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Posted in: UK court rules against Johnny Depp in libel case See in context

some of the most popular family movies in recent times, from “Edward Scissorhands” to most lucratively the “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Edward Scissorhands was made in 1990.

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Posted in: Safe containing ¥22 million stolen from home in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Umm .... pro-tip here. If you are going to buy a safe to keep a large amount of money in, make it heavy enough for a sumo wrestler to have difficulty removing.

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Posted in: 670 pigs stolen from farms in Gunma Prefecture See in context

The thieves will be caught eventually. You reap what you sow.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

I have found that a good response to, "Can you use chopsticks?" or "You use chopsticks very well." is "Yes / Thank you, I went to chopsticks school in Canada." After the typical 'eeeeh' (the surprise kind, not the doubtful kind) or 'really', I smile and tell them that I am joking and that I ate a lot of Chinese food growing up. The Japanese always get a good chuckle/laugh out of being fooled and it's a gentle and positive way of 'educating' them.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

@Vernon

Bet if she was drop-dead gorgeous she wouldn't mind the attention and questions. Instead, she is trying to get some attention (or seeing perceived racism) out of people's natural curiosity. Although I am a white American I get asked where I'm from by people I don't know in Japan; its no big deal and a good conversation starter. She needs to lighten up or leave Japan...

It's too bad that you didn't read the comments that came before yours. If so, you probably wouldn't have posted what you did. (Although maybe you still would have.) I won't rehash the relevant comments here, but if you would like to become more informed, I suggest you go back and do some reading.

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Posted in: Suicide hotlines busy as coronavirus ravages economy See in context

The following sentences sadden and disappoint me ...

"[The] suicide hotline start ringing as soon as it opens for its once-weekly overnight session. They don't stop until the lone volunteer fielding calls from hundreds of people yearning to talk signs out early the next morning. ........ volunteer numbers at the volunteer-run Tokyo Befrienders call centre have been cut to avoid coronavirus infection, but the desperate need remains."

Really? With all of the free office space these days, especially overnight, government agencies and vounteer organizations can't find more than one office for volunteers to take calls .... overnight? It's heartbreaking that so many desperately sad people in Tokyo have but one person to talk to and that this poor volunteer has to field all of these calls on her or his own.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan at crucial stage for lifting of state of emergency See in context

“People's movements have decreased by over 60 percent on weekdays and over 70 percent on weekends in urban areas when compared with the time before the spread of the virus in Japan, according to Abe. movements have decreased by over 60 percent on weekdays and over 70 percent on weekends in urban areas when compared with the time before the spread of the virus in Japan, according to Abe.”

There must be an amazing new ‘population movement tracking software’ that I haven’t yet heard of. Ganbatte Abe-san, only 10 & 20% left to go!

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

The IOC should pay for the delay. They can just reach into their multi-billion dollar war chest; that is, if it hasn’t already been completely looted by their corrupt leadership.

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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

Here's an idea! Why don't lawmakers create a new set of laws so that the state of emergency can be enforced. Hell, while you're at it, why not have widespread testing and procure the supplies necessary to treat the hundreds of thousands of people who will inevitably come down with Covid-19 due to the terrible handling of the crisis so far!

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Posted in: Bed vacancy rate for virus patients in urban areas below 20%: survey See in context

I am no alarmist, but if the "vacancy rate" is only 20% now, near the beginning of the pandemic and with totally insufficient measures in place, Tokyo and the rest of Japan is in for a VERY bumpy ride ahead.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be beacon of hope, says IOC See in context

Now, we will see if they were holding back on testing because of the summer games or not. I expect to see a bump in the reported cases of the virus.

My thinking exactly. It will also be interesting to see if Abe now starts to show some real leadership by enforcing social distancing measures like the other countries that really want to get ahead of the virus. Any other (non)-actions are simply courting disaster.

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Posted in: Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to claim record 44th Emperor's Cup See in context

"And I thought Konishiki was great."

He is. Great at eating. ;-)

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Posted in: Diamonds, precious metals valued at hundreds of millions of yen stolen from Tokyo residence See in context

Something smells fishy. If a person has several hundreds of millions of yen worth of jewelry, s/he can definitely afford a safety deposit box, or better yet, a security guard outside their door for 1,500 yen per hour when they're not home.

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Posted in: Trump's message to G7 leaders this weekend: Be more like U.S. See in context

Yeah ... "be more like the U.S. "

Highest murder rate of any industrialized country.

Highest rate of incarceration in the world.

Highest rate of obesity among industrialized nations.

Cruelest refugee detention policies in the free world.

Led by a greedy, dishonest, child-like, malignant narcissist.

Yeah ... "be more like the U.S. "

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Posted in: S Korea calls in Japanese diplomat over plans for Fukushima water See in context

Umm ... am I missing something here? People seem to be reacting like this is something new. TEPCO and the J-gov have been dumping contaminated water into the ocean for years, just not perhaps this much all at once. Why are people reacting like this is the first time?

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Posted in: J.League fines Nagasaki Y3 mil for inflating crowd figures See in context

Wish the authorities could fine Trump for inflating crowd figures as well. If it hit him in the pocketbook, he might stop lying about them. :-)

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Posted in: Hakuho ties all-time wins record, keeps lead in Nagoya See in context

They were just beginning their exciting rivalry and would've been great for the sport had the media not hounded Asa so much and forced him out. These past 10 years could've been another golden age for sumo.

I was fortunate enough to watch Hakuho and Asashoryu (my favorite wrestler) battle it out a couple of times. Great rivalry and amazing bouts to watch. I was a 15-year fan of the sport, but after Asashoryu was forced out, I totally lost interest and haven't been to a live basho since.

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Posted in: R&B singer R. Kelly denies holding women captive See in context

Everything about this story rings true, except for one thing. One of the women was 21, which seems much too old for him.

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Posted in: Laser therapy with deep-sea drug kills prostate cancer in trial See in context

It sounds very promising!

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Posted in: Old Japanese bathhouse gets converted into an izakaya restaurant in Tokyo See in context

The food will make your mouth water.

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Posted in: Old Japanese bathhouse gets converted into an izakaya restaurant in Tokyo See in context

It should be able to wet your appetite.

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Posted in: More Japanese marrying friends and acquaintances because they don’t want to bother with dating See in context

Crazily enough, about 60% of Japanese women and 76% of Japanese men in their 20s report having no romantic partner

Given a fairly even distribution between the genders, either the statistics are off, the poll question was interpreted way differently between the men and women, or there are a lot more Japanese playboys than I thought!

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Posted in: Japanese chocolatier astounds with super realistic life-sized men’s shoe collection See in context

I agree. :-)

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Posted in: New drug capsule delivers medicine for weeks after swallowing See in context

Fascinating stuff!

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Posted in: Boy who moved to Yokohama from Fukushima bullied at school See in context

Unbelievable. I love most things about Japan, but this article highlights some of it's worst flaws; a corrupt and negligent corporation that destroyed the live of countless people, the culture of bullying that Japan allows to fester, and the woefully inadequate actions of schools that are responsible for protecting its students. The fact that a victim of the Fukushima disaster is being victimized a second time at school is heartbreaking. I SOOOOOO wish that this bullying had taken place in one of my classrooms. You can bet that the situation would have been handled MUCH differently.

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Posted in: 4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park See in context

I believe that the city listed at the beginning indicates where the article was originally published, not the location of the story.

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Posted in: Encarnacion's 11th-inning home run lifts Jays over Orioles See in context

Go Jays!!

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