Erdogan needs to grow a spine.
What a super-sensitive crybaby he is.
He shouldn’t be in politics, let alone be in the top seat.
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The cornball level of the Uyoku Dantai rabble goes through the roof of their silly little modified automobiles. They are hilariously robotic. Surely they are in breach of some kind of noise/disturbance laws ???
Yukio Mishima, another complete loser. Masakatsu Morita was his mate employed to lop off his noggin after Mishima embarrassed himself at the JSDF headquarters in Ichigaya. He botched the decapitation attempt badly, so some other loser had to take a crack at it.
Mishima’s meticulous planning to go out in a chop-choppy blaze of glory didn’t quite pan out as hoped for. Morita proceeded to stab himself as punishment for being too much of a loser to carry out the beheading. So up steps Koga to perform the glorious duty. He also chopped the head off Morita, for good measure.
Koga was sentenced to 4 years in prison but only served a few months as was a well behaved lad while in the slammer. Japan’s judicial system in all its glory.
He’s still alive and lives in Kumamoto (under a different name).
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doggarToday 06:17 pm JST
I don't like izakayas. Small, smoky, expensive. Good riddance.
You sound like a bundle of fun.
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That really was an incredible defensive effort by the Japanese team.
The World End pub where I was in Ueno was packed for it, so too was Clann in Jiyugaoka, according to friends. Absolutely amazing atmosphere and the Irish were incredibly gracious defeat.
Japan now need to really focus on Scotland and Samoa if they’re to go through to the quarterfinals.
scotland are far better than what they showed last Sunday. I can’t wait
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Akira Ioane could be a great international test rugby player, got all the attributes but needs a bit of focus.
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Is Katie Holmes just Tom Cruise in a wig ? So damn similar.
have they ever been spotted together in a room at the same time ?
I’m suspicious !!!!!
Robots, artificial intelligence, wigs, Hollywood,,,, hmmmmmmmmm
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“tourist numbers down in the first autumn month following the clampdown on Airbnb”.... well blow me down with a beer soaked Uchiwa.
Well done hotel lobbyists- mission accomplished !!! Back to the dreary old days we go.
Who needs tourists spending money anyway ? The economy was ticking along brilliantly before all those pesky tourists showed up with their annoying spending money.
Blame it all on an earthquake and a storm though. No one will notice. Yeah,,, that’ll do.
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Great to finally see Coles back in action.
Codie Taylor has filled the gap amazingly well. He’s come on in leaps and bounds. However, Coles just brings that little extra spark and hard edge, (some may say niggle), that is vital against the big gun front row forward mobs the All Blacks are gonna have to be ready to face from Europe and elsewhere leading up and into the RWC.
Great timing for his comeback.
Its a a big step down in firepower if the likes of Harris et al are asked to step up.
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The Wobblies could snatch this test if they fire on all cylinders. Barrett has been lukewarm all season, (dire Hurricanes tactics partly to blame), but hopefully finds form with Crotty outside him. I reckon less than 10 points will separate them but can’t pick who will prevail.
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"The Lions squad Gatland has assembled is more a team of journeymen"
Does the author of this drivel actually know the definition of "journeyman" ?
Gatland has had the pick of the best players from 4 out of the 6 Nations Championship teams to choose from, all professionals, all highly paid. Whether or not he's made the right selections is a different matter entirely. I'd say he's got it mostly right outside of Joe Launchbury's non selection.
It should be a fantastic series. Would be surprised if AWJ isn't substituted before the 60 minute mark to make way for Itoje. Possibly even as early as the half time period should the BIL Lions find themselves behind in points.
Rieko Ioane's selection ahead of J.Savea is a big call from Hansen, it will be a baptism of fire for the youngster. He's got the talent to handle it.
Crotty/Alb center pairing with a hungry SBW coming on later in the piece would've been many peoples prediction. Instead we've got SBW/Crotty vs. Te'o/Davies. That'll be a hell of battle.
The forward battle should be epic on what will likely be a damp track in Auckland but with the rain likely to ease off.
