Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: EU worried about rise in whale exports to Japan from Iceland, Norway See in context

Every week I see at my local Tokyo grocery store one or two styro offerings of KUJIRA (whale) meat. I ti exceptionally dark red and bloody. Appropriately. Every time, I shudder to think of the misery and pain of the fellow mammal who died for this stupid offering. Every other item is a lovely fish, not a godderned mammal with feelings, family, and friends. Please STOP this whatever country is slaughtering our friends of the seas.

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Posted in: Court rejects call to revoke approval for nuclear reactor restarts See in context

Chernobyl. Not even with earthquakes, volcanoes, and gigantic tsunami from any direction and any time.

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Posted in: Getting to zero: Tokushima town tries to recycle all its waste See in context

Isn't there yet a big push to make plastic wrapping out of biodegradable material? The technology exists. Can the plastic makers come around to something that is a win/win?

I mean, there is no way all the Tokyo megalopolis is going to carry their trash and sort it out into over 40 bins. Sorry.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan expands Teavana range with Frozen Green Tea and Apple See in context

Packed at Starbucks, surely in part because one can always depend on it being 100% nonsmoking, so that fight for clean and safe does not have to be fought before opening the doors. Wish the other coffee chains (and, frankly, every indoor space in Japan) would follow suit. It is clearly a winning move.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

The Japanese Constitution needs to be updated to include extending equal rights to all who wish to marry. What's downstairs should have nothing to do with it. It's love!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

This: "However, Tokyo Olympic organizers have enacted tougher anti-smoking rules for games venues. Smoking and the use of vaping devices will be banned at all indoor and outdoor Olympic and Paralympic venues, plus within all perimeter areas of the Tokyo Games."

That means the Olympic powers that be recognize the hazards of smoking/vaping. Why not expand that IMMEDIATELY and forever to include all of Japan? Doesn't the gov'mint value its population...you know, the always aging, need their tax base population? Instead of poisoning people all their life with declining output and huge medical costs at the end of their miserable lives.

In my dreams, "Make it so."

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

Bring back the trash bins.

The Sarin attack was long ago and the perpetrators hung, so that threat is over. If the main excuse by the government not to supply bins, which is part of their governmental responsibility to their tax pay public, is that too many Japanese were throwing their household trash in them, then do what is always done here...a persistent manners campaign. NHK specials, lots of naming and shaming...make it socially unacceptable.

Otherwise, prepare to continue to have litter stashed in the bushes, etc. by desperate people. Millions of tourists coming for rugby and 2020 Olympics should be incentive enough for the duffers in the Tokyo Met. to get into action.

What is it going to be, Japan? Bins or litter forever?

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't website ridiculed for child abuse snafu See in context

I thought at first glance the "mascots" were two children with a tot in a snail blanket. Certainly did not read it as two adults with their child. Even the kawaii kara doodle is unsuccesful.

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

Harassment because of the word "required".

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling to restart July 1 after 3-decade hiatus See in context

Oh, yes it does, bullfighter. Norwegian and Icelandic whaling is huge black mark against both countries and I wonder why they engage in this repulsive, irresponsible act. The oceans are fighting for survival, in case anyone has not noticed, with the population of whales and fish and much else spiraling towards zero.

My local grocery store always has one or two packs of dark bloody red whale クジラ

whale meat for sale. It is offensive and disquieting. There is plenty of evidence out there for this, and not any that is free of propaganda and support by "whaling" interests. I strongly suggest whale watching tours instead of whale (and dolphin) murder.

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Posted in: No. of newborns in Japan hits record low in 2018 See in context

It is rarely mentioned in these debates (although smithinjapan just did), that part of a solution would be to abolish mandatory retirement ages. As soon as I reach 70, I am hit with that expiration date like old cheese. Other issues aside, this means I (and millions like me) will no long work or pay taxes on my salary. Abe & LDP gang do not need my taxes? Let each worker decide for themselves when they are ready to retire. Why is there no mandatory age limit for politicians??? Why just workers like myself???

Meanwhile, I have made my plans banking that nothing will change in time for me.

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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

Nuts..."privileged"..

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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

Not at all, Simon. The keyword is "privilged"...

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

The usual household process here in Japan is to put the daily garbage into a plastic bag and that goes into the required 45-liter (or larger) plastic bag for bi-weekly trash pickup. If plastic bags are banned, how is anyone to throw their trash away?

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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

2,720 days. I wonder where we would be now if instead of elitist Abe there had been several PM from the working class, some women in there, someone raising a family on regular wages. /Must be my tsuyu rainy season affected dream...

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Posted in: Packed in See in context

No one has ever heard of a raincoat, and I mean those that are breathable, not plastic bags.

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Posted in: Journalists in jail? Australia weighs implications of police raids on media See in context

Then they came for you and me.

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Posted in: Gov't to have national IDs double as health cards by 2023 See in context

The universities I work absolutely required the My Number, to my distress. There was no choice about it.

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Posted in: Imperial couple in Aichi for National Arbor Festival See in context

In other photos, she is wearing those extremely weird hats. Look like cake pan atop a plate. Not particularly flattering. She looks better without that style of hat. How about something that showcased the vibrant Japanese design world, instead? Just no energy in those hats. Anyone else have something to add?

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Posted in: Imperial couple in Aichi for National Arbor Festival See in context

Looks like Masako has chosen not to continue the tipsy tiny hat (which were adorable and the work of one hat maker, I am told) of the previous Empress. Someone is quite great with her hair arrangement, on the other hand. It is good to see her looking pleased and relaxed.

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Posted in: Corbyn accuses Trump of interfering in UK politics with Johnson comments See in context

Also, very pretty flowers, lavender and roses.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer slams bail conditions See in context

Why are the two men wearing face masks? The guy on the left isn't even wearing it correctly. I hope Ghosn is exonerated and soon. Nissan needs to move on and take care of its own deteriorating business.

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Posted in: What do you think of sports stars who shriek, grunt or yell out during play? See in context

Self-centered. Pompous. Distracting. Irritating. I turn off the TV.

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Posted in: Royal send-off See in context

I've been thinking that Melania's orange/white raincoat/dress is a mistake. Makes her look huge. Her other outfits have been much more complementary. Such is my contribution to a pleasantly rainy evening. Sayonara Trump.

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Posted in: 82-year-old man dies after being bitten by dog in Hyogo Pref See in context

Mastiffs are huge dogs. They have been part of society in Europe at least for centuries. Normally, they are gentle creatures and part of the family. However, they are not the little toy dogs most people seem to have here in Japan as child replacements. It appears they were not respected by their owners by trapping them in small cages. So sorry for the aged victim.

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Posted in: Melania Trump enjoys nature-themed Japan cultural experience See in context

Mrs. Trump always looks stunning. She is a model and escaped her country based on your "stunning" looks. Now that she is wealthy, she has the best hair, make-up artists, and clothing that all that money can buy. Yes, she looks gorgeous and photographs well. This is her talent and she has used it. It is a well-trodden path.

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Posted in: Melania Trump colors fish with kids at digital museum See in context

I also was taken aback at this Be Best phrase. Why not "Be Your Best"? At least it is grammatically correct. Pukey is right.

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

What happens to the Presidents trophy?

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

DT was wearing some sort of fancy slippers, and even had a little platform made so he could manage the step over the tawara ring. I was shocked that he wore slippers...disgusting.

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

Why could he not sit in the usual royalty seats instead of causing all this fuss over his precious self? Chairs are upstairs. Guess it is his ego in play again. I just found his visit disruptive. Agree with Zichi!

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