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Posted in: Welcome the New Year with black beans See in context

I heard recently from my Japanese tofu coop vendor that an iron screw (or anything made of iron) should be thrown in the pot when boiling black beans. Supposed to impart an attractive shininess to the beans. Going to throw in my iron paperweight when I make my batch o'black beans before new years!

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Posted in: For those of you who work for Japanese companies, what are some of the best or worst things about it? See in context

worst: mandatory age retirement. No flexibility.

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Posted in: Man's body found on roof of apartment in Tokyo See in context

No snow?

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Posted in: Quiet prayer See in context

Like the photo. Seems a bit off kilter and out of focused, though.

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Posted in: 74-year-old man dies after falling from roof while clearing snow See in context

Why aren't houses built with more extreme degrees of roofs, as they were in the past? No need to shovel off tons of snow with a steep roof that lets it just slide off!

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Posted in: 'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP See in context

Whenever they play that screeching theme song at my sports club I just want to murder the singer.

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Posted in: Storage of nuclear waste in interim facilities to be delayed See in context

Mike O'Brien, Thanks for the link. Let's hope TEPCO can be trusted to build the dry cask storage to spec and not show the rampant irresponsibility so far demonstrated.

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Posted in: Storage of nuclear waste in interim facilities to be delayed See in context

Mike O'Brien...any sources for these assertions of yours?

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Posted in: 4 pedestrians bitten by 3 dogs in Fukuoka See in context

Wow. I was also bitten by a boxer when I was a small child. Of course, the owner was standing right there saying at the time, "Oh, he doesn't bite."...in revenge, I keep a cat...

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Posted in: Flea market bargains provide cheer amid Japan's economic gloom See in context

Thank you, PSandoz-san! Will wear my iron corset to avoid those obasan elbows.

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Posted in: N Korea experiencing severe Internet outages See in context

BBC said there was only some 1,000 internet addresses & users in NK, so these has to be the leaders and bigwigs. Not exactly world shaking.

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Posted in: Storage of nuclear waste in interim facilities to be delayed See in context

Where is the real heart of this story? We are left with " negotiations have stalled with some landowners..."? Who are they? What is their problem? Why can't they give it up and help Japan move forward?

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Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance See in context

Joe Cocker just died from smoking. I'm sure he wished some of his friends had been more helpful (and more militant) and made him stop smoking. Just sad. Who knows how many people he damaged from second hand smoke as he sucked down zillions of the little white cancer sticks. And people wonder why non-smokers are sometimes polite, but sometimes just sick of it all and get a little pushy.

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Posted in: Singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 See in context

Cancer sticks takes another great artist away too early. Horrible way to die.

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Posted in: Sweet outfits See in context

Another pointless and inept mask wearer. However, those cake outfits are pretty great!

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Posted in: Influenza See in context

I wear gloves when out and about and using public transportation. Those masks are pretty questionable. Too many people (and even in hospitals) treat them like magic amulets and don't wear them to cover their noses. My favorite spotting was someone standing around smoking with his little white paper mask hanging idiotically off his ears. Wonder if this mask thing fad will ever ever ever go away.

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Posted in: New year shopping See in context

Will be there Dec. 31st instead of watching Kohaku. Great photo opp, as the above shows.

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Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance See in context

Looking forward to having no smoking in all izakayas, restaurants, and basically anywhere indoors. I wonder if in 500 years in the future people will still be sucking those cancer sticks and exhaling noxious fumes all over anyone who happens to be breathing nearby.

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Posted in: Flea market bargains provide cheer amid Japan's economic gloom See in context

How about providing the DATES of the flea market this year and January?

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Posted in: Influenza See in context

Not wearing that stupid mask or getting the shots. Have never had "the flu".

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Posted in: Anti-whaling activists found in contempt of court in U.S. See in context

Clearly this ruling was influenced by anything other than concern for the plight of the whales. I support SS and Mr. Watson for whatever they do to prevent this slaughter of valuable sea-roaming mammals. Leave the whales alone! Go SS!

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Posted in: 11 deaths reported nationwide from snow-related accidents See in context

Hokaido sounds pretty harsh.

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Posted in: 344 displaced residents from Minamisoma sue TEPCO See in context

Good for the citizens of (former) Minami-soma! TEPCO should pay up for being the lying, deceitful sob's they are. I wish this report had included a radiation reading of the town-be it a little or a lot. The treatment of the victims is still a deeply shameful case. Really, I do not not think the human race is mature enough to deal with nuclear power. Let's go for wind and every other renewable, sustainable energy source, which Japan has plenty of! OK?

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Posted in: Commercial reminds Japan’s tired commuters about drawbacks of living far away from work See in context

Learning to sleep or catnap on the train is a necessary life skill here. Just the way it is.

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Posted in: KitKat Mail See in context

Wish someone would mail a Christmas Kit Kat to me!

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Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance See in context

Where can I order hundreds of those stickers in the illustration? I want to put them up on every 100% non-smoking restaurant and izakaya (yes, they exist), so patrons know what to expect and enjoy when they enter. Also, I would want to plaster them all over my local pedestrian overpass as it is trashed beyond endurance by selfish, trashy smokers and their stupid butts. Next, I would post them on every pole in my neighborhood.

If I see someone smoking in a nonsmoking area, I ask them politely but pointedly to no smoke. Riding the bike around, I am happy to yell out "kochira tabako dame"...with a smile on my face. Every day, everyone should strike a blow for the right not to inhale those cancer clouds. Step by step, this society is going to change and ban smoking everywhere. Including apartment balconies. It's a huge issue in this crowded society.

The Olympics 2020 just may be what forces Japan to come to grips with the true huge cost to business (I don't eat or drink in smoking places), health costs, and dirty streets.

I encourage everyone to find 100% nonsmoking places in their neighborhood and post them to Facebook. Mine is "Nonsmoking Ryogoku" and I am finding quite a few places to promote. It is good to be proactive.

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Posted in: Catatsu: A ridiculous new item for your pet to wear this winter See in context

Eh, well, my own cat is supremely happy with her winter electric lap blanket.

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Posted in: Abe emerging as a rare strong leader in Japan See in context

Strong and wrong.

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Posted in: Fukushima wants to host Olympic events in 2020 See in context

Well, the live broadcasts of Fukushima Daiichi do not show the radiation levels in the air or water, which of course we can't see.

Of course we can't fault Fukushima for wanting to recover, but to do it with such a ridiculous statement is not going to help! F* needs REAL help, and the people there need to make real, long term changes. It would also help if the displaced people were placed somewhere reasonable and sustainable. At this point, I say bring them all to Tokyo or Nagoya to start new lives as their former locations are on the Half Life watch and Tsunami watch.

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Posted in: How did people used to waste their time in the pre-Internet era? See in context

TV, wasn't it?

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