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Posted in: SoftBank Group profit plunges; Son admits 'poor' decisions See in context

Softbank have no corporate social responsibilities. They run an immoral business. Investing in business relations with Saudi Arabia and part of the cartel that have been ripping-off mobile phone consumers in Japan. Ever been to a Softbank store for customer service? I have no sympathy.

Remember when the iPhone first arrived in Japan? He cornered the market as the only provider for ages. For a man who became so rich from a business that provides such poor customer service I hope he falls.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for firing air gun at 1-year-old son See in context

Headline should read "couple arrested for firing BB gun at since deceased son. Two child deaths in family".

The headline here doesn't do justice to the horror story in this 'family'.

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

NO employer should be holding an employees passport. Period.

the embassy staff would finally realize that she's a sort of ran away

Ran away.?! These are not the Victorian times. These are not the times of slavery. If you describe this as running away then it is obvious this employer is enslaving staff.

Just because you are on a "sponsored" employment programme every employee is entitled to leave a job. And like it or not Japan, employees can just leave immediately if they so wish.

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

Why are some people so hung up about Japanese fluency?

Which still doesn't answer the question of why an individual living in another country for over two years can barely speak Japanese. Are people out there okay with foreigners coming to their home country to work, and never taking the time to learn the native language? I'm not talking fluency, but someone that can barely speak the native language, in a country where majority do not speak fluent English, how is that acceptable?

If she was employed to translate Tagalog to English then that is what she was recruited for. This is an international city, filled with thousands of tourists unable to speak Japanese. And her employer didn't seem concerned about no Japanese skills.

Personally I have always found some foreigners in Japan with fluent Japanese skills to be real bores. We know who we are talking about.

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Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

Answer: Sapporo can also take the tv, merchandise, & ticket sales revenue.

If Koike is complaining about costs, fine. Refund Tokyo the costs but also remember to redirect their revenue to Sapporo.

That'll shut her up.

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Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

If Koike made any effort to run it at night they wouldn't have this mess.

"It's a decision without agreement."

Typical Japanese business/ political comment. The IOC had to step in because it was obvious there is a risk running a marathon in those temperatures.

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Posted in: Runners mixed on plan to move Olympic marathon out of Tokyo See in context

This article only has 'mixed' views because that is how it was constructed. Most athletes would not want to run in Tokyo in the summer.

Koike does not care about athletes well being. She only cares about political point scoring.

This marathon should never have been planned for Tokyo in the summer, but why has nobody considered a midnight start? Big difference between sunlight time and night time, even with similar temperatures.

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Posted in: Black market booming for World Cup final tickets See in context

taj, the official resale site has customers waiting 3 to 4 months for their official refunds.

It's fine for those who wanted the resale tickets, but awful for those who want their official refunds.

The mess of the official resale now encourages ticket holders to resell on the black market. At least they will get their cash back.

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Posted in: Typhoon heads nearer Tokyo ahead of big Rugby World Cup weekend See in context

This shows that the organisers really should have considered typhoon season. It could cancel matches and disrupt fans travel. Any sensible organiser would have held this in November to December.

Similar problems with Olympics organisers hosting in the heat of summer with overpopulated city transportation.

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Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe in many countries to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. What was it like when you were growing up? See in context

The big difference is this - growing up in 70's NW London everyone in our large scale neighbourhood knew each other and chatted with each other and socialised with each other. People lived in the area for long periods and people were not stuck at home on the internet or on their mobile phones or watching satellite TV etc. Kids would always be playing outside but it was safer because any stranger would stand out and there would always be neighbours about if anything had happened. We also had more police on the street beat.

Living in Tokyo you wouldn't have much clue who was living in your mansion block, let alone in your neighbourhood. And this is a similar issue in most cities these days. Too easy for perps to sneak into an area and sneak out again.

City dwellers no longer feel a sense of belonging to an area - they more than likely live there for property prices.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits See in context

The Chinese are pretty shameless and the loopholes makes the organisers look stupid. Olympics tickets should only go to real fans and not the resellers. There are plenty of agencies and hospitality tickets for rich Chinese.

I've seen the Chinese tenbaiya in Harajuku when popular street brands and sneaker brands release limited items. Nobody else stands a chance because there are scores of them and highly organised.

I was in a store years ago and the supervisor was blatantly passing the same gold card to tenbaiya in the queue and in view of store staff who said nothing. The gold card was going down the line.

The Olympics should have locked this down. You should not be permitted to change your name on your application - at any stage.

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Posted in: Two Irish men arrested over heroin possession in Tokyo karaoke parlor See in context

Educator - any heroin addict would not spend Y100,000 on a flight ticket to Japan. I guarantee that. The hint is in the 'Y100,000 on a flight ticket'...

Smack is probably much cheaper to buy and much easier to find in Dublin than Tokyo. Like I said, these two wanted cocaine after drinking and got caught by the heroin cocaine mix trap. Its happened many times in Tokyo.

They probably are rugby fans with some cash to spend but now they are caught in possession of heroin.

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Posted in: Organizers warn about illegally resold tickets as hundreds turned away from World Cup matches See in context

The RWC ticket organisation is a mess. I have been waiting months for a refund on officially resold tickets.

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Posted in: VAR call helps Arsenal secure 1-1 draw at Man United See in context

Good point Nguyen. Auba was clearly onside and the linesman was stood right next to the Utd defender. VAR works. The linesman should be dropped.

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Posted in: Two Irish men arrested over heroin possession in Tokyo karaoke parlor See in context

LongTermer, I reckon they were drinking and fancied doing some charlie (equally stupid in Japan). Then got caught with this heroin mixed cocaine scam. Hence the friend passing out.

