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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after her neck gets stuck in car window See in context

Surely there would be an auto stop. Most modern cars have.

Most newer model Volvos and Toyotas have them. But especially on Euro cats like Audi and BMW, the programming sometimes bugs up and opens the windows half way for no reason. Then you have unplug the battery to reset the system.

Some of the newest, most “Advanced” cars like the Tesla cyber truck were shown slicing carrots, watermelons, and apples like butter in YouTube videos of owners testing the “safe” doors and windows features.

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Posted in: 'Ametora': How American style changed Japanese fashion forever See in context

And if an American wears a kimono or yukata, that gets called cultural appropriation.

Not in Kyoto or Asakusa, where foreigners of any ethnicity are encouraged to wear kimono for a fully authentic experience.

I remember the “Yellowface” and “appropriation” protestors a few years ago when the Boston Museum of Fine Arts held “Kimono Wednesdays” to promote their limited Japan exhibition.

The Japanese kimono fitting staff thought that they were protesting against Japan because there were Chinese and Koreans in the protestors.

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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting wife with banana peel denies it can be called domestic abuse See in context

The proper punishment would be getting smacked with a red turtle shell.

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/sapporo-news/20240301/7000065262.html

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

Apparently since March 10, rifled barrel slug guns now fall under the 10 year restriction, with the exception of hunters younger than 50 in Hokkaido; for the purpose of culling bear and deer.

This does not affect me, as I don’t own slug guns, and before my 10 year mark, I used a smoothbore with rifled slugs. Which also had the advantage of being able to use buckshot and birdshot without changing barrels or buying another gun.

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

Unless the restrictions have changed within the last 15 years since I got my Japanese firearms license.

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

Slug guns are rifles under Japanese law. Air powered pellet rifles as well. If it has rifling you can't have it without obtaining and maintaining a shotgun license for ten years first.

Air rifles and slug guns are exempt from the 10 year rifle restriction as they don’t use jacketed ammunition, and have an effective range of less than 200m.

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Posted in: SDF officer denies shoplifting at drugstore, saying ‘I just forgot to pay’ See in context

Happened to me once at the self checkout lane at the local Aeon.

Scanned and bagged my items, forgot to insert my credit card, walked out with a full bag of groceries when the self checkout lane attendant ran after me and politely informed me that I forgot to pay.

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

Japanese police carry .38 Specials. Not exactly a cannon, but it could do some damage.

The .38sp Japanese cops carry only holds 6 rounds and would probably just make the bear more angry.

To take down a bear, I wouldn’t choose anything smaller than a 30.06, or 7.62NATO.

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Posted in: N Korea fires multiple short-range ballistic missiles See in context

More demonstrations of the goods for buyers in Russia, Iran, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, etc.

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Posted in: Drone filming Japanese MSDF ship went undetected: source See in context

The same individual also posted close up drone footage of the USS Ronald Reagan in port with a full compliment of aircraft on the deck.

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Posted in: Japanese police seek to question Singapore diplomat over voyeurism See in context

I wonder how they found out?

Most likely the same way most peeping Toms are exposed. The victim or bystander caught them in the act.

Or maybe he tried to trade the photos on a pedophile website.

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Posted in: Tech tip: How to spot AI-generated deepfake images See in context

The automobile killed the horse.

Video killed the radio star.

We’ll just have to wait and see what AI will kill.

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Posted in: Auroras illuminate night skies across world, parts of Japan See in context

I would’ve liked to see that. In the 90’s I drove up to Yellowknife, Canada from San Diego to spend two nights at an Aurora viewing lodge.

My rotten luck and the fact that it was August and there were only 4 or so hours of dark meant I didn’t see anything but bears.

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Posted in: Japan Day Parade in New York See in context

You would never see American day in Japan. Never.

There are a million and one events all over Japan that promote US culture.

This weekend you can checkout the 3 day Black Ship Festival in Shimoda, that celebrates the establishment of trade with the US.

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Posted in: As hip-hop grows in China, its performers seek a voice that reflects their lived experiences See in context

Rap is unique to the urban black communities of the 80’s onward, and just doesn’t translate well into other cultures.

I understand the appeal to jump on a popular bandwagon, but the results are more often cringe than not.

Maybe China will eventually develop their own sub-genre of rap, like how Enka evolved from 50’s blues.

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Posted in: Nissan net profit nearly doubles despite China challenges See in context

In the 80’s-90’s, Nissan was targeting motor sport enthusiasts who wanted high performance cars for a reasonable price. If I remember correctly, in 1998 you could buy a brand new R-33 for 3.5mill, or S15 for 2mill.

Unfortunately they weren’t turning much profit, as sales didn’t match the production target, which drove prices down even further to the point that Nissan was actually losing money in its sport car sales sector.

Ghosh did turn Nissan back into being profitable, but at the price of losing everything that made Nissan loved by enthusiasts.

Lose the BNR inline engine series, use the same boring, unresponsive CVT in 80% of new models…. For that alone, Ghosn deserved jail time.

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Posted in: SDF punishes 5 members for mishandling state secrets See in context

atleast they tried to sell it back. And not the Taliban. LoL I’d love to know how the heck you lose a “shipment “ of live rounds and AT4s.someone’s head probably rolled for that one.

