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    SumoBob

    The long standing 'Fune' sushi restaurant in Toronto, Canada has had this gimmick for more than 20 years. Nice try, Japan.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurant wows customers by serving meals on water instead of a revolving conveyor belt

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    SumoBob

    “We want to introduce the spirit of ‘what a waste,’ to organising the Games,” Koike said.

    Too late: already introduced and achieved by the 2020 JOC.

    Posted in: IOC urges unwavering commitment by Olympic Games' hosts

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    SumoBob

    Where's the Trump tweet chowing down on a bowl of gyudon? "I love Japanese people!"

    Posted in: Confusion over Trump's first talks with foreign leader as Abe heads to New York

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    SumoBob

    Seriously. I mean, why even add "McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland and Empire" in this JapanToday article since they are nowhere to be found in Japan.

    Posted in: Mastering a better apple pie

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    SumoBob

    I must say after several years of studying the issue from all angles, I've switched my position and am very much AGAINST the TPP. As a former North American resident, people such as I have become all too accustomed to cheap, year-round produce and other food items, giving little to no thought about where it comes from, how it was produced/farmed/picked and for what cost and what local farmer it puts out of business. But from a moral, ethical, environmental standpoint, buying (of supermarkets selling) anything that can be produced locally makes no sense. Why should we ship rice thousands of miles by ship from the US or Asia to Japan when we can grow it right in our own neighborhoods? Fruits and vegetables year round? Ridiculous, if it is shipped half way around the earth to reach our plates.

    We, as a species must learn to live and eat locally for the vast majority of our food. When the future environmental sh*t hits the fan, we'd better hope that our neighborhood has the ability to feed its people, because the ships filled with foodstuffs from other continents won't be steaming our way.

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    To be eligible to use the system, travelers must have come to Japan more than twice in the past year, be visiting on a short stay for business or tourism, be employees or executives of companies listed on the Japanese stock exchange, and must not have been deported in the past, according to the ministry. The service is for nationals of 67 countries and regions who do not require visas for Japan, including the United States and South Korea, but excludes the Philippines and China as numbers of visitors from those countries are too large for the system of gates to handle.

    So why is this even news, Japanese government? Have you learned nothing from your 'fast-track, permanent residency points system' fiasco?

    With all the limitations put in place here, the number of qualified individuals must number in the several hundreds (if that!). An email to companies who qualify would have sufficed.

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    SumoBob

    How far we've come from just ten years ago with police by the hundreds patrolling the Yamanote Line worrying about foreigners in costumes bothering everyone.

    Posted in: Tokyo enjoys weekend of Halloween revelry

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    Yasuoka said the proposal is “not something that can be retracted.”

    I love the irony here, using the Japanese bureaucrat mantra that once something has been decided and agreed upon it cannot be changed (to save face for those who agreed to it in the first place). This, apparently does not include the Japanese Constitution however.

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    SumoBob

    On Thursday, a representative from Ishihara’s office released a statement to the media in which the former governor said he would be unable to attend the hearing because of his advanced age and health.

    Yes, excessive blinking can be detrimental to one's health.

    Posted in: Ishihara declines to attend hearing on Toyosu market

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    SumoBob

    What a bunch of pie-in-the-sky malarkey. True, the world is changing and people (and especially governments) will need to adapt. However, the idea that every worker out there is evaluating their job on whether it will be outsourced, made redundant or given to a robot and is planning accordingly by going out to be retrained on their own dime (even if they knew what to train for!) is ridiculous.

    Governments and businesses would do well to remember that without a well paid workforce of citizens paying taxes and buying the products companies make, politicians and CEOs own jobs and companies will go the way of the dodo.

    Posted in: By 2030, there will be no full-time employees, report speculates

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    Abe promised Monday in a policy speech opening an extraordinary Diet session to “eradicate the word ‘irregular worker’ from this country.”

    Well, we all know how well that worked out in the past. "Eradicating" a word does nothing if the thinking behind it doesn't change as well.

    Easiest example is "ainoko" (sabetsu!) becomes "konketsuji" (kawaisō) to "hafu" (hafu are cute, hafu are cool!).

