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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

I’d watch it if Bond is Idris Elba, but no one else. I mean, he would be able to bring the necessary Britishness into the character.

I vote with both hands for Luke Evans. He is gay, but he has played straight character and has developed convincing chemistry with his female partners more than once. Meanwhile, it’ll be ok if Bond is gay- then his female partner would be regarded more as just as capable and strong agent as Bond himself, rather than the next accessory to his masculinity.

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Posted in: Taiwanese-Canadian model Godfrey Gao dies while filming in China See in context

I’ve been following him on Facebook since Mortal instruments. He is so handsome and cool, and had such sunny attitude . Great guy, great personality. He’ s born and raised in Canada, and IMHO, didn’t behave much like your typical Chinese celebrity.

Such a shock- 2 of my favorite actors die within 24hours.

Memento mori.

Capre diem.

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Posted in: Name five of the most memorable film villains for you. See in context

Darth Maul (Star Wars)

Sauron( Lord of the Rings)

The Joker


And from tv, because they ARE iconic:

Cercei, Joffrey and the Night King from Game of Thrones.

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Posted in: Do you make an effort to join in or observe New Year traditions and activities in Japan? See in context

Yes, we do. It is pretty hard, but we do all- the big cleaning,decorations, o-sechi, tai, special sake. We go to first temple visit , draw mikuji, eat o-zoni. I think it is important to try to follow and respect host country’s traditions in order to understand their culture and values.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Best- my family is healthy and well.

Worst- I’ve been depressed since early May , locked myself at home and really don’t want to see or talk to anyone. Living day to day feels like an enormous effort.

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Posted in: Merry Christmas See in context

Merry Christmas to all your staff!

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Posted in: U.S. radio stations pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in wake of #MeToo See in context

An English teacher explains why this song is actually about young woman defying societal norms on Christmas, and empowerment.


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Posted in: Who do you think should be awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced on Friday? See in context

The South Korean president.

While the world was on the brink of nuclear war , and Japan and the US were already preparing for an attack, he was able to diffuse the crisis and even arrange historical talks between two really “difficult “, not so diplomatic world leaders, who have been waving at each other weapons of mass destruction.

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Posted in: Record 37,000 children suspected to have suffered abuse in Japan See in context

I’m afraid some of the real cases have gone unnoticed, while there also is fake reporting, and that’s very unfortunate. I was told by mom friends, that a family with kids , when moving to a new apartment, usually checks the neighbors. There are some people who just hate kids, and when the kids get noisy, those neighbors call the social services just out of spite. They would say that there are kids screaming or crying, there are sounds of banging, and would do that so many times, that the family would be forced to move out.

Another problem, about which there is even a book by a neurosurgeon, is that some babies and very young, still clumsy kids would bang their heads by accident, and the doctors, depending on their mood, would call social workers , even if there are witnesses claiming that there’s no abuse, just an accident. The author, a doctor himself, gives advice what to do in such case.

On the other hand, some people are simply afraid. I know a mom, whose child’s best friend is abused by her stepdad ( that’s according to this mom) but as the stepdad is yakuza, she is simply scared, and tries to keep the children from seeing each other. See no evil, you know. Honestly, I understand her.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

We’re in northern Osaka. When it hit, my daughter jumped half naked outside, running for dear life. Both kids are scared. We’re prepared to run.

Turned off the tv because it just stresses them out. It is really sad that , after all, we’re on our own!

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Posted in: What are some countries or places in the world that are on your travel bucket list? See in context

My dream is to visit Hobitton in NZ one day, but that probably won’t happen.

A more realistic, achievable goal is to visit Hokkaido in summer, Yakushima or river Shimanto. Japan for me is foreign country and there are so many nice places to see.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy bitten by poisonous snake See in context

According to jiji press at jiji.com , the boy is recovering. He was bitten around 6pm and his mom called an ambulance at 8:10pm.

The kids played in the grass covered area near the river- which is never a good idea. And the most baffling to me was that they kept the snake in the kid's backpack all the time.

Good that the boy is recovering. Tiger keelback (ヤマカガシ) is one of the most dangerous snakes in Japan.

