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Posted in: Tsunami-hit town demolishes old office despite preservation calls See in context

My town had an old disused state hospital that some people wanted to remain to serve as "a reminder of how poorly we treated the mentally ill". What they didn't suggest was how to pay for the maintenance of keeping an old building standing. Eventually they lost out, and the state sold the property to a developer that tore down the hospital and built condominiums. Now the property serves a purpose for living members of the community, and has contributed to the local economy.

In Japan where space it at a bit more of a premium, it makes no sense to leave some old relic like this standing. Use the space instead to show that life goes on and survivors persevere.

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Posted in: Do you think the corruption investigation of Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda by French authorities, involving Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, may be in retaliation for the prosecution of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has French nationality? See in context

Japan has been -and will continue to be- on a downward slide for quite some time.

Too insular for the modern world, no matter how fancy the Walkman becomes.

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Posted in: Do you think the corruption investigation of Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda by French authorities, involving Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, may be in retaliation for the prosecution of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has French nationality? See in context

That's a real stretch. Still, I wonder if his predicament is in any way a shot across the bow of the general prospect of putting non-Japanese control over Japanese things.

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Posted in: Jewelry, watches worth ¥33.5 mil stolen from home while owner overseas See in context

Owned $300K worth of jewelry but was too cheap to buy a $1,500 safe to bolt to the floor.

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Posted in: Car attacker says he kept foot on gas pedal while hitting crowd See in context

Jeez, good thing it was a little kei car and not an old Buick. I'm surprised they didn't need the Jaws of Life to get him out of it after.

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Posted in: 'CALM DOWN,' Trump tells detractors in New Year's message See in context

Trump is definitely a loose cannon and he acts unpresidential, but one thing he's GREAT at is getting people all worked up.

Look at the comments here, for example. This is a news website about Japan, and many of the people who comment here are English-speaking expatriates IN Japan. Yet consistently, the top comment feeds are Trump stories, not Japan stories. And most of those comments are just people competing to see who can get the most mad about Trump. I wonder what the total number of hours spent writing angry Trump comments is on this website alone... In the broader world it has to be in the hundreds of millions. Hundreds of millions of hours spent angrily pounding on computer keyboards, and yet Trump is still president.

Question (especially for those who've been living in Japan for quite some time):

How is your life any different than it was 2 years ago before Trump was the president of the US?

The people I know who are the most obsessed with and unhappy about Trump were pretty unhappy to begin with before he was president. They generally come across as unsatisfied with the direction of their lives, and rather than doing the work required to better their situations, they seem to see Trump as the perfect scapegoat. I noticed the same when George W. Bush was president.

So if you're a jaded, perpetually-hungover 35-year old ALT who makes $24,000/year to sing ' Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', and who observes from the shadows of Facebook as the people you grew up with are buying summer homes and planning for comfortable retirements back home while you scrounge the couch cushions for money to buy kerosene for your little apartment, I can understand why you're so mad at Trump for putting you in that position. It's not your fault. You just keep telling yourself that: "It's not my fault, it's Trump's fault."

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Posted in: Are you better off financially than you were this time last year? See in context

You guys need to up your 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes' game.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 2 injured in car collision in Mie See in context

By multiple standards, the Volvo XC-60 is the safest car on the road, even the safest ever tested by some standards.

And that taxi got blown to smithereens.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 2 injured in car collision in Mie See in context

Yikes. That photo makes me glad I drive my child around in a Volvo.

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Posted in: More Americans blame Trump for government shutdown: poll See in context

The poll would have been more telling had they paired the question with "Do you even care about the government shutdown".

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Posted in: Man apparently killed by snowplow in Yamagata Pref See in context

When I lived up in Tohoku, a poor little old lady was walking down the street from my house in a whiteout and one of those massive snowblowers came by and sprayed her out into a rice field.

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Posted in: With no deal, U.S. government shutdown likely to drag on past Christmas See in context

So they can't buy toilet paper at the welfare office for a few weeks.

Big deal.

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Posted in: Tattoos still give Japan the needle as Olympics loom See in context

Retired porn star Izumi with her cute collection of tats and her developing smoker’s cough- what a fine model of what not to copy, she is........

Seriously. She still looks ok I guess, but fast forward 15 years when she's the owner of a hole in the wall snack bar with 3 bar stools on the 6th floor of some derelict building that smells like kerosene fumes behind a train station in Saitama, with a weathered face that looks to be chiseled from formica and a voice like the chef on South Park.

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Posted in: Survey investigates how Japanese women feel about going Dutch on a date See in context

Fellas. It's simple. Wanna increase your chances of getting laid?

