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Posted in: Baseball superstar Ohtani announces marriage to Japanese woman See in context

To paraphrase the Caroline Aherne quip: What was it that first attracted you to the multimillionaire Shohei, then, Mrs Ohtani?

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Posted in: Japan considers lethal weapon exports by revising strict rules See in context

Money talks

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Posted in: The easiest way to wash a curry pot is also the most delicious See in context

Mop it up with a slice of bread

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Posted in: Police guard Abe's home See in context

RIP, sad situation, duly acknowledged.

But what is the point now?

"Come on guys, let's get those traffic cones out, we can't have any respecters and mourners getting too close. The stable door's behind you. Who's got the bolt?

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Posted in: Japanese airline Zipair ditches 'Z' logo to avoid pro-Russia misunderstanding See in context

Logo redesign is often a vanity project for corporate boards. But probably not in this case. Daft, misguided attempt at damage limitation. Anyway, slava branding consultant companies! Lots of people made money from this, and it wasn't Zipair

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Posted in: Sunken Hokkaido tour boat drops back to seabed while being towed See in context

There's a lot of money in salvage operations. The insurers can point to lots of issues in order to avoid payment. So who will pay? Some government department? That salvage ship doesn't operate as a charity.

Coastguard enquiry starting, er, soon. Transport ministry revoking the operating permit maybe next week. There's still an overall shouganai air to this article. Bang! Bang! This is the sound of the stable door being firmly shut once the horses have gone out to play.

Where is the resolve for some action? The unannounced spot checks, on boat conditions, communications, all life-saving options eg rafts, flares? and even items like staff morale? This is the same transport ministry that can't implement efficient traffic light sequencing. Don't hold your breath.

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context


I've seen bears seven times in total, all but once riding a road bike

That's one clever bear

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Posted in: Johnson backs Tokyo Olympics; Japan wants more G7 support See in context

Terrible photo. Mr Suga's wife looks like a growth on his shoulder

Two heads! Zaphod goes to Cornwall. If you look carefully you can even see his third arm!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 843 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,721 See in context

Tip of the iceberg

With the Games acting as the Titanic

Nice number juggling. Must remain at all means under 1000

No prefecture is reporting figures over 1000, so that's all right then. The Jsoft Faxcalc program (version 1.0) can handle huge volumes up to 1024 rows, more than any prefecture will ever need. In case of overflow, extra records could be curtailed so that the results are acceptable /S/.

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Posted in: Heavy snow causes 130-vehicle pile-up on Tohoku Expressway; one dead, 17 injured See in context

Also, surprising and regrettable to see that very few cars here in Japan are fitted with high intensity rear fog lamps. They can be a life-saver in fog, heavy rain and white-outs like this, because they can be seen much sooner than ordinary brake lights.

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Posted in: Trump eager to work with Suga to make ties stronger See in context

The headline says "eager", but the text says "willing" and "ready"

So which is it?

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Posted in: What do we know about the health of Shinzo Abe? See in context

Complications may include an increased risk of colon cancer, clots....

A clot may be to blame. I prescribe a change of Diet.

Aside from politics, I wish him a return to health.

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Posted in: Grounded Japanese try virtual overseas holidays See in context

destinations including - as well as Italy's cities of culture - Paris, New York, Rome and Hawaii.

Of course, no one could consider Rome to be one of Italy's cities of culture.

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st nationwide virus-linked mental health survey See in context

Michael Machida Today  08:01 am JST

I wonder how they will do this?!

By fax.

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Posted in: AINU trademark application in China criticized by Japan's indigenous people See in context

It ought to be resisted. Otherwise, the National Ainu museum, and any other undertaking with "Ainu" in the name will soon find itself on the receiving end of lawsuits claiming trademark infringement. And thus begins the erosion of what is surely an intangible national cultural asset.

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Posted in: On duty at Japan's 'last-chance' hospital for coronavirus See in context


A bit harsh about the comment from Vince Black.

What an overly dramatic article.

We're all obviously rooting for the patients, but I have to agree, as I was reading down the article, the tone is a bit reminiscent of USA Today/Daily Mail. But I think this is journalist Mari Saito's style, this is more journalism from the trenches rather than broadsheet commentary

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Posted in: A tale of two Japanese drugs in tests to fight COVID-19 See in context


How about Ivermectin ?

Mate, I'd so love ivermectin to be able to play a role.

