Daninthepan comments

Posted in: Japan’s best-selling beer changing its recipe for first time in 35 years See in context

A bold business move? Probably not, the changes will probably be as significant as when they change the colour of the cans in autumn and spring.

Next year's campaign: 32 more bubbles per can!

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 1,414 new coronavirus cases; 922 in Tokyo See in context

The snow and ice are good timing - might keep a few people home.

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Posted in: Sake for all: A seasonal guide See in context

@anyone new to sake - the best lesson I've learned regarding sake is to look for the seimeibuai percentage on a bottle. Sake is made using rice that is milled so that they can get rid of the outer layers of the rice and get to the centre of the rice (containing more starch or something) which is the best part for making sake. The seimeibuai is the percentage of the rice that is remaining after milling so if the bottle says 45% (a nice sake) then if they use 1kg of rice 450g will be remaining after milling but if it says 65% (standard sake) then 650g will be remaining. Obviously, if you have 650g rice you can make more sake and therefore it will usually be the cheaper end stuff.

What does this mean to us Johnny foreigner? Well, if you pick up a bottle in the supermarket and can't read a thing on the label just look closely at the small print and if you can see a %age, then the lower the better - I've never been disappointed with a percentage less than 50%.

There are huge exceptions to this rule and some really expensive sakes with high percentages so just because it's over 60 doesn't mean it's bad but if it's under, it's almost guaranteed to be good.

BTW - the label, ginjo means it has less than 60% and daiginjo means less than 50%

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Posted in: Manga/anime creator Kenya Suzuki arrested for importing child porn from Europe See in context

Due to the structure of the Japanese language’s grammar, it’s unclear if by “photos of nude children from overseas” Suzuki was referring to nude photos of non-Japanese children specifically, or simply to photos from overseas of nude children regardless of the children’s nationalities.

They could've asked him.

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Posted in: Japan space agency starts recruiting astronauts for 1st time in 13 years See in context

I'm afraid they've missed their chance now: I'm too busy teaching English.

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Posted in: 23-year-old mother arrested after throwing infant from 2nd floor of building See in context


Finally a voice of reason.

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Posted in: Japan to simplify immigration procedures for wealthy travelers See in context

Well said Fuzzy. Just seems like they've managed to cut a bit of red tape - who cares who benefits?

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Posted in: Ghibli Museum asking for donations from overseas fans to help it through hard times See in context

Some nerve! Have you ever tried to get a ticket? It was like a six-month waiting list. If they couldn't have figured out a way to make a profit out of that model they deserve to go down.

The world seriously has bigger problems than Ghibli's little cash cow going without for a couple of years.

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Posted in: Supermarket employee stabbed in Tokyo See in context

a passerby or passerbies?

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Posted in: Docomo starts paid service to attach protective film to your smartphone for you See in context

Whatever the cost, I'm willing to pay treble - life is too short.

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Posted in: ‘Peeping Tom’ police officer arrested outside woman’s apartment See in context

Chofu is having a bad month: first the knife attack on the train, now this.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally punching 1-month-old daughter See in context

A total tragedy and from here on the wife and other kids will suffer the most.

@Lisa Twaronite - a brave, and one of the only mature comments on this story.

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested for stabbing downstairs neighbor See in context

Seems strange to finally lose it at 79. I wonder if he had a history of violence, or did this extreme outburst of insanity wait 79 years to rear its head.

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Posted in: Bootleg anime cakes? Charges filed against Tokyo woman for selling unlicensed Demon Slayer sweets See in context

What a sad story! Woman makes a buck; doing something she loves; making people happy. Big business shuts her down and sticks to selling approved cheap plastic rubbish from China.

Couldn't they have approached about licensing the cakes first?

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Posted in: Battle to restore iconic Osaka brothel building See in context

In a hundred years time do you think they will be trying to preserve soaplands and hostess bars? I hope not, it's not something that needs celebrating from this era and the artistic value of the decor isn't something to be proud of.

Take a few pictures for posterity and don't waste money on it. If private owners wish to do so, go ahead.

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Posted in: Baldwin sued over fatal 'Rust' shooting See in context

One defence of having guns in the US is if they didn't have guns they didn't have guns they would just resort to knives. Hard to imagine Baldwin mistaking a plastic knife for a real one and jokingly start start stabbing someone.

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Posted in: Nominations revealed for Japan’s 2021 New Words and Buzzwords Awards See in context

Finally, I have learned what my daughter has been singing for the last year.

"Shut the hell up, shut the hell up, shut the hell up..."

Makes sense.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over attempted murder-for-hire of husband See in context

Getting three kids off Twiter to murder your husband for cash - what could possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

It's a brilliant idea: always wanted a Nintendo Switch.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of parents in Kagoshima See in context

@Michael Machida I'm with the police on this one: he could definitely be a suspect.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan asks that you please be careful with its new extra-spicy rice burger See in context

Wrong, wrong, wrong. There is nothing wrong with a bun on a burger, why would anyone in their right mind fashion something out of rice to replace it?

Is nothing sacred?

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Posted in: Police officer arrested over sex with teenager See in context

Hiroshima prefectural police have arrested a 28-year-old police officer on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old girl at his home last year.

17 now but what about last year?

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Posted in: Japan keeps tourism freeze despite plunge in virus cases See in context

To be controversial: I can't help thinking Japan is making the right decision. I've been hypercritical of everything they've done so far and yet they seem to be coming out of it pretty well - time to shut my mouth.

In the mean time: time to make the most out of tourist-free sight-seeing spots.

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Posted in: Slow return See in context

Looking at the restaurants in my town this week and there has been little change since last week. I wonder if tonight will be the big rebound.

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Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context


In other words, you were thoroughly uncooperative because you thought you knew better during a time when the country was at its darkest hour for perhaps 50 years. Well done! Glad you came to the party.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

She's rich.

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Posted in: Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success See in context

"What is the reason behind the decline?" Seems the wrong question to be asking, it already implies there is only one reason. It's cumulative and all the tiny variables finally reached that tipping point that brought the virus crashing down. Nobody knows which was the straw that broke the camel's back, just keep adding straw and make sure he doesn't get back up. (poor camel).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 40 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 429 See in context

How low does it have to go before we can say all is well and let's move on? Just wondering.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested over unauthorized copying of Japanese-style artwork See in context

Won't be long til a 3d printer is able to produce a fake good enough to fool the experts.

“The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” (Walter Benjamin 1935)

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Posted in: UK counts on vaccines, 'common sense' to keep virus at bay See in context

"..rely on common sense" - another way of saying we haven't got a clue, but it doesn't matter 'cos it's your fault anyway.

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