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    senseiman

    I was rooting for the Hawks so I was relieved when I realized what had happened with that call, but I have massive sympathy for Tigers fans, that had to have been the most frustrating and maddening way to lose a series ever. Especially in the context of that inning, with Sarfate on the verge of melting down it really looked like the Tigers were at least going to tie the game if not pull ahead.

    Also agree about the lack of a replay, though it was a tough situation. Normally with a play like that they would replay it 5 or 6 times to try and figure out what happened and if the call was correct, while simultaneously reporting on Manager Wadas protestations. But since it actually ended the series I cant fault them for focusing on the Hawks celebration, which is customary.

    Anyway, looks like the Colonels curse is still effective. Im sure the end to that game will become part of the lore around that one just like Bill Buckner`s error in 1986 became part of the curse of the Bambino for Red Sox fans.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball result

  • 1

    senseiman

    An amazing game and an amazing season for both the Hawks and the Tigers, and now the long wait until next season begins.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball result

  • 0

    senseiman

    Thereis a pretty big difference between most national universities like Todai and private universities like Waseda and Keio with respect to their baseball teams. Star baseball players generally go to private universities which actively recruit them, something national universities aren't able to do. That said, 81 games in a row is still surprising.

    Its true that NPB does have a minor league system, but it is incredibly underdeveloped. You just have one 2-gun team for each NPB team and that is it. You aren't guaranteed a spot on the 1 gun team even if you are a top draft choice, but on the other hand most established players do get that sort of treatment towards the end of their careers (Chunichi's catcher Tanishige this seasons with his .180 average being a prime example).

    I suppose my biggest beef with the minor league system here is that they don't try to run it as a seperate league with its own fan base, etc like minor league baseball does in the US. The minor league team has exactly the same name and uniform as the parent team and plays in crummier stadiums in the same city. The result is that nobody ever goes to the games, or is even aware they are going on, because if you are a fan of the Hiroshima Carp for example you are obviously going to root for the real Hiroshima Carp and not the number 2 team. If they had any business sense (and almost nobody in NPB does) they would establish those minor league teams in smaller to mid sized cities, give them their own identities and try to create local fan bases. Never going to happen but it would be nice if it did.

    Posted in: Tokyo university loses record 86th straight baseball game

  • 2

    senseiman

    Its hard not to like Jose Canseco, his antics are always just so absurd and self-defeating that you can't avoid being amused by him. One day he is accidentally giving the opposing team a home run by having a fly ball he was trying to catch bonk off his head and into the stands, the next he is trying to pass off his twin brother as him in a celebrity boxing match that he just didn't fell like attending.....and now he has shot his own left middle finger off.

    Vegas has got to be taking bets about what so-idiotic-it-becomes-hilarious thing he is going to do next.

    Posted in: Ex-baseball player Canseco shoots own hand

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    senseiman

    Perhaps it would simplify matters a bit if the wire services would only regard it as newsworthy when Abe cabinet ministers aren`t in hot water for financial improprieties.

    Posted in: 2 more ministers acknowledge political fund improprieties

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    senseiman

    This isn`t a particularly egregious violation but still, that makes three financial mini-scandals for this guy in just his first week. Matsushima resigned just for handing out paper fans at a rally, how is this guy still in his job despite using public money to pay for his associates to brutalize women in an SM club? He is the minister in charge of METI, not the mayor of Toronto.....

    Posted in: Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm

  • 5

    senseiman

    So not a good time to be investing in Kyushu real estate then?

    I saw these Kobe University researchers on TV news a couple of days ago, the worst case scenario is pretty much everywhere except Hokkaido getting covered in a thick layer of ash.

    They say there have been 10 such eruptions in the past 120,000 years, so I guess on average one every 12,000 years. Not very likely to happen in any of our lifetimes, but given the stakes it probably is a good idea to try to figure out a bit more about how and when these things happen.

    Posted in: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study

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    senseiman

    I have to disagree. I loved the Lord of the Rings films, but have not been impressed at all with the Hobbit. The narrative isn`t anywhere near as coherent as it was in the Lord of the Rings and it feels like about half the stuff is just filler. I watched the first Hobbit with eager anticipation at the theatre the week it was released. The second one I watched on an airplane and found myself falling asleep midway through. I might not even bother with the third one.

    Posted in: Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

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    senseiman

    Really a disgusting plan all around...the fact that the politicians have been keeping it secret because they know how much the people they are supposed to represent hate it just speaks volumes about their character.

    This is just another way in which the response to 3-11 is just further destroying the Tohoku region. The plan to build a 400km concrete wall across the entire region - much of it protecting abandoned land with virtually no value - is the showpiece of the incompetence, but pushing for a casino seems like they are just trying to pile social misery upon social misery.

