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Posted in: UK wine is improving, but can it take on the Japanese market? See in context

luca, the new English sparkling white wines such as Chapel Down from Kent are winning the global awards ahead of any Prosecco's or Champagnes. So in line with your joke, I would compare the quality of the new English sparkling whites to the new Hibiki or Nikka whisky's. It was funny, but this is 2018 now.

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Posted in: UK wine is improving, but can it take on the Japanese market? See in context

English sparkling white wines have been winning the awards for some time now. In fact the climatic and soil conditions in Sussex and Kent are more favourable than in the Champagne region of France. To the point where French winemakers have been trying to invest in land in those parts of England.

Not sure about other English wines but if they plot a similar course to the success of sparkling whites then they could do well. Apart from English sparkling white there would be no interest in Japan for any other English wines at this point. Too much competition from France, Italy, Spain etc.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

oyatoi - spot on. Mainstream media won't touch it because of who his father is.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

As serendipitous says. But even then, there is no way any authorities would let a 28 year old adopt 13 children. He would have to prove his home situation, maturity, and partnership status.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

Maybe he's gay and isn't into women.

Bing bong. I'm glad you said it first. So why should other gay couples have to go through such a thorough process to surrogate when he is not even being upfront about the reason? If the open secret was that he is gay, then ok. But again, he has no partner to call this a family and why so many children for someone in his twenties?

For me the potential risk about this guy is too great. Enough money to pay off anything. If I had his money I would like to adopt and give an orphan a better life, but the big difference is that I have a family partner and I am not 24 years old.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

The guy was 24 when authorities found 9 children between 2 weeks and 2 years old in an apartment in Bangkok. He says he comes from a big family but appears to have only 2 other siblings. He says he needs the children to help the family business in the future, but with that family's money why would they have issues finding the right staff? I predict that we may not hear the last of this story.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

Come on strangers, think outside the box for a minute. This guy is in his late twenties. Doesn't appear to be married. If his juice is jumping, he could afford to father 6 or 7 kids with different mothers, even Thai mothers if that is his preference. But why 13 and why all surrogates?

If me or my wife won the lottery we may want 6 or 7 kids but that is to do with a love for our marriage. Why does this rich kid want 13 surrogate children on his own?

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

humble take is correct.

theperson, what doesn't add up is why a very rich and young Japanese man needs to surrogate 13 children in Thailand. If this was all about some kind of Madonna/ Angelina act of goodness using your millions, why couldn't he have adopted 13 children instead and given orphans a better life?

It doesn't sound right at all and the number is way excessive. He is too young and doesn't appear to have a history of being married and trying for children etc.

The authorities are not asking the right questions. A lot of money doesn't answer why a young man needs 13 surrogate children.

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Posted in: Arsenal announce record shirt deal with Emirates See in context

Yes Jim. Although Manor House is much more of a Spurs area as you will know. Highbury was lost to the middle classes some time ago. Something to do with Nick Hornby living there and the whole Emirates Stadium corporate show.

There is a big push on the regentrification of Tottenham. You know the story, making property investors and estate agents rich. Some parts of London where you wouldn't dare venture after dark let alone live there, have received the regentrification treatment. Highbury, Manor House, Walthamstow, even Kings Cross! Fortunately Finsbury Park is still a sh*thole...

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Posted in: Emperor's abdication ceremony on April 30, 2019 to be state occasion See in context

These cabinet cowards have dragged this out as much as possible, with the expectancy that this poor man is not going to make another 1 year 2 months. This may not be an abdication, he may not take this for that long.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

Some unanswered questions here.

This is the (rich) son of the Shigeta mobile phone shop business. Takes a minimum $3M a year dividend. So financially this situation is fine. But why 13 children? And he says he is from a large family but as far as I could research there were only 2 other siblings? And for a rich son worth so much in a country like Japan, he could look like the Elephant Man and have a very long line of beauties queuing up to give him children? Why the Thailand route?

Doesn't quite add up.

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Posted in: Arsenal announce record shirt deal with Emirates See in context

As an Arsenal fan from North London for the past 48 years, this means nothing to me. It will only guarantee expensive season ticket prices and an expensive day out.

and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world

This translates as, we will use these millions to win the FA Cup every few years and our target audience are tourists from Asia and not the local working class fans from London.

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Posted in: Wigan stun 10-man Man City in FA Cup See in context

Success in football is all about mental confidence. Wigan had previous history of giant killing against City, so they went into this game believing they could do something.

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Posted in: Kyoto revamping crowded bus services amid rise in foreign tourists See in context

Fair point Zichi.

Those tourists spend ¥1 trillion every year.

With this amount of revenue and taxpot income, its time to hand this issue to the tourist attractions and government. I can't believe that they are making a huge income yet have no responsibilities towards the tourist crush.

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Posted in: Kyoto revamping crowded bus services amid rise in foreign tourists See in context

Let the driver know you are getting off and he will wait. Exit from the back door and go in the front one to pay your fare. 

a) I have never seen this in Japan. Even if It is true what a nonsense system - people getting back on at the front to pay their fare against the flow of people trying to get off..

b) A bus journey filled with everyone shouting from the back of the bus at every stop that they are going to get off..

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Posted in: Kyoto revamping crowded bus services amid rise in foreign tourists See in context

Living in Kyoto, we avoid certain bus routes. Our local bus takes us to Kiyiomizudera and Gion, but beyond Kiyiomizudera it is a nightmare, especially with young children.

Its not the traffic, its the buses themselves not big enough to cope with the crowds. They are all single decker buses and the drivers seem happy to cram as many people on as possible. The system is ridiculous with one small exit by the driver and hordes getting on the middle of the bus.

