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edojinAug. 30, 2016 - 06:05PM JST
Been to nine of the listed places above. I like seeing the intact castles themselves ... not the remains. I've been to various places not listed above and have seen what is considered "remains of castles," and although I enjoyed my visit to these old castle towns, the "remains" did not really turn me on.
As for No. 1 on my list ... too many ... I have visited many nice castles and rate them all highly.
Posted in: Top 20 most popular castles in Japan, according to TripAdvisor
edojinAug. 27, 2016 - 06:30PM JST
Wonder how much of this lost money has found its way into politicians' pockets? There's a huge amount of money involved in the overall Tokyo 2020 Olympics program ... and this is why Jiminto is so interested in it. Hope new Tokyo Governor Koike can keep track of all the spending that's taking place.
Posted in: Unrecoverable cost total rises to Y68.6 bil for new Olympic stadium
edojinAug. 27, 2016 - 06:24PM JST
Great inventions. Bet Sir Thomas Crapper would be delighted with what is a high-tech extension of his original invention. I have friends in the United States who used to live in Japan say they installed Japanese-style toilets in their homes ... and love them.
Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?
edojinAug. 27, 2016 - 06:14PM JST
Jiminto is responsible for this fiasco. Jiminto lost Social Security money years ago by throwing it away on silly things its members bought just to put their names on their insane projects. Now Jiminto is again throwing away Social Security money on one of its stupid schemes to "make money" on the stock market. Time after time the retirees are seeing their Social Security payments reduced. And nobody gets excited. I know of retirees who are actually suffering because of this ... and nobody complains ... except to me and my wife. Why doesn't somebody, anybody, go after those clowns who are handling our retirement money? Oh well ... same old question, same silence. Can't figure it out ...
Posted in: Gov't pension fund reports Y5.23 tril loss in April-June
edojinAug. 25, 2016 - 04:54PM JST
I come from a family with a strong background in farming in the eastern United States. The children of these farming families -- my nieces, nephews and cousins --- one and all walked away from farming and took normal jobs in towns and cities, away from the farms. Their reasoning: It's easier to be a salaryman ... plus today you make more money as a salaryman. So, what Takeshi Minami said above makes sense.
Posted in: It’s easier to be a salaryman. You can’t be a farmer unless that’s your passion.
edojinAug. 25, 2016 - 04:47PM JST
Throw him in the slammer for 20 years ... but ... hey ... they can't do that. His mother is a famous movie star and he's also a movie star. Instead of imprisoning him, just give him a high-profile advertisement/TV commercial and a starring role in a movie ... preferably about rapes, where he would feel right at home ...
Posted in: Actor Yuta Takahata arrested on rape charge
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:27PM JST
I can think of all kinds of jobs I would not want to do ... and this is definitely one of them. Not hard to do ... but can you imagine lying there for a long time while people watch you "work" ...
Posted in: Resting easy
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:24PM JST
No problem. Come 2020 Japan ... and especially Tokyo ... will be ready for the Olympics. Japan has never failed to host major sports events ... and will again be successful in holding the Olympics in 2020.
Ready or not, here we go ... four years of hard work and all kinds of excitement ... and success ...
Posted in: Tokyo prepares for 2020 Olympics, facing rising costs and new sports
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:19PM JST
Okay everybody ... to see how Abenomics is working ... look in your bank book to see how much interest you have earned since last time. You will be surprised to see how much the interest payment has dipped. This is the result of the BOJ's adoption of negative interest rates this year. Couldn't believe how much my interest return dropped. Bet yours is lower too.
So ... is Abenomics helping you? Your call ...
Posted in: Japan Inc not enthusiastic over Abe's stimulus, BOJ easing
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:09PM JST
Good idea. Soon Japan's Coast Guard will be overwhelmed by Chinese vessels of all types. Gotta keep on protecting the Senkakus ...
edojinAug. 22, 2016 - 05:30PM JST
Near Shinjuku it seemed like just another rain storm. Not much rain and only a few gusts of not-so-strong wind. As "gokai" said above, sure didn't feel like a typhoon (and I've been in many).
Posted in: Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon makes landfall in Chiba
edojinAug. 22, 2016 - 04:20PM JST
Seems as if Abe-san were imitating Queen Elizabeth when she did the bit role in the James Bond episode during the opening of the London Olympics. Thing is, everybody knows Queen Elizabeth. Wonder how many actually know about Abe-san? Anyway, the whole filmed thing for the Rio closing ceremony was neatly done. A good idea. However, Abe-san shed his Mario uniform too quickly. It was hard to see Mario morphing into Abe-san atop the green opening connecting Tokyo and Rio via the center of the world.
