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Posted in: Koike opens new Tokyo fish market after 2-year delay See in context

I, for one, am looking forward to visiting the new site and dodging the mini-fish mobiles scooting up and down the aisles. Although, my hazmat suit may hinder my mobility a bit.

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Posted in: U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka gets hero's welcome in Japan See in context

On paper, she's Japanese and American. In essence, she's American - speaks American English, most of her training has been in the U.S., she likes Netflix shows produced in the U.S. - she's American. She likes curry rice, but so do I, and I'm not Japanese.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

And the image of Naomi in the background - white-skinned, blonde hair. Yeah, that's exactly how she looks.

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Posted in: The day after See in context

Glad Serena lost. What a crybaby. The ump did his job, and even the coach admitted to sending signals Serena's way. That's why I stopped watching tennis in general, men's and women's. So many of them have fragile egos.

And the action isn't that much more exciting. I'd rather watch two beetles going at each other.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 33 missing after M6.7 quake hits Hokkaido, knocks out power See in context

seems single family homes suffer the most damage in disasters here. Don't know if construction material these days is any better than 20 or 30 years ago.

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Posted in: Hong Kong dim sum favorite faces uncertain future See in context

Sounds like the same thing that's happening in New York.

As for this particular place in HK, I once waited two hours to eat there. I came out of the experience thinking dim sum in San Fran or L.A. was WAAAAY better.

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Posted in: Abe vows further efforts to attract 40 mil foreign visitors by 2020 See in context


"In the countryside, there are restaurants that haven't changed their ways to accommodate tourists tastes." That's fine and dandy if they have menus that at least have pictures of food on the menu. Otherwise, how are you going to know what to order? If you're a vegan, good luck having the staff answer the million and one questions vegans tend to ask before ordering that sliced tomato "dish".

And that incredible scenery that you speak of... Are they uniquely Japanese? I've been to Hokkaido which is supposed to have the most incredible scenery in Japan. Well, when you compare it to Yosemite, or the Banzai Pipeline, no contest.

And what are the chances aimless driving will lead me to that warehouse of "junk", or something of similar quality?

I do think scooter rentals in the countryside will help. Nothing like a ride through rice paddies at 7 am. I once went to Pai in Thailand. They ran out of scooters because of all the tourists flocking there. Got bored within an hour.

I do like the idea of grannies giving massages.

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Posted in: Abe vows further efforts to attract 40 mil foreign visitors by 2020 See in context

To all of those who say tourists should be steered off the Golden Route... really? What is there to do in the countryside? Every town I have visited in the countryside has about an hour's worth stuff to do before you start climbing the walls.

How much time can you spend dipping in an onsen before your face starts turning purple?

What you need out there are scooter rentals, ziplines, massage parlors... oh wait, Thailand has those.

I say let the 40 gajillion tourists spend their time and money on the Golden Route and wring as much money out of them as possible? Put up with for a few years, then see them all disappear after the Olympics.

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Posted in: AI robots to help teach English in 500 classrooms next year See in context

This is Japan. They don't need English.

And even if robots can check pronunciation, can they correct pronunciation?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's parents told boyfriend, mother to solve financial issue: source See in context

The parents have also asked Komuro to present a future life plan, including career building beyond his current job as a paralegal at a Tokyo law firm, as a condition for the formal engagement and marriage with Princess Mako, the source said.

That's a good point. However, if Komuro has to present a plan, so does Mako, and not just financial, but also marital, and paternal, IMO. Marriage is a team and a marital unit. From there, they can discuss their future together.

Chico, agree with you 100%. If I were the parents of the dude, I would say to Mako's parents, "Oh yeah? Please tell me your daugther's life plan, other than smiling and waving."

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Posted in: Waseda professor fired over sexual harassment reported by student See in context

He's 66 and was probably set to retire anyway, so he figured, "What have I got to lose?"

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Posted in: Qatar Airways improves inflight dining for Economy Class passengers See in context

Yeah, that's why I pick an airline - the food.

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Posted in: Hot dog See in context

I'm sure Nathan's and other food comps have heard the criticisms already about this being a disgusting display of gluttony and a finger at the third world. But...


Perhaps the publicity from this contest is a big enough boost to business where they can donate hot dogs to the needy.

And save your criticisms about hot dogs being unhealthy. Nathan's dogs taste pretty darn good, and if that puts a smile on a few people's faces, then what better medicine is a smile, I ask ya.

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Posted in: Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in injury time to reach World Cup quarterfinals See in context


I applaud a good defense as much as a stellar offense. What Japan displayed against Poland was neither, unless you want to call kicking the ball around like a bunch of elementary schoolers "defensive" soccer. It was also risky as heck as Senegal still had a chance to pull out their match.

I watch sports to be entertained. If my team wins, great! If they lose while giving it their best effort, no shame in that! A coach showing little confidence he had in his players, SHAMEFUL!

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Posted in: Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in injury time to reach World Cup quarterfinals See in context

You go down swinging, no shame in that. They had something to prove after that Poland farce.

Malika, you and I have two different philosophies on sports. If you play not to lose, then you are not worth watching (at least not worth my time or attention). If winning by any means is your philosophy, then so be it.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

Not being a fan of soccer, even I could see what Japan was doing and switched off the TV disgusted. I expected more of the Japanese Blue "Samurai".

I hope Belgium carves them up like Belgian fries, or waffles them like Belgian waffles.

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Posted in: U.S. military may house immigrant children; Melania's jacket causes stir on border visit See in context

Black, Stranger, Katsu, etc. Trump-bashers, get your facts straight. As I posted yesterday, when illegals are facing prosecution and incarcerated, they forfeit their right to keep custody of their children. It certainly happened under Obama as well, as that is the law.

