Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Edo Cat Cafe closure postponed as 50 cats still need foster parents See in context

The real tragedy is the pet industry.

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Posted in: SoftBank mobile services disrupted ahead of IPO See in context

That was just weird.

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Posted in: U.S. radio stations pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in wake of #MeToo See in context

Beautiful tune. Change the lyrics. Done.

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Posted in: Michelin unveils Tokyo star eateries See in context

Now Yadoroku will lose its small town ambiance as crowds line the block. While I am sure they deserve the rating, the rating itself will spoil the charm of the place. Nuts.

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Posted in: IOC chief calls Tokyo 'best-prepared' city for Olympics See in context

Let's hope Tsukiji wholesalers will be returned to a beautifully well-built and designed home again after the 2020 Olympics, right back next to the retail Tsukiji market. Both halves need each other to make a whole. Toyosu is a failed design.

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Posted in: Nissan executive pay may have topped ¥3 bil cap in FY2017 See in context

Don't think that gnat-car is what Ghosn is driven around in.

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Posted in: All we can do is to work harder until people understand that our products are safe. When people see the inspection readings, they will know that there is no threat of radioactive materials. See in context

Blame the JA. They failed to give accurate information on "Fukushima" products. The western half over the mountains were not, I believe, affected by radiation. The eastern side was covered with radiation. So, "Fukushima" = no thank you. Very sorry that western Fukushima has to suffer because of this refusal to be honest on the sources of agricultural products.

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Posted in: After rescue, Gaza's only grand piano makes public comeback See in context

Because Israelis are being so kind to them?

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Posted in: Gov't plans to raise working age limit to 70 See in context

Man. how I WISH JT had what Facebook provides... an EDIT function. d

knowleged = knowledge

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Posted in: Gov't plans to raise working age limit to 70 See in context

Has anyone noticed a common thread here? The GOVERNMENT or some arbitrary Board decides when YOU should retire. In the USA, a person decides for themselves when to retire. Make that the situation here instead of imposing arbitrary limits. They are artibrary because each person is different. I am a university instructor, a profession that ages well. Older instructors bring a wealth of knowleged about how to teach. To cut them off at a random age limits is insulting and unrealistic.

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Posted in: 340,000 foreigners may flow into Japan in 5 years under new visa system See in context

With all these non-Nihonjin coming, will there FINALLY be multi-language news feeds at train stations about what-the-heck-ever is causing that current train delay? It's just computer programming somewhere in a data center, theoritically one of Japan's strong suites. Get with it, Japan.

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Posted in: Nissin comes out with new Cup Noodle using … 'almost real sea urchin' See in context

Nissin, I love your ads. Not sure I am going to try this for real though. Also, thanks for supporting tennis god Nishikori!

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Posted in: Japanese aquariums turn to breeding dolphins instead of taking from wild See in context

Breeding animals, mammals no less, that normally live in the great oceans with their pod. No one sees any contradition here? Way past time to phase out dolfins and ocean going creatures from being spectacle captives in zoos and aquariums.

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for 'research whaling' in Antarctic Ocean See in context

Not again. When will this travest end? The oceans need the whales more than this lame exericize in spending Tohoku relief funds.

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Posted in: 38% of fire departments offer interpreter services for emergency calls See in context

38%? So, 62% do not. What is to celebrate?

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Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. call to stop returns to Fukushima See in context

What's up with the "unnecessary fears about Fukushima"...seems to me they are very well founded and very "necessary" fears.

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Posted in: Johnny Depp to play U.S. photographer in movie about Minamata disease See in context

All for Depp playing this part. He is more than capable. This disaster is one of the early indicators that corporations do not give a fig for regular people. Think about it.

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Posted in: Renowned fashion designer Jun Ashida dies at 88 See in context

Would be nice to see a photo of his design, right?

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Posted in: Joy of Sake returns to Tokyo on Nov 7 See in context

Ticket. Purchased. :-)

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market hold-outs defy demolition orders and trade on See in context

Those holdouts know that an irreplaceable site is being replaced by unfeeling Tokyo Met. Government types and Ishihara-gumi. I do not blame them for making a show of a Last Standing.

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market hold-outs defy demolition orders and trade on See in context

I want to know if shoppers are being allowed into the Tsukiji wholesale area to patronize these holdouts.

This is quite an unexpected turn of events. However, the place is being demolished. Have to admire the holdout's sheer cussedness.

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Posted in: Youngest Othello world champion flown home by man whose record he beat See in context

What is Othello? Looks like giant shogi. Sorry, too lazy to look it up. Anyway, congrats to pilot and young boy.

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Posted in: Tokyo fish market relocation could have been handled better: official See in context

Eh, right! So, where DOES the water come from that is used throughout to clean fish, chopping blocks, and floors???

And what exactly "could have been handled better"? The actual move. Seems it was alright with a few glitches.

Quite appreciate the comments at the end of the article. I don't of anyone who has expressed great pleasure or called this a vast improvement.

Then entire 17 years long political push by the TMG to move those low life fish workers with no power out of the way for future pocket-lining development of that land next to Ginza?

The design may be better for the delivery systems and the wholesale workers, but the rest is a boring shell of what used to be a wildly mixed, energetic, chaotic and wonderful place. Seems very boring and inconvenient now. No one really can be expected to trust the "Toyosu brand"...no matter if it is fatuously insisted upon as the "Tsukiji brand". I am not buying my fish from there, but from a Sagami-wan dealer in the retail section. Does not go through Toyosu, no thank you.

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Posted in: Abe says sales tax to go ahead as planned in Oct 2019 See in context

I bought a new refrigerator last week just after the latest model came out. My choice was sitting pretty in the back corner of the display floor marked way down as it was no longer the latest and greatest. Avoided the 10% tax to come, super discounted price...Mission Accomplished.

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Posted in: Gov't to announce 2019 sales tax hike to address debt mountain: reports See in context

For myself, just a consumer, I raced out to buy my Toshiba Vegeta refrigerator before the tax increase. I suppose I am not alone.

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Posted in: Tokyo's new Toyosu fish market opens; public tours to begin Saturday See in context

I visited both Tsukiji jonai/jogai today then Toyosu, all three buildings. Agree with comments above as to the sterile atmosphere. The original Tsukiji had atmosphere from day, I would wager. After the 2020 Olympics, can the Toyosu site be rebuilt on the old Tsukiji site?

Oh, and I would bet a million pounds of fresh maguro that the local rats will zero in on the new Toyosu market. Please post the first rat photo there! Meanwhile, the next quake and tsunami and ground liquification await....

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Posted in: Tokyo named world's best city for 3rd year in row outside U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler poll See in context

Well, I am quite pleased to live in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Former sumo grand champion Wajima dies at 70 See in context

Guess he was a heavy smoker, then? RIP..

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Posted in: Here today, ghosting tomorrow — workers just disappear See in context

Sometimes a private student will pull a ghosting on me.

Just saying it is culturally acceptable feels like a cop-out. I am left to guess what went wrong.

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