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Posted in: Over 2,000 fire ants discovered in Osaka; 2 people hurt See in context

I hate fire ants. I remember where there were NONE in America. Now, they are a huge multimillion (maybe billon) dollar per year problem. I spend my share fighting the devils at my place. I can tell you, once they come to your piece of land, you will NEVER totally get rid of them. Another invasive insect, the Asian ambrosia beetle killed my fig tree, and many other trees. I've often wondered what it would be like to have only native species in USA, Japan, or anywhere else. It's gone forever.

And right, stepoutside, the 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 or whatever, they DID NOT find.

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Posted in: 39-year-old driver arrested over road rage incident on Tokyo expressway See in context

I'm trying to remember to sing my "Anti Road Rage" song, "Some beach, somewhere..."

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Posted in: Tourism boom spreads economic benefits to rural Japan: report See in context

ルラル日本(田舎の事だね。。。)。I love rural Japan. Best food there is. Of course, it helps a lot to speak Japanese...

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court rules for baker in gay wedding cake case See in context

There's always been homosexuals. Even the word "sodomy" comes from the ancient city of Sodom. In civilized societies, there is supposed to be a "standard" for living. Sodom had allowed their standard to become very low.

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Posted in: Bathe naked with strangers? Welcome to a Japanese 'onsen' See in context

Ta'ooed boys, the reason they don't want ta'ooed people is ta'oos indicate yakuza boys. Most onsens don't want yakuza in their onsens. What's with all this ta'ooing about anyway? Some places in America it's rare to see pure hide that's not been all blued up. And it's for life boys. Anyway, that's why onsens have the no ta'oo rules.

Why I call them ta'oo: in Spain a few years ago, a young Bri'ish ta'ooed couple with their 10-12 years old son walked by where I was sitting, which happened to be right in front of a ta'oo shop. The boy pointed and said, "Ta'oo! Ta'oo!" Classic. They were from the part of U.K. that glottal stops the "t".

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Posted in: Department store removes wine imported from Golan Heights after protests See in context

Haruka: Then I shall boycott Daimaru. Israel is a sovereign state and protecting itself just as Japan would. Shalom

Well said. Me too. Daimaru, a stupid thing to do. Sayonara.

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Posted in: Japan's lowest mountain celebrates first day of climbing season See in context

That's my kind of mountain climbing. Plenty of oxygen.

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Posted in: Fukushima tells world radiation is down, exports up after nuclear crisis See in context

Yeah it's them petabecquerels that's got me worried.

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Posted in: Fukushima tells world radiation is down, exports up after nuclear crisis See in context

I'm the kind who WANTS to buy Fukushima products. But I also say, trust, but verify. I need to make sure stuff is safe, then I buy.

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Posted in: Lower house passes bills to lower adulthood age See in context

Yeah halierika, I was going to say 21, but 23 is better.

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Posted in: 22 of Japan's most famous festivals: A travel calendar See in context

I like matsuri. Food...

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Posted in: Do you consider corporal punishment for children, either at school or home, to be child abuse? See in context

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction drives it far from him. A small bit o' spanking only by parents and only at the right time, and very sparingly does indeed help all involved, spanker and spankee. Not with the hand (never discipline a child with your hand!) either, but a small switch or some such just to bring a bit of sting is all that's needed. My Mom perfectly used a little switch on me as needed, therefore my Dad never had to. Neither did my teachers.

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Posted in: Japan tops Henley Passport Index, offering its citizens access to record 189 destinations See in context

Good. Note to young and/or healthy people: travel while you have health! I've done mine, but now health makes flying very difficult for me. Go now while you can. Enjoy the places in the world! Especially the local people and the food! Oh me, we've seen some fantastic places, met some great people and eaten some great food from China to Kenya!

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Posted in: Former PM Nakasone turns 100; hopes for Constitution amendment See in context

Seems to me he's done a good job considering the incredible changing times he's lived through. I agree that it's time Japan made a bit of a change to that part of the constitution. Actually, I think I should read that part first. But from what I know, maybe a bit of tweaking would be good.