Melania Trump and others at least had the good sense to whisper into DT's ear that with all of the media attention on this, it would be good to not separate them. I wonder if Michelle Obama did the same thing. Where is the outrage that Obama didn't sign anything to keep these families together.

So keep attacking her fashion choice (If she wears a Fendi, then there is reason to bash that, right?) as much as you want and up that distraction from what she IS doing that is of value: seeing how things are going there.

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Posted in: Trump backs down; orders end to family separations at U.S. border See in context

Because of the "Zero-tolerance" policy, there is high chance illegal border-crossers will be prosecuted as criminals if they try to cross the U.S. border illegally (just as one might considered such if attempting the same at an airport).

Under "Zero-tolerance", essentially, these people are considered criminals. Just as with any criminal, there is forced separation of minors from the criminal for the benefit of the children for their own "welfare". So the questions are:

Are illegal border crossers criminals?

If you are a parent willing to put your children at risk trying to cross a border illegally, then are you not a risk to your child's safety? Should this type of behavior not be deterred - aka, zero-tolerance?

Perhaps the economic situation in one's homeland is dire enough that they are willing to take the risk (hence, the waves of people willing to risk it all to enter parts of Europe or elsewhere by boat).

What should be done with families who try to illegally cross with kids? Should they be sent straight back or should some other type of facility be built - at U.S. taxpayers' expense?

I'll let you debate this one.

Is "Zero-tolerance" wrong? Maybe, maybe not.

Trump's constituents are demanding "Zero-tolerance".

But it also might be necessary policy if these numbers from factcheck.org (a non-profit, non-partisan group) are accurate:

"From fiscal year 2010 to fiscal 2016, there were 2,362,966 adults apprehended illegally crossing the Southern border, and 492,970 were referred for prosecution, those figures show. But that doesn’t tell us anything about how many children may have been separated from their parents under Obama. And we don’t have such statistics to compare the past to the present."

So basically, was Trump as bad as Obama in allowing kids to be separated from families?

Statistically, we don't know. But at least Trump took a step in signing and executive order to stop these separations - one step in what will be a LONG process to try and curb illegal immigration. So congratulations to the Trump-bashers for raising an issue that was almost certainly happening under Obama (unless all 492,970 referred for prosecution in the 2010 to 2016 period under Obama did not bring kids with them).

Do try to get some facts straight before lobbing vitriol at someone whose constituents



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Posted in: Bend it like Beckham See in context

He's making a fortune with these appearances in Japan. Leveraging his star power makes good business sense, because that revenue flow is going to dry up sooner or later. Better to cash in now.

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Posted in: Cry if you want to: 13 governors back bawling babies See in context

They should have signs that warn customers that babies are allowed to cry there. Then I know not to go there. Win-win for everyone.

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Posted in: Indian taxi driver arrested over rape of Japanese tourist See in context

Other than the rapes and the high risk of Delhi Belly, India sounds like a swell place.

And yes, if women want to roll the dice in an area where there is constant news of mistreatment towards women, then they have every right to roll away and assert their right as women in the 21st Century. I'm sure potential rapists will give her a pass, because, well, because that's how the world should be.

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Posted in: New stylish Japanese license plates lets people show off prefecture pride on the move See in context

It's going to distract drivers enamored by the design and cause carnage on the road.

And the numbers are supposed to be super-visible in case the car kills a gorilla and witnesses need to ID the vehicle of the assailant.

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Posted in: Japanese airports short of safety inspectors See in context

Labor shortage? Can't imagine why. Looks like the most exciting job in the world.

Keeping the bad guys out should be a priority at the airports. As Corporal Hicks said in the movie Aliens about xenomorphs: "I now we're all in strung out shape, but stay frosty and alert. We can't afford to let one of those b#$%& in here."

Tokyo better be frosty and alert. Lots of bad people out there itching to cause a world of hurt.

Here are some ways to make up for the shortfall:

1) Get police officers in other prefectures to chip in some time at the airports, because there ain't a lot going on as far as crime in the other prefectures.

2) Get the Self-Defense Forces to chip in some time at the airports, because that North Korea thing is just about over.

3) Get retirees to chip in some time at the airports, because Japan's got a lot of them.

4) Start profiling people. Let the Japanese through quicker than others. Only frisk the suspicious looking passengers, like old ladies with canes.

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Posted in: David Beckham visits Japan with son Brooklyn; feasts on Japanese sushi and wagyu beef See in context

Wow does he look like Posh. When the World Cup was held here, all my then girlfriend could talk about was Becks, so he is a god here and his visit is newsworthy by Japanese standards.

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Posted in: New Starbucks policy in U.S.: No purchase needed to sit in cafes See in context

I've already seen foreign customers at Starbucks in Japan doing that very thing: having bought nothing but sitting there using the WiFi. Of course, the Japanese staff are not going to tell them to exit because they get to use that special "foreigner's pass".

As for Sbux in the U.S., as mmwkdw said, crank up that coffee aroma to an 11, and see your profits nosedive. There are other choices for decent coffee in places where it doesn't feel like you've walked into a Greyhound bus station.

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Posted in: 3 Taiwanese women get suspended sentences for smuggling gold in bras See in context


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Posted in: Parents arrested for starving 1-year-old son to death See in context

Maybe they actually thought milk was enough to survive. Maybe the kid refused to eat. From what's been reported, it's not like they were trying to starve him completely. And they did call for help.

So no death penalty. Not even incarceration. There are two other little ones to think about.

And I do agree with Dango, if you need a license to drive or operate a forklift, you need a license to raise a kid.

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Posted in: Actor Ken Watanabe splits with actress wife See in context

An actor cheats on his wife? Unbelievable! What is the world coming to!?

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Posted in: Tokyo crow that tried to buy a train ticket gets illegally captured See in context

Crows' lives matter.

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