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Posted in: Locals in central Japan near Mount Fuji count on UFO craze for tourism See in context

Local residents in Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of Mount Fuji, are striving to make their city Kofu a tourist magnet with extraterrestrial help from an alien

Simple to do:

Step 1: Build a fake UFO Model positioned with a view of Mt Fuji behind it.

Tell Instagram.

Bring in lots of tourists.

Done.

Step 2: Complain of "over-tourism".

Build a wall blocking the view of Mt Fuji.

Tell tourists to f-off.

Done.

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

perhaps a Toyota would have been more appropriate than a Ford?

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Posted in: This is Japan’s, and the world’s, first capsule hotel, and you can still stay there See in context

Our stay at Capsule Inn Osaka cost us 4,000 yen, which might seem a little high for a capsule hotel.

Capsule hotels in Shinjuku this past Golden Week were priced at 12,000+ yen per person per night due to high demand from foreigners looking for a unique experience.

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

We are also planning to install multilingual etiquette warning signs 

Masses of tourists, months of controversy, nation-wide and international news reports, the construction of a barrier wall...

..and Lawsons responds with a sign saying they plan to make a sign.

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Posted in: Extreme climate hit Japan, elsewhere in Asia hard in 2023: U.N See in context

The biggest risk for Japan I suppose is warmer seas meaning more evaporation. Stronger typhoons, floods, landslides, etc.

Last tear, only one autumn typhoon hit mainland Japan (in early Sept), but several occurred in southern Okinawa, Philippines, Taiwan, and China. There was actually a drought in south Japan due to the lack of typhoon rain from this, even though at the same time China had some of the worst flooding in their history.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party loses all 3 seats in by-elections See in context

For the LDP, these are bye-elections

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Posted in: Town to block Mount Fuji view from troublesome tourists See in context

Gee, isn't Instagram wonderful!

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 158 range against dollar in New York See in context

Yen sinks to 158 range against dollar in New York

Maybe someone should tell the writer that its at 158 here in Japan, too.

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Posted in: Big money flows to U.S. charities fueling vaccine misinformation See in context

Interesting to note that this article about supposed vaccine falsehoods is classified as an Opinion piece.

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Posted in: U.S. House passes $95 billion Ukraine, Israel aid package; sends to Senate See in context

@sakurasuki

Perhaps it is worth noting how many major news websites, such as the BBC, are headlining this story as "US House passes crucial Ukrainian aid deal worth $61bn", and buried deep in the article almost at the end it mentions the $26 billion for Israel.

So at least JapanToday has the integrity to call it as it is from the get-go.

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

On the one hand, they may be just killing the messenger instead of simply owning up to criticism.

But on the other hand, people (and competitors) often use negative reviews as a method of spite for personal reasons outside of any business practice, and there should be a better method to address this.

And it goes the other way too, with places making fake 5 star reviews for themselves.

So its always important to check any review (be it one star or five) to see if the reviewer has any other reviews, or this is just a one-off review account.

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Posted in: Biden suggests he may block Nippon Steel deal, seeks to triple tariffs on Chinese steel See in context

So much for free-market capitalism

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Posted in: I don't know if the number is high or low, but I think the demand for resignation agents will continue to increase, especially among young people. See in context

Great company name given the nature of the business, however most Japanese people don't have any idea about the foreign albatross symbolism.

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Posted in: Japan records highest-ever monthly visitor numbers in March See in context

Japan records best-ever monthly visitor numbers in March

To say "best" depends on who you ask.

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Posted in: Japan's overworked, underpaid truckers left behind in wage bonanza See in context

Seems like they need a truckers' protest.

But perhaps they should first ask Canada how well that went...

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Posted in: Trials have been made over the past one or two years, and I think things will come down to one of the two. See in context

There is conveyor-style, and there is order-style.

I think things will come down to one of the two.

Is he suggesting there is somehow a third style?

(Teleportation-style? 3D-printing-style? Do-it-yourself-style? No-sushi-for-you-style?)

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Posted in: Because we are required to prevent secondhand smoke, the decision was unavoidable if we put our customers first. See in context

Because we are required to prevent secondhand smoke, the decision was unavoidable if we put our customers first.

The guy sounds quite a bit perturbed that he was "required" to do this.

And it says a lot for him with how he said "if" and not "since".

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Posted in: MLB launches investigation into Ohtani interpreter Mizuhara over gambling reports See in context

So either Ohtani paid the debt on Mizuharas' behalf, or Mizuhara illegally gained access and transferred the money himself.

Or, Ohtani is the gambler.