Can't wait !!!
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I cannot find statistics for 2014 or this year yet, but in 2008 there were only 11 homocides in Japan.
Errrr.... What ???
The National Police Agency also recently released a report noting that murders across the country declined 8.8 percent to 939 in 2013. That figure is below 1,000 per year for the first time since World War II.
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“We wish to have a torch relay here so that the status of our reconstruction can be conveyed accurately,”
errrrrrr.....a must watch 13 minute doco. here that conveys the status of TEPCO's reconstruction debacle very accurately
The place is an extremely dangerous mess.
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Why don't they learn from the best craft brewers in the USA and make something that can compare well with something like Anchor Steam beer and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?
Raymond, you need to get out more. There are plenty of Japanese brewers making beer that not only compare well with the likes of Anchor or Sierra Nevada but in many cases have even surpassed their American counterparts. Japanese brewers are collecting more and more awards at international beer competitions. I suggest you get out there and try some beers from the likes of Minoh, Swan Lake, Baeren, Shiga Kogen, Baird, Daiden G, Isekadoya, Fujizakura, Yo-Ho, Ozenoyukidoke for starters, you might find it a revelation.
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"The new 70-meter architectural centerpiece— a futuristic, bike-helmet-shaped stadium—has drawn criticism that it would tower over other structures in the area, which are limited to a 15-metre height restriction, and would be visible all over the Japanese capital" "Blah...blah...blah...blah...blah...That would make the stadium visible from all over the west of Tokyo"
Yeah....right. There are plenty of buildings and other structures well in excess of 200 meters height in Tokyo that aren't visible "all over the Japanese capital". The west of Tokyo extends to Hachioji and Okutama amongst other locales
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Shades of Waseda Uni's Super Free club
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Tokyo does not need remodernization. If anything, need de-modernization like the one, classic beautiful Tokyo station, or take down the highway above the beautiful Nihonbashi bridge, or recognize the lifestyle of Edo period, etc.
ummmmmm....Tina dear, to restore a classic old beautiful building such as Tokyo Station costs astronomical amounts of money. Only a a very small number of buildings can be restored and brought up to earthquake code strength. Theres just not enough money to do such projects on a large scale. As fanciful and romantic as it might be to dream of the Edo and other periods of yesteryear, it just isn't practical in this day in age to try to emulate those times. Tokyo is on top of a seismically active plain. Let's never forget what happened to thousands of buildings in the immediate after effect of the Great Kanto earthwquake. I do agree though that the highway above Nihonbashi is an eyesore.
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The Olympic stadium in Los Angeles was much older when it was used a second time for the 1984 games. >
Comparing the LA stadium to the old Olympic stadium in Tokyo is a misleading comparison.
The IOC have a minimum seating requirement for the main stadium, which I believe is currently 80,000, I stand to be corrected though. Los Angeles Memorial Colloseum is huge, even after it was scaled down in size, it still has a capacity of over 90,000, thus easily meeting the IOC minimium seating requirement. The old Olympic stadium in Tokyo had a capacity of about 57,000, currently only 48,000 seated capacity.
As someone mentioned earlier, refurbishing an existing stadium can quite often cost as much or even more than building a new one, especially if increased capacity is required.
I have no problem with them scaling back the initial proposal as it's been stated that the design concept won't be changed, the article didn't give any specifics, but on large scale projects like this there can always be unnecessary extravagances trimmed to save on overall costs. A block of toilets here, a concourse there, fewer VIP boxes etc....
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the rather small chichibu ground
Really ? I had no idea it was being played there. Whats the capacity of Chichibunomiya stadium ? 25,000 ? Ridiculous really and rather pointless. And yes, it will be an smashing of embarrassing proportions. The only upside to holding it at Chichibunomiya stadium is that at least it will have proper sized in-goal areas, unlike the Olympic stadium where the All Blacks played the Wallabies a few years back.
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Face TowelSep. 07, 2013 - 10:27AM JST
All was cauded from once covered up the leaking.
