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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic surfing competition will take place at Chiba beach See in context

Kelly Slater’s wave pool company is in Japan and will be building facilities. Wether they’ll be used for the Olympics is the issue here.

My wife is from that part of Chiba and indeed, the conditions in the summer are unpredictable (unless there is a typhoon passing :).

Another interesting point will be transportation, summer traffic in the area is horrendous.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka on her way up with first pro tennis title See in context

The media always over reacts to these wonder kids. This will seem quite negative but what’s so “Japanese” about her? Do you remember much when you were four years old? I get she happens to have a Japanese passport and her mom is Japanese. She grew up in the US, learned tennis and trains in the US. Her Japanese language skills are atrocious. Why didn’t her mom teach her?

Frankly, her communication skills are weak in her native English, as well. Let’s see how her career unfolds and if she can be consistently a champion.

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Posted in: Japanese bemused by Trump bowling ball car test claim See in context

Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Pfizer, Zimmer-Biomet, Nike, Stryker, Boeing, AIG, Dell, Eli Lilly, HP, Levi’s & on and on in every sector of the economy. Yeah, US companies just don’t get this hyper-demanding market.

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Posted in: In your experience, which country's tourists are the least well-behaved whenever you have seen them out and about? See in context

I travel frequently (once a month minimum) for business all around APAC and without a doubt it is the Chinese. I was just in Phuket and was often disgusted with the absolute disregard for even basic decorum. If I had been there on vacation, I would’ve moved to a more obscure location even if it meant paying penalties. That bad.

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Posted in: China's Didi Chuxing takes aim at Japan's taxi market See in context

I use Uber in Tokyo fairly frequently. Quite handy for business. Don’t have to stand outside in the cold or heat waiting for an empty cab. Easy to schedule a ride, nice cars, they know where you’re going before you get in and simply get out when you arrive. Itemized invoices that are easy to reconcile after the fact.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's wedding postponed until 2020 See in context

Yawn. Except for the fact that they waste my taxes, I tire of the endless fawning over these royals.

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Posted in: Brutal cold raises concerns over Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Better than too warm. We can all look forward to sweltering in the summer heat in 2020...

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Posted in: F-35A stealth fighter deployed in Japan for 1st time See in context

The Korean War was a proxy war, so...

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Posted in: Okinawa governor says U.S. forces crazy, out of control See in context

How is an emergency landing where no one was hurt, crazy? Helicopters are inherently difficult land when things go wrong. They don’t glide well.

Again, without knowing the numbers: helos, flights and flight hours, it is impossible to judge whether there are “a lot” of incidents. If they have 10 helicopters, that fly twice a week and 6 of them have had problems—- then you have some serious issues.

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Posted in: Hot air: Study finds bikram no healthier than other yoga See in context

The heat may help with flexibility? My wife likes it and in the winter I can’t argue with the idea of working out in a warm room.

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Posted in: Loading up See in context

I’m in Osaka now (live in Tokyo) and agree. Overall tourism is great for the economy but some of these folks are out of hand.

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Posted in: Japanese woman publishes book about being groped on trains for six years, from age 12 to 18 See in context

This poor woman was subjected to some horrid behavior and though I doubt the frequency, I don’t doubt her mental and emotional anguish.

I’ve been commuting in Tokyo for 18 yrs. I’ve busted 3 chikans and one photographer taking upskirt pix. In all cases I took them to the station masters and in all cases they froze and were compliant, except one and I stepped on his arches and crunched his hand to help him realize he wasn’t going to make it to work on time.

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Posted in: Japan says U.S. military aircraft mishaps more than doubled in 2017 See in context

Simply increasing? We should ask how many aircraft are there? How many flights do they make per day, week, month? How many flight hours per day, week, month? Need it for the last few years.

Without that data, it is difficult to understand the scope of the issue.

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Posted in: American scholar films documentary on Japanese school lunches See in context

Curry was introduced by the British Royal Navy whom Meiji Japan looked to when they wanted to created a modern naval force. (They copied the Prussians for the army.)

