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Posted in: Famous Tokyo boxing gym to close following internal feud See in context

Is he related to Koji Gushiken, the gymnast of LA Olyimpic fame? Very unusual family name, so maybe?

He may very well be related, however, Gushiken is quite a common name in Okinawa.

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Posted in: Thin skin: Japanese firm develops ultra-fine spray-on face mask See in context

What happens to the fibres you inhale while sprays this cosmetic mask on your face?

My guess is that it’s a binary compound and A only forms into artificial skin when combined with B. So unless you coat your nasal linings and windpipe with B, you should be fine, as the article suggests.

After applying an absorbent lotion, users spray the fibers onto their face and a thin translucent sheet is quickly formed, acting as a "greenhouse" for the real skin below to soak up the moisture and still be able to breathe.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

One question I do have. What is the deal on the private Japanese company that owns the island?! It seems to be shrouded in mystery.

Perhaps they prefer not to be bombarded by the press and “concerned” citizens.

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Posted in: 'One Team', '#KuToo' buzzwords for 2019 in Japan See in context

“NHK wo bukkowasu” should’ve made the list.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Total waste of money! A country the size of the U.S.A. doesn't have enough land to use for troop training?

Maintaining training facilities as close as possible to the area of deployment is less costly monetarily and labor-wise than constantly rotating troops stateside for training, and is necessary for maintaining readiness.

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

The Navy and Air Force have always been more about technical expertise than the Army or Marines. If the Navy deemed her capable of commanding a warship, I’d respect that decision until proven otherwise.

Technical advancements and automation have opened up many career paths in the military, that were previously unavailable to women.

The days of WW2 recruitment posters of a dainty Navy hospital nurse holding a clipboard, and a buff sailor hand-loading the big guns are over. A casual glance at modern navy recruitment posters show an emphasis in diversity and women in combat roles. That is the image the current Navy is striving to project.

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Posted in: Yamato delivery man kicked and yelled at by older colleague See in context

When I was a kid, this kind of smoke-out was pretty common in the Marine Corps. Times have changed, I hear DIs can’t even “knife hand” anymore.

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Hyogo Pref in possible gang feud See in context

The whole gun definition problem here started from the media when one of the first witnesses described to the press an unusual series of cartridge casings clattering to the ground, indicating some kind of automatic weapon. 

Firearm nomenclature in Japanese can be pretty tricky.

Hunting rifle(猟銃) is often confused or used interchangeably with shotgun (散弾銃). Automatic rifle (小銃) is often confused with submachine gun (自動小銃) and automatic pistol (自動拳銃).

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Hyogo Pref in possible gang feud See in context

A sub machinegun is a firearm capable of fully automatic fire, and that uses handgun caliber ammunition (.22, 9mm, etc).

The weapon left at the scene shown on the news with a dozen or so casings littered around it, appeared to be of the AR-15 family. That would be a semi-automatic rifle, not even a machine gun or “assault rifle.”

Unless the suspect had an Uzi or MP-5 with him when arrested, sub machine gun is a misnomer.

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Posted in: Long hours of gaming adversely affect daily activities: survey See in context

Gaming is the dream of most Japanese teenagers. This is because they can lose all reality in a game and don’t have to deal with the harshness of a teenager’s life in Japan.

So the article on JT a few months ago, and numerous TV polls about YouTuber being the most desired profession is bunk? I understand that teenagers, and pretty much anyone for that matter admires a lifestyle that is free of the rat race, but most of the teenagers i speak to see the reality that less than 1% will ever be a celebrity, billionaire, successful gamer or YouTuber. They have more realistic goals like IT entrepreneur, civil engineer, veterinarian, etc.

Playing games to ‘kill time’ is actually killing brain cells and waiting to die.

Chill, dude. Just living and breathing is killing brain cells and waiting to die. There are numerous studies that show that puzzle games increase IQ and problem solving capabilities. NASA and the US Air Force incorporate puzzle games in their training.

For me, I haven’t played console games at all since PlayStation1, and only occasionally play free shoot’em-ups on my phone for 5 minutes or so. However, I do know a few people who literally spend more than $10,000 a year on in-game items and I think that’s silly. But they think me spending the same amount or more on fishing, travel, surfing, car parts, and bar-hopping is just as dumb. Different strokes, dude.

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Posted in: Long hours of gaming adversely affect daily activities: survey See in context

Ask any high school kid what their hobby is and 99% will ay gaming. 

I’m not sure which high schools you associate with, but in between all the extracurricular sports team activities, juku, and waning interest in console gaming I’d put that number way lower. Sure pretty much everyone casually plays games on their smartphones as a way to kill time while on the train, waiting in line, etc, but the percentage of serious gamers who devote the same amount of time and energy to games as people do to other hobbies like fishing, or street dancing is nowhere near even 50%.

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Posted in: Osaka girl says she was fed only once per day during confinement See in context

"Perhaps he was influenced by the popular “Dorobo-Kazoku” movie, in which the protagonists kidnap children who are neglected and take care of them." We clearly did not see the same movie...

Manbiki-Kazoku.... was it. Nevertheless, what the couple in that movie were doing, is by legal definition abduction, no matter how good their intentions were.

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Posted in: Musk touts 146,000 orders for Tesla’s electric pickup truck See in context

I’ll wager that more than 90% of those orders are from wealthy suburbanites who will most likely never drive a vehicle off road, and consider a drive to Griffith Park to be an “outdoor adventure.”

