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Posted in: Consumer Affairs Agency urges caution when using disposable lighters See in context

@Magnus Roe: I know. Unreal.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting 14-year-old girl See in context

@Alan:

"Japan is one of the few countries where such crimes are investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted."

No, it's not.

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Posted in: 10,000 textbooks recalled over 3-armed girl illustration See in context

But, the mistakes in the English textbooks are allowed to sail through uncorrected and are even repeated in subsequent editions.

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Posted in: MERS sparks mask rush in Asia, but are they effective? See in context

@HaraldBloodaxe: You are exactly right.

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Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation See in context

I had a case of Calcific tendonitis, which is very painful. The pain is constant, 24 hours a day. I had it on a three day weekend, so I couldn't see a proper specialist until the following Tuesday. Well until then, they gave me loxinin. I asked for something stronger, but was told, by the doctor, that stuff like codeine is only given to terminal cancer patients in great pain. I've talked to other people here that have had the same condition and all agree that the pain is excruciating. No, I'm not hallucinating, I'm just telling you what the doctor told me. It appears, from several comments, that that information was wrong. I'm sorry about that. No harm intended.

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Posted in: Japan faces dilemma over plutonium stored in France See in context

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission considers losing money a "Win". Maybe that's how they calculate that nuclear power is so cheap.

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Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation See in context

@TexPomeroy: The strongest painkiller they'll give you in Japan is Loxinin. It's about as strong Tylenol. You can get codeine, but you must be suffering from terminal cancer to get it. Japan is unbelievably strict with painkillers. "Compound fracture? Here's some ibuprofen."

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Posted in: Man wielding knife gets into argument with passenger on train See in context

UK9393, I'm in my 50's and if there are no regular seats available, I sit in a priority seat, if the ride is long. I have a torn meniscus (it's in the knee), and if I stand on a train, which is accelerating/decelerating and moving side to side for an hour, I'll be painfully hobbled for the next few days. Sometimes, an ojisan will complain, even if there are other priority seats available and he's already sitting in one. I let them vent, then tell them the facts. It seems these ojisans usually try this scolding thing with foreigners.

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Posted in: Abe to visit U.S. World War II memorial in Washington See in context

As long as Abe and his gang continue to try to revise Japan's WWII nastiness, I've decided to refer to the A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as "Win Bombs". It's rude and inappropriate, but Abe's revisionism is worse. Sorry if Japanese are offended, but your leaders are offending the world with their bizarre attempts at covering up Japan's war time evil behavior, and you keep voting these guys into power.

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Posted in: Japan scrambling warplanes as often as during Cold War era See in context

@zenpun: "One missile with multiple warheads can shoot down dozens of fighter aircraft."

No, anti-aircraft missiles have one warhead. It often takes many of these missiles to shoot down just one fighter aircraft.

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Posted in: Prices of food items rise from 4-13% See in context

Last year's price hikes were bad. Not enough money. Now, prices are going up again. Pay flat, prices up.

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Posted in: Police called after Okayama teens dress differently for graduation See in context

@Strangerland: They most certainly do use class time for graduation. Many hours of practice, which classes of all the grades are cancelled for, go into a Japanese junior high school graduation. And, classes are certainly not finished even yet, for the first and second year students. I agree that these kids have a high chance of becoming gang members. The police were in the right on this one.

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Posted in: Debris still washing up in U.S. 4 years after Japan tsunami See in context

Why is it crazy? The Pacific ocean is big, and there was a lot of debris. Of course there will be debris washing up on Pacific beaches for years and years to come. A lot will be caught up in the big gyres to remain for decades, too.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' standalone 'Rogue One' in 2016, Episode 8 in 2017 See in context

Kaerimashita: Creativity left Hollywood and moved to cable t.v. That said, the kid inside me is looking forward to these new Star Wars movies.

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Posted in: Policeman killed in hit-and-run while on traffic patrol See in context

I had a j-cop jump out in front of me on a very busy road (rt.1) to stop a large truck for a load violation. Myself and many other cars had to slam on our brakes. I couldn't believe that was their method of pulling people over.

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Posted in: Yo-kai Watch’s Jibanyan meets governor of Hawaii See in context

My son loves Yokai Watch, but I think Pokemon (which I had never watched until he started to, before the Yokai Watch thing came along) is much better. The Yokai Watch song is catchy, though way overdone.

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Posted in: Japan eyes MI6-style spy agency See in context

It might work if the spy was masquerading as a Japanese exchange student or transferred worker. Otherwise, I think the katakana pronunciation of everything , in any language they try, would really give them away. "Bondo. Jeimuzu Bondo."

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Posted in: Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service See in context

It'll never fly in Japan. Too many groups with stronger pull than Uber. Things are very entrenched, here.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to reform power sector See in context

Why do I get the sickening feeling I'm going to be paying more for power...?

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context

Try him a an adult. If found guilty, hang 'em high.

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Posted in: Gang leader killed boy, say 2 other suspects See in context

If these pieces of trash get off with just a slap on the wrist, juvenile court type punishment, I hope the people in Ryota's family track them down, on their release,and go vigilante on them.

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Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince See in context

A reflection of both societies.

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Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea See in context

@Peeping Tom:1% is pretty significant. I'm sure the j-feds wouldn't just want let that go. I hope Prince William enjoys his stay and actually gets involved, like his dad does. His dad heads off into organic farmer's fields and talks shop with them, much to the chagrin of his bodyguards.

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Posted in: Running police keep the peace at Tokyo Marathon See in context

@JoeBigs: No monetary gain? They pull in a salary plus bonuses, and have job security for life.

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Posted in: Patient dies after ambulance taking him to hospital hits a car See in context

I put my emergency flashers on, pull over, and make as much room as possible when an ambulance has its siren on. I've found that once I do that, Japanese drivers will remember their training and follow suit. I rarely see J-drivers here do that first.

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Posted in: Hayao Miyazaki says Charlie Hebdo drawings of Muhammad were a mistake See in context

Miyazaki's sentiment seems rather naive.

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Posted in: Japan's global PR message could misfire with focus on wartime past See in context

$500,000,000 would buy 2,500 $200,000 houses. $200,000 will get you a fairly nice (by Japanese standards) house here. That's a lot of houses that could be built for the displaced, and largely forgotten by the government, folks in Tohoku.

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Posted in: Man arrested after 8-hour siege in Tokyo condo See in context

@smithinjapan: Shooting a criminal who is pointing a gun at someone, threatening to shoot, isn't "going in guns blazing", it's protecting lives.

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Posted in: 12-year-old idol singer in hospital after inhaling helium on TV Asahi program See in context

Helium is NOT flammable. Japanese TV is really lame. I hope the girl recovers.

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Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year See in context

Why not make it mandatory to use all of their paid days off? In the past, companies bought the unused days off at the end of the year. The government made that illegal. The reason stated was that people should use the days off, and if they can sell them, they won't take those days off. Well, the result was that people still can't, or won't take their days off, and companies save on the cost of buying them. Surprise, surprise.

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