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edojinMar. 08, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
Gotta walk through it during my next visit to Osaka. Looks interesting ...
Doesn't the Landmark Tower in Yokohama have more floors? Offhand, I forget ... I thought the Landmark Tower has about 70 floors.
Posted in: Japan's tallest building opens in Osaka
edojinFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:36PM JST
I agree with Zaccheroni. Columbia will be the toughest of the three. If Japan can get past Greece and Ivory Coast with wins or draws, then the guys will be inspired to give Columbia a run for advancement. But how much farther they could go is the question. A major power in the knockout rounds will send them packing.
Guess they'll have to change their name to the Samurai Green ... 'cause they'll be wearing green uniforms ...
Posted in: Japan not World Cup underdog, says coach
edojinFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:27PM JST
Offhand, here in Japan I've always liked "The Drifters" (Japan's all-time No. 1 comedy shows) and "Konto 55" (Jiro & Kin-chan's show in which they did a strip-tease with shapely girls to the jun-ken-pon routine). Both were funny, funny, funny ... and I never missed them.
In the U.S., my all-time favorites are "I Love Lucy," "All in the Family," "Mission Impossible," "Star Trek," "Milton Berle," "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx, all the Walt Disney cartoons, "American Bandstand" (where I learned the latest dance moves/steps) and "The Milt Grant Show" (which was a Washington, D.C., copy of American Bandstand).
Posted in: Name your 10 favorite TV shows of all time.
edojinFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:13PM JST
At a press conference in Tokyo today, CEO Mark Karpeles said his company is bankrupt. He apologized for the problems ...
As he went through all of this apologizing with a smirk on his face, I wonder how he will explain this to possible "victims" in drug cartels and organized crime ... alleged bitcom players who supposedly had all kinds of money flowing through this financial scheme ...
Posted in: Aso says he always thought Bitcoin was suspect
edojinFeb. 24, 2014 - 04:00PM JST
Russia didn't disappoint. They romped at home ...
Posted in: Final Winter Olympics medals table
edojinFeb. 24, 2014 - 11:58AM JST
Yes ... break not only the back of Abenomics ... but also the backs of the ordinary working man and woman.
When the hike in the sales tax was first considered, everything made sense in this major step. Help an aging society in various ways.
Enter the administration of Prime Minister Abe and his Abenomics, and we see prices rise across the board ... and Abe is calling for even higher price increases. Now pile on the 3% sales tax increase, which has changed in purpose under Abe's direction, and we are going to see prices go even higher.
Abenomics ... this has become a nasty word. Scary in the world of economics.
As he has no opposition whatsoever and will be around for another year or two, we can only hang in their the best we can ... and play the game of survival ...
Thank you Mr. Abe. Thank you Abenomics ...
Posted in: The sales-tax hike could be the straw that breaks the back of Abenomics.
edojinFeb. 24, 2014 - 11:47AM JST
If the U.S. military pulled out, Okinawa would not die. When I was there in the 1960s-1970s, living on Okinawa was like living in southern California. It was very American-like. When I returned there a decade ago it was not the same. Okinawa had become very Japanese. It was very Japanese-like. If the U.S. military were to go, Okinawa would, in time, return to being Okinawa. It would be very Okinawa-like.
Okinawans are a strong people, a smart people. They would survive ... in their own way.
Posted in: What do you think would happen to the Okinawan economy if all U.S. military personnel left?
edojinFeb. 24, 2014 - 11:39AM JST
Good show! Enjoyed every bit of it ...
Posted in: Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end
edojinFeb. 22, 2014 - 03:26PM JST
From what I saw on TV, some of those libraries had monitoring TV cameras posted at various places. Hopefully they picked up the guy(s) who did this sinister thing.
Hopefully they'll find a very sick person who has been mutilating the books. If it is a group of people, the problem is more serious than having a sicko doing it.
Hope someone is found ...
Posted in: 265 copies of Anne Frank's diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries
edojinFeb. 22, 2014 - 03:22PM JST
They must be talking about Abenomics.
Posted in: Laugh-in
edojinFeb. 22, 2014 - 03:20PM JST
There has been a lot of controversy in figure skating judging in recent times. In particular, the judging has always been sporadic.
Following Adelina Sotnikova's win in Sochi an online petition site was set up in which people unhappy with the judging can show their displeasure. As of this afternoon, more than 1.5 million people had signed the petition, with the majority of them being from South Korea, home of silver medalist Yuna Kim. The petition was filed on Change.org, and was drawing about 15,000 signatures every 15 minutes, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
I have been questioning the quality of judging since last autumn when the World Cup figure skating competition began. Top-name skaters turning in poor quality performances kept getting high scores ... so something was wrong with the judging.
Way back when, in Sapporo in 1972, I can still see a lovely Janet Lynn of the U.S. flash that cute smile of hers even though she fell down three times. She won the hearts of the spectactors and, apparently, the judges as she returned home with the bronze medal.
How can we overcome poor quality judging? Why not let former ice skaters themselves be the judges? Especially those who have been through the rigors of competition and know quality performances when they see them. Those, I believe, I could trust.
Posted in: When did figure skating stop being a sport and become a focus for rabid fans, idiotic remarks, bad sportsmanship, complaints about scoring and political posturing?
edojinFeb. 21, 2014 - 05:01PM JST
I have often been critical of the judges in my JT comments ... and rapped for my thoughts ... but again I feel they leaned too much the wrong way.
