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Posted in: More 'Thrones'? George R.R. Martin signs five-year HBO deal See in context

MarkToday 11:14 am JST

I bet he hasn’t even finished signing the contract yet!

Zing! Very good, made me laugh.

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Posted in: Labor ministry employee power harassed by his own power harassment counselor See in context

This the most Japanese news story I think I've ever read. It's almost beyond black comedy but it's no laughing matter at all.

If a worker is slacking or late to work every day, the boss kinda has a responsibility to bully that person don't they.

Third rate trolling here comrade. If you can't do better you might be on the end of some power harrassment from your boss.

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Posted in: Report finds COVID likely jumped to humans from bats through 'missing link' See in context

The Virus is engineered by China.

I know many people dont want to hear that and argue with scientific reports who shows it is not correct and so on...

I dont give a s...t about such reports.

My opinion is that China engineered the Virus in one of their Labs.

Well, that's your opinion and these days we have to fight to make our opinion heard, right? Fight Monty, Fight!

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Posted in: French soccer legend Thierry Henry quits social media over 'toxic' racism, abuse See in context

Those places are cesspools where freedom of speech is cancelled on a whim and the woke police spew intolerance and hate at anybody who isn't in line with their extreme left idealogy.

The exact opposite of what is happening, as you well know.

Wouldn’t this be a victory for the racists?

If the owners of the platforms aren't serious about regulating themselves, what other choice does he have? Would you put up with it, all day every day?

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Posted in: Suga to invite Biden to Tokyo Olympics See in context

ZorotoToday 04:55 pm JST

So will Biden be the only non-Japanese spectator?

No, there'll be some from the sponsors, or "partners" as they are laughably called now, and also non-Japanese residents of Japan because excluding them would just be too blatant.

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Posted in: British citizen arrested for dumping bento trash in mailbox See in context

Very poor form this, Anthony. Why didn't you just throw it in the sea like everyone else?

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Posted in: Elderly Japanese residents of Britain impressed by efficient vaccine rollout See in context

TheDalaiLamasBifocalsToday 08:29 am JST

The UK's vaccine rollout is thanks to the professionalism of the NHS, not central government or Brexit.

Yes. The abysmally slow response of the incompetent and corrupt Tory government is what caused the catastrophe. The NHS workers are national heroes, yet the Tories won't even give them a proper pay rise this year.

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Posted in: Prosecutors charge 2 Americans with helping Ghosn flee, jump bail See in context

M3 - thank you, that's clear.

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Posted in: 'Borat,' 'Promising Young Woman' win at Writers Guild Awards See in context

Really looking forward to seeing a load of these, particulary The Trial of the Chicago 7, Minari and Manc.

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Posted in: Prosecutors charge 2 Americans with helping Ghosn flee, jump bail See in context

How can these people be charged with helping a criminal escape when Ghosn hasn't been tried yet? It would be informative to hear a legal expert explain this situation...

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Posted in: Ringo calling! If he wants you to sing, who could say no? See in context

But seriously, I love him to bits.

How could you not? 80 years old and he can't wait to get out on the road with his band. Stay groovy Ringo!

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Posted in: Coe urges Tokyo not to rush decision on fans for Olympic events See in context

wanderlustToday 10:56 am JST

Seb Coe - the same woke person who said that political protests at the Olympics are OK, in direct contravention of the IOC and the Olympic charter.

Funny. Seb Coe's a Tory politician and a consummate Olympic insider, he's about as woke (whatever that means) as Donald Trump. Historically, the IOC has shown it has no problem with political protest, provided it's the right kind of protest.

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Posted in: Putin points finger at U.S. problems after Biden calls him a killer See in context

Then why hasn't he been deported to the US to face trial? And why has the Ecuadorian embassy kicked him out in the first place?

Because the judge decided he was a suicide risk. Because of pressure from the US.

"The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for “deliberately” exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” which can only be described as “psychological torture.”

