borax's past comments

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    borax

    Yes, only because the fewer countries that have them, the better. Preventing more countries from getting the bomb is step one. Getting all the countries that currently have a nuclear arsenal to dismantle them all, together, is step two.

    Posted in: Should some countries have the right to tell other countries that they cannot have nuclear weapons?

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    A refreshing sign that we live in a country where freedom of speech is protected as it should be. These sad sacks can complain about whatever xenophobic issue they want, and we can point and laugh at them and carry on about our day.

    Posted in: Sign of the times

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    borax

    Strangerland,

    When I was growing up, we would often talk about our background. "I'm half French, 1/4 English and 1/4 Russian", or "I'm have German, half Dutch" were common replies.

    What you're talking about here is an innocuous topic of conversation, something that might come up only every now and then. The term haafu is very different because it's a label. In this country, wherever they go and whatever they do, they will be a haafu first, their name and identity second. I don't think as many Japanese people use the term negatively as some commenters here are claiming, but even if it's used neutrally or positively, it's still an unnecessary label, one that marks them as being different from Japanese people, even if they're Japanese citizens and live their entire lives here.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    This has been all over TV the last week, but it's just so lame. "Let's put our shoes on a needlessly high shelf somewhere, then have people tap buttons on a tablet and stand there and wait for a drone to go get the shoes and drop them in a bucket. THE FUTURE OF SHOPPING." Obviously it's just a marketing gimmick, but still pretty dumb.

    Posted in: At your service

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    borax

    While I agree the spelling of his name is annoying, it was an intentional choice. He wants his name to be pronounced kind of halfway between a hard "si" and a soft "shi," rather than a full soft "shi". Call it a subtle artistic choice. It looks painfully ugly when written out in romaji, but that's the way the creator wanted it, so end of story I guess!

    Posted in: Guest of honor

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    Yay! I'll be there...once the line to get in falls to a reasonable 30-45 minutes or so.

    Posted in: Shake Shack burger chain plans to open restaurants in Japan

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    borax

    They do? According to who/what?

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

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    kickboard

    Say what? The smoking rate in Japan is falling every year and is now around 20%. The OECD average is also 20%.

    http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Briefing-Note-JAPAN-2014.pdf

    Those numbers are a bit misleading, though. As the same PDF report states one page earlier, there is a huge gender gap among tabacco users in Japan: 34% of men, and only 9% of women. From my (observational) experience Japanese women are far more likely to smoke at home or away from other non-smokers, due to manners, whereas Japanese men are more likely to light up in restaurants, cafes, on the street, etc. The result being that when you're out and about, it certainly seems like a lot more than just 20% of people are smokers.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Timothy Bedwell

    Unless you have absolutely no vices, never overeat, always eat 100% healthy food, exercise daily, and don't get sick, you don't have a right to call smokers stupid for enjoying a vice they know isn't healthy.

    The one hugely important difference being, eating unhealthy foods or not exercising are not direct, repulsive nuisances to the people around you. Smoking very much is.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Yes, yes it is. I loved living in this country for a good five years, until I started watching TV regularly.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    borax

    Am not condoning/never will condone looting and violence, but...whole lot of people posting comments here who cannot possibly understand the years' and lifetimes' worth of anger and frustration that are causing this nationwide outlash.

    Posted in: National Guard ordered in as Ferguson businesses torched

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    borax

    Even the Shinkansen does this: on the Nozomi train between Tokyo and Hakata Stations, they usually change drivers at Shin-Osaka Station.

    They change the entire staff at Shin-Osaka. This is beacause Shin-Osaka is where operation of these trains is divided between JR Central and JR West.

    Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort

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    Galapagos-

    The ones I've been on had two drivers from the start, they switched at a rest area partway through the trip.

    Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort

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    Wonder what effect this will have on the value of the yen in the interntional market? Haven't seen any major changes since the news broke yesterday.

    Posted in: What Japan's recession means for the country

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    borax

    That's considerably more than what an Egg McMuffin costs, which is essentially the same thing minus the hollandaise. If this were Starbucks or another eat-in coffee shop that would be fine, but for prepared-in-advance combini food? That's a bit too steep.

    Posted in: Finally, an acceptable breakfast option at 7-Eleven: Eggs Benedict Sandwich

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    borax

    People staring at their phones while walking are a nuisance, but probably more of a danger to themselves than those around them. People staring at their phones while riding a bike, however...

    I see so many of them while I'm biking to work every morning, mostly high school students: headphones in, phone in hand, staring down as they blaze through intersections with one hand on the handlebars. It's so obviously, astoundingly dangerous, I struggle to comprehend how anyone could be so, so stupid. It's a miracle that half of them aren't dead or paralyzed by graduation. Police need to step out of their koban, flag these people down, and give them a ticket.

    Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

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    borax

    Neat! As a New York-born train geek, I got a real kick out of seeing that sign.

    Posted in: Tokyo Station lists departing train’s destination as…New York

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    borax

    I don't think we're dealing with a random criminal here, but rather a pet store, or perhaps a supplier. Just look at the breeds, those are the three most popular in Japan right now. Whatever the circumstances, this is obviously appalling, and will hopefully bring increased attention on the despicable state of the pet industry in this country.

    Posted in: 27 more dogs found dead in Tochigi

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    borax

    These cake-based varieties are a ripoff. When they replace dense, rich ice cream with light, airy cake layers, you're getting way less bang for your buck. Excellent marketing as always, HD.

    Posted in: Häagen-Dazs Japan making ice cream classier than ever with wine and Opera flavors

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    borax

    She gets a gift of 100 million yen for marrying out of the royal family. Our tax money at work!

    Posted in: Wedding send-off

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