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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine chief priest to quit for criticizing emperor See in context

All I have to say, is hey, Shumatsu_Samurai - I LOVE your name!! Wish I had thought of that! Hmmm, Yasukuni, eh? Maybe taking those war criminals' names off would help, even if in Shinto they're there "permanently." Yeah, take them off.

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Posted in: Tokyo named world's best city for 3rd year in row outside U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler poll See in context

I've lived in several places in Japan, including Tokyo, and love living here.

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Posted in: Who do you think should be awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced on Friday? See in context

These "prizes" are a joke. Not credible.

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Posted in: Fishmongers mourn closure of famous Tokyo fish market See in context

I've never been to an auction at Tsukiji, just to eat sushi/sashimi at some of the great places there. I agree with those who said to refurbish the old place. Of course it could have been done, while staying open. Cleaned up, sanitized, and still kept the old fashioned ambience and just plain out greatness of Tsukiji. People all over the world know about Tsukiji.

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Posted in: Tokyo Ramen Show coming back this month for its 10th year running See in context

Sorry, but I've been to Kitakata Machi. I am ruined for life.

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Posted in: Of rice and men: Questions you never thought to ask about harvesting Japan's meal staple See in context

Okay, the best rice I ever had was one October, maybe the best time of year too, in Toyoma Ken. Oh me, aroma, flavor, and I have had rice from Hokkaido to Okinawa, locally grown... there is no rice in the world like Japanese rice. Done.

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Posted in: 20 things I wish I knew before moving to Tokyo See in context

Most important is #21: Japanese language. That'll work every time. All the rest is nothing.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

I'm glad this is happening. I'm one who has suffered many years with PTSD (Vietnam combat vet, frequent dreams still, etc.), depression, and some severe physiological issues, none of which are externally visible! I've worked very hard all my life to be healthy, and at 70, look very physically fit and healthy. But...but, unfortunately, I'm not. Yes, some of my problems are mental, for whatever reason. Other than my doctors and wife, very few people know how I've suffered. My point is, you cannot tell how a person is getting along by outside appearance. I also know of a person who has a doctoral degree and he has autism. There's this thing called the autism spectrum... Again, point being that psycholigical and other mental disorders are not detected by appearance of a person. I was trained to be very disciplined and dignified. Hard for people to tell I have these issues.

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Posted in: Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia: study See in context

Well, Chinese are going to all have dementia! You can see the air you breathe at 10'!

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Posted in: Which do you think is better: Apple's iOS or Android? See in context

You miss it, Toshihiro. To'ally missed. At least your last sentence is right, for iOS. Android OS is a mess.

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Posted in: Tokyo cafe to open with robot waiters remotely controlled by disabled See in context

Well then ilove, just stay away. This is a great idea and very helpful to some people who otherwise might not be able to work in a coffee shop or restaurant. I live it, and can hardly wait to go to this shop!!

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Posted in: Japan's exports rise as U.S.-bound shipments grow amid trade war fears See in context

Oh well, Tokyo TT, you made me laugh! I 米国人。Americano. Anyway, I think getting to more of a trade balance, fairness, will be better for all countries in the LONG term. Really, trade is a matter of trust. I think. E.g., China. Canno' trust far.

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Posted in: The world's oldest hotel: What it's like to stay at Japan's Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan See in context

Oh me, we've got to go there!! I love onsens! The food, breakfasts...

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Posted in: Do you think volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be paid? See in context

The issue is with the nuance of the English word "volunteer" when used in Japanese. ボランティア has the idea of doing something now for free or almost free, but getting benefits in some form later on. Kind of investing some time. In English, volunteer means doing something for absolutely nothing in return. In Japanese, you will probably get something in return later.

No matter, my opinion is the workers some be paid something for "volunteering" their services.

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

I've changed my mind on this and instead of daylight savings, I think Japan should change time zones, either to GMT +9.5 like Central Australia directly below Japan or GMT+10 like the bit of Russia directly above Japan. This would require only one disruption.

