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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

@Droll Quarry you’re right. I had it confused with civilians; their LQA is paid for by the Department of State (and the rates are still ridiculous).

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

BertieWoosterToday  09:19 am JST

A friend of mine is in the US military, stationed in Okinawa. He and his wife (two people) live in a house that by American standards is huge. The rent is ¥500,000 per month. This is their housing allowance. It seems to me that if the US military needs more money, they might try saving money here and there. Okinawa is not Tokyo. The apartment we live in is plenty big enough for two (100 square metres) and the rent, with two parking spaces is ¥65,000 per month.

That’s ridiculous, but that money comes from the department of state, so it has nothing to do with the defense budget. I agree they should cut the amount of money they pay for people to live off the installation… but it won’t help the US defense budget one bit.

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Posted in: Gymnastics team, tired of 'sexualization,' wears unitards See in context

Think Biles has the right idea; wear what you and your team want to wear. Some people like to wear their current leotard. It’s like figure skating… you can wear a skirt or your can wear tights… shouldn’t matter.

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Posted in: Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles See in context

My old man is biracial, I’m biracial, my kids are tri-racial. Luckily, we haven’t experienced any racism towards my children. My son has started grade school and things have been fine, but one of his classmates from his old nursery has been bullied by one kid quite a bit (his classmate is Chinese). My daughter will start attending nursery school soon, so we’ll see how it goes for her.

I honestly think the issue of bullying is a bigger issue than racism. Even if there were no mixed-race children were around, there would still be people being aggressively bullied here. If a bully can’t find someone that has a different skin color, they’ll move on to the chubby person, or the poor person, or the awkward person, etc.

Not saying racism isn’t an issue here… but I think more often than not, it’s something other than racism at play.

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Posted in: Some people (including a few Japan Today commenters) who are angry that the Tokyo Olympics have not been canceled because of the coronavirus, claim they are never again going to use the products and services of the dozens of Olympic sponsors. What do you think of such a reaction? See in context

If you have the time and can make the effort to do it, then more power to you.

I don’t... not really to concerned with what’s going on, so I doubt much will change for me. Preferred they cancel it or just push all summer Olympics back four years, but oh well.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disney parks abandon 'ladies and gentlemen' announcements See in context

Went with the family both before and after the change... I didn’t notice it.

I do some announcing from time to time and I almost always start with “ladies and gentlemen”... I honestly feel like such a rube if I say something like “hey everyone”.

It is what it is, but it was always quite a rush to let out an energetic “Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to xxx”.

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Posted in: Bitcoin hits $1 trillion market cap; surges to fresh all-time peak See in context

I do like that I can use it at certain places here and not worry about the 10% tax...

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Had another baby this year, so the Mrs isn’t working and expenses are up...

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Posted in: Do you think the century-old tradition of going to the movies will become a thing of the past due to the coronavirus and the increasing popularity of streaming services? See in context

I quite enjoy the theater experience in Japan. Sound and picture is still better than my home setup and they usually have luxury seating available. There’s also the 4D experience that can be fun depending on the movie. Actually going with the family to watch the Kimetsu no Yaiba movie tomorrow.

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