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    gaijintraveller

    The article says, "Don’t be afraid to call the police – playing music late at night is against the law." If that is the case, why were the police unable to stop the music? It seems the police can only ask, but there is nothing they can do if the request is ignored. The only time I have called the police about noise they said there was nothing they could do about it because the noise was being made by the city over their speaker system. They were announcing local election results at 1 o'clock in the morning.

    Posted in: Dealing with a bad neighbor in Japan

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    "Growing marijuana for commercial purposes is punishable under the Cannabis Control Law."

    I believe growing marijuana for any purposes is punishable under the Cannabis Control Law unless you possess a licence to do so. "I wasn't intending to sell it" is no excuse.

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    Is there anything to eat or drink at the parties? If there is, it could become rather messy with everyone blindfolded. You wouldn't know what you were eating or drinking either.

    Posted in: Matchmaking party in Tokyo is a literal blind date; everyone must wear blindfolds

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    Unfortunately many such measures backfire. It is said that diet carbonate drinks are even less healthy than the real thing.

    Posted in: 'Fat taxes' could save billons in healthcare costs: study

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    If you have bought alcohol or tobacco at a convenience store, you will realise that you just have to press, "I am over 20" to cover the store's legal obligation.

    I assume all their staff will have to sign a declaration saying they are at least 18 and all will be OK.

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    “I don’t ever want to call a court biased. So I won’t call it biased." This is just a way to say that he thinks the court is biased.

    "Too much politics in the U.S. judiciary." Not at all. Just not his beliefs. If anything, the court is trying to come to a fair decision that excludes both political and religious beliefs, which I don't ever want to call Trump's prejudice.

    Posted in: Trump says courts too political; no travel ban ruling yet

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    It is interesting the so many of the people who have posted like me detest smoky places. I believe that is why kissaten are being replaced by chains. Everyone in Japan and, in particular, bar owners, restauranteurs and coffee shop owners insisted no-smoking places would never succeed in Japan and would soon go out of business. Yet the no-smoking places are thriving. It is the smoke-holes that are going out of business. Why else did Starbucks succeed with their medioce, self-service coffee in paper cups and undersized tables? Well, I suppose you could argue that they are cheaper than kissaten, which used to charge around 500 yen for a cup of coffee although Japanese people always explained that you were really paying for the service and right to sit in comfort as long as you had some coffee left.

    Having said this, for the sake of nostalgia BYG in Shibuya is worth a visit. IT seems it has hardly changed since it opened, and fortunately the music, great rock, played by the DJ (one who plays music as it was intended to be played rather than destroying it with effects) hasn't changed either.

    The best country for coffee is not Japan. I believe Vietnam is, but this is a personal opinion. The coffee is great if you don't add or let them add condensed milk.

    The best place in Japan to drink coffee is my home as I have managed to find a source of imported Vietnamese coffee, which I make in an inexpensive espresso machine, which seems to work much better than a De Longhi I bought. I haven't compared it with a Nespresso machine as they work only with Nespresso coffee capsules.

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?”

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    Actually family restaurants usually have a drinks bar. It seems they are the places to drink espresso. Coffee shops give you miniscule cups with just a trace of coffee. In a familoy restaurant you can fill a cup up and do so as many times as you like.

    In one family restaurant I could not find the espresso button. A waitress kindly pointed out that they did not have one. I should selecte latte. The milk would come out first. I should throw that away and use another cup to catch the coffee that would follow.

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?”

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    If the panel comes to a conclusion, it will no longer be needed and those on the panel will lose their cushy jobs. Is that why it takes so long if ever to come to conclusions?

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    SensenSoCommon, you are right and they don't want China to claim it; they want to grab it themselves.

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    gaijintraveller

    "The US military are far superior and could easily destroy any actual act of aggression against Japan and its allies."

    Does the US win wars? They lost in Vietnam, they just caused chaos everywhere else. Look what happened to Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and so on.

    A country is safer without the US military bases to help it.

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    gaijintraveller

    So recovery doesn't depend on the export market, but on household expenditure.

    Posted in: Weak household spending dampens Japan's recovery hopes

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    gaijintraveller

    I wonder if it tastes any better than the standard Liptons, which is pretty awful. Nobody in Britain drinks it. I have never understood why it is so popular in Japan.

    Posted in: Relax over a hot cup of fragrant sakura tea from Lipton

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    Wasn't empowering women one of Abe's three arrows? This seems like the opposite of that, making sure that there is a male to prevent a female taking over.

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    gaijintraveller

    And go to the market in nearby Kep to eat fresh crab cooked with local green pepper, absolutely delicious.

    Posted in: Cambodia's 'perfect pepper' conquering world's taste buds

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    gaijintraveller

    450Ah means nothing without information on voltage. Kwh is much more meaningful.

    Posted in: Solar heat storage system tested for strawberry cultivation

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    gaijintraveller

    Why was Starbucks such a success in Japan? I don't think it i because of the quality of the coffee. It is because it was about the first place, at least the fiorst chain, to be no-smoking. It was no-smoking at a time no Japanese chain would dare to because they thought they would lose to many customers. The time has come when places lose more customers because they allow smoking than if they ban it.

    Even most smokers now seem to prefer no-smoking restaurants.

    I have noticed that there are now even a few no-smoking bars. This is a signof the times. I have also noticed that women in particular do not like their hair and clothes to smell of smoke, so they tend to go to no-smoking places, and that attracts male customers more than being able to smoke does.

    Smoking in restaurants is so third world.

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    gaijintraveller

    Is all we know about the guy who had the money is that he was 55 years old? Nothing more relevant like job or how he got the money?

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    gaijintraveller

    No doubt he prayed for prosperity at New Year. Let's hope his prayers are more successful than Abenomics.

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    Cherry blossom, AKB48 and so on.

    Posted in: What issues do you think will dominate the news in Japan and abroad this year?

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