On invermectin, it's an anti-parasite medication also shown to be effective as an antiviral in some cases. Active component of Mectizan, Merck/MSD's River-blindness drug. Widely distributed by my favourite charity Sightsavers, and available I believe for free by the drug company (how good is that?). Already part of a wide African initiative, it would be beyond awesome if a $20 funding to save a person's sight could also provide protection of some sort against Covid-19. Live in hope, but these are early days for all drug trials.

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Posted in: A tale of two Japanese drugs in tests to fight COVID-19 See in context


How about Ivermectin ?

Mate, I'd so love ivermectin to be able to play a role.

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Posted in: Tokyo faces pressure to house internet cafe homeless See in context

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government did not respond to requests for comment.

.... is the most disappointing sentence in the article. I can't imagine municipalities in most developed nations not being able to put out a simple statement of their position on the homeless.

Where can I sign up for my free apartment?

... is the most disappointing sentence in the comments. Most of those commenting here are probably fortunate enough to have a secure roof over their heads. But this is how to do it. 1. Give away all your worldly possessions except your resident card and the clothes you stand up in. 2 Go to your ward office. Good luck.

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Posted in: Koike calls for state of emergency to be extended nationwide See in context

I remember reading about the major variations/mutations A B and C a couple of weeks ago.

there is NO evidence from any country that that Cover-19 mutates. (M James)

You can easily find articles showing around 30 mutations, but some might be scaremongering. Here's a link about the the major strains:


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Posted in: Cloth mask deliveries to begin Friday under controversial Abe initiative See in context

 It aims to complete delivery nationwide by the end of May.

So does the virus.

Stay home and stop the spread.

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Posted in: Japanese health care facilities stretched thin, doctors say See in context

@since1981 don't give up! I may or may not agree with your postings but one of the benefits of this site is that, having read the news items we are then presented with a lot of conflicting opinions, which is part of the joy of a free press, and is a good opportunity for us all to consider various viewpoints. Wish you well however you proceed, but please don't give up just because you're going through a bad patch.


Also, good news about Zichi.

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

It's not always wise to make a drug available if there are some doubts over its safety. I read there are worries over embryo safety with this drug. Might still be effective, if not given to those who are pregnant or wanting to be. Thalidomide had some frightening lessons many years ago, yet I gather is still effective in other unrelated fields such as Hansen's disease and some cancers. So let's proceed with caution, rather than just put it out there.

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Posted in: Fewer people on streets of Japan's major cities amid stay-at-home requests See in context


 I went into my work to collect my pay

If you have a Japanese bank account, you do not need to traipse across town to Otemachi to get paid

both his parents are working at home

and so, still happy to send their family member to you?

I had to go to Meguro and

Getting about a bit then...

We all must suck it up and stay in 

Right. Pass me the mirror.

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Can the geologists tell us why it can't be pumped down a volcano? .....

Wow! Have you considered the logistics of getting a million tons of radioactive water into an active volcano? Perhaps they could use skyhooks?

geologists tend to be a mentally stable bunch, so I'm guessing they wouldn't want to waste their time responding to such utterly childish fantasies.

Ship it by tanker to somewhere uninhabited like Yokoatejima or Kaminonejima, pump it into the caldera. No water table pollution issues as they're uninhabited, if the volcano wakes up and spouts it back out, no worse than if it had been evaporated in Japan. Most likely better than dumping it in the Pacific, as it stands a good chance of being contained for many years, and not affecting fish stocks or other nations. It might cost a few million dollars to tanker it, ship it and pump it to an elevation of 500 metres or so, but all solutions will have a cost. This is why I asked for geologists' opinions, but all I got were cynics.

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Can the geologists tell us why it can't be pumped down a volcano? .....

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

... No government forced Volvo to invent the seatbelt, and it sure cost a bit more money to fit early Volvos with seatbelts. But their standards were about making a safer car.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context


Not so sure about that.....

Well that's a fair discussion point. Shame on the J government for facilitating a lax standard. But the car companies are saying "here's a low standard, we can make money and we're not doing anything wrong" -so it depends whether their corporate standards are about safety above money,

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

Let's not forget the part played by the Japanese car manufacturers. All of them can produce cars which meet higher safety standards. So, collectively they have some responsibility for perpetuating the Kei car market. You don't see European or American manufacturers, for example, tarnishing their image by building to a lower standard. They are proud that their entire range meets or exceeds the higher standards.

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Posted in: Abe asks Johnson to minimize Brexit impact on Japanese firms See in context

Abe said Japan wants to work toward an "ambitious" free trade agreement with Britain

...minimizing the impact on business activities of Japanese companies

Surely a conflict here. Or bad journalism.

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