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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

"I was drunk and don't remember" should have been the stock response.

The most heinous of the offenses: destroying the stuffed bear.

If the bear was Kumamon, then they should answer to the wrath of all those who worship Kumamon.

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Posted in: Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation See in context

"They'll accept athletes and celebrities so long as those people do well, but I have yet to see how this has benefited the people 'on the ground' who are often shunned or experience all sorts of negative things." - Well said.

Lots of YouTube videos of people talking about why they left Japan, and a big one is never being fully "accepted", despite their Japanese being fluent. Some choose to overlook that and decide to stay, while others have enough and move on to where their race or country of origin is less of an issue.

That said, maybe rugby will inch the country closer to at least not thinking that it's OK for the police to randomly card every person with a certain skin color or other distinctive foreign feature.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Ah_so - You must be assuming that I was fixated on the racial make up of the team during the match. As I said, I appreciate the brutality of the sport, but the team photo... Well, some of you choose to look at it one way, others look at it differently. Let's agree to disagree on the acceptability of switching nationalities for the sake of being able to compete in a sport on an international level.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Yubaru - I know the rules. Maybe you think everyone has to agree with them, and that a team stocked with foreign talent (and a coach) for the sole purpose of beefing up rugby to make the country feel proud is OK. If that floats your boat, enjoy!

Yesterday was the first full rugby game I ever watched, and I appreciate how brutal of a sport it is. But all the while watching, I couldn't help but sense that this team is the bridge that Japan needs to propel what may be an all-born-in-Japan squad being successful in the future. Sort of like that whole "Yeah, having a Mongolian-born grand champion is nice and all, but..."

And don't get me started on that Naomi Osaka thing.

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Posted in: Fans frustrated as typhoon disrupts World Cup See in context

Japan dropped the ball on this one. And so did the Rugby organizers. And so did the fans for flying all the way over here.

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Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

What's the big deal?

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Posted in: Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl See in context

Parents should start considering implanting a tracking device into their kids, or at least make them wear a bracelet with GPS - like wearing a seat belt. No exceptions.

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Posted in: 6 months past legal drinking age, actress Kanna Hashimoto reveals binge drinking See in context

Abbey and Norman - really sorry about that. Totally misread the meaning. I shall perform penance by forcing a couple of German beers down my throat after work.

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Posted in: Finally, an easy one: U.S. rolls over Japan 98-45 at basketball World Cup See in context

Wow! Didn't see that coming

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Posted in: 6 months past legal drinking age, actress Kanna Hashimoto reveals binge drinking See in context

Abbey - you cared enough to write a comment

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Posted in: Nagoya exhibition defends pulling 'comfort woman' statue; opponents say it's censorship See in context

The police should track down those who make even veiled threats.

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Posted in: Leonardo DiCaprio urges government action on Amazon fires See in context

Lead by example, or clam up

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Posted in: Two 17-year-old girls arrested for dumping newborn baby’s body near river in June See in context

If you are selling your body at 17, you are REALLY naive, or just wanted the money for glam bags. Maybe her parents tried to intervene, maybe they didn't. No one knows except her and that "true friend".

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Posted in: Parents arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill son See in context

I heard this type of behavior is often over debts or bankruptcy

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils Paralympic torchbearer uniforms See in context

The beer gut Olympics.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempting to kill 84-year-old husband at hospital See in context

dementia? money-hungry? had another guy? maybe she thought she had another guy?

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Posted in: 'A star is born!' Golf-mad Japan salutes 'Smiling Cinderella' See in context

Kaeri - I think it was her fairy godmother

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Posted in: Boy, 8, dies in Germany after he and mother are pushed onto train tracks See in context

Could be payback after an Eritrean was shot somewhere else in Germany 5 days ago, apparent by a far right extremist.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 15-year-old son with fork See in context

Stick a fork in this dad. He's done.

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Posted in: China's Sun wins 200 free via DQ; gets shunned on podium See in context

Just let everyone dope up. It's the only way to ensure the Games are fair.

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Posted in: Is Japan’s tourism industry sustainable? See in context

I've been to the countryside in Japan, and there is not much out there to really be mind-blowing. A lot of the mountains are meh. And how long can your really hang out in an onsen? Handing tourists an English speaking menu is not the same as interacting with them: "Where are you from?", "Do you have a son who's single and rich?". Small talk goes a long way.

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Posted in: Facing Olympic hotel shortage, Tokyo looks offshore for cruise ships See in context

The love hotel idea is good. Someone in NYC tried to pawn off an igloo on AirBnb. Just make some fake snow and start building away. Let people pitch tents in the Olympic stadium. Just have to pack up before the first events of the day start.

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Posted in: Japan struggling with social worker shortage to help recluses See in context

I say let them be. Can't save everybody. It would be a tremendous waste of time and energy just to bring one of these recluses back into the fold of society. Better off on focusing on educating kids to NOT be a recluse. Now, about those games they play all day...

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Posted in: Arson-murder suspect a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbor says See in context

Smith - had the exact same experience as you. Neighbor cranked club music at ?? am in the morning. I banged on his door at ?? in the morning. No answer. Complained to the building manager. Nothing they could do. I wound up moving.

Do the hustle - Right there with you about gamers, except for the part about slapping them. As long as they play their games and not hurt other people... Oh wait...

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Posted in: Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!' See in context

Trump is one smart cookie. If he gets people like you to call him a racist, or anti-immigration, or whatever, he wins. So hate him as much as you want; it's part of his plan for the 2020 race, and you guys are pawns.

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Posted in: Talent agency Johnny & Associates warned by regulator over ex-SMAP members See in context

Can't they appear in dramas? Do handshaking events? Compensating dating? YouTube videos of unboxing something? By gosh, their "careers" are not in the slightest bit over. Why, they are just beginning and ready to rocket to the moon.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan Hagerty to resign this month See in context

Dear Donnie,

I hereby submit my application to be the next...

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Posted in: Kondo, Ohtani honored for enhancing U.S.-Japan relations See in context

Sounds like a made-up award just for the So-Cal J-community to have a chance to meet them. Who were the previous winners?

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Posted in: Japanese entertainment mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at age 87 See in context

"Guinness World Records titles for the most No. 1 artists, the most No. 1 singles and the most concerts produced by an individual."

I thought these were supposed to be "world" records. More like, #1 singles IN JAPAN. And what's a "No. 1 artist"? Sales? Popularity?

And "most concerts"? A lot of street buskers will say, "Hey, wait a minute. Those 2 fans grooving to my tunes outside of ??? train station count as a concert".

His passing will change nothing in the entertainment industry. If you want to be on stage or in front of the camera, you better be ready to "please" the powers.

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Posted in: Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, Miki Sudo win annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest See in context

Maria, part of their wealth and perhaps ability to donate large amounts of money is this eating contest, which brings in a lot of publicity and customers.

So again, are you in a position to criticize them? Not asking for info on your charitable contributions to society so I can give you a "pat on the back". I'm just wondering if you are just a troll, a hypocrite, or someone legit.

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