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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

I was stuck in the US for 5 weeks...I had left Tokyo the day that the borders were closed. I had to sign a form acknowledging that my return was questionable....I returned when the US had really started to become infected and was brought to the back at Haneda and asked why I was returning while they showed me the paper I had signed....after a phone call to my wife (I am not a PR....just a spousal visa).....I was allowed to leave....I had arranged for a private pick up but when I left the baggage area, nobody actually checked if I had a ride....I did my home quarantine for 2 weeks even though my airport test results came back negative after 3 days

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Posted in: Over 30% of lung cancer patients exposed to passive smoking: survey See in context

Here comes the junk numbers again....do the math on 15,000 in all of Japan... given the liberal smoking laws of the past 50 years....the mortality rate should be astronomical....I get it editors....you do not like smoking...my solution was simple....do not patronize establishments that allow smoking...so now you drag it into the work place...well played

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Posted in: Japan wrestles over smoking ban as Olympics loom See in context

The second hand smoke statistics are total nonsense....now the slant on it is that its women and children...do the math of 15,000 people in all of Japan and break that down....is it 1 person in Tokyo? Why aren't any of these stats weighed against the fact that Japanese have enjoyed their incredible life span while having such a high percentage of smokers? And as to all the people who do not enjoy smoking I say simply go someplace that does not allow smoking..I say build non smoker rooms instead of locking up the smokers. I fell victim as an owner of a night club in NYC where the smoking bans started. I did not smoke at the time but I allowed my customers to enjoy themselves. The smoking ban when it was pursued in court was not for customer protection. The lawyers at the time knew they could not win with the vague statistic of second hand smoke, Instead it was passed as a protection for the workers in the establishments. Think about it...I invest my money and take all the risks of operating a business only to be told that I must not let people smoke while they are enjoying there night out. I say to non smokers, if you do not like smoking, please go someplace else. Instead I am told I must bow down to unwanted customers in a business that I own. Customers can always choose where to spend their money...that is the root of capitalism and the free market economy...as I used to say in NYC...don't go away mad just go away....my business my choice

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Posted in: Who are your favorite movie or TV cops? See in context

Shut it!

Someone put something in my drink last night.....Alcohol

Jack Regan

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Posted in: Women can tell which men cheat just by looking at them: study See in context

All women are psychic....they know if you are going to go home with them or not

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Posted in: Early look at Windows 8 baffles consumers See in context

read this for the last word on this prejudiced discussion


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Posted in: How to survive living in a small town See in context

I know you mean no harm, but your advice is only relevant to your life in Japan :)

And I take it that this applies to all of the sage advice that the writer is now taking? I imagine this article was written for people who were considering coming here for the first time and it has some helpful tips for survival

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Posted in: Things that foreigners miss about Japan when they return home See in context

Oshibori and taxi doors that open for you

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Posted in: Gov't figures show lowest ever percentage of smokers See in context

Nonsense to the second hand smoke conspirators...read the facts



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Posted in: Apple unveils digital textbooks app for iPad See in context

read the fine print on this publishing software....text books can only be sold through Apple if they are published using this program...and if they refuse it....it can not be sold anywhere else...Apple EULA at it's finest....boycott this nonsense

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Posted in: How do you think Yu Darvish will do in the U.S. Major Leagues? See in context

Like most good pitchers....he will be amazing in his first season. Then once opposing hitters have a chance to study his pitches and motion, he will be roughed up as much as he cruises. He is a legitimate talent and he is CERTAINLY not a "rookie" as many people seem to suggest

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Posted in: Fighters manager says $112 mil too low for Darvish See in context

I wonder what Billy Beane would say about this

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Posted in: Ozawa says he knew nothing of how campaign fund was managed See in context

In other news....dog doesn't know how he got his bone

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Posted in: Japanese passenger arrested in Hawaii for punching Delta flight attendant See in context

Never really had a bad experience with any flight attendant....my father worked for Pan Am for 22 years and I know what an awful thankless job it is...the only thing I require on a plane is a drink...no food thank you very much, and some coffee when I wake up as I arrive....flying is bad enough these days, so I try to ignore it as much as possible....he deserves everything he gets...the I was drunk excuse definitely does not apply

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Posted in: 3 Sea Shepherd activists detained aboard Japanese whaling vessel See in context

>“It appears that the law that will cover (their) detention, for want of a better word, is the Japanese law,” said Roxon I believe it's called MARITIME law....I wonder how the Aussie gov't would respond to anyone boarding an Australian owned vessel?

