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Posted in: Israel moves deeper into Rafah and fights Hamas militants regrouping in northern Gaza See in context

"Warmongering MAGA gang mentality.." Trump is the least hawkish president the US has had in recent memory.

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Posted in: Teleworking in Japan falls after COVID; hybrid working on rise See in context

Teleworking is down after Covid?!! Colour me shocked!

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Posted in: Netanyahu on U.S. threat to withhold arms: Israel will fight with its 'fingernails' if needed See in context

Israel has no choice but to "fight with our fingernails if we have to" as it's been under attack by hostile neighbors since its inception. Any ceasefire will just be followed by another attack...then another attack...then another...and another...ad infinitum

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Posted in: Japanese opt for short, cheap overseas trips for Golden Week holidays See in context

Good News for inbound tourism...and for domestic tourism as those of us who can't afford to fork out for outrageous airfare costs and higher prices abroad will look to spend our money close to home. Our family of 7 has rented a cottage in Kamikochi where 3 nights costs us less than half of one airline ticket.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating elementary school daughter See in context

There's a difference between a light slap on the hand or backside to prevent dangerous behaviour and several slaps in the face...for ANY reason.

A HUGE difference

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Posted in: Would a Trump return to the White House after the November election be good news for Japan? See in context

If you're a farmer or run a small manufacturing business, yes

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Posted in: Ramadan in Gaza begins with hunger worsening and no end to war in sight See in context

"The Palestinians have been subjected to far worst than Oct 7 on a regular basis." Really? Far worse than rape, murder and kidnapping? What's far worse than rape, murder and kidnapping?

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Posted in: Ramadan in Gaza begins with hunger worsening and no end to war in sight See in context

"Forcible displacement of a civilian population is a war crime." Hezbollah has been bombing residential neighborhoods in northern Israel forcing their population to seek refuge in southern Israel.

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Posted in: Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success See in context

I find it remarkable that a lot of the same people mewling about Gaza are defending the US's right to defend itself after having had a military base in Hawaii attacked.

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Posted in: Japan refuses to grant visa to ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee now author See in context

I thought Japan was a free, democratic, and peace-loving country."

It's free to choose who enters and who doesn't

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Posted in: Japan refuses to grant visa to ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee now author See in context

Good

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Posted in: Israel strikes across Gaza as U.S. says it will block another cease-fire resolution at U.N. See in context

Poor little old Israel must defend "herself" from the consequences of a brutal, decades long, illegal occupation and colonization campaign.

The Jewish people are not indigenous to Europe

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Posted in: Digitalization drive proving tough for Japanese school teachers See in context

All of our 1500 high school students have been provided with ipads. All classes use Epson classroom screen projectors on which teachers and students can interact with the content. Google Classroom is used for homework assignments and for classes missed by students due to illness or other reasons. Our Global Learning Program provides students an opportunity to interact with students in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Taiwan, through Zoom. Facilitating lessons in our Japanese high school has been made far easier since we've implemented our digital technologies. I'm confident other schools will catch up.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"I have never paid ¥10,000 for roses but I'll take the roses over the melon and my roses last 2-3 weeks."

It's not about you, Wallace.

Google the average cost of roses in the US. Never mind, I did...It's $80. What is the dollar/yen exchange rate?

It's currently 144.48 yen per 1 dollar.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"No it is not...buy them at Costco or a grocery store."

I think you misunderstand the concept of "average"

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"Comparing melons with rare diamonds is taking the pip."

OK...Wallace. How about roses? That die and are thrown out in less than a week...roses that cost the same as the melons in the article.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"You wrote that Japanese buying square watermelons that are inedible is the same as Westerners buying diamonds and baseball cards.W

No, I did not write that. I used diamonds and baseball cards as examples of things which have an artificially inflated value. That's not quite the same as buying A for B. The buying of such fruit is for the purpose of "giving" the fruit as a symbol of care.

"they can't be looked as a pure investment"...Such gifts are still "an investment" in terms of maintaining a good business relationship.

