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    goldorak

    Abe's only option is to throw his wife under the bus and ask her to take full responsibility for what happened, say Shinzo wasn't aware, she acted alone etc. Most of us wouldn't believe her but this could, perhaps, be enough to save his own skin, for now.

    Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe

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    goldorak

    Well this 8-0 thrashing puts yesterday's J 2-1 loss into perspective. Not saying Japan would have smashed Puerto Rico but clearly they have enough quality to win this type of games.

    Hope J selectors will have a close look at what went wrong in the sf and see playing it (too) safe was probably not the best option. Have a crack ffs!

    Posted in: U.S. routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC

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    goldorak

    The ferry’s captain survived and is serving a life sentence after a court found him guilty of committing homicide through “willful negligence” because he fled the ship without issuing an evacuation order. Park was forced to defend herself against accusations that she was out of contact for several hours on the day of the sinking.

    Terrible leadership failure. This tragedy hurt Korean psyche big time as many sk were not only traumatized but also ashamed 'their' ppl had failed so miserably. Can't imagine being the parent or close relative of one of the teenager who perished on this day. No one ever completely recovers from this.

    Posted in: South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

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    goldorak

    ”One of the big reasons why Europe is experiencing this terrorism is because of the bombing of muslim civilians by the west.”

    Most of the West's airstrikes are against ISIS, and the rest target other combatants, so ISIS doesnt wipe out another Yazidi village and enslave the girls. Or against the militants in Afghanistan who want to blow up schools where girls can get an education.Russia and Saudi Arabia are killing way, way more Muslim civilians. Your "rationale" is totally lame.

    Totally agree Jefflee. Attacks on euro soil are logistically easier to organise than say Russia, Japan, USA etc. Imo isis M.O has become pragmatic and opportunistic rather than ideological. Their current enemies are/should be Russia, Israel and a few others rather than say France or Germany who have had close ties with middle-east, north African/Muslim nations for decades if not centuries and were, for example, the only western powers to always support the Palestinian cause against Israel.

    Problem is they a/ are also neighbours, b/have many of their citizens who are more 'radicalizable' than in other western nations. That makes them far easier targets than far away (geographically or culturally) nations.

    Posted in: 5 dead, 40 injured in attack at British Parliament

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    goldorak

    Many have come to their host country as refugees escaping the death and turmoil of the country they escaped. However, they bring the same beliefs with them that destroyed their own countries and are forcing it onto their new host country causing the same unrest and cultural oppression they escaped. Guilt by association is very true!

    Some have but many others haven't, disillusioned. I think foreign media, especially mainstream Anglo one, are often too quick to write the word "islam" or 'Muslim" but fail to provide the always essential background information. For example, many French so called 'Muslim' terrorists or would be terrorists are/were Christian-born French who recently converted. How about (I think you're an aussie) oz very own David Hicks, didn't come by boat did he?

    The London attacker could well be from Syria or Pakistan but he could also be an England-born bloke with Jamaican/Nigerian/Essex etc ancestry. I have no doubt Islam and the way it's interpreted by some, is part of the problem but I also believe that some nuttas/weak/ostracized etc ppl of this world 'use' it the same way they were using anarchy/extreme left-wing ideology in the 70s/80s (RAF, Action directe, Red Brigades etc) at least in Europe.

    Posted in: 5 dead, 40 injured in attack at British Parliament

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    goldorak

    Kids are/do what their parents are/do. They are good/bad parents in every society although I have to admit I do think J parents seem to pay more attention to 'us', the others, than many (most?) of their Western counterparts.

    Many western parents of unruly children couldn't care less about others, what they think/feel having to listen to screaming kids running around. Their family is their world and vice versa. Imo these parents sense of entitlement carries over to their children, hence the many situations where both parents/kids carry on as if nothing really matters/ as if there was no one else around. Cant stand it.

    If you cant handle a screaming child in public then avoid public places when you and your kid(s) will likely disrupt everyone's dinner/movie/flight etc.

    Posted in: The Japanese way of disciplining children

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    goldorak

    Great analysis TOW. Japan were far too conservative and their negative tactics cost them the game. Felt like they were playing to not lose rather than to win.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 in WBC semifinal

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    goldorak

    Am usually not in favor of NT picking players who spend most of their time on the bench at club level but Honda's situation is a bit different though.

    The bloke has always delivered with the NT, has been around for a while, has very good stats plus, let's face it, there is no one else (that I know of) who's head and shoulders above him. So yes I understand why Halhilodzic would want to have him in the squad before 2 crucial games (and see where he's at with his football).

    Btw, such dilemmas are fairly common among 2nd tier nations as many have star/promising players warming benches in Europe rather than play regular footy in their lesser domestic league. I think they are usually given the benefit of the doubt and called to national team duty.

