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Posted in: Kishida visits areas hit by 2011 disaster for 1st time as PM See in context

First time as prime minister. His many times Before he was prime minister? Hundreds? Tens? Never?

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Posted in: Japan, Hong Kong academics say virtual learning no match for real thing See in context

During COVID-time I taught online in two ways: a portion of the students on Zoom for direct conversations/ interviews; and the school internet system for homework including students uploading audio. Worked out quite well.

Other teachers did the same plus Zoom lectures with PowerPoint and live demonstrations. Also worked out quite well.

What is this teacher doing?

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Posted in: JR group offers all-you-can-ride passes for older couples in 'Full Moon Couple Green Pass' deal See in context

for five, seven, or ten consecutive days.

How many people want to ride a train for ten consecutive days?

A few.

How many want to take a train to a destination, spend a few days sightseeing or onsen jumping, and then take a train home?

Possibly more.

This sounds like a publicity stunt.

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Posted in: Opposition leaders harbor low expectations for change under Kishida See in context

Everyone has low expectations for change, even Kishida, who is vested in non-change.

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Posted in: Do you think tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Amazon and YouTube have too much control over what people see and read? See in context

YouTube sees I watched program A so they show me a lot of program A even if I don’t want to watch it anymore. That’s too much.

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Posted in: Police reminding drivers not to perform the illegal 'Ibaraki Dash' maneuver See in context

An intersection near home is unusually wide. Cars turning right travel less than cars going straight in the opposite direction.

Two cars, without speeding, can make the right turn before the other cars get half way through the intersection.

I once made it with a police car following me. Scary until he peeled off.

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Posted in: 107-year-old Japanese twins certified as world's oldest See in context


I meant the second oldest living twins.

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Posted in: 107-year-old Japanese twins certified as world's oldest See in context

Congratulations to the two ladies.

I imagine the competition isn’t too stiff. Also, if the second oldest twins were Japanese, I’m sure AP (and JT) would have told us.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy will not be prosecuted over 6-year-old sister’s death See in context

Agreeing with Nam. I, too, knew not to kick a child when I was 17. Also, if I didn't know how to deal with a six-year-old, I'd ask one of the neighbor mothers for help.

On the other hand, parents have been known in this country (and others) to deliberately kill their offspring (because of crying, bed wetting, not obeying, not eating their veggies etc) and get little or no time in jail.

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Posted in: 2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors See in context

Making promises and grand plans for the future (that they know they'll never carry out) is the mainstay of politicians the world over. But it seems more so here in Japan where everyone knows change is glacial at best.

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Posted in: WADA to review cannabis banned status See in context

Had to tell my students here in Safety Japan that using marijuana would make Sha'Carri Richardson SLOWER as it is not a performance enhancing drug. They thought it was. Some also assumed one injected it in your arm as with heroin. Drug education seems to be lacking in some schools.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers ATM glitch; 7th system failure this year See in context

Company I’m familiar with upgraded their 20-year-old system (systems actually). Afterwards, they spent nearly a year ironing out the kinks. But they aren’t a bank that relies on computers for business.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting restaurant worker See in context

alcohol in the bloodstream is measured in milligrams (mg) of alcohol per 100 milliliters (ml) of blood. It is usually expressed as a decimal such as 0.08 or 0.15. For example, a BAC of 0.10% means that an individual's blood supply contains one part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood.

blood alcohol content of 0.88 mm per 100 ml of exhaled breath.

How drunk is that?

That’s pretty buzzed. Hope he didn’t drive that five kilos.

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Posted in: Man with pickaxe attacks vehicle carrying Beat Takeshi See in context

Takeshi also (had a group of his goons) beat up a newspaper reporter who had something bad to say about Beat.

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Posted in: I find it hard to believe such a thing could happen in this day and age. See in context

Xenophobia brought to the local level (think global, act local). I’ve even seen it in adults who graduate from different local high schools.

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Posted in: Many cars do not stop at crosswalks in Japan, although they are required by law to do so. Why do you think that drivers don't stop? See in context

It’s cultural. The general rule of thumb is ‘I’m more important than you, stranger.’ If the pedestrian were my neighbor, relative, or co-worker, the drivers would stop.

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Posted in: Small Hokkaido furniture firm proud creator of Olympic medal cases See in context

He actually had an extra year to make the cases so no real need for overtime.

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Posted in: Opposition candidate wins Yokohama mayor election in blow to Suga See in context

"I failed to explain (my policies to the public) properly," Okonogi told reporters.

This is often the excuse politicians give when they or their policies fail. Maybe they did explain everything but the voters didn’t like it.

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Posted in: Man in wheelchair dies after being hit by car driven by 80-year-old man See in context

Two tests are required:

A competency test for drivers who show confusion at any age. (An 80-year-old can be more competent than a 50-year-old; not on average, though.)

Plus a reaction time. How fast a driver reacts in an emergency.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan has secured enough COVID-19 'antibody cocktails' See in context

Didn’t he also say Japan has enough vaccines to cover the country? Before he said we didn’t? Just before his save and secure sports day?

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Posted in: Concerns mount over possible collapse of Japan's medical system See in context

Family member had emergency need of a hospital; ambulance drivers called then I recalled a friend of a friend who worked at a nice hospital. Ambulance called that hospital and we got in. If not for the connection who knows where we would’ve ended up.

That is a failed system.

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Posted in: How has the pandemic changed your eating patterns both at home and when/if you eat out? See in context

Should clarify, we eat out by ordering takeout from family owned restaurants who would go under if customers didn’t order takeout.

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Posted in: How has the pandemic changed your eating patterns both at home and when/if you eat out? See in context

Less money spent in coffee shops, more time talking with family, more cooking at home, more particular about where we eat out (no more chains, only local family-owned places.)

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Posted in: If the delta variant gains prevalence while many people have only received one dose of the vaccine, the number of people infected with the coronavirus will not decrease in society at large. We shouldn't be delaying giving people their second dose, but if there aren't enough vaccine doses, there's not much we can do. See in context


Because Japan is donating vaccines they don’t want Japanese citizens to get because someone somewhere said they were unsafe. it’s called Vaxxdiplomacy: appear to be helping by giving countries a vaccine the Japanese government doesn’t want.

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Posted in: Do you think employers should have the right to require workers returning to their offices to be vaccinated against the coronavirus? See in context

Should employers be responsible for their employees safety? Oh no! Invasion of privacy! Do away with safety helmets and allow employees with deadly diseases to work until they drop. It’s all good for the profit of the company! Screw the workers!

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

as not many people around the world have heard of Sapporo and/or Hokkaido. It would put us firmly on the map for a generation of winter sports enthusiasts, boosting tourism for years to come.

Anyone interested in winter sports probably knows about the 1972 Winter Olympics held in Sapporo and the Nagano Winter Olympics. Australians use both during their summer.

A wiser and cheaper move would be for those companies related to winter sports to advertise over a long term the benefits and pleasures of Sapporo. Much cheaper.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context


It looks terrible seeing a lot of the athletes walking in recording everything on their smartphones. 

They are participating in the ceremony, not watching it.

They’re not really in a ceremony so much as walking in an empty stadium to canned music. Are they waving to the cameras or friends on other teams?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context


Good luck athletes and break a leg! Ignore the Debbie downers.

Nobody complained about the athletes; many people complained about the cost and the boring ceremony.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

It’s not the athletes people are against: it’s YOU. And your IOC Co-conspirators who are bleed Japan for your profit.

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