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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: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/01/24/japanese-company-acknowledges-whitewashing-naomi-osaka-ads/

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: https://www.thedailybeast.com/japan-needs-foreigner-blood-like-naomi-osakas?ref=scroll

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

Uhhh!

Tyranny!

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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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Posted in: Japan to make more plutonium despite big stockpile See in context

More plutonium in Japan? Great! Now I can finally get back to 1985.

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Posted in: Model citizens See in context

Thank you JT for the great pic. You made my day!

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Posted in: What do foreigners find strange about Japan? NTV finds out See in context

Great. Another TV segment on how these dumb foreign barbarians don't understand civilized Japanese culture. Well, it will give Japanese people a little more self-esteem to know that "we Japanese" are the only ones advanced and polite enough to do things like:

-remove shoes before walking inside a house or (or school)

-stand to the left on an escalator (or to the right in Osaka)

-experience 4 seasons

The comments in this segment were obviously chosen by a Japanese segment producer.

I'm sure someone must have mentioned the horribly inconvenient business hours kept by the post office and most banks in Japan.

I also think it's strange that Japanese people can throw away so much time studying English and run the other way when a "gaijin" approaches. I've had English students tell me that they are too frightened by foreigners to actually make friends or find a language exchange partner. Why even study English in this case?

Ahh, Japan. I can't wait 'til my next visit.

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Posted in: Welcome See in context

This pic does not do Koyuki justice at all. She is an extremely beautiful woman. Google her for better pics.

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Posted in: Woman found strangled in Osaka love hotel See in context

I lived in Fuse for 3 years and, honestly, it is a pretty shady part of Osaka. It's also known as the purse-snatching capital of Japan.

That's an unfortunate story.

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Posted in: Triumphant ladies See in context

Thank you JT. Excellent picture!!

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Posted in: Coffee break See in context

Individually, I don't find any of these girls particularly attractive. However, as a group, they make for one nice fantasy.

I guess this is a good example of a case where the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts.

Nice pic JT.

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Posted in: Are you game? See in context

Thank you JT. You just made my day.

More pictures like this please!

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Posted in: Sporting Cool Biz See in context

If I walked into our Tokyo head office wearing that, they would escort me out the back door and send me home. We have a policy of "hot, stuffy biz" where we turn EVERYTHING off but the lights and everyone must wear the requisite ossan-style suit and tie regardless of the weather.

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Posted in: Ex-AKB48 member Shiho Watanabe places second in Miss Earth Japan contest See in context

Why on earth is there no picture!!!

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Posted in: Full speed ahead See in context

Looks like Hachiko-mae on a Sunday morning. The streets will be clear in 30 seconds.

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Posted in: Come fly with me See in context

It looks like they're holding Pan Am Airlines bags. That company has been out of business for more than 20 years. However I see the logo from time to time in "trendy" parts of Osaka.

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Posted in: Tokyo man arrested for paying schoolgirls 30,000 yen to pose nude for photos See in context

I'd hate to pass judgment on this man without first seeing the pictures in question.

Pictures please!

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