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Posted in: Staff-strapped companies turning to 'Yankees,' non-college grads See in context




The phrase originated in part because the " Yankee " copied the young American G.I.'s (who were in Japan after World War 2) fashion and mannerisms.

Americans in that era often did act delinquent by Japanese standards.

The Yankee of Japan similarily is a counter culture to traditional Japanese manners and rules of society.

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Posted in: N Korea dismisses Trump's threat; says only 'absolute force' can work with him See in context

Being both American and living in Japan, I very much hope things calm down here between the North Korea and the U.S.

Truly there is no benefit for either side and it is very dangerous when protecting one's ego mixes with the availability of weapons.

Both of these leaders should consider all of the innocent who will be caught up in their childish dispute.

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Posted in: U.S. told Japan before Trump-Xi talks of option to strike N Korea See in context

Borscht, not that I necessarily have an alternative to the action Trump is considering taking, but I wonder what do you consider as a better course of actions (than the proposition of a premptive strike).

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Posted in: Kawasaki's association with reality TV show 'Apprentice' uncertain over Trump's continued involvement See in context

JT stretching a bit with this one. If Trump really will fail, have a little patience for it.

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Posted in: Diet enacts law to allow casino gambling at 'integrated resorts' See in context

"If you build it they will come".

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Posted in: U.S. approves $7 bil in aircraft sales to Arab allies See in context

You would think America would learn it`s lesson about supplying arms to the Middle East.

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Posted in: Trump on the attack against 'SNL' again See in context

Although I support Trump, I gotta admit the Alec Baldwin impersonations of him are hilarious. He really is just giving him more ammo too the more he tweets and speaks out about it.

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Posted in: Trump says companies leaving U.S. will face 'consequences' See in context

Its a step in the right direction, but it should not be forgotten that it is a step. This is a 1,000 mile journey we are talking about, so to speak. Though the families that are getting to keep their jobs can definitely feel this is a victory, it would be simply false to label this as a victory for Trumps plan. Reminiscent of when Bush Jr. stood in front of that banner after the initial invasion of Iraq and declared Mission Success (or something along those lines, sorry I can`t be bothered to look it up). Hopefully it sends the right message to companies to encourage them to keep jobs in America, and not the wrong message, as Sanders has suggested it might have sent, which is that Trump can be manipulated into making a bad deal based on wanting to save face with keeping jobs in America.

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Posted in: Terrorism suspected in car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University See in context

The motive behind the rampage would indicate whether it is considered terrorism or not. If it is associated with ISIS, or with some grudge against the American government, then it is considered terrorism.

If you remember Timothy McVeigh or the Unibomber you would know they were also considered terrorists, though they were white, because of their motives.

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Posted in: Confusion over Trump's first talks with foreign leader as Abe heads to New York See in context


The very next sentence says: "Trump and Pence had spoken to 29 foreign leaders, the transition team said on Wednesday."

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Posted in: Dentsu's 'power harassment hell' See in context

This is so sad to read about. My heart really goes out to the girl and her family. May she finally rest in peace.

Shame on Dentsu and other companies who follow similar practices. They deserve to be fully fleeced for their actions here and as irrational as it is, I truly believe they will reap their karma in this life or the next.

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Posted in: Doll makers association protests to USJ for using Japanese dolls in their horror attraction See in context

Echoing the sentiments of Moonraker and dcog9065, these dolls are just scary. I don`t think that USJ is making them scary by associating them in a horror attraction or whatever. I think that it is the other way around. The dolls are scary, so USJ is using them in a horror attraction.

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Posted in: Daughter arrested for stomping on mother’s head, causing her death See in context

Just disgusting. If you dont like it or you cant see eye to eye with what your mom has to tell you, then move out. I understand the feelings of anger that come with belittlement, but to carry out any physical violence against your own mother is sick. She will have a long time to reflect on this horrible crime she made a decision to do in the heat of the moment.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested after slamming into parade float, killing one, injuring 36 See in context

Another example of a mindless trucker causing havoc on the road. These clowns dont appreciate that they are basically driving around in a tank, and have no repercussions (physically) for any accidents that they will incur with their careless or reckless driving. If ever there was a need for AI driving, it is in these trucks. I just hope the technology can advance that we dont need to employ these mindless bozos in 19 ton death machines on roads shared by so many.

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Posted in: Motorcyclist cut in half after being flung into cable wire following police chase See in context

I had to laugh out loud at this. So gruesome but quite hilarious in a black humor kind of way. Darwinism at its best here. I am just glad that the police officer and the other woman are going to make it out of this with not big injuries.

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Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate See in context

I am not sure how related this is, but why does it seem like often when I give a thumbs up, it does a double negative, or if I do a negative, it still does a double negative on a person`s comment? Is this a glitch?

About the debate, I thought it was a pretty good debate, but seemed like a warm up for both. I am definitely looking forward to things heating up at the next go.

I thought that the moderator seemed a little biased at some points. For example, he seemed to admonish the crowd when they cheered for Trump, but when they cheered for Hillary (several times) he allowed it. Also, he seemed to be pressing Trump on some points almost as if he was attacking him.

I think Trump failed to answer several questions as well, and seemed to miss the point. Hopefully he will practice staying on topic for the next round. Hillary had a good presence in the debate, but I do not like her robotic and smug disposition. I would like to see her seem more "real". I think this would improve her image of being fake and a liar.

