taj's past comments

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    Thank you Bertie and Forzaducati. I really enjoy the David Suchet Poirot series. I am wondering when and where we'll get these new episodes (which haven't aired anywhere yet and won't be on DVD yet, either). This article gives us the air dates for the USA and Britain, but not Japan. (which is weird, as the site is called "Japan" Today.)

    Posted in: TV team: Suchet, Poirot paired for 25 years

  • 6

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    as a Canadian in Japan, I tell these bought-and-paid-for US lawmakers to kiss my shiny metal @ss.

    Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks

  • 2

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    About a decade ago, McDonald's japan had a Tofu Burger as a limited time special menu item. I was happy to see it, unhappy to taste it, and outraged to find out later that it contained chicken fat.

    I hope they do better this time. (I now know to go the the website and check ingredients in advance.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan unveils 'tofu nuggets' after China meat scandal

  • 3

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    Disillusioned, thank you for the distinction. I'm sure it will continue to be lost on many.

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  • 0

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    began on PBS with “The Big Four” on July 27 and, on Aug 3, “Dead Man’s Folly.” The episodes will be available the next day at British TV streaming service www.Acorn.TV and on Roku and other platforms, followed by Acorn TV’s exclusive presentation of three more new episodes.

    and how and when will this be available to us in Japan?

    Posted in: TV team: Suchet, Poirot paired for 25 years

  • 9

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    Ossan, as far as Taiwan is concerned, they are still the original legitimate nation of China - the leadership of which had to retreat to one region to escape the communists who rolled in and set up a renegade new nation called the People's Republic.

    Posted in: Taiwan first lady's visit to Japan back on again

  • 4

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    How is Vietnam taking it? (Glad to hear that Japan is blowing it off as routine.)

    Posted in: China's war games don't faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic

  • 2

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    "stays in the body 30 - 40 days continuing to damage these organs"

    Damaging organs? According to what research?

    Posted in: The New York Times compares the ban on marijuana to the ban on alcohol during the Prohibition era. Do you think the comparison is apt?

  • 1

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    Strangerland:

    The reasoning behind keeping such names private is well documented and isn't something that should need rehashing here.

    And yet, because JapanToday insists on including the phrase " who cannot be named because she is a minor," every single time a minor is arrested, as though this is not normal, standand procedure around the world, there's always a newbie or two who rants and raves about the names of minors not being publicized.

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo

  • 0

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    LSpiroJUL. 27, 2014 - 04:30PM JST

    Why should they protect this girl’s future after she completely took away another girl’s future? To LSpiro, etc.

    Not naming young killers is about protecting them, it's about protecting us! You may notice how frequent copycat killers are in the USA. The Columbine killers saw another school shooter attain great infamy and that gave them their idea to go out in a flame of glory. Their faces were then plastered on every magazine cover. There names, became house-hold names. Copy-cats abounded.

    Naming young killers and turning them into infamous celebrities a BAD, BAD, BAD idea.

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo

  • 7

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    jonobugs, this is in advance of restarting their local power plant. It has no problems at present, however, in the unlikely event of a catastrophic event, the people would have the iodine on hand to take immediately, instead of waiting for it to be dispersed.

    Posted in: Residents within 5 km of Kyushu nuclear plant given iodine tablets

  • 3

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    Great way to double up the use of existing space. Well done Orix.

    Posted in: Orix starts up 2.5MW of solar systems on roofs

  • 4

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    Misleading headline. The return of Sherlock is not up in the air; just the date.

    Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' to return for Season 5 on Jan 4; 'Sherlock' date up in the air

  • 0

    taj

    available in Japan?

    Posted in: Amazon launches unlimited e-book subscription plan

  • 1

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    "with little air conditioning"... That's also going to make it a challenge to hire and keep good talent or to get the best our of the people they have!

    Posted in: Public pension fund to move to new office

  • 8

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    There is no way this woman could have lived through the past 20 years without hearing the many tales of kids dying in hot cars in Pachinko parking lots. I can only assume she went out that morning with this plan in mind. Similar to the case currently happening in Georgia, where both parents have been found to have done pre-death research on heat-deaths in cars, this woman should be charged with premeditated murder.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    Storm, “Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected"

    Perhaps it was deliberate tampering with the feed. Perhaps it was contamination. Only trace amounts are needed to fail a drug test. As with athletes, there's always a risk of malicious spiking.

    Posted in: Queen's race horse fails drug test

  • 2

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    Daniel.

    "major religions (the only major religions?) that do not make alcohol and drinking a "evil thing"."

    Of the big 5, only Islam makes alcohol an evil (forbidden) thing. In Christianity it is a sacrament and the first miracle of Christ. Not surprising, as wine is also quite central to Judaism. Hinduism is OK with alcohol as part of "enjoying life." It's off-shoot, Buddhism, is the same. It 's up to the individual.

    Abhorsenaube, If you are in Tokyo, there is a Bozu Bar in Arakicho (near Yotsuya san-chome), run by monks. Nice little place. Makes a big impression on visiting guests.

    Posted in: A visit to Kyoto’s monk bar for some spiritual spirits

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    "Cant we just boycott anything edible from China." That's the trouble, isn't it. There's no label on your Starbucks chicken salad sandwich, bought in Tokyo, that says, "meat sourced from China".

    You can try to avoid anything edible from China, but that means avoiding pretty much anything pre-prepared, processed, or served in restaurants (especially chains).

    Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

  • 0

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    Toshiko, that Nevada restaurant doesn't sound like "fast food" or a place where busy people in a rush go for a quick lunch, so it may not be the best comparison. Better would be the cheap noodle or dumpling shops in Chinese cities and there you may also find that you're eating noodles in "surprise soup" and dumplings packed with "mystery meat" and maybe a dash of ground cardboard.

    This report doesn't mention any evidence. What was the Dragon TV report based on? A whistle-blower at Husi? Was there evidence? Or is this just an anonymous tip called in by who-knows-who?

    Posted in: McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

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