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Thomas Michael LewisFeb. 05, 2017 - 10:35AM JST
The comments on here are staggering. Britain has always been split over whether to be in the EU (EEC). This is nothing new, before the EEC we had free trade and movement with many Commonwealth nations, we also believed the EEC would be a trade agreement and nothing more. But the numerous treaties that have snuck through turning the EEC into this political behemoth the EU is what pushed the British to want to return to its soverignty and Commonwealth.
Theres a reason Westminster is nicknamed the Mother of Parliaments and Democracy. The Commonwealth nations are highly respectful of liberal free trade, have the same legal system as the UK, share the same language, and are vehemently opposed to protectionism. To top that off, even after the British managed to stab the Commonwealth in the back in the seventies they welcome us back to the global community with admiration and respect, the EU on the other hand continues to belittle and mock the UK. Wishing to return to the global community, whilst maintaining the best possible contact with Europe -that upto them- is not racist or xenophobic, it is quite the opposite.
People in Japan ask yourself this: China has plenty of cheap labour and a huge economy, would you be willing to have laws made in Beijing that override national law, have unlimited free movement with China, and on top of that have to pay £8 billion a year net for the privilege of tariff free access? Answer that question then consider the British peoples reasons for wanting to leave the EU.
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Thomas Michael LewisFeb. 05, 2017 - 10:26AM JST
China is a huge market, would Japan be willing to join a political union with China and have its laws made in Beijing and free movement of labour?
I thought not. A case of people ignoring Britains reason for wanting to leave.
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Thomas Michael LewisJan. 26, 2013 - 12:38AM JST
hes a Chemistry teacher Im sure he understood the nature of the chemical in question, he tasted it himself to make sure it was safe. God forbid we have teachers who understand their subject well enough to make it entertaining.
Again the hysteria of the masses is more important that the scientific facts. Whats the point in experts when we ignore what they know.
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Thomas Michael LewisDec. 31, 2012 - 01:34PM JST
P.S. Blaming crazy people doesnt really work. Mental health care in Japan is DECADES behind the West, but the homicide rate is incredibly low. Proof that the mentally handicapped without guns will not take up knives instead.
Posted in: U.S. teachers take up arms to prevent mass shootings
Thomas Michael LewisDec. 31, 2012 - 01:31PM JST
Schools need armed security so innocent children dont get shot. America being a developed country is the worlds largest lie. De-arming will take time, but as statistics constantly constantly prove, it works. The US murder rate is about five times the European average. 4/5 homicides in the US are gun related. Coincidence I think not.
Thomas Michael LewisNov. 30, 2012 - 12:45PM JST
As if Japan would ever reciprocate,, Youre flogging a dead horse Europe.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 30, 2012 - 12:43PM JST
Japanese ignorance of whaling history is incredible. The West has a very long ancient history of Whaling, and it was very important from blubber, to skin to bones. They tell us we dont know what its like to give it up, um yes actually we do.
Posted in: Japan support for whaling outweighs opposition: poll
Thomas Michael LewisNov. 30, 2012 - 12:40PM JST
for the first time yesterday I saw whale meat in my local supermarket -Lincos- I lost masses of respect for them instantly. Needless to say its still on the shelf now.
Thomas Michael LewisNov. 19, 2012 - 12:50AM JST
actually it was meant to be a compendium of facts and trivia. It was not made with people doing the dumbest things in mind.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 17, 2012 - 11:19PM JST
lol its fun reading this, Im a bit confused about the four seasons comment though, most of Europe has four distinct seasons...? was he from California or something? anyways
As we are all having a turn -I feel distinctly British when Im dying for a hot cup of milk tea and a biscuit regardless of everything else
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 17, 2012 - 11:01PM JST
I would like to add that the PE thing said above is nonsense, students are always sleeping in class regardless of time of day or whether they take PE classes. We have to once a week -Wed, other classes are on Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and yet I see people sleeping in EvErY class.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 17, 2012 - 10:59PM JST
After coming to Sophia here in Japan, it has been made clear to me by the Japanese themselves, it doesnt matter what the bloody ell I do at Sophia, because I WeNt to Sophia and thats enough, apparently. Pfft.
I was annoyed to see that the courses I wanted to study most that were in the English speaking department -Philosophy- was made into its own department with the goal of retaining English as the language of use -Great!? No, they all started using Japanese and so locked the philosophy courses away from non-Japanese speakers.
Thomas Michael LewisNov. 16, 2012 - 08:10PM JST
Im curious, apart from the two events mentioned when else will the 80,000 seat venue be used...? Honest curiousity here, the London venue infamously is designed to come apart reducing its size.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 16, 2012 - 08:06PM JST
Can we expect the US to finally pay out properly to the victims of Bhopal in India now? and For the numerous oil spills US companies have caused around the world, including in British waters? I doubt it, one rule for the US, one for everyone else.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 13, 2012 - 01:34AM JST
These pro cannabis users always forget the fact that the uses from the cannabis plant are almost, if never, in the same form as the stuff smoked or eaten. Lithium is extraordinary for depression but I would put a lump of it in my mouth, carbon is great for marking paper but I wont try to write with diamonds.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 13, 2012 - 01:25AM JST
All nations have different ways of accepting nudity. Go to England for example and nudity in public is completely within the law -sexual misdemeanours in public is not-, tv has no qualms with showing nudity, you can say the same for much of Europe. I think the article should be rewritten "Why American people are so uncomfortable with nakidity"
There are many Japanese people who cant stand the idea of getting naked in public, and those who cant seem to take their clothes off often enough.
Too many variables even within one culture, like I said.
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Thomas Michael LewisNov. 07, 2012 - 11:55PM JST
Why cant the Asians just Europeanise themselves a bit, and live and let live -same to Argentina btw- People laugh at the old European notions of them being a further developed civilisation/people yet here is Asia echoing the actions of Europe in bygone centuries. Japan shows great restraint to Chinese behaviour I must say. Its this kind of stuff that makes me want a new world order.
Posted in: China relentlessly harries Japan in island dispute
Thomas Michael LewisOct. 28, 2012 - 01:21PM JST
@TheMysterious Duck, agree with poster above, another who lives in the world of stereotypes, did you know Frances top Michellin rated chef argued that London should be known as City of International Cuisine. Thats London alone, my small town of less than 100,000 boasts over 10 different cuisines by my memorys count, similar sized towns in Japan could not say the same.
Before WW2 and rationing British food for centuries was regarded in Europe as some of the best. That reputation is returning and Britain has some of the best Michellin rated restaurants in the world.
I expect the Duck is just another one of those miserable self-loathing Brits. The worst type.
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Thomas Michael LewisOct. 28, 2012 - 01:14PM JST
*What they can't understand is that unlike their gadgets that lose value in one or two years, Apple products are perceived as "family commodities", they are passed from father to son, to nephews, to brothers. As Apple devices are high-end quality, they are still wanted and valuable even after two or three years of use. *
Well this is absolute bollocks, most Apple devices barely function past 3 or 4 years. Passed from father to son? Hardly, no more so than any other piece of technology, and I would argue less so than other technology.
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Thomas Michael LewisOct. 28, 2012 - 01:10PM JST
Safer than ANY other type of power, and I guess certain other poster is ignorant of the fact Britain doesnt suffer from Earthquakes and Tsunami.
Im sure the fear of zombies is at an all time high, perhaps we should abandon all medical facilities.
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