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Posted in: 2 winning tickets sold for $750 million Powerball jackpot See in context

The lottery is a pretty perverse concept when you think about it. Every week we take money from mostly poor people to elevate one lucky -but otherwise undeserving- person into the ranks of the super rich elite. I'm surprised progressive states haven't banned it yet.

It was the Christian conservative States in the south that was against it in the late 80’s not for inequality but as a form of gambling.

Lottery Powerball proceeds, some $140 million of it go into education, environment, and other projects split among 21 states.

That it only elevates one lucky person is a misconception.

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Posted in: Egyptian ex-sumo wrestler suspected of driving again without license See in context

Forgot my valid unexpired license at home after switching to smartphone wallet from traditional wallet which had the license. Then my side view mirror bumped another car’s mirror in Daikanyama. Nothing broken just a mark on the mirror.

Instead of trading contact and insurance, the other driver calls the police who came and discovered my license wasn’t with me. Ended up spending four hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the police station in Shibuya.

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Posted in: China, Japan seek warmer ties against backdrop of U.S. trade friction See in context

Copying is inevitable. Look at the Ducati 900SS and the Yamaha TRX 850 and tell me it’s not copied. Harley Davidson Sportster XL883L and Honda’s Shadow RS. Ducati Monster and the Honda VTR. Seiko copies Rolex. UNIQLO copies Patagonia. Gibson guitars, Jim Beam Whiskey, the Eiffel Tower and so on. The list is endless.

Japan is known as THE copycat but they recreate and refine products. China is known for copying a product and making its production cost effective and availability affordable. With the US as the designer, it’s hard to beat this team of all stars. The three should collaborate. Think of the results!

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Posted in: 53-year-old man didn’t report mother’s death so he could keep collecting her pension See in context

How do you have to report the death of a pension beneficiary, within one payment cycle?

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Posted in: Another Japanese firm admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers See in context

This is a part of the image of Japanese companies starting with Olympus.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea spat over use of wartime flag continues See in context

It's sicken beyond a doubt that both those nations have a massive hate on for Japan but yet copy just about everything Japanese EXCEPT honour, respect, loyalty, all of which are very important 

I agree except Japanese honor isn’t the same anymore. Look at all these guys bowing and apologizing.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

There is a museum next to the shrines where we can learn some history. The 20 year olds’ letters written before their Kamikaze mission are on display.

20 year olds today enjoy practicing their dance moves in front of glass building windows and sleeping in late.

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Posted in: Transport ministry bureaucrat arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

What’s the best thing to do: grab the guy and call the police or film him in the act for evidence but risk being falsely accused of the same act?

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Posted in: Trump asked Abe to allow one of his top donors to open casino in Japan: report See in context

Sontaku Abe, it’s sontaku. Think you should know what that means.

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Posted in: ANA’s Paris branch manager assaults passenger after consuming 6 glasses of wine See in context

Cerivical has two meanings. One refers to the neck and the other the cervix. We’re not sure exactly what the Japanese man was doing.

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Posted in: 1st case of unlicensed private lodging sent to prosecutors See in context

20 million foreign visitors to Japnnin 2016. Abe sets a target of 40 million inn2020 yet accommodations ordinances become stricter.

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Posted in: Cold weather hits evacuees after deadly quake in Hokkaido See in context

That is a heart warming picture of cooperation and perseverance. They will be stronger through all this.

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

You can tell what people think by the way they ask about someone’s looks and features, “are you Japanese or are you a half?” 日本人ですか…ハーフ? This implies you’re not really Japanese unless of course you win a Grand Slam tournament.

Even if you your looks are acknowledged like Ariana Miyamoto, the first mutiracial to win Miss Japan, people don’t consider her Japanese and were disapproving of her win.

JT and GaijinBlog featured the hafu2hafu project once:


Exactly as the title in The NY Times article, Naomi pushes Japan to redefine Japanese in US Open victory.


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Posted in: Putin says it is naive to expect quick settling of island dispute with Japan See in context

Those islands were payback for the war they lost against Japan. They’re gone.

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Posted in: Arguing, booing overshadow Osaka's U.S. Open final win over Williams See in context

When passions cool and detachment sets it, her title won’t be overshadowed by the circus. It will be fortified by it. She didn’t just outplay Serena. She out-poised her and adapted to an unforeseeable scenario, as champions do.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices in having first grand slam champion See in context

Congratulations Naomi. Only 20 years old too. Lots of good tennis for Japan and the world to look forward to. When passions cool and detachment sets it, her title won’t be overshadowed by the final’s circus. It will be fortified by it. She didn’t just outplay Serena. She out-poised her and adapted to an unforeseeable scenario, as champions do.

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Posted in: China Airlines, JAL expand codeshare with 7 new routes See in context

Why is it not Taiwan Airlines? There’s Hong Kong Airlines.

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

That's sounds so American: using japanese islands to get some control over the East China Sea and then charging Japan for defending it's economy

Unfortunately that’s what happens when you lose a war. Okinawa is still occupied by the US.