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    SumoBob

    And do you think those divided loyalties disappear the second you sign a form renouncing your second citizenship? Should we go one step further and say you have to be a natural born citizen to hold any public office? Citizenship doesn't always mean divided loyalties and loyalty to a foreign state doesn't always require citizenship. Just look at evangelical lawmakers in America who seem to advocate for Israel's interests above those of their own constituents for purely religious reasons.

    M3M3M3 is spot on. So how about Japanese dual citizens who are unable to relinquish their second nationality?

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    SumoBob

    I feel for these athletes, but once again the Yamato daimeshi, you must win gold at all costs for the glory of NIppon rears its head. If coaches and media realized that less pressure = more wins maybe the would have a better chance.

    Posted in: World champion Japan off to shaky start in men's gymnastics

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    SumoBob

    Or maybe there was an engine fire and she didn't get out in time. For a woman to choose suicide by fire would be very unusual.

    No, actually, it's not uncommon at all. It happened in my prefecture as well, and seems to be a method of choice for some, particularly women for some reason. Dump kerosene on you and light yourself on fire. As for the exiting the vehicle part, that would be an involuntary human body reaction to the flames in an enclosed space.

    Posted in: Woman's body found near burning car in Saitama

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    SumoBob

    Will they finally teach them that the letter Z is in fact, "zee" & not "zetto"? As you know, US spelling and vocabulary is what is taught in Japan. The sound 'zee' though, cannot be replicated in katakana and would be indistinguishable from the letter 'G'. Therefore, the British 'zeddo' (not 'zetto') is sometimes used.

    theeastisred, really? Have you ever seen "ゼィー" before?

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    SumoBob

    Of course, the police sometimes stop people for more serious matters, including checking foreigners’ residence cards or passports to make sure they’re not illegally present in the country.

    Wc626JUL said: And if they are found to be illegal, they are deported. Amazing how that concept works huh. Kudos Japan. You're a nation of laws.

    Sure. A nation of laws where the police seem to think they have the ability to randomly fish for people who may be breaking the laws. "Papers! Show me your identification papers!"

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

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    SumoBob

    For what? Niantic has done absolutely NOTHING wrong, and in fact have a disclaimer at the beginning of the game saying it is up to the player to be aware of their surroundings and that they should always be careful. A Pokemon character on the grounds of a nuclear site, around a train station, or in a park of all places does not constitute any kind of illegality. Any accidents that ensue on the part of the player is their fault alone.

    Sorry to all the Nintendo fans out there, but this is a huge, FAIL, FAIL, FAIL for the Japanese company. Domestic game designers who don't have one iota of critical thinking skills to imagine that their game should have had "off limit" locations identified WAY before they game was ever launched. Arlington National cemetery? The Hiroshima Peace Park? Auschwitz? The mind boggles at the sheer stupidity of the designers.

    Posted in: Hiroshima unhappy atomic bomb park is Pokemon Go site

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    SumoBob

    @ CrazyJoe & Burning Bush

    What if... Ergodan faked it in order to justify a purge and increased security measures. The whole thing seems a little contrived.

    The coup started with military wide coordination but then fizzled with a few thousands soldiers and a handful of officers holding the bag.And Erdogan emerges as the people's hero draped in a flag on national TV amidst the crowd. Staged. Erdogan was never in any real danger and he knew it.

    Are you guys serious? The coup was faked? 161 people killed and 1,440 wounded overnight in one the US's most important NATO member allies?

    No way any president would allow 2,000 people killed or wounded for a false flag operation to boost their prestige.

    Posted in: Turkey quashes coup; Erdogan vows 'heavy price' for plotters

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    SumoBob

    Yep. GOod on him. One has to think that this was a kind of "shot across the bow" as it were to the Nippon Kaigi and the Abe government, as a warning not to start with their laundry list of bringing back Japan to the Edo period.

    Posted in: Emperor has expressed desire to abdicate in a few years, NHK reports

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    SumoBob

    July 10, 2016 — the day the music died for Japan's 70 year experiment with democratic freedoms.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%

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