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Darren BrannanNov. 23, 2016 - 05:29AM JST
I knew a guy who climbed on New Years Eve in a team and when they descended, were welcomed by the folk that run the base station at hachigome and lavished with sake and new year food. You take your chances, I guess.
Darren BrannanSep. 09, 2016 - 08:52PM JST
So Russia and China have effectively armed NK. I can see how these cards will fall. America and the 'west' will redouble efforts to get Iran and India onside, Russia and China will court Pakistan..right wing governments all over the world and very quickly IS will be relegated to the back page. I can imagine the work Russia is doing in the wings to team up with Iran. leaving the US and 'western Allies' to support the Saudis and add a Sunni vs Shia element to this new game of encirclement.
Darren BrannanAug. 23, 2016 - 06:38AM JST
Great idea, but after buying ten tshirts at uniqlo tax free I was not quite as happy when having to stuff them in my hand luggage. Japan is at least trying! A beer in a pub in Sydney can set you back up to 7 dollars, and they are not that much cheaper at the bottle shop.
Darren BrannanAug. 01, 2016 - 06:56PM JST
Posted in: Head of Australian prison abuse inquiry quits; replaced by aboriginal leader
Darren BrannanMay. 02, 2016 - 03:55PM JST
Mostly shoring up support by using Aussie labour and steel as this govt has allowed industry to go tits up.. That is what they say initially, but we will see if it happens.
Also done to avoid angering the Chinese.
Either way, the idea of subs vs drones and future tech is the bigger argument. Will they really add much to Australian defence? I doubt that Australia could stop China, which is the most likely source of foreign aggression, with 100 of these subs.
Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream
Darren BrannanFeb. 21, 2016 - 07:37AM JST
Due to geoblocking and sweet deals with the likes of HBO, it would require Aussies to sign up with two or three streaming services to get all of the content they would like to watch. Of course, Rupert Murdoch has cornered the market and his company is firmly entrenched with the biggest Internet provider that is already making signals of privatising the rather lame national broadband network. Australians pay considerably more for content than other countries for a much reduced library and this will be horrendous if Murdoch effectively manages to buy the internet infrastructure too. This explains the frustration felt by many Australian net users, who already have their metadata collected by the government and have a censored internet.
Posted in: Film company asks Australia court to block download site
Darren BrannanFeb. 10, 2016 - 07:08PM JST
Saw frog sashimi in osaka once
Posted in: Frogs' popularity set to soar
Darren BrannanDec. 20, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
Cutting up some fresh tunes.
Posted in: Party in Shibuya combines house music with cutting open a tuna; girls get in free
Darren BrannanDec. 20, 2015 - 04:13PM JST
Let's not forget Hashimoto was an esteemed member of the bar. Even if it was a bondage bar..He did great things for Osaka, including.. Umm..ahh..
Darren BrannanDec. 20, 2015 - 04:10PM JST
My high school kids in Australia think they are cool and quirky. Beats 99 percent of JPop in my opinion.
Posted in: BABYMETAL to release new album next April
Darren BrannanDec. 20, 2015 - 04:08PM JST
Ghibli can be hit and miss. I would rather see someone with passion for creating a new classic at the helm, regardless.
Posted in: Studio Ghibli unveils new animated film set for release in Japan next year
Darren BrannanNov. 28, 2015 - 07:11AM JST
Drop books instead of bombs. These turkeys took out the strong men who unfortunately provided work for the multitude of illiterate unemployed males in the regions that are affected.
Education and the provision of employment opportunities is the only way to beat extremism.
Annihilating families and destroying infrastructure will only create more angry young men wanting revenge.
Posted in: Cameron makes case for Britain to air strikes against IS in Syria
Darren BrannanNov. 28, 2015 - 07:03AM JST
I don't think this new whaling decision will be popular with the Australian voters.. Japan does some weird things.
In true fashion, the latest navy project in Australia can't do what it was designed to do.. Carry tanks.
Darren BrannanNov. 28, 2015 - 06:56AM JST
Poor Okinawa, always the meat in the sandwich.
Posted in: Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands
Darren BrannanNov. 24, 2015 - 02:41PM JST
Australia's military has always been a cash cow with staggering blowouts in funding. Labour pushed a homebuilt line but Labour has zero political power under Bill Shorten. The Collins subs didn't exactly show cutting edge technology. We should be buying Japanese trains and Japanese subs. But Australia may throw the deal France's way in some post-Paris solidarity move. The Germans have been presenting a deal that may satisfy both sides of Australian politics by employing Australians to build. I just hope the money isn't squandered as it has been in the past.
Posted in: Japan links Australian submarine bid to regional security
Darren BrannanOct. 08, 2015 - 02:15PM JST
Let's not forget that the Middle East has always been the number one destination for stolen Japanese cars from the chop shop. Plenty of cars make their way there through crime syndicates too.
Posted in: Why do extremists drive Toyotas? asks U.S.
Darren BrannanOct. 02, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
Like a dragon and yakuza graveyard, Gozu.. Now THAT is yakuza eiga for me. Takeshi was great in Sonatine though.
Posted in: 'Yakuza 6' to feature baddest yakuza film dude of all time: Beat Takeshi
Darren BrannanAug. 06, 2015 - 03:00PM JST
the muppets were awesome.. the movies unfortunately, have all been horrible.
Posted in: Love no longer blossoms for Miss Piggy and Kermit
Darren BrannanJun. 18, 2015 - 06:30AM JST
no, Zichi the reward for info on the man who stabbed that 16 year old boy in sannomiya is still on the police webpage.
Posted in: Man stabbed while walking home in Hyogo
Darren BrannanJun. 16, 2015 - 04:29PM JST
Remember they never got the perp who murdered that young kid in Kobe either..same MO..random stabbing.Just down the road from Kobe.I used to call Nishinomiya my home so this is very scary.Glad the guy is OK.
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Posted in: Trump to nominate businessman Hagerty as U.S. ambassador to Japan
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