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Posted in: IHO OKs proposal that maintains exclusive use of 'Japan Sea' name See in context

no one in England complains about the Irish Sea

Because if the Irish Sea wasn't there all the Irish would be Welsh.

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Posted in: English mistake makes Kyoto the enemy of the world See in context

She tells our 6 yo boy "don't screaming". 

She doesn’t speak to him in Chinese?

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Posted in: Japanese police hide at shrine to catch a thief…who stole ¥665 See in context

do people who steal from shrines get harsher punishment?

Eternal damnation from a Higher Authority?

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Posted in: Trump concedes 'nothing' on election; Biden team to meet vaccine makers See in context

even back in 1983 Biden was the brunt of jokes, mockery and scrutiny, I know this as an American

Yet still over 78 million American voters preferred him to Trump. What does that tell you?

Biden really won’t be doing anything

Biden is busy putting together his cabinet, making plans to deal with the pandemic, getting ready to hit the ground running.

even now Trump makes the news*

The so-called leader of the free world has a quarter of a million dead, many more on the way, and he has nothing better to do than play golf and tweet tantrums? Of course that's news. American presidents are supposed to be presidential, when they are infantile it's a man-bites-dog story.

Nor would that be wise with 70+ million followers.

Sounds like a threat. Stand by?

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Posted in: Trump concedes 'nothing' on election; Biden team to meet vaccine makers See in context

So people all of a sudden don’t care about the issues.

Maybe Trump was the issue for many people?

Trump did all the work for him.

No, because we all know it’s a bunch of crap. I remember as a kid in high school when talk show host Johnny Carson was ripping on old Joe

Do try to pay attention and keep up. Whatever Johnny Carson may have said about anyone when you were a kid has no bearing on what Donald Trump did and said in the second decade of the 21st century. What Donald Trump did and said 2016 to 2020 was enough to make a lot of people not care what some TV presenter may have said yonks ago about Biden. #anyonebuttrump

Sums up, Biden.

Is Biden out playing golf while the country faces record levels of covid infections and deaths?

You're making my argument for me, bass.

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Posted in: Trump concedes 'nothing' on election; Biden team to meet vaccine makers See in context

if Trump won all the blue states in the same way that Biden did I have this strange feeling they would be veeeery suspicious.

If Trump won a single Blue state, I imagine a lot of people would be very, very suspicious.

Biden got more votes than any other President in History including Hillary and Obama without really campaigning or outlining any specific

How many of those Biden voters were ...inspired... by Trump to vote Democrat? Biden didn't need to really campaign, Trump did all the work for him. I imagine there were just as many, if not more, AnyoneButTrump voters as there were Biden voters.

An American Nero, truly.

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Posted in: The world’s first eggwich speciality store opens in Osaka See in context

if you want vegetarian food, do not eat anything called burger

I make a mean veggie burger....

if you want to eat eggs, have them hard or soft boiled, full english, sunny side up, omelettes, scrambled, poached... but not as fake hamburgers.

They’re not selling ‘fake hamburgers’, they’re selling fake hamburger buns.

Folk who don’t like bread (what’s not to like about bread??) might want to sandwich their patties with egg buns. It’s a free world, as the saying goes.

What’s a full English egg?

constant aids to compensate a lack of selfrespect or personality


What do food preferences have to do with self-respect or personality?

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Posted in: English mistake makes Kyoto the enemy of the world See in context

fight between US and British nationals over spelling and pronunciation.

Ain't no fight. We're right, they're wrong. ;-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics may allow foreign fans but there will be rules See in context

Is there also a hotline where we can also snitch on Japanese who don't obey the rules too? I've seen plenty.

What rules? There are no rules. Only common sense and suggestions. Granted, not everyone is on board with those.

We've had a 'lockdown' whereby no penalties were dished out to those flouting the rules, or should I say, suggestions.

There has been no lockdown in Japan. There was a State of Emergency during which the authorities, as you note, put out suggestions as to how people should behave. There were no rules incurring penalties for non-compliance, because the Japanese government does not have the power to impose such rules. As far as I can see, people in the main follow the suggestions.

They should give up on the Olympics. It isn't going to happen. If they are held, not many people are going to come and the whole thing will be an even bigger financial disaster than was originally planned. Just cut the losses, and if some people really really can't give up, try again in 2032.

