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edojinMar. 30, 2015 - 05:03PM JST
Saw this car on TV today. Nice looking ... but doubt if my 6'1" frame would be comfortable inside it. Sure looked small ...
Furthermore, I'd hate to be hit by a much bigger vehicle while driving/riding in it ... crunchsville ...
Posted in: Mini Honda
edojinMar. 27, 2015 - 04:37PM JST
Visited Himeji castle several years ago, before the restoration work. Been to more than 20 castles around the country, and this is one of the best. I usually spend at least an hour on the top floor of any castle I visit just to say that I've been there. As for an estimated amount of time needed to see this castle, I'd say about one hour inside the structure itself. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the railroad station, then you have to cross the castle grounds before arriving at the main building. Be sure to see it ... it's worth the trip from wherever you are in Japan.
Posted in: Himeji Castle reopens after 5 1/2 years of repair work
edojinMar. 22, 2015 - 05:08PM JST
Again ... another report that is far from being encouraging ...
Stay tuned for yet another report tomorrow, the next day, the day after that ... and on and on and on ...
Posted in: Fukushima reactor test offers rare detailed look inside
edojinMar. 21, 2015 - 04:22PM JST
For two years now, since the present administration took charge, we have been hearing that everything concerning the economy is on track and that there is no problem. Now Kuroda says it's "very challenging." Wish they would quit screwing up the economy and really try to get things to work properly. I'm getting tired of all these price increases made for the sake of somebody's wishful thinking ... which seems to be quite astray.
Posted in: Two years on, BOJ chief says war on deflation 'very challenging'
edojinMar. 20, 2015 - 05:40PM JST
As the first paragraph says ... questions still remain ...
Okay ... I have some questions. Why did everyone wait 20 years before releasing the photos of Asahara being found in that little hideaway he was hiding in? The three photos released this week show him inside the tiny compartment, then being removed. Also why did some of the relatives wait 20 years before talking about how their kin went bad with Aum Shinrikyo? Couldn't they have said something way back when the disasters happened?
And this sect still exists today ... and is growing in numbers. Why is this being allowed to happen?
When Asahara and his gang were first taken into custody 20 years ago, it was written that it would take at least 20 years to settle everything before the executions would begin. It was also written that Asahara and his gang would probably die of old age before being shown the rope. These predictions seem to be holding true ... so far ...
Posted in: Japan marks 20th anniversary of Tokyo subway sarin attacks
edojinMar. 20, 2015 - 04:27PM JST
The headline is scary, the story seems to indicate that a degree of calm is present ... but overall ... what the heck does all of this mean? We have a complete meltdown in reactor No. 1 and meltdowns in two other reactors. What does TEPCO expect will happen in such a messy situation? There are question marks all over the place.
Will there be another big boom somewhere down the road? Will we be experiencing more radiation along the way? And three to four decades before something positive is supposed to happen (according to TEPCO) is a long way off.
So we have question mark after question mark ... ?????
Posted in: Nearly all fuel in Fukushima No. 1 reactor has melted, says TEPCO
edojinMar. 19, 2015 - 04:10PM JST
It was reported that the proposed site might be in an existing park the Nago area of Motobu. If this should happen, then it would join the '75 Expo site as a tourist attraction in northern Okinawa. A positive idea for Okinawa ...
Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa
edojinMar. 19, 2015 - 03:55PM JST
Just saw this espisode on TV. From what I gather, both of them are to blame for the split-up. Without going into long drawn out details, they led a very unsettled married life.
Posted in: 'Talent' Suzanne announces divorce
edojinMar. 14, 2015 - 05:48PM JST
Wonder what the full story behind this is ...In 2006, a Chinese man had a penis transplant but his doctors removed the organ after two weeks due to “a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife”. Did his wife reject the transplant or what? Did it function normally? Too small, too big ... ??
As for circumcisions, glad I wasn't born in South Africa ...
Posted in: World's first successful penis transplant performed in South Africa
edojinMar. 13, 2015 - 04:57PM JST
All of them are from the same party. Why did they omit former prime ministers from other parties? Not enough chairs at the table?
Posted in: Abe dines with 6 former prime ministers
edojinMar. 11, 2015 - 05:38PM JST
This way, the Yankees will have a better chance of getting the best players in Japanese baseball ...
Please, please ... go elsewhere guys ...
Posted in: Matsui named special adviser to Yankees GM
edojinMar. 11, 2015 - 11:01AM JST
As he has proven in the past, Hatoyama is a nut case ...
