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JimizoApr. 17, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
Looks like a fight between Liverpool and Chelsea now. I really hope Liverpool can do it. This season has seen the top teams apart from Chelsea - Liverpool, City, Arsenal and Everton all trying to play entertaining football and I don't want to see Jose's 19th Century football come out on top. Arsenal a good bet for fourth now - that was probably the easiest game of Everton's run-in.
Posted in: Man City run aground; Palace rock Everton
JimizoApr. 17, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
'It said the ruling earlier this month by the International Court of Justice was “truly regrettable” but “does not necessarily prevent Japan’s whaling, which is a unique tradition and culture”.'
In other words, we have no argument that people with any iota of common sense or logic would accept and so we'll fall back on tried and trusted nationalistic tripe.
Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program
JimizoApr. 16, 2014 - 07:25AM JST
Posted in: A taste of whale
JimizoApr. 14, 2014 - 12:08PM JST
Liverpool v City was a cracking game to watch. I thought Liverpool were going to run away with it first half and then thought City were going to win it in the second. That was followed by a typical Chelsea yawnfest. I hope Liverpool do it now. They've played great football, particularly since Christmas, unlike Chelsea.
Posted in: Liverpool, Atletico continue sparkling form
JimizoApr. 14, 2014 - 09:54AM JST
'Western education is sinful'
And murdering innocent civilians is.....?
Posted in: At least 60 killed by suspected Islamists in Nigeria
JimizoApr. 13, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
'Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, insisted that the party must broaden its appeal in order to grow. The Republican Party, he said, cannot be a party of “fat cats, rich people and Wall Street.”'
A man talking sense. He should have added a party of religious crackpots. A party which panders to the rich and insane will remain unelectable.
Posted in: 'Obamacare' under attack as Republicans eye 2016
JimizoApr. 11, 2014 - 02:58PM JST
Would the rightwingers prefer a Vulcan Salute? Then again, I can imagine the bobble-heads at Fox would ridicule him if he couldn't pull it off, or if he did, take him to the cleaners for using a gesture from a TV show devised by a notorious atheist.
Posted in: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Emperor Akihito in Tokyo on April 24. Last time Obama met the emperor in Japan, in 2009, he shook hands and bowed, which upset some members in the U.S. Congress and media. Do you see anything wrong with him bowing to the emperor?
JimizoApr. 11, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
'Forced nomikai? No, actually I give props for the guy who says "no thanks, I'd rather be with family"'
Well put. I made it clear early on that I go out with coworkers on special occasions only. A few times a year is enough. Special occasions do not include Friday night or when the boss fancies having his arse kissed after hours.
Posted in: Outrageous behavior of 'monster' new company recruits
JimizoApr. 11, 2014 - 09:54AM JST
I suppose this award has exhausted the truly great and is faced with more and more mediocrities to choose from as time goes on. Kiss are a very good example. The E Street Band getting this award is even more ridiculous.
Posted in: Kiss not the first to tell Rock Hall to kiss off
JimizoApr. 10, 2014 - 09:16PM JST
Just watched the recordings of the games. Chelsea did well and Man U can have no complaints - they were beaten by a better side. I suppose a Bayern v Real Madrid final would be the glamour final but I'd love to see Athletico Madrid go on and win it.
Posted in: Atletico stun Barcelona, Bayern brush aside Man United in Champions League
JimizoApr. 10, 2014 - 04:01PM JST
'William and Kate, who wore a powder-blue Alexander McQueen frock coat with her hair tied back in a ponytail'
Why is this information deemed necessary? In fact, why is this entire article deemed necessary?
Posted in: Royals go walkabout in New Zealand
JimizoApr. 10, 2014 - 02:10PM JST
Stevie Wonder on the strength of the classic 70s albums would be up there with Lennon and Dylan for me. 'Innervisions' is an incredible album.
Posted in: Who gets your vote for the greatest songwriter of the last 100 years?
JimizoApr. 10, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
'Absolutely not. No self-respecting national team should have a foreign manager, it has worked well only once in modern football and that was a fluke.'
