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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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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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: A recent Jiji Press survey showed that about 10% of Japanese people in their teens and 20s do not watch television, with the majority saying they find video-sharing and streaming sites more attractive, or it is more fun to play with smartphones and game consoles. How much television do you watch each week? See in context
7, 9 pm news in English. Sumo. Crayon-chan/Sazure. Rugby at the gym. Rest is drivel.
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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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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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Yeah, sure. What could possible go wrong?
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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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A bit too buck-toothed for me.
Scrawny, too. Nice hair, I guess. In short, I'm with "inkochi".
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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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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: Not many people are supporting Abe enthusiastically—it’s just that they can’t think of anyone else. The sense of inevitability surrounding Abe depends on the global economic environment. If conditions become harsher, that could change greatly. See in context
Koizumi, in the wings!
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Uh, sorry. No and never.
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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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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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"deeply reflect". Ah, right...
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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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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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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: There are still deep-rooted views that, after all, it is better for children to be taken care of by their mothers. But I don’t think that’s true. I think things will change if there is a growing number of fathers participating in child-rearing on a regular basis. See in context
Maybe...she was WORKING, Tom.
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Let the Kunaicho pay for it. Emotionally, this ceremony has importance.
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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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Only one night?
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Get the assailant into a smoking cessation program asap. His addiction is the problem, plus a rotten social attitude.
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