What more can be said ... ??
Posted in: Ex-PM Hatoyama defies Tokyo and visits Crimea
edojinMar. 11, 2015 - 10:58AM JST
The more we see, the more we hear ... the scarier it gets up there around the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors. And that is one scary picture ...
Radiation everywhere ...
Posted in: Nowhere to put nuclear waste
edojinMar. 10, 2015 - 10:40AM JST
As I have said before, figure a way to cut this piece of land off from the mainland, tug it out to sea and dump it at some deep point. The contanimated area just grows and grows ... and soon it will occupy way too much space. If it keeps going as it is, government officials will have to keep looking for new places to dump it. Just so they don't bring it into the heavily populated Kanto area.
Posted in: Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste storage plan
edojinMar. 10, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
Experiencing a wild ride in Tokyo's Ginza subway line. While approaching Nihonbashi station the subway car started rocking violently. I was sitting, but my knees seemed to rise toward my chin as the train rocked away. The driver said we were in an earthquake, but to remain calm as the subway line was safe. I remember a family from Hong Kong seated next to me ... and I translated the message for them. But the earthquake kept going on and on ...
We all got off at Nihonbashi as the subway line shut down. Upon leaving the station there was a throng of people outside ... and they were all looking up. I looked up, too, and saw buildings swaying in front of me. Then I had to walk back home ... along with thousands of other people. The sidewalks were packed with people trying to get elsewhere ... and the only sound was footsteps as we shuffled along.
And Tokyo continued to rock the rest of the day and most of the night.
Memories I will never forget ...
One survival thing sticks in my mind ... if this were to happen again ... the first thing I would do would be to go to empty my bladder at the nearest toilet ... because in that long walk home all the toilets seemed to be closed. I was very happy to see Yotsuya station ... and its open public toilet ...
Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day?
edojinMar. 09, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
From what I have seen and heard, the above statement is completely false. So, therefore, it's just more propaganda to make issues sound much rosier than what they are.
Posted in: Since the LDP won back power some two years ago, we have turned around the economy and changed the mindset of Japanese from despair to hope.
edojinMar. 09, 2015 - 10:29AM JST
Abe's LDP party led Japan into this “period of darkness” a number of years ago ... and what he is now doing seems to be yet another extension of this “period of darkness.” With all the excellent economists Japan has lingering about, why can't Abe find at least one who can lead the way into a "period of lightness."
From what I have read, the LDP will once again win the forthcoming local elections in a big way because the opposition is not mounting a serious run for the wins. So another big victory here will give Abe yet more fire for his three-arrow program ... a program in which arrows are flying in all directions but so far not in the right directions.
And the prices at our local supermarkets ... up, up, up ...
edojinMar. 08, 2015 - 05:05PM JST
Sometimes after Tommy John surgery the pitcher comes back stronger and with a faster fastball. Hopefully this is what will happen with Darvish ...
Posted in: Rangers ace Yu Darvish might need Tommy John surgery
edojinMar. 07, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
Yuji Serigano assaulted his only employee. Perhaps that's the only person who would work for Serigano. Why did he have only one employee? Did other people once work for him, and then flee in the face of his violence? How many more people did he assault? Surely any smart person wouldn't want to work for such a boss ...
Posted in: Boss arrested for assaulting employee with a stun gun for being late
edojinMar. 06, 2015 - 10:50AM JST
Years ago, a very dear friend of mine was in charge of the public relations center covering the USS Arizona memorial for 2 1/2 years. We still talk about his time there.
The memorial is an interesting place to visit. If you are in Hawaii and get the chance, be sure to see it ...
Posted in: 10 things you probably didn’t know about Pearl Harbor
Mar. 30, 2015 - 09:53PM JST
Remember Japan's invasion of China and the onerous was compensation imposed through the Shimonoseki treaty? It…
Posted in: Asia News Weekly Network - Update on all the news from the region
How ignorant can you get. It's the other way around.
Japan has been gaining work…
Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners
Mar. 30, 2015 - 09:50PM JST
The right don't like to talk about the rich paying historically low rates.
That's not it…
Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin
Mar. 30, 2015 - 09:49PM JST
Before people go defending the Okinawans and dissing on the U.S. they should think about the…
Posted in: In view of the Okinawan government’s opposition to the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma to Henoko, should the Japanese government stick to the 2006 agreement over the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan?
Mar. 30, 2015 - 09:47PM JST
It is not only Obama, it is any future US presidents who are just puppets to…