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Posted in: ‘Lost Daughter’ wins top prizes at Independent Spirit Awards See in context

So far I have watched Power of the dog, The lost daughter, Drive my car, Being the Ricardos, House of Gucci. None of them were bad but only House of Gucci was actually entertaining. Looking forward to The Batman

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Unfortunately by trying to avoid World War III, the US and other countries cannot get involved by bombing Russian tanks etc. The only way to try to stop the war, which is Putin‘s doing, is by trying to crush the Russian economy, inflicting pain that way on the Russian public so that they will rise up and get rid of Putin themselves.

This “harm” that Russians will feel is hardly anything compared to the harm that Ukrainians and the people living in Ukraine are feeling at the moment.

Companies like Uniqlo, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola need to get on board ASAP

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Posted in: Signaling a shift, 'Drive My Car' rides into the Oscars See in context

Watched it on US HBO Max over a VPN yesterday. 3 hours passed quickly. Not a LOTR/Avengers type of movie so don’t bother if you only like those things. Makes you think and feel. Won’t say it was my favorite, but it was worth 3 hours of my time for sure

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Posted in: 19.3% of Japan's population have received booster shot: gov't See in context

This Friday for me. No plans for the weekend since I expect I will have side effects as I did after the second shot

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Posted in: Russia suspended from all international soccer See in context

Sad for the athletes, and everyday Russians who I am sure mostly don’t approve of the invasion of Ukraine, but it’s this type of punishment on every day Russians that can lead to an internal uprising which is the only way they will get rid of Putin in their own country.

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Posted in: Rakuten launches new marketplace and sales platform for NFTs See in context

Ok. I really am too old, or these people are crazy

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Posted in: Japan seeks to further ease border controls as COVID 6th wave wanes See in context

@Elvis. Easy to find a testing location. Just google or ask in the Facebook group “Return to Japan support group”. They are very helpful and have tons of people who have travelled back and forth during the pandemic

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Posted in: Valieva skates into first place after Olympic short program; Sakamoto third See in context

As many top retired figure skaters have said on the Internet, there is no drug that will provide her with the raw skill that she obviously has, but having tested positive, she should definitely not compete.

Most of the blame is being put on her coach Tutberidze, and the adults/ROC machine. Foreign coaches have said if Tutberidze were coaching in their country, she would be arrested for child abuse.

Reminds me of the East German athletes in the past. Of course they knew what they were taking, but they had no choice if they wanted to be on the team. As a 15-year-old in Russia, I really don’t see how she has much power over what happens to her. Sad because she obviously has a lot of talent. Other major figure skaters have said she could be the greatest figure skater of all time. However now she will be forever tainted

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Posted in: Cost of uneaten ehomaki sushi rolls in 2022 estimated to be over ¥1 billion See in context

@gaijinjland. I don’t think you realize the environmental impact of food especially when it comes to the amount of water used. It takes about 380 L of water to make 1 L of almond milk. This amount for an ehomaki seems in line

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Posted in: Japanese, S Koreans in China hold mixed views on Beijing hosting Olympics See in context

Whether it’s against China, Japan, or the United States etc., it seems that South Korea is always complaining about other countries. Typical technique of politicians trying to stir up nationalism to avoid discussion of problems in their own country which are their responsibility

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Posted in: Marriott Bonvoy and American Express launch 2 cobranded cards in Japan See in context

Whether you can get a US card or not, people in Japan are getting the short end with these small sign up bonuses etc. 75,000 SUB, free night ticket and auto gold status now in the US.

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Posted in: Nathan Chen wins figure skating gold; Kagiyama takes silver, bronze for Uno See in context

Kagiyama, the future of figure skating in Japan after Hanyu retires

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Posted in: Japanese convenience store or Japanese supermarket: Which one is cheaper? See in context

At the supermarket now I only see 350 mL bottles of Coke instead of 500 mL. Does anyone know if vending machines still sell 500 mL Coke? Shrinkflation everywhere

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Posted in: 'Power of the Dog' tops Oscar nominations with 12; 'Dune' nabs 10 See in context

Lady Gaga was the only actress to be nominated for the BAFTAs (British academy awards), SAG (screen actors Guild) awards, Critics Choice award, and Golden Globes. Quite shocking she didn’t get a nomination here.

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Posted in: Japan's border policy keeping hundreds of thousands of foreigners in limbo See in context

I imagine from a Japanese point of view, when you look around Tokyo, it’s usually non-Japanese who are not wearing masks. Add to that all of the US military that brought more Covid to Japan, and it’s not so difficult to see why there is little public support for opening the border

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Posted in: Yokohama convenience store has over 300 different kinds of beer for sale See in context

Go to Tanakaya in Mejiro for a huge selection of beer, whiskey, spirits and sake at decent prices

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Posted in: CryptoGirlfriend NFTs to be minted on Jan 21 See in context

I read that but didn’t understand it. I must be old lol

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Posted in: Hayashi points to U.S. forces over COVID surge in parts of Japan See in context

Not blaming the gaijin, blaming the stupid US military for not requiring testing for those flying into Japan, nor quarantining like everyone else, both foreigners and Japanese nationals.

