Ben Snyder comments

Posted in: Powerful typhoon Chaba barrels toward Japan See in context

Correction - Tsushima is off of Northern Kyushu, not South. Source - I used to live there

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Posted in: Jetstar launches price monitoring system See in context

Sounds like a savvy move to beat potential disruption from others providing similar services, and in such a tight market, a good way to get a leg up on competitors like Peach air.

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Posted in: Tokyo's National Stadium hosts final sports event See in context

Surprised that there is no mention here of Billy Mills' historic win at the 10,000 meters, last time an American ever did (Galen Rupp was close, second in London)

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Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program See in context

Christ, give it up Japan. This, coming from the fisheries committee. Whale aren't even fish.

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Posted in: Even if viewers threaten to cancel payment because of my remarks, they still have to pay if they own TVs. See in context

Not about to start now...

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Posted in: Japan to fast-track some nuclear reactor restarts See in context

I would be more impressed if they fast-tracked something more imperative, like education reform, or buckets to catch all the water that's leaking outta Fukushima.

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Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll See in context

I think it would be fairly easy to rustle up a poll saying that 1/3 of men who want a wife also don't want to have to hold down a job as the family breadwinner......this isn't particularly scientific.

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Posted in: Hashimoto, Ishihara to stay on as Japan Restoration Party leaders See in context

In anticipation of their comeback from the ashes, the Japan Restoration Party has been renamed as "Their Party". Yoshimi Watanabe could not be reached for comment.

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Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change See in context

Completely intentional, I assure you.

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Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change See in context

What I don't understand is what people can't simply be honest about these kinds of things. Why can't the commissioner of Japanese Baseball say "Look folks, ticket sales have been slumping lately, and we're really looking for an edge wherever we can, so we decided to make it more exciting by making super-bouncy baseballs."

And then Mizuno can say "Look, we're really greedy, and we want to screw our competitors by agreeing to a contract where we are the only ones who can make Bouncy Balls. Because man, I mean just look at us. Our balls are so....bouncy!"

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Posted in: 11,000 displaced residents yet to ask TEPCO for compensation See in context

While this figure represents less than 10% of the total, 11,000 is still quite a high number. My guess would be that a large number of these people are some combination of quite elderly and/or living alone. These people are the most likely to be out of the loop and unlikely to be making informed decisions independently. From TEPCOs perspective, I wouldn't be trying very hard to find them.

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