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Nils Melzer said in a statement published on the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s website on Friday. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!"“The evidence is overwhelming and clear,” Melzer said. “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

There are also unsubstantiated rumours that Assange was subjected to "enhanced interrogation" (chemical torture, in plain English) while in Belmarsh Prison, Britain's Guantanamo. If you're interested, you should read this story about the fates of those who blow the whistle on crimes committed by the US and its allies:

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Posted in: Japan risks global economic irrelevance. Having reached the end of its rope with conventional monetary policy, the BOJ seems to have reached the limits of unconventional policy too. See in context

30 years ago Japanese companies accounted for 32 of the world's top 50 companies by market value. Now there's one, Toyota. 20 years ago Japan was 4th for patents registered, now it's 11th. Perhaps this is what Mike Bird means by this comment.

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Posted in: NTT chief denies seeking gov't favors as hospitality scandal rolls on See in context

Endless corruption, endlessly.

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Posted in: 'Mank' leads Oscar nominations in a year of record diversity See in context

Happy DayToday 07:51 am JST

Ask Asians how diverse Hollywood is.

But, anti-Asian sentiment aside, Hollywood award shows are a waste of time. Recent Grammy’s were the least-watched in history.

Having a bunch of virtue-signaling White elites trying to tell honest, hard working Americans what to do is not something many look forward to.

Looks like the Russian lad's made himself a new sock puppet account. This is so 2020 it's embarrassing, mate. Trump lost and the crackpots have all slithered away. Didn't you get the meemo?

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Posted in: Major European nations suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine See in context

LudditeToday 09:17 am JST

Yet another Astra Zeneca vaccine scare story. It’s bizarre. No evidence to suggest the vaccine causes clots, yet again countries are falling over themselves to stop using it. Why? What next, The Astra Zeneca vaccine makes you grow another head?

It's weird, isn't it. Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer, Ronan Glynn, said there was no proof at all that the vaccine caused the blood clots. No blood clots in the millions of people given the shot in the UK, where many more experts have said exactly the same thing. This decision is just playing into the hands of the nutters, as we can see from the ridiculous untruths already posted in this thread.

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Posted in: Arsenal beats Tottenham; Man United, Leicester strengthen top-4 bids See in context

buchailldanaToday 12:33 pm JST

Fair play to Lamellas, subbed in, scores absolutely wonder goal, gets booked, gets sent off , all in 40 minutes or so

A remarkable performance. He played like his brain was on fire from the moment he went on to the moment he was sent off.

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Posted in: Cherry blossom season begins in Tokyo See in context

Thomas GoodtimeToday 12:43 pm JST

The worst part of culture here. When living abroad for work, I didn't miss this time at all.

My wife, who is fiercely Japanese, dislikes hanami parties intensely and refuses to attend them. She also doesn't eat sushi. Isn't it weird how some people are different from their national stereotype?

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Posted in: Tens of thousands rally around Australia to demand justice for sexual assault victims See in context

Ego Sum Lux MundiToday 01:01 pm JST

mountaingrillToday 12:48 pm JST

I hope these protestors are treated better than those in the UK. The images of the police dragging women away from the vigil were truly disturbing. Power to these ladies.

They were in violation of Covid-19 gathering ordinances. Or doesn't that matter when it's for a cause you favor?

It was a candlelight vigil for a young woman kidnapped and brutally murdered, allegedly by a policeman from an elite armed squad. The future Queen attended and paid her respects. I think not being kidnapped and murdered by the police is a cause we can all favour, don't you?

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Posted in: Ex-Japan trade minister merits indictment over gift scandal: panel See in context

But in a rare move, the panel decided last month to review the proceedings after a Tokyo resident who brought the initial complaint challenged the dismissal of the case, arguing the special investigation squad's handling of the case was "questionable."

So, the initial complaint was brought by a Tokyo resident. It was then dismissed and investigation stopped. The Tokyo resident complained again and now the investigation will resume. Good, but it's easy to see why the LDP wants the Japanese people as disconnected from "politics" in this country as possible.

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Posted in: Music world set for pandemic-era Grammys after devastating year See in context

Many critics nevertheless favor the chances of Lipa, who took a big risk in dropping a sparkly disco ball of a dance album just as the pandemic took hold -- a bet that paid off.

