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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan over nontariff barriers against American cars See in context

I wonder how many Japanese citizens are actually interested in buying an American car. I certainly am not, and I’m American

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Posted in: 7 women caught smuggling gold from S Korea concealed in their bodies See in context

Yeah Japan imposes 8% tax on gold. They bring it in avoiding the tax, then resell it and make the 8% profit because the tax gets paid by the buyer. Also the current penalty is just a fine, the gold is always returned to the person who was caught, so not a big disincentive

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Posted in: 2 students dead, 13 wounded in shooting at Kentucky high school See in context

Yup. As usual the government and politicians etc. etc. will send their “hopes and prayers”, then move onto lunch and the golf course

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Posted in: Tokyo to encourage foreign tourists to splurge on nightlife See in context

I believe the drop in Chinese spending has much more to do with the Chinese government's recent crackdown on how much their citizens can spend and take abroad. Currency flight is a huge problem for their government. Totally out of the control of Tokyo.

Nevertheless, for the general tourist:

non smoking indoors

late night transportation

credit card acceptance at more places

Shows other than robot restaurant at night

no touts

more promotion of delivery services to hotel and airports

cheaper hotel rooms

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Posted in: Search resumes for missing 3-year-old boy in Fukui See in context

Well I certainly have suspicions about the father. No video around showing the boy. Hope the police check him out and don’t just believe his story

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Posted in: Police find cyanide at home of 'black widow' suspect See in context

@SauloJpn No, HUSBAND #4 was in Dec. She had some "boyfriends" too

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Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests See in context


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Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds See in context

Totally agree with Harvey Pekar above. The vast majority of Americans don't care. Asia is about as well-known as Africa.

As far as they know, Japan is where Godzilla, PlayStation, Nintendo, some baseball players, sushi and sumo come from. South Korea has a bunch of people who do plastic surgery and the crazy leader in the North, (though I suspect they still think the guy with the big hair and platform shoes is that leader)! China makes cheap stuff, takes our jobs away, and makes good cheap food.

Island disputes? Who cares? Average Americans have always been rather insular when it comes to politics. If it doesn't affect jobs, my quality of life, etc then why should I care? I've lived in Japan for 25 years and go back to the states at least once a year. Nothing has changed in regards to knowledge about Asia, so all these countries are just wasting their time trying to influence Americans.

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Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan See in context

These GUYS will nitpick any everything these women do until they all resign. I say hang in there and prove you are strong enough to handle the job. Stop being weak and destroying my daughters future.

Actually it was Renho, the female polititcian from the DPJ that was leading the attack,and it was quite humorous on tv

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Posted in: Bogus Y10,000 notes passed in Tokyo's Ota Ward See in context

Used to work in a bank. We counted the money by hand and one day I just felt a counterfeit note. US bills use specific paper only for notes so it was easy by hand to recognize but not so by eye.

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Posted in: Super typhoon on course for Japan See in context

Why use names if you're going to repeat?

Names are only "retired" if the typhoon,hurricane,cyclone becomes infamous (Andrew, Katrina etc)

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Posted in: Super typhoon on course for Japan See in context

Someone must have said female names for hurricanes are too discriminating. It must be why weather agenciesare using these tribal sounding names these days.

The Northwest Pacific basin tropical cyclones were given women's names officially starting in 1945 and men's names were also included beginning in 1979. As of 1 January 2000, tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific basin are now being named from a new and very different list of names. The new names are primarily Asian names and were contributed by all the nations and territories that are members of the WMO's Typhoon Committee. These newly selected names have two major differences from the rest of the world's tropical cyclone name rosters. The names by and large are not personal names. There are a few men's and women's names, but the majority are names of flowers, animals, birds, trees, or even foods, etc, while some are descriptive adjectives. The names will not be allotted in alphabetical order, but are arranged by contributing nation with the countries being alphabetized.

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Posted in: Court ruling orders anyone with a TV-equipped device to pay NHK’s public broadcasting license fee See in context

2: When in Rome, you need to act like Romans. If you are in UK, you pay BBC via tax. Here you pay via subscription. Deal with it.

60% of Japanese don't pay, so why should we non-Japanese? That's what I told the NHK guy. I'll pay after the locals do too

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Posted in: Gays celebrate landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage See in context


Homosexuality is a learned behavior

Did you learn how to be heterosexual?

Unstable relationships based on sex, multiple partners, sexually transmitted diseases. People divorce more often nowadays, and marriage itself means next to nothing. People don't even think about having a stable relationship and even plan breaking up

You seem to be only blaming gays for some general human failings. Can't you understand we are all the same. Some gays have unstable relationships just like some straights do. Some have multiple partners just like straights. Some people like "kinky" sex whether they are gay or straight, some don't like it at all. WE ARE ALL HUMANS with our myriad variations. Please don't paint everyone with the same brush. It's impossible to do with any group of people

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Posted in: Fuji climbing fee likely to be Y7,000 See in context

Fees are necessary to pick up trash, develop and maintain mountain toilets, pay for medical supplies and personnel at stations along the way and general maintenance of the trails.

