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edojinJan. 22, 2017 - 06:02PM JST
China calls itself a peaceful country ... and yet it keeps sending its aircraft directly toward and around Japanese air space. Seems as if the Chinese are trying to provoke a major incident of some kind. Gotta keep 'em in check.
Posted in: Japan scrambled jets against China, others record 883 times in 9 months
edojinJan. 20, 2017 - 05:21PM JST
Oops ... made a big error on this one. Didn't mean to say Roppongi ... but my other favorite area that used to lie around Toranomon Hills. This is eating into the Shimbashi area ... another haunt of mine ... which will someday go the way of ultra-modern buildings.
Tried to send this after sending the first comment, which as soon as I hit the send button realized it was wrong. Had to wait for someone else to make a comment as we can't send two comments in a row. So glad "Spanki" made the comment so that I could send this. Gotta get my thinking under control ...
It's Toranomon Hills ... not Roppongi Hills. Wait until Yotsuya Hills, if that is what it's to be called, is completed. More confusion. Too many Moris and too many Hills ...
Posted in: Mori Building to construct 2 new skyscrapers at Toranomon Hills
edojinJan. 20, 2017 - 04:14PM JST
For we oldtimers ... there goes that area of Roppongi to modernization. Guess it's just a matter of time before the rest of the "Gaijin Ghetto" also goes the way of the disappearing Roppongi nightlife area.
edojinJan. 18, 2017 - 04:49PM JST
I give her an A-plus for a job well done. That's two winners in a row at the U.S. Embassy here in Tokyo ...
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as U.S. ambassador
edojinJan. 15, 2017 - 03:49PM JST
Come on already ... forget Toyosu. If theTsukiji market must be moved ... find a new location. Surely there must be many available locations along the waterfront somewhere in the Tokyo area. Toyosu is just too dangerous ...
edojinJan. 06, 2017 - 05:48PM JST
Pull the U.S. military out and what will you have ... why none other than the military of China and Russia playing around right on Japan's doorsteps. The above article is interesting ... but the writer should have interviewed somebody in charge somewhere rather than making it his opinionated article. There's more to this issue than meets the eye (in this article).
Posted in: The benefits for Japan of a U.S. military withdrawal
edojinJan. 06, 2017 - 05:42PM JST
One thing you gotta do ... and that is "look" for the key in the completly blackened out area located underneath Zenkoji Temple. When and if you find the key in the dark you will have good luck. And if you're tall like me, go in low as the ceiling appears to be rather low too.
Posted in: 5 things to do in Nagano City (that aren't winter sports)
edojinJan. 05, 2017 - 06:03PM JST
As stated above, William Hagerty is no stranger to Japan. The article says he spent three years in Japan with the Boston Consulting Group management consultancy. And according to other reports, he has close ties to Trump ... so perhaps he can have a direct line of communication with Trump. Let's see what he can do here.
One thing for sure, he will have a hard time topping America's present ambassador here, Caroline Kennedy. She did a great job ... and was here, there and everywhere throughout the country and even in the U.S. when duties called for her to be present.
No age was given for Hagerty in the above story ... but if he is as young as he looks in the photo, perhaps he will have as much or more energy than Ambassador Kennedy did.
Posted in: Trump to choose Hagerty as next U.S. ambassador to Japan
edojinDec. 31, 2016 - 05:20PM JST
On occasion, Ramos used a locker next to mine at a local gym. He's a very nice, friendly person. Hope he quickly recovers and gets back in action as a manager/coach soon.
edojinDec. 26, 2016 - 04:47PM JST
So, in a way, according to the last paragraph, Yoshida did make some kind of an apology for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Guess Abe's apology comments will, therefore, be clearer and more to the point. Will wait to see what he actually says ...
Posted in: Former Japanese PM Yoshida's Pearl Harbor visit recounted
edojinDec. 18, 2016 - 05:05PM JST
How many more thyroids have gone haywire because of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster? And not only the thyroids ... but other parts of the human body, too? If somebody could just figure out how to get rid of that mess in Fukushima ...
edojinDec. 16, 2016 - 06:26PM JST
As usual ... I merely pick up the remote and click to another station whenever I see such things on the tube ...
Posted in: Japan's pudgy pop stars take aim at obesity prejudice
edojinDec. 16, 2016 - 05:27PM JST
From what I gather today (Friday afternoon), Abe did gain a free trip to Moscow where he is to meet Putin again in the near future. Also, it was reported on TV that some kind of a deal might have been reached on allowing former islanders to visit the four disputed islands, but did not pick up the exact details of such a deal. Otherwise... secrecy, secrecy, secrecy ...
Posted in: Abe, Putin end summit with little to show on isles row
edojinDec. 14, 2016 - 02:47PM JST
I agree with Aly Rustom above. Any gains that are to be made between the two countries will most likely be in Russia's favor.
Posted in: Do you think Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan this week will achieve anything tangible?
edojinDec. 12, 2016 - 05:24PM JST
A former co-worker here in Tokyo once said he was pushed while waiting for a train at a suburban station during the morning rush hour. He said he was standing in front of a bunch of other commuters when a hand suddenly came out of nowhere and shoved him on the back while the train was coming in. A good karate man, he twisted his body to thwart the impact of the push. He said when he turned around to see who had shoved him, everybody just stared ahead as if nothing had happened. And he never did see the pusher.
So ... what I learned from his experience, don't stand in the front of a crowd of people waiting for a train to come in to the station. Try to place yourself somewhere behind that front line. Even if it means not getting a seat ...
Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of pushing woman off platform at Osaka train station
edojinDec. 10, 2016 - 05:37PM JST
As this is, at present, the only Park story on this site today, I will post this comment here. It was shown from Seoul today (Saturday) where huge crowds continued to demonstrate against Park, calling for her "immediate" ouster from the presidency. A "soon" departure can't be soon enough, they are saying.
Posted in: Japan closely watching South Korean crisis
edojinDec. 10, 2016 - 05:26PM JST
The least we can say from this article is that the radiation is continuing to make its way to the shores of the western U.S. So if this is true ... where else is the radiation continuing to reach?
Posted in: Fukushima radiation detected on Oregon shores
edojinNov. 25, 2016 - 05:14PM JST
Hey Russia ... point those missiles away from the Japanese mainland! Reckon this proves that Japan must obtain the state-of-the-art THAAD missile defense system ... not only to keep track of North Korean missles but also missiles placed right next door.
Posted in: Abe calls Russian missile deployment on disputed isles 'regrettable'
edojinNov. 25, 2016 - 05:02PM JST
Just hope all these figures are not being manipulated by Kuroda and his cronies ... by taking advantage of a lame duck Obama administration that may not be bothered with the markets anymore.
Posted in: Dollar rises to 8-month high against yen
edojinNov. 24, 2016 - 06:08PM JST
I thought that Koike-san might be able to prevail over the Jiminto barons who are looking for even more monetary handouts via the 2020 Olympics. Seems as if they have overpowered her ... and are now busy counting all the money that will be coming their way. Even if she manages to reduce costs, there's still a lot of money to be thrown around. Hope she will be able to keep her eye on where every yen is going ... and make this public so that the taxpayers will be able to know where their hard-earned money went.
Posted in: Tokyo won't make 2020 venue changes but will reduce costs
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