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Posted in: Trump, first lady to visit Japan as state guests May 26-28 See in context

@Kenji--Obama ate at Jiro's, the only five star restaurant in the world? But the Michelin restaurant rating system only goes up to three stars. Don't forget that Obama only had room for a half portion of the sushi too. But the thing about ripping off taxpayers---Jiro pays taxes too, and he wasn't getting ripped off, so there's that. Just like how Trump and Abe will be making a nice fat transfer of tax funds to the Japan Sumo Association when they buy a block of tickets. I hope they get some souvenir cushions out of it at least.

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Posted in: FC Barcelona, Vissel Kobe and Chelsea FC matches planned for summer 2019 in Japan See in context

SCALP-D as in the rip-off ticket reselling? Why does that name make me think it was conceived at a late night nomikai on April Fools Day?

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Posted in: It is very hard for security. Some people may throw seat cushions. See in context

@coskuri--I watched when the royal couple attended recently, and besides the private box the extra-special treatment included the top official of the JSA sitting behind them to provide running commentary. That is the measuring stick for the maximum level of service for VIP guests, but will the JSA bend to anyone else who requests the max service? Well, to the various parties involved, good luck accommodating Trump & entourage.

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Posted in: Angels' Ohtani set to face live pitching instead of rehab See in context

@PT--The Angels already swept a series against one of the strongest teams, the Brewers. That was without Ohtani and I think Trout was benched by an injury too and missed at least one of those games.

Ohtani, like Judge and other young twenty-something successes, are not paid much compared to veteran superstars, so it's not like the team is wasting resources if the young guns are out for a month or two. One of the quirks of pro ball contracts is the highly inflated payouts covering the late stages of careers when you would logically conclude players will not be able to duplicate past performance. I guess the late years bigger contracts are like amakudari for athletes.

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Posted in: It is very hard for security. Some people may throw seat cushions. See in context

@Serrano--and the people who invited him are also non-JSA outsiders who don't face any consequences for how his attendance is handled. At a sumo event, Trump is just an entry-level gawking tourist compared to, say, leaders from Mongolia who have no doubt been through many hundreds of days of sumo watching. Can you come up with a compelling reason why Trump can't wait to attend the basho until he is out of office?

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Posted in: It is very hard for security. Some people may throw seat cushions. See in context

On a previous visit, pairing Trump with Hideki Matsuyama on the golf course made sense. Trump is a golfer and probably watched Matsuyama win the Phoenix Open--America's best attended golf event--two times.

I really don't see any connection between Trump and sumo though. He's about two decades late for the peak of American sumo wrestlers. A better gesture would be to visit some the ailing ex-sumo stars like Chad Rowan (Akebono) who almost died a year ago. But I guess Trump just has to barge in and cause a selfish spectacle.

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Posted in: NRA has history of promoting gun rights outside U.S. See in context

@NCIS--if you are counting wooden "swords" among the regulated weapons, martial arts items such as the kendo shinai was banned during the 1940s occupation but then became legal again. And hunting is possible in Japan without owning farmland, so the laws on who can hunt with guns must have liberalized somewhat. So it seems that Japanese lawmakers brought more sensible ideas to correct the earlier harsh occupation laws.

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Posted in: Man fires gun snatched from police officer in Yokohama See in context

Just my unscientific two cents, but I wouldn't be surprised if around half of the unlawful (non-hunting) gun discharges in Japan are done with P.O. service firearms. At least that is the feeling I get from news reporting. So to extrapolate that, cut the government issued guns by 40% and you get a 20% drop in gun-related crimes.

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Posted in: Trump expected to watch sumo on May 26 during Japan visit See in context

Ha, highbrow golf is hurting his street cred. How else could he try to connect with the workin' man, take in some boxing matches with Justin Bieber?

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Posted in: Group investigated for placing bed in center of Shibuya scramble crossing See in context

Is it October 31st already?

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Posted in: Typhoon-hit Kansai airport bridge fully reopens See in context

Oops, Izumi Otsu = Izumi Sano.

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Posted in: Trump administration ends MLB/Cuba baseball deal See in context

The old way of players defecting to reach the MLB is not the way to go. Top players like Yasiel Puig had to be spirited out of Cuba by boat all the way to Mexico (less likely to be turned back by the Coast Guard), then guided to a U.S. entry port, at obvious personal risk and loss of money to shady smugglers.

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Posted in: Typhoon-hit Kansai airport bridge fully reopens See in context

@zichi--the problem with having a busy international airport is they need regular shiploads of fuel to keep the airplanes aloft. The airport probably allowed flights on the morning of the typhoon, and the ship was hunkering down after making its delivery (could have been the night before?). The typhoon featured record wind speeds that easily snapped street signs, metal billboard frames, and the like, so the ship's anchor wasn't enough to keep it from zigzagging several kms over to the bridge where tankers are already obviously banned.

One interesting thing about Kanku if you look at an Osaka prefecture city map with local city boundaries, the airport is so long that it is divided between three onshore municipalities. So the tanker was working in the waters off Hannan and was blown through the Sennan section and into Izumi Otsu city territory where it hit the bridge. If you walk around the non-bridge neighborhoods, you can see old signs advocating the construction of an underwater tunnel to the airport to complement the bridge. But for whatever reason it was a proposal that never came to fruition.

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Posted in: Typhoon-hit Kansai airport bridge fully reopens See in context

5 billion yen repair job it was reported elsewhere. As the full costs are known upon completion, the next step is filing a compensation claim for that amount against the tanker's owner.

