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Posted in: What do you think of the phrase 'Act of God' that insurers in many countries use to deny claims in times of natural disasters? See in context

I wouldn't want to be God's defense attorney!

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Posted in: Japan's Communist Party raps China in 1st platform change since 2004 See in context

Cricky! Perfect! Great post!

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Posted in: The perfect baked potato begins with russets See in context

Yes, Serrano. We use May Queen a lot. My wife is from Hokkaido. We also use Danshaku which I like very much. My point was about russets. I know the potato, I've just never seen it in Japan. So I wonder why Japan Today recommends it?

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Posted in: Japan's Communist Party raps China in 1st platform change since 2004 See in context

The big difference between communism and capitalism is that in capitalism the wealth is held by a few very rich people. But, hang on a minute, isn't that the same with communism?

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Posted in: The perfect baked potato begins with russets See in context

Where in Japan are we going to find russets?

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Posted in: Skymark Airlines still using Windows XP See in context

Time to upgrade to Linux.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

The whole point about Bond is that he's a "ladies' man." He goes after the pretty girl. Like it or lump it, that's his character.

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Posted in: Japan hoping surprise cricket U-19 World Cup appearance is just the start See in context

Cricket has come from a soporific "gate ball" type deathly boring game to something that makes you sit up and watch. Modern cricket is worth watching. I'm very happy to see Japan take an interest in this. It suits this climate!

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

The scariest roundabouts are a) the Hyde Park roundabout - try doing that on a moped! And b) the vastly complex set of five roundabouts in Swindon!

Still better than traffic lights!

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave

(At our expense!)

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Posted in: Are you optimistic for the Japanese economy this year? See in context

With Abe at the helm, the father of "abenomics," Japan doesn't have a hope in hell.

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

The figures are pretty conclusive: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm

Single lane roundabouts are more efficient, much easier and safer. The only difficulty is where there are two or more lanes.

They also save on energy and there are no mechanical parts to go wrong.

Please, please, please let's have more roundabouts!

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Posted in: Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020 See in context

If someone didn't have the thingies to tell his boss he's quitting, I wouldn't hire him.

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Posted in: Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday See in context

So, use Linux. Gives old hardware a new lease of life and much easier to use than Windows! Also free and more secure!

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

Many years ago, I was doing a project for the government of Hokkaido and was asked to translate a poster that stated, "It's been 100 years since human beings have inhabited Hokkaido!"

I refused to translate it, which led to a flurry of meetings, reports being sent, more meetings and consultations with "experts." Eventually, they got the point.

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Posted in: Firms in China remain wary despite U.S. trade deal See in context

Firms in China remain wary because of U.S. trade deal

There you go! Fixed it!

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

If he was overpaid and overrated, why wasn't this handled? Surely this is something that should be handled internally. It's not something that concerns the nation. The handling of this issue by the Japanese "justice" system is rather like using a power saw to cut a matchstick in half.

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Invalid CSRF

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Posted in: 'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators See in context

Boeing is suffering from the same disease as the LDP:

Complacency and the idea that they can get away with anything.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Only 10 million USD!?

That's nothing!

Abe spends more than that on "garden parties!"

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Posted in: Okonomiyaki sauce producer in damage control amid Iran-U.S. tensions See in context

Recently a friend has started growing dates in Okinawa. And she gave me some dates from Taiwan that were fabulous. If Otafuku KK looked around they might find plenty more sources of dates.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

Arrested in 2018 to be tried in 2021 and in the meantime in solitary confinement, interrogated for eight (8) hours per day, forbidden to communicate with his wife, under house arrest. These are correct justice procedures?

We may as well be under Chinese rule!

Not a lot of difference!

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Posted in: Abe cancels visit to Middle East amid tensions See in context

OK for the SDF to go, but Abe doesn't want to risk it.

Real bravery that. (Sarcasm)

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Posted in: Man accused of killing 19 disabled people disrupts trial See in context

He stabbed and killed 19 people. Of course he's insane. What difference does that make?

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Posted in: Nissan bolsters taskforce to prepare for Ghosn onslaught See in context

I'll bet the shredding machines are working overtime!

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Posted in: Toyota to build prototype city of the future in Japan See in context

Will it have a real address system? You know, with street names and house numbers? Roundabouts instead of traffic lights every 50 metres? A city that you can find your way about without having to use a cell phone or "car navi?"

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

(Presses palms together and looks upward). "Please, please, let Ghosn name some names and open the closet wide open. We are sick of the secrets and corruption!"

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Posted in: Not a Ghosn fan See in context

One person!

Is this news?

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Posted in: Iraq wants foreign troops out after air strike; Trump threatens sanctions See in context

Seems like the US military isn't popular ANYWHERE!

Okinawa doesn't want them either!

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Posted in: Plain Japanese key to inclusive, multicultural Japan See in context

When I came to Japan in 1976, the only Japanese text books that I could find were basically the traditional English text books made over in Japanese. Instead of "Is this a pen?" that ridiculous and useless sentence, we had sentences like, "Kono hana wa sakura degozaimasu ka?" (Is this cherry blossom?) Though ever so slightly useable than its English counterpart, it still wasn't what I wanted to say. And it used keigo, which is not suitable for lesson one!

Yes. Let's have more plain Japanese. So many Japanese native speakers haven't a clue how to use keigo either.

Keep it simple!

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Posted in: Tax hike, global slowdown set to dent Japan's economic growth in 2020 See in context

What growth?

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