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forzaducatiDec. 04, 2013 - 06:26PM JST
This morning they had a funny interview on tv with Arnie. He talked about Stallone, their ages and Expendables. Arnie is 66 and Stallone is 67, so some people say they should be doing something else. Anyway, while doing a take for Expendables, Stallone jumps down from something and then jumps onto a ladder, pulling a muscle in his leg in the process. Stallone warned Arnie to do a stretch-up before his take in order to prevent the same mishap. However, Arnie didn't make it for his take, he pulled a muscle in his leg while stretching.
Posted in: He's back
forzaducatiDec. 02, 2013 - 12:05PM JST
I think the high number refers to the estimated total catch of all tuna species, including the catch through over fishing and the lower figure for bluefin tuna only.
So Japan wants to adapt conservation measures for one species of tuna, but opposes a reduction in quotas for bluefin tuna. It's all in the 'bluefin tuna= sushi lovers' of course.
Posted in: Showdown looms for lucrative tuna industry
forzaducatiNov. 27, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
Cutting blades? What is a person of Mr. Inose's stature going to do with cutting blades? That was really a mean thing to do and it seems that Mr. Inose was very disappointed. Not finding cash in an envelope I mean.
Posted in: Inose receives envelope with box cutter blades enclosed
forzaducatiNov. 12, 2013 - 01:32PM JST
Next up, sake rice wine. Guess what, all doesn't seem to be kosher with the labeling.
Posted in: 6 Hokkaido hotels admit mislabeling steak
forzaducatiNov. 12, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
I think I would be easily fooled. When I would be chewing on whatever they had put in front of my snout, I would still be trying to get my head around that name Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort Spa Tsuruga Wings. Anyway, just put "looks like", "could be", "tastes like" etc. before every item on the menu. That's what management is thinking anyway. The only thing you san be sure of it seems, is that you will squeeze it out again in that familiar brown color. What a shame.
forzaducatiNov. 11, 2013 - 11:06AM JST
I don't read 'problem with a battery' here, I read 'possible problem with some connection'. Some maintenance worker could have improperly connected something. Daily, planes around the world experience a variety of engine related problems, cracked window shields, flat tires, faulty instrumentation, leaking fuel or hydraulic oil etc. etc. And it's not reported as news worthy. Of course, after serious incidents with some part or system you should keep an eye on it, but don't sensationalize it. It's getting tiresome. It's only newsworthy if another battery catches fire.
Posted in: JAL reports problem with 787 battery on Helsinki-Tokyo flight
forzaducatiNov. 07, 2013 - 12:38PM JST
If you switch on the tv, chances are, you'll be confronted by some restaurant owner, or any other business representative for that matter, babbling about okyakusama no tame this and okyakusama that. Just be honest for a change and say okyakusama no kane no tame.
Latest scandal involves parcel delivery services that charge almost double for cool takukyubin, but don't deliver it cooled. One small parcel can get them a profit of 2,000 yen no less. How many parcels deliver they again on a yearly basis? Pure profit. It's not going to kill anybody, but it is plain and simple stealing. You can just trust nobody anymore.
Posted in: Food mislabeling scandal spreads to department stores
forzaducatiNov. 02, 2013 - 12:05PM JST
People empathizing with Mr. Snowden are, as he is, seriously naive. I could empathize with Snowden if he had spilled the beans on China, Russia, France etc. as well, for all of these countries crying foul now, are basically calling the kettle black. What exactly would Russia do with him, if Snowden would throw their dirty laundry out in the streets?
Posted in: Snowden seeks world's help against U.S. charges
forzaducatiOct. 29, 2013 - 11:28AM JST
The police? Don't hold your breath. In August, some punks bashed in the head of a cat in a local park here. The police was also called and babbled with the culprits. However, nothing happened, everybody just left in the end.
Posted in: Cat set on fire in Tokyo park
forzaducatiOct. 26, 2013 - 11:33PM JST
Well, all the Heinz ketchup you find in Japan comes from the Netherlands. I fondly, or vaguely, remember that at the school bar they served tostis and sausages, with Heinz ketchup out of big tins. I have never encountered that superior stuff anywhere else on the planet.
Posted in: McDonald's drops Heinz Ketchup
forzaducatiOct. 26, 2013 - 11:07AM JST
Exactly, how many times haven't I heard somebody exclaim during a tv interview "I only buy locally grown produce, because I feel safe?" Well, dream on folks.
For 3 years they managed to keep this scam alive and going? But eventually they couldn't keep one of their employees happy I guess. All these employees should be kicked in the butt as well for covering up this scam. Take the Hope it's Meat case a poster mentions. Apart from the foolish employees, it was well know in the meat industry that if you didn't know where to get rid of your spoiled meat, that instead of having to pay for the stuff to be disposed of properly, you actually got paid for it by calling Meat Hope. And nobody raised the alarm bells.
Posted in: Mie rice wholesaler raided over mislabeling scam
forzaducatiOct. 26, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
Was there a "revenge match" on those sleek racing bikes?
