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Posted in: Two top Japanese universities drop in British magazine's world ranking See in context

My school landed on #20. Other rankings have us higher, but that’s an argument for another day. U-C-L-A Fight Fight Fight!!!!!

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context

Lol! Interesting timing for me to see this article now. I literally just passed through customs in Haneda airport and am waiting on my connecting flight to Itami.

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Posted in: As Japanese manufacturing fades, a factory town fights to stay alive See in context

I used to live in Higashiosaka (near Fuse station), back when I was an ALT at a public HS. The city’s claims to fame were: being the “rugby city of Japan” and manufacturing bolts for NASA projects.

There was some kind of small factory behind my apartment that would operate all night. I’m not sure what they did, but I could smell burning metal and hear them dropping things all night! The people I met in that city were all great, so it pains me to read the article.

My wife and I are traveling from the States back to Higashiosaka in a couple of weeks to visit her family. I look forward to seeing things for myself.

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Posted in: Eggslut serves whole eel on giant gourmet unagi egg sandwiches in Japan See in context

Awesome. I eat Eggslut all the time here in LA. The Fairfax is my favorite.

Visiting Japan in Sept when my wife goes back home. This is officially on the list!

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Posted in: Travel firms thrown into confusion over rules as Japan reopens to foreign tourists See in context


Thanks for the heads up. I think I might be able to fit into the special visa exception category of “Spouse of a Japanese National.” I’ll have to look at some flights!

Are they treating foreigners any worse than usual these days?

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Posted in: Travel firms thrown into confusion over rules as Japan reopens to foreign tourists See in context

My wife is visiting her family in Osaka for a few weeks in September. I was seriously thinking of rolling the dice and booking a ticket too in anticipation of the “tour group only” rule going away by then. This article gives me second thoughts. I have a koseki in Japan but haven’t gone through the trouble of getting a spouse visa. I’ve been “randomly” stopped and questioned by the cops in Japan before, so I bet it will be even worse now that they have special rules for tourists.

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Posted in: Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard village bed goes viral See in context

I hope this answers the question, “why would Japan give the foreigners disposable furniture?”

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

This reminds me of my first day as an ALT at a high school in Osaka. Back then, my Japanese was still intermediate-level.

During a school assembly I heard the principal saying something about “school rules” and something about “hair.” Then every homeroom teacher pulled a hair sample out of their pocket and compared it to each student standing in line. Anyone who didn’t match this jet-black sample was sent to the counselor’s office for a citation.

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Posted in: G20 leaders end 1st day of summit with wagyu beef, kyogen See in context

Wow. How did they hide all of the homeless people living in tents made out of blue tarps?

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

Ok, I guess I'm gonna have to tackle this problem all by myself. It'll be for the good of the country. You're welcome.

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Posted in: Robot restaurant See in context

On my last business trip back to Japan, we passed by this place on the way back to the train station. There was some super loud music shouting "robot cafe" over and over. I felt embarrassed just standing there. I don't think I could ever go inside.

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Posted in: Osaka left to regret 'immaturity' in loss to Hsieh See in context

She needs to squash whatever beef she has with her former coach and get him back ASAP. He’s the one who got her there and it was foolish for her to think that she didn’t need him because he was “being mean” to her. Coaches are tough because they care.

I don’t want to minimize whatever trauma she experienced under him, but the fact is that he was a necessary part of the winning formula. If she wants to be a winner, she really needs to make an adult decision, eat crow and get him back. Otherwise, she may fade into obscurity as quickly as she emerged from it.

I love Naomi and want to see her keep winnng. Being an adult is all about doing things that you don’t want to do and working with people that you may not like. This isn’t a hobby anymore, it’s her career.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten controls on ivory market amid int'l criticism See in context

My favorite part of this picture is the guy pointing at the writing on the tusk with his middle finger. Every time I mention that Japanese people tend to point at things with their middle finger they strongly deny it. This is another example.

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Posted in: Tennis fans in Japan, Abe hail Naomi Osaka See in context

@JJ Jetplane

ANA and NISSIN are leaders in their respective categories in Japan, but are not global leaders. It goes without saying that ANA does not compare to American, Delta, or United. NISSIN pioneered instant noodles, but are currently a distant #2 to Maruchan in the US and Mexico. NISSIN recently showed that they have a long way to go with their global marketing strategy when they released a failed anime commercial with a character depicting her as having extra pale skin:

My point regarding acceptance as Japanese relates to how she went from “Haitian-Japanese” to “Japanese” right around the time that she won the US Open. Her Wikipedia page was also edited to align with the current status as “Japanese.” During interviews, she has corrected reporters on multiple occasions that she is not just the first Japanese to become #1, she’s also the first Haitian #1 player

Regarding her grandparents, there are reports that her parents’ marriage was not approved. Admittedly, it does look like this may not have extended to her:

The population of the US vs Japan is not the only reason why her earning potential is higher in the US. I can count all of the internationally famous Japanese athletes on one hand. They are mostly baseball players who are currently playing for US teams. There are countless internationally famous athletes in the US.

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Posted in: Tennis fans in Japan, Abe hail Naomi Osaka See in context

Her citizenship issue will be interesting. I think Japan needs her more than she needs Japan. She wasn’t fully accepted as Japanese by the country (or her Japanese grandparents) until she became a tennis star.

Last year, she became the biggest female athlete in JAPAN. This year, she’s the biggest female athlete in the WORLD. She can easily trade in the NISSIN and ANA sponsorships for McDonalds and Coke which are global brands. Also, with the olympics coming up, she could represnt USA and have her face broadcast around the world. Representing Japan would limit her promotion to Japan. With Serena Williams’ career winding down, this is her chance to take over.

