borax's past comments

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    I'll only try it if they can guarantee it's not one of the ones I see tearing into week-old garbage in the middle of the street.

    Posted in: Areas in Ibaraki Prefecture working to protect custom of eating crow

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    This is a desperate attempt to get back some of the money they lost when every young person in the country switched to Line for virtually all messaging and calling. They missed their window by several years though. Maybe some older people and corporate customers will jump on this promotion - everyone else will ignore it and continue using Line instead.

    Posted in: Docomo to introduce new billing plan and discount services

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    Yeah, a bit. A lot of stores and services (and my local movie theater) are raising their prices more than just the 3%, so it's not a bad idea if it's stuff you needed anyway and that won't go bad.

    Posted in: Are you doing a lot of shopping before the sales tax goes up on April 1?

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    Considering that 239 people most likely lost their lives in this incident it feels bad to say...but this is really, really fascinating. And it's only getting more interesting.

    Posted in: New uncertainty about missing Malaysian plane

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    I'll be curious to try one, but it's too bad they aren't selling a simpler variety, with maybe just some powdered sugar or a simple honey glaze. Like Krispy Kreme, their base doughnuts are good, but when they throw on tons of additive-laced frosting and cheap whipped cream, they ruin it.

    Posted in: Buttery and flaky goodness — Mister Donut Japan to sell original Croissant Doughnuts

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    So Japan's beloved geinoujin, pampered and showered with praise every moment of their lives once they make it big, are rude and filled with contempt for those in their service. What a shock.

    Posted in: Taxi drivers complain about entertainers

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    The American canned powdered stuff is definitely a sorry substitute for true Parmigiano cheese, but these claims are ridiculous. RowanM's comment about pies and cakes is right on the money...these are names of regions, not brand names. The EU has no right to ask other countries to stop using them.

    Posted in: Europe wants its Parmesan back; seeks name change

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    Nice to see an exchange between the countries that isn't filled with vitriol. Godspeed to the investigators from all countries.

    Posted in: China thanks Japan for Malaysia plane search aid

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    I looked into it once while searching for an apartment, and the realtor did everything - everything - in his power to talk me out of moving into the apartment (the previous tennant had committed suicide). In the end, what disuaded me was the fact that I would have had to pay for the full cleanup/renewal of the place myself, the landlord refused to pay for it. I guess he/she figured the place was a lost cause and had written it off.

    Posted in: Would you move into an apartment or house where the rent had been lowered because a bloody murder or suicide had occurred there? Would living in such a place freak you out?

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    "Venus" is the title of a song from her most recent album, not the name of the album.

    Posted in: Lady Gaga to hold first stadium concert in Japan

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    Foreign characters in Japanese TV and movies are almost always safe (for Japanese viewers) and obvious stereotypes, much like minority characters were in America decades ago. It'll be interesting to see if they try for anything more than that with this drama...most likely not.

    Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan'

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    I don't know much about the history of this King and the Maori people, but that is a bad@$$ way to refuse the most well-known royals in the world.

    Posted in: New Zealand's Maori king refuses to meet Prince William next month

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    Wakarimasen: Best Picture can have between 5 and 10 nominees. Best Animated Film also has a varying number of nominees depending on the number of eligible films released the previous year. But I think "crowded" refers more to the fact that there isn't an obvious front-runner expected to sweep the awards. A number of films are in a more or less dead heat, hence the "crowding".

    Posted in: Crowded Oscars race enters home straight

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    This poster is in response to a string of incidences, most at places of work, where employees at convenience stores and restaurants took pictures of themselves doing stupid things and posted them on Twitter and FB, getting themselves fired and embarassing the company. As far as I recall, none of these incidences involved foreigners, and there is no reason to believe this poster campaign is targetting foreigners. Besides, the eyes of the characters on the posters are too narrow (and not blue) to be seen as typical gaijin caricatures. It didnt occur to me until I saw the comments here.

    Posted in: No pranks

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    High rents in the center of the city forcing people to move to the outskirts and commute to work is not exactly a phenomenon unique to Tokyo.

    All these lists are subjective, what are you gonna do. Tokyo is a fantastic city regardless of anyone's rankings.

    Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo is the No. 1 city in the world

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    His comments are beyond offensive; they are completely unacceptable for someone in his position. He must be forced from his position ASAP, without being given the chance to gracefully step down. That is the only way to rectify this situation. Japan forgives way too many offensive and idiotic remarks from its politicians and other leaders. With the whole world watching what Japan does leading up to 2020, the line must be drawn here.

    Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada

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    First and foremost i would very much like them to get rid of that ugly highway over the Nihonbashi bridge and River.Slapping 'Tokyo 2020' on the Highways pylons does not make the area attractive.

    There were plans proposed about a decade ago to bury that highway underground and give Nihonbashi its sky back, at a cost of about 500 billion yen. PM Koizumi supported it, but Ishihara opposed and effectively killed it. His complaint about the cost had merit, but his callous suggestion to move Nihonbashi (the bridge) somewhere else instead was classic facepalm.

    Posted in: SMAP to collaborate on Nihonbashi Project

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    It's not just a few fans who are responsible for this pressure, it's the Japanese media as a whole. When Sara Takanashi, the ski jumper, came back to Japan after placing 4th, she held a press conference and said how sorry and filled with regret she was for letting everyone in Japan down. This girl is SEVENTEEN years old, and a leader and pioneer in her sport, and she is apologizing to a nation. And as they were reporting on it, no one in the media bothered to mention how deeply wrong the whole situation was.

    Posted in: Rabid Japanese fans label athletes who don’t bring home a medal 'tax thieves'

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    LINE isn't really a SNS, it's a messaging app. It's become so popular by not trying to be a full SNS, just doing one thing and doing it extremely well.

    Posted in: Line, Twitter, Facebook: Japanese people vote on their favorite social networking services

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    Awesome! I've always wanted to see what Ghibli could do with a TV series, the potential in the format is huge. My dream has been to see them adapt Hayao Miyazaki's full Nausicaa manga into a series, but a new story from Ghibli will be a treat, too.

    Posted in: Studio Ghibli director Goro Miyazaki to start new TV anime series in autumn

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