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Posted in: Fired-up Djokovic braced for Alcaraz and Nadal challenge at French Open See in context

Pulling for Djokovic as usual, but Alcaraz is such a fascinating story. He was an absolute beast over the past few tournaments. He has such power that he was hitting winners (on the clay!!) on shots that would be normal rally shots for any other player on tour.

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Posted in: Should you watch end credits at the movies? Japanese celebrity’s comments spark fierce debate See in context

I like reading the "Trivia" section on IMDB after I watch a movie. There's often some interesting nuggets in there. If they sprinkled in some trivia about the movie throughout the credits, it would serve to reward both the moviegoers (to get some interesting and entertaining facts) and the filmmakers (for having their names seen by the audience who is now paying closer attention to the credits).

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Posted in: Full bloom See in context

I went to this park last year to see the sea of blue flowers. They're amazingly beautiful, and it's a nice day trip from Tokyo, but (as you can see in this photo) it's tough to get a decent photo without hundreds of people snaking through the background.

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Posted in: Foreign players in Major League Baseball steady at 28% See in context

Critics often whine that the MLB's championship shouldn't called the "World" Series, since other countries have strong leagues and teams as well. But the MLB is truly international, and collects many of the best players from all around the world. I think "World" Series is an appropriate name.

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Posted in: Fukushima bullet train services resume 2 weeks after big quake See in context

Enough with bullet train. When you go to the train station, it is always written "Shinkansen" and never "bullet train".

When you go to the supermarket, it is always written りんご and never "apple." That doesn't mean we should use "ringo" in English-language news articles.

If you refer to sushi as raw fish on rice then go ahead and call it a bullet train.

Internationally, raw fish on rice is known by the Japanese term "sushi." Internationally, there are plenty of bullet trains, and none of them are known by the Japanese term "shinkansen."

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Posted in: Fukushima bullet train services resume 2 weeks after big quake See in context

"Shinkansen" is as famous around the world as "sushi".

You are largely, largely mistaken.

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Posted in: World No. 1 Ash Barty retires from tennis at age 25 See in context

Fair game to her. She worked hard, she had great success, she made her money, and she did it all in a very respectable way. Even at 25 she has nothing left to prove to anyone, and can just ride off into the sunset. Well done, Ash.

That said, I think this is yet another example of how the tennis world needs a major overhaul. The "tennis season" runs roughly 11 months a year, and involves constant traveling around the world, staying in hotels, tournament after tournament after tournament, and the stress of it all, and the constant physical toll of it all. How difficult must it be to have a family life, to date, to have hobbies, to set up a house, to have a vacation, to do any of these things that we associate with normal life? It wouldn't surprise me at all if we start seeing more players retiring at relatively young ages. It's asking too much of people.

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Posted in: 'Power of the Dog' tops Oscar nominations with 12; 'Dune' nabs 10 See in context

Quite shocking she didn’t get a nomination here.

Not shocking at all. Lady Gaga's character was a very one-dimensional psychopath after the first half hour of the movie - no nuance to her at all. The movie as a whole was a big bore.

It's disappointing that "Don't Look Up" got nominated for Best Picture. What a weak movie that was. Not funny enough to be a comedy. Not nuanced enough to be powerful. Lots of very shallow and heavy-handed posturing and virtue-signalling soapbox content.

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Posted in: Washington's NFL team unveils new name as Commanders See in context

The name "Commanders" is fine, I guess. It's not particularly interesting or exciting, but it's not terrible either. Those uniforms on the other hand... woof. Uuuuugly. I hate the monotone look. The burgundy jersey needs white pants, and vice versa.

I'm also far from the kind of person to jump on the "woke" bandwagon, but I have to admit that - whether it's blatantly offensive or not - calling explicit attention to skin color is not a good angle for a sports team. It needed a change, despite the tradition.

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Posted in: Nadal wins Australian Open for record 21st major title See in context

An amazing match - two great players, and one great champion. I really enjoyed this one.

However, Aussie fans once again embarrassed themselves on the world stage. They are by far the rudest fans among the 4 Slams. Of course they're going to support Rafa, but there was no need for the booing and harassment of Medvedev from the moment they stepped on the court. Yes, Medvedev harassed them back later, and they got worse. But the crowd was on his case from the beginning. All the shouting and jeering between 1st and 2nd serves... very poor form. Anyone who saw the mens' doubles final as well could see terrible behavior from the audience. One fan had to be thrown out for shouting during the service motions - and it was for an all-Aussie final! I'd be happy if they refused to sell beer during these events.

