Mike DeJong comments

Posted in: Train etiquette: Top 10 inconsiderate behaviors that tick Japanese train commuters off the most See in context

My pet peeve is the constant blaring of station announcements and warnings. Is the shrieking of instructions really necessary? Are commuters that stupid? My eardrum gets blown out every time I go through stations like Omotesando in the morning... SHUT UP!!!

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

Yup. But you can come back to Japan, get pissed out of your mind, and puke all over other passengers on the train. That's perfectly acceptable. Or you can light up a cancer stick (cigarette) in most restaurants and blow toxic fumes at other diners. Even children. No worries. Carry on, Japan. You exist in your own little world where logic and reason are absent.

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Posted in: Russians win men's ice hockey gold; sing banned anthem See in context

Of course. Anyone who watches hockey is instantly enthralled. It's one of the most exciting sports in the world.

Too bad the Olympic tournament was a travesty. Germany in the final? Come on.

If we'd had the top pros from the NHL, it would have been even greater.

So, you don't have to wait four years for more action.

If you want to watch really exciting hockey, check out the NHL. It's faster, tougher and more intense...

You can subscribe to games at NHL.com or stream them online.

I totally recommend it. Next to baseball, hockey is the best sport in the world.

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Posted in: Otani rules out Yankees, Red Sox; prefers West Coast See in context

@crazyjoe

The teams is called the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Nippon Ham is the company that owns the team. In Japan, teams use stupid corporate names. Would you want major league teams with names like the Oakland Apple A's, LA Google Dodgers or NY General Motors Yankees? I don't think so...

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Posted in: Bon voyage See in context

if it’s just me hug, and a quick snog.

A snog? That sounds rude. lol!

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Posted in: Japan's population projected to shrink 30% by 2065 See in context

The population used to be this small. 30% fall in population is a great chance to improve peoples quality of life - more space, less congestion, less work more family time etc etc.>

Seriously doubt that. When nearly half of the population is retired, the other half will half to work double just to afford the taxes for those sitting at home. And what about the monumental health care costs for all those elderly people? Japan is facing a massive problem...

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Posted in: Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Democrats See in context

I thought Twitler was a deal-maker? A closer? More like a closer without the "c"...

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Posted in: Japan says no barriers to auto imports after U.S. fires trade salvo See in context

Japan has used its skill and proffit to benifit the world while the US has developed an arms industry and bombed the "unko" out of any lesser nation with oil.

Really? Didn't realize personal computers, smartphones, the Internet, TV, radio, jet planes, etc. were invented in Japan. How has Japan's skill benefited the world, exactly?

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Posted in: TV 'talent' Yuko Ogura announces divorce and expresses gratitude to ex-husband See in context

So the father will likely get to see his kids twice a year...

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing girlfriend in love hotel See in context

What is the significance of him being a "company employee." I have no idea why you include these references.

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Posted in: Abe pays respects at Hawaii memorials before Pearl Harbor visit See in context

What can be remembered and taught, then, is only one fact There was a terrible War between 2 countries. No more no less Uh, wrong. Japan's aggression was directed at many countries prior to and during WWII, not just the US. See: China, the Philippines, Burma, Korea, Australia, etc.

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Posted in: Fight night See in context

Would you have posted this story if Hirota had lost?

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Posted in: Singer Aska arrested again for using stimulants See in context

Oh, who cares. Grow up, Japan. You're such an immature country... in so many ways. Keep enjoying your little mascots and AKB teens...

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Posted in: Separate bedrooms best for a good night's sleep, expert advises See in context

How about same bedrooms to increase the birthrate? Oh, I forgot. It's Japan. Nevermind.

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Posted in: Japan rallies to beat Team Europe 4-3 in baseball exhibition See in context

Not true. The Dutch Baseball Federation has 23,000 members. Similar numbers in Italy and Germany.

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Posted in: Tokyo named safest city in world; Osaka No. 3 See in context

Ah yes, but in the same report, Toronto was named best city in which to live. Montreal was second. http://safecities.economist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/EIU_Safe_Cities_Index_2015_white_paper-1.pdf

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Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success See in context

We need Tim Horton's coffee in Japan. It's great and half the price of Starbucks.

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Posted in: Tokyo to consider public smoking restrictions in preparation for 2020 Olympics See in context

Apparently, being a smoke free city is a requirement for hosting the Olympics. So Tokyo isn't really doing this on its own or to save lives. Also, as pointed out above, the government owns 50% of JT, the world's third largest tobacco company. Isn't it odd that a country would profit from something known to cause cancer?

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Posted in: High school student Anraku 1st in Japan baseball draft See in context

Actually, Anraku has already had elbow problems. He was severely overworked in the spring 2013 Koshien tournament, throwing 381 pitches in three days. His high 90's fastball was in the low 80's for the final and he got hammered 17-1. I'd say he's a risky pick for the Eagles.

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Posted in: Redback spiders found in Tokyo for first time See in context

As long as we don't get any Sydney funnel webs here, we'll be okay.

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Posted in: Step in See in context

Hey Hidingout. Don't know where you've been but in Canada, calling someone a "foreigner" is insulting.

Also, what if a person is born here, of non-Japanese parents. Are they still a "foreigner" because they are a "visibly identifiable minority"?

The issue is not about being thin-skinned; it's about stamping out ignorance and intolerance.

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Posted in: The most crowded train and subway lines in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya are ... See in context

I think it's probably illegal to be over capacity. But I've never seen anyone investigate. One solution: why not pull out most of the seats. That would create more room on either side of the car. Just leave a few seats for elderly or disabled folks. Everyone else could stand up.

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Posted in: High school baseball championship sets record for longest game: 50 innings and four days See in context

Throwing a baseball is an inherently destructive act. Doing it repeatedly, to the point where one kid needed therapy between games, is abuse. That's why they have pitch counts everywhere else... except Japan.

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Posted in: High school baseball championship sets record for longest game: 50 innings and four days See in context

Probie, they don't have points in baseball. They score runs. And actually, scoreless games are very exciting. Imagine a game where one mistake could be the end. A nail biter. But I agree with the comments about child abuse. I guess in Japan, they feel that kids' arms are indestructible.

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Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball See in context

While I dislike the militaristic elements of Koshien and the obvious abuse of young arms, as a whole the tournament is interesting and often engaging. It's reality television at its best; no script or predictable ending. Also, it's no more exploitive of youngsters than American NCAA football or basketball. At least these kids are actually going to class...

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Posted in: Lowest number of elementary and junior high school students ever as birthrate continue to decline See in context

@Disillusioned. Actually, allowing more women into the workforce could (in theory) produce more babies, if women are given the chance to share more of the workload (and work time) with men. This (in theory) would allow both more time for a balanced life and, thereby, more time for making babies (in theory). Of course, in Japan, both men and women would probably be subjected to overwork, thereby destroying this theory.

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Posted in: Australia’s climate tragedy See in context

Climate change deniers are almost as bad as history deniers (Creationists).

About 97% of the world's scientists agree that climate change is happening. They base their opinions on scholarly research showing rising sea levels, melting arctic ice, increasing global surface temperatures, rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, etc. You know, actual research.

(See here what NASA scientists think. http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators/)

I'll go with real science over anecdotal evidence of flying over the frozen Great Lakes.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympics to provide cozy jobs for over 1,000 ex-bureaucrats See in context

Incredible. Great article, guys.

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Posted in: Woe to any Japanese who disregards the World Cup See in context

Woe to those who aren't part of group-think in this country.

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Posted in: Japan fans curse 2 nightmarish minutes and Drogba See in context

Japan is lame in soccer. What a great result.

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