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Posted in: Troubled Toshiba to delist after takeover by Japanese consortium succeeds See in context

Toshiba is good technology and memories for me. They built the laptop computer that got me through studies in Japan. And they build the NAND flash drives that keep my data safe. It is good to hear that their technology will continue in good hands in Japan.

I do not understand why they chose the name Kioxia for their flash-memory hardware sales section; it sounds Chinese and makes me feel that my data would be less secure.

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Posted in: North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan See in context

They are just trying to not be trampled by the interests of others.

Interestingly, they seem to exist in a problematic feedback loop at this point in time: A) North Korea saber-rattles against Japan for intrusion during the Greater East Asian War, B) Other nations see North Korea as militant and dangerous so that they make efforts to disarm them and C) North Korea builds its military might to defend against foreign interests. Starts with A and now cycles between B and C. It is like a computer program bug now. North Korea needs to debug their program even though that would be difficult under existing pressures.

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Posted in: Why is Japan called ‘Japan’ and not ‘Nihon?’ See in context

'It seems likely that this name came into the English language from the Italians as Gaipan appears in an English travel book published in 1577, “The History of Trauayle in the West and East Indies and other Countreys Lying Eyther Way Towardes the Fruitfull and Ryche Moluccaes.” Given that the Italian “Gi” sounds like “J” to non-native ears, it is unsurprising that the English swapped “Gi” for “J” resulting in “Japan.”'

Very interesting. I always wondered about that.

As a side note, I have the impression that there is a difference between the use of "Nippon" and "Nihon" in Japan, where the first carries denotations and connotations of old imperialist Japan and the latter is used for post-war Japan... If the impression is accurate, then the use of "Nippon" on Japanese sports shirts while competing with Chinese athletes would be understandably alarming.

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Posted in: Event marking Japan-China 50th diplomatic anniversary opens in Beijing See in context

The cultural values between China and Japan are really quite different in several important aspects of daily life, such as cleanliness, politeness, sexuality and ego. 

I remember a group of Chinese men yelling and scraping at my apartment's front door one night while I worked my first year in China, all because of the dispute over the Diaoyu islands and America's statement of military support for Japan should China take forceful actions over the matter. They eventually circled around to my window and yelled at me from there, because they could see the bedroom light on as I played the latest game on my Nintendo 3DS. I thought that they would throw a shoe at my window, but no.

Even before then, the city where I worked was dotted with bumper stickers that called Japanese bad names and told them to go home. The Chinese use anti-Japan sentiment to promote Chinese solidarity, and the Diaoyu island dispute helped them underline that fact.

The city that I worked in was right next to Nanjing. So it was a particular cultural example of the remaining anti-Japanese phenomena in China. It is said that to hear of atrocities is more traumatic than to experience them firsthand, because it alienates one from personal action to directly defend and comfort and excites the imagination beyond the facts. I suppose that must have been the case for the people in the little city that I was in and it affected their culture to the present.

It is admirable that the Japanese make efforts to be on cordial terms with a people who usually do not really care for them or their values and use history to abuse their grandchildren for selfish interests. It will probably be that they will keep friendly doors open for unusual social cases and remain respectfully different.

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Posted in: China customs drops some COVID reporting for international arrivals; quarantine remains See in context

China's Covid quarantine policy is pretty good. Never had a problem in two years of working there during the epidemic. The only people who lashed out were usually paranoid foreigners full of preconceptions based on their home nation's patriot talk.

Speaking of paranoia, what about the idea that the USA paid China to manufacture and seed the virus to knock people off of Medicare. Healthcare is expensive, and increased spending power speaks to the heart of Capitalism. It is not unheard of for numbers to take on more importance than human lives among the intelligentsia of the political elite. So, Covid. China would let them make that mistake.

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Posted in: Australian police seize record 2 tons of methamphetamine See in context

The meth shipment might end up at the political doorstep and in someone's drink. There are people they dislike having good minds. If they have picked up your scent, never accept a drink socially, never drink from a glass that has left your sight and never have a predictable location for purchasing food.

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Posted in: Abe's accused killer says in letter, tweets his life destroyed by mother's religion See in context

Poor Yamagami had his life bombed out by no fault of his own, but PM Abe did not deserve the hit. The criminal mind is notorious for impatience. He should have waited for the real problem makers to take the slap. There is an Avenger.

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Posted in: Abe says time for talk is over with North Korea See in context

North Korea's statements have always been overblown. That talk is not a threat so much as a dialect. North Korea's nuclear missiles are for preservation of the state. They know that using them first would be suicide, which makes them nearly irrelevant as a threat. Dialogues should continue in order to address human rights and cultivate the long term well being of the North Korean people, however far that might be.

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Posted in: Virginia vote on Sea of Japan hands victory to South Koreans See in context

It might have been called the "Middle Sea" by now except they seem to prefer playing tug-o-war over the name.

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Posted in: NHK governor praises rightist's suicide in 1993 as glorifying emperor See in context

Suicide before a cute little mochi ball would not make it God no matter how he tried or who applauded.

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Posted in: Hoffman's death spotlights heroin epidemic See in context

It seems that instead of solving his problems, he turned to drugs and experienced their ruthlessness.

