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Posted in: Cabinet OKs sending SDF warship, aircraft to Middle East to protect vessels See in context

Good move. Having the US guard Japan shipping means possible attacks on Japanese ships get blamed on Iran, even if evidence points to Mossad or a false flag.

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Posted in: National high school federation orders pitch limits for 1st time See in context

I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of mercy rule in high school basketball. I'm getting tired of watching teams run up the scores. Its common to see 150-18 type scores because some coaches believe only the starting members should play in order to be ready for the next game.

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Posted in: Crown prince urges daughter to update public on marriage plans See in context

I remember teaching this kid when he attended the Canadian International School in Tokyo. Nice young fella.

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Posted in: Long hours of gaming adversely affect daily activities: survey See in context

When I was a kid, video games had an ending, unless it was a game like Sim City or a sports game, you moved on to something else. Nowadays, games are virtually endless and the designers are making them more addictive by offering a reward or daily bonus every time you play. You might even get punished, like booted off a crew if you don't earn enough crew points in a season (CSR2). So basically, kids and even many adults are wasting their time, but lets face it, they could be costing society money by committing crimes, like rape, murder or using drugs. Maybe a society addicted to games is a healthy one.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

She needs to be in rehab, not jail. Maybe both, but she obviously needs help. Hopefully she can get clean in prison at least. Unfortunately, these young actresses in Japan seem to get attention from "hip hop" type Japanese men, with the ragged jeans, baseball cap, facial hair types that come across as real cool, but are drug dealers.

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Posted in: Police in talks with Setagaya family murder victims’ relatives about demolishing crime scene See in context

I wonder if the police looked into old classmates the parents had. Its not uncommon for some people who were bullied or jealous to seek revenge many years later.

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Posted in: Model home provides model wife and model daughter so you can feel the joy of family life See in context

I'd love to see some comedian like Borat putting the moves on Saori, trying to lure her into sex. "lets hava sexy tima, you're my wifa"

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Posted in: Man indicted on drug charges recaptured after 2 days on the run See in context

Thank God this man is off the streets! Stimulant and marijuana possession are the bane of society!

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Posted in: 2nd lottery for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games tickets to commence Nov 13 See in context

I was really looking forward to watching the free Marathon. Oh well, looks like I'll have to spend a small fortune watching women's shotput or something. Gotta see at least one event live I figure.

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Posted in: Were foreign visitors' wild brawls at Shinjuku's Golden Gai a taste of the Olympics to come? See in context

Perhaps constructing more urinals will help solve the problem. Otherwise, if you are worried about drunken brawls and public urination, move the entire Olympics to Hokkaido. Sorry Tokyo (and Japan in general) the Olympics bring in all sorts of characters and if you are worried about a few fights and piss, you probably shouldn't be hosting any events. Just return to your pre - Perry era lifestyle and act the the rest of the world doesn't exist.

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Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

This debacle is a metaphor for how things operate in Japan. The Japanese resist change, even if its in their best interests, but will change if there is enough pressure from external forces.

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Posted in: Gaza rocket barrages damage Israeli house See in context

The house damaged was probably once owned by an Arab family.

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Posted in: Olympic golf must be moved because of heat, politician tells IOC See in context

Changing the date of the Olympics would solve all these heat problems, but then you would have typhoon problems. Anyways, apparently the politician who wants to move the golf owns the course he is proposing to move it to. Thats how politics work in Japan.

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Posted in: England fined for encroaching on All Blacks haka at Rugby World Cup See in context

I was telling a mate what happened and explained that a couple English players crossed the line. He responded, "Sure, but what did they do?" I repeated, "they crossed the line, literally."

"Oh, I see" he responded.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 marathon move decision 'final', says IOC's Coates See in context

So what events can I see for free now? Or at the very least, not have to spend a fortune on. Table tennis tickets still available?

