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Posted in: JR East abolishes skirts, ribbons in women’s uniforms to eliminate gender difference See in context

What is with the North Korean style of inflated military brimmed hat? Looks silly. Rest of the uniforms are alright, although I rather wish women had the option to wear skirts. Some days, I prefer a skirt over pants...

and everyone should have the option to wear a tie or not. Ties beat those demeaning fluffy bows that airline gals and department store greeters have to suffer.

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Posted in: Weather agency issues rare downpour warning to Tokyo, 6 other areas See in context

Any idea what that Saturday evening howling wind was all about in Tokyo? Sounded like either the eye of the typhoon passing over or a tornado. Not much rain falling at that time. Spooky!

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Posted in: Ceremony marks 1 year since opening of Tokyo's new fish market See in context

While the tuna/auction early morning action may benefit at Toyosu, the rest is pretty much a wash. It is a sterile, neat, clean, boring, designed-by-bureaucrats site that has sucked the life out of what existed in Tsukiji. Bring the shops and restaurants back to Tsukiji and perhaps leave the tuna etc. auction in their better environment. OR really address the issue and make something that will work for all...back in TSUKIJI, where it all belongs. So say I.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

This is what happens when the approaching typhoon keeps posters out of the bars and forces them to go stock up on food and such for the weekend...and use their free time bashing away here. Some good ideas and links, though!

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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

What about the other 18? Are these two just going to steal the spotlight so the others can slink away?

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Posted in: Scotland breezes past Russia 61-0 to set up Japan showdown See in context

What about that approaching taifun/taiphoon? Not sure what happens if the Saturday game is rained out. Wish Yokohama stadium had a full roof!

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Posted in: We shouldn’t treat plastic as an enemy, nor ostracize those who use it. What’s needed is appropriate management of trash and to search for solutions through innovation. See in context

Plastic is made from oil, so the oil companies have pushed plastic on us everywhere....back to reusable, returnable glass bottles, bring back municipal water fountains (remember those?), and get off oil before the planet hits the high mark on irreversible climate chaos feedback loops.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

Noweigian....Are you saying samurai culture involved taking massive bribes? And if given bribes, trying to return them???

What ARE you saying?

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Posted in: Tom Cruise meets Ukrainian president in Kiev See in context

T. Cruise is aging rather nicely. Why all the snark?

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Posted in: Visually impaired woman hit, killed by train after falling off platform See in context

OsakaDoug, Very nice article, but I was surprised there was no nihongo...which is what I was expecting.

Does anyone know of a bilingual guide? Please post the url here.

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Posted in: After the Oct 1 rise in the consumption tax from 8% to 10%, do you think the one-yen and five-yen coins will gradually disappear from circulation? See in context

The government should tighten its own oyaji belt first before asking the taxpayers to do the same. However, Abe Shinzo needs his planes and boats for defense instead of diplomacy. Raising income tax levels means the government is failing...no news there, sadly.

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Posted in: Have you been buying more items than usual ahead of the consumption tax hike which takes effect on Oct 1? See in context

Last year I bought a fabulous refrigerator and some Hida furniture. All very expensive and in part because of the increase in tax looming. Otherwise, no.

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Posted in: Face masks to decoy T-shirts: The rise of anti-surveillance fashion See in context

The next evolutionary step of those gadawful white paper masks...at least this has a purpose other than "I did not have time to apply my "precious" makeup."

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Posted in: Catch of the day See in context

Isn't the saury catch decreasing due to overfishing by China and Korea in international waters?

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Posted in: Japan says China bigger threat than nuclear-armed N Korea See in context

Only Billions of Chinese to select from for the photo ops.

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Posted in: Japan says China bigger threat than nuclear-armed N Korea See in context

What an odd photo. Did all these men come from the same glam-salon? Did they all go to the same state approved tanning salon? They are gorgeous men. Perhaps this is what Chinese male models do for a living.

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Posted in: Former French President Chirac dies at 86 See in context

Our Landau (Babylon Five reference).

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Posted in: NASA chief says security needed to explore space safely See in context

Brad Pitt's recent movie on space had a frightening depiction of what an unsafe Moon would be like.

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

Wow. Lot of disdain here for Koizumi. So, is ABE doing such an effective job? I am with Koizumi. We need actually living feeling humans in politics, not dried up old sexless men. "TIJ" is not acceptable when faced with what Japan is confronting.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Current system works for 99.99%. Stand or walk up is the choice. People walk on escalators for exercise or they want to be somewhere else. There is NO problem. Leave the walkers and standers a l o n e.

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Posted in: Next-generation ATM with face recognition and QR code reader to be installed at Seven Bank See in context

My face has nothing to do with my bank card at the 7-11 machines. Leave my face out of it.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki donates ¥10 mil after Chiba hometown hit by typhoon See in context

Beautiful photo and beautiful gesture.

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Posted in: Do you see any alternative to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) dumping radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it? See in context

Post Olympics, maybe, just maybe, there will be time and (our tax payer's) money to deal with this problem effectively and with international input. (Not holding breath). I predict a midnight dump-o-rama and a major "shoganai".

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Posted in: Elderly people account for record 28.4% of Japanese population See in context

When are they going to do away with the ridiculously stringent mandatory retirement age rules? Older people (not everyone over 65 should be automatically classified as "elderly") who can and wnat to should still work and contribute their taxes. Do me a favor and start with universities.

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Posted in: American man married to same-sex Japanese partner sues gov't for long-term visa See in context

Was wondering the same, Zichi-san.

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Posted in: Disputing Koizumi, new industry minister calls no-nuclear power policy 'unrealistic' See in context

Excellent discussions. Go for it, Koizumi. Rock that boat.

Zichi-san, my Kanto/Tokyo TEPCO bill is around ¥35/kWh. If it was twice that but all NPP were dismantled, and we were going seriously green, I would not complain. If most of the increase is to pay for Fukushima, it should become a huge public issue.

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Posted in: Why do you think drinks containing tapioca have become the latest rage in Japan, especially among young women? See in context

Tried it for the first time recently. Did not like it at all. Still, I can see the attraction. Too sugary and hard to use that straw. Oh, and Reckless, that is quite the sexist innuendo you slipped in there. Moderators, where art thou?

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Posted in: Anime studio boss at loss for words as he mourns bright, young staff See in context

The guilty party is whoever designed that building without adequate fire escapes. Shonanbb lists measures right from the start including rope ladders. The students could not open the hatch to the roof and that was their only hope of surviving. Everything tragic comes from this lack of escape. Can this tragedy serve as a wake-up call to everyone working in smaller buildings?

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Posted in: The ABCs of LGBT+ in Japan See in context

How many more letters are needed to describe the complete spectrum of being?

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Posted in: Reports say suspect in deadly Kyoto arson attack had grudge See in context

Sadly, Do the, I think so as well. Just because as a smaller building sprinklers were not required completely misses having no exits/floor. Luckily, a few found a bathroom window on an unreported floor level. The rest...out of luck and out of time.

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