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    lucabrasi

    it would have been much easier to simply change one kanji character ever so slightly, however.

    Would that actually work? If I type "Bil Geats" into Google, I still get "Bill Gates"....

    Posted in: Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest

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    @ned

    Yep. Agree with every word of that.

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

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    @ned

    Not scientific. Legal.

    I'd readily agree that the laws are contradictory and inconsistent, but they're still the laws....

    Let's hope for a bit of enlightened change.... : )

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

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    @Strangerland

    As far as I remember (we're talking ten years ago), there was an actual "When you are repeatedly mistaken for a foreigner" option.

    Posted in: Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest

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    lucabrasi

    @zichi

    Agree completely. She doesn't deserve special treatment because of her nationality or job. I rather meant that all drug addicts need to be treated medically and with compassion, whether in Japan, Europe or wherever. Nobody should be locked up for what is, essentially, a disease.

    @ned

    Can't agree. By any dictionary definition she smuggled drugs and is claearly an addict. The fact that the pills were for her own use doesn't negate the smuggling factor. The fact that she's a high-flying businesswoman doesn't mean she's not addicted to a drug.

    Still, best of luck to her. I've been in a very similar place....

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

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    lucabrasi

    @ned

    This American lady is not a drug smuggler, is not a drug addict,

    Going by the facts as they've been portrayed so far, she's actually both.

    However, I'd agree she's being treated incredibly harshly. She needs medical treatment, not a prison sentence.

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

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    @Strangerland

    You can certainly change your name in Japan, as long as you can provide a reason for doing so.

    My children both changed their names when they were at primary school because they were tired of being mistaken for foreigners.

    Posted in: Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest

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    lucabrasi

    @Jimizo

    1) Man U. unlikely to be "the opposition" for the rest of my lifetime.

    2) No gentleman in this household.

    Posted in: Happy fans

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    @Lost

    Not for a minute (three thumbs-up). As I said on another thread, I wanted Japan to win.

    I was being facetious, as I often like to be.... : )

    Posted in: Happy fans

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    @Alpha

    He poured the petrol on himself thirty minutes into the journey. It'd previously been in his rucksack.

    Posted in: Woman killed in bullet train fire suicide was on peace pilgrimage

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    lucabrasi

    A gentleman would never stoop to applauding an own-goal by the opposition ; )

    Posted in: Happy fans

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    lucabrasi

    @Tessa

    Ah, let 'em have it, it's not like the men have much to crow about!

    True. Unfortunately true for England, too.... ; (

    Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal

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    @Lost

    I think you mis-read it. The article says:

    “There are places where England fall unintentionally apart,” said Japan’s coach, somewhat sniffily, shortly before kick off. “I wonder how they have been so successful so far?”

    Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal

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    lucabrasi

    Despite the colour of my passport, I wanted Japan to win so I'm feeling a little bit like a traitor right now. Apologies, Your Majesty!

    Still, the trumphalism on the TV is pretty unbearable. Takes the fun out of the win : (

    Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal

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    lucabrasi

    Good on you for that, Thunderbird.

    Too late for me, though. I hope Japan do the biz....

    Posted in: U.S. heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

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    lucabrasi

    @Nessie

    3.00pm, July 8th 2019.

    Posted in: U.S. heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

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    lucabrasi

    Regarding no. 3, I still get avoided by certain store clerks and regularly am not asked if I want separate bags, want my stuff heated, would like some chopsticks, etc because they are too busy in their thinking that you can't speak their "difficult" and "unique" language.

    I think you're over-analysing what is, I'd admit, annoying behaviour. I just don't think there are enough "foreign-looking" people in Japan who can speak Japanese well enough to make it worth the effort. In a touristy area in summer, I reckon it'd be less than one in fifty. Heck, half the native English-speaking foreigners actually resident here can barely manage the basics.

    And look at the flip-side. It wouldn't be much to be stuck in a convenience store in, say, Estonia with the clerk demanding "eljneoveoun venedf?"* over and over again....

    *not real Estonian!

    Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers

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    @Illyas

    Good argument but flawed. You don't have to be a boss to oppose worker abuse, no, but you could be a boss, potentially. There's no way for a man to be truly pregnant under an circumstances, so I reckon that takes away the right of any man to affect the abortion debate. Sure, you can have an opinion and express it all you like, but male lawmakers and other people in positions of power should remain quiet on the issue.

    Posted in: Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

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    lucabrasi

    I've been in Japan too long even to think this is strange. Don't European hotels charge per person?

    Posted in: Why do so many Japanese hotels and ryokan charge by the person instead of the room?

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    lucabrasi

    As a pinko Guardianista I'm usually pretty relaxed about paying taxes, but this is annoying in that the games were awarded to Tokyo, not Japan. Fukuoka lost out.

    So Tokyo should pay.

    Posted in: Olympic stadium to cost Y252 bil, sports minister says

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