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Posted in: Abe faces struggle on coronavirus, economy, after Olympics delayed See in context

Yeah and my 100 yen McDonald’s hamburger jumped 110 yen today. Nice

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Posted in: Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea See in context

This is fear mongering. This virus is less deadly than the common flu. The world has gone nuts.

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Posted in: 'Simpsons' actor says he'll no longer voice Apu after controversy See in context

Apu was one of my favorite characters on the show and Azaria is hilarious. It doesn’t make sense. The Simpsons was built on stereotypes. I work in IT and a lot of my colleagues are from India. They love the character. It seems to be second generation Indians in America that seem to dislike Apu... like they want to distance themselves from their culture and act as American as possible. Really a shame because every other character in the Simpsons is also a stereotype. People need to get a life and stop being so sensitive. Thank you PC for ruining a guilty pleasure for me. Because the Apu centered episodes were some of the best and sometimes after a long day I would like to wind down and stream an episode or two. What has the world come to?

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Posted in: Trump declares an Iranian's general's 'reign of terror' over See in context

The thing that bothers me about Trump is that he doesn’t seem to understand the gravity of his office. His decisions, him not reading the intelligence reports, him not calculating the consequences of his actions. He’s a loose cannon and needs to be reigned in.

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Posted in: Trump declares an Iranian's general's 'reign of terror' over See in context

I’m sure this Iranian General was a bad guy. I’m not sure it was the smartest move on Trump’s part to “take him out” because this guy was a military general. Obama took out OBL. The difference is that OBL was, at least officially, disassociated with every government in the region, except Pakistan, and was a known terrorist. I don’t think Trump can trump Obama.

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Posted in: Man says he followed 10-year-old girl because she was cute See in context

Well that’s creepy but not surprising in this country. At least the girl is safe.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

Actually the Yakuza was originally all Korean. They filled a void directly after the war and smuggled food into the country to deal with the food shortage and worked with the Americans. They served a purpose.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

I can tell you from experience that any good tattoo artist in Japan is either current or former Yakuza. And most Yakuza technically are foreign - Zainichi Koreans.

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Posted in: Woman walking her dog killed in hit-and-run incident; driver arrested See in context

Try walking on any street in any country is South East Asia, nobody stops at a red light and they don't stop for pedestrians. You basically gamble with you're own life if you cross a street in Jakarta or Bangkok. Japanese streets look pretty tame in comparison. But it's tragic that an old lady out for her morning walk with her dog gets hit and died. And the dog too.

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Posted in: Man jailed twice for sexual assault arrested again for same offense See in context

Company employee? Never understood why English media in Japan always uses that term. You are either employed or unemployed. Not really pertinent to the story. I'd be more interested in knowing the name of the company that specializes in employing ex cons.

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Posted in: Liam Gallagher talks solo rise, family feud and rock music See in context

Say what you want, but Oasis left their mark and will go down in rock history.

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Posted in: Shibuya bans public drinking for Halloween in some areas See in context

Yeah, they mentioned this last year. Old news.

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Posted in: Princess Mako, niece of Emperor Naruhito, turns 28 See in context


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Posted in: 'Clear risks' for stability in China's Pacific lending See in context

Well its never a good sign when southeast Asia's only real democracy, Indonesia, is moving their capital from Jakarta to Borneo. The moving company Indonesia is using? China. Enough said.

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Posted in: Abe calls on Suu Kyi to ensure Rohingya can return to Myanmar See in context

@Norman Goodman,

I'm a liberal but I'm not defending the Nobel prizes. That is why i mentioned Kissenger. They gave it to him but he, more than any other man (Trump is a close 2nd). screwed up the world order and made things worse for everyone to this day. I'm not going to argue about Obama but it was ironic that during his acceptance speech, basically talked about the need for Americans to kill abroad.

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Posted in: Uniqlo pulls ad after South Korean objections See in context

Not sure you can even call South Korea a democracy as it never really was one in the first place.