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Posted in: Nadal, Medvedev to meet in Australian Open final See in context

Well done, Medvedev! A Nadal/Medvedev final is a very interesting one, for sure - glad we ended up with a nice match up like this.

The more I watch Tsitsipas, the less I like him. He always seems like a nice guy during interviews, but the constant coaching, the bathroom break issue, and the bad attitude he shows when things aren't going his way (see: his whiny half-handshake at the end of last night's match), makes me less and less of a fan. I get the sense that a lot of the other top players feel the same way too, although that's just speculation.

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Posted in: Tsitisipas and Kanepi reach quarterfinals at Australian Open See in context

The only stain on his performance was he coaching from his father, for which he received (again) a code violation. I really think that trainers who repeatedly violate the coaching rule should be banned from matches

I agree completely. And this isn't new - it popped up last year as well from time to time. Obviously the punishment isn't deterring them, so more serious punishment is needed. Dad should be banned for 6 months.

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Posted in: Anisimova stuns Osaka as Nadal sends title warning See in context

Osaka is and shall be just fine. When you win 4 grand slam titles by the age of 24 (which is the most Slams of any active player not named Serena or Venus), you're more than allowed a slump once in a while.

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Posted in: Surfing sunset See in context

Love this photo! That's really nice.

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Posted in: Kishida reads letter from family of detained Sri Lankan woman who died See in context

firmly accepted their feelings.

I will urge the Justice Ministry ...

I'm surprised we didn't get a "regrettable" in there as well.

Why is it so hard to find a Japanese politician who is willing to talk like a normal human being without all this posturing and jargon? Especially when we're talking about something so serious and horrible as this case here?

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Posted in: Model Nana Suzuki declared ‘The Best Gyozanist 2021’ See in context

...quite like gyoza (Japanese pot stickers)

Does anyone here use the term "pot stickers"? I know it's a real term, and it's an option offered in the dictionary if you look up a translation for "gyoza." But I've never heard anyone use the term. It's always been "dumplings." Just wondering if this is a regional thing, and there are parts of the world that say "pot stickers"?

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Posted in: City living vs country living in Japan: Which is better? See in context

I was born in the countryside, but now live in Tokyo. I love it. City life has its problems, and I can't argue with the criticisms listed above. But what I like about Tokyo life is its nearness to nature, which I desperately need. There are plenty of mountains in the vicinity, even for a day hike, and I like disappearing into them on weekends. The ocean is here and there are some lovely waterfront areas around very nearby Kanagawa Pref., Chiba Pref., and even some parts of Tokyo (like Odaiba). Getting into nature takes a bit of planning and isn't an everyday kind of thing for Tokyo people, but it's close enough to give me a nice sense of balance with my city life full of convenience, activities, and the social scene.

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Posted in: Jones' 9th-inning homer keeps Orix alive in Japan Series See in context

McGough is really taking it on the chin in this series. I wonder if Takatsu is going to keep sending him out for closing duties. I'm not sure I'd have the guts to.

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Posted in: Santana blast tilts Japan Series balance in Swallows' favor See in context

The evolution of the Swallows' starting pitching has been a major factor of their turnaround this year. Takahashi pitched a complete game shutout on Sunday, and Okugawa and Ogawa were solid in their starts during this series. That's been huge for Yakult. It's been years since they could have any confidence at all in their starters. Whether the bullpen can keep up is the next question. They were very solid down the stretch of the regular season, but have been shaky in the Nippon Series thusfar.

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Posted in: University student arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend See in context

The woman filed a complaint with police who issued a written warning to the man not to make contact with his former girlfriend.

I read the article quickly and didn't really process the above sentence, hence my previous comment. I take that previous point back.

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Posted in: University student arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend See in context

This is odd. We've routinely seen stories come and go about people who deserved to be arrested for stalking, but weren't. Finally we get someone who was arrested... and his actions seem not all so bad?

Maybe we're just not getting the full story here?

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Posted in: Astros scramble after pitchers pounded for 25 runs by Boston See in context

Agreed with GdTokyo. Houston winning this year would be absolutely intolerable. I'm cheering for whoever their opponent is along every step of the way

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Posted in: Don Quijote asks couples to refrain from breaking up in its Osaka store See in context

Ego Sum Lux Mundi: Ghosting is best if you want to avoid drama and potential injury from angry females you are no longer interested in.

I can think of very few things more cowardly.

