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BrainiacMar. 11, 2014 - 05:13PM JST
I like the Fanta line but they keep changing the flavors every couple of weeks.
Posted in: Coca-Cola sees further growth opportunities in Japan
BrainiacMar. 03, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
I know Yureeka. A classy lady. Japan needs more women like her running companies.
Posted in: A taste of success
BrainiacFeb. 28, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
Most of my favorite shows are from the 1960s and '70s, which I think was a golden era for TV. Anyway, here are my top 10, in no particular order.
Get Smart, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Columbo, Frasier and The West Wing.
Posted in: Name your 10 favorite TV shows of all time.
BrainiacFeb. 26, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
It's possible that the snowfall was so heavy that he may have been afraid that his car would be completely buried in snow, in which case he and his daughter would suffocate. So I guess he though they could find some shelter somewhere.
Posted in: Girl who lost father in last year’s deadly Hokkaido blizzard pens heart-wrenching thank-you letter
BrainiacFeb. 26, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
In some countries, the national mood does depend on sporting success - soccer in Brazil, rugby union in New Zealand, judo in Japan, skating in Korea, and countless other examples. In my country (Australia), there was a national inquiry after the Olympic swimmers failed to win gold in London. I mean, who cares? It's just a sport, right?
But I guess everybody wants to be good at something, but the media overdoes it.
Posted in: Why do Olympic athletes and other sportsmen and sportswomen come under so much pressure from their country's media and politicians to succeed? Is winning that important to the national mood?
BrainiacFeb. 25, 2014 - 03:55PM JST
You couldn't be more wrong. Families of murder victims should never have a say in whether the perpetrator should get the death penalty. The same applies to relatives or victims of any crime, for that matter. Anyone suffering such a loss is in an irrational state of mind. I would be, too. That's why the law exists.
Posted in: Japanese public skeptical on death penalty: study
BrainiacFeb. 21, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
I saw the show last weekend. It was fantastic as always. I don't think I have have ever seen a bad Cirque performance. My favorite is always the trapeze. And the writer is right about the trip to Odaiaba. The monorail across Rainbow Bridge is a fun ride.
Posted in: Cirque du Soleil now in Japan with 'OVO'
BrainiacFeb. 19, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
I'm surprised that you can't see this for what it is - a wonderful and humbling sporting gesture. There is nothing disturbing or shameful about it. I would say it is an expression of joy for having participated in the Olympics. Many women's sporting teams from Japan do this. It is something to be admired and respected.
Posted in: Sporting gesture
BrainiacFeb. 19, 2014 - 07:28AM JST
I bet Japan is the only team in the Olympics to do this. The women's soccer team does it too. Great sportsmanship.
BrainiacFeb. 10, 2014 - 06:18PM JST
I'm surprised it only cost 20 million yen for a Tokyo-New York flight.
Posted in: Baseball star Tanaka charters Dreamliner for flight to New York
BrainiacFeb. 08, 2014 - 08:16AM JST
I've already heard sirens half a dozen times this morning. I wonder how many car crashes and pedestrians getting injured after slipping over there will be by the end of the day,
Posted in: 3 dead, 494 injured as heavy snow hits most of Japan
BrainiacFeb. 06, 2014 - 01:23PM JST
I wonder how many of those celebrities come to Japan to promote their movies.
Posted in: Celebrities want to tie TPP trade pact with Japan to dolphin hunt
BrainiacFeb. 03, 2014 - 12:13PM JST
I have gone without my smartphone for more than a week on several occasions. Each time I go overseas, I Ieave my smartphone in Japan. I'm not addicted to mobile devices. I grew up in an era when there were no cell phones or email or the Internet, and we got along fine without any of it, so it is very easy for me to revert back to that mentality now.
Posted in: Could you go a day without using your smartphone or cell phone?
BrainiacJan. 31, 2014 - 08:35AM JST
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon. I see they have just remade the 1987 film "Robocop" for no good reason.
Posted in: Each year, Hollywood comes out with remakes of old movies (one of this year's will be "Godzilla"). Which of your favorite old movies would you absolutely not like to see remade?
BrainiacJan. 27, 2014 - 01:20PM JST
Actually, I think the food is good. Love the shabu shabu salad and their roast chicken is excellent. The location is a bit inconvenient, though.
Posted in: The JProp -- The in's and out's of opening a restaurant in Tokyo
BrainiacJan. 24, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
Bieber needs some serious discipline from a relative or friend who is not afraid to stand up to him and tell him to stop acting like a jackass just because he is famous and rich.
Posted in: Bieber arrested for drag-racing, drunken driving
BrainiacJan. 21, 2014 - 01:47PM JST
Memo to Rinko: When you pose for a photo, please don't cross your legs like that.
Posted in: Sundance kid
BrainiacJan. 17, 2014 - 07:50AM JST
I'd rather look at the record of each country over the past 69 years.
Posted in: China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle
BrainiacJan. 15, 2014 - 07:18AM JST
Abe looks like he is getting a double chin.
Posted in: African connection
BrainiacJan. 12, 2014 - 01:03PM JST
That is a very unfair comment. My cousin is a police officer and a fine one, too. Yet, I know it hurts him deep down when someone calls him "pig." It's very easy for you to insult police, but of course when you need one, it's a different story. When the mad axeman is loose in your front yard, who are you going to call? Who has to call parents in the middle of the night and tell them their son or daughter has been killed in a car crash or was murdered.
I admire honest police on the front lines more than I do any other profession.
Posted in: In general, what do you think of Japanese police? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:09AM JST
A Japanese budget airline has flown into rough air over its decision to outfit flight attendants…
Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines
Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:06AM JST
Remember... the world did just fine without China in the past!
doubt you really mean this.…
Posted in: Hoping to isolate Russia, U.S. woos China on Ukraine
Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:00AM JST
Yeah and what about the folks who J Govt said they could move back to their…
Posted in: Construction crunch slows Tohoku rebuilding
ACARS is only sending engine data for take-off, climb and landing. The radar transponder will stop…
Posted in: Malaysia says it is not sure which way jet was headed
Mar. 13, 2014 - 12:56AM JST
I give chocolates and/or gifts on Valentine's Day, out of love and/or friendship. I don't buy…
Posted in: Memo to guys: White Day's approaching