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Posted in: 'As Time Goes By': Casablanca bar celebrates film classic, 80 years on See in context

Thank you for the article JT. "Here's looking at you kid".

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Posted in: Japan bars new foreign arrivals for 1 month over Omicron fears See in context

Just back from a business trip to Denmark yesterday. Fortunate timing.

Incidentally, Copenhagen was really busy with restaurants and bars packed. The Corona Pass system by which proof of vaccination is needed to enter seemed to work well. Hardly a mask to be seen though.

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Posted in: AirAsia CEO calls Skymark takeover report rubbish See in context

Well, M3M3M3, I have used Air Asia a lot for flights within South East Asia over the last few years and they have always been on time with new planes and perfectly good service. Of course you pay for any extras like meals and check in baggage but I travel light and for short flights the food is not important. Thus I never pay for any extras and my last flight earlier this month from Penang to Bangkok cost 6,000 yen. There is nothing wrong with Air Asia. Why pay more?

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Posted in: Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dies at 82 See in context

Did he have a show on the US military radio station (FEN) in the late 80s or early 90s? I used to listen to FEN when I was a kid (means to learn English) and I seem to remember the name.

He definitely had a show in the mid 80's on FEN. Used to listen to FEN quite often in those days. Still have a tape somehere of the show when Karma Chameleon by Culture Club was Number One!

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Posted in: Curfew in Thailand: Should you still go? See in context

Just talked to my brother who lives in Bangkok. The latest talk is that the curfew will last for 3 days but who knows.

All the main bar areas in Bangkok will be closed tonight.

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Posted in: 'Good Wife' leaves viewers shocked, bereaved See in context

Unfortunately saw this on twitter already.

'The Good Wife' may just be the best drama on TV right now.

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Posted in: What makes people want to move to Japan? See in context

You can live in a decent place for around 75,000 yen

In Tokyo? You must have an interesting definition of decent.

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Posted in: Two warships, carrying 650 SDF troops, head to typhoon-ravaged Philippines See in context

No it's not too late. The British warship is coming even later.

Wrong, HMS Daring has already docked in Cebu.

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Posted in: Japanese 'Avengers' fans up in arms over shoddy voice acting on Blu-ray release See in context

You won't hardly see any television shows from outside Japan that are subbed rather than dubbed.

You obviously don't have cable TV. Most shows are shown in subtitled versions (and dubbed versions too).

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Posted in: Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies at 92 See in context

Definitely one of the greats although for many the lovely sound of Paul Desmond's Alto was perhaps the most appealing aspect of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Listened to "Jazz Impressions of Japan" this morning. That is a beautiful album I would recommend to everyone here.

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Posted in: Japan in 2030: A country from which families have disappeared See in context

Single men don't live as long as married ones

Scrote, it just doesn't seem as long.

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Posted in: Casablanca: Looking for the spirit of Rick's Cafe See in context

Went to Rick's in Casablanca a couple of years ago, excellent club that really evokes the movie. Very interesting walk from downtown through the medina to reach it.

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Posted in: Hitachi takes over Horizon project to build 6 nuclear power plants in UK See in context

zichiOct. 31, 2012 - 09:23AM JST

The Uk does not need any new nuclear power plants to meet its demand. They can buy power from the French. I don't think there are even any British owned power companies left?

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) are still British owned.

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Posted in: The state of kissing in Japan See in context

It is for this reason that a prostitute will often forbid her customer from kissing her. She sees sexual intercourse as mechanical and detached but draws the line at kissing due to its highly charged, emotional and personal nature

Certainly not true in Asia where the emphasis is on 'the girlfriend experience'.

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Posted in: Fun finale See in context

If we take gold=3pts silver=2pts bronze=1pt, would that mean Japan (66 pts) had more success than South Korea (62 pts) this time around

No, because all that counts is the official medal table. GB finished 3rd, South Korea 5th and Japan 11th.

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Posted in: Fukushima evacuees cheer for native son in Olympic cycling See in context

I used to ride on a track with some of those keirin guys. In a sprint, they will blow anyone away - never seen anything like them

Not been watching the British cycling team then?

Sir Chris Hoy won Gold in the mens keirin and Kazunari Watanabe finished 11th.

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Posted in: Cool streets See in context

What a pleasant surprise it would be as a man to come across them on a hot day in Tokyo!

I too would like to come across them.

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Posted in: Uchimura takes all-around gold in men's gymnastics See in context

And good on Japan for being 3rd in the medal standings.

9th actually (using the official table where number of golds count first).

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Posted in: Protests as 12 Osprey aircraft arrive at Iwakuni See in context

3rd biggest on the planet.

Actually 6th according to the last list I saw

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Posted in: Tom Cruise under fire at 50 See in context

Bachman Turner, you have really gone into 'Overdrive' with your posting on this topic.

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Posted in: Meals on wheels See in context

meet drunk oyaji. Great times...

Yes, that really does sound so enjoyable.

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Posted in: Hopes high for Kagawa to join Manchester United See in context

Dortmund is not a big club!? News to me. Their stadium capacity of 80,000 is bigger than United's, and its almost always full

Dave, this is true, Dortmund is 1st and Manchester United 3rd when it comes to highest average attendances in Europe. More important though are the total revenue rankings and on Forbes 2012 list United are 1st with $532 million while Dortmund are 14th with $197 million (United's valuation is also 6 times that of Dortmund).

Anyone who travels much in Asia will realize how massive the Manchester United brand is. Dortmund hardly register a blip.

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Posted in: Aspirin works as well as blood thinner in heart patients See in context

Natto is safer than aspirin or rat poison.

But unfortunately not as tasty.

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Posted in: Foreign staff at Tokyo brokerages find flattery gets them everywhere See in context

as soon as the japanese people take english seriously these same foreigners will be gone

In other words, never.

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Posted in: Nishikori says he is 'still years off peak' See in context

Britain's Andy Murray" - heh. This article was clearly written by an English person.

cubic, he is British when he wins and Scottish when he loses.

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Posted in: 'It's silent?': Britons demand refunds for 'The Artist' See in context

BTW - can't wait to see "The Artist" myself... anyone knows when it will run in Japan?

As soon as they have finished the Japanese subtitles.

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Posted in: Yoko Ono aims to wow India See in context

Some experts have stated that by 2030, India will be the world's leading economy ahead of America, China, Japan and probably Brazil will be in second place.

Not quite. According to IMF projections by 2030 China will have the largest GDP closely followed by the US with India a distant third, Japan fourth and Brazil seventh. Even by 2050 the US is still forecast to be slightly ahead of India with Brazil having the fourth largest GDP and Japan the eighth.

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Posted in: Ousted Olympus CEO Woodford to return to Japan next Wed See in context

timtak, are you being deliberately obtuse? Can you really not see the difference between committing fraud and reporting it? The Olympus board destroyed over $1 billion in shareholder value through shady deals to try and cover their bad investments. You defend this while atacking Mr. Woodford for trying to discover the truth and protect the shareholders. What a strange viewpoint you have.

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Posted in: Ousted Olympus CEO Woodford to return to Japan next Wed See in context

timtak, don't you perhaps think that the board members who actually committed the fraud should be the ones apologizing? If any employees lose their jobs it will be entirely their fault and definitely not that of Mr. Woodford.

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Posted in: Yoko Ono: 'Imagine' tune is bigger than expected See in context

What were 1 and 2?

Cleo, No. 1 was 'Like a Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan and No. 2 was 'Satisfaction' by The Rolling Stones.

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