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Posted in: Boats with decomposed bodies recently found drifting off Japan See in context

My hope and prayer is that Korea will become a united democracy - soon! It happened with West and East Germany. I know many South Koreans have been praying for years...someday, someday.

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Posted in: Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe's view of war See in context

All I know is that I loathe all things nuclear, power included. And, that Japan needs a very strong self defense. This world will never know lasting peace, never has, and sadly, never will. Im for peace, but do not tread on me or there will be a fight.

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Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks See in context

I remember when many Japanese would call things that stink, バター臭い。 Butter kusai. Meaning, it stinks like butter. I've also seen Japanese almost heave at the smell of cheese. Wow, as a liver of all things dairy, I'm glad to see Japan needing more dairy products. I have a friend from Gunma Ken whose family used to run a small dairy farm. Alas, they sold out about 20 years ago. I surely do not know what's best, all I know is I'm pulling for both the Japanese farmer, actually, all farmers, and for the consumer at the same time. I hope something good for all concerned comes out of this mess.

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Posted in: M8.5 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands See in context

Stay safe! I have come to loathe all things nuclear.

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Posted in: How to make the perfect cup of drip coffee See in context

Hugo, ye have never had a really great cup o' joe, eh? No coffee machine can do the above. Believe me, there is a difference.

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Posted in: China must guard against Japan's denial of history: military See in context

Right on, presto! Xi and Putin buddying up are troubling.

As for all this continual China asking for more apologies, I'm a bit tired of this mess. I've lived in Japan over 30 years and it never has ceased. Every single year it's China wanting deeper apologies from Japan. Dagnabbit, ENOUGH of this mess! I personally know of Americans who were decapitated by Chinese before WWII in China. A man and wife - just one couple that I personally knew about. There have been many more. Japanese also killed many before and during WWII. In terrible ways. We all know that.

So, in recent history, who would I trust? Japan or China? That'd be Japan for me!

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Posted in: U.S. TV to remake 1970s slavery classic 'Roots' See in context

Rarely does hollywood (doesn't deserve to be capitalized) do anything worth watching since about the '50s era. Like music, the best they can do is remakes of old music that was great. As for Roots - yeah, that's just what America needs now with all the race baiting going on. Watch for more thugs to riot. I'm ready to retire in Japan, or somewhere other than America.

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Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks See in context

Any iPhone CAN be unlocked. Whether or not the knuckle headed carrier will do it is another question. They are always finding ways to take lucres from our wallets.

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Posted in: Actress’ incredible swing in new Toyota commercial has people talking See in context

Pure class.

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Posted in: Phone-hooked husbands neglect wives at their peril See in context


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Posted in: Nagano quake leaves 39 injured as houses collapse See in context

jump, (a few posts up) the houses that fell are the very old post and beam built houses. They have to be specially reinforced for earthquakes, and the old ones were not. 2x4 houses are stronger in earthquakes. I have an architect friend in Kobe who built 2x4 houses from two to four years before the Great Harshen Quake, and his houses stood while older post and beam houses were destroyed. That was a 7.6 quake if I remember right.

My prayers also for the people affected in Nagano Ken. Back in early '80s, we lived near Oomachi, used to ski at Hakuba every week. Love that area. We only had one big quake there back then, it was maybe the same magnitude, I forgot, but it was a big one for Nagano Ken.

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Posted in: Obuchi being touted as Japan's first female PM See in context

Sounds like she wouldn't be the nail that sticks out and gets pounded back down - until she becomes PM. But, she just might do a good job. Better relationships with Asia is good. I think. While maintaining good USA, Bri'ish, etc. ties.

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Posted in: Redback spiders found in Tokyo for first time See in context

Oh no, this is why I left Brisbane!

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Posted in: Starbucks to buy full control of Japan unit for $914 million See in context

All non smoking coffee shop! Just that makes the coffee better.

