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Steve FabricantNov. 18, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
I see we have one of those simple 200-pounders here: "To the victors go the spoils". Don't forget that China and the Soviet Union were our allies in the Pacific War too. If it's blood that he means, lots more Okinawan civilians died here than US troops. so by that accounting they deserve their island back.
Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts
Steve FabricantNov. 15, 2014 - 08:10PM JST
The Philippines does a good job of catering to Muslim visitors, but that was made easy by their indigenous Muslims who now are a large presence in Manila. In any case, what's the big deal about labeling menu items as halal in a restaurant in a touristic area, or putting a small sign in the window? And if you resent tourists wiith money (like Mr. Leach - perfect!) then you shouldn't object to seeing foreigners sleeping on park benches either.
Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market
Steve FabricantNov. 04, 2014 - 10:51AM JST
I had to think long and hard about this news. First, as "excellent" as the best J-whiskies are, they do not offer the great available taste range of Scotch single malts. Someone who settles in on a couple of Yamazakis as their only whisky is depriving themself of so much else. Second, I also used to only drink whiskey neat until I watched a video by a rather over-the-top Scotsman who gave instructions on the proper savouring and drinking of Scotch - and to my surprise he insisted that the whiskey should be diluted to about 50 proof with water. Yes, water - the same stuff that WC Fields never drank because fish make love in it. Well, after some experimentation I am now in agreement with the guy, because when slightly diluted you get all of the flavor and subtlety without the burn. And any good Scotsman knows the bottle lasts longer that way, and that is no small matter when it happens to be something like Lagavulin 18.
Posted in: Japanese single malt whisky named world's finest
Steve FabricantOct. 19, 2014 - 05:01PM JST
A few years ago when hybrid vehicles were becoming numerous, there were questions raised about the lifespan and re-usability of their batteries. They seem to be lasting longer than most engineers expected, but I recall reading that when their capacity becomes degraded to the point that they are unsuitable for the vehicles, they could still be used to backup intermittent electricity sources such as solar. I envisioned mountains of ex-Prius batteries wired to the grid through giant inverters. I wonder what happened to that concept?? And BTW, I don't believe there is any real problem with the "quality" of the solar power that is fed into the grid since it all gets conditioned by electronics.
Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite
Steve FabricantSep. 19, 2014 - 09:51AM JST
Circumcision would not be an effective public health measure in Japan because of the very low prevalence of HIV here. It also has been shown to be ineffective for transmission by gay men, which is the main reservoir of infection in Japan. As for its efficacy in other settings, by citing a particular situation in Zimbabwe kchoze obscures the fact that when it is done properly and men abstain for at least 6 weeks afterward, it is very effective in reducing heterosexual transmission. One issue is that circumcised men are more likely to engage in risky sex, and in some countries HIV has been transmitted through blood during the operation.
Posted in: Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride
Steve FabricantAug. 25, 2014 - 02:44PM JST
All the kiddies and nannies were found in a condominium. Surely a misnomer!
Posted in: Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
Steve FabricantAug. 22, 2014 - 09:54PM JST
It is excellent baseball and a hell of a lot less boring than watching MLB. I admire the fine sportsmanship. If that's some Japanese aberration, I'm all for it.
Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball
Steve FabricantAug. 15, 2014 - 09:15AM JST
If this is really such a dangerous part of the world, the US military should definitely not be bringing their dependents here. The whole establishment might have been suitable for the colonial era up until 1972, but since then has just been a relaxing overseas posting ("deployment" sounds too serious) costing both countries billions of dollars a year that mainly goes back to big contractors. Give some of the land back that is now used for housing, schools, and recreation and maybe there would be less objection to the new base.
Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa
Steve FabricantAug. 14, 2014 - 08:48PM JST
"When everything is said and done, it's the price for the losing the war."
A truly simple and simpleminded equation. I haven't heard about any Vietnamese bases in the USA, and that only ended 40 years ago, not 69.
Steve FabricantJul. 08, 2014 - 08:25PM JST
Power went out at 9:45 am in my part of Naha and is still out at 8:30 pm. We just drove around and it appears it was just local, about 1-km radius in the area bordering Haebaru. Hope it comes back before the fridge gets too warm, but we enjoyed a candlelight dinner.
