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lucabrasiMar. 11, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Who's going to tell the Serbian coach, Mr Petrovic that he's no longer welcome at his own team's stadium?
Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League
lucabrasiMar. 09, 2014 - 11:00AM JST
The Germans carried out unspeakably horrible acts in their camps. Read about it. I could give a couple of examples, but I don't want to put those images in other people's minds....
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan
lucabrasiMar. 07, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
More tigers, more pandas, fewer elementary grammatical errors. ; )
Posted in: Ueno zoo gives pandas privacy as mating season starts
lucabrasiMar. 07, 2014 - 11:37AM JST
Me too, but it doesn't seem to help.
Maybe it's because I'm a bloke....
Posted in: Support your local police
lucabrasiMar. 07, 2014 - 11:33AM JST
How on earth does anyone "look" Scottish, not American?
I don't see any particular resemblance when I look at Sean Connery, Andy Murray, Susan Calman, Ronni Ancona and Alex Feruson. Or am I missing something?
Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan'
lucabrasiMar. 05, 2014 - 10:52AM JST
To be fair to Obama, there's absolutely no way on Earth that any US leader could do anything to dislodge Russia from Crimea now. It's done. Fait accompli.
The EU and the US might as well not bother going through the pantomime of imposing sanctions and harming their own economies, only for everything to revert to normal in six months or so.
Putin's a thoroughly nasty character, and I reckon the people of the Crimea will soon enough have cause to regret choosing the Dark Side, but there's not a thing the West can do to change anything.
Posted in: Deposed Ukrainian leader asks Putin for troops
lucabrasiMar. 05, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
I'm as lefty Guardian-reading woolly liberal as you could hope to meet, but I sure as heck would prefer to live under a pro-US government than a pro-Russian one.
Posted in: Obama says Putin not fooling anybody over Ukraine
lucabrasiMar. 05, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
Thank you. Looks like a site worth exploring....
Posted in: Crown prince has A-type flu virus
lucabrasiMar. 05, 2014 - 09:12AM JST
Can you get Lemsip in Japan?
lucabrasiMar. 05, 2014 - 07:44AM JST
No. Choosing somebody on the basis of blood type is 100 per cent the very opposite of racism. Think about it.
Posted in: Japan’s curious obsession with blood type and personality
lucabrasiMar. 04, 2014 - 02:13PM JST
Years ago in India, some postman was sentenced to over 4,000 years in jail for the same thing....
Posted in: Yamato deliveryman kept 2,723 packages at home because he was 'too busy' to deliver them
lucabrasiMar. 04, 2014 - 11:55AM JST
Putin has already "got away with it". Crimea is once again a part of his fascist empire.
The EU will do nothing that harms their faltering economy. The US will not lose lives in a far-off bit of Europe for no discernible benefit, not after Afghanistan.
Might is right, as we've all known since caveman days.
Posted in: Obama warns Putin on Russian incursion in Crimea
lucabrasiMar. 04, 2014 - 11:33AM JST
Exactly. One deranged parliamentarian who was actually disowned by the LDP in 2008 for his idiot views, and a creepy ex-air-force commander who was effectively sacked for his idiot views hardly justify the headline.
Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology
lucabrasiMar. 04, 2014 - 12:01AM JST
I'd rather pay to be anaethesised, loaded into a crate and woken up when I arrive. Flying, like hip replacements and apendectomies, is best done unconscious and unafraid....
Posted in: Latest airline perk: Safe distance from the masses
lucabrasiMar. 03, 2014 - 09:09AM JST
Read up on the attitudes of Judaism, Islam and Hinduism to suicide.
Posted in: Do you think suicide is an honorable way to atone for a crime or scandal?
lucabrasiMar. 02, 2014 - 12:23AM JST
"Locke" is an anglicized version of the Chinese surname "Lok". His grandfather was very eager to assimilate into American society.
"Gary" is a given name... you call your kids whatever you want.
Posted in: Chinese media hurls racist slur at departing U.S. envoy
lucabrasiFeb. 28, 2014 - 03:45PM JST
Grand children's Day??
Literally never heard of it. And neither have my in-laws, obviously.
Posted in: Five Japanese customs even some Japanese people think are a pain
lucabrasiFeb. 28, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
NZ have a rugby team?! ; )
Posted in: Japan not World Cup underdog, says coach
lucabrasiFeb. 28, 2014 - 02:52PM JST
This has all the makings of a new Northern Ireland.
Much as I believe Putin is an autocratic thug, I don't see why the people in the Crimea can't be allowed to determine their own future. If they want to live under the rule of the Kremlin, let them, provided that the Ukranian minority, those who choose to remain, have their rights guaranteed. (As far as that means anything in Russia).
Sure, it would involve a loss of territory and face, but the alternative, as Laguna says, would be much, much worse.
Scotland's been part of the UK for five times longer than Crimea's belonged to Ukraine, but the people there are being given the chance to decide for themselves.
Posted in: Yanukovych emerges as Ukraine leaders warn Russia over Crimea
lucabrasiFeb. 28, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
The Baltic states have all been in the EU since 2004.
Posted in: U.S. warns Russia against Ukraine intervention
Mar. 11, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
“You may have purchased a bag that claims to be ‘official carry-on size,’” the airline cautioned.…
Posted in: Carry-on crackdown: United Airlines enforces bag size limit
Though the party in power has all but forgotten these people, we can make a difference…
Posted in: Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
Though the party in power has all but forgotten these people, we can make a different…
Mar. 11, 2014 - 10:43AM JST
My heart goes out to all those who have suffered from the terrors of that day.…
Posted in: Gone but not forgotten
Mar. 11, 2014 - 10:40AM JST
Robin Lovell-Badge, a stem cell expert at Britain’s National Institute for Medical Research, cautioned against premature…
Posted in: Scientist urges withdrawal of his own 'breakthrough' stem cell research