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Posted in: Japan’s curious compulsory appetizers See in context

Maybe I'm remembering that total wrong, as it was as much the overall experience as the money.

That place has since switched from pasta to chicken, with no success other than people who seem to be connected to them somehow--not many local customers.

There have been a number of such places setting up shop and trying to turn this nice neighborhood into some sort of entertainment district, with basically no success or patronage from the locals.

Anyway, I don't mind the tsukidashi under the right circumstances, especially when the dishes are good.

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Posted in: Japan’s curious compulsory appetizers See in context

There have been some good points made, but the situation that irked me most about this scenario was a "restaurant-bar" pace in the residential neighborhood I moved into a couple of years ago.

My wife and I, with our 1-year old son, decided to stop in one night to try the home made pasta.

I ordered a beer with dinner because I felt bad about being their only customer and the fact that they were advertising themselves as a "restaurant-bar" or whatever.

The bill for the tsukidashi was 900 yen x2. The 1800 yen total in that case, when we were just dropping by to have some pasta that cost about 1000 yen a plate or so, amounted to almost half of the bill.

It's not that great a travesty, but I don't patronize places like that, especially when they are located in residential neighborhoods.

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Posted in: U.S. senators want no exemptions for Japan over TPP See in context

There should be some good results from these negotiations in terms of countries defining their interests and establishing the parameters for negotiating with respect to them in the future, though I doubt that will translate into a tangible agreement.

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Posted in: Wave of Iraq blasts kill 56 See in context

This is just sick. It won't be long before the Sunni-Shiite conflict engulfs the whole area, tragically.

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Posted in: Japan’s curious compulsory appetizers See in context

The problem is that the places engaging in this practice are generally more interested in selling alcohol than food and being an 'entertainment' establishment rather than an eatery.

For the most part, they suck.

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Posted in: Masked wrestler city councilman forbidden to wear mask during sessions See in context

What a tool.

Participating in an elective body as a representative in a democracy is supposed to be open, by definition.

No valid reason for this clown to hide his identity, or face, for that matter, when serving in that capacity.

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Posted in: U.S. says Japan has more work to do to join TPP talks See in context

I don't think there's a problem with participating in talks, but there can be no concessions that would compromise the food security and wet-paddy rice cultivation traditional landscape.

Insurance and cars?

Well, most American made cars simply aren't compatible with Japanese roads, so no Japanese in their right mind would buy one.

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Posted in: TPP or not TPP See in context

We need to find a way to maintain the wet rice paddy landscape while culling the disproportionate voting representation that the LDP uses to maintain its power base in the countryside.

One of the main reasons the TPP is bad because it is a threat to the landscape sculpted in the traditional agricultural mode as opposed to American agribusiness factory farming.

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Posted in: Owner of dog that mauled 90-year-old woman to death jailed for 14 months See in context

A dog cannot slip out of a properly fitted suitable collar.

Fourteen months is too short of a sentence, and the laws need to be enhanced to further deter laxity in such dog owners.

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Posted in: Osaka's great EV taxi experiment does a slow burnout See in context

I would imagine that the battery technology will have improved substantially after three years.

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Posted in: 72 Osaka teachers confess to hitting students in questionnaire See in context

Interesting, at least (some of ) the teachers were honest.

The followup survey of the students should be even more interesting...

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Posted in: Jun Komori makes televised apology for lying to fans about auction sites See in context

She is only 27 years old? She looks like 50 in the photo, so I assume she may be abusing amphetamines.

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Posted in: China, Japan scholars seek way out in islands dispute See in context

I think we can all agree that both sides aren't going to give an inch so why not just settle the soverignty issue via ICJ. I mean, the whole point of ICJ is to resolve disputes in a peaceful manner in accordance with international law when both parties exhausted all avenues of bi lateral negotiations.

That is, for all intents and purposes, basically right.

This dispute is benefiting nobody but the war mongers, and is causing substantial hardship to the citizens of both countries.

I'm not opposed to the current bilateral effort, but if it fails, both countries should seriously consider the ICJ, as that would be the responsible way to go.

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Posted in: Commodore Perry's descendant to appear in musical performance See in context

Would like this concert to be performed in Kansai, too.

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Posted in: China, Japan scholars seek way out in islands dispute See in context

avigator, thanks for the refs.

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Posted in: Fashion face See in context

She's advertising that Japan is for sale and she has become a commodity... for all you fetishists.

Why doesn't she show her real eye and hair color, though?

To be, or not to have been, that is the interrogation.

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Posted in: Peace envoy See in context

Coming in the wake of the Hatoyama visit I hope that this points to some actual motion toward a productive solution.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't gets tough on China over isle dispute with Japan See in context


That is interesting information, as is the Palmas case. I think it would be interesting to see how the court would rule, as this case is quite dissimilar to the Palmas case in that it is not a dispute between two colonial powers, and the history of the rocks goes back several hundreds of years.

Maybe the two governments will be able to peacefully negotiate their way out of this and not cause their citizens so much grief in the interim.

Incidentally, I assume that you have noted that the UN has accepted China's claim to present an opinion on the continental shelf issue.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't gets tough on China over isle dispute with Japan See in context


There is a hierarchy of titles and, I'm afraid Japan's appear stronger than China's, regardless of the fact that China might have known of the islets for a millennia before Japan ever did.

I don't think that is necessarily the case. It would seem that China is more worried about the other disputes it is engaged in coming before the ICJ than this one.

In this case, the islands are referred to by the Chinese names on Edo period Japanese maps, and there are diplomatic correspondences from the Meiji period referring to the islands as belonging to the Chinese, basically, before they were sequestered as war booty. Then there are the treaties after WWII in which Japan relinquished all such territories.

Frankly, I can't see where Japan has a chance to legitimate its claim to these rocks before the ICJ.

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Posted in: U.N. to consider validity of China's claim over disputed islands See in context

Good for the UN.

No need to meet the irrational request of the Japanese side.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't gets tough on China over isle dispute with Japan See in context


If that is in fact the case, then I think it would behoove China to get with the program and sign whatever treaty it is that relates to recognition of the ICJ.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't gets tough on China over isle dispute with Japan See in context


I think that this is where the significance of the assertion by the Japanese government that:

There is no dispute

comes into play.

I believe that Taiwan has tried to have the case raised there, but don't have the requisite status, or something along those lines.

You should check the passage you quoted above:

Japan recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other State accepting the same obligation and on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, over all disputes...

If Japan doesn't recognize the dispute, China can't bring it up at the ICJ.

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Posted in: Dream hall See in context

very nice.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't gets tough on China over isle dispute with Japan See in context

Then take the Daiyo/Senkakus dispute to the ICJ.

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Posted in: Aso says elderly should be allowed to 'hurry up and die' See in context

It didn't very long for old Aso to get into form!

Bring on the mike!!

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Posted in: One Direction See in context

"boy band" = advertising company product

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Posted in: Wikipedia losing editors, study says See in context

Yeah, I don't think there's any question about that, but believe me, there are serious problems.

For example, they've got volunteer administrators called "sysops" and "bureaucrats" many of whom are in their 20s and early 30s and appear to be on a cyberspace power trip in performing oversight on that site. It doesn't make for a conducive atmosphere when you are dealing with content that is way over their heads and relates to controversial topics.

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Posted in: Sumo New Year See in context


Takanohana was the best!

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Posted in: Tang Dynasty copy of Wang Xizhi work unearthed See in context

indeed! makes me want to take up the brush...

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