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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

The Interpol travel passport is not recognized in Turkey.

So if he used that, how was that possible?

I assumed he had a Fake French passport.

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Posted in: Osaka girl says she was fed only once per day during confinement See in context

Apparently the Osaka girl was not living with her father and she might have a father complex.

Sad story. Good it is all over.

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Posted in: Couple arrested over murder of 54-year-old woman in Kawasaki See in context

Tough call but considering this happened very close to where I live (next to my neighborhood, in fact), I have to question what the police did.

Also, as I live in the ward my taxes pay for these cops.

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Posted in: Mourning continues 1 week after Kawasaki knife attack See in context

It means something since I used to live near where Iwasaki lived. In fact I used to walk my dogs near the house

for over four years. It is hard to believe a hikikomori could live like that, in a room upstairs. It is a quiet neighborhood with quite a few elderly residents.

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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

KIT will hire non- native teachers with a MA. They tend to go to a college in Vermont. So that is why I asked.

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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

So they met in the US. Did they study in Vermont?

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Posted in: Three 18-year-olds killed, one in coma after traffic accident in Shizuoka See in context

I think they were not wearing seat belts. I think it was reported on TV.

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Posted in: Over 20 dead in U.S. polar vortex; frostbite amputations feared See in context

I am from Vermont and I am reading. My mother is buried in Williamstown and my cousins are in Boston.

My aunt is near Alewife. The cold is nothing compared to Minnesota.

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Posted in: What are some of the main causes of stress in your job or at your workplace? See in context

Given the silent treatment. Having a boss who knows the answer to something, yet lies and says he does not.

General passive/aggressive behaviour.

Oh, and always talking to another employee about me and he has to relay information to me.

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Posted in: 11 die in fire at Sapporo facility for people on welfare See in context

Nhk reported that the victims were 65 or older except for one wbo was 48.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro hit by spate of train graffiti See in context

Actually one incident was shown on TV. From security cameras, the people were speaking English. They sprayed a train and were walking around between a station in Tokyo one night about 3:30 a.m.

I couldn't tell if they were native English speakers or using English as a common language.

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Posted in: Noel Gallagher discards any trace of Oasis sound in new album See in context

It was on Youtube some time ago. Not the Stone Roses, some no name Manchester band.

There was a video stating that Oasis stole these melodies.

I heard what was done but I cannot say whether it was stolen. Anyway,

like or loathe him, Liam was a good singer.

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Posted in: Noel Gallagher discards any trace of Oasis sound in new album See in context

I heard somewhere that Oasis stole a lot of ideas from some band in Manchester.

By that I mean some of the guitar parts or melodies. Is that true?

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Posted in: Foreigners' perspective on election barely discussed despite growing presence See in context

OK, i just get the letter every couple of years to apply for the council. If it is just public relations, too bad.

Giving up 8 Sundays a year seemed a bit much, plus the two year commitment.

Better than other cities. I never got PR but I read somewhere that it was posssible.

As I may move out of Kawasaki, it doesn't matter.

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Posted in: Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53 See in context

Now I remember. They had that weird cover on the album that came out in 1992. They did get airplay on college radio in upstate New York in Ithaca, at WICB in Ithaca College. Youtube is good. You can check out live in San Francisco in 2009 at the Fillmore playing Courage acoustic as the crowd sings along.

Also live in Syracuse, same year.

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Posted in: Foreigners' perspective on election barely discussed despite growing presence See in context

Foreigners who have PR and live in Kawasaki can vote in local elections. There is also a foreigner council that meets about 8 times a year where they discuss various issues.

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Posted in: Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53 See in context

They never seemed to get exposure in the US. I don't know why since I thought they were good enough for alternative radio or MTV. They were compared to R.E.M. I lived in northern Vermont and listened to the Montreal radio station CHOM in the late evenings after I got back from the college library, when the reception was better. I went out and bought whatever album they had around 1995/1996. I liked their single "Grace, too", and "Looking for a Place to Happen".

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Posted in: Trump warns N Korea of 'fire and fury' if it threatens U.S.; North threatens Guam See in context

With war South Korea would suffer so much.

Japan would be hit.

Even today on Asahi, they showed a map Kim was looking at. It looked like he was pointing at Iwakuni.

I don't want bombs falling on Yamaguchi, but diplomacy has not worked well.

North Korea is mad since at ASEAN the screws are tightening and Thailand admitted that trade with North Korea has declined by 90% over the past year.

Business is still done with India, Singapore and Malaysia.

I wish trump could convince Macron to ban the sale of cognac to KIm.

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Posted in: British actor Robert Hardy dies at 91 See in context

Yes, I watched the TV show on PBS in New York. I remember they ate bangers and mash a lot since it was easier to cook.

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Posted in: Koike's party, allies score big victory in Tokyo metropolitan assembly election See in context

It was down in the islands (Ogasawara), which is called Shima bu.

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Posted in: Red Sox announcer says Tanaka shouldn't get interpreter See in context

Well, it just makes the game slower. Those games between the two teams always takes longer.

Thing is, the Red Sox have had Japanese players before and I know they had an interpreter for Matsuzaka and the other Japanese players.

The Yankees want to win, so they want the pitching coach to communicate with Tanaka.

The Spanish speakers don't tend to get an interpreter, but the Japanese do.

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Posted in: Shocked city assesses flood damage; 3 dead, 23 missing See in context

No, the evacuation was screwed up. It was for another town and then people were told to go east of the river and then west of the river. The evacuation time was too late. The city should have been on the safe side and just have asked residents to evacuate early; better to be safe than sorry. Really terrible scenes. It reminded me of 4 years ago in Tohoku.

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Posted in: England too insular for World Cup success See in context

Maybe there should be a Great Britain team. Seems that the Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish could help instead of playing separately and failing to qualify.

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Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day? See in context

I went to Narita on March 10th. I flew to the US to see my brother and sister-in-law who was pregnant. Woke up early before 5:30 just to check my e-mail as I had jet lag. Almost shouted when I saw the video of the tsunami with houses on fire floating in the water. My wife had been staying in Osaka. Lots of shaking there too. Flew back on the 16th. I was in Newark, New Jersey. Flying to Japan that day was odd since so many people canceled their flights. I had a whole row to myself. Couldn`t take Narita Express since all services were canceled until further notice, so I had to take a bus to Shinjuku. I remember escalators were off so people had to use the stairs at train stations. Unessential lighting was off. Trains just came when they did, so people had to wait, not knowing when the next train would arrive.

Lines at gas stations in Kanagawa were so long. Empty shelves at supermarkets, especialy for things like milk.

I walked more and read the Daily Yomiuri most days, especially about stories of what was going on in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima.

School was delayed by two weeks but I was glad to be back to work when work started again.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

I think people are having a harder time making money. I used to make more money. I lost my job and went to a university to work. I work more yet make less money.

I remember when more people would get rid of decent stuff. These days, people go to recycle shops. I never heard motainai back in 2000.

Credit cards can be used more, such as at supermarkets.

I think things are getting worse so I plan on leaving next year.

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Posted in: Scrambling for the immigrant elite See in context

It does happen. I have heard of Americans with Japanese spouses who want to return to the US, and the Japanese spouse refuses.

I know one couple where the American woman took the son to Michigan while the husband stauyed in Tokyo.

My wife can live in the US. I plan on leaving next year for the US. I can't get a stable job. Why stay here?

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