David K Anderson comments

Posted in: Sapporo White Illumination See in context

Odori park is a pretty easy walk from my apartment. Looking forward to seeing this...

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. and Japan hold first-ever trilateral aerial exercise in face of N Korean threats See in context

I have no doubt that the "message" component of these exercises is directed at China no less than at North Korea.

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Posted in: Man pleads guilty to fatally abusing girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter in Okayama See in context

Monsters in human form. They need to swing.

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Posted in: Controversial U.S. livestreamer 'Johnny Somali' arrested in Osaka See in context

Fine and deport these pests.

Absolutely! What an embarrasment fools like this are.

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Posted in: Moving to Japan to work as a taxi, bus or truck driver may be getting easier soon See in context

From the very excellent Hino Maru Taxi Co. Ltd. website...

They also state that they provide training to help you pass the Class 2 license and actively recruit foreign drivers. I'm considering contacting them when I finish language school and have passed (at least) the N3 test that they require. I'm fortunate in that my US state has a licence reciprocity agreement with Japan, so the regular Japanese license is a non-issue.

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Posted in: Do you think relatives of crime victims should have a say in what punishment is meted out in court to those found guilty of the crime? See in context

Definitely not. Victims are entitled to reasonable compensation, but sentencing is a matter for the courts.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted sexual assault of woman at her apartment See in context

Habitual offender. Time to lock him up for a good, long stay.

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Posted in: More Nihon University football players suspected of cannabis possession See in context

I wonder if the arrest warrant will be transmitted by fax...just to stick with the "decades behind the times" theme.

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Posted in: Carmona's late goal sends Spain to Women's World Cup final with a 2-1 win over Sweden See in context

I don't think Japan were overrated. I think the young side got a bit overwhelmed by the weight of the moment and let a thoroughly mid Swedish side disrupt their flow for 70 minutes or so. They were also desperately unlucky in both their concessions (although the first should have been cleared quickly) AND in not getting a late equalizer. Play that match ten times and Japan wins at least 7 or 8 of them.

Sweden's run of improbable luck ran out against Spain. I'm not sure Spain can win against either Australia (especially not if Kerr is able to start) or England. But the Lionesses have yet to look as good as their roster, so who knows?

The future belongs to the young Spanish and Japanese sides, though.

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Posted in: Japan trounces Spain 4-0 to top Group C at Women's World Cup See in context

A very impressive win. What stood out to me was Japan's adaptability. This team doesn't normally cede possession and play in a low block, waiting to hit on the counter. But they realized this would be a tactical plan well suited against Spain and executed it ruthlessly. They were well prepared and disciplined.

Norway will be a very different challenge: not as technical as Spain, but a much taller, stronger team than the Nadeshiko. Defense on set pieces will be critical. But Norway as been hot-and-cold in the tournament so far while Japan has been consistently at top form.

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Posted in: Japan beats Costa Rica 2-0 to qualify for knockout stage at Women's World Cup See in context

And that heavy bump on CR goalkeeper Solera looked really bad. She was down for the count. No free kick, in fact Japan got a corner??? How's that???

When I looked at the replay, it seemed to me that the heavy contact on Solera was from her own defender.

The Nadeshiko did seem to take their foot off the gas in she second half, and the timing of some substitutions further killed momentum. But I'm guessing that was a decision the coach made to conserve players for the long haul since it looks like this team is capable of a deep run in the tournament. The final group match v Spain to decide the group winner may not be a big priority for either side now, since both have advanced to the knockouts. Still...bragging rights and a (theoretically) easier match in the round of 16 are at stake.

Go Nadeshiko!

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Posted in: Senior Japanese diplomat in Oregon attacked in alleged hate crime See in context

Portlander here, and while the city isn't the dystopian nightmare some folks (who, invariably, don't live here) like to paint it, there are definitely widespread serious problems. Homeless people, many of whom are in serious need of mental health care, are everywhere. The police (who are NOT "defunded") have reacted to greater levels of civilian oversight by largely not bothering to do their jobs: it's almost impossible to get a car theft investigated, they do nothing to stop street racing "takeovers," traffic enforcement consists solely of revenue-generating speed traps, and so forth. The city government is comprised almost exclusively of incompetent, pandering simpletons. They get re-elected because no one capable runs for office: their opponents are for the most part even more hopeless. The city's not what it was, and that's a shame. I'm not in the least surprised there was this sort of racist assault.

FWIW, soon-to-be Sapporo-ite here...

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Posted in: Kyoto Animation memorial marks 4 years since attack as trial looms See in context

KyoAni made some of my favorite shows ever, and I'm not gonna lie: I want to see that guy swing.

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Posted in: Heavy rain pounds Sea of Japan coast; local politician dies See in context

Salute to Nobuhiko Akaike. He died in the act of trying to protect his constituents.

