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Posted in: You put WHAT in your curry? Japanese netizens reveal their favorite secret ingredients See in context

When I was a kid, we lived in Sri Lanka. My favourite curry was banana curry. Ever since, I've loved this combination. Sliced banana is a beautiful topping for a curry.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

A friend of mine is in the US military, stationed in Okinawa. He and his wife (two people) live in a house that by American standards is huge. The rent is ¥500,000 per month. This is their housing allowance. It seems to me that if the US military needs more money, they might try saving money here and there. Okinawa is not Tokyo. The apartment we live in is plenty big enough for two (100 square metres) and the rent, with two parking spaces is ¥65,000 per month.

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Posted in: Man given religiously forbidden food at Nagoya immigration center See in context

Surely religion has to do with the individual himself and his or her relationship to society. It's not about his body and what food he shoves into it. Not eating certain foods is material, not spiritual.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics to open under unprecedented conditions See in context

"Unprecedented?" Of course it's unprecedented! Even without Covid it would be unprecedented. If you think in terms of precedent, life is very sad and boring.

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Posted in: Toyota adds 'kei' makers to technology partnership See in context

I bought my Daihatsu Move ten years ago. It's done 190,000 km and it's still going strong. Plenty of room inside, good acceleration, good road holding and doesn't use a lot of petrol.

These are great cars and destined to get even better with Toyota's tech behind them.

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

It beats me why this kind of headline goes out. Who cares what the Japanese government is considering. Action is what is needed.

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Posted in: Japan mulls extending maximum reactor lifespan beyond 60 years See in context

Japan mulls extending maximum reactor lifespan beyond 60 years

"Mull" = have meetings, write reports, have more meetings based on reports, write reports based on reports based on meetings, organise study group, have meetings about when findings should be published, write memos, have meeting to discuss impact of findings, partially release findings, go back to "have meetings" and cycle through ad infinitum, collecting ¥20,000,000 of tax payers money each time you pass "go."

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

Bach says we must support* the Olympics, so we have to do it! Otherwise how would he and his rich buddies survive?

Have some sympathy, folks!

("support" = "pay something.")

(Sarcasm)

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Posted in: This is a problem that has existed from old times. The wider use of smartphones has made it easy to take such shots. As it is also no trouble to spread them on the internet, the damage is now very serious. See in context

Shinkansen-san, you would be amazed at what turns people on. These days it's all out in the open and society is beginning to look like a Bruegel nightmare.

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Posted in: Domino’s Japan apologizes for fish and chips pizza 'that insults both England and Italy' with free pizza offer See in context

Can't be any worse than the rest of the crap Dominos puts out!

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

How on Earth did he "trespass into another apartment?" The door was open and he wandered in? Let's have more information, please.

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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

Bach corrected his mistake, but probably what was going on in his head was something like, "Chinese? Japanese? What's the difference?"

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Posted in: Nissan CEO tells Tokyo court Ghosn had too much power See in context

Well, too much power for Mr "sapling in the wind" Uchida, anyway.

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Posted in: Pressure of hosting Tokyo Olympics during pandemic beginning to show See in context

I'm getting totally bored with this topic. And with the Olympics in general. Euro Soccer is far more interesting!

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Posted in: LDP, Komeito fail to win majority in Tokyo assembly election See in context

Wonderful news!

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers earned average of ¥24.16 million last year See in context

How can any kind of government worker get a bonus???

What is this? Profit sharing?

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers earned average of ¥24.16 million last year See in context

Japanese lawmakers earned an average of 24.16 million yen in income last year, down 110,000 yen from 2019

Gosh! How on Earth can they survive?

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Posted in: 'Avatar' hopes for rare success with a gaming tie-in See in context

The SFX in the movie were good and the story line was crap and predictable. So it might do well as a game.

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Posted in: Bargaining over global tax enters key stage See in context

What are they going to do with the money?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend influencing imperial succession debate See in context

What's the point? Just scrap the whole system. There is no Emperor. There is no Empire. Scrap the useless Imperial system of dating while you're at it.

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Posted in: Conversion therapy is discredited and increases risk of suicide See in context

Why stop at conversion therapy? The mental health "professionals" don't have a clue what they are doing and are ineffectual at best. Suicides. Serial killers. Plenty of these are in the middle of "treatment" or have had "treatment." Many of them are well meaning. But they just don't have anything to work with. Psychology is confusing and totally variable from practitioner to practitioner and psychiatry is just a way to sell drugs.

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Posted in: Microsoft unveils Windows 11; first major update in 6 years See in context

I've tried various distros of Linux and am very impressed, especially with the speed on old hardware, it's just that most of the software sucks. A lot of it is imitation Microsoft, which is marginally worse. As for Windows 11, it's just more of the same. A mac-like dock and mac-like rounded corners. Big deal! But between Microsoft and Linux, I'd take Linux every time!

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Posted in: Microsoft unveils Windows 11; first major update in 6 years See in context

Looks like Microsoft has a touch of Apple envy! The GUI looks more and more like macOS!

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Posted in: Suga insists emperor not worried about Olympics See in context

From yesterday's news:

"His majesty is very worried about the current infection situation of the COVID-19 disease," Yasuhiko Nishimura, grand steward of the agency, said at a press conference.

So Nishimura is lying?

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Posted in: Britney Spears tells court she wants her life back See in context

She might stop playing the victim. Life isn't something that happens to you. You make your own life.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over murder of sex worker at hotel also charged with attempted murder See in context

At 19, he can vote, but he cannot smoke or drink and is termed a "minor." Where is the sense in that?

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Posted in: 'Conbini warp' an increasing traffic problem for businesses, authorities across Japan See in context

The problem is that the road design in Japan is terrible. There are stop lights every few metres and this gets frustrating, so drivers cut corners. Ducking through a car park is one way.

Roundabouts would improve things. They are also MUCH safer. Installing roundabouts to keep the traffic flowing and banning car parks at intersections would fix the problem.

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Posted in: 29-year-old Tokyo man arrested after letting schoolgirl live with him See in context

Gosh what a lot of knee jerk reactions!

The article doesn't give enough data to form any kind of opinion.

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

Wot about the chromosomes?

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Posted in: After G7, Biden says he's reestablishing U.S. credibility See in context

Called the RAF the RFA.

Did he really? Probably mixing it up with the RFC (Royal Flying Corps). That's more his generation.

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