"Their decision to continue doing business or not is based on a myriad of factors with just one of them being maintaining good relations."

Yes...indeed...one of them being "maintaining good relations"

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

@wallace

I suggest the following article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/kevintang/inside-japans-most-insanely-expensive-fruit-parlor

Regarding your "gift giving tale is BS" contention. I suggest this article in which a luxury fruit retailer in Tokyo (which has been in operation since 1834) claims that 80~90% of their products are...and I quote directly from the horse's mouth "are bought as gifts as it's customary in Japan to give high-end fruits as presents for formal occasions like weddings, business transactions, and hospital visits."

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"That carbon stone and baseball card are investments. They can be resold and you regain your capital plus profit. You realize that you can't do that with a watermelon. LOL!"

Maintaining a good business relationship with a client or a partner is also an investment.

"As for it being a business gesture with 'love' involved.....companies need to cut such useless and expensive expressions of 'love'."

I was referring to roses...

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"As a matter of interest, Geeter, would you feel love and care if you got an inedible, cube watermelon?"

No, but I'd be thrilled to receive a dozen roses

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"Those things you mentioned are very rare, in some cases unique. Almost anybody can grow a watermelon in a box."

I suggest doing so... 300 cubic watermelons ¥10,000 a pop would bring in a tidy sum. That said, you side-stepped the salient point which was...there is a market for such things.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"Thanks for your explanation, Geeter. It's great that some foreigners get it, eh?"

Clearly, most don't.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

These types of exclusive fruits are most commonly used as gifts between business associates as a show of appreciation for their cooperation and affiliation. It's a cultural thing that most foreigners don't get. They symbolize the care and attention to detail that is a reflection of their business relationship. The average cost of a dozen roses in the US is about $80~$100. The roses are dead and thrown out in less than a week. Their value is in the symbolic gesture they are imbued with that the receiver understands as a show of love and care.

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Posted in: Square watermelons See in context

"Explain to me how an otherwise normal melon is worth $66."

Sure...the same reason a colourless stone, carbon is worth upwards of hundreds of millions when cut and polished. Because there is a market for such things.

"Anyone trying to sell those in North America (or Europe) would be laughed right out of the room"

Likely by someone wearing a rock on their finger for which they paid thousands. Some American paid $12.6 million for a baseball card...lol

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Posted in: Author Murakami pleads for keeping Tokyo park and baseball stadium that inspired his writing See in context

"Tokyo is continuing on that bubble-era mindset, on a relentless path of creating an ugly dystopian concrete monstrosity. Authorities are absolutely determined to bulldoze and pave over the entire city and completely fill it with horrendous residential/office tower complexes. Not a single tree or blade of grass shall remain and the people shall be happy."

I could result as an impetus to populate the surrounding rural areas that are as verdant as anywhere on the planet.

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Posted in: Author Murakami pleads for keeping Tokyo park and baseball stadium that inspired his writing See in context

Japan's landmass is 70% forest. Tokyo is its economic, urban center. The loss of an outdated concrete and iron baseball stadium with a concrete field covered by fake, plastic grass is hardly a "cultural" loss. I'm sure the players who play in that dump would agree, as would anyone who has experienced sitting on one of those plastic, backless "chairs" placed on concrete slabs. That stadium has the "park" atmosphere of a shopping mall parking lot.

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Posted in: Author Murakami pleads for keeping Tokyo park and baseball stadium that inspired his writing See in context

"Because Tokyo is lacking in new high rise commercial complexes…

is there actual demand for all this office space?"

Well, as rural areas depopulate, Tokyo will become increasingly more populated. Clearly, there is a need for the space.

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Posted in: Author Murakami pleads for keeping Tokyo park and baseball stadium that inspired his writing See in context

"As if Tokyo needs any more concrete, glass and steel monstrosities."

Apparently it does

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Posted in: Author Murakami pleads for keeping Tokyo park and baseball stadium that inspired his writing See in context

Dear Lord! Don't tear down a concrete baseball "field" with artificial turf laid over even more concrete!

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