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Posted in: Former Morning Musume singer arrested over hit-and-run incident See in context

She lacked the ability to judge what was more important; the single person hit by her car to receive immediate medical attention versus not causing the cars behind her in traffic to wait if she were to stop immediately.

For her it was the latter probably because it would cause a big scene and bring trouble meiwaku for more people. Some people squirm at the thought of negative attention.

The decision to stop and pull over must be made at that moment. There is no room for panic. Any hesitancy of what to do “yabai dou shiyou” results in being carried away by the flow of traffic and unfortunately a classification of hit and run.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'My boyfriend suddenly changed' & 'I thought he liked me' See in context

I’m not sure the case here has to do with anything Japanese other than the boyfriend’s nationality.

There are people of all races and nationalities who prefer not to be the one to break up out of aversion to hurting someone but that’s what happens in the end anyways. They would do what’s necessary to force you to break up.

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Posted in: Ohtani, facing Tommy John surgery, has big night at plate See in context

Per SBNation the Halos are no angels.

The Angels could have gone this route months ago when they originally shelved Ohtani as a pitcher and had him rehab his elbow rather than immediately opting for surgery. Instead, they brought him back as a batter and then as a pitcher, and his UCL deteriorated further and now needs surgery. Which they pretty much knew a few months back anyway.

So, instead of having him get surgery earlier and therefore allow him to start rehabbing earlier, the Angels instead went the wishful thinking route and hoped their newest star would imitate Masahiro Tanaka’s luck and not need surgery at all. Of course, Tanaka is currently the exception to “rehab over Tommy John” thinking rather than the rule, but it’s the Angels so they wanted to be naively optimistic. Even when it was clear ages ago they weren’t playing for anything this year and could pack it in for the season.

Either Ohtani was going to join Tanaka on the short list of pitchers able to completely avoid Tommy John after damaging their UCL in this way (unlikely) or he was going to hold on until next year’s Spring Training and then need surgery anyway (far more likely). So rather than allowing him to start rehabilitation earlier and possibly only miss 2019, the Angels waited based on the slimmest of chances that Ohtani would be one of the lucky ones and delayed the inevitable. Now, he’ll miss time in 2020 too.

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Posted in: Washington lauds McCain as one of America's 'bravest souls;' Trump absent See in context

FWIW the Japanese newspapers don’t have Trump as “absent” but instead used “was not invited” because 欠席 (absent) and 招待されなかった (was not invited) are different and it’d be inaccurate to use 欠席 (absent.)

Uninvited or excluded is closer to reality

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Posted in: Man kept body of father at home because he didn’t want to be separated from him See in context

At least Norman kept it in the fruit cellar.

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Posted in: Scorching heat continues for much of Japan See in context

Little boys rarely say they need to go in these facilities.

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Posted in: Scorching heat continues for much of Japan See in context

This is equivalent to kids playing with water from a fire hydrant in New York City that gets reported annually; the official mark of a heat wave.

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Posted in: Japan's economy minister says Trump misunderstands trade See in context

Mr. Seko is being very kind to Trump by saying he misunderstands trade. Some say Trump misunderstands everything.

I’m not sure. The English equivalent is Trump doesn’t know frank about trade.

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Posted in: AI robots to help teach English in 500 classrooms next year See in context

AI robots already on the market have various functions. For example, they can check the pronunciation of each student's English, which is difficult for teachers to do," 

says a lot about the skill level of teachers, or the distaine they are held in. Any native speaker can check pronunciation.

Id imagine it is difficult to check each and every student’s pronunciation on a regular basis, especially if there are 20 plus kids in one class. There wouldn’t be enough time.

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Posted in: Serious rail congestion expected during Tokyo Olympics See in context

He added congestion at train stations could also be significantly eased if Olympic visitors are guided to get off trains before reaching the closest stations to the venues and walk a longer distance.

Maybe locals can do this but not the visitors. So instead of Gaienmae station, one would get off at Omotesando or Aoyama Ichome, but walking from Shibuya might take over a half hour.

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Posted in: Suzuki, Mazda, Yamaha Motor admit using fake vehicle emission data See in context

Japanese corporate reputation declining faster than the birth rate.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

One young Japanese student told me that the bomb was dropped so that the Americans could examine and study the results an atomic attack on a city, like an experiment.

I believe it was indeed an experiment to examine and study the results of an atomic attack.

The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.

I can also remember reading years ago how the late Mike Royko, a popular journalist, said that it was indeed a war crime and that the Americans should have instead dropped the atomic bomb off the coast of Tokyo so that Emperor Hirohito could see its power firsthand, so that he might raise the surrender flag before it was used on Japanese cities. An interesting idea which very well might have worked.

As it turned out, the "warning shot" of Hiroshima didn't get the Japanese to surrender. Even after an entire city was wiped out, the Japanese war council voted to keep on fighting. So people advocating a "warning shot" in Tokyo Harbor really don't have much of a leg to stand on. First, the US only had three weapons; the notion that the United States should/would waste one of three of the most expensive weapons in history, essentially wasting a third of the US's capacity really never passes the smell test.

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