Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: What's the best onsen facility you have been to in Japan? See in context

We had to visit an onsen resort to celebrate my Father-in0law's 88th birthday last year.

It was a beautiful place with a magnificent view, a very pleasant room overlooking the ocean and wonderful food. All the family was there toasting the good health of the father of my beautiful bride.

Then I had to spend several hours sitting in the steaming bollock-water of 17 strangers and my father-in-law.

Of all the ways we could have enjoyed that weekend, mass nudity with octogenarians was not my first choice. Have a bath, get clean and enjoy your weekend. I don't need to see your tackle and you're not welcome to look at mine.

How to spoil a good weekend 101.

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Posted in: What's the best onsen facility you have been to in Japan? See in context

A number of my flight crew buddies say that, when staying over in Tokyo, 24 Kaikan in Shinjuku takes some beating.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori casts doubt on Japan's excessive support for Ukraine See in context

Another question worth asking is what happened to the bribes Mori was accused of accepting from Aoki to guarantee his support for their slice of the Olympics pork?

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Posted in: Failed Republican candidate charged in shootings at Democratic lawmakers' homes See in context

There are many cases of the opposite happening to Republican lawmakers as well.

Nomination - would you care to guide us to an example of a situation in which a Democrat refused to accept the result of an election, arranged for Republicans' family homes to be shot at with deadly force, and got arrested with 800 pills of America's deadliest drug?

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Posted in: Repairing shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 bil See in context

Correction:

Japanese taxpayers will pay 36 Billion yen more to clean up the mess left by incompetent, unfit for purpose LDP-donating monopolies.

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Posted in: U.S. actor Kevin Spacey denies committing 7 sex offenses See in context

When did Kevin Spacey start looking like Bill Hicks?

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Posted in: Japan reports 75,504 new coronavirus cases See in context

Just wait for tomorrow's figures now the hospitals are open again.

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Posted in: Police ask public not to use 110 number for non-urgent calls See in context

One can't help wondering how many of these calls were made by members of our venerable retired community, whose wisdom we celebrate?

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Posted in: Have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who and under what circumstances? See in context

I met Jimmy Savile and he fixed it for me to milk a cow blindfolded.

He was very friendly. It's very upsetting to learn that he was a disgraceful person, after growing up with him as UK's most revered personality.

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Posted in: Melted snow likely cause of northeastern Japan landslide: expert See in context

And we are absolutely sure that no construction company stripped the mountain above of trees, are we?

Still waiting to see anyone held to account for the tragedy at Izusan in 2021.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

Strange how there is always money to micturate away on pointless window-dressing like this, but never enough to spend the same amount on a permanent solution, such as investing in affordable daycare for working parents.

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes See in context

the move was spurred by issues such as alleged forced labor

ooops. Better not ask your boss, Taro Aso, for his views on forced labor. He wouldn't have become one of the richest politicians in the world without it.

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Posted in: Prince Harry accuses brother William of 2019 physical attack: report See in context

Stop the press - big brother and little brother have a bit of a dust-up.

"ripping my necklace"

If I'd been swanning about in a necklace in the kitchen, my own mother would have given me a bunch of fives.

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Posted in: Japan reports 226,904 new coronavirus cases See in context

Doubled in a day. Just wait for the real damage in a week or so.

Just a god job nobody was allowed to celebrate NYE at Shibuya Scramble, eh? As we all know the main danger of Corona is the possibility that somebody under 50 might be having a good time somewhere.

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Posted in: Travelers returning from New Year holidays crowd train stations, airports, expressways See in context

Just watch those COVID numbers next week.

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Posted in: Japan reports 86,924 new coronavirus cases See in context

Well, ain't that a surprise? All the hospitals are closed, and the reported numbers fall.

Watch this space from January 9. 300k.

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Posted in: Shibuya New Year’s Eve countdown event canceled for 3rd consecutive year See in context

Fair enough. Will the Fun Police also ban large gatherings of people outside of Senso-Ji Temple?

Or Kawasaki Dai-shi?

Or any other religious gathering house which rakes in billions of O-Shogatsu donations every year and sends a large slice to the LDP?

