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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

You wonder if he really looks so crooked normally, or the media found a picture where he looks that way. Anyone if they are caught in a certain moment has a pose where they can look any of a dozen different ways. I'm a bit skeptical.

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Posted in: Student uses invisible ink to ace ninja report See in context

Such a great story. Wish we had a photo of it.

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Posted in: Parade rehearsal held for emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Interesting, I noticed the motorcycle cops that are in side-cars. I guess if there were an incident, the driver would have to deal with the bike, while the rider could react a bit quicker, and go on foot easier.

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Posted in: Death toll from arson attack on Kyoto Animation studio rises to 36 See in context

So sad, indeed. I am sorry that the people who survived but died recently probably had to suffer a lot until the end, too.

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Posted in: Pager services to end Tuesday in Japan after 50 years See in context

I'm surprised that it has continued until now. Still, it is nostalgic. I remember pagers fondly.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

But many Japanese don't follow cell phone etiquette either. I am surprised at this.

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Posted in: 28-year-old man dies while sunbathing in his home garden See in context

I get really bad muscle twitching all over my body in summer in Japan. My doctor said that I lose too much potassium and calcium in my sweat, which are used in sending signals for your muscles to expand and contract. He told me to drink Pocari Sweat. He sounded like a Pocari Sweat commercial. I was already drinking tons of water per day. He told me that just the water was not giving me back these important minerals. Honestly, I didn't think it was going to work, but on the way home, I bought some and gave it a try. By golly, it only took a couple of days and now it has now completely stopped. Yeah, there's a bunch of sugar in there, too, but there is also a lot of hydration. I drink my water, too.

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Posted in: Heat wave claims more lives in Japan See in context

Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

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Posted in: Ghosn sues Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors for breach of contract See in context

Go, Go Gohn! (...sorry!....)

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Posted in: Japan may take S Korea wartime labor dispute to International Court of Justice: NHK See in context

I personally think that regardless of the outcome, 3rd party arbitration is the best. Some people have said that Japan might lose anyway. But, the fact that they can have a so-called "final" decision is what is necessary. Of course, we thought that "final" decision happened in 1965. But, if the Koreans can't accept that, let's finally make it final! Japan has already apologized SEVERAL times. You can do we search about Japanese apologies. But, the war is over, let's make FINAL restitution, put it to rest, and get on with normal, peaceful relations.

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

They already seem so strict. Opening a bank account at even a regional bank means you have to explain why you need it and they decide whether you can simply open an account or not. Transferring money means you have to explain "in detail" what the money will be used for. I have finished the transaction, and then been called on the phone to explain it clearly again--even for amounts of less than $1,000. Lately, where I just wanted to send $500 US, it was much, much easier to just buy US cash (no questions asked to buy cash), send it by EMS, and insure the envelope for $600 equivalent, and you only pay an extra $1 for that insurance.

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Posted in: Navy reviewing crew wearing Trump patches aboard ship in Tokyo See in context

Zichi writes: Its also not normal to salute if not in military uniform.

Not sure what you mean by "not normal," but the UCMJ says that while it is "not required" to salute when not in military uniform, it is "not inappropriate." If you are talking about the US President saluting, that is also his prerogative and not inappropriate at all. When I was on active duty and met my commander, even when we were both in civilian clothes, I would DEFINITELY salute him. In fact, if I didn't salute when I was not in uniform, it would be that I didn't know that they were a superior officer, or it was in a kind of inappropriate situation. I would still not salute indoors, if I met someone in front of a restaurant with civilian guests, etc..

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Posted in: Japanese firms resist hiring foreign workers under new immigration law: poll See in context

One of my friends who is a bento maker here on Shikoku Island said to me the other day: "If there were no foreign workers, there'd be no bentos."

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context


If they were sincere, then why has Akihito, the de facto head of state of Japan, never apologized sincerely? Why did Abe retreat those apologies later?

People sometimes compare those showing that kind of tricky and coward attitude to 'brazen thief'.

So, let me get this want an apology from every succeeding prime minister?? When is this going to end? Sounds to me like it will never end. That's a child's game. None of the politicians or emperors alive today had anything to do with it. The Japanese government has apologized more than enough. It's way past the time to get over it. Sorry.

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

January 1, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships".

This is the first one that caught my eye from 1992. Sounds pretty sincere to me.

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