JohnBecker's past comments

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    JohnBecker

    If this is the lead story in the National section, that's a pretty good day.

    Posted in: 18 Santas arrive in Japan a little early to spread yuletide cheer

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    They've been adrift for a while, Pandabelle. They really need a winning streak, NOW.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Is it possible that those two were saved by not wearing seatbelts?

    No, they were saved by dumb luck. Because the other person thrown from the car died.

    Posted in: 17-year-old girl killed after car crashes into wall in Ibaraki

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    The Tigers are giving me heartburn! C'mon!!!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    Maybe in your neck of the woods. Iggy and the Stooges -- Detroit, 1969.

    Iggy and the Stooges were never referred to as "punk" until after the Ramones, when all the Detroit hard/garage rock bands came to be called "proto-punk." I'm talking about the word, not so much the sound.

    Posted in: Martin Scorsese in early stages of Ramones movie project

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    At her age, I'm assuming she got a GED.

    (For those not from the US or Canada, the GED is what you get when you don't finish school at 18 but go back and take classes as an adult to get a diploma.)

    Posted in: AKB48's adult member 'graduates' after 4 months

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    A film about the most overrated band ever, directed by the most overrated director ever. How fitting.

    I respectfully, but vehemently, disagree. I got to see the Ramones four times in the late '70s/early '80s, when they were in their prime. They were surprisingly musical, exciting, and fun. Sure, they tailed off after that, but what band doesn't?

    It's nonsensical to refer to them as overrated - they were the band that brought the word "punk" into the musical lexicon. There were those who referred to them as the "Beach Boys of the '80s," and that characterization is, incredibly, pretty spot on. (Not Pet Sounds Beach Boys, more like "I Get Around" Beach Boys.)

    It's hard for me to get a handle on the rampant egocentricity that allows one to turn "I don't like them..." into "they're the most overrated..." as if you are some sort of authority on musical taste. Incredible.

    Posted in: Martin Scorsese in early stages of Ramones movie project

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    A couple of vital points to make. First, those kidnapped weren't idiots like the current trio of Americans who went to NK to preach Christianity (which is explicitly forbidden) and were subsequently imprisoned, they were kidnapped from Japanese soil. This is no less than an act of war. Second, even political hacks like Abe and his people take this stuff seriously. Not just to appease nationalist nut jobs or black van types, but because the first duty of any government is to protect its citizens from all threats, foreign and domestic. Maybe I'm giving Abe more credit than he deserves, but it's hard to imagine anyone in Japan who wouldn't take every opportunity to pursue this matter until its satisfactory conclusion.

    Posted in: Japan to seek return of all its citizens held by North Korea

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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