Cauded !!! Now there's a word you don't come across every day.
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Exceedingly slooooooooooooowww day at the crime news desk it would seem.
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I clearly did read your post, I just don't quite get what "point" you're trying so hard to make. I doubt very much that you quite know yourself. You just seem to be talking yourself into ever decreasing circles.
You keep beating the "no proof of having even been abducted or even being alive" drum while conveniently ignoring the whole thrust of this particular article itself.
See if you can try and get your head around this. The Yokota family are behind the association that have organized the petition in order to get further information on their still missing daughter, as well as others, possibly leading to the return of said abductees, if indeed they are in fact still alive. Not too difficult now is it ?
I'll just pop this bit of the article in here in order to help you understand why the Yokota family are doing what they can in the hope of one day seeing their daughter again as it seems you keep missing it.
"Yokota’s parents and others in Japan refuse to believe reports of her death and a controversial DNA test on her cremated remains was inconclusive. Her parents believe their daughter, who would now be 49 years old, is still alive in North Korea"
Penny dropped yet ?
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You ask: ">Where's the proof those who remain there were not willing participants"
You must have missed this part: ">The North Korean government admitted to kidnapping Yokota"
I'd hazard a guess and say that roughly 99.99999999999999999% of abductees in all kidnappings are not "willing participants", whether it be 'Joe the weirdo' next door doing the abducting or North Korean government agents.
Not quite sure what to make of this statement:
">Isn't the issue 'resolved'? I mean, this all happened way back when? Why dwell on the past and not move forward?"
Ummmmm, nope. The issue isn't yet "resolved" for the Yokota family who are behind this association preparing the petition in order to get their still missing daughter Megumi returned. The whole purpose of the petition is to resolve the issue for them. 10 Million signatures is a huge amount and could be a way forward in trying to resolve this issue in a peaceful and diplomatic way. They are obviously determined not to just give up and "move forward" as you suggest.
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Anthony J BambariMar. 02, 2013 - 04:37PM JST
I feel for the 18 year old friend, the poor guy must be super nervous about getting pinched right now. He might end up killing himself.
That's a very odd comment Anthony !!!! Not quite sure how you could "feel for the 18 year old friend". If what the Romanian lad is saying is true, this lowlife wasn't at all nervous when he conspired to rob a helpless female in the middle of the night and plunge a knife into her back as well as slashing her on the wrist. He Was probably quite bravado about it at the time. I truly hope he is nervous right now, he fully deserves to be.
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MorryJan. 20, 2013 - 10:28AM JST
This island dispute is just the beginning of what China intends to claim.....
Not really. I think it's fair to say Chinese rapacious proclivity toward hegemony in the region started long before they pointed their bellows toward the Senkaku's cinders.
Lets take a quick glance at tensions/claims/disputes in the region.
Maritime boundary in the Gulf of Tonkin between Vietnam and China Maritime boundary along the Vietnamese coast between Vietnam, China, and Taiwan Maritime boundary in the waters north of the Natuna Islands between Indonesia, China*, and Taiwan Maritime boundary north of Borneo between Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei Senkaku/Diaoyu Island chain dispute between China and Japan Islands in the southern reaches of the South China Sea, including the Spratley Islands by Vietnam, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan, and China Maritime boundary off the coast of central Philippines and Luzon between the Philippines, China, and Taiwan Islands in the northern reaches of the South China Sea, including the Paracel Islands between Vietnam, China,* and Taiwan
Hmmmmm.....anyone spot a recurring pattern here ?
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Tons of people have heart failure while breathing, hell of a coincidence that. How about while eating or watching TV.?
Generally speaking, eating, watching TV and breathing seldom result in episodes of vomiting and diarrhea, both of which can have quite a traumatic impact on the body of elderly people. Spot the possible causal link yet, genius ?
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One woman, aged 89, who suffered from food poisoning died the following day from heart failure. However, doctors say it is unlikely the food poisoning caused her death, TBS reported.
A hell of a coincidence then if not at least a contributing factor.
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