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Posted in: Japan's new first lady thanks supporters as husband rises to top post See in context

As Alfie Noakes said, Japan is a monarchy. The wife of the PM is not the first lady. If we must call someone the first lady of Japan, it would be the Empress of Japan. The wife of a prime minister is not called the first lady in any constitutional monarchy.

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Posted in: Apple rolls out virtual fitness service, new watch, subscription bundle, catering to pandemic work-from-home See in context

I wonder if all of the medical diagnostic features of the new Apple Watch will be available in Japan? They haven't been in the past if you bought a watch in Japan.

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Posted in: See-through toilets See in context

Saw this on the news a few days ago. I sure hope it doesn't malfunction and suddenly becomes transparent while sitting on the loo.

Ha! Good one.

"Captain, opacity is failing!"

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Posted in: Death of man found in Fukushima Pref river ruled suicide See in context

Suffocation by occlusion of the nose and mouth with duct tape as a method of suicide is more common than people know. What a terrible way to die. Poor young man.

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Posted in: Toyama governor vows to help boost Avigan output See in context

 smithinjapan: it's not been approved yet and has only begun testing a couple of weeks ago?

Mr Smith, we'll be sure to keep these meds away from you should you need them. You can relax now.

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Posted in: Robot graduates See in context

The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification?

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what best job for a husband is, with architect topping list See in context

Is this a job in Japan? In America, it's simply a license to sign certain things but it isn't a job. I'm a notary public and so are many lawyers, accountants, secretaries, bankers, accountants, and everyday people.

Yes, it's a job. In some places outside Japan, for example, in Louisiana in the USA and in British Columbia, Canada, notary publics are their own profession with significant responsibilities and legal powers.

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Posted in: Japan to make automatic brakes mandatory for new cars from Nov 2021 See in context

 It'd be nice if they left a few non-automatic break ones for us that don't want it.

Speed's grandfather circa 1968, "It'd be nice if they left a few without seatbelts for us that don't want it".

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

The chance that this will have any effect at all is infinitesimally small. If I have to show ID and explain why I'm buying gasoline I'm going to a different gasoline stand.

If you're filling your car, they are not going to ask for your ID. Also, where are you going to find gasoline if every station asks for your ID?

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

I was watching the announcement with some Japanese and they seemed disappointed. They said it didn't sound very impressive, and the first kanji bothered them a little.

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Posted in: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic? See in context

And Japan is the victim of drifted wastes from China and Korea

I live on the Sea of Japan, and when I've been to the beach the washed up garbage is all in Japanese. I rarely see anything with Chinese or Korean on it.

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Posted in: 106 foreigners disappeared in Japan last year after arriving on cruise ships See in context

0.00434426% of passengers failed to return home. Now that is a crisis.

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Posted in: Language learner-friendly Japanese textbooks See in context

These links are more a more reasonable length:

The yellow and orange grammar book:

http://amzn.asia/d/09WknZl

The light blue and green speaking book:

http://amzn.asia/d/ebZbE8W

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for official apology over 'comfort women' See in context

They don't accept the 2015 deal, but they accept the money. Interesting.

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Posted in: Japanese woman missing in Canada See in context

Rather than foul play, it's more likely that she's decided to disappear or even kill herself as the suicide rate in Canada is about five times higher than the murder rate, and even higher in Japan. Sadly Japanese women who have gotten themselves in the news in Canada harmed themselves or others. Google Rie Fujii (Calgary) and Ayano Tokumasu (Niagra Falls) as sad examples.

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Posted in: Japan may be on brink of rabies epidemic See in context

Most dogs in Japan are housebound. How are they going to get rabies? Wild animals like bats and foxes are the most common vector for rabies. My two dogs don't cavort with bats and foxes. If my housebound dogs who take leashed walks are at risk of rabies, then so am I and everyone else. We should all be inoculated then.

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Posted in: Japanese website reader app Rikai Browser comes to iPhone See in context

Ironically, this new app not available in the Japanese store. The link in the story is for the US store, and a search of the Japanese App Store yields nothing but the free iPad version.

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