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Posted in: What does it take to win the Democratic nomination in 2016? See in context

What does it take to win any nomination? The ability to raise money. Hillary can do that. Joe Biden can't. Warren might be able to do that. Bernie Sanders can't. Jeb Bush will absolutely be able to do that.

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Posted in: 57 Fukushima children suffering from thyroid cancer See in context

@Gary Malmgren I know Iwaki very well. So well that when Pico Iyer wrote a piece for Vanity Fair about Fukushima I could quickly see what he got wrong about Iwaki (much, much). Not sure what you mean about the "once dead precinct." Iwaki Station is in Taira and that area was never dead ...

There well could be 3 times the amount of sea life in the area and I surmise that is because the area is no longer over-fished.

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Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night See in context

Forgot all about this idiot after I left Japan. Thanks for the memories JT!

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Posted in: 'Be a blank slate' - The way to get hired in Japan? See in context

The Japanese economic model just doesn't work well any more and hasn't for a long time. We all know that. I suspect it might be because of a dearth of genuine risk-takers. Japan doesn't need any more salarymen, OLs, teachers or civil servants. It needs risk takers to start businesses, fail and start again.

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Posted in: Highly skilled foreigners to be allowed to stay permanently in Japan See in context

Had the Japanese government made this move in the 1980s things in Japan might look quite different today.

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Posted in: The secret language of Japanese hotel staff See in context

Uniqlo Japan, according to my wife who once worked there, has a code # for "gaijin in the store" ... no kidding. And the meaning behind it is that employees should be alert to gaijin shenanigans.

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Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife See in context

n Strangerland's defense there are news reports of Japanese women taking the kids and without a word to the non-Japanese husband going to the airport and returning to Japan. Then the gaijin husband makes his way to Japan and demands to see his kids ... and is promptly arrested.

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Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife See in context

the guys who complain about not getting enough money usually don't make enough money to spend more

Money problems affect most if not all marriages. You aren't saying anything that can't be applied to every married couple.

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Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife See in context

The comments here by men and women married to Japanese are gold:


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Posted in: TOKYO AWARDED 2020 OLYMPICS See in context

"He told delegates that the situation was “under control”"

If only it were true.

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Posted in: Games can inspire Fukushima youth: Tokyo bid director See in context

Once I heard an American say that "radiation is a political problem." Seems that it isn't just American politicians that can wave a magic want and make it go away but the Japan IOC has the magic power over radiation as well.

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Posted in: High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks See in context

@Neko_Nebula, many of those hired to clean up are ne'er do wells and petty criminals. They live in and around Iwaki-shi, south of the disaster area, and the residents there complain about how unsafe the area has become because of them. Those are the kind of people that are willing to walk into that nightmare.

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Posted in: Few married women interested in having an affair: survey See in context

Most any foreign man in Japan can say that married Japanese women are quite interested in having an affair ... just not with a Japanese man.

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Posted in: TEPCO to drain two tanks at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

Think of these "nuclear watchdog inspectors" like this: suppose the hunt for WMDs in Iraq had been conducted by a handful of UN inspectors who had been handpicked by Saddam Hussein; others on the team would have been simply friendly to him; still others would have been former colleagues,classmates and drinking buddies. None on the team would have been unknown to Saddam or unbiased or even neutral. Had this team found WMDs they would have given him the benefit of the doubt and acted with restraint.

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Posted in: Decontamination of Fukushima hotspots costly and complex See in context

"In Tomioka, a coastal ghost town north of the Fukushima plant,"

The article doesn't make clear that there are two nuclear power stations, daiichi and daiini. There is no "the Fukushima plant" and for those familiar with the area makes for frustrating reading.

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Posted in: Will No. 1 reactor at Fukushima become a future tourist spot? See in context

The idea for the village was published in a scholarly journal which means no one will actually read it much less act on it.

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Posted in: Post office employees have to sell (or buy if unable to) quota of 'nengajo' See in context

Something just clicked. Once I (a gaijin) went to my local post office and asked for what I can only call a " special international transaction." I was told it could not be done. I insisted it could as I had asked for and received it several times before. He then turned to his colleague who backed him up. I persisted. The employee gave me a baleful look as he pulled out his binder of procedures. Having seen that same binder before I told the postal employee where he could find the instructions. The tension increased but I left the PO victorious. Now I see the poor many was under pressure to sell nengajo and who knows what else and not assist lowly gaijin.

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Posted in: 19-year-old man stabs 44-year-old lover in 'mercy killing' See in context

This woman wasn't sick - she was a cougar.

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