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Posted in: New U.S. Congress prepares to undo Obamacare, weigh Trump personnel picks See in context

Thank you, Rupert Murdoch, and your hate-spewing TV "news" network.

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Posted in: Kim says N Korea in final stages of test launching ICBM See in context

They tried to tell Trump during the daily briefing but he was busy tweeting love notes to his friend Putin.

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Posted in: Trump says he doesn't trust computers as he rings in 2017 See in context

The IRS computer must be safe. Trump's tax returns must be the best-kept secret on the planet.

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Posted in: Koike seeks to reduce crowding on trains during rush hour See in context

A company I worked for hired a new arrival, a woman from the UK, and expecting that it would take her a while to become acclimatized to commuting in Tokyo allowed her to come in to work at 10:30 and leave for home at 4:30. Despite this she literally freaked out from the pressure and submitted her tearful resignation after just one week.

I've also read stats (although some time ago) showing the toll "tsukin" takes on Japanese workers, including studies pointing to a shortened life expectancy. If a politician can do something to improve people's lot, he or she has my unreserved support.

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Posted in: Koike seeks to reduce crowding on trains during rush hour See in context

I've been avoiding the crowd by going to work at 6:30am and leaving at 4:00pm

I used to do that too. I rode the 5:56 out of Tsudanuma (Chiba) and arrived at my office at 7:00. Then I'd go in a meeting room and doze for two hours until it was time to work. Company was understanding and gave me a key to the office.

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Posted in: Dentsu chief to resign over employee's suicide, labor law violations See in context

I have had the unfortunate experience of doing subcontractor work for Dentsu (many years ago). The two words that come to mind to describe their corporate culture are "ruthless" and "arrogant." Those are not likely to change in the slightest under a new president.

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Posted in: Trump accuses Obama of throwing up 'inflammatory' roadblocks See in context

"Thin-skinned" doesn't begin to describe Trump's narcissistic psyche, and that does not bode well for his country or the world.

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Posted in: Japanese people seem expert at napping on trains, subways, in department stores, cafes, restaurants, park benches or anywhere in public. Have you ever been able to nap in public like that? See in context

It happened to me once, in the autumn of 1973. Combination of lack of sleep, booze and an overheated car, in that order. I was supposed to get off the Marunouchi line at Tokyo station but found myself nudged awake by a station employee at the end of the line in Ikebukuro.

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Posted in: What would you like to hear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say in his remarks when he visits the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday? See in context

Let him quote Lincoln. His words will work just as well at Pearl Harbor as they did at Gettysburg: "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."

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Posted in: 7 teens arrested for pelting police car with eggs, tofu, potatoes after false 110 call See in context

In any US city, that would constitute a case of "suicide by cop."

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Posted in: Abe aims to send message of U.S. alliance strength at Pearl Harbor See in context

Abe will be the first Japanese incumbent prime minister at Pearl Harbor since a brief 1951 stopover by Shigeru Yoshida.

This is what happens when reporters don't dig deeply enough. There were also official visits made by Ichiro Hatoyama (in 1956) and Abe's grandfather Nobusuke Kishi (in 1957) -- both reported in the Hawaii Hochi -- and also possibly an unofficial visit by Noboru Takeshita in (1988).

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Posted in: Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead by policeman at photo exhibit See in context

It will be hard for Erdogan to blame this one on the Kurds or ISIS.

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Posted in: Pony escapes from pet shop in Tokyo's Shibuya district See in context

That's nothing. Years ago a hippo ran amok in downtown Yokohama. It was reported in the Sankei Shimbun.

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Posted in: Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings See in context

It occurred to me that if the bloodthirsty gang happened to be good old, home-grown American thugs, Trump would not have raised this issue. The angle has to dovetail with his own narrow worldview.

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Posted in: Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings See in context

Mel Brooks is a modern-day prophet. The US government has deteriorated into a remake of "Blazing Saddles" only now dimwit Governor William J. Lepetomaine has become president.

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Posted in: Gov't reconsiders plan to change Japan's iconic hot spring symbol after backlash See in context

That symbol has also been used euphemistically to mean a love hotel, which is another reason to like (or dislike) it.

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Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call See in context

Rumor also has it Trump is going to appoint the Dalai Lama to head Homeland Security.

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Posted in: Man arrested for mailing more than 500 garbage items to former bullies See in context

old women’s underwear

A corset?

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

For the most part, Japan doesn’t really do political comedy.

This is not true. I remember commercials that mimicked the speaking style of PM Masayoshi Ohira around 1980. There was also a commercial for "Donto" warming pads that made fun of the then-premier of the Soviet Union, Chernenko, by inviting people standing in line for goods in freezing weather to warm up by "Don-to irenko" (just pop it in). There were probably more, but these immediately came to mind.

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Posted in: Police urge senior drivers to drive safely, voluntarily return licenses See in context

My driver's license is not my only form of photo ID, but I'd rather show it than my gaijin card. So I'll be a "paper driver," but I'll still keep renewing it as long as they're willing to issue me one.

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Posted in: Report warns of Asian arms race if Trump withdraws U.S. forces See in context

Nice. A big windfall for the (Republican) armaments manufacturers in the US, and assembly-line jobs in the rust belt. Maybe Barry McGuire will even cut a new version of "Eve of Destruction" to accompany them.

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Posted in: Trump-related books popular in Tokyo stores See in context

Popular when read as gothic horror novels, I suppose.

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Posted in: Cruise control See in context

Reacher was a former officer in the military police, not a secret agent. Lee Child's latest book in the Reacher saga, set mostly in Hamburg, Germany, went on sale this week.

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Posted in: Some women find escape from poverty in sex trade See in context

Prostitution is only illegal here in Japan because of MacArthur and prudish views regarding sex.

Huh? When the Diet passed the anti-prostitution law in 1957 (which went into effect one year later), MacArthur was already long gone. During his tenure, prostitution was rampant.

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Posted in: Some women find escape from poverty in sex trade See in context

I don't know about the tax situation, but delivery health services are considered legal. Space and time do not permit me to go into detail but rather than denounce them outright, interested readers should try searching to see what these women provide to customers.

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Posted in: Chinese college student dies after being stabbed outside her Tokyo apartment See in context

Are you sure that's not what she used in Japan?

Jiang is a common surname. Reading it as "E" strikes me as highly unlikely.

It doesn't seem like it was something that the translator for this article has done, rather it's been put out there by someone.

Yes, I agree. Asahi online reported her name as Jian Guu -- 中国籍の江歌(ジャングー)さん(24)No consistency when it comes to Chinese names it seems.

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Posted in: Chinese college student dies after being stabbed outside her Tokyo apartment See in context

According to police, the woman, Ka E,

Her name was Jiang Ge (江歌) or Koh Ka. Translator should know better than to use the Japanese kun reading for a Chinese surname.

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Posted in: Clinton, Trump warn of dire consequences if rival wins See in context

Americans are so dissatisfied with their government, they are preparing to throw out the baby with the bath water, along with the tub, the soap, the towels, the spigot and the light fixtures. After Nov. 8, they'll be left sitting on a wet floor in the dark, muttering obscenities at each other.

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Posted in: Nagoya udon restaurant owner arrested for throwing away leftover noodles in park See in context

Most of the discarded udon I've seen in my time were already partially digested...

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Posted in: Trump targets Bill Clinton and his foundation in new attack See in context

It would seem some Americans wish for a crusade instead of an election. Do that, and you abandon common sense and pragmatism that make a democracy function. The election results may be less important that what happens after that. Why bother holding elections at all, if the result is just to see the government stagnate into insignificance?

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