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Posted in: Man arrested after driving 20 kms the wrong way on Tomei Expressway See in context

Either a senility test of a blood test for alcohol or drugs (prescription or non) is in order.

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Posted in: Retired Japanese man who saved over 500 from suicide to be featured in documentary See in context

Well, kudo's to him for doing some good in the world.

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Posted in: 'Lube Olympics' makes slippery bid to rival Tokyo 2020 See in context

With a name like "Lube Olympics" I was assuming it was a different type of event than he one pictured here. I would have liked to see the gold medal winner for sure.

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Posted in: Miyazaki's 1st fully CG film is story of tiny caterpillar See in context

“Spirited Away,” a masterful, disturbing critique of modern industrialization.

And there I was figuring it was just a tale about a girl in a bath house with some back to nature type stuff thrown in.

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Posted in: Honda to pay $25 mil to settle U.S. discrimination claims See in context

It is the dealers who mark up the interest rates. Honda Finance sets the base rate and the dealers add to that to make profit for the dealership. It's up to the consumer to say yea or nay to the deal.

Same thing with the purchase price. Less savvy consumers end up paying more. Survival of the fittest, I suppose.

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Posted in: Another Japanese celebrity claims discrimination in France; netizens not so sympathetic See in context

Ha Ha. I love this part.. She is not helping the cause.

she left the restaurant in a huff, being sure to make loud noises to make herself feel better.

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Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses See in context

Why have random baggage checks of foreigners when it was a Japanese citizen in this instance that cause the problem?

As always, easier to blame someone else than one's self.

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Posted in: Prices of chocolate, sauces, bread, other items to rise See in context

It' almost defies description that the price that chocolate has not risen in 41 years. I can't think of any other country in the world that could make that claim

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Posted in: 40% of unattached singles in their 20s, 30s don't want relationship: survey See in context

Japanese women can be very choosy. They'd rather remain single than date a guy who doesn't fit their ideal in looks, wealth, job status etc

That's not unique to Japan. Seems to be that way in many big cities in many parts of the world.

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Posted in: Marriott to offer Netflix access at hotels See in context

Who cares? The last thing I will be doing when I check into a hotel is sitting there and watching Netflix.

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Posted in: U.S. woman attempting to row across Pacific rescued after SOS See in context

Googled her and found this older article about her and her sailing advantures.

Note the name of the boat "Limited Intelligence"


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Posted in: Environment ministry pushes back on shift to coal See in context

Coal? Why not just chop the forests down and burn those too? Talk about a bad way to make electricity.

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Posted in: Toaster bakes bread while humidifying it See in context

I like my toast very dry, so would never buy this. Sounds a useless gadget to me

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Posted in: Do you think Japan should do away with the one-yen coin? See in context

Only thing one yen coins are good for is throwing in the little charity boxes at stores, etc.

In Canada we did away with the one cent coin and I can't think of a single person who regretted to see it go. The rounding is a non issue since cash payments that would result in one or two cents change are rounded down, and ones with 3 or 4 cents in change are rounded up. Non cash bills (eg credit card, electronic transfers) are not affected at all.

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Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country? See in context

In Canada everyone takes their shoes off upon entering a house. It is just a given. Any visitor (say from the UK) is quickly clued into that part of culture.

I have know some very rude people, but even they never fail to remove their shoes upon entering a house.

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Posted in: FAA warns Boeing 787 bug could shut off aircraft power See in context

By coincidence, I will be flying on a 787 to Japan tomorrow. Not worried in the slightest.

Many of you seem to be nervous Nellies...there is a bigger chance of expiring in a car crash than a 787 crash (and there have been, let me see..zero, repeat zero deaths on 787's)

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Posted in: Clam crowds See in context

Having enjoyed some times (but not in Japan) of clamming on a deserted beach, that picture is just terrible. That looks like no fun, at all.

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Posted in: ANA develops new seats for economy class on domestic flights See in context

One look at those seats and I will be saving up a bit more for Premium Economy or Business Class. Those economy seats look like sheer torture on a long haul flight.

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Posted in: U.S. decides not to investigate Toyota unwanted acceleration See in context

The guy should just send his wife for driving lessons..a refresher course so to speak.

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Posted in: Blogger lists three things foreigners do that impress the Japanese See in context

Another custom you don't see in Japan is letting someone out of the lift/elevator in front of you (as in ladies first). They always seem a little surprised when I do that.

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Posted in: Thoughtless rail fans spoiling it for hobbyists See in context

There's certainly far worse hobbies than taking photos of trains.

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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context

This is a common practise by foreigners. They will book three to four place and decide on the night which one they will eat at.

Any actual proof for this?

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Posted in: Second opinion needed See in context

To this day on the Keisei Line at Nippori there is a sign saying where the "Lear Car" will be.

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Posted in: Radiation from Fukushima disaster detected off Canada's coast See in context

JalapenoAPR. 07, 2015 - 05:52PM JST No more maple syrup for me.

Maple syrup is not produced in British Columia. In fact, sugar maples do not grow there. Production in Canada comes from Ontario, Quebec and further east, all of which is many thousands of km's from BC.

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Posted in: My husband and I are pensioners. It would cost a lot of money to rebuild the house, and I don't think it is necessary. We have no choice but to continue living in the house. See in context

If the house has been standing 50 years it can't be that much of a hazard...

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Posted in: Northeast U.S. streets empty as monster blizzard approaches See in context

This is the usual mantra now in the USA. A complete freak-out about any impending weather situation other that clear and pleasant.

Mostly just nonsense to fill hundreds of hours of air time on a multiplicity of channels.

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Posted in: Qantas to raise ticket prices to offset dropping of fuel surcharge See in context

Who really cares if an oz airline raises or lowers rates. I dont fly to oz so who cares

Fine if you don't care, but news is not only about what affects you.

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Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense See in context

TrevorPeace1-you can easily buy Toto washlets in Canada. Just ask at any quality plumbing/bathroom store. Toto USA sells and distributes them. Rather pricey though. In the Toronto area many Asian stores also sell them.

I have also seen Korean sold at Costco in Canada.

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Posted in: Revitalizing the inbound tourism market See in context

It's hard to make hotel reservations in Tokyo sometimes


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Posted in: American, Hawaiian Airlines take aim at Delta's Haneda service See in context

At least I am lucky in that I fly AC and their arrival/departure times at Haneda are normal (arrival around 17:00, departs around 19:00...perfect timing for me. Can 't stand flights that arrive or depart super late at night or worse 6 in the morning.

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