It will also be interesting to see if Julian Assange and the wikileaks team does make good with their promise to drop some juicy bomb with regards to Clinton. If so, this could be some great ammo for Trump, assuming this does not lead to her prosectuion/having to drop out of the race. (BTW if she does withdrawal from the race, how does that work with voting?)

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to introduce a super cheap Value Lunch menu See in context

Yea I agree with the previous sentiment as well. Complete click bait. I thought they were going to start offering American prices on the McDonald's menu in Japanese yen of course.

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Posted in: Law says Masuzoe can't decline Y3.8 mil summer bonus See in context

Wow this scumbag makes 14k a month and he's up for a 40k bonus and he is still swindling us. I just can't comprehend the mindset that can be that apathetic to the poor and that self entitled.

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Posted in: Fox apologizes for billboard showing strangling from 'X-Men' See in context

Yea seriously. His name is Apocalypse. What do they expect he will do? I wish that they would just leave the feminist agenda out of some things. What's next? Superman can't save a woman because it would be promoting that women are too weak without men and thus oppressing them?! Give us a break already with it.

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Posted in: Win a trip to Japan See in context

I already live in Japan (^.^) I think I might just drop on by and get some Okinomiyaki later.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching 2-year-old son in face See in context

it's so sad to read about these cases. We all need some more love and honest effort to improve ourselves and make things work. The father needs to realize what a precious gift he has been blessed with and find other ways than alcohol and violence as outlets for his stress. It's not too late for him or for the boy. Where there is a will, there is a way.

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Posted in: Osaka police raid elite 'tiger blowfish' restaurant See in context

You would think that we as humans could evolve past such stupidity as eating poisonous fish. Sigh. If they want to pay out the nose for the chance to eat something so dangerous it is illegal, let them conduct a little "Natural Selection" on themselves.

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Posted in: Man stabs father, security guard after being urged to visit hospital See in context

He did contact the police. They appeared to be wont to make a move. His father obviously knows his son needs the help and good on him and the brave guards for going in to get this guy. Unfortunately they underestimated just how dangerous he would be. I hope the father and the guard recover quickly and the son gets the help he needs.

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Posted in: U.S. sailor reportedly charged with Okinawa rape See in context

It sounds like this soldier messed up. Obviously we don't know any of the details, but this is Japan, not the U.S. There is no "jury" and being suspected of a crime automatically puts you on the defensive way more than in the States. I'm not saying that he raped her, but he will definitely pay the price for his alcohol induced lapse in judgement. This is a reason to not get drunk, especially around people you don't know.

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Posted in: Woman gets 11 years for throwing 5-year-old son to his death from 13th-floor apartment See in context

I haven't made any predictions yet, but judging from previous cases of murder by mom I'm going to estimate 4-5 years in jail for the crime. For some reason killing your own kid gets you less time in this country.

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Posted in: Japanese man detained in Turkey for trying to join Islamic State See in context

I think bringing him back is better. That way they can keep a closer eye on him. I shudder to think about what Isis is planning for the Tokyo Olympics, and I'm sure having Japanese nationals on their team would only improve their intelligence for said missions.

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Posted in: Trump warns of riots if he is denied party's presidential nomination See in context

I think a lot of people are going way away from the point here. Trump is simply telling it like it is here. People are already angry at the underhanded tactics of those with political power. How can you, in your hatred for Trump, condone denying the guy who won the MAJORITY of the votes, completely slapping democracy in the face, then claim you don't like Trump because he is "fascist or like a "dictator" or what have you. Either you want a democratic system or you don't. Shame on the Republican Party for even suggesting they might do this.

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Posted in: Trump calls off Chicago rally due to security concerns See in context

I'm not sure what you are in about with your step one and step two and operatives and tricks but there kcjapan, seems a little bit off the deep end.

I was originally also going to vote for Trump, and if it's Trump vs. Hilary then I would. But lately I must confess that I too have been feeling the Bern lol!

If it goes down to a race between those two then I just don't know. On one hand I want to stick it to the man like Bernie, but on another hand I want to stick it to China and everyone else who's been getting a free pass with Trump.

Am I the only one torn between two sides here?

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Posted in: Google's software beats human Go champion in first match See in context

I am also following these matches quite excitedly. Just to add a bit of history to the match, a one million dollar prize was offered many years back for a computer program that could beat a go pro in a match. Since then, many programmers have been trying to reach the holy grail of computer go and claim the prize. It seems Google, though probably not in need of the funds, is more than up to the challenge with Alphago. I must admit, I was more than skeptical that this computer could take on Lee Sedol. Lee Sedol is regarded by most as the strongest player in the world. Furthermore, the Koreans have a unique style of fighting in go that makes the games chaotic and difficult to calculate. I am still rooting for Lee to pull this off. He is like John Henry against the railroad spiking machine!

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Posted in: On the waterfront at Yokohama: Minato Mirai, the port of the future See in context

I also prefer to explore the area on foot. Walking to Chinatown from Minato Mirai is a good tour of the area, or you can ride to it by train from the station if you are feeling tired.

I wouldn't go renting a bicycle as that would be quite a hassle to navigate the often crowded and already narrow streets and sidewalks.

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