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Posted in: Why are Tokyo cabbies so clueless? See in context

I've been using taxis in Tokyo all my life, and I've never had any problems, even in the days before GPS. Even when I lived in an obscure place in Asakusa.

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Posted in: Japan hosts visit by 5 Australian World War II POWs See in context

Mr. Ramsey’s prisoner ship taking him to Japan was sunk by his ally the US and he was rescued by his enemy Japan. That is the height of irony.

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Posted in: Christchurch quake may portend major seismic activity for Japan See in context

Weekly Playboy? Any relation to the other Playboy?

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Posted in: Ready to run See in context

Well, just to add a sober note, he is running to raise money for a childrens' cancer hospital in Tokyo. Good luck to the guy.

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Posted in: Ready to run See in context

@nimbus, at first I was confused about whose legs were whose.

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Posted in: Gadhafi forces, foreign mercenaries strike back at revolt near Tripoli See in context

Interesting that Kadafi blames drugged youth and al kaida for the trouble, but has not blamed the usual suspect: the US.

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Posted in: Japan excavating site linked to WWII human experiments by Unit 731 See in context

I just discovered that there is a "unit 731" article in English Wikipedia. Nothing hidden about it. And remember, not to get to far off topic, but the US conducted human experiments too. Remember Tuskegee? Not treating syphilis in blacks to see what happens. I guess it was not uncommon.

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Posted in: Japan excavating site linked to WWII human experiments by Unit 731 See in context

There is nothing shadowy about 731. What it did was well known and there is a lot of material published about it in Japanese (the Japanese Wikipedia article on 731部隊 runs several pages with many references). Access of information was complicated by the US trying to keep the "research" from falling into the hands of the Soviets. In fact, in a deal with the US, all but one of the 731 researchers were pardoned from the Tokyo Tribunal in exchange for receiving all the "research" to keep it out of Russian hands. So ask the US where the material is. And yes, it is condemned in Japan.

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Posted in: Palin rejects gun law changes; stays vague on 2012 See in context

At the Republican convention recently Palin only got 3% of the vote for the vote for the next Republican presidential candidate. Why is anyone paying attention to this woman? Entertainment value? Then she should be on Saturday Night Live. She has no business in politics.

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Posted in: Night life See in context

Yes, the rubbage is left for garbage pick-up. Look how neatly it is arranged in those Tokyo city hall-approved trash bags. I'm not sure about the boxes. 8 or 9 years ago Tokyo removed all trash cans as a cost saving measure, with the slogan "take it home". Strangely, it seems to work pretty well, on the whole and in the long run. I only see a little trash on the sidewalk.

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Posted in: Night life See in context

@Paulinusa, "the best nighttime display of lights is in Shinjuku"? Shinjukuboy would say "the best nighttime is in Shinjuku". Of course, if you know where to go.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

But Zempun, you'll remember that David defeated Goliath. How about quality over quantity? More than GDP, per capita income is what counts.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

Why on earth would China want to be like the US (=free marketers)? Free market economies have only shown how efficiently they can destroy themselves. The big problems with Japan's economy started when Koizumi tried to refashion Japan's economy to look like the US, especially destroying the labor structure. Now those hens have returned to roost.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

the relationship between Japan and China will become like the Chinese Olympics. The great opening day show was put on by China, but all the costumes were designed by the New York-based Japanese designer Ishioka Eiko. That will be the pattern in the future. Both can thrive, and the show will be great.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

@SmithinJapan You are right that I quote another poster about "fire in the stomach". That poster was me, incidentally. All I meant to say by the expression "comfort is not equal to happiness" is that if you are happy, of course you can enjoy your big house and big car. But if you are not happy, these will not make you happy. People look at the small houses here in Japan or the delapidated places you see in China outside Shanghai and think these people must be miserable. But that is not necessarily true (of course, some people are). A hard life can be happy, and an easy life may be miserablely boring. You know, needing drugs, like Paris Hilton or what's her name, Lohan?. They have lots of money and a big house, but I guess that does not bring happiness. Tipsy Japnese salarymen is not so much misery but trying to lossen inhibitions like shyness.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

@The true, you know about those big American garages bigger than houses here in Japan, that is true. But Americans mistake comfort for happiness. This is unlike most Japanese and maybe Chinese as far as I have seen when I visit China. But comfort is not happiness. That is why Americans use so many drugs and eat so much to become obese. Even rather poor Chinese seem rather happy and willing to work hard for a better life. That is the strength of Chinese. I hope Japanese get the same fire in their stomach someday like the Chinese have. A hard life is not necessarily an unhappy life.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

True, once you step of the meglev train to Shanghai and through the bright lights to the outside of town, it is like you've gone from the 21st century back to the 1950s. And of course, China could blow it. But, OK, I don't actually speak Chinse, when I'm there for work, I feel they really have a fire in their stomach, and that is what drives and will drive China's success, not the government. China is a big and complex country with a lot of players. You can't summarize it in one paragraph. For those of you who write off Japan: I don't think so. Come and visit sometime. Not all women are Akihabara maid caffe waitreses and not all guys are hosts in Kabukicho.

