Maybe the English committed crimes on the same scale as those other countries.
Well, we did unleash the Spice Girls on the world.
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When are we going to get kung-fu in the Olympics?
Doubt we ever will. Kung-fu is a blanket term covering an absolutely vast range of arts.
If it ever does make it to the Olympics, it will be in the modern form of Wushu, which is easily the most made-for-television form of it: very acrobatic and flashy (and looked down on by certain other styles who think that it's totally useless for actual fighting).
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For all the people asking about where karate's "roots" are from, here's an interesting quote from Patrick McCarthy, who I can guarantee knows more about it than everyone on this board combined and multiplied by a thousand.
" In studying the pre-history of Karate I discovered that China [i.e. Fujian Province] and SE Asia [Siam/Thailand] were the original sources from which much of Okinawa's old-school fighting arts [defined here www.koryu-uchinadi.com/original_five_fighting_arts.htm] came".
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We all know that, it is the "we need to live life", " covid is beaten" " deaths are low" tiny minority that seem to deni that fact like they deni just about all reality regarding the pandemic.
I'm not sure if it's denial so much as colossal egotism. The subtext with the posters you refer to is "as long as my life is not inconvenienced, I don't care one bit about how many people get infected, sick, or die".
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It would be a kind gesture for China to donate some of those tests to Japan.
Only for them to get lost in some incompetent bureaucratic bottleneck.
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It's time to leverage the power of Marmite.
People who like it but are hesitant to get vaccinated should be offered a month's supply if they get the vaccine.
People who hate it should be offered, and forced to eat, a month's supply if they don't get the vaccine.
Win for the NHS (fewer people getting seriously sick) and PR gold for Marmite.
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We will conduct antivirus measures to make this declaration the last (COVID-19) emergency."
This won't age well.
They’ll probably edit it to add “this week” at the end.
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U.S. flight attendants are notoriously bad. Train them to be more like Asian or European flight attendants and you won't have any problems.
I was always impressed with Lufthansa's staff. Polite, but had this look about them which insinuated "don't try anything clever".
I think Japanese flight staff are fine as long as the majority of passengers are Japanese and are thus unlikely to cause trouble. I wouldn't want to imagine what would happen if some rowdy gaijin got drunk on a JAL or ANA flight and started acting up. Although I would laugh if the mild-mannered flight attendant suddenly busted out some aikido or something and put him back in his seat with a sprained wrist.
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The coronavirus is making a mockery of governments worldwide. The UK government is trying to bribe young people with pizzas, Australia's putting troops on the streets, certain states in the US seem quite determined to kill their residents, and Japan's basically whistling Dixie.
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Teacher: "And then, children, the people of Fukushima realised that the government did not care about them at all, and that they were only being used for a sympathy vote".
Children: "What happened then?"
Teacher: "The people of Fukushima voted to elect the exact same people who had done this to them".
Teacher: "Ah...this is Japan!"
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If those figures are to be believed
That "if" at the start is doing more heavy lifting than the combined efforts of every weightlifter competing at the Olympics.
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Is he blaming the people for his pathetic leadership?
Looks like it. And he knows he'll get away with it. He might have to take the fall, but we all know what's going to happen at the next general election.
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On Thursday night, Aika Suzuki, 22, said she was planning to meet a friend to go out to dinner.
“I think none of my friends care about the state of emergency anymore,” Ms. Suzuki said. “I have been going out as usual.”
She said she had opposed the Olympics at first, “but now that the events have started and I can watch them on TV with my family, it is exciting.”
The education system and propaganda machine doing their jobs effectively, I see.
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I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings.
Koike: "What can we do? The numbers are going crazy, and yet people are still going out, and acting like it's OUR fault!"
Suga: "Have we won any golds in the last couple of hours?"
Kono: "Nope. The Chinese are starting to overtake us in the medal table"
Suga: "Hmm. Can we, like, arrange a flash flood somewhere?"
Koike: "I don't think that's scientifically feasible"
Mori: "Be quiet, woman"
Mori: "Anyway, look. Tell them that recent scientific research has discovered that Japanese people get over Covid faster than anyone else because their DNA is special"
Suga: "Is it?!"
Mori: "Course not. But they'll buy it for a few days until we can work out our next move".
Kono: "You're brilliant, Mori-san. Please be our Supreme Honorary Adviser"
Mori: "Ten million a day and you got a deal"
(All bow. Meeting adjourned).
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Bach has a Gulfstream idling with the Champaign chilled and the money bags stowed.
I don't know what the German word is for "suckers" but I bet if we had a secret mic on Bach we'd have learned it by now through force of repetition.
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They need to make the vaccinations easier to reserve, though.
You're not British, are you? If not, you have absolutely nailed our knack for understatement.
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I imagine that by now the IOC, JOC and LDP are simply beyond caring at this point and will continue to trot out their clichés about how smoothly the games are going and look at the shiny medals.
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Look here! Look at the shiny gold!
It’s so shiny and pretty!
What were we talking about again?
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During the Rio Olympics, Cosmopolitan magazine ran an article titled “Best Olympic Bulges” with photos of male athletes in speedos, spats, etc.
I can top that. Brits and athletics fans of a certain age will remember something called “Linford’s lunchbox”.
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I’ve never competed in sport at a high level, but to the best of my recollection, this used to be called “quitting”.
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Though the history books may mark Tuesday’s victory with an asterisk due to Biles’ early withdrawal
So because the most hyped gymnast in history pulls out out for reasons of “Mental health”, the ROC’s victory is somehow worth less?
That’s not very objective reporting.
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The good people of Japan, doing their duty to stand by their government no matter what.
”Yes, they’re responsible for a significant uptick in cases, and yes, they’re holding the Olympics against all scientific and medical advice… but I know that they really care for us because it said so on National State Television (we abbreviate it as NHK here!)”
3 ( +19 / -16 )
The current government deserves all the scorn, resistance and civil disobedience it gets. While I don’t go out drinking at night, I’m 100% behind the bar owners.
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Who does this "Lord" Coe think he is? Every time he opens his mouth, controversy ensues.
He’s a Tory (conservative) politician and nobody likes him.
I think he’s almost as unpopular as Piers Morgan, and that is quite an achievement.
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Delta is more contagious but no more deadly than other variants, possibly even a little less.
Is there any point whatsoever in asking you to provide a single reliable citation to back that up?
8 ( +13 / -5 )
Maybe the people who find a fit female body so threatening / scary could petition the IOC to have all female athletes compete in a burqa.
Convince the IOC that there’s money in it and they’ll do it.
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There's an election in the autumn. This Olympics is Suga's only hope.
This would be true were there credible opposition, but we know that the LDP would be re-elected if they did a King Herod and decreed the execution of every male child in Japan under the age of 2.
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Posted in: The unavailability of information on vaccines is a common problem faced by all foreign residents of Japan with language barriers. To spread information, public administration services should work with communities of non-Japanese and their support groups, and they should also use social media platforms that are viewed by non-Japanese. See in context
When I got the envelope containing the coupon for the first COVID shot (which I have yet to be able to book), it was in Japanese. That figures, as they were likely sent out in bulk. The website through which reservations are (currently not) made does have an option for English, but I haven’t even looked at it for fear of how badly it will be written…
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