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    ThonTaddeo

    Is he Okinawa native? The video had yelling with Hyojungo and could hear Dojin, Yabanjin.

    "Yamashiro" is a distinctively Okinawan name. You never hear Okinawans using their own language in dealing with mainland government officials; certainly not with cops brought down from Tokyo, who would not understand it. It is natural that he would use the mainland's language in these protests.

    Posted in: Antibase Okinawa activist freed after 5 months' detention

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    ThonTaddeo

    What happens when the customer's real friends and acquaintances notice that these new "friends" only appear in the birthday party pictures and never again? Do the Family Romance mercenaries charge increasing amounts to select the same "friends" in future photos?

    Posted in: Company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media

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    ThonTaddeo

    I visited the Yamazaki distillery and went on the tour, with those guides and their distinctive purple uniforms, a few years ago -- you will cross the Kyoto-Osaka border on foot depending on which train line you use to get there! It's excellent. They show you the whole process, show you Barrel No. 0001 from 1923 (?), and then give you some samples of their products and their rivals'; all great (and my fellow tourist offered her samples to me, meaning that I drank two people's worth of them).

    I highly recommend going if you're looking for something a little offbeat to do in between Kyoto and Osaka. Nice little town surrounding the place, too!

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

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    ThonTaddeo

    The naming competition will be open to Japanese citizens and foreigners residing in Japan.

    So... "The naming competition will be open to residents of Japan."

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    ThonTaddeo

    Everyone is praising Yuriko Koike here, but wasn't she the one who invented the horrible, quality-of-life-destroying "Cool Biz" program which has indoor temperatures set at a hellish 28 degrees? She had spent time in the deserts of the Middle East and presumably thought all of Japan should endure the heat that she had to live in.

    If she is really concerned about people being able to "comfortably get to work", step number one would be be to bring back proper air conditioning. The horrible 28-degree new standard just offloads all the costs onto the public, who end up going through multiple changes of clothing each day because they're sweating so much -- and takes no account of lost productivity, instead relying on old-fashioned gaman.

    Posted in: Koike to launch comfortable commute movement this summer

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    ThonTaddeo

    Over the last 35 years, the length of a regular-season game has increased by nearly a half-hour — much of that extra time consumed by

    ...longer breaks between innings for commercials more so than any of the factors listed in the article. These breaks were about 1 minute and 30 seconds in the beginning of the television era, 2 minutes and 10 seconds for regular season games now, and 2 minutes and 55 seconds for post-season games now.

    Back before television, most games were completed in under 2 hours, and some were even done in under one hour! That last feat would be almost impossible in an era where roughly 50 minutes of playoff games are consumed by just commercial breaks.

    Indeed, is suspicious that the true culprit is never listed in this article. They mention all the other minor factors except this real one.

    Posted in: Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

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    3) help reduce the current deflationary spiral.

    This is the only thing the government really cares about, and it isn't even true: Japan is not in a deflationary spiral in any way at all. Prices (and taxes) are rising everywhere and what the people need is lower prices. Want them to consume more? Any shop owner knows how to do that: lower prices!

    But the government doesn't even really want the people consuming more so much as it wants inflation to destroy the value of the debt it has amassed over the past few decades, at the expense of the diligent Japanese people who have saved all those yen. That's what Abe really wants, while using feel-good nationalism to distract the people from how he's robbing them blind and making their futures less secure.

    Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results

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    ThonTaddeo

    Art. 35 of Japan's constitution guards against warrantless searches or seizures regarding "homes, papers and effects" -- nothing in there about mobile phones.

    The original uses the words 書類及び所持品. If a mobile phone -- something many people carry with them wherever they go and which they pay more attention to than all outsude stimuli combined -- isn't a 所持品, I don't know what is.

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    ThonTaddeo

    If he's so great then why doesn't he step aside

    If he's good enough to be in the lineup and help his team win, he should be playing.

    Posted in: 'King Kazu' turns 50 with J.League start

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    ThonTaddeo

    Was he trying to get his own kid into kindergarten, so he stole the applications of rival children so as to give his child better odds?

    Were other kids bullying his kid, so he got those parents' home phone numbers from the forms and then made these silent phone calls to scare them?

    I'm trying to come up with a theory that makes sense. I can't think of any reason to steal application forms for a kindergarten, though considering how hard it can be to get into one, I'm not surprised if some of the parents have been driven nuts.

    Posted in: 129 stolen kindergarten application forms confiscated from man’s home

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    ThonTaddeo

    Tokyo is building six venues and we have made significant reductions to the costs.

