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Posted in: Burrito restaurant opens in Tokyo's Marunouchi Building See in context

Home made burritos are a cinch to make using Costco's frozen tortillas, refried beans, cheese, salsa, chicken and other spices. Great for parties and you don't need to be Mexican. Use a large Teflon pan and roll.

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Posted in: Bank employee, Tokyo district court clerk held for groping same woman in train See in context

Intentionally groping or not, this subject will continue to come up because of crowded trains. Many years ago, I was stared down by a young woman who thought I'd possibly groped her. Lucky for me nothing came of it. I suppose it was another guy but what if I was accused? What do we do if accused and are innocent? Best to get to the front of the line and race for a seat I guess.

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Posted in: Chiba woman kills 13-year-old daughter See in context

It's very hard to comprehend another person's problems although we think we know all the answers such as I've been their done that thinking.

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Posted in: Generic drugs: The best medicine for Japan’s economy? See in context

There are many ways the drug companies put their foot in the generic door. One big one is the OTC meds. When you want a generic ibuprophen or asprin, it's not available without a doctor's prescription. Another thing is the education of theJapanese patient who has a brand mentally. I take a generic bp drug that works fine and my Japanese wife takes the same brand drug. She switched back to brand from generic because she said it worked better. Why can't we even buy Alka-Seltzers? This subject is too hard to debate.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting group of school children, killing 9-year-old girl See in context

On a narrow street that little school kid use with no sidewalks? Should be closed to traffic during that time of day or traffic guards should be posted.

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Posted in: 19-year-old youth stabs parents; mother dies See in context

Comments here regarding why this youth should have done this and that are erroneous . We are dealing with mental problems

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Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama See in context

Many years ago at Kawasaki station, I was kicked in the back just as I was about to board the train at the crowded station. I never knew who did it. Of the millions of good Japanese there are some bad apples. They are always hiding in the shadows. At stations, I always watch my back.yoo bad someone didn't catch that SOB and lay into him.

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Posted in: Concern growing in Australia over plan to buy Japanese submarines See in context

The argument is simple. You go where the better technology, speed of construction and cost is located. Isn't it a rule of thumb?

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Posted in: Mother arrested for strangling 1-year-old daughter See in context

I wonder what the statiistics are for children being murdered by parents in this country as compared to other countries? It seems it's an every day occurance here.

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Posted in: Growing restrictions make for frustrated park users See in context

In Higashikurume, there is a nice park across the street from my place. The city has gardeners mow the grass and trim the bushes ad trees often. There are four nice large picknick tables and a toilet with sinks. Great place to look at but hardly used. There is a large sign with many restrictions on it. One says, "no fires permitted". Once I took my BBQ set to enjoy an outdoor picnick. Someone contacted the city office. Soon some office workers arrived telling me and friends to put out the charcoal. My belief was no fires on the ground that a BBQ grill was ok. I was wrong. But that's Japan for you. Just bring your obentos.

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Posted in: 5-year-old boy drowns while rafting in Iwate See in context

The article again does not give enough information. Life jackets, CPR administered? Precautions taken by the school, etc.

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Posted in: Tensions surface between middle-aged men, daughters-in law See in context

The article refers to older japanese men who in this case sem to be the conservative and rather reserved types. This is generally the way middle aged men here think. The generation gap is very obvious. Nothin special.

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Posted in: Chiba convenience store robbed of Y1 mil See in context

Wouldn't it be easy to install an alarm system like SECOM where you push or step on a hidden button and hope for the cavelry to come?

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Posted in: Driver held after car slams into 7-Eleven store, killing employee See in context

As an old geezer, I've taken the elderly driving test. It's directed towards your reflexes as well as memory. But what about those elderly bicycle riders? We will all get older before you know it.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor's cycling policy needs a rethink See in context

It's amazing how the rules for cars are unforced here and how lax it is for bicycles. They should enforce those rules before the cycle road construction begins.

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Posted in: U.S. box office slumps to worst summer in years See in context

So many good comments as to why theaters are failing. TV of course is its worst enemy. And throw in theater sound plus huge HD screens that people have shelled out a lot for. Video shops, on line downloading. These are things Hollywood already knows. I suppose a knockout punch is coming when 4k is going to in about 50% of living rooms before long.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet See in context

Some information about Suzuki would give us a better picture of his character. How old was he? Was he married wit children? Did he have a girlfriend? His former arrest and his being allowed to return to work at a school for a sex crime is important information. For example, if he was a guy who had trouble meeting women and got his kicks with porno, etc. there may be many like him out there working with kids who need to be separated from working with kids. Better evaluation is one answer.

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Posted in: 25-year-old teacher arrested for molesting student in Yokohama See in context

Loony tunes. I think the guy had a death wish and knew he'd would eventually get caught.

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Posted in: Can’t get curry stain off your clothes? Kill it with the sun See in context

Will it work on yellow mustard, too?

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Posted in: Bike with 3 riders crashes into minivan; 2 in coma See in context

More information on the bike. 3 on a bike is illegal. Even 2 on a scooter is illegal unless the scooter is rigged for 2 with a certain size engine. And yes, helmets must be worn by law.

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Posted in: Half a million advised to evacuate as heavy rain lashes Japan See in context

How I wish the weather will not effect the two festivals in my neighborhood this month.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued for friend of man who dies after falling out of car See in context

Sounds like- I didn't push him out, he did. No you did. He fell out. No one pushed him out. Is it a who done it?

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Posted in: 43% of Japanese women don’t like guys wearing tank tops See in context

Ok. I don't go to the beach or pools per se but if someone has an arm pit that looks like the wolverine, some basic trimming might be in order. I don't see any tank toppers, maybe a few young guys but that's about all.

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Posted in: Japan's smoking rate drops to record low See in context

I went to meet someone at a family restaurant in my neighborhood and there was not one smoker there in over two hours. I suppose because many kids were there in family groups. It would appear parents are getting the picture. On the other hand, at yakitoriya and Izakaya, a different sort will smoke up the place. Until the no smoking ban ever takes place, we'll have to choose our options.

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Posted in: 71-year-old man held for slashing 4 family members in Nagano See in context

Who knows? Could be this heat. It can drive anyone nuts.

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Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan See in context

It isn't China but the unsupervised workers and their bosses who are uneducated in food handling that have created the scandle. In happens in Japan as well and when they are found out, they deserve to be put out of business.

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Posted in: Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future See in context

Will Japan's employment and population implosion be solved by replicants? How about the SDF full of these fighting replicants? What a world awaits the next generation. With Japanese robotic technology moving at high pace, all sorts of new industries will evolve.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. admirals say naval cooperation deepening See in context

My take on the Chinese invitation to the naval exercise was to give them a first hand look at what they would have to encounter if they were foolish enough to do so.

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Posted in: Woman robbed of underwear while walking home See in context

Women may now have to carry a spare pair of undies just in case.

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Posted in: Israel to discuss Egypt's Gaza truce proposal; Hamas says no deal See in context

Lifting sanctions would only give Hamas time to get more rockets and other military equipment to continue its attack on Isreal. If peace and security for Palistinians is ever to be, Hamas must go.

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