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edojinOct. 17, 2016 - 04:33PM JST
Have done a lot of walking in Kochi City ... up to the castle ... and "around the corner" to Ryoma's birthplace and museum. Also toured the coastal area via local bus. Kochi Prefecture is a nice comfortable place to visit. Lots to see and do. If you can get down that way, I recommend it very highly ...
Posted in: 10 reasons why you need to visit Kochi
edojinOct. 17, 2016 - 11:31AM JST
Are Abe-san and his pro-nuclear friends in the Liberal Democratic Party listening? I doubt it. But this might put a damper on Abe's awaited decision to call an upper house election early next year. Let's see how other local elections turn out in upcoming polls ...
Posted in: TEPCO shares slump after anti-nuclear candidate wins Niigata election
edojinOct. 16, 2016 - 05:29PM JST
A song writer is also, well, a writer. Dylan deserved the Nobel Prize for literature. I've got friends who pen lyrics to be put to music ... and they devote as much sweat to this task as any poet or novel writer. I think the Nobel panel made a good choice in giving the prize to Dylan.
Posted in: Writers divided on whether Dylan deserves Nobel prize
edojinOct. 16, 2016 - 05:24PM JST
Abenomics ... as seen from the above story ... is a complete failure. And yet Abe and Bank of Japan governor Kuroda keep praising it. Why don't they try something new to protect the people from ever-rising prices?
And "Reckless," in case you have a "foreign foot size," the ABC shoe store on the Ginza here in Tokyo has large sizes ... and lots of styles to choose from. And the prices are clearly visible on the tags.
Posted in: Japan's retailers forecast gloomy end to year
edojinOct. 16, 2016 - 05:16PM JST
That's it ... forget Toyosu. Don't even go near the place with our seafood ... or any kind of food. What a cocktail of chemicals they are coming up with from the new market. Just downright sickening ...
edojinOct. 14, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
Also saw this on TV. There was no protective covering above the street at the spot where the pipe plunged downward. So it was a direct hit. Wonder if there was a guard on duty there? As 3rensho said above, the pipe, which had a flattened edge on both ends, pierced his head. Doubt if hospitalization would have helped him at all.
edojinOct. 13, 2016 - 06:05PM JST
She's doing okay so far. But with an important election concerning her former seat in the Diet, she is being wooed by the Liberal Democratic Party (Jiminto). So it appears that things are falling into place where they will play politics together because of the election. Just hope she remains strong enough to continue to go solo after that election ... and perhaps even a big election in January if Abe dissolves the upper house.
Posted in: How do you think Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is doing so far?
edojinOct. 13, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
One of these days China will build an airport there ... going from one platform to another while spanning the sea below. If so, then things will become really interesting ...
Posted in: Japan protests over signs of renewed Chinese gas exploration
edojinOct. 12, 2016 - 06:03PM JST
I question the penalty that was called that produced the penalty shot. The Australian appeared to have fallen on his own ... and was not knocked down as ruled by the referee. If not for this penalty goal, Japan would have won the game 1-0.
Posted in: Japan, Australia draw 1-1 in World Cup qualifier
edojinOct. 12, 2016 - 05:57PM JST
Am watching this live on TV. Sure was a lot of black smoke billowing out of that place. It seems to be under control as of now (6 p.m. Wednesday). Lots of wiring down there underground ... and guess lots of it burned ... thus the black smoke.
Posted in: Blackout in Tokyo hits 580,000 households, affecting trains, gov't offices
edojinOct. 08, 2016 - 06:10PM JST
Donald Trump and Bill Clinton seem to be in the same boat ... except one talks about it and the other actually does it. Where oh where are the "good guys" in the U.S. political world?
Posted in: Trump's campaign reeling after crude comments on women aired
edojinOct. 08, 2016 - 06:06PM JST
Tamayo Marukawa, minister in charge of the Tokyo Games, as usual doesn't have a clue as to what is happening on the Olympic scene. Prime Minister Abe should dump her and get somebody who is really interested in holding the Olympics. Every time she talks about various aspects of her job, she seems to be in a daze about the whole situation.
edojinOct. 07, 2016 - 06:47PM JST
Civets have crossed my path quite a few times here in the heart of Tokyo. They don't seem to be scared of me ... and if they are close enough I talk to them ... in English of course. So far, they are cute ... and harmless.