Really? Do you mean Hiddink in charge of South Korea? I agree that was a combination of luck and erm...questionable refereeing but the same man did a great job with Australia. I'd argue Troussier did a good job in charge of Japan. Jack Charlton is revered in Ireland - I could go on. Non of these team won the World Cup but these managers overachieved. When I think of the Graham Taylors and Steve McClarens, I'd rather have a Martian microbe in charge of the English national team than either of those two turnips. Sven and Fabio weren't great but if Hodgson's boys are sent home from Brazil with a spanking ( very possibly going out in the first round ), the English managerial talent is pretty thin. Spurs and Newcastle are the highest ranked premiership managers with English managers. Pardew or Sherwood for England? Give Harry a call?
Posted in: Is Zaccheroni the right man for Japan?
JimizoApr. 09, 2014 - 09:02PM JST
'She said the parents had also been told not to hesitate to intervene if a royal row erupted between the prince and some of his 'pint-sized subjects.'
What a saccharine, cringeworthy sentence. The idea of 'subject' is offensive to many.
Posted in: Baby George has royal play day in New Zealand
JimizoApr. 08, 2014 - 06:32PM JST
I remember a few performing seals on idiotic television shows. I also remember a grumpy old gaijin I used to work with saying he'd rather get paid for doing it on TV than doing it with his Japanese wife's family at their home for nothing. He was a miserable old sod but he may have had a point.
Posted in: What do you think of the various foreigners who appear on Japanese TV? Do any of them make you cringe? Are there any whom you think do a good job?
JimizoApr. 08, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
People not sitting next to you on the train is nothing to get upset about. The people are shy? They are afraid you'll speak English? They dislike foreigners? Who cares. I'm not particularly interested in the feelings of overgrown children or bigots. Why would anyone?
Posted in: 'Japanese Only' banner sparks intolerance debate
JimizoApr. 07, 2014 - 11:20PM JST
I think you misunderstood my post. I don't deny bloodymindedness on the part of certain Koreans. I was talking about the similarities in outlook. I think I'll leave Samuraiblue to clarify what I mean by the similarities between the mindsets:
'No matter how hard you try, the Koreans will never accept since the worst thing to them is to admit their own mistakes. For them it's much easier to accept a convenient lie then admit fact as reality.'
That is a quite beautiful example of what I mean by similar mindsets. Substitute 'Japanese' and that could have come from the mouth of a Korean nationalist.
Posted in: U.S. embroiled in Japan-Korea disputes over history
JimizoApr. 07, 2014 - 10:00PM JST
'Okay, this is turning into another Anti-Korean fest. Many posters here are just out to prove their bigoted believes that the Koreans are the most evil humans on the earth. Which is not only disturbing, it's sad in this day and age.'
The close similarities in the outlook of many Japanese, Koreans and Chinese is the core of the problem. Unnerving delusions of 'uniqueness', a tendency to swallow whatever the media pumps out and an ability to judge entire 'races' by trotting out tired old stereotypes ( mostly negative ). It's amazing just how close the mindsets are in all three countries.
JimizoApr. 07, 2014 - 02:26PM JST
I agree with the comment above about West Ham last night. West Ham used to have a reputation for good football but that performance was as bad as the days of Wimbledon or Sam's Bolton. Liverpool showed they were up for the scrap and that in itself was impressive. Next week's game at Anfield the game of the season. Everton have still got the two Manc clubs to come to Goodison and will go to Southampton. Arsenal, as poor as they were last night, have got a much easier run-in. I'd still say Arsenal, just.
Posted in: Liverpool moves back on top, Arsenal sinks
JimizoApr. 07, 2014 - 01:17PM JST
Saying Japanese rice is best is the best way to cut short boring and repetitive conversations about food when you are obliged to drink with coworkers.
Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries?
Apr. 18, 2014 - 06:51AM JST
"officials who are more concerned about high unemployment than about the threat of future high inflation."…
Posted in: Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market
Apr. 18, 2014 - 06:50AM JST
Discussing this for days? You mean you claiming that millions die every year from nuclear and…
Posted in: Kyushu town rallies for nuclear plant restart
Apr. 18, 2014 - 06:45AM JST
The same can be said about libs thinking in their over exaggerated heads that conservatives don't…
Posted in: Obama says right to vote under threat in U.S.
Apr. 18, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
Frungy Apr. 17, 2014 - 10:32AM JST The customer isn't ALWAYS right, but equally the business…
Posted in: The secret language of Japanese hotel staff
Apr. 18, 2014 - 06:37AM JST
wow !!! So funny, I hope she will not lose her job because of it...
Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s