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    browny1

    I doubt there has ever been a more dominant season by any sportsperson in Japan. Perhaps?

    Starting as a kid in a world of adults a few years ago she has continued to outgrow them all.

    Pity she doesn't attract more media attention, but I guess she is enjoying her success to the max.

    Hope she's around for a long time.

    Posted in: That's 10

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    Yeh - I can never understand the dissing on Gaga as talentless. Everyone to their own taste in music and all things - as it should be. You don't have to like her.

    But she certainly has talent.

    Great musicianship, great voice, great dancer / choreographer, great writer / composer, great pop-artistic vision / creativity, great performer. In fact she does most things extremely well, is articulate and is highly flexible enough to move across genres with ease. Name another current female talent that does that to the extent she does?

    I'm sure Bowie would approve.

    Posted in: Lady Gaga to lead Bowie tribute at Grammys

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    Been saying for years to folks here that there is a world wide market / demand for high-end primary produce. Not long ago I had a discussion with a group of very smart people about the chances for estaqblishing high quality export markets. Most laughed or thought it was too difficult and or expensive. I said millions of Japanese people pay top prices for food products from Europe because they believe they're getting quality. Why can't it be the other way around?

    The negativity, esp of the agricultural community, about the doom-gloom of their lot has been oppressive at times.

    The inability to innovate, refresh and take on a challenge to the changing world has seen the 1 hectare part time rice farmers and their associates complain woe is us.

    Now finally the great spirit and vision of some - farmers, marketers, entrepeneurs is being realized. I for one think it's great and hope this is just the start.

    Maybe the bogey of the TPP has got the blood rushing and is the start of the weaning off of the govt subsidized nanny- system.

    Posted in: Japan is starting to see the effects of having 'washoku' listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013, and the promotional efforts made at the Milan food expo last year.

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    browny1

    Geez - some people on here don't get it.

    No ones asking Japan to abandon centuries of history.

    No ones asking Japan to remove manji from temples.

    No ones asking Japan to put a substitute mark on it's maps.

    All that has been suggested has been to put a more clearly understandable symbol that could be recognized as a temple by foreign visitors on maps in English and other foreign languages.

    Grasp it.

    Posted in: Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi swastika confusion

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    browny1

    Altering Tourist Guide Maps so as to become easily decipherable with commonly understood symbols is just a normal natural procedure to help visitors.

    I'm all for changing the Manji on tourist maps for that reason, and NOTfor any associated swastika heritage.

    Some common symbols here like an X for a police box are not particularly helpful, especially for first time vistors.

    For those who think confusion adds to the fun, maybe we should change** H** for hotel to ホ or** P** for parking to チュウ.

    Simplistic universal signage to help foreign visitors to any country is to be welcomed.

    Posted in: Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi swastika confusion

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    browny1

    Smithy - I was just wondering the same. Who's going to shoot down the debris from the anti - missile debris?

    Posted in: Seoul, Tokyo vow to shoot down any N Korean rocket debris

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    browny1

    After years of excellent delivery service in Japan - not only black cat - it was mindwarping to see (use) the system in Australia after many years.

    I know demographics, geography, etc influence such businesses - but this service industry here - serves. Doubt anywhere is better.

    Posted in: 10 reasons why Kuroneko Yamato is probably the best delivery service in the world

  • 0

    browny1

    Hi The reds - it's called "Tobitate ryugaku Japan" (トビタテ!留学JAPAN). The one for high-school students says 高校生. Link is http://www.tobitate.mext.go.jp/hs/

    Good Luck.

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    browny1

    My daughter is applying for the programme as a high school senior right now. Applications close next week for this round. The programme itself is very broad in that you can go to virtually any country and any authorized school. Of course you have to justify what & why. In choosing a school you can search yourself or ask an agency to act on your behalf (money needed I'm sure). We did it ourselves. The school in Europe has been excellent in all aspects of communication - clear, pleasant, open, and swift. I'm amazed that so much has occurred on line and by phone. Here it'd take months to achieve - but I digress.

    Simply, if you've got kids or know of young people interested in abroad, it's a good plan. There's no knowing how much longer the money will flow into such a scheme, but I recommend for those thinking about it, do it. Great rewards for the kids and subsidized tons.