    This is the problem right here. "Building." Tokyo is a world-class city with world-class sporting venues already available. These Olympic Games could use those facilities and make an easy profit, as Los Angeles did in 1984 when they used their perfectly-functional 1932 Olympic Stadium again (it's still in use now) and a whole host of other stadiums, arenas, dormitories, etc. Tokyo could do this, but the government and the construction companies (but I repeat myself) are skimming off the taxpayers' money at a level that is surprising even for them.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor warns of spiralling 2020 Olympics costs

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    ThonTaddeo

    Abe hopeful 'Premium Friday' will boost consumption

    Consumption. Of course.

    Letting office workers go home early, and this clown's first thought is not of better health, happiness, more time spent with children... nope, all he cares about is making his subjects spend!

    Posted in: Abe hopeful 'Premium Friday' will boost consumption

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    ThonTaddeo

    They are still peeved that Hillary lost the election

    I am ecstatic that Hillary lost the election, but that doesn't change the fact that this is an outrageous overreaction by the President.

    Posted in: Message for Trump

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    ThonTaddeo

    The time may be to let go of emperors, kings and princes. It would certainly be with in the spirit of democracy and enlightenment of the twenty first century.

    If the monarchy is abolished, the primary symbol of this country will become Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    I can't think of a worse representative for the people of Japan.

    Why is this fool even commenting on the Imperial succession?

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    ThonTaddeo

    One thing that is particularly insidious about these calculations is that they measure overtime per month or per year when they should be measuring it per day.

    My employer only pays for overtime in excess of 40 hours in a month, which looks reasonable as it averages to just under two hours per day. This is within government guidelines, of course, but it can be extremely unhealthy: work 12-hour days for two weeks, but get to go home on time the rest of the month, and you won't earn one single yen in overtime pay! Work 16 hours a day for one week, and you won't get paid for any of it provided you leave on time for the next three weeks.

    This is a system that lets employers space out periods of insane overwork without having to pay for any of it.

    This should be done with the day as the base, not the month. Stay three extra hours in a day, and that last hour should be compensated extra.

    (Of course, ideally, any hours in excess of the standard eight in a day would be paid extra, but we have to start somewhere...)

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    ThonTaddeo

    This guy claims to have let 160,000 "foreigners" in for free in just two and a half years?

    That many foreign people, just walking past his ticket gate alone, on just ~600 or so working days (assuming he's a full timer)?

    Roughly 1.26 million people visit that park in total in a year (Wikipedia). Let's say 3.5 million visitors, total, in two and a half years, total. What percent would be visibly foreign? What percentage of those would even attempt to walk in without a ticket?

    Of those, what percent are likely to be served by this particular ticket taker?

    I just don't see how he gets to 160,000. I wouldn't be surprised if the total number to even visit the park in those 2 1/2 years weren't this high.

    Maybe some rude guest intimidated this guy to the point where he was afraid to ask anyone for their ticket. But the numbers seem to allow for the possibility that we've got another case of the big, bad foreigner serving as scapegoat.

    Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him

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    ThonTaddeo

    Seven straight years of decline means that the decline began in 2010, before even the earthquake. That's pretty good news.

    Posted in: No. of suicides in 2016 drops below 22,000 for first time since 1995

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    ThonTaddeo

    I'm just glad the charming village of Asuka in Nara prefecture is already popular and has no need for this kind of ad.

    Posted in: JR Kyushu runs 'Kiss My Nagasaki' campaign

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    ThonTaddeo

    Toyota union to seek Y3,000 or more monthly base salary hike

    Paying it is the least Toyota can do, as the primary beneficiary of Abe's middle-class ruining currency devaluation and inflation. They're one of the few firms left in a better spot.

    the government of Abe, who took office in 2012, has yet to fully create a virtuous cycle of wage growth and robust spending.

    This is because that isn't what Abe actually created. Such a cycle would be great, but Abe destroyed the yen and created inflation first, which has the opposite effect for the public but which he is bamboozling the people into thinking is part of this virtuous circle.

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    ThonTaddeo

    No way anyone would say go away, that hit means big money

    When you're a pedestrian or cyclist who has just been hit by a one-ton automobile, you're not going to be thinking straight. I had the same experience when I was hit by a car while on a bicycle and my instinct was to get away from this monster as soon as I could -- the animal instinct that probably goes all the way back to a monkey being kicked by a giant elephant -- and I limped into the police station myself.

    Keep in mind also that lazy cops might consider a bicycle being hit by a car to be a vehicle-to-vehicle collision and tell the cyclist that he's responsible to damage to the driver's car caused by his flying body. Happened to me that time!

    Posted in: Suspect in hit-and-run says he left because victim told him to go away

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