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Posted in: Froome wins 2nd Tour de France See in context

Really exciting Tour this year. Froome and his team were amazing. Cyclists have to be some of the toughest athletes in the world - get knocked off your bike at 70 kph, get back on your bike with large patches of skin and shorts burned off, ride another 60 km at 45 kph. Get up the next day and ride another 170 km.

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Posted in: Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10 See in context

I'm thinking the IT guys at work are going to wait until Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 before they'll upgrade, just like they did for XP.

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Posted in: Samsung keeps top spot as smartphone market grows See in context

Too bad for Samsung that Apple makes 92% of the cellphone profits.

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

I thought the yaks ran the Sanja Festival.

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Posted in: Concept bra will give you pep talks, help you take perfect selfies See in context

a bra that’ll give you verbal pep talks and also help you snap selfies.

A more useful function might be advice such as, "You probably shouldn't take that selfie."

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Posted in: Foreigners flock to ancient Thai tattoo masters See in context

I'm surprised they didn't mention anything about hygiene concerns. Traditional tattoo artists aren't always big on sterilizing their instruments and I doubt they have an autoclave.

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Posted in: U.S. decides not to investigate Toyota unwanted acceleration See in context

I think Bob was hoping to use Toyota to finance his retirement.

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Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense See in context

I was using the urinal (the type with their own little cupboard-like space and a non-locking door) on an express train that was running on relatively rough local tracks. It hit a sharp wobble in the track, which shot me out of the door, johnson in hand, across the aisle. Fortunately, it was near the end of the line and the train was relatively empty . . .

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Posted in: 9 reasons why Japanese men hesitate to say 'I love you' See in context

When I was in graduate school, someone asked a Japanese classmate how to say "I love you" in Japanese. She replied, "We don't say it. We say something like 'The moon is beautiful tonight.'" She then went on to say, "I say 'The moon is beautiful tonight' to my Canadian husband - and he says, 'So what.'"

And that pretty much sums up the cultural differences this article is discussing.

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Not a fan of the cranky, middle-aged flight attendants who tend to be on North American airlines and the smell of an airplane breakfast is enough to get me digging in the seat pocket for the airsick bag.

On the plus side, flying out of Narita has improved greatly since the 1980s when you had to go from train to bus and through security before you even got in the airport, and non-smoking flights have made it much more pleasant.

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Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94 See in context

Every time I think of Anpanman, I remember my two-year old son yelling "Nan da omae wa" at my father as he tried to buckle him into his car seat. Neither of them really knew what it meant, so we left well enough alone.

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Posted in: Ehime enacts law instructing cyclists to wear a helmet See in context

They need to convince people that a helmet is part of the "uniform" that cyclists wear.

I had a Japanese friend tell me when we were cycling - "You can wear a helmet because you're a foreigner." I guess the unspoken part of that comment was that foreigners can get away with all manner of strange behaviour.

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Posted in: Violence against train station staff still rife See in context

Given that there are 14.6 billion passenger trips a year in the greater Tokyo area, I wouldn't say that 231 incidents indicates that the train system is "rife" with violence against employees. Having said that, no one should have to fear assault while at work. I wonder what the figures are for taxi drivers?

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Posted in: In fracking culture war, celebs, billionaires and banjos See in context

Of course we should always listen to the environmental advice of Hollywood actors because they are such models of lifestyles that have a small environmental footprint - sensibly-sized, low-energy use housing, small eco-friendly cars, and above all, lifestyles that emphatically reject conspicuous consumption.

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Posted in: NRA chief defends call for armed guards at schools See in context

For those of you interested in reading some research on the risks that widespread firearms present to society in general, (a systematic review by a Harvard researcher, originally published in a peer-reviewed journal), have a look at Hemenway, D. (2011). Risks and Benefits of a Gun in the Home. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5(6), 502-511. There's a free version online here http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/753058

His conclusions - For most contemporary Americans, scientific studies indicate that the health risk of a gun in the home is greater than the benefit. The evidence is overwhelming for the fact that a gun in the home is a risk factor for completed suicide and that gun accidents are most likely to occur in homes with guns. There is compelling evidence that a gun in the home is a risk factor for intimidation and for killing women in their homes. On the benefit side, there are fewer studies, and there is no credible evidence of a deterrent effect of firearms or that a gun in the home reduces the likelihood or severity of injury during an altercation or break-in.

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Posted in: Renovated Tokyo Station Building opens See in context

I always thought it was one of the more architecturally interesting stations in Japan, especially compared to that architectural abomination masquerading as Kyoto Station, so I'm glad they've restored it instead of tearing it down.

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Posted in: Japanese tourists share impressions of traveling abroad with limited English ability See in context

Sounds just like the first year of my life in Japan - just change English to Japanese and vice-versa - and add "I can never find any baked goods without anko."

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Posted in: Storm speeds away from Japan after injuring 145 See in context

Went sailing after a typhoon once. 6-8 metre waves made it a lot more exciting than Splash Mountain. We had the mainsail reefed down to about the size of a tablecloth.

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Posted in: Himeji chemical plant blast threatens diaper supply See in context

Time to ramp up toilet training!

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Posted in: British royals start criminal proceedings over topless pics See in context

The most effective way to rein in the paparrazzi would be if the British government used one of their security agencies to put out hits on a couple of them. Not likely going to happen, though . . .

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Posted in: Tsunami 'miracle pine' cut down as part of project to preserve it See in context

Why not just make a new "miracle tree" out of concrete? Cheaper and more durable.

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Posted in: The state of kissing in Japan See in context

I had a Japanese friend who said, "I prefer the French way of kissing" by which she meant brushing cheeks. The rest of us had a good laugh.

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Posted in: Clint Eastwood See in context

So is this payback for all the Japanese movies that have been ripped off by the West over the years?

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Posted in: Nude photos of Prince Harry are genuine: palace See in context

The only thing that surprises me is that it took as long as it did for something like this to happen.

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Posted in: Young Japanese women becoming less interested in sex, survey says See in context

@Bertie

I'm not sure what your beef is with the survey. If it's reasonably well designed (although we can't tell from the article how it's designed) then 7,770 should be an adequate sample to draw some conclusions. Even if not all of the respondents are completely truthful, the results should still be reliable enough to be useful for comparing results from one survey to another to identify trends.

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Posted in: U.S. women beat France for fifth basketball gold in a row See in context

Yawn. The bronze medal game was much more entertaining.

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Posted in: S Korea beats Japan 2-0 to win soccer bronze See in context

The men mailed that one in. I assume they'll be carrying the bags for the women's team on the flight home.

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Posted in: Canadians accuse referee of bias after soccer defeat by U.S. See in context

Note that the "Rune Pedersen" who is defending the ref with such enthusiasm also happens to be her father.

Brings to mind the advice of a Japanese friend who said, "Never choose a doctor here whose father was also a doctor" implying that chances were he'd bought his son's way into medical school.

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Posted in: Canadians accuse referee of bias after soccer defeat by U.S. See in context

@bass4funk How many times have you seen a goalkeeper called for this, at any time in the game and at any level of play (let along in a tight game in the Olympics)?

I'm thinking never, right?

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Posted in: Mexico beats Japan 3-1 to set up men's soccer final clash with Brazil See in context

Actually, more interesting than the Brazil-Mexico final is the Japan-Korea bronze medal game. I'm thinking there might be a bit of passion there.

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