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edojinJan. 25, 2015 - 03:15PM JST
My mouth was watering until I hit the 1,500 yen price tag. Seems to be a bit over my budget. Let's see, how many of Lotteria's opponents' burgers can I get for that price ... ???
Posted in: Kobe beef burgers coming to Japanese fast food chain Lotteria
edojinJan. 25, 2015 - 02:18PM JST
It seems that Suga-san is working around the clock on this issue. He made the initial announcement on Yukawa's probable death shortly after midnight this morning and seems to be putting in a full day today (Sunday) on this story. Showing that he's an energetic guy ...
Posted in: Sad Sunday
edojinJan. 25, 2015 - 01:42PM JST
If Yukawa is indeed dead, which seems most likely, he was done in by the terrorists ... but it was Abe's high-profile money-throwing trip through the volitile Middle East that created this immediate problem. As we saw on TV and in photos in newspapers, Abe was busy giving away money here, there and everywhere at each stop he made. As that was most probably our hard-earned tax money he was tossing about, that money also comes away rather bloody. ISIS saw his doings and wanted some of Japan's money for their own purposes. So as they conveniently had two Japanese hostages, they tried to sell them for $200 million. And zap ... a major problem for Japan. Overall, what a total screwup.
Abe loves getting favorable press coverage ... wonder how the press will cover up for him in this misguided mess?
Posted in: Abe says video claiming one hostage killed likely authentic
edojinJan. 18, 2015 - 05:05PM JST
He made himself an instant Net star. And, as far as I know, he is the first to do what he did. Wonder how long it will be able to continue to shine ...
Posted in: Shiga police arrest youth who posted prank YouTube videos
edojinJan. 14, 2015 - 09:06PM JST
In the past, these Jiminto politicians have been noted as being corrupt. Let's just hope they keep their greedy fingers out of the tax pot. Hate to see them blow our hard-earned money on their pet projects ... as they did before ... many, many times over ...
Posted in: Cabinet OKs record Y96.34 tril budget heavy on defense, welfare
edojinJan. 10, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
I would rather have a former bar worker read me the news than some of these freaks we now see daily on our TV screens here in Japan.
Posted in: NTV settles with college girl; offers her announcer position
edojinJan. 10, 2015 - 03:43PM JST
My Japanese friend here in Tokyo is currently undergoing such treatment: daily radiation plus hormone medication. He has no choice ... he must undergo surgery someday, but this treatment is being carried out in an effort to reduce the size of the cancerous tissue prior to surgery. The cancer has spread into a testicle, so his situation is really complicated.
So far the radiation/hormone treatment seems to be going okay ... and he is in high spirits. He jokes that the hormones, which he says are "female" hormones, are turning his body into that of a woman's. He is in his early 60s.
So hopefully this course of treatment does work ...
Posted in: Radiation plus hormone therapy saves lives in prostate cancer
edojinJan. 04, 2015 - 04:00PM JST
When government parties say they are setting up a "panel" to discuss something, they always seem to pick people who tend to agree on what the party in question suggests. Why don't they select some real working people with families. People who will experience consumption tax hike effects first-hand. Listen to what they have to say, then try to work out solutions to keeping prices in check for the ordinary citizen.
Posted in: Komeito leader says panel to discuss lower sales tax on essential items
edojinJan. 04, 2015 - 03:52PM JST
"GW" above offers a good list for 2015. I would like to add the weather. The weather always makes headlines ... and recently some of those really big storms have done a lot of damage. Typhoons, storms and rough weather in general will be the center of attention throughout the year.
I would like to add the phrase "peace is achieved everywhere" ... but we all know this is impossible for 2015. Fanatic nuts will continue to do their thing to make this a complicated world.
Posted in: What issues do you think will dominate the news in Japan and abroad this year?
edojinJan. 04, 2015 - 03:44PM JST
I don't go along with that "bad luck" bit. I still blame all those cancers on the environment. I've got relatives living near Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania ... and way too many of them have come down with cancer ... and some have died of the disease. And the government says it's not the plant that is causing it. Probably "bad luck" ... ??
Over here (in Japan), I've been in touch with the cancer routine (won't explain here) recently ... and am seeing way too many cancer patients ... especially young people (in their 20s and up ... ). Surely all of this isn't merely "bad luck." I keep looking up north for a reason ... but everyone (including the government) says no way is cancer coming from up there.
Bad luck? Yeah .... sure ...
Posted in: Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes or environment
edojinJan. 04, 2015 - 03:36PM JST
Interesting article. Hope we can hear the full ... true ... story ... whatever it is.
