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  • -2

    Thunderbird2

    Wait, what? Why are the Japanese government paying compensation when it's the US aircraft making the noise? Surely the US Department of Defence should be paying?

    Posted in: Japanese gov't ordered to pay record Y30.2 bil damages in U.S. base noise suit

  • 2

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    Didn't Mods and Rockers use to fight in Brighton? Also the setting for classic British thriller Brighton Rock.

    Posted in: Japanese tourists flock to Brighton, site of 2015 Rugby World Cup glory

  • 3

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    But opponents cite concerns over a possible increase in tensions between lodgers and neighboring residents, particularly in relation to noise and garbage.

    Yes, because we're noisier than Japanese and don't know how to separate our rubbish. What a load of claptrap. I rented a flat for 3 weeks in 2011 in Chiba Prefecture and apart from someone trying to con me at one point there was nothing untoward. I didn't disturb my neighbours, I took my rubbish out on the right day... and that was it.

    It was one of the nicest stays I've had in Japan as I wasn't restricted to hotel cleaning times, could come and go as I pleased and I could see Fuji on a clear day. It's a great idea for people who want to basically go self-catering while staying in an urban area.

    Posted in: Bill on tougher regulations for private lodging drafted

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  • 3

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    Sick... as was said above they could have been neutered. No reason to kill them.

    Posted in: Chiba zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

  • 6

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    @Bass

    (I don't think Trump will be going to Scotland, he's not exactly popular there)

    I think he will. The problem is, even in Europe people as in the US that voted for Trump or really want a change to the far extreme right are gaining ground and tired of these globalist tree huggers, but many of them are silent. What happened with Brexit and the US is huge indicator that this domino affect is not going to stop, at least not in the near future.

    From the Scotsman newspaper:

    Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK will not include any events or stops in Scotland, according to reports. Neither the Scottish Government nor Police Scotland has been consulted over hosting the new US president, according to reports.

    It is understood that, although discussions about Mr Trump’s state visit are at an advanced stage, a trip to Scotland is not currently on the itinerary. Reports that Mr Trump will not come to Scotland when he visits the UK come after speculation last week that he might visit Balmoral.

    His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born and brought up on the Hebridean island of Lewis but emigrated to New York.

    A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We’re not aware of any plans for an official visit to Scotland.” A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The Scottish Government has not been approached by the UK Government in relation to a state visit.” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last month voiced opposition to Trump visiting the UK amid controversy sparked by his push to impose travel restrictions on refugees and migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. She said: “I don’t think it would be appropriate in these circumstances for the state visit to go ahead while these bans are in place given the understandable concern that people have about them and the messages they send and the impact they have.”

    Posted in: Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

  • 1

    Thunderbird2

    It's the nurse I feel sorry for... They don't say if her injuries were fatal, if not I hope she has at least physically fully recovered from such an unwarranted, vicious attack. I know it was 2013, but nerve damage takes an age to heal.

    Posted in: Botched genital surgery triggered yakuza attack on nurse: prosecutors

  • 0

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    That was fun :)

    Posted in: J-pop idol group gives lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses

  • -3

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    Countries always present a history that shows them in a good light... who in their right mind would want a population of millions to be constantly made to feel guilty all of the time. Only in Germany are they taught the horrors of what their country did.

    Are American students taught about the massacres of native Americans? About MaiLai in the Vietnam War? When I was at school I was taught about the tobacco trade, but they left out the slaves part of that. I was never taught about British Imperial atrocities in India or Africa. Are the Chinese taught about the millions massacred by Mao and his revolutionaries?

    I'm not supporting for one moment the revisioning of Japanese school history books, I'm just saying they aren't alone in doing it.

    Posted in: Japan history revisionists bolder under Abe: analysts

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    As for the Swedes, they frankly screwed themselves. It's a bit of a "chickens coming home to roost" situation, but I do feel sorry for the thousands of victims of sexual assault that were created by the government's stupid policy decision.

