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Posted in: Phil Collins 'In the Air Tonight' back in charts after twins' viral video See in context

Was it not Miami Vice that put this song on the map?

Must confess that all my shoes were white at the time.

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Posted in: Domino’s Japan’s globetrotting pizza has 10 cheeses in one See in context

The cheeses of five countries, sourced from ten.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine; 4 ministers visit See in context

Let's not talk about the past, let's look at the future.

Says the person visiting Yasukuni.

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

When I think Mamachari I think of an electric bike.

Mamachari starts as a bog standard, no gears, basket on front, rack on back bike.

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Posted in: Japan must avoid rise in property tax for commercial land: LDP exec See in context

“It’s a tax that is linked to Japan’s social welfare system,” Amari said of the consumption tax. “It shouldn’t be used as a policy tool (to spur growth),” he was quoted as saying, adding that distributing payouts to households and companies was an easier way to ease the pain from COVID-19.

Mr. Amari seems not to realise that consumption tax hits the worst off worst.

Giving ¥100,000 to every member of every household was profligate, as much of that lies idle in the risk-averse Watanabes' bank accounts.

Slashing consumption tax for a limited period will get cash out of those bank accounts, and spreading the love to everyone.

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Posted in: Bayern stuns Barcelona 8-2 to reach Champions League semis See in context

8-2? More like a rugby score!

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Posted in: I never imagined that I would receive something like this in the city I was born and raised in. See in context

People must be terribly cold hearted

Uchi/Soto paradox: Total Empathy Deficiency Disorder

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

Epic.

I hope some shark doesn't buy the film rights for the price of that bike.

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Posted in: Man in his 20s is Australia's youngest virus death See in context

but... the hysteria has to end

Including knockers-in-a-twist reactions to medical advice?

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Posted in: Virus spurs Japan to develop contactless garbage collection system See in context

Wheely bins in Japan? It would work OK for me, as I'm not in a flat.

But those things can really stink in countries much more temperate than Japan. Can you imagine how many old people will have accidents cleaning them? And the passive aggression - or more - against those whose bins are a bit... aromatic?

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Posted in: Hokkaido resort offering vibrant bounty of gelato lookalikes…made of potato See in context

I thought for a two seconds this might excite my Irish palette.

Meh

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Posted in: Kamala Harris may prove an elusive target for Trump See in context

"She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing the way she treated now-Justice Kavanaugh, and I won’t forget that soon," Trump said.

Says the gentlemen who regurgitated the birther venom yesterday:

"But that's a very serious... you're saying that, they're saying that she doesn't qualify because she wasn't born in this country."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53774289

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Posted in: Gov't appeals court order to recognize 'black rain' victims See in context

Infinite swill for the troughs, though.

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Posted in: Pandemic could take shine off moving to Tokyo for work See in context

Skyscrapers are the heart of cities all over the world. If they are empty, think of the thousands of restaurants, coffee shops and lunch wagons that service these office buildings. Think of all the maintenance employees who service them. All the supply companies that provide everything from water to stationery.

It's like we're in a snow globe that's had a good shake. Everything will settle again, though differently.

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Posted in: 3 arrested for tossing woman’s body from bridge into Gunma river See in context

had Kiyonori’s driver’s license in their possession

Not the sharpest tools in the box.

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Posted in: Pandemic could take shine off moving to Tokyo for work See in context

What I'm seeing is that the brightest and best simply prefer to work from home.

If companies want to attract these people, good luck insisting that they come to an orifice.

The commute is dead.

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Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep cool in summer? See in context

Do what the old-timers do: sit outside in the shade, and just 'be.'

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Posted in: Suga says it is important to maintain G7 framework See in context

Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Tuesday it was extremely important to maintain the framework of Group of Seven (G7) meetings.

and

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga also said it is up to the United States, this year's chair country, to decide what form the forthcoming summit meeting will take.

@rse, meet elbow.

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Posted in: Women say they will fight sexism, 'ugly' attacks on Harris See in context

Trump, then a reality TV star

He's still a reality TV star.

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Posted in: Japanese show support for Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow See in context

if these people did in America or any European country 1/100th of what they are allowed to do in China, they'd be in Guantanamo bay right now

As a European, I'm intrigued by your claim, which really exposes the dangers of indoctrinating children to salute a flag on a daily basis and believe the world revolves around your country.

Behind the Great Firewall of China, you probably don't realise that hundreds of thousands of Uighurs - those fellow citizens shown smiling on your banknotes - are incarcerated for 'reeducation,' or that your comrades are commonly disappeared for exercising their 'right' to petition the government. You've probably never even heard of 六四事件 - the massacre of hundreds of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

It's not your fault, and there's a big, beautiful world out there. Your friends in Hong Kong know that world, and so might you. Some day.

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Posted in: Trump considers Gettysburg backdrop for presidential nomination speech See in context

Gettysburg:

return to sender, address unknown

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Posted in: Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for coronavirus See in context

Banderas' early stuff with Almodóvar was fantastic. Antonio doesn't take himself seriously, and his cameos in Sponge Bob are a riot. I look forward to Pain & Glory.

¡Mejorate pronto, Antonio!

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Posted in: State eyes appealing ruling expanding scope of A-bomb health care aid See in context

Flying here in 1987, I was surprised to see a magazine article: "Japan: No Yen for Altruism."

Unless it provides some opportunity for corporate welfare, it's absolutely true.

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Posted in: How to turn Cup Noodle instant ramen into delicious Osaka-style dumplings See in context

naturally Cup Noodles

Vivid imagination.

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Posted in: Road test: Chinese 'robotaxis' take riders for a spin See in context

Johnny Cab, with a living, breathing Johnny.

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Posted in: Man shot by police after threatening them with knife See in context

Why didn't they have a social worker with them?

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Posted in: Japanese social media reacts to Billie Eilish’s new animated, Ghibli-esque music video See in context

Youre kidding.

I do like me a good polka.

Duh!

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Posted in: Model told by police to 'talk it out' with stalker who came to her door See in context

Minimum viable policing: "You're not welcome. Kindly leave."

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