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Posted in: Tokyo gubernatorial election likely to be on July 5, 2020 See in context

Why refer to it as a 'gubernatorial' election - not all of your readers understand the term since we're not all Americans... I had to Google it for example:

relating to a governor, particularly that of a state in the US.

"a gubernatorial election"

Please consider your global readership.

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Posted in: UK's Rees-Mogg apologizes for comment on 'common sense' of Grenfell fire victims See in context

Number 1: the fire brigade did not know at the time that the cladding was dangerous - they turned up to a tower block fire.

Number 2: the advice given was probably standard procedure for a fire such as this appeared to be. Again, the fire brigade did not know the cladding was dangerous at the time.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing... unless you're being blamed for something you had no control over.

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Posted in: U.S. exit from climate accord very disappointing: Japan See in context

@Sh1mon M4sadaNov. 5  05:49 pm JST

I can't believe so many people here have swallowed whole the 'polluting countries' narrative and from none other than the main stream media, whose sole existence is entirely dependent on the big corporate elites.

I'm sorry, but as soon as you start banging on about 'elites' and 'main stream media' you lose me. I'm getting heartily sick of these paranoid conspiracy theories.

Trump relies on his working class voters, and a lot of them are employed by factories and fossil fuel suppliers, so he's clearly going to support them rather than cutting pollution. Votes are much more important than the atmosphere

I'm no tree-hugger but even I can see that America just pumps out smoke and gas like the Industrial Revolution only just happened.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

Isn't this a form of slavery? Or at least medieval indenture?

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

noypikantokuToday  09:35 am JST

Just ban tourism , problem solved. Culture preservation is more important than tourists who do nothing but destroy things, they are also the culprits who take pictures of Geishas, they don't understand that these Geishas are not for tourism. Tourists are Jama! Keep it the way it was before, when Japan let all the tourists out. Japan is a very wealthy country they don't need tourism to survive.

Thank you for making me so welcome in Japan... Seriously, I'm glad not all Japanese are so anti-tourist.

I've only been to Kyoto once and it was nice... and no, I didn't grab a Geisha/Maiko, I never wandered into private roads and went snap-happy... I respect Japanese culture, I know a fair number of people in Japan... Hell, my partner is from Japan...

Don't be so isolationist... that's a HUGE leap backwards. Or is it that you just don't like foreigners?

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Posted in: Here’s what Studio Ghibli heroine Nausicaa will look like in her live-action kabuki play See in context

I really don't know how this will work on stage. Nausicaa's world is huge, and some of the creatures are enormous... I mean the Ohmu and the giant flying insects are bigger than houses. Then there's Kai her big riding bird (horseclaw), Tito her little fox ferret thingy... the God Warrior... not forgetting all of the aircraft and armoured vehicles... I honestly don't know how they can get this onto a kabuki stage....

I'd love to see it though. Been a fan of the anime and the comic series ever since they came out.

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Posted in: Shibuya bans public drinking for Halloween in some areas See in context

After the near riot last year I'm not surprised they've clamped down.

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Posted in: Alexis Bledel is online celebrity most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware See in context

I've never heard of her, so I'm pretty safe from malware and stuff related to her

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Posted in: Visually impaired woman hit, killed by train after falling off platform See in context

God, that's horrible

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Posted in: AKB48, Japan’s biggest idol singer group, apologizes for selling 'Date Tickets' See in context

AKB is selling underage sex appeals. We SHOULD judge them and make them feel ashamed of themselves. No respectable middle aged man should be drooling over little kids dancing.

Google them - about two-thirds are over 18, there are a handful at 15 and (admittedly rather worrying) a 13 year old.

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Posted in: AKB48, Japan’s biggest idol singer group, apologizes for selling 'Date Tickets' See in context

blahblah222Today  10:40 am JST

Idol groups in Japan is often just cover ups for underage sex trafficking.

Many girls have to “entertain” clients often, and worst of all dont get paid much, with their stipends often well below minumum wage.

Any evidence of that? I don't argue that their salaryman and otaku fanbase is a little creepy, but I have serious doubts that the girls (many of them over 18... I just Googled them) are being sexually abused or prostituted. Don't you think that former members would run to the press with that? It would be all over this site in seconds.

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Posted in: NASA chief says security needed to explore space safely See in context

Japan and the U.S. have long cooperated in space science, including the ongoing International Space Station program.

Er... the ISS is an international construction, it's not a NAZA/JAXA thing:

As for security in space - is it a coincidence that Japan recently announced its own Space Force, joining America in planning such a body? Furthermore, what are they expecting to find on the moon that could pose a security risk? Ant-like Selenites planning an attack? And Mars? Little black aliens with green skirts and Roman helmets wearing baseball boots and toting an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator? Giant tripod war machines striding across the surface to combat the plucky space explorers?

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

Bowing in shops when I take my change or item over the counter (didn't know I was doing until a friend pointed it out), and taking my shoes off at the door.

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Posted in: Limbless chickens, killer robots: Johnson gives bizarre U.N. speech See in context

What an embarrassing display... just resign, Bozo, and go back to your model buses.

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Posted in: Stunning blow for Johnson as court strikes down parliament suspension See in context

zichiToday  09:16 pm JST

Johnson has spoken from New York claiming the UK is still leaving on Oct 31.

