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Posted in: Japanese museum dedicated to salmon has no live salmon on display this year See in context


No, maybe you misunderstood. Raw salmon is fine for sushi, if has been frozen first. Wild caught salmon almost certainly has parasites.


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Posted in: Japanese museum dedicated to salmon has no live salmon on display this year See in context


Eating non-frozen fish is asking for a mouthful of parasites.

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Posted in: New Tezuka 'Black Jack' manga episode created using AI unveiled See in context

I'd rather read manga written by a total amateur than AI slop.

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Posted in: KFC releases first-ever spicy miso chicken in Japan See in context

Looks good. Still waiting for them to bring back the green hot jalapenos chicken from 2021 I believe it was.

As Jim said, KFCs prices here are getting too high for what you get, it really seems like they are trying to push it to see how far they can go before people give up on it. Izakaya fried chicken is better and cheaper. Even conbini or supermarket fried chicken is becoming the better option in my mind for a fried chicken fix.

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Posted in: Eating less meat would be good for the Earth See in context

We see articles like this all the time. 'Stop using your airconditioner! Stop using your heater! Stop using your car! Stop eating meat! You don't need to own your own home! Staycation! Cut down your showers!'

I eat meat at least twice a day, every day and that will never stop. I'm not going to make myself even slightly uncomfortable for 'the good of the planet' while the rich and powerful consume and pollute the earth about 5000 times more than I ever would.

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Posted in: Cannabis-derived gummies probed after 9 fall ill in Tokyo See in context

So while I agree with you that Spice and K2 are definitely complete trash and very much awful/dangerous for your body, HHCH is not comparable to those.

Wow I had no idea, thanks for the info.

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Posted in: Cannabis-derived gummies probed after 9 fall ill in Tokyo See in context

I don't think it was inexperience or dosage. Synthetic cannabis makes people go crazy, I'm not surprised the people felt sick. Just look up a video or story of someone trying synthetic cannabis called 'Spice' or 'K2'. Experience cannabis users will say they felt like they were dying or losing their mind. The synthetic stuff isn't properly tested and it's really nothing like organic cannabis.

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Posted in: 10 simple tips for saving money in Japan See in context

Drink some store brand 9% chu hi before going to a bar, that little trick has saved me thousands.

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Posted in: Woman facing arrest for theft jumps to her death from apartment while police wait See in context

If you were offered a new job today, the 15th of November, the company probably wouldn't want you to start until December 1st. 95% of companies won't pay you during the first month, so your first paycheck wouldn't be until January. I don't know how it is in other countries, but my home country doesn't make losing or changing your job so brutal. And they do everything they can to prevent you from claiming the 'unemployment insurance' that gets stolen from our pay every month.

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Posted in: Takarazuka group head to quit over actress' death but denies bullying See in context

So they are saying she made it up and took her own life for no reason.

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Posted in: What do you think of year-end company parties? Do you attend them? See in context

One of my favourite things about working in Japan. I remember the first one I attended as an ALT. I'd never seen anything like it in a work setting before: a work party where you cannot bring your partner or children and drinking is encouraged. It's great talking with everyone in a more relaxed setting, sharing good food I might not have seen before, and the wine and beer is flowing. Can't wait for this years, we had some low key ones these last few years, but this is the first time since before the wuhan wheeze where everyone will be attending.

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Posted in: Which country's national anthems do you find the most stirring? See in context

The Bulgarian one gets me going. There are some recordings on youtube with really operatic vocals that sound so powerful.

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Posted in: Fireworks festivals in Japan dim their lights amid financial woes See in context

If you are 'over fireworks' then you are probably well outside the targeting audience in terms of age.

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Posted in: Bestseller Musk biography to be adapted into film See in context

He's possibly taken the top stop from Steve Jobs for taking credit for other people's hard work.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils ¥17 trillion stimulus package as poll numbers slump See in context

We are seeing that the tide is turning from the vicious cycle of deflation -- symbolized by low prices


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Posted in: School's out forever in parts of aging Japan See in context

Very sad. Some of the schools I worked at back in my ALT days have now closed down. While I was there they were already on the way out. I love imagining what it must have been like when the school was full of students and teachers. Schools way up in the mountains surrounded by forests and rivers that overlook mountain ranges, it must have been a great place to live back then.

Obviously the main problem is the low birthrate, but I think part of it is jobs that pay a salary that allows one to live above the poverty line simply don't exist in those places anymore. I have friends who live in the city and hate it, they want to go back to their hometowns in the countryside and live close to nature, but there are no jobs that they could support a family with there. Remote work could help solve this, but of course this has been stopped in Japan because owner sama and manager san can't stand the thought of their slaves having any sort of control over their lives while they are on the clock.

Eventually everyone will live in a leopalace sized apartment in Tokyo and places outside of the city while the slave driving business owners control things from their houses in the countryside or New Zealand. If you are lucky you might have a job maintaining a resort in the mountains for the rich, they might even let you breathe their fresh air for free.

