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Posted in: Transcripts of fatal aircraft collision reveal coast guard plane not cleared for take-off See in context

I'm surprised so much is still communicated by voice. Perhaps it would be an idea to introduce a sort of red/orange/green light digital code system that literally doesn't allow ground planes to go beyond certain points until the plane's system receives the necessary go-ahead codes, even if the pilot thinks it's okay.

Perhaps aircraft tech is way ahead of airport ground tech?

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Posted in: 18-year-old gets 4 1/2 years for Tokyo Rolex store robbery See in context

I guess they got all the time they were after.

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Posted in: External team to present findings on Johnny's abuse claims handling See in context

"An external investigative team set up by Japan's top male talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc"

That's not "external".

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Posted in: Osaka concerned over World Expo slow pavilion construction See in context

"Concerns are growing..."

Really? I wasn't concerned. I haven't heard anyone being particularly concerned. Who exactly is concerned?

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Posted in: SpaceX calls off 1st launch attempt of giant rocket in Texas See in context

I have a feeling 4/20 was always the plan.

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Posted in: 'Danjiri' float topples over, injuring 11 in Osaka Prefecture See in context

 Osaka police said they are investigating in detail what caused the accident.

Hahahaha! I hope they get to the bottom of this tricky mystery!

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Posted in: Japan to raise hydrogen supply sixfold by 2040 to promote renewables See in context

I get the feeling Toyota had a big influence here. They don't want EVs because they build engines and want to keep it that way.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Dentsu in widening Tokyo Olympic probe See in context

Pretty sure any shred of wrongdoing has been destroyed by now.

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Posted in: New hires at Lawson convenience stores to work remotely via avatars See in context

visually recognizable factors such as age, gender, or disabilities

So Lawson is going to hide these qualities behind more "acceptable" young generic characters?

That's disgusting.

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Posted in: Tokyo June heatwave worst since 1875 as power supply creaks under strain See in context

I hope those guys at METI were calling the pachinko parlors I passed today...

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Posted in: Gov't issues power usage warning for Tokyo area as temperatures soar See in context

I think there's a basic consensus amongst us here that there's a long list of measures that could be put into action to save power before asking households to turn of the lights.

The authorities should clarify that firm instructions have been sent to companies using power unnecessarily along with non-compliance penalties.

A good few pachinko parlors within 10 mins of where I live. My small local train station has 4 large vending machines.

Check out the huge pachinko place next to Shinagawa station if you want a prime example of unnecessary waste...

I do take care with regard to electricity usage in my house, because it also cuts my bills, but along with government requests to cut usage, we should also get a clear report on what businesses are being instructed to do rather than letting them off the hook.

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Posted in: Gov't asks companies, households across Japan to save power See in context

After the Great Eastern quake, I actually enjoyed half the fluorescent lights being turned off - much more relaxing - so I hope some places will do the same.

On the other hand, I noticed that pachinko parlors carried on as usual with flashing lights, blaring music etc. I'm sure they'll react the same way again, and the gov will ask us to cover for them.

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Posted in: Nissan plans 'game changing' electric car batteries See in context


Besides, I'm also never looking at Nissan after their behavior.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over possible collapse of Japan's medical system See in context

Maybe we need a "Darwin passport" for people going out at night and partying. "Please don't bother treating me if I get sick. Please call my lawyer and sue me if you get sick."

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics cost $15.4 billion. What else could that buy? See in context

Oxford would probably ask for articles mentioning the school to be, at very least, spell-checked before publication.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Kondo: "I don't think there have been any cases related to the Olympic Games. So we aren't worried about that issue,"

Shouldn't that be:

"I don't think there have been any cases related to the Olympic Games. However it is an issue of concern that we're keeping a close eye on."


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Posted in: What most people really fear is that a restricted Olympics is the symbol of Japanese politics which has struggled with particular business interests and pressure from abroad. See in context

Tokyo Olympic sponsors:
















... "pressure from abroad" Really?

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

I wonder if there's a legal case for stopping the Olympic nonsense. Politicians easily get away with terrible things after the fact, but is it possible to build a legal case - using testimony from medical experts, and simple public opposition - for clear premeditated criminality should things be pushed forward, infections increase as a result and people die? If that was in place, there might be more hesitation before continuing this bulldozing of common sense and common wishes for dirty money.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

Back in the day, working as an ALT, the same rules were in place for elementary schools. It also included "no neck ties". It's not cultural, it's not sadistic oppression, it's not rocket science: it's simply that small kids love to pull things for fun. This rule was probably put in place after incidents in which some teachers learnt that the hard way.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

I think the headline here should actually be: "ALT who signed contract in which it was clearly stated, "no earrings", asked to remove earrings."

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Posted in: 'A new movement': Trump's false claims take hold in states See in context

More like a, "bowel movement" - the last, sometimes uncomfortable, process of getting rid of waste.

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Posted in: Abe asked by Tokyo prosecutors to appear for voluntary questioning over dinner parties See in context

One thing puzzles me... When a receipt is issued, that is a recorded transaction that goes into the records of the issuer. If I buy something from Amazon, for example, Amazon has a record of the transaction, which goes into their accounts under sales - by law, unless they are hiding sales... Amazon can show the transaction took place and re-issue the receipt. Just because I lose the piece of paper doesn't erase the history of the transaction; that's what book keeping is for. So how are "lost receipts" being used as an excuse?

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Posted in: Millions of U.S. Thanksgiving holiday travelers defy COVID-19 warnings See in context

Will this be the first year the Darwin Awards are given to an entire Nation?

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Posted in: GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range See in context

I think the charging issue for longer journeys comes down to "national infrastructure", meaning that if the government is committed, it will ensure adequate coverage. I believe Germany has put in place a policy to have 1 million charging stations by 2030. Sure, it's tax money, but the benefits to society obviously outweigh the investment. By 2030, oil will be used where necessary, but necessary won't be cars. Of course, the macro-issue is how the electricity is generated.

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Posted in: GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range See in context

Hm. The "plan" is 1m cars by 2025 over 30 models... so an average of 33,000 per model? Range of "as much as" 450 miles - Tesla does 353 miles today... Xpeng, Li and NIO will also probably be in the US by 2022 with sub-$20K cars... The numbers here are not good for GM.

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Posted in: Subway bad manners See in context

A long trend of messages to Japanese commuters, written in Japanese, but featuring foreigners so as not to directly offend Japanese people... It needs to stop - the contact details are at the bottom of the image, so let's not hassle JT for bringing this to our attention: contact the racists directly.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who will pay for delay See in context

I think (if put to a public vote) most people in Japan would prefer to cancel, and put THEIR tax money into increased COVID testing, medical research toward a vaccine, hospital infrastructure and PPE, and income support for people in trouble right now.

This is no time for GAMES!

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

"My number"

What genius thought of that?

"Do you have my number?"

"Your number?"

"No, your my number"

"My your number?"

"Yes, your my number"

"My number?"

"Yes, my number"


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Posted in: Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced See in context

I think the point here is that the agency that came up with the tag didn't do a simple, "Could there be an issue with this?" check.

Remember: if in doubt, ask me. It's my job.

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Posted in: Nissan execs to return part of salaries over bogus vehicle inspections See in context

”part of” means absolutely nothing.

How much? What percentage?! ... Even ¥1 is “part of”!

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