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Posted in: Court rules TEPCO execs not guilty of professional negligence over nuclear crisis See in context

A sign of changing times and attitudes in Japan. When I first came here in the early 90s company executives would kill themselves over something as innocuous as "financial iregularities". These TEPCO clowns still live . . . .

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Posted in: Entertainers mourn death of Johnny Kitagawa at Tokyo Dome memorial event See in context

Still waiting for his Jimmy Savile moment

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Posted in: New subway station to open at Tokyo’s Toranomon Hills just before Olympics See in context

360 meters from Toranomon Station exit 2 to the entrance of Toranomon Hills. FFS

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Posted in: South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past See in context

Funny how the Koreans always harp on Japan's BS, but always fail to mention their own.

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Posted in: Airbus is ready for pilotless jets - are you? See in context

Auto pilot from takeoff to landing, sure.

Just so you know pilots do not push a button and sit back and relax once we are in the air. The systems do what we tell them to. Each flight is a little bit different even if it is the same route.

Some may argue about systems like autoland; "We don't need pilots anyway. They just push buttons." Whilst there is quite a bit of button pushing we are still in control. Yes, there is tech to land a plane automatically, but that only works in a limited range of conditions. Computers can't feel the subtle changes necessary to land a plane in bad weather.

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Posted in: U.S. catches heat for Women's World Cup goal celebrations See in context

> You expect an athlete who just scored their first ever World Cup goal to dial back their celebration?

I would not expect a dialed back celebration from a first time scorer, but for players like Rapinoe, who has scored World Cup goals before, to behave with some sense of decorum. That whole slide with her leg in the air . . . . WTF?

A common defense of the USWNT is that "a man would not be told to score fewer goals, celebrate less, etc." For one thing no one has a problem with the scoring of goals. That is what you do, especially in group. Of course no one expects the US to not make it out of group. I do not have a problem with a first time scorer celebrating their achievment. The problem that so many have is with the veteran players celebrating to such a degree over a team that is composed of part time insurance workers. Were the Thai ladies full time players like the US then this whole thing might not be as much of an issue. However, carrying on like they did against a team that is clearly not at their level is just uncouth.

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Posted in: Petition launched to stop forcible hair dyeing from natural color to black in schools See in context

So fortunate that the schools my kids attend do not require hair dyeing, or even request a natural hair color certificate. Of course, they are haafu, but something tells me some dinos would not care about that.

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Posted in: 'Carol Burnett Show' actor Tim Conway dies at 85 See in context

One of his most famous skits on Carol Burnett, the dentist sketch, was based off of an incident that happened to Conway in the Army.

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Posted in: 'Avengers Endgame' nears global record with over $2 billion See in context

The only bad thing about a movie like this is you only have one time to see it for the first time. Part of the joy these epic blockbusters bring is seeing stuff that you did not expect.

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Posted in: Boeing wins confidence of shareholders, prepares for key 737 MAX test flight See in context

Boeing pushed this aircraft through under the 737 series banner saying that pilots would not need much conversion training, though clearly, this does not appear to be the case.

They actually do NOT need that much conversion training. The MAX flies like previous versions of the 737 except it is a bit light in the nose when pitching up.

I wonder if National Geographic will produce one of it's Mayday series to include either or both of these crashes.... that would be interesting.

It certainly would be interesting. Of course one of the first things mentioned would be MCAS, but then they would explain how the crews failed to handle the 'stabilizer trim runaway' problem, or how one crew re-engaged the autopilot thereby reintroducing the pitch problem. It would also go on to explain how in the case of ET302 the pilots never took the powers levers out of takeoff thrust.

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Posted in: Boeing wins confidence of shareholders, prepares for key 737 MAX test flight See in context

> ANA & JAL... will you tell us in advance of booking, which aircraft you will place us upon ?

They do. It is listed on their websites (or travel sites) what type of aircraft you are booking.

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Posted in: Boeing wins confidence of shareholders, prepares for key 737 MAX test flight See in context

I say it's still in the rational self-interest of all flyers everywhere to forever shun the 737 MAX and avoid airlines who fly it.

Good luck with that.

The CEO of Boeing blamed the Pilots for the 2 crashes....

The data from the preliminary reports suggest just that. I am not absolving Boeing of an ill-thought design, but recovery was possible through procedures that are memory items.

I dought (sic) he has the confidence of his customers or their passengers!

The DC-10 suffered a couple of significant crashes in its early years. However, it went on to become a moderate success.

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Posted in: 'Avengers: Endgame' smashes records in global launch See in context

I'm four hours away from seeing it. I have never before been so excited to see a movie, even more than The Force Awakens.

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Posted in: Man arrested after sawing off bars at congested rail crossing See in context

So, instead of having access via a tunnel which would aid the flow of traffic, people get inconvenienced everyday at thousands and thousands of crossings all over Japan.

Tunnels would not be practical for every grade crossing in Japan. In most cases the wait is not abnormally long, certainly not in the case of an accident . . . which is what happened here.

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Posted in: Man arrested after sawing off bars at congested rail crossing See in context

Very rare for more than two trains to pass at the same time if or time period.

This was in Chiba, but I do remember a place in Yokohama where road traffic had to contend with crossing the Tokaido, Keihin-Tohoku, and Yokosuka lines.

