borscht's past comments

  • 8

    borscht

    First time I saw the 'old' mark I didn't think it meant a restaurant that served hot food. I read on my tourist map that it meant hot spring and I..... Horrors! ... Learned it! This changing of the Onsen (another word I "learned") seems to indicate that foreigners can't learn anything Japanesey.

    Are they also going to change that symbol of a T wearing a toupee (〒) so that we foriegners won't confuse it with a shop that sells wigs?

    Posted in: Gov't reveals new hot spring symbol for foreign tourists ahead of Tokyo Olympics

  • -1

    borscht

    33 offices? Definitely not getting run out of too many towns. Unless all 33 are in Tokyo & Osaka.

    Posted in: AUM successor group sets up new facility in Sapporo

  • 0

    borscht

    If you've seen them get the mail from the box, you know the PO truck is about four steps away (blocking traffic). The PO Man probably got the mail (as it says in the article), put it in his truck and turned around to put the empty bag in and shut the mail box. In that INSTANT, some doofus took a picture with his mom's cell phone.

    Also, as far as delivering mail, Alex & I have different 'problems.' My mailman often stops me on the street to hand me my mail. Even if I'm on my bicycle and have no place to put it except shove it in my pocket.

    Posted in: Japan Post embarrassed after passerby spots open post box in Chiba

  • 16

    borscht

    Many people here disagree with the election results: a landslide victory for Abe's party. I guess the majority of voters (50% voted) in Japan Want more aggression, less money, more pork barrel politics.

    I am seriously thinking of leaving because I don't want my draft age children involved with Abe's wars.

    Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate

  • 5

    borscht

    Money? How? And only money?

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  • 11

    borscht

    Tradition is a wonderful excuse for nearly everything. Tradition says... Can be followed by whatever you want. For example, marijuana has only been illegal since 1945 when the US insisted. (Along with the constitution, perhaps Abe can change that back to the way it was in Japan before The Surrender.) Before that, traditionally, it has been used in lots of stuff - temples & ceremonies. Possibly smoked but definitely it was burned. In fact, Tochigi has a marijuana farm. Read all about it and Takayasu Junich here:

    http://apjjf.org/2014/12/49/Jon-Mitchell/4231.html

    Posted in: New Renaissance Party backs use of medical marijuana; gets mixed reaction

  • 8

    borscht

    I wish elderly farmers would farm in the early mornings and late evenings rather than at high noon. Plus, they seem to wear enough clothing to warm a polar bear: hat, scarf, gloves, long-sleeved shirt, apron-like thing, long pants tucked into boots. And that's just what I can see.

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  • 15

    borscht

    Of all my Japanese wife's married friends, we are the only ones who 'date.' Other wives say they'd be 'too embarrassed' to go out to dinner and a movie or drinking with their husbands. Why? Anyone know? We're trying to combine the Lover/Sweetheart thrills with the married bits.

    Posted in: Japanese mom lists 14 ways life with a spouse differs from life with someone you’re dating

  • 9

    borscht

    Fukuyama dated the wrong women who saw only his old father, their chores related to the father, and ignored completely anything about Fukuyama himself. Was he nice? Cheerful? Organized enough to take care of his father and work full time?

    If the women he dated were that selfish, no first-born son in Japan will ever be able to get married.

    Posted in: One-third of men destined to be lifelong singles

  • 1

    borscht

    If they find the mother, ask her what drove her to abandon the child so early in life.

    Posted in: Newborn baby found in bag in Naha

  • 5

    borscht

    I believe Darwin has a theory that will solve the first two. If they only bumped into each other, no problem; it's when they bump into me that a problem arises. I just bump into them hoping against hope that they'll learn.

    Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk?

  • 7

    borscht

    Music and politics have been mixing since forever; sometimes obviously, sometimes more subtly. Simon and Garfunkel's "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme" is an anti-war statement.

    Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 was used to demoralize German soldiers in WWII. And probably Mozart wrote something that jabbed at politics, too.

    In other words, whoever thinks music and politics shouldn't mix is a dimwit and should just come out and say they don't want a political activist to teach them anything; they prefer their heads in the sand.

    Posted in: It appears that elements that do not look kindly on having an individual who has been critical of the current administration appear at a noted event like Fuji Rock are using the logic that politics should not be brought into music.

  • 6

    borscht

    Sensei25?

    Yeah, we really should be allowed to hate LGBT people; it's in the Bible, after all, ain't it?

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  • 3

    borscht

    Take a few trillion spent on things like an Olympic show and put it into programs designed to encourage birth such as what Yubaru pointed out: free daycare, medical care, education, and subsidized rent for those who need it. If the government gets off their collective butts today, in 30 years, things might be reversed. But that's a big If...

    The social security system here gives those who have worked their entire lives just enough cash to spend on things that they might need (food, meds) or enjoy (small trips, hobbies); esp. if their houses are paid for. And while young people might complain about helping other people, when the young people get old, they'll demand the extra help.

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  • 11

    borscht

    Japanese firms selling products in Britain will be stable, but Japanese firms (any firm, actually) making product in Britain will have a hard time selling them in the EU (most of Europe). One reason Toyota set up a factory in Britain was to access the EU market, for example, and now that is gone.

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  • 7

    borscht

    diuneahma,

    Yes, better to shut up, gaijin; we Japanese can screw this up all by ourselves, thank you very much. Now, bugger off. Besides, like you, typing an opinion on a second-rate news site is hardly meddling.

    Posted in: Abe campaigns on 'stability' ticket as Brexit rocks markets

  • 4

    borscht

    Also, some of these incursions are perfectly internationally legal; the US and the old USSR used to do it to each other all the time - sail between two international bodies of water via cutting very close to another country's land.

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  • 4

    borscht

    True innovation comes from being blind to the things that separate people, listening to the ideas and contribution of people without a shred of consideration of anything except their competence.

    That is practically the definition of diversity. However, too often concerns about nationality, age, alma mater, sex, gender, and connections need to be shoved a bit to the side and diversity allowed in.

    Posted in: Workplaces for all: British firm sets bar on diversity

  • 5

    borscht

    Financed by China if I remember correctly. Go Trump!

    No facts required for Drumpf supporters, yes!

    Institutes financing the new Panama Canal:

    Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)—US$800 million - Japanese government institute

    European Investment Bank (EIB)—US$500 million - an EU consortium

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)—US$400 million - international consortium concentrating on Latin America

    Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)—US$300 million - a South American consortium

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)—US$300 million - an international consortium

    Also, east coast/south coast US goods will be cheaper in Asia because of lower transportation costs; including natural gas, gas, and oil exports. Go USA!

    Posted in: Expanded Panama Canal opens

  • 0

    borscht

    Sentence Number One mentions the 450,000 condoms, but that's the only mention.

    Posted in: Plenty of condoms but no TVs in Rio Olympics athletes village

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