent management, and he is as close to perfect as any brand Ambassador can be.

Uniqlo already got their money’s worth. And he will get a deal with Nike on shoes and the RF sub brand. Nike is in check mate position, if they are clever and not emotional, they will just take the shoe/rf deal. Mr Federer will only play this and maybe next season anyway

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Posted in: 3 WWII Japanese Navy subs found almost intact in Sea of Japan See in context

”found” is funny. The entire event was filmed by the allied forces when they sunk them and their positions were registered. Everything about those vessels is documented and they were nothing but iron hulls when they were scuttled

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Posted in: What's your prediction for the Belgium-Japan World Cup game on Monday? See in context

Belgium will win with 5-1 if they put pressure from the beginning. If Japan can survive the first 25 minutes it has a small chance, but this is the worst Japan team in 25 years and a worse coach.  I am not referring to the last game but to all the games played under him.  He does not have a clue what to do.

They lost the preparation games, and besides all the hype, they could only manage a win against a side with one man down for 87 minutes. Not Japan's fault that, but it did show the weakness of the team. Only against Senegal they played well.

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Posted in: Have you had any bad experiences using Airbnb? See in context

I tried air BNB in japan.  Never have I received what was promised.  And I did not take cheap ones, no. 

Before my dogs were stolen from me, I went with the dogs, where they agreed to take pets, they afterwards wanted more money, not that anything was broken or it was dirty, just more money. 

Tv's don't work, cleaning is not good…. nothing good to say about Airbnb, they should be forbidden. Just as Uber. Both operating on the margin of legality and causing a lot of harm.

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Posted in: Cavani scores twice as Uruguay ousts Portugal 2-1 See in context

France - Uruguay could be the best game of the tournement

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Posted in: Samoa thrash Germany to move within sight of World Cup See in context

Not good news for Japan but of course expected and predictable like almost everything in rugby for national teams. Still Japan can beat them.

8 countries, or regions in the world , play top rugby, 3 or 4 passable rugby, the others are amateurs having fun( nothing wrong with that) and try to naturalize as many NZ, Australian and South African players as possible.

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Posted in: Original SoftBank dog Kai-kun passes away at 16 See in context

I hope he was happy, loved by his owners and he enjoyed most of work he did.it is a thin line between the dog enjoying it playfully or him being used and abused. My life and my wife’s are destroyed since our dogs were taken from us and those who took them refuse to show humanity in returning them to their loving family. We try everything , really everything to get our brothers back home. We ask eveyone to help us. My boys love their family and they are torn from it and from eachother. It is heartbreaking. We kindly ask everyone to support us

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Posted in: Japan cosmetics firm Kanebo seeks to promote 'J-beauty' to world See in context

Very good decision to stop the tupperware and amway style sales and to streamline the product range. Cosmetic sales is all about marketing, not quality.

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Posted in: Japanese film star Kirin Kiki braces herself for life's final act See in context

Finally. A real journalist, great story made better by the professional work of the journalist. Just as impressive as the lady. Very selfish but direct.also that, exceptional. 2 great hope giving facts in one

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Posted in: F1 says Amazon deal will unlock 'big bucket of content' See in context

Ground control to planet F 1...

fans want to see real racing instead of car parades

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Posted in: Airbnb, Uber woes show Japan does not share easily See in context

Both companies should be closed down. They are operating on the verge of illigality. They do not offer enough protection to staff, partners or clients and they are parasite companies, taking advantage of slow regulators and loopholes.

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Posted in: Japan on track to make Rugby World Cup history: coach See in context

Indeed, only in Japan can you make people happy telling fairytales.  In a country were a dog rescue organisation steels peoples dogs, everything is possible though.

There is simply no way Japan is going to get close to beating Ireland and about 0,12 % change of beating Scotland.  Then there is Samoa ( most likely) and that is a possibility. 

It is already a farce that the opening game will be Japan-Russia.  I do understand the rational of course but what neutral rugby fan wants to get up or stay up to see that game ?

I do understand the coach, he has to talk like that. But the whole rugby world cup first round is a waste of time, I can give you 7 of the 8 and probably all 8 quarter finalists rights now. 

