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Posted in: Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs See in context

The price of regaining independence. It will be a painful process. But I can understand why British people chose this path. I wouldn't want my country's policies and laws be dictated by a foreign council.

52% of those who voted did so to leave. Not 52% of the population.

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Posted in: NHK fee collector leaves threatening notes on people’s doorsteps See in context

A direct debit would sort this out... or as above, take it as a tax... this sounds like NHK have hired the Yakuza to do their dirty work.

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

The South Korean National Assembly speaker has added fuel to a simmering controversy over his call for the Japanese emperor to apologize to Korean women forced into Japan's wartime brothels, comparing Japan to a "brazen thief" for demanding he retract his comments.

I just KNEW that was what the South Koreans were after... they want the Emperor (who had nothing whatsoever to do with the execution of the war) to grovel before them and apologise...

Revenge can be nasty.

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

People should not aware that the dolphin and whale are species multiple completely out of control and they are destroying the balance of the nature. Dolphin and whale hunts are Japanese tradition and must be greatly expanded due to shortage of delicious meat. By hunting as many dolphins as possible and consuming their meat, we are at the same time protect our environment. I love to eat dolphin meat. I am sure anyone who eats it also loves it.

Out of control? Are you serious? Think with your heart, not your bloody stomach!!

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

Easy to say, but what jobs do you propose the dozens of fishermen should then be given? Perhaps as Wakayama-Ken government officers? They are not desk workers. Fishing for dolphins is their livelihood. It is all they have done for generations.

So basically just let them keep slaughtering dolphins because it keeps them in a job? Nice

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Posted in: 24 of 50 new slots at Haneda to be given to Japanese, U.S. airlines See in context

Two things annoy me about this:

1 - Are Japanese and Americans the only ones who fly en-masse into and out of Japan? Do we Europeans and other nationalities not make up any number of visitors at all? Or is this to appease Japan's US master?

2 - US controlled air space? Is Japan a sovereign nation or not? Why are the Americans allowed to control air space? What gives them the right?

Both of these aspects of the story are quite annoying

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Posted in: Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile See in context

So this poor girl removes all reference to the group from her profiles - and JT just blurts it out for the world to see? Smart move...

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Posted in: In view of the Brexit chaos, do you think referendums are a good idea? See in context

When the fate of a nation is decided on by a 52% to 48% split it is too close in my opinion. That is not a decisive win.

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Posted in: Japan reluctantly supports U.S. exit from arms pact with Russia See in context

Send US, Russia and China leaders with their atomic bombs to mars, kill themselves and leave the wolrd in Peace !!..

Poor Martians... why inflict those morons on them?

This is just vile - and why is Japan (the only victim of these weapons) siding with the bloody Americans? The world should be scrapping them, not developing new ones. Putin, Kim and Trump are all as bad as each other. Strap them to one of their own missiles and launch them at the sun!

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Posted in: Could 'Alita' be Hollywood's breakthrough manga movie? See in context

The first manga/anime property that will gross over $200 million in the US will be Gundam, produced by the Chinese studio Legendary Entertainment.

This is the reason why Sunrise picked a Chinese studio over a Hollywood studio to bring out the live action Gundam.

The Chinese bought Legendary in 2016, and it's a US based subsidiary, not a Chinese production company.

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Posted in: Ahead of Oscars, 'Black Panther' to return to theaters again See in context

It's not the best Marvel movie, to be honest. I find both Guardians of the Galaxy films, Thor: Ragnorok and Infinity Wars much more enjoyable... and rollicking good fun.

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Posted in: Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions See in context

Oh pi$$ off Trump... acting like some global bully

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Posted in: Japanese whalers discuss plan to resume commercial hunt July 1 See in context

...Taiji, which is known for dolphin hunts,...

It's not a hunt... it's a trap!

Ok... they'll stop hunting in International waters and change the location to Northeastern Japan. As long as the whale population in that area is not decimated and the hunt is properly counted, I'm OK with that. These are Japanese waters... got no problem with that.

So no empathy for whales and dolphins generally then? Just as long as they aren't killed in your back yard?

You what is really interesting? You always read comments such as: Japan kills whales etc. Yet no one- no one- is mentioning Norway or Iceland. which both hunt whales. It seems to be it is ok for white people to kill whales but not Japanese. A double standard? You bet!

Nope... I support a dolphin and whale charity that lobbies Norway and Iceland as well as Japan. It's not okay for ANYONE to kill whales and dolphins... and the Faro Islands slaughter dolphins and pilot whales the same as Taiji... just as brutal, just as savage.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher punches high school boy in face; social media on his side See in context

So is that how you stop a kid shouting at a teacher... deck him? That teacher totally lost control if that is his reaction. He's meant to be an adult - not a yob fighting in the street.

