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Posted in: Trump says he will not attend Biden's inauguration See in context

PTownsend: Understatement. Trump's leaving behind the most divided country ever.

Ever? You do realize this is a country that had an actual civil war, don't you?

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Posted in: Nintendo’s victory over MariCar finalized by Supreme Court of Japan See in context

There are a lot of similarities between Mario and Mickey. They both have five-letter names starting with “M” and...


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Posted in: Japan's New Year rituals fall victim to virus surge See in context

Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine, which earlier this year replaced a rope for bell-ringing with an electronic system that visitors activate by passing their hand over a sensor, producing a recorded bell sound.


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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 4 family members, neighbor See in context

Hows that working out for them? Japan has a lower crime rate than them all, partly due to the deterrent of execution.

The ends don't justify the means. If the government threatens to execute a criminal's entire family as punishment for his crime, that would lower the crime rate as well. However, that wouldn't make it a good thing to do.

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Posted in: Gunmen kill female TV anchor in eastern Afghanistan See in context

A terrible, tragic death. Hopefully her bravery inspires more women to follow in her footsteps, rather than having her demise scare them away from it. The Afghan public's reaction will determine if the shooters succeeded or failed.

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Posted in: Japanese star pitcher Sugano put up for MLB bidding See in context

NOMINATION: I hate players like him who get drafted by a certain team then refuses to play for them because he didn't get drafted by the team he wanted to go to.

Agreed 100%. He thought it was his right to play for Yomiuri and acted like a child when the Fighters took him. I hope he gets destroyed in the Major Leagues.

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Posted in: Best Betts: Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988 See in context

I'm very happy for Clayton Kershaw. He was the best pitcher on the planet for a handful of years, and his playoff collapses were agonizing. Great to see him get his moment in the sunshine.

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Posted in: 76-year-old man arrested for fatally stabbing neighbor in Osaka See in context

Oi was standing over him, holding a blood-stained knife

...he denied any intent to kill

"I just wanted to carve this knife into him until he shut up...I never thought it would KILL the weakling! I'm not that kind of person!"

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Posted in: Carreño Busta, Djokovic set up rematch at French Open; Kvitova advances See in context

Djokovic was really on point against Khachanov. He's is really good form, as he has been for the entirety of the 2020 season.

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Posted in: Gauff undone by 19 double-faults in French Open; Nishikori ousted in 2nd round See in context

Ha, my memories of Petr Korda as the same, Pukey2.

I didn't see this match of Nishikori's, but I saw his first round match. He didn't seem like his fitness was quite where it needs to be, which is understandable after a long absence and then a bout of Covid. He battled a tough third-set tie break victory, and had no gas left in the tank for the fourth set and got beaten badly (1-6 I think?). Then he regained his composure and took the fifth set. So, seeing that he went back-to-back 5-setters in the first two rounds, I wonder if he just didn't get the energy to get through yet again. Hopefully his fitness improves as he gains more match experience.

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Posted in: Japan's tallest skyscraper, 'Torch Tower,' to be built in Tokyo See in context

"I like to see a man standing at the foot of a skyscraper...It’s man who made it—the whole incredible mass of stone and steel. It doesn't dwarf him, it makes him greater than the structure. It reveals his true dimensions to the world. What we love about these buildings... is the creative faculty, the heroic in man."

-Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead"

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins 2nd U.S. Open title See in context

fxgai: I remember a time here at Japan Today when some people were implying that it was her old coach who had won her the first two grand slams, and that she’d made a mistake by dumping him.

I came on here to post the same thing. There's been a TON of very unwarranted negativity among posters on this site about Osaka. She's still young, she's still great, and there are going to be more Slams coming.

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Posted in: Disney's all-Asian 'Mulan' makes historic small-screen debut See in context

I recommend everyone skip this film due to Chinese star Yifei Liu's vocal support of the Hong Kong Police during the HK protests. The #BoycottMulan movement will bring attention to the voices of people who are unhappy with the human rights violations committed by the HK Police.

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Posted in: Osaka edges Doi in 3 sets at U.S. Open; Djokovic advances, Gauff ousted See in context

How can anyone be called 'genius' for hitting a ball with a racket? Stop devaluing words.

Are you kidding? It's a perfectly applicable word for an athlete. Do you honestly think that there is no mental aspect to sports? I don't think Osaka is there at this young stage of her career, but they are plenty of athletes who can be described as geniuses. Federer is a genius - no one can match his shot selection, creativity and anticipation while "hitting a ball with a racket."

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Posted in: Angels' Shohei Ohtani strains arm; won't throw for 4-6 weeks See in context

It's probably because Japanese coaches have no idea what the term "pitch count" means.

Japanese pitchers spend more time on the DL than on the mound when it comes to the MLB. They just can't hack it for very long. Too much abuse in high school here.

It's a disturbing pattern for sure, but this rationale for it makes no sense to me. If overuse by Japanese coaching were truly the problem, then Japanese pitchers who play in Japan would have the same tendency toward injury. But they don't - it's only after they've gone to North America that this trend appears

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Posted in: Washington team to retire Redskins name and logo See in context

Blacklabel New team: DC Justice Warriors.

