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edojinOct. 24, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
This area of Dotonbori is already one of the most entertaining areas in Japan ... so the addition of Glicko's latest LED "running" billboard should add to the excitement. Can't wait to head down to Osaka to see it ... plus enjoy all that this area in Namba has to offer.
Posted in: Glico's running man now lit up with LEDs
edojinOct. 24, 2014 - 03:23PM JST
Well ... there's no choice ... he's gotta go. It's bad enough being in mysterious possession of a receipt from an S&M club ... but being a stockholder in TEPCO, the agency he now oversees ... no way. If he can't handle his own financial stuff, how the heck can he handle the nation's trade & industry ministry? And holding on to TEPCO stock, how can we trust him with being honest with what is happening within TEPCO?
Thus the revolving door continues to spin.
Can't the government ... especially Prime Minister Abe ... study thoroughly the records of the people who are put in ministerial positions? Can't see why they can't do their homework properly.
So it goes ... "Hey, it's your turn to head a ministry ... step right up ... we'll check on your qualifications later."
How many more questionable ministers are at the helm in this country? For sure, we'll never know the exact number ...
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:52PM JST
Looking at the scene on TV, that shaft was a long way down. Guess the grating looked safe, so everybody kept piling on to get a better look of the girls. But a closer look via a TV close-up showed what looked like "weak" bolts holding the grating up. Some of them just disintegrated ...
If you want to get a better view of something, better be sure you have solid & safe footing below you ...
Posted in: 16 killed in grate collapse at S Korea pop concert
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:47PM JST
I travel in the non-reserved section. Get there just as fast, just as comfortable ... but at a much cheaper cost. A cheap traveler like me doesn't really need all those fancy extras. But if you make the trip only once or so ... first class should be quite an experience ... and something to talk about later on ...
Posted in: We take a luxurious trip to Aomori in the first class section of the bullet train
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
By coincidence, I am right now (Saturday evening here in Tokyo) looking at the new MRJ on TV. It was exhibited at the Singapore Air Show. Looks quite impressive. It was said they have something like a total of 408 orders for it so far. Good start ...
Posted in: First Japanese passenger jet in 4 decades rolling out
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:30PM JST
Abe is among the few still missing from the hallways of Yasakuni this time around. Wonder if he'll show up ... and really tee off the Chinese & Koreans? Actually, I doubt it ...
Posted in: 3 women cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
She's gotta go, If she were in any other party, her departure would have been a messy done deal already. However, she is a member of Jiminto, which is famous for its "corruption," so she might be saved somehow. Jiminto ... leaves a bad taste of corruption in the mouth ...
Posted in: Obuchi under pressure to resign over political donations misuse
edojinOct. 17, 2014 - 05:54PM JST
Should be an exciting series ... the young Royals vs. the young/old Giants. If I were a betting man, I'd place my money on the Giants ... but with the way the Royals are playing I'd go with my gut feeling and put my dough down on them. Tough rooting for two of what are among my favorite teams ...
Posted in: Ishikawa's 3-run homer sends Giants to World Series
edojinOct. 16, 2014 - 05:32PM JST
Seems as if we're headed toward a "wild-card" World Series. If the S.F. Giants can get one more win, then they are in. Royals vs. Giants for the World Series trophy and rings. For runners-up, they surely have turned into exciting teams ...
Posted in: Royals hold off Orioles 2-1 to reach World Series; Giants beat Cardinals
edojinOct. 14, 2014 - 05:18PM JST
If the DPJ really wants to win the next House of Representatives elections, they should start wooing the Komeito Party. If they win Komeito's favor, they also gain all those Soka Gakkai votes that help Jiminto win so strongly.
Posted in: Though the best scenario is that DPJ candidates will win, the second-best is that other opposition parties will deprive the LDP and Komeito of their seats and end the current situation in which one force is dominant and all others are so weak.
edojinOct. 13, 2014 - 04:43PM JST
According to those weird rules laid out by the baseball officials, if a team wins game one and the second game ends in a tie, the team with the win advances. I think it is downright stupid ... that to advance in a two out of three-game series the team that actually wins the two games should advance. Anyway, this is a stupid system.
Also stupid is giving the first-place team an automatic win in the division series final ... giving them this easy win because they won the overall division title during the regular season. To me, a seven-game series means winning four of those seven games to advance ... not a freebie given at the beginning of the series.
Anyway ... that's how professional baseball is played here in Japan ...