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Posted in: Melon bread…with meat? A crazy new twist on one of Japan’s favorite baked goods See in context

the inner section of melon pan is a pretty plain, if fluffy, mass of white bread. 

My local Coop used to sell melon pan with melon cream inside. They were very nice. Haven't seen them in a while, though.

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Posted in: Trump files new election challenge in Michigan; Georgia announces recount See in context

The good thing is, with Trump out of office the deaths continue to climb

What a disgusting thing to say.

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo top 300 for 1st time since Aug 20 See in context

Ahh, hmm no brainer here. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Tokyo is the capital city of the country and that the numbers of infected in Tokyo supersede any another area in the country?

Then we would have the BBC reporting numbers in London only, CNN reporting Washington only, Paris only, Berlin only, Moscow only....

What about the worrying rise in numbers in Hokkaido? Osaka?

There’s more to Japan than just Tokyo.

the Nikkei surge I think has more to do with the world recognition of Biden's win and hope rather than anything else

Yes, that and the news of the vaccine.

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Posted in: Persimmons dry out See in context

Decorations!? What a waste of food

Dried persimmons are a delicacy. People eat them. It’s a simple way to make Shibagaki (tart persimmons) sweet and edible.

No more a waste of food than hanging chocolate favours and spiced biscuits on the Christmas tree.

They all get eaten.

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo top 300 for 1st time since Aug 20 See in context

for those of us who live in Japan the numbers here are more important.

Yes, here, in Japan. Why is it all TokyoTokyoTokyo?

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Posted in: How Pfizer vaccine could be cold comfort for some Asian nations See in context

But how long is the vaccine stable once it is taken out of -70C?

According to the BBC, it's viable for up to 5 days in an ordinary fridge.

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Posted in: Much at stake as Supreme Court weighs future of 'Obamacare' See in context

‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.

That is the Declaration of Independence, not the constitution.

As a non-American, it's all the same to me. I don't need a piece of paper written hundreds of years ago in a world vastly different to today's to tell me how things should be.

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Posted in: Much at stake as Supreme Court weighs future of 'Obamacare' See in context

The ACA is unconstitutional. There's nothing in the US Constitution about health care

Then maybe it’s time for another amendment.

It seems to me though that good health care would be included somewhere in ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.

If you’re not healthy you might well lose your life: you’re not at liberty to live the life you want to live: and it’s hard to be happy when you’re either ill or bankrupt. Or both.

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Posted in: Velvetiser creates barista-grade hot chocolate See in context

I shed tears of joy when Hotel Chocolate came to Japan.

I love their stuff.

And the price helps prevent me from over-indulging.

The Velvetiser is on my Christmas list.

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Posted in: Read all about it See in context

 How selfish. I said good luck get in line with the rest of the 11 million asylum and border jumpers trying to get in the country free loading.

Your friend is in the country working on a proper working visa, and he hopes to get a permanent visa. If he’s working legally and presumably paying his taxes, why do you think he’s freeloading? Sounds like he’s paying his way and obeying the law. Doesn’t sound like he’s seeking asylum (from Japan??) or trying to jump any borders.

I hope he’s found better friends in the US.

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Posted in: Trump-to-Biden presidential transition could be rockier than most See in context

So Biden doesn't say "We have put together I think, the most extensive, inclusive, voter fraud organization in the history of American politics" in his speech below, which was made a week before the election?

That’s right, he doesn’t.

*Video from an episode of the “Pod Save America” podcast featuring Joseph R. Biden Jr. was altered to give the false impression that he was discussing his support of voter fraud*.

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Posted in: Crown prince vocal about role of imperial family See in context

change = chance

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Posted in: Crown prince vocal about role of imperial family See in context

The females should have the choice.

Males too. Within the Imperial Family and outside it, gender shouldn't be an issue. At all.

As things stand, the females have the change to escape, the males don't.

None of the royals have to remain in the business of being royals, they can simply refuse.

I suppose so; but being born into it (in the case of the young lad, literally conceived for the purpose of continuing the male line) and raised with an education that brainwashes them into thinking it's their duty, in real life it's not so easy. Even the former Emperor couldn't speak out till he was old and frail, and even then there were months of 'consultations' and much sucking of teeth.