Team ownership just announced that the DC Justice Warriors' preferred pronoun is "zhe." Referring to the team as "they" or "them" will lead to your season tickets being revoked and a public apology followed by sensitivity training being demanded.

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Posted in: New support center opens in Tokyo for foreign residents in Japan See in context

The center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays

Sweet. Very useful for the working professionals that they hope to accommodate.

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Posted in: Poster girl See in context

zichi: Over exposure

Japan's first top 10 player in forever (on the women's side) and a multiple Grand Slam champion? That's not over exposure. That's called "proper exposure."

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Posted in: Hollywood mogul Steve Bing dies after falling from 27th-floor apartment balcony See in context

producing and financing movies such as Sylvester Stallone's action flick "Get Carter" and Martin Scorsese's music documentary "Shine a Light," Bing co-wrote the 2003 comedy "Kangaroo Jack."

Bing was also a prominent real estate developer, philanthropist and political donor.

He was a long-time friend and supporter to Bill Clinton

Forget all that!

fathered a child with actress Liz Hurley

The man is a legend!!!

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Why is he anti-Japan?' See in context

I agree with Strangerland much moreso than I agree with the advice columnist.

I've had numerous Japanese friends and acquaintances who faced difficulties upon returning to Japan after spending significant time overseas. After experiencing a foreign culture, they found Japanese working culture and society in general to be restrictive and frustrating, and had quite a hard time re-adapting. And as a result, they ended up souring on many aspects of Japanese culture, like the letter writer's boyfriend.

That said, he's a bit of a jerk if he can't understand why someone who arrived in the country recently is interested in learning the language or going to museums.

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Posted in: Orange Vanilla Coke finally comes to Japan See in context

Just what I've been waiting for!

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Posted in: Police arrest suspect in Kyoto Animation studio arson attack that killed 36 See in context

People like that have mental issues, thus giving them life in prison to think about it is useless. They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.Those of you asking for a life sentence are sadly mistaken.

To lump the broad spectrum of mental diseases together into one thing ("mental issues") is where you're sadly mistaken. To make a sweeping generalization about what "they" do, don't do, or can't do is idiotic. How about waiting for a professional diagnosis from an expert who has actually spoken to the man before giving us your wonderful analysis?

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Posted in: Koike to announce candidacy in June for Tokyo gubernatorial election See in context

I know little of her politics, but I was glad that she made weekly YouTube broadcasts in English to keep the English-speaking population of Tokyo up-to-date with coronavirus information. It was a nice touch.

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Posted in: Oscars may be postponed due to coronavirus: report See in context

No one cares !

I do, and so do a lot of other people who take a keen interest in cinema. The celebrity pandering is an unfortunate sideshow, but the award winners matter to me a lot.

I think a lot more people would appreciate them if they had a say

I disagree. What we don't need is a bunch of fanboys turning the next superhero-in-tights movie into a Best Picture winner. Any voting method has its flaws, as does the current one. But I don't think that turning it over to the masses is the answer.

The self-congratulating celebrities will be more than happy to miss another roasting from Ricky Gervais,

The Academy Awards and the Golden Globes are not the same thing.

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Posted in: Masks are expensive so I thought it's a waste to pay for them. See in context

No information about this guy's salary or living conditions. Some people are forced to choose between meals, diapers for the kids, or masks, and I could understand not wanting to pay for the masks in that case. Not to excuse the shoplifting at all. Just a suggestion of empathy.

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Posted in: Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over virus 'slander' See in context

Alex80: Look at the pic. That's how you do "social distance". Facepalm. But magically everything is good there...

Tell us, social distancing police, what makes you think you know when this photo was taken? News agencies often use stock photos with articles on today's news.

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Posted in: Smartphone vs virus: Is privacy going to be the loser? See in context

"Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

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Posted in: Why the coronavirus became a social media nightmare See in context

Let people decide for themselves. We are all adults.

I agree. Social media (in theory) represents society, meaning that there will be truth-tellers and liars, informed people and misinformed ones. We need to navigate through those people in real life, so I believe we need to navigate through them on social media as well. There will be costs to it, without question, but aren't there always in life when it comes to judging "the truth"?

Twitter (and the like) is a tech company. It's not an investigative journalism company, and not a judge and jury, so why should we put them in charge of deciding "truth" and whose truth we're allowed to (or prohibited from) repeating? Let the social media companies do their techy stuff behind the scenes to keep things running, and let the people sort out the content for themselves.

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Posted in: Kyoto University dorm pamphlet advises residents on how not to commit sexual harassment See in context

Don’t automatically assume that every college student should have a significant other.

This one's a bit odd to me. Why would anyone make that assumption? Never heard of this being problematic before.

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Posted in: Train operators refining 'live' foreign-language announcements ahead of Olympics See in context

I was at a Tokyo-area tourist attraction over the weekend, and they had a Japanese staff member reciting the instructions to the group in both Japanese and English. Horrific English pronunciation. I've been in Japan well over a decade and have become very good at deciphering katakana-flavored English, but I had no clue what this woman was trying to say. It's a problem when Japanese companies think this is passable for foreign customer service.

Thunderbird2: smarmy American accents...Have a neutral accent rather than a drawl... neutral Brit or Aussie... clear and concise.

LOL. "I don't have an accent. Everyone else has an accent." Spot-on logic, mate.

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