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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

The family name will be used first when eating in at restaurants, and used second when taking out.

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Posted in: Tokyo taxi firm actively recruiting foreign drivers See in context

Why should someone need permanent residence status just to drive a taxi?

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Posted in: Man kept mother’s body in bathroom since her death last August See in context

How is it "abandoning" if he kept it?

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Posted in: Former AKB48 idol singer Mariko Shinoda gets proposed to on first date; says yes, is now married See in context

those creatures are dogs??

Baby yeti.

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Posted in: Man charged with 150 cases of theft from delivery boxes in Tokyo and Saitama See in context

in america, amazon leaves your orders on the doorstep. 

I have read that Amazon has services to go inside someone's door, or deliver packages into the trunk of someones car to prevent theft. I am not sure how used these are though.

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Posted in: Architecture firm unveils plans for world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in Japan See in context

Termites.

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Posted in: Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

If you refuse to pay the tax, are you deported?

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Posted in: Belongings likely linked to victims of Zama serial murders found See in context

The photo makes me sorry for the other people that live in the apartment building. (Of course much more sorry for the victims) Not only do they have to think about what happened on the other side of the wall, but they have media trucks parked outside around the clock. The police tape makes me wonder if they even have access to their belongings.

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Posted in: Money dispute said to have led wife to break husband's 54 violins See in context

She ripped him a new f-hole.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes basically banning indoor smoking at restaurants, hotels See in context

Won't this just lead to more people smoking on the street?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers begin accepting ideas for mascots See in context

Here is an idea: don't have a mascot.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian parodies Trump in ramen skit See in context

The kid playing Barron Trump is pretty good and looking bored and staring at the ground.

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Posted in: Squat toilets’ popularity fading as parents call for them to be abolished in Japanese schools See in context

Not only in Japan. There is also a World Toilet Day, which this year falls on Nov 19.

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Posted in: Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board See in context

How did they know the nationality of every single passenger? Of course they didn't. They were discriminating based on apparent race, not nationality.

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Posted in: English language services available at two police koban in Tokyo See in context

I saw some footage on TV. They were unveiling signs that say "English Available" rather than "English spoken here." Not a promising start.

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Posted in: Upcoming Godzilla movie to feature largest cast in Japanese film history See in context

Is this a recruitment commercial for the SDF?

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Posted in: Fire damages Tokyo's famous Golden-gai bar district See in context

I remember reading an article 5 or more years about and a bar owner was saying in the 80s, there were so many firms that wanted to develop the area, that there was the constant threat of Golden Gai being intentionally burned down, to give them an excuse to clear the area completely. I wonder if the building boom ahead of the Olympics inspired someone to pay this guy to start a fire, or if it was just some personal grudge.

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Posted in: Burger chain Shake Shack to open second store in Japan this spring See in context

I dropped by one day when I happened to be in the area and there was only a 20 minute wait. Not worth it for me. I prefer Kua-aina, where the wait is 5 minutes at the most.

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Posted in: Trio grab Y75 mil in jewelry in Harry Winston store heist See in context

Two of the men were wearing white face masks, police said.

This is a confusing detail. Does that mean they were wearing masks to make themselves appear caucasian? Or were they something like opaque Guy Fawkes masks, and their exposed necks and hands gave the appearance of being caucasian? This bigger question is, if they were wearing masks, why did the security guard let them in? I have walked by the store several times and it seems the security guard has to unlock the door for each group of customers.

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Posted in: Shake Shack celebrates opening of first store in Japan See in context

Now to wait for the sweet spot, 8 to 10 months from now, where there are no 90 minute lines, but before it leaves the Japanese market.

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Posted in: Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally set for Japan release See in context

is set to hit screens in February

I believe that it is more correctly "hit a screen" as it will play only at a single screen at one theater.

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Posted in: Nobel Literature prize again eludes Japan's hope, Haruki Murakami See in context

As a rule, the Nobel does not go to bestselling authors who are household names. Hemmingway in 1949 was probably the last such winner. Or maybe Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1982. Look at the winners from the last 20 years and go to a even a good bookstore and try to find their work in stock. You may see Gunter Grass 's the Tin Drum, but not much else. I believe the academy thinks they can give new exposure to a writer with the prize, and Murakami is probably considered too popular and not in need of the boost.

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Posted in: Architect Hadid plans new, less costly bid for Tokyo Olympic stadium See in context

A big open field with 30,000 lawn chairs arranged in a circle and you are done.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee scraps controversial logo See in context

It was reported yesterday that they spent roughly $400,000 checking his designs for trademark violations, and over $100,000 printing posters and banners. That is all down the drain. Then there are the costs of removing all those posters and banners. And they say it will take another $420,000 for the committee to select and approve a new logo. There is a million plus out the window. And there is still the possibility of corporate sponsors suing because of having to redo commercials and ads.

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Posted in: Olympic logo designer says he endured unbearable harassment See in context

First the Belgian designer was being unprofessional to have the audacity to complain about his work being copied and now the media go to Sano's office to cover a news story. When will people leave the poor guy alone?

Sano admitted in an interview that the name of his company, Mister Design, was "borrowed" from Mister Donut. Did he ever come up with something on his own?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee scraps controversial logo See in context

This is great news.

By the way, the name of Sano's design firm is Mister Design. He said in an interview he took the name from Mister Donut. Seriously.

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Posted in: Nuclear regulator says there will be no repeat of Fukushima under new safety rules See in context

There wasn't supposed to be a Fukushima accident under the old safety rules, and that didn't work out.

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Posted in: Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo See in context

I don't buy it. The Belgian logo is a combination of a T and an L in one character, standing, obviously for Theatre and Liege. If the Tokyo emblem is a T from a widely used font and standing for Tokyo, why does it have a "foot" that makes it look like a combination of a T and L?

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Posted in: Couple held for refusing to pay hotel bill after 42-night stay See in context

This reminds me of those stories of people jumping in a taxi and asking to be driven hundreds of miles only to reveal they have no money when they arrive. Why not pre-authorize a credit card, like most hotels do?

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Posted in: Olympic emblems unveiled See in context

The one on the right is supposed to be an equal sign, expressing equality for the Paralympic games. While an equal sign can be written that way in vertically written Japanese text, in most of the rest of the world, it is two horizontal lines. Nice job making an international symbol.

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