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Posted in: Lapses in commuter manners change with the times See in context

As someone who spends more time riding Tokyo trains than any human should, a few of my personal pet peeves are:

-People wearing backpacks that block the way

-Pregnant women (who deserve a seat!) standing in front of non-priority seats and passive-aggressively flashing their maternity mark pin

-The people who start shoving people in the back as soon as the train door opens, rather than realizing that most of the people in front of them are also getting off the train, if they'd just wait

-The people (usually elderly women - who also deserve a seat) who cut to the front of the queue on the platform and push their way toward first choice of the available seats

-The poor access for people who struggle to walk (elderly, physically disabled, etc.). I had always thought it was sufficient until my elderly parents came for a visit, and I saw how much they struggled due to elevators/escalators that are either not enough in number, or placed so far away that it took a huge effort to use them

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Posted in: Nishikori rallies to overcome tough Rotterdam opener See in context

Glad to see he made it through a tough opponent. On the other hand, it's a shame he let his mother pick out that shirt for him. Woof!

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Posted in: George Clooney's 'Catch-22' reflects on 'insanity' of war See in context

Yeah, but how many comic book superheroes will be in it??? That's all I care about

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Posted in: Grammys producer on why Ariana Grande isn't performing See in context

Performers at the Grammys include Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Chloe x Halle and Dua Lipa.

wasteland (n) - 1. a bleak or neglected area 2. a place, time, or situation that does not contain or produce anything positive

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Posted in: Girl's cry for help in school questionnaire shown to abusive father before her death See in context

Trust the system. We're professionals. We're experts. We make the rules because we know best. You're safe here. We'll take care of you. We know how.

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Posted in: What do you think about Naomi Osaka being asked to comment in Japanese by Japanese reporters at news conferences? See in context

I think it's a rude request.

However, I understand the motivation. I think that right now, I think Japanese fans/media are looking at their relationship with Osaka as an exciting first date. You have a cursory connection with an exciting person, but you're still in the trial stages, and you need to see just how compatible you are with each other by testing each other's limits a bit. Can she speak Japanese? How Japanese is she? How willing is she to appease Japanese fans? These are issues that people are curious about, as they subconsciously determine how they feel about her beyond just "She's representing Japan and she's a champion! Yatta!"

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Posted in: Djokovic beats Nadal in straight sets to win 7th Australian Open See in context

What a clean, utterly dominant performance by Novak. Wow. The constant pressure on Nadal's service games was impressive. I don't think anyone could've beaten Djokovic today, with the way he was playing.

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Posted in: Djokovic through to Australian Open semifinals after Nishikori retires injured See in context

No idea what the injury was (I wasn't able to see the match), but as someone who's played a lot of sports, I can tell you for sure that as fatigue sets in, your technique tends to fall apart, which causes you to overcompensate with unnatural motions, which is what causes a large number of injuries. Nishikori's early-round struggles led to him playing a ton of sets and hours thusfar in the tournament, and I wonder whether that contributed to this.

Anyhow - the injury bug is back. Here's hoping it isn't as long-lasting or disruptive as it was a year ago.

Also - pity about Raonic. I was really enjoying his heroic run at this year's Aussie.

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Posted in: Osaka to face Pliskova in semifinal at Australian Open See in context

Excellent. It's always nice to see Williams lose. Despite being the greatest talent ever to grace the women's tour, her on-court personality has always made it difficult to cheer for her.

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Posted in: 'Roma,' 'The Favourite,' 'Black Panther' get most Oscar nominations See in context

Black Panther being nominated is a major disappointment. Oscars have sunk into mediocrity with that move.

Best movie of the year, in my opinion, was Roma. What a beautiful movie - another masterpiece by Cuarón. I strongly recommend it.

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Posted in: Djokovic wary of 'fighter' Nishikori See in context

Nishikori is a likable player and is easy to cheer for. He typically goes about things with the right kind of attitude, and that endears him well to tennis fans from any country.

Jimizo: Sounds like Djokovic sent him packing with pretty minimal fuss.

As he does to most players! Djovokic has been playing at a legendary level.

