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philsandozMay. 10, 2013 - 09:34AM JST
What a wonderful story, packed with good news! There is just one little problem, however — the pay to subscribe channels, such as Acorn TV, are not available in Japan. Whoops!
Posted in: YouTube launches paid channels, in TV challenge
philsandozMay. 08, 2013 - 07:48PM JST
Wind up! Wind up! The next thing you know, the UK will be claiming it has rights over Las Malvinas, Gibraltar and Hong Kong.
Posted in: China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily
philsandozMay. 08, 2013 - 09:32AM JST
"Not all cats readily kill birds"
Of course they do; that's their nature.
Posted in: Which are more loved in Japan: Cats or dogs?
philsandozApr. 30, 2013 - 08:18PM JST
Posted in: 17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street
philsandozApr. 28, 2013 - 07:58PM JST
Before we officially recognise April 28 as Restoration of Sovereignty Day, can we remember that the day after, April 29th (Showa Day), glorifies the Emperor who led Japan into the war that resulted in its loss of sovereignty? Couldn't these two cancel each other out? Or would that merely mean a worse "Golden Week", and, therefore, be "politically" important?
Posted in: Abe says restoration of sovereignty day signals hope, pride
philsandozApr. 26, 2013 - 09:18PM JST
Wrong, wrong, wrong! Killing people is wrong, no matter who does it.
Posted in: 2 inmates hanged, bringing number of executions to 5 under Abe
philsandozApr. 12, 2013 - 09:33PM JST
48 kms (means 29.8 miles, not [kps] kilometers per second -- that would be 107,373 mph -- a little beyond even the Shinkansen, never mind the Keiyo Line), and 100kph (kilometers per hour) is 62.1 mph (miles per hour). So, a train traveled for approximately 30 miles at a top speed of approximately 62 mph, with an open door that was guarded by and employee — so where's the story?
Posted in: JR East train travels 48 kms with door open
philsandozApr. 10, 2013 - 07:22PM JST
I heard a comedian the other month say that after her death Mrs Thatcher's grave would become the country's most popular dance floor. I couldn't agree more.
Posted in: What do you think about those people who are holding parties to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher?
philsandozApr. 01, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
By the way, I cycle every day, and follow the laws.
Posted in: Police get tough on cyclists violating traffic laws
Unlike just about every other correspondent, I think this is a good idea, having been hit in the back several times by inconsiderate and, apparently, blind idiots riding cycles on the pavement -- one was even talking on his mobile. I honestly think that until the majority of the Japanese learn road safety and general courtesy to pedestrians, the laws should be rigorously enforced.
philsandozMar. 30, 2013 - 11:36AM JST
How about "Shin Futenma"? In other words, don't move it, just rename it; that's what the Japanese usually do with something they don't like.
Posted in: Where do you think the U.S. base at Futenma in Okinawa should be moved to?
philsandozMar. 30, 2013 - 11:31AM JST
OK, now can a few unbelievably incompetent executives be given the prison sentences they so justly deserve for endangering the lives of millions? Or even charged and tried would be a good second step.
Posted in: TEPCO takes blame for Fukushima nuclear crisis
philsandozMar. 28, 2013 - 09:39AM JST
I can't agree with your headline. This young murderess did not "let" her children starve to death, she actively "starved" them to death. I do, however, think that 30 years, if that is what she actually serves, is a long enough sentence, because at least when she does come out she'll be well past childbearing age and not, therefore, able to slaughter any more of her children.
Posted in: Mother gets 30 years for letting 2 kids starve to death
philsandozMar. 26, 2013 - 07:04PM JST
No need to worry, I'm sure Mr. Kikukawa has already chosen the luxuriously appointed hospital he will be admitted to, if he is ever actually convicted.
Posted in: Five-year jail term sought for ex-Olympus head
philsandozMar. 18, 2013 - 06:49PM JST
Could you please clarify a detail in this story? Which countries were "both the countries, which were among victims of Tokyo’s 20th century militarism"?
Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'
philsandozMar. 09, 2013 - 07:44PM JST
Spoiled Brat v Fat Pap; difficult to know who to support -- perhaps neither of them?
Posted in: Bieber back on stage after paparazzi clash, illness
philsandozMar. 08, 2013 - 08:44PM JST
Disgusting and inhuman, but nothing can be done until Japanese hospitals and clinics start thinking as life savers not businesses.
Posted in: A 75-year-old man died after 25 hospitals refused to admit him to their emergency rooms 36 times over two hours, citing lack of beds or doctors to treat him. How can cases like this be prevented?
philsandozMar. 04, 2013 - 07:37PM JST
Speculation, speculation, speculation. Nothing this article says gives any, even slightly doubtful proof that strawberries can even slightly reduce the effects of hay fever. Let's hope that the ever-gullible Japanese consumers don't rush out and strip their supermarkets of strawberries as they did for bananas last year when some spurious TV report said that you only had to eat them to lose weight. Does anyone know if Prof Kawahara's family has a strawberry farm?
Posted in: Substance discovered in strawberries alleviates allergy symptoms
philsandozFeb. 28, 2013 - 08:46PM JST
Of course! This is Japan, where companies lie about anything they think they will not be found out for.
Posted in: Do you ever worry that what you are eating might not be what the label on the food item says it is?
philsandozFeb. 26, 2013 - 08:52PM JST
Wow! Three years of bad tasting, unhealthy rubbish. What more could any moron want?
Posted in: Emergency ration Cup O’ Noodles last for 3 years
May. 22, 2013 - 05:06PM JST
Who needs an app to bully anyway? There is always the good old fist-in-the-face, and making…
Posted in: Phone app ‘Line’ under fire from school after incidents of bullying
we should find a better outcome for these animals. .
And what better outcome do…
Posted in: Australia to cull 10,000 wild horses
May. 22, 2013 - 04:59PM JST
shimetsuketecha, shita (shimo?) wa sodatanai
Can someone fix up the translation and explain the…
Posted in: Posters of fundoshi-clad man disappearing from Osaka
I think the happily settled clause is actually important. The overriding concern should be the well-being…
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
May. 22, 2013 - 04:58PM JST
Yeah, money can't give you the perfect physical condition needed for tackling this mountain. Very impressive.
Posted in: Nearly there