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    BurakuminDes

    All the best to our Italian brothers and sisters - we are thinking of you. Beautiful country and great people, lets hope more survivors are found in that rubble.

    Posted in: Strong quake hits central Italy; at least 38 dead

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    BurakuminDes

    More people turn up to watch suburban under-12s rugby in New Zealand than watched the final of the Olympics rugby 7s games. Sure, Brazil is no rugby nation - but nor are almost any other nation that is unfortunate enough to hold future Olympics. Scrap it. Ditto golf.

    Posted in: Rugby, golf face challenge to stay in Olympics after 2020

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    BurakuminDes

    “The distance between Buddhism and people have widened.

    I'm going to take a wild guess that one reason is that a good deal of people here have become disillusioned with the extortionate and continuing "fees" expected to be paid for funeral services, memorials and so on. It has been an eye-opener seeing how much the funerals and various Buddhist services for my parents-in-law have cost in the past few years.

    There is a disconnect in pretty much all developed nations between people and organised religion, and I cant see that ever going back to what things were 100 or so years ago.

    Posted in: Contest seeks to demystify Buddhist monks, nuns

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    BurakuminDes

    I have a 55-inch TV and it was great watching the opening ceremony live ...... from YouTube on my iphone to my 60" TVs

    I dont mean to boast or anything, but I watched the games on my 68" unit. (anyone wanna up us in the inch stakes?!) And its gotta be live, gokai - there is no way this sports nut can watch anything delayed, the excitement just isnt the same!

    The enormous Chinese/Indian markets should ensure big prime-time ratings come 2020.

    Posted in: Olympics broadcasting outlook as clear as Rio's diving pool

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    BurakuminDes

    With international eyes now shifting to Tokyo 2020, these "regrettable" protesters could have embarrassed the Abe regime. Because - as we all know - "the situation in Fukushima is under control".

    Posted in: Antinuclear activists' tents removed from economy ministry premises

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    BurakuminDes

    Dont know about other countries, but coming from Australia, the prices of spirits - both domestic and imported - are already far cheaper in Japan. (Aussie prices are generally around 2.5 times higher). Beer here is the anomaly and bizarrely attracts massive taxes by comparison.

    Posted in: Japanese alcohol to be exempt from liquor tax for foreign tourists

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    BurakuminDes

    You just knew Dear Leader was going to insist on upstaging both the Tokyo Governor, and the solid performances of the Japanese athletes. Talk about a Glory Hunter!

    Posted in: Rio throws final Olympic party; Tokyo governor accepts flag, Abe turns into Mario

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    BurakuminDes

    Thats true, wtfjapan - but lets also remember the Jamaicans had two banned dopers on their team. Karma did not bite them!

    Posted in: Well run

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    BurakuminDes

    Sensational race - great job to Bolt (never beaten in Olympic finals) and super job to Team Japan! I thought they would nab the bronze all along, but they were right in the mix for gold there until Usain took charge! Curious as to why the quickest Japanese runner, Kiryu, was not running anchor? Perhaps he could have held off Bolt at the end where Cambridge was fading... but I doubt anyone could!

    Run on to 2020, Usain - your nation needs you to hold off these young, hungry Japanese superstars!

    Posted in: Jamaica wins 4x100 relay giving Bolt 9th gold; Japan takes silver

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    BurakuminDes

    Ive had my bad dealings with dodgy rip-off real-estate agents here over the years - but killing one of them is probably taking things too far.

    Posted in: Real estate company president murdered in Yamanashi

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    BurakuminDes

    Every day the methodology of ranking the Olympic medal table seems to change here! Its kind of a sport in itself. Now we are back to the most universal method of ranking via Gold medals.

    Those medal-hungry Brits are on a massive trajectory - it is not inconceivable that they will top the medal count in Tokyo if they keep up this amazing progress. And as an Aussie, I take no great pleasure in admitting this, they've got us covered in cricket, rugby and tennis too!

    Posted in: Olympic Medals Table

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    BurakuminDes

    Poor old Saori, cheer up! There is no shame in finishing second for once. Sure, some Japanese would consider that she has "let them down" as they "expected" her to win Gold - but they are not true sports fans anyway, just dumb glory-hunters whipped into a frenzy by the local media. Most will be super proud of the great effort.

    Posted in: Agony

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    BurakuminDes

    Thanks TimTak, will have a read of those.

    Posted in: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

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    BurakuminDes

    Amazing stuff! Bolt is the greatest athlete I have ever seen - he makes the rest of the field look like rank amateurs! Perhaps the emergence of "The new Bolt" - South African kid Wayde van Niekerk - will motivate Usain to run on to Tokyo? Their potential match up in the 200m would be sensational. I suspect, however, he will run off into the sunset, undefeated in Olympics and an all time legend.

    Posted in: Bolt wins third Olympic 200-meter title

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    BurakuminDes

    I think that a considerable proportion of the winners have taken steroids and or human grown hormone during their training, when depending upon where they are, they are rarely tested.

    Interesting theory, where it falls down is the fact that all registered athletes have to have a "doping passport" and submit to testing all year round. You can be sure the rowers and cyclists would be tested more than just about any athletes, wherever they are. Theres no hiding from the testers by "vacationing". Not saying doping is not still happening - this is a very dirty games Im sure - but Id be shocked if the Brits are doing it in any significant numbers.

    Posted in: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

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    BurakuminDes

    How about using all these police resources to actually solve the wildly out of control daily kidnappings, assaults, robberies and killings on the streets of Brazil? You wouldnt get me there if I was paid. Probably for the first time in history, the Olympics media coverage will end up losing tourists to the host city!

    Posted in: 2 Lochte teammates in robbery probe pulled off plane

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    BurakuminDes

    Great achievement! If Icho goes on to Tokyo - and I cant see why not - she could make history as a 5-consecutive-olympic Gold medallist! These Japanese women have incredible muscles, I have to say!

    Posted in: Icho wins record 4th Olympic wrestling gold; Tosaka, Dosho also get wrestling gold

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    BurakuminDes

    Reckon the Brits are on the sauce! Even the Chinese (behind them on the medal tally wtf!) think so ;) Is it their best olympics ever? I think their strategy of prioritising individual sports with lots of potential medals over team sports has paid off. No men nor women team in football, basket, volley, hand or water polo but plenty of track cyclists, rowers etc who can win 2-3 medals each. Sneaky poms

    I'm not so sure, Goldorak. They are doing something radical we dont know about, and it is clearly working, especially in cycling and rowing, they are bossing the world around in sports which require incredible muscle strength coupled with endurance. Some of their rowers and cyclists look like superb rugby-league prop-forwards! I would not accuse them of juicing with zero evidence. I actually wish us Aussies knew their recipe!

    Posted in: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

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    BurakuminDes

    Bolt - the greatest of all time. I absolutely had no doubts he would reel in Gatlin. Lets just hope someone gets in his ear and talks him out of retirement. Tokyo 2020 - and possibly the Olympic movement which is hanging by a thread - could be saved by this Jamaican superstar!

    Posted in: Bolt wins third consecutive Olympic 100-meter gold

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    BurakuminDes

    Well done, Mr Murray. The Scotsman could very well be Number 1 in the near future. I hope Kei can make it to Tokyo 2020, and win a bag of Majors in the meantime, but there are no guarantees and he sadly has not been blessed with the most robust of bodies, with chronic back and wrist problems.

    Posted in: Murray wins tennis gold; Nishikori beats Nadal for bronze

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