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Posted in: Let's fight terrorism See in context

I was sitting in my car in front of a convenience store yesterday, beard hanging out of my mask, big sunglasses, getting ready to munch on my onigiri, when a young fellow comes out of the store with his girlfriend. He stares at me with a worried look, hurries his girlfriend into the passenger seat on the other side of his car parked next to me, then scurries around to get into the driver's seat, the whole while looking nervously at me. So, I started my car and backed away to, you know, relieve the situation, and he's craning his neck and twisting around, looking in his rear view mirror. I felt guilty, like he was going to call the police and I would get pulled over and have to explain myself. I looked at myself in the rear view mirror. Maybe I should shave, stop wearing these big sunglasses, dress like a samurai with a topnotch . . .

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Posted in: 84% of Americans view Japan positively: U.S. poll See in context

We’re waiting to hear from the Japanese ‘flag-waivers’ not ‘other’ agendas.

I'll waive the flag any day.

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Posted in: Ex-captain of U.S. sub apologizes for Ehime Maru collision on 20th anniversary See in context

Considering a few of the comments above, I think it might be in some people's interest to read about the incident and the actual involvement of the former captain.


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Posted in: Biden pushes to get food, cash to crisis-hit Americans See in context



“bigigly”, man! lol

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Posted in: Japanese musician beaten up in New York for being 'Chinese' See in context

Having been around Japanese people in various situations outside of Japan, it's appalling how many people yell or mistreat them because they are "Chinese", "Korean" or even "Vietnamese". My brother-in-law was accosted by police near NYC in a Korean populated area but once they found out he was Japanese they chilled out. That freaked me out but I was glad of it.

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Posted in: Coe supports athletes' right to advocate for social or racial justice at Olympics See in context

“speaking in a light drizzle”


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Posted in: China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honors late leader See in context

They wore masks and sat spaced out in pews.

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Posted in: Model told by police to 'talk it out' with stalker who came to her door See in context

I was wondering if the cops knew the guy and wanted to protect him.

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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency again; 166 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo See in context

TheRatToday  07:12 am JST

And the fact is folks, the lockdown will never end until there is a vaccine. Which could take two years, OR never, read URL, which states the virus can re-activate itself, so no immunity (vaccine) works. So like HIV, you need an expensive cocktail to deal with it, only the rich need apply. https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavirus/article241923651.html?fbclid=IwAR32gOT1xY_Zpaou_KcehZzX8o-ruoZD6jaw7PVZbbgVFvciY1lGREZT-HM

Yes, read the URL, especially this part:

Although the trend was also found in China back in mid-March, scientists believed that the second time patients tested positive for the virus was due to errors in testing and not reinfection, McClatchy reported.

“If you get an infection, your immune system is revved up against that virus,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, director of Hong Kong University’s School of Public Health, told the Los Angeles Times. “To get re-infected again when you’re in that situation would be quite unusual unless your immune system was not functioning right.”

That’s why South Korean officials believe it’s about reactivation, not reinfection, according to Reuters. But they also theorized that false test results could be to blame “or remnants of the virus could still be in patients’ systems but not be infectious or of danger to the host or others,” Reuters reported.

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Posted in: Former Olympic snowboarder gets suspended term for smuggling cannabis See in context

"It's regrettable you committed the crime despite boasting such achievements in snowboarding," Murata said. "I want you to discipline yourself from now."

I guess this judge doesn’t know that snowboarding was created by a bunch of stoners who liked to get baked before they went out and enjoyed perfect freedom inventing a new sport on the slopes.

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Posted in: Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide See in context

Very scary and eerie

Yeah. Sceerie.

. . . I wouldn’t be especially convincing . . .

Oh, you’d be absolutely LOVEly. :)

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Posted in: New York schools urged to refer to Sea of Japan as 'East Sea' too See in context

Having lived in Tottori for the past 30 years, I have never heard it referred to as the “East Sea” but always the “Sea of Japan”. The local newspaper, 日本海新聞, is, interestingly, owned by an ethnic Korean. I support the idea of using two names according to perspective. Or come up with a neutral name like 中海 - Middle Sea. A local cable TV company calls itself 中海テレビ but in this case I think they are referring to the lake, なかうみ that borders Sakaiminato City, Shimane Peninsula, and parts to Tottori and Shimane Prefectures on the east and south.

