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Posted in: Slovakia's populist prime minister shot multiple times in attempted assassination See in context

One more thing. Don't assume that the assassin was a left-winger. The Russians could easily have set this up to make room for their pick of the fascist litterbox and/or to place blame on the Ukrainians.

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Posted in: Fine dining, at a new high. A Michelin-starred chef will take his cuisine to our upper atmosphere See in context

Sure. Give him 3 stars for eating space junk. Personally, I believe that this situation is an exercise in futility. But, yeah, wealthy people will always think of something new to elevate their egos.

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Posted in: How to make a secret rice bowl at Ichiran ramen See in context

Really? I suppose that there are unlimited combinations you can make using individual selections. This pretty much sounds like an Ichiran fanboy commercial. Seriously, add whatever to whatever and make it your own creation. Then post it on reddit.

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Posted in: Brazil's Lula invites Kishida to eat his country's beef See in context

Lula is a good man, certainly in comparison. And, Brazilian beef is very good, primarily the grass-fed range beef although some would consider it a bit tough. Water shortages will eventually shut down Brazil as with most of South America with a few exceptions. Get ready for the world's population to go into "climate change shock" when things start going south quickly.

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Posted in: Weak yen boosts tourist wallets in Japan See in context

Well, I bought my house at Y89 to the dollar so I'm not celebrating. But I do appreciate going into 7/11 and buying fun food at low prices. Beer doesn't even seem so expensive now unless you are drinking a good West Coast IPA from Bend, Ore.

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Posted in: What do you think would happen to the Okinawan economy if all U.S. military personnel left? See in context

The economic fallout would be immediate. Besides the thousands that work on US bases the govt would also halt base land leases and off base housing would dry up. Not to mention the hundreds of associated businesses that rely on the bases. Mitigation by the mainland govt would probably be well-intended but fall short of the mark. Does Okinawa really need any additional shopping mall complexes that are controlled by mainland companies? No. Then there is the political fallout. China would be quick to fill in any military vacuum. This would put Taiwan in immediate danger and possibly draw Japan into a war. There are ways to reduce the footprint w/o throwing the baby out with the dishwater.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by car; driver arrested See in context

I am truly surprised that there aren't more pedestrian injuries and deaths. I live in Yokohama and cars around here, including taxis, drive way too fast. It is an obstacle course on the streets.

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Posted in: Israeli settlers rampage through West Bank village, killing 1 Palestinian and wounding 25 See in context

The Israeli govt. knows that the politically strong Jewish presence in the US will keep the money tap going every year and the undeniable backing even with a nasty ultra-right criminal like Netanyahu leading.

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Posted in: Man arrested after staying 80 nights in hotel and being unable to pay bill See in context

He stayed 80 and he should have talked his way into another 30 or even 60 days. After 80 days the hotel staff have realized that they may have made a mistake. But the poor guy had nowhere else to go and it's still cold up there. Another month and the weather would have turned.

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Posted in: Webinar: Learn from expats who made the move to Japan what you need to know See in context

There really isn't "one size fits all" situation remedies for expats. Whether you're from Europe, the USA, Asia, South America, Africa or ? will determine your solutions to the problems outlined above. Add to that your visa status, whether you were SOFA at one time or not, whether you are married to a Japanese national now or previously, your language ability, and where in Japan you reside or wish to reside. All of this will affect your success at assimilating.

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Posted in: U.S. military command in Japan to be revamped: report See in context

As China's economy sputters, and the population starts fidgeting Xi will go to his "next best thing" and start bullying it's South China Sea neighbors to foment nationalism and keep the hordes content. The biggest threat, of course, is not China but Russia, who threatens the entire European continent and likes to make idle nuclear threats to dare any country to strike back. The US needs to arm Ukraine and also to "double-down" on China which is intent on causing trouble outside it's borders....like it's good buddy Russia. These are countries run by dictators, who are locked into power without any controls. The world is a dangerous place.

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Posted in: ‘Shogun’ reimagined for new generation of TV viewers See in context

I credit the book by Clavell for getting me interested in Japan back in the '70s. Later, I was a college exchange student to Japan and then after that a Monbusho grad student in Tokyo. I spent my career in the Far East and live in Japan today. The new series is spectacularly entertaining for me. I have watched and rewatched the episodes so far.

