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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori casts doubt on Japan's excessive support for Ukraine See in context

Why does this old man still get press ?

I understand respect for the aged is a good thing but there are limits.

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Posted in: Nagasaki Prefecture ordered to pay damages to U.S. woman over harassment See in context

Brave person.

I hope she writes about this and sells her story to a progressive entertainment outlet.

Her story would make a great 90-minute made for TV special.

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Posted in: What is the main way you get your news? See in context

I was confused by this.

I subscribe to the digital version of the NY Times, Washington Post, Japan Times and other newspapers.

Should I have entered "Newspaper" or "Online News Site" ?

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Posted in: Will Okinawa once again become a battleground in a Japan-China military conflict? See in context

It's about time Japan woke up to the reality of China and North Korea and start making preparations to defend their own country once again.

Possibly even consider arming themselves with nukes.

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Posted in: College student admits he robbed taxi driver; denies in court that he was rude about it See in context

Hilarious !

This reminds me of a scene from an awesome 2003 Aussie movie, "Gettin' Square" with Sam Worthington and David Wenham.

One of the inmates tells the parole board that he has learned a lot in prison. If he is released he realizes now he must be polite with his next victims and arrive at the crime scene in a timely manner.

The boss of the parole board thanks the convict, turns and asks her colleagues, "Who is running our Recidivism Program now ?

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Posted in: Japan to continue collecting expressway tolls almost indefinitely See in context

f the tolls help control congestion I am all for them.

Depending where you live, car travel can be a lot more convenient than other means of transportation.

From our house in the "Inaka" it takes about 2 hours on the Joban Expressway to Shinagawa.

At least double the time that if we took the train.

And it's a lot cheaper.

And probably safer during the pandemic.

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Posted in: Man guilty of defaming father whose wife, child were killed in accident See in context

If "not commenting" on social media means he can never post anything on social media, are if that agreement is part of the terms of his 5-year suspended sentence for I would not be surprised to see him in prison within five years.

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Posted in: The Japanese government is offering families 1 million yen to relocate from Tokyo in an effort to revitalize towns across the country. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Not a bad idea, but giving companies tax breaks to encourage them to move to the country would accomplish the same.

There are empty schools and other empty government-owned buildings throughout the countryside that would be perfect for IT or service-related companies.

Free rent for the first year or two might be enough incentive for a company to relocate from Tokyo to Ibaraki, Fukushima, or Tochigi.

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Posted in: Ohtani targets World Baseball Classic glory with Japan See in context

So glad some perennial all stars are playing on the US squad.

The competition should be up a notch.

Dominica should be strong too.

I wonder if they will use the new "No shift" rules and time clock that are supposed to start with the 2023 season ?

At any rate, looking foward to it. March is not that far away.

I would love to see Japan win again.

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Posted in: Japan has a long tradition of bonding over alcohol. But people are starting to wise up. See in context

I stopped drinking a while ago and have had no problem "bonding" with my Japanese friends. I just don't drink beverages that contain alcohol, and have had just as much fun as I did when I drank. No one really cares any more.

If I am invited to someone's house many are kind enough to "ki wo tsukau" and have Uron Cha or N/A beer or N/A wine for me. A gesture I really appreciate.

Sobriety is a private matter and really no one's business. If you want to drink, drink. If you want to abstain, abstain.

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Posted in: Asia rings in New Year See in context

So glad to hear that much of Asia is getting back to normal.

Here's to hoping that 2023 brings good health, prosperity, and happiness to all.

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Posted in: 'Tokyo Vice' author to release podcast on Japan's 'evaporated people' See in context

Thank you, Jake.

What a nice thing to do.

Hopefully some families can get answers or closure into the disappearance of loved ones.

I really enjoyed Tokyo Vice.

It was well-written, had top notch acting talent and some great shots of Tokyo and other areas.

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Posted in: FIFA chief Infantino accuses World Cup critics of 'hypocrisy' See in context

I am sure he has been paid well for this little tantrum.

The usual excitement over the World Cup is sorely lacking this time around and it's his fault.

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Posted in: German bars boycott 'unacceptable' Qatar World Cup See in context

Noble purpose, but unwise business decision.

Other bars will be raking it in.

It's only once every four years and usually such a joyous and exciting time.

It's a shame he could not think of another way to protest.

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Posted in: Trump launches 3rd campaign for U.S. presidency See in context

I hope he does get the nomination because he is guaranteed to lose again!

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Posted in: Japan in late-stage talks with U.S. for Tomahawk cruise missile purchase See in context

I know it sounds trite and is totally cliché ish but the best defense is a strong offense.

Japan needs nukes.

Mutual self destruction is the only thing that will get China's, NK's and Russia's attention.

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Posted in: Russia holds events on disputed isles to mark 1945 victory over Japan See in context

The Russians had over 5,000,000 KIA's in WWII and were instrumental in defeating Hitler and Nazi German.

