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Posted in: Tom Hanks says he, wife Rita Wilson have coronavirus in Australia See in context

Oh man. Life really is like a box of chocolates.

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Posted in: Magazine helping to deal with the big issue of homelessness in Japan See in context

Anyone know where it is sold in Tokyo? Never seen it.

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Posted in: Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died See in context

An extra thumbs up if he came up with the "back" button

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Posted in: Boeing Dreamlifter See in context

Impressive, I like how the tail portion swings open. But if you want to see a real monster check out the Antonov AN-225.

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Posted in: Former 7-Eleven store owner sues firm over contract termination See in context

I don't know if he'll make it, but I do hope the franchise will be required to cite some of these "customer complaints", assumedly from people with late night munchies. If they did care about the customers would emptying the store be a suitable approach?

As mentioned above I hope he continues under a new name to gauge the support of the people. I'd go!

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Posted in: Two-time Olympic champion Hanyu wins Four Continents See in context

I don't know how the judging works, but the Chinese athlete put on a near flawless performance but still couldn't get close to this guy who faltered a few times.

He's obviously a top skater but I don't think he deserved it this time.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested for attempted murder after beating woman with hammer See in context

They weren't related? Pretty uncommon here.

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Posted in: Comedian Teruyoshi Uchimura, TV announcer Asami Miura voted most ideal bosses See in context

Fourth time running? Why do people love to vote for the same people year in year out. I guess the other candidates weren't "tested" enough...

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

They probably just lost it

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Posted in: Resolution submitted to rebuke lawmaker over Russia war remarks See in context

I bet you if it was the usual guy with foot-in-the-mouth disease who made that statement nothing whatsoever would have happened to him.

Yep, he should go when Aso goes.

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Posted in: Police checking dash cam over car accident that left 2 toddlers dead See in context

I feel for the people who have to review that footage

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Posted in: Daimler says it has no idea how Kim Jong Un got his limos See in context

fully in touch with the rest of the world

Not sure if that was the drawcard for him

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Posted in: Chiba 1st Japanese city to recognize LGBT couples, common-law marriage See in context

There you go, there also a Chiba-shi. But it's not the first city to recognise partnerships right?

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Posted in: Chiba 1st Japanese city to recognize LGBT couples, common-law marriage See in context

I thought Chiba was a prefecture.

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Posted in: Aso pledges to keep economy strong as tax hike looms See in context

He's hiding his hands. Someone check if his fingers are crossed.

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Posted in: Head of 2020 Tokyo Olympics supports daylight time for Games See in context

It's not nature, otherwise every location would have the time set exactly to the sun. Instead we have pre determined time zones, and Japan spreads broadly with the sun rising at different times depending on east or west location yet every prefecture sets their clocks to the same time.

To make it more even, east Japan should move their clocks forward an hour to join the time zone it is teetering on anyway.

Time zone map

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

Oh, and even if Naomi had chosen to represent USA we'd see her making headlines here.

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

Some interesting insights here.

I don't think it is really appropriate to be upset at Japanese for being conscious of foreign heritage, they didn't grow up in the multicultural societies that we did. Things are changing though thanks to Naomi and others who attract attention to the topic.

I have two haafu daughters, the oldest in middle school, and they are very well accepted by their peers for who they are. Soon these young peers will become the majority of the population and heritage will no longer be a hot topic.

And congrats Naomi!!

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Posted in: Japan's Yuki Kawauchi surges to win men's Boston Marathon See in context

Great pic, his face shows absolute determination for a strong finish despite there being nobody behind him.

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Posted in: Suicide of real estate firm worker caused by overwork See in context

Work style reform (hatarakikata kaikaku) should be about making inefficient work practices more efficient. Anyone who has bought a house in this country will know how much work is involved in being an agent.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't considers limiting casino visits to 10 per month See in context

up to three visits are allowed in seven consecutive days and 10 visits in 28 consecutive days.

Why do they always apply such complicated rules here?

Anyway, I would have thought that even once per week would be considered an addiction.

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Posted in: 85-year-old motorist hits teenage girls after ignoring family call not to drive See in context

Elderly drivers on the streets is one of many reasons why people on their bikes should look before entering a road, not ride on the wrong side or the center of the road, etc. Confidence seems to trump common sense these days. I'm speaking in a general sense, not about this particular incident.

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Posted in: Efforts under way to help addicts ahead of legalized casino gambling See in context

"A number of people enjoy authorized forms of gambling for recreational purposes "

This kind of thinking is exactly the problem with gambling in Japan. Like balls bikes boats and horses are fine, and the evil casinos are to be wary of.

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Posted in: Japan's recovery not felt at street level See in context

Sorry Kato-san, the shotengai is a thing of the past. No point waiting there for a better economy, start an online business and then you'll find your customers.

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Posted in: Mother, daughter killed after being hit by truck on Chugoku Expressway See in context

They did. The truck went straight through the guard rail. Poor things, they did everything right.

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Posted in: Labor crunch, low birthrate in spotlight of election campaigning See in context

Because the productive population (16-60) is declining considerably and the hole needs to be filled by women, foreigners, AI and work style reform.

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Posted in: Japan’s phenomenally handsome gorilla getting nationwide DVD release See in context

What?? I look just like him but the ladies don't find me attractive!

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Posted in: Sashihara voted most popular AKB48 member See in context

Much of the group’s appeal lies in their being idols you can touch

Are we talking about the same band?

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Posted in: Nankai Trough quake predicted to cause 1,800 fatalities on Izu and Ogasawara islands See in context

Hmm, well you seem to be a reliable enough source

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