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Posted in: Tokyo Metro offers free food to ease crowding on Tozai line See in context

No thanks. I am not interested in tempura.

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Posted in: Shibuya braces for more Halloween chaos after wild weekend See in context

We call it “bakamono bunks.”

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Posted in: Gov't considers splitting school holidays to ease travel congestion See in context

Suga is stupid. I don't understand him. I have a much simpler and better solution. Add those five days to kids' summer vacation instead of subtracting them and let the parents take any five or more days off during their kids' summer vacation.

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Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications See in context

A national shame.

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Posted in: Abe, Putin end summit with little to show on isles row See in context

In the Q & A session,the Japanese journalist from Hokkaido asked Abe about the Northern Territories issue, but the next journalist, Russian, asked Putin about the situation in Aleppo, Syria. Fortunately, the Russians both spoke in Russian, nor were the translation of their words aired on the Internet.

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Posted in: Japan awaits emperor's video message on possible abdication See in context

He will most likely avoid the explicit expression of abdication, which would involve political and legal procedures that he is not allowed to discuss.

It seems that he is not even allowed to retroactively 'confirm' the NHK report.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor race a fight to save reputation as 2020 Olympics host See in context

Personally, I hope the new governor will be someone who is intelligent and brave enough to end all the fuss about the Olympics. I have been against Tokyo hosting the Olympics, and, as a Tokyo taxpayer, I will remain an uncooperative citizen till the fuss is hopefully over in 2010.

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Posted in: Imperial Household Agency denies emperor's wish to abdicate See in context

Interesting. What is the role of the Imperial Household Agency? Isn't it bizarre that NHK and Kyodo dare to report on something about the Emperor that the top official of the Agency denies?

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Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics See in context

Microsoft’s “Anniversary Update,” scheduled for release Aug. 2, is free for anyone who already has Windows 10.

It should be.

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Posted in: Obokata 'types' not uncommon in business world See in context

Isn't it time we talked about political and economic frauds going on which are way more damaging to Japanese society?

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Posted in: Obama's every gesture will be scrutinized in Hiroshima visit See in context

The total number of atomic bomb deads was in the order of hundreds of thousands, not tens of thousands. The U.S. detonated two bombs, one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki. Which of the two atomic bombings "helped" end the war?

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Posted in: Kerry, G7 foreign ministers visit A-bomb memorial in Hiroshima See in context

“If you are asking whether the secretary and I think all Americans and all Japanese are filled with sorrow at the tragedies that befell so many of our countrymen, the answer is yes,” the [U.S.] official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added.

It's inappropriate that a U.S. official refers to "all Japanese" in such a remark. In addition, it is not clear who he means by "our countrymen."

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Posted in: U.S. military leader says Okinawa base move delayed until 2025 See in context

“We have an obligation to defend Japan, and they have an obligation to provide us a place from which to defend them,” he said. “And Okinawa is one of those critical places where we must be in order to meet our treaty obligations to defend Japan.”

"to meet our treaty obligations to defend Japan?" Most Japanese don't believe him.

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Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner' See in context

Detaining and send him back makes this old man ever more triumphant and as a consequence, irrecoverably humililiates some Japanese, myself not included. I suggest that he be released and allowed to travel around Japan freely. Disappoint him :-)

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Posted in: Y45 mil stolen from house while owners away on holiday See in context

How come the burglar knew the couple had so much cash at home?

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Posted in: Shake Shack celebrates opening of first store in Japan See in context

How long are they planning to stay in Tokyo?

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Posted in: Two more Japanese detained for spying in China: media See in context

Naive comments won't help.

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Posted in: New cabinet minister seeks to stem shrinking population See in context

The best solution is simple: Pay raise and less tax.

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Posted in: Abe keeps allies in cabinet reshuffle; only 3 women ministers named See in context

Goodbye, Mr. Shimomura. A former wrestler is hardly a better choice, though.

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Posted in: M5.2 earthquake jolts Tokyo; no tsunami risk See in context

Rivers flooding and the earth shaking - a state of the nature that would have sufficed to convince the ruler that his/her reign was doomed in the Middle Ages.

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Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start See in context

Defenders of the hunt say it is a tradition

It started at the end of 1960s.

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Posted in: Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay's mission See in context

Were it not for the atomic bomb, many Americans contend, thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of American soldiers would have died in a U.S,-led invasion of the Japanese mainland.

This paragraph is an exaggeration and thus highly controversial. It it were right, why haven't Americans used one in the Middle East?

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Posted in: Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies See in context

But health impacts have been limited. In contrast to the 1986 explosion in Chernobyl that provoked an increase in thyroid cancer among children in affected areas and perhaps other cancers yet to be detected, the Fukushima debacle is unlikely to cause hikes in cancer rates due to radiation exposure, according the a 2013 UN scientific report.

It's been three decades since Chernobyl, but only less than five years since Tohoku. Who knows for sure what will happen in the coming quarter century?

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Posted in: Pixar alters 'Inside Out' visuals for Japanese release, removing broccoli See in context

Personally I like broccoli, though I'm Japanese.

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Posted in: Nikkei to buy Financial Times for $1.31 bil See in context

As a long-time subscriber to The Economist magazine living in Japan, I sincerely hope that this will not affect the magazine's editorial policy with regard to its articles concerning Japan and Eastern Asia.

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Posted in: Japanese firm to apologize to U.S. WWII veterans for forced labor See in context

Were the Americans the only people who were treated that way in Japan during WWII?

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

The kimono in question does not seem to be an ordinary type of kimono, but one worn by a courtesan. I think this issue should be discussed from a feminist point of view rather than a racist one.

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Posted in: Japanese soccer fans turn to drink as Nadeshiko sink See in context

Has Mafoka ever played soccer herself? I used to play soccer when I was I high school. I am not interested in FIFA any longer.

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Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle See in context

Was Ambassador Kennedy sitting there smiling diplomatically when Mr Abe was heckled?

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Posted in: World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in U.S. See in context

Our way of thinking: We must tighten gun control in order to protect ourselves from guns. American way of thinking: We must loosen gun control in order to protect ourselves with guns.

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