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Posted in: Crowdfunding opens on Japanese version of a gadget that makes any canned beer easier to drink See in context

Yep. Finally, somebody saw past those little pesky issues the world has (China, Covid, geopolitics, hunger, wokeness, etc.) and saw what the world really needs . . an easier way to drink beer, a problem which has plagued mankind for eons.

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Posted in: Toyota reaches settlement over bullied engineer's suicide See in context

Father to Toyota President: I appreciate your coming by and your words of encouragement that bullying, etc., and thousands of years of power harassment in Japanese culture will be addressed. Um . . . to that end, how about an advisory committee to your office, comprised of a majority of outside civilians with access to the Labor Dept. and the media, to ensure current and future Toyota employees are protected and being led by competent leaders, not being forced to work, which may or may not be barely a step above slavery?

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

It was the right decision by the judge, but agree it is a temporary measure which will likely be overturned higher up.

Interesting that this is an AP article, which vainly tries to say that this wasn't possible under Trump, but is possible now under Biden. Ah, the vagary. It is precisely because Biden is so weak that SK now realizes they'll have to be nice and play with others to resist the elephant in the room - - China. Biden and his son, Comrade Hunter, are currying favor with China, so SK can either go it alone or be a reliable partner in the US-Japan-SK partnership.

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Posted in: China criticizes Western brands' toys, clothes as unsafe See in context

Hmm . . . Is this the same China that had poison in their baby milk products back in 2008, but withheld the info until the olympics of that year were over? Yes China, please continue to lecture us on safety . . . Your opinion is of such value.

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Posted in: Gov't refers to possible state of emergency extension as Okinawa added to list See in context

Hey, I know! We were so successful in spreading Covid-19 with the GoToTravel campaign, let's hold the olympics during the state of emergency! What could go wrong?

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Posted in: Marian Anderson sings for the Empress of Japan in 1953 See in context

Glad she rose above the racial fray to focus on and exhibit her art. Anyone who tries to inject racism into it is incapable of understanding art and freedom.

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Posted in: Can therapy ease the trauma of U.S. racist attacks and systemic racism? See in context

Racism, in any form, is pathetic. Virtually all Americans, of any ethnicity, don't hate Asians; it's the 0.0001% that are racist, do terrible things, and grab headlines, thus inculcating the rest of us.

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Posted in: As seen in young people drinking on the street, people are losing trust in the government and they’re not listening to it. If the situation goes on like this, it will be impossible to stop people from traveling even though a state of emergency is declared. See in context

Though there's not much trust in gov't officials, the daily #s of covid infections is, IMO, at a crisis level in Japan and temporary draconian measures, such as a complete lockdown for 2 weeks and capacity of the shinkansen and other travel modes at 50% are needed, with significant fines. This "please don't go out and drink" and "please don't travel" don't cut it.

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Posted in: China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics See in context

"We can do what we want to, but you can't."

Ah . . . wonderful China! Who can forget the fake-o opening ceremony of the last olympics there and the chemicals in baby formula they hid until after the olympics?

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Posted in: Tougher laws in the works for juvenile offenders See in context

'Bout time! A strong step in the right direction, though clearly more needs to be done. Hopefully, lawmakers will step up and do more as time and acceptance of new norms happens.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Oh . . . woke is me. :(

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of woman in alley See in context

Mr. Wada?


Um.., the nursery school principal would like to see you in her office.

Gee, whatever for?

Oh, and she has a note from your parents; they said don't bother coming home again.

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Posted in: Already a star, on court and off, Osaka eyes more See in context

Agree, she should stick to sports, not politics, not racism, though it does seem she plays her black card or her Japanese card when it's convenient for her. I don't say the Japanese people, overall, much care about her one way or the other; the Japanese media play her up like she's Japanese, but she doesn't live in Japan and doesn't speak Japanese. It's the J media that are playing her up; most Japanese, imo, don't care.

Can't stand her attitude.

I switch channels if they're interviewing her.

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Posted in: Mother whose daughters died in overheated car while she went drinking goes on trial See in context

Don't need her in the gene pool, anymore. 1st preference: death by hot car in August. 2nd pref.: see pref. #1.

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Posted in: Trump trial gets go-ahead after emotional, graphic first day See in context

Ha = while John Quincy Adams may have had his opinion about impeachment after an official has left office, he was talking about himself and his wording to that effect was not included in the constitution.

