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Posted in: Starbucks Japan unveils new Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino for Christmas See in context

Simply amazing how a brown water Seattle based chain who ripped off Mr. Peete from Berkeley, Ca turns their bran into a world wide business that is fancy and sophisticated in some parts of the world. Japan... LOL, you will never know how in San Francisco, LA, Chicago, New York, etc. Sarbucks is the McDonalds or KFC of coffee. Wait... what? You think MaKuDoNoRuDo is good? You eat what for Christmas? Good grief...

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Posted in: Japanese beer exports to S Korea fall to zero See in context

Hard to give a crap about Japanese companies being shut out of markets when they keep Japan closed off to the rest of the world. SK can now move on to many wonderful beers made around the world. Cheers!

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Posted in: Uber loses license in London over safety See in context

Ridiculous! I'm nt a fan of Uber but please. What a bunch of BS. Smells of a political payoff or are these same standards going to apply to black cabs also.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan trade barbs over who said what about salvaging intelligence deal See in context

I think a vast majority of Americans would like our young military personal to be brought home. Let these two (cough, cough) allies work out thier differences with Russian, Chinese assistance. Tired of the pacifist nations that pay for nothing toward protection.

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Posted in: White House handling of U.S.-Japan trade deal angers Democrats See in context

I'm a 55 year old American and therefore have seen the effects of neoliberalism policies on the working class people in my country for my entire adult life. I don't care if you are a Republican Elephant or a Democratic Donkey, these policies have failed. Millions of Americans are suffering. The media feeds all the false news to incite emotional outburst from thier viewing floks of sheep and sell, sell, sell advertisement in the process. The system has failed millions of Americans and this must change.

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Posted in: Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision See in context

The new Mexico-US trade agreement includes a provision where workers' in both countries must be compensated with similar wages. Love it!

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Posted in: Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision See in context

I grew up in America and have always been exposed to brands of various consumer products from around the world. Japan and others' do not have open markets. The President is correct and I fully support his tariffs.

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit over same-surname-after-marriage rule See in context

Names are difficult in the modern world of database entry. My wife attempted to make her maiden name, her middle name and carry my surname. Nope, what she got was maiden name with my surname added (misspelled) to the end. Now she has a two name last name with no spaces. Her passport has ( ) around her married. Cray, cray...

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Posted in: Japan aims to keep elderly driving with compact EV subsidies See in context

(笑), Great idea, I can see the ad campaign now. Toyota Auto Body, at maximum speeds of 60 kilometers! If you're lucky, おじいちゃん will olny hurt instead of kill your three year old child because... you know 87 year olds have a 'right' to drive.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat to be referred to prosecutors over fatal car crash See in context

Look at him. OMG, why is he driving! Why? How is it debatable that a human of significant advanced age should be driving. NO, NO, NO. Get of the road before you kill someone... wait, that's already happened. How is this happening?

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Posted in: SoftBank Group profit plunges; Son admits 'poor' decisions See in context

Softbank group is the effect to the real problem that money/investment is concentrated in too few hands. I added an interesting read for those that are interested in investment capital topics.


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Posted in: U.S. exit from climate accord very disappointing: Japan See in context

OK, Mr. Japanese Foreign Minister. What have you or your country done to address global warming? Right, nothing.

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Posted in: Cranky old guys becoming a regular part of national landscape See in context

I must admit competing cultural ignorance. I'm 55 years old and the men in my life as I was growing up taught me that patience, kindness, understanding and above all, control of your emotions, especially in times of stress defined a man.

How foolish, weak and sad this behavior is.

The world seems to have lost the beautiful act of yielding to one another.

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Posted in: Beyond Netflix: A look at what you get with new streamers See in context

Youtube premium has some good shows also.

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Posted in: Typhoon highlights need for multilingual disaster alerts in Japan See in context

It's unfortunate that Japanese society is of a 'us' and 'them' mindset but it is. A life threatening event requires massive communication to all 'people' who are visitors, residents, citizens, etc. The FACT that everyone will not be fully capable of understanding 'life saving' instructions in Japanese does not make them foreign or invisible, it simply puts them in harms way.

English, just start there. The Vietnamese lady in the article asked for English. See, people are part of the solution not jut a problem.

In my home city (San Francisco) almost everything related to government and safety is in English, Spanish and Cantonese/ Mandarin (Chinese). We do this for our fellow San Franciscan's, visitors, residents, humans...