Just a month ago I was going home with my daughter and we saw a snake in our park. The park has few tiny , 20cm tall bushes, and some trimmed grass, so how did a snake hid there is beyond me. The area itself is very busy, urbanized one. Major shopping district, big department store, heavy traffic- and a snake. I warned all mom friends, snapped photos...A boy from the college nearby caught the snake and took it to the police.

Really scary experience!

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Posted in: S Korean film about forced labor in Japan sets box office record See in context

I'd rather not judge, before seeing the movie myself. An intelligent adult should be able to distinguish art from propaganda. " Life Is Beautiful " is also a fiction, yet it contained elements of historical reality. The way these two were combined to create the narrative was what made it a masterpiece. Even Jolie's Unbroken got many positive reviews and now you can rent it in TSUTAYA, although Japanese were depicted like , basically, monsters.

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Posted in: Man wants to move out of his home, so he takes off all clothes and walks through the neighborhood See in context

I understand him, somehow. My family was in the same situation. Whenever my mother expressed desire to move out and live with my father away, my grandmother would become hysterical and threaten to harm herself and worse. It took my mother 20 years to win her independence. Some moms can be over attached.

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Posted in: First-graders and younger children tend to focus on what interests them. They sometimes move in ways that adults can never predict. They are short of hazard recognition. See in context

Oh, I used to walk with my daughter to school everyday, and to wait for her after school. You know, sometimes adults can be outrageous- there's only one sidewalk on the road to the school, it's not wide, but sometimes salarymen dragging suitcases , or worse- fancy young OLs will walk in the middle waving nice bags with stuff in it, and kids will have to walk on the road. When I'm with my daughter I at least make sure she walks on the sidewalk.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite feel-good movies or films that have inspired you to do something positive? See in context

Surprisingly, Star Wars Episode 1, because Darth Maul , obviously. They were doing reruns of old episodes before the release of The Force Awakens, and Darth Maul was an old flame. Long story short, I began exercising regularly, cut bad food, got fit , lost weight . Who's ever seen the movie and Darth Maul, will understand.

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Posted in: SNL skewers first daughter Ivanka Trump See in context

@zengohan. They actually did. Search " The Rock Obama" on YouTube, it's hilarious. Also, there was a movie with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, forgot the name, but Foxx played the President and many critics said it was like a caricature of Obama. I saw it some time ago and I totally agree. Politicians, just like other celebrities, tend to be target of such jokes in tv shows, movies, talk shows, stage performances, etc. It goes with the fame. If such joke makes her take some steps to promote women's rights, that's fine, but as a celebrity, she'll probably just brush it aside, and focus on what's important for her.

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Posted in: Disney to feature first gay scene in 'Beauty and the Beast' See in context

And the curious thing is, that Josh Gad is heterosexual and Luke Evans, who plays Gaston is allegedly gay ( I personally think he is bi, judging from his body language around some of his co- stars).

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Posted in: What's the best way to curtail non-urgent calls for ambulances to ensure the vehicles are available for real emergencies? See in context

Allow /establish private emergency services ( not covered by insurance). Establish hotline for seniors, since they are most likely to use emergency services, especially if they live alone. Encourage their neighbors to check up on them. Introduce a law to require taxi services to give priority to medical emergencies ( like when grandma wants a lift to the department store , but the taxi she called picks the grandpa with the stomachache instead, and she'll have to wait 20 more minutes. If there's a law, she can't complain or decide to choose another taxi company next time, because she'll know the other company would do the same). Make a "black list". Many of these non-emergency callers are regulars.

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Posted in: Happy New Year See in context

Well, Happy New Year!

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Posted in: What do you think were the biggest Japan and international stories this year? See in context

International: Trump's election, obviously.

Japan: The Great Kumamoto Earthquake in April. This year Japan was struck by number of natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, snowfalls... Quick recovery to those most affected, and strength to us all.

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Posted in: Truck rams into Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people See in context

As a person , who has German friends, as a person with friends living in Berlin, as someone who has visited this wonderful city, there's one thing I want to say to Mr. Carnel, bass , Jimizo etc: you are unbelievable!!

What kind of arrogance and egoism, what supremacist attitude would make you fight over American politics after reading an article about innocent people killed by some nut in one of the happiest times of the year,European people who probably didn't care much about your politicians, who enjoyed shopping presents or happy personal chats over a mug with warm wine? Their lives crushed down in a moment, like the mighty, beautiful Christmas tree. Can you please, just show your respect to the victims and talk about Trump and Obama and whoever somewhere else!

