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Republicans Abroad Japan get infiltrated (Vanity - Humor)
www.cnn.com ^ | 11/03/2004 | lefty-lie-spy

Posted on 11/03/2004 9:07:37 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy

Tokyo expatriates watching and waiting

Posted: 1:11 a.m. From Atika Shubert, CNN Correspondent, in Tokyo, Japan

Republicans Abroad in Japan gathered at the Hobgoblin, a Tokyo watering hole, to watch the results displayed on flatscreen TVs. Some viewers came equipped with laptop computers to track the vote count in specific states. Democrats Abroad in Japan gathered at private homes to monitor the results.

Both organizations said they had record numbers of Americans in Japan registering to vote in the 2004 elections. The Tokyo American Club tuned their television sets to CNN's live election coverage, attracting a bipartisan crowd of members. As the counting dragged on, however, viewers grew increasingly anxious.

"It's a real nailbiter. I can't sit still to watch!" one expatriate said as she left the club.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Free Republic; Japan; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cnn; japan; republicans; tokyo
We had a great night at the Hobgoblin pub in Roppongi tonight. We had 30+ RAJers getting down with the Guiness and wide screen TVs. I was the last hold-out and finally hopped on the train around 11:00pm local time to come home to find this wonderful victory. I'll post some pics of our event later. If Akita was there I'm sure she got a great laugh at us calling Judy Woodruff a whiney bitch and wiping her tears away with a napkin on the 50-inch TV every time she came on for a report. It was a wonderful night indeed for us FReepers and RAJers.
1 posted on 11/03/2004 9:07:37 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy
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To: lefty-lie-spy; AmericanInTokyo
Interesting story of Americans abroad in Japan... I'd love to see your pics of the event! Congratulations President Bush!

ping to American in Tokyo

2 posted on 11/03/2004 9:12:09 AM PST by nutmeg (NEVER TRUST LIBERALS WITH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY -- Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Arr your votes are berong us!


3 posted on 11/03/2004 9:14:35 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Arr your votes are berong us!


4 posted on 11/03/2004 9:15:18 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette

Err. How can I post my pics. Do I HAVE to build the HTML and link it to my own website where ther pics are stored?


5 posted on 11/03/2004 9:56:24 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Vote to defeat the cheats and the cheating cheaters who vote for them!)
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To: lefty-lie-spy; Ronin
FYI, the Tokyo American club costs big bucks to join and many of the members are executives and their families. Being a bit uncharitable, my experience (as a non-member who talked to several people who were) is that it's where the high-end expats go to excape from life in Japan. Some people and their families seem to live there so they can spend all of their time with other expats.
7 posted on 11/03/2004 10:32:05 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions
It (TAC) I s'pose has its purposes.

I find those who are members like it, and those who cannot for one reason or another be members (usually lack of money or corporate sponsors/endorsers for membership) then have 'sour grapes' and bash it, secretly wishing they could join because the Prime Rib and exercise clubs are out of this world!! It has it's place I suppose. The key is not to make it the center of one's universe in Japan.

8 posted on 11/03/2004 10:41:55 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: bullseye876

Youll find these jokes, along with all the "Godzilla stuff", all get to be old hat for awhile, for many of us who have serious jobs/work in Tokyo or otherwise worked in Japan in the past in private business, military or government.


9 posted on 11/03/2004 10:53:01 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: bullseye876
Its great to hear from all you Japanese-friendly (er, maybe some are semi-friendly) FReepers here. We were at Hobgoblin tonight, not at TAC. Many members of RAJ are members of TAC and some were most likely at TAC. The TACers and RAJers are by far the best group of Americans I've ever met in Japan. I prefer to spend my time living like a local with my Japanese friends so I can speak Japanese, and have very few "ex-pat" friends however. The crowd and comraderie we had last night was unbelievable. I wish you all could have been there to enjoy the fun. (I'll post the pic of the Democrat and his girlfriend and friend that didn't know where they were and ended up in the wrong bar too :)
11 posted on 11/03/2004 11:32:39 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Vote to defeat the cheats and the cheating cheaters who vote for them!)
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To: lefty-lie-spy; ragnarocker; Skwidd

I showed up in time to meet a couple of the Republicans Abroad and sup a couple of pints with lefty-lie-spy, but had spent most of the afternoon watching the returns at home on FR.

Since I am now the manager of a bar-salon in Tokyo, I am hoping I can host the next Tokyo FReep meet. Anyone have any ideas,


12 posted on 11/03/2004 2:42:10 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws....SMILE!)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

good post!


