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    lucabrasi

    @Aly

    They're talking about his title, not his name.

    The name's already fixed as "Heisei".

    Posted in: Gov't considers using 'joko' as emperor's post-abdication title

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    lucabrasi

    Nothing wrong with the name.

    Unless you're a Portuguese speaker....

    Posted in: Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service

  • 0

    lucabrasi

    Surely it's a "virtual assistant".

    A "voice assistant" would be a throat sweet. Or possibly a loud-hailer.

    Posted in: Samsung voice-assistant Bixby to debut with new phone

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    lucabrasi

    @Educator

    Thank you. That wasn't clear.

    So now the question is, why is the Chief Cabinet Secretary being employed, presumably at public expense, to answer questions regarding the personal affairs of non-politicians?

    Surely the Abes can speak for themselves?

    Posted in: School operator head to give sworn testimony in Diet next Thursday

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    lucabrasi

    Yoshihide Suga said Abe’s office has reviewed its files to check if she had made any donations to the school operator in an individual capacity

    Why would Abe's office have any records of what Akie did as a private individual?

    Posted in: School operator head to give sworn testimony in Diet next Thursday

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    lucabrasi

    Seems like a N Korean attack would provide a wonderful opportunity for a ot of politicians in Japan and America to deflect some heat and restore "greatness".

    I bet, right now, some kind of 'incident' is being arranged. Of course, I've got no proof. But, hey, absence of proof is no guarantee of innocence, right? Anybody who believes Trump and Abe aren't up to something had either better prove it, or accept there's an indelible soupcon of guilt here.

    Or maybe it's the British and GCHQ we should be looking at....

    Posted in: Missile drill

  • -1

    lucabrasi

    Well, at least they're off to good start by 'welcoming inbound visitors", thus avoiding the simple error of welcoming random folk bound for New Zealand or Estonia....

    Posted in: Cool Japan Ambassador Paul Christie talks about plans to highlight a different side of the country

  • 1

    lucabrasi

    @Clippety

    Come to England. We've got the best Belgian beer in the world! (Stella Artois, brewed in Preston).

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

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    lucabrasi

    I was watching Japan play the US on my phone on a train years ago. Japan won, and at that moment the salaryman opposite, also watching on his phone, gave me a look of pure, undisguised malevolent triumph.I wanted to explain that I wasn't American, was glad Japan had won and didn't really care anyway.

    Then I thought "Why am I sweating this if I don't care? "

    So I said nothing. A good move, probably....

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

  • 0

    lucabrasi

    those travelling north and south in Ireland will once again pass via a border without the free movement of pigs

    Oh, there's a Gardai joke in there somewhere....

    Posted in: Brexit explained: What's next on the UK's road out of the EU

  • 2

    lucabrasi

    Much easier to record the speech on a keitai and play it back at home. Got to make the right impression, though....

    Reminds me of the Peep Show scene:

    Jeremy: Oh God, what should I write? I know. I'll do pretend-writing.

    Gog: Are you pretending to write?

    Jeremy: No.

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    lucabrasi

    @Azzprin

    The EU should have put more thought into article 50 when it was written

    I don't think they could bring themselves to believe that anyone could be so pig-headed or self-crippling to leave. Chalk that one up to experience

    .

    Posted in: Brexit explained: What's next on the UK's road out of the EU

  • 3

    lucabrasi

    Keep your eyes peeled for some major crisis, designed to draw attention from any potential scandal. Maybe sending a huge warship to the South China Sea to provoke China, something like that....

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    lucabrasi

    Fair enough. I was confusing Ancient Briton with Celt. Still, my surname's French, so I've no axe to grind ; )

    Posted in: Europe on knife edge of uncertainty, maybe catastrophe

  • 0

    lucabrasi

    This is old in Kyushu. Unless these two have left Nagasaki and headed for the bright lights....

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    lucabrasi

    @zichi

    You can have entirely English blood and still be a pure Celt. South-east England's chock-full. The Thames has a Celtic name.

    Posted in: Europe on knife edge of uncertainty, maybe catastrophe

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    lucabrasi

    @Simon

    Agreed. Never heard it myself until "PM May". Horrible.

    @Tina

    Japanese isn't affected by Americanisms like we in the UK are. We don't refer to "suspect Tanaka", or "athlete Yamaguchi" in proper English. Why make an exeption in this case?

    Posted in: Akie Abe discovers downside of 'first lady' role

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    lucabrasi

    @smith

    I'd argue that the emperor's wife is the "First Lady," as he's the Head of State. Anyway, it's a ridiculous term, hence the uncertainty over what to call Bill in the event that Hillary won.

    And nobody called the prime minister "PM xxxx" ten years ago. It's a very recent, and I suspect American-influenced, innovation.

    Posted in: Akie Abe discovers downside of 'first lady' role

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    lucabrasi

    The term "first lady" is ridiculous when applied to Americans, and doubly so here. Abe isn't the Head of State, stop treating him as if he were.

    Equally annoying is "PM Abe", as if his job were some kind of title. He's "Mr Abe, the prime minister." She's "Mrs Abe".

    Posted in: Akie Abe discovers downside of 'first lady' role

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    lucabrasi

    @edojin

    A lot of the Dutch team play in the US Major Leagues. So, in a real sense, the Japanese were up against pretty powerful opposition.

    Posted in: Japan beats Netherlands 8-6 to improve to 4-0 at WBC

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