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TorafusuTorasanMar. 30, 2015 - 04:21PM JST
People are now free to dress up in farmer and student radical cosplay garb and flash mob Narita.
Posted in: Narita airport ends ID security checks for non-passengers
TorafusuTorasanMar. 30, 2015 - 04:16PM JST
That's nice, but... what happened to the "story" about the popularity of TV drama politician characters?
Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin
TorafusuTorasanMar. 30, 2015 - 10:53AM JST
TV drama and real life politics? There is an old cliche about oil and water to say how dissimilar these are. Now back to your regularly scheduled CM.
Posted in: Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama: poll
TorafusuTorasanMar. 19, 2015 - 06:16PM JST
@davidnorell, your first two comments do not support each other. Fully automatic "weapons like this" for civilians are banned in almost every country. By police state, do you mean a country with a government and a modicum of controls on guns? Or a heavy-handed dictatorship? I haven't visited Sweden, but I imagine it's closer to the first def.
Posted in: Several fatalities in Sweden pub shooting
TorafusuTorasanMar. 18, 2015 - 04:48PM JST
I think by the last year in HS, students no longer get an ALT in class to liven it up. Just wall to wall college test prep. Snore...
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2015 - 06:02PM JST
Anybody who is shocked hasn't been following NPB where Oh's home run record was broken in 2013 by a "European" player from Dutch Curacao. Still playing for Yakult if I'm not mistaken.
Posted in: DeCaster leads Europe to 6-2 win over Japan in baseball
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2015 - 05:56PM JST
@MarkG's comment that the DOJ report is being promoted by "sheep in Hollywood, music industry, professional sports, and even top leaders":
That's what happens to fill the vacuum in the absence of the MarkG & Co. report on what has REALLY been happening in Ferguson the last 40 years. Good luck competing with the data available to the DOJ.
I don't envy the mayor of Ferguson with his sub $5000 (yes, four digits) per year salary. He's still in office but the city manager just got a $120,000 severance bonus for going away. Bizarre imbalance in salaries considering the mayor has been forced to do all the public relations.
Posted in: 2 police officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department
TorafusuTorasanMar. 10, 2015 - 08:16PM JST
His headband reads kamikaze according to a different photo of this man in The Japan Times. Their picture makes the old cloth appear to be an original war-era artifact, not a new replica. He is probably wearing it for educational reasons and to honor the pilots. See his quote staying how even children could see through this concept by the war's end.
Posted in: Firebombing survivor fears Japan starting down road to war again
TorafusuTorasanMar. 09, 2015 - 04:16PM JST
Japan Times calls him a hikikomori (social recluse), reporting that Hirano lives with his father and grandmother, and "has largely been isolated from society since his school days." History of hospitalization is not reflected in their article.
Posted in: Man stabs 5 people to death in 2 houses on Awaji
TorafusuTorasanMar. 04, 2015 - 01:52PM JST
@CH3CHO, that is a question that can only be answered by the first couple's official biographer, the highly esteemed professor and historian Paul Broadwell.
Actually, it is because the first lady's role has increased a lot since the 1770s. Ever hear the name Eleanor Roosevelt?
Posted in: Michelle Obama's trip to Japan, Cambodia finalised
TorafusuTorasanMar. 03, 2015 - 08:29PM JST
To follow the David Petraeus analogy to its conclusion, let us know when Nemtsov gets a cushy university position to supplement his general's pension. Equivalent happy endings?
Posted in: Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer
TorafusuTorasanMar. 03, 2015 - 10:32AM JST
The northwestern tip of Wakayama is a great surf/beach spot. Go to the fishing town Kada and track down local versions of uni toast and shirasu gohan. Some varieties of fugu--there are dozens--can even be seen swimming in drainage canals in Kada town.
Posted in: 5 men sickened after eating poisonous puffer fish
TorafusuTorasanMar. 02, 2015 - 05:34PM JST
The comment about the tour vans not being full of musical instruments was exactly right.
This is not a problem of not having good young musicians. I've seen amateur high school bands that seriously rocked out. Then there are pro bands like Oreska Band who sounded amazing on recordings made in their teens.