The above story brought something to my attention, however. They can produce a liquid similar to a skunk! And from my experience with skunks back home in America ... they really can stink. Like ... wow!! Don't want that to happen. So guess I will continue to be "friends" with these unusually looking creatures.
Have seen them walking on electrical wiring high above the street and just recently saw one "walk up" a wall easier than a cat can. Civets ... quite an animal.
Posted in: What's that smell? Could a civet be nearby?
edojinOct. 03, 2016 - 06:02PM JST
Don't even touch this woman 'cause she'll not only spray you but everyone in sight. She's gotta learn to zero in on her intended target a little better ...
Posted in: Woman held over pepper spray incident at Takadanobaba Station claims she was victim of groper
edojinOct. 03, 2016 - 05:59PM JST
The i-phone gadgets I am seeing in use right now amaze me. Translations can be made from any language in an instant. They may not be perfect, but they get the idea across. Add another 10 to 20 years in developing translation devices and we will be seeing something more perfect ... perhaps even perfect itself. Me and my translation/re-write friends may not like it, but the translation/re-write industry will someday be a thing of the past.
Posted in: Do you think automatic translation technology will get good enough one day so that we won't need human interpreters or translators?
edojinOct. 03, 2016 - 05:49PM JST
The way things are going now, this prediction sounds pretty logical. Already universities are telling their students to prepare for the day when artificial intelligence will be taking over the jobs they are targeting. So they had best prepare to revise their working plans. It doesn't sound nice, but that's what AI and other forms of revising the workplace will someday do ... eliminate regular workers and go full force with part-timers.
Posted in: By 2030, there will be no full-time employees, report speculates
edojinOct. 01, 2016 - 04:50PM JST
As stated many times over, Abenomics has resulted in higher prices across the board. And the increases are much higher than the 2% Abe and his economic cronies are seeking. Wish he would do some shopping on his own so he could see how high the prices are. Like most of my friends here, both Japanese & foreign, everybody seems to be happy when buying discounted items ... especially food. Abenomics ... what a bunch of balony ...
edojinOct. 01, 2016 - 03:52PM JST
Surely there's some kind of a coverup going on here. Everybody points their fingers at everyone else and nobody knows what in the heck happened along the way. Somebody somewhere has just gotta know what exactly happened. The project was just too big to and complicated to pass by without somebody knowing something. Bet those in the know are busy watching over their shoulder(s) in case somebody starts squealing.
Koike-san has to stick to her guns and try to unravel this ongoing mystery ...
And ... the latest report from Toyoso says there IS above-limit benzene in the ground water below the new Toyosu fishmarket. No matter what ... can't move the market from Tsukiji to Toyosu ...
edojinSep. 24, 2016 - 01:50PM JST
About two decades ago it was written that the Aum Shinrikyo cult killers would not be executed because of the slow judicial system here in Japan. It was also pointed out that some of them came from prestigious universities ... and so as not to tarnish the image of these universities, their lives would be spared down the road. And sure enough it seems as if those predictions are coming true. Not one Aum Shinrikyo murderer has been put to death. And if the above story comes true, their lives will probably be spared. And to have such murderers "rehabilitated" and "returned to society" would be an injustice in itself.
So ... abolish the death penalty ... and someday "rehabilitate" the murderers? There's got to be a better way. If the death penalty is outlawed ... make sure the really bad people stay behind bars for the rest of their lives. I, for one, don't want them back out on the street in any form.
edojinSep. 22, 2016 - 05:03PM JST
Reason No. 9: I clean up the cigarette butts and other trash that is tossed about carelessly around my home. And my neighbors do the same ... that is, they also clean up litter that is tossed on the roadway. Smokers ... the bane of our area in downtown Tokyo ...
Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean
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Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:23AM JST
Serrano: Geez, you're in worse denial than you were during your predictions of 2008 and 2012.…
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Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:13AM JST
Foreign investment is not only avoiding Japan, it's running away, and despite the increasing number of…
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Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:09AM JST
I've covered several Dylan tunes, and my opinion about this issue is, 'WTFC'?
Posted in: What do you think of Bob Dylan's continued lack of response to being awarded the Nobel literature prize on Oct 13?
Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:04AM JST
As a musician, I can totally relate to her difficulty at screwing up. As an actress…
Posted in: Meryl Streep says singing badly for new role required work
Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:03AM JST
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