    WOW... criticising a country for being open and friendly. Yes they have problems with immigrants and IS supporters, but are they turning into brownshirts to chase the Muslims away? No... demonising one religion over the actions of extremists is a bit like blaming all Catholics for the Spanish Inquisition (and, no-one expects the Spanish Inquisition). That's what being an open and liberal society is all about. Not some frightened superpower building walls and banning people from certain countries.

    Anyway, Trump is making America a laughing stock. He is parodied the world over, the wall is parodied, Kelly Ann Whatserface is a joke, Spicer is a joke, Pence is a joke... they are all bonkers! You couldn't make this stuff up. We've had Bowling Green and now Sweden... what next, the discovery of Atlantis? Claiming the Moon for America? Oh and let's not forget his beautiful clean coal remark. Clean?

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

  • 0

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    I quite like them... I don't see a problem with mascot characters.

    Posted in: Why are mascots so popular in Japan?

  • 2

    Thunderbird2

    Schools need to have staffed cafeterias where catering staff hand out freshly made meals. When I was at school we have freshly cooked meals made in the school kitchen.

    Posted in: Over 950 students, staff suffer food poisoning in Tachikawa

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    Welcome to the late 20th century... I assumed most advanced countries would have centres like these already.

    Posted in: All prefectures to have support centers for sexual assault victims

  • 0

    Thunderbird2

    One of the few retailers that sell Ivanka goods can be found adjacent to the Asakusa ROX building, a somewhat sleazy spot well known for its bump-and-grind striptease performances.

    This stuff just writes itself doesn't it?

    Posted in: For Ivanka-brand goods, Nordstrom's loss is Japan's gain

  • 1

    Thunderbird2

    Chikako sama, Maybe you should go back to school and brush up on your translation skills because thats the way half of Americans speak.

    What... gibberish?

    Posted in: He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.

  • 7

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    These are the big news stories from Sweden on the day Trumpf was on about...

    A man setting himself on fire at a plaza in central Stockholm Famous singer Owe Thornqvist suffering technical problems in rehearsals A man killed in workplace accident Road closures in northern Sweden due to "harsh weather" A police car chase through central Stockholm after a suspected drunk driver

    As I read somewhere, maybe it was someone arrested for the Bowling Green Massacre, or an unreported (because you know the media doesn't report terror attacks) by AL-IKEA.

    The man is not presidential material... he reminds me more of Caligula... maybe he'll make a horse one of his team.

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

  • 2

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    So the poorest people, those least likely to be healthy are the ones losing out on this because they want healthy customers only? So what's the incentive for the least well-off people to take out medical insurance? This is where the US medical system seems geared towards profit and not health... Just take a small percentage from everyone's wages as a health tax, create a healthcare system funded by this tax and allow free medical care, with only the top earners needing to pay. Everyone's happy and people will never need to worry about having to see their doctor or have an operation, etc...

    What's wrong with that?

    Posted in: Trump administration proposes stricter Obamacare rules

  • 2

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    Mainstream media, as the conspiracy theorists like to call normal news outlets, I trust. Whack job news sites I don't trust at all.

    Nationalists, popularists and their ilk dislike neutral reporting, or reporting which doesn't support their world view, so they tend to label them as fake news. I don't subscribe to the conspiracy theories which seem to be popping up everywhere these days... I'll put my faith in the BBC and other British TV news broadcasters.

    Posted in: How do you distinguish between real and fake news?

  • 0

    Thunderbird2

    I was watching that press conference and what struck me was that Natanyahu wants his cake and to eat it all. He wants Palestinians to recognise Israel... fair enough, but he wants a Palestinian state to be under the control of Israel security... I don't get that. That's not creating a Palestinian state... that's doing a Hong Kong.

    Posted in: Meeting Israel's Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state

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    So speaking to the Russians (illegally) was okay, but reporting it wasn't? What's fake is this loon's grip on reality.... Can he really last 4 years? I doubt it.

    Posted in: Trump criticizes 'fake media' on Flynn story

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