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Posted in: Ascott The Residence opens in Tokyo’s financial hub See in context

Brainiac; Special rate to mark the opening is ¥35,000 a night. Price goes way up from there.

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Posted in: Police bolster 'soft target' security for G-7 summit See in context

Window dressing, plain and simple. If someone wants to detonate a bomb at a major station or gathering place, they will. What are they looking for from atop the little platform outside Tokyo Station? Someone "suspicious," or carrying a black ball with a fuse and "bomb" written on the side?

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Posted in: Out and about See in context

I believe the correct title is "Oot and aboot"

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Posted in: Precautions See in context

The second guy from the left is not wearing a uniform; maybe an investigator or detective; this is some serious business now...Also, close examination reveals EIGHT cones, not seven; these guys are really overtaxed.

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Posted in: Ambassador Stefani See in context

Sasoriza; Somebody should tell the loser designers at Milan Fashion Week to check with you; some of them had quite a few shorts in their collections... http://www.theskinnybeep.com/2014/09/ermanno-scervino-spring-summer-2015-women-s-collection-milano-fashion-week/

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Posted in: Smile See in context

I think the implication is that Harajuku is trendy, not the young ladies' attire...

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Posted in: Hope fades TPP pact could end Japan's butter shortage See in context

Genmaken; I live in Saitama and the four supermarkets I use; Seiyu, Yaoko, Gyomu and another Yaoko have all had limits (or no butter) for the past two years...

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Posted in: Visiting a shrine to pray is different from being religious. It has nothing to do with religion. Most Japanese, including me, don’t think about whether we’re religious or not. See in context

Strangerland Atheism is the absence of belief in any God. Hindus and Buddhists and Shintoists believe in gods.

Strangerland, sorry I was not pedantic enough for you; by definition (Oxford Dictionary) an atheist in one who does not believe in god or godS.(emphasis mine)

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Posted in: Visiting a shrine to pray is different from being religious. It has nothing to do with religion. Most Japanese, including me, don’t think about whether we’re religious or not. See in context

Nothing you said counters anything I said, nor did I mention anything about atheism.

Stangerland; You did, though; by definition one who doesn't believe in god is an atheist; your first post says "whether you believe in god or not."

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Posted in: Japan to cut cost for Olympic stadium by third, say lawmakers See in context

I wish I could give credit to whoever said the logo should be a white elephant drowning in red ink...

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Posted in: Japan to cut cost for Olympic stadium by third, say lawmakers See in context

Why is the NATIONAL government even involved in this? It is the TOKYO Olympics, not the Japan Olympics. Can anyone imagine Barack Obama and his Cabinet or the Senate or Congress being involved in, say Los Angeles' Olympic preparations? Ottawa was not involved in Vancouver's Olympics... Our tax dollars hard at work!

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Posted in: North Korea stun second-string Japan in East Asian Cup See in context

Whether the tournament was important or not, I think the deeper issue is the seeming lack of depth of Japan. Even though they are not playing their top players, I think they should still be better than they were last night; if this is the future of Japanese football, the future is dim.

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Posted in: Japan ruling party to recommend sacking of Olympic sports association head See in context

What I don't understand is the need to open another design competition for the next stadium. Take the second or third choice that were beat out by Hadid's design and move on. I'm experiencing a great deal of schadenfreude watching this thing turn into clown shoes.

Everyone have a great weekend and stay cool out there!

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Posted in: Japan ruling party to recommend sacking of Olympic sports association head See in context

@sighclops I think that Mori has been absent is among the problems; who is in charge? Honorary President of the Tokyo Olympic Committee Mori, Honorary President of the Tokyo Olympic Committee Mitarai (how come nobody talks about him?), Sports Minister Shimomura, Olympic Minister Endo, Japan Olympic Committee President Takeda or Prime Minister Abe? Way too many chefs in the kitchen...

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Posted in: 6,165 treated for heat exhaustion in week to July 19 See in context

This is an exceedingly preventable problem (in most cases); the education on the subject has been in place for years; drink lots of water, stay cool, don't exert oneself in the hottest time of the day. I can understand old people who are unable to take care of themselves, but these numbers are ridiculous. I could even understand the high numbers if it was suddenly this hot in the Yukon or Norway, but it's Japan in July-IT'S HOT. It is NOT a surprise and it was hot last year and the year before that! I also think coaches and teachers are negligent when their charges are requiring hospitalization for heatstroke/heat exhaustion - let the kids drink and rest properly.

