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Posted in: KFC releases overflowing lobster fillet burger for winter in Japan See in context

Hmmm...the product seems ok but the product photography is quite unnatural and feels kind of gross.

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Posted in: One of Japan’s best revolving sushi chains lets you check online if your favorite fish is in stock See in context

This is actually an excellent feature.

I would easily say that Sushiro is the top in quality of the major inexpensive kaitenzushi chains followed by Hamazushi. Kura strikes me as gimmicky and low-quality. Kappa is also quite mediocre - and it also turned out their CEO Tanabe-san was arrested....

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Posted in: Sushi fans mark your calendars! All sushi is half off in unprecedented Kappa Sushi one-day offer See in context

Now their CEO was arrested. This guy was actually in the US for a while when he worked at his old company. I have heard stories that he was arrogant, entitled, and regularly mistreated restaurant waitstaff and service workers wherever he went.

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Posted in: At 50, TV's ‘The Waltons’ still stirs fans’ love, nostalgia See in context

Among the Waltons, Walton Simons was always the most influential.

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Posted in: World’s first Takoyaki Guitar created in Japan; features a gas grill and octopus balls See in context

In 2022 Yamano music gave us the Takoyaki Guitar- and we gave it back, almost immediately.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese navy sailing near disputed islands See in context

How very regrettable.

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Posted in: After 40 years, the final Anna Miller’s cafe in Japan closing down See in context

I think I came here a couple of times and I suppose the familiar sight will be missed. I wonder what they will replace the Wing complex with.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

This is what happens when a design is decided by a committee of out-of-touch autocratic oyaji.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya beef bowl chain exec dismissed over sexist remarks See in context

I work at a Japanese company in the same type of industry and I'm sad to say that kind of attitude is the norm. The smart ones know better than to expose their vile opinions openly, but behind closed doors I've heard some truly appalling statements over the years:

"Jews, Indians, Koreans, and Chinese - these are races you cannot trust"

"You cannot promote women to managerial positions because they are hysterics"

"People in developing countries have low IQs so we have to make our advertisements simple and easy to understand"

That's just a couple of the choice zingers I have heard over the years from people who were high up in management. The last one came from our director of international business....

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Posted in: Couple at heart of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty again over fraud See in context

I think calling it cronyism is too complimentary. The headline should call it what it is: corruption.

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Posted in: Hayashi returns from Poland with 20 Ukrainians See in context

The refugees are not living in third-world conditions. They have access to government services and there has been an outpouring of support from the public in Poland. Also although Ukrainian and Polish are different there is a very significant level of mutual intelligibility that facilitates communication and refugees being able to pick up Polish faster than they would other languages hence the already sizable Ukrainian immigrant population in Poland. While I am certain more than 20 people are interested in moving to Japan, I don't think the teeming masses are exactly lining up either.

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Posted in: Tokyo stock market revamped in hope of attracting foreign investors See in context

Japan definitely has some investments that could be viewed as attractive for their stability, but that's about it.

Unfortunately, companies and regulators have acted against the interests of foreign investors on numerous occasions. We've had situations where companies have colluded with the JFTC to prevent overseas investors from gaining a controlling stake just because they don't want foreigners controlling a Japanese company. (Bear in mind that Japanese companies have no compunctions about acquiring foreign firms.) This and the numerous incidents of coverups and false reporting (Kobe Steel, Takata, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki etc..) make for a very unattractive investment market. Investors might be willing to take on the risk if there was potential for high growth like in other markets, but it's simply not to be found in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese fast food chain serves up burgers with Camembert 'buns' See in context

Another example of a questionable product for the sake of newsworthiness. Although I admire the creativity of product development chefs in Japan, one can tell that the constant need for new and exciting products has pushed the people at Dom Dom to desperation.

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Posted in: Sushi fans mark your calendars! All sushi is half off in unprecedented Kappa Sushi one-day offer See in context

Kappa-sushi has been trying to make a comeback but they have been mired with difficulties. Their new CEO, Kouki Tanabe is under investigation for allegedly illegally stealing information from his previous employer.

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Posted in: More than 75% of Japanese don't want overseas fans at Olympics: poll See in context

Other countries should save Japan the trouble and just abstain from participation.

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Posted in: Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more U.S. beef See in context

Really good comments across the board. I would definitely agree that Australia has excellent grass fed beef and is probably better for you than factory farmed US beef. British beef can also be quite good as well - the UK has been working hard at raising livestock standards.

I'm actually heavily involved in the export of US beef to Japan. The US has cattle stocks of about 80 million or so depending on the year (roughly 9% of world stocks). This means that US beef production is actually quite diverse, There are many small scale producers that make premium grass fed beef from heritage breeds of cattle. However, the market is dominated by 2 major producers, or "packers" as we call them, that crank out factory farmed beef that's definitely not raised in the best of conditions. However, antibiotics and hormones are used less than you would think. Under industry guidelines, antibiotics are given to few cattle as possible (this also cuts down on production costs) and there is a mandatory withdrawal time for the antibiotic to be fully metabolized before the sick cow can be sent to slaughter.

All that being said, the importers in Japan are not really seeking out US beef for the quality - they are looking for cheap meat with a certain flavor profile. Most of the imported beef is actually going to use in cheap chain restaurants (think gyudon) rather than supermarkets. So what you see in the supermarket is probably going to cheaper cuts of ungraded beef that are best passed over. Based on all of that, I would say go for either Aussie beef of Japanese beef if you're looking for a good steak in Japan.

TL;DR: I'm involved in US beef export business. There's definitely good beef in US, but most of the stuff shipped to Japan is mass produced and cheap for foodservice use. If you want to get a good steak at the supermarket, I recommend you stick to the Aussie or Japanese beef.

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Posted in: Japanese cheese factory aims to cut it in face of foreign competition See in context

There are some high quality artisanal cheese makers in Japan, but their products are not readily available. Most of the domestic cheese found in supermarkets is characterless and bland. In particular, what’s marketed as “Camembert” is trash compared to the real deal.

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Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

Well “Cyber” security has never really been Japan’s strong suit. My company uses antiquated standards and all kinds of wonky software that’s rife with vulnerabilities.

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Posted in: ¥14 mil stolen from man after pepper spray attack at Tokyo hotel See in context

If getting pepper sprayed is national news I would say Japan is a pretty safe place. Where I’m from in the us regular shootings barley get a mention in the paper.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

A nation does have the right to make laws governing the actions of citizens abroad. However, they have no jurisdiction to enforce these laws abroad. If it could be proven in a court one could be liable in theory.

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