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Posted in: From Tokyo to Shizuoka in search of tea See in context

Looks like a great adventure.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Muji Hotel now taking reservations See in context

The steak n' chips platter looks good, and so do the rooms.

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Posted in: Paris ties Singapore, Hong Kong as world's priciest cities See in context

From my experiences, as a whole, Tokyo is more expensive than Osaka. Yes, train transportation is less in Tokyo. However, since Osaka is smaller, there is less train transfers and stress than Tokyo. Tokyo rent is more expensive and so are groceries and restaurants. I'm sure Kobe is also a little more expensive than Osaka, too.

I'm surprised this article didn't include San Francisco, which is far more expensive than Los Angeles. Thank the dot.com industry for that.

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Posted in: Documentary about man with no limbs discusses what it’s like to be disabled in Japan See in context

I've read one of his books about his teaching career. It was very inspiring for me as a teacher. He seems like a bright guy who doesn't let limitations stop him. Great for him!

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

Being a recruiter here, I tend to find some kind of originality here. There have been a few who have approached me. Yes, some are shy about speaking English, there there are the few who will try. Sometimes, photos like this don't always do justice. From my experiences, I have been able to find some originality within the bunch as this photo. Most of the time, they work out for the best and bring out their personalities in the interviews. However, we tend to help them relax.

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Posted in: Japan household spending rises slightly in December See in context

Well, December is also the month in Japan where people spend month to buy things to clean their houses, cars, etc.

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Posted in: In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats argue about border wall See in context

Great! I'm glad the Dems don't pull punches. That look on Pence is priceless.

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Posted in: American Airlines launches first biometric boarding pilot program See in context

All good and well but the main problem is their bad service.

I've heard that on their domestic flights. I flew them from Tokyo (Haneda) to LAX. Haneda was great compared to Narita. With the exception of their breakfast, the other meals are okay. They had a great selection of movies and TV. I was amazed that they had craft beers and Mexican beers in economy. They also had snacks in the back to help yourself. My family and I were alright with them. In addition, their immigration facility at LAX was a breeze. You scan your passport and have your photo taken. Get your bags straight after without seeing an immigration officer, and then just one more check by an officer by the exit and your done. It took us about 30 minutes tops from deplaning the aircraft to exiting immigration and customs. I would fly them again.

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Posted in: Sakai - from where famous chefs of the world source their knives See in context

There is also the knife museum in Sakai on the Hankai light rail line. Along that line in Sakai, there are other knife shops. The city also has its annual city festival where some of the shops display their knives. There are other good things in Sakai, like craft beer, handmade sweets shops, and museums.

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Posted in: Osaka takoyaki seller found guilty of ¥130 million tax evasion See in context

I'm in the wrong business. Even with overhead costs, such as health permits, licenses, rental location fees, shakai hoken, and other costs, according to those figures, that's good money.

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Posted in: Canadian court grants bail to CFO of China's Huawei See in context

She will disappear.

Then she will be in even more trouble.

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Posted in: Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S. and free Huawei exec See in context

My wife and I made a bet that she will go to the nick in the US. My wife says no, because she is rich and she can buy her way out of jail time. I told her that even though she may be rich, it won't matter, since the US will enforce the law as part of their extradition with Canada. I hope I win.

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Posted in: Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison; blames 'blind loyalty' See in context

Great. 3 years in the nick.

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Posted in: Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S. and free Huawei exec See in context

 Her mistake or bad luck her flight changed in Vancouver

Yes. That was her mistake if the US was after her. I don't understand how another media source said that she has 7 passports, including Chinese. How is that possible since Chinese law forbids it? You get another passport from a different country and you automatically lose your Chinese citizenship.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko turns 17 See in context

And?

And Princess Aiko turned 17.

And? So we are all turning a day, a week, or even a year older.

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Posted in: JAL fires co-pilot jailed in UK for drinking excessive alcohol before flight See in context

Unfortunately, failure in Japan, is looked on as a fault rather than just a mistake. Once a person makes a mistake they are definitely not going to do this again, so I see this pilot as being safer than any other others. If I was JAL, I'd just put him on the domestic routes where he can return home every night. There are lots of airlines looking for pilots so he will be able to find a job and more caring organization to work for.

Unfortunately is correct. However, as an educator, I encourage my students and my kids to make mistakes while learning from them and taking risks. I tell them, if you don't mess up, you will never learn about yourself and be successful.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors say they will detain Ghosn as long as needed See in context

Apparently, what Carlos did was wrong. However, unless being formally charged with a crime, I would think being detained as long as necessary is illegal and can be a case for false imprisonment, not to mention damaging if what he did was false.

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Posted in: Prince Fumihito stands firm over postponement of daughter's marriage See in context

I think what the families on both sides are forgetting is that marriage is a unit and in that unit the joining of two people in a bond that hopefully lasts until death, but in practice is increasingly cut short by divorce. Now, with that in mind, I'm sure she hopefully has the right mind without influence to make that decision without permission. @goldorak - Yes, even I would have left after hearing this bs, too. However, at the same time, I would have told Mako that I really want to marry her, but that decision has to be made by you. Leave it at that and move on with or without her.

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Posted in: Fire truck arrived at burning home without water, fire department says See in context

Wouldn't common sense tell them to check their water gauge daily among other things during their morning inspections? I'm not a firefighter, but I would do that for starters.

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Posted in: 3 Keio University students arrested for sexual assaulting, robbing unconscious woman See in context

No longer true, demographiscs have seen to that, and even sub-par students can find a place at a once "reputable" private university - if the parents can afford it. Keio, Waseda and Todai are still top-tier. The others' stock has fallen, and the largest 2 of the remaining group are essentially diploma mills.

Like many universities in Japan.

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Posted in: Mother fatally stabs sons, aged 3 and 5 See in context

RIP little men. I know it wasn't your fault. You're the innocent ones.

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Posted in: Lost Disney film showing Mickey Mouse's predecessor found in Japan See in context

Wow! Great find. Put that in a Disney historical museum.

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Posted in: 16 JAL flights since April 2017 delayed as pilots fail alcohol tests See in context

Wow! This is very serious, especially when people's lives are trusted to them and their company. The best of luck to JAL for looking into this. JAL is a great airline.

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