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edojinMay. 22, 2013 - 05:20PM JST
I think I'll stick to my present routine ... and if I happen to get some hard-rock ice cream, I'll just let it thaw out a little before eating it as it should be eaten: ice cream.
Posted in: A must-have item for any ice cream lover
edojinMay. 22, 2013 - 04:00PM JST
As has happened in the past, the name of the party might be changed ... with Hashimoto continuing in his "new role" as leader of the "new" party. Even if his party vanishes, he will still be in the spotlight somewhere ...
Posted in: Hashimoto's party 'faces extinction,' some media say
edojinMay. 21, 2013 - 05:41PM JST
Didn't a Japanese scandal magazine once say that Hashimoto had a mistress on the side? If so, he should pry himself away from his insane remarks and do what he seems to be saying: use his own extra woman for sex to keep his own frustrations in check.
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
edojinMay. 20, 2013 - 06:14PM JST
There's a big election coming up here in Japan ... and Abe is flexing his "political muscles." He is promising a little of everything to everybody, covering all angles. Probably this talk at trying to free the Japanese abductees is just him blowing off some more hot air. Remember when a visiting Prime Minister Koizumi was told officially that North Korea was holding kidnapped Japanese ... he paled in color after that and quickly left North Korea. Japan did manage to get back a handful of kidnapped Japanese, including American Charles Jenkins ... but it has been stonewalled by the North Koreans ever since.
I would like to see Abe free even a few more kidnapped Japanese ... but if he will get all of them back, that is beyond belief.
Posted in: Abe vows to seek talks with N Korea over abduction issue
edojinMay. 20, 2013 - 04:38PM JST
Hashimoto spent the weekend making TV appearances in which he defended himself over his comfort women comments. The more he talked, the deeper he dug the hole that he's going down in. At the rate he is going, pretty soon he is going to end up blaming the U.S. for all Japan's troubles, especially for its history with comfort women. Trouble is ... there are people in Japan who believe him. As he is a "lawyer" by trade, he is a smooth talker ... and, thus, they believe his propaganda.
It will be interesting to hear what he has to say at the FCCJ. Just hope there are some foreign journalists there who can ask him some stinging questions.
Posted in: Your Party to end alliance with Japan Restoration Party over Hashimoto's comments
edojinMay. 18, 2013 - 10:17PM JST
There have been so many super players throughout the years that it is hard to narrow it down to a single team. However, off the top of my head ... let's see ...
I'm not sure of all the spellings, but I'd go with Pele, Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Linekar, a young George Best, Ronaldo, Messi, Maradona, Platini, Christiano Ronaldo, Ronaldjino, Zico and Baggio ... but, hey, wait a minute ... I'd have a team of strikers and gunning mid-fielders. Anyway, I'd also put Beckham in there somewhere as he performs at a high level when surrounded by good players. In goal, guess I'd go with Germany's Oliver Kahn.
Posted in: Name your best soccer team of all time. Would David Beckham be in it?
edojinMay. 18, 2013 - 09:55PM JST
The Taiwanese "Weather Girls" better not study how to predict the weather here in the Tokyo area. Our local weather forecasters just can't seem to make accurate weather predictions for several days down the road ... and they are often lucky to get today's weather forecast right. And the local weather forecasters here in Tokyo never apologize for flubbing a prediction. When they do make a big miss, they should be bowing and apologizing for their errors instead of trying to explain away their mistakes.
When traveling around Japan, I find that local weather forecasters in regions outside Tokyo tend to get their forecasts rather right.
Posted in: Taiwanese weather girl idol group to take Japan’s national weather forecasting license exam
edojinMay. 13, 2013 - 05:37PM JST
Tokyo has been a 24-hour city since I first got here. In my younger days I'd party round the clock in such places as Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Ueno and the Ginza. Never worried about missing the last train 'cause only several hours later and the first trains would start to roll.
Having a 24-hour public transport system would only give Tokyo an even more 24-hour look.
Posted in: Can Tokyo be transformed into a 24-hour city?
edojinMay. 06, 2013 - 05:29PM JST
As I am a people lover & a people watcher, I enjoyed strolling about the Ginza, Ameoko at Ueno, Akihabara and Shinjuku during the holidays. Had lots of laughs watching the going ons ...
Now ... it's back to work ... along with those who were enjoying their holidays ... which, I guess, means most of you readers herewith ...
Posted in: Golden Week return rush peaks
edojinMay. 06, 2013 - 05:25PM JST
Years ago Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward tried posting signs instructing dog owners to clean up messes made by their mutts, including carrying a bottle of water to wash the urine away. Within a couple of days all the signs had been removed ... undoubtedly by dog owners who refused to go along with the advice.
As expected, the Ward's advice was ignored by way too many dog owners.
If I am out and about around my home when a dog walker passes by, I just stare at them until they have passed by. I guess my evil eye forces them to clean up a mess if the dog deficates around my place.
Posted in: City's poop patrol making slow progress against negligent dog owners
edojinMay. 06, 2013 - 05:16PM JST
Saxon Salute: go into your address file and type it in. It worked for me ...