Japan has a very similar latitude to Malta, meaning a very similar length of daylight to organize the clock around. However, sunrise and sunset in Malta in winter are over twenty minutes later. This suggests GMT+9.5 would be a good fit, but GMT +10 would make things easier to calculate. Malta has summer time, but at +10 Japan wouldn't need it.

Japan is dark or near dark at 6pm for half the year. Far more people are awake and out at 6pm than before 6am, so this makes things unnecessarily miserable. Less time for kids to play, more anxiety for women and schoolgirls out on their own, less incentive for anyone to relax outside, etc. etc.

No need to say more.

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Posted in: 3 random joys of Japanese highway travel See in context

Okay, expensive to drive in Japan, and you MUST avoid holidays, but otherwise, I love driving in Japan! Have been for over 35 years, so have seen about all of it. The food. The it!

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Posted in: A study by the World Health Organization reports that technological advancement has made our lives more convenient but also less active, creating a sedentary lifestyle and heightening the risk of deadly diseases because we are not getting enough exercise. Do you agree? See in context

I say yes, I agree with the statement. But, we are still responsible for how we adjust to technology. Each of us has to take care of ourselves. And it seems that all the computer work has made it a bit harder, not to mention the entertainment associated with technology. So there. Let's get outside more. I'm talking to you, myself!

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

All I know is the U.S. economy is doing better than it has in many years. A main problem is not enough qualified people to fill so many job openings.

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Posted in: Satsumaimo chocolate truffles the sweetest autumn treat for kids See in context

This is one thing I absolutely LOVE about Japan! Going around neighborhoods sellinh ishi yakiimo, toufu, drying poles, ramen, etc. I always buy from them!

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Posted in: Russia says more trust-building needed for Kuriles deal with Japan See in context

I wonder if USA had held Okinawa would that be a similar issue? I don’t know. But I do think these are Japanese properties.

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo's Yamanote line unveiled to media See in context

I know! Call it the ShinShin Eki ( 新新駅三十番)。。。

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Posted in: Gov't conducts evacuation drill in Fukui for multiple nuclear accidents See in context

Comforting to know they will be using masks.

Wait. This is why Japan has the longest life in the world! Masks.

In other news, have I said today how I loathe EVERYTHING nuclear? Well, I'm saying it again. Hate that mess.

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Posted in: Darvish relieved cause of his pain finally discovered See in context

Doctors misdiagnose symptoms way too often. Pain is not in the brain, my pain is worse in the rain.

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Posted in: Reduce waste by squashing your trash See in context

Trash compactor, eh? These things have been in Beikoku a long time. A friend had one installed in his new house way back in 1979. He said he thought it'd be useless, but turned out he liked it better than anything he used! To me it seems a better solution would be for someone in Japan to come up with a way to stop using so much packaging, PLASTIC mess. Whew, I hate that stuff; plastic that is.

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Posted in: Japan looking for new ways to help recluses find their place See in context

I’ve done quite well for 70 years of

my life so far, but I’ve had some mental problems. Depression, PTSD from Vietnam mess, etc. So I surely sympathize with anyone who has mental issues. We need help, and it’s not easy to get. Very few people relate to depression. Especially family.

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

Thanks HenryK. I tell Japanese friendo to get that when he goes to Beikoku soon. Yoroshiku douzo.

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

2018, and still a mess. I can at least use my USA T-Mobile iPhone in Japan at 2frickenG speed! Calls for $.25 a minute. Typing on it right now. It connects to docomo or SoftBank randomly. For USA residents, T-Mobile is the way to go for international travel. For Japanese residents, yappari, a mess. BS.

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Posted in: Chinese man files suit over harassment at immigration center See in context

Good for Japan; enforcing laws.

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Posted in: Playboy polls 100 foreign 'konbini' employees See in context

It has surprised me at how many foreigners work at konbinis. Good for them

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