I think his repeat switch is stuck... either that or he's in complete denial

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

This seems more like it's aimed at football fans rather than rugby fans. Rugby fans in the UK are, by and large, well-behaved. A fair number of Scots fans like to party and wear kilts with no drawers underneath... these two things alone may very well see some of my countrymen fall foul of the law.

I've been visiting Japan fairly regularly for the last 13 years and I've only ever been stopped once, at the Narita railway station waiting for the Skyliner to Tokyo. Asked for my passport, asked some questions and saluted. Hopefully if rugby fans are stopped they won't go into 'chip on the shoulder' mode and start arguing.

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

Maybe he means that AKB48 should all wear their hair in plaits, dress in sweaters and scowl at everyone over 16, point accusing fingers and scowl some more... oh, and sing and dance :)

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Posted in: Court rules TEPCO execs not guilty of professional negligence over nuclear crisis See in context

The executives were charged with failing to foresee the tsunami that struck the plant after an earthquake and for failing to take preventive measures that might have protected the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Japan's northeastern coast.

Hmm... so if a major city is heavily damaged by a meteor should people sue any surviving members of the council for not building an anti-meteor shield?

Yes, Japan has quakes, and yes it has tsunamis, but can you really hold people accountable because they got they didn't prepare for a hypothetical giant wave?

Just playing Devil's Advocate :)

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

Well, they have to ward off the threats from all those space kaiju and alien bad guys. New worlds to discover and space stations to build. You've seen those Toho films of the 50s and 60s?

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

Children of Korea, calm down and look at yourselves. You have no friends. Will you announce a boycott of the 2020 Olympics in Japan next?

Who'll miss them?

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Posted in: Revamped cabinet lineup signals Abe's gambit to stay in power See in context

Other than Royal weddings. some high level butlers and the like you just don't see people wearing those penguin suits in the UK, but the Japanese love them, don't they?

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Another day another political stunt by South Korea. The rising sun flag is the legitimate JMSDF ensign, much the way the Royal Navy's White Ensign is a legitimate flag. Should the Royal Navy stop flying the flag because of the days of the old Empire? Russia still has red stars on its military craft and vehicles - should they stop because their national flag isn't a star? The Germans use the old WW1 cross on their military hardware... should they stop using it?

You can take this as far as you like - like Middle Eastern countries demanding that England stops using the flag of St George and the three lions symbolism because of Richard the Lion Heart and the Crusades.

South Korea needs to grow up, stop being so petulant and realise that WW2 ended in 1945. The world has moved on. Join us in the future - it's not as good as the films and books said it was, but it's better than sulking in 1945.

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Posted in: Anger mounts in Japan over 'outdated' rape laws See in context

What part of "No" or "Stop" is difficult to understand? As far as I know if a woman says no or stop then that's it. If the bloke continues that's rape. A woman should not have to prove she couldn't resist the attacker... if the bloke is engaging in sexual intercourse after being told no or to stop then he's a rapist. How hard is that to understand?

Sex with an underage child should automatically be regarded as rape. Adults are well aware of what they're doing.

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Posted in: Anger mounts in Japan over 'outdated' rape laws See in context

Japan's attitude towards women is what you would expect in something like the Middle East, or a private golf club... not one of the richest, outwardly modern countries in the world - but then Japan is behind the times in quite a few areas of social justice... and animal welfare.

But they really need to start taking rape seriously, and not just expect women to live with it.

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Posted in: Johnson tells parliament: You can tie my hands, but I will not delay Brexit See in context

The Leave side of the referendum campaign appeared to appeal to the people for whom the British Empire still existed, who were still fighting WW2, or who just didn't like foreigners. Then you had people who felt that somehow freedom of movement had made school places hard to find, housing too expensive, or blamed it on whatever gripe they had that day. People need someone or something to blame for their perceived ills... in this case 'Johnny Foreigner'.

The general public have no involvement with the EU. Nothing the EU has done has impacted your average man (or woman) in the street in a negative manner.

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Posted in: Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump's mindset See in context

"This president gets the worst press of any president in the history of the republic," said Geraldo Rivera, a reporter and Trump confidant. "Everything he says and does is cross-checked and scrutinized to reveal him to be stupid, uninformed or a liar."

Well, since that's what's being shown they're not wrong are they?

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Posted in: Typhoon pummels Kanto region; one reported dead, 40 injured See in context

Apparently there's a bloody tree on the Yokohama line so it's not running. Seriously can we not just kick it off I got places to be.

If there's blood on the tree, someone must have been seriously hurt... Id be more concerned about that.

It doesn't literally mean there's blood. I assume he was meaning bloody as in damned, blasted, effing, etc... ;)

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Posted in: Japan's hunt for minke whales resume in coastal areas off Hokkaido See in context

Personally, I think we should all live on sunlight and air. Nevertheless, minke whales are neither endangered nor threatened. They are protected.

Their status is irrelevant. They shouldn't be hunted even if there were millions of them.

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Posted in: Whaling town Taiji begins dolphin hunt See in context

None of this animals are in danger of going extinct.

Why should that make a difference. We aren't against their slaughter because they're endangered... we have a little thing called empathy for fellow self-aware beings.

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Posted in: Complete adaptation of Miyazaki’s 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind' is coming, as a kabuki play See in context

How are they going to get the giant insects, aircraft and horseclaws on stage? Fascinating concept for kabuki

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