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Posted in: Tokyo governor surprised by 'sudden' marathon switch See in context

I cannot understand the choice of Tokyo for location in the first place. It's not just the heat, the city is heavily polluted. The air is terrible.

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Posted in: Japanese illustrator’s realistic Asahi Super Dry artwork looks good enough to drink See in context

Great drawing! Terrific skills! Pity about the beer!

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

It's not that Japanese school lunches are so good - they are, but that's not the point I want to make. It's that American school lunches have bowed to the pressure of the purveyors of industrialised garbage. When I was a kid in England, school lunches were nutritious, well balanced and well prepared. But that was a long time ago and I suspect that English school lunches have gone the same way as American school lunches.

Of course, children everywhere need nutritious food. They also need to know what is nutritious and what to avoid. This information should be in every school curriculum at every level.

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Posted in: Abe to skip Yasukuni visit during autumn festival: sources See in context


Supposing Germany wished to honour some of their prominent Nazi war dead? How would you feel about that?

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Posted in: Is U.S. President Donald Trump a friend of Japan? See in context

Trump doesn't have friends. I think he only some vague notion that people exist. He doesn't have a very strong hold on reality. He's not even a good friend of himself. I think he is clinically insane and hope he is removed from office before he does any more damage.

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Posted in: South Korean justice minister resigns during finance probe See in context

Comforting to know the neighbours are having the same problems. It's not just Abe and Trump then.

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Posted in: Medical education not covering basics of nutrition See in context

In the hospital the other day, the doc wanted me to take some medicine, but he said I should eat something first. So I went to the canteen. I couldn't believe it! Coke! Diet Coke! In fact a wide selection of fizzy sugar water. Anemic looking white bread sandwiches. Cakes with sugar icing. The only vegetables in sight had been stewed to within an inch of their lives. And the TV blaring out rubbish about what particular snake oil stops those "aches and pains" because it contains, wait for it, "vitamins!"

The patients are being duped because they know nothing about nutrition either. And this should be a vital part of any school curriculum for boys or girls. The girl at the counter at the shop in the hospital thought I was some kind of loony and saw nothing wrong with sugary sodas and starchy snacks. There has to be a whole education programme, not just for medical people but for all, from children to adults. Food quality gets worse and worse.

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Posted in: Stop fiddling with the food ... and other mistakes cooks make See in context

Excellent advice! Thank you JT.

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Posted in: Japanese firms see 'Abenomics' sputtering, tax hike hurting economy: poll See in context

Abe lives in a cocoon. He knows nothing about real world economics and wouldn't survive one week in the real world.

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Posted in: Defying impeachment inquiry, Trump makes charge more certain See in context

The really great thing about the Magna Carta was, for the first time in history, that it made one law for everybody. Kings, queens and emperors prior to this were above the law and could do as they pleased. Since then, the leaders of democratic countries are subject to the same laws as everybody else.

Looks like Trump is about to find this out.

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Posted in: From Hitler to Michael Jackson, unlikely names for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

The Nobel Prize was fated from the start.

Nobel held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous.

Known for inventing dynamite, Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments.

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Posted in: Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at 80 See in context

He was an incredible drummer. I saw him perform several times with Cream. I also saw his teacher, Phil Seamen perform at a pub in South London.


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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

And Abe said he is going to open up more reactors!

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Posted in: Japan’s first alcohol-free and tobacco-free yakiniku restaurant a hit in Osaka See in context

I remember trying to explain non-alcoholic beer to a contrastingly alcoholic ojisan friend of mine. "What's the point?" he asked.

I wondered what he would have thought of a yakinikuya that doesn't serve alcohol.

He'd probably go in with a hip flask.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Numan posted this link:

Anyone with any interest in this topic really should read this article.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Considering the actual power the "Emperor" of Japan has, it's not surprising they would send someone low on the totem pole. I wonder how Abe and his ultra right wing cronies view it though. Bit of a snub, isn't it?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

How about holding it somewhere else? Somewhere cooler? Fukushima?

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Posted in: Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan form labor union See in context

I don't see the point in forming a union WITHIN the company. If they formed a union with workers in other companies doing similar work, they might stand a chance.

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Posted in: Women treated as eye candy in films even when they play leaders, finds study See in context

I'm getting really fed up with this topic.

Who cares?

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Posted in: 'Treason,' 'civil war:' Trump ramps up rhetoric on Twitter See in context


Trump weighs the same as a duck (well, a really big duck). He's made of wood. And therefore....

He's a witch!

(And he has the bad hair to add to the proof!)

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Posted in: Registers, rates and points: Tax hike woes for Japanese retailers See in context

Seems like this is something that hasn't really been thought through.

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Posted in: Japan deal nice for U.S. agriculture but China is the much bigger prize See in context

Haaa Nemui-san, Oh yes! Of course! I should have been more specific. There are some truly wonderful American craft beers. Reduce the tariffs on US craft beer, please!

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Posted in: Syria demands withdrawal of all American, Turkish forces See in context

What impudence!

Who are they to say who comes and goes in their country!?


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Posted in: Japan deal nice for U.S. agriculture but China is the much bigger prize See in context

US beef, pork, chicken, cheese, GMO wheat? No thank you!

The only food product I want from the US is beer.

It's about the only thing they do really well.

But it wasn't on the list!

I guess Abe doesn't mind about killing off Japanese agriculture, because that's not what his friends and relations are into. But beer? No. That would rock the boat unnecessarily, wouldn't it?

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Posted in: Limbless chickens, killer robots: Johnson gives bizarre U.N. speech See in context

How did he get into Oxford?

Sorry, but Oxford and Cambridge are full of idiots like Boris.

The ability to memorise gigabytes of facts has nothing to do with intelligence. Intelligence is the ability to see through the smokescreen and bovine excrement, pin point the problem and come up with a solution. Boris doesn't even realise there is a smokescreen or bovine E.

He can't see that far!

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Posted in: Limbless chickens, killer robots: Johnson gives bizarre U.N. speech See in context

drawing laughs from the remaining delegates in the largely deserted hall.

One sentence that speaks volumes!

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Posted in: How to marinate almost anything See in context

The marinade should come to a rolling boil and a temperature of at least 165 degrees.

165 degrees? What in? A blast furnace?

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

Ah! Shinjiro Konezumi! Mickey Mouse to his friends!

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Posted in: Japan faces urgent need to realize autonomous transportation See in context

expat, as I wrote, in spite of GPS, the navigation software manages to make mistakes. Hard to believe, but true. I do a lot of driving and know this to my cost. In any case, it's illegal to even LOOK at a cell phone while driving. But there is no law against crawling along at 2kph trying to figure out where 2 chome ends and 3 chome begins! Autonomous transport should make this less of a problem, but I still think the address system needs sorting out.

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Posted in: New tax rules to target multinationals with over 10% profit margins See in context

Good move. Now how about a heavy tax on income from investment and other "money games?"

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