Posted in: Typhoon sweeps across Okinawa; 10 injured, 1 dead
Steve FabricantJul. 03, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
I'm waiting for the movie. Someone in Hollywood must be working on the screenplay right now.
Posted in: Nature journal retracts stem cell paper
Steve FabricantJun. 25, 2014 - 11:24PM JST
The 50% increase in the road tax is a major shafting of people who bought a Kei expecting that they could save money over the life of the car by giving up some performance and luxury. The size and performance restrictions were intended precisely so they did not compete directly with larger cars, just as motorcycles do not compete with cars for market share. So to reduce the cost savings in order to make them less competitive is really backasswards policy.
Posted in: Tiny cars leaving Japan?
Steve FabricantMay. 26, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
There was a student/teacher group in Okinawa and Tokyo last week from Lapland! Santa Claus will have some special goodies this Xmas.
Posted in: Japanese retailers target new big spenders - tourists
Steve FabricantMay. 22, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
Agree with WilliB ^^. Kinko's, a massively successful chain of photocopy shops in the US, has survived a long time, although who knows what really goes on behind the counter late at night? My online bank changes its name every few years and that's just confusing as hell.
Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name
Steve FabricantMay. 15, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
@Jimizo: This is not a racist remark, but Japanese who have not lived abroad have not needed to develop the reflexes and instincts that Europeans have to guard against personal crimes, and many of the criminals probably understand that and target them. I think the warnings are appropriate and I hope that they will be followed.
Posted in: Japanese World Cup visitors warned about crimes in Brazil
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2014 - 08:40PM JST
With all due respect to Car Talk, this case has the fingerprints of Dewey, Newcomb, and Howe all over it.
Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi
Steve FabricantApr. 01, 2014 - 10:13AM JST
To single out the manufacture of solar PV equipment is disingenuous, since the production of all materials used in industry has unwholesome side effects. Thousands of tons of rare and exotic metals have to go into nuclear reactors and gas turbines, and they all are mined somewhere and refined by processes that may produce toxic products. It's a wash on that score.
Posted in: Climate change boosts risk of war, hunger, floods: U.N. report
Steve FabricantMar. 31, 2014 - 07:56PM JST
@ Disillusioned - I wouldn't call the report inflammatory, and even if it is, it's about time someone lit a fire under the deniers and fossil fuel interests that claim it is too expensive to do anything significant. @Bertie - isn't it ironic that China is moving to the leading spot not only in renewables, but with a big move toward "clean coal" with the world's first large-scale demonstration of carbon sequestration. Very expensive and surely to be supplanted by better technology, but at least they are actually doing something about the problems they have caused. An American energy giant is partnering with them, incidentally.
Steve FabricantMar. 31, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
Too bad that such advanced technology was not available to avoid the collision in the first place. Sad.
Posted in: Robot sub searches for bodies of 8 Chinese missing after ship collision
Steve FabricantMar. 26, 2014 - 07:42PM JST
I was just in HK and dined with a local acquaintance and my family at an Indian vegetarian restaurant. We were all disappointed with the food and I the waiter was worse than useless. I paid by credit card and did not notice the "Tip" line so automatically only paid the meal amount because my friend said that tipping is pretty optional there. (Some restaurants add 10% service, others none). The waiter leaned over me when he returned the card and asked if everyone enjoyed the food. I said, 'some of it was edible', which seemed to answer his unspoken question, I would not have tipped him even if I had seen the blank line.
Posted in: Japanese restaurants in New York introduce ban on tipping
Nov. 25, 2014 - 02:36AM JST
Hmm...where are the words developed nation in that sentence? In your imagination.
Fact. Japan is a…
Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP
Nov. 25, 2014 - 02:30AM JST
I so agree with you! My first wife's family is from that area. Many years…
Posted in: Man injured by wild boar in Yamaguchi
Nov. 25, 2014 - 02:26AM JST
This just pisses me off, to be honest! We have come here to the US on…
Posted in: Obama defends moves on immigration
Nov. 25, 2014 - 02:16AM JST
The reason they should allow it is because of the social impact the unskilled ones gives…
Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers?
Nov. 25, 2014 - 02:15AM JST
You're the one that came up with a 5% increase target to a developed nation.