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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

Prince Philip has been know to make the odd racist comment.

More than a few actually. But when the Nazis invaded Greece he joined the Greek navy and volunteered to fight the fascists, unlike the Duke of Windsor who was sent to Bermuda because his pro-fascist views meant the government couldn't trust him.

The Daily Mail and the Murdoch tabloids have turned Markle into a hate figure for the far right to distract attention away from the Tories catastrophic failure over corona virus and Brexit.

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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

Bizarrely, the article fails to mention that Ramseyer is sponsored by Mitsubishi. The number of people profiting from historical denial has spread as far as Harvard, it seems.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

ClippetyClopToday 05:28 pm JST

It's 320 years since the Monarch had any real power. @Lazarus, Stop clutching at straws.

Not quite. The Queen secretly and successfully lobbied the government in the early 70's to amend a shareholder transparency law that would have revealed her massive personal wealth. I'd argue that individuals who can amend laws do have 'real power'.

The Queen has put pressure on governments on at least three other occasions to have laws changed:

zichiToday 08:33 pm JST

Time to abolish the royal family and all the institutions involved with it. Also the House of Lords.

I wouldn't give a tenner for the lot of them. I have some sympathy for Harry and Meghan though.

The Royal Family is much loved and respected in the UK by the majority of citizens


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Posted in: Ardern urges New Zealanders to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers See in context

Jacinda Ardern can enrage the far right simply by getting out of bed in the morning. An intelligent, compassionate, articulate and strong leader who has the overwhelming support of her country and one of the most successful responses to corona virus in the world.

Sick society.

Just the opposite.

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Posted in: 30 years later, Serge Gainsbourg still a global influence See in context

Incredibly this article fails to mention the four albums of Serge Gainsbourg covers released by the great Mick Harvey between 1995 and 2017. All four (Intoxicated Man, Pink Elephants, Delerium Tremens and Intoxicated Women) are available on YouTube and all four are brilliant. Gainsbourg was a great songwriter, magnetic performer and all-round cool guy.

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Posted in: 2 Americans who helped in Ghosn's escape to be turned over to Japan See in context

There MUST be some behind the scenes deals made for this non sense to be going down......

Yes, just like the US refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas to the UK, even though she's admitted to killing teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn by driving on the wrong side of the road. The limp response from the British government would have nothing to do with their desperation to conclude a trade deal, would it?

Older readers may well remember Japan harbouring the monstrous Alberto Fujimori, later sentenced to 25 years in jail for crimes against humanity.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

Lazarus KnowsToday 01:18 pm JST

Almost every TV show that has been mentioned can be seen on TV today, as reruns.

The IT Crowd was great: Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry, Chris Morris. What was the problem with that?

I don't like the laugh track stuff. And the transphobic episode was pretty bad.

I must have missed that one.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

BertieWoosterToday 07:06 pm JST

The PC "I'm so offended" crowd should be forced to watch IT Crowd, Little Britain and Alf Garnet in Till Death Do Us Part.

Alf Garnet is one of the greatest comedy characters ever created, a racist, xenophobic working class Tory whose type still exists today, sadly.

Little Britain was sneery, unfunny rubbish from a couple of public school boys punching down on the underclass with catchphrases stolen from 1970s Dick Emery shows. Terrible.

The IT Crowd was great: Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry, Chris Morris. What was the problem with that?

The Johnny Speight and Spike Milligan show Curry and Chips wouldn't be made today. Oh boy.

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Posted in: Mori Building, Aman Resorts conclude partnership for major development in heart of Tokyo See in context

girl_in_tokyoToday 07:45 am JST

Great idea! Let's build more luxury apartments for rich people. That's super beneficial to society. Uh huh. Riiiight.

Hey, Tokyo can't let London hoover up all that oligarch cash!

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Posted in: Sponsors, volunteers welcome Hashimoto as Tokyo Olympics head See in context

vanityofvanitiesToday 07:02 am JST

Now, three top leaders of Tokyo Olympics are all women. President is Hashimoto, Olympic Minister is Marukawa and Tokyo Governor is Koike.

Hashimoto is Mori's protege, Marukawa is bonkers and Koike has become invisible again. The LDP poisons its women, we've seen it countless times.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

Also making the rounds on social media were comments by Kengo Sakurada, head of a powerful Japanese business lobby, who said Japan's glass ceiling was "partly women's fault".

Classic blame the victim line from Sakurada, who just happens to be Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. These jokers managed to keep their mouths shut while Abe was in charge, but since he quit again it's a free for all.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson backs Tokyo's hosting of Olympics See in context

The kiss of death.

Take the money that you would spend on these #$"!% Olympics and get Japan and the rest of the world vaccinated

It's already been spent and it's not coming back.

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Posted in: West Ham beats Sheffield United 3-0 to maintain top-4 push See in context

The Moyeshank Redemption continues. Thoroughly deserved as well, a fine manager who was treated abysmally by the Goldman Sachs Soccerdevils and their army of glory hunting "supporters".

