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Posted in: $1.1B Mega Millions jackpot among largest prizes ever See in context

Imagine winning all that money living in Japan and not being able to travel freely to enjoy it, unless, that is, you want to face the requirement of having to test for Covid before boarding the flight back to Japan. but I'm sure I could find something to do with it.

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Posted in: 5 killed, including baby, as car plows into pedestrian zone in Germany See in context

Holy crap! I was stationed with the U.S. military at nearby Bitburg Air Base (about a 30 minute drive from Trier) and have been to Trier countless times including many times on vacation after relocating to Japan. I was just there as recently as 2018. My condolences to those hurt and those that were killed. Wow! Shocking to say the least!

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Posted in: White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill See in context

I wonder if this applies to U.S. citizens residing abroad.

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Posted in: 58-year-old man fatally stabbed while walking dog See in context

And to think how safe Japan used to be. Very, very sad! I just wonder if someone had an issue with him or if it was just random. Still, lost life and a sad dog too.

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Posted in: Alcohol detected on breath of U.S. serviceman after fatal crash in Okinawa See in context

Just saw on the news today of Americans (service members and their families) doing such a nice thing for the caves that were vandalized. It was such a nice display of good Americans which they clearly are. But then this happens. Just as things were getting better. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my condolences to this man who was just getting ready to enjoy retired life. Condolences to his family as well. Sad.

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Posted in: Alcohol detected on breath of U.S. serviceman after fatal crash in Okinawa See in context

First off, condolences to the loss of life and his family and other loved ones. This is really not good. The doo doo is really going to hit the fan. This will be all over local news and even national news. I see lots of restrictions back into effect and more protests. Another sad day in Okinawa.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. base worker admits rape but denies intent to kill Okinawan woman See in context

Sad to have to read all of this. However, he will be far better off in a Japanese prison versus an American prison. It will be very interesting to see what he gets. Sadly, everyone loses today.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate confirms businessman Hagerty as ambassador to Japan See in context

Toasted Heretic Today  12:56 pm JST said:

And please remove your American bases, racists and those kind of hate peddaling faces from Japan.

Real Americans, of course, are more than welcome

Okay, thank you for liking "Real Americans" but the other comment you said was very cruel and not deserving. Our military forces are stationed throughout the world not on their own wishes but the wishes of people in very high places. Our American military personnel are very much "Real Americans". I am a former service member of the U.S. Armed Forces (happily retired in Japan) and am now a civilian so I guess I'm a "Real American" too.

Please keep comments nice. Thank you and you're welcome.

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl jumps to death from Yokohama school building See in context

Messed up to say the least. This should never have happened. I really wonder what was going through her mind when she made the decision. Sad...

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Posted in: Man on Honolulu-bound flight from Japan dies See in context

Newsworthy (though not headlines) and very sad. Must be awful if someone were picking him up at HNL.

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Posted in: Microsoft counting down to the end of Windows XP See in context

Sorry but I feel Windows should be put to rest all together. Nothing but a giant magnet for viruses and so forth. I'm a proud Apple user and have had no problems in the past 2 years.

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl dies after being hit by truck in Tokyo's Shinagawa See in context

This is way sad. So sad to have this happen right after school started. This will require a thorough investigation. I do know truck drivers are among the worst and most dangerous drivers around but this may sound like the driver of this truck may have not done anything wrong. Wow...sad.

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Posted in: 5 youths ordered to apologize to monkeys, clean pen for throwing fireworks See in context

Five little teenagers jumping on the bed, one fell down and broke his head, the monkeys called the police and the police then said: "no more teenagers jumping on the bed!"

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Posted in: 3.11 - WHAT WERE YOU DOING THAT DAY? See in context

English Teacher on Okinawa (Retired from the U.S. military): I was on board an airplane flying from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa to Atsugi Naval Air Facility (Kanagawa Prefecture). I was hopping on military flights all the way from Japan to Germany but never made it past Atsugi NAF. The quake occurred about 15 minutes after take-off from Okinawa and no one knew what had happened when we arrived.

