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m6bobDec. 16, 2014 - 11:17AM JST
I lived in Sydney years ago and I watch all of this siege on TV, listened to every media event and I am very impressed by the professional way in which the Australian authorities handled this. The resulting casualties was the result of the action of this criminal Haron and nobody else. My thoughts are with the 2 hostages whom I'm sure were shot by criminal Haron so the troops have to move in to prevent more carnage. I'm also impressed by the Australian people for the #Illridewith you campaign to prevent further problems. As an aside, perhaps the US authorities can learn from the Aussies?
Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe
m6bobDec. 15, 2014 - 08:07PM JST
Gosh, having a morning breakfast of buttered raisin-toast and flat-white coffee has become hazardous in a beautiful city like Sydney! I love this city while I was living/working there a decade ago and I hope all the hostages will be freed safely and things will be back to normal. The spirit of the ordinary Sydney-siders will not be easily broken.
Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe
m6bobNov. 29, 2014 - 06:47PM JST
Car tire shop owner needing a business boost before the holidays?
Posted in: Tires punctured on 30 vehicles in Sapporo residential area
m6bobNov. 29, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
Ai-chan is sooo sweet! I was almost expecting the 'shriek' when she win a point at TT!
Posted in: Rie Miyazawa, Ai Fukuhara among Best Dresser Award winners for 2014
m6bobNov. 27, 2014 - 11:58AM JST
She's the antithesis of those hoarders in my neighborhood who picks up stuff that others throw away or hold on to things they do not need. There is a TV program in Singapore called 'RenovAid' in which a poor household is selected for a makeover. When the TV host first visits the house or apartment she is always faced with tons of unneeded things accumulated over the years which the owner is reluctant to part with. Through persuasion volunteers are then called in to clean out the place before the interior renovators can begin their job. Hoarding of stuff is a sickness that usually afflicts the poor and some not-so-poor. I love this Japanese minimalism thing and I believe it is part of their culture.
Posted in: From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home
m6bobNov. 09, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
Posted in: All dressed up
m6bobNov. 07, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
I am not convinced he would do something like stealing a camera. He must have been framed by people out to discredit the Japanese team and I'm not Japanese. It does not take a genius to guess which country or countries these people are from.
Posted in: Tomita denies stealing camera at Asian Games
m6bobOct. 26, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
The Casino plan will work if locals have to pay a hefty entrance fee to discourage them gambling. Also, allow family members to add someone to a banned list. Have programs to encourage tourists especially from China, South Korea to come and utilize the facilities of the integrated resort and hopefully lose some money at the casino.
Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery
m6bobOct. 23, 2014 - 09:18PM JST
Oh, not Tokyocisco?
Posted in: Big Hero
m6bobSep. 11, 2014 - 07:50PM JST
I had a Mazda6, 2.3liters and it was a great drive but had to downgrade to a smaller car. The design of the new Mazda range is great. Looking forward to test drive the Mazda2 when it arrives.
Posted in: Jump in my car
m6bobSep. 04, 2014 - 11:30PM JST
Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO is the clear winner as both Nishikori & Djokovic wears UNIQLO brand tennis sportswear.
Posted in: Good night's work
m6bobAug. 31, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
You want to be careful of secret video cameras recording your activities in love hotels! You might find yourself and wifey/gf the stars in the AV video industry unknowingly.
Posted in: Rush of foreign travelers good news for Kansai love hotels
m6bobAug. 30, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
With self-driving cars on the horizon, maybe self-flying planes is the way to go - wait a minute, are not those Predator & Global Hawk drones mostly self-flying? I know they have a remote pilot nestled somewhere controlling the flight & releasing the missiles, but surely a lot of the functions are automated.
Posted in: Gov't, airlines discuss measures to deal with pilot shortage
m6bobAug. 29, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
Obama is trying hard to protect his 'legacy' before his term is up. It is like someone saying to him 'Stay out of trouble irregardless, don't bomb too much, no boots on the ground, don't upset China too much & finally don't have DPRK's Kim stir up too much trouble and you'll get your 'Obama Library of Peace', a monument of the first black President of the USA that is unblemished unlike the legacies left behind by George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.
Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy
m6bobAug. 24, 2014 - 06:26PM JST
Aomori! Love the laid back feeling with impending changes as the Shinkansen line reaches this sleepy place.
Posted in: Magazine survey picks Japan’s 10 best places to live in
m6bobAug. 20, 2014 - 11:03PM JST
@ Disillusioned: If they have been blatantly selling Fukushima rice in Niigata/Kanazawa packaging, there's no need to repackage them as Fukushima rice now. Do you eat fish fillet? Are you sure the fishes were not caught off Fukushima?
Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports
m6bobAug. 20, 2014 - 09:47PM JST
My household buys and consume Koshihikari rice from Niigata and Kanazawa from the Isetan Supermarket in Singapore. For our next grocery run, I'll be involved so as to read for any Fukushima labeling on the 5kg bags. I don't trust these official pronouncements on safety because radiation accumulation from food consumption is not something you can cure. These officials both in Japan and Singapore have their own political reasons for declaring whether something is safe for consumption or not. If and when health problems happen later, they can always say 'radiation detection technology at the time did not warn us of these health issues, sorry. We will now implement more stringent testing'.
m6bobAug. 19, 2014 - 06:22PM JST
This is an old way of taking pictures of oneself. Good to know such 'old' practices are alive and well. The tripod makers must be relieved!
On another note, could the 'selfie way' have been invented by some tourist who were afraid of using cameras-on-tripods placed away from themselves and had them snatched by opportunistic thieves/robbers who preyed on tourist?
Posted in: Selfie
m6bobAug. 12, 2014 - 08:07PM JST
So to further distract the attention of the young Internet-savy Chinese generation who might be up for an uprising against the CCP, there is now an additional issue to keep the Chinese youths hatred focused on Japan. I've lost count of the many issues brought to bear. Emperor Xi certainly have a long list of KPIs to meet!
Posted in: Chinese group appeals to emperor for return of 1,300-year-old artifact
m6bobAug. 11, 2014 - 08:51AM JST
Emperor Xi is redirecting the attention of the young and savy Internet-age Chinese away from the wrongs and omnipresence of the CCP to an external bogeyman. The CCP is fearful to be overthrown in its present form by the young and knowledgeable Chinese so Japan is the perfect bogeyman to turn the energy into hatred towards this former colonizer.
Posted in: Sino-Japanese War still stings China 120 years later
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:14PM JST
You can add to your long list: kicking Putin butt.
Posted in: Obama scolds Sony; vows U.S. response to N Korean cyberattack
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:06PM JST
On Friday, President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film…
Posted in: N Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. over Sony hacking
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:01PM JST
Actually foreign concerns have been exiting the J-market for a number of years now as…
Posted in: Idemitsu eyes buyout of Shell Sekiyu
"Good planning. You would have thought in 100 years they could have figured out the basics…
Posted in: Chaos as Tokyo Station celebrates centenary
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
What good things did Obama do?
Besides Obamacare (the naming of which will only add to…