Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Japan to halt nuclear plants if anti-terror steps not taken by set deadlines See in context

Whoever voted me down wants the planet to die, it seems.

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

Have made my major purchases before next October. After that....nothing.

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Posted in: Japan to halt nuclear plants if anti-terror steps not taken by set deadlines See in context

Shut them all down now. Pay off the decommissioning. Get going to Green Energy before the planet dies...or the next Big Earthquake rips apart more nuclear power plants. Vote out the politicians who support nuclear, and yes, I am looking squarely at you, Abe Sorry.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

"Being free to do as you please is becoming a crime..." it is when YOUR cancer filled carniogene laden ciggie clouds fills MY air and enters MY body without MY permission. This is the usual false equivalency argument being run. I may come down with, say breast cancer, without ever having smoked a day in my life, because YOU smoked everywhere in JT Japan.

This is going to stop and Japan is going to go nonsmoking, especially indoors everywhere, 100%. It is the only solutions. Smokers have no rights.

If you vote, vote out the LDP lackies to the JT company. Ibaraki ken, start growing rice or corn or something that is not killing people. Doesn't the shame bring mortal shame?

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Posted in: Sake and KitKats - Why not? Try it at CRAFT SAKE WEEK See in context

I tried this, purchased out of Tsukiji inner retail market. Surprisingly nice. A little sake flavor at the end of the white choco. Thumbs up from moi!

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Posted in: Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima's melted No. 3 reactor begins See in context

Yes, no more nukes in dangerous Japan. Abe sorry, get real!

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Posted in: Retiring late: More Japanese opt to prolong employment See in context

Please eliminate the 70 year age limit to teachers at universities. Many of us get better as we age. This arbitary age expiration date is arbitrary and incedibly demoralizing. Plus, doesn't PM Abe need our tax yen from working? Hello?

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Posted in: Abe visits Fukushima to check areas affected by 2011 nuclear disaster See in context

Public Relations instead of actual action. The usual.

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Posted in: Why do you think the ¥2,000 banknote, introduced in 2000, never caught on in Japan? See in context

For me, it was hard to use as they featured scenes from my favorite Japanese novel, Genji Monogatari. I have a drawer full of them. Call me sentimental.

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Posted in: Japan's working population drops further See in context

One remedy would to IMMEDIATELY abolish arbitrary retirement ages. As a university instructor, I know that good teachers get better with experience. Please fix this before I reach 70!!!

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Posted in: Breaking the internet: new regulations imperil global network See in context

Yes, looking at you, BBC.

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Posted in: Trump expected to watch sumo on May 26 during Japan visit See in context

No, please do not despoil Ryogoku by your presence, DJT.

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Posted in: U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy See in context

Lots of snark here. The real issue, and it is what AOC said, is the threat to journalism.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London See in context

Oh, no!

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Posted in: What will imperial couple do in retirement? See in context

Kiss the kunaicho goodbye.

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Posted in: Fukuoka police tackle shortage of female recruits via fashion show See in context

There are no fashion shows for recruiting men, I take it...or "recruiting guidance for men?".

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Posted in: Pair of mangoes goes for record ¥500,000 at season's first auction See in context

Has to be a tax deduction.

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Posted in: New imperial couple to face heavy burden of tradition See in context

Pegboard must go.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife leaves Japan to appeal to French gov't; prosecutors want her questioned See in context

What about the responsibility of the Nissan board of directors? Ghosn was not acting on his own, no matter what he did.

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Posted in: New imperial couple to face heavy burden of tradition See in context

I was SO hoping that this new era would see the end of the pegboard background. Looks like they are in a college dropout's parent's basement.

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Posted in: Forever young: Study uncovers protein that keeps skin youthful See in context

How soon will this hit the already over-burdened shelves of the Japanese "kusuri-ya"?

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Posted in: Mick Jagger says he is 'on the mend' after medical procedure See in context

He has so much to contribute. Good thing there is not the onerous "70 year retirement" of the university systems in Japan. Get well soon, ya rocker!

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Posted in: Security cameras installed on street lights along Tokyo’s Omotesando-dori due to spike in pick-pocketing See in context

What the heck is, "camera voyeurism"?????????? Whatever it is, how is this a crime validating China-like surveillance???????? Ditch the surveillance. Post signs warning of pick pockets and give advice on prevention.

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Posted in: E-cigarettes haven't made teen smoking cool again: study See in context

Big Tobacco has hit the bonanza with vaping. More idiots hooked on nicotine, which has, if nothing else, been proven deliterious to young and still growing new addicts. More of us having to school vaping dunces not to smoke where anyone else is breathing. Second hand smoke does not magically turn to fairy dust upon being exhaled.

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Posted in: University associate professor arrested for killing pigeons with insecticide See in context

What does he have against pigeons and sparrows, for pity's sake. Tokyo has few enough bird species as it is.

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Posted in: Contact lenses that reduce eye itch may become a reality See in context

White mask doilies will not help. These contact lenses may. Glad I do not suffer from allergies.

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Posted in: Olympic squeeze: Fingers continue to creep toward the panic button See in context

Wow. From the comments, looks like Abe's sense of reality is setting in! "Under control" = NOT.

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Posted in: Some see Japanese era system as unnecessary, unsuited for modern age See in context

Reiwa has no swing to it and is hard to say. It is a clunky name. I wish these bureaucrats had managed to find a more poetic word that we are now stuck with. Will rapidly degrade to variations like "Wa wa", "Wei wa" and yes, タピオカ (embedded in the kanji and pretty funny!

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

Dear PM Abe,

Since you are so worried about labor shortages, please immediately eliminate the mandatory age retirement rule! Oh, and you could start with university professors, including part-time lecturers!

Many teachers get better with time and have much to contribute...look at Donald Keene or Noam Chomsky, for instance.

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Posted in: Casio teams up with famous swordsmith family for katana-inspired G-SHOCK See in context

I can just picture these sword makers making 14,000 tiny, tiny hour and minute hands...

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