No, of course not. This is simply an exercise in trying to make sure young people learn to watch crappy TV every New Year and following obligatory non-celebrations, rather than having a good time before they sell their souls to J-Inc.

Fun is not to be tolerated in the land of Gaman.

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Posted in: Japan reports 202,853 new coronavirus cases See in context

Things are going to be bad in January.

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Posted in: Snow piles deep in northern Japan; 3 dead See in context

73-year-old man also fell to the ground while removing rooftop snow

Every. Single. Time.

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Posted in: Japan reports 185,694 new coronavirus cases See in context

Japan on Tuesday reported 185,694 new coronavirus cases, up 114,773 from Monday

Monday's report was of Sunday's figures. Hospitals are mostly closed on Sundays.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas songs or carols? See in context

Adeste Fideles

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Wonderful Christmastime

Gaudete.

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Posted in: What are some of your must-see Christmas-themed movies and TV shows that you try to watch every year? See in context

Polar Express

Rise of the Guardians

Muppet Christmas Carol

I used to watch them every year with my little girl, but now she's all grown up I'll be watching them alone with a proud tear in my eye.

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Posted in: LDP eyes shifting 1% of income tax payments for 'defense tax' See in context

With the plan, the amount allocated for recovery in disaster-hit areas in northeastern Japan would be lowered.

And there it is. With the Olympics gone and the swag pocketed, the political/ emotional blackmail value of the disaster survivors is a spent force, so let them do what they can with less money. They were useful for 11 years, but now they're on their own.

The rest of us will be paying Disaster Recovery Tax for the rest of our lives, of course, but the LDP now no longer even pretend it's being used for rebuilding.

What a nest of vipers. Japanese voters, is this really the best you can do?

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Posted in: Japan reports 190,607 new coronavirus cases See in context

18,812 new cases in Tokyo alone? Is this the highest number yet?

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker questioned over underreporting political funds See in context

A corrupt LDP politician? Surely not?

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Posted in: Japan eyes higher corporate, tobacco taxes to fund defense spending See in context

The government has a temporary 2.1 percent special reconstruction income tax until 2037 to aid reconstruction in the disaster-hit Tohoku region in the northeast. It is now weighing the possibility of extending the time limit and diverting part of that revenue.

Let's rephrase that.

The government has recognized the opportunity of imposing a 2.1 percent "special reconstruction income tax until 2037" under the pretence of aiding reconstruction in the disaster-hit Tohoku region. This has never been, and will never be spent for anything other than pork-barrel projects and lavish bribes to corrupt officials.

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13581931

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-20150778

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/10/31/japan-tsunami-funds-misspent

https://apnews.com/article/2020-tokyo-olympics-games-total-cost-8ec49ea2ea9d7316f37ffd20770a2742

It is now predictably extending the time limit for as long as the electorate are prepared to pretend that everything is fine and continue to live in penury by re-electing their feudal LDP overlords.

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Posted in: 97-year-old man indicted for dangerous driving resulting in death, injury See in context

Don't tell me - he mistook the gas pedal for the brake?

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Posted in: Taxes to be raised to cover additional defense spending: Kishida See in context

We didn't want the Olympics. We got saddled with them anyway.

We didn't want a state funeral for Abe, but we got stung with a bigger bill than Queen Elizabeth's State funeral.

We don't want to pay for Taro Aso's slap-up hostess club banquets every night. But we do.

Pay has been stagnant for 30 years.

Now the LDP want to bilk us into penury with higher taxes to pay for their rapacious corruption and the locals will vote them in again next chance they get.

What is wrong with these voters?

How many times do you have to be swindled before you do something about it?

And why can't other parties offer a credible opposition?

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

What a surprise - meddling, middle-aged shacho interferes with a winning strategy, throws it away, reaps humiliation and then refuses to accept any responsibility.

Japan is now out of the Cup, unless there's a real miracle in the Spain game (which there won't be) and then we can all stop pretending to care about this disgrace.

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Posted in: 23% of major Japanese firms may raise prices next year: survey See in context

Raise prices, but not wages?

That's a pay cut.

Unionise.

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