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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to give new burgers away for free—provided you have the right name See in context

Free burgers for all Mac.....Scottish joy!

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Posted in: CD of World Cup countries' national anthems goes on sale See in context

Usually the official anthems are not so popular at all, fans find out the fun music now via the Internet. BBC Culture website yesterday had a good selection of unofficial World Cup anthems - Monty Python, Shakira, Vaudeville Smash etc - have a look!

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Posted in: Bored with hotels? Abenomics bringing new lodging options for foreign tourists in Japan See in context

Airbnb isn't only for 1 night. And Couch Surfing is free!

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Posted in: Need another reason to drink green tea? How about preventing dementia? See in context

I reckon step by step one of the only things my MIL can do for herself is make a cup of green tea. She's drunk it all her life and it didn't stop her sinking into this sad disease. Mind you - I'm currently boiling down cans of coconut milk in the hope that coconut oil will somehow stop me losing my marbles. :-)

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Posted in: Japanese World Cup visitors warned about crimes in Brazil See in context

Heading to Rio for 5 days of soccer-mad partytime...but nervous about the security. Planning to take cash in two wallets (one to be robbed with), dressing down-as-usual, not using credit/cash cards at ATMs, only using booked taxies from hotels and digging out the money belt. Did I forget anything?

Oh - and having a lot of fun with a soccer-mad country :-)

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Posted in: Woman phones fiance, asks him to call police, before going missing See in context

I reckon he HAD to tell the police they had an argument that evening because probably neighbors in the building heard raised voices. But between argument and him calling the police with this story...I wonder how long. That area is very near forests and rivers, if he has a car he could get the body down the stairs and away quick. I think, sadly, they will find her in a river somewhere soon. But I hope to be proved wrong :-)

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Posted in: Woman phones fiance, asks him to call police, before going missing See in context

He killed her. Disposed of the body. Then called his keitai with her cell phone. Threw away her keitai. Then called the police. 99% certainty on that :-)

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Posted in: Tourist mistakes Gere for beggar; gives him pizza See in context

I asked a passerby the way to a hotel in London...and looked up from the map to realize I was asking Alan Rickman :-)

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Posted in: One filmmaker’s mission to show the world the real Fukushima, and how you can help See in context

Good luck with the project.

You might like to check out this documentary - "Ordinary Lives", made by Japanese director Taizo Yoshida and available to rent/buy in subtitle form (I worked with the volunteer team of translators).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI6ZDiocf5Y

http://ordinarylife.bgettings.com/?lang=en

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Posted in: Hopes rise for missing 2 Japanese divers off Bali See in context

A scuba diving instructor student said today they often carry floats and mirrors, but not flares - I think that would be a good idea - like skiers or sailors.

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Posted in: Ghost composer questions whether Samuragochi is really deaf See in context

Am I the only one who watched the press conference and thought: "...and is this guy blind?"...what's with his eyes? So a fake deaf guy didn't write the music and a real blind guy did? Sorry....not PC comment...but twas what I thought.

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Posted in: Town fuming over Murakami portrayal of citizens as litterbugs See in context

One sentence is hardly "vilified".

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Posted in: Missing Sapporo girl rescued from confinement; man arrested See in context

Drove past the end of the street a few hours ago - swarms of media still. It's just an ordinary street, yards from the mainroad. It IS amazing that she followed him there etc. Students are telling me that 2 weeks ago kids at the school told a teacher about a strange guy flashing himself at them and a warning message had gone out in the school newsletter to parents. And STILL she followed him home....luckily a parking area camera caught them walking away, and the neighbor noticed the magazines. So glad it's a happy ending.

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo See in context

So sad. I was driving in this area at exactly that time Monday, going over and over it in my mind to think if I saw anything unusual. She was last seen only 100 m from her home....100 m!

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Posted in: Japan readies huge island war games amid YouTube PR push See in context

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t78GO7efdYM

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Posted in: 2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car See in context

From all the Japanese media noise about this I assumed it was police officers themselves posing - now I check here....and WTF? just local boys? Media/Police overkill. "And in other news the nuclear puddle is getting a bit bigger..."

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