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Posted in: N Korea moves up rocket launch period to Feb 7-14 See in context

Think it may be closer to the 7th, just a hunch ^_^

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Posted in: World hopes for first clues to MH370 mystery See in context

If you want to take the consensus of the aviation forums like A-Liners for instance, those guys seem pretty dead set that it is a flaparon from a tripple-7, and that the serial numbers match. that's if one wants to go by the opinions of plane otaku through professional aviation professionals

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Posted in: 2 yakuza members arrested for obstructing Sanja Festival See in context

"The suspects were identified as Shuichi Obitsu, a 46–year-old executive member of organized crime group Sumiyoshi-kai"

I'm curious, but this activity seems a little below someone who is an "executive" and of some age in the org. I'm wondering why an "executive" would be doing this opposed to some low ranking kobun.

I also don't get why they would got through the trouble of hauling out a large mikoshi, then try to scare people off with tatts and taunts? It would be like a guy dressed in a mascott costume jumping around and shouting "look at me" while his assistant is in a suit snapping and shaking his fist at the onlookers, "What are you looking at?"

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Posted in: 3 killed after small plane crashes into Tokyo residential area See in context

Most likely a case of pilot error... Why and, how are you qualified to make that judgement based on a few photos?*

As Nessie said, the overwhelming cause of aviation accidents are the result of pilot error, and the ones that are caused by maintenance or mechanical error also fall back on the pilot who usually deferred serving, or failed to notice a defect doing their walk around pre-flight check list. While there are maintenance faults can occur as a result of an error by a mech, unseen by the pilot, this is rarely the primary failure.

Haven't seen any video of the flight, and sadly this being a small GA A/C, it likely won't have a FDR or CVR, but I might be inclined to guess that there was a load issue, or a bad decision was made at V1 or V2 rotation

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Posted in: 2 arrested over bomb threats to Machida high school See in context

People don't seem to like that school, do they!?

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested over wife's murder See in context

Didn't the Japan Times report that the police believed that the husband may have been suffering from dementia?

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Posted in: S Korea opposes Japan's bid for heritage status of industrial sites See in context

In other news, S. Korea vocally protests the latest opening of a local Lawson among Japan's refusal to atone for past war atrocities.

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Posted in: Thoughtless rail fans spoiling it for hobbyists See in context

@JapanGal --> or, they'll snap and attack ya, or worse throw you off a platform in the path of an oncoming train. Japan seems to be suffering from a weird run of strange assaults and murders these days.

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Posted in: Night train kills 14 migrants resting on Macedonia tracks See in context

@sensei258 --> It's hard to tell but some of the shots look like there isn't anything buy a ditch and a rock face on either side of the tracks, while other pix show a gulley.

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Posted in: Hostage crisis poses stark test for pacifist Japan See in context

I don't see how Japan can revert to a low(er) profile now. Even if Japan decides to turn away even more from the Middle East or foreign involvement, IS will not take the same approach. Today it was those two japanese citizens over Japan's refusal to pay them 200M, tomorrow they may use the excuse of executing japanese citizens because a Mitsubishi company supplies electronic components to a U.S. or Brittish contractor who builds cars or trucks for the military. IS really doesn't need an excuse beyond, non-Muslim equals fair game.

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Posted in: Virgin Atlantic ends service to Japan See in context

Christine, a full flight doesn't mean it's profitable. There are many numbers beside load factors that determine a flight routes profitability.

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Posted in: Fighting Islamic State by military means is one thing, but how do you fight their ideology? See in context

Sadly I don't think education is going to work, M3. Documents such as te Koran are subject to interpretation. And this is where the power of clerics to tell people what those old words mean. It is no different than a Christian who reads the bible or a Jewish person reading the Torah. Five people, five different interpetations. Say with radical Islam growing, the clerics just gain more influence. (PS sorry for any typos, my old eyes can see this little iphone screen so well anymore, and the app isn't so great either).

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Posted in: Fighting Islamic State by military means is one thing, but how do you fight their ideology? See in context

Not sure there is a way to fight this. This is a war on idealiligy. The same as with the U.S. War in Vietnam. Islamic extremism is nothing new, only the name. Today it's ISIL, yesterday Al Quida, teeny years ago, Hesbolah, and Hamas, forty years ago, the PLO.

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Posted in: Ehime’s new women’s prison decorated powder pink 'to relieve feelings of oppression' See in context

Wow, what a great concept, let rehabilitate murderers so they can kill again later on. The plus side is they get to go back to the spa afterward.

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Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train See in context

We;;, here's a breakdown of photography in public places of people in a nutshell. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftonymcnicol.com%2F2009%2F01%2F26%2Fphotography-in-japan-what-are-your-rights%2F&h=sAQEOzj7Z

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Posted in: 'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped See in context

What I hate is when the FA asks everyone to out those seats up for meal service. Then as soon as the FA is gone recline the dam. Seat when your tray is down and your food is on the tray. Happened to the poor woman beside me. Knocked her food off the table and all over her.

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Posted in: Virgin Atlantic to end service to Japan See in context

Pukey?! What does the city of Detroit have to do with the airport? The airport is a private entity run by Wayne County. It's a wonderful airport to connect through.

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Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train See in context

This is a sad day for anyone in japan who is a street photographer. I suppose that in today's day and age, Henry Cartier-Bresson, Eliot Erwitt, Moriyama and so forth would be in jail now.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor's cycling policy needs a rethink See in context

It's not a great plan at all from a locals perspective but from the international visitors point of view, it looks a lot more attractive. The DC area has been on this bike lane kick for years yet seem heavily underused as well. I'd say most people using the bike lanes are tourists.

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Posted in: First roundabouts cause some confusion See in context

Opposite problem in Maryland whose drivers think a yield sign is for RoW traffic. As a regular merging traffic fails to yield to circle trafficrwsulting in constant accidents.

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