robert maes comments

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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Posted in: Nintendo takes Mario Kart company to court for 2nd time and wins yet again See in context

I personally saw 2 incidents in the past month. One of the carts parked right outside Shibuya station minus one back wheel and an accident close to Hibiya where police was taking notes and the drivers all sitting on the sidewalk.

these things should not be allowed on the streets if only to protect all other road users.

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Posted in: Rebels smash Sunwolves 52-7 to boost finals hopes See in context

I saw the game, it was really embarrassing for Sunwolves and it's fans.  The only trial came after a kick clearance going wrong for The Rebels.

Japan has never had, nor will it ever have, the pretended following, exposure, participation or fanbase, that is pretended by LOC2019, or JRFU.  On the contrary, the domestic players and fan base is declining.  And i am afraid that the worldcup 2019 will weigh financially so heavy on JRFU that it will have to go in administration in 2020. How come nobody asks the obvious question about " how many new players have registered with JRFU in 2019  ?  The very first question that should come to mind with every self respecting journalist. if a worldcup does not grow your players base, than, what will ?

Also, rugby is not growing in Asia.  The only continent where rugby can grow and blossom, economically and in participation numbers is North America. In Africa participation can grow but not commercially.

The sooner rugby accepts that it is a side kick to baseball, soccer, golf, tennis…. the better it will be for rugby

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Posted in: Kanazawa aiming to become esports mecca to attract young people See in context

Very shortsighted and self deceptive. People playing these video games, usually are city kids, not country dwellers. It won't work. 

I have no problem with these people decision to play computer games, I only object to calling it sports. It is detrimental for physical and mental health. Those who like to play these games or support those playing them professionally must not be in self denial about that. 

I smoke cigars from time to time but I know it's bad for me and I accept that.  Calling it esports instead of computer or video games, does not change the facts that, playing this at professional levels is bad for a person.

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Posted in: Rakuten profit jumps fourfold on $1 billion Lyft stake gain See in context

I always said Mikitani is running Rakuten into the ground. Lyft is longterm an unsustainable business concept and he has overpaid for many foreign acquisitions. Rakuten mobile will fail, he entered that market too late and the 3 big guys will counter him on pricing moves if he tries that. The shrinking population and an outdated website will hurt the core rakuten business, amazon will do the rest. His branding and corporate image efforts in sportsmarketing are madness with no strategy between the different sponsorships. Rakuten will be one of the first big victims in the next financial crisis

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Posted in: International rugby fans set to descend on Japan for Rugby World Cup See in context

At the very least i may hope the LOC2019 does not belief its own hype.

The tickets in The Netherlands will be bought either By the strong Japanese expat contingency or by English people. I don’ T think you will see more than 100 dutch showing up for the Rugby worldcup. The German sales where in anticipation for a possible german qualification, same there, but maybe 200 people will come. Brazil, again, most likely for Japanese people’s end use or Brazilian contingent in Japan. Pls stop creating these over expectations which will not Materialise. And about the 10’s of millions of fans in China and India... go play a Super rugby game there and see who shows up

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Posted in: Proposed 'World League' shake-up causes player concerns See in context

Irb’s only concern here is commercial, not players.

A child can tell you that the flying between time zones and weather differences and the hustle of travel will take a huge toll in the 2nd half of this competition.

Besides, it is just more of the same. Always the same 10 teams playing each other. It offers nothing new.

This is impossible for the players and they know that at IRB so, why go ahead with it ? ... precisely. Money. IRB can not live from a worldcup alone.

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Posted in: French rugby deaths an 'unusual spike', says World Rugby chief Gosper See in context

One reason totally ignored is that in the youth categories you have huge differences in weight, height, strenght between the players with kids weighing 55 kgs and others 90.

lowering the tackle height from shoulders to waste is a must! For neck injuries.

but it will increase concussions by the tackling player either because of contact with hip or knee of the tackled player or when they fall and the tackling player is hit by the tackled player.

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Posted in: At least 500,000 foreign fans expected to visit Japan for World Cup See in context

Inbound travel will drastically change ??? While i dont believe his 500.000 number to start with, even if so, 500.000 on 7 million ( sept/nov) do not make a drastic change. Every mayor sport event, and its my business, usually means a decline in overall visitor numbers for the country. Let’s wait and see. Nz, uk, australian numbers will be up. But you will see a drop in South korean/ Taiwan and maybe even Chinese numbers.

Keep hyping numbers can lead to big disappointments. It will be a good tournament, leave the superlatives away.

