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Posted in: Taxi driver arrested for running over pigeon See in context

Slow news day. But also, not coo, dude.

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Posted in: 'I’m the most famous thug in Saitama!' Japanese kids’ social media beef leads to beating, arrests See in context

“After the chaos of World War II, Japanese society swung back to the country’s stereotypical uniformity. Except for the yankii, who openly rejected the rigidity of societal norms. It was a youth subculture based on rebellion and embracing of class distinctions. And it’s still around today.”


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Posted in: 'I’m the most famous thug in Saitama!' Japanese kids’ social media beef leads to beating, arrests See in context

The origin of the term, Yankee, is even ambiguous in English.

“A Yankee is an American, or more specifically an American from one of the northern states, or even more specifically, a New Englander. The origin of Yankee is uncertain, but the most plausible explanation is that it is a variation on Janke, a diminutive of the Dutch Jan (John). Presumably, the name was reasonably common among Dutch settlers in the Hudson River valley, and from there became attached to anyone from that part of North America. The evidence for this hypothesis is fascinating in its own right, but it is a bit thin, hence the label of plausible. What is clear, is that the epithet Yankee was in common use by the 1760s.”

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Posted in: Universal Studios Japan issues reminder about showing too much skin inside the park See in context

So how are these girls any worse than what’s already been out there for ages in public on TV, poster ads, newspapers, beaches……..

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Posted in: Lawmakers will try to oust British PM Truss this week, Daily Mail reports See in context

That big red, “X”, positioned there, from the folded flag, is interesting.

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Posted in: Halloween season kicks off See in context

The good thing about the recent Halloween boom is it delays the ridiculously early start of Christmas that used to be here.

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Posted in: Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan erupts for 2nd day in row See in context

I flew over it once a number of years ago when it was erupting. The plume went straight up till it met the jet stream or whatever where it took an abrupt 90* turn sideways. Quite a sight.

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Posted in: Charges dropped against elderly man for nailing Putin voodoo doll to sacred shrine tree See in context

Putin got the short straw with the spike in bark about his sappy antics.

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Posted in: People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos See in context

But are we allowed to tattoo a smile?

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Posted in: Aichi woman arrested for mixing human excrement into school lunch See in context

Good thing it wasn’t in the natto.

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Posted in: Thailand rushes to rein in cannabis use a week after decriminalization See in context

Amazing! The world’s first cannabis death occurs moments after decriminalization.

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Posted in: Japan embraces CBD despite drug taboo See in context

California collected about $817 million in adult-use marijuana tax revenue during the last fiscal year. How long till ¥¥¥ signs trump current repressive policies?

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context


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Posted in: Gov't may relax number limits for large events, provided people don’t shout See in context

Beer burps?

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Posted in: Aoi (蒼) and Himari (陽葵) most popular baby names of 2020: survey See in context

Aoi, sounds painful

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Posted in: Abe says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at 2016 Olympics See in context

Now, if he’d popped up on stage as Mario at a Metallica concert, that would have been epic.

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Posted in: Biden, Harris lash out at Trump at debut of historic VP choice See in context

Anyone else notice that the word, “black”, is capitalized throughout this article, but, “white”, isn’t?

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