borscht's past comments

  • 1

    borscht

    Have been watching US, Canada, and Japan coverage. All focus, so far, on local athletes OR the stars (Phelps & Bolt). However, lot fewer replays on US tv showing the winner over and over again day after day. Canada focuses on Canada regardless of position. Japan makes it appear to be a Japan-centric meet. ALL are similar in loving their own.

    Posted in: What do you think of TV coverage of the Rio Olympics so far, wherever you live?

  • 0

    borscht

    Pat,

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Posted in: Suspect still not talking one year after abduction, murder of two children

  • 0

    borscht

    Pat,

    A history of killing children? When was the last time? If he is a serial killer as you say, I'd like to know more about him and his accomplice.

    Posted in: Suspect still not talking one year after abduction, murder of two children

  • 1

    borscht

    I have a question. Who should I hose: Client or agent?

    From Brantford, Ontario, Adam German has lived in Japan for 13 years working with its most widely used, international real estate platforms across all levels of property management. Have a question about hosing in Japan for this column? german@housingjapan.com

    Posted in: A realtor’s perspective on how to rent an apartment in Japan

  • 0

    borscht

    India has won 16 medals since 1964, as a quick Google/Wikipedia search would confirm. Six in the 2012 London Olympics.

    Posted in: All or nothing: Many countries come to Rio with 1 shot

  • 8

    borscht

    Self-serving politician? Clinton? Aren't most politicians self-serving? Especially Drumpf who scams other people into investing in his projects (vodka, airline, casinos, etc) and, if it makes money, takes it all and challenges the investors to sue him; if it loses money, he blames the other guy but he's not out any cash himself. That is his talent not running a business.

    If Drumpf supporters think he will magically change and fight for the little guy (angry young white people), they are sorely mistaken. He will not change, he will make a fortune for himself and everyone else can take a hike to poverty town.

    Posted in: Firestorm as Trump says gun-rights backers can stop Clinton

  • 7

    borscht

    First, please don't confuse Public servant positions (fire, police, army) with Volunteer positions. Up until a decade or so ago, foreigners couldn't do part-time work delivering Nenga-Jo for the post office during New Year's until a couple of nice Chinese ladies pointed out their Japanese reading ability was more than adequate; now people (not necessarily foreigners) who can read Japanese addresses can work for the post office (at least part-time.)

    Second, JeffLee might know a couple of weirdos who think joining a volunteer firefighting unit will help them with their permanent residence application but it is not required, expected, or needed according to the immigration official I know. A job is required, though.

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  • 8

    borscht

    MarkG

    How so plasticmonkey?

    • The president should not make fun of people with multiple sclerosis or any other disease. In fact, no human with any shred of decency could make fun of people with any disease. Drumpf did.

    • The president should not condemn an entire group of people merely for their religious thoughts. Drumpf did with Muslims.

    • The president should not condemn an entire nation of people. Drumpf did with Mexicans (the US's 3rd largest trading partner behind Canada (#1) and China (#2). Japan is #4 https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/toppartners.html).

    • The president should not lie about easily verifiable facts. Drumpf did just yesterday with his so-called economic speech (http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/fact-checking-donald-trump-s-economic-speech-detroit-n625581)

    • The president should not be so thin-skinned as to jump on people who disagree with him. Drumpf did. (Donald Trump has been defending the size of his hands - http://www.thewrap.com/why-donald-trump-sent-a-vanity-fair-editor-a-drawing-of-his-hands-audio/

    And that's just his-euphemism-fingers. Imagine if it were using nuclear weapons against North Korea because Kim Jong-un called him a fast-food slurping fool.

    Oh, wait. Kim loves Drumpf (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-trump-idUSKCN0YN35S) Never mind.

    • But mostly, when someone with MS has to struggle with everything including insensitive, short-fingered vulgarians, they are the heroes and winners, not those who mock them.

    Posted in: Clinton attacks Trump's economic proposal

  • 3

    borscht

    Please remind Abe that then-Prime Minister Ohira told the US basically, if you don't ask to bring in nuclear weapons, we can't deny you permission to bring them in. i.e. Don't Ask and we can ignore them.

