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Posted in: Man stabs woman in Daiso store; says he just ‘wanted to kill someone’ See in context

It's like these loons don't have a filter - I mean normal people don't wonder what it's like to kill people... and then try it. I don't think Japan is any less safe, I just think the instances of mentally ill people attacking innocent bystanders are increasing... or they're being more widely reported.

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Posted in: Sanders and Warren defend progressive policies in U.S. Democratic debate See in context

I love how only in America are words such as "liberal" and "progressive" seen as negatives. And why is free medical care seen as a bad thing? So what if taxes have to rise to pay for it - it's what most advanced countries do.

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Posted in: 3 killed, 15 injured in shooting at California food festival; suspect dead See in context

what I dont understand is why people dont carry, and they become the 1st responder., then rush the shooter. FBI studies have shown this to be more effective than running. If you run from a predator in nature, it will chase you by instinct. An ankle holster with a snub nose .38, or whatever your choice of weapon, a little drop and roll, up and shoot action, and take out the shooter. It is what it is now; you dont need to go to Afghan to see combat. Would you take a pocket knife to combat? Id rather be prepared, and its your right.

So, what you are saying is that America is so dangerous that private individuals need to go around armed and ready to respond? Really? The best way to respond to the rise of mass shootings is MORE GUNS? Are you mad?

You take away the legally held firearms (unless held in sports clubs or farmers), so that any other weapons out there are held illegally. You arrest anyone found carrying and destroy their weapons. You introduce strong firearms laws and you will reduce the number of mass shootings in America.

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Posted in: Last ever VW Beetle model rolls off Mexican production line See in context

After the war, the Allied countries made Volkswagen a priority in an effort to revive the German auto industry.

A British Army officer was responsible for restarting the factory and a number of Beetles were issued to the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) as staff cars/runabouts...

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Posted in: China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump See in context

Does China actually need American produce?

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Posted in: Disney live-action 'Little Mermaid' to star a black Ariel See in context

This is just like the ridiculous debate over Idris Elba playing James Bond. These are characters that were only simply drawn white in a publication or had a white actor portray them in a version of a film. The actual characteristics were never actually described.

Bond WAS described, in detail in the novels:

Facially, Bond resembles the composer, singer and actor Hoagy Carmichael. In Casino Royale Vesper Lynd remarks, "Bond reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless." Likewise, in Moonraker, Special Branch Officer Gala Brand thinks that Bond is "certainly good-looking . . . Rather like Hoagy Carmichael in a way. That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow. Much the same bones. But there was something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold." Others, such as journalist Ben Macintyre, identify aspects of Fleming's own looks in his description of Bond. General references in the novels describe Bond as having "dark, rather cruel good looks".

In the novels (notably From Russia, with Love), Bond's physical description has generally been consistent: slim build; a three-inch long, thin vertical scar on his right cheek; blue-grey eyes; a "cruel" mouth; short, black hair, a comma of which falls on his forehead. Physically he is described as 183 centimetres (6 feet) in height and 76 kilograms (167 lb) in weight. After Casino Royale, Bond also had the faint scar of the Russian cyrillic letter "Ш" (SH) (for Shpion: "Spy") on the back of one of his hands, carved by a SMERSH agent.

Does that describe Idris Elba? Don't get me wrong, Idris is one of my favourite actors but he'd be wrong for Bond.

As for the little Mermaid... a quote from the actual Hans Christian Andersen story:

They were six beautiful children; but the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish’s tail. 

So you see, these are literary characters who have been described in the prose - if directors want to change the gender or ethnicity of a character then at least be honest about it and say it's in the interest of diversity... I have no issues with diversity, just them being honest about why they cast who they cast.

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Japan grow in S Korea as labor row simmers See in context

Here's a thought... Why don't China and SK just accept the apologies as they were given and move on? Who cares what the DIET members say - it's not official policy. It's a bit like Boris Johnson calling Muslim women mail boxes - that isn't UK government's opinion it's just one idiot. All SK have to do is accept the apologies from 1965 and just shut up about it.