Here we go :  New Zealand/ Ireland / Australia / Scotland / Wales / South Africa / England en France ( only one not fully confirmed) Would be great to have a worldcup with 2 groups of 4 of these teams. And then 2 half finals.  Regretfully..there is the money issue.

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Posted in: Ghana spoils Nishino's debut, beating Japan 2-0 in friendly See in context

JFA replaced a bad coach with a worse one. The man has no personality and tetterred on the brink of a heart attack from the first minute.

He did not see that Japan was loosing the game in the midfield. Made the wrong substitutions as a consequence. Japan’s main weakness is and always has been the goalkeeper, and I see no one better than Kawashima unfortunately, 2nd problem the inability to score.

If the coach had any personality he would not have played this game. It was always a mistake. They should now go to Russia and play 2 games there, not in other European locations.

Lucky, so lucky FIFA went mad and wants 48 teams in Qatar or this would have been Japans last worldcup.

But Japan could get hit hard in the group games.

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Posted in: Tokyo's taxi industry undergoing some radical changes See in context

I would like the authorities to check the gps in taxi companies, I am convinced they are manipulated and do not show the shortest route

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Posted in: Japan gives Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova See in context

Great for her.  My 2 dogs were stolen from me in Japan. They are my 2 brothers, George and Jagger, 11 and 8 and I am organizing a march to get them back. I tried everything else. They are my family, I miss them, my wife misses them every day and they are waiting for me.

It is horrible to have your family stolen from you, in this way, for no reason.

We ask for everyone's help to join us in the March in July, to bring them back to their home and family.

thank you all

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Posted in: Japan sticks with old guard for World Cup warm-up See in context

Dont worry, the game against Ghana will have a “ controlled “ result.

but Switserland is going to trash Japan in Russia , Paraguay is an inconsistent team.

Japan2018 is one of the weakest teams Japan ever send to a worldcup and i think the last time Japan would qualify if the next worldcup would not have 48 instead of 32 teams.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan soccer coach Halilhodzic to sue JFA over sudden firing See in context

i agree with bogva here.  Every coach knows that his appointment is temporary from the moment he signs it.  Japan has not been playing well and yes, they qualified for the Worldcup but that is a must with every coach for Japan in the Asian confederation.

What Hallilhodzic is doing is immature and strange for such an experienced professional.  If he got compensated according to his contract than he has to move on. I understand his frustration, everyone working in sports has the same frustrations sometimes in their careers, wetter as athletes, coaches or managers.

Now creating instability for the team is not the right thing to do. He must be silent at least until Japans elimination of this years World Cup, that is professional behavior. And it will give him standing.

I actually agree with this removal, although it should have come much earlier and in a much more respectful way. Wetter his replacement is an improvement is a much different matter.

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Posted in: We want to encourage consumers to choose food products approaching their use-by dates. See in context

They better reduce the ridiculous prices on foreign cheese, so They do not have to throw 50% in the bin. But must keep these prices high or the japanese “ cheese “ would not sell at all.

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Posted in: What do you think about foreign tourists, dressed to look like characters from Nintendo’s popular Mario Kart series of racing video games, driving along Tokyo streets? See in context

It is simply irresponsible to allow these carts on the road.

for one, the drivers are not used to them and can not control them as they should.

What is to be considered is a pedestrian or an other road user being involved in an accident with them.

The Nintendo issue is simple, it is a clear infringement on their license rights so they will win the court case.

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Posted in: Flying high: Finnair cements its place as a leader in Europe–Japan travel See in context

They used to be excellent in business class. Used to be.

Now it is even impossible to exchange your miles for products unless you pay on top of your points an amount almost equal to the retail price. Pure robbery.

And my mileage points where taken even though I could prove I was in the medical impossibility to make the flights.

i regret, because, it is the shortest route into Europe from Japan and they were helpful bringing my two dogs into Japan, ( regretfully later stolen from me) .

Helsinki airport could be convenient but in the last 10 years I have always seen it “ under construction “ . The European business is a joke. Always overcrowded

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Posted in: Hurricanes battle to bonus-point win over Sunwolves See in context

With every loss the comments get more and more glossy and positive, seems they always loose undeservingly, yet , scores are what count. 30 points losses are not close.

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