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    Scrote

    Now the Scots and Sinn Fein are demanding referendums on independence / a united Ireland. The clown Johnson was on the radio talking about there being no need to rush into things with regard to the EU and that no further referendums were necessary. I wouldn't be surprised if whoever succeeds Cameron comes up with some reason not to leave the EU, no matter what they may say now. Why else would Johnson rule out a referendum on Scottish independence, overriding the right to self determination.

    Posted in: Global markets plunge as Britain votes to leave EU

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    Scrote

    It looks like the poorly educated, monoglot xenophobes have it, not that I'm bitter.

    That said, I just sold every Yen I could get my hands on at Y134 to the pound. Time will tell if that was a good move, or not.

    Posted in: Global markets plunge as Britain votes to leave EU

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    Scrote

    The pound is now down Y12 in just a few hours. It's dropping like a stone.

    Posted in: Global markets plunge as Britain votes to leave EU

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    Scrote

    “It makes you look more lady-like,” said the 44-year-old, who has spent thousands of yen amassing a stiletto collection.

    You'd be lucky to "amass" a single shoe in Japan for "thousands of Yen".

    Posted in: Fashion police want women to wear high heels

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    Scrote

    These cases demonstrate the need for reform of copyright law. In both instances the authors of what is claimed to be the original work are dead, yet their relatives are still allowed to sue others for alleged copyright infringement. They did not create anything themselves, they are just parasites.

    The copyright industry tells us that a long copyright term is needed to reward creativity and to encourage people to produce new works. Neither argument applied in these cases.

    Posted in: Led Zeppelin victorious in 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright trial

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    Scrote

    Were the prices clearly displayed and known by the customer before ordering? If not, then I don't agree that the bar can charge what it likes. If the charges are way out of proportion to the costs the bar incurred then it's nothing but extortion. A court can decide what a reasonable bill should be.

    This case is different in that the guy clearly had no intention of paying and can be arrested for fraud.

    Posted in: Man with only Y42 on him runs up bar tab of Y137,000

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    Scrote

    That's the first time I've heard grot movies described as "Intellectual Property". I'm surprised the companies aren't suing each other for breaches of copyright since their films are all much the same.

    Posted in: Japan's porn industry apologises over coercion claims

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    Scrote

    The early results from England are not encouraging for the remain side, 60% leave to 40% remain. The pound is already Y6 down compared with yesterday's close. The country is well and truly stuffed.

    Posted in: Global markets plunge as Britain votes to leave EU

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    Scrote

    Dishonest Abe hasn't the courage to pursue reforms; he shirks taking action every time. Abenomics doesn't need "reloading", it needs to be taken outside and shot.

    Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets

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    Scrote

    Lying Abe's one and only aim is to revise the constitution: he thinks of nothing else. But he is worried that if people knew what changes he was planning they would, rightly, run a mile. The changes the LDP want to make have been published, but the media never examines them in detail. Why not? Why don't they ask Abe why he wants the power to suspend the constitution? Why don't they demand to know why he wants to abolish the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly? All we get are stupid polls that ask "do you think the constitution should be revised?". Why don't they ask "do you agree with the LDP proposal to revise the constitution to remove the right to freedom of expression?".

    The level of journalism in this country is a joke.

    Posted in: LDP has solid lead ahead of upper house vote: polls

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    Scrote

    The average student these days seems to be much lazier than when I first came to Japan 20 years ago, but that is hardly measured by these rankings.

    The real problem is the continuing budget cuts. Every year for at least the past ten years the university budget has been cut by the government. Salaries are about the same, or slightly lower than they were ten years ago. The university is nominally independent but still has to do everything the education ministry says. This allows the ministry to meddle in the running of the university, but the university gets the blame when it drops in the rankings. The only people who get tenure these days are full professors; everybody else is on a fixed-term contract. People feel unappreciated, insecure and demotivated.

    Japanese have received many Nobel prizes in recent years, usually for work they did 10-20 years ago. I'm sure there will be far fewer prizes in the future as the cumulative budget cuts take their toll.

    Posted in: University of Tokyo loses its crown in Asia rankings

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    Scrote

    "paperwork" -- how quaint. Custom clearance is pretty much run by online systems today, whereby a few keystrokes and you're moving. Further, no one is going scrap entrenched trade and investment channels.

    As for the armies of French customs agents poring over a shipment of British apples. Well, that sounds labor intensive.

    The French won't employ "armies" of customs agents to inspect shipments of British apples. They will employ one guy. He will be on strike half the time, and the apples will rot in the warehouse. I guarantee it.

    Posted in: British PM warns of Brexit pain

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    Scrote

    It's not illegal to go into the woods and the police have no business stopping people from doing so. If the old fools who go there insist on risking their lives for a bit of bamboo that's up to them.

    Posted in: Police patrol to keep people from woods after bear attacks in Japan

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    Scrote

    About 50% of UK exports go to the EU. About 7% of German exports go to the UK. If the UK leaves the EU and trade barriers are erected, which country will lose the most?

    The UK will be completely stuffed if it leaves the single market. I have read many times claims by Johnson and Farage that because the UK has a large trade deficit with the EU the EU will be keen to strike a favourable deal on market access.

    But it's clear that the UK will be in an extremely weak position in such negotiations. If we suppose that all UK-EU trade stops completely the Germans stand to lose 7% of their export market. That's going to cause them a little bit of pain, but they will be able to cope. Conversely, if the UK loses 50% of its export market it will be catastrophic for the UK economy.

    There is plenty to complain about with the EU, but we would be much better off staying in and trying to form alliances with others, rather than leaving in a strop and being forced into penury by the likes of Johnson.

    Johnson was calling for an amnesty for illegal immigrants yesterday. How that fits with his constant droning on about "points systems" and gaining control of our borders was never explained. Having Johnson in power will not only lead to economic collapse, it will also mean an immigration free-for-all.

    Posted in: British PM warns of Brexit pain

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    Scrote

    Kusumoto is said to be a "former gang member", but no new occupation is given. His actions suggest he is still very much part of the gang.

    Posted in: 2 men arrested for allegedly intimidating lay judges in yakuza trial

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    Scrote

    Breaks are important, but I wonder if having the break immediately after lunch is the best time. Later in the afternoon might be more effective.

    I was amused by an ad for a summer juku yesterday. 4 weeks residential course, study from 8:20 am to 12:30 am every day. It gets the kids out of the house I suppose.

    Posted in: Hyogo school introduces trial afternoon nap time for students

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    Scrote

    It's a bit late for that now. Why did Disney create a beach next to an alligator-infested lake?

    Posted in: Disney installs gator warnings, barriers after boy's death

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    Scrote

    Afghanistan is so different from any civilised country the best thing to do would be to quarantine the entire country and leave them to their backward ways and habits. They are not worth bothering with any longer.

    Posted in: Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

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    Scrote

    I don't expect prices to fall; I expect hyper inflation once the only customer for negative interest government bonds is the BOJ. I only buy what I need and save/invest the rest. Consumption cannot increase unless wages increase, it's a simple as that.

    Posted in: Isetan Mitsukoshi CEO says won't cut prices even with return of deflationary mindset

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