There's a rule here at work, we don't talk about race, religion or politics. Maybe China, SK and China need one to stop talking about the war?

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Posted in: Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation in S Korea formally closed See in context

They don't accept apologies and they don't want money... what DO they want?

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Posted in: In the world of geopolitics, do you think of Japan as part of the West? See in context

I used to think Japan was a westernised, forward-looking country with its sights set on the future - now, thanks to frequent holidays in Japan I see it as a rather confused country.

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Posted in: EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision See in context

Trump wants a war with Iran - for America it's unfinished business. Like the war in Iraq of 2003: that was to complete the Bush Senior war of 1991... American presidents need wars every now and then to make them appear strong to their core voters, and to convince foreign powers that America is still the great dictator, sorry leader of the 'free world'.

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Posted in: After 31 years, Japan resumes commercial whaling See in context

The IUCN expects to lower the sei whale from endangered to vulnerable in the next 5 years or so.

Oh, that's alright then... what a crass statement. Vulnerable is still not 'sustainable', in the words of whalers and their supporters

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Posted in: Whale of a time See in context

They'd make more money from whale tourism than slaughtering them

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Posted in: After 31 years, Japan resumes commercial whaling See in context

Minke Whales are not endangered and Japan is whaling in it's own territorial waters and EEZ. Do you have a problem with the truth?

From the BBC...

The fisheries ministry has set a kill cap for the season of 52 minke, 150 Bryde's and 25 sei whales.

The Sei whales are endangered...

Following large-scale commercial whaling during the late 19th and 20th centuries, when over 255,000 whales were killed, the Sei whale is now internationally protected... As of 2008, its worldwide population was about 80,000, less than a third of its pre-whaling population.

I don't particularly care if the Minke and Bryde's whales aren't endangered - I'm vehemently against ANY whaling, anywhere... commercial, 'scientific', subsistence... I don't care. Ban whaling completely...

We in the UK hunted whales for 300 years until 1963... why can't Japan do as we did? Or is there an incentive to continue this senseless slaughter?

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

A suspended sentence! It reminds me of the movie “The Godfather”. What the victims need to do is visit the Japanese equivalent of Don Vito Corleone. That is the only way they will get justice.

You mean get one group of Yakuza to wipe out another? Wouldn't the women then be in debt to their 'saviours'?

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Posted in: Outlook uncertain for Japan's whaling industry despite commercial restart See in context

World-wide whaling ban must be lifted because it is completely unjust. For those of us who eat whale meat, it is really delicious. It's time for Japanese Government to support whaling industry and to encourage people eating whale meat. When the demand finally picks up, more and more people would accept eating whale meat is a healthy way of life.

See? Nationalism again... this comment is clearly more about Japanese 'culture' than anything else.

My country used to hunt whales - did so for around 300 years, up until 1963. Whale products were banned in 1973. We changed, why can't Japan? Japan's stubbornness will end up with Pacific whale populations being decimated again... just so they can stick two fingers up at the rest of the world. As bad as Brexiteers: blinkered nationalists with no regard for anything else other than their own desire to recreate a past that never existed except in old black and white films.

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Posted in: U.S.-Japan trade deal progress likely in 'months': Lighthizer See in context

"We understand the nature of this problem and we have to resolve it because if we don't these farmers are gonna lose that market, because of nothing they did, just because Japan gave more access to somebody else, and they may never get those markets back," Lighthizer said in a second consecutive day of congressional testimony. "And the Japanese understand completely our position and I'm hopeful that we'll have something resolved in the weeks and months ahead but there's an enormous amount of urgency."

You mean Japan has dared to trade with other countries? Shock! Horror!! Maybe America needs to understand that they can't bully other countries into trade agreements which don't do those countries any favours.

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Posted in: Shibuya bans drinking alcohol on streets for Halloween, New Year See in context

Ten men, both Japanese and foreigners, were referred to prosecutors in January after they allegedly overturned a small truck near the station during a Halloween event in late October last year.

