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Posted in: Pac-Man sake lineup celebrates video game legend’s 40th anniversary See in context

Such a cute novel idea! Wonder if this will be available in US markets, or maybe Coca-Cola could come up with something similar to this.

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Posted in: Mini samurai sword scissors See in context

Don't let your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan kid near these things, they're not toys!

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Posted in: Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyd's death See in context

u_s__reamerToday 07:40 am JSTWe had to wait a long time for this news. Violence works wonders, as all government people know, but are extremely loath to admit. Justice for Mr Floyd will likely have to be seen to be done in some form, but whether we can really expect American police to be demilitarized and reform their MO...? I'm not holding my breath on that one, but some good things will surely come out of these disgraceful four years that have tried the souls of the American people.

There's been a long turning away from the hurt and downtrodden in America, going on at least 20 years or more. Hatred, wars and glorification of them, indifference, snobbery, selfishness, and other social ills. America is sick, it's been dying. Our fascist occupier of the WH has amplified all these things and exposed them for all to see.

I'm very glad the Minneapple Police is starting to clean out their rotten apples. But this crap has been going on for far too long and the past 3.5 years of the evil Trump administration has only made things worse for all Americans. Something must change! Enough is enough.

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Posted in: Former AKB48 star Watanabe retires from showbiz over health reasons See in context

shogun36Today 02:07 pm JSTWow I haven’t heard about AKB in like 5 years. How are they doing these days? Is Kojiharu still there?

See my previous post.

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Posted in: Former AKB48 star Watanabe retires from showbiz over health reasons See in context

YubaruJune 2 07:55 am JSTWho?

Here today, gone tomorrow. Won't be remembered 30, 40 years from now.

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Posted in: Man detained in first arrest for illegal reselling of face masks in Japan See in context

Bugle Boy of Company BJune 2 07:59 pm JSTArresting someone for a 10% markup is Outrageous

He's still trying to rip people off and that ain't right.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempting to steal cash card from elderly man See in context

expatToday 10:00 am JSTWhat is "a self-professed sex industry worker"?

My guess would be that she isn't working for the yakusa but on her own.

MocheakeToday 10:26 am JSTThat guy was neither an imbecile nor had dementia, so we know who the real imbeciles were.

Yeah, and she is STUPID.

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Posted in: Shonan beaches to be without huts, life guards for summer See in context

MocheakeJune 2 09:03 pm JSTNo lifeguards? There's a word in the dictionary for this: Illogical. Never thought the government dealt with logic anyway so...

Mr. Spock would agree. This a Big Mistake.

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Posted in: Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition See in context

About time. I'm SICK of seeing my fellow veterans fighting for oil and getting disabled and sick for life from all these stupid wars. Enough!

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Posted in: Senate Republicans block bill condemning Trump on protesters See in context

SerranoToday 08:44 am JSTa Democratic resolution on Tuesday that would have condemned President Donald Trump for the use of gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters near the White House.

Guess they weren't so peaceful being as how they refused to move back to allow the president to safely walk from the White House to the church.

And he desecrated not one but TWO houses of worship in order to make a photo-op for his ego! Trump is taking the LORD's name in vain for his selfish egotistical agenda and Episcopalian and Catholic clergy have condemned his repulsive unchristian hypocritical action.

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Posted in: Kyoto teahouse’s specialty green tea menu welcomes summer with matcha desserts and drinks See in context

Shonen Knife wrote a song about 'I like green tea!'. I do too and this dessert looks scrumptious.

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Posted in: Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong See in context

WilliBToday 11:12 am JSTHiro S Nobumasa:

Why didn’t Lord Patten and London grant HK people UK citizenship back then when it’s their colony for 100 years?

Because at the time there was the assumption that the CCP would honor an agreement and that Communist China would change and start to respect human rights.

The CCP didn't exist. The treaty was made with the imperial Chinese Empire which ceased to exist in 1911. Then came the Chinese Republic which ended in 1949 when Mao took over. And we know what the CCP's word is worth! 

I gotta say, Bozo is doing good here!

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Posted in: Okayama to join other Japan cities issuing LGBT certificates See in context

I don't understand homosexual attractions or romance because I don't have those genetic attractions in me. But when 2 non-related adults do fall in love is it so bad? When gay marriages became 'legit' in America a lot of people screeched that the 'nation turned against God' and that Obama (who didn't make that decision and didn't have the power to) 'shook his fist in God's face'. Well the 'traditional family' isn't exactly endangered by it - abuse and violence within the family is the real danger. And Pope Francis himself said that there are several straight marriages that are so rotten, they're dysfunctional.

