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Posted in: Germany clicks at Euro 2020 with 4-2 win over Portugal See in context

Kimmich and Gosens had an absolute field day, no idea why Fernando Santos didn't change tactics or shape. All three games yesterday were highly entertaining. More of this please.

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

Dr. King evolved after his Civil Rights victories, questioning capitalism and supporting a UBI.

Isn't this the real reason he was murdered? Because he wanted economic equality and an end to economic corruption within the US? On the day he was killed he was in Memphis protesting with street cleaners and dustbinmen for equal wages, as far as I remember.

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

Anyone would think there's going to be an election soon. Oh wait...

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Posted in: Health experts warn of Olympic COVID-19 threat; prefer no spectators See in context

"I would like it to be held with spectators. I plan to head into the five-way meeting with that in mind," the Sankei newspaper quoted Tokyo 2020 head Seiko Hashimoto as saying.

Well of course you would, because no spectators means another $800m bailout for the "cursed games" from Tokyo tax money. And there are elections looming in the autumn....

https://nypost.com/2021/06/16/tokyo-olympics-will-need-800m-bailout-if-fans-cant-attend/

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Posted in: Former justice minister Kawai gets 3 years for vote-buying See in context

Shinzo Abe walks away whistling, yet again.

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Posted in: African gang clears over ¥100 million in marriage scams before police lower the boom See in context

Pukey2June 18 10:56 am JST

If a dashing foreigner you meet online asks to become your friend, it's best to be on your guard, the article warns.

Don't tell me, ore-ore scams are also done by foreigners.

Some of those arrested in the UK for such scams claimed they were inspired by British media reports of Japanese ore-ore fraud. There was a story about it in the Guardian a while ago.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers, media See in context

Got home from work at 6pm yesterday to find the tickets in the mailbox. Called the centre, waited 10 minutes to be connected and made appointments for both shots, one on July 22nd, the other on August 15th, both 10 minutes walk from my place. Smooth, but that's probably because I'm in the People's Republic of Setagaya where they're fairly efficient. My wife's mother in Chiba won't get her first shot until July 10th, despite having made the appointment months ago.

I have yet to meet a Japanese person who believes Suga is “not putting the Olympics ahead of the welfare of Japanese citizens”. I still have respect for the people here however I have lost all respect for the Government.

Ditto. Also, I'd get banned if I expressed my opinion of the IOC.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

However, that was a worldwide thing and we’re talking about Japan being the most affected here, and it’s not like the Japanese (for all their many virtues) are known for their rebellious streak…or their interest in politics beyond electing the same party every single time.

To be fair though, it's hard to beat the LDP when one vote in rural Niigata is worth three in Kawasaki, or whatever the rate is now. And that's without all the gerrymandered constituencies for the opposition to contend with.

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Posted in: Art becomes form of protest against Tokyo Olympics See in context

Art is not a mirror, it's a hammer!

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

KumagaijinToday 08:52 am JST

Money is obviously a huge factor, but also the athletes themselves. Following the 1980 (Western) Boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, many athletes fell into depression and committed suicide.

That's quite the claim. You'll have an abundance of evidence to back it up, of course...

Tristis QuepeToday 08:51 am JST

So money, yes, but also the fact that it’s no longer necessary to pretend.

That arrogance eventually brought down Sepp Blatter and his cohorts at FIFA, so there's always hope. John Coates swanning around Tokyo like the autocratic president-for-life of some oil-rich Central Asian republic is stomach-turning.

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Posted in: China launches first crew to live on new space station See in context

P. SmithToday 05:21 pm JST

The Chinese are gonna eat our lunch, as a wise man said.

Not into the whole capitalist free market thing, I see. Should democratic governments interfere in their markets to prevent businesses from operating in China?

You'll make their brains burst with this kind of talk, Agent Smith. After all, they support a man who borrowed money from China to pay American farmers to not sell their produce to China.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/408494-dem-lawmaker-trump-is-borrowing-money-from-china-to-pay-our

$17.5 billion.

Another massive sum thrown into the maw of the military-industrial complex while large areas of their country descend into third world status, and they're bragging about it. The Chinese leadership must be laughing their socks off in private.

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Posted in: Mizuho's corporate culture to blame for serial system failures, probe finds See in context

Mizuho's corporate culture to blame for serial system failures

Reminiscent of that old Monty Python sketch, Dead Bishop. When the murderer is exposed he says, "It's a fair cop, but society is to blame." "We'll be charging them later," says the detective parson.

