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Posted in: There has been a lot of discussion in the media that the Tokyo Olympic women's marathon (Aug 2, 2020) and the men’s marathon on Aug 9, will be particularly grueling for runners and spectators because of how hot it usually is in Tokyo that time of year. Do you think some people are overreacting or is it a valid concern? See in context

Valid concern. But historically the low temperatures on those days are 23 degrees. Civil twilight starts around 4.20 am. Beginning the marathons at first light would help significantly.

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Posted in: Thermos world See in context

They do not look particularly happy to be there.

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Posted in: Police arrest graduate students for Kyoto intersection 'kotatsu' stunt See in context

Dangerous to drivers as well as themselves.

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Posted in: Japanese bullfighting lifts 'men-only' rule See in context

the ring, which is ritually purified before matches with salt and Japanese sake.

...and then the bulls poop on it.

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Posted in: Trump says on Twitter he does not like TPP for U.S.; too many contingencies See in context

I thought this was an old picture. It is not. Here is the one from 2017.

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Posted in: 'NYPD Blue,' 'LA Law' creator Steven Bochco dead at 74 See in context

Great shows. I watched many seasons of his work, including the very odd Cop Rock.

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Posted in: Introducing Tokyo University’s exclusive 'Infinite Destroyer' sandwich from Subway See in context

Herculean? Infinite Destroyer? Please. In Chicago or New York, they simply call a sandwich with this much beef a "beef sandwich."

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Posted in: Crown Prince turns 58; vows 'self-improvement' ahead of accession See in context

Good to see Masako looking genuinely happy.

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors hits record for Jan, but growth rate slows See in context

What was the "growth" rate for non Korean, non Chinese visitors?

Here you go.

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Posted in: Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo opens See in context

They key part of the marketing here is location - busy downtown areas - hence the name Centric. From the interiors, Centric seems to be competing with Conrad and perhaps cannibalizing some customers from Andaz, which is slightly more upscale. Grand Hyatts are usually larger, and Park Hyatt a bit more old-fashioned by comparison.

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Posted in: Annual New Year's Fire Review held at Tokyo Big Sight See in context

Men dressed as Edo era firemen performed acrobatic stunts on top of bamboo ladders.

Fires, overcome with delight, extinguished themselves.

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Posted in: Teacher slanders student in Twitter posts, using another pupil's name See in context

On Twitter?

Wouldn't that be libel, not slander?

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Posted in: Media get first look at construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa See in context

In comparison, for 5.5 trillion Japanese yen, you could buy 493 Airbus a320 aircraft, about 25 times the number of planes Peach currently owns.

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Posted in: Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

40 billion yen divided by, say, an annual salary of 4 million yen per full-time employee would be 10,000 new immigration/customs officials. Yes, some of that money would be used for multi-lingual signage, but still, the tax revenue seems excessive and wasteful.

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Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 romantic scenarios by which they’d like to meet new boyfriend See in context

While in a steak house, eating a steak, a suteki construction worker carrying a stake sits down and orders the same steak that you're having.

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Posted in: Blue world See in context

With Peach airlines and some planning, this can be a one-day trip, though two or more days are easier to manage.

Recommended for everyone's Japan bucket list. Get some taco rice and beer at the restaurant next to the giant aquarium.

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Posted in: Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey's sabotage claim See in context

I recall she was supposed to make an appearance at Universal Studios on a day I happened to be there. Lots of people so we got there 30 minutes early. Then waited for about 20 minutes after her scheduled appearance time but no Mariah. We gave up. So it would be easy to disparage her as a diva. Still, I doubt she intentionally put on a bad performance on live national television. She clearly says she can't hear, and asks for the monitors to be turned on, and says something about not doing a sound check. Then the next song, they use a vocal track, and she is forced to half-heatedly lip sync.

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Posted in: A reader moving to Japan asks how much a month it would cost to live here comfortably. How much does it cost you? See in context

Single in rural Kansai - 115.000 per month for food, apartment, utilities. Health insurance is based on age, income and location. Income tax is based on income.

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Posted in: Self-freezing bottled Coca-Cola now available at convenience store vending machines in Japan See in context

This is not a " revolutionary new product". I discovered this in my childhood. I'm sure many others did as well.

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Posted in: Which movie or TV president do you wish the real-life U.S. president could be like? See in context

Martin Sheen was also President Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone. "The missiles are flying. Hallelujah, hallelujah."

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Posted in: We’re exploring the sale of a portion of our ownership in McDonald’s Japan if we identify a strategic investor who could help advance Japan’s turnaround efforts and unlock our growth potential. See in context

American levels of perceived hygiene are unacceptable in Japan. Just yesterday in a Kyoto McDonald's I saw a woman making burgers bend down and pick up a piece of lettuce off the floor and throw it away. She didn't then wash her hand. She went right back to making burgers with her hands, including mine. I tolerate that kind of poor hygiene in the US. But seeing something like that will make Japanese customers swear-off McDonald's and explain to all their friends why they are doing so. McDonald's Japan's problems are systemic. Good luck trying to find a buyer for that.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan unleashes final appeal of 2015: fancy cakes See in context

McDonald's Holdings in Japan's President and CEO Casanova should have been fired months ago. The food at McDonald's tastes worse than before. I've recently seen staff do things which make me question their food safety training.

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Posted in: California burger chain Carl’s Jr.’s to open 1st Japan store in Akihabara See in context

Is it too much to ask RocketNews24 to employ writers who are more knowledgeable of Japan, or writers who have better research skills?

A simple google search would have shown a link to an LA Times article from May 23, 1989 which documented Carl's Jr's first restaurant in Japan.

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Posted in: Charlie Sheen to reveal HIV positive status, U.S. media say See in context

I have to point out though that he didn't star in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Perhaps "star" is too strong a word. Sheen certainly did appear in the movie, though.

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Posted in: M8.5 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands See in context

The epicenter of the quake was 590 kilometers deep

This seems to be incorrect. The epicenter is on the surface of the earth. The focus of the earthquake is what would be 590 km deep.

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Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa See in context

Plans like this seem to have a way of not working out. Back in 2004 U.S. movie studio Paramount Pictures said they would build a theme park in the town of Hisayama, Fukuoka Prefecture. It was supposed to open in 2010.

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Posted in: Gov't to launch campaign against hate speech See in context

Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa: "hate speech breeds feelings of insecurity and hatred, undermines individuals' dignity, and only creates greater discrimination and therefore must not be allowed."

Constitution of Japan, Article 21: "Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed. No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated."

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Posted in: Employee hit by roller coaster at Kagawa theme park See in context

This type of accident is 100% preventable. Create a lock out box to the roller coaster's power supply. Give all maintenance personnel individual locks with their names on them. Force everyone to lock the box before they enter the dangerous area. It's impossible for someone to turn on the power until each maintenance member has returned and removed his/her individual lock.

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Posted in: Kamasami Kong talks with rock band Boston See in context

Is it that hard for this guy to find relevant guests to interview?

Boston is in Japan, playing concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Is that not relevant enough?

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