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Ricky Martin, Menudo and Me (A True Story!)

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I first came to Japan in the late 1970s. There were very few foreigners in Tokyo back then. When I would walk through Shibuya and the Scramble intersection, people would point at me and say, "Look! There's a foreigner!" Some people would even ask for an autograph.
Those were the good old days. Being a foreigner in Japan was the same as being some superstar merely because of where you were born (kind of like British royalty).


One time, I think it was Jan. of 1979, I was waiting for my friend at 109 in Shibuya. They had just completed building it and I was told to wait there for my rendezvous. I got there an hour early and, after walking around lost in Japan many times before that, I thought it would be best to stay there and wait for my friend - rather than going off exploring and getting lost again. 

No cellphones in 1979!
While I was there waiting, four different beautiful Japanese girls walked up to me and said, in impeccable English, things like, "She's not comin…

History Repeats Itself: The "Stars of Silent Films Are Alive" Today (But not well!)

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History Repeats Itself: The "Stars of Silent Films Are Alive" Today (But not well!)

Most will probably find the title of this blog to be a bit curious. But history is repeating itself right now and the "Stars of Silent Films" are "alive" today! Well, maybe not those exact people, but people who follow in their footsteps and fail to learn the lesson that they taught us....

History is truly repeating itself in front of our very eyes in the TV and radio world and the reaction of many TV and radio "stars" - and even broadcasting company management - towards the Internet.

And, just as it was in the 1920s, the silent film stars who were able to survive - and actually make more money, along with the production companies who profited handsomely from "Talkies" - the stars who survive and prosper will be the ones who embrace the new technology and use it to their advantage. 

The ones who do not, will fade away. (It's actually curious to think, t…

Charles Bukowski, Gary North and Me

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The original title of this blog post was: "Charles Bukowski, Gary North and Me - The Best Writers Don't Care What People Think," but I changed that because it sounds like I think I am one of the "best" writers....

Shit! I wish. I just hope I can be a fraction of what Bukowski or North are. They are great... They don't care what you think. The best writers, I mean. I read the famous ones a lot. I think, sometimes, I read new, young ones that could be really good or great someday.

Alas, I am not a great writer but I had a guy as a sort of teacher and advisor to me who is a great writer. In fact, I had two of them who really influenced me greatly. I'm not talking about some writer whom I have never come in to contact with excepting their written words in books I've bought, I'm talking about two who I have actually corresponded with who have written notes and letters to me. Those two guys really influenced me. Their names are Gary North and Charles Bu…

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Open Borders Immigration? How's that working out for you?

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There are many who claim that Japan should open her borders and allow mass immigration. I think that's crazy.

There are a few writers here (mostly foreigners) who think we should allow immigration like the USA and Europe does. They point to Europe and the USA as to good examples of how Open Borders works out.

I wonder what planet they are living on? There's a reason Japan has a basically zero unemployment problem. There's also a reason why Japan leads in robotics and in many areas of that type of technology.

Japan has lots of problems, the last thing Japan needs is a bunch of unskilled migrants and a high unemployment number.

Or events like this video from Europe.

This is a scary video that's gone viral all throughout the world.


Japan's Next Generation of Youth: Latchkey Kids.

I was walking by a nursery/kindergarten the other day. It was one of the many that have popped up in my neighborhood over the last few years. 

I wondered why, if the birthrate is so low in Japan - along with the smallest population of children since WWII, and all these pre-schools and nurseries are being built (three new ones in my neighborhood over the last 2 years or so - a neighborhood full of senior citizens), then why has the Japanese government reported that there are over "23,000 children on waiting lists to get into pre-school"? (There were over 44,000 in 2014). Why have two of my close friends told me that they, "Couldn't find a nursery or preschool to put their 1-year-old into" while they go to work.

I got it! It's simple really, when you stop to think about it.... 

Even though the birthrate is dropping seriously, the economy is is the shitcan; families can no longer depend upon the husband's job nor support the family on one income... Hence, the…

It's the 2016 New Year's Party of the Year! Free!

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It's the 2016 New Year's Party of the Year! (Does that make sense?) The Neatbeats, the 50 Kaitenz and the Privates! These are Japan's best underground Rock n roll bands! Click the link below (in blue) to get a free ticket!

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