May the victims Rest In Peace and may all we have peace and pray for the recovery of the injuried. May we all find love in our hearts for Christmas, and at least some sense .

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Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time? See in context

I remember a short anecdote I read a year ago: A banker, a worker and an immigrant are sitting at a table. There are 20 cookies on the table. The banker takes 19 cookies and tells the worker:" Watch out, or the immigrant will take your cookie". Another funny idea I got when I read " The Brethren ". If you haven't read it, give it a try. Written by John Grisham some 20 years ago, sounds very, very contemporary. It's about the US presidential election and it's chilling .

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Posted in: Producer Masi Oka announces first Japanese actor in Netflix 'Death Note' movie See in context

Japan has really, really good actors, who need to be introduced to movie fans all over the world. Too bad it is the silent majority who mainly goes to the movies ( in the US) and obviously they'd just pass a movie with Japanese actor starring in it( who isn't the villain and is in the main cast, not supporting role with 10min screen time). As for the accents, non native English speakers don't mind accents. We actually speak with an accent, so we're used to it.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks currently on the market? See in context

I , personally, like Lotte 's macadamia chocolate and almond chocolate. At my fattest, I ate 2 boxes a day, but I've been clean for more than a year now. I react on it like that shark from Finding Nemo- totally lose control and crave it badly. I don't know what they put in it, but it had calming, soothing effect on me.

Other than that, I like Bourbon's Mini Baum, Almond Pocky, Bonchi Age, Yukinosato( snow county) , Cheese Almond Senbei and Tirol Chocolate.

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Posted in: Disney theme melodies now being played at Tokyo train stations See in context

I actually lolled at this! Do you know the Japanese lyrics to " Heigh Ho"? Hai-ho, hai-ho, shigoto ga suki! I like to work/ I like my job! Now imagine this for your morning commute. No, just imagine morning commute under this tune! The comedy!!

The train arrives under the Imperial March tune...This begs for some pranksters to cosplay as storm troopers!

They need to add "Let it go" too , in the mornings. Then the joke will be full.

Oh, I can't even! More Disney, more Disney, please!

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite places in Japan to view the beautiful autumn foliage? See in context

My favorite one is Yokoen in Fukui. Went only once , but still remember its beauty.

Osaka's EXPO park, really amazing place. There' a place for the kids to run wild, and for those who want to just sit, sip green tea, and enjoy Japanese tranquility. There's also a Canadian maple street, and the kids gather those giant leaves in huge piles, and jump inside.

Kiyomizu is indeed the most famous destination for foliage watching, but I'd recommend just a casual stroll on the streets. There are beautiful maple trees in smaller, not so famous temples, and you can avoid thousands of tourists flocking and pushing their way around to get the best shot of the famous view. This goes for Nara and Kamakura too. I don't understand why everyone is focused on the great statue only and the rest of many centuries old, quiet, beautiful temples don't get enough love.

I'd like to recommend Hiroshima Castle and park around. Last time I went I got kitty omake. Yes, while it's still early, the park around Kintaikyo in Iwakuni, and the mountain.

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Posted in: Doll makers association protests to USJ for using Japanese dolls in their horror attraction See in context

I'm genuinely surprised! The idea of haunted dolls or dolls connected in some way with the supernatural world have been widely used in Japanese pop culture - movies, tv shows, exhibitions of some kind...And now this! Maybe they are annoyed that USJ went cheap by borrowing dolls rather than having their own props made ( and paid to the Association for that, respectively).

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Posted in: When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it? See in context

Attended an elementary school's Sports Festival (unndoukai).

Exhausting for both the kids and the parents, and pretty terrifying. A kid broke his arm, at least one kid was with heatstroke, and few minor injuries. It's funny that despite all this, and the competitive nature of the event ( white team vs red team) , kids did enjoy it.

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Posted in: Do you get enough sleep? If not, why? See in context

I guess I have some kind of serious anxiety problem, because it takes me about 1 and a half, sometimes 2 hours to fall asleep, and I wake up during the night. I think I get around 4 hours a night sleep and it is interrupted .

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