13 posted on 11/03/2004 2:47:09 PM PST by gaijin
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To: bullseye876

how amusing


14 posted on 11/03/2004 3:01:10 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
It (TAC) I s'pose has its purposes.

Of course it does. If I was doing business in Japan as an executive, it offers fantastic networking potential. It's also a beautiful building. The food I had there was OK but I was honestly just as happy with the Sizzler in Shinjuku. Stop shuddering. It's better than the "American" restaurant over by Takashima Times Square. :-)

I find those who are members like it, and those who cannot for one reason or another be members (usually lack of money or corporate sponsors/endorsers for membership) then have 'sour grapes' and bash it, secretly wishing they could join because the Prime Rib and exercise clubs are out of this world!! It has it's place I suppose.

I've been inside, more than once. They have an excellent Japanese print sale once a year there, too. It's not so much "sour grapes" (I did point out that my characterization was a bit uncharitable) as the slice of people I met there and my experience in Tokyo.

To make a long story short, some of the first epats I met in Japan were members. They lived in Minato-ku, shopped at National Azabu, and the wife basically said that she spent all day at the TAC. The reason why they said their company gave them a TAC membership was to help them cope with life in Japan -- in other words, to let them escape it. And that's pretty much how they used it. And they didn't seem to be the only ones.

I also know how easy it was for me to just be an American and hang out with expats without a TAC membership and, frankly, the easier it is to have a circle of expat friends, the less incentive someone has to actually engage Japan and things Japanese. I know. I did it without a TAC membership with the people I found myself. It seemed like a lot of TAC people did the same thing and that TAC made it very easy to do.

For someone who really doesn't like Japan or has trouble coping with it, I suppose that could be great and I suspect it really is a blessing for the people who relocated a reluctant family to Tokyo for business. I actually volunteered to go to Japan and my wife was willing to go, too, with a pretty good understanding of what we were getting into. But in some ways, I think we robbed ourselves of a better Japanese experience by creating our own little low-budget coccoon of expat friends and groups that let us limit our interaction with our Japanese neighbors. So what I think you are probably hearing from me, more than sour grapes, is regret over keeping Japan at an arms length while I was there and my concern over people that fall into that trap with the help of TAC.

The key is not to make it the center of one's universe in Japan.

Yes. But like I said, I got the impression that some people do let it be the center of their universe in Japan. That's what I think is bad. I'm not saying it's useless.

16 posted on 11/03/2004 4:33:34 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: lefty-lie-spy; Ronin; kk22tt
You two need to work on the whole 4th of July Barbecue and Thanksgiving thing that some Freepers had going when I was there. Just don't burn down a Tokyo neighborhood with the fireworks.
17 posted on 11/03/2004 4:37:08 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Ronin
How are the kitties doing?
18 posted on 11/03/2004 4:39:38 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions

There are five in residence now. Edgar teamed up with Vicky to produce a litter of four babies. We have found homes for two of them, but still have two more to go. And yes, we are going to have Edgar clipped (finally).

On the bad side, however, Edgar and Helena have had a falling out that I can't for the life of me explain. Edgar acts like he hates her these days and attacks her whenever he thinks he can get away with it.

I have been grabbing him and putting him into the cat-carrier as a penalty box, time-out sort of move, but I am really at my wits end to understand it. They got along great for so long...


19 posted on 11/03/2004 4:53:19 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws....SMILE!)
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To: Ronin
There are five in residence now. Edgar teamed up with Vicky to produce a litter of four babies. We have found homes for two of them, but still have two more to go. And yes, we are going to have Edgar clipped (finally).

You gotta get those kitties fixed. They breed only slightly slower than rabbits. My friends got a kitten and it turned out she was pregnant when they got her.

On the bad side, however, Edgar and Helena have had a falling out that I can't for the life of me explain. Edgar acts like he hates her these days and attacks her whenever he thinks he can get away with it. I have been grabbing him and putting him into the cat-carrier as a penalty box, time-out sort of move, but I am really at my wits end to understand it. They got along great for so long...

If Edgar mated with Vicky, it could be that Edgar is trying to mate with Helena and she wants no part of it. Get Edgar fixed and see if that helps. It could simply be that he attacked her, enjoyed doing it, and she let him so he keeps doing it. Cats have a social pecking order, too, and if Edgar has decided that Helena is a "pariah" cat, he'll attack her. We've got a couple cat pairs that get into fights from tiem to time due to social hierarchy issues.