After arrival, I started to walk to Sagamino Station only to find out all the trains had stopped and would not go anywhere. I was frantically trying to take a train to Fussa Station (near Yokota Air Base) to continue my trip to Germany. I wound up taking a train one stop from Sagamino and wound up returning to Atsugi. I spent one night on the base.

The following day I decided it would be best to return to Okinawa. I was lucky and was able to catch a flight from Atsugi to Okinawa but the plane was being routed to Misawa Air Base (Aomori Prefecture) and then on to Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station (Yamaguchi Prefecture) and then finally on to Okinawa. The flight time lasted 10 hours but was quite accommodating. It was a free ride for me. We flew in a propeller type plane so the altitude was low enough where we could see the flooded/tsunami zone of Sendai and could even see Sendai airport under water. I also could see the oil refinery fire as well. It was so sad to see this devastation. Arrived Okinawa around 10pm and spend the rest of my "Haru Yasumi" watching TV as events unfolded.

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Posted in: 3 killed, 4 injured in car accident involving 83-yr-old driver See in context

Why is this in the "Crime" section? It was an "accident", not a "deliberate act".

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Posted in: Worldwide mobile data traffic to rocket: Cisco See in context

I always wondered what would come after "Terabyte" (TB)...now I know!

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Posted in: U.S. admiral says forces prepared to confront Iran See in context

WW3 started on November 4th, 1979 when Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy and held more than 50 hostages for 444 days. From that time, U.S. involvement in the middle east started and it's been spiraling downward ever since.

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Posted in: Whitney Houston's daughter treated for stress at hospital See in context

Sure love her music and always will. So sad!

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Posted in: Police caution more than 10,000 in Tokyo for breaking new bicycle rules See in context

Comedy Central!

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Posted in: Okinawa fears revised plan may leave Futenma where it is See in context

Good grief, when will this ever end?

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Posted in: U.S. Marine fights conviction for suicide attempt at Okinawa's Camp Schwab See in context

All of this is really sad. I feel the Marine Corps is letting him down. Prosecuting him for attempted suicide? Give the man the help he needs (but still prosecute him for the other crime he committed) and let him do whatever time he has to, then set him free.

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Posted in: FBI seeking social media monitoring tool See in context

It's amazing...all this technology...that is to say they are doing all this and watching us and watching everything we do, type, say, etc, etc ... but NO ONE can stop spam mail, junk mail, computer viruses, etc, etc. Unbelievable!

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Posted in: Twitter able to now selectively block tweets See in context


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Posted in: 60 hours of video a minute uploaded to YouTube See in context

YouTube Rocks! I spend a lot of time there viewing videos of old TV shows, old commercials, and anything else you can imagine. My favorite is to view videos of in flight views. So awesome! Nice invention!

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Posted in: NZ police alarmed at breastfeeding motorists See in context

I should get a job in NZ as a Traffic Cop!!

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Posted in: Iran steps up threats to close Strait of Hormuz after EU sanctions See in context

Iran started World War III on November 4th, 1979 when they seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. There's been nothing but deteriorating situations in the middle east ever since that day. Desert Storm III coming to a movie theater near you!

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Posted in: Brothers reunited in Japan after 6 decades apart See in context

Indeed a nice story for a change! Wished I would have seen it on TV. Maybe YouTube?

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Posted in: 53 injured in snow-related accidents in Tokyo region See in context

I would just love to see a freak snow flurry activity here on Okinawa. They can't even drive on a warm summer day let alone icy roads.

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Posted in: Panetta: U.S. 'fully prepared' for Iran challenge See in context

Oh boy...another war. Wait, let me get the popcorn! Seriously...are we really ready for this? Really? Okay? Hontou ni?

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Posted in: Bum's the word in Japan security scans See in context

What a bunch of ass wipes!

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