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SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 10:10PM JST
"I would like to point out that Japan’s consumption tax hike was originated as the bitter medicine to combat years of deflation and run-away spending train"
And has this bitter medicine worked to improve the Japanese government's finances? No!
Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%
SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 09:58PM JST
It may exist, but I'm not going to eat it.
Posted in: A ramen donut exists
SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 09:44PM JST
"I live in Shizuoka, lots of eel shops, so I asked a few students if they would consider temporarily trying to reduce their own consumption of eel, such as only having it one a year for the 'eel day' in order to let the supplies replenish, so that the tradition can continue for generations to come. I thought it could be an interesting conversation topic. The answers were just plain 'no'
Me first, lol
"China was just busted by the EU for illegal exports, Japan being the destination"
That must have been the fairly reasonably-priced unagi I've bought at the supermarket ( 980 yen for a nice big piece, enough to make two nice unadons )..
Posted in: Japan, neighbors agree on measures to protect eels
SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 03:41PM JST
"Here is an idea!!! Just say "Welcome, ENGLISH friendly"
Hee hee, that's corny!
Posted in: Step in
SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 12:32PM JST
Hey, where's the comma after "Welcome"? ha ha
Hey, better "Foreigner" than "Alien," which is written on my gaijin card, ha ha
Just imagine the sign on MacDonald's, KFC,..... etc. in Tokyo: "... are American culture! Welcome Japanese."
oR, in nyc: "... are American culture! Welcome foreigner."
Heck, most of the people in NYC ARE foreigners, ha ha
SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 12:27PM JST
Would Chinese troops on the ground be OK? The Iraqi government is going to need some outside military help on the ground...
Posted in: New Iraq PM says no to U.S. ground troops
SerranoSep. 18, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
I bet the manager/staff of this place doesn't know the name of the Japanese guy who invented karaoke.
SerranoSep. 17, 2014 - 07:26AM JST
"And yet nobody seems to see just how much the USA of today resembles the colonial powers of two hundred years ago.. the very colonial powers that the US despised and criticised."
What are you talking about, Frungy? The USA is not trying to colonize these countries, we just don't want these counties run by ruthless fanatics who impose their weird Islamic ways on everyone and cut off the heads of aid workers.
Posted in: Obama picking his targets in Iraq and Syria while missing the point
SerranoSep. 17, 2014 - 07:18AM JST
Burger King Japan is weird... black cheese... of course her shirt is black too...
Posted in: Black burgers
SerranoSep. 16, 2014 - 11:14PM JST
"All the military power in the world won’t solve those problems. Obama knows that. Yet he is allowing himself to be drawn back into the very war that he once correctly denounced as stupid and unnecessary - mostly because he and his advisers don’t know what else to do. Bombing has become his administration’s default option.
Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues to drift, guns blazing."
Oh good grief.... I don't see Russia, China or any other countries doing anything to help the situation in that cesspool.
SerranoSep. 16, 2014 - 10:48PM JST
Seems the Taliban don't want to take a back seat to Islamic State.
Posted in: 3 NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide attack
SerranoSep. 16, 2014 - 07:45AM JST
Apple is going to make a ton of money on this stuff.
Posted in: Apple: Record 4 mil orders of iPhones on 1st day
SerranoSep. 15, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
I thought the owners of the Redskins was going to change this "racist" name.
Posted in: Redskins crush Jaguars; wins for Patriots and Browns
SerranoSep. 15, 2014 - 08:20PM JST
I gave up my seat on the Yamanote today for an old lady who otherwise wouldn't have gotten a seat.
Posted in: Getting a workout
SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 11:02PM JST
Apple is going to make a ton of money on their new stuff.
Posted in: Apple iPhone 6 shipments delayed amid record orders
SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 10:50PM JST
Posted in: Grande hug
SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 07:30PM JST
"During its militaristic march across Asia in the first half of the 20th century, Japan operated coal mines and railroads and forced China’s last emperor, Pu Yi, to be head of a puppet government in Manchuria, which the Japanese called Manchukuo."
And Japanese women of the time never protested this.
"Chinese authorities arrested Yamaguchi after the war and accused her of being a Chinese traitor. But a friend produced family records proving her Japanese origin, saving her from execution."
Wow, Japanese DNA really is powerful!
Posted in: World War II film idol Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94
SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 07:18PM JST
"Cairo’s involvement in the coalition may help to soothe its relations with Washington, after the United States suspended—then restored—military aid when the army ousted elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year."
The army wouldn't have ousted Morsi if he hadn't usurped all state powers and appointed himself the new Islamist Pharoah.
Posted in: Kerry seeks Cairo's support for 'war' on jihadists
SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 06:48PM JST
"What man with a rational mind would want to have sex on film with sluts?"
Posted in: Japanese male porn stars rarer than Bengal tigers, actor says
SerranoSep. 14, 2014 - 06:46PM JST
The Chinese economy will eventually overtake the U.S. to become the single biggest economy, but there will be risks in investing there, Japanese companies are wise to seek out alternative places to invest in
Posted in: Two years after protests, 'China risk' still haunts Japanese firms
Sep. 22, 2014 - 05:02AM JST
which means 70% of companies are not earning a profit, but are losing money.
Posted in: Businesses take advantage of women’s desire for earning money while relying on their husband’s income. That is why part-time workers’ hourly wage has been hovering around the minimum wage.
Sep. 22, 2014 - 04:58AM JST
They usually have beautiful scenes on the ceramic tiles, or in the older sentos, they are…
Posted in: A guide to public bathhouses, the newest hot spot for tourists in Tokyo
Sep. 22, 2014 - 04:33AM JST
That sign... more than anything says "Business is Real Bad" so we'll even welcome foreigners.
Sep. 22, 2014 - 04:00AM JST
@Craigs yeah which is why I'm glad they did it for me before I was old…
Posted in: Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride
Sep. 22, 2014 - 03:22AM JST
The US CDC (Center for Disease Control) does have this web page claiming circumcision significantly reduces…