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    browny1

    My comment re "breathing space" is exactly that. Hence be gracious in his loss - he certainly was. Stop blubbering excuses.

    And of course other countries media fawn over their athletes when they win (and scorn when they lose) BUT, we're not talking other countries media here. I mentioned the Japanese media because Nishikori is a Japanese Player and this is Japan and this forum is Japan Today.

    Geez - why do some people think any comment on any subject critical - no matter how minute - of any aspect of Japan is somehow a slant on the nation or anti-japan or "racist" or others do worst or ........get a grip.

    Posted in: Djokovic beats Nishikori to set up semifinal clash with Federer at Australian Open

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    browny1

    This tournament Nishikori showed why he is in the top ranking and also what mental application is needed to be top. He's still young (ish) so not over yet.

    And the media here need to give him some breathing space. Last night one nhk commentator commented he had been previously playing under cover and last night was open air so this was a negative for him. Geez - just shut up.

    Posted in: Djokovic beats Nishikori to set up semifinal clash with Federer at Australian Open

  • -2

    browny1

    Ossan - that's right.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

  • 0

    browny1

    A true story - altho I'm not so sure about the validity of the contents.

    A middle aged guy at a bonenkai a few years back said women cover their mouths when they laugh, because they're always talking when eating so its to stop / cover the food coming out.

    When I proceded to tell him, many men also eat and talk at the same time he said, "We don 't care because we're men."

    True - he believed that.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese women cover their mouth while laughing?

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    browny1

    Kokusi - that's interesting and possible.

    But it doesn't explain why the bus was unable to slow down on a non-steep section of the road, if according to current analysis the brakes were being applied (brake light trail visible on the video).

    One possibility is a sudden inexplicable acceleration resulting in an uncontrolled vehicle, which the driver tried to remedy at the last moment by putting the bus into neutral.

    From sticking pedals to computer glitch - any number of things could cause such an acceleration.

    Just I'm thinking out aloud.

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    Tatsu - what films had outstanding performances by Asian actors. Just asking - I don't know.

    And funny how hollywood inc is always slapped as beiing too liberal, lefty and dreamy on many of it's causes, statements, social agendas and viewpoints, yet here we find it accused of skin colour discrimination.

    Posted in: What do you think about all the recent fuss about the lack of diversity in Hollywood films, especially when it comes to Academy Award nominations?

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    browny1

    Fred - highly unlikely the driver was unfamiliar with engine braking.

    His history includes years of truck driving, followed by years of smaller bus(ie city buses) driving.

    Impossible for him to have not understood the dynamics of braking including engine braking.

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    browny1

    Great actors.

    Cate B - I can't think of anything I've seen of hers that wasn't the consummate performance.

    And Haruka - I saw 2 films of hers, Ichi & Incite Mill, both a little off-beat, but she oozed her roles.

    Love to have dinner and chat with the both of them.

    Posted in: Cosmetic touch

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    browny1

    Watched the highlights - wow - she is powerful.

    Hope to see more of her over the season & years.

    Posted in: Win for Osaka

  • 1

    browny1

    The highly manipiulated and speculative oil market is now receiving a dose of it's own.

    Much of this recent downturn is fueled by "scaredy" investors who just want to play a money game loaded in their favour.

    Of course there is the slowing of the Chinese economy, the oversupply of oil (how could this be becasuse we were told the sky's falling in and there's no oil left so we must pay $150+ / barrel) and a general rationalization of global markets, but the BIG factor is the speccies are wringing it hard and I for one am grinning.

    Posted in: Cheap oil, good for consumers, is slamming stocks. Why?

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    browny1

    As I understand the bus had been in descent mode for only a very short time after completing a long ascent.

    This area of descent is not particularly steep, yet it appears there is a braking problem. Brake fade can occur anytime, but it seems reasonable to suggest that on the ascent little or no heavy brakiing occurred - a few mins earlier footage showed the bus travelling normally.

    We don't know, but at this point in the investigation, mechanical / systems failure and a consequential inability to to slow the vehicle was probably the main cause.

    Perhaps we will know soon. Even then it's still devastating.

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