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Posted in: Toyota executive: Tariffs will raise costs, drive up prices See in context

@Will Goode, do a search for New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI). It was a factory in Fremont, California that was jointly operated by Toyota and GM. I believe GM ran into financial issues and pulled out about 10 years ago. Toyota was left all alone with the plant, but the problem was that it was the only Toyota plant in the US that was non-union. In other parts of then country, plant workers would protest in front of Toyota dealerships to complain about “unfairly” hiring non-union factory labor. It became too big of a liability for Toyota, so they sold it to Tesla Motors a few years ago. Now, it is where Teslas are made.

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Posted in: Rape, robbery suspect escapes from police station in Osaka See in context

He must have used the “hey look over there” trick. The cops in Japan never had a chance against such a pro.

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Posted in: Piko Taro to entertain Trump during Japan visit See in context

I have an executive order

I have a pen



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Posted in: Happy birthday See in context

if someone had told me this photo was taken in 1984, I would have believed it. Are they buying clothes and furniture from the thrift store?

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Posted in: 10-year-old letter arrives from daughter lost to tsunami See in context

Literally tearing up as I read this article. Heart-wrenching.

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Posted in: Aso says he always thought Bitcoin was suspect See in context

Does anybody know why this company is Japan-based in the first place? I can't wrap my head around it. How did that come to be?

Mt. Gox was started by an American as an online trading site for Magic: The Gathering trading cards. Thus the name Mt. Gox = Magic The Gathering Online eXchange. I believe he was in Japan at the time. Then, it was sold off to Mark Karpeles a few years ago.

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada to marry Italian on May 23 See in context

Is marrying ippanjin foreigners a new trend for j-celebrities? First Hamasaki Ayumi married an American med student from UCLA (my alma mater) Now, Utada Hikaru marries an Italian bar tender. Somebody please pass my info along to Kitagawa Keiko!

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Posted in: Rola, Emi Takei among winners of Best Dressed Eyes Awards See in context

There's definitely no shortage of silly awards. However, the girl does look good in those glasses and she has a super cute speaking voice!

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Posted in: An Apple a day See in context

I don't blame 'em for wanting the latest iPhone. However, I refuse to wait in line to pay full price. If I replace my iPhone 5 (not likely), I'll definitely buy online.

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Posted in: Abe, Inose discuss how to make Tokyo more visitor-friendly See in context

Right now, Japan is basking in the afterglow of the successful Olympic bid. However, as we approach 2020 the reality that foreigners will arrive in droves to Japan and the fear/panic will commence. If anyone remembers when Japan hosted the World Cup (around 2002?), they became extremely fearful that soccer hooligans were going to rampage the country, destroying buildings and raping women. Back then I remember reading that car dealerships near stadiums were planning to relocate inventory, barber ships were encouraged to hide sharp objects, hostess bars closed early, and all types of other prep was made for the foreign invasion.

I honestly don't believe "Japanese people" want the country to be foreigner-friendly. Anyone who has lived in Japan has seen the look of terror in the eyes of a local when they think someone is going to begin speaking English. Most Japanese people have no real understating in international travel. The majority will live and die without traveling more than 500 miles from where they were born.

If Japan wants to accommodate foreigners, they should begin with free WiFi access that actually works. Next, prepaid cell phone SIM cards should be available without a gaijin card. I had to jump thorough flaming hoops to buy a prepaid card from SoftBank, and finally had to get a Japanese friend to buy one for me. In contrast, my next stop was Shanghai where I bought a prepaid card with cash and no ID. If the rail stations got together and made an app with offline maps and train schedules, it would make travel MUCH easier. Also, wider credit card access (with mag stripe readers) is a must.

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada to return to entertainment industry after 3-year-hiatus See in context

It's great to hear that she's stepping back out of obscurity, event if it is for only one day a month.

Back in my college days, I listened to an MD of First Love on an endless loop while doing my homework. It was some of the best Japanese listening and pronunciation I ever had. I always tell people that Utada Hikaru was one of my Japanese teachers on my road to fluency.

Sadly, I was never fond of her English language attempts. They all sound extremely awkward and soulless. The only English track I liked was her collaboration with Foxy Brown called "Blow My Whistle" which was on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack. Ah, memories.

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Posted in: Tokyo marathon upgraded to 'Major' status See in context

Today it was just announced that the New York City Marathon, scheduled for 11/4, has been cancelled due to the disruption caused by hurricane Sandy. The city is still in disaster recovery mode.

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Posted in: Kansai airport officials stand by security measures See in context

The very first sentence in this article implies that the man's flight originated in Kansai and he flew directly to LAX. It was not until the VERY LAST sentence that I realized he visited Korea and there was NO MENTION of China in the JT story. This was a little confusing since I haven't been able to fly nonstop from KIX to LAX for at least 6 years.

Earlier this year, I flew from Shanghai to LAX via Narita. During my Tokyo stopover I don't recall having access to my checked baggage, but I did have to go through security screening before entering the boarding area. (I could be wrong). I DO remember that security in Shanghai airport was pitifully incompetent and it does not surprise me that this guy was able to slip through the cracks.

This also reminds me of the time I was stopped at the immigration checkpoint leaving KIX a few years ago when the retard behind the counter insisted that the picture in my passport didn't look like me! The passport was 9 years old and I had a full beard in the pic, but it wasn't that dramatic of a difference. Luckily, the picture of me on the page with my (expired) work visa was accurate enough for her to let me pass.

I hope the cops here in LA have fun with this guy.

Please bring back the LAX to KIX route!

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Posted in: Saitama Super Arena to host 15th Tokyo Girls Collection on Oct 13 See in context

Finally, a reason to visit Saitama.

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