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Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve See in context

I think Apple Pay is going to be huge! Ye have to think worldwide, not just America, or Japan, etc. My understanding is like Samurai says above - the NFC technology iPhone has is not proprietary, it will work with any NFC terminal. I've had my American credit union based visa card NUMBER (just the number) stolen three times, one time by a Japanese man in Japan! My number was used to buy over ¥200,000 worth of goods hundreds of kilometers away from me. Whew, what a hassle for me, even though I didn't lose any money, I had to spend over two hours on the phone with my American credit union calling from Japan. Plus, I could not use my card to withdraw yen from Japan post office ATM, my method of getting cash in Japan. Apple Pay via iPhone will save banks and merchants much money because of its security, plus save us consumers much headache. I use and love Suica cards, and I'm all in for iPhone and Apple Pay. Actually, Apple Pay is making me buy my FIRST ever iPhone. I'll probably go ahead and get an Apple Watch too!

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Posted in: Japanese baseball results See in context

I am so tired of Central League Giants. Somebody else, please beat them.

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Posted in: Japanese fans already lining up for Sept 19 release of iPhone6 See in context

For those of us with USA based credit cards, Apple Pay is worth it! My number has been stolen twice, just my number! Jerks spent $2,000 in Pennsylvania one time, all over the second time. Cost me nothing but problems, but the merchant lost that money. I won't wait in line that long, but Apple Pay will make me buy my first iPhone.

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Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high See in context

Good food, walk a lot, clean air, some of the best water in the world.

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Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll See in context

Just as China has gotten fairly prosperous too. The country can't seem to go very long before they have to stir something - T Square, so called "cultural revolution" of the '60s when they murdered no telling how many people, whew! They don't seem to understand that their prosperity has come because of a few years of peaceful relations with some other countries.

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Posted in: Will global warming make Japan more vulnerable to tropical diseases? See in context

Time to pull out the old DDT boys. That'll kill them skeets.

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Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets See in context

Paul Arenson - spoken like a real head in sand Scandinavian (no offense meant to Scandinavians, but all this "neutral nation" mess is ridiculous) who thinks world peace can happen. Hitler died, but people who believe like him are alive and kicking. Communist China slaughtered who knows how many of it's own people since 1949, plus many foreigners. I personally know one man who was in their concentration camp in early 1950s. I long for peace. But, peace has never been in this world and never will be. Peace loving nations MUST be prepared to defend and die to try to keep peace, knowing it is a continual fight. Yep, we have to fight to keep the peace. Otherwise evil people will take over.

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Posted in: Panasonic, Tesla to build big U.S. battery plant See in context

Build it near new Bridgestone plant, Aiken.

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Posted in: Japan women world's longest-lived as male lifespan tops 80 See in context

Well, if this is the case, I don't stand a Chinaman's chance for long life! I'm coming to join you Elizabeth! I'll be the one holding chopsticks.

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Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan? See in context

Wha' boweevil said above. I loathe ALL things nuclear!

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Posted in: Is smoking pot harmless? See in context

@kuribo, I like the way ye think.

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Posted in: Japan able to aid U.S. ships under attack, says defense minister See in context

The world has NEVER been very peaceful. It never will be very peaceful. United democracies can be a great deterrent to countries that might want to do something they ought not.

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Posted in: China starts publishing daily Japanese war crimes 'confession' See in context

I know of at least one American missionary couple (man, wife) who were beheaded by China even before WWII. Others I have read about. China has been exceptionally cruel in recent history, especially the already mentioned "cultural revolution" of the '60s, etc.

Maybe some research should be done and published on communist China's mass killings. Whew. Communism.

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Posted in: Who am I? 14 ways to say 'I' in Japanese See in context

Washi ga neeee... ワシがね。。。

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Posted in: Fukushima residents unsure of return to no-go zone See in context

My heart goes out to those suffering through this nuclear mess.

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Posted in: What is the main way you get your news? See in context

Think of how hard it would be just to even do this poll via anything else. Yep, online.

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