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Posted in: Man flashes girl, asks how she rates him on 1-10 scale, then pays her ¥3,000 See in context

"Mr. Yakabe"


"um ... the boss would like to see you in his office."

"Gosh, I wonder what it's about?"

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Posted in: Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B DeMille Award See in context

Even as an American, Vietnam Vet, I had no problem with jf going to NV. Anything or anyone who could help reduce if not stop the war would be helpful. However, when she sat down on the AA gun, put on the NV military helmet, and smiled, it was at that exact point that she became a traitor.

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Posted in: Keira Knightley says she has no interest in filming sex scenes for men See in context

Who's Keira Knightley?

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Posted in: Man arrested after wearing wig to enter women’s bathing facility See in context

"Mr. Nakaoka?


Um, the principal would like to see you in his office."

Now having been terminated, he'd like to go home and live with Mom and Dad, but how does he explain it? Hmm...

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

The truly sad part of the incoming administration and its followers is that some or many of them actually believe the utopian unreality that is the far left and socialism.

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Posted in: Tokyo to cut back on athletes at Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Another half-axx attempt to have the Olympics so that $$$ flows into the coffers. Pandemic be damned. So, who decides which athletes will be allowed to march and which ones not? Each has earned the right to be there. I blame Mr. Mori and his yes-man Suga. 70%+ of Japanese don't even want the Olympics there now 'cuz of C-19.

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Posted in: Travel body calls vaccine requirement by airlines discriminatory See in context

Said the wolf, newly appointed to guard the chicken house. Like most, I'm with the airlines on this one.

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Posted in: Man arrested after injuring, robbing woman in her 90s See in context


Yup, there's a he-man for ya. But, fear not, Kobayashi, the so-called Japanese justice system will give him a medium slap on the wrist and make him promise not to do it again.

There; that should fix everything...

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler quits, saying his coronavirus fears were ignored See in context

Totally ditto Paul. Takanohana saw the -need- for the sumo world to not give up their values, but adapt to Japan as it is today. The association done him wrong!

With exceptions, young people in Japan today do not care about sumo nor watch it

I remember when we saw good matches. By majority, most today are tsuppari/oshizumo. Boring. Yotsuzumo is sooo much better.

The bouts should be in the evening; at least the juryo and makenouchi.

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Posted in: Int'l fans thank pop group Arashi as it starts hiatus See in context

The ploys for comebacks do sound likely. At the same time, the Arashi leader has said (and it shows when we see him on TV) he's 38 and tired of the schedule, etc.; it's wearing him down. We enjoy the Arashi Vs show, though we could do without all the banal kidding around. ~sigh~.

Ref. boy or girl groups. Some, in Japan and worldwide, have been successful. Most, however, are talent-l-e-s-s dress uppers who wouldn't rate even one bong on the Nodojima show. Most cause me to gag.

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Posted in: Wisconsin pharmacist arrested on charges of sabotaging COVID vaccine doses See in context

Odd profession for an anti-vaxer.

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Posted in: 'Gilligan's Island' star Dawn Wells dies at 82; COVID-19 cited See in context

Mary Ann (Dawn) was dreamy to those of us in our teenage years in the 60's. Always thought she was sexier than Ginger (Tina Louise). RIP Dawn!!!

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Posted in: Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka selected AP Female Athlete of Year See in context

Funny the Japanese media makes such a fuss about Naomi, when the Japanese people pretty much don't give a rat's behind. She knows next to nothing about Japanese and her -only- insight into Japanese people is through her mother and the gabillions-en the sponsors pay. Doesn't speak Japanese, either.

The issue is simple: sports is sports and politics is politics. The t'wain should never mix. (Notice I didn't say they can't have their own opinion, like any/every one else. Operative word there was "mix".)

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Posted in: Put down the soy sauce ... We try a new way to season your sushi See in context

Admittedly, I'm a traditionalist, but since I've had matchajio on tempura (and loved it), I'd try it on nigirizushi, too. Always willing to try something new . . . except for fusion sushi, like hamburger bites on top of the rice, etc. B-l-e-a-h !!!!!

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Posted in: Man indicted for murder over Kyoto Animation arson attack See in context

Suggest an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Put him in a small building and set it afire with kerosene (gasoline is too quick). Let one of the parents light it.

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