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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

a "top-flight" PRO team. 

Yes, even I was scratching myself on that one. Made me think of Top Flite golf balls. I've heard "top-shelf" or "top tier" used recently, but have never actually heard that word used in my life. I'd have just said NPB, however I realize that many readers of JT are from countries like the UK and Australia that use strange words like that more regularly. Strange to me anyways.

About the stadiums themselves, they are getting old and decrepit. Jingu was actually built with the intended use of the 1940 Olympics that were cancelled. Its got quite a history, but even Wrigley has been renovated and Japan has its own version of Babe Ruth now so just send Ohtani to play in the new stadium and call it a day. Do the activists expect these same stadiums and the same concrete and trees to be around for 150 years?

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

Hope they drop the pcr test or the 3x vaccine requirement for entering japan too Iike most of the rest of the world has already

Yes, that would make sense. Be very strange to keep the entrance requirements. Maybe that will come sooner.

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Posted in: Heavy snow continues across much of Japan as cold snap maintains grip See in context

What is the purpose of photographing two people dressed inappropriately for the weather (especially as one is hugging her self and visibly cold) pointing at a sign of the temperature? Especially as the photographer reflected in the middle is clearly bundled up to the nines?

Cripes! Take a literal chill pill! You have got to be living with your head in the sand. Check out any "Polar Bear" Club on New Year's Day!

Folks do stuff, it's kind of funny.

And "dressed to the nines".... That's inappropriate to me! Chill, it's all in fun!

I agree. I'd much rather see a fun picture like that, than the usual masked up people all uttering "samu"

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Posted in: Japan planning to establish zones to give vacant homes new life See in context

A glacier moves faster than Japanese politics.

Of course it does. Moving any faster would be reckless and hasty. Several studies and careful planning need to be done before any new law is even considered.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

I’m not sure that I would want to have children with a Japanese spouse who could easily sever my relationship with my young children at any time.

I bet if you asked one of those men ( and even a few women), they'd say its "Japanese culture" for a woman to cut ties with the father and that "its in the best interest of the children" and "the woman is probably trying to escape an abusive father/husband " Thats the mindset of these people.

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Posted in: Much of Japan to see heavy snow from Tuesday as winter storm arrives See in context

Valentine's Day 2014, I wanna see that again. Now that was a dump of snow!

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Posted in: Russian official warns West of destruction for arming Ukraine See in context

Right, Russia deserves the right to fight an easy war vs Ukraine without much Western intervention. Saying that sarcastically of course, but the United States says the same sort of thing when it comes to its wars. You can imagine the consequences and the threats if China or Russia had been sending the Taliban tanks or RPGs or SAMs.

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Posted in: Australia to spend $2 billion on 40 U.S. Black Hawk choppers See in context

Taxes being increased on Australian citizens too for more military spending?

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Posted in: College student admits he robbed taxi driver; denies in court that he was rude about it See in context

Was JT hard up for Japanese pictures? When is the last time you saw a Hyundai taxi anywhere in this country?

Indeed. I also spotted that.


Yes, and no mask or plexiglass. Must have been pre-Covid.

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Posted in: Asthma study sparks debate about safety of cooking with gas See in context

I wonder about those kerosene heaters. I use one in my kitchen for heat, but starting to think twice about what the long term consequences might be.

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Posted in: ANA to offer flight attendants 2-day workweek after COVID See in context

I'll bet that a majority of them aren't going to be looking for a second job, but a husband to start a family. Working 2 days a week allows the hubby to take care of the kids while the wife is at work.

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

To be fair, he doesn't have much a choice. His generals, as well as the Americans, are telling him Japan needs x,y,z missile systems and a,b,c jets and ships in order to stay up to date on defense. They might even be right, but he isn't in a position to argue with them. If he decides "meh, we'll be fine" then the media and the military roast him alive, calling him "reckless and irresponsible." They'll say Kishida is "emboldening the enemy" and "undercutting the military" so instead he just goes along with it and wants to raise your taxes.

So we'll see how this impacts the already faltering economy in a country that only has to wait 20 years to have 15 million fewer people. Now thats something not even a nuclear war can accomplish.

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Posted in: Inmate awaiting execution dies after choking on food See in context

Wonder if it was mochi

Yes, or a large grape...of wrath!

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Posted in: More youth tournaments banning angry coaches See in context

Its gotten better in basketball, but if its not the yelling and screaming, its running up the score on a weaker opposing team because they have a "must get ready for next game" attitude.

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Posted in: Cold splash See in context

I just wish more Japanese men would do this after they jump into the cold bath right after coming out of the sauna. Its astonishing how many don't wash off the sweat before they dip into the cold bath at the onsen I frequent.

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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

Medvedev said the nuclear statement showed "paranoia" towards Russia

Isn't that why Putin invaded the Ukraine? Paranoia towards the West.

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Posted in: Japanese right-hander Fujinami agrees with A's See in context

A's still playing "moneyball" obviously. Get a 2 for 1 if they let'em hit.

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

Changing old cars to go green, or “conversion,” was a better option, he said.

l would imagine that shaken would be very expensive since it would be considered a used car and the conversion would have to be done by Toyota or the original manufacturer.

