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Posted in: Is June the worst month in Japan? See in context

Without a doubt, June and the rainy season it brings is the worst month in Japan.

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Posted in: Less alcohol, or none at all, is one path to better health See in context

I noticed that a lot of the "Mizu Shobai" establishments now serve "Non-Aru" beer. Asahi seems to have taken the lead on this and now even have a "Non-Aru" draft beer or "Nama".

When I stopped drinking one of my minor regrets was that I would never be able to enjoy a "Nama" again, but was surprised when I checked out this "Chanko" firepot place in Sendai last week and found out they had "Nama" Non-Aru Asahi beer.

I ordered the biggest one they had and really enjoyed it.

Thank you Asahi!

On line one can now order N/A Sangria, Proseco, Wines, and a variety of beers. The N/A choices have made sobriety much easier this time around.

So glad for this new age.

I feel great every morning, workouts go a lot easier and I am even losing a little weight.

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Posted in: U.S. experts urge revamp of military command architecture with Japan See in context

Japan's SDF is no pushover, they are ranked 4th in the world behind the United States, China, and Russia.

Although Russia is bogged down in never-ending war and does not look too strong now.

With the backing of the United States and other alliances with other countries, Japan in pretty good shape.

Japan can defend herself adequately.

Maybe just needs a little fine tuning.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s busiest commuter line slowing things down with special one-lap Yamanote sightseeing train See in context

When i was at Sophia U some of the guys came up with the bright idea of getting off at each Yamanote Line station and having a beer.

They started in Shinjuku (Toward Shinagawa) and by the time they got to Meguro they were too drunk to continue.

Having said that.

This new train sounds like fun I think I may try it.

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Posted in: Alcohol and drugs rewire your brain by changing how your genes work: How to counteract addiction's effects See in context

Looks like Karla Kaun has been reading Dr. Judith Grisel of Bucknell University's excellent book on addiction, "Never Enough."

(Dr. Judith Grisel is a behavioral neuroscientist with expertise in pharmacology and genetics whose research focuses on determining root causes of drug addiction. She studies sex differences in the role of stress and endorphins on drug reward and works to identify innate factors that contribute to individual differences in the liability toward addiction.)

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Posted in: Police question man believed to be 1970s bombing fugitive See in context

I remember the Mitusbishi Jukou bombing and those employees murdered in the blast.

Job well done to the Japanese police for not giving up and finally capturing him.

Glad to see he will finally pay for his crimes.

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Posted in: Grand jury indicts Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting of cinematographer on movie set in New Mexico See in context

The armorer was negligent in preparing the gun.

No way this is the actor's fault.

An over-zealous prosecutor is making a big mistake.

Good luck trying to find a jury of 12 people who will convict.

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Posted in: Putin says he will visit disputed islands off Hokkaido See in context

I wish Japan would tell Putin and Russia to keep the useless islands.

They are for the most part uninhabitable, cold and dreary.

Russian factories produce next to nothing in Russia what do they think they can do with the Kurile Islands ? Any Russian with half a brain is living abroad, leaving mostly uneducated folks just scraping by.

The only thiing the islands may be good for are the fishing rights.

The Pacific Ocean is big enough to feed our appetite for fish. Japan does not need the Kurile Islands.

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Posted in: One-third of Japan's unmarried adults under 50 have never dated See in context

Delaying marriage and not dating is more a sign of the times rather than something that is inherent to Japan.

People are also meeting and "dating" or "communicating" via Social media sites, and dating apps.

Things are not as bleak as this article suggests provided a person is "motivated" and interested in meeting someone.

It just seems that way.

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Posted in: Transcripts of fatal aircraft collision reveal coast guard plane not cleared for take-off See in context

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the Coast Guard plane and the members who died in service of their country and to assist the distressed victims of the recent earthquake in Wajima.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders 2 Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean workers for forced labor See in context

Pay them the money and be done with it.

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Posted in: Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a record $700 million, 10-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the highest-paid athlete in history. Is any sports star worth that much money? See in context

In a nutshell.

He's worth every penny.

More power to him.

A win-win situation. Dodgers win, Ohtani Senshu wins! Plus he's built. up a ton of good will by deferrring 68 million yearly which allows the Dodgers to go out and get more good players.

Although he's only one guy and a team is made up of 9 players, the Dodgers will prolly win a few World Series rings during his 10-year K thanks to his contributions.

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Posted in: 92-year-old driver ordered to pay ¥140 mil over fatal Tokyo crash See in context

That will help ease Matsunaga san's loss. Money can never make up for the loss of a loved one, especially a spouse and child. But it will help.

I have always thought that this was a case of road rage. That perhaps Iizuka was stopped at a Seibu-Ikebukuro Sen RR crossing for a while before he got to Ikebukuro and when the light changed to red in Ikebukuro he lost control of his temper and plowed right through the red light and the innocent pedestrians.

At any rate glad to see that the wise judge ruled in favor of Matsunaga san.

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Posted in: Japan and Sweden brace for ultimate clash of styles at World Cup See in context

Nippon Nippon Nippon Nippon Nippon Nippon Nippon Nippon...............................!!!!!

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Posted in: Actor, singer and style icon Jane Birkin dies in Paris at 76 See in context

A nice tribute written my Mr. Leicester.

She was one of a kind, a really neat lady.

So sorry that she is gone.

76 is still so young.

Rest in peace.

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Posted in: Higher prices test Valentine's Day chocolate-buying Japan consumers See in context

I have always loved the how they celebrate Valentine's Day in Japan.

The custom of 義理チョコ ”Giri choco" translated by Wiki as "obligation chocolate" is one I have always looked forward to and really enjoyed, as the quality of chocolate here in Japan is quite nice.

I try to keep a tab and respond on "White day" to those who gave me something.

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Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing? See in context

Turning the phone off before bed is a great idea.

I really don't know why I have kept it on.

Other than that I love the technology.

To be able to control the thermostat, to have an accurate reading of my heartbeat during workout, to be able to remote start my car on a cold winter morning are all things that I can do from my phone.

What's not to like ?

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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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