Posted in: Woman making Prince Andrew sex claims stands by story
edojinJan. 04, 2015 - 03:33PM JST
I pass through this area regularly. Let's see if I screw up the system ... and get blasted away ...
If I fail to return to your screen herewith, look for me on the funny farm ...
Posted in: Check your Psycho-Pass levels at Shinjuku Station
edojinDec. 27, 2014 - 04:26PM JST
It'll be interesting to see how far this cyberwar stuff goes. Can North Korea take on the giant U.S. cyber setup? If reports are correct, North Korea did dig in deep into Sony's cyber cells. What's next ... ??
Posted in: N Korea blasts Obama as 'monkey' in threat over movie
edojinDec. 27, 2014 - 04:23PM JST
I sort of thought Kuroda would remain in Major League Baseball for at least two more years to take advantage of MLB's good pension fund. A player needs 10 years for this pension, and Kuroda needed only two more. Surely he could have latched on with a major league team ... but guess his loyalty lies with the Carp, where he will probably finish out his career. Would like to see the Carp win it all next season ... with Kuroda being one of the key factors in the drive.
Posted in: Kuroda to rejoin Hiroshima Carp
edojinDec. 27, 2014 - 04:17PM JST
Took subways into Ameoko today ... and there were quite a few people (including some families) with suitcases apparently headed toward Tokyo and Ueno stations for the trip to Haneda & Narita airports. And the Ameoko shopping area was crowded with holiday shoppers, which is normal for this time of year.
Nice thing is ... everybody seems to be in the holiday spirit ...
Posted in: New Year holiday exodus begins across Japan
edojinDec. 23, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
A Japanese co-worker often points out, "This is a black company, that is a black company." And it isn't always a restaurant. It could be a major electrical sales company, a big trading company, a school, an English language school, and on and on. So the color black is spread quite thick over a wide-ranging realm of companies.
And does Abe-san care? Heck no. The election is over and he has other fish to fry ... or something like that ...
Posted in: 'Black companies' getting worse
edojinDec. 16, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
Kaieda was beaten by what I call an unknown (at least I and Japanese friends around me had never heard of her ... the winner). From what I gather, Kaieda was targeted by Jiminto and done in by a flood of Soka Gakkai votes against him. This will never be proven, however, as the press is now looking at post-election successes elsewhere, which of course covers mostly Jiminto winners.
Posted in: Opposition DPJ leader Banri Kaieda steps down
edojinDec. 15, 2014 - 07:09PM JST
From what reports I've read or heard, Abe-san will probably be with us until at least the Olympics in 2020. So, like it or not, guess we've gotta get used to him.
Too bad the two lady cheats, Obuchi & Matsushima won ... and big, too. All day TV programs highlighted their victories ... making them look like charming politiians. And too bad so many other LDP dingbats won ... but that's the way it is ... and will be until the next election, whenever that will be.
There were some good things that did happen, however. For example, quite a few of the old, noisy men in the Party for Future Generations lost. Now that Kaieda appears to be on his way out as head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, hopefully one of the party's bright young members will take over and give the party a fresh image. An interesting factor will be whether the successful Japan Communist Party can make enough noise to push across some of its anti-Abe ideas.
And another good thing is ... Abe won BIG. Really BIG. If anything screws up in this country, he will be at the helm. And being at the helm, he is in charge. Therefore, if there are horrid things that happen, those three arrows Abe is always promoting should be pointed directly at him. After all ... he is really in charge now ...
Posted in: Abe faces battle on reforms despite big election win
edojinDec. 14, 2014 - 10:54PM JST
I doubt if the exit pollers asked one big question ... and that is: are you a member of the Soka Gakkai sect, and if so, who did you vote for? If we can find out the answer to this question, we would probably find that it was Soka Gakkai members who helped the Liberal Democrats roll to such an easy victory. And if so, they didn't vote in favor of Abenomics, they voted as instructed by Komeito, which wants to help run the government along with the LDP.
Posted in: Exit polls project big win for LDP
edojinDec. 14, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
Four more years of Abenomics ...
Better take what's left of my money and hide it under the mattress. But with Abe in full control, he'll find a way to get under the mattress too ...
Posted in: What to watch for in lower house elections
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:13AM JST
I am not even sure what that is supposed to mean. Abe did not create ISIS,…
Posted in: Rally for hostage
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:10AM JST
From Japan spread and link "I AM KENJI" all over the world.
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:04AM JST
in this particular case we are talking about a racist bigot with blind hatred of all…
Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:03AM JST
And we tough Iraq was bad with Saddam. We just bought defective news.
Posted in: Bombings kill 13 in Iraq's capital
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:02AM JST
Surprise, surprise, looks like the U.S. mercs are on the scene:
Posted in: Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch offensive