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    hokkaidoguy

    @pandabelle

    does the hub sell anything that isn't a product of AB-InBev?

    Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market

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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    No, I'm saying that I wont cook with wine that I don't want to drink. Why would I put a flavor I don't like into something I want to eat? Makes no sense.

    Posted in: Fans brace for Beaujolais Nouveau

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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    Why on earth would you cook with a wine you don't see fit to drink???

    Posted in: Fans brace for Beaujolais Nouveau

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @yuriotani

    Soooo... No plans for jobs, then? Gotcha.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

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    hokkaidoguy

    @yuriotani

    The bases in Okinawa directly make up for 5% of the Okinawa economy.

    How many jobs will Okinawa lose if the bases are removed? What is the plan for replacing those jobs?

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    Disillusioned

    These old twits have to wake up and realise the only way the economy can recover is through supporting local produce, but that does not mean subsidising it with tax money. It means, join the TPP, increase the taxes on imported goods and reduce the tax on local produce.

    Great idea!

    Oh, wait. Raising taxes on imports while protecting domestic supply is exactly what the TPP and every other existing trade agreement in the history of the damned planet exists to prevent. Seriously, for all the commenting you've done on the TPP, one would think that you would be aware of this simple concept.

    Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    I'm Interested to see how the DPJ will play this one. The Tax is monumentally unpopular - and voters have not forgotten that the law was passed by Noda's government.

    Posted in: Abe expected to announce election, sales tax hike delay on Tuesday

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    hokkaidoguy

    Vincehwr

    It annoys me how Japan seems to convince that they are embracing the freedom of speech yet it apparently doesn't. If it wants freedom of speech, embrace it all the way not half-hearted bullshit attempt.

    Please explain how any of this is related to freedom of speech.

    Posted in: Riot police raid Kyoto University after 3 activists arrested

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    hokkaidoguy

    GW

    I saw this in the news last night but couldn't figure out why the overly harsh response by the keystones.......

    Really? They weren't overly heavy handed, they weren't pepper-spraying people, nor did they release the dogs or start firing tear gas. They went in prepared for the worst, and left.

    As far as why... ever driven into Narita? There's a big security checkpoint, cops come on the bus and check ID. Beyond the fences there are riot squad trucks and other crowd control measures at the ready. Ever wonder about that?

    They all exist because of the protests that this group was a big big part of from the 70s to the 90s. Face it, this group has a long history of being a hell of a lot more forward in their protests than the sign waving/slogan chanting common at western universities, or even the irritating sound trucks of the right wing here. Beyond the riots and general mayhem, they once took a truck-mounted flamethrower to the LDP headquarters. Their members have been involved in mortar attacks on US bases in Japan, something that's happened in the last couple of years. Bit of a different league, ne?

    With that history in mind, if you were a cop, would you walk in there without a helmet and shield?

    Posted in: Riot police raid Kyoto University after 3 activists arrested

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    hokkaidoguy

    375sensei:

    As mentioned by Ostap Bender the disparity in the way the Police react to left and right protests and demonstrations is huge. The Right Wing seem to move around with impunity protesting noisily in their buses but any discernible dissent from the left is smashed like an annoying bug in summer.

    Three of them were involved in an assault on Tokyo cops back in October. Last week they caught an undercover cop on campus, tackled him and held him for three or four hours.

    If you can point to any other group (regardless of wing) getting away with that kind of action in the last 60 years, please enlighten me.

    Posted in: Riot police raid Kyoto University after 3 activists arrested

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Utrack:

    The CAES plant burns roughly one-third of the natural gas per kilowatt hour of output compared to a conventional combustion turbine,

    That's from your link. The plant is producing energy from natural gas, using it to power a compressor and using the compressed air as storage for the energy produced.

    Compressed air isn't the energy source - it's the storage medium. It's all natural gas powered.

    Posted in: The Japanese gov’t says nuclear power remains essential, saying the economy cannot afford the mounting costs from importing gas and oil, resulting in utilities hiking rates. Do you agree?

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    38% disapprove, but 76% don't feel strongly enough about it to call an election and vote him out?

    That gives the opposition 24% of the vote. Going to have to step up their game....

    Posted in: Abe's approval rating sags amid talk of snap election

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    hokkaidoguy

    Death at someone saying Mr Donut.

    Why?

    I want a cup of black coffee and a donut. Where else would I go?

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"

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    hokkaidoguy

    Mr. Donut. Decent coffee (free refills), donuts are reasonably good, and there's usually a smoking room.

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"

  • -2

    hokkaidoguy

    Here we have a guy accused of stealing something with a felony theft value. Held for a few days. He confesses his guilt to the police (not to a judge) based on evidence he had not seen and without a lawyer, pays a fine of 10man and is released.

    Does that not strike anyone else as a little odd? Like there might be a few procedural irregularities?

    It's not about being pro Japan or anti Korean or right wing or left wing.

    It's about not trusting crooked cops.

    Posted in: JOC officials 'astonished' by Tomita's theft denial

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    hokkaidoguy

    Considering everything else that happened at the games, and bearing in mind that Korean cops have an even lower reputation for extracting confessions than Japan... Could go either way.

    Release the tapes. That should clear things up.

    Posted in: Tomita denies stealing camera at Asian Games

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    hokkaidoguy

    @lucabrasi

    It's partly a subtle dig at the Japanese (who can't possibly be able to appreciate wine) mixed with general wine snobbery.

    Every news outlet that covers the BN story gets inundated with pseudo-experts proclaiming the very idea of enjoying wine to be heresy.

    I'm always happy to hear those comments from those around me - I tend to scratch them off all future invite lists. 'cause if you're too stuck up to enjoy a glass of BN with friends, you'll probably drag every other party down as well.

    Comparing it to more mature wines is missing the point.

    Posted in: 1st shipment of this year's Beaujolais Noveau arrives in Japan

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    hokkaidoguy

    Stuart- are you being intentionally confrontational here?

    The California story has dolphins chasing the fish, plus high winds. In Mukawa they had schools of yellowtail, plus high winds.

    Should we assume a similarity in events, or shall we put it down to Aliens?

    Posted in: Large number of sardines wash ashore along 4-km stretch of Hokkaido coast

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    hokkaidoguy

    @sfjp330- The boats are close enough that their lights can be clearly seen at night from the nearest port. There is no question that they are well inside Japan's EEZ.

    Posted in: Japan tells China to stop coral poaching after 200 boats spotted

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    hokkaidoguy

    Stuart: No, I'm saying it's a realistic factor that should be considered along with the other information we have. The article Atsushi posted above also lists weather as a factor - it's not that strange.

    Posted in: Large number of sardines wash ashore along 4-km stretch of Hokkaido coast

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