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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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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus See in context

I won the entry lottery and have been training extremely hard for this event since October 1. I'm so disappointed. And then they won't even refund the entry fee!

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

This solution pales in comparison to actual improvements to working life, as many commenters have suggested already.

However, don't underestimate the efficacy of solutions like this, which do seem awfully silly at first glance. For example, JR (and a few other) train lines have installed blue LED lights at the ends of train platforms, which are designed to reduce suicide rates. And according to a study, stations with the blue lights have an 84% (!) reduction of such incidents (https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/how-blue-lights-on-train-platforms-combat-tokyos-suicide-epidemic). People are much more sensitive to environmental factors than we think (light, sound, color, etc.), and they can affect everything from mood to productivity, blood pressure, and spending habits.

So, do we need better working conditions for all? Absolutely. But if this fake skylight can make people happier and more productive, then why not?

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Posted in: Billie Eilish releases theme song to forthcoming James Bond film 'No Time to Die' See in context

In general, I love that every Bond theme song is newsworthy. I miss the days when soundtracks and theme songs were relevant parts of (non-children's) movies.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 6% of Japanese workers motivated; 7th lowest in the world See in context

One reason for this is that Japanese people rarely pick a line of work because it interests them. I used to teach at a university in Tokyo, and I was always so disappointed when student after student ignored what their major was in favor of pursuing a practical job. People studying theater and philosophy and broadcasting shuffling off to safe desk jobs at insurance companies and trading firms. And then we wonder why they aren't motivated at work.

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Posted in: Can foreign-language films ever win over Hollywood? See in context

In my movie-watching lifetime, a non-English movie should've won the "Best Picture" Oscar twice:

2000: "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" should've beaten out "Gladiator" (another great movie)

2019: "Roma" was robbed by "Green Book" (a not-great movie)

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Posted in: Thiem beats Nadal, Zverev knocks out Wawrinka as 'youngsters' power into semis See in context

Much love and respect to Nadal, but Thiem is my favorite of the new generation. He won me over at last year's French. Guy plays with a lot of skill and a ton of heart. He gets very little press compared to others in the next wave of players, but I think that'll end soon enough.

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Posted in: Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals See in context

That's a cracker of a match up. Looking forward to that one! Big Halep fan, but both ladies are very entertaining.

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Posted in: Djokovic keeps focus to set up Federer semifinal See in context

Here's hoping the marathon comeback didn't take all of Federer's energy. Would love to see another classic battle between he and Novak. Enjoy this generation of legends while we still can!

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Posted in: Is Coca-Cola Japan’s brand-new strawberry Coke any good? See in context

I tried it. It has a strawberry smell, but it doesn't taste like strawberries at all. It tastes like regular Coca Cola. What a boring disappointment

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Posted in: Nadal settles Kyrgios score to keep heat on Federer record See in context

Brilliant match - I really enjoyed watching this one. Disappointed by the loss from Kyrgios, but Rafa played incredibly - no feeling bad when you lose against that machine.

The article concludes that Nick's stamina gave out

It seemed so at the beginning of the 4th set, but once Nick dug his heels in, he was flying on all cylinders at the end of the set. He steadied the ship just fine, in my opinion

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Posted in: Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country See in context

I worked as a waiter during my student days, and was exposed to the worst of human behavior directed at me. As a result, I will forever be extremely kind to others in the customer service world, who get dumped on by the rudeness and thoughtlessness of the public. I think all people should be required to work one year in a crappy customer service job - maybe then we'd learn to treat each other better.

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Posted in: Sharapova dumped out in Australian Open 1st round; ruthless Nadal starts with big win See in context

Fognini, who lost his temper several times on Monday, also had a meltdown at the umpire, ranting in Italian and gesturing with his hands. He reportedly told Bernardes: "You're not fit for this."

I've read lots of reports suggesting that Fognini is a first-class a-hole.

The Mallorcan, the first man to be world number one in three different decades

Very cool statistic

Maria Sharapova's faltering career hit a fresh low

What a shame. She was an elegant champion and always someone who could be admired. She'd have gone down in history as one of the all-time greats, if her career hadn't coincided with Serena's.

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Posted in: Ariana Grande sued by hip hop artist who says she stole hit single '7 Rings' See in context

Ariana Grande and more than a half-dozen songwriters were sued...

I'll take a good singer/songwriter any day of the week over this nonsense of having a corporate team working on a magic formula to maximize profits from impressionable teenagers

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Posted in: Whitney Houston, Biggie among Rock Hall of Fame inductees See in context

There are two levels of inductees this year: Nine Inch Nails, and everyone else.

"Everyone else" aren't bad at all. They're just not on par with NIN.

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