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Posted in: Man charged with girlfriend’s murder claims she ‘consented to be killed’ See in context

What is wrong with these idiots and their increasingly weird excuses for killing someone? An argument over washing dishes, bored, wanted to see what it was like... and now 'she wanted to die'... sick and twisted.

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Posted in: Despite Brexit, I’m proud to be a Brit See in context

What I find horrific is that the Brexiteers will quite happily skip their way to a no-deal, hard-line exit without a care for what will follow. Xenophobia and lies won the referendum, not common sense and careful thought.

I'm proud to be a Scot, who along with 62% of the rest of Scotland voted to remain in the EU.

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau criticizes Japan over whale hunt See in context


If Japan hunted whales in Japanese waters using non-factory methods, the international out cry would be far less. Actually, I'd cheer for Japanese whaling from small boats near their shores where a community comes together to take a whale to be shared throughout the town.

I doubt that very much... it would be seen as even more barbaric.

A modern 21st century country should not be hunting whales and slaughtering dolphins in the name of 'culture'... that applies to Norway and Iceland as well as Japan. They are doing it purely to stick two fingers up at the countries criticising them, there can't be any other reason than that. No-one eats the bloody stuff...

You know what really gets me though? It's that some people see whales as product rather than a highly intelligent wild animal that should be left alone. We're killing them through pollution, why heap even more misery on the poor buggers by chasing them and slowly, painfully killing them?

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Posted in: Japan to pull out of IWC to resume commercial whaling See in context

This is disgusting... Norway, Iceland and Japan should hang their heads in shame for what they are doing. I only hope that their ships are harried by the likes of Sea Shepherd.

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Posted in: Prince Fumihito stands firm over postponement of daughter's marriage See in context

Welcome to the 19th century.

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

Looks like the compensation agreements are null and void...

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Posted in: ¥14 mil stolen from man after pepper spray attack at Tokyo hotel See in context

This is well-dodgy... "Here my friend, have 14 million yen in used notes in a handy bag. Ta-ta." Then after going to the loo he's suddenly mugged... doesn't take Poirot to figure this one out

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

Did anyone notice in the footage of the small truck being rolled over that two of the 'revellers' tipping it up where non-Japanese? Bad enough when Japanese yobbos start causing drunken chaos without 'tourists' getting involved

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Posted in: Toray talent See in context

Brightened up a rather dull morning...

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Posted in: Japan confirms ID of journalist freed from Syria See in context

I saw a video in which he was begging his life. He went there by his will knowing it was a dangerous place. It was very much un-samurai like attitude he was begging his life.

Um, I think I would also beg for my life if I'd been captured by psychos with a penchant for lopping off heads!

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Posted in: Putin and Trump to meet in Paris on Nov 11 See in context

Yes, it is, the US President doesn't bow to any foreign nation.

It's called protocol, mate... your president is an elected official... when he meets a sovereign he should bow... even if that sovereign is a murderer. That thing about the US being above everyone else is why the rest of the world doesn't like you.

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Posted in: Japan gov't launches 1st survey on 'overtourism' See in context

To address the problem of litter why not put more bins out? You see the odd bin near a vending machine or outside a convenience store, but there are no street bins. People are forced to carry their litter around with them until they get home/back to their hotel.

Parking... how many tourists hire cars in Japan? If I were to hire a car I would need an international driving licence... how many tourists to Japan have one?

I've been going to Japan for my holidays since 2006 and always in May or November, outside of the main tourist seasons... Japan is relatively quiet at those times (except for Golden Week in May)... but even so, when I go to popular spots I see 99% Japanese people... very few non-Japanese.

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Posted in: China says internment camps are 'free vocational training' See in context

They are having a laugh... this is the sort of story that's usually a parody... except this is real. Seems like the tiger can't change it's stripes

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Posted in: Built for young families, minicars attract a huge following among elderly drivers See in context

Wish we had Kei cars here in the UK... I drive the smallest Honda available here, a Jazz (Fit) and it's not that small. A friend of mine in Japan has one of these and despite the external appearance inside it has a surprising amount of room.

I want one :)

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Posted in: Tokyo named world's best city for 3rd year in row outside U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler poll See in context

Hardly a global poll, but well done Tokyo.

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Posted in: Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice See in context

Why does the supreme court need politically motivated judges? Surely they should have zero political allegiances?

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