By nature homosexuals will always be a minority but it's real, not a choice or lifestyle. It exists in some animal species. And we are all made in God's image. It's time for the human race to realize that. We are diverse but we are all one.

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Posted in: New York City imposes 11 p.m. curfew See in context

Peter NeilToday 04:08 am JSTI believe much the protests are pent up anger from police in the US becoming so violent and getting away with decades of institutional abuse of power in many ways. There are over a thousand videos of police abusing people by overstepping their authority and escalating simple things into physical and verbal abuse, up to deadly force.

No one should condone any violence and looting.

There would no protests or looting if the police were not out of control.

At least something is being done. The MPD canned the murderous cop and Louisville's mayor fired the police chief of his city. A cop there killed a Black American chef who gave free meals to police there and one of them killed him! Unacceptable.

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Posted in: Celebs take to streets for demonstrations in U.S. See in context

It's about time people quit the smoggy drug of indifference and rage against the machine.

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Posted in: Japanese bathhouses awash with post-lockdown customers See in context

As long as there's distancing, what's the harm here?

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Posted in: New York City imposes 11 p.m. curfew See in context

YrralToday 10:21 am JSTWhat time Trump will crawl back into his bunker, and humiliate himself

He has proven once again that is not so tough. And his tweets, babyish rants and threats to use the military (the states are utilizing their National Guards finely without his direction, thank you) only show even more that Trump is not all-powerful, and he certainly is not the man he claims to be. In fact, he is not a man at all. He was a coward when we had the draft and he shirks his duty and he's cowardly now. He can't face the music, America doesn't like/love/adore/worship/need/want him. He is a pathetic petulant CHICKEN.

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Posted in: Tongue-tied singles turn to high-tech matchmaking services to help break the ice See in context

talaraedokkoToday 10:50 am JSTHaving had several high school students over the years I can say this has nothing to do with work or stressed out lives, etc. Many people just can’t communicate. They don’t know how to. Many need some good juice in their system to open up. Even taking something like explaining elements of their culture such as why do Japanese celebrate New Years in their home town, many cannot answer. This problem extends itself into many facets of life. Let’s memorize; no need to understand. We have many stories. We need a change of education from the roots.

It can also be a matter of upbringing as well. My own father didn't tell me anything valuable about women or dating.

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Posted in: Maybe a few movies more? Clint Eastwood turns 90 See in context

lostrune2June 1 08:04 pm JSTIf Clint not retiring in his 90s, no celebrity needs to be retiring

Beatle Paul has said he ain't gonna retire as long as he can do his trade either. He's still going strong too, his most recent CD 'Egypt Station' entered the US Album Chart at Number One.

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Posted in: Fireworks explode across Japan to cheer up virus-weary public See in context

They should've announced the exact timing, so at least kids can look out a window and have a little fun.

blue in greenToday 10:56 am JSTA few booms, but visibility wasn't good due to rain.

Short, but nice diversion.

Sometimes oncoming rain can cut the fireworks short. Rolling Stones shows end with fireworks. When I saw them at Ohio State University in 2015 as the show was nearing its end the clouds were thickening and were inky black and thunder was rumbling, so the fireworks went off before the last song. Just in time too, as the Stones made their traditional British bow the rain exploded and thousands of concertgoers in the stadium got soaked!

The fireworks were short but sweet, better than none at all.

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Posted in: Maybe a few movies more? Clint Eastwood turns 90 See in context

I remember when he was mayor of Carmel, California! I was stationed at a Navy base near San Francisco at that time. By then his movies were classic - 'Dirty Harry', all the way back to 'Good Bad and Ugly' which theme was used as the opening music before a Ramones show. And that is impressive.

He already was an icon. If he still can do it and it's still fun, go for it Clint! And happy 90th birthday.

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Posted in: Truck drives into protesters on Minneapolis highway See in context

Trump and his hatred is a disease, just like CoVid-19.

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Posted in: Truck drives into protesters on Minneapolis highway See in context

The tea kettle is blowing steam out of the spout! This is just like Charlottesville. Not a very 'fine person'.