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven Japan to end some 24-hour operations amid labor crunch See in context

Today's 7-Eleven worker should be equivalent to your well paid factory worker or postal worker of the 1970s. They provide many services and work hard. If they were paid a decent salary and benefits, perhaps there wouldn't be a labour crunch.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

Good for Japan. I think the last time one of its tankers was attacked, US "intelligence" took over the investigation and ignored what the Japanese had to say. I doubt Japan wants to be in some US run "coalition" and have no say over anything. Even so, plenty of sheninigans going on in that area and its not Iran stoking the flames.

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

A "festival of peace" sounds nice, but how would the athletes and spectators all get there to watch? Boat? Ship? You also have to provide security. Sounds like a festival of chaos and cost a fortune to organize.

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Posted in: Abe visits typhoon-hit areas; emperor's parade to be postponed until Nov 10 See in context

Was this before or after his Yasukuni offering?

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Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine See in context

I wonder why they can't visit the shrine without making a big announcement to the press. Then again, I guess they WANT the voting public to know.

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

I've worked in Japanese elementary schools and while these lunches are deemed nutritious, they tend to be tasteless and boring (rice almost everyday or some gross slimy vegetable) and its just not enough for most teachers. You also have to wait 20-30 minutes for the kids to serve the lunch. You end up having to stand there watching them serve equal portions to all their classmates. I had to eat this crap because as a homeroom teacher, I had to supervise and sit with the students while they ate and so you can't really be eating your bowl of delicious pasta salad or left over pizza everyday with a bunch of jealous kids watching. It also wasn't permitted for teachers to bring their own lunch unless they had some kind of medical reason. I'm glad those days are over.

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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

Wonderful! The only event I was planning to watch for free is now going to be relocated. Oh well, I hope Sapporo can reap some of the benefits since the rest of Japan won't see much of anything.

That said, they are also worried about the temperature of the water in Odaiba for the long distance swimming events. Apparently if the temperature is above 31'C, the race will be cancelled. I proposed that they move the swim to Lake Kawaguchiko, or another one of the "5 lakes" surrounding Mount Fuji. That would allow the committee to showcase Mt. Fuji. Doubt that will happen though. Too many hankos and permits to go around.

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Posted in: William Shatner beams in with hit TV show at 88 See in context

Anyone remember Unsolved Mysteries hosted by the late Robert Stack? Shatner's show sounds very similar.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

Japan team would have stuck around to clean up the bar after.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

This all followed a "drinking session" which happened to follow a "rugby session". So, I'm not all that surprised, but you wouldn't expect this type of behavior from the Japan team or the All Blacks. Much more professional.

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Posted in: Toyota unveils revamped hydrogen sedan to take on Tesla See in context

Well, it looks better than the 3rd gen Prius.

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Posted in: Japanese firms see 'Abenomics' sputtering, tax hike hurting economy: poll See in context

Every year more and more Japanese "retire" yet somehow keep working because they can't afford to retire. They stick around like wet leaves preventing anyone below them from moving up and getting a raise. All that drinking they did with the boss when they were younger could have been invested, but instead they have nothing to retire with. Alcohol is still affordable though.

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Posted in: LDP exec apologizes for calling typhoon damage 'so-so' See in context

He is 80 years old and has lived through WWII so any disaster where less than 1000 people are killed is considered "so so".

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Posted in: Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization See in context

I'm going to assume that these trains could have been moved in time to higher ground, but whoever makes the final decision to move the trains was not around to "hanko" the move. Or...perhaps moving the trains to a different place requires a safety stamp and location inspection from the prefectural safety board and while they could have moved the trains, no one wanted to lose their job by moving them without authorization. Or...maybe moving the trains to some remote location would have required that a security guard be there and they just couldn't find anyone willing to work during a typhoon on short notice.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Sex isn’t fun anymore' See in context

How about role play? You're a naughty English teacher and your hubby is a struggling student. You can teach him the body parts. Or, he is your boss and your his cute secretary. Spice things up and use your imagination.

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