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Posted in: Catatsu: A ridiculous new item for your pet to wear this winter See in context

That's funny.....I thought "catatsu" was the Japanese word for "stepladder". (脚立)

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Posted in: 5 dead in snow-related accidents; travel disrupted See in context

The mountain town of Tsunan, near the Sea of Japan (East Sea) coast....<

"East Sea"?!?.....disappointed to see that being used on this site.

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Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats See in context

Looks like it might not be released in any format whatsoever:

<>http://deadline.com/2014/12/sony-hack-the-interview-release-vod-1201328791/ <>http://deadline.com/2014/12/sony-scraps-the-interview-1201328639/

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Posted in: Over 20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears See in context

This was certainly not a triumph for the manufacturer. Anyway, thanks for the funny headline!

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Posted in: Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak See in context


"Makes me wonder how it's transmitted on a global basis. "

Migratory birds is the obvious answer.

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Posted in: Paraglider snagged on power lines for 3 1/2 hours before being rescued See in context


All the news programs I saw called it a paraglider, But yes, you are right....what he was using was not a paraglider.

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Posted in: Looking good See in context

Yuri Ebihara is a lot more attractive than fish-eyed Miranda. I really don't get what the Japanese see in her. And her fabric softener commercials here are so annoying!

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Posted in: Scarecrows outnumber people in dying Tokushima town See in context

I haven't been to Nagoro, but I've been to Kamiyama many times. It's a beautiful place and only one of two areas in Tokushima where the population is growing (the other is Aizumi). In addition, the man mentioned in the article, Ominami-san is a friend of mine and he has been a savior to the area. He is Stanford educated and a wonderful person.

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Posted in: Becky, Yonekura, Youn-a, Zawachin win Best Beautist Awards See in context

Never heard of "Youn-a" and don't understand how Zawachin won when she only shows everything above her eyes. But egads....Becky and Yonekura Ryoko. Can't stomach either of them. It's bad enough that such inane awards exist, but to give it to Becky and Yonekura Ryoko. Ugh!

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Posted in: Things are looking Rosie See in context

Oh, my.....the Japanese title for that movie certainly leaves a lot to the imagination. (lol)

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Posted in: Full plate for Indian entrepreneur See in context

"In general, when Japanese think of Indian cuisine, they tend to think of nan, tandoori chicken and butter chicken. "

That's hard to believe. I would imagine that for most Japanese people, curry would come to mind when they think of Indian cuisine.

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Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen? See in context

SimondB & dcog9065: When I was a travel agent in the US, many of my Japanese friends living here in Japan would e-mail me to make them hotel reservations for rooms in Japan because the computer reservation systems we used were not set up for making hotel reservations based on the number of people in the room. That may have changed since then (that was 2007), but I could often save them 1/3 to 1/2 of the room rate (some hotels charged higher rates than in Japan which is why it wasn't always 1/2 the rate.) However, if my friends insisted on two twin beds instead of one double, the rate wasn't always cheaper.

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Posted in: Model citizens See in context

@lucabrasi: No, but the Kanos aren't on TV nearly as much....Mori Izumi is a regular guest and even a co-host on more than one show. But the fake Kanos (who aren't even real sisters) are truly mind-boggling!

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Posted in: Model citizens See in context

Ugh! The Mori sisters are two of the biggest airheads on Japanese TV. Spoiled rotten with NO brains. It was bad enough having to see Izumi on TV a lot and now her sister Hikari is beginning to appear on TV as well.

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Posted in: On the campaign trail See in context

I heard the first election campaign truck in my neighborhood this morning. I truly despise those things. Now that Internet campaigning is allowed, I was hoping that those campaign trucks would be abolished, but I guess not. I truly wonder if anyone really likes them. I haven't met anyone who does.

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Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort See in context

The bus from Tokushima to Tokyo and back isn't called "My Follower" but "My Flora". Either name is a bit odd, but the bus is very popular and often sold out. Sometimes if there is enough demand they add a second bus to the route.