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Posted in: Trump's pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021 See in context

TARA TAN KITAOKAMay 29 04:00 pm JSTTrump got to be joking. He will be the last person on earth to be trusted.

Trump is a joke and he long proved his trustworthiness which is LESS THAN ZERO.

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Posted in: Man arrested for confining 3-year-old son in washing machine See in context

JJ JetplaneToday 08:33 am JSTSeriously. What is wrong with this man? These are not actions by a sane adult. I know as kids, we think about doing such things to people. But as an adult to child?

I remember clearly from my elementary school days making jokes with a friend about doing such a thing. We both got called on by the teacher for giggling like, well - kids.

But this 'adult' is old enough to know better than that! This is child abuse - physical and psychological. I don't care if it's only 90 minutes, Kenichi Hoshino did this crap and he lied to the police about it. He needs to be put in the can and he should be getting divorce papers soon too.

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Posted in: Chinese media, HK gov't lash out at at Trump's pledge of curbs, sanctions See in context

Peter Neil Ronald Reagan is rolling in his grave.

Reagan talked with Gorby and they ended the Cold War peacefully. Today America is run by Putin's pup, he's a fascist and a sputnik. And authoritarian + totalitarian regimes and violence + oppression galore dominate the Earth now. It's in the USA, HK, Russia, Spain, Greece, central Africa, Middle East, Libya, etc. Violence, hate and war. Sad.

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Posted in: The death of 'Terrace House' cast member Hana Kimura and Japan’s mental health struggles See in context

Taila smithMay 31 08:51 pm JSTThose who don't understand suicide, nor mental health, I urge you to learn about anxiety, depression and suicide; these are all important problems that plague our lives in this day and age. We need to be more empathetic and knowledgable so we can offer support to those around us.

Bullying comes in so many forms, sometimes it's invisible o others. People who are bullied all the time sometimes get it from their own upbringing or unsympathetic parents. The worst part of it all is once a victim commits suicide you can't contact him/her and ask where did it all go wrong. It's too late.

It's more prevalent than you think. Even today in the US, more veterans who came from bad upbringings who return from these stupid secret wars are messed up in so many ways. Some of them are bullied and abused in the service too. They turn to substance abuse and some commit suicide and the giddy armchair warriors who cheered the reality TV shows that wars have become - they wring their hands and say, 'OMG'. America needs to THINK more. We all do.

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Posted in: Review: Lady Gaga is back, but where’s the art or spark? See in context

BertieWoosterToday 06:57 pm JST"Shallow," yes. I'd say that describes Lady Gaga.

bass4funkToday 10:35 pm JSTAnother has been trying to regain popularity. Hang it up.

Look it up. She took the name 'Lady Gaga' from the Queen song 'Radio Gaga' which pans pop radio constantly playing shallow juvenile low IQ trash music - which Lady Gaga does. 'Radio gaga, radio goo-goo, radio na-na' - that's her alright. A fitting moniker fershure. She even has a song titled 'ScheiBe' which is a German cuss word for 'crap' (to put it politely). So there you have it! Lady Gaga makes gaga goo-goo na-na CRAP.

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Posted in: Review: Lady Gaga is back, but where’s the art or spark? See in context

The AvengerToday 02:10 pm JSTOn “Plastic Doll” she sings, “I’ve lived in a pink box so long/I am top shelf, they built me strong.”

First of all, the lyrics are pathetic, senseless, and come off like a neurotic spoiled brat. But then, there is this:

"I've got blonde hair and cherry lips

"I'm state of art, I'm microchipped

Am I your type?

Am I your type?

(Oh-la-la, oh-la-la, ooh-ooh, oh-la-la)

At first I thought maybe she was singing from the perspective of one of those "dolls" but after going over the lyrics, no, that's not it, she just sounds like a well developed and trained spoiled brat beyond hope, who wants to be treated like more than just the plastic she is, who's happy to be "chipped".

She always seemed to be and even sang like a droid. And she goes out of her way to get sexually repugnant in her videos. My local newspaper compared her a few years ago to David Bowie and Roxy Music. LOL. She has the glam look but not the songs. She's just style without substance. At least Bryan Ferry is still alive to show us what glam truly is about, and he's got class. Same for Alice Cooper, in his own special way.

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Posted in: Virus count revised, new clusters emerge as France reopens See in context

Unfortunately it looks like they jumped the gun.

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