Pay the darn bill.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

Another one that gets little play in the press is what happened to the toothbrush mustache because of the Nazis.

The toothbrush mustache used to be a perfectly respectable form of the mustache before Hitler made it infamous. Now, nobody can ever rock one of those again.

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Posted in: Japan to pull out of IWC to resume commercial whaling See in context

So let me get this straight:

Many whale species are endangered because not long ago, wypipo from Western countries melted them down by the millions for fuel to light entire cities.

Japan snags about 1,000 whales a year for food, as they've done for a long time. They mostly harvest minke whales, which are not only not endangered, but are a species the IUCN considers to be of "least concern".

So woke wypipo are up in arms that Japan would dare to kill any number of whales for any purpose.

Ok, got it.

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Posted in: Tattoos still give Japan the needle as Olympics loom See in context

The 'no tattoos' signs hanging at onsen might as well just say 'no Yakuza'.

I've got a big piece covering much of my back and nobody has ever said a word about it to me at an onsen. I think it's quite obvious that as a white dude, I'm not a member of any Yakuza faction.

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Posted in: Transport ministry calls 25 airlines to meeting on pilots drinking See in context

I stopped in at a pub attached to a municipal airport a couple summers ago with some buddies, the table next to ours was 4 guys just CRUSHING pitchers of beer. All of them were pounding beers.

They squared up their bill, walked out the back door onto the tarmac, hopped in a turboprop airplane (a Pilatus) and fired it up, taxied away and flew off into the afternoon. We could see that the two guys in the cockpit were from inside the pub.

I mentioned to the waitress, "Hey, those dudes just pounded a bunch of beers and then they fired up that plane and burned outta here".

"Oh yeah", she says, "They do it all the time!"

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

VOTE BERNIE 2020!

He'll make THEM pay for YOUR mistakes!

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

BERNIE FUN FACT:

Bernie was a loser on welfare who couldn't/wouldn't hold a job until he was in his 40's, living in an abandoned maple sugar shack. Then he figured out how to get elected to public office by running his mouth and feeding fuel to the fires of resentment and envy.

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Posted in: Drunk vice principal loses job after urinating in girls bathing area on field trip See in context

I remember my 'Welcome to Akita' staff party when I came to Japan on the JET Program in 2003. I was sat in the seat of honor next to the 62-year old principal, who proceeded to drink a copious amount of cheap whiskey before the food was even served. He was rolling around on the tatami rambling incoherently, groping at female teachers and waitresses, snoring like a lumberjack, waking up and drinking more to do it all over again.

I thought at the time, "wow, first week here and I'm gonna witness a local scandal with the principal getting fired in disgrace", but nope, it was just par for the course. Happened at every enkai, until he retired in good graces at age 65 a few years later. Good guy, he; used to invite me into his big office to rip cigarettes and watch baseball while students strolled in and out sucking in second-hand smoke.

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Posted in: Japanese company trips: Workers 'absolutely hate' them, so why do they still happen? See in context

Japan is going down the tubes. They simply don't get it and they never will.

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Posted in: Immigration bureau's tweet criticizing 'Free refugees' graffiti goes viral See in context

$10 bucks says it was some SJW Canadian Nova teacher.

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Posted in: Mountain view See in context

Beautiful shot

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Posted in: 12-year-old girl, 8-year-old brother perish in Hyogo fire See in context

When I visited my in-laws in Japan last month, I installed smoke detectors throughout their house and strategically placed a few fire extinguishers about. Nobody knew what the darned things were.

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Posted in: Chinese city urges those 'poisoned by extremism' to turn themselves in See in context

In the UK, they give them a pat on the back and a welfare check.

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Posted in: Trump says he came to California to see fire scars See in context

If he DIDN'T go, you guys would be all mad about that...

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

"1,750 groping or molestation cases" in Tokyo....

When? Last Tuesday?

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

Some years back when living in NYC, I was on the subway when a woman spreamed of being groped. The next thing I knew, a sleazy-looking fellow had his nose exploded for him and spit chicklets out of his mouth, courtesy of a nearby straphanger who apparently wasn't in approval of the whole situation.

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Posted in: North Korea says it has tested 'ultramodern tactical weapon' See in context

Whatever it was, I'm sure US intelligence is all over it.

I'm in the security hardware business, having dealings with government and defense contractors often. People will often drop hints from time to time about this or that if you speak somewhat knowledgeably of world affairs. Someone not at liberty to say much more recently told me that "we can count how many hairs are in Kim Jong Un's ears." Given where they spend their days, I believe them.

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