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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    The WBSC - the governing body of baseball and softball - lists 141 member nations and over 65 million athletes.

    Posted in: Sadaharu Oh pitches baseball, 8 sports bid for spot at 2020 Olympics

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    hokkaidoguy

    I find it extremely ironic that Japan accuses Koreans of bribing the 2002 world cup

    when and where was this accusation made?

    Posted in: Japan soccer exec denies payment over 2002 World Cup vote

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    hokkaidoguy

    Play the anthem at university graduations?

    Damn. This country is turning into Canada.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Robert Dykes

    As much as japan loves shaved ice (kakigori) they desperately need introduce Italian shaved iced (gelato).

    Gelato isn't shaved ice (nor is it rare by any stretch in Japan). Are you thinking of granita maybe?

    Posted in: Have an ice day

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    hokkaidoguy

    Why is this story popping up again now?

    These comments were made to ABC last September. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-15/japanese-concerns-over-submarine-deal/5743022

    Posted in: Australian senator slams Japan over submarine capability comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    I was scheduled to be in Seoul on business next week - today we rescheduled for September.

    If you have travel plans that include South Korea over the next month or two, reschedule or get a contingency plan together. If nothing else, this has the potential for travel chaos over the next few weeks.

    Posted in: Schools close as MERS virus spreads in South Korea

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    hokkaidoguy

    @nakanoguy01

    over 600 km deep and we could still feel it? that's scary.

    The reason you could feel it is because of the depth. Deep-focus quakes are felt a lot farther away.

    There was a 600km+ 8.3 in 2013 north of Hokkaido that registered in Moscow and Vancouver.

    If this had been a shallow quake, it would have been barely noticed in Tokyo.

    Posted in: Japan vigilant for 'Big One' after powerful quake

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    hokkaidoguy

    @gogogo

    $20,000 seems pretty average to me, especially when you consider removing foundations, paying the utilities to disconnect and cap, heavy equipment operator wages, hauling and of course the disposal fees for everything.

    As far as golden parachutes - who exactly do you think is parachuting into the glamorous world of housing demolition and recycling?

    Posted in: Law goes into effect allowing derelict vacant houses to be demolished

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    hokkaidoguy

    @bamboo

    To ignore this will means to defy democracy.

    Democracy?

    A minority of the population of Okinawa is attempting to dictate National Defense Policy. That's nowhere near democratic.

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    hokkaidoguy

    @YuriOtani

    There is so many possibilities and if the Japanese like American bases they can host them!

    The Japanese are hosting them already. In Okinawa. Which is in Japan.

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland

    Sorry, For some reason JT mangles links sometimes.

    Go here: http://japan.kantei.go.jp and use the search box.

    Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery

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    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland Here you go: http://japan.kantei.go.jp/96abe/actions/201408/15article2.html http://japan.kantei.go.jp/96abe/actions/201405/26chidorigafuchi.html http://japan.kantei.go.jp/96abe/actions/201305/27chidorigafutie.html

    Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery

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    hokkaidoguy

    He goes every year.

    Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery

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    hokkaidoguy

    Yelnats

    Every now and then I buy a hundred yen burger, take it home, put a slice of cheese on it, drop it in the toaster oven and end up with a nice 300 yen cheese burger!

    ???

    A cheeseburger is 120 yen. It's on the menu. Why not just order that?

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan revamps menu, prices after food scandals

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    hokkaidoguy

    @mirai hayashi

    http://www.circleksunkus.jp/

    Posted in: Man sets fire to convenience store in Aomori

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    hokkaidoguy

    @Serrano

    Zinn is taught in High Schools in the US, and is required reading (in whole or in part) )in a fair chunk of the undergrad level history courses dealing with US history in the English speaking world. Probably one of the very very few historians the average man in the street could name - does that constitute "mainstream"?

    Posted in: Academics call on Japan to face up to its history

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    hokkaidoguy

    Christopher Glenn

    This is a case in point. The fact is, there is not a single mainstream historian who believes a single word of Japan's version of WW2 history. What does that tell you?

    It tells me you've never read anything by Howard Zinn.

    Posted in: Academics call on Japan to face up to its history

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    hokkaidoguy

    @AFP

    Men in Imperial Army uniforms take part in a ceremony at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, where 14 of Japan's top war criminals from WWII are buried

    Stop rewriting history, Japan!

    That's AFP's job!

    Posted in: Academics call on Japan to face up to its history

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    hokkaidoguy

    @jerseyboy

    I haven't been there in so long, I've forgotten how to spell it. Sometime in the late 80s. At that point, the slavery aspect was being downplayed a bit (insofar as that's possible on a plantation). Archetecture, gardens and Jefferson history were the focus at that point. I know that's changed in recent years.

    But is this apples to apples? Monticello's main function as a plantation was driven by slave labor for the entirety of its history. To what extent were any of the Japanese sites connected with conscripted labor? IIRC it's a relatively short period in the overall history of the sites. 1944-45, wasn't it?

    Posted in: S Korea opposes Japan's bid for heritage status of industrial sites

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    hokkaidoguy

    @jerseyboy

    Sounds a little convenient to me. For example, if there was a historic site in the Southern U.S. -- let's say in Chalreston, S.C.-- that had ties to the American Revolution, but was also used later as a slave market, would UNESCO let that pass?

    Probably. Montecello is a UNESCO site, after all.

    Posted in: S Korea opposes Japan's bid for heritage status of industrial sites

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