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Posted in: Chinese media call Japan 'two-faced' for seeking closer ties while warning of China threat See in context

It certainly does seem unfair to call China a "regional security threat" when clearly it's a global security threat...

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Posted in: Sapporo sees earliest 25 C day of any year since records began See in context

It was beautiful today in Sapporo and to the west from there. Walked around all day in shorts and sandals.

Yeah, I was a bit overdressed for my morning walk to language school (I live in Chuo-ku, near Nishi-juhatchome-eki), to say nothing of the walk home around noon. But although the winter waws a mild one and I generally like the cold, it was a nice change.

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Posted in: Japan's northeastern region jolted by M6.0 quake See in context

Despite the white (mag 1) dots at or near Sapporo, I didn't feel it. Hoping for the best for those closer to the epicenter.

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Posted in: Yen falls to 34-year low against dollar See in context

The weak yen is good for me (fixed USD income, living in Sapporo), but it's dropped so far that a lot of folks are suffering from the higher cost of imported goods on top of the price inflation in general. So I'm not really celebrating...that seems kinda selfish.

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Posted in: Ohtani says he never bet on sports; claims interpreter Mizuhara stole money, told lies See in context

Before anyone accuses him of being a dummy for doing such a thing, how capable were you with your Japanese banking procedures without speaking the language?

Exactly! I needed to open a bank account right away when I moved, and really only Japan Post will do that. Their site is reasonably English-friendly and the local branch bent over backwards to help me get things set up (despite none of them speaking English and my Japanese still at beginner student level)...and it was STILL a difficult process that took days to finalize. And let's just say we're not talking Ohtani-level money here! I just needed a simple passbook account...not the doubtless complex account a highly-paid MLP player would want.

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Posted in: Japan sees record cannabis cases in 2023; 70% among young people See in context

Japan's antiquated cannabis policy is costing the government a sizeable sum in tax revenues. California pulls in c. $270 million per quarter in tax revenue from cannabis. The "devil's lettuce" causes far less harm than alcohol.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese men die in river near Washington state waterfall made popular on TikTok See in context

Very sad to hear that, so how many more good souls have to Perish before the fire chief and the city decides enough is enough, or is it good for local businesses that it has to stay open regardless.

Eagle Falls is in an unincorporated area in a National Forest, so there is no city government involved. The nearest towns have about 200 people in them, each. Any decision to close the water to swimming or rafting/boating would have to be made (and enforced) by the US Forest Service.

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Posted in: Rocket launch by private Japanese firm Space One postponed See in context

So many problems with Japanese rockets. They should ask their North Korean neighbors for help.

Right...because a ship sailing into the hazard area is a problem with the rocket. /rolleyes

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Posted in: Self-proclaimed YouTuber arrested for breaking into 78-year-old woman's home See in context

What’s the relevance of him calling himself a Youtuber? There’s no indication that he actually is.

Pure clickbait. It makes it look like it might be another "nuisance streamer" story...and not just some drunk stumbling up to the wrong house.

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Posted in: Snowfall leaves more than 130 injured in Tokyo See in context

I believe Aomori is the snowiest city on earth (google it) and handle snowfall incredibly well (along with Sapporo, etc etc).

Meanwhile Tokyo cannot handle some slush, I don't get it.

It's all down to what you're used to. I'm fairly new to Sapporo, and while I've lived in wintry places, this is another level. The locals literally run on slick, icy surfaces that have me plodding along in fear of (yet another) fall. Sure, I'm old and not agile any more (that's my excuse!), but being accustomed to it makes the big difference.

The city dies handle the snowfall well, though. Even the side streets get plowed right away after the larger snowfalls and the sidewalks get sanded (although honestly more for show that for much in the way of real traction).

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Posted in: Man arrested for taking upskirt photos of elementary school girls with pen camera See in context

Bad enough doing this to anyone, but elementary school kids? What a worthless POS.

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Posted in: Do you have an emergency survival kit for use in the event of an earthquake or some other natural disaster? See in context

Since moving to Japan, my emergency kit is very different from the one I put together in Oregon, USA. Heavy on water, food, first aid, etc. Not so heavy on stuff to deal with predatory humans...

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Worst: Some neurological nonsense going on in my left hand...a ;pretty alarming thing as I'm a pro musician. Not really compromising my playing yet, but it's scary.

Best: Moved to Japan!

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Posted in: Not so loud please See in context

People with good manner will respect the country their visit. Can Americans do that too?

Japan-resident American here...and yeah, we can. Some of us don't and that can be embarrassing, but we're hardly unique in that. Personally, I find the quiet on the trains to be refreshing.

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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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