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Posted in: Food poisoning closes restaurant in luxury Bvlgari building in Ginza See in context

Health officials said the likely cause was a smoked salmon . . .

Don'cha know it? There's always one in every school.

And to think this occurred in the high-end Bvl-geri building . . . shameful.

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Posted in: Ready for breaded cutlets of a different kind? Try cauliflower See in context

Mea culpa. Thanks for the education.

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Posted in: Ready for breaded cutlets of a different kind? Try cauliflower See in context

Maria, perhaps a little self-education would be in order before castigating others.

You confuse vegetarian with vegan. The former allows for dairy and eggs, the latter forbids them. This recipe most certainly is vegetarian but not vegan.

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Posted in: Face saver: Surgical masks worn at speed dating sessions See in context

One of the many social/political single-frame satirical cartoons I wish I had the talent to draw would be two Japanese making love in bed, each wearing a white mask.

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Posted in: Pokemon Go creators working to be respectful of reality See in context

"Respectful of reality," huh? Gee, how can we ever thank you?

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Posted in: Japanese nutritionist claims curry helps prevent baldness See in context

MsD . . . because sex drive in very low on the list of factors determining population size (i.e., economic, social, political, geographic factors, and others).

As for fresh aloe, I tried it myself years ago and can attest to its inefficacy. Bowling ball Ben.

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Posted in: Japanese nutritionist claims curry helps prevent baldness See in context

As any self-respecting medical/nutrition "professional" should know, Asian males produce far lesser amounts of testosterone than their Western counterparts, thus accounting for their (Asian) lower sex drives, fewer cases of prostate cancer, less facial and upper-body hair, and more hair on their domes, among other things.

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

@Strangerland, @Nemrut Dagi

Yes, unfortunately the Ugly American hasn't changed much over the years and is still alive and well in Japan. Which is really too bad.

This stuff doesn't stress me out at all, though I appreciate your advice. I simply realized when I turned fifty that being cynical gets you nowhere. It is a dead end that does not lead to wisdom or personal growth. And it is far far too easy. A lazy man's response.

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

I’m quite surprised, actually, by the abject hostility of the posters above because I had (naively) thought they were a bit more sophisticated to appreciate the textured differences between cultures. Boy was I wrong.

Look, Japanese TV is a multi-billion dollar industry, and the producers, writers, performers, technicians, TV station execs, etc really couldn’t care a rat’s ass what foreigners think of it. Japanese TV is what it is for one simple reason: this is the way the Japanese like it. Period. So please stop b*itching and telling 120 million Japanese what they SHOULD like, according to YOUR personal tastes.

Japanese TV, like TV anywhere, is a cultural institution, and one with roots hundreds of years old. Rakugo, kabuki, Noh, Bunraku puppetry, enka and other performing arts have strongly influenced an industry that is only 60-some years old, so criticizing it for being childish or crappy is the same as disrespecting all of Japanese culture. I mean, how can making a stupid cup of tea be considered an art form, right? Is there any difference between disrespecting Chanoyu tea and Japanese TV? I think not.

I’m not a big fan of Japanese TV myself, believe it or not. But I understand it for what it is, the audience it aims to please (and does a good job), and I avoid the shallow, tired, repetitive complaints reflected above by hordes of “our-way-or-the-highway” Westerners.

Enough cultural imperialism and ethnocentric arrogance. How ‘bout it?

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Posted in: Will IS militants target Japan next? See in context

@katsu78

Your understanding of the social, political and religious reasons why Muslims turn into IS monsters is surprisingly naive and narrow.

Putting aside the population question temporarily (I quoted the Muslim fella who mans the phone at the organization I called . . . you quoted a Wikipedia article from 9 years ago), the actual number is really irrelevant. The fact remains that there are thousands of young Muslim men working illegally in factories outside of Tokyo who have come here to set up their cover. Not all of them, mind you, but as we've seen too many times before, it only takes a handful to do the unthinkable.

More importantly, your belief that "People don't join IS because their Muslim-ness compels them" is so totally off the wall it discredits all your posts on the subject. As you should know, IS are strictly Sunnis, and in their warped minds Shias are apostastes to be killed. In fact, more fellow Muslims (Shias) have been killed by IS than all the non-Muslims in foreign countries combined. People join IS not because their city or neighborhood might be Muslim-unfriendly. IS is not that parochial. They look at the world at large and take stock of the way their religion has been mocked, lampooned, disrespected by the West, and this is what plants the seed of hatred and ultimately violence. Yet the fundamental cause is the Sunni-Shia hatred that dates back hundreds of years.

As for your NRA analogy, it is spurious at best, laughable at worst.

