Brooks Slaybaugh comments

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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