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Posted in: 75 years of Mount Rushmore, a boon for tourism, creativity See in context

Always assumed the Mt Rushmore monument was 19th century... amazing what you can learn from Japan Today! :P

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Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress See in context

@lucabrasi

I love it! Hehe... bleach :P

With the 'beach', I was thinking a mouthful of sand might not go well with the strawberry kakigori. Or probably with kakigori no matter what the topping. But bleach might just have a chance paired with something acidic like perhaps orange... just kiddin' :P

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Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress See in context

Strawberry kakigori and beach. Unwise combination.

@lucabrasi - Could you mean "... and peach" ? :)

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Posted in: JR East driver reprimanded for urinating from train at station See in context

I think we have become far too up ourselves and sensitive to nothing substantial if we are worried about this. Not just in Japan but all round the world, a train driver relieving himself on the tracks would have just been routine. We are so 'refined' these days, we don't realize how stifled we have allowed ourselves to become by regulation and unnecessary squeamishness. Time we got over ourselves and worried about the world's real problems. Sure as hell the world isn't going to end cos some poor bloke slashes on the tracks.

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Posted in: We visit Starbucks location in Japan that’s been called the most beautiful in the world See in context

True about the cigarette smoke, but you can't really call what Starbucks serves 'coffee' :P

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Posted in: Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows See in context

@Rik314 - Got that on my shelf as a 'soon to read'. Will look out for that part especially now!

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Posted in: Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows See in context

I am neither American nor Japanese and to me the sad part about this is that Biden and his defenders can't see that that line is offensive in this day and age. It is a reminder that American imperialism is as alive and well as it was in the era of Manifest Destiny.

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Posted in: Survey: Too many new smartphone models released each year See in context

Do we rush out and buy a new car every time a new model is released? Maybe a few wealthy people might... but the trend that "I have to always have the latest iPhone" and queuing up for hours to be one of the first to own it is just self-indulgent obsession. If you do that, these companies have you right where they want you, with their fingers buried deep in your wallet. Get over it, your old phone will work just fine for a few more years!

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth: Longer may she reign See in context

@ Jimizo... Good comment, and fair enough. I guess I was simply suggesting that it was constitutionally feasible for Charles to make political comments. It certainly doesn't mean that it would be advisable in regard to the popularity of the monarchy, and your points are well made in that respect. I think that if the throne passed directly to William it would do a lot more for the monarchy than having and ageing Charles on the throne, but I can't see that happening.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth: Longer may she reign See in context

Whereas Japan has a written constitution which defines the precise roles of the monarch, the UK does not... so in fact Charles can do whatever he can get away with. If he exercises his role in a different way than his mother, that is quite acceptable.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth: Longer may she reign See in context

^^ I have to say I agree with you, notagain. The tone inspired my own rather caustic tone questioning this guy's credentials. I'm not normally that way inclined but this article got my goat. Sneery is very much what it is.

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Posted in: Cooling off See in context

Don't be such an old grump, smithinjapan. They are pretty girls having harmless fun and Japan is hardly known for water supply problems. "Meaningless custom"... heh heh, guess you're no anthropologist! :P

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth: Longer may she reign See in context

^^ Ah! I see answers own question ... He's a professor of journalism. Well, that explains a lot. I was afraid he might have a qualification in history or politics and actually have a solid foundation for all this, heh heh. If he's a journalist we can forgive him foundationless speculations :)

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth: Longer may she reign See in context

Who is John Lloyd anyway and what gives him the credibility to put forward these ill-founded speculations? :P

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Posted in: AKB48 album sells over 600,000 copies in its first week See in context

I'm with rhyhl - all the knockers and whingers who just love to complain and put others down do nothing to make this a better world. These girls bring happiness and light heartedness to many, better than so much of the trashy, dark, negative stuff that passes for entertainment these days.

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Posted in: Love in Action See in context

Some fairly cutting comments here. The appeal of these girls is that they are NOT fake like so many, just average girls having fun and projecting an image of happiness and lightness. My god, Japan and the world can sure do with some of that right now. Seems some people can do nothing but take others down. You don't have to like them, but if you haven't got something pleasant to say, better to say nothing. Us gaijins can sure learn something from the Japanese about discretion at times.

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Posted in: Members of AKB48 to appear at Hilton Guam Concert for Japan See in context

The donation part is great, of course. Well done to all the celebs who are putting up some hard cash. But picking up on supercross1985, I guess I don't know enough of the Japanese psyche to know if this is appropriate - but I do think that for AKB48, and Hello! Project and all those groups, to return as soon as they can to their program of bright, breezy, colourful music and dance, will help lift the spirits of many. Of course they should acknowledge the suffering of those affected, but to return as soon as possible to their regular activities will be further example to everyone that this is how to beat this disaster - that Japan will rise again and shine out with greatness in the world.

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Posted in: New York Times to start charging for website See in context

Unless all the major news sites start charging, there's no way most people will pay this. I'm sure they'll get subscribers, but most people will go elsewhere. Heh heh, I prefer Japan Today anyway!

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