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Posted in: Japan holds off Scotland 2-1 at Women's World Cup See in context

@zichi--Scotland fielded a team of girls? Next time bring full grown women and maybe win one.

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Posted in: Raptors beat Warriors in Game 6 to capture first NBA title See in context

Sports help surviving tough times. WW1 and the flu epidemic but people were also reading about the 1919 Black Sox ban. MLB and NPB barely missed one season in WW2.

Pro athletes are punished in house for fighting, not by the legal system--this naturally leads to pushing the boundaries/ rage worthy stuff.

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Posted in: Raptors beat Warriors in Game 6 to capture first NBA title See in context

Go Leafs poster wrote the same non sequiter on the Stanley Cup story. I want to see him sneak that into a non-sports story.

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Posted in: Raptors beat Warriors in Game 6 to capture first NBA title See in context

Re age of outrage--but the co-owner sucker punching Lowry, the Raps fans vocalizing after Durant went down, Drake touching coach Nurse plus various players--those were legit outrageous happenings, at least for the sports realm.

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Posted in: Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West See in context

@serrano--President Xi officially earns twenty two thousand dollars per year, or less than 30 percent of the mayor of Dallas. Your demand that he assess the Chinese court system is way beyond his pay grade.

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Posted in: Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West See in context

@rip--your wish is granted. Shazam, US troops are at South Koreas border. Wish number two is a world map?

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Posted in: Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West See in context

"collusion with the West"

That is rich when you consider that Hong Kong's leader who is pushing the extradition agreement, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, is a graduate, along with her retired mathematics professor husband, of Cambridge. She reportedly lives alone at the Peak because her UK passport holding husband and sons don't live in HK anymore. Once she retires she will be moving to England too. And the protesters are the ones with the overseas connections?

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Posted in: Avril Lavigne speaks Japanese in new commercial for Laundrin’ See in context

Looking forward to her next single, "Suketebodo shonen."

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Posted in: Hard Rock Cafe opening in Kyoto in machiya townhouse building See in context

The Hard Rock Cafe and Casino business has been owned by Florida's Seminole tribe for over a decade. Must be doing pretty well to allow investment in high-concept / risk-taking designs like this Kyoto machiya.

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Posted in: Avril Lavigne speaks Japanese in new commercial for Laundrin’ See in context

Most interesting part is the bit about her brother in law. A bandmate of his was previously a Johnnys teen star. And when I first heard people going on about One OK Rock, I figured they had something planned at one o clock.

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Posted in: No. of newborns in Japan hits record low in 2018 See in context

"unlimited seats on trains, no lining up for restaurants, more available hospital beds, only a few cars"

Sounds like Xanadu on Earth, but just see how long it takes train companies, restaurants, and hospitals to go out of business after they stop generating enough customer revenue.

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Posted in: Legendary New Orleans blues pianist Dr John dies at 77 See in context

A fascinating life story--this article is way too brief to do him any justice, so look at nola.com for some detailed reporting. For example, I was surprised by how prolific the young Mac Rebbenack was: by the age of 17 in the late 1950s, other groups had already recorded 70 of his co-compositions, and his main instrument was guitar until he was shot in the hand defending the lead singer of one of his groups who was being pistol whipped. The Dr. John "night tripper" persona was his post-prison west coast comeback phase of his career.

@Zichi--that is a strong list of gems featuring the likes of the Meters, and amazingly into the 1990s he funked it up even more with songs like "Big Chief."

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Posted in: Shogi genius Habu gets record 1,434th victory See in context

@BigYen--during the Cold War, chess by Fischer vs. Spasky etc. got a lot of press coverage. But I think that was driven mostly by politics. Casual observers may have been excited by the symbolic clash of brain power from two competing superpowers. Later chess returned to higher visibility as a man vs. technology (Deep Blue etc) battle, which also reflected the worries about the rise of computing power supplanting human workers. The defense of his title by long time top player Magnus Carlson about half a year ago didn't do much to raise chess popularity. If it were really a strongly competitive global game that paid enough to play it full time, I doubt that a single player would dominate the rankings for as long as Carlson has, maybe a decade now. Shogi world has highlighted both young pros and veterans like Habu to broaden its appeal, with regular stories on NHK. I don't know if western Chess can count on big media boosts like shogi has with NHK.

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Posted in: Ex-Trump aide Hicks agrees to hand over campaign documents to Congress See in context

@Black--the charges that imprisoned him were his own doing, not a result of Trump's directives, you mean. But it's relevant that his two trials were based on the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Questionable if any criminality of campaign insiders from Manafort on down is completely unrelated to Trump. At the very least, Trump should have vetted who he hired to not bring in those engaged in felony-level defrauding of the US. What do you predict will happen to Hope Hicks, the subject of this news story?

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Posted in: SoftBank service to help power self-driving buses, farm machinery See in context

@JustMy--Here it's different because, unlike many countries, the taxi industry is not made up of first generation immigrant/refugee drivers. Uber and Lyft in the most expensive U.S. cities like SF are dependent on refugees from Afghanistan etc. who might drive for both services to avoid break frequency safety rules, at least in some recent reporting I've read. Getting a larger pool of needy refugees working as drivers is one challenge to getting the rideshare business model off the ground in Japan, if emulating the way it works abroad is the intention.