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

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    senseiman

    It's a bar where the customer of on the receiving end. Consenting adults, all legal.

    Actually the article clearly states the exact opposite:

    The venue in Hiroshima allows male patrons to whip tied-up female employees.

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    senseiman

    Love that area. As with most of urban Japan, it is best seen at night, though even in the daytime it is a fun place to waner around.

    Posted in: Glico's running man now lit up with LEDs

  • 0

    senseiman

    “Keeping them means I’m supporting TEPCO as the minister in charge,”

    This quote pretty much sums up why he has to go. The amount involved might not be big, but the attitude is clearly the exact same that led to the complacency which caused the Fukushima crisis in the first place. The government is supposed to be regulating and overseeing TEPCO, not blindly "supporting" it.

    Mind you, from a guy whose staff literally uses public money to inflict physical pain on women, I suppose it would be a bit much to expect him to act in the public interest.

    Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares

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    senseiman

    I hope the irony of them replacing one minister over financial improprieties with a new minister that apparently has much juicier and more interesting financial improprieties in his closet is not lost on everyone.

    Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal

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    senseiman

    I was a non-paranoid soldier who did his duty with a bit of common sense, as was Cpl. Cirillo. While that does offend the sensibilities of internet trolls who write in all caps, nobody who has ever served would call us pathetic for that.

    Posted in: Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack

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    senseiman

    Thanks. When I was in (mid-late 1990s) we used to go on parade on Rememberance Day and do an honor guard at different war memorials around Ottawa from year to year. We always carried unloaded rifles, it is just common sense - there would be no purpose to giving anyone ammunition in that situation and none of us in a million years would have wanted it anyway (just one more thing to carry around that would get you into a ton of trouble if you were to mishandle it).

    My Facebook feed this morning was full of posts from Ottawa military people who are shocked by it all. Cpl. Cirillo seems like he was a pretty cool guy too, its a big loss for his unit.

    Posted in: Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack

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    senseiman

    Even an ACTIVE DUTY Military GUARD, in a HIGH profile position where this guard was posted, entrusted to CARRY a Rifle, but NOT ALLOWED any ammunition for the weapon he is required to carry all day....PATHETIC.

    I used to be a reservist myself in Ottawa and have personally carried an unloaded rifle for ceremonial purposes exactly like that soldier did (and in exactly the same place where this shooting happened).

    This guy was not security personell, he was standing an honor guard at the war memorial, which is purely a ceremonial function despite the use of the word "guard" in the title. He was wearing his dress uniform, which is not something a person on "active duty" (not a term used by the Candian forces, but anyway) would wear if they were actually expected to use their weapon. There is absolutely no reason for Canadian soldiers engaged in ceremonial duties on the streets of Canadian cities to be carrying ammunition in the off chance that they are going to be attacked by some psycho, unless you think that everyone in the world should carry a loaded weapon just to be safe (a lunatic position that most Canadians don't accept).

    I have a ton of friends in the Ottawa military community. The soldier killed was actually from a Hamilton unit, but its a tight community and they are hurting.

    Posted in: Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack

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    senseiman

    The suggestion that a jealous "old boys network" within the LDP brought her down is a bit ludicrous. It was a female member of the opposition DPJ, Renho, who brought the issue up and inflicted the massive embarassment which led to Matsushima's resignation.

    I am not saying such old boys networks do not exist, just that in this case nothing suggests that was the case.

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    senseiman

    About the lying, the specific incident in question with Matsushima was particularly embarassing to watch. In the Diet DPJ member Renho asked her "What is this?" while holding up what was obviously a fan. She then refused to admit that it was a fan and during the back and forth only went so far as to admit that it was "Something which might be interpreted by some as being a fan" but not actually a fan. The whole exchange and use of verbal diarhea to avoid answering such a simple and obvious question (literally almost as simple as the "is this a pen?" of English lesson yore) was so ridiculous it made her look like an absolute idiot.

    Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns

  • 8

    senseiman

    Interesting that Justice minister Matsushima has also resigned.

    Also of interest is that political logic has dictated that there is no problem at all with having a justice minister known to assort with neo-Nazis, but there is a huge problem with having that same justice minister distribute paper fans of no value at a rally.

    I`m glad to see her go, but would have felt more comfortable with her getting ditched over the former rather than the latter.

    Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns

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    senseiman

    Two months as minister, well that was fast.

    Seems like political reality is finally catching up with Abe - his economic reforms have not actually translated into tangible benefits for people, his nationalist views have alienated China and Korea for literally no purpose other than, apparently, to alienate China and Korea and now his new cabinet appointees are almost nothing but a revolving door of political scandal.

    I can`t wait to be rid of him. Well, until I see who replaces him......

    Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns

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