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Posted in: Tokyo reports 782 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,091 See in context

Foreigner in Tokyo

Thank you very much for your great contribution. I fully agree with you.

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Posted in: China urges Japan's PM candidates not to meddle in internal affairs See in context

Thanks for your advice!

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

Should she become prime minister, Japan would move even farther to the far right with her pre Second World War mentality, even worse than former Prime Minister Abe.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

What a pity! With Suga as president of the LDP, the general election would have looked bleak for the LDP. A new "old face" will get more votes from the people who are easily tricked.

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Posted in: China protests U.S. Navy, Coast Guard ships in Taiwan Strait See in context

China, shut up!!!

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Posted in: Japan should stop interfering in China's internal affairs. See in context

China, stop telling people outside your country how to behave.

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Posted in: LDP sets leadership race for Sept 29 ahead of general election See in context

All four of them are Nippon Kaigi members. Any change?

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Posted in: Nissin Foods says 50 billion Cup Noodles have been sold worldwide See in context

Full of additives, especially MSG.

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Posted in: TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water; gov't to buy marine products See in context

So, we won’t see the water.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854 See in context

Here's a dumb comment. Is this number (2, 962) based on the 2,490 tests done yesterday?

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Posted in: Japan marks 76th anniversary of World War II defeat See in context

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Emperor Naruhito, totally different hearts.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context

JT, why do you always compare numbers with the day before? This is useless.

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Posted in: Ministers Kishi, Nishimura visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

The LDP mind-set.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,773 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,293 See in context

Click on "new coronavirus cases" in the first line of this article. Then you will find the numbers of tests.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,773 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,293 See in context

If this number is based on the 15,561 tests done on Wednesday, we get a positivity rate of about 37%. If it's based on the 12,287 tests done yesterday, then the positivity rate is about 47%. Hmm . . .

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'leftist maniacs' in women's Olympic soccer team See in context

Maniacs? Dear Mr Trump, please look in the mirror.

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Posted in: Japan expands virus state of emergency, restrictions to more prefectures See in context

Suga, Nishimura, Kato, Koike, . . . sound like a broken record.

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Posted in: Nihon? Nippon? What’s the correct name for Japan at the Tokyo Olympics (and in general)? See in context

This is what my Japanese teacher said 47 years ago:

Nippon for the country. Usually Nihon when used like an adjective. Nihonjin, Nihongo, Nihonkai, . . .

If I'm not wrong, NHK used to say Nihonjin. Now they say Nipponjin.

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Posted in: What is umami, the mysterious taste of Japanese cooking? See in context

Umami is a natural taste. I can easily taste it in shiitake and cheese.

MSG isn't natural. It's a food additive mainly produced by Ajinomoto. It's a chemical flavour enhancer. It can cause various health problems. Headaches in my case. A certain company in Japan uses umami and MSG as synonyms, therefore trying to deceive us consumers. Most of my Japanese friends aren't aware of this.

Why have more and more food companies in Europe started to produce food without MSG? Actually, there are some in Japan, too.

A friend of mine manages several ramen restaurants in a European country. As a matter of course, you will find a sign at the entrance: "We don't use MSG!"

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