And Mizuhara did the bets for him (since Ohtani obviously couldn't make the bets himself in English with the US bookie, so he needed a translator to help)

And when word got out that Ohtani was transferring money to the bookie from his bank account (via the FBI investigation of the bookie, who probably told MLB and/or the Dodgers), Ohtani and Mizuhara agreed for Mizuhara to act the fall guy, since if Ohtani got busted, they would both be kicked out of baseball, so at least with Ohtani keeping the multi-million contract, he could continue to pay silence money to Mizuhara for the rest of his life.

So they concoct the story of Ohtani saying "I lent him the money" to which they realize how that is also illegal in other ways since Ohtani knows the money is being usedin an illegal transaction, so it makes him an accomplice, not to mention all the tax avoidance issues it also entails.

So the story switches to Mizuhara being a thief, (who somehow had access to Ohtani's bank account, yet Ohtani dalso somehow didn't notice 4 million bucks missing... yeah, sure)

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Posted in: Japan aiming for wealthy Asians to visit rural areas near 2025 Expo See in context

According to the Japan Tourism Agency, spending by foreign visitors grew 33.8 percent in 2023 from 2019 to 212,000 yen ($1,400) per person.

The per visitor spending in 2019 was 159,000 yen. But since this was all foreign injected money, it should not be solely measured in yen.

The average exchange rate for 2019 was about 108 yen to one US dollar, so 159,000 yen meant the average foreigner spent about $1,472 back then.

So congrats Japan, despite all the inflation, people now bring in less.

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Posted in: Japan aiming for wealthy Asians to visit rural areas near 2025 Expo See in context

Once upon a time, the Japanese used to be the wealthy Asians sought by other Asian countries to come visit...

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Posted in: Kenya's Kipruto, Ethiopia's Kebede win Tokyo Marathon See in context

Congrats to everyone who "funished".

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Posted in: ChatGPT maker OpenAI's new text-to-video generator: Here's what we know about the new tool See in context

To see the videos created by this is utterly amazing. Shocking, actually. And to read the limited detail command prompts for what it was told to do and then see the highly complex results is even more unreal.

Though close, its not perfect yet (it seems to distort proportions sometimes between near-ground and far-ground), but to watch it, its almost like watching the imagination of a child. And once this thing matures more (next year?) it will be impossible to distinguish from reality anymore.

This isn't merely a game changer. Its an entirely new game, and many many other games out there are on the brink of deletion.

The dawn of the Matrix is upon us.

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Posted in: Bali $10 tourist e-tax comes into force See in context

Kyoto should do the same.

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Posted in: U.S. supports Japan's push for talks with North Korea, envoy says See in context

And here I thought Kim Jung-un's sister (Kim Yo-jung) was the only one with an impenetrable look of steel... Touche' USA!

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Posted in: Many Japanese outside major urban areas do not engage with foreigners: survey See in context

As someone who lives in the Japanese countryside, I can say that most Japanese here do not engage much with other Japanese.

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Posted in: Hafu: Dating as a ‘half Japanese’ woman in Japan See in context

Being a hafu woman should be less of an issue as of today...

Just last night, the new Miss Japan 2024 was crowned... and she is a full-blooded Ukrainian (both parents). But she is a Japanese citizen (she acquired Japanese nationality in 2022, after spending much of her life in Japan).

So the officially crowned most beautiful Japanese woman this year has no Japanese DNA.

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Posted in: The 'textbook' evacuation from Japan jet inferno See in context

"Passengers seemed to have followed instructions in a textbook manner,"

Kudos to the flight attendants, but I would wonder how it would have unfolded if this wasn't a domestic flight packed with Japanese traveling for New Years, and instead was an inbound flight from abroad half full (or more) with non-Japanese.

Apparently one of the biggest benefits to the evacuation was that nobody was seen carrying anything as they slid out and ran from the plane. I highly doubt most other citizens of the world would willingly abandon their stuff so readily.

The Japanese characteristics of abandonment of material things and group-think obedience (both of which are constantly lambasted by non-Japanese, especially in JT comments) seemed to have saved them.

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Posted in: Japan eyes shipping Patriot missiles to U.S. upon easing export rules See in context

This article failed to state why the US would need to import US-licensed surface-to-air Patriot missiles?

Is the US in need of defending itself from an air attack?

Or has the US depleted all of its stockpile of Patriot missiles by giving them to Ukraine and Israel... and now the US will buy more from Japan so they can also give these to Ukraine and Israel.

Congrats Japan, you are now supplying weapons to wars.

Its more than ironic that the provision in the Japanese constitution banning such exports was written at the behest of the US.

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Posted in: Japan plans stamp price hike for letters to 110 yen from 84 yen See in context

@MichaelBukakis

No, that's a 31% increase for letters and a 35% increase for postcards.

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Posted in: Add the Cove drip kettle to your coffee nook this holiday season See in context

Designed after its namesake

A wise PR campaign would point out that no dolphins were harmed in producing this kettle.

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