CaptDingleheimer comments

Posted in: Go To travel subsidy program to cover half of costs from October See in context

Heard that places are increasing their prices .... so in the end you pay the same.

Precisely what happens when governments print money.

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Posted in: Japanese kids suffer near worst mental health among richest nations: report See in context

How did New Zealand rank lowest? We keep hearing about what a utopia that place is.

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Posted in: LDP to exclude rank-and-file members from election to pick new leader See in context

Sounds shady, but he's my horse in the race knowing only that he's a self-made man who grew up on a farm in southern Akita (a place dear to me heart). His family isn't part of any political dynasty like many of the others.

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Posted in: Bicyclist arrested for splashing woman with urine as he rode past her See in context

About 15 years ago in Tohoku, I was seeing a girl who had a stalker, the parent of one of my students, as it were. Several times he (I assume) left a PET bottle with urine in it open and leaning against the front door to my apartment, so that when I opened it, it would tip over and spilling my genkan when I opened the door.

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Posted in: Fears pandemic will worsen birth rate, exacerbating Japan's aging crisis See in context

There needs to be a full-blown effort to get young people in Tokyo to move back to the prefectures, with interest-free loans to build or renovate a house. There is a HUGE stock of vacated housing, some of which can be renovated, some of which should be torn down and the plot rebuilt upon.

The other angle needs to be to encourage companies to allow more remote work, and subsidize (in the form of tax write-offs) the Shinkansen tickets back to Tokyo for a meeting once or twice a month.

I work a 'big city corporate job' remotely from rural western Massachusetts where my son has miles of hilly woods and streams to play in behind the house. If I was living in Boston paying twice the living expenses with 5% of the personal physical space, my wife and I might still be childless.

I really believe that Japan will only be saved by decentralizing Tokyo and going back to the furusato.

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Posted in: Tired of Zoom calls? Company offers at-home hologram machines See in context

"Zoom calls"....

Yes I'm tired of Zoom calls. But if it's at-home holograph machines we're talking about, the priority is that I'm tired of two-dimensional pornography.

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Posted in: Virus cluster reported among Shimane high school soccer team See in context

Nobody got sick. Who cares.

Look, Japan doesn't have an election coming up. Here in America, we have to milk the virus for all it's worth so we can keep the economy in the toilet until November so we can get rid of Trump and also to show everyone that "capitalism has failed", but Japan doesn't have to do all that.

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Posted in: Abe to avoid visit to Yasukuni Shrine on 75th anniversary of war's end: report See in context

Can't they 'disinter' the war criminals and stick them in exile in a shrine out on Sado Island or something?

Seems silly that Japan can't honor their fallen over those clowns.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for extorting ¥1.1 million from man over video voyeurism See in context

The fact that a woman in a miniskirt can walk around in train stations and easily bait men into trying to film her underwear is more telling about Japan than it is about any of the parties involved here...

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Posted in: Former 'Terrace House' cast member arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Half the people who work at Netflix smoke weed, he won't be getting fired so as long as he keeps working for them, nor will he need to apologize for "inconveniencing" his fans.

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Posted in: Wilford Brimley, 'Cocoon' and 'Natural' actor, dies at 85 See in context

Finish your darn oatmeal or I'll make my horse take a big dump on your front lawn.

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Posted in: Chiba police officer arrested for drunk driving See in context

Now that his LE career is over, let's hope that his very next step is to quit drinking.

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Posted in: Cirque du Soleil accepts purchase offer from creditors See in context

They screwed themselves when they got rid of the bears riding bicycles and the bearded lady,

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Posted in: Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday See in context

It's pretty slick how when faced with a public crisis, high government officials in Japan don these blue collar work uniforms, apparently to get the public to think they're getting ready to go roll up their sleeves and unclog a sewer pipe by hand somewhere.

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Posted in: Lawmaker admits receiving ¥1 mil in casino bribery scandal See in context

Not a very good negotiator if he risked his entire career over it and only walked away with about $10K...

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Posted in: Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in U.S. See in context

Capitalism; where money trumps lives.

Capitalism: where money for all social programs originates.

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Posted in: Japanese university awards first-ever ninja studies degree See in context

"What was your major in college?" "Oh I studied Ninja!"

Hell of a conversation starter!

...with your co-worker at Starbucks.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking pregnant woman in Sapporo See in context

A curbstomping is in order.

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Posted in: S Korea to demand removal of Japanese sites from World Heritage list See in context

I'm not sure I'd even heard of a 'UN World Heritage Site' until I went to Japan, where they seem to believe that every time they get a new landmark listed the entire world pauses and looks to Japan in awe.

What's next, an old capped-off landfill outside Yokohama? A hydroelectric dam up in the mountains somewhere? The Hello Kitty museum?

I realize that Korea is trying to jump on the 'woke' bandwagon and knock down a few monuments, but some of the sites listed are just silly.

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Posted in: Emmy Awards to go ahead; host Jimmy Kimmel says still figuring out how See in context

There are pictures of Jimmy Kimmel dressed up in blackface.

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Posted in: Japan wants U.S. to extradite Americans who helped Ghosn flee See in context

Rut roh Nippon...

Former Nissan CEO Ghosn Was Set Up By Company Executives: Bloomberg

https://finance.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/former-nissan-ceo-ghosn-set-124849196.html

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman arrested for abandoning body of newborn in park toilet See in context

There should be a better campaign -in all countries that have them- to educate the public about the baby drop-off Sally ports they have at fire stations, as well as about the adoption process.

That baby could have grown up in an adopted family and gone off to medical school then cured cancer.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s ‘Chicken Tatsuta’ burger now includes fish egg sauce and rice bun options See in context

Internet rule # 67,241:

"Every news article about McDonalds shall have a comment section filled with people proudly proclaiming -as if asked- that they would never, ever eat at McDonalds."

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

Since Trump was the first one to question the corruption of the WHO, we need to support the WHO 100%, increase their funding by as much as unelected UN bureaucrats see fit, and eliminate any and all oversight.

To resist Trump.

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Posted in: Denim is considered old fashioned?! What else are the youngsters in Japan losing interest in? See in context

Being a yearly Japan visitor, the one trend that I was sad to see go was the gradual disappearance of 3cm-long mini skirts in favor of those goofy baggy pants.

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Posted in: Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month See in context

CaptDingleheimer:

If the trains are running nearly empty, why are they running the same route with an express every 21 minutes?

socrateos:

Its because as many trains are running as usual, they are nearly empty. More trains + less people = more spaces.

My point is, if ridership is down so significantly, they should run fewer trains.

ex: If they previously ran 3 trains per hour on a given route but ridership is down 66%, run 1 per hour instead.

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Posted in: Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month See in context

If the trains are running nearly empty, why are they running the same route with an express every 21 minutes?

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Posted in: 'No time to act stupidly,' New York's Cuomo warns as Trump lauds state plans to reopen See in context

This from a President that wants to go to war with Iran just to save his Oil buddies.

Stunning and brave comment, but if Trump was itching for an excuse to go to war with Iran, he's had about 6 of them already.

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Posted in: JAL cuts profit forecast more than 40% See in context

It looks like those two planes are getting ready to throw down.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who will pay for delay See in context

I think Trump should be the one who has to pay. It is all his fault, after all.

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