If you have problems with this, send a message to the address you want to type in, then transfer (I guess this is the correct term...) the address into the proper alphabetical spot in your address file. Be sure to press the "save" button when the address has been set up in your address file.
Posted in: Hotmail is dead as Outlook.com takes over
edojinMay. 06, 2013 - 05:08PM JST
It is said that Japan's literacy rate is 100%. But when people ignore what is written in front of them, I think Japan's "understanding" of its literacy stuff is closer to 40%-50%. Cyclists park their bikes wherever they want to, smokers stand on top of "no smoking" signs in downtown Tokyo ignoring what is written beneath them, and so on ...
So it goes ...
Posted in: Rules are made to be broken
edojinMay. 05, 2013 - 03:39PM JST
After thinking about the message I wrote here yesterday, I went back into my new Outlook e-mail setup and figured out my final barrier: how to enlarge the type. Well, I did it. Now I have full command over my new Outlook/Hotmail setup. Actually ... it is really easy to use ...
edojinMay. 04, 2013 - 06:34PM JST
I had to use my beanie in trying to figure out how to use the new Outlook format, but overcame most of my problems ... and thus am still using Hotmail. However, I still can't figure out how to enlarge the type, like from 8 points to 12 points. Otherwise everything seems to be okay ... knock on wood ...
edojinApr. 30, 2013 - 06:00PM JST
Lucky Pierrot in Hokkaido. This hamburger chain uses Hokkaido potatoes ... and do they ever taste good. Here in the Tokyo area I prefer MosBurger fries 'cause they bring them to the table piping hot. It depends on the McDonald's outlets for good fries ... and when the fries in the good places are hot they tend to be tasty.
T.G.I. Friday's also has good fries. Tony Roma's are good, too.
By the way ... I don't like salt on my fries. I prefer the natural taste of the potatoes fried in hot oil. Too much salt and all fries are the same ... too salty ...
Posted in: Who serves the best-tasting French fries in Japan?
edojinApr. 20, 2013 - 06:05PM JST
Great ... now I can blame all my computer work for my "aging" looks ... especially the "frown" burrow ...
Posted in: The worrying aging effects of too much computer work
edojinApr. 20, 2013 - 05:57PM JST
Part two of the trilogy was great reading. So the movie should result in a likewise exciting show ...
Posted in: Studio, fans in overdrive for 'Hunger Games'
edojinApr. 19, 2013 - 04:28PM JST
Jurors often have to view such photos when hearing a case. Therefore being a juror is not an easy job. And ... it is part of their job to have to do such things.
As for this woman sueing for having a nervous problem resulting from doing such things ... I do not think it is proper to do so.
Posted in: Female lay judge to sue over stress caused by crime scene photos
edojinApr. 09, 2013 - 06:15PM JST
Another free thing in Seattle is its downtown bus service. Check your downtown bus routes ... and you can go anywhere free if you remain within the lines indicated on the bus maps. Saves a lot of walking ... especially on those steep hills in the downtown area.
Posted in: 5 free things in Seattle, from salmon to library
edojinApr. 06, 2013 - 04:15PM JST
Fidel Castro is right on this one: "If war broke out on the Korean peninsula 'there would be a terrible slaughter of people." And many of those slaughtered would be North Korean military personnel. For this reason, I believe Kim Jong-Un would refrain from ordering a suicidal cross-border invasion on his own. First, the North Korean military would have to wade through a border heavily lined with mines. Although Seoul might be obliterated, the tough part would then be trying to keep what little the invaders might gain.
So we get a war of words from the angry North Korean propaganda machine. And possibly a lot of sabre-waving antics that include threats of the use of long-range nuclear-tipped missiles.
The real threat comes from the powerful generals who are undoubtedly spurring Kim Jong-Un to look like the strong leader they are painting him to be. If missiles are launched, it should be the generals who should be held responsible.
But if worse comes to worse ... just hope the North Koreans know where they are sending their usually wayward missiles. Having a front-row seat here in Japan, hate to have one land mistakenly on my front doorstep.
Posted in: Evacuation warnings, missile fears stoke N Korea crisis
May. 24, 2013 - 12:20AM JST
People make mistakes, even public prosecutors, but robbing a man of 15 years of his life…
Posted in: Wrongfully convicted Nepali man asks for apology from the Japanese government
May. 24, 2013 - 12:17AM JST
and the rules underlying these applications are the most simple and clear-cut
I typo-ed this: It…
Posted in: U.S. Congress grills former IRS boss over tax scandal
May. 24, 2013 - 12:16AM JST
So here's an Asian country (Nepal) that was never invaded or occupied by Japan in the…
May. 24, 2013 - 12:12AM JST
the prosecutors and jurors, and probably even his defense lawyer are racist
May. 24, 2013 - 12:10AM JST
She's a whore and the husband should have given the other guy a serious arse whopping!…
Posted in: Yaguchi apologizes for illicit affair