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Posted in: Toyota, slow to move to EVs, says it offers customers choice See in context

Domestically, the electric infrastructure is not ready for mass adoption of ev’s. Japan already has a shortage of generating capacity.

Toyota is one of the few automakers willing to be honest about the current viability of ev’s for the mass market

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'leftist maniacs' in women's Olympic soccer team See in context

Angry old man doing his angry old man act for the saps

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Posted in: Japan to establish agency to speed up digitalization See in context

Is this a reprint article from 1997?

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Posted in: 59-year-old 'eternal idol' Seiko Matsuda amazes fans with hasn’t-aged-a-day self-cover See in context

There are certainly some grumpy, unhappy people around here.

I’m sure her fans really enjoy seeing this.

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Posted in: Ex-head of McDonald's, Apple units in Japan arrested over domestic violence See in context

If you’ve ever worked with the type of personalities who make it to the top of big companies this would not surprise you.

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Posted in: Trump supporters rally in Tokyo See in context

This is supposed to be ironic, right?

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Posted in: The more exercise the better, heart health study finds See in context

Just because you’re sweating it doesn’t mean you’re exercising, but if you’re not sweating, you’re probably not exercising.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fraud after receiving deceased mother's pension for 17 years See in context

You gotta believe this guy knew he was screwed eventually. Once he let a few checks run through he was in too deep to go back.

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Posted in: Tokyo taxi drivers allowed to refuse passengers not wearing masks See in context

At this stage, who in their right mind would ride in a taxi or any public transportation without a mask?

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers See in context

On a happy note, it appears Nestle has given the world an issue to unite around. Thanks to them for the first steps towards world harmony!

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Posted in: U.S. vote-by-mail begins See in context

I would stand in line on a bed of hot coals to vote against Trump. I can’t wait!

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Posted in: Male babysitter arrested for molesting 5-year-old girl See in context

“30 year old male babysitter” says a lot right there.

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Posted in: Japanese maker pushes umami overhaul for much-maligned MSG See in context

If you believe that MSG a negative effect on your body, that’s likely what you are going to experience.

The origins of “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” are attached to perceptions of Chinese in America and the low cost-value attached to their labor. If Chinese food was historically very expensive, like French cooking, we would likely point our suspicions elsewhere.

Nobody seems to get “Italian Restaurant Syndrome” even though you will find the very same ingredients in most red sauces and strong cheese.

You may begin your down voting now.

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Posted in: Japan's beer shipments to S Korea dive 99.9% in Sept See in context

What a shame that the world seems to be stumbling into a period of contention and strife. We will all pay in time with a soured world economy and reduced prospects for younger workers.

We can thank politicians who find playing to our primitive tribal urges guarantees reelection.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor criticized for putting her hands in pockets during Tokyo Marathon ceremony See in context

I am often amazed at the anti-Japanese attitudes of posters to this site. Presumably if you are interested enough to post here you would have some knowledge or affection for Japan and its cultural traditions.

Formality is a core part of Japanese culture. It implies respect and conveys social class. Thankfully there are cultures left that have not slouched into rude informality.

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

38 years old and in a “boy band” pretty much sums it all up.

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Posted in: Man gets away with ¥1 mil in convenience store robbery See in context

Some stores don’t deposit cash on a daily basis. Thats a lot of cash in todays card driven economy.

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Posted in: 320,000 bits of customer info of lodging providers in Japan stolen See in context

Luckily these are just “bits” of information and not globs or wads. I once lost over a million chunks of info and it really cost me a lot.

What this story teaches us is to always keep our nfo together and not laying around in little pieces...or something

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Posted in: One in four surveyed Japanese workers admits to wanting to kill boss; Osaka quake helps show why See in context

Some of this seems like overreaction. Just asking if you are ok and if you are coming to work seems pretty innocuous.

If you have an hourly job, being told that you can still come to work and get paid would be a positive if you weren’t affected by the quake personally. Seems like they were just offering the option.

”Just getting on with it” is a way of recovering that is more productive than sitting at home rehashing your emotions.

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Posted in: Over 75% of Japanese women say they’ve slept with a male coworker: survey See in context

Too risky. Keep your work world and your personal life separate or they will come together in some really unpleasant ways.

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Posted in: TV show 'Roseanne' abruptly canceled after star's racist tweet sparks furor See in context

Another day, another career off the rails thanks to Twitter.

She has always been a loose cannon so its no surprise that this has happened.

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Posted in: Japan sees record marijuana cases in 2017; spike in youth involvement See in context

Dirty, fat and stoned is not the direction Japan needs to go.

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Posted in: Legoland to open hotel See in context

And the room comes with free Legos in the carpet!

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Posted in: YouTube tries to crack down on conspiracy videos See in context

YouTube is the greatest conduit of information ever created. It is also the greatest conduit of nonsense, non-science and ignorance ever created.

Flat earthers, nazi’s, kale-enema advocates, religious nuts etc have all found a wonderful, free outlet.

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Posted in: Injured Hakuho out of sumo tourney; Osunaarashi asked to quit over unlicensed driving See in context

Some realities need to be acknowledged around Kisenosato.

He has lost his short lived confidence and seems like a fish out water when he manages to show up.

There are plenty of great young guys who now have a shot at the top with the decline of the incumbent Yokozunas. (Yokozunae?)

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Posted in: Alabama student dies in accidental school shooting See in context

As America is now in its “post logic and reason” phase, there is almost no chance that positive steps to control gun violence can be made. We are manipulated on all sides by special interests who profit from social divisions.

indeed, my own comments above will be read differently by people on each side of the issue, though I am being purposely vague.

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Posted in: Mariners bring back 44-year-old Ichiro See in context

It’s amazing that he can still play at the pro level at that age! Good for him!

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Posted in: Severed human head found in Osaka in missing woman probe See in context

This must have been a “no severed heads” lodging facility. Gotta check that BEFORE you book your stay.

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