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Posted in: Criticism mounts over stadium cost for 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

“I’m aware that many people are opposed to the plan, as public polls show,” he told a parliamentary committee, promising to explain the increase to the public. It's great that he is aware, the problem is that he doesn't care. Explaining it to the public will be: "It costs more because of many factors, too bad." It's worth noting that the most expensive stadium ever built was $1.6 billion (MetLife in New Jersey); I tend to agree with Harry_Gatto; I'm going to put my guess in at ¥340 billion. Also, How many ministers does this travesty need?

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Posted in: 73-year-old man drives car on train tracks for 1.3 kms See in context

I know they have to charge him with something, but "endangering traffic" seems like a stretch; he didn't endanger any traffic - I would think trespassing might be a bit better, no?

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Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests See in context

@ Todd Seller Just do a Google image search for Tokyo Station or Shibuya Crossing; ALL of the Japanese people you will see in those pictures will be wearing kimono; it's really a sight to see! (The ones not in kimono MUST be foreigners.)

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Posted in: More security cameras to be installed on shinkansen trains See in context

@bjohnson23; Have you seen the number of security cameras at the ticket gates at Tokyo station? Took the Shinkansen a while back and there were dozens of cameras just at one gate; Big Brother is here.

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Posted in: More security cameras to be installed on shinkansen trains See in context

Unfortunately, like so many things here, this is just window dressing; nobody will be watching the things and even if there were monitors, there are already 12 cameras and they're planning on adding 24 more to each car, plus two on each exit for another 24, plus one on the "deck" for another 12 or so for a total of about 72 cameras, give or take, depending on which line. Have to agree with Amidalism on this; it's a rarity, not a trend. Also, totally agree with FernGully; go into bathroom, douse oneself in gas, step out, light match-if someone wants to do it, they will.

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Posted in: Gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August See in context

First, maybe the government should set up a task force to study whether it should establish a committee to ponder whether it should adopt daylight savings; probably only take a few years. Second, I once worked for a Japanese company that announced the introduction of flextime; their core hours were 9 to 5 - the flex was you could come in at 8 and leave at 5, or come in at 9 and leave at 6. Thrid, @strangerland "The best thing would be if they shifted the the clocks ahead one hour permanently, and then did daylight savings time after that." Exactly my thoughts.

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Posted in: Olympic stadium to cost Y252 bil, sports minister says See in context

Of course, when these things change, the government could just agree to the cost hikes and award the build to other construction companies, but in the end, they all have their hands in the cookie jar, snouts in the trough...sigh...

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Posted in: Steering failure, bad weather ended rower's Pacific crossing attempt See in context

noypikantoku: I wasn't serious; I was playing off of strangerland's posts. If you look at my earlier posts (1:42 and 3:22), I'm one of the few supporting her and expressing understanding for both seasickness and the fact that the ocean and the weather decide who makes it, regardless of preparation.

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Posted in: Steering failure, bad weather ended rower's Pacific crossing attempt See in context

Strangerland; Absolutely right! Shouldn't try with no guarantee of success; it's amazing so many people try anything at all ... silly people!

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Posted in: Steering failure, bad weather ended rower's Pacific crossing attempt See in context

Strangerland; Hear, hear! To other posters; the 2012 Vendee Globe around the world race saw 20 of the the best-funded, most-experienced sailors in the world start in million-dollar boats. Nine didn't finish, with four out in the first five days.

The 2008 race saw 30 starters; 19 didn't finish, with four out within the first six days.

This woman having to turn back has nothing to do with her being ill-prepared; the ocean and the weather will decide regardless of preparation.

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Posted in: Steering failure, bad weather ended rower's Pacific crossing attempt See in context

As someone who sailed 3-4 times per week and who worked on a car and passenger ferry growing up, I can say that many of the people I worked with got seasick every season after the winter layoff; the only way to guarantee to be ready and rid of it, is to be on the ocean. British sailor Pete Goss, a former Royal Marine and sailor who sailed solo around the world, speaks of crippling seasickness in the first week out of port.

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Posted in: Japan ranks No. 50 in world rice consumption See in context

Amidalism; Good, cheap basmati can be had in Shin-Okubo; enjoyed some at the Embassy recently; they said they buy there.

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Posted in: 13-year-old boy jumps to death from tower in Niigata See in context

My university had three semesters per year. Strangerland; your university had weird calendars of 18 months/year; semester comes from the Latin semestris, or "six-months" or "half-yearly."

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Posted in: 13-year-old boy jumps to death from tower in Niigata See in context

Very sad and condolences to the family. BTW, there is no such thing as a third as a semester is 1/2 of one year.

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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

I mean, anyone with 6+ YEARS of English education should be able to read "pictogram," right?

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