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theFuJul. 06, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
Hats off to the USA ladies.
Impressive play and some dumb luck so far reflected in the score.
I love watching two great teams play with high levels of skill.
Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup
theFuJul. 01, 2015 - 11:14AM JST
Actually, I think the article nailed some aspects, but left off other important considerations. I haven't left NRT to be inside Japan since the 1990s so my experiences may be out of date.
I found Tokyo to be extremely expensive. Then on vacation, I don't intend to stay at a 4-star hotel for $250+/night or eat every meal out for $30/pp.
Japan is famous for raw fish and expensive steaks. Some people DO NOT LIKE IT, especially with their kids. A close relative took her family to Japan in 2010 and her kids all lost weight and were constantly complaining about the food. This is a blessing AND a curse. Japan has many other foods, but those aren't highlighted in the travel advertisements that I've seen. I would loose 7 lbs every week worked in Japan. Just couldn't find enough food that was edible to me in the allowed time. Since then, I've matured as a traveler and see the various foods as a major part of the travel experience, but for many people, they want the same foods from home, especially for b'fast. I remember being very happy to get maple syrup with waffles in Bangkok just last year. It was a nice surprise. Yes, it is stupid, but it made me happy at the time.
Trains and buses need to be just as easy to use for English speakers as for Japanese. Something like an "Octopus card" for all public transport is needed. No more cash. I recall having to carry lots of cash around with me - not just for trains, but to purchase food. I couldn't use the buses at all and taxis only worked if I had a business card for the destination.
The idea that some hotels are not open to foreigners is troubling. Is that still the situation?
Last time I was there, getting from NRT to the hotel was a minibus for almost 3 hrs and $75. Hopefully that has been fixed?
Cell phones - is it trivial to pick up a GSM SIM at the airport for 2 weeks of use for less than $20?
I believe Japan has a free English translation service available by phone. Make that on the front of all tourism advertising.
Earthquakes. For people who aren't from places with Earthquakes, this is a real fear. There was a tiny quake during 1 of my visits at 2am. Don't think any of the locals noticed it at all, but the room was on the 29th floor, I it freaked me out a bit.
There are many things unique to Japan that are different and wonderful. For some travelers, those unknowns will always scare people away. Japan was my first travel overseas and those experiences changed my life. For that, I shall always be grateful to the all the nice people I interacted and worked with for those few years.
Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers
theFuJun. 10, 2015 - 09:21AM JST
If these polls truly reflect the beliefs of both peoples, I'm just sad.
I've visited both of these countries and have many friends in both and back home who are descended from these wonderful places. Both have rich histories and both have some embarrassing items in their past. Every country does.
Certainly we can all find a way passed this distrust. We are more alike than different as people.
I hope we can.
Posted in: Distrust between South Korea, Japan sky high: poll
theFuMay. 16, 2015 - 09:42AM JST
He will be on "death row" for another 10 yrs thanks to automatic appeals in all death penalty cases.
It is cheaper to keep him in prison for life, but American society will not allow that. He needs to be killed to make people here feel like justice has been achieved.
The idea of a bullet in his brain tomorrow, just isn't the way this works. Death is an extraordinary measure of justice and "the system" tries to really be certain it is deserved. Certainly there have been innocent people put to death based on bad evidence, FBI lab lying, etc. In this case, I have no doubts this person did the crime and deserves the sentence.
Posted in: Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death
theFuMay. 13, 2015 - 09:17PM JST
Voting for "None of the Above" myself.
All the options are so very flawed.
Posted in: Iraq war casts shadow over Republican White House hopefuls
theFuMay. 13, 2015 - 05:21AM JST
15 yr old is a minor. Parents are 100% responsible for all behavior and control.
I wasn't there, but I have been on flights where adults had tantrums and the flight crews behaved poorly, which lead to escalation.
Gag and straight jacket would be my solution, no inconveniencing 200+ other people.
I'd put that entire family on my "no fly list" if I were United. They can drive or take a bus or some other airline.
Flying is not a right.
Posted in: Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane in U.S.
theFuMay. 12, 2015 - 08:12AM JST
Who? Never watched these "talent" shows.
Can't wait for them to bring back Wipeout!
Posted in: Fox calling an end to 'American Idol'
theFuMay. 12, 2015 - 02:27AM JST
Over populated areas - a $10M insurance policy should be mandatory to get a commercial license. Larger RPVs/ROVs require higher insurance policies - up to $100M. Get caught - $10M fine.
Over unpopulated private areas - go for it. I'm thinking farm, ranch, industrial areas in the middle of nowhere.
Over unpopulated public areas - permit from the specific management org (Dept of Interior, Nat Park Service, State Park Service, etc.... )
Current areas where drones are prohibited remain so - 5mi near airports come to mind.
Private use - over your own property or private land where it is allowed, good. Over any roadways or more than sparsely populated areas, prohibited.
For example, a homeowner should be allowed to use a camera on a "drone" to check out hard to see places on his property - roof, trees, chimneys, etc.
Posted in: What do you think about the increasing use of drones?
theFuMay. 07, 2015 - 09:22AM JST
No line jumping.
What the USA needs is a foreign worker program. This lets workers come into the USA for agri-jobs and leave as the season dictates. They have have their families in their home country and come back season after season to work. This must limit the sorts of jobs for migrant workers too and limit the right to protest and have an automatic deportation clause for being arrested more than 5 times or convicted once.
We also need a constitutional amendment that being born in the USA doesn't automatically create a US citizen. That would end "anchor babies."
I'm not against a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, just against anyone here illegally getting ahead of anyone following the rules for entrance.
Posted in: Clinton challenges Bush on immigration
theFuMay. 07, 2015 - 09:17AM JST
Everyone should be able to play dress up.
