Frank Thornton comments

Posted in: Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching See in context


do they have proof it is the Chinese 

That's why they're launching the study? And, there was a massive coral poaching problem with the Chinese some years ago so, I wouldn't be surprised...

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Posted in: Okinawa residents demand all U.S. military Osprey aircraft in Japan be grounded See in context

Interesting. All the the signs say "We will not give up". Says nothing about Osprey or crashes or anything. Must be a generic sign they use whenever they want to demonstrate about something.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for official apology over 'comfort women' See in context

We (most people living in Japan) know that this is all just a waste of time. Whatever Japan does, it may be settled for a while (as it has in the past) until someone decides that the apology wasn't deep enough or the legal payment wasn't big enough and everything starts all over again.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce English road signs ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

First of all, I don't ever recall seeing a foreign tourist driving a rent-a-car. Secondly, if they did, there probably wouldn't be enough cars to meet the demand anyway. I really doubt that the rent-a-car companies are going to increase their fleet for a one month event.

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Posted in: Air-hanami: Could flower-viewing without flowers be next trend? See in context

I go to a 100 yen shop, buy a fake branch of sakura and go drinking at an izakaya with my students and call it a "Hanami Party" every year...

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Posted in: Sayonara Quarter Pounder: McDonald’s Japan takes iconic burger off its menu See in context

Too bad... I remember when the Quarter Pounder started in Japan. I was working at the only McD's in Hiroshima at the time when I was in high school.

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Posted in: Sword of one of Japan’s last samurai discovered in house in America See in context

Very interesting.

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Posted in: LDP panel calls for capability to strike enemy bases See in context

I agree. Some people say that Japan should only defend itself. But, in all reality, if Japan were to be attacked it's not going to work out like "Rurouni Kenshin".

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Posted in: Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers See in context

It is becoming known in Japan that there are quite a few people, not only teenagers that wear the mask year round as some sort of barrier to separate themselves from the rest of their surroundings. It helps them feel "secure"...

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Posted in: Netflix releases first trailer for its live-action American adaptation of anime 'Death Note' See in context

What was wrong with the Japanese version?

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Posted in: Doctors: Radiation not biggest impact on Fukushima residents' health See in context

Radiation not biggest impact on Fukushima residents' health...

No duh!! They only just had their family, friends, neighbors and entire city washed away in a giant tsunami. Yeah, I guess that would mess you up a bit... omg...

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Posted in: Ramen romance — 5 things to remember if you don’t want to blow your noodle date See in context

My first date with my wife about 25 years ago was a ramen shop.

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Posted in: Lion mauls two handlers in Chiba See in context

chained in a cage

It was not clear what provoked the animal

I bet I can figure it out.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven under fire for selling half-eaten Christmas cake to customer on Christmas Eve See in context

I did something like that when I was working at McD's. I was practicing wrapping Big Macs using a duster by the grill when it started to get busy. Made some burgers and when it slowed down the wrapped duster was gone. No complaints. Must've been a good duster...

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Posted in: Man's leg severed by train after he falls onto subway tracks See in context

Th incident caused train delays of up to 50 minutes.

Only 50 minutes...

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to sign pact to limit base workers' immunity from prosecution See in context

I wonder how base privileges would work. Once upon a time I used to work for the MCX in Iwakuni. I had to leave the country and return in order to get a SOFA status. I then had full base privileges. I think I even had medical...not quite sure. Pay was cheap but the base privileges made up for that. At the time, gasoline was about 1/3 of out in town and being able to shop at the PX and commissary saved a lot of money.

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Posted in: Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands See in context

@ThePBot Including natural gas pipelines that Japan wants. If that happens without ownership of the islands, Russia will have Japan by the balls.

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Posted in: Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands See in context

And Japan should warn Russia not to expect cooperation in the development of the Northern Territories.

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Posted in: Man arrested for mailing more than 500 garbage items to former bullies See in context

"Old women's underwear"... Now, was the underwear itself old or did it belong to old women?

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Posted in: Chinese military says it's seriously concerned by Japan-S Korea pact See in context

China’s military expresses serious concern

Good! That's the whole point.

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Posted in: Police shoot man after he attacks woman, 5-year-old son with knife See in context

The officer fired a warning shot and then four shots into Konishi’s thigh and legs

Sorry for the guy with mental issues but, good job to the police officer for not trying to end the guy's life.

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Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive See in context

Driver's license?...90 yen. Driver's license?...90 yen. I think that would be an easy choice for me.

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Posted in: How well do you know your neighbors? See in context

I BBQ with my next door, next next door and a the house across the street from my next next door neighbor whenever I get the chance.

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Posted in: To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan See in context

I've never seen anyone mention anything before using the toilet in a convenience store and I don't see why you should. Not like it's an employee only toilet in the back office or something. As long as you buy something it seems cool with me.

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Posted in: Nobel academy member slams 'arrogant' Dylan See in context

What do they think made him so great? Like rollin' stone... But I do agree, a simple "No, thank you. I think of myself more as a song and dance man, y'know?

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Posted in: Japanese idols charge fans Y10,000 to talk to them for three minutes See in context

I've once paid over $300 for Aerosmith concert tickets with a VIP pass. I'm glad I did. I even got one for my son. It's called show business.

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Posted in: Seething Hamilton snubs media in Japan See in context

He has to learn that one thing leads to another. Disrespectful to media may lead to disrespectful to fans. Pissed off fans get angry at sponsor. Sponsor does not want bad image so gonna have to have a word with his team management. What goes around comes around. Gotta grow up.

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Posted in: Rowing federation seeks clarification on Tokyo 2020 venue See in context

She noted that the games were originally intended to help Japan’s northern region, including Fukushima, recover from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

So maybe it should've been planned and presented as 2020 "Fukushima" Olympics rather than "Tokyo". A bit late in the game to be changing the rules...

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Posted in: Japan confronts disability stigma after silence over murder victims' names See in context

It's taking a VERY long time but, people in Japan are very slowly but, surely moving in the direction of an inclusive society. The more "inaka" you get, the slower the pace. I think that the media has to do a larger part in informing the people. Especially for people with cognitively impaired. And, yes, handicapped sports is one effective way to do this.

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Posted in: Tokyo gamers slapped down for virtual groping See in context

“I feel as though I have seen the future,” said an excited Groper.

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