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Posted in: Japanese swimmers show their support for stricken Ikee See in context

This young lady is an example for us all. Only her health matters now. And for all of us that is the only thing we should think about. She will, in this new challenge to her, and with her courage and positive attitude, set a further example to all of us and her fellow athletes in particular.

my support and respects, young lady

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Posted in: Interpreter under fire after calling African runners 'chimpanzees' See in context

this is of course totally unacceptable ane the woman should apologize in writing to the athletes concerned.

what is more worrying is that not a single Japanese athlete has condemned this. Neither did Mss Osaka and her comments would make a big difference here. That she has not heard it? Unlikely. Furthermore the organisors should make amends by supporting an African youth club. They did the right thing to react in public but more action from them is needed.

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Posted in: Calls mounting for JOC chief Takeda to resign amid scandal See in context

it is the role of Dentsu which has to be reviewed. They monopolise in a very unhealthy way relations with all sports federations , controling bid committees, organising committees, marketing, sponsorships, management, endorsements, licensing, franchising, investments, tv rights, media in Japan. And They do so from a power position but with very little real expertise. They use muscles, not brains. It was Dentsu advising Tanaka San to make the payment knowing full well that Mr Han’s company was an empty box

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Posted in: Mother, two daughters, aged 6, 4, found dead in car in apparent murder-suicide See in context

This woman was desperate, for whatever reason. It is wrong to take her children with her, but she could not see that anymore.

We, specially, foreigners, in Japan, must try and help more. It is difficult for me to really understand Japanese people and I come here for 30 years and live here a total of 11 years.i try.

On the other hand Japanese people in general do not open up to foreigners. Combine that with an ever more selfish attitude from all people and there are more and more people feeling isolated and desperate.

I have no solution, I can only try to help when I see where I can help. But must of us, could try harder, that includes myself

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Posted in: Mercari warns of more losses See in context

They can’t survive. Not in the us and not in Japan. They entered to late and bring nothing new. Just like e-bay failed the first time and will fail again.

key is the ease of payment and use of the platform in general.

I give them 2 years max and they are gone

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Posted in: Japan's 2018 farm, fisheries exports hit record high for 6th straight year See in context

the buyers of the export products are paying a fraction of what we pay here in Japan for apples, strawberries... why can i buy Japanese strawberries in Hongkong at less than half price from Japan?

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Posted in: Asahi buys Fuller's beer business for $327 million See in context

Amazing, paying 327 USD for NOT owning a brand.  It is a global license Asahi buys, and with it, an old factory building which can only serve as a museum in a couple of years.

Asahi is panicking on the decreasing sales in the home market and overpays for this property. The brand has very little expansion potential. British beers are not the best fit for international market unless they are commonwealth markets and there, the brand is already represented.

In general, beer sales are decreasing, not only in Japan and growth markets are few.  Asahi should have bought the pub and hotel business from Fuller's but they are not crazy, they keep that, meaning they hold distribution control. Asahi could have pushed it's beers and other brands through that channel, now, they even depend on Fuller's to keep the distribution in the Fuller pubs and hotels. Sure, there will be , as part of the contract , an assured period of distribution guarantees, but still, Asahi does not have that long term control.

Anyway, there is an history of Japanese brewers overpaying for international brands, and this is one o them.

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Posted in: Over half of Rugby World Cup tickets already sold See in context

I always said about a third of the tickets will not be sold. LOC2019 will force them on to the local governments and host cities. Quite Some tickets will be returned by federations like Italy, Fiji, Canada and the dedicated travel agents.

i think instead of 26 billion sales organisors should be happy making 20 to 22 billion from their tickets. But that is still good , only mistake has always been to hype the whole event too much and now expectations that have been raider can not be met.

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Posted in: Paul McCartney tells fans: Don't be like me and eat too much See in context

the worst Sir Paul Mccartney ever wrote still easily beats anything that is put out today under the name “ music” .

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Posted in: Let foreigners enter, but don't let them obtain Japanese citizenship, doctor urges See in context

I would give up my Belgian citizenship immediately for a Japanese pasport. I have done enough for Japan to earn one while my country’s Embassy staff has stolen my 2 dogs , get cover from the Ambassador himself. If that sounds incredible, i agree. Still , just as true.

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Posted in: Shop selling sharkskin products hoping to revive tsunami-hit city See in context

There is no need for argument.  This is simply disgusting.

Sharks are fantastic animals. Yes, there will be accidents with people , it's unavoidable, but it does not justify the totally out of proportion murder of these beautiful animals. 

Yes, they bite, so do lions, snakes, crocodiles… but.. we are the ones who can think, put things in proportion, understand an animal that has instincts, not thoughts.  Than, it is one thing to kill them to eat, another to sell their skins and portray them as trophees. That is barbaric. 

Sad, just sad

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