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Posted in: Princess Ayako marries in ritual-filled ceremony at Meiji Shrine See in context

Frankly, I think it's a sad day when expressing admiration for royalty is derided. Online bullying at it worst.

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Posted in: Why one American started an all-foreigner idol group in Japan See in context

Vince Black

I actually auditioned for this group. Although he said he liked my tight trousers, I was rejected for being too fat. Or too faaat should I say.

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Posted in: Princess Ayako marries in ritual-filled ceremony at Meiji Shrine See in context

I can't express adequately my joy at this marriage. As a great admirer of the British royal family, it's my belief that us commoners don't appreciate the selfless devotion and hard work of royalty. No doubt the Princess (although some people say she should be stripped of her title for not marrying within the family) will work hard for the nation. Many people don't realise that Prince Charles in the UK works for three months of the year on official duties. Such a burden must be intolerable - but does he complain? No!

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Posted in: Princess Ayako to retain honorary positions after marriage See in context

I think it's disgraceful that commoners are allowed to hold positions reserved for royalty. I'm very upset.

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Posted in: Miss International Japan See in context

These beauty pageants are a disgrace: degrading to women and promoting the objectification of one sector of society for the gratification of men. On the other hand, I really fancy the girl second from left.

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Posted in: Irish singer Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam See in context

Surely Daniel O'Donnell and Val Doonican are Ireland's greatest musical exports!

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Posted in: Living the dream: Three British brands meet for mission to crack Japan See in context

I always drink Johnnie Walker when driving my Aston Martin. There's nothing worse than having a high-speed crash when you're sober.

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Posted in: Japan grants cryptocurrency industry self-regulatory status See in context

Self policing has certainly worked very well in the regular financial a minute...

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Posted in: Robot station security guard unveiled to media ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

I'll have to be careful not to wave my hands when I speak: Foreigner moving his arms - danger!! Every Italian tourist will be spending a lot of time sprawled on the floor after being attacked by a huge metal wine bottle.

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Posted in: Showa University medical school admits rigging entrance exam scores See in context

It's common knowledge amongst Japanese people that children of medical school alumni are given preference, so I don't know why there's any surprise about this. According to one group of medical students I taught this rigging goes on even at the level of the national exams for doctors. They were clever, hardworking and pleasant people, but were lamenting the fact that certain other students could pass with very little effort on their part. This is why I was often advised by Japanese friends and neighbours to avoid certain clinics for treatment: 'The father's very good, but he's retiring and the son is taking over. He's useless.' The original clinic owner is usually a wealthy and powerful figure in the community who has many connections. One particularly obnoxious student who I taught was part of a medical 'dynasty'. He did nothing in school (when he came) and he stated directly that they wouldn't dare fail him. I thought this was just some twisted bravado, but it was confirmed to me informally by other professors.

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Posted in: From 'problem child' to 'prodigy' -- LSD turns 75 See in context

I wonder if Japanese people would benefit from this drug. It would probably have to be mixed in with some pleasant drink to make it palatable, fruit soda or something.

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Posted in: Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush dies at 84 See in context


My thoughts and feelings exactly. There are almost none of the classic bluesmen alive today, but their music lives on.

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Posted in: Odd man out See in context

Perhaps he needed some photocopying done.

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Posted in: Dylan to release lost recordings from classic album See in context

I love Blood on the Tracks and was really excited when I was given a bootleg of the early recordings. However, I found them really lifeless and without the energy of the released versions. It actually raised Dylan even further in my estimation as he realised he could do better and wasn't afraid to re-record the songs, in spite of the fact that the early versions were ready to go into the shops.

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Posted in: Cruel yet popular punishment: Japan's death penalty See in context

Fortunately, the execution process in Japan is not cruel. I see from the article photograph that the execution chamber is fully air-conditioned. How considerate! There's nothing worse than being hanged when you're feeling a bit uncomfortable because of the heat.

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Posted in: Arguing, booing overshadow Osaka's U.S. Open final win over Williams See in context

Osaka was the class act here. I don't have enough words to describe Williams' behaviour: bullying, dishonest, selfish, entitled, immature, graceless.... Unfortunately, these days, people who abuse others often see themselves as victims. I thought the crowd were booing because Williams was behaving so badly, but it turns out it was the opposite! I was also very disappointed that one of the officials at the presentation afterwards started her speech by saying something like, 'Well, it wasn't the ending we all hoped for ', as if a great injustice had been done, and focused most of the time on Williams.

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Posted in: Kimono parka combines traditional fashion with modern streetwear See in context

Definitely handy for shoplifting, not that that ever happens in Japan.