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Posted in: What is the difference between nationalism and patriotism? See in context

"Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in whatsoever. " - Doug Stanhope.

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Posted in: Couple convicted of 2021 murder of Tokyo high school girl See in context

Monsters. They should swing.

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Posted in: If AI is able to create movies using images of deceased actors, would you watch such films? See in context

I weaseled out with "maybe" because while I don't really like the idea, I could see there being circumstances in which it would be okay.

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Posted in: Criminal liability to be contested at Kyoto Animation arson trial See in context

Not gonna lie: while I generally oppose capital punishment (because there's no "do over" if the system gets it wrong), in cases of overwhelming confidence of guilt and for a sufficiently heinous crime, I'm all for it. From everything I've read about the case against Aoba, this is such a situation. I'll cheer out loud when this mass murderer swings.

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Posted in: China threatens retaliation if U.S. House speaker meets Taiwan president See in context

And, what are you going to do about it?

Two things...and Jack just left town.

Given the recent Xi/Putin meeting, China needs to shut it.

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

I've had some great pour-over coffee at The Roastery in Harajuku. Expensive, but damn, it's good.

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Posted in: Japan soccer chiefs neglecting women's game, says former striker See in context

Big name? Lol ...

How to say you don't follow womens football without saying you don't follow women's football. No team in Europe has been more successful over the years than Lyon, who have won the UEFA Women's Champions League 8 times.

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Posted in: Japan soccer chiefs neglecting women's game, says former striker See in context

I live in one of the world's epicenters for the women's game, Portland, Oregon, USA. Well before the current worldwide surge in popularity for Women's football, Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL, the US women's 1st division, had absolutely unheard-of attendance for a women's pro side (21k+ per match, when "big name" European sides like Olympic Leon were lucky to get 3500). Women's soccer's a big deal here. I've been a season ticket holder since the team started and have been watching the women's side of the sport for a long time. I vividly remember that "golden age" Japanese team and their World Cup win. They were legendary.

They've been in a rebuilding phase for a while now as the golden age players have aged out, and the reduction in support from the federation hasn't helped. But the thing is, the team is going in the right direction. Most of the players are pretty young - and that shows sometimes - but their technical ability is at least as good as the previous generation's was. More Japanese players than ever are playing in Europe and the US (Thorns FC brought in Hina Sugita from INAC Kobe Leonessa last year, and she's been terrific). At the recent cringe-y named She Believes Cup, Japan finished 2nd behind the US, but were really the best team in the tournament (but dropped matches to the US and Brazil because of bad finishing - which green players do sometimes - despite outplaying them); they stomped on Olympic Gold medalists Canada 3-0. Despite the neglect, it's a team on the rise and they deserve better.

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Posted in: Facebook-owner Meta to roll out paid subscription See in context

It might be worth it if it stemmed what has become an absolute avalanche of advertising on the platform. But of course, it won't.

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Posted in: Manga artist wants Japanese teachers to feel how dumb their girls’ dress code is See in context

"Why don’t men understand?”

They understand perfectly well. They just place being able to ogle underage girls' legs over the health and safety of those girls.

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Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing? See in context

As with so many advances, it's a mix. Personally, I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (by a lot), particularly if, as another poster mentioned, you make sure it's you controlling your devices and not the other way 'round.

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Posted in: Bomb threats sent by fax to colleges in Yamanashi, Ibaraki, Hokkaido See in context

By fax.

How to tell me the perp is Japanese without telling me the perp is Japanese.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing woman’s underwear, setting fire to her house 2 days later See in context

"...denied intent to kill when he started the fire"

Who cares about this idiot's intent? Regardless of that, he put this woman and her family at grave risk, as well as firefighters and other emergency responders. He needs to do time.

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Posted in: Moriyasu defends decision-making after Japan's loss to Costa Rica showing See in context

That strategy doesn't make sense to me. Why not play your absolute best lineup against what is likely the weakest team in the group? Get all three points and you're going through. Get one and you've got a great chance. Now you need a result against one of the best teams in the tournament.

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Posted in: Keep it down See in context

Trains in Japan are like morgues - deathly quiet and full of zombies. Awful atmosphere.

Who rides a train for the "atmosphere?" The quiet is one of the attractions of train travel in Japan. I'll take not being subjected to someone's garbage taste in music or bellowing conversation any day.

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Posted in: Have you found that your smartphone has gotten you into the habit of spending more time checking work messages or reading work-related materials or emails in your “off” time at home? See in context

I have zero work-related stuff on my phone. We're a remote-only company, and heavily use Zoom, Slack, etc...but I deliberately don't have those apps installed, and my employer has no problem with that. We just don't have a work culture that demands off-hours work/availability except under genuinely special circumstances...and that's what the laptop is for.

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