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Posted in: World Cup send-off See in context

Why are they having a send-off ceremony? Aren't they playing Cypress in Saitama on Tuesday?

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya scramble crossing to get huge new advertising screen See in context

We will use ALL the power!

If people are so dead-set against nuke power, stop using so much electricity.

In the aftermath of 3/11, many train stations, shops, etc. cut down on electricity use, but now everything is not only back to normal, but they are using more than ever-for example, Takadanobaba station installed lighted advertising columns (before they just put posters on them) as have many of the other stations around town.

Advertising like this is too in-your-face and something I think many just find annoying and pointless.

ALL the power, we will use!

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Posted in: NHK airing British TV dramas ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Sherlock’ See in context

Why would NHK expect anyone to pay for owning a TV and then want people to pay more for BS Premium? No wonder no one wants to pay. I also know what the BS stands for...

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Posted in: U.S. senators voice doubts on TPP deal over issues with Japan See in context

@BertieWooster Could you explain how the TPP would kill the internet?

I can at least see your thinking on the others, but have no idea what you're on about with the internet.

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Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

@pointofview "Do these guys work?"

An excellent question! As they went as private citizens, surely they did it on their own time and (this is the kicker) in their own private vehicles, not driven in a government-issued car, not using their government travel expense money.... Seriously, has anyone ever heard how they get there? If they are using one yen of public money, they are not going as private citizens....

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Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert issued See in context

@Shane Raga Eduveje

Don't worry about it; nothing is going on-a quake that small is somewhat unsettling, but there was virtually no damage or injuries. I happily commuted into Tokyo from Chiba this morning about 15 minutes after the quake-slight train delay as they stop running as a precaution during quakes....

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Posted in: Japan offers Tunisia $465 mil in loans See in context

Since the earthquake happened, I've maintained that the global community would forgive Japan if they passed on IMF, foreign aid and other contributions/obligations for a year or two to sort out the tragedy at home. The government continues to forgive loans, give money to ASEAN, boost IMF contributions, etc, while more than 200,000 remain in temporary housing. Sad.

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Posted in: Amari hints at action against companies that don't increase wages See in context

Free market economics at its best!

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology See in context

I am amazed at the brazen stupidity of this government-it's like the government is intentionally trying to alienate itself. I wouldn't be surprised to see the U.S. choose not to include Japan on the TPP if Abe keeps this up. The nationalism is definitely on the rise with NHK bosses spouting off and now this.... I wonder if the Japanese people have any idea or care how bad the public faces of their country are making them look to the rest of the world...(maybe this is all part of MEXT's "globalization" strategy?)

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Posted in: Gov't considers revision of 'comfort women' apology See in context

"There were no materials that directly substantiate forcible recruitments by the Japanese government or by the military, " Clearly never happened, then.

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Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada See in context

@haraldbloodax "We should be outside his offices with pitchforks and flaming torches" Then he'd come out of his office, look around in a daze and in his best Grandpa Simpson voice say, "What are you people doing in my bedroom? Get off my lawn..." and wander off looking for his teeth...

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Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada See in context

My post from the other thread on this earlier; ...she is arguably Japan's most-successful female figure skater and didn't have any problems with pressure when winning 2 World Championships, 4 Grand Prix Finals, 3 Four Continents Championships, a World Junior Championship and a Junior Grand Prix Final (and many silver and bronze medals, too)... Also, she is a member of the Olympic team and was named to the team as the best female skater Japan could put forth-if a country is not going to put out their best in the team event, why bother?

...It is not his place to criticize her or any of the other athletes; Takanashi didn't win ski jump, women's hockey team failed to win a game, etc...who cares? Every country sometimes doesn't meet expectations (Russian men's hockey, anyone?), but the athletes did their best and should be accorded the courtesy of a "Thank You," for representing their country with dignity, rather than being smacked down by a clueless, old barf mat like Mori.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chairman Mori critical of Asada, ice dancing brother and sister See in context

Perhaps Mr. Morii would care to explain why these guys were given Japanese citizenship to be on the roster of the 1998 Japanese National Men's Hockey Team for the Nagano Olympics... DAN Daikawa, RYAN Fujimoto, DUSTY Imoo, MATTHEW Katayama, RYAN Kuwabara, STEVE Tsujiura and CHRIS Yule. Coached by Bjorn Kinding. General Managed by David King.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chairman Mori critical of Asada, ice dancing brother and sister See in context

Mike Will - I think it is unfair to say Mao has problems with pressure; she is arguably Japan's most-successful female figure skater and didn't have any problems with pressure when winning 2 World Championships, 4 Grand Prix Finals, 3 Four Continents Championships, a World Junior Championship and a Junior Grand Prix Final (and many silver and bronze medals, too)... Also, she is a member of the Olympic team and was named to the team as the best female skater Japan could put forth-if a country is not going to put out their best in the team event, why bother? To agree with cleo, it is not his place to criticize her or any of the other athletes; Takanashi didn't win ski jump, hockey team failed to win a game, etc...who cares? Every country sometimes doesn't meet expectations (Russian men's hockey, anyone?), but the athletes did their best and should be accorded the courtesy of a "Thank You," for representing their country with dignity, rather than being smacked down by a clueless, old barf mat like Mori.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chairman Mori critical of Asada, ice dancing brother and sister See in context

If Mr. Mori is upset the Reeds live in America, how does he feel that gold-medalist Hanyu lives in Toronto and has 'gasp' a Canadian coach?

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Posted in: Sporting gesture See in context

@ Eric Lyle Carlsen Schmid Women's hockey in Japan is getting better and it is improving outside of the northern areas. The Tokyo girls' team (Jr. high school and high school combined) finished second at the national championships in Nikko at the end of the year. Hope the improvement continues all the way to Okinawa.

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Posted in: Sporting gesture See in context

As a long-term resident of Japan and a hockey player and referee, I can say that hockey teams at the lower levels in Japan bow to their own cheering section, the opponents' cheering section/coaches and the officials after the game, win or lose. At the professional level, they will always bow to the fans, win or lose. To read that the women are bowing in shame is ridiculous-it is done after every single game in Japan.

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