Except that in Japan no-one is charged (unless they're boat-rockers or furriners) and nothing changes, not least the corporate culture.

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Posted in: Australia, Britain reach free trade deal See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday 10:37 am JST

Why trade with a country on the other side of the world when you can drive a truck to the EU?

That's a very good question. Why endanger British agriculture and jobs, lower food safety standards and increase environmental degredation, while increasing prices for food imported from Australia?

Don't worry, I'm sure there'll be several of the staunch Brexit supporters along soon to explain why this is actually a good idea.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza in response to incendiary balloons See in context

BDS until fairness wins

BDS on the genocidal, apartheid state please.

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Posted in: Japan should have scrapped domestic COVID vaccine trials: Kono See in context

Pukey2Today 11:36 am JST

This is probably the only true thing an LDP politician has said since the pandemic started. A whole bloody year wasted, with people twiddling their thumbs and sucking through their teeth as others died. Not to mention the fact that they tried to depend on the emergence of a locally developed vaccine by a local pharmo company - in the end nothing came of it, and so more time and lives wasted. With the Olympics being held here, you'd have thought Japan would be the first country to get vaccinations organized. But no, total logic and common sense flies out the window.

Kono Taro/Taro Kono has been told in no uncertain terms that he's out of the running for the Iron Throne after Suga gets canned, so he clearly feels free to speak his mind now.

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Posted in: U.S. intel report warns of more violence by QAnon followers See in context

stormcrowToday 11:10 am JST

These QAnon people and goofy whatnots are going to be more prepared and more dangerous the next time around. If you just give them a slap on the wrist for what they did on Jan. 6th, then they'll be even more encouraged to try it again.

That's right. A British court just sent a former Neo-Nazi UKIP member to jail for 18 years for terrorist offences.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-57468303

In the UK, foreign-owned right wing media pumps out anti-muslim propaganda on a daily basis, but it's the home-grown nutters who are making bombs in their cellars.

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Posted in: NBCUniversal CEO says Tokyo Olympics could be most profitable ever for company See in context

It seems NBC has added a new sport to the Olympics: clambering over the corpses of the dead and dying to grab a "record profit".

Let's hope his comments are splashed all over the Japanese media.

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Posted in: England players booed for taking a knee despite plea by team See in context

Why is so difficult to accept that politics and sport are an incendiary toxic mix.

International football is played between countries. Countries are distinct political entities. I'd be interested to hear how people propose to remove politics from games between political entities.

hmmm1Today 07:44 am JST

Get Politics out of sport.

I think you mean Get Politics I don't like out of sport.

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Posted in: Dentist arrested over possession of 3 modified model guns See in context

Mr. Koi is definitely going to be looking down in the mouth now.

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Posted in: England players booed for taking a knee despite plea by team See in context

LudditeToday 07:56 am JST

The boos were drowned out by most of the fans applauding.

Yes, that's what I heard on my TV. A timely reminder that the EDL/BNP/UKIP knuckle draggers are a small minority.

MickeliciousToday 08:29 am JST

What do we expect with one of the most reactionary right-wing governments ever?

Every time this topic is raised with Lying Johnson I expect him to say, "Gosh. Look, yes. Jolly good. Fine people on both sides. Certainly. I think."

LudditeToday 07:56 am JST

Great match, England were great.

There were indeed. Raheem awoke from his lengthy slumber to score the winner, Kalvin Philips bossed the midfield, Mount was terrific and the Stockport Iniesta hit the post. Even Pickford looked comfortable! The Scotland game should be a cracker.

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Posted in: Message for Olympic visitors See in context

"A taste check will be required before entry"

What? Does this mean some old geezer will be taking a mouthful of your under 750 ml water bottle before you're allowed in? Ewwwww....

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Posted in: Fans told to 'respect' England players over kneeling row See in context

Sport is not the place for political protest. For causes we agree with or those we don't.

So you'll be against the upcoming American-led attempt to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics next year, then? I'll be looking forward to your posts supporting the Chinese government when they claim politics should be kept out of sport.

BungleToday 09:04 pm JST

Southgate came out and said that players who refuse to take the knee are not welcome in his squad.

Yawn. More lies from the peanut gallery.

misguided, a tad bonkers.