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Posted in: Apple out to renew iPhone frenzy at age 10 See in context

It is the ecosystem that works for me. I have iPads, an Airbook and Apple TV and of course iTunes. It all works so easily and smoothly together. I've never had to get support in ten years! I have to use Windows for work and it is crap in so many aspects. I'm glad there is competition out there for mobile phones but I'll be sticking with Apple - too damn easy.

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Posted in: Parents find older babies sleep better in their own room See in context

As they begin to stop breastfeeding this is common sense...otherwise how would they get siblings? Worked for us.

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Posted in: Qantas to base 4 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in Brisbane See in context

Great airframe from passengers point of view - much prefer it to the massive A-380.

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Posted in: Japan's cutesy 'kei' cars hit rocky road See in context

Death traps- literally getting what you pay for...

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Posted in: Workplaces need to display signs in English and improve their health care and educational systems as a means of increasing their appeal. See in context

Signs in Engrish won't "attract" any candidates.

Try compelling roles, great training, clear career progression, managers that value real productivity as opposed to butts-in-seats for 14 hrs/day equates to a "loyal worker", market-rate salaries, an end to meetings after 6PM and so on...

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Posted in: What do you think of ride-booking service Uber? Have you had any problems with it? See in context

I use it in Hong Kong and Singapore constantly when traveling on business. I use it here in Japan about two or three times a month. Here it is a fancy taxi and not much more expensive than a regular taxi. Advantages are that they come excactly to where I am, know where I'm going and I simply get out when I get to my destination, no farting around with payment. I can easily switch between my personal account or business, which makes it easy to track for expenses. Also, it's connected to my Starwood account so I get points towards free hotel stays while I'm at it. I'm a fan.

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Posted in: Teetotal tipples: 7 no-alcohol drinks in Japan See in context

When I don't feel like drinking for whatever reason, I usually have sparkling mineral water with lime or lemon. A tad more interesting than tap water and there are lots to try. I have never purchased or even tried any non-alcohol "beer". (Likewise for decaf coffee, margarine, "lite" or "diet" products.) Makes no sense to me. Consume quality in moderation. I don't begrudge those who do buy these type of products but the TV ads with people getting so excited about brown fizzy water are pretty damn funny.

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Posted in: Work meeting isn’t going anywhere? Suntory suggests cracking open a (non-alcoholic) beer See in context

Just like decaf coffee; I will never consume that and it is not allowed in my house. If I can't have or simply don't wish to have alcohol, I simply drink something else. When my wife was pregnant she drank some but it was pretty gross and she gave up.

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Posted in: Australian airport security stays heightened after foiled terror plot See in context

Just flew out of Sydney yesterday afternoon; wasn't too bad, actually. Arrived at the airport a bit early as I thought there might be some issues.

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Posted in: Struggling Legoland Japan will shut down for two days a week starting in fall See in context

No. Go. Ya. I have two boys, 12 & 8 yrs. old and would love to take them to Legoland. But. No way we are going there. Location x3.

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Posted in: IOC's Coates stresses cost cuts during Tokyo visit See in context

Want to save ¥? Start with cutting events like baseball. All the coaches and stadiums, etc = bloat. Hardly an inclusive sport when you compare it to track & field, etc. Same few teams win every time and most countries don't give a crap about the game. This time Japan wants a shot at another gold so...

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Posted in: More than Y85 mil in cash stolen from police station safe See in context

If they had proper access controls for the evidence room to include CCTV on the safe, the case would be solved already.

That amount of cash is rather bulky, too. Can't stuff it your pants.

Would last a long time on a island SE Asia somewhere...

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Posted in: Japanese ways of getting work done no longer cut it in today's world See in context

Factories here are likely to have accurate time & attendance data. That seems to not be the case for office workers, health care, service industry, etc. Working less than 40 / week? Who does that? I would feel like I'm on vacation.

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Posted in: Toss veggies into hummus, roast them and enjoy a tasty crust See in context

Maria - take the time to make real hummus once...use high quality olive oil and you'll never be satisfied with instant again.

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Posted in: China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier See in context

It will be almost 3 years before this is operational. Now they merely know it floats.

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Posted in: How would you evaluate U.S. President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office? See in context

Tired of winning yet?

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