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Posted in: Foreign woman walks into bus at Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble intersection See in context

Glad to see at least two people went over to check on her... rather than just film her on the ground

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Posted in: China says MI6 recruited state workers to spy for UK See in context

Tee hee... love it

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Posted in: Japan ranked worst country in world for helping strangers See in context

The only negative experience I ever had was in an eatery last year, where the staff ignored me and served those behind me. Walked out... very rude

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Posted in: Tourist ban now in effect in Kyoto’s Gion geisha district…but are visitors obeying the rules? See in context

To be totally honest Kyoto does sort of encourage tourists... all those shots of time capsule streets, the ladies in their finery and processions. I agree that there are some very rude tourists out there, but Kyoto needs to look at how it promotes itself.

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Posted in: Barrier at viral Mount Fuji photo spot to be replaced after holes found See in context

They know that the screen itself will become an attraction don't they? People love irony

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Posted in: Barrier at popular vantage point for viewing Mount Fuji going up See in context

Just wait for the sales in that Lawson shop to shrink as the tourists go elsewhere for their photos. This is what's known as cutting one's nose off to spite one's face.

"This is a local view for local people..."

I wonder when they';; build a wall around Fuji and charge people to pass through and see the volcano...

"Roll up, roll up... come and see the mighty Fuji-san... get away from me boy, you bother me..."

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

How long before Japan bans tourism again like during lockdown?

Japan wants our money, but not us as tourists.

Could be worse - you could be in Glencoe, lapping up the solitude when a busload of Japanese tourists pulls up and it becomes a click fest of cameras and smart phones... works both ways.

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Posted in: Man arrested after woman stabbed to death outside Tokyo condo See in context

What a piece of scum he is... "I wanted to leave scars all over her body"... just execute the creep!

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

Only been stopped once by Tokyo plod... wasn't a particularly nice feeling.

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut to be first non-American to set foot on moon See in context

"Two Japanese astronauts will join future American missions, and one will become the first non-American ever to land on the moon," Biden said in a press conference with Kishida.

Unless the Chinese get there beforehand... or the Russians... or Indians... _^

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Posted in: Conspiracies linger after Princess of Wales cancer revelation See in context

Peddlers of conspiracy theories are just empty attention seekers - no matter the topic they'll be there to spread vile, cruel or just plain insane theories... weirdos!

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Posted in: Over 50% of car drivers in Japan do not stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, according to a survey by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF). Why do you think that is? See in context

The traffic light phasing at junctions is terrible... simply stop all traffic at red lights... allow the pedestrians to cross then set one direction off again. As for why the drivers don't stop at zebra crossings... do they get taught to stop when learning to drive? Or doesn't the pedestrian have right of way?

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Posted in: Are you for or against the planned sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel? See in context

Not being an American I don't care

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Posted in: Would a Trump return to the White House after the November election be good news for Japan? See in context

Bad news for Japan, and for the rest of the world to be honest... apart from Russia

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Posted in: Palace releases altered image of UK's Princess Catherine See in context

I don't get why it's such a huge news story - I don't even know what the speculation about her health is... why do the conspiracy theorists think the photo was manipulated? I mean so what if the hands have been tweaked... does the real photo show six fingers?

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Posted in: 'Rust' armorer found guilty over deadly on-set shooting See in context

So Alec Baldwin is to stand trial charged with "involuntary manslaughter"... doesn't that mean it was an accident? And to be honest, prop guns aren't real, so why would he assume it was real AND loaded? The question that I've not seen a good answer for is WHY there was a real loaded gun on set in the first place?

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Posted in: Osaka Prefecture eyes collecting fixed fee for inbound tourists from 2025 See in context

Just as well I don't plan on going to Osaka in 2025... greedy buggers

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Posted in: City in Saitama Prefecture to require multilingual trash rules posted for foreigners See in context

Gasp! The horror!

Why not just have bins in sensible places?

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Posted in: Weekend hunting boom as rising number of city people acquire licenses See in context

@Aly Rustom

I'd love to go deer hunting.