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

Saitama Prefectural Assembly said the aim is to reduce the number of costly lawsuits to government and business by an increasing number of people who fall on public and private property. And as we all know, governments can suddenly become amazingly effective when their money is on the line.

So it's got nothing to do with public safety, just protecting business and local government from lawsuits. Very Saitama.

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Posted in: Various rumors swirling around 'painful' corona vaccination See in context

My mother had it in the UK a few weeks ago, she said it was the smoothest, least painful jab she's ever had.

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Posted in: From romantic comedies to murder: Hugh Grant is enjoying the darkness See in context

The Undoing isn't so much a whodunnit as a didhedoit. The whole drama hinges on whether Grant's character is the murderer or not, something which isn't revealed until the end of the final episode. Sadly for those who haven't seen it the answer is given in the first paragraph of this article...

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Posted in: Which music from the past 70 years do you think people will still be listening to 100 years from now? See in context

Probably dance music and "spiritual music" - popular songs from 100 years ago have all but disappeared while 1920s jazz and early blues music is still listened to, played and enjoyed all over the world. The waltz has a history of several hundred years and the polka swept Europe and North America nearly two hundred years ago; people are still dancing to their rhythms today. The modern equivalents are hip-hop and salsa I suppose.

I'd include modern electronic music under "spiritual music" - people like Brian Eno, William Basinski, Aphex Twin, Max Richter, Hiroshi Yoshimura and Harold Budd. So, music for the body and music for the heart and soul, same as it's always been.

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Posted in: Man City extend lead to seven points; Liverpool stunned by Leicester See in context

A shocking collapse in the last 15 minutes against a Leicester side they thrashed 4-0 in the same fixture just a year ago. Their confidence has completely gone, sad to say. It seems that Wijnaldum may be off in the summer, too. A couple of stirring wins in the Champions League might restore a bit of that confidence. They really seem to miss the home support at Anfield as well.

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Posted in: Virus delay, sexism row: Tokyo's turbulent Olympic timeline See in context

This timeline omits the biggest lie of all:

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Posted in: Disney's Lucasfilm ditches 'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano over social media posts See in context

Sadly, Ms Carano is further proof that being punched in the head thousands of times causes brain damage. Let's pray that she can recover from these disturbing hallucinations and retake her place in society.

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Posted in: Virus threatens 'game over' for Japan's arcades See in context

Bob FosseToday 08:59 am JST

If you want that 80's arcade feel check out Mikado in Takadanobaba next to the station. 

This entire article is about Mikado.

You just can't beat starting the day with a damn good laugh!

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Replacing Mori with Kawabuchi, this is too funny. It's both deeply comical and utterly, utterly pathetic at the same time, an octogenarian version of pass the poisoned chalice. Just go away forever Tokyo Olympics, you make me puke.

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Posted in: The return of 'Terrace House'? Seina and Noah star in new series of the reality show See in context

Erik MoralesToday 03:58 pm JST

Fuji TV is a disgrace

Yep. Won't have it on in our house.

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Posted in: Mori's sexist remarks show slow progress in narrowing Japan gender gap See in context

Not only did Mori's remarks show slow progress in narrowing Japan's gender gap, the feeble response from the JOC and the IOC showed that their so-called commitment to sexual equality is just meaningless words, with no true intent.

The Olympics is nothing more than a billion dollar money-grab with added nationalism, covered by a veneer of sport.

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Posted in: Ex-captain of U.S. sub apologizes for Ehime Maru collision on 20th anniversary See in context

Two of the Greeneville civilian passengers that day were Texan oil men who'd "paid" for the privilege; the US Navy was influence-peddling:

By a strange coincidence, the Japanese Prime Minister that day was Mori Yoshiro who was out playing golf. When told of the accident he finished his round before returning to Tokyo.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

NadrewToday 05:12 pm JST

Has any testing been done as to Covid variant prevalent in Japan now? If the England version became prevalent it might indicate a higher infection rate than is being measured.

The UK's vaccination minister Nadhim Zahawi estimates there are 4,000 covid variants in the world now, including California, South Africa and Brazil, as well as the UK. It would be interesting to know which ones have been identified in Japan.

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Posted in: Watch an English-subtitled noh performance for free through Arts Council Tokyo on YouTube See in context

Fantastic. I'll watch that while I have my lunch.

zichiToday 07:59 am JST

Very good during the pandemic. Previously the Tokyo Arts Council have supported my exhibitions.

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Weird downvotes, even for this site.

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Posted in: 390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit after Mori's sexist remarks See in context

390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit after Mori's sexist remarks

Good for them, they're not prepared to tolerate intolerance.

According to that Sunday Kyodo poll only 6.8% of those asked feel Mori is qualified to head the JOC and only 14.5% feel the Olympics should go ahead. If those were support numbers for a politician he/she would be removed from office immediately.

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Posted in: Man City inflicts 3rd straight Anfield loss on Liverpool See in context

The Stockport Iniesta was literally on fire.

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Posted in: Tour the 'Silence of the Lambs' home -- and spend the night See in context

A great film. Using The Fall's classic song Hip Priest as the background music for the climax was a stroke of genius. RIP Jonathan Demme.

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