I had been telling friends since late last year that a Russian would probably win a gold in figure skating ... mainly because the contest is being held in Sochi, on home ice. Advantage to the home town skater. The same would probably be true if the Olympics were held in South Korea and, for a Japanese winner despite their messy skating, here in Japan.
I still question all those extremely high scores in the men's figure skating section. Something just didn't add up properly ...
Posted in: Angry Koreans demand review of judges' scores in figure skating after Kim's silver finish
edojinFeb. 16, 2014 - 04:34PM JST
For those wishing an easier way to get up to Hie Shrine, go to the main entrance at Akasaka Mitsuke and veer to the right as your going up the hill. It's a climb either way, but this way is easier. Then when you leave, walk around the side of the shrine (to your right), past some smaller shrines and the storage places for the omikoshi (portable shrine), then down this long flight of steps with the torii gates.
It's a beautiful and interesting shrine to see ...
Posted in: Long climb
edojinFeb. 15, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
Was disappointed in the sloppy performances by the two top medal winners. They got extremely high points for putting on a bad show. I felt that some others did just as well or better (especially the Spanish guy, Fernandez), yet they got poor scores.
Again ... I wonder about the quality of the judges. They gave some really high scores in the short program ... scores that were difficult to overcome in the free-skating final. Never seen scores this high before in the opening round.
On a bright note, the guy from the Philippines put on a good show, although he was way off in the standings. I'm never surprised at what the Filipinos can do ... but this warm-weather guy did it on the ice ... a good skating performance by a farmer's son from the Philippines.
Posted in: Hanyu gives Japan first men's figure skating gold
edojinFeb. 09, 2014 - 11:10AM JST
Older voters having a difficult time getting to the polls in some areas in downtown Tokyo today due to the heavy snowfall yesterday. Slushy snow about a foot thick on side roads & alleys is causing walking difficulties for elderly voters. But perhaps conditions will be better by this afternoon as the sun is out and the temperature seems to be rising.
Posted in: Voter turnout low in Tokyo governor election
edojinFeb. 05, 2014 - 04:25PM JST
Every time I check the change in my coin purse, I seem to have more one yen coins than any other denomination. So if we are to face a heavier flow of these coins after the tax increase, I reckon I'll be dealing with yet more one yeners. At least they'll be new ...
Posted in: Production of 1-yen coins begins again after four years to meet expected demand
edojinFeb. 02, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
He is tossing his fate into the hands of the Osaka voters. And being that they seem to like the guy, guess he will once again prevail at the polls. It doesn't matter if they understand the real issues or not, he is their man ...
When I visit Osaka I find it to be quite different from Tokyo. Guess that's one of the many reasons I like it ...
Posted in: Hashimoto seeks fresh mandate to create Osaka metropolitan gov't
edojinJan. 31, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
Seeing the word "boost" in the headline, I thought this would be a positive story. However, it appears to be just the opposite. Prices are rising across the board ... and surely Abe's 2% inflation increase must have been met by now despite the figures cited in the above story.
Sitting around thinking about all of this, perhaps we should scrap the words "inflation" and "deflation" and coin a new one: "Abeflation."
"Abeflation" and "Abenomics" would surely go hand in hand ...
You know the song, "Where have all the flowers gone ..." Well, I know a lot of people who are now singing, "Where have all my coins gone ..."
Posted in: Consumer price hike data boosts Japan's deflation battle
edojinJan. 27, 2014 - 05:31PM JST
I agree with "Daijoboots" above. Hakuho seemingly ran away from the younger guys in the early and middle stages of the tournament. He's supposed to be a yokozuna, not an ozeki-level sumoist. It was frustrating watching him avoid the lower-ranked wrestlers by side-stepping them and pushing on the back of the head to send them down to the dirt. These are legitimate maneuvers ... but to see a yokozuna do them over and over ...
Would like to see him fight on the belt more and let the little guys challenge the yokozuna stuff that he's supposedly made of ...
As for Kisenosato, the injury didn't do him in ... he fought poorly the entire tournament. The dislocated big toe came toward the end of the tourney while he was struggling to get his eight wins ... which he never did.
Endo put on an excellent display of sumo and had some exciting bouts. He has to be careful not to get injured ... like all the recent up-and-comers seem to be doing. Right now he is the only hope to become a Japanese yokozuna.
Posted in: Hakuho wins 28th championship
edojinJan. 26, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
My feelings are similar to those expressed by Eiji Takano above ...
The election campaigning is okay ... but the way the voters vote often leaves me asking such questions as Why, What, Huh ...
We keep seeing many idiotic politicians returned time after time ... and these characters are just wasting the voters' time ... and their tax money.
Anyway ... that's the way the system works ...
Posted in: What do you think about the way election campaigns are done in Japan?
Mar. 09, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
I agree with the sentiment on history, absolutely.
But as far as I am aware Japan…
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
Mar. 09, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
“Only by making a clean break with the past and stop going back on one’s own…
Mar. 09, 2014 - 09:23AM JST
How about a coffee shop serving lattes and cappucinos instead?
Posted in: JR East to offer bullet train with footbath
a lot of this increased rhetoric is due to the USA's loss of face dealing with…
Eeuuuwww, what's with these minds? Isn't there anything better to do anymore?
Posted in: Cola-flavored soy milk