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Posted in: 'Should I date this person?' Go hiking and you’ll have the answer, Japanese Twitter user says See in context

I wholeheartedly agree with this idea. Let's face it: life is messy, and you want someone who you can rely on when that messiness comes up. Bringing someone outside their comfort zone is a great way to get a hint of how someone will react to bigger problems in life.

And as an avid hiker myself, it's a good chance to see how well a potential partner would tolerate my hobby.

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Posted in: Osaka feels 'itch' to make tennis return 'soon' See in context

Pukey:

I have little sympathy for multi-millionaires whining about not wanting to attend a press conference

You're confusing "being stressed about something" and having a mental illness. I promise you, they are not the same thing, and I hope you will an open mind about it. Stress can exacerbate mental illness, but that's separate from a healthy person just "feeling stressed."

Let me try an analogy. I'm a perfectly healthy person, luckily. If you asked me to walk 1km, and I whined about it, you could justifiably assume that I'm lazy or entitled. If Bob has a broken foot, and he didn't want to walk the 1 km, it's suddenly a different situation, isn't it? From the outside, Bob and I look the same - we're both complaining about the 1km - so it's easy to paint us both with the same brush: a bunch of whiners. But Bob has other issues that are made much worse by that same 1 km. It's the same for someone with a mental illness when they're thrust into certain challenging situations. Only, mental illnesses are internal, rather than external. We can't see their casts or crutches. So it becomes easy to assume that they're no different from the healthy guy who's whining about having to walk 1 km.

If we're going to be talking about accumulative numbers of GS, then how come she's earning more than Serena? We all know how many GS Serena has.

Because Serena's over the hill. Serena HAD a great number of sponsors over the years. But, as a rule of marketing, the "fresh new thing" tends to sell better than the thing that was fresh and new 20 years ago.

And NINETEEN sponsors? Gimme a break.

The sponsor issue is separate from the ability issue. I'll defend her skill all day long and won't hear any arguments otherwise. But corporate sponsorship is a different issue, and I'll definitely agree with you that sometimes it doesn't make sense. Accomplishments are part of it, but it also depends on someone's personality, their style, and their looks, among other things. And if you don't like Osaka's personality and style, then I can certainly understand you being baffled by her number of sponsorships. But a lot of people do. I think her race and nationality also plays into it - multiculturalism is a big selling point these days. Personally, I think that's unfortunate (I'd prefer it to be something that's awarded by merit), but that's the reality we live in.

Osaka has only won ONE tournament this year (singles and doubles combined). And points from that tournament, Aus Open, are about to drop off early next year.

Unless she wins it again. She's already done so twice. And that one tournament that she won this year? It was a Slam. Three of the six players you mentioned as doing better than her have never done that. Osaka has done it 4 times, more than any active player not named Williams.

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Posted in: Osaka feels 'itch' to make tennis return 'soon' See in context

Why don't you give us a list of players who are doing better?

Barty, Sabalenka, Plíšková, Świątek, Krejčíková and Svitolina

Osaka has four Grand Slam titles. Those six players you mentioned combine for four Grand Slam titles in their entire careers.

how many of those are actually earning as much as Osaka from sponsorship money?

None. Superior results bring in superior sponsorship opportunities.

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Posted in: Osaka feels 'itch' to make tennis return 'soon' See in context

And if her level of play remains stagnant, just how much longer are they going to pay her?

She's won 2 of the past 5 Grand Slam tournaments, and has so many ranking points that she remains ranked in the top-10 despite taking some big tournaments off (Wimbledon and half the French Open), and losing early at the US Open.

Why don't you give us a list of players who are doing better? There aren't very many.

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Posted in: Raducanu drops coach who led her to U.S. Open triumph See in context

And I'm sure she'll get exactly the same amount of criticism here that Naomi Osaka got when she did the exact same thing a few years back.

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Posted in: Osaka withdraws from Indian Wells tournament See in context

It makes sense, about the people with multiple handles. I've suspected that some users with notable quirky writing styles are covering up a separate username. Makes you wonder what drives some people. To tie it in with the Osaka story, I have sympathy for people battling mental health issues, and I hope that isn't at play here. Sick jokes are better than sick minds.

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Posted in: Osaka withdraws from Indian Wells tournament See in context

She remains one of the best players in the world, if not the very best.

tooheysnew: No, not according to her form or rankings

Not sure which rankings you're looking at, friend. She's currently 8th in the world, which is very impressive considering that she withdrew from the French Open mid-tourney, skipped Wimbledon all together, and lost early at the US Open. That's a sign of someone with plenty of rankings points to spare. Her status among the world's best is not in question.

https://www.wtatennis.com/rankings/singles

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