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Posted in: The bromance between Abe and Trump has been a bumpy road, but perhaps nothing has embarrassed Abe more than Trump divulging that Abe nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. It makes Abe look craven for toadying to Trump, the least popular U.S. president ever in Japan. See in context

@Serrano "Congress has like 20% approval"--the problem is that just amounts to general griping over who voters elsewhere in the country selected. If you gauge popularity by how many in congress get reelected every two year election cycle, then it is over 90% support for incumbents by their local constituency, or double the approval rating you gave for Donald Trump. If only 20% truly supported the average rep or senator, then you could bet they would be voted out of office more than 10% of the time.

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Posted in: Ichiro back in Mariners camp at 45 with chance to play at home See in context

@j4l--what is the objective of sports entertainment biz if not selling tix and stuff? Ichiro and Kikuchi make the team, interest spikes, tix sell like crazy, and MLB can justify flying two teams to Japan.

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Posted in: Face tattoos: A trend that is here to stay? See in context

The really edgy artists and athletes used to be the ones with tons of tats. Now it's the Adam Levines (baring it all for Super Bowl halftime) and Miley Cyruses of the world. Even at the upcoming NBA all star game, I'll bet many of the starters are either tat-free or are minimally inked--look at guys like Steph, Klay, and Giannis who just let their great play do the talking. It's a trend that will pass out of the mainstream except in less with-it backwaters of the planet.

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Posted in: State of the Union: Trump vows to build border wall, warns Democrats against investigations See in context

@bass--unbelievable that you give credence to "liberal media polls" in the first place. How do you know the nefarious liberal media is not just juicing his poll numbers to make him look even worse later? For example, if his approval rating goes down 6% it's more embarrassing than a minimal looking 2%. Getting him set up for a steep drop closer to election time?

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Posted in: Nissan poised to propose Ghosn replacement on board: report See in context

@semperfi--"mythology" is what you are writing on these threads saying things like Ghosn approved the UK Sunderland plant. Clearly false because he would have been in his late 20s in the early to mid 1980s, with final approval given 13 years before he became Nissan's CEO. When @Ascissor disproved your statement for you on the other thread, you promptly disappeared. Have any more fantastical "mythology" you can share to erode your credibility?

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

Comments from the country's #2! Maybe he should check whether the PM (and wife Akie) outranking him him had children before his next bull session.

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Posted in: Huawei executive Meng attends bail hearing as Canada mulls U.S. extradition See in context

@goodluck--if you were actually locked up in Japan for violating sanctions over foodstuffs, you could point out how exemptions are used to allow the continued trade in oil for example. Come up with a "I was under the impression that Country A's exemptions applied to all products" type of plea. Not very believable, but hey.

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Posted in: Huawei executive Meng attends bail hearing as Canada mulls U.S. extradition See in context

@goodlucktoyou--that is some scrumptious sounding food (""gently fried"!), but be wary of sanctions if you are trading those ingredients by the shipload and your company needs to ask banks to support the business. On a small scale, three takeout boxes worth of food will not get you in hot water, so enjoy the lunch.

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Posted in: Arashi's decision to suspend activities at end of 2020 shakes fans See in context

@goldorak "not very rock and roll is it?"--ha ha, no it really isn't when you think about some of the bust ups on stage. John Squire launching his guitar off the side of the stage in the last Stone Roses gig (great footage for them to use in their later comeback tour documentary of course). But since Arashi don't have or play instruments, it's hard to think of some weighty object for them to toss around to symbolize the end of the band. Stabbing their microphones into the nearest speakers would do the trick, or a tag team MMA-style fight, but there's probably something in their contract or insurance fine print against anything fun like that.

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Posted in: As nations turn on Maduro, Venezuelan leader parades with military See in context

Might as well say the obvious that Venezuela will not be paying for a US border thingamabob either.

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Posted in: Composure on big stage fuels Osaka's rise to top See in context

@PTownsend--even her coach Sascha Bajin is not only Serbian, since he is a German national. But I agree with the spirit of your post lauding team Osaka's diversity.

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Posted in: Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone arrested for lying to Congress See in context

Serrano's so-called "sweet prince" has an odd obsession with Richard Nixon. I thought the Nixon portrait back tattoo was as weird as it gets, until I read that Stone also has a collection of Tricky Dick themed bongs! I just hope Serrano isn't heading for a tattoo parlor in Venice Beach to beg the staff for a Roger Stone back piece. How 'bout Stone on one arm and Nixon on the other--a more balanced look for that virgin tattoo?

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Posted in: Trump agrees to end government shutdown without border wall money See in context

@lincolnman "the irony of the Trumpsters"--Looking at roll call, I see a few half-hearted growls from Blacklab, and the shortest ever post from our usually wordy U.S. military journalist who is well known for constantly saluting Sgt. Surrender Spurs. Maybe a little song would help sooth things:

Roger Stone (sung to the tune of "Sam Stone" by John Prine)

Sam Stone came home

to his wife and 37 FBI

after spreading all those emails from Wikileaks...

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Posted in: Osaka downplays dispute over skin color in anime See in context

@Boy Next Door "bringing glory and honor to your country"--the thing is she has business interests on both sides of the Pacific which is maybe too big a gulf to straddle comfortably. See the last line of the story: "the U.S. parent of the agency asked Nissin to delete the films"--seems this is more about businesses jostling to define her image/ marketability than hoi polloi notions of "glory and honor."

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Posted in: Giuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016 See in context

@Fizzbit "Don't much about Giuliani"--Ha, if you need a definition of prig then just read all the names from the above article and you might intuit the answer. And what does "don't much about" mean anyway?