Nonstop destination buses are the answer. Nonstop from Kyoto station to Heian Shrine, nonstop to Gion Corner etc. There would be no queues en route and it would free tourist numbers from local bus routes.

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Posted in: Dating danger? Businesses rethink workplace romance policies See in context

Hunter is especially sensitive to issues around dating co-workers, having been in a romantic relationship with her chief financial officer for three years. He's worked at the company for nine months, and everyone at the company knows of their relationship.

As another poster said earlier, work this one out? I take it that she is the owner or chief executive of the business. Many compliance auditors would wince at the fact that she is in a relationship with the CFO! The person who signs-off on bonuses, pay increases, expense reimbursements, and the finances of the business!

Its common sense. In a smaller business environment no-dating rules make sense for obvious reasons. In a larger corporation in different departments the effects of relationships are less risky.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans

Where was the earlier headline?

North Korean cheerleaders provoke Japanese, American, and many South Korean spectators

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

dcog, yep. I am not sure that the seriousness of this Olympics PR job has dawned on many people. In essence, President Moon has allowed North Korea to hijack an Olympic Games with a PR exercise. And I believe that Moon will come to regret p'ing-off the US big time - they will not forget this one.

The fact that some Aussie lookalike joker gets detained by secret service at an Olympics on South Korean soil is very sad. Just wait until this Olympics are over, I predict that North Korea will resume normal service.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

Toasted, are you serious? You're joking right?

Congratulations on the attention seeking comedian, you mean.

Like the North Korean cheerleader troupe are not attention seeking..

Supposing one of the cheerleaders had been attacked?

By a Kim lookalike called Howard from Australia...

This is a sensitive event and the comedian could have jeopardised it with his idiocy.

Why should it be sensitive? Its supposed to be the Olympics. Oh that's right, the sudden arrival of these cheerleaders and the sudden wish for a unified Korea made it sensitive. It wasn't sensitive before Kim's sudden PR exercise.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

North Korean cheerleaders protected by the secret service - congratulations President Moon and the Winter Olympic committee for ruining what was once a great sporting event.

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Posted in: N Korean cheerleaders campy, and a little creepy, too See in context

I am sure that the parents of Megumi Yokota were really happy with the South Korean Olympic committee inviting the cheerleaders from the North.

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Posted in: British judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange See in context

The whole US extradition witch hunt is taking precedence over what is a very serious accusation in Sweden. I would have hoped that the justice ministry in Sweden would have wanted to try him for sexual assault, and made clear that if found guilty Assange would have to go to jail in Sweden. However, it appears not and that they have not ruled out extraditing Assange.

Wikileaks release of classified information includes the unlawful killings of Iraqis by the military and what went on at Guantanamo (torture, some based on little evidence). We would not have learned of those without Wikileaks and it won various awards for peace.

In my view the Swedish and the British are placing more importance on extradition for a lesser crime than the serious crime he should be tried for in Sweden. I am not a supporter of Assange, because he could be guilty of a serious sexual crime.

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Posted in: British judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange See in context

Some good points above. I am curious to know why Sweden or the UK cannot state that they are only going to prosecute their own charges (sexual assault in Sweden/ breaking of bail in the UK). The fact that they have not provided these guarantees appears obvious that either country intends to extradite to the US.

Therefore it is really unfortunate that the real intention of Sweden and the UK is to extradite Assange instead of concentrating on their own charges.

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Posted in: N Korean cheerleaders campy, and a little creepy, too See in context

I find it offensive that a dictatorship state responsible for illegal arms trade, assasinations, mass kidnapping, nuclear tests, and missile threats is invited to bring heavily-publicised cheerleaders to an Olympics. What next - maybe Qatar can invite the Isis cheerleaders to the Football World Cup.?

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Posted in: World Rugby says TMO wrong to rule out Wales try vs England See in context

Not quite sure what "World Rugby" are trying to achieve here apart from discrediting the TMO. As far as I can work out a split second pat on the ball does not constitute downward pressure. Before you know it we'll be playing NFL touchdown rules.

Good on Rob Howley for stating that there was enough time in the game to change the result - England won by 6 points and the try would only have increased another 4.

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Posted in: One year after Kim's killing at Malaysian airport, suspected masterminds evade trial See in context

Only 2 questions should determine their fate:-

Explain how you managed to avoid your own quick death "unwillingly" having VX on your hands? (if she really didn't know what was on her hands, she would surely have died from improper cleaning)

Provide evidence that you took part in training runs of the so-called prank? (did any independent witnesses see these training runs)

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Posted in: NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games See in context

I'm very interested to ask smith, are you happy with the North suddenly turning up at these Olympics and getting free PR with their cheerleaders and Kim's sister, knowing the pain they have caused with the South throughout history? Isn't it quite obvious that this is a very impressive public relations exercise?

Its not like the North have come with an olive branch vowing to bring peace. The Olympics are here so they want a seat in the royal box whist their guns are still trained on Seoul.

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Posted in: NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games See in context

So the Koreans have no problem with promoting a unified Olympic flag and merchandise that would obviously upset Japan (adding the tiny rock of Takeshima as a visually larger Korean island). But then take umbrage when a commentator comments on Japan's post-war success. The art of hypocrisy some would say.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister warns against N Korea's 'smile diplomacy' See in context

Reality check everyone. It has literally only been months since nuclear tests, missile launches, assassinations, and secret arms deals, then the Winter Olympics arrives and we want to open our arms, sing about peace, and let these nut jobs run their PR exercise! Are we that stupid.?

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