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Posted in: Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns See in context

OK, I'll run with the door analogy. Let's say Mexico agrees to pay to install doors every few hundred feet of fencing/wall, and then some guy with a ring of keys can go around locking and unlocking the doors every time there is a knock. Should be great exercise for that guy answering the door! But how does he know if it's safe to open the door just by looking through the peephole? See, that's where paranoia sets in, and he becomes a hikikomori shut-in who stops answering the door even when it's his own family (humanity) out there.

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Posted in: Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns See in context

If McAleenan isn't up for it, then they should go to the next name in the rolodex and give the job to McAteer (sadly I watch too much Japanese TV). Michael sticks with it no matter what kind of mind-wracking topic the producers at NHK Broadcast Satellite tell him to ask random people on the streets of U.S. or E.U. cities.

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Posted in: Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns See in context

@Viktor, before he became POTUS, Trump and his family absolutely loved to hire less educated immigrant workers. One case that came out recently was a Romanian driver for some of the Trumps, who made between $8/hour (driving only) and $12/hr (for additional security duties). The guy has been in ICE custody since last year because some identity theft insurance scam set up by a friend back in Romania long ago, and now his wife and kids--all American citizens--are suffering in Florida without his income. Is Trump doing anything to help free his former employee from unreasonable imprisonment, or is he a classic throw-you-under-the-bus boss?

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Posted in: Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns See in context

Saying RINO, DINO or SWINO doesn't address the fact that the Rio Grand River forms an un-alterable border. Maybe Nielsen is smart enough to know that completely cutting off American access to an important river is. . . da da dum. . . bad for national security. There are already Americans living in a no man's land between the fence north of the river and the Rio Grande. The not-yet-RINOs will claim "But we're full". . . of what, beans? Are states like Wyoming, with a population nearly as small as Japan's least populated prefectures, actually full to capacity? Who decides the magic number of how many people are allowed in the country?

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Posted in: Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns See in context

@Serrano, tsk tsk "full secure" in your quote. Are you sure Nielsen didn't get fired for her atrocious grammar?

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Posted in: France refers to Ghosn's rearrest in talks with Kono See in context

@Fred--sorry, it's not clear which side's crass behavior you intend to defend or criticize. Who's the lesser of the crass in your view?

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Posted in: Amazon's Bezos, ex-wife reach biggest divorce deal in history See in context

But this is dividing up ownership of several companies, not a regular divorce settlement. Lawyers in corporate merger or break-up deals do not get handed a set % of the company, so why would they get up to 20% here? Anyway, it seems fairly amicable so couldn't the Bezoses just minimize legal costs and have their in-house lawyers sign off on the agreement? Fees in the millions I could see, but 1000x higher seems unbelievable.

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Posted in: Chicago will sue actor Jussie Smollett after he refuses to pay for police overtime See in context

@jpn_guy, reading between the lines, the lawsuit is more about sending a message, possibly to the ex-federal prosecutor just elected as new mayor. Kind of testing her priorities as an outsider/newcomer.

Public servants--police, teachers, public office holders--no doubt get their time wasted on a near daily basis, but rarely by someone high profile enough to make a lawsuit pay off. Notably, the amount of overtime reimbursement is almost the same as the amount Smollett was paid for an episode of Empire. Coincidental to set the damages at that dollar amount? You be the judge.

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Posted in: Amazon's Bezos, ex-wife reach biggest divorce deal in history See in context

@zichi--so your estimate is that the law teams in question are going to collect between 3 and 6 billion dollars? Does she just transfer the shares that she won over to the law firm, cash them out first to pay cash, or what?

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Posted in: Amazon's Bezos, ex-wife reach biggest divorce deal in history See in context

@Goodluck

A) around $1000 per hour for a top lawyer, so maybe a million per lawyer if they worked on it for 6-12 months.

or

B) 5% of $30,000,000,000 = $1.5 billion. Enough to employ 1500 lawyers by my above calculations.

Which one do you think is closer? I'm going with A.

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Posted in: Chicago will sue actor Jussie Smollett after he refuses to pay for police overtime See in context

@cla68--news flash, "the charges" were already dropped. Did you mean drop this new lawsuit? Is that within the power of the mayor to get lawsuits dropped?

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Posted in: Halep closes on world number one Osaka See in context

Do you want me to debate your inexact phrasing "a real champion"? She won two consecutive Grand Slams, allowing her to clinch world number one in the rankings. What's not real about that? Oh I see, someone has to be #1 for x amount of time to qualify under your unwritten rules. Who on the list of other top women players is the realest of the real champions and what's the reason? How many imaginary bonus points are you awarding for great attitude?

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Posted in: New book claims Trump cheats at golf See in context

@Goodluck--come on, Japan has no actual rules against not playing golf "during working hours." A company president can do that no problem. Otherwise, who do you think is normally out walking the golf courses, the unemployed? Politicians, on the other hand, are public servants and shouldn't flaunt their excessive frolicking.

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Posted in: Whistleblower says Ivanka, Jared got security clearance over experts' advice See in context

"buy my insurance and like it"--That's not how it works. You Bass have private insurance already. Some other people, not Bass, are uninsured and are supposed to get insurance. Why is that such a terrible dictatorial idea?

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Posted in: Mick Jagger to undergo heart surgery: Drudge Report See in context

@Vern--"great musician"? Heh, one of the most elite percussionists ever to wield a tambourine? Keith is a great musician (guitar player) even if he cribbed his licks from other greats of the past. Mick is a fine enough singer.

As for the hospital location, maybe Mick doesn't want to be a beast of burden on London's overworked socialized medicine institutions? Or the dole money was late arriving and he said screw it, NYC here I come.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers ask his trial to be separate from those of Nissan, ex-director Kelly See in context

When Nissan is answering questions on the stand, will it be addressed respectfully? Nissan-san?

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