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Posted in: Mini ninjas See in context

I say they look more like childrens' hazmat suits.

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Posted in: Palin: America out of step with Reagan's values See in context

Americans think their country is sinking into the ocean and the Japanese think their country is sinking into the ocean. Both views are preposterous.

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Posted in: Assange's Swedish sex crimes file is leaked online See in context

My guess is that the women want to have themselves appear in the movie that will inevitably be made about him. They want to get book deals. And she thought it was "too late" and let him continue? It is not absolutely "too late" until ejaculation.

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Posted in: Smoking, obesity are why U.S. lifespans lag a bit See in context

The old people here in their 80s lived through the war and its aftermath, when they had little food to eat. They still eat Japanese food. Young Japanese may face the same reduced life spans as USians, although recent government statistics show that young peoples weight has been falling the past 2 years.

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Posted in: Kan, referring to Japan's debt rating cut, says fiscal discipline vital See in context

@Ah so, you probably noticed that I should have said "net OFF the governments OWN assets". Anyway, the next evidence that this is a non-story is that a day later it has already dissappeared from the news, with not much commentary (and the commentary that was written was half-hearted going through the motions reciting all the well known problems). Ho hum. Nobody took it seriously. Evidently, PM Kan hadn't heard about it at the opening of the daily diet session when asked about it.

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Posted in: Kan, referring to Japan's debt rating cut, says fiscal discipline vital See in context

@Ah so, yes a "predictable post" because it is true. Japan is the world's greatest creditor and the US is the greatest debtor. Where would you put your money? And also, if, as economists who know something about Japan know (if you can read Japanese), net of government assets (not including all that credit owed Japan), and debt is only 100% of GDP. Not good, granted, but nothing like the catastrophy they are putting out. Anyway, the 82 yen to the dollar says it all (yes, even if it is a sign that the dollar is weakening rather than the yen strengthening -- its the same thing).

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Posted in: Kan, referring to Japan's debt rating cut, says fiscal discipline vital See in context

Aren't these the people who gave AAA ratings to all that new toxic debt? They don't know pee-squat, sitting in their big New York City offices lording it over everyone. They didn't have a clue what was going on in the US, and they certainly don't have a clue what is going on here. Please ignore.

My rating for S&P: FFFF

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Posted in: Why must Tokyo’s railways engage in aural assault? See in context

Some may find the announcements annoying, but my ears were really ringing every time I stepped off the NY City subway when I was there a few months ago (not to mention everything is dark and narror and dreary - and why can't you swipe your cell phone to get into the stations? Primitive.). I prefer the Tokyo prattle anytime.

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Posted in: Why must Tokyo’s railways engage in aural assault? See in context

The writer should realize in some countries you go around with a donkey and cart, and take hours to get anywhere, going over dangerous mountains etc. We've all seen it on TV even if we haven't been there in person. Be glad you have the nice trains to ride on. Get into a positive vibe.

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Posted in: Why must Tokyo’s railways engage in aural assault? See in context

Shinjukuboy goes through Shinjuku Station every day. At most you spend about 5 minutes on a platform before a train arrives and takes you away from the noise (unless you are there late at night - in which case you deserve the noise). Look on the bright side and don't be a whimp. Actually, in the early 90 JR (then called JNR) tried dropping all announcements etc. during rush hour when presumably most of the people knew where they were going. The main reason this was dropped was because the platform personnel felt uncomfortable just standing around doing nothing (according to a weekly rag at the time).

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Posted in: Walmart shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 deputies hurt in Washington state See in context

Seems as though the civil war is starting in the US.

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Posted in: Sakai to celebrate 800th program in TV cooking series See in context

This program has taught me how to cook. Been a fan since the 90s.

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Posted in: Model citizen See in context

It is not worth 5 million yen to me. To me it is worth nothing.

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