Currently the above are taken care of by volunteers, and payments from the surrounding prefectures, as well as some part paid for by the lodging companies

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Posted in: Implications huge for Japan if casino legislation passes See in context

You can probably play pachinko all day and not lose more than 50,000 yen. The same amount can be lost in the spin of a wheel or the turn of a card in a casino.

Evidently you haven't played pachinko much have you? It is VERY easy to lose 50,000 in one day, in fact within the space of a few hours if you are stubborn and get sucked into playing a machine that doesn't payout they particular day.

Exactly, but I've been to Vegas watching some high roller baccarat where they bet $20,000/HAND!! Of course that won't affect "normal" people since most don't have that kind of money to throw around, but the point is that it's so easy to lose more money in a casino than at pachinko. BTW is there any limit to bet size at the horses or keirin, boat races?

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Posted in: Education ministry to change college entrance exam system See in context

1 standardized test is fine if its just 1 aspect of admissions. When I went to Uni in the US the SAT ( only math and English) was 1/3 of consideration. Another 1/3 was high school grades, last 1/3 was extracurricular and essay

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Posted in: Survey finds worldwide split over attitudes toward gays See in context

Next time that you go out with friends, ask how many are accepting of this. Nobody will raise their hands

I don't know anyone NOT accepting. You obviously hang out with a prejudiced group. Just mind your own business and stop interfering with other people's personal lives thank you very much

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Posted in: The deeper agenda behind Abenomics - constitutional change See in context

Changing article 9 is something that certainly can be up for discussion in my opinion, but article 96 should absolutely be left untouched.

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Posted in: Pioneer U.S. TV anchor Barbara Walters to retire See in context

She is an empty air head of a talking personality and without any real depth of character or ability, another example of American shallow culture being exported because she is a visible face on the media wheel

I suppose you only know her from The View, not her extensive career in journalism and broadcasting. I've never seen The View, having lived in Japan for ages, but I also suppose you are not the target audience for it-a woman. It's like saying football has no skill involved just because you don't like it. To each his own, but no need to rip or denigrate-sheesh!

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Posted in: First gay wedding held at Tokyo Disney Resort See in context

People who say civil unions are the same as marriage so why can't we just call it that ,don't understand the legal ramifications of the word "marriage". "Marriage" comes with literally hundreds of legal rights, benefits and responsibilities. Unless you are going to change the wording of every one of these to include "civil marriage" it's simply not the same. Having blacks sit at the back of the bus is not equal rights, nor is civil marriage

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Posted in: First gay wedding held at Tokyo Disney Resort See in context

Mark G, K. Hawaii, ebisen, Chin4sailor; you can avoid going to Disney if you like, that's so trivial, but don't block 2 people who are in love want to spend their lives together with the same rights as everyone else.

Mark G, civil unions are so far removed from equal rights. There are over 1000 laws in the USA that only apply to married couples, not those in civil unions. For example, a straight American man can marry a "mail order bride" and bring her to the States with a green card, but a gay man can't bring his foreign partner to the USA no matter how long their relationship. It's good to see Disney and other American companies, politicians, people realize that 2 people in love are the same, no matter the make up of the couple and deserve to be treated equally

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Posted in: 'House of Cards' deals winning hand to fans of binge TV See in context

VPN tunnelbear $50/year or $5/month, then subscribe to Netflix with US or UK account. Fantastic. Both have free trials so u can test out the speed. I can watch Netflix now on my iDevice or Mac/pc with no lag whatsoever. I stopped downloading completely

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Posted in: Japanese diplomat agrees to plea deal over wife abuse in U.S. See in context

I remember the initial reports. The actions did NOT all take place in their residence.

"happened in a diplomatic residence so it happened in Japan. "

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Posted in: 'The Message' deemed greatest hip hop song ever See in context

Great song, great lyrics. Hate most hip hop, rap etc now. So shallow these days

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Posted in: New Tokyo crossdressing bar appeals to first-time drag queens See in context

@AKBfan, opening party is all you can drink

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Posted in: Saitama policeman scratches cars in drunken rage See in context

The police should follow the example of the US Navy in Japan and ban all drinking after 10pm. Give them a curfew too, then crime will be reduced by the looks of things

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Posted in: Privacy please? See in context

Forget about the test conditions, I have to send my full results to my company head office. I think it's none of their business. Yes they pay, but I'd rather pay and keep it private

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Posted in: Learning the art of giving, Japanese-style See in context

Another way for people to waste their money

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Posted in: 'Sesame Street' Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation See in context

Hmm other 2 guys were on gay chat lines. Not entirely innocent themselves. Who can tell the difference between a 15 and 17 year old? Sounds like a money/attention grab by them

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