Or just make it the PM.

Again, a possibility; but again, in real life the PM has (hopefully) more important things to do than opening new hospitals and writing poetry at New Year parties. And I for one would not be happy to see Suga dressed up as a hina-sama.

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Posted in: Crown prince vocal about role of imperial family See in context

equality that would enable his niece her rightful place in the accession.

I really don't get this call for 'equality' that would condemn the princess to a life spent in the same gilded cage her male relatives are confined to. She's sure well out of it when she gets married.

In the same way that progress in gender equity in the world at large is enacted not by forcing women to work long hours like men have traditionally been expected to, but by enabling men to have a quality of life more like that of the traditional female, a more civilised work/life balance for all, equality in the Imperial Family would be better served by allowing the males the same freedoms as the females; let them escape if they want.

If that means the Palace is empty, so be it. Why force people to do something merely on account of the accident of their birth?

If we must have a Head of State (and I can see there is a strong argument for one, ships must be launched, buildings opened and foreign guests entertained), instead of going on heredity we could pick a name out of a hat, from all adult citizens who express an interest in taking on the role for say, one year or five years or whatever. (Not chosen by popular vote, that way lies corruption and political shenanegans).

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Posted in: Biden seeks to move quickly and build his administration See in context

his beautiful Manhattan penthouse

Have you seen the photos? Marble, glass and everywhere the glint of gold, screaming look at me, I got money!

Money can buy gold, but it can't buy class.

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Posted in: Muji’s new soy meat can be stored at room temperature, needs no hydration See in context

 Please tell us where else sells plant based meats

Almost all of the local supermarkets here in the sticks have it, usually tucked in beside the koyadofu and dried beans.

Don't go looking for it in the meat section.

Have to say I'm a bit wary of ready-to-eat food that will keep for ever at room temperature, makes me wonder what concoction of preservatives is involved. The link at the end of the article doesn't give a list of ingredients, so I won't be rushing out to buy this - which is just as well, since it says all four products are sold out and they don't know when they'll be getting more in.

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Posted in: Study: Fix to food climate problem doesn't require veganism See in context

Mankind has evolved to the point that we need animal meat for nourishment. That's a fact

No it isn’t.

The Creator/God/Great Spirit/Shang-Tri/Allah/Jah/etc. made it for our use. 

No such creature.

Veganism/vegetarianism is no answer and it's unhealthy.

I’ve been vegetarian for over two decades, and I’m way healthier than the vast majority of meat-eaters I know. Plenty of energy, no aches and pains, no problems re blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, cardiac health, constipation, etc etc.

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Posted in: Suga congratulates Biden; hopes to strengthen alliance See in context

So this is final? He's really fired?

All over bar the shouting. Looks like the loser will try to do quite a bit of shouting before the door hits him.

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Posted in: Eco-friendly, healthy plant-based meat in spotlight in Japan See in context

Why not become a vegetarian instead.

If you’re so inclined, yes, it’s better/easier to just go vegetarian. Absolutely.

But when you live in a mixed household, sometimes compromises are necessary, and soy not-meat has a role to play. I’m vegetarian, Mr Cleo is not. When he does the cooking he accommodates my foibles by not putting meat on the table. When I do the cooking I cannot bring myself to soil my pots’n’pans with bits of dead body, but I want to make him meals he can enjoy and not feel he’s ‘doing without’. The use of different varieties of non-meat help provide some of the texture and taste he craves without making me throw up.

I don’t think I will ever persuade him to go vegetarian, but not-meat helps keep the peace.

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Posted in: Italy shuts down 4 regions as Europe tries lighter lockdowns See in context

Big and noisy is not great.

Like the neighbour playing his stereo at full volume in the early hours, you can’t help but notice it but you’d rather not.

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Posted in: As Japan moves to revive its countryside, pandemic chases many from cities See in context

No interest in museums, galleries, exhibitions, expos, restaurants, eateries, international supermarkets, bars, live music venues, shops, markets etc. No charms at all?

I wouldn’t say no interest at all, but certainly not enough to put up with living in the concrete jungle. I’m very happy where I am.

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