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Posted in: Seoul cancels permit for new Japanese embassy building See in context

"full, heartfelt apology"

Someone please explain to me what this is.

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Posted in: JR East replace title of 'train conductor' with just 'crew' See in context

Glorified bus driver same as pilots

You are ignorant to think of pilots as nothing more than bus drivers. Flying a plane is a bit more complex than driving a bus.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

I am not happy with it. I’ve never liked the syllable ‘rei’ No matter the meaning associated with it has always sounded harsh. My wife actually wanted to give our “oldest” daughter the middle name of ‘rei’, but I was able to persuade her otherwise. Reading this name I wonder if the ascending monarch had any input which choice.

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Posted in: 'Made by war criminals' label proposed for some Japanese-made items in S Korean schools See in context

The hypocrisy of the Koreans is astounding. Bin Hoa, Ha My, and of course the Lai Dai Han.

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Posted in: Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo Dome See in context

I am happy to see how dignifies he was in announcing his retirement. At the press conference you could tell he was emotional about his career, but he held it together. Seems like so long ago (and it is) that he was in an Prix uniform.

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Posted in: American man arrested over murder of wife at Tokyo Family Court See in context

I see a few commenters on here saying words to the effect of “if he could do this he was obviously unfit to be with her, and that she was right to remove the child“. You are obviously people that are not aware of what it is like for fathers going through divorce, especially foreign fathers, in Japan. I am not making excuses for what he did, but I can understand his motivation. Desperate times can drive people to do desperate things. It can cause them to not be in control their emotions. Maybe he was “mentally unstable“ as the deceased said he was.

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Posted in: Olympic superfan Yamada dies with Tokyo 2020 dream unfulfilled See in context

So happy I could have my picture taken with this man many years ago (at Akebono's intai-zumo).

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Posted in: In success for 'Captain Marvel,' a defeat for trolls See in context

who saw it coming how Fury really lost his eye!

I'm not quite sure how to feel about that. It's kind of lame, but then again I like the expectation subversion.

The de-aging effects keep getting better and better. Russel, Douglas, Pfeiffer, and now Jackson. Absolutely remarkable.

The score was forgettable. As for the 90s pop song they used for the final fight . . .unimaginative.

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Posted in: In success for 'Captain Marvel,' a defeat for trolls See in context

I saw this last Saturday, and while I did not hate the movie (parts of it were tremendous fun) I did not love it. This movie ranks with Black Panther in that I liked it when I saw it, but I cannot see myself watching it again (unless it's on BluRay in preparation for Endgame). Captain Marvel is directed by two people, and the movie feels like it. Some might point out the three MCU movies directed by the Russo brothers, but being brothers they are likely on the same wavelength most of the time.

I did not really feel a "feminist agenda" (whatever that may be). They simply portray Danvers as a strong person, not so much a strong woman. As for people going to see this, even the evil white males comic fans, I suspect many of them went hoping for some clue as to what might happen in Endgame.

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Posted in: How a vintage film format brought 'Apollo 11' back to life See in context

And the whole Stanley Kubrick association?

There was none. It was impossible to fake the landings back then given the film technology of the day.

Even our Jaxa (Japanese equivalent of Nasa) would not plan for a manned moon mission, why? Russians also till now have not set foot on the moon, so it is nothing about Nasa per se, but other nations have dared not tried, yet there money and technology is a different story today than in the 60s.

In 1969 a single Saturn V cost $325 million. That would be about $2.5 billion today. In 1973 NASA reported to Congress that the entire Apollo program cost $25.4 billion. That is about $175 billion today

the questions on youtube about why the landing pads are very clean and no debris or anything? did Buzz have a vaccum cleanr or a broom to sweep it away? that part confuses me and as I stated I do believe it did happen, but those dang conspiracy theorists makes you think about those details a tad bit.

They conspiracy types do indeed raise questions. However those questions are easily answered. As for the landing area being clean remember that there is no atmosphere on the moon. Dust will not be blown around in the wind.

Accusing people of being a 'conspiracy theorist' is a cheap way of shutting down any form of questioning or debate while pretending to have all the answers. The posters above are right to ask the questions about this. It's called critical thinking.

Critical thinking would not dismiss the readily available answers to all the CTs questions. Critical thinkers would not instantly dismiss said answers. A cheap way of shutting down someone's argument is to call them a sheep.

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Posted in: Ghosn posts ¥1 billion bail; released after 108 days in detention See in context

I like how the press was separated from Ghosn. Usually when a famous person is released from detention they appear in front of the press to make their Humiliating Public Apology; "I am sorry for causing trouble." They could not have Carlos speak.

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Posted in: Patriots out-muscle Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever See in context

And with this win the entire city of New Orleans is smiling.

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Posted in: 'Black Panther' wins top honor at SAG Awards; 'Maisel' soars See in context

Black Panther, whilst not as bad as Thor: Dark World, or IM3, is so so at best.

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Posted in: Arashi's decision to suspend activities at end of 2020 shakes fans See in context

Here I am thinking "Ono is the leader?" I always thought it was Sakurai.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Australian Open final, closing in on world No. 1 ranking See in context

Love that look on her face.

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