Who writes this tripe? Last year was the year of "disco" with Dua Lipa, Roisin Murphy, Jessie Ware and even Wee Kylie releasing brilliant albums of pop dance music. Lipa's is probably the least impressive of those so it's strange to see her nominated for Grammys, ahead of the others. Perhaps it's because so many successful black American artists are rejecting the Grammys that a British-Albanian singer is in there. Don't artists who can be bothered to turn up win a prize?

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Posted in: In Japan, the philosophy of gender equality, which is a conventional norm among the international community, is not shared by everyone. We are still in the middle of the journey. See in context

Despite being minister in charge of women’s empowerment and gender equality, Marukawa is a member of a group that opposes married couples having different surnames. Her husband is "historical revisionist" Taku Otsuka, Nippon Kaigi stalwart. Nippon Kaigi believes that women are subservient to men. She's taken his surname, but uses her maiden name in her professional career. LDP superstar, barking mad hypocrite.

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Posted in: China says it is exercising self-restraint against Japanese ships near Senkakus See in context

Ishihara Shintaro is largely to blame, nationalistic arse he was, and he facilitated the purchase of 3 of 5 of the islands, partially using donated funds, back in 2011 or 2012, if memory serves me right.

Yes, with the intention that they be used to provoke war between the US and China. When he finally retired he claimed his greatest regret was that he hadn't been able to start another war with China. Japan's far right loves the US military because they want them to fight the war they can't fight themselves.

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Posted in: Tougher laws in the works for juvenile offenders See in context

"It is natural," Miyamoto remarks, "for criminals to undergo stiff punishment for their misdeeds.

Except when they are high-ranking members of the LDP, the family of high-ranking members of the LDP, business executives, senior civil servants, paedophiles, cannibals and white collar criminals of all kinds.

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Posted in: Popularity of Harry and Meghan plummets in UK after Oprah interview, poll says See in context

I'll comment on it because I'm British, and my belief is that even in the UK, the story is much bigger than it should be, but is so because it feeds into a (tiresome and damaging) old traditional vs. modern multicultural ("PC", "woke", whatever) culture war. This war is being fought because it sells newspapers, talk radio shows, and distracts people from the ever growing inequality in Britain, a country where home ownership is falling and poverty (in the form of food banks) is increasing.

The situation is so bad that the Mail Online abandoned articles about coronavirus and the economy weeks ago. The last time I looked it was just this Meghan Markle hate campaign and stories about Trump's family.

And the attempts to distract people from the Tories catastrophic failures actually seem to be rebounding as more young people are turning against the royal family and supporting an elected head of state.

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Posted in: Long sidelined at the Grammys, women in rock claim their due See in context

Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, sister group Haim, Brittany Howard, Grace Potter, and the Adrianne Lenker-fronted band Big Thief.

While all of these are great, are they really rock? The Grammys seem outdated and the categories strangely arbitrary. Don't they just give the prizes to whoever sold the most in the past year? That's always been my impression, although I pay little attention to it.

Adrianne Lenker is terrific:

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Posted in: Popularity of Harry and Meghan plummets in UK after Oprah interview, poll says See in context

So, in the past two weeks Meghan Markle has forced the Daily Mail into printing a front page apology and pay her damages, exposed the royal family to a global audience and driven Piers Morgan to quit his job.

This is really top work. The American can-do spirit lives on!

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Posted in: Prince William defends UK monarchy against racism accusation See in context

zichiToday 07:59 am JST

According to some reports, William has become the most popular of the royals. He defends the institution he loves living a very privileged and protected life. Time to end the monarchy.

Well, the way things are heading in the UK, Scotland may become independent with Ireland re-united and independent too. The north could join Scotland and London declare itself a Free City. Prince William could find himself King Billy of the Home Counties and White Shires in around 30 years or so.

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Posted in: China, IOC make vaccine deal for Tokyo, Beijing athletes See in context

Why can't the IOC and the Chinese government strike a deal to vaccinate all the Japanese people? Or at least all the Japanese who will attend or work at the Olympics?

It seems the sensible thing to do considering Japan is months behind and the Olympics are only four months away.

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