Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Could life insurance go up in smoke for some vapers? See in context

One can only hope. How many would quit or never start if they knew this wretched addiction would deprive them of medical coverage? Plenty, I think. Has anyone ever proposed that the only ultimate answer to the plague of ciggies/etc. is to ban all nicotine products completely? Just imagine...no vending machines for packs of cancer, no more butts everyone degrading the streets, no more stinking smokers in offices and no more smoking inside anywhere. Sounds like heaven itself, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Japan had over 8,000 deaths related to drug-resistant bacteria in 2017 See in context

How much do all those stupid, useless white paper doilies over the face contribute to illness? Think about it! People breathe in and out into that little face paper and it collects all their bacteria and viruses for endless re-inhalation. Please stop using them. Bring a little hankie that people have used for centuries. Your ancestors did not collapse because they were not stringing a paper rectangle across their face. Show your face in public before crowds in Tokyo take on the look of the zombie apocalypse.

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Posted in: Yokohama recognizes partnerships for LGBT couples See in context

Once the kinks are worked out of the system, this may become the standard throughout Japan. Certainly a good step forward.

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Posted in: Trump conveys condolences over death of Nakasone See in context

Trump has never heard of Nakasone, I guarantee it. Some flunky wrote this.

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Posted in: Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents See in context

Once saw a guy reading his manga with his arms propped across the handlebars...while crossing a busy intersection in Tokyo on Yasukuni-dori!

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

Wasn't he also responsible for taking the limits off of how many floors a building could be? This has led to the canyon-ization of Tokyo. I seem to recall that he was also responsible for removing zoning laws. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing. I rather like the chaotic mixture of Tokyo. At any rate, at 101, RIP.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

Or take your date to any of the nonsmoking small, non-corporate venues readily available in Japan/Tokyo, such as ramen, udon, sushi, etc. places. A little awareness of a neighborhood, some online searching, and safe-for-the-body, good food and charming venues can be found. See if your date is situationally aware of better than corporate offerings and you may have found a keeper. Just my thoughts.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

Yeah, sure. What could possible go wrong?

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Posted in: Sniff... sniff... does Japan have a problem with odors? See in context

Yes, Japan does. From smokers. What a stench on their clothes and from their very pores. As for "kareishuu", that's a no-brainer as well.

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Posted in: American-Japanese model Kiko designs 'morning cleavage' bra for lingerie brand Wacoal See in context

A bit too buck-toothed for me.

Scrawny, too. Nice hair, I guess. In short, I'm with "inkochi".

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Posted in: Would you recommend that people get a flu shot before the onset of winter? See in context

No. I am one of those lucky so-and-so's who do not get the flu. On the other hand, am working my through a mild winter cold even as we speak.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

That gal is seriously, dangerously overweight. Why is she being clothed like someone to admire? Sorry. Not supporting superfatness.

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

Uh, sorry. No and never.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

I blame Japan Agriculture (JA) for never explicitly stating where in Fukushima produce is from. I mean, what town, so I can look it up on Google Maps and decide. I have done this at several "Fukushima Fairs" and decided not to buy as the location was just a bit too near the Daipatsu/nukes melting down in progress sites. I feel sorry that I bypass other overly generally labeled "Fukushima" produce that is safe, but how can I be absolutely sure?

There is the entire rest of Japan to get my fish, fruit, and veggies from, so Fukushima will lose every time because I cannot trust the JA and it's non-labeling. Heck with that!

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Posted in: Roppongi Hills Christmas See in context

I give up. Going to hang up my X'masu lighto's this weekend.

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Posted in: Conservatives submit ex-imperial member restoration proposal to Abe See in context

Many serious issues here, but I just have to say that those "gowns" have got to go! Shapeless, unattractive, and yes, echoes of the Handmaid's Tale. Japan has the beautiful and elegant kimono tradition. Why are the women not dressed in those? The kimono does not demean a woman and is an admired and authentic garb. Those dresses just look....cheesy.

OK, back to the really serious issues such as the line of succession. Oh, what if the next Empress of Japan wore glasses and rational shoes? The geezers would die of shock, right?

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Posted in: Abe admits involvement in guest selection for cherry blossom viewing party See in context

"deeply reflect". Ah, right...

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Posted in: Japan's health sector continues to lure Filipinos workers 10 years on See in context

Am I right in wondering why any Filipinos would be interested in immigrating here as care givers for fonly ive years?

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Posted in: Emperor completes secretive key succession ritual See in context

This:

Some experts believe the emperor uses it to sleep with the sun goddess to gain divinity. Others say it’s for the goddess to rest and that it’s not even touched by the emperor.

“The so-called bed, as we understand it, is a sacred seat for the imperial ancestor to rest,” then-Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu said before the Daijosai in 1990 was performed by former Emperor Akihito, the current emperor’s father.

Officials have denied that the emperor uses the bed to gain divinity."

In my studies, the idea was that the new Emperor actually had sex with Amaterasu and that confirmed his new divinity. No doubt, a lovely lass was the stand-in. In my understanding of Shinto, that it is a system that recognizes the energy of the universe, and this makes sense as a transfer of energy from the kami watching over Japan and the new Emperor, who also will join the safeguarding of the beneficial, rice-growing energy of Japan.

No doubt a bit too much for the day-to-day Japanese public. That is why all the coyness of the press.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yamanote line partially shutting down Saturday for station construction See in context

So much for democracy. Should have just asked whoever the JR East president is for the name of his favorite muppet.

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Posted in: Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites See in context

Let the Kunaicho pay for it. Emotionally, this ceremony has importance.

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Posted in: Police start questioning arson-murder suspect in Kyoto studio attack See in context

I think the death penalty for Aoba is not enough, as well as unimaginative. Make him go before endless meetings and conventions of anime fans to explain his wretched self until he dies.

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Posted in: Prayers in Ginza See in context

Suspicious of what, exactly, NN?

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Posted in: Winter arrivals See in context

How beautiful and amazing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting passerby who warned him about smoking outside station See in context

Get the assailant into a smoking cessation program asap. His addiction is the problem, plus a rotten social attitude.

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