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Posted in: Will IS militants target Japan next? See in context

@commanteer

Yes, I thought the 600k figure was also a bit high when I was given it on the phone, but that's exactly what was said by the Japan Muslim Association (or maybe it was the Japan Halal Association, since I called both six months ago). When I questioned the figure, the answer was "nobody really knows for sure" because so many Muslims (Indonesians included) are working underground." Keep in mind also that like any religion, you can be Muslim but not practice the faith by attending a mosque or keeping other traditions/laws/rituals, so your 7500 figure may be off.

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Posted in: Will IS militants target Japan next? See in context

There are approximately 80 mosques throughout Japan and 600,000 non-Japanese Muslims, of which approximately half are undocumented day laborers (factories, construction, etc).

OF COURSE IS will strike here, and of course sleeper cells already exist. Attacks will start in 2018 in an attempt to disrupt (cancel) the Olympics. Sourcing local explosives is too problematic, so IS's biggest challenge right now is figuring out a way to import large amounts of firearms, grenades, etc.

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Posted in: Cameron Crowe apologizes for casting Emma Stone in part-Asian role See in context

No artist (assuming that is what Chameleon Crowe considers himself) should ever ever apologize for any artistic decision he makes. Explain? . . . ok. But to grovel in order to satisfy your PC money-grubbing handlers is beyond reproach. Shame on you, Mr. Crow (sic).

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Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo See in context

I wholeheartedly salute these two brave, trailblazing women. Go get 'em!

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Posted in: Haruki Murakami’s solution to nuclear power debate: Just call it 'nuclear power' See in context

Not at all surprised that Murakami's politics are as insipid as his fiction.

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Posted in: 'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of greying Japan See in context

Smitty, give it a try.

You know what they say: "Once you go geriatric, you can't do any other trick."

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Posted in: 'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of greying Japan See in context

Now if only Japan would end its silly censorship hypocrisy, the rest of the world might stop laughing at its otherwise interesting porn industry.

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Posted in: Burger King has cologne for hamburger lovers in Japan See in context

BK is a little late on this one. Already saw (buy didn't buy) a Wendy's "edible" lubricant in an adult store in Shibuya. The name of it was "Where's the beef?" I guess if BK wanted to follow suit, they could call theirs "the Whopper," but only in the West.

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Posted in: 32-year-old woman arrested for burning son's buttocks with lighter See in context

Please, give mama a break. She simply misread the recipe for hot cross buns.

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Posted in: Haruki Murakami’s advice on how to be a great writer: Be born with talent See in context

Fundamentally, though, your abilities are determined by the talents you’ve been born with.

I only wonder if, when the world finally sees Murakami as the mediocre writer he really is, he'll turn around and blame his parents. (Looks like a foot just stuck into one very glib mouth.)

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Posted in: Police crack down on bar, adult establishment touts during year-end See in context

A bit surprised to see so many posters who prefer their nightlife over-sanitized, over-regulated and all but lifeless. The touts in these areas, which I frequent, are an integral part of the experience, for they bring an energy and humanity hard to find elsewhere. I enjoy talking and getting to know these guys, their stories and histories and thoughts on their jobs. Learn some street smarts and how best to handle the bad apples, and enjoy the diversity, energy and color they add to this city.

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Posted in: In position See in context

Now this is a visually interesting photo. Nice job, Mr. Hoshiko.

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Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility See in context

Further proof that M's prattle solidifies his standing as a highly insightful and articulate pundit of the obvious. Nobel material? lol

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Posted in: Japan unveils first domestically made passenger jet in four decades See in context

Japan unveils first domestically made passenger jet in four decades , , , and then announces a recall.

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Posted in: Prayers for Gaza See in context

Although it is only proper and right to memorialize these innocent little angels, why don't we ever see protests against the Hamas monsters who are the ones responsible for their deaths?

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Posted in: Pachinko parlor politeness See in context

The number of ethnocentric missionaries of Western culture on this site is truly mind boggling. Pachinko ain't your thing? Fine, stay away, but please stop telling the Japanese what you happen to think is best for them.

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Posted in: Families of children who died in tsunami sue school, Miyagi Prefecture gov't See in context

@taj

I doubt they're looking for money / financial compensation.

You've gotta be kidding. If as you say they're suing for other reasons, then they should sue for 100 yen per child. But at 100 million per child, they're not after money? Right.

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Posted in: Families of children who died in tsunami sue school, Miyagi Prefecture gov't See in context

Disgusting.

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Posted in: Man on death row for 1998 murders dies of cancer See in context

@KnowBetter

If there is a god, he sure does work in mysterious ways and sure took damn long enough!!! There, I said what many of you were thinking but too scared to say it. Neg away... Or not, if you're not too scared. ;)

Would you mind, sir, expounding on your glib and presumptuous comment?

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Posted in: 78-year-old woman dies after X-ray at hospital See in context

And why isn't the name of the hospital mentioned?

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