Hunter Brumfield's past comments

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I fell into a fish pond at the old Prince Shimazu Hotel in Tokyo in 1955, at age 6. I was pulled out by a Japanese guard. (Was swimming like a fish by age 9.)

    Anyone remember that hotel? Used to temporarily house US military families on their arrival in Japan.

    Posted in: 6 dead, 3 missing in water-related accidents on Marine Day

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Minus the number arrested for bike theft, riding tandem on a bike or no light at night, drunk & disorderly, etc. etc. and then what is the number of arrests? (Vs murders by bullet?)

    There is nothing really surprising or alarming here, folks... please move along.

    PS

    There is a nice-looking bike in the little river in front of Sky Tree. Been there for at least 6 months. Wonder what the police might decide about that?

    Posted in: Crime declines for 12th consecutive year; monetary fraud up

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I like to be able to see the magnitude before or during the initial shaking. In reality, EVERY earthquake starts at a "2" -- then either subsides or starts to ramp up. So give me the cell phone warning every time. I do agree with Leigh that having to hear the PA at 4 am seems like overkill, but then not everyone has cellphones!

    Posted in: M6.8 quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Hmmm. Three nights ago a black shadowy shape dropped onto my face and I awoke from a dead sleep. Never have had that sort of nightmare before and it took more than an hour to go back to sleep.

    Ok, just saying...

    Posted in: Rumors swirl after girls mysteriously collapse at Fukuoka school

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Sounds a bit like Salem, Mass. circa 1600. At least no one is pointing fingers at witches.

    My college had a sweep of hysteria go through about 1970 based on a prediction of a mass murder in a female dorm at a southern US university. Never happened, but there was a lot of fainting and sleeplessness until it all went away.

    Posted in: Rumors swirl after girls mysteriously collapse at Fukuoka school

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    Hunter Brumfield

    On something as sensitive as this science, you'd think there would have been a least one independent replication BEFORE the paper was published in Nature -- Harvard prof not withstanding, and all her supposed mentors at Rikken.

    Posted in: RIKEN says stem cell research was falsified

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    Hunter Brumfield

    After 30 years here I now can taste the difference between counter sushi and table sushi. Amazing that it could make a noticeable if very slight difference. But there's a HUGE difference when it is 10 minutes old after home delivery. Agreed that bento sushi is pretty awful.

    Four of us had sushi and sake at 5 am in Tsukiji a few months ago. It was heaven...

    Posted in: Seven healthy reasons to eat sushi

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Totally unnecessary death and a darn shame. Heads should roll. Japan has extremely high gas taxes and toll fees.

    Reckless... this was not a toll road. Maybe that is the reason this guy unfortunately died? The toll roads are very carefully monitored with safety patrols.

    Posted in: Man freezes to death in car stuck in snow in Gunma

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Love ours ... absolutely no complaints with the car or the service. Now on our second Toyota in 18 consecutive years and have never been happier.

    You critics prefer Vega Hatchbacks? Dodge Aspens? (Owned both to my great chagrin, and will never forget those absolute lemons.)

    Today's Detroit makes cars that only because of Toyota are perhaps now worth buying.

    Posted in: Toyota recalls 1.9 mil Prius cars worldwide

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Thanks for these comments.

    While I do overall enjoy Hulu, the complaints are valid. No question they are seeing these and are appropriately red-faced.

    Looking forward to improvements, Hulu! Thanks, though, for what seems like a fair start.

    Posted in: Hulu Japan offers not just movies, but a little education and awesome customer service too

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    Hunter Brumfield

    paulinusaFEB. 08, 2014 - 01:51PM JST "

    15 cms of snow is "heavy"? Hard to believe Tokyo can't prepare for this type of weather event."

    I guess my point is that Japanese people pride themselves on having contingency plans and preparing for the unexpected. No one in Tokyo could foresee 15 cm / 6" of snow?

    Actually, PaulinUSA, I don't think anyone was caught "unprepared" -- here most people use mass transit rather than drive, so the main commuting problem may be getting a little snow in your shoe. Thus Tokyo has been "preparing" for this snow for, oh, about 100 years.

    Plus the cold beer and hot sake, food, etc. is likely an easy walk away for most Tokyoites, thanks to the pedestrian-friendly way the urban areas have been developed. Rather than being shut down the way Atlanta was, we're enjoying the snowy spectacle outside our windows, and not fretting over whether the power might suddenly fail. It NEVER has, in my 30 years of living here. We're loving it.

    Posted in: 3 dead, 494 injured as heavy snow hits most of Japan

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Yeah, right. With half a trillion dollars in ready cash? You ain't seen nothin' yet.

    Posted in: Pressure mounts for Apple to expand its horizons

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Hmmm... a bra for the parents of teenagers --

    If it opens, Dad's iPhone screams an alarm and simultaneously calls 911.

    Guessing that is one of the options, along with a free App.

    Posted in: Innovative bra cannot be unhooked without true love, say makers

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Tumbledry

    I'd like to understand the logic behind not having a fail save fumction...

    Agree with you there. A floating $1000 commercial satellite locator on a reel of poly line might have saved the 5 mil. A trigger on a timer to release it would have done the trick, or a (non)movement sensor ... hindsight is telescopic in this case.

    Posted in: MSDF admits losing unmanned submersible

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Why hasn't anyone mentioned the eehhhs! of the audiences cued to every gab-show utterance? Likely dubbed, but if not, then directed. I can't get to the mute or OFF button fast enough.

    Did enjoy this article.

    Posted in: Why Japanese TV shows have become boring

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Ummm, where are all the Abenomics detractors? Sure is quiet…!

    Posted in: Japan raises its economic outlook

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    Hunter Brumfield

    He did not have his phone when he ran away. Seems like they knew who he called on his phone, then checked who they were and triangulated where their phone(s) was / were. So, a couple of officers would have been assigned to go to where each of those phones was and just wait.

    Pretty good work, and for a cretin like that he must have been flabbergasted to find himself magically surrounded by police out in the middle of the woods.

    Posted in: Fugitive rape suspect captured in Yokohama park

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Seems to me that this would be a great way to sell tax-free items over onboard WiFi. You browse the tax-free catalog, hit a few buttons, and have your items waiting for you at the pick-up point upon arrival.

    Reason enough to make onboard WiFi free.

    Posted in: Airlines focused on innovating mobile payment offerings

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Glad to see this. I would try an order, and it would be nice to be able to do that in English.

    Thanks for the article!

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I met her in 1989 at her office -- was impressed then, and am impressed now. Glad to see she is still going strong.

    Posted in: Cosmo PR: Getting the right message out

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