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Posted in: Russia rules out 'automatic' return of disputed islands to Japan See in context

Hoppo Ryodo issue will run and run.  Russia means that there will not be an "eventual" return of the islands.

apart from the black van boys, not sure anyone really cares that much.

Nevertheless they were stolen by Russia in'45.

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

None of this makesd for easy history and no doubt serious organized cruelty and abuse was the order of the day.  but war is hell.  many other armies has this type of arrangement (Joy Division?) and mass rape of innocent t civilians occurred all over the world in WW2.

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Posted in: Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin confirm marriage on Instagram See in context

Maybe he will settle down and find Jesus and raise a wonderful family.  Not sure it will do anything for his standing with his fanbase though.

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Posted in: 11-hour waiting time at Mickey Mouse attraction at Tokyo Disneyland See in context

more success for Yokoso Japan!  Overcrowding of so many tourist traps.  Was always crowded at Disney but huge influx of foreign tourists making it unbearable.

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Posted in: Japan's trade surplus with U.S. shrinks further in October See in context

There is an extra Humvee in my parking garage.  and I did buy a bottle of Knob Creek for the first time in while too.

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Posted in: May warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier See in context

She's right.  They should just take this deal and then work thru the details as it evolves.

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Posted in: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car companies See in context

Great to wear someone elses face if planning to exceed speed limit on highway.

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Posted in: The '8050 problem' - 'hikikomori' people entering 50s as parents on whom they rely enter their 80s. See in context

Maybe the problem is dying out?

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Posted in: After conquering the world, smartphones face uncertain future See in context

Maybe run for President in 2020?  Apple for President with Samsung for VP?

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Posted in: KitKats mark 45th anniversary in Japan See in context

Japanese KitKats are indeed good.

Fujita-san could try and look a little more cheerful.

will have to get the anniversary box.  Very popular with my colleagues in other Asian countries.

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Posted in: Court acquits tattooist for operating without medical license See in context

Ridiculous.  Traditional tattooists are not required to have medical licence (at least as far as I know here in Tokyo).

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Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

And so what?  does the transport minister have to have flown a plane?  does the Defence minister have to have been in the forces?

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Posted in: Nursing care sector to accept largest number of foreign workers: gov't See in context

Because local youngsters don't want to do this type of job  Hard work and messy

2.  Imagine being a "foreigner" looking after ageing and cranky Japanese oldsters......

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Posted in: With J.K. Rowling's help, Jude Law builds a new Dumbledore See in context

Law says the film opens the door to many dramatic paths and explores a more troubled time in Dumbledore's life along with his once-close relationship with Grindelwald.

Rowling announced in 2007 that Dumbledore is gay after the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows," the final book in the series. Some on social media criticized the author's decision to unveil and tinker with the beloved character's sexuality, but she has defended her actions.

Law assures the story is more focused on his character's complicated relationship with Grindelwald from decades ago, rather than Dumbledore's sexuality.

"His sexuality doesn't define him, but the relationship with Grindelwald does," Law said. "I believe, and (Rowling) would agree, that Albus had many intimate relationships. And the one he has is the love of his life, which is damaged. It becomes even poisonous and sends the two of them in opposite directions. He's now in his middle age, around my age 45, and he's still recovering from a relationship that he's trying to work out from when he was 20. That's a long time. I could barely remember what life was like when I was 20."

This is just a fictional character in a children's book and/or spin off movie......

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Posted in: Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram See in context

I bet they have a wonderful physical relationship.

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Posted in: NHK announces lineup for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' See in context

Da Pump?  He is still a thing?  More like Pa Dump.

Nevertheless it adds and exter option for NYE excitement - sit in, get trashed, giggle at the televisual goings on.

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Posted in: Abe, Putin to accelerate WWII treaty talks See in context

Hoppo Ryodo?  Lost ancestral lands of Japan?

The lack of formal peace treaty is constant source of worry and concern for your average Taro in the street.

Abe can't afford to make peace without getting something back.  the black van crew will be incandescent.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

I come across US sanctions of varioujs types in my profession.  The way they operate and some of the outcomes (like this ridiculous one) are often bizarre.  And what exactly they achieve in the real world is debatable.

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Posted in: Classic British stories get sudden burst of popularity in Japan thanks to Empress Michiko See in context

Yes, but this article is about how popular it will be for Japanese readers and the picture shows Japanese translations.  Or am I missing something?

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Posted in: CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House See in context

US politics slowly becoming the media circus that huge swathes of its society long ago became.

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Posted in: Japan on $18 per day; England on $32,000 per test See in context

32,000 for one game?  Extraordinary.

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Posted in: Eat it to believe it: Vegan haute cuisine at EdiTion Koji Shimomura See in context

Koji Shimamura is a very good restaurant.  Inventive and delicious cuisine.  Been a few times but never tried the vegan.

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Posted in: Classic British stories get sudden burst of popularity in Japan thanks to Empress Michiko See in context

Yes Wodehouse was the master.  but a lot of his talent and the charm of his stories lie in his user of the English language.  will be interested to see how well it translates.

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks 0.3% in July-September See in context

Yup disasters.  Hurricane Haruhiko (Kuroda), Typhoon Shinzo, Tsunami LDP policies.

The storm is coming.

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Posted in: ANA to enable passengers to redeem upgrade points and miles in Premium Economy See in context

And this is supposed to be evidence of good service?  Of valuing their customers.

Agree, ANA do pack the seats in in Economy.

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Posted in: Trump mocks Macron approval rating, lashes him over European defense proposals See in context

Governmetn by tweet is really unfortunate.  Twitter is the home of the lame and deranged.

however The Don has a point about Macron (hypocrite, has achieved nothing in office), France (doddering economy),  The EU (protectionist trading bloc) and the fact that talking  about an EU army while not paying NATO commitments is just stupid.

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Posted in: Taiwan grandpa catches 'em all playing Pokemon Go on 15 cell phones See in context

No different from a retirement hobby like golf or bowls.

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Posted in: Travelers can find tools to weigh safety of foreign airlines See in context

Why only "foreign airlines"??  Surely all airlines.

Agree, not like JAL is whiter than white.

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Posted in: BOJ's total assets exceed country's GDP for first time See in context

How the yen continues to be so strong is a mystery.  ay some stage all of the debt will need to be monetized and that will lead to massive devaluation.  As for selling off their assets, just not possible without causing an unholy market crash, both debt and equity.  Many say "they owe it to themselves" but not quite true.  they owe it to the ageing population who are eventually going to want to spend their savings.

As with QE and ridiculous overborrowing and spending, Japan is the canary in  the coalmine for whether it is possible to manage a way out of this without disastrous consequences.

and yes,, when next financial slump comes, they will be up the Sumida creek without a paddle.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland seeks rejection of costumed performers' damages suit See in context

Hmmmmm......  Seems like standard harassment story,.   Getting staff to wear costumes here shouldn't be that hard given the love of cosplay and dressing up.

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