Japan is a wonderful country but it still needs a bit evolutionary mindset changes to adjust to the country it is today.

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Posted in: Justin Bieber opens up on drug abuse, weight of fame See in context

Human problems are with us all. Don't really care about him and nothing about showering a few with unimaginable fortune is going to change, most people like fantasies of themselves being so fortunate. Anyway, whatever...

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Posted in: Under-fire lawmaker hits back at criticism over S Korea war remarks See in context

Ridiculous political party, politician and comments. Nothing will change as a result of this fools comments and grievances about an injustice that never suffered. Speak on my friend, we all need to know that people with your thoughts are with us.

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Posted in: Digital nomad workers in Japan move freely, with no fixed residences See in context


I imagine people resolve the 'address' issue in as many ways as we can imagine. There are services that receive snail mail, scan it and then forward it as a PDF. Some have friends, relatives, some use general delivery, there's lot's of options.

There is a difference between an address and residence. They are not always one and the same.

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Posted in: Digital nomad workers in Japan move freely, with no fixed residences See in context


Your assumption that the only way to secure large sums of money is by asking others for a handout is false.

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Posted in: Digital nomad workers in Japan move freely, with no fixed residences See in context

I'm not certain what fixed residence means. I provide an address that in many situtions is required. As far as 'needing stuff', it's true but it's also OK to have a very short term relationship with it. I have a backpack, that's it. Banking, investing, accommodations, etc is all done on my phone. LOL, life is good.

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Posted in: Digital nomad workers in Japan move freely, with no fixed residences See in context

I don't work but I've been traveling around the world for the last three years and leave before visa expiration, 90, 60 or 30 days usually. I interact with other Nomads, who work and it's ridiculous to suggest that they are not 'paying' into the system. These people are bringing money into countries and they do not require education, retirement, elderly care etc. They pay taxes with every purchase and rarely us the medical system.

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Posted in: Abe pledges to boost investment in Africa See in context

Itochu is already starting it's move to Ethiopia. Politics always try's to make exploitation of cheap labor a win for humanity.

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Posted in: Top talent See in context

LOL, the clothes police are always ready to comment on someone's clothing choices.

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Posted in: Companies having hard time letting go of heels: poll See in context

IBM used to do the same sort if thing in the America. Stupid policies die eventually, the change has already started.

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Posted in: Companies having hard time letting go of heels: poll See in context

I get it, heels are stupid. Neckties are foolish as well. But I have to admit, I spent my professional life in San Jose, Santa Clara, Seattle and San Francisco. These places are full of 'bad manners'. Strange to think that Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Twitter, etc. were are built by people who everyday showed nothing but rudeness toward you kniw, THE WHOLE WORLD!

Stupid, just stupid...

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Posted in: Hachimura, Japan's mixed-race basketball star who once 'hid from the world' See in context

"They looked at me like I was an animal''

Says it all.... poor kid(s). Good luck to you and everyone else.

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Posted in: Best G7 can do for global economy: Just don't make it worse See in context

Blah... blah... blah... Italy, France and who- cares... very small economies to really care what they think.

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Posted in: Father's story about parenting on a train highlights Japan’s hidden prejudice against male parenting See in context

It used to bother me that 'women' would say things like, ''good for you'' or "more men should babysit''.

If we want to allow men to parent, then let them parent. I never once babysit my children, I raised them.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. seek to sign 'very big' trade deal in September See in context

Crazy... the Japanese consumer will see 'zero' benefits from an open market. This seems to be a move to bring down the imbalance in trade, nothing else. Trumps farmers will be happy, the politics will rejoice about the lowering and that's it on the American side. As for Japan, the wealthy will be protected and sales of Toyota's, and other consumer crap will continue. The tax payers will buy the corn or other food items that will 'never' be brought to market which will keep food prices and profit margins criminally high.

You want to buy a Japanese product cheap, buy it anywhere but Japan. This I'm afraid is an absolute fact.

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Posted in: Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort See in context

Fairly certain that most Americans don't care what the Heads of States from any of these country's have to say, why would we. Now if Trump me with both Russia and China, that's intetesting but France, UK, Canada... LOL, yawn.

Fun fact, the state of California has a larger econmy than most of the countries on the G7 team.

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