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Posted in: No World Cup hooligans? Russia says told you so See in context

Most of the Russian football hooligans are associated with extreme right wing movements and are great supporters of Putin. No doubt hey were told to put a break on their activities during the world cup to confound the 'Russia bashers' and it's being presented as the security services getting tough on Russian hooligans.

It's great that England fans were banned for singing an anti-semitic song. They're probably the only people in Russia, that famously anti-semitic country, to have ever been punished for doing such a thing.

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Posted in: 'One Piece' manga creator’s joke about World War II soldier prompts official apology from publisher See in context

I actually thought it was a clever and funny idea by Oda. There are occasions when a person should indeed apologise for saying something offensive, but this isn't one of them. How many people were actually 'offended' by this? I suspect not many, and they were the usual nutters.

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Posted in: High school basketball player punches ref after dispute over foul See in context

@Toshihiro When I worked in Japanese high schools in the eighties I regularly saw teachers hitting students - it seemed to be accepted as normal and hardly worthy of comment. I even saw on a couple of occasions senior teachers hitting junior teachers when scolding them for what they perceived as some work infraction. I'm sure it's a lot less likely these days, although I'm happy to be corrected on that. I haven't been in a Japanese high school for thirty years.

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Posted in: Idol singer Keiichiro Koyama suspended for encouraging underage girl to drink liquor See in context

I've no doubt that he was trying to get her drunk, and I really dislike the pressure that's put on people, male or female, to drink alcohol. This isn't something that's exclusive to Japan.

However, I really think that someone who is 19 is adult enough to make her own judgement and refuse alcohol if she doesn't want it. She sounds like a willing participant to me, especially if she claimed to be 20.

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Posted in: Will Smith's 'Live It Up' anthem divides World Cup fans See in context

There's a lot of great music in the world. This doesn't come into that category. 'Give it up' is my suggestion, because we only have one life and it's too short to listen to stuff like this.

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Posted in: 69-year-old serial wallet thief caught stealing again on Tokyo subway See in context

He did help himself - that was the problem.

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Posted in: Groped, scared, disgusted: Stories of dealing with 'chikan' in Japan See in context

Fully agree with the previous posters - this guy is an absolute creep, but it all feeds into the notion that foreigners are dangerous and more likely to commit crimes. The reality is that statistically foreigners in Japan are much less likely to break the law than Japanese. I look forward to a spate of videos posted showing non foreigners molesting women on the subway.

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Posted in: 5 more Australian MPs leave parliament after court's citizenship ruling See in context

Dual citizenship is not allowed in Japan except for children, who have to choose one nationality when they become adults.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for killing 2-yr-old daughter by dropping her from balcony See in context

simon g: "I have never crashed into another driver but the idea is sometimes appealing."

And THAT is why mental illness is not to blame, but the person. If you can control your feelings, so can others. Thanks for the example in your own argument. Lots of people suffer from mental illness -- they don't murder their kids for it.

simon g can control his feelings because he's not mentally ill.

I can't believe in this day and age that people are still so unsympathetic towards those who suffer from mental illness. Would you even think of saying to a cancer sufferer, 'If you just controlled yourself a bit better you wouldn't have cancer"? Mental illness is a disease just like cancer or hepatitis.

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Posted in: Filipino man flees after being denied entry to Japan See in context

If he was wearing a white shirt and carrying a rucksack they should capture him in no time; he'll stand out a mile.

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Posted in: Silicone Sally: Japanese men find true love with sex dolls See in context

I actually bought one of these dolls when my marriage broke down several years ago. However, I eventually found out that when I went to work she was having an affair with my microwave. She's now living with a paraffin heater in Sendai and we never communicate.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to global 'ransomware' cyberattack See in context


My understanding is that the NHS were paying £5.5 million pounds per annum for support for Windows XP, largely because the cost of upgrading was greatly in excess of that. Given how stretched the NHS' finances are they not surprisingly opted to prioritise patient care.

However, my main point is that by not supporting older versions of their software Microsoft are doing exactly the same thing as these cybercrooks i.e. unless you pay to upgrade or for special support then you're in big trouble. The morality is the same.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to global 'ransomware' cyberattack See in context

Microsoft itself bears a lot of responsibility by not offering support for older versions of their software - unless you pay a lot of money for them to do so, of course. The NHS in the UK were handing over millions of pounds per year to Microsoft (and still couldn't prevent an attack). Microsoft have been holding people to ransom for years, hence the vast wealth of 'philanthropists' like Bill Gates. Personally, I can't tell the difference.

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