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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will eventually put millions of people out of work around the world? See in context

No, au contraire, it will create more jobs.

Jobs that don't even exist today.

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Posted in: Police appeal for help over unsolved 2000 murder of 17-year-old boy See in context

This is so sad.

It's hard to believe that the police have an eye witness to the crime and yet have not been able to solve this murder. It seems as if they really do not care if they solve this.

If the victim was the son of a politician or someone "important" or "influential" you can bet they would have not stopped until the caught the guilty parties.

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Posted in: If you are an employee of a company, educational institution or organization, do you like your job? See in context

I love the weekends, but come Sunday evening, I am anxious to get back to work on Monday.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka launching her own sports agency: report See in context

What a clever and gutsy business decision. I wish her all the best.

I would not be surprised if her agency passes IMG in the near future.

Being a four-time GS winner and have been the highest paid female athlete for a number of years are credentials that should attract a lot of new talent.

She will serve as the "kanban" for her agency, let her employees do all the work, and concentrate on playing tennis.

I would love to see her win at least one more GS.

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Posted in: Takeshi gets lifetime achievement award at Italy film festival See in context

I've always liked his work, both as an actor and a director.

That smile of his in "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" is unforgettable.

So glad to see that he is receiving the recognition he deserves.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested over sexual assault of junior high school girl See in context

Cram schools or "Juku" in Japanese are basically, "schools after school" that many students attend to prepare or "cram" for entrance exams.

They usually specialize in a particular subject, as in English, math etc, or a specific examination. (University, High school etc...)

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Posted in: Russia to halt peace treaty talks with Japan over sanctions See in context

Russia can keep the islands along with the rest of their rusty, non-producing 3rd-rate country.

John McCain was right: Russia is nothing more than a gas station. Putin is a bully that can cause a lot of trouble, but that's about it. He's on his way out.

I remember that for years we lived in fear of the image of the strength of the Soviet Union, then one day we learned that it had been all a mirage.  

Russia is weaker now than ever. 

The brave Ukrainians are proving that.

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Posted in: Should Russians be barred from participating in international sports events and tournaments due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine? See in context

International sporting events are for civilized countries that recognize the rule of law and respects each other's right to co-exist. Russian people elected Putin.

It is their responsibility to un-elect or get rid of him.

Till then all Russians should be banned from participating in international sporting events with other civilized countries.

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Posted in: Generally speaking, what do you think is the best way for parents to teach their young children the difference between right and wrong? See in context

"Spare the rod spoil the child."

Beatings always worked for me.

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Posted in: Original 'Godzilla' actor Akira Takarada dies at 87 See in context

I met Takarada san when I had short gig with Toho working as a production assistant, (interpreter) for an American choreographer.

Toho was producing the musical "Sweet Charity" and the choreographer and his wife were in Japan to help with the production.

During a lunch break Takarada san once invited a couple of us lowly PA's out for a bowl of "Gyudon", asked us how we were getting on, and chatted with us as if we were his colleagues.

Takarada san was an extraordinarily talented actor, who wore his success lightly and was kind to all he came in contact with.

May he rest in peace.

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

I would love to see them both get released, especially the Dad.

They have done more than enough time to repay society.

No Japanese citizens were harmed by their crime. They have shown sufficient remorse and should be released for time served.

The Japanese criminal justice system would gain a lot of good will and show the world they are not as bad as we all know they are.

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Posted in: Signaling a shift, 'Drive My Car' rides into the Oscars See in context

I saw it and really enjoyed it.

It is a bit long, but if you stream it at home it's no big deal.

On an emotional level it reminds me of Yojiro Takita's "Departures" which won an Oscar in 2008 for Best Foreign Film.

It's well-written and if you understand Japanese I think you may really enjoy it.

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Posted in: Former KAT-TUN singer Koki Tanaka arrested for drug possession See in context

That is a minuscule amount. I hope he has a good lawyer and keeps his mouth shut.

It seems the police are a bit overzealous from time to time.

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Posted in: Japan backs U.S anti-extremism efforts after IS leader's death See in context

This is a publicity stunt by Joe Biden.

I am glad that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi is gone, and will no longer terrorize and indiscriminately slaughter innocent men, women and children (mostly Muslim).

I am also grateful to the U.S. military members who risked their lives during this mission.

