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Posted in: Fans relieved Japan advances but tactics disappoint some See in context

Belgium are going to batter them!

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Posted in: Japan's ports bustling with foreign cruise passengers See in context

It's gone the other way in Venice. They want to stop the cruise liners due to problems with mass tourism and the pollution they create. "Venetians regularly protest against the huge cruise ships docking in the city, but mass tourism is not the only problem they bring – the toxic air they pump out is harmful to locals and visitors alike. "

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/08/venice-cruise-ship-traffic-restricted-amid-concerns-over-damage-to-buildings

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Posted in: Luggage falls out of bus on Nagoya Expressway See in context

@Speed. Definitely! That was a law suit waiting to happen.

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Posted in: 582,669 students sit for college entrance exams across Japan See in context

I still remember doing my A' Levels 28 years ago (the UK exams to get you into university) It was rather stressy! I never went onto university in the end; however, in 2013 I passed a masters degree. I got to dodge the BA :) Good luck all! It's great when that stress is over!

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Posted in: YouTube pares back Logan Paul partnership after suicide video post See in context

I wonder (and I admit this is a looooong stretch) if filming in Japan, uploading the video and then making money from it is technically working on a tourist visa? If so, legit reason for a ban. Wishful thinking I know!

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Posted in: 4 Chinese ships enter Japanese waters around Senkakus See in context

I like the way people talk about "we should stop appeasing China." It'll never happen while thousands of western companies continue to get cheap products from China. I'm no Chinese fan but they've played a great card. Western companies are now addicted to cheap products and high profits. Not one of them will want that to stop. And that influences western government policy. That is the major problem. If you want to put pressure on China, then don't do business in China. That is the only way to stop China and that's not going to happen. China has us over a barrel.

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Posted in: William Shatner talks 'Wrath of Khan,' new creative projects See in context

TH, you beat me to it lol! 86! Blimey!

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Posted in: Unmarried single parents to become eligible for state support See in context

@Andrew

People like you would have every poor person out on the streets surving without any welfare payments. My mum raised me all on her own in London. She was on welfare for the first four years of my life. We needed that money. Then she became a teacher and paid over 35 years back in tax. I was on welfare for five years, and then I got a job at the BBC in 2002 and have easily paid back in tax. There's nothing wrong with welfare and there's nothing wrong with single parent mothers. If I lose my job tomorrow, I'll happily claim welfare. Why? Because it's my own money. It's money I've paid into the system so I'm entitled to it. Not every unemployed person is scamming the system. I'm glad there's a system that doesn't throw people out on to the streets and let them starve like you seem to want.

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context

That's outrageous! Can you imagine putting a statue of a holocaust survivor on a London bus and then every time it drove by the German embassy it would play an audio message "and during the war six million Jews died." No, because that would be incredibly insensitive. Imagine being a Japanese citizen on that South Korean bus as it played the pro Korean audio message. It could encourage a physical confrontation. In my mind, Japan hasn't probably apologised, however, that's also partly America's fault. America were terrified of a communist Japan so they kept the right wing in Japan very strong. I do get that Korea are miffed about that, however, Korea has to move on. All they're doing is bringing up a population to hate. The more South Korea push an agenda for a war that is now over 70 years old, the more I become immune to it. Frankly, this is just embarrassing.

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Posted in: Gov't to survey unpaid medical bills by foreign tourists See in context

In 2015, I came to Tokyo for 6 weeks. I had travel insurance. I then decided to stay longer. By then my travel insurance had run out. NO ONE would insure me, they all thought I was pulling a scam (always top up before it runs out.) I then stayed without insurance. I injured my leg playing football. My girlfriend rang hospitals. The first two refused to take me because I was foreign, one said they didn't take travel insurance. Finally we found one. I was terrified it would cost a fortune but the Dr cost £24 and the useless pain killers £30. Total cost with a bit extra £100. To me, it's a system thing.

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Posted in: Accused 'black widow' serial killer claims innocence See in context

I've gotten out jury service three times in my life in the UK (thank gawd!) The thought of sitting in a court room for 8 hours a day for 135 days...oh my lordy..there's no way I'd be queuing up lol!

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Posted in: Japan wrestles over smoking ban as Olympics loom See in context

I lived in Japan 3 years ago. I found a great music open mic in Shibuya. I had to stop going after a few visits. Every time I went, I came home stinking of cigarette smoke. It was horrendous. It was like stepping into the 90s.

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Posted in: Digging for clams See in context

I popped down to Kasai-rinkai in 2014 and got some nice pics like this myself. Not sure I'd want to scoff them though.

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