But who wants a used Toyota with an electric motor? I want a VDub or a Honda. But seriously, where is all the lithium coming from?

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

The vaccines are safe and effective. They work IF YOU TAKE THEM.

For me, not taking the vaccines has been safe and effective.

Same here. No jabs, no covid, not even a case of the sniffles since early 2020 (probably caught the original variant and my immune system has done its job since). I actually thought for certain I'd get covid from my recent trip to Thailand. Not many wearing masks on planes or in public. But no, still covid free going on 3 years and no jabs.

Congratulations, you are what Economists call a "free rider."

Free rider? No, I think my natural immunity has been more effective than a leaky vaccine that would probably cause havoc on my natural immunity.

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

I honestly think Japan will never go back to wearing no masks.

I agree. Even before Covid-19, I had students that wore a mask to school everyday. It was considered a mental problem at the time and during parent/student/teacher interviews, I strongly recommended that the student go mask-free. It was typically girls and self-esteem related. Thats going back all the way to 2007 when I first came to Japan.

I honestly see this as a serious long-term problem in Japanese society.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

While I’m not arguing McDonalds is healthy, Super Size me was an extremely manipulative documentary. Morgan was a massive alcoholic at the time of filming and attributed all the negative health results to eating fast food while completely omitting his alcohol dependency since the age of 13

Spurlock may have had an alcohol dependency, but his blood testing and other health numbers speak for themselves. You even saw the doctor say he was in excellent health before he started the "McDiet". So was he also binge drinking during that time? Why did he suddenly put on weight during the McDiet? Was it because he wasn't drinking?

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Posted in: U.S. seeks Canadian help to ease crowding at U.S.-Mexico border See in context

After all, the US provides Canada with a safe border from coast to coast.

And the threat is from where? If anything, the US is a threat to Canada. The US with its military bases around the world and support for apartheid states was the reason for 9/11.

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Posted in: Pandemic cooking boom sharpens Japan knife sales See in context

I bought a Seki Magoroku Damascus clad steel knife a few months ago. Amazing how sharp it is. I didn't buy it because I started cooking during the pandemic. I've always cooked my own meals. So much easier cutting chicken breasts. A dull knife will struggle cutting through the skin. Not the Seki Magoroku though.

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes See in context

"We must rebuild a world order based on the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

Dear J-Gov, please set your own house in order before you set out to change the world.

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Posted in: Sony unveils prototype EV, Afeela, to be made with Honda See in context

Looks like a 4 door hatch. Why is everything a 4 door hatch these days? Even the Civic Type R is a "hot" 4 door hatch. SUVs also look like this, but with a bit more clearance. Nothing new about this design. Mizuno looks like he is trying to be hip and trendy with his white shoes. Yuk! Wheels look like Tesla Model 3s. I'm not impressed. Don't get me wrong, I like Sony and I like Honda, but I'm not impressed by this car.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten COVID border controls for travelers from China See in context

about 90% of the young Chinese do not mask from my observations from Okinawa, Niseko, and Tokyo over the holidays when in public places (indoor). About 98% of Japanese do when in public places (indoor).

Why should they? In Thailand, I saw 0% of people wearing masks. Only employees of grocery stores or hotel workers typically wore masks. In Japan, people wear masks because everyone else is. In other countries, its the opposite. I think you'll find that countries like China and Japan will be the last countries to escape the pandemic. The rest of the world has moved on.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten COVID border controls for travelers from China See in context

Just returned from Phuket, Thailand. No screening or tests needed whatsoever. Spent over 2 weeks there. No one is wearing masks down there. Doubt many have been vaccinated either. Didn't hear a single cough the entire time. Everyone appeared as healthy as can be. Thought I might get covid on the plane since I'm not vaccinated and have yet to officially catch Covid (last time I was sick was in February 2020). But no, nada. Natural immunity seems to be working.

Arrived back at Haneda late last night. What a crazy system they have. Like night and day compared to Thailand. Had to show them my negative Covid test. No problem, but then the real craziness ensued outside as 100+ people waited outside in line for a taxi. There were plenty of taxis, but only enough room for a few customers at a time to be picked up. Took ages, then was way overcharged for an 8 minute ride to the hotel. 2100 Yen! I thought, Welcome Home!

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Posted in: Japan's imperial family considering social media to stay in touch See in context

It will be important to know how many followers or subscribers they have and how many likes they get for their tweets. Of course, they might even answer a few DMs if they feel like it or if they'll be allowed. Of course, once you take that Social Media plunge there is no going back without a long apology and deep bows for getting out of something that really doesn't need to exist in the first place.

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Posted in: Families moving out of Tokyo to get up to ¥1 mil per child See in context

Since I'm a single man already living in Saitama, I wonder if I can still get the money if I start a family with a woman that lives in Tokyo (for 5 years), but relocates and comes to live with me to raise the kid.

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Posted in: Japan adopts new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy See in context

Japan really should tough it out for a decade or so. That population is going to be under 120 million in 10 years, and under 110 million in 20 years. Also, fusion power has come to save the day! I just read in the news that a major breakthrough in fusion research has really made things look peachy. I can’t imagine it being another 20 years away. They been saying that in the 80’s.

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