Patricia Yarrow comments

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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Posted in: Kuroda says will BOJ mull data until last minute in deciding July policy See in context

What is meant by this annoying catch-word "mull"? Sounds like they will slowly stir the miso-shiru instead of making an informed decision.

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

Ten people died on the top floor, which implies they were trying to escape to the roof and could not get out of the building and up on the roof. Horrifying.

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Posted in: Tokyo sees record 18th straight day with little sunshine See in context

I'm from Oregon, so loving these cloudy days. Sorry to rain on ya'lls complaint parade... :-)

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Posted in: Supermarket opens in Namie town for first time since Fukushima nuclear disaster See in context

Not seeing why anyone at all would want to live the radioactive (in spots!) Namie.

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Posted in: Tokyo sees record 18th straight day with little sunshine See in context

Loving it! My TEPCO bill was the lowest ever!

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. envoy to Japan Hagerty to run for Senate See in context

Quite the classic "deer in headlights" look on Hagerty. Next, look at who just was posted to head the EPA.

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Posted in: How much is the average rent in Tokyo in 2019? See in context

Average rent in Tokyo is whatever I happen to be paying. What a useless study, as posters above have extrapolated.

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Posted in: We hope the skyscraper will become a new landmark of Shibuya, and bring more energy to the district by attracting customers. See in context

The new buildings are astonishing and amazing. Blade Runner atmosphere intensified. Love it.

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Posted in: Do you think machines will ever be as good as humans at translating from one language into another? See in context

Oh, for sure. Just about the time climate changes exterminates all language speakers...

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Posted in: All routes to Mt Fuji summit open for climbing season See in context

"grafting" = ?

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing mother after dinner menu argument See in context

Mental issues appear likely. No help available.

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Posted in: High court nixes call to halt nuclear reactors in southwestern Japan See in context

Residents, try again and get better lawyers! You are in the right. Nuclear power anywhere, but especially Japan for the long list of dangers, including bureaucratic inertia, is playing with nuclear fire. We know how well this went for Chernobyl and Fukushima.

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Posted in: Daily grind See in context

Y'know, Tokyo-m, I completely agree with you on this.

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Posted in: In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than hunting them See in context

Why isn't the perspective of the financial advantage of whale WATCHING over whale (and dolphin) MURDERING on all the news channels? Why? I will tell you why. PM Shinzo Abe is from the part of Japan that benefits from slaughtering whales, the noble mammals of ocean depths. Shame shame shame on him eternal.

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Posted in: Weightlifting better at reducing heart fat than aerobic exercise See in context

Strangerland, Thank you for sharing your weight training experiences and thoughts. I also enjoy hoisting the iron and keeping in shape. Japan is full of fabulous food to go with it. So easy to have a great life here. Love having shapely shoulders and legs etc. and hiking up those trains stairs: no problemo! Other comments have also very enjoyable observations.

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Posted in: Enjoy a refreshing bottle of just-kidding 'soy sauce' from Japanese vending machines See in context

How many chemicals in this chemical soup? Sticking with the water.

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Posted in: Seto Inland Sea salt and lemon KitKats help areas hit by heavy rain and flooding See in context

Sounds like a winning combination and I do not mind helping out the folks in distress. Sure, more yen to Kit Kat, but let's support their proactive attitude.

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Posted in: 78-year-old woman drowns after falling into lake See in context

Did she drown herself on purpose?

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Posted in: Uniqlo to switch from plastic to paper bags worldwide from Sept. See in context

Make those paper bags out of the blasted cedar trees on the Tokyo western mountains that rain down pollen every spring. Revenge!

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

What is preventing the Monbusho from going to Denmark to see how they teach English? Best speakers of English by far, in my experience. Truly admirable. Japan? Oyaji Central, I guess.

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Posted in: Whale restaurants cheer hunt resumption See in context

That is a horrifying photo. Please leave the whales, all whales, alone! Japanese cuisine is very diverse and has much to offer. But. Not. Whales.

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

What a depressing photo...

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

P.S. And make SURE you tell the manager/staff and the smokers that you are never returning to the restaurant/izakaya until you see that "100% smoke free" sign on the door. Make your statement. These acts will add up.

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

Posters here that had smokers light up next to them in the restaurants (with your kids there, no less), did you say anything to the offenders? You have the perfect right to ask them not to smoke, and you should. No need to yell, but say something! Then, if they refuse, tell the manager/staff that you are leaving and not paying for a meal you could not enjoy. End the tyranny of the 19%!

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Posted in: Airports in Japan to introduce facial recognition for foreign visitors See in context

"Facial recognition gates were introduced at Haneda airport for incoming Japanese travelers in October 2017. They are now also in use for Japanese nationals at four other major airports -- Narita, Chubu, Kansai and Fukuoka."

Won't be long now...

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Posted in: Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japanese eat whale See in context

What is up with the campaign to kill whales? "Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japanese eat whale" should be "Prohibited for the safety of the ocean: Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japanese eat whale." Fixed it for you. Cripes.

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