Michael Grant comments

Posted in: No room at the inn: Where will visitors to Tokyo stay next summer? See in context

Public transportation is going to be nigh impossible too, I haven't heard of any plans for accomodating the influx of visitors!!

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Posted in: ¥100 mil in old banknotes donated to Ehime prefectural gov't See in context

The bills are not old as in ancient, they are Fukuzawa Yukichis. The more faded ones may only fetch 50% or 25% of face value.

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Posted in: Wallets, cell phones of 170 students stolen at Nagano hotel See in context

Shut the place down until they find the culprit! Obviously, an inside job!

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Posted in: 4 men arrested over drowning of 17-year-old youth See in context

TV news also reported that two suspects held on to him for 10 minutes before the oldest suspect pushed them out of the way, making the victim fall so I'm sure his arms were too tired to swim effectively.

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Posted in: What do you think about the way English is used in the branding and marketing of products in Japan? See in context

Pretty atrocious for the most part.

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Posted in: Tabloid dissects Halloween's 'unnatural popularity' See in context

“If you look at it from another perspective, Halloween’s popularity in Japan may reflect the prescience that the world is getting worse and worse,” Kaku points out.

Uh, no. It's just a fun way to express your creativity and enjoy indulging yourself...Ever heard of Cos-play? I predicted Halloween's popularity in Japan years ago when I saw how popular Cos-play had become. With hundreds of young people gathering in Yoyogi to show off their hand-made costumes...it was obvious that Halloween would be a perfect fit. Halloween's popularity in Japan (as elsewhere) is driven by young people's exuberance and appetite for play...the obtuseness of some Japanese pundits never ceases to amaze me...

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Posted in: Keith Richards belittles rap, metal See in context

I don't like Rap/Hip Hop because of it's lack of harmonies, lack of intelligent subject-matter, glorification of disrespectful behavior, and because it too often takes the easy way out by sampling REAL music and passing it off as its own.

Metallica and Black Sabbath are hardly the end-all, be-all of Metal, Keith's comment can hardly be characterized as an indictment of that musical genre as a whole. Personally, I think he's full of it...and full of himself.

In the Metal genre, I like a few bands. The best Metal, IMHO, tells a story or relates an experience/emotion...sometimes in a graphic or vulgar way, but always for the purpose of "painting" the story. I'll take Iron Maiden (Book of Souls! Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner! Revelations! Two Minutes to Midnight!) over the Stones, any day!

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Posted in: Thai prime minister says main suspect in bombing arrested See in context

The news this morning said they were looking for a group of about 10 people, including at least one woman...

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Posted in: Body identified as 13-year-old girl; male classmate missing See in context

The article doesn't mention the conversation the girl had with friends via Line. The girl ask one friend if she could stay at the friend's house that night, but was turned down because the friend had to do something with his/her family early the next morning. So the girl said she was going to go hang out in nearby Kyoto(!!) . The girl also indicated she was not planning to return home(i.e. she was running away from home). There's a lot more to this story, folks!

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Posted in: Belgian designer to insist Tokyo changes Olympic logo See in context

The current logo is quite unoriginal. Change it!

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Posted in: More decapitated cats found in Kobe See in context

I am sure somebody out there knows something. These cases always end up with somebody saying,"Remember how that kid used to tease and torture animals...?" etc. I just hope that person goes to tge authorities soon!

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Posted in: If you were given a choice to live and work in Japan or China, which would you choose? See in context

Hahahaha! .....Oh, you're serious? JAPAN!, hands down!

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Posted in: 93-year-old Chiba man on trial for killing wife at her request See in context

That is the problem with this society, people are to afraid or "proud" to ask for help, even from their own family members because they don't want to be a "burden".

Killing our "loved ones", whether requested or not, is no way to run a civilization!

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Posted in: Controversial autobiography of 1997 Kobe child killer released See in context

This book will do nothing but inspire more insane wackos to commit the same or even more heinous crimes. Just wait...we will soon hear of a copycat killer in the news who specifically references this book. The publisher is a complete DISGRACE for spreading this sickness!

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Posted in: Film starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe booed at Cannes See in context

"Variety called the film “a risibly long-winded drama.” The Hollywood Reporter slammed it as “woefully sentimental and maudlin.”

Sounds like just about every Japanese drama I've seen....

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Posted in: 9 tips for surviving Japan’s crowded trains See in context

They should call it "crush hour"...!

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Posted in: Police say burned clothing may belong to murdered Kawasaki boy See in context

He was seen with three other older kids. Not two. Don't let a single one of those monsters get away!

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Posted in: Book containing Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad goes on sale See in context

Funny how depicting the face of Mohammed is "offensive" idolatry, but taking his name in vain and acting as if they ARE Mohammed by killing people is somehow okay with them. I would say Muslims are the biggest idolators (and therefore blasphemers) on the face of the earth because they presume to act on his behalf.

Fine. No pictures of Mohammed...But I don't hear anything against creating depictions of Allah, so I guess those are fair game, huh? Yes!

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Posted in: Parents of girl missing since last March appeal to public for help See in context

This same as exact scenario happened about 4 months ago! Letter in the mailbox saying not to look for her..she's at her "friend's" house....weird.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist says guide in India raped her See in context

If you want a tour guide, USE THE CONCIERGE AT YOUR HOTEL!!! This should be common sense!

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Posted in: Man who tried to rob convenience store only had 100 yen at home See in context

Great post, Hawkeye!! 100% agree!

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Posted in: S Korea extends travel ban on Japanese journalist on trial for defaming Park See in context

The actual title of the article doesn't mention any name other than Park's! So where do you get "married staffer" from?

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Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook See in context

Wow! Sleazy move Japan! No, we will NOT revise our history books just to save your "face"!

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Posted in: 12 dead in shooting at satirical newspaper in Paris See in context

Once again, Islamist exremists demonstrate their complete inability to coexist with the rest of the world, and once again we hear only crickets from the so-called "moderates."

Evil festers, while Islamic apologists sit idly by...

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Posted in: Sayaka Kanda, Idina Menzel to sing 'Let It Go' on 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' See in context

Oh God! Please make it STOPPPPP!!!!

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Posted in: 53-year-old man arrested for killing 82-year-old mother See in context

Acts of desperation like this are going to become more and more common as the population here ages...I don't doubt that the man was "exhausted" from taking care of his bed-ridden mother, but this?! I wouldn't be surprised if someone suggested an 'elderly hatch' for situations like this...

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Posted in: Corks pop around the world as Beaujolais Nouveau arrives See in context

Ugh! SO overrated!

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Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market See in context

When in Rome...Enough said.

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Posted in: Megumi Yokota died of drug overdose in N Korea: S Korean paper See in context

Sad, if true. "dumped in a pit to be buried without a coffin..." That sounds about par for NK...

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Posted in: Halloween in Shibuya See in context

ANd in other news: "Halloween revelers turn Shibuya into garbage dump" http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/halloween-revelers-turn-shibuya-into-garbage-dump

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