Venison is my favorite meat of all

So just buy it from a supermarket or specialist butcher


I grew up hunting, my favorite meat are the ones that I kill, can't beat it, especially goats, feral pigs, boar, deer, racoon, gator, crocs, good meats.

Sure, Rambo... "macho macho man...."

As I said above, if people keep invading the wildlife's territory then of course they are going to come into conflict... not the bears' fault

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Posted in: Weekend hunting boom as rising number of city people acquire licenses See in context

So, increasing habitat loss by humans is driving bears into conflict with those same humans... and it's the bears' fault? Here in the UK we wiped out wolves and bears, lynx and beavers because they were a threat to farmers... and so we were left with foxes as the apex predator in the wild... and that lead to deer increasing in numbers... and so land owners get other poshos to pay to effectively keep the numbers down.

Better land management might be more effective. Nutters wandering around killing things will only lead to more accidents, animal suffering and probably more bear attacks

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Posted in: Republicans blast Trump over threat to abandon NATO allies See in context

He truly is a waste of DNA... if he's not senile then he's clearly insane. Why would anyone vote for this idiot. Don't Americans care about appearing stupid?

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Posted in: Which country do you think is more politically stable: Japan or the U.S.? See in context

America is a basket case... Japan isn't perfect by any means, but when Americans elect old people or loonies as president, won't stop the sale of weapons and goes to war at the drop of a hat... well, what can you expect?

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Posted in: Crowd gathers on New Zealand beach after stranded whale dies See in context

Poor thing... I wonder what drove a young whale to beach itself?

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Posted in: ‘I never lost a fight against a man’: The story of the only woman to join Japan’s notorious yakuza See in context

What a fascinating story - terrible person, but fascinating story

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Posted in: UK unveils plans for biggest nuclear power expansion in 70 years See in context

@Gareth Myles

Strange that this story has not featured in any of the UK press. It seems like major news but not even the Guardian has reported it. Perhaps the short shelf-life of the current government makes any such pronouncements no more than hot air.

It's on the BBC News site

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Posted in: U.S. livestreamer fined for playing loud music in Osaka restaurant See in context

What a despicable person... I've seen clips of him and wonder why some Yankee or other tough hasn't punched him in the face yet. As bad as he is, those who follow and support him are just as loathsome...

Maybe he should try his brand of obnoxious and offensive behaviour in Iran...

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Posted in: South Korea's parliament passes bill to ban dog meat trade See in context

About time. Now... China!

In the story yesterday about the Asian restaurant owner saying how he was basically hounded out of business over stereotyping and dog meat - this is why. Hopefully once the pitchforks and torches brigade see this report they'll leave the restaurant owners alone.

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Posted in: California restaurant's comeback shows how outdated, false Asian stereotype of dog-eating persists See in context

As long as countries like South Korea are seen to be selling dogs as food western people will still tar all Asians with the same brush. Friends still ask me if Japanese people eat dogs, even though I don't think it's been part of the Japanese diet. Every country and ethnicity suffers from stereotyping... being a Scot people automatically assume I bleed whiskey and get into fights all the time for a laugh. Difference is, we embrace the stereotype and make fun of it.

Americans are loud, obsessed with money and guns. Mexicans are lazy. Germans have no sense of humour. Goes on and on. None of them are true, but they persist because it's easier to believe the stories than to actually look a little deeper.

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Posted in: Can factory chicken really help save the climate? See in context

Free range only for me... I always check packaging and never buy factory bred chicken meat if I can... and I certainly don't buy the 'washed' chicken from America. I don't mind paying a little more for more ethcially raised birds

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Posted in: Japan, UK and Italy formally establish joint body to develop new advanced fighter jet See in context


Too many chefs in the kitchen may lead to ...

Joint projects are pretty successful for aviation:

Tornado MRCA - very successful ground attack and interceptor aircraft

Typhoon Eurofighter

Airbus airliners... massively successful

Plus the various Eurocopter choppers.

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