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Posted in: High-yield rice seen as savior to Japan's rising food costs See in context

NZ2011, I don't know what kind of organic farming you are talking about, but the ones I know never use insect repellents. They also use non-chemical fertilizers. Otherwise, they wouldn't be able to consider themselves organic. There are other methods for getting high rice yields like SRI (system of rice intensification). Whether the rice is organic, chemically treated, or GMO manufactured, there are ways outside of rice method that can produce higher yields. Most farmers don't want to deal with that; they'd rather just buy seed that is a guarantee. Fukuoka Masanobu warned about this but he told his son and grandson to use conventional methods because they have to make a living as rice growers, and going against the grain can cause all sorts of problems. It seems to be the pressure of commerce and society in general that directs how we grow our food. I hope the ingestion of GMO rice will not be a detriment to human health. That's what is wrong with it - we really don't know the long term effects. Mr Fukuoka surmised that eating food whose seed can't regenerate will eventually make humans sterile. Some people laugh at this. He trained as an agricultural researcher, quit and created a method of growing rice that surpassed yields of neighboring rice fields. Should people laugh at the opinion of such a person? "You are what you eat" may be closer to the truth than we think.

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Posted in: Journalist Ito says she was 'desperate to protect' herself from rape See in context

Please everyone, read girl_in_tokyo’s rundown of the news reports. (above) And if you have the inclination, go a bit further and study the news yourself. (English and Japanese) The case needs to be seriously reconsidered.

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Posted in: Man in Fukuoka arrested for shoplifting a 49-inch TV weighing 12 kgs See in context

My only weakness is a list of crime

My only weakness is well never mind, never mind.

Original song lyrics?

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Posted in: Renault, Nissan end standoff over post-Ghosn governance See in context

Fiat-Chrysler . . . that conjures up some strange images.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly killing taxi driver See in context

Here’s a link to the English news article from Cambodia, photos and a little more detail. It seems they didn’t intend to kill the guy but things got out of hand unfortunately. https://cne.wtf/2019/03/18/japanese-pair-murder-taxi-driver-in-bungled-robbery/

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Posted in: White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall See in context

Why don’t they hire all those people who want to come in to build it. Pay them a fair wage and give them a limited work visa after a certain amount of hours worked. An endless stream of people moving North, paid minimum wage to contruct “The Grand Wall” - El Pared Grande - right next to El Rio: a beautiful wall full of colors and surprising dimensions that will surpass Disney World. A new tourist attraction with giant food courts, movie theaters, sports stadiums, museums. Trump thinks big but not big enough.

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Posted in: Crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs See in context

This is the first time I've seen all comments on an article with no negatives. :)

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Posted in: Trump warns of missile against Syria; lays into Assad ally Russia See in context

I think it would be in the US' best interest to announce support for the Syrian government. This could solve a lot of the problems all parties are facing. Then, possibly all parties could work together to see a better future for that country including banning chemical weapons and giving the Kurds and other smaller groups some say in their own future. Constant fighting and war is not making it.

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Posted in: Japan pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival See in context

Good on you, Alfie Noakes.

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Posted in: Facial recognition gates for Japanese launched at Haneda airport See in context

Yeah, your Residence Card, the one they keep asking for when I'm leaving: 外人カードを下さい。

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Posted in: 87-year-old woman in wheelchair dies after attack by swarm of hornets See in context

I've chased them off spraying water from a hose. In a panic situation it's hard to know what to do though and whether water is available or not. I'm hoping she didn't feel pain or fear too long, God resther soul.

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Posted in: Hit or miss? North Korea's Guam strike plan See in context

@CrazyJoe Yes, thank you. Right on the head.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

Rest in peace. Condolences to the family. I can't begin to imagine the pain and misery he went through. If anybody knows for sure, why did he start taking new meds? Was there some reason he switched?

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Posted in: Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over pet dog case See in context

I like Johnny but, like me, he grew up redneck and that never leaves us. We are prone to ciminality. :)

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Posted in: Like time bombs, Takata air bags still out there See in context

It seems to me it would be better to simply remove those airbags if there are no parts available or if people are waiting on parts.

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Posted in: Mysterious yellow liquid sent to Nagoya officials with message to 'end women-only train cars' See in context

I hope the yellow liquid is only pee pee. Offensive but not dangerous.

But I have a question. Do the signs really read "Ladies Only" and not

"Women Only"?

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Posted in: Princess Mako to get engaged See in context

Arr, Captain!

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Posted in: Mel Gibson: 'It's time Hollywood forgave me' See in context

". . . Gibson said Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world.

He later apologized, blaming alcoholism . . ."

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