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Posted in: Abe calls on Suu Kyi to ensure Rohingya can return to Myanmar See in context

Hard to believe she ever won the Nobel peace prize... But then again they also gave it to Kissinger so thats not saying a lot.

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Posted in: Coppola backs Scorsese's comments on Marvel films See in context

Couldn't agree more. The marvel movies literally have a plot that a 5 year old can understand. They are like Power Rangers on steroids. I have to hand it to the Marvel execs for exploiting the stupidity of the masses so brilliantly.

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Posted in: 7 crew missing after North Korean fishing boat capsizes See in context

Again??? I hate to say this, and I’m no fan of trump, but the only way he will get re-elected is if he does what every previous administration has failed to do for 60 years... cut off the head of the snake, which is North Korea. Just America will never do that because they are Chinese (and Russian) puppets.

Moon and Trump are delirious if they think engagement would actually work (which it hasn’t). Moon is basically a fascist and Trump is a gangster who was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by foreign entities.

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested for abandoning corpse of newborn son See in context

Sad. My wife and I have been trying to adopt for the past two years. Still on the waiting list. Apparently a fully “Japanese” family is “better” for a “Japanese” child’s development.

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Posted in: 33 dead, 19 missing, over 100 injured after typhoon rips through Japan See in context

Honestly I didn’t even really notice anything in my area, Itabashi-Ku. Which is weird because my home is within 1km from the Arakawa River. I’ve been through many typhoons over the past 15 years here and this, at least in my area, seemed minuscule.

No power outages, just stayed home all day watching Netflix like any normal rainy day. No toppled trees, no damage to my apartment, nothing.

I guess other areas were not as fortunate.

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Posted in: 'Sesame Street' tackles addiction crisis See in context

I remember as a kid in the 80’s, Elmo just having a hard time making friends and fitting in and learning how to deal with it... I applaud the creators but at the same time it’s kind of sad they would even need to address this particular issue. But the times have changed for better and for worse.

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Posted in: About 100 Lawson stores will not open on New Year’s Day See in context

I can understand their reasoning but... in regards to self check out systems due to a labor shortage it doesn’t work in Japan.

My local Tobu supermarket recently installed automated checkouts and it has just made everything slower. Automated checkouts don’t work if half the customers are over 80 years old and can’t even read a piece of paper let alone a touch screen. The elderly can’t do it and staff have to go over and spend 5 minutes with these customers at the self check outs, making everyone else wait.

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Posted in: Video shows what Tokyo and Mt Fuji were like over 100 years ago See in context

Actually “Uyeno Tokio” was the correct spelling at the time. The y is silent. That’s why Yebisu beer, pronounced “Ebisu” still retains the Y. Guess the writer didn’t know that. I’ve been in Japan way too long to even know something like that. Sigh.

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Posted in: Abe asks Cruz to boost bilateral parliamentary exchanges See in context

Compared to Trump, Cruz almost seems like a Competent leader. And that’s the scary thing.

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Posted in: Couples flogged for public affection in Indonesia's Aceh See in context

Aceh province in a semi autonomous region of Indonesia with its own government. They wanted to break away from Indonesia years ago and this is the compromise they reached with the central government in Jakarta. That’s why the Indonesian President has very little, if any, power to stop the implementation of Sharia law.

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Posted in: Starbucks vs two popular Japanese coffee shops: Which gives best value? See in context

I would love to have a job where I get paid to drink coffee and write about something anyone who has spent more than two weeks in Japan already knows.

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Posted in: Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal See in context

The only Jews that vote Republican are the uber rich in southern Florida who hang Isreali flags on their homes.

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Posted in: 11-month-old girl dies of heatstroke after mother leaves her in car See in context

It states the older child got out of the car by himself. The infant obviously couldn’t get out. Sad.

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Posted in: New faces to watch in the pool on the road to Tokyo Olympics See in context

Impressive that the Hungarian beat Phelps’ record. But Phelps is still the most decorated Olympian of all time so let’s see if he can live up to the pressure.

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