Bill Lewis comments

Posted in: Musician Kitaro cancels Iran concert because his band includes Americans See in context

I have no problems with Iranians (having known some that are especially good people).

I have a huge problem with the Iranian government.

That being said, I can say the same for most people I know versus the government they have. Including my own.

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Posted in: A new challenge: Changes to elementary school English education in Japan for 2020 See in context

I can live with NET. I had a devil of a time getting them to keep from calling me "Native Speaker." My 8 year old niece is a native speaker, but I wouldn't have her teach English here in Japan. It took me quite a while, but I jumped through all the hoops and have a teacher's license now (even if it is rinji) so I teach my own classes.

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Posted in: Local authorities provide help to people worried about dying alone See in context

I'm not worried about dying alone. I'm worried about living.

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Posted in: Abe back on the ropes as second scandal grows See in context

analysts say there are still few viable alternative candidates.

And therein lies the problem.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl nabbed for alleged theft of Y10 million See in context

The only reason to keep money in a bank is to keep it from being stolen. Certainly there are no incentives from an interest rate point of view.

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Posted in: Gov't to study measures to mitigate impact of 2019 sales tax hike See in context

Remember when there was NO sales tax?

Yep. I've been here that long. I find it so ironic that the most often reason given for doing something is "Nihon dakara." But when it suits them, they will pull out the foreign card and say that they aren't doing anything out of line.

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Posted in: Ohtani dazzling Scioscia, Angels See in context

Excellent player. Hope he stays healthy. Americans will be sure of that. Japanese baseball would have run him into the ground.

Exactly what I have been saying. I've known him since he was in junior high school. He was classmates with my son! He has even been to my house to play video games.

OK. That's enough trying to build myself up by knowing someone.

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Posted in: Japan now has potato chip-covered chocolate See in context

Don't knock it until you try it. I hope I can find some near me. Sounds great.

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Posted in: Kanagawa school promotes long pants to full-uniform status for girls, equal with skirts See in context

Wish I wete allowed to wear shorts, or even a skirt, during those hot summer months.

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Posted in: Seniors annoyed as Japanese convenience stores adopt touch-screen age verification See in context

There is a supermarket chain around where I live where they have laminated cards with the question, and you have to point to the answer. I really don't get that.

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Posted in: N Korea to send team to Winter Games; South to consider easing bans after talks See in context

Yep. Went from being a hard-core, kill-them-all-let-god-sort-it-out ultra-religious conservative to an atheist libertarian, or perhaps libertarian atheist. Not sure which is more important to me at the moment. Not in one fell swoop, but it certainly started on my new path.

In any event, I agree it probably wouldn't do much good, looking at two of those I mentioned, but it sure would be nice to give it a try.

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Posted in: N Korea to send team to Winter Games; South to consider easing bans after talks See in context

OK, so I have been thinking that if North Korea goes to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, that we should call for Chairman Kim, and Presidents Moon, Trump, Xi, and Putin to meet in Hiroshima, take an extensive tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then meet for talks. I don't know that it would do any good, but my visit to the museum changed my life.

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Posted in: Rental kimono company causes distress for hundreds of women on Coming-of-Age Day See in context

We bought a kimono for our daughter. We just felt that as she gets older she will have many opportunities to wear it as her friends get married and she will want to dress up for the wedding and reception. Cheaper than renting one each time. We have a very dependable beauty salon that has taken care of my wife and daughters every time they have had occasion to wear a kimono.

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Posted in: British PM May apologises as overwhelmed hospitals cancel non-emergency operations See in context

There is no such thing as free health care. You pay for it when you need it, or you pay for it in advance, or you pay for someone else's health care, or someone else is paying for your heath care, or it is paid for in some other combination. To think you are getting free health care is naive at best.

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Posted in: Stablemaster Takanohana loses JSA directorship; Harumafuji fined Y500,000 See in context

Yeah, well, Takanohana was always an overrated wrestler, never having to go against others in his father's stable, while Akebono, Musashimaru, and others had to deal with everyone on the roster. I have no sympathy for him at all. He is the major reason I no longer watch sumo.

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Posted in: Land ownership mysteries in aging Japan stifle economy See in context

I don't have any plans to purchase land in Japan, and none of these comments have given me the desire to do so.

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