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Posted in: It can never be destroyed unless one resorts to a high-performance, industrial power tool. See in context


I was waiting for someone to make that joke. Thank you.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

Karasawa was superb in Shiroi Kyotou, when he was given the time and space to act and a story with actual characters. Like Plastic Monkey said, it doesn't matter how good you are if all the production company wants is the same old formula.

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Posted in: As governments around the world apply strict measures to contain the coronavirus, millions of people are losing their jobs and companies are facing bankruptcy. Do you think the economic fallout is worse than the health impact? See in context

I think the next few weeks will really lay bare the inequality within developed countries and show just how many people are living from paycheck to paycheck. It's going to hit the low-paid and uninsured hard, including the nurses, supply chain workers, delivery drivers, and supermarket workers who are crucial to keeping things going at the moment.

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Posted in: Do you personally know anyone who has been infected by the coronavirus? If so, how are they doing? See in context

I don't know anyone who has got it, but I know quite a few people in the UK who are struggling to get basics like toilet paper and pasta because of all the panic buying.

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

Also, wouldn't a label saying that natto can defeat the virus be a crime? Does Japan have false advertising laws?

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

I doubt it protects against coronavirus but it is supposed to be good for you. I don't really like the sticky texture but my kids can't get enough of the stuff.

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Posted in: We haven't made any rules saying, 'This park is OK, but that other place is off-limits.' We can only remind guardians to be aware of the intent of the school closures. See in context

Fair enough. The Board of Education shouldn't have any say over what kids do outside of school.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

I would probably avoid airplanes and airports right now, as they are probably higher risk than most places. However, if you are already in Japan, now might be a good time to go to places that are usually too full of tourists to enjoy, like Kyoto.

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Posted in: Since job openings continue to outnumber job seekers, parents are increasingly pushing their children to choose big-name companies. It is important for small and mid-sized firms to gain parents' understanding when recruiting graduates. See in context

While parents can offer good advice, if what they want is the deciding factor in what is a pretty important life decision, then I think you are probably better off at a big Japanese company that will slot you comfortably at the bottom of a controlling hierarchy. SMEs would be better off targeting candidates who are capable of making their own decisions.

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Posted in: Out in the park See in context


If you're spending a long time in the park with small kids, they're pretty useful. Littlest ones can have a nap out of the wind and direct sunlight while the big brothers and sisters carry on playing.

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Posted in: She looked like high school student (on the intercom screen). I thought it was a joke. See in context

If the age of adulthood is 20, surely high school students should be eligible for child welfare support too.

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Posted in: Prosperity rite draws thousands in loincloths despite winter cold See in context

My brother-in-law is from Saidaiji so I've entered this with his team in the past. The cold is not so bad because of the sheer number of people. What I wasn't ready for was the brawling. I saw one guy smash his collar bone as he was flung down the podium steps. After that I hung around the edge of the mob. I'd rather be cold with all bones intact thank you.

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Posted in: Liverpool the team to beat as Champions League returns See in context


Klopp has a record of using new players sparingly until they are fully integrated into his system. Minamino's time will come, but it probably won't be this season.

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Posted in: If you have not yet retired, at what age would you like to retire (if at all)? Do you think you would get bored with retirement? See in context

No specific age, but once the house is paid off and the kids are grown up and self-sufficient (fingers crossed), I hope to gradually get more selective about the work I accept until I'm mainly taking on projects that I'm interested in. Ideally I'd be doing a few half days a week that I can fit around gardening, hobbies, and travel. Like several people above, I've already completed stage 1 (move to the country).

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Posted in: Kumamoto strives to attract visitors 4 years after earthquakes See in context

Even if you can't get close to the Aso crater, the drive up there and the surrounding scenery is lovely. Well worth a drive in spring or autumn.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi’s solution for stressed office workers in Japan: fake skylight video displays See in context

It is a nice idea and would help make places like hospitals a little less unbearable. However, presenting it as a solution for worker stress is just marketing rubbish.

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Posted in: In honor of Valentine's Day, we ask what is your favorite chocolate brand? See in context

Thorntons Alpini (although I also have a secret love for the really cheap baking chocolate you get in 100 yen stores)

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Posted in: Is it too early to make a decision on whether or not to cancel or defer the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the outbreak of the coronavirus? See in context

Moving it back a few months would also mean holding it in a period with more reasonable temperatures, which would be good for both athletes and spectators.

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Posted in: Cold puffs See in context

For a second I read that like you ended up marrying Debito.

Warm cocktails in an ice room sounds awesome. Although I once went to a party at a hotel where the bar and the tables were made of ice. If you put your drink down and didn't pay attention, it would slide away from you.

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Posted in: Do you think online friendships can be an adequate substitute for face-to-face encounters? See in context

I don't think they are a substitute but they can be a complement. I think meeting people in-person is a basic human need, but online friendships mean you can connect with people on the other side of the planet. It's all good.

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Posted in: Foreign travelers now spend more money in Japan than ever before; surprise country at top of list See in context

I wouldn't say its a surprise that China is top. If you've ever been anywhere that has a druqstore and a Don Quixote close together in Tokyo or Osaka, you've probably seen a Chinese shopping tour of about 30 people led by a tour guide with a flag going from store to store stocking up on cosmetics, electronics, nappies and stuff.

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Posted in: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77 See in context

Going to have to search for my much read, dog-eared copy of the Saga of Erik the Viking next time I go to my Dad's house so I can pass it on to my kids. Thanks for all the laughs!

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Posted in: Taking the U.S. as an example, how can a democracy function if half the people hate the elected leader -- a state of affairs which usually continues until the next election cycle before repeating itself? See in context

I think only having two electable parties encourages us vs. them thinking, meaning one side will always be unhappy no matter who is in power. It also leads to stagnation as each party spends a lot of time and effort rolling back the changes made by the other party. A realistic third or fourth option might encourage more pragmatism and compromise. Still, I'd probably take the two party system in the US over the one party system in Japan.

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Posted in: Kagawa politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games See in context

How on earth would they enforce this? As a younger brother, I would have loved to have a law like this when I was little. "Let me have a turn or I'll tell the police how much time you've spent gaming."

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

Roundabouts with multiple lanes and lots of exits are a nightmare and result in indecision and sudden lane changes. Keep it simple and I think it is safer.

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Posted in: Prince Harry and Meghan to 'step back' as senior UK royals See in context

Friends in the UK are referring to it as "Megxit"

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Posted in: What are your highest hopes for your life this year? See in context

That summer is not too long and hot and that we get a proper spring and autumn.

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Posted in: What is the most unusual Christmas present you have ever received? See in context

An old girlfriend once knitted me a cosy for my member to "keep it warm." It even had a drawstring to stop it falling off. To this day i'm not sure if it was thoughtful or a massive red flag.

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Posted in: FIFA considers staging Women's World Cup every 2 years See in context

Agreed. I love the World Cup but I think holding it too often would be a disaster. The fact that it is every four years means that players only have a few chances to compete during their careers. This gives the knock out games a real edge because it might be the last chance to play at a World Cup for a lot of the players on the pitch.

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Posted in: 'Little Miss Period' tackles Japan's menstruation taboos with a punch See in context

Whether you like it or not, here we are all discussing it on a news website. If it was a more sensible campaign, I'm pretty sure that the people it's targeting would not even give it a second thought.

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