Then there is the innovative music that flies under the radar in mainstream Japan for being too left field, yet gets accepted overseas, such as Melt Banana's many U.S. tours and festival appearances. I once saw a cool older Japanese didjeridoo performer at a live house--he should be on TV as often as AKB! But he is not on a record label, and his songs don't fit into a recognized genre, so no dice.
It must be that musicianship is not a key component to being a pop star anymore, if it ever was in the first place.
Posted in: Why do Asian pop stars have a hard time succeeding in the U.S. market? Is it mainly a language thing?
TorafusuTorasanMar. 02, 2015 - 04:50PM JST
@smithinjapan, Abe "also needs to be there, visiting and helping the people"
Yeah, but the photogenic youngish prince gets all the attention. Most non-JT media sources decided to include Abe.
See the cover of Yomiuri's Japan News on Sunday, March 1. Color picture of business suited William and at least six more suits (led by PM Abe) surrounding a child with a caption that reads "at Smile Kids Park in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture, where he visited with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."
Did you think William would be heading up the coast with a backpack like a tourist? Near a toxic nuke facility?
Posted in: Prince William meets tsunami survivors in Miyagi
TorafusuTorasanMar. 02, 2015 - 02:44PM JST
Foal Eagle sounds funny, but at least they tacked the Eagle onto the end. Give whoever thought of that a promotion.
Next time, go for full blown hilarious and call it:
Kitty Horsey Tanuki
or just cut to the chase and go with the post-drill barbecue theme:
Smoky Beach Luau
Posted in: N Korea vows merciless strikes as U.S.-S Korea drills begin
TorafusuTorasanMar. 02, 2015 - 02:24PM JST
"Name me any country that allows anyone off the street to go in and vote to prove me wrong."
Whaaaat? That is not the way it works in America either. You need to establish that you have resided in your voting district for a certain length of time before the election. That's why the few uncovered cases of voter fraud in the state of Wisconsin, for example, have been people who admitted on social media about voting somewhere other than their district, such as an out of state person who had a second vacation residence in the state, or just back visiting the house where they grew up and mom and dad still live.
What ID do people in Japan need to show?
Posted in: Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present
TorafusuTorasanMar. 02, 2015 - 02:13PM JST
My favorites are the signs that stay up for decades, deteriorating because nobody wants to spend a few thousand yen on fresh paint.
For example, there is a faded but still visually striking billboard in my city of residence that was paid for by the Lions Club organization that warns of the dangers of IV drugs. It shows a massive syringe and skeleton's arm. It was probably creative in its day, but now with the rising popularity of Halloween, I wonder if it as effective as originally planned.
Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
One of the most ridiculous statements on this topic was the politician who brought a snowball into congress to prove that climate change isn't happening because winters are still snowy.
Posted in: The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may reshape Earth
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:07PM JST
An inspiring story. The article doesn't mention that he is the only player to keep playing in all the years the J-League has existed! He claimed in an interview that he has no intention to quit...ever! I want to adopt that kind of attitude.
Posted in: 'King Kazu' to play on in J.League - aged 48
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 23, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
Senator John McCain just said he's ashamed of America, the president, and himself for letting this happen.
In my imagination, he then launched into a tap dance rendition of a medley of tunes from The Sound of Music.
Aides had to usher him away before he broke something.
Posted in: West sounds warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites
Apr. 01, 2015 - 07:34PM JST
"Debate" lol, I'm not sure which is more dangerous now, depressed pilots or people who think…
Posted in: Germanwings crash triggers debate on confidentiality taboo
Apr. 01, 2015 - 07:32PM JST
Also proud to acknowledge her talent as a fellow Canuk.
Posted in: Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles
so it's an April's fool day - amazing.
Posted in: Police receive multiple fake calls reporting someone falling into pond
Apr. 01, 2015 - 07:30PM JST
The government does nothing, people complain.
The government does something, people complain and doubt.
Posted in: Gov't to make workplace maternity harassment illegal
Apr. 01, 2015 - 07:23PM JST
"Maternity harassment", lol. It clearly tells you about the mentality of this society, a single working…