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Posted in: Shogi genius Habu gets record 1,434th victory See in context

At times when players think for an hour between moves, not to mention taking a full day or more to finish a game, has got to drive the commentators crazy. What tactical information can they discuss for that long, before getting into the default mode of speculation about the players' psychological states? That is why shogi, chess, dungeons and dragons, and other slow paced board games stay at an underground level.

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Posted in: Ex-Trump aide Hicks agrees to hand over campaign documents to Congress See in context

@Blacklab--speaking of shady campaign figures, his chairman Paul Manafort was just imprisoned at Riker's Island. Do you hope that Trump, after declaring indefinite martial law, is still the president when Manafort's seven year sentence finishes in 2026?

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Posted in: Interview with Yuki Hashimoto, former underground idol and Shibuya Ward councillor See in context

@elephant200 "What is an underground idol?"--My guess is someone not working for the major mainstream agencies like Johnny's or the ___48 syndicate, so not featured on national media. Walking around Akihabara, you can find flyers advertising groups like Ms. Hashimoto's ex-group Kamen Joshi who wear Friday the 13th style glow in the dark masks. An interesting interview topic would be to explain the "Masked Women" concept, although as a retired member she would probably rather discuss her new political career.

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Posted in: 'Godzilla' stomps its way to a box-office lead in U.S. See in context

@FB "duel language"--is there an annotated subtitle version of your grumblings available?

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Posted in: Trump wishes 'Happy Memorial Day' to U.S. See in context

@BeerGuy--that's the best theory. For all I know, there could be naval vessels named USS Dokken, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees and Cinderella on the high seas.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka slams reporters who ask her to speak in Japanese in new Nike ad See in context

@FizzBit--do you think the fan backlash will be about the same as the backlash to Colin Kaepernick being hired as a Nike advertising figure, in other words a plus for the company?

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Posted in: Trump wishes 'Happy Memorial Day' to U.S. See in context

USS Wasp is an interesting name for a ship. I could google it but I'll just assume it's named after the non-amphibious insect and not a person or old racial acronym.

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Posted in: Clash of the titans: Trump set for sumo showdown See in context

Oh, it looks like Kakuryu is back in a tie for first. If he wins it, I would like to see if Trump can handle saying this into the mic intelligibly: "I present the Trump Trophy to the champion, yokozuna Kakuryu Rikisaburo, also known in his homeland as Mangaljalav Anand. His tenacious oshidashi and yorikiri bigly overwhelmed his rivals etc etc." My bet is they will just quickly hand over the trophy without a speech.

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Posted in: Clash of the titans: Trump set for sumo showdown See in context

Interesting photo from one of the regional exhibition matches, at an outdoor venue in some smaller city.

I hope Trump doesn't assume sumo is fake. If it were an act, would Hakuho be allowed to dominate for the latter half of Heisei, and would high ranking wrestlers constantly sit out with injuries? I wonder if Trump will react badly if wrestlers' blood gets spattered on his germ-o-phobic person? Then there's the significance of handing his trophy to a maegashira upstart (if Asanoyama is still leading--haven't checked today).

A while ago NHK used Pak-kun the celeb/comedian as a guest announcer. He sat down to interview an Australian family viewing from the back wall seats of the arena. The father joked that he promised his kids to take them to Disneyland but then brought them to sumo instead. Good choice--much better story to tell everyone back in Oz.

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Posted in: Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity See in context

@shallots--those hats mean it is a highly formal occasion. All the women celebs at Prince Harry-Megan Markle royal wedding had hats pinned on, and drew more attention than the dresses.

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Posted in: Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife See in context

"His wife is expected of"--So you mean it is anticipated that she may violate the bail conditions someday? That is even weaker than the legally flimsy "suspected." Only punish her/them if there is clear proof of something wrong. Prosecutors expect/suspect doesn't meet a high enough standard.

Ghosn is expected to be given a large retirement bonus in the future. Better lock him up posthaste.

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Posted in: Trump's sumo attendance raising security issues for organizers See in context

After reading the "overweight men in circular mud ring" knee-slapper, I want the writer's take on

NFL "steroid ingesting meatheads lumbering after a pigskin-covered conical sphere on a lawn-like surface"

NBA "overactive pituitary gland monstrosities prancing around a wooden floor like newborn draft horses"

Tennis "oversized calf muscle freaks batting air filled rubber globes on a mud court with cat-gut rackets"

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Posted in: N Korea state media hits out at 'imbecile' Biden See in context

"if he called Trump that"--ha, have you forgotten the instant classic insult Dotard he used for Trump?

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Posted in: Kono puzzles followers with 'enciphered bacon' tweet See in context

Son trounced dad in a game of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" and gleefully yelled.

Riffing on a comment on the other Kono thread, here's Takeshi Beat strolling the red carpet at Cannes, accompanied by Japanese actress Anne (doesn't use her dad's name) and Close Glen--who once made a cooking documentary with Bacon Kevin!

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Posted in: China hands Japanese man 5 1/2 years in prison for state secret theft See in context

@dark--"a bit old for being a spy"--yeah, even spies need to retire and collect their pensions sometime. Otherwise countries would often hire retirement-age spies to do their dirty work. One plus for aged spies is they would be doing less time in prison. In this case, a 5 1/2 sentence could be more a symbolic warning to other careless contractors than their legal code's recommended punishment for a serious spying violation.

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