No, he's intelligent, articulate and extremely thoughtful. Which you'd know if you'd read this essay he wrote for the Player's Tribune this week:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/dear-england-gareth-southgate-euros-soccer

"The last 18 months have put added pressure on everyone, I know. Venting that might have taken place while walking out of the stadium, or in the pub has been transferred online. I get that. However, there are things I will never understand.

Why would you tag someone in on a conversation that is abusive?

Why would you choose to insult somebody for something as ridiculous as the colour of their skin?

Why?

Unfortunately for those people that engage in that kind of behaviour, I have some bad news. You’re on the losing side. It’s clear to me that we are heading for a much more tolerant and understanding society, and I know our lads will be a big part of that.

It might not feel like it at times, but it’s true. The awareness around inequality and the discussions on race have gone to a different level in the last 12 months alone.

I am confident that young kids of today will grow up baffled by old attitudes and ways of thinking.

For many of that younger generation, your notion of Englishness is quite different from my own. I understand that, too.

I understand that on this island, we have a desire to protect our values and traditions — as we should — but that shouldn’t come at the expense of introspection and progress."

That's good stuff, neither misguided nor bonkers.

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Posted in: Fans told to 'respect' England players over kneeling row See in context

Mr KiplingToday 05:39 pm JST

Let's hope they boo the roof off the stadium over this pointless empty gesture forced on the players.

Hmmm, so you're in favour of booing your country's national team moments before they kick off the Euros over a ten-second peaceful protest against discrimination, injustice and equality. Okay.

pointless empty gesture forced on the players.

The players are all in favour. More fake news.

Respect the fans that are paying your wages.

Footballers are paid by their clubs. They don't earn wages. For international games they receive a small fee from the FA which they donate to charity. For 10 years or so it was a bowel cancer charity, I'm not sure about now.

Seriously, if you're going to slag off the England team you could at least spend five minutes getting your basic facts straight.

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Posted in: Fans told to 'respect' England players over kneeling row See in context

BungleToday 10:05 am JST

England is the only team in the whole of the Euros which is getting on their knees... let's hope Croatia keep them there.

Yeah, I saw Belgium making a 10 second anti-racism protest before the Russia game. More fake news...

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Posted in: Biden urges G7 leaders to call out and compete with China See in context

China overtook Germany to become the UK's biggest import market as trade in goods with European Union member states plunged because of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, official data show.

https://www.euronews.com/2021/05/26/after-brexit-china-has-replaced-germany-as-the-uk-s-biggest-trading-partner

So not only has Brexit cost Britain around $1 billion a week since the vote, the country is becoming more reliant on trade with China than ever before.

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Posted in: Booing of anti-racism gesture reinforces need to take a knee See in context

England footballers Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson will receive the MBE as part of Queen Elizabeth's birthday honours list announced on Friday.

Yes, that was heartening to see. I think Marcus Rashford received one last year for his food bank efforts. Three good guys all round, long may it continue.

This is just fantastic...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=328259732249814&set=a.270915731317548&type=3

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Posted in: G7 pledge to share vaccines, make a fairer global economy See in context

Cold War Steve is killing it, as usual. The man's a genius!

https://coldwarsteve.com/

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Posted in: Polls: U.S. image abroad has rebounded since Biden took office See in context

Polls: U.S. image abroad has rebounded since Biden took office

On a personal level he's obviously a huge improvement on the subliterate criminal braggart who had the job before, but back in February he started bombing Syria. Plus ca change etc.

He'll get points for persuading Lying Johnson to adhere to the GFA and Brexit agreements, though.

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Posted in: Biden, Johnson strike warm tone in first meeting See in context

Anodyne pap that fails to mention how US Officials warned the UK about inflaming tensions in Ireland by not compromising with the EU and not respecting the Good Friday Agreement.

Britain hoped to secure a quick trade agreement with the U.S. after its official departure from the EU in January. The change in administration in Washington leaves prospects of a deal uncertain.

Carrot and stick, something Lying Johnson can understand.

Some on the British side have viewed Biden warily because of his heritage.

Biden's American, born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This "heritage card" that American politicians like to play doesn't mean anything outside the country. The last guy tried bragging about his Scottish mother but everyone up there just hates his guts and mocked him everywhere he went.

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Posted in: China defends cultural links with Japan amid online nationalist fury See in context

lucabrasiToday 05:13 pm JST

Reminds me of what’s happened in the good old US of A….

Yeah, 30 years of hate radio, 25 years of Fox News, 15 years of Breitbart and just look at what kind of people that breeds.

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