Then when the musical finale to the closing ceremony started, NHK cut it off abruptly and went into other Olympic-related things.
Anyway ... four years from now all of this will be happening right here in Tokyo. Hang on ... these are going to be an exciting four years leading up to 2020.
Posted in: Rio throws final Olympic party; Tokyo governor accepts flag, Abe turns into Mario
edojinAug. 21, 2016 - 05:37PM JST
The high-level Japanese official should have replied: China will “cross a red line” if its Coast Guard vessels get to close to Japan's Senkaku Islands. China wants to all the pushing ... but its neighbors will have to start pushing back some day.
edojinAug. 18, 2016 - 04:38PM JST
Good grief! I surely wouldn't want to go to Brazil and get robbed, beaten or have anything violent happen to me while there. They tend to make the victims look like the bad guys.
Posted in: 2 Lochte teammates in robbery probe pulled off plane
edojinAug. 18, 2016 - 04:35PM JST
Like some comments given above, I, too, was mystified by her use of the word "stalled." Did Abenomics ever really get started? The only thing I have seen so far are the rising prices across the board. Abe-san and his economic cohorts keep saying 2% inflation is their target, yet prices have gone beyond the 2% mark. Instead of the word "stalled" she should have said "failed" ... as in "Abenomics is a failure so far."
Posted in: Renho says 'Abenomics' has stalled
edojinAug. 14, 2016 - 06:00PM JST
Say hey ... maybe Hull is the new Cinderella team in English football. But doubt it. All those big money teams are out to hammer down those little wanna-bes. Anybody betting on Leicester this season? Surely huge odds for another Leicester title.
Posted in: Upset for Leicester; Tottenham draws as English Premier League season starts
edojinAug. 12, 2016 - 05:50PM JST
A quick glance at the medals table tells the story of Japan's success so far: Great! Japan has seven golds, two silvers and 13 bronzes for a total of 22 medals overall. With a week's worth of events under its belt, nobody expected Japan to have so many medals at this point. More medals will undoubtedly come in wrestling ... and with unexpected wins in other sports ... the total should climb even higher.
Posted in: How would you rate Japan's performance at the Rio Olympics so far?
edojinAug. 11, 2016 - 05:37PM JST
You mean to say she traveled all the way to Rio to find out that she wishes to “carry out thorough discussions on the issues facing Tokyo and work out the details” on the 2020 games? She could have come to that conclusion by staying here in Tokyo and saving some of our tax money. And are her other comments based on what she "learned" while in Rio? Where oh where are all the good people Abe-san could have put in this post as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics? Oh well ... too late now ...
edojinAug. 11, 2016 - 05:26PM JST
The Senkakus belong to Japan. Period.
China should get its boats out of that area. They do not belong there. Period.
edojinAug. 10, 2016 - 06:00PM JST
Watched the game via TV. Couldn't believe what I was seeing. Japan beating New Zealand at, of all sports, rugby!! Probably a good thing the games are so short time-wise ... 'cause playing a full-length regular rugby game would have seen a different result, I'm sure. And, yes, Japan did have some foreign-born players on their side. Anyway ... what a game ...
Posted in: Japan upsets New Zealand in men's rugby sevens
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Sep. 01, 2016 - 10:51AM JST
Great idea, set up more embassies and consulates in dangerous countries, areas, then demand even more…
Posted in: Foreign Ministry requests more funds to protect citizens abroad
Sep. 01, 2016 - 10:49AM JST
When Japan will take such a bold step ?
Posted in: Thailand embarks on program to ensure citizens speak English
Sep. 01, 2016 - 10:47AM JST
There is a lot of money to be made out there.
Posted in: Japanese vocaloid Hatsune Miku takes reins from Scarlett Johansson in new shampoo commercial
Sep. 01, 2016 - 10:44AM JST
I remember my old workplace when they made all buildings smoke free in 1990!!
Posted in: Health ministry calls for ban on smoking in indoor public spaces
Sep. 01, 2016 - 10:42AM JST
Should've done it sooner.
Posted in: Wakayama standoff ends; suspect dies after shooting himself
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