Posted in: When cycling meets sumo
forzaducatiOct. 26, 2013 - 10:30AM JST
Well, management weren't very apologetic during that hastely convened press interview. Without blinking an eye, they said it wasn't done with financial gain in mind or to deceive their customers. No, it was due to "mislabeling" and "insufficient staff training", while almost bursting out in laughter. What was it, they forgot to tell the staff to never babble about this scam or they would never work in this industry again and that they would be harassed by foul mouthed men with panchi paamu hair style and a terrible fashion sense? What a shame these guys. Not for financial gain? Well, not anymore, having to pay back 10 million yen and gaining a bad reputation. The service they provided was impeccable though^^.
Posted in: 3,480 apply for refunds from Hankyu Hanshin after menu scam
forzaducatiOct. 25, 2013 - 11:35AM JST
Outraged citizens? It didn't even make the news on tv this morning. Instead they ran something about blacks in the US still getting the short end of a stick in life. They do have mirrors in Japan to take a good look in now and then I trust. What a shame, but not unexpected. And the handful they let in (the authorities probably think "shikata ga nai naa", because they have to let in some) are not allowed to work and do not get any financial support from the government. How is that not going to cause problems for these folks. If they don't have the fascilities, expertise or sincere good will towards these people, then Japan serves these refugees better by refusing all of them. Well, you got rid of one Banana kyowakoku Nippon!
Posted in: Asylum-seeker dies after collapsing at detention center while doctor at lunch
forzaducatiOct. 23, 2013 - 06:08PM JST
Hey, that isn't very honourable. They also served juice as freshly made, while it actually was stuff from a pack. They also served real caviar, which were actually flying fish eggs or something. According to the news, the caviar they had on their menu costs 16,000 yen per kg, while a kg of the fishy eggs they served costs only 3,900 or so. You can unexpectedly be out of something like an onion or fresh fruit, but this went on for years. Makes one wonder how widespread this is.
As with the meat and rice scandals, many employees must be in on such a scam, but nobody raises an alarm? And what about the chefs. Most chefs have pride in what they put on their customers plates. It probably only comes to light when a disgruntled employee feels he or she has an axe to grind with their (former) employer.
And now they are so sorry...to have been found out. Yes we stole from you, now you prove it.
As they also mentioned in the news, just give them a big fat fine and donate the money to charity.
Posted in: Hankyu restaurants investigated for 'misrepresenting' ingredients
forzaducatiOct. 17, 2013 - 12:26PM JST
No, but GM doesn't make such a claim. Most technologies you see on the road today were first invented/introduced eons ago, just being re-invented due to changing circumstances/opportunities/demand, notably the hybrid car, although some folks in this country aren't aware of that fact.
Posted in: GM to launch dual-fuel car in 2014
forzaducatiOct. 17, 2013 - 12:20PM JST
It might very well be, since it took the Russian police an hour to show up after this diplomat called them and only some minor injuries and damage was inflicted. Instead, Putin should google "drunk Russian diplomat" and see what mayhem they have caused and are causing. Not exactly the behaviour one would expect from diplomats.
Posted in: Senior Dutch diplomat beaten up in Russia
forzaducatiJul. 10, 2013 - 09:59AM JST
Her name is YUKA. If your name has a Yu or Ka in it, you get to go in for half price.
Her name is YUKA. If your name has a Yu or Ka in it, you get to go in for half price.
Really? Everytime I fire up my bike, my grumpy neighbour addresses me with "You ! Baka !", does that work?
Posted in: Visitor from 39,000 years ago
forzaducatiJun. 30, 2013 - 11:11AM JST
I don't really understand what any other country has to do with this. It makes this death seem somewhat justified, because in other places you, the person being subdued or arrested, might be off even worse. According to local legend, Japan's police force is one of the best in the world. I have been told so on various occasions by the locals themselves. I have seen many times on tv that the weapon of choice in a case like this is something resembling an oversized Roman trident, of which they smartly removed the middle spike. Of course, you shouldn't get yourself mixed up in such a situation in the first place, depending in what state of mind the person was in, in which case he or she should have been in a psyciatric hospital or something.
Posted in: Yokohama man dies after being 'subdued' by police
forzaducatiJun. 30, 2013 - 09:20AM JST
Strange, in all my years here I have never seen somebody being restrained, let alone being arrested, apart from in those self promoting tv programs like "24 hours with our finest". Well, I for one can't help but feel that the police acted a bit overzealous, kept this fellow in a neck lock a bit too long or sitting on his chest a bit too long. This not exactly the first time I am reading this happening in Japan....Shut up! Shut up! Japan is a first rate..... Perhaps, maybe, but unless this guy was waving a gun or possibly in possession of a weapon, a trained police force would have been able to subdue and arrest or whatever, this lone fellow alive. Anyway, as in previous cases of deaths while "subdueing" suspects, no charges will be filed against these officers.
Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:22AM JST
It Should read that
Consumer Affairs Agency is not under fire for not doing anything sooner…
Posted in: Night-time diet pill under fire from Consumer Affairs Agency
Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:06AM JST
What are these amigos looking for: taco. drug, cash, Inca gold coins..... ,instead they found themselves…
Posted in: Stolen cobalt-60 found abandoned in Mexico
Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:58AM JST
It is a chess game for S. Korea who will take advantage of this situation if…
Posted in: Biden meets with S Korean leader; pledges Asia focus
Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:48AM JST
Communist China always claim their actions are within China law, justifiable under their claims, matter of…
Posted in: China slams Japan for resolution on air defense zone
Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:40AM JST
****Oh, No! Hell's Grannies!
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable