Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Gov't held secret meetings in 2005 about allowing females to ascend throne, documents show See in context

There is no reason that the role of ceremonial ruler of Japan can not be held by a woman.

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Posted in: Hooters goes bust in Japan See in context

Only too glad to see this go away. The constant sexualization of young women is a major problem and makes it hard for a women, much less a pretty one, to be taken seriously in this male-privileged Japanese society.

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Posted in: Fukushima contaminants found as far north as Alaska's Bering Strait See in context

My point exactly, from day one, Zichi san (and good to see you back online). "Fukushima" is a huge ken and range of mountain down the middle screened the west side from the east. Japan Agriculture never gives exact point of origin as they know no one would buy something from, say, Minamisoma, etc. Answer: do not sell food from contaminated areas. Why don't the growers in western Fukushima prominently display that on their packaging?

Typical shopping experience: "Oh, look, cheap tomatoes (or whatever)...oh, look, "Fukushima". No thank you, I will pass and spend a few more yen for peace of mind.

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Posted in: Updating software, shaping history: New imperial era name looms large in Japan See in context

Hey Smith, Tina always gives it her all. I enjoy her honest posts.

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Posted in: How can corruption be eliminated from organizations that control global sporting events, such as FIFA and the IOC, for example? See in context

Stop moving the games around the globe. Summer games in Athens. Winter games in Norway. Done.

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Posted in: Japan enacts record ¥101 tril budget for FY2019 See in context

What's with the single-button grey suits? Is the "I am the Gundam of the LDP" dressage?

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Posted in: Japan to tighten controls on ivory market amid int'l criticism See in context

This is one point where Japan loses face big time, along with the hapless elephants.

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Posted in: New cyberpunk maid cafe opens in Akihabara See in context

These are the witless role models that intelligent young women whose "absolute territory" is in their BRAINS have to put up with. Gag worthy, Japan. Junk food and glaring lights. Rather pathetic indeed. Many smart women in those genres, but this one sells, I guess. Sad.

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Posted in: Japan marks 24th anniversary of Tokyo subway sarin gas attack See in context

This event also marked the death of thousands of much needed trash cans/gomi bako/bins throughout Tokyo. That is how Aum affected daily life here. I wish the Japanese government would bring back the bins.

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Posted in: 3 pedestrians hit and killed by car in Chiba Pref See in context

Why I tend to stand far back from ped. crossings.

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Posted in: Mammoth moves: Frozen cells come to life, but only just See in context

Ummm, if a Mammoth was actually brought back to life NOW, it would be in the start of global warming.

Not exactly the ice ages.

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Posted in: Teenager ashamed of given name 'Prince' adopts traditional one See in context

"Why on earth couldn’t his parent foresee the problems with naming him ‘Oji’?"

Probably because his parents were very young and still in youthful "kawaii"culture.

It happens.

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Posted in: Tokyo marks 500 days to go until 2020 Olympics; pictograms unveiled See in context

The sports logos are rather nice. Easy to "read". Follows the blue and white branding. At least the logos are a win.

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Posted in: Fire walkers See in context

Ditch those lame masks, please!

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Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day? See in context

Terrifying. I remember the lowering of lights throughout Tokyo for many weeks after. I wish that had remained. Eight years...so much further to go.

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Posted in: Japan marks 8 years since Tohoku disaster See in context

What sf2k said.

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Posted in: Surfing in Fukushima See in context

The other article specifically stated that surfers were avoiding Fukushima. What gives?

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Posted in: 8 years on, contaminated water remains big problem for Fukushima clean-up See in context

TEPCO surely knew claiming the water was tainted with the relatively innocuous Tritium. = TEPCO surely knew claiming the water was tainted with the relatively innocuous Tritium was highly misleading.

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Posted in: 8 years on, contaminated water remains big problem for Fukushima clean-up See in context

"But after newspaper reports last year questioned the effectiveness of ALPS-processed water, TEPCO acknowledged that strontium-90 and other radioactive elements remained in many of the tanks."

Note that there are no statistics about how much strontium-90 and how much and the make up of the "other radioactive elements", so we are still left in the glowing dark.

TEPCO only admitted to this after being caught out by unnamed investigative journalists from an unnamed newspaper source. TEPCO surely knew claiming the water was tainted with the relatively innocuous Tritium. And that, folks and fishermen, is why the public "understands" the Fukushima situation is not under control and TEPCO is not to be trusted.

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Posted in: Ghosn posts ¥1 billion bail; released after 108 days in detention See in context

So, NOW the Japanese prison system is so concerned over Ghosn's health that they slapped a white paper face doily on him? Is everyone in this photo so terribly, terribly affected by pollen? Yet another photo that makes the system appear childish and silly. Glad Ghosn is free and looking forward to his suing the seat covers off Nissan, new "Razor" Hironaka at his side. Please reform the Japanese judicial system into the 21st C.

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Posted in: After receiving criticism that the poster had inappropriate content, we moved in line with the purpose of making recruitment posters, which is attracting public interest in jobs in the SDF. See in context

Text should be amended to the more truthful, "female anime characters barely wearing revealing uniforms".

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Posted in: Smoking, vaping to be banned at Tokyo Olympic venues See in context

How about banning smoking and vaping indoors everywhere permanently in Japan?

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Posted in: 10 products from Japanese stores to help you fight hay fever See in context

Oh, for the love of...a mask slapped across your face in a fashion shoot? SORRY. Masks are hideous.

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Posted in: Smoking, vaping to be banned at Tokyo Olympic venues See in context

God I wish Japan was Scotland.

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

That lame white paper mask hanging below your nose (right in the center of this photo) is not going to improve your chances. Looks ridiculous and proclaims you have a weak body, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Japan's beef imports from TPP members soar more than 50% in January See in context

Hmmm. As far as I can tell, grass fed Aussie beef is great. Japanese beef is full of fat, which I do not l ike. USA beef is suspect for factory farming cruelty and excessive drugs and antibiotics, so I avoid it. Looking for more lamb from NZ, please. In Japan, the "chidori" chicken wins my taste buds. But, 2033? That is 14 years from now!

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Posted in: Starbucks to open 4-story high-end roastery cafe in Tokyo See in context

Nakameguro and "kejiri Ohashi on the Denentoshi line". Thank you!

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Posted in: Starbucks to open 4-story high-end roastery cafe in Tokyo See in context

What did I miss? WHERE is this? I know there are a lot a complaints against Starbucks, but they have proven demonstrably that NONSMOKING wins the day. Keep knocking down those smoking dens, Japan. Anyway, I would love to visit this place, wherever the heck it is.

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Posted in: Emperor thanks people for support during 30-year reign; urges Japan to open up to world See in context

Completely agree....

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