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Posted in: Couple arrested for firing air gun at 1-year-old son See in context

People with an IQ of under 90 should not be allowed to breed.

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

I was very skeptical when people told me that school lunches are healthy and delicious. However, now that my kids go to school I can say that (at least in Tokyo) this is true. They make their dashi soup from scratch every morning and bake their own bread. Once every 6 months they have a day when family members can try eating the food. It's really quite good and the menu was quite varied and different than what my wife experienced. Even my Japanese wife's parents were quite impressed.

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japanese ambassador as export trade curbs take effect See in context

These poor kids probably don't have a job, what with their youth unemployment on the rise.

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Posted in: S Korea begins military drills around disputed island amid feud with Japan See in context

Desperate for attention. Sad.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'peace economy' with N Korea; slams Japan See in context

Oh dear lord ...

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Posted in: Record 16.6 mil foreigners visited Japan in 1st half of 2019 See in context

Clarification : Japan is targeting 40 million per year. 17 million in the first half means they are on pace for 34 million this year. 34 million to 40 million is an increase of 17%

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Posted in: BTS fans get chance to manage their idols in new game See in context

We have a word for these types of "men" in Patois : batty boy

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Posted in: Washington Wizards pick Hachimura 9th in NBA draft See in context

Selected a bit early and by a dysfunctional team, but congrats to him nonetheless. He will probably get 20+ minutes a game, which would be more than if other teams selected him. He has upside but is lacking in awareness and decision-making. It's a steep learning curve but I hope he makes Giannis-like strides.

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Posted in: BTS, Korean pop titans who conquered the West See in context

Don’t say anything bad about bts or you’ll be downvoted.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

I welcome the tourists and try to help them out whenever possible (giving directions, helping them carry their suitcase up the stairs). My only pet peeve is when they buy a new suitcase in Japan and leave their old one on the street or in the airport.

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Posted in: Politician’s birthrate plan: Parents should nag their kids to have at least 3 babies See in context

Third one due in one month!

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Posted in: Yamanashi governor looks to draw up Mt Fuji railway plan in 2 years See in context

Agree with this idea. Also, the whole trash on Mount Fuji is a misconception. I have also climbed and found no trash. I don't know about 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Work of art See in context

Participated for 2 days, carrying the chokai mikoshi and miya mikoshi. A lot of fun but now my whole body is sore.

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Posted in: Police suspect human error in fatal car crash in Tokyo See in context

We need all the kids we can get. We already have too many old people. We don’t need old people killing kids.

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Posted in: Second S Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads See in context


"Korea's K-Pop scene is going through a sex, drugs, and pornography scandal that has lowered the bar even by the genre's infamously dismal standards.

K-Pop has a 30-year history of serious wrongdoings, including allegations of sex-tape blackmailing, affairs, secret marriages, suicide, drugs, and physical abuse."

Sounds like a "k-pop" problem.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally abusing 10-year-old daughter See in context

pos. Rot in hell

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Posted in: Crammed in See in context

I recommend arriving before 7 am. Never very crowded at that time. By the way, Sensoji is a temple but some people line up for Asakusa jinja, which is a shrine just to the right.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

Melonbar says : They don't make that much money in Japan. LOL. They've been selling out baseball stadiums in the US.

Ok, I didn't know who bts was but I did a bit of research. From Sept 5 to 16 they had 7 concerts in America and sold 128,000 tickets. From Nov 13 to 24 they had 4 concerts in Japan and sold ... 380,000 tickets, but don't let facts get in your way, "LOL."

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo's Yamanote line unveiled to media See in context

It’s 12 kilometers from Haneda, not 20km.

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Posted in: South Korea's focus shifts from 'Peace Games' to beating Japan in medal count See in context

Let's keep the focus on peace and good sportsmanship.

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Posted in: England's World Cup run sparks domestic violence surge in UK: helpline See in context

You should never, under any circumstances, strike a woman or child. If you are a man and cannot abide by that, you are scum.

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Posted in: Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw against Senegal at World Cup See in context


There's not much margin for error with that shot. The ball was off the ground and I'm under the impression a lot of Japanese players would have missed that shot. Well done, Honda. As for his appearance, it is speculated that Honda has / had Basedow (Graves) disease.

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Posted in: Ohtani exits early again with blister on pitching hand See in context

Yes, old man. Before today he pitched 5 or more innings in all games except one.

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Posted in: Public to name new station on Tokyo's Yamanote line See in context

Kita-Shinagawa. Boring, but probably the most practical choice.

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Posted in: Influential Japanese businesswoman says she is in same-sex relationship See in context

Hope her kids are not bullied in school.

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Posted in: Tigers score 5 after Ohtani's departure to beat Angels 6-1 See in context

Oldman, there was a rain delay between the 5th and 6th innings. Ohtani was ready to go but the head coach decided to play it safe.

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Posted in: Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse See in context

For all practical purposes, korea controls the rocks, just like Japan controls the Senkaku Islands. Let's leave it at that. This is such as tacky move and makes them look childish.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese phrases to know before starting a job in Japan See in context

The second one is incorrect. “Naruhodo” or the more casual “Desuyone” would be OK.

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Posted in: Toshiba CEO promises turnaround in 5 years, stronger ethics See in context

I wouldn't consider him "just another Todai grad." He has worked with the government in the past, is a member on many boards, and has many connections inside Japan and abroad. I recommend reading up on him before jumping to conclusions. I think he will be successful as long is Toshiba is willing to adopt his approach (you can read up on that too).

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