Since this mission was conducted in Syria it seems as if it was also conducted to annoy Assad and one of this main supporters, Vladimir Putin. The timing was interesting.

(It would be nice if Joe Biden was as secretive after the raid as he was before. ISIS would know who did it. Not necessary to announce it publicly, unless it were a publicity stunt meant to annoy Assad and Putin.)

It may be payback karma for ISIS but the 七回忌 for murdered Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was last week.

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Posted in: If you could go back in a time machine to observe any three events in history, which three would you choose? See in context

Go back to when my parents were in their 20's and interact with them for one day. Kinda like Michael J. Fox did in "Back to the Future."

I would like to have been in Paris on VE Day on or around May 8th 1945.

Any bar in the United States on December 5th, 1933.

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Posted in: Despite reports, Tom Brady hasn't made up mind about retiring See in context

Wow, good for Japan Today !

You guys just scooped the NY Times in announcing this !

They are still saying he's only considering retiring.

Good job!

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Posted in: Japan eyes evacuating nationals in Ukraine See in context

Why would Russia have security concerns? They don't have anything NATO or any other country would want.

They suffer from a huge inferiority complex.

When was the last time anyone bought something Made in Russia ?

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Posted in: Do you think that binge-watching your favorite TV shows or movies can become problematic or addictive? See in context

No, not really addictive, but I found that continued exposure to violence, e.g. "Blacklist" is not that good for my mental state-of-health and can interfere with my sleep.

On the hand a well-written NZ mystery series called "Brokenwood Mysteries" with likable characters is easy to binge on with no bad side effects.

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Posted in: Remakes are a staple in Hollywood. Which of your all-time favorite movies would you absolutely not like to see remade? See in context

"Room With a View" is one of my favorites too.

I rewatch it at least once a year and really enjoy it.

It's perfect as it is.

The awards that its cast has won since it was released in 1985 is staggering.

Whoever cast that movie sure knew what they were doing.

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Posted in: Do you support the decision by some countries to diplomatically boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics? See in context

I wish China all the best for their Winter Olympics.

They run the country the way they see fit. It's no one else's business.

Look at the human rights abuse in the United States, starting with how the cops mistreat and even murder people of color, especially Black folk. Judges give people of color longer and harsher sentences.

Muslim women are the most oppressed minority on our planet and yet everyone still buys oil from the Saudis and no one complains or lifts a finger to help them.

The hypocrisy is sickening.

So, good luck, China I hope everyone has an awesome Winter Olympics.

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Posted in: 52-year-old man arrested over road rage incident See in context

The video should help jog his memory. Hard to dispute that.

It would be nice if the cops and the courts would start taking road rage seriously.

Drivers with anger issues are not going to change unless the penalties, (revocation of driving privileges, significant monetary fines, or public humiliation) are severe enough.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games uniforms for 28,000 volunteers remain unused See in context

I would price the uniforms at 2020 Yen per set to remember what should have been the 2020 Olympics.

(What they paid for them is really irrelevant to someone buying them.)

Find a partner that could make a clever marketing campaign for a % of the sales and reasonable handling fees that they would charge be able to keep.

Donating the proceeds to charity would be a great idea.

It is better than throwing them out.

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Posted in: Man, woman get 12 years in prison for fatal abuse of her 3-year-old son See in context

Hopefully his fellow inmates will repay the favor. I doubt that those who beat children to death last long in prison.

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Posted in: Gov't to ease limits on attendance at large-scale events See in context

Will that include Sumo at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Kyushu for the upcoming Sumo tournament in November ?

It will be nice to see more fans attending.

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Posted in: Have you had a long-term friendship, work or family relationship break down over COVID issues? See in context

Actually the pandemic has made us tighter and more caring for each other. Both at home and at the office.

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Posted in: Biden angers France, EU with new Australia-UK initiative See in context

News that France is "outraged" makes my day. Nothing is more enjoyable than upsetting Mssr Macron.

My mate in the UK said he would love to see the Aussies name the first of their nuclear-powered subs, the "HMAS Waterloo" or the "HMAS Crécy".

And to my mates in France: Quel dommage.

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Posted in: Suga says N Korean missile launches threaten Japan's security See in context

Why the Japanese media give that moron air time and flash his image is beyond me. One will never see his image on the news in the US, which is probably the only good thing I can say about the media there.

I would love to see a 100% blackout of anything from North Korea, unless of course it is to report his death or assassination.

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