JohnBecker's past comments

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    JohnBecker

    Yes, Abe is not living in the same century as the rest of us. Makes you wonder why he is in the position he is.

    Maybe the voting public are in the same century as Abe?

    Posted in: Mr Abe was never a real reformer in the same way his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi at least tried to be. He looks backward, not forward.

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    JohnBecker

    I don't see why the author keeps bringing up the United States. This is an international issue, and should be addressed at the UN.

    Posted in: East and South China Sea disputes need creative diplomacy

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    JohnBecker

    Even the trolls would have a hard time coming up with something bad to say about Mr. Belafonte, Ms O'Hara or Mr. Miyazaki. All more than worthy of recognition.

    Posted in: Movie academy to honor Belafonte, O'Hara, Miyazaki

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    JohnBecker

    The industry ministry has highlighted the vulnerability of Japan’s toilet paper production capacity, which is 40% concentrated in Shizuoka Prefecture, in a region where experts say a disastrous quake and tsunami could strike in the future.

    It is just like the government to ignore geological data and allow the toilet paper industry to concentrate their plants right on top of active faults and in flood zones that could be affected by tsunami! Just another instance of government officials thinking more of amakudari than the public good. THE BASTARDS!!!

    Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper

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    JohnBecker

    But yet again JT gets in wrong.

    If you look at the bottom of the story, it actually comes from Agence France-Presse.

    Posted in: Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years

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    JohnBecker

    Mercedes is going to have to do something at the end of the season. I can't see any way that these two can coexist. And if Mercedes does do something, don't be shocked if it's Hamilton that gets the boot.

    Posted in: Ricciardo beats Rosberg to win Belgian GP

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    JohnBecker

    In any country, you'll find good and bad. Here in the U.S., it will vary by state and city. I live in the major city of eastern Tennessee, which means there's little to be had besides "hibachi" steak or chicken. There are a couple of sushi places that aren't too bad, but we're almost 1,000 km from the ocean. That's not the geography I would choose if I were looking for a great sushi restaurant.

    Posted in: How would you rate the quality of Japanese restaurants in your native country (if you are not from Japan)?

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    JohnBecker

    A 19 year old is a minor in Japan?

    Unlike many other countries, the age of majority in Japan is 20.

    Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over hit-and-run death of 22-year-old student in Tokyo

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    If he wants to help, maybe he can hold some local politicians' feet to the fire and get them to actually create and finalize the disaster plans they were supposed to have come up with ten years ago.

    Posted in: Abe visits Hiroshima to view landslide damage

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    JohnBecker

    Thanks for the scores and standings, JT!

    The Tigers just can't get over the hump. They need a win streak!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    Do most American indians even give a rats about this?

    Yes, they do.

    Sports teams of that era (and today) were named after animals to convey idea of untamed wildness of nature etc, so associating Native Americans with any sports team is likely to be dehumanising and offensive in my opinion.

    Football teams aren't always named for animals. The Green Bay Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the (late, lamented) Houston Oilers were all named for the people who do a particular job in their area. It's a stretch, but "Chiefs" kind of fits into the same category. "Chief" is not a dehumanizing or denigrating term; "Redskin" is.

    Posted in: Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

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    JohnBecker

    So, does she need to give up her title like Sayako Kuroda did?

    If the Emperor's daughter does, I would imagine the Emperor's cousin's daughter does, too.

    Posted in: Princess Noriko to marry son of Shinto shrine's chief priest on Oct 5

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    JohnBecker

    Hoping for a September charge by the Tigers!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    We appear to be missing the link for Old Photographs of Japanese Castles.

    Posted in: From samurai to waterfalls: Some of the best places online to check out old photos of Japan

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    JohnBecker

    This "fad" has raised more money for the ALS Association in two weeks than they raised all of last year. ALS is one of the classic "orphan" diseases that afflicts too few people to get the attention and money for research. If ever something needed a novel approach to raising awareness, it was ALS. And this effort has done just that.

    Anyone who is cynical, clueless or mean-spirited enough to call this a "waste of water" just doesn't have a soul.

    Posted in: Celebrities take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight disease

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    JohnBecker

    The fact is, if you want to make it to the top of any form of racing, you have to be able to get and keep sponsors. There are probably a lot of world-class drivers who will never get past little local events, simply because they can't or won't see the bigger picture.

    As much as we would like to think otherwise (and no matter the purity of the hearts of the players), all professional sports are nothing more than an exhibition put on in the interest of selling tickets and advertising. If the players are expected to participate in that part of the business, the ones who do it best will always find a place. The rest had better find another line of work.

    Posted in: 16-year-old Verstappen to become youngest Formula One driver

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    JohnBecker

    Clues for the clueless.

    How about a "Bulls***" tag on articles that people would have found were untrue if they'd just spent 10 seconds looking it up on Snopes?

    Posted in: Facebook helps readers tell truth from fiction

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    JohnBecker

    Fantastic, exciting game.

    Posted in: Japan beats Mexico in Little League World Series

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    JohnBecker

    Hamas talks a great game.... they lob a few rockets over the border and blow up a sand dune, Israel fires back and destroys an apartment block. Rinse, repeat. Great strategy, Hamas. Israel has shown it has no problem with making an incredibly disproportionate response.

    Hamas should be clamoring to get to the negotiating table. Instead, they're intent on waving their ****s at Israel and sacrificing dozens of Palestinian lives.

    (This is not to say that the Palestinians don't have a beef - they emphatically do. But Hamas is doing nothing to help.)

    Posted in: Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war

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    JohnBecker

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Posted in: Apple begins storing users' personal data on servers in China

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