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Posted in: Two Irish men arrested over heroin possession in Tokyo karaoke parlor See in context

Tom, from experience of assisting on these cases these guys will be held in cells for a looong time ending with a court trial. If they are lucky they will get deported but we are talking about heroin here.

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Posted in: Two Irish men arrested over heroin possession in Tokyo karaoke parlor See in context

Sounds similar to the Iranians who were selling cocaine mixed with smack in Roppongi and people died from it.

This story doesn't sound right to me. a) Japan is not a venue for tourists to come and try the heroin. b) If they were users its unusual that one of them sounds like he overdosed.

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Posted in: Liverpool, Man City helped by goalkeeper errors in EPL wins See in context

Jim, gold, zich - try being a Gooner and watching our defence and defensive midfield every week. gold is correct - Klopp and Guardiola have changed the ecology of defence in the premier league. I just wish that Emery would utilise Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Pepe a la Liverpool.

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Posted in: Japan stun world No. 2 Ireland with 19-12 victory at Rugby World Cup See in context

Maybe it's the Saturday afternoon nomihodai I just had watching this live, but did Japan just beat Ireland in RWC..?? I cannot believe how this is being underplayed in the media??

This is by far the greatest giant killing in rugby history, let alone rugby world cup history. The beating of South Africa pales in comparison (the Springboks were a poor team then and Ireland are world number 2).

Japan were superb on the front foot and surprisingly Ireland did not stop Japan's forwards on the gain line.

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Posted in: Johnson says tempers need to calm after Brexit furor See in context

I would vote for the LibDems or the Green Party - neither have done anything wrong.

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Posted in: Man arrested for injuring woman who was texting while walking See in context

This lunatic admitted he has deliberately been targeting people.

Nobody here living in Japan received the clothes-line treatment from Japanese guys targeting them? These maniacs do it on purpose and look for it. This story proves I'm not paranoid about it. I give it back when it happens - a few weeks ago I grabbed hold of some chimpira who tried to take me out inside a station walkway. He wasn't very chimpira when I shoved him back.

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Posted in: Johnson says tempers need to calm after Brexit furor See in context

Toasted, the Leftist Socialist Labour alternative has failed more than the Tories. Its a disaster that Corbyn has failed to gain power.

Like it or not the last time Labour had a landslide government was under Blair. Which tells you everything.

The electorate just do not trust a left wing socialist Labour party. Since the 1970's the working classes have shifted en masse from the Labour party to the Tories and UKIP etc.

Ugh, just what Labour needs. More bland liberal Blairites.

This is national politics - it is exactly what Labour needs if they are serious about forming government.

I'm a socialist just like you - but the majority of the electorate would never vote our politics into government.

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Posted in: Johnson says tempers need to calm after Brexit furor See in context

Jim, Keir Starmer is the only hope. He is more of a David Miliband Labour type. Starmer has been trying to make some moves but Corbyn is protected by a large gang of militants and I heard they have made threats to Starmer. But even if Starmer lead Labour into government look at the lunatics behind him.

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Posted in: Johnson says tempers need to calm after Brexit furor See in context

British politics is embarrassing. The aggressive Brexit plotters. Corbyn's trade union bullies. Cameron dropping everyone in this mess.

David Cameron bears a lot of responsibility for this. We are left with lunatics like Johnson, Cummings, and Farage. Labour are not much better.

The country has been split in half by a 52/48 decision. This is more like 48/52 today but such a crucial decision should never be first past the post. You would need at least 60% of the vote.

The only way out is a second referendum and encourage the whole nation to vote on it. And it would have to be at least 60% to win it.

Rest in peace Jo Cox. Johnson will regret using your name.

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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

Risky, it certainly isn't the Pacific Islanders problem that the rest don't have a Haka. But your 'sod the rest of them' response also negates any defence you have. Which means if it is an unfair advantage you don't care.

Let's be honest the All Blacks Haka is of material value to the shirt sponsors and the tv companies. If you watch the over-the-top footage they endorse it. Therefore it bears no relevance to the cultural argument for using it.

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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

Risky, nobody has raised this because the AB's are doing well. Because they are always doing well. The All Blacks win because they have superb teams. Not because of their Haka. But the arguments are still valid.

Essentially world rugby is allowing Pacific Nations to do a war dance before kickoff. It hands a slight advantage. A warmup or a team huddle is not a war dance.

My own argument is that the traditional Haka has been left way behind with the newer aggressive versions. And so the cultural argument for having it is no longer valid.

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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

The Haka is a great tradition, but the issue is the 'fashion changing' versions that are invented almost every season. If the Haka carries such traditional heritage, why has it been allowed to change so much?

I specifically dislike the version that carried the throat slit gesture, which has since disappeared. Generally I believe in it's tradition - but it should have been kept traditional.

If it has changed so much and continues to change then world rugby should throw it out because that bears no relevance to the cultural argument for it being there in the first place.

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

Jim, you're quite right about Michael Nightwalker Howard and IDS. But compared to my traditional party Labour (not so sure now), the Tories are more sensible. Mind you compared to Boris, IDS and Michael Nightstalker Howard appear almost Churchillian...

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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

Keeping a seat in a busy cafe with your bag before you have even queued for your coffee. (It is such an annoying thing here)

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

Surprised that the Tories voted for him as leader (and PM). They are usually more astute in who they choose.

It is obvious that his originally prepared speech, all Brexit and anti-Brussels soundbytes, was quickly withdrawn. Seeing as 11 of the most senior judges in the UK declared his actions in parliament as unlawful.

Labour are famous for the unions placing bufoons in charge (Milli-bland, Corbyn), but I am surprised at the Tories.

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