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Posted in: Nishikori to face Djokovic in Australian Open quarterfinals See in context

@fxgai:

Allow me to remind you of how the second half of 2018 went for Nishikori - not including the (understandable) post-injury issues he had early in the spring. Here's a list of all his major tournaments in the summer and fall, without skipping any: Canada Masters - L in 1st round (bad). Cincinnati Masters - L in 2nd round (bad). US Open - L in SF (good!). Shanghai Masters - L in 3rd match (bad). Paris Masters - L in 3rd match (bad). ATP Finals - L two of three matches in opening round, did not advance to next round (bad).

Perhaps we simply have different ways of defining "being successful." I think that a top-10 player ought to be regularly challenging for and winning major tournaments. Kei hasn't had a sniff in years. A top-10 player ought to be regularly challenging and beating the top players in the world. Kei's record against the top players has been so bad that even you have already conceded the upcoming Djokovic match before it even starts.

Then, how is Nishikori a top-10 player? It's simple. The men's game has a very, very small top tier of players, and then a very, very big tier of "other guys." Right now, #1 Djokovic has 9,135 points. #2 Nadal has 7,480. #Fed has 6,420. #4 Zverev has 6,385. #9 Nishikori has 3,750. That means that Nishikori is 3,000 points away from #4. 3,000 points the other way puts Nishikori at next to zero. Mathematically speaking, Nishikori is closer in ranking to @smithinjapan than he is to #4 Zverev - and forget about Novak.

And, despite your insistence, I do like Nishikori and I hope he does well. But objectively speaking, he hasn't been of late.

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Posted in: Nishikori to face Djokovic in Australian Open quarterfinals See in context

Where he was losing badly last year?

...in his second consecutive calendar year with 0 titles? The level of denial has hit a new low.

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Posted in: Nishikori to face Djokovic in Australian Open quarterfinals See in context

Watching a good on-court meltdown is always fun - and that photo at the top of this page is great! Nishikori powers through another match - well done by him. He's found a much better rhythm of late than in his first two matches at Melbourne. But 18 sets and 14 hours on court through only 4 rounds is not the recipe for Grand Slam success. His struggles with lesser opponents in the early rounds will be the end of his chances at this tournament. (Well, Djokovic will be the end of his chances at this tournament, but these two things aren't mutually exclusive.)

Raonic, however, has been the man of the tournament thusfar. He's had a ridiculously difficult draw and is somehow still alive in the tournament. Unbelievable tennis by him.

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Posted in: Serena Williams, Osaka, Nishikori advance at Australian Open See in context

Finally, Nishikori gets a smooth win over an inferior opponent. He needed it. He's had a very easy draw thusfar in the AusOpen. Next up is Carreño Busta, his first seeded opponent, but also a Spanish dirt baller. In theory he should make it through that as well.

Milos Raonic eased to a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert... after Raonic had two tough opening matches with Nick Kyrgios and 2014 champion Stan Warwinka.

This is the opposite of an easy draw. And it gets worse - next up is Zverev (assuming he wins).

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Posted in: Sharapova raps Australian Open organizers over late scheduling See in context

after twice Grand Slam champion Muguruza finally closed out a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over former Melbourne semi-finalist Konta

Since when do women play best-of-five?

it's easy to see both sides in this argument. Playing to a post-midnight empty stadium is terrible, and it compromises the level of play. That said, there are plenty of other tough conditions that people have had to play under (extreme heat, extreme cold, sun in the eyes, noise, etc.) and that "survival" element is part of the game as well.

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Posted in: Tomic denies Hewitt allegations; calls him liar, media report See in context

Hilarious. Low blows left and right in this ongoing story. Add in Kyrgios, and Tennis Australia has some combustible personalities within its highest ranks.

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Posted in: Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray to reunite for 'On the Rocks' See in context

Boy - could they have chosen a less flattering picture of ol' Bill for this article?

I absolutely loved Lost in Translation. A great depiction of the uncomfortable gray areas that relationships can exist in.

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Posted in: Nishikori survives scare against Karlovic; Osaka, Pliskova, Keys advance at Australian Open See in context

"I feel more comfortable playing this Slam than others." -Nishikori, post-match.

Yikes.

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Posted in: Nishikori survives scare against Karlovic; Osaka, Pliskova, Keys advance at Australian Open See in context

fxgai: Well Ivo Karlovic matches being decided in final set tie-breakers is a garden variety result, as is young qualifiers coming out guns a blazing before running out of gas.

