SumoBob's past comments

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    SumoBob

    Hey JapanToday photographers: surely there are more benign places to shoot Sakura in Tokoyo than Yasukuni.

    Sheesh.

    Posted in: Early bloom

  • 2

    SumoBob

    **Wow they are gunna charge him with the swords and firearms act, meaning he will receive a lengthy term. Those charges are quite serious here. **

    Yea, that's why the knife length was explicitly mentioned. Have to follow the rules, after all. And he was carrying a knife with a blade greater than 5 cm (OMFG, 8.6cm!!?!, that's a sword, a tells ya!).

    Posted in: Man arrested after slicing his stomach at Tokyo police HQ

  • 0

    SumoBob

    "That's a wonderful doll, the greatest doll ever. I cherish hina matsuri. I have such respect for the Japanese. You know, hinamatsuri is big in Japan, but maybe it's going to be time to change, because so many people want it -- you have Korea that wants it, you have China that wants it. I don't know."

    Posted in: Doll president

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    SumoBob

    "Business is war -- except when others are following our lead. Then, it's unfair." - Japan for the past 5 decades

    Posted in: Japan threatens India with WTO action on steel exports

  • 0

    SumoBob

    My apologies. I had no idea it was that many.

    Posted in: Setagaya family murders remain unsolved 16 years later

  • 1

    SumoBob

    What I object to the most about this case, other than it's taken 15 years with virtually no new information and with no suspects arrested is the fact that the media every single year keeps parroting the same ridiculous police statistic: '246,000 police involved in the case'. No normal police force track statistics in this way. In fact there aren't even close to 246,000 police in Japan. More than likely what this is really meant to symbolize is total number of man hours worked on the case. But even then there is no way that this makes sense unless they are including every single police officer who at one time tacked up a reward for information poster at every single local koban and counted each one of those a working man hour.

    Posted in: Setagaya family murders remain unsolved 16 years later

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    For the love of god, please drop tariffs on cheese that Japan does not make itself. Those here who want to buy Japanese-made "natural" cheese and Camembert may do so. But the rest of us want to eat European cheese without paying 1,200 yen for 200g of the stuff.

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    "This is extremely regrettable. We will earnestly discuss the possibility of these officers receiving a 10% pay cut for three months."

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    What's really funny is that this is a head of State visiting here, and the best they can come up with are those god-awful metal folding chairs for them to sit on. This isn't an elementary school graduation guys. Did they have kerosene heaters blasting in the corner to heat up the room, too? Abe and Mori would have felt right at home. Putin must have been thinking, "I left the Kremlin's posh decor for this?"

    Posted in: Showing Putin a few moves

  • 1

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 3

    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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    SumoBob

    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

  • 4

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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

  • 4

    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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    SumoBob

    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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