    Posted in: Honda admits to failure before UAE World Cup qualifier

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    goldorak

    Always considered South Koreans to be fashionably blasé hard markers so not surprised no one gets 5+.

    I have always thought Japan and South Korea have much more to gain by being closer. There is history yes but they are more similar than either are to China.

    Agree NZ. I think the world needs a new Bae Yong Joon (or do we really?!)

    Posted in: China overtakes Japan on S Koreans' worst countries list

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    goldorak

    Love crepes/pancakes but not sure about skewers though. Last week was agreeably surprised by the quality/size of the crepe (with caramel, choco and a couple of other toppings) I had at my local 'chocolat-republic'. And was roughly 500jpy

    Posted in: Pancakes on a stick are Japan’s hottest new food trend

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    goldorak

    A tough couple of days for Derry folks who've also lost Derry city captain Ryan McBride on the w-e.

    Posted in: Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66

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    goldorak

    “I have no regrets, but shooting became difficult when the actor wasn’t my type,” added Tezuka

    Reckon most 'older' male actors could say the same about 'shooting'. Slightly different meaning though.

    Posted in: Japan's oldest porn queen retires -- at 80

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    goldorak

    I wouldn't put too much weight on those numbers tbh. Smallish sample, only 2/3 sent 'valid' answers and the question itself is imo too vague. What falls under 'considering' suicide? Is a "jeez, sometimes I wish I were dead' moment enough? How about informally talking about suicide to your friends I,e a hypothetical/ 'would you' type of conversation we all have with friends, partners (about different things).

    Being suicidal/contemplating suicide is imo very different to considering, mentioning or thinking about suicide. I would worry about the former, not so much about the latter (unless there is an inexorable progression towards suicide).

    Posted in: 1 in 4 Japanese have considered committing suicide: survey

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    goldorak

    Can't wait for tmrw morning's game. The USA may not field their best team a J win on us soil would be quite an achievement in itself especially in front of a packed house.

    Posted in: Puerto Rico edges Netherlands 4-3 in 11 to reach WBC final

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    goldorak

    Like what France thinks about navigation in APAC matters. China must be quaking in its boots.

    France is the only euro nation with territories in the Pacific region (NC, Wallis & Futuna, French Polynesia) and the Indian ocean (Reunion, Mayotte and a couple of others). They also have close ties with countries from former French Indochina (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) as well as Japan and Oz. So yes, nothing wrong with Abe saying that “Francois and I agreed on the importance of ensuring a free and open maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region (and) of continuing to support the stability and prosperity of this region,” as they are part of it. Not giving a toss would be an issue.

    Posted in: France, Japan back free navigation in Asia-Pacific, Abe says

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    goldorak

    The FBI is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday (...) the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper.

    Funnily and paradoxically enough, Trump should hope he and his collaborators had actually been bugged by the Obama administration as this would/could help prove he and his collaborators hadn't colluded with the Russians during the us campaign... provided they haven't done so, that is.

    Posted in: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

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    goldorak

    @borscht, I see what you mean and obviously completely agree (that's what I describe in the 2nd part of my post). I see that as 'indirect' ham though as it's not the bogus drug/treatment itself that does any harm but the fact good effective ones had been substituted/not even conisdered, the misinformation surrounding these alternative medicines etc. No harm done (pun intended) though.

    Posted in: What do you think of alternative health care methods such as homeopathy, indigenous medicine, acupuncture, mind-body medicine and so on?

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    goldorak

    Imo they are all superstitious nonsense.

    Although they certainly can not do any direct harm, or good, I guess, and may even help some 'true believers' and hypochondriacs, problem is these treatments are often substituted or given before 'effective' ones i.e 'real' medicine.

    Posted in: What do you think of alternative health care methods such as homeopathy, indigenous medicine, acupuncture, mind-body medicine and so on?

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    goldorak

    Well although it's not that uncommon for French men to kiss each other (on the cheek that is), someone should have told Abe that a/it's usually between close friends, b/hugging & attempt kissing (simultaneously) a 'colleague' is a whole different story!

    Having said that reckon both men desperately needed 'some' affection, from anyone.

    Posted in: Welcome hug

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    goldorak

    Erdogan knows a fair bit about Nazi doctrines. Isn't he the one who, on the w-e, urged Turks residing in Europe to have '5 kids, not 3" as they represent the future of Europe?

    Pretty close to Hitler's plan to breed the master 'Aryan' race encouraging men/women to have more children. Erdogan is a loose cannon who will keep destabilizing Europe and his own country until it's too late.

    Posted in: Merkel renews demand that Turkey drop Nazi comparisons

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