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Posted in: Love confessions in Japanese: What to say to win them over See in context

The most important opening line in Japan is お一人ですか?Are you alone?

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Posted in: Doraemon Hills See in context

"No Trespassing"? That seems to spoil the fun.

In the past, there were no fences and you could take your picture with Doraemonn hugging his neck.

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Posted in: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit; says he misspoke See in context

If Trump can "misspoke" about something that obvious and important, how can we believe anything he says?

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

Maybe the Chinese guy needed life-saving treatment that he just couldn't get in China. He came here, got the treatment, then he went home after the treatment was completed. And they did pay for the treatment. If something was wrong, it would be up to the hospital and government officials to find out.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to McCain See in context

Trump doesn't like McCain. I think the Navy (and by extension, the US military) is sticking a finger in Trump's eye.

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Posted in: Heat is on Tokyo 2020 organizers to combat high temperatures See in context

Yes, what Speed said. They can still move the Olympics to October. Not only the athletes, but the spectators will also be better off.

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Posted in: Why have record rains been so deadly in Japan? See in context

Global warming means that the air is warmer, and warmer air can absorb more water, so there will be heavier rains and snow. Also warming means more energy, so the rain and snow storms will be more violent. Also, normal wind currents will be disrupted. Look forward to some global weather chaos.

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Posted in: Akita Prefecture may be glimpse of Japan's graying future See in context

Depressing news for Japan, but what impresses me and encourages me is the these guys play baseball in their 70s and 80s. I hope I am in as good a shape as they are in my 70s and 80s.

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Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English? See in context

I think some Japanese are just looking for a chance to use English (I don't want to say "show off" their English). Most people may not have many opportunities to use their English here.

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Posted in: ‘Jisa Biz’ campaign to ease overcrowding on Tokyo trains starts Monday See in context

Let's hope that this goes over better than "Premium Friday".

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Posted in: Weapons of trade war: What might China have up its sleeve? See in context

Yes, the Trump family makes all their goods in China.  China could take direct aim at these.  Very tiny in terms of value, but big in terms of message.

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Posted in: Weapons of trade war: What might China have up its sleeve? See in context

Yes, the Trump family makes all their goods in China. China could take direct aim at these. Very tiny in terms of value, but big in terms of message.

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Posted in: Aum executions open door for more debate on death penalty See in context

As liberal as I am, there are certain crimes like murder for which the person who thinks about doing it must know that there is this ultamate penalty. This should discourage them from taking another life. So yes, I support the death penalty. If someone kills a family member or lover, yes, I want them to die.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea in talks with U.S to avert damage from Iran sanctions See in context

Yes, what Zichi-san said. Maybe Abe can find a sneeky way to get Iranian oil, like secretly buying it from China or India, who are less beholden to Trump and his whims. Or maybe do one of those mid-sea ship to ship exchange operations like North Korea is said to do. Or better, start developing the technology to start accessing all that undersea oil around Okinawa.

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Posted in: 'Ready, fire, aim' - critics see pattern to Trump's approach See in context

I'm a little confused by the US system. There is a Republican Senate, Republican House, Republican President, abd "Republican" Supreme Court. And yet the Republican Trump cannot get very much done, and he blames Democrats, who are in the minority. I don't get it.

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Posted in: 'Ready, fire, aim' - critics see pattern to Trump's approach See in context

Trump seems to be a "stream of consciousness" president.

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Posted in: North Korea was firing missiles over Japan like it was the 4th of July last year. Look at all the things we've had, there's been no missiles fired, there's been no rockets fired. Japan thinks I'm like a world hero over there. See in context

Yes, what Zichi-san said. Also, now in Japan Trump gets most publicity over his erratic trade policies, including tariffs on Japanese iron and aluminum, which are specialty products that only Japan has the capital and know-how to make. So I heard from US clients that US companies are screeming at Trump to stop it.

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Posted in: Fan fun See in context

Are they allowed to wear those costumes during the game? Don't they obscure the view of the people behind them?

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Posted in: Virginia restaurant refuses to serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders See in context

I bet that the restaurant will now become crowded with anti-Trump left people. They are not going to lose any business.

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Posted in: Joint session: Pot found growing at lawmakers' building See in context

I'm willing to bet that they actually didn't know what it was. They are, after all, politicians.

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Posted in: U.S. exempts some steel products from Japan, 4 other countries from tariffs See in context

Mostly it is US companies screeming at Trump to do away with the teriffs because the Japanese steel is mostly specialty steel that only Japan makes. They can't get it anywhere else. The same goes for Japan's high end circuitry and materials. Only Japan has the capital and know-how to make them. You can't get them cheeply from China.

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Posted in: Japan confronts risks of U.S. alliance based on dollars and deals, not values See in context

Remember that the basic premise of the US military in Japan has not been to protect Japan, but to ensure Asia that Japan would never try to invade and set up empire again.

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Posted in: Demand for foreign workers may soften Japan's immigration rules See in context

I have no objection to foreigners coming to Japan to work and fill the labor shortage. They add diversity too. But what about the real issue: why don't Japanese young people marry and have children? Our old politicians do not seem to have a clue about this.

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Posted in: Japanese schools introduce LGBT-friendly uniforms See in context

Things were a lot simpler when I wen through public school in the late 80s and 90s. All we were concerned about was the university entrance exam. After I came out in junior high, even me being gay was not a big issue, and I could still be a class leader.

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Posted in: Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report See in context

This won' happen because Japan will not pay.

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Posted in: U.S. expects Japan to play significant role in N Korea economic aid: Hagerty See in context

Sorry, those expectations will not be met. Japan has to get its own finances in order first (like make sure there is a pension for me when I'm 65 in about 25 years). And it was the US and Russia that divided Korea into north and south for their own political/power convenience. The US and Russia should provide any money the North needs, not Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to refuse entry to foreign travelers with unpaid medical bills See in context

Maybe treatment should be limited to medical emergencies. Otherwise, people will come to Japan for medical treatment just to escape paying by returning to their home country. The cost of the plane ticket may be far less than the medical treatment at home (especially in the US).

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Posted in: Radwimps singer offers apology/explanation after new song is accused of inappropriate nationalism See in context

Yeah, I think some people are reading too much into this song. There are a few lines that if taken out of context, look suspicious, but they should be taken in the context of the rest of the song. I kind of like the song.

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Posted in: Trump tags U.S. media as nation's 'biggest enemy' after summit See in context

But I'm sure he doesn't mean to include Fox news.

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Posted in: Holidays to be moved to ease traffic for 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

The 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics was held in October. That was a good idea. The Olympics should have been scheduled to start on Sports Day in October, which would have been symbolic. I image in an August Olympics, lots of athletes will get heat stroke, or this will play to the advantage of athletes from hot countries.

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