I don’t think the T-Ban had much of a demand for 5.56mm. At least not until someone left 300,000 M-4s and M-270s in Afghanistan. Lol

But seriously, there was some major sus and shady stuff going on during the latter stages of the war and occupation.

If I remember correctly, the bulk of our materiel was coming through Air Force logistic hubs in Kuwait. And in the process of getting that stuff to bases and outposts in Iraq, there were civilians and local labor involved. So its completely conceivable that some shipments got “mishandled.”

I do distinctively remember street merchants selling that Korean brand PX bottled water, from entire pallets still sealed in shrink wrap, and other stuff that I’m more than sure was acquired by less than legal means.

Outpost and patrol commanders would have literal backpacks full of cash to bribe local mafia…. I mean “elders.”

So yeah, there was a lot of shady stuff going on in winning hearts and minds.

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Posted in: SDF punishes 5 members for mishandling state secrets See in context

These sort of incidents happen all the time.

I remember in Iraq, there was an incident were literal truckloads of sensitive documents were thrown out in the regular trash. The locals would always rummage through US military trash, and some street vendor was found grilling fish with flight plans and airspace control maps.

Another time some locals somehow got their hands on a shipment of 5.56 ammo and AT4s. Then they tried to sell them back to us… SMH

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Posted in: Believers still pursuing Hiroshima mystery beast 50 years after sightings See in context

Why the propensity to make everything look cute? I'm sure when it's ripping you to shreds and slowly ingesting your vital organs, it won't be smiling and you won't be thinking "kawaii."

Why don’t you tell that to Disney?

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Posted in: 1 dead, 7 missing after 2 MSDF helicopters crash in Pacific during night training See in context

@Desert Tortoise

We did the helo dunker in the Corps as well. No flex, but it wasn’t a walk in the park for us, because we were fully geared, armed with a rubber rifle, and wearing flaks.

But I do respect the swimming proficiency of Navy aviators

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Posted in: OJ Simpson, football player and actor brought down by his murder trial, dies at 76 See in context

OJ Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator.

Cameron, however, turned him down because “he’s not convincing as a cold blooded killer.”

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

Living in the US for several years and still needing an interpreter... ? That's why I admire Imanaga even more, who chose not to have an interpreter and tried to survive the language barrier on his own.

How long have you lived in Japan, or any foreign country?

Would you feel confident to give press interviews and statements and deal with high stakes contract negotiations with your foreign language ability?

We know he speaks in English with his teammates, the terp is only for the media and management.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

I can guarantee that the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS are not interested in covering up a crime for anyone

I agree. The IRS and DHS have put away much richer and influential people in the past for tax and financial crimes.

Sometimes it almost seems like they are intentionally targeting the top bracket to make a show of force and send a warning.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

Rich CEOs and Capital investors, people who are experts on how money works, don’t even know the details of their finances, because most of it is managed by other people.

You can’t expect an athlete or celebrity to have the same level of financial literacy.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

No freaking way that much dosh went out of Ohtani's account unnoticed.

Sports stars and celebrities rarely know exactly how much money they have. They usually let an accounting firm and asset management agents take care of their banking and investments.

In Ohtani’s case, he literally has no interest in money. When playing in Japan, his mom managed his finances, and when he moved to LA; Mr Mizuhara took the role of his mother.

If you watched the Angel’s YouTube channel, you’d see his teammates often tease him for driving his own “mom van” and cooking his own breakfast. In one video, Trout is saying “Sho, you make more money than all of us. What’s with the dorky car.”

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Posted in: U.S. military command in Japan to be revamped: report See in context

Chinese heavy glide bombs dropped from heavy bombers with no signature for air defense will devastate any small island defenses. Very inexpensive and very accurate and can be done largely from China airspace. 

Chinese super weapons are largely overhyped and unproven.

If China was to begin a campaign of pure destruction, global sanctions and embargoes would cause internal unrest to the point of making a dedicated war effort infeasible.

China also lacks the airlift and amphibious expertise and capacity to put boots on the ground.

Xi is over ambitious, but not stupid. He saw what happened in the Gulf War part1, and what’s happening in Ukraine.

He also has a lot of “face” to maintain. If Taiwan declares independence, for example, it would cross one of his line in the sand criteria to invade Taiwan.

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Posted in: U.S. military command in Japan to be revamped: report See in context

There is nothing to be gained defending Taiwan. The United States would throw Taiwan to the wolf, just like it did when it was called Formosa.

Successfully defending Taiwan from Chinese invasion would set off a chain of events that could lead to the total collapse of the CCP, and China splitting into its main ethnic regions.

Eliminating the only global competitor seems like a pretty big gain for the US.

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Posted in: U.S. military command in Japan to be revamped: report See in context

Getting ready for a proxy war with China over Taiwan.

China can be contained with embargoes, trade sanctions and other diplomatic countermeasures.

China is not stupid either, and knows it’s place in the world order. China also has no voting populace to please every 2 years, and can enact policies that form the next 100 years.

If China did indeed invade Taiwan, it wouldn’t be a proxy war, but an all-fronts all-out war involving more countries than the Global War on Terror.

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Posted in: U.S. military command in Japan to be revamped: report See in context

For a more flexible and expeditionary deterrent force, my guess is that the Chief of US Forces Japan will be appointed to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Commander, rather than an Army or Air Force General, as is the current status.

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