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Posted in: Why haven't the Tokyo Olympics been postponed already? See in context

The Olympics should be permanently cancelled as the whole concept is obsolete. Devote the saved resources to world peace, advancing humanity, environmental causes, and medical research.

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Posted in: Abe urges 2-week curb on big events to stem coronavirus spread See in context

"Meanwhile, the Yomiuri Giants baseball said on its website it would stage planned preseason games versus cross-town rival the Yakult Swallows at its Tokyo Dome stadium, but with no fans in the building."

Next up, baseball game with no players. It probably would not be any less boring!

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

commanteerFeb. 25 10:29 pm JST

Micronesia is a region, not a country.

Yes, if it were big enough to be a country, it would be called Macronesia."

LOL, we better not bury our heads in the sand as that would be Macroamnesia

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Posted in: IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

An ounce of prevention is worth a "Pound" of cure

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

Some of those islands got hammered by the Spanish Flu epidemic, so their caution is understandable

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Posted in: 9 Japanese men detained in Manila over phone scam brought to Japan See in context

"tamanegiToday 01:41 pm JST

A syndicate. AKA the mob."

Do you mean the mob as in Al Capone or do you mean yakuza?

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Posted in: Battle of Iwo Jima 75 years on See in context

"u_s__reamerToday 10:04 am JST

used as fodder for the Hollywood heroics of draft-dodging John Wayne was dearly"*

John Wayne was a master at marketing. His real name was Marion but he rebranded himself as the Duke and created a legend.

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Posted in: Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China See in context

Time to update the story with the latest numbers, which are not so positive.

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Posted in: Japan’s 'workstyle reforms' are actually making managers’ jobs a lot harder See in context

A positive step would be to get rid of the ubiquitous salaryman style suits and other company uniforms. Many root their entire identity in this business version of sartorial cosplay. Have workers show up in whatever they want, including flipflops

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Posted in: Orthodontist setting Japan straight on teeth See in context

Start with regular flossing to get rid of halitotic breath.

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Posted in: McGregor demolishes Cerrone in 40-second return to UFC octagon See in context

Stupid sport with arbitrary rules. If they are going to allow those shoulder strikers, and strikes behind the head, they may as well allow head butting. Very boring to watch as well, (or not watch for me from now on)

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors condemn Ghosn's remarks in Lebanon See in context

Unfortunately other accused foreigners will probably experience draconian surveillance in the future while awaiting trials....ankle bracelets, microchip implants, other high tech controls. One step further would be to require hi tech surveillance of all visiting foreigners as a preventive measure with tech profiling predicting possible future violators. Am going to watch Minority Report now.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

Japan should copy Seinfeld and celebrate Festivus...

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

You wanna be a chick magnet? Walk around carrying a bucket of fried chicken while singing "Last Christmas" by George Michael. Watch them drop like dominoes.

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Posted in: Does living in Japan change the way we speak English? See in context

Hello Kitty 321Today 05:52 pm JST

If you live in New York, New Delhi, etc."

You best hit the books Kitty, the official language in New Delhi is Hindi

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Posted in: Does living in Japan change the way we speak English? See in context

Hello Kitty 321Today 05:52 pm JST

If you live in New York, New Delhi, etc."

You best hit the books Kitty, the official language in New Delhi is Hindi

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Posted in: Eight-year-old is highest paid YouTuber, earning $26 million in 2019 See in context

Unfortunately the next letters in the alphabet after ABC will be IRS.

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Posted in: Does living in Japan change the way we speak English? See in context

Stopped reading after the headline. Living anywhere, including your own hometown, will continuously influence the way you speak English, so the headline is a case of belaboring the obvious

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Posted in: Essay questions scrapped for new university entrance exams in Japan See in context

"math essay" ???? Ok, let me have a crack,

"123456789101112131466666666677777777777777777778888888888888888888899999999999999

Do I pass?

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Posted in: Japanese, Korean, Chinese: Which language is the easiest to learn? See in context

"Like the majority of people attracted to Japan’s culture, I grew up with manga and anime."

Stopped reading after the first nonsensical sentence. Do not know one person who fits this description, let alone a "majority"....

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Posted in: Economist outlines skills sought in freelance workers See in context

Unfortunately for this talking head, Chief Economist did not make the shortlist!

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Posted in: 2 more Tokyo 2020 Olympic events rescheduled to beat the heat See in context

The Olympics have become too commercialized and should be cancelled.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s AKB48 idol-themed cafe announces sudden, permanent closure See in context

Made the mistake of clicking the video. They are very stiff dancers with no rhythm..Maybe need to take some lessons from the K-pop dancers.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English — but where’s the French? See in context

The allocated budget for French signage went to the Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations. Will have to wait for the 2020 budget. In the meantime, say Azabu-juban quickly 10 times.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

She should file a police report and then file criminal charges along with a lawsuit.

The types of employment abuses should not be tolerated.

Her embassy should be able to help her get travel papers out of the country.

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Posted in: China-led Asian trade bloc pushes ahead as India drops out See in context

India is the world's biggest democracy and a strategic regional counterbalance to China. This was the reason for this choice, make no mistake about it.

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Posted in: China asked NBA to fire Rockets exec over Hong Kong tweet: Silver See in context

Send in Dennis Rodman for some basketball diplomacy. He specializes in pandering to these types of rogue regimes.

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Posted in: Tom Cruise meets Ukrainian president in Kiev See in context

Cruise is actually taller than somebody? Or is it camera trickeration?

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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

To be fair, all teams should get an equal chance to do something similar from their own countries, either at the same time, or shortly before/after. It is unfair that only a few teams get to do this.

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Posted in: Yes, there is an art to the perfectly peeled egg See in context

"Turn the heat off and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. ....

You will be shocked at how fast this method is and how foolproof."

Yes I am shocked that someone considers 1 hour to be fast!

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