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Posted in: 6-year-old boy injured in hit-and-run; dump truck driver arrested See in context

Really vague article. It could be that the truck driver only drove a few seconds before stopping, then going back, or the truck driver could have driven for an hour, then gone back.

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Posted in: 'Nerd Girl' seeks perfect date for Tokyo birthday dinner See in context

@JapanGal: At that set price, and 44 customers per day for 36 days, the gross take is about 102.8 million yen, or about US$ 875,000. If he split it evenly between the 50, they'd get $17,500 each for the month. Figure half for expenses and their getting $8,750 for a month of solid work. Not great, but not bad. Probably more for promotion than the money.

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Posted in: Toyota ends freeze on expansion; looks at three new plants See in context

So, we pay more taxes to allow tax breaks for corporations who will raise workers' pay , except they just took the money and are opening factories in China. Sounds like our taxes are subsidizing Chinese workers' pay.

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Posted in: 4 dead in snow-related accidents in Niigata, Yamagata, Hokkaido See in context

Maybe a way to keep the roof constantly heated would work. That does sound expensive, though...

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Posted in: No. of dementia sufferers expected to surpass 7 mil in Japan by 2025 See in context

So, about 1 in 30 people will have dementia. Wow, that's a helluva lot of people out of it.

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Posted in: G8 summit site See in context

Hold in right near the N-plants in Fukushima, as everything is "under control".

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Posted in: Komeito leader says panel to discuss lower sales tax on essential items See in context

Start with no sales tax on unprepared food. Pretty much everything in a supermarket except the "deli-ish" corner (Bento, fried chicken,etc.,). Take off all tax on beer, because I like Japanese beer.:-)

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Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected See in context

Japanese hospitals are only clean for the first five or ten years after they're built. After that, they become nasty quickly. I paid a visit to an old friend, that I hadn't heard from for a few years, who I heard was in a city hospital with late stage cancer. 12 years ago, when my two year old daughter had a benign growth removed there, it was only a few years old and quite clean. I was shocked how run down, dirty, and nasty it had become. It skeeved me out just breathing the air. Loads of Purell/alcohol spray stations, though, all of which I used.

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Posted in: Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower website See in context

Since a reporter would be jailed for printing the information, passing any information over to a reporter, even anonymously, wouldn't help, unless the reporter was willing to go to jail.

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Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats See in context

Post warnings about the threats everywhere possible, then show the movie. Call them, "Freedom from Tyrannic Little Mumfs", viewings. Add in that you attend at your own risk.

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Posted in: 34 students suffer food poisoning after eating clam chowder See in context

@Brandon: Not in Japan. Just look at all the violations Yuki Jirushu racked up, yet they never suffered from low sales.

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Posted in: Gov't issues nationwide influenza epidemic alert See in context

The sinks where the kids wash their hands at schools here have really cold water. It really discourages the students from thoroughly and frequently washing their hands.

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Posted in: Hawking warns artificial intelligence 'could mean end of humanity' See in context


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Posted in: Sapporo to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics See in context

Just say no.

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Posted in: Japan's war on deflation faces its toughest battle See in context

@sangetsu03: Exactly.

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Posted in: Gov't to reduce sales tax on food, other items in April 2017 See in context

Having no sales tax on essentials like groceries is the kind of confusion I, and I think everyone else, would welcome.

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Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP See in context

@fxguy: An extra ¥50,000 a year in taxes? Try more like an extra ¥120,000+ per year. That's just the 3% extra sales tax calculations. Most things have gone up a lot more than that, so it's more like an extra ¥250,000 a year in added expense with no pay increase and nothing more to show for that money spent.

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Posted in: 'Magnum, P.I.' creator Glen Larson dead at 77 See in context

Magnum P.I. was great. RIP, Glen Larson.

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Posted in: Man dies after setting himself on fire in Tokyo's Hibiya Park See in context

@JoeBigs: Though Japan does pay some for the US bases, it would cost a lot more for them to field a real force capable of deterring the likes of Russia, China, and N.Korea. The only sweetheart deal here is in Japan's favor.

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Posted in: Kyushu town approves nuclear reactor restart See in context

As a meltdown would affect a large area, art least put restarting an N plant to a prefectural referendum. It's too easy to buy off these small towns.

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Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads See in context

There was a car accident, a woman with no pulse, and a guy trying to revive her with CPR, who has the presence of mind to additionally call for an AED an properly use it. All the driver can come up with is to accuse this hero of being a pervert. No concern about saving the apparently near death passenger? What a waste of space this driver is. He/she needs counseling.

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Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park See in context

He was probably too embarrassed to dump all that porn at the local dump, thinking the people there might see it all and think he's a major perve.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets See in context

Japan "taxes" imported cars using non tariff trade barriers.

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Posted in: Expert says 2 Sendai reactors in danger from active volcano See in context

Here's a link to an interesting article on the lack of funding for monitoring volcanos, and the lack of experts in the field (less than 40).http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001619874

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Posted in: SDF jets scrambled 533 times in last 6 months to counter rising Russian incursions See in context

@Batman is: Are you serious?

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Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs See in context

While the BBC puts out a lot of very quality programs, NHK doesn't. Now that the head of NHK is one of Abe's yes men, it's pretty much useless.

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Posted in: Asian Games swimmer Tomita pays fine for camera theft See in context

"The shame he'll face from Japanese society and his career is ruined are enough punishment". Really? A regular person would face both of these, plus jail time. A career as a swimmer is so much more important than a normal person's career? I don't think so. The SK cops should have arrested him, as he stole a very expensive camera. It wasn't petty theft, like shoplifting potato chips. That camera costs what some small cars cost new, here in Japan. Book him, Dano.

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Posted in: NPA says 94 children targeted by kidnappers in 2013 See in context

Perverts trying to get kids in their cars has happened at least twice here, just at our little elementary school alone, in the last five years, and we live in the sticks.

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Posted in: TEPCO having trouble with 'ice wall' at Fukushima plant See in context

@darnname: The government and TEPCO don't seem to be listening or trying to get any quality advice, even from experts around the world, so posting great ideas here wouldn't make a difference. But, "whinging or trying to be clever" helps spread the word about just how lame this disaster is being handled, and how it is being used to milk huge amounts of money from the taxpayers. If just one of the sheeple reads and becomes enlightened to the shenanigans going on, they might just tell their friends and so on. The more people that "whinge" the better the chances are that the government and TEPCO may be held accountable and actually start to behave reresponsibly. Believe me, if someone put up a foolproof, perfect solution to the Fukushima problems, here on this thread, there is zero chance the government would implement it, even if they read it.

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Posted in: 200-strong Japanese business delegation visits China See in context

Probably along the lines of," WTF?! Let's drop the BS and get on with business!"

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