Not really in doubt since they were caught on video and stills were shared across social media showing the two western guys joining in with the overturning of the light truck. Hallowe'en isn't really an excuse to get hammered and turn into a yob, is it?

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

It's going to be Iraq all over again - no real evidence and many lives will be lost. Ever since Trump pulled America out of the nuclear agreement this has been on the cards - he wants a war, wants to be seen as a strong president so he can boast to his pals in Pyong Yang, Manilla and Moscow.

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Posted in: Tired of looking for The One? Try Japan’s new DNA matchmaking service and maybe you’ll find them See in context

Oh dear... so instead of being asked what your blood type is the dating could be initiated by asking to compare DNA strands... why does it have to be so clinical? My girlfriend and I have very little in common (interests, ethnicity, tastes in music, etc) but we work... we didn't need to be so clinical about it.

What ever happened to love?

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Posted in: Illustrator shows different types of perverts encountered on Japanese trains See in context

I've only witnessed a perv on a Yamanote line train once, trying to lift the skirt of a young lady... and just stared at him to try to make him stop - I was a tourist and wasn't about to start throwing my weight around. I'm not into confrontation, I'm not brave but found that making eye contact was sufficient to let him know that I could see what he was up to.

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

WTF? Seriously? Of all the things to complain about... sitting in a shopping trolley? Really? Ayumi should just ignore these complaints - they are made by people who are just a tad deranged.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

"It's generally accepted by society that (wearing high heels) is necessary and reasonable in workplaces," Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto said during a Diet committee session.

What a bloody dinosaur... Where I work (in an office) we don't have a dress code - and none of the women wear high heels... or any heels except when going to a meeting, and even then it's flat shoes.

I think this says more about Nemoto than 'society'...

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

You hit people to hurt them, kids included - if you don't want to inflict pain then don't hit your kids. Simple.

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Posted in: Godzilla: From radioactive colossus to unlikely climate hero See in context

The Chinese Godzilla film is about the Monsterverse, where a bunch of Kaijus fight for dominance in a series of films.

You really have a hang-up about Legendary being Chinese owned, don't you?

Anyway, back on topic, and Godzilla vs Hedorah and Godzilla vs Gigan from the original Showa series are concerned with pollution, so man's activities on the environment is not a new topic for Godzilla films to tackle.

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Posted in: Footage of Kawasaki knife attack recorded by school bus dashcam See in context

The public has a right to that footage. It contains images that are prevalent in our society and we have the right to view it and use it as we see fit.

So you like snuff movies? This footage would be just as repugnant. Members of the public should NEVER be permitted to watch someone being killed - although I accept it may be necessary for a jury, but I would hate to be on that jury. Hell, I can't even watch WW2 footage of planes crashing, ships exploding and tanks blowing up without being disgusted. Why would ANYONE want to watch the moment a life is ended by violence?

It's sick.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

Jesus wept! Killing politicians because things didn't go as planned? FFS... if we did that here half of the Westminster MPs would be up against the wall, blindfold, last ciggie... Kim really is insane.

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Posted in: Politician’s birthrate plan: Parents should nag their kids to have at least 3 babies See in context

You can't force people to have babies - if people resent having them then imagine the problems further down the line. Scotland has the same issue... our birthrate is slowing. The solution is immigration - incomers and people working here from other countries are having babies... problem solved.

Only difference is that we welcome immigration in Scotland... Japan still has a bit of work in that area.

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Posted in: 'Godzilla' is back and doing just fine See in context

This is a Chinese Godzilla made by the Legendary Entertainment, a Wanda company.

Does it really matter if Legendary are owned by a Chinese company? Nissan are owned by the French... still Japanese. Anyway, looking forward to seeing what they do with my favourite kaiju - King Ghidorah.

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Posted in: 16 schoolgirls, 2 adults stabbed in rampage in Kawasaki; 1 child, 1 man dead See in context

Somebody typed something stupid about the injured kids having fun recovering, you delete MY response?

I saw that and realised it was a typo... I seriously doubt they meant have 'a fun recovery'.

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Posted in: How to break up with your partner in Japanese See in context

In my case I was told she was too busy for a relationship

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