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Posted in: Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan See in context

To have those documents finally brought to light will help establish and reinforce the historical record of a very interesting period in time. No doubt some people would censor those documents if they could, but they would be the minority in civilized society.

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Posted in: Takanashi takes Hinzenbach honors See in context

Cutie in a helmet.

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Posted in: Innovative bra cannot be unhooked without true love, say makers See in context

Chain mail for the modern princess. But someone will hack it.

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Posted in: Gov't distances itself from NHK head's 'comfort women' comment See in context

It is a barbaric aspect of history which their children and grandchildren still struggle with. Collectively, it seems odd to onlookers, especially those who do not understand Japanese social ties, and it might be that the old generation will have to die off before Japan can fully take another step forward on the issue.

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Posted in: New NHK head's 'comfort women' remark stirs controversy See in context

Selectively impaired contact with reality.

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Posted in: Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida; Japan entry 1st See in context

The Atlas robot walks better than many humans over terrain with shifting rocks. I finally found a video of it in China, and its balancing ability on one foot or while walking is both strange and admirable. Congratulations to the Japan team on winning the contest. It is notable to also mention Japan's Kuratas mech. It must be a lot of fun to hop in and pilot.

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Posted in: Nuclear missile force poses a headache for U.S. military See in context

The present maintenance of nuclear weapons capability by more than one nation creates the potential for "mutually assured desctruction," (M.A.D.), which in turn ensures that conflicts will more likely remain in the sphere of conventional warfare. That is good. Historical events provided the impetus for the science and technology to exist, there is no going back and that is not bad as long as managed by competent individuals. It is good then to see the top brass making sure that individuals of excellent preparation and self-control are in those posts. Power is nothing without control, as it is said.

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Posted in: Missing girl says she can't remember anything of past four days See in context

Denial can be a coping mechanism for the social handling traumatic events. A medical check up is good. If there is a bad person out there, they need to be identified, caught and held accountable so that others are safe.

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Posted in: Rodman 'sorry' after controversial North Korea trip See in context

This article is entirely biased against Rodman's humanitarian work in North Korea. Is someone in media on the take? Let's remember that, when asked, Donald Trump said that Rodman seemed to be doing a better job than most politicians. Will most people prefer to side with the outburst of an ear-biting ex-boxer instead? Public personalities aside, people should evaluate Rodman's activity for themselves. Personally, I hope that his work creates enough warmth in concert with existing political pressures to prevent any bad events that might otherwise have happened in the future from North Korea.

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Posted in: Seize the moment for peace, Biden tells Israel See in context

Any ground given would pave the way for encroachment against Israel's valid presence in the Middle East.

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Posted in: U.S. tested biological weapons on Okinawa in 1960s See in context

At least the U.S. government has come clean on it now. And it was a different generation and time back then which was even before the 1975 biological weapons ban. It would be awful to see something like that used in any future conflict simply because it would harm more civilians than those responsible for a conflict in leadership and military positions.

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Posted in: Splish splash See in context

Reminds me of mornings at 5 a.m., clear or snow. The employer in China has yet to provide me with an apartment that has useable hot water (non existent or rusted). The cold can feel mentally cleansing, but one has to keep it off the eyeballs as much as possible or push blood to the head hard. And, it does not clean the body as well as hot water does. Standing for long in a pool of water like the J-guys are seems a little more intense than using a shower though. Go penguins.

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Posted in: iPhone case lets you see heat See in context

FLIR technology for 350$ is excellent. This will make people safer.

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Posted in: New research scandal brewing over Alzheimer's study See in context

A small literature review that I did for a presentation while in University indicated three known paths to the development of Alzheimer's disease. The path that each of us can control is to have a diet rich in anti-oxidants (fruit, vegetables, vitamin supplements) to neutralize the roaming free radicals that eventually cause cell death in the brain and consequently Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, brain exercise can create multiple neural paths for accessing information and performing cognition so that even if one path is destroyed, the other paths remain for relatively healthy brain functioning. Prevention like this is better than medication.

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Posted in: Personal drones launch in your skies See in context

25 minutes flight time is great. And with four rotors and a weight of 2 lbs 8 ounces, it should be fairly stable, in winds too. In addition to DJI, Walkera and Parrot offer good products, but DJI looks the best. The Phantom 1 has the advantage of using a GoPro camera which can be detached and used for other purposes whereas the Phantom 2 camera is built in. If they added night vision and an infrared light, it could complement home security; not just take great travel video and pictures.

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Posted in: Rodman sings happy birthday to North Korean leader See in context

This is humanitarian aid and relationship building through goodwill, skill and interactive entertainment. It might be the perfect counterpoint note placed in the political concert of cold words and saber rattling. And it might lead to better relations or prevent bad events, though the latter would be difficult to tell.

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Posted in: Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor See in context

Fortunately, both the LDP and DPJ support Yoichi Masuzoe. Health care and the Olympics look bright.

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Posted in: Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor See in context

That is shameful. There can be no restoration without having learned the lessons of history.

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Posted in: Top 10 search terms in Japan in 2013 See in context

A healthy culture is very important.

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