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Posted in: Longtime Trump confidant Stone apologizes to judge for Instagram post about her See in context

Bass4funk, have you seen the Netflix doc, “Get Me Roger Stone?”

I really knew nothing about the man. Now I understand him somewhat better. He is unusual, that, I think everyone can agree on.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

(Oops! First paragraph above was a Laguna quote)

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

Has anyone else noticed the similarities between the Ainu and the Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures? I suspect they are related.

If you get a chance, I recommend a visit to the museum of northern people’s in (or around) Abashiri. I was stunned at the similarities in clothing design, decoration, etc., among not just the geographically close (well, relatively) Ainu and Inuit, but also the Sami of Finland. It got me to wondering how much and what came from having shared history (maybe) and how much and what came from having shared scenery, environment, and challenges. Fascinating place

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

Fantastic. Now please respect their culture, including the tattoos.

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Posted in: Trump to sign border bill, but also declare emergency seeking wall funds See in context

The opioid crisis is not an emergency? The number of gun deaths is not an emergency? The astronomical rates of incarceration is not an emergency?

Trump being labelled a loser by Ann Coulter is.

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Posted in: Mayweather stops Nasukawa in 1st round, flooring him 3 times See in context

All the other fights were MMA, and the fighters were able to use all their training and skills. Except the main event. One fighter was hobbled, by not being allowed to use half his repetoire. Boring.

At least a lot of the earlier fights were worth watching.

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Posted in: Japan to stop charging extra for pregnant women's hospital visits See in context

Outrageous lack of thinking on the part of the government!

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Posted in: Naked woman dies after being beaten in hotel room; suspect leaps from window See in context

I hope she has a full recovery and a support network to help her out with hospital stay and rehabilitation.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Japan set to hit record high 30 mil in 2018 See in context

Perhaps it’s time to scale back the tax exemptions for visitors. Let them pay the same sales tax as the rest of us. (And don’t raise it)

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Posted in: Trump clashes with conservative U.S. chief justice over judiciary See in context

Yubaru asks:

I wonder what Trump would do if ALL the sns networks and every media outlet would just shut him out for 24 to 48 hours? Would his brain would pop?

I, for one, would really like to find out.

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Posted in: Walmart requests refund after U.S. senator's 'hanging' remark See in context

Calling making it “just a little more difficult” for some university students to vote a “great idea” is outrageous. You’re not supposed to publicly admit to voter suppression, silly!

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Posted in: Walmart requests refund after U.S. senator's 'hanging' remark See in context

I hope Google demands their donation back, as well.

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Posted in: Bastille Day parade rehearsal See in context

Last year over a hundred US soldiers and Marines opened the march to commemorate the start of WW1.

But WW1 started in 1914. Perhaps 2017 marked the 100th anniversary on the American entry.

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Posted in: Mori Living staff get deeper level of customer service training See in context

Single gender jobs.

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Posted in: Aso to skip G20 amid Diet wrangling over suspected scandal See in context

He has got to go.

He is unable to perform his duties.

That is undeniable.

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Posted in: Ivanka Trump to attend Winter Olympics finale in S Korea See in context

What a ridiculous assertion. I’m here. Week one was dominated by the cold and cold winds. Overall, it’s been dominated by Norwegians!

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Posted in: Ivanka Trump to attend Winter Olympics finale in S Korea See in context

Games which have been dominated by the North Korea crisis.

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Posted in: Sanders wins Oregon, battles Clinton in Kentucky; Trump wins Oregon See in context

Headline should read, "Sanders wins Oregon while Kentucky too close to call."

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Posted in: Japan’s hydrogen fuel cell stations begin to open, but are they worth the switch? See in context

I certainly wouldn't say the reception is poor. (Especially not based on anything written here. Just spoke to friend in the industry. There are 40 fillings stations across the country as of today.)

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Posted in: Japan’s hydrogen fuel cell stations begin to open, but are they worth the switch? See in context

Seriously? 0.14km / yen (Mirai) 0.25km / yen (Prius C) 0.90km / yen (Civic) You think .14 km/y is better than 0.9 km/yen? Is it the metric system messing you up? (Or could that be yen / km?) (Editors, where are you?)

“The fact that there is currently only one hydrogen filling station in the entire country that JX Nippon Oil & Energy supplies doesn’t help either.” So what? JX Nippon Oil & Energy isn’t the only supplier. There are more filling stations already in play.

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Posted in: Korean Air CEO apologizes for daughter's nuts tantrum See in context

WakarimasenDec. 12, 2014 - 06:01PM JST

deserves to be properly served nuts.....

I doubt that you intended it, but you sound pretty rapey.

According to the BBC, Cho chastised the purser and had him kneel down and apologize in the first class cabin. I'm sure it was uncomfortable and disruptive to the paying passengers, in addition to being humiliated for the employee and disruptive to the crew, passengers, and flight controllers. I'm glad her behaviour is getting so much press and attention in Korea. I hope the discussion continues.

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Posted in: Gay candidate hopes to raise awareness in election campaign See in context

sensei258Dec. 14, 2014 - 03:10PM JST

Don't they already have the same rights? No they don't.

MagnetDec. 14, 2014 - 08:26PM JST

Nobody cares about this issue, only that it IS an issue.

I care about this issue. A good number of the readers of JapanToday are in international marriages, which allow partners to get spousal visas so that they can live together in the same country. No such rights are available to Japanese people who's parter is the same gender. Without the right to marry, you miss out on a lot of other rights.

There is unspoken but clear discrimination against unmarried men in large companies. Most gay Japanese men I am friends with have arranged marriages of convenience, but some suffer the discrimination and remain single. They have a harder time in job interviews as they get older. People here actually ask, "why aren't you married" in interviews."

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Posted in: Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle See in context

Fresh milk sells for more per ton than butter, so dairy producers are said to be giving butter short shrift ...

The easy answer here is for the dairy industry to increase the value of butter production by building up a market for the by-product/waste. IE: start promoting butter milk. Buttermilk recipes on all the cooking shows (and wide-shows and variety shows). A butter milk diet. And to keep things rolling for the long term, butter milk as skin care. Butter milk face wash. Butter milk moisturizers. Butter milk bath. (Hell, if it can sell fresh 'wine',...) Yes. Buttermilk Nouveau. (blech.)

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Posted in: Out of date See in context

Most of the people marching around in costume today aren't anywhere near old enough to be "wearing their original uniforms" though at least a couple possibly were.

TinaWatanabe, there are almost always a handful of people dressed up, usually hanging around the soft icecream / soba / souvenir shop from mid-morning to late afternoon. Some old-timers used to sit out front and sing the old songs. I think the ones I used to see have died.

This year, the police are being very strict about the u-yoku black noise vans - blocking them from driving up and down the various streets in parade. I just watched the close off two different streets and make them turn around. While arguing at the second scene, they all turned off their music to use their speakers to shout encouragement to the front vehicle and yell at the police that their rights were being trampled. I heard the policeman tell them they are free to parade, but they need to park and walk. I laughed. I wonder why it's harder for them than it used to be. Difference in governor?

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