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Posted in: Police urge cyclists to wear helmets ahead of mandate on April 1 See in context

At least they found a great date for it :D

And the plot, ... who's lined up for collecting the kickbacks from the helmet vendors?

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Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

... we see people with bullet-proof vests get knocked off their feet

Thankfully, bullets in japan are mostly delivered by postal envelopes but such a suitcase may come in handy anyways if somebody would attempt to attack with their 6cm long knife blade.

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Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

To those mocking the "bag" guy, ... I think that's a "ballistic suitcase", basically a portable bullet proof shield.

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Posted in: Optus, Australian gov't clash over massive cyberattack See in context

A wild guess: that ABC Radio interview probably said "... we had multiple layers of protection", not "players".

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for drunk driving after attending Coming-of-Age Day ceremony See in context

Driving 'n drinking issues are surely something he should have understood at this age.

As was shown on the TV as well, other new "adults" were save while observing Mickey Mouse at some special event. Welcome to adulthood!

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Posted in: Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory See in context

"Japan sees no impact" ... on many things sadly.

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Posted in: Activists call for more reform by Tokyo Olympics organizers See in context

I'm not an English expert but that spelling looks a bit Engrish to me.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

Since it was questioned several times on this page if "Japanese have to quarantine" ... YES, I think so. On July 16th, a Japanese friend who came back from Germany did enter "voluntary isolation required by returnees" before heading to Tokyo. He spent two weeks on some dedicated hotel secured by the government.

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Posted in: Traditional Japanese seal system hampers telework for some See in context

unique seal

*picks one from the shelf ...

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Posted in: 3 seriously injured in warehouse fire in Osaka See in context

Another emptying-spray-cans incident, it seems :/

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Posted in: Hello Kitty to make Hollywood debut See in context

Confused by "feline". If I recall correctly, Sanrio stated in the past that "Hello Kitty is not a cat".

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Posted in: Ghosn indicted on 2 new charges; Nissan cancels lease on his Tokyo apartment See in context

They'll probably hold him long enough, so that they can finally get him on a real charge, VISA overstay :/

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Posted in: Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan See in context

...an octa-core chip that can process 5 trillion operations per second ...

Great, that will make their Candy blush and Dragon thingies work much better, I guess.

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Posted in: N Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign See in context

... it had anything to do with the 2104 Sony incident ...

But evidently, they took the Almanac!

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Posted in: JABF announces independent body to investigate boxing chief Yamane See in context

This person is a great sample of the relics still in place with power and I find it very positive that Japan is exposing them and tearing them apart (which will happen to him soon).

Similar personalities in the school business, insurance and real estate hopefully get instinct too.

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Posted in: Ride-hailing firm Grab hits back in Uber takeover row See in context

I never heard of "Grab" before a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur. But it was very convenient to use. Besides knowing the final price of the ride in advance, the cars were much more comfortable than their stock "Budget" taxis. Drivers were very friendly too.

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Posted in: New amphibious bus tour launched in Tokyo Bay See in context

Reminds me of "Singapore Duck Tour", which was also around 3000JPY.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's banks have come under cyberattack since 2015: BOJ See in context

as japan is the only country to use japanese ...

Well funded CN hackers are quite active in JP cyberspace.

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Posted in: 3 edible Japanese insects for autumn See in context

Too bad, the Tokyo event was on Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.

No grasshoppers for me :/

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Posted in: Complaints on rise about private detectives' unsatisfactory services See in context

By that description, I'd think it's about these "one-click" fraud sites. They indeed demand horrendous bills (around 99,000 JPY) for a three months contract, that was "automatically activated" by visiting the site.

This stuff is around since more than 10 years in almost unchanged form and hard to shut down because of missing legal basis and lack of engagement by the JP police and other organizations.

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Posted in: Honda halts production at Sayama plant after cyberattacks See in context

This stuff is nasty indeed and proper detection by security software can take time, which offers opportunities for infection during that delay.

@bosphorus: If you do a websearch for "linux ransomware", one of the top hits might be from two days ago, mentioning a company that paid 1M USD because of their infected linux systems. The same counts for mac by the way :-D

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Posted in: The art of giving and receiving change in Japan See in context

One of the first things I learned when coming to Japan was exactly this - how I should properly hand over paper bills. Face up and facing the other person, "it's manner here", the wifey said. Since then it is "common sense" to me and - mistakes as the one stated above (handling wrong bill) - can never happen to me.

I can pay with closed eyes, 'cause the wallet content is aligned/sorted properly by default :-)

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Posted in: Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall See in context

I remember driving on the StadtAutobahn in WestBerlin when the "Trabant" flood begun. Opened the window and shook hands with random people in these vehicles - full of joy.

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Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper See in context

That'll fill most Japnese people's homes!

My thoughts exactly. Even if I'd want to follow that advise, there simply is no place left to stash anything in my home.

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Posted in: Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing for Japan's World Cup opener See in context

They should restrict car access and even invite more crowds.

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Posted in: 110 fire hose nozzles stolen in Mie Prefecture See in context

Steeling metals

Nice pun, even if unintended :-)

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Posted in: Gang arrested following spate of drive-by eggings in Osaka See in context

eggstremely immature lads.

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Posted in: Researchers use Twitter to predict crime See in context

"Go to Blackjack table now. Bet all! " ... we`re getting closer.

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Posted in: Nagasaki man gets back the cash he left at ATM See in context

I experienced both sides of such in Tokyo (Machida). I once found a swollen wallet on top of a public phone inside a department store - handed it to store staff without even looking inside.

And last summer my own wallet fell out of my pocket, only to be found by a kind soul minutes later. It was delivered to a police station and I had it back the next day. Some 50.000 Yen and several other valuable stuff (Yodobashi, Yamada point cards, residence card, drivers license etc.) were all returned without anything missing. That is the Japan I know and would wish it'd be everywhere like that.

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Posted in: E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors? See in context

... liquid has far less chemicals and industrial poisons than normal cigs ...

Also, IF I am not wrong, then these liquids sold in JP don't even contain nicotine. Source: some recent report on JP TV, forgot which channel it was.

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