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Posted in: Urban farmer Jon Walsh finds fertile ground in Tokyo See in context

I think there's plenty of small plots of land all over the world that could sustain us all. If people would just use it like he is doing. We're trying to eat only natural foods without chemicals. 無農薬ね。。。

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Posted in: 69-year-old serial wallet thief caught stealing again on Tokyo subway See in context

The old boy ain’t right.

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Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age? See in context

Way over due to shed the U.K. of this king system. So tacky on many levels these days. And what an evil history of Bri'ish kings. That country would be much better off without them tax suckers.

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Posted in: Japan's new 'Airbnb law' a double-edged sword See in context

Just when we’re thinking of using Airbnb.

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Posted in: A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans See in context

Smoking also causes bladder cancer. I think it's because smokers are afraid of the results of this test. I've lost way too many family and friends to smoke caused lung and bladder cancer.

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Posted in: Sharp's battery system efficiently stores solar electricity See in context

Seems to me they're on the right track, but not yet cost effective. I'm very interested in solar for vacation house power, but don't think the cost makes it break even now.

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Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals? See in context

I think you're right CaptDing. I don't know if torture has been proven not to work. Only what people here are saying. So far in my life, I've had no reason to research the effectiveness of torture. But, IF it actually works to stop terrorism, yep, torture them suckaas. I really don't know. But, I do know that we civilized countries are the only ones that obey common decency rules anyway. Terrorists and other like minded jerks will do whatever they want with impunity! Snub their noses at the rest of the world and continue to slice heads off at the neck.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing wife’s lover See in context

If his wife was acting like a whore, old boy who took her did him a favor. Course he ain’t right either trying to kill his relief boy. Sheesh

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Posted in: Japanese 'Marines' engage in exercise with maritime defense force See in context

"Yep, not so much die gloriously for your country as make sure the other bloke dies for his!"

That's the ticket, englisc! Good job 自衛隊! And, all of us free, peace loving countries are together. We're pulling for each other. A bit o' friendly competition can serve to sharpen each other, but we want to be a strong, united force for peace. Don't tread on us, the free, non expansionist countries of the world. It was tried from the late 1930s to about 1945. Thankfully the aggression lost and Japan has become a great democracy. I'm for it.

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Posted in: 9 vacations to help rebuild Japan's disaster-hit regions See in context

We love Touhoku and have been going there since our first 1982 trip. I say go, see, onsen, and EAT!

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Posted in: Lawson convenience stores continue to hand people their coffee, even though no one wants them to See in context

I like the way 7-11 does coffee, and it's better than most coffee you can get in 米国。

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Posted in: N Korea says U.S. ruining mood of detente ahead of summit See in context

All I know is this is first time progress has been made with North Korea. I think Xi has a bit to do with it. Definitely President Trump's stance. Don't tread on me.

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Posted in: Starbucks’ new Japan Geography tumblers will take you on a trip around the country See in context

I like those area cups. First time I ever went to Sutaabaa was the On on Hongo Dori by Toudai about wha', 20 years ago? Coffee served in paper cup. I thought, "Whew, this place will never make it in Japan!" Boys, y'all want any investing advice from me?

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Posted in: Otto Warmbier's mom seeks to embarrass N Korea at symposium on human rights See in context

I cannot trust North Korea. We shall see...

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son 'not involved' in Sprint, T-Mobile merger approvals See in context

I've liked SoftBank in Japan, and have been on au also, liked them. I've been on every company in USA, but only T-Mobile has great international service. Free data, albeit a bit slow, and $.20 a call. No other USA company has that advantage. And Sprint is CDMA whereas T-Mobile is GSM. America is BIG so cell coverage is hard.

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Posted in: Some quick tips for changing your residence in Japan See in context

We've moved a lot in Japan. No matter where, whew, stressful. That ABBA song, "Money" comes to mind...

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