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Posted in: Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing See in context


Abe is probably busy now folding up his Mario costume.


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Posted in: Snoop Dogg apologizes for attacking TV anchor over Bryant story See in context

A lot of people talking about Kobe's past allegations don't know the real facts. Let me help you all:

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Posted in: Korean film 'Parasite' takes best picture Oscar; acting honors go to Phoenix, Zellweger, Pitt, Dern See in context

Kentarogaijin: "Unbelievable..."

Which movie do you think should have won?

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Posted in: Kyoto tourist crowds disappearing due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

Great posts @smithinjapan and @Wobot.

It's interesting to see the love/hate relationship that many Japanese (specially the business owners) have with the Chinese.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people says he was serving society See in context

Yagami Light

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Posted in: Democratic presidential race off to rocky start as Iowa results delayed by 'inconsistencies' See in context

Like some of you have already pointed out.. it seems that Bernie won, didn't he? Lol

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Posted in: Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Ghosn, 3 Americans over his escape See in context

Here we go again...

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Posted in: Japanese chef makes history as he joins France's Michelin elite See in context

Congratulations to Mr. Kobayashi

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Posted in: NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in helicopter crash See in context

Very sad news. Kobe Bryant was the type of person that not only did a lot of good during his career as a professional athlete, but also after he retired. Those who knew him personally said he was a great person.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context


If they are being imported to the US, I had never seen one on the street in my decades of driving and travel there. No wonder, as I could not picture them passing most states' inspection procedures. Perhaps they are being used in non-public or restricted capacities?

> Kei's may be fine for local roads - shopping, picking the spouse up at the station, misc. errands and such. But, they do not belong on expressways or any high-speed thoroughfares.

Good posts. I was just going to ask if there are any crash tests done to these vehicles.

What are the standards?

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Posted in: Japan confirms third case of coronavirus virus See in context


Those masks do nothing to stop you from touching a door handle and then later scratching your nose, ears or eyes. People forget and do this all the time, it's human nature. Very few people actually wash their hands enough and properly. This virus will spread and it will spread far and wide if restrictions aren't put in place.

Indeed. Whatever benefits wearing a mask brings, it cannot outweigh a person's bad hygiene habits.

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Posted in: Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country See in context


I always say "ありがとう" to shop staff after a purchase. It would feel weird just taking the change and receipt, then just silently hurrying away.

I'm the same way.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context


Everyone waiting in line for a seat at the hearing are all females.

Look up the phenomenon called "Hybristophilia"

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Posted in: Grammys set to honor music's best, but scandal overshadows gala See in context

Lizzo? Never heard of that character before...

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with fireworks See in context

Nice picture.

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Posted in: 15-year-old Gauff upsets Osaka at Australian Open See in context

@socrateos Interesting. Do you think that she lacks a "killer instinct" (phrase that many people in sports use)?

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Posted in: 15-year-old Gauff upsets Osaka at Australian Open See in context

No one has changed Coach after two grand slam wins.


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Posted in: 15-year-old Gauff upsets Osaka at Australian Open See in context

Does anyone know what are Osaka's numbers after she fired her previous coach?

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Posted in: French investigators to move ahead with Ghosn prosecution over palace party See in context


Here is some news about Ghosn new home:

After months of near-constant protests, Lebanon is on fire. Rising tensions over the country’s deteriorating economy, coupled with an unhurried political class, have prompted protesters to attack Lebanese banks and clash with security forces in Beirut.

That's right enjoy the evenings with your wife and family.


I'm sure he STILL prefers to be in Lebanon than in Japan.

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

@Alfie Noakes I understood your original message which was meant to be sarcastic.

You are quite right.

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Posted in: Japan should ban confiscation of foreign employees' passports, lawyer says See in context

Hostage Labor

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

"Mr Ghosn spent 130 days in detention and was questioned in total on 70 of those days. So 60 days without questioning," said Saito. "On average, he was questioned for less than four hours per day."

Questioned on 70 out of the 130 days, "less than four hours per day".

I'm pretty sure the prosecutors found all that questioning quite fruitful.

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Posted in: Ghosn's aide Kelly stands high chance of acquittal: ex-prosecutor See in context

The trial of the two men and Nissan, which is also facing the same charge, is due to begin in 2021. It was unclear whether the schedule would be updated after Ghosn's escape.

The prosecutors have such a "Slam Dunk" case, that it will take another whole year of preparation.


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Posted in: Woman, 3 children found stabbed to death in car See in context

Very sad story.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context


I hate to say it.... but it definitely affects the way I handle dealing with things in Public in Japan. I go out of my way to make sure that everything I do cannot be construed as being illegal. On dark sidewalks at night if there is a Female walking nearby.... I do not try to pass her, since I walk pretty quickly, I wait until a streetlight or until she turns to go elsewhere. I am extra careful.... why? Because I never, ever want to deal with the Japanese "Justice", system. It is totally stacked against everyone and possibly more so foreigners.

I hear ya..

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

"Hostage Justice" on the defensive.

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Posted in: Court sentences 2 Filipino women via remote interpreting See in context


I just wonder what happened to the company who hired them to work in cosmetics? Aren't they required to check? 

Yes, they are supposed to check, but just like what happens in the U.S., many of these companies knowingly hire individuals who are not properly documented, or undocumented all together. They turn a blind eye.

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Posted in: Court sentences 2 Filipino women via remote interpreting See in context

Hopefully the "cosmetic manufacturing company" that hired them will get punished as well. There's no excuse for employers to not properly vetting their prospective employees.

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Posted in: Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally See in context

"In Guns We Trust"

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