The Russians are not cowards.

The Northern Islands are basically useless, and uninhabitable.

I wish Japan would tell Russia to keep them.

Who would ever want to live there ?

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Posted in: Brazilian who fled Japan wanted over murder of wife, 3-year-old daughter See in context

Before the pandemic I used to be lucky enough to travel to Brasil a couple of times a year.

Brasil is known for vigilante justice, especially to those who harm or abuse children, or crianças.

Not sure if this person is related, but the Robson family owns a number of restaurants in Sao Paulo.

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Posted in: Olivia Newton-John to get state memorial in Australia See in context

That lovely smile, that sweet voice, and that courageous spirit will be missed.

Rest in peace, Olivia.

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Posted in: Judge: Kevin Spacey must pay $30 mil to 'House of Cards' makers See in context

I always enjoyed his work and was really surprised when I about the many allegations.

One of this victims was only 18 years old. That is going over the line.

And sort of sick.

The nice thing is we will probably never have to hear this name again.

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Posted in: Have you changed your summer holiday plans because of the surge in coronavirus cases in Japan this month? See in context

I had planned on going for "Obon" with my wife, and hang around till the September Sumo tournament or 秋場所。

But is seems like too much trouble to deal with so I am not going.

Wife, who is still going for Obon is relieved that I won't be "following" her to her "Inaka" for Obon. She says going home for Obon is a Mother-daughter" thing, and guys usually don't follow their wives.

So, yes I will be watching the Annual Koshien High School Baseball Tournament and the Sumo tournament from home here in Chicago.

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Posted in: Smith rallies to beat McIlroy at British Open for 1st major See in context

So happy for the Aussie to win his first major!

He sank some unbelievable putts on the final round.

Tough break for McIlroy, he came so close. Good luck in the PGA in August.

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Posted in: For readers who are married to Japanese persons, how much does your spouse know about Japan's actions before and during World War II? See in context

I try to avoid the subject or anything that would be remotely against Japan with my wife.

My late father-in-law former Japanese navy, was rescued by the U.S. Navy after they sunk the ship he was assigned to, and spent the rest of the war recuperating at a Naval hospital in Pearl Harbor.

When he gave me permission to marry his only daughter, he cited the humane treatment he had received as a prisoner of war from the Americans.

I regret that I did not talk more about the war to him when he was alive, but he never brought the subject up and I considered myself lucky to have been able to marry his daughter, so I just kept my mouth shut.

The only comments my wife has made was that she understood Hiroshima was necessary to end the war, but Nagasaki was too much and probably could have been avoided.

I served USMC (1967-70) and know that our guys have committed some inhumane acts too so we have never really discussed the matter.

Probably best to leave it that way.

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Posted in: Scientists map brain network linked to addiction See in context

If you want to read about the brain and addiction check out "Never Enough" by Judith Grisel.

It's an account of the neuroscience of addiction with an interesting personal account of her addiction to booze, pot, cocaine etc which she eventually kicked.

Some parts are pretty funny and is a good motivator if you are looking to sober up.

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Posted in: Thailand decriminalizes marijuana, but smoking discouraged See in context

"Prohibition is the trigger of crime" (Ian Fleming)

I live in a state where recreational pot and edibles are legal and I am kinda like "meh" when it comes to lighting up.

I enjoy an edible (5mg THC) once in a while on weekends and it's a nice way to relax but it really ain't that big of a deal.

I hope Thailand prospers financially from this decision and encourages other countries to follow suit.

Their police will be able to shift their attention to "real" criminals now.

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Posted in: Bogus deliveryman sexually assaults woman, steals her underwear See in context

By not calling rape what it is, they minimize the trauma the victim went through.

Just by the way they reported here in JT they make the rape seem like something less than it was.

This is pretty typical of how guys control the narrative here in Japan. Women don't have much of a say in what happens and how things are reported even when they are raped.

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Posted in: 59-year-old man arrested over murder of 84-year-old mother See in context

While murder does seem a bit extreme, there are probably two sides to this story.

Even though nagging parents can be very annoying, guys have got to learn to control their dark impulses.

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Posted in: Japanese etiquette lesson: Should you fold up your own futon when leaving a ryokan? See in context

For me it depends on how breakfast is served. If they serve it in your room, they will usually check to see if it's okay to serve breakfast. That is usually a cue to get up and put the futons away. Or that is how my wife and I have been doing it.

If breakfast is communal in a dining room then no, we usually leave the futons as they are and most of the time they are put away when we get back.

But, I am in ClanPsi's camp on this one I think this is basically a common sense or common courtesy thing.

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Posted in: Kishida says foreign tourists should follow Japan face mask rules See in context

I hate wearing the mask as much as the next guy, but you do get used to it after a while.

I do not wear it when no one is around if I am walking or when I am driving.

And pull it down below my nose whenever I can without getting dirty looks.

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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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