Posted in: Japanese baseball results
edojinOct. 05, 2014 - 05:14PM JST
Got wet going to work today, got wet coming home ... and will get more than wet tonight when I go to my local public bathhouse for a nice hot relaxing bath ...
Posted in: Powerful typhoon dumps rain on Japan
edojinOct. 05, 2014 - 05:11PM JST
When I encounter tourists looking for an interesting place to shop ... I always point out the nearest Don Quijote here in downtown Tokyo. And I also enjoy browsing ... and shopping ... in these interesting stores ...
Posted in: Don Quijote leads Japan tourism push to rake in sales
edojinOct. 05, 2014 - 04:13PM JST
18 innings and six hours ... which meant I missed the end of the game again. Had to work ...
Anyway, the Washington manager made a mistake by taking Zimmerman out in the 9th inning with one out to go. Zimmerman had the game under control and surely would have prevented that run that tied the game at 1-1. Now the Giants have the advantage in their home ball park.
Exciting games all around so far in both leagues ... with more action yet to come. Should be interesting ...
Posted in: Giants beat Nationals in 18 innings to take 2-0 lead in National League Division Series
edojinOct. 04, 2014 - 04:21PM JST
All exciting games so far ... but spending way too much time in front of the telly watching them ...
Go, go Orioles ... Go, go Nationals ...
Posted in: Cardinals rally to stun Dodgers; Giants, Orioles, Royals win
edojinOct. 04, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
I heard on NPR news via the radio that the thugs attacking the peace-seeking people in Hong Kong could be getting paid by Beijing to block the demonstrators. If so, this could be Beijing's way to intercede ... violently ... at some point ... and with what they consider a good reason for doing it ...
Posted in: Hong Kong protesters cancel talks after clashes
edojinOct. 02, 2014 - 03:41PM JST
There's already "chaos" in Hong Kong. And, according to TV reports, there seems to be a news blackout on this problem in China. Thus, when Chinese tourists go to Hong Kong for shopping and sightseeing, they are surprised at what they are seeing and experiencing. They are seeing "chaos" all over the place ... something they did not expect.
The real "chaos" China is afraid of is what might happen in Tibet and the Islamic Uighur area. And even the citizens of Taiwan are leaning toward supporting freedom in Hong Kong. In turn, the Taiwanese might start noisy demonstrations against getting too close to China diplomatically. If these areas start getting too noisy, Beijing might find itself in the midst of total "chaos."
So ... if China wants to ease the tense situation in Hong Kong, wouldn't it be best if they back off their efforts to fully control the government and the citizens' lives in Hong Kong? This the government in Beijing does not want. So what's the answer? More "chaos" ... I guess ...
Posted in: China warns of chaos if Hong Kong protests persist
edojinOct. 01, 2014 - 05:44PM JST
Good game ... but it kept going on and on ... and I had other things to do, but set them aside to watch the long game on TV.
The Royals face a tougher bunch in the next round. Should be an exciting clash between K.C. & the Angels ...
Posted in: Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller
edojinOct. 01, 2014 - 05:39PM JST
Hope the 10s as easy to use as the 8.
Posted in: Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar
edojinOct. 01, 2014 - 05:36PM JST
Been using the shinkansen for all of those years ... from the beginning through now ... from Aomori to Kagoshima.
At the beginning there was little around the stations ... but today the areas around them have really grown. I still remember when Shin-Yokohama Station was situated amid farmland. Today can't see any farmland at all in all directions from the station. And I still remember riding almost all day from Yokohama to Tokyo on the old line ... had to stand/sit on the floor more than once making the long trip. The shinkansen changed everything.
Enjoy riding on the shinkansen ... and find it not only a comfortable, fast ride ... but also an exciting one.
And, yes, I also fly to various destinations in Japan. Enjoy both forms of transportation ... both in the air and on the rails.
Posted in: Japan's bullet train marks 50th birthday
Oct. 24, 2014 - 03:57PM JST
Yay, the REAL Captain Kirk!
I really don't see how they can bring Kirk back... he…
Posted in: Shatner, 'Star Trek' director to meet about role
Oct. 24, 2014 - 03:52PM JST
Pity it's not the traditional British Hallowe'en but the Americanised version. Can't have everything I suppose.…
Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?
Oct. 24, 2014 - 03:46PM JST
20+yrs ago when I arrived Halloween was totally absent, now its a full blown store displaying…
Oct. 24, 2014 - 03:43PM JST
I think Everything is Awesome.
Posted in: Joining Islamic State is about sex and aggression, not religion
Oct. 24, 2014 - 03:42PM JST
not sure i would call the local political landscape "normally staid".