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Posted in: We can’t do our job if we have to deal with this. Such calls are disrupting work. These people don’t understand what we’re telling them. See in context


There was a story recently about the Akita government offering 5000 yen for every bear killed. No limits on how many should be killed were announced. If they had said something like 50 bears need to be culled, it won't harm the population and it will make things safer, people wouldn't have much of a reason to complain. Encouraging people to kill as many as possible for 5000 yen a pop is concerning and doesn't seem well thought through.

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Posted in: We can’t do our job if we have to deal with this. Such calls are disrupting work. These people don’t understand what we’re telling them. See in context

I googled Mr Satake and it seems he comes from a family line that has ruled Akita for a long time. Obviously he is angry that the public have the nerve to try to tell him how to run HIS Akita. In his mind they are his bears and he'll kill as many of them as he wants.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya sees subdued Halloween as tight security dampens mood See in context

This is all because the local government couldn't find a way to monetize and take credit for the halloween party. They cannot stand to see people meeting and having fun for free. Next year they'll come back with a Shibuya Halloween Pass for 10,000 yen, force bars to buy into some sort of halloween safety system or they won't be allowed to serve alcohol on that night, install cameras everywhere to harvest biometric data, designate a food truck area with a huge rental price.

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Posted in: Concerns mount for elderly as fewer Japanese under 40 donate blood See in context

Donate something for free so they can sell it to patients, no thanks.

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Posted in: Bear bounty introduced by Akita governor pays ¥5,000 per bear to hunters See in context

There should be a proper culling program with a set number of bears that need to be culled, not just open season on the bears. How about planting more acorn and fruit bearing trees for the bears? Seems like anything involving population control in Japan is met with short sighted and ineffective policies.

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Posted in: McDonald’s releases new Come on Baby New York Burgers in Japan See in context


Is it possible to ask McDonald's here to put more sauce on the burgers? If I order the Chicken Filet I often want more sauce but have never had the courage to because I'm sure my request will be denied or met with utter confusion.

Speaking of requests, does anyone know if it's possible to request certain pieces of chicken at KFC? And if so what are the pieces called? Thanks.

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Posted in: Trudeau says China-linked 'Spamouflage' campaign targeted Canada lawmakers See in context

Why would anyone listen to what he has to say about China when he lets them buy all the houses, apartments, businesses and farms across Canada?

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Posted in: McDonald’s releases new Come on Baby New York Burgers in Japan See in context

Definitely gonna try that buffalo chicken one, looks good.

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Posted in: Japan's inflation slows to 2.8% in Sept as energy impact lessens See in context

I can't wait for them to raise (GOUGE) the price of domestic meat and vegetables again and try to blame the war in the middle east for it.

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Posted in: Amazon to start testing drones that will drop prescriptions on your doorstep, literally See in context

Amazon needs to be stopped. It's illegal for everyone to fly drones in residential areas, why does amazon get a free pass? I like to imaging shooting one of these things down, though that will probably be a jailable offense since amazon basically writes laws for itself, so I'll just continue to not use them ever.

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Posted in: Can you make a good chicken ramen broth with KFC fried chicken? See in context

I love kfc, but this looks revolting. Especially with the breading still on there. I can see the chicken going well in some sort of a rice dish, but swimming in dashi sounds fowl (pun intended LOL!)

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Posted in: What is the most effective way to eradicate the sale and possession of child porn? See in context

Eradicate the fiends that produce and sell it. Committing such an evil act deserves nothing less than a bullet right between the eyes.

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Posted in: Jada Pinkett Smith says revealing separation from Will Smith is a 'weight off my shoulders' See in context

I want to unsubscribe from updates on this woman's life. What has she done to deserve DAILY news articles? I've seen all the movies this article mentions but can only remember her being in The Nutty Professor. Does this make her amazing enough to warrant constant updates on every single thought that leaves her head?

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks or sweets? See in context

Some snacks aren't particularly Japanese, but if they are available in an izakaya I consider them Japanese snacks or sweets.

With beer: Edamame, sembei, karaage, potato salad, bacon, shishito, grilled piman, cheese, dark chocolate, sausages, kushikatsu, any sort of nuts, tsukemono, gyoza, fried potato, yakitori, probably missing out on some hall of famers but th

With wine: microwave cheese fondue, cheese, sashimi, sausages, fresh and dried fruit, tomatoes.

With sake: dried squid in most forms, sashimi, cheese again, tsukemono, shio butter mushrooms, fried mushrooms, fried squid, anything with shiso or ooba in it.

Whisky: dark chocolate or fruit.

Highball: absolutely anything.

I love takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakisoba etc but don't find they go particularly well with alcohol. A screaming cold glass of coke to go with piping hot takoyaki is always good though, and of course beer would be fine but I wouldn't insist on it. All these aren't hard and fast rules of course. These best alcohol and snacks are always whatever is free, followed by whatever is on hand, followed by this list.

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