    Posted in: It's impossible for Japan to possess nuclear weapons or even consider holding them. As our national policy, we stick to the three nonnuclear principles of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons in the country's territory.

  • 9

    borscht

    He's also willfully ignorant of how much Japan pays for the US military to be in Japan. HOWEVER, he is not ignorant of how ignorant and easily manipulated his support base is. If he shouts the proper words and phrases, they will support him, and shout back the same phrases. Thought, logic, facts are unimportant.

    Also, Bush Jr was at least smart enough to surround himself with people who were smart enough to understand the world (mostly daddy's friends). Drumpf has surrounded himself with... his ego?

    Posted in: Trump: Japanese will 'watch Sony TV' if U.S. is attacked

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  • 1

    borscht

    Rather than suspect the son of greed or stress, perhaps the father wanted to die and urged the son to do it. Society needs to make assisted suicide more available to those who wish it, thereby saving their relatives of a murder charge and a lifetime of guilt, depression, and perhaps regret.

    Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing 90-year-old father in hospital

  • 4

    borscht

    Domestic Violence is not a husband and wife arguing and shouting. Domestic Violence is one person (often the husband) beating the crap out of the other person; complaining about dinner being late by slamming the person up against the refrigerator, throwing the dinner plates at the wall, or slapping the person until blood oozes out of their eye sockets. Yelling at each other is Not Domestic Violence although arguing constantly and loudly would indicate a divorce is required.

    And a child watching dad beat the living day lights out of mom is not the healthiest environment, especially if it's done daily or very frequently. The child grows up thinking it's normal to beat up people. That would be psychological abuse.

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  • 5

    borscht

    For those who claim safety is an issue... During a game, maybe. But she was on the field while the teams were warming up, not throwing 90 mph fast balls or hitting line drives. They were Warming Up: Stretching, playing catch, squatting... I seriously doubt anyone, male, female, coach, player, or News Reporter, gets injured while teams are Warming Up.

    Posted in: Female high school students continue to be banned on baseball field at Koshien Stadium

  • 0

    borscht

    I'd love to live rent free for two years but I believe I'd have to quit my semi-lucrative employment. I don't know if I'd like to be shill for Muji at the same time, however. What if I didn't like their products or the house? Would they let me stay after the first interview?

    Posted in: Anybody want to live rent-free in a house in a Japanese beach town for two years?

  • 4

    borscht

    The last person to inform the government that he was going to kill someone stabbed 19 people to death. And he was locked up in a mental institute for a couple of weeks. Perhaps this unnamed man should also be locked up in a mental institute for a couple of weeks (and not evaluated by the same 'doctor' that released the knife-wielding killer).

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  • 0

    borscht

    I’m going out on a limb to say swimming looks strong; women’s judo and women's golf also look good.

    Posted in: In which events do you think Japan stands the best chance of winning gold medals at the Rio Olympics?

  • -1

    borscht

    Yubaru,

    I should by all rights, under a democracy, to do so.

    I think you're confusing democracy with Free Enterprise. Democracy means people vote on certain laws and regulations. In the case of the residence-only building, the residents have voted (by paying money) to prohibit businesses. In a Free Enterprise system, the residents have no voice in how someone uses their own property.

    I think if the majority of property owners want to prohibit business in a residential neighborhood, then businesses should be prohibited. That includes Eikaiwa schools, self-employed home offices, and renting rooms to tourists.

    I do not think renting rooms out should be prohibited based on Too many Foreigners. Too many Strangers (Japanese or not — as mentioned by commanteer) is a better reason; in fact, many posters are saying they're concerned about Safety and in Japan most crimes are committed by Japanese.

    Posted in: Japan latest battleground in Airbnb home-sharing war

  • 4

    borscht

    My boss is a real jerk who complains about every little mistake be it in production or a typo. He drives me nuts with rage sometimes. To cope with him, I drink and exercise (sometimes simultaneously). I think the exercise is the better option. Of course, like Cleo, I'm self-employed so maybe I could be less OCD on myself.

    Posted in: How stressful is your workplace and how do you cope with it?

  • 8

    borscht

    terror attacks overseas

    How many people were stabbed recently In Japan by a Japanese man? Fortunately, I hope, Japanese police won't be quite as trigger happy as some US police officers seem to be.

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