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Posted in: Japan scraps plan to give away 10,000 free flights to visitors See in context

*>@Kentaro75, you don't seem to understand. Offering FREE travel would bring in more money now than when everything's fixed up. Out of the 10,000 who would be coming, a large percentage of this would like to see the damaged areas as it is. In turn, international groups may sponsor some aspects of the campaign.

I am surprised the brilliant minds here who have jumped on this story fail to comprehend simple math

10,00 free tickets = approximately $1,000,000 USD....amount of money injected into the economy here should cover that plus.....no one complained when the government handed free money to people living here to go and spend to achieve the same effect a while back

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Posted in: Going Gaga See in context

>Gaga is a rip off of Madonna, down to swiping her melody lines in a few songs.

You obviously know nothing about her....she composes most of her music and is a sweet and sensitive soul...the old adage of book being judged by the cover applies here

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Posted in: Island overrun by rabbits, tourists See in context

be vewy vewy quiet

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Posted in: Watchful eyes See in context

people here are so stupid, the average age of AKB48 is well over 18. the lead girl in the new single, Mariko Shinoda, is 25. it's hilarious how threatened people are by sexy, powerful and amazing girls... selling more than your faves, breaking records and making more money than everyone here combined

This phenomena makes me sick...first of all they are salaried, disposable workers. They are puppets for a production machine that pollutes every available medium to squeeze as much money as they can, while preying on the narcissistic gluttony of girls that want to be famous. There is not one iota of talent in this pack of lolitas. As far as being threatened by "sexy, powerful girls"..... I only wish that Japan idolized the really incredible women in this country. Not these cardboard cut outs. Grow up

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Posted in: Quake shakes Club World Cup in Japan See in context

4.9....child's play

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Posted in: Snack Nation: Japan's obsession with weird and wonderful delights See in context

All convini shelf space rules are subject to profit...if you are a manufacturer of anything that doesn't turn a quick profit, you will lose your position on the shelf....in essence...the kiss of death....I am tired of finding products that I love that disappear as well....luckily I am not a snack fan or chocolate eater....my new favorite is toasted eel bones

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Posted in: Geoengineering could save Earth - or destroy it See in context

Been watching too many episodes of Star Trex....watch this video from one of the smartest women on the planet


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Posted in: 'M-A-S-H' star Harry Morgan dies at age 96 See in context

Me the man once while filming a TV commercial....as kind and gentle as he was on M.A.S.H. sorry to hear his passing

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Posted in: Scientists study oyster 'language' See in context

mine say 'eat me'

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Posted in: Police oppose proposals to liberalize Japan's gun laws See in context

People have a right to defend themselves. I aint working out, I aint jogging, I should have the right to own a gun.

This article isn't about the right to self defense...it's about crop damage...I enjoy the wild boar my father-in law hunts and Japan is just fine without guns for "self defense". If you think you have the right to own a gun....go back home wherever you need to exercise that right.

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Posted in: Masuwaka, at Nail Queen Awards, says she isn't getting a divorce See in context

She should apologize for that pathetic costume

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Posted in: American father wins custody of daughter taken to Japan See in context

The "kidnapping" is irrelevant in this case. She is guilty of violating a court order...period....It appears that she wanted her precious green card and proved that by trying to sneak into Hawaii to keep it. Just as those in Japan that want to retain their Visa status here must abide by the LAWS, so must she....not our interpretation of them. This is the classic case of wanting to have your cake and eat it too...Every year...many fathers lose custody of their children and must make sacrifices to be near them if they choose....this is the same problem she was faced with and she bolted...she belongs in jail in perpetuity until she submits to the original court order....If she really cares about her child, the little darling must be sent back and handed over to the father BEFORE she gets sprung from the detention center. Then she should be able to stick around to undo the damage that SHE caused

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Posted in: YOSHIKI figure joins other celebs in Madame Tussauds Tokyo See in context

A fine tribute to one of the best rock drummers ever

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