Cats aren't like dogs. They don't understand anyone else's perspective so they don't really understand when they are annoying another cat or you. They do what they want because they want to do it and don't do things because they don't want to do them. The key to training a cat is convincing it that it wants to do what you want it to do and it doesn't want to do what you don't want it to do. That's a lot harder than it sounds and once a cat gets into a rut, it can be very difficult to get the cat out of the rut because they develop behavioral patterns.

What I suggest is that you don't leave Edgar and Helena in the same room if you aren't home. He'll only attack her while you aren't around and that will encourage the behavior to continue. When you are home, get a water pistol or spray bottle. If Edgar goes after Helena, shoot him with a blast of water from a distance. Water sprays make a good behavioral modification tools and if you do it from far enough away, the cat won't assoicate the punishment with you but with the behavior, which is what you want. If you punish the cat, it will see you as a threat and won't necessarily associate the punishment with the behavior. Don't expect cats to understand cause and effect like humans or dogs (e.g., if you put a cats nose in pee, it won't learn that peeing there is wrong, it will learn that you will grab it and force its nose into pee and you may just remind it that that's a good place to pee).

Do some web searches on "cat training behavior" and you'll find web pages about how to train cats. I've been someone successful in traming the new cats I have not to pee where they aren't supposed to using advice that I found on the web.

20 posted on 11/03/2004 6:06:07 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Seriously, how should I go about posting pictures. Do I need to link to them on another site, or is there way to upload them here. Give me some pointers.


21 posted on 11/03/2004 9:35:47 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Vote to defeat the cheats and the cheating cheaters who vote for them!)
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To: lefty-lie-spy
You'll have to use a web host for your pics and then link using

< img src="web address" > for it to display.

22 posted on 11/03/2004 9:40:33 PM PST by Brett66 (W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1)
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To: Brett66

Thanks Brett66. Will do.


23 posted on 11/03/2004 9:56:26 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Vote to defeat the cheats and the cheating cheaters who vote for them!)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Here's the pics I promised. In link form, not as embedded images. Hope you don't mind. If you know a quick way of building the html to post lots of pictures from another web site please let me know.

http://homepage.mac.com/satanbaby/RAJ-2004/PhotoAlbum38.html


24 posted on 11/03/2004 10:58:52 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Vote to defeat the cheats and the cheating cheaters who vote for them!)
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To: Question_Assumptions

I've spent 15 of the last 21 years on and off stationed in Japan as a Marine, and later a USN civilian. I've been in Guam the past year. I've only been to that American Club once, a AmexCard exec took me there for lunch, I preferred going to the New Sanno (and Old Sanno in the 70's). My oldest just graduated in '02 from Sophia and lives in Naka Meguro, working for Waratte Iitomo in Shinjuku. On one tour at Yokosuka, I attended a "hail and farewell". The honored guest, who had just spent a 3 year tour in Japan, was chomping on a stick of yaki-tori, asking, "Hey, this stuff's pretty good, what do you call it?". He'd never tried it before. The guy and his family never went anywhere, they stayed on the base for all their free time except for one trip to the Daibutsu in Kamakura, what a waste. Here in Guam the Tumon area is set up for Japanese tourists, so it feels just like you're in Yokohama on Friday nights. Semper Fidelis.


25 posted on 11/04/2004 12:40:32 AM PST by MCFujiTanker
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To: Question_Assumptions; Ronin

So nice to hear from you. Last year we got together for Thanksgiving at Gator Navy's (think I mentioned it) and had a great time. I wanted to attend this event but had to work. In retrospect, the way it went, I'm glad I "watched" it alone on FR. I do recognize somone in the photos, though, and am glad to see the person.

Ronin, it would be lots of fun to go to your shop. How about a Friday evening in the near future?


26 posted on 11/04/2004 4:48:27 AM PST by kk22tt (Joyous in Japan)
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To: kk22tt

Sounds great to me! Let's do it. Since it is a bit too late to get something going for tonight, let's make it for two weeks from now to give everyone a chance to get on board.

Friday or any day of the weekend is fine. We are not normally open on Sundays, but if that is preferred, I can set up a special schedule.

(It's good to be the boss.)


27 posted on 11/04/2004 3:53:32 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws....SMILE!)
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To: js1701d

*ping* Check this out. :-)


28 posted on 11/06/2004 3:12:21 PM PST by Beaker
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