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Posted in: Tokyo police mistakenly arrest Filipino man for allegedly overstaying visa See in context

When I first arrived in Japan in the '80s as an exchange student in Shizuoka-ken I was asked repeatedly by police for my passport, which was required for non-citizens at the time. I was 2 blocks from my home once taking photos of the rice fields when a patrol car stopped, made me get in and called the school to verify my enrollment. Several years later when I was a graduate student in Tokyo I was at Suidobashi just outside my school listening to the world series which was being played on an outside speaker. The cops saw me loitering and, again, demanded to see my passport. Luckily, I had it on me. Those days are gone and believe me, all foreigners in Japan are better off as a result.

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Posted in: What do you think is the most recognizable logo in the world? See in context

Red Cross is so ubiquitous it is displayed in wartime to identify it to enemy forces...thru wars over the last one hundred years at least. There is probably no one on earth save the some native tribes that do not recognize the red cross immediately.

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Posted in: Which Japanese convenience store has the best 'onsen tamago' hot spring eggs? See in context

Great article. Most eggs, despite different retailers, are pretty uniform here in Japan and of high quality. I love onsen tamago. But I make my own with the Yen 100 store onsen tamago maker. Just add eggs, hot water and let it drain. Perfect. You learn where the best water level is depending on your taste preference.

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Posted in: Mos Burger spices things up with a brand-new gochujang burger they promise is addictingly good See in context

No. These are cabbage burgers. MOS strikes out on hamburgers though I do have a shrimp croquette burger once in a blue moon. In fairness, I'll try the gochujang burger once I learn how to pronounce it.

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Posted in: Let’s try all the melon bread types sold by Japanese convenience store FamilyMart See in context

I haven't tried these yet, and I probably won't but I did try the chicken on a stick at 7-11 on a recommendation I picked up on this site. Amazingly good.

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Posted in: Carbon-cutting benefit of cookstoves vastly overestimated: study See in context

The next 50 years will determine whether humans will remain the dominant species on this planet. In the midst of a rapidly changing environment caused by global warming lies the possibility of unlimited cheap energy via fusion. Fresh water availability will precipitate the mass migration of people to areas where water is available. Food production will falter, species will disappear. As quality of life declines politics will enable ultra-nationalists and dictators to thrive. World population will decline as the death rate soars and the birthrate drops. Carbon credit market? This will be all but forgotten soon as oceans rise, water tables sink, and people take to the streets.

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Posted in: Rebecca Thorn’s rise from fish and chips to general manager of Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya See in context

Lets see...Believe in yourself, stay true to yourself and don't try to be someone you're not. Anything else? And congratulations for the GM job. Obviously, IHG doesn't have any cultural gender barriers.

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Posted in: Scandal-hit former Nihon University board chairman Tanaka dies at 77 See in context

I attended Nichidai for several years, both undergraduate and graduate at two different campuses. The system their is just too untenable...too huge for an academic institution.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

It is also worth noting that people here seem to be convinced that the teacher was an American. Not necessarily. Just the joke.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

I suppose you have to take the article at face value. I'd like to hear the teacher's side of things. In any case, he seemed to have "crossed" the boundary from teaching to intimidating. Unfortunate event.

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Posted in: Actor Charlie Sheen attacked in his Malibu home; suspect arrested See in context

He lives next door to Malibu's biggest Karen. She's famous for being a crazy, deranged, fanatical rich person.

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Posted in: Australian rockers AC/DC mourn original drummer Colin Burgess See in context

How true.

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Posted in: Navy officer jailed in Japan over deadly car crash transferred to U.S. custody See in context

Seems to be a lot of armchair judges here. What this was was a horrible accident that irrevocably changed the lives, not for the better, of many people. Sadly, two people lost their life. Other people lost their "lives". Careers, relationships, etc. There is nothing good that can come out of a situation like this. Best to set back, judges, and let the professionals handle it.

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Posted in: Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash See in context

The Okinawa government hates the Ospreys shaky safety record. The US would do well to sacrifice these expensive toys of theirs that aren't really needed for operations. They are redundant and were built at cost overrun.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones announce 2024 North American Tour in support of 'Hackney Diamonds' album See in context

Grace Slick was right about how pathetic it is to see 80 year olds trying to still be 20 on stage.

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Posted in: Scandal-hit Takarazuka to set up experts' panel to improve culture See in context

Japan's show business culture is cancerous. From Johnny's to this. It stinks.

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Posted in: Cannabis-derived gummies probed after 9 fall ill in Tokyo See in context

Hey, Ohio, a red state, has just legalized MaryJane for recreational use. Japan should follow. Pot should grow well from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

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Posted in: China imported no seafood from Japan in September See in context

Who cares if China has slowed down Japan fish consumption? They were importing zero fish 25 years ago. Besides, my fish prices have declined. If anyone out there has never tried nishin, or herring sushi, fly up to Otaru in Hokkaido and have some. Really excellent.

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