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Posted in: Japan's trade surplus with U.S. soars ahead of talks See in context

If the US made stuff we want, we would buy it. That is how trade works. I hear that there are lots of meetings being held by American companies who are very successful in Japan to try to figure out ways to keep Trump from ruining everything for them.

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Posted in: Heat on agenda again at newly-built Tokyo 2020 hockey venue See in context

@Yubaru I've heard something like that, but didn't realize the sponsors could put such great pressure on the Olympics.

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Posted in: Gold-topped ramen, the newest gourmet noodle treat in Tokyo and Kyoto See in context

But this seems to be a waste of a valuable natural resource maybe better used to make high-tech circuitry and the like.

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Posted in: Heat on agenda again at newly-built Tokyo 2020 hockey venue See in context

Why don't they just move the Olympics to October, like the 1964 Olympics? Or, maybe there is a lot of money to be made by certain parties solving the heat problem? Not that I'm being cynical.

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Posted in: N Korean officials cancel trip to Japan See in context

So it looks like North and South Korea will not be sending joint teams next year.

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Posted in: Japan surpasses China as largest non-U.S. holder of Treasuries See in context

This is the worst news I've heard in ages. When the US collapses in the near future, those will be worth nothing!

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

Are those guys in the upper picture in front of the torii actually WWII veterans. If not, they don't deserve to wear those uniforms. If they are, well OK. It is probably just nostalgia for their youth.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

I don't think that paying respects to all of the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine should be ruined just because someone stuck some tablets with the names of a few class A war criminals in the shrine. Just ignore the class A war criminals! Pay respects only to the legitimate recipients of your sympathy. Most were people just like you and me, but they got drawn into the human tradegy of WWII.

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Posted in: Relatives commemorate victims on 34th anniversary of 1985 JAL jet crash See in context

I was only 5 years old when this happened, and I still remember it. Maybe one of the first news events I remember. I guess I remember mainly because Kyuu Sakamoto was on the plane, and I remember watching him on TV with my grandmother.

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Posted in: Emotion more than economic factors driving S Korea-Japan trade row: analysts See in context

A Korean friend says this is also kicked up by Korean nationalistic groups. If there is no conflict, they do not get any donations from people. So it is about money.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea dispute puts U.S. in bad position: Trump See in context

Trump wrote a book called "The Art of the Deal". He is the deal maker and should make a deal. Not complain.

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Posted in: Japanese temple stirs criticism with naked men paintings See in context

@goldorak Very interersting. Too bad I haven't been to that part of the world. And when I was a kid in the 80s, the stuff they used to show on late night TV, women's breasts, back nudity (no full frontal nudity), well, they just don't show that anymore (you can see it on YouTube).

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Posted in: New flight paths to Haneda will cross over central Tokyo See in context

One good thing is that the airplanes will fly over Tokyo City Hall, so the mayor will be hearing airplane noise all day. Maybe she will have something to say about this, and put an end to it.

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Posted in: Japanese temple stirs criticism with naked men paintings See in context

Nudity was not a problem in the West during Greek and Roman times. Look at all those statues of naked men. They had no problem with that. What happened? Now that attitude is seeping into Japan. Really too bad.

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Posted in: Abe hopes for win-win trade deal with U.S. at early date See in context

Don't hold your breath,

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Posted in: Japanese temple stirs criticism with naked men paintings See in context

Nudity was not a problem at all before Westernization. Men and women all bathed in the same baths at the public bath. We should return to our cultural roots. Picures way way more graphic can be found in Pillow Books (春画), whicih are not censored. Nobody had a problem with that in the old days.

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Posted in: U.S. says Japan, S Korea 'soul searching' needed See in context

The US is not a country that should be lecturing other countries about "soul searching".

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Posted in: New flight paths to Haneda will cross over central Tokyo See in context

Is this just to handle the extra flights during the Olympics, or is this supposed to be something permanent?

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Posted in: New flight paths to Haneda will cross over central Tokyo See in context

I live in Shinjuku, which is directly under one of the new flight paths. Shinjuku has all those sky scrapers and is one of the most densely populated areas in Tokyo. This is a disaster waiting to happen. I will join the protest movement.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker Koizumi, TV personality Takigawa to tie knot See in context

She is half French. I wonder how Koizumi's supporters are reacting to that.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief urges Japan to consider joining Strait of Hormuz coalition; raps China See in context

I wish these people would take the time to ready the Japanese constitution. After all, it was written by the USA. The Self Defence Force is not allowed to go fight battles outside Japan.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'peace economy' with N Korea; slams Japan See in context

It is too bad that the US and Russia decided to divide Korea into North and South after WWII. I'm very glad that Japan did not share the same fate.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'peace economy' with N Korea; slams Japan See in context

Tokyo says its measures are based on national security concerns and, without providing specific evidence

I don't really get it, but I guess if Trump can authorize limiting auto imports from Japan to the US for national security concerns, this excuse, I mean, reason, applies to anything. McDonalds better watch out.

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Posted in: 'Z' for Zorro, 100 years on See in context

Except that now he would need to carry a combat weapon. A sword won't get you very far now.

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Posted in: Pompeo urges Japan, S Korea to settle diplomatic row See in context

The expressions on their faces tell the whole story.

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Posted in: What are your best money saving tips when it comes to grocery shopping in Japan? See in context

Shop at Hanamasa.

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Posted in: Pokemon ice cream cakes and Pikachu-flavor ice cream on the menu at Baskin Robbins Japan See in context

My first question too. What does Pikachu taste like? And how could anyone eat something as cute as Pikachu?

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Posted in: Doctors in U.S. say insurers increasingly interfere over patient care See in context

Glad we have socialized medicine in Japan. We don't have these problems. Why is it that a worker at an insurance company who is not a doctor can overrule a doctor?

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Posted in: Trump tweets threaten to disrupt U.S.-China trade talks See in context

The basic issue is that the US is trying to resist the rise of China, which is inevitable. China will surpass the US, just as it has surpassed Japan. At least Japan has developed it role in this situation rather than trying to resist like the US. The US cannot get used to being number two. That is the only real issue here.

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Posted in: Is it OK for a man to take his girlfriend to restaurants like Yoshinoya on a date? See in context

Well, considering the economic realities facing young people these days, they don't have any real choice. Even McD's is OK.

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