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Posted in: Aging Japanese A-bomb survivors back pope's anti-nukes call See in context

There are Christian groups who risk their lives aiding NK defectors and spreading Christianity in NK.

The pope could use his immunity as a figurehead to actually do something useful.

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Posted in: He, she, they: Americans and the choice of gender pronoun See in context

Just give everyone ranks like in the military. Then you can address them as Pvt so-and-so, or Sgt what’s-his-face, etc without assigning gender. Ranks will be assigned according to social status. Menial laborers will rank from Pvt to Cpl, managerial positions and STEM field workers Sgt to Msgt, and CEOs will fill the officer ranks.

Wait.... that sounds too much like.... never mind...

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits taking illegal drugs for over 10 years See in context

This showcases the failings of Japan’s drug awareness programs.

The drug PSAs always feature a disheveled, malnourished salaryman with bloodshot crazy eyes and violent gestures.

When kids see celebs who are successful and attractive, Taki Pierre, Kiyohara, Noriko Sakai, Manabu Oshio, Saya Takagi, and now, Sawajiri, they’ll realize all those PSAs were just scare tactic hyperbole.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. say 3-way ties with S Korea are key to security See in context

Genocide? Genocide is the intentional eradication of a race or nationality. Why then, did the average life expectancy and population of Korea and other SE Asian and pacific island nations increase during the Japanese occupation/annexation.

I understand there were many ugly aspects of Japan’s colonial rule, but there was never any systematic eradication of any population group.

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Posted in: U.S. F-16 drops dummy bomb off firing range in Aomori Pref See in context

Obviously you have no clue about dropping a bomb and the instruments used in it. What’s the point of dropping a 400 meters radius destructive force bomb on a specific targets if you are saying 5000 meters (5 km) is not much of a deviation. Pls. read my first comment.

I am aware of the instruments and precision involved in modern bombing techniques. However we're still not sure whether the devation was on the X axis or the Y axis, which makes abig difference. I've seen materiel airdrops land over 10km of PI, and artillery more than 5km off target. These incidents definitely should not happen, but the error could have been caused by anything from a grid plotting error to ground observer error. I think its too early to blame the pilots without further information.

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Posted in: U.S. F-16 drops dummy bomb off firing range in Aomori Pref See in context

The area surroundiung Rokkasho test range, where the dummy was dropped is mostly closed off and uninhabited. Both the US and Japanese military use the aerial target range and the SDF ordnance proving ground is also located there.

While unfortuante, a bomb going 5km off target is not that much of a deviation when you consider that a fighter jet flying at near supersonic speeds can travel 5km in less than 10 seconds.

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Posted in: Have you had enough of "Star Wars," Marvel and other superhero movies? See in context

I don’t see a problem with making a multiple installment series if the original story requires it . Back to the Future and the original Star Wars were meant to be trilogies from the conception, and comic book adaptions have multiple story lines and spinoffs that make endless sequels possible.

What bothers me more is trying to cram a story like Moby Dick, Robinson Crusoe, or the Count of Monte Christo into a 2 hour movie. Stories the rely heavily on character development are more suited for a miniseries and not a standalone movie that would inevitably omit many details.

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Posted in: Asahi CEO bets on better tasting alcohol-free beers See in context

Did the idea of making a better tasting regular beer not cross your mind?

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Posted in: U.S. Marine pilots at Iwakuni engaged in in-flight misconduct: report See in context

If you think a Marine aviator taking a selfie while in autopilot is bad, infantry Marine selfie shenanigans would give you a heart attack.

Jokes aside, Marines and fighter pilots require an amount of daring and willingness to push the limits. Unchecked, however, it does sometimes cause accidents.

IMO the fault lies with the command in this case. Failure to incentivize good behavior and prevent bad behavior. Even if for no reason other than to avoid the consequences, a bad reason is better than no reason.

That said, the Marines I’ve had the pleasure and honor to work with were for the most part intelligent, professional, good natured and disciplined.

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Posted in: 'I'll be back': Schwarzenegger and Hamilton keep promises in new 'Terminator' See in context

How many times has he "come back" already?

Every time he “left.”

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Posted in: Beer that helps get rid of your beer belly: Kirin’s non-alcoholic Karada Free See in context

Beer Belly? That’s strange, I always come out a few pounds lighter after a good weekend bender, and not because I’m drinking my lunch and dinner.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

If the guy smashing the bar is worried about costs, he should have asked the price before he started smashing.

Which is exactly what Kiefer Sutherland did when drunk at a London hotel and destroyed a Christmas tree. He asked, “how much is that tree? I don’t like it, it needs to go.” When the hotel staff informed him of the price, he dive-tackled the tree while yelling, “I love this place.”

You can see the video all over YouTube.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

Prices in Japan usually go up depending on how affluent the Japanese perceive the offending foreigners country is.

If the club decides to press charges for damages, the court will determine the amount to be compensated based on an insurance company’s assessment and the sale price of the item/s damaged. Rich or poor, foreign or not, the prices are generally the same.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

Right. I also forgot to mention that those prices could easily go 3 to 5 times higher depending on the grade and quality of the items.

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Posted in: Flooded out See in context

@Aly Rustom

Lol, maybe I’m just desensitized to mannequins and other human likenesses from my father who would hang his uniform on a mannequin because it “preserved the shape” better. Then later from the designer neighbor I mentioned earlier, who’s mannequins were visible through the lace curtains all the time.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

I’m reckoning the “stuffed bear” was one of those huge man-sized things ones that easily cost several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the brand, and they destroyed it by using it as a tackle dummy. Most likely while being cheered on by drunken patrons.

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