Those military, who often fly in on commercial flights, are putting everyone else at risk. When I came back to Japan last month, there were signs for those with SOFA status to bypass the normal testing at the airport.

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Posted in: Have you noticed any examples of "shrinkflation" in Japan -- when a product or portion size in a restaurant gets smaller but the price stays the same? See in context

KFC twisters used to have 2 pieces of chicken, now 1. Pot pies are about half the size they used to be. So many sweets have shrunk, from cheap KitKats to more upscale things like Ogawaken raisinwich and Yoku Moku Pomme de terre

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Posted in: ‘Jeopardy!’ champion Amy Schneider robbed in Oakland See in context

Well that’s Oakland for you. No surprise there unfortunately

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Posted in: New app to allow travelers paperless entry into Japan See in context

@ Larr Flint. You said you don’t have a phone. Well now when you enter Japan if you don’t have a smart phone they force you to rent one. You have to download certain apps for them to track you and contact you with. No choice

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Posted in: China marks 84th anniversary of Nanking Massacre See in context

Unfortunately so much of our Japanese taxes are now being paid to APA Hotel, for providing accommodation to those who must quarantine when coming back to Japan. They are by far the number one recipient of government money regarding quarantine accommodation now. APA hotel is founded and owned by a right-wing, anti-Semite nut who proclaims in his book/magazines which are placed in each room and sold in the lobby that the Nanjing Massacre is a fabrication and Jews control the world among other things.

They were forced to remove this book from the rooms during the Olympics and now for quarantining people among which I was one this past week. I had no choice to stay there, but there’s no way I would ever give a single Yen to them on my own free will.

It’s true China focuses on this and not Tianamen or Tibet, but the same can be said for other countries. The US makes a big deal of Pearl Harbor, but not Hiroshima, the slaughter of Nstive Americans or slavery. Japan makes a big deal of Hiroshima/Nagasaki but not Unit 731 or Nanjing. Every country has been a victim and victimizer.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten entry rules for 3 more African nations See in context

Variants arise when the virus jumps from person to person. Unvaccinated people are much more likely to spread it to other unvaccinated. When new mutations arise they can then infect people who have been vaccinated for a previous variant.

Unless more and more people are vaccinated around the world, new variants will continue to arise. Countries with lots of vaccines need to help countries that don’t, and those that have poor infrastructure. People who are vaccinated need to persuade those who are unvaccinated around them to get the vaccine, and of course the unvaccinated need to get it.

The more unvaccinated there are, the more mutations will happen and the longer this stuff will continue to go on and on and on.

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children? See in context

Dad worked with a guy named Harry Butt

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Posted in: Flash mob thefts terrorize U.S. retailers ahead of Christmas See in context

I arrived in Walnut Creek on Saturday for the holidays. Took the train from the airport and a guy was lighting up drugs on a piece of tinfoil on his skateboard with one of those long barbecue lighters on the train. Then got to my parents house and heard the news of the Louis Vuitton being robbed in San Francisco and then the Nordstrom (equivalent to like Isetan) in Walnut Creek. Can’t wait to go back to Tokyo! The Bay Area is going into the toilet

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Posted in: 14-year-old who stabbed schoolmate held grudge against victim: police See in context

In my high school way back when, a girl stabbed and murdered another girl over summer vacation. Turned out the victim had been the instigator of severe bullying targeting the killer. Certainly led many to feel some sympathy for her. Kind of like a woman who murders her abusive husband etc.

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Posted in: Japan to increase daily border cap to 5,000 people from Nov 26 See in context

Even if the borders are opened up to tour groups, there won’t be tons of Chinese coming over because when they go back to China they have to quarantine for between one and two months, and that is a hard quarantine in monitored hotels. Doubt many people can do that. My Chinese friends have no chance to go home to visit family even though they can get back to Japan as residents here.

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Posted in: Truck hits bike carrying woman, 8-month-old son; infant dies See in context

I never blindly trust cars when crossing. Always watching if someone is really stopping or yielding

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Posted in: Singapore to stop paying medical bills for those who choose to be unvaccinated See in context

100% support this

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

Of course it makes sense to have these payments only for certain groups like low income etc. however, from a logistical point of view, it’s much cheaper to just give X amount of money to everyone. Once you start having income caps etc. it just becomes more expensive to distribute the money.

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