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Posted in: Abe dissolves lower house, seeking mandate for 'Abenomics' See in context

@DeDeMiura And to further that, after this election there'll just be more of the same...as in the Japanese lyrics to to "Let It Go"...."ありのまま"

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Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna edges toward extinction See in context


"I heard there is some artificial tuna being served/sold nowadays, anyone have more info about that? Anyone tried that?"

Not "artificial" tuna, but farm-raised tuna done by Kinki University. I haven't tried it, but they have some of their own restaurants that serve it and it is available elsewhere as well, <> http://www.flku.jp/english/aquaculture/tuna/

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Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English? See in context


I wasn't talking about distinguishing just by appearance. I'm talking about actually meeting someone and knowing the foreigner was born and raised in an English-speaking country. I have foreign and mixed nationality friends here in Japan who do not speak English who have experienced the problem you raised as well.

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Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English? See in context

@sensato I recently had someone who said they wanted to be friends so they could practice English. I told them that wasn't something I felt was a good enough reason to become friends and they started to backpedal with other reasons. I doubt there are many of us native English speakers here in Japan who haven't been used in that way.

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Posted in: 18-year-old Japanese sets record for fastest 100 meters on all fours See in context

I guess everything in Japan IS fast like the Shinkansen. In the rest of the world, fame lasts 15 minutes, not 15 seconds.

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Posted in: Man arrested for breaking into woman’s hotel room, spanking her with shoehorn See in context

As soon as I read the headline, I remembered this odd scene in "Lost In Translation" in Bill Murray's hotel room:


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Posted in: Suzuki Hustler Minicar wins 2015 RJC Car of the Year Award See in context

A Suzuki Hustler would be a great car for someone to pimp-out. (lol)

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Posted in: Man dies after setting himself on fire in Tokyo's Hibiya Park See in context

I haven't seen ANYTHING on any of the TV news programs about this.....and I watch many of them. Typical....

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Posted in: Japan's SMBC orders 80 Boeing planes See in context

@gogogo SMBC Aviation ? Another airline I wont be flying

SMBC is not an airline. It's a leasing company. MANY airlines lease some of their planes rather than buy them.

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Posted in: Winners of Clarino Beautiful Legs Awards announced See in context

sighclops "I am absolutely sick to death of Emi Takei. Flavour of the month, put her absolutely everywhere, line the next one up. Wash - rinse - repeat - the Japanese media in a nutshell."

THANK YOU! I most wholeheartedly agree. That is one of the worst things about Japanese pop culture. I wonder if that will ever change. I hope it does!

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Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan? See in context

I have a few friends here in Tokushima who try to attract foreign clientele by adding English pages to their websites or their business' Facebook pages. I see the errors and they make me cringe. I used to offer them FREE help in proofing things, but they get offended, so I just stopped offering.

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Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan? See in context

How funny that two people commenting here used the word "Eikaiwa" in their comments. I don't understand why they must use that rather than "English school" or "English conversation school". I would never use "Eikaiwa" in an English sentence.

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Posted in: Venison burgers and hot dogs coming to Becker's fast food chain See in context

Rather than posting stories using romaji versions of katakana words, I would prefer you use the spelling of the original word so we can understand it. The one burger you wrote about "Shinshu Jibie Venison Burger" should be "Shinshu Gibier Venison Burger" as that's what "Jibie" is taken from. It's a French word for "game" or "game meat".

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Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers See in context

This story has been reported incorrectly. According to quite a few stories I have seen on/in the Japanese news, the Chinese men were not arrested for buying the diapers.....they were arrested for doing work other than what their visas were issued for. They were hired to work as cooks in a Chinese restaurant in Akashi, Hyogo but they have never worked there.....their entire time here in Japan was spent buying diapers to be held in a warehouse and then sent to China. I really wish the media would report the whole story. Here's an article from jiji.com, a Japanese press agency.


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