Too many skinny girls in Japan anyway, IMHO.
Posted in: Marshmallow girls want to cosplay too
theFuMay. 07, 2015 - 09:15AM JST
If the person is the primary subject in a commercial photo, then permission should be required. This assumes the person isn't a minor and is able to legally provide permission.
If the person is in the background, not in detail, then permission shouldn't be required if taken in a public location - street, public land, public park or with the land owners permission.
I think of the Virgin Mobile ad campaign http://techcrunch.com/2007/09/21/virgin-mobile-ad-campaign-ruins-girls-life/ that stole a flickr photo of an underage girl and printed up 1.5m posters of her at bus stops.
Posted in: Should media be able to take photos of, or film people in public, and then use it without asking their permission?
theFuApr. 28, 2015 - 03:42AM JST
3000+ dead and they haven't really gotten outside KTM yet. This is terrible.
Haven't been able to reach any of my friends there yet - 3 days since the quake. At least the airport is open.
Posted in: Over 700 dead in Nepal quake; Everest shaken
theFuApr. 27, 2015 - 11:24PM JST
These people have all met before. They may not be life-long friends, but they probably are more than acquaintances. A hug, when on American soil, is perfectly acceptable.
I hug old friends I haven't seen in 20 yrs and only communicated with because of a visit to their town. Sometimes they aren't ready for it either. ;)
Posted in: Give us a hug
theFuApr. 26, 2015 - 08:20AM JST
So ... they want a salary-man? Yuck. Just kill me already. If I had to go to the same desk job, even if it wasn't boring, day after day, I'd rather have a bullet in the head.
Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what professions they don’t want to date
theFuApr. 25, 2015 - 11:03PM JST
My thoughts go out to all the people impacted. Only spent a few weeks in Nepal around Holi time and found the people there to be wonderful, generous, and fun! Took about 5 days to be a tourist. Was there upgrading the wifi network infrastructure at a Buddhist Monastery. The monks need their youtube. ;) Worked on my karma at the same time. I haven't been able to check-in with my friends there yet.
Nepal has rolling blackouts as a way of life - 6hrs of power, 6 hrs without, 6 hrs of power, 6 hrs without. The power schedule shifts daily by 1 hour to make it equally inconvenient for everyone in the country. Many businesses are used to working without power.
Their roads and hospital infrastructure can't handle this. They need help. Read that Pakistan has offered everything they have - it will be needed. Hopefully India and China and USA and Japan and Australia will help too. This is massive. Many thousands of people are likely buried and dead. There are probably many missing people in slides on many other mountains in Nepal where people live and work.
If you can't go there to help, please open your pockets and give to a charity helping there like the Red Cross. They will need this help for years.
theFuApr. 23, 2015 - 11:48PM JST
Don't think I'll be going to the movies this summer - at least not for these.
I'm tired of no-imagination stories.
Bring something new, imaginative. Though I would see a new Iron Man. The climax in the last Avengers just went on-and-on-and-on-and-on. The scene AFTER the credits was my favorite. I like shawarma. ;)
I can wait for the DVD (won't use BR here) to be shipped from Netflix for most of these.
Perhaps Xmas will bring something interesting?
theFuApr. 19, 2015 - 10:01PM JST
I don't think Paul is qualified to be President - he wasn't a "community leader."
Fortunately, any President is limited to 10 yrs of total time in office or 2 elections. Ref 22nd Amendment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-secondAmendmenttotheUnitedStatesConstitution#Text
Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world
theFuApr. 19, 2015 - 08:57PM JST
Never heard of Rakuten before this article.
With online purchases, the reputation for "making things right" matters to me. Amazon has that reputation AND they back it up with actions.
And Amazon has been collecting sales taxes for years here.
I looked at Rakuten's site. Looked like target or sears. I don't "shop" on those - only visit them for a specific thing. I dislike when shopping sites use 3rd party addons to help shopping, tracking, us. Rakuten is using 5 external trackers. Why? They inherit the reputations from each of those trackers. Since I find 3 of those addons offensive, I will NEVER use Rakuten.
Posted in: How come Japanese shopping-website operator Rakuten is still relatively unknown in the U.S. and Europe, where Amazon.com rules?
theFuApr. 13, 2015 - 01:57AM JST
Vaccines are in the top 10 of all human inventions. A tiny percentage are impacted by any specific vaccine, but I wouldn't risk my kids life by NOT vaccinating them without PROOF FOR MY CHILD to know it will cause harm. Other kids are someone elses problem. Mine will be vaccinated for their good and the good of the "herd."
For example, I'm allergic to ThermaSol, so I have to watch for any drugs/vaccines which include it. That doesn't mean every other vaccine is bad or that alternative vaccines made without ThermaSol aren't the best choice for me.
Posted in: Australia to deny benefits to parents refusing to vaccinate children
theFuApr. 12, 2015 - 04:53AM JST
So she isn't a live-long politician AND she does COSplay?
She's got my vote!
Posted in: Nurse cosplay: Would-be Hiroshima City councilwoman’s innovative campaign tactic
Texas A&M Aggie
Jul. 06, 2015 - 09:58AM JST
Olympic gold and now the World Cup.
Leave ... No ... Doubt ....
USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!
@Westerner, nice language, 'midgets'??? WTF. Japan were the holders until 5 minutes ago, you know?
Posted in: Happy fan
Jul. 06, 2015 - 09:55AM JST
@Westerner, nice language, 'midgets'??? WTF. Japan were the holders until 5 minutes ago, you know?
Congrats to the USA... but I do wish we could write off the first 20 minutes.
Jul. 06, 2015 - 09:54AM JST
Well done team USA - clearly the better side. Extremely disappointing performance from Japan, sadly. Not…