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SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 10:45PM JST
"He considered, naturally, joining Japan’s Self-Defense Forces"
But, naturally, he never did join the SDF.
Posted in: One Japanese man tells why he wanted to fight in Syria
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 10:16PM JST
"A likely tactic of the North in any conflict could be to mine the waters around Pusan"
That would likely be the end of North Korea.
Posted in: Japan may deploy minesweepers off S Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 10:09PM JST
I hope none of the members of this team are detained and kept from returning to Japan.
Posted in: Japan to send team to N Korea for update on abductee probe
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 10:00PM JST
On Friday, the EU also agreed to boost its aid for Ebola-hit west Africa to one billion euros and name an Ebola “czar”.
How much are the Chinese contributing to Ebola-hit west Africa?
Posted in: Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 09:53PM JST
"The easier rules should help bar owners such as Shuya Okino, who got rid of the dance floor at ‘The Room’ two years ago, after police stepped up crackdowns on Japan’s nightlife.
“Everything is in a gray zone,” said Okino. “It’s all illegal, but there are clubs that do operate.”
This reminds me of the exchange between Detective Nick Cochrane and Detective Masahiro Matsumoto in Black Rain:
Masa: Theft is theft. There is no gray area.
Nick: Hey Masa - New York is one big gray area, OK?
Posted in: Cabinet OKs changes to law that bans late-night dancing
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:50AM JST
"They emerged in the 17th century when French aristocrats adopted the cravat, originally a simple scarf worn by soldiers from Croatia."
OK, we can officially blame the French for this useless fashion accessory for men.
Posted in: Eyes on the ties: from power symbol to fashion statement
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
"Indeed, Starbucks Japan last month raised its earnings guidance, citing brisk sales of fruit frappucinos."
Proof that despite Abenomics many people have money to burn.
“We first wanted to get the taste of black coffee right.”
After that you have to add milk or cream and sugar to get the taste of the coffee right.
Posted in: Convenience stores vie for coffee market crown
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:37AM JST
I'll be the yen dropping from 77 to over 100 to the dollar helped.
Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:31AM JST
"Police said Thompson converted to Islam two years ago, and that relatives described him as a “recluse” and “lately depressed.”
Converting to Islam obviously wasn't helpul.
Posted in: Man attacks New York police with hatchet
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Thanks for the link, hee hee!
Ashton Kutcher, though, is a dead ringer for the young Steve Jobs.
Posted in: Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:07AM JST
War is hell. So is tyranny.
Posted in: Syria air strikes kill 10 children, 5 women in Aleppo
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
"Adding insult to injury for Britain, France will be owed 1.0 billion euros by the EU while Germany—the bloc’s biggest economy—gets a rebate of 779 million euros."
SerranoOct. 25, 2014 - 10:49AM JST
Hey, they wouldn't have built the nuke plants if there was any danger of radiation release if a volcano erupts, right?
And Fukushima was just extremely bad luck with the tsunami and all, we have a better chance of getting hit twice by lightning... ow! ow!
Posted in: Agency warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant
SerranoOct. 24, 2014 - 07:20PM JST
"Prisoners designated by the government as “high-value detainees” because of their allegedly significant involvement in terrorism recently began refusing to meet with defense lawyers appointed by the Pentagon to defend them against war crimes charges unless the military agrees to use only men to escort them to meetings"
Let 'em refuse to meet with the defense lawyers. Their loss.
Posted in: Guantanamo prisoners protest over women guards
SerranoOct. 24, 2014 - 07:12PM JST
Because many people are like sheep?
Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?
SerranoOct. 24, 2014 - 07:05PM JST
"will Japan reject the LDP again for a party living in the 21st century"
Didn't Japan do pretty well from the 1950s to the early 1980s under the LDP?
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares
SerranoOct. 24, 2014 - 06:55PM JST
Nessie, if they could bring back Ricardo Montalban from the dead, Shatner would say -
get ready - KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
Posted in: Shatner, 'Star Trek' director to meet about role
SerranoOct. 24, 2014 - 06:47PM JST
"The government brushed off the issue, saying that Miyazawa had disclosed his holding of about 600 shares in the embattled company—currently worth about 180,000 yen"
Gosh, even I make more than that in a month. Big deal.
“I don’t think there is any problem at all,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, told a regular press briefing on Friday.
“If someone is sworn in as a minister, the rules say he or she should refrain from share trading during their term and entrust those shares to a trust bank… Minister Miyazawa has already started” on the process, he added."
Exactly, exactly! Try to get him on something else, sheesh.
SerranoOct. 24, 2014 - 07:24AM JST
"The venue’s shows include women being tied up with ropes and male patrons whipping them"
Weird. It's supposed to be men being tied up and the women whipping them.
Seriously though, these staff members who billed the taxpayers for this need a serious whipping.
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
SerranoOct. 23, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
Extremely regrettable. And all train and subway stations need the barriers installed NOW, not another 10 years from now.
Posted in: Mother holding 1-year-old baby jumps in front of train in Tokyo
Oct. 26, 2014 - 12:11AM JST
Bush turned on the faucets of big money that can be earned from a World in…
Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?
Oct. 26, 2014 - 12:10AM JST
This is great news, especially for all of us in ASEAN. Singapore is a founding member…
Posted in: China, 21 other countries initiate new Asian bank
Oct. 26, 2014 - 12:00AM JST
smithinjapan, Fukuda is just a messenger to deliver a msg for Abe, so don't shoot him.…
Posted in: Former PM Fukuda to meet Chinese president next week
Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:56PM JST
Imagine; Summit Meetings of world leaders RSVP such dress as mandatory to attend. The World would…
Posted in: Cosplay summit
Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:55PM JST
An art form I would love to be able to use. how beautiful it is.
Posted in: Kanji practice