...as is Nishikori bowing out of every significant tournament he's ever played in, if that's the game you'd like to play. But let's talk about what's really happening, rather than trying to spin things by making sweeping generalizations. And what's really happening is 1) blowing a 2-set lead to the #74 player in the world, following 2) a sure loss to the #174 player in the first round, which was only salvaged due to Majchrzak's in-match injury which hampered his play in sets 3 and 4, and finally led to him retiring in the 5th. What's really happening is 10 sets of tennis and 2 near-losses in the first 2 rounds against much inferior opponents.

Nishikori has not come to Melbourne ready to play, and that's putting it very mildly.

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Posted in: There are many mentally unwell girls in AKB48, claims ex-member See in context

This report is ludicrous. Why would anyone be surprised by this "news"?

It's an American study, but still - the National Institute of Mental Health (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/major-depression.shtml) reports that:

-6.7% of all American adults have suffered from at least one major depressive episode

-Females have higher rates of depressive tendencies than males

-The age range with the highest percentage of occurrences was 18-25

And this is just depression alone - not considering the wide range of other mental health disorders and struggles that many people have.

So why would anyone be surprised that large groups of young female "idols" (who have really stressful lives on top of everything else) would include people affected by these issues? Is this part of the "fantasy" where fans are supposed to believe that these poor singers are somehow superhuman, innocent, pure, and exist solely to serve the fantasies of their small-minded fans?

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing sauce on young woman’s kimono on Coming-of-Age Day See in context

Saito was found lurking near Ogikubo Station at around 9 a.m., carrying a bottle of sauce with him.

LOL! This is one of the funniest sentences I've read in a long time. How, exactly, was he lurking, I wonder? Perhaps dramatically tiptoeing from hiding place to hiding place, behind a tree, behind a street sign, ducking behind a parked bicycle?

As for the kind of sauce, I'm imagining a nice tonkatsu sauce, or maybe a spicy Mexican salsa.

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Posted in: Serena Williams, Pliskova, Nishikori advance at Australian Open See in context

Boooy... Kei almost blew it in the first round to the 176th ranked player in the world. Down 0-2 sets. Won an an injury walkover. That's not how you want to start a Slam.

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Posted in: Go away! No one likes you: Tomic blasts Davis Cup skipper Hewitt See in context

Haha, oh wow. Well that's an interesting rant. I absolutely loved the way Hewitt played, but can easily imagine that he'd be abrasive and difficult to work with.

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Posted in: Japan's youngsters prefer coming-of-age celebration at 20 rather than 18: survey See in context

Lindsay: The real reason they want it at 20 years old is so they can get drunk to celebrate.

I think you nailed it

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Posted in: Nearly half of young Japanese women say they hate the company they work for in survey See in context

Not specific to women at all, but I think one factor that likely leads to job discontent in Japan is how unlikely people are to pursue a job that's connected in any way to what they studied in university. When I taught uni here, it was great to meet students from a variety of majors, who'd talk about their interest in what they were studying. And when it came time for job hunting, it struck me that "a job in my field" was nowhere on the radar of what they were looking for. Talented graphics design majors, nutrition majors, pre-law majors... all happily shuffling off to desk jobs at insurance firms and trading companies. Sure security, reliability, and income are desirable. But it seemed to me that no one even looked into a career related to what they studied.

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Posted in: 5,000 sprint for title of ‘Lucky Man’ See in context

Among the prizes Yamamoto received were a barrel of sake and rice.

Mixed together? Yeesh.

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Posted in: 5,000 sprint for title of ‘Lucky Man’ See in context

Yubaru: I'll bet the race is "over" before the last people in the race even pass the start line。

Probably. And the winner was positioned at the front of the pack at the starting line. If you look closely, you can spot him on the left-hand side during the mad rush when the doors first burst open.

That said, who cares? It's a fun tradition, and I'd love to take part in that. I enjoy seeing this video and news reported every year.

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Posted in: Nishikori, Pliskova win Brisbane International titles See in context

Hey hey! He got one! Good on Nishikori. It's been a while coming - hope he keeps the new momentum rolling forward.

Ganbare Japan!: He would have to be one of the favorites now.

Because he won a third-tier event for the first time in three years?

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Posted in: Gov't to try luggage inspections at subway station in Tokyo as anti-terror experiment See in context

there was a terrorist attack on the Tokyo Subway years back. I guess some people have forgotten.

No one's forgotten. There's just no reason to suddenly react to one isolated incident from 24 years ago that has never been repeated.

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