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Posted in: Western Union collaborates with Hosei University to simplify tuition payments See in context

So how many potential users?

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Posted in: Do you have tatami mats where you live? If so, do you find it hard to keep therm clean? See in context

We used to have a tatami room a while back. The mats were brand new when we moved in, and it had a wonderful smell. I’m not sure if they even have places that makes the authentic reed tatamis anymore, at least for a reasonable price. I do understand that it is hard to keep out the mites if you have pets, but otherwise quite easy to clean.

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Posted in: Household spending in Japan posts biggest rise in three years See in context

As long as the demographics do not change, it is going to be a long downhill slope for the next couple of decades. Sure, maybe an Olympic blip or some other one-time event. Commenting on these small upticks every couple of months and getting the masses excited just ignores the inevitable unless something fundamental changes.

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Posted in: Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' shut indefinitely See in context

Kudos to Thailand for having the guts to take the long view over capitulating to the tour operators.

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Posted in: Moomin theme park completes construction in Saitama See in context

I’d give it 2 years. And I hope they don’t have one of those pathetic “zoos” as part of the park.

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Posted in: China orders actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine See in context

Is she even alive?

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of waiters in Japanese restaurants? See in context

It’s one of the best. And they don’t come to your table every 15 minutes like in the US to ask “how is your food”, especially when you’re trying to have a conversation.

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Posted in: Global minds: Why people in Japan are choosing international schools See in context

i sent both of my kids to international schools out of my own pocket. They are both gainfully employed overseas in challenging, we’ll paid professional positions, and not a glamorized “bilingual translator / handyman” position in Japan. Best investment I’ve ever made, and thank heavens they get accepted into a half decent university outside of Japan (another major investment, topic for another day).

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Posted in: Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship for 80th PGA Tour title See in context

Way to go Tiger. But he’s no role model off the links.

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Posted in: Osaka a role model, says former Miss Japan See in context

When I was growing up, we weren’t even called “haafu “. It was “ainoko “, which is pretty horrible even back then. So for me, “haafu” isn’t that bad, given what we were called before, and technically “haafu” is somewhat accurate.

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Posted in: It became clear that a large amount of unpaid taxes can be collected from overseas assets, so the latest case will have high ripple and deterrence effects on other tax defaulters. See in context

What about Japanese nationals living overseas, with overseas assets? Are they subject to Japan inheritance tax? I know boatloads of Japanese nationals with US green cards or EU residency visas. They should go after them as well if they are fair game.

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Posted in: Hamming it up See in context

So how did he fare in the competition?

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant caps dinner price, and after that, anything you order is free See in context

Thanks to bozos like this, they’ll probably discontinue this soon.

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Posted in: Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan See in context

The endless and same circular discussions around her nationality is getting to be really old.

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Posted in: Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run See in context

“More than 3” cans = 4, 5, 10?

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Posted in: Abe planning talks with Iranian president See in context

Increase the number of media mentions before the election

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Posted in: Times are changing See in context

Although I usually disagree with what @Ganbare Japan posts, and whether he is trying to bait the posters, what he posts here is probably fairly representative of the 127m people in Japan.

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Posted in: WWF urges Yahoo Japan to restrict ivory trade on auction site See in context

I wonder if the ban includes antiques (not fakes) that has some documentation of proof?

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Posted in: London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit See in context

Yeah, and if they still vote to exit, let’s have a third and a fourth until we get a “stay” vote!

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Posted in: Will a 'Saturday Night Live' makeover boost the Emmys? See in context

@mattypdx, I couldn’t have said it better!

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Posted in: Sapporo expected to drop out of 2026 Winter Olympic bid race See in context

The Olympics are a scam. Governments and sponsors, once committed, can’t really say say that they didn’t get any economic boost out of it after committing billions of dollars and the “feel good” publicity. Good thing Sapporo pulled out.

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Posted in: What’s Japan’s least appealing big city, and why did it get stuck with that title? See in context

I guess given these cities to pick from, I would rank them the lowest as well. Unless you had Chiba or Saitama on the list.

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Posted in: Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia See in context

I am getting conditioned to seeing sensationalist PC headlines in the press, using words like “outrage” at almost any trivial thing, which probably applies to the feelings of a relatively small % of the readership that actually care to that level.

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Posted in: AKB48 visit Thai PM See in context

Why do Japanese people want to do these stupid juvenile antics when posting for photos? I especially hate the politican’s “guts” pose

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Posted in: AKB48 visit Thai PM See in context

The combined IQ in this photo is lucky to add to 100

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Posted in: Study finds diversity in film criticism lacking See in context

I would venture to guess that over 90% of any occupation is probably not truly representative of race / ethnicity or gender as a whole in that geography.

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Posted in: Gov't starts crafting contingency plans in event of Mt Fuji eruption See in context

There was a movie many years ago called “Nippon Chinbotsu (日本沈没)” which describes escaping Japan after mega eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. Given what happened in 3/11 and this article, maybe it’s time to view it again.

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Posted in: Sheets of Japanese edible color will make your next bento project look incredible See in context

This is really cool but the colors are sooooo artificial looking! I would think there are ways to use natural colorings, but then I guess that’ll impact shelf life.

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Posted in: Serena Williams fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst See in context

Caption on photo - Selena saying “Don’t use that tone on me! Do you know who you’re talking to?”

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Posted in: Arguing, booing overshadow Osaka's U.S. Open final win over Williams See in context

interestingly, the majority of tennis blogs in the US support Naomi. Serena is also changing her story from “I’m not a cheater” to “it’s sexist”. I’m sure if it was against a white player, she’ll claim racism. I’m sure she has media advisors looking at the public sentiment.

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