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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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Posted in: FIFA World Cup trophy arrives in Japan See in context

It’s one of two replica’s

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Posted in: Crusaders beat Sunwolves 33-11 in Super Rugby See in context

A moral victory ? Loosing 33-11, against their B team ?

A proud fan whom does not mention his real name in a comment. Not very proud.

and by the way, i do hope the game was halted during the lighting storm as it is totally irresponsible to play in those conditions, endangering players, staff and fans lives

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Posted in: Japan soccer coach Halilhodzic fired two months before World Cup See in context

I totally agree with the firing of Hallilhodzic,  he was absolutely lucky to scrape through the qualifiers.

And ridiculous decisions to play Mali and Ukraine , and play them in Belgium.  And not calling up a number of the Japanese players, working in Europe. 

For once, a brave and correct decision from JFA to be applauded, depending of course on whom they are going to call in to replace him.  They need a foreign coach, not Japanese, they can not perform on such short notice. And they need one with name, to get the respect quickly from the players. 

Half of the job is done in the correct way by JFA, now the other half

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Posted in: 'Dragon Ball Super' finally ends after 3 years; voice actress of Goku says she’s not done See in context

Voice over is a huge problem and handicap for the Japanese youth to learn English.  Young kids assimilate almost without thinking , the spoken English and the Subtitles. That is , if the subtitling is up to scratch. I am a Belgian, far from perfect at English but I did get the feeling for the language from watching American and US tv series. Sadly, as it was a mix of the 2, I also mix , till today, US and UK expressions. 

It remains very sad that the Japanese youngsters seem to speak less and less English instead of more and better. Take Ohtani, he should realise that part of his career and part of his commercial success depends on his control of English, particularly in his chosen sport of baseball. 

Voice over, besides not doing much for the English speaking ability of the Japanese people also ruins 90 % of the enjoyment of non-Japanese programs and movies. 

But, hey, I am not going to play Don Quichote, I know nothing will change. Part of the charm in Japan

And I do love it here.

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Posted in: Japan's World Cup preparations take a hit in loss to Ukraine See in context

Hallilhodzic must go and he must go now or Japan is going to have a disastrous World Cup in Russia.  I am a sports marketing company owner so I know what I am talking about here.

He was lucky to get the qualification, regardless of the many mistakes he made as a coach, the team pulled him through. Just. 

It was pure madness to go and play these 2 games in Belgium. Unless he thinks the conditions in Belgium mirror those to be expected in Russia I don't see the reason for it. And as a Belgian, I can tell you we are not much like Russia, even though I left Belgium in 1996, I should know.

Playing Mali was also a mistake, they are nothing like Senegal, and finally playing Ukraine was madness, certainly as the 2nd game of the two. 

Nothing to be gained by playing Ukraine at all. They don't come close to Poland's playing style. And now he has a demoralised team which could not beat Mali ( actually Japan got gifted a draw) and was nowhere in the game against Ukraine. Go to play that in empty stadiums in Belgium ? Why ? 

He did not even use many of the Japanese players working in Europe. 

This should have been stopped before it happened but , too late. Now, is the time for JFA to appoint a new coach before the last game against Ghana in Japan, which is a valid game. At home and much closer to Senegals playing style, BUT with Hallilhodzic this will be another loss. The man is no longer what he once was, and I am only speaking professionally here, I don't really know him as a person. But he must go, if Japan is to stand a bit of chance to pass the first round. And now, so the new coach can use these 2 1/2 months at the fullest.

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Posted in: Visitors warned against departing Japan with souvenirs made from ivory See in context

Concurring here with most of these comments.  Don't sell ivory, then nobody can take it out of the country. It is surprizing that Japan does still not have basic animal protection laws, does not love animals more and see them as something more than food.  Most NPO's in the country are only there to make money or to look good in the eyes of those around them.  Animals give much more loyalty and love then anyone of us can give them.

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Posted in: Japan's hotel industry quickly expanding with newcomers from outside See in context

I agree with other comments here, first of all the olympice last 15 days, 2nd there is , if anything, less demand for hotels during olympics than normal, not more. Third, the tourist boom from China will not last, there will be soon a huge oversupply of hotel rooms

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Posted in: Most Japanese think Abe bears responsibility for scandal: polls See in context

The biggest scandal of all is that the Japanese Minister of Finance renounces to be present at the g20 finance talks because he needs to stay on top of the lid of Scandal(s) he and his PM are involved in. Thus shaming Japan and its people and denying Japan its correct representation at the G20.  Shamefully selfish and betraying 126 million people.

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Posted in: Cathay Pacific posts HK$1.26 bil loss for 2017 See in context

Cathay’s main problem is the arrogance of staff and management at all levels. Second they are even among flagcarriers to expensive and overstaffed.

they do not keep promises and treat pax badly

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Posted in: Regulators raid Amazon Japan on suspicion of anti-trust violation See in context

The great open minded Boss of Rakuten is crying for years on the shoulders of his friends to help him stop the big bad amazon. Rakuten doen’t stand a chanse if they compete on even terms with amazon. Old fashioned, messy, over complicated website from Rakuten, against transparent and simple amazon. No chanse so lets call in a little help from some friends

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Posted in: Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report See in context

I drink only bottled water from glass bottles. Actually I buy nothing that is packed in plastic containers. It is not easy these days, but still possible. 

I also try , as much as possible, to avoid plastic bags, its even harder to refuse them in the supermarkets than to accept them. I stop the people at the casse whenever I can to use useless additional plastic or other packaging.  I also try not to buy individual packed cookies... etc.... It is a bit of an effort, it means really nothing in the bigger scheme of things, but, at least, I try

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Posted in: Pyeongchang Paralympics sets new record for ticket sales See in context

Sold mostly to local sponsors of the event whom then distribute them free of charge.

I keep saying, there is a very simple way to get optimized attention for the Paralympics and that is to organize them prior to the Olympics instead of after.

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Posted in: Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel ousts Djokovic in Indian Wells See in context

I agree with the positive comments on miss Osaka, a future top 5, but need to point out, that will be the case because she lives and trains in the US, away from the Japanese " coaching " system. 

As for Mr Taro, he is a good player, more limited, but can enjoy a good mid level career. 

I am afraid I have to disagree about Mr Nishikori, I think his best days are behind him, regretfully. I think the wrist injury is only the beginning of his trouble as he has changed his playing style and that will lead to more injuries, either elbow, shoulder or hip.

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