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Posted in: Hakuho reels off 26th straight win to remain in sole control See in context

Manny Pacquiao is still winning fights at age 40, so it's not unimaginable for our hero Hakuho.

Speaking of gaudy career stats, let me just stir the pot and remind all the people who were down on Kisenosato (I know he was a letdown as yokozuna) that he ranks sixth all time for match wins in sumo's upper division, with over 700 of his 800 plus total. Hakuho may be over 1000 at this point. So 21st century wrestlers seem to be sustaining longer careers than the historical norm.

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Posted in: Death toll reaches 73 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror See in context

You know fuel theft is a long term problem when the perps, called huachicoleros, are the subject of a musical subgenre--huachicorridas.

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Posted in: There are many mentally unwell girls in AKB48, claims ex-member See in context

@expat--sorry if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the 48 is not the number of members, just some apparently lucky digits tacked on after the city code letters differentiating all these stylistically related groups. Serves as a branding tool for their management company, kind of like saying "Johnny's" to refer to the dozen or so male groups affiliated with that one recording and concert promotion company.

Mega pop music business seems almost predetermined to do mental damage to the young "artists" though. I was reading about an old UK boy group, Bros, that recently had a revival in a popular online documentary over Christmas. They seem to have never really gotten over their early success--one brother's follow up act was doing shows in Vegas (shades of Elvis, another sufferer of excessive early fame).

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies request for Ghosn's release on bail See in context

One of the main violations alleged against Ghosn, under-reporting his salary, breaks a law established in 2010. Ghosn and Kelly are the first and only individuals to be indicted in the first decade of this law's existence. My theory is that the investigation is dragging on because prosecutors are expected to build a precedent-setting legal scaffold for the first court case testing the law. That would be good news for Ghosn, because he's more likely to win an abnormal case over a never-tested law, except that he isn't being freed on bail to properly marshal a defense.

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Posted in: Margot Robbie to portray Barbie in first live-action film See in context

Will she be starring opposite Ken 'Doll' Watanabe?

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Posted in: 5,000 sprint for title of ‘Lucky Man’ See in context

Best training method is to go one of the major theme parks and race against the crowd to the most popular attraction at opening time.

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Posted in: Australian police charge man over hazardous parcels sent to 38 diplomatic offices See in context

The puns about this are weak so far. Is that really the asbestos you all can do?

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Posted in: More than 3,000 stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion' See in context

Matt was just spicing up his rap with a little Ozzie-ism. For some non-sexist lingo, I would recommend going for something organic and earthy like my personal favorite, "calm the farm," meaning to chillax. "Where's me vegemite sandwich" is another classic stereotype-free one liner.

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Posted in: Nishikori, Pliskova win Brisbane International titles See in context

If Kei actually qualified for "the Masters," i.e. America's premier golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia and one of four major golf championships (possibly easy to confuse with the "Grand Slam" big four in tennis) then he deserves the sportsman of the decade award, or at least a Ripley's Belive It or Not cartoon blurb.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 4 injured in California bowling alley shooting See in context

'Ligatures will still be available.' Well, thats a relief, since that mainly refers to doctors stitching you up. But the parallel between threads and guns is nonsense. Do you really think coming to the bowling alley brawl with the shoelaces from your bowling shoes would be equivalent to having a gun? That is nuttier than the Big Lebowski.

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

Look into the recent legal change in Taiwan to allow foreign people to gain multiple nationalities (before it was only Taiwanese who could go abroad and pick up a second passport). There were nominally foreign people such as doctors who had thirty years work experience in Taiwan who used the change in the law to become newly minted citizens. I saw a blurb about a group of prominent immigrants scheduled to be featured at New Years Day festivities at the presidential residence, presumably with corresponding coverage in the media. On the surface, Taiwan now seems more progressive than many other places as far as accepting foreigners as new citizens without making them give up a previous nationality.

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Posted in: 42 people injured after suspected gas explosion destroys buildings in Sapporo See in context

@ksteer, on the likelihood of this being spray can related: NHK World has as its main headline that investigators think the cause was a room full of aerosol ignited by the water heater of the real estate office next to the restaurant. A single soda may explode through its aluminum container if put in a fire, so imagine the explosive power of several dozen cans going off together.

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Posted in: Putin calendar sales surpassing those of Japanese stars in Japan See in context


I don't think a single Japan Today reader has claimed to own one of these, just lots of bros saying they look like a cool joke present. But since they are only sold by the Loft chain of stores, that kind of narrows down who will be getting one. Maybe nationwide there will be a run on Putin calendars resulting in a few thousand sold by Loft. Is that even enough to cover the licensing fees going to Russia? Not exactly a big deal except for the part about Yuzuru Hanyu calendars taking third place, but if you ever scanned the audience at figure skating events you can guess that it will be solely women buying those, and many of them may not have room next to the pile of Pooh bears (whose maker Disney should really be paying Yuzuru something if they aren't already secretly sponsoring him).

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Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn's appeal to end detention See in context

Curious that the first people ensnared in the first eight years of the compensation reporting law's adoption were one of Japan's longest tenured foreign chief executives and a lesser known American colleague. Actually having no preceding cases may help Ghosn and Kelly somewhat, since there are no other cases to show what should happen in this case. It is a little hard to believe that no other companies committed any shady financial reporting in the last eight years. Will this case turn out to be the only ever application of the law?

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Posted in: New York Times: Trump resort hired undocumented workers See in context

@Ah_so "not particularly important or